SCU changes tune for Grinspoon
LISMORE in general, but Southern Cross University in particular, have always laid claim to being the birthplace of Australian rock band Grinspoon.
So the university wasted no time setting things right when it heard guitarist Pat Davern was being denied re-enrolment to the course he quit to pursue his musical career due to outstanding parking fines and two overdue library books.
Student Services manager Sarah Beresford was listening to JJJ radio when she heard Mr Davern being interviewed about his quest to return to study at the university.
He told the station: “I called student services and they told me you know, you’ve finished 18 units and you’ve passed everything that’s fine. Oooh it looks like the final year here there were a couple of problems.
“I was like, oh yeah, I’m kind of in this band and she was like it’s not that, there’s sanctions.”
Ms Beresford said she called Mr Davern as soon as she could after hearing the interview to ‘sort something out’.
“I’m just so pleased that Pat is returning to his studies, both for him and for the university,” she said.
“There is a nice symmetry. He is returning to the place where it all began,” she added eagerly.
One of the university’s most famous sons will not be given star treatment when it comes to finishing off his degree, however.
Ms Beresford said the Performing Arts course Mr Davern started was no longer in existence, so he would have to be given credits towards completing a new degree.