Freshers’ week is an education in commercialism

UK“How will you survive your first week at university? ‘Grab Mum or Dad’s credit card and BUY YOUR TICKETS!!!’ That’s the advice from Southampton University student union. At Nottingham, get set for the ‘largest fresher week in the country’ with its own website, sponsored by a nightclub, Ocean. Maybe you’ll fancy its ‘Cock-Soc’ night promising ‘ridiculously cheap and extremely potent cocktails … by the PINT!!!’. Parents with fading memories of a freshers’ ball headlined by the likes of The Damned or The Men They Couldn’t Hang in a cheaply decked-out college dining hall are in for a surprise …” (more)

[Patrick Collinson, Guardian, 18 September]

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