Only 20 of the University of Lincoln’s 10,000+ students took part in the Students’ Union’s flashmob on Tuesday — some of whom already work for the SU. Six people turned up to the rehearsals on Monday, February 1st, last week.
At 1pm, music started playing around the Main Academic Building as flashmob participants, wearing special t-shirts, scrambled to the front of the Atrium where they performed a dance routine.
In an interview for The Linc‘s Week In Review podcast, Kayleigh Turner, education officer at the SU, said the event is about raising awareness of the higher education debate.
“It’s about getting current students involved, because it would be very easy for all our students to say ‘this won’t affect us, why should we care?’, and it’s about making them understand why they should care and having their backing. It’s not just about the cuts here. If there are more cuts elsewhere then it could affect them,” she said.
One student who was sitting in the main building during the flashmob said: “It was pretty good for what they could do.” However, he also said he didn’t know what the flashmob was about.
Another onlooker, who graduated four years ago, believes current students should stop protesting against student debt: “They know what they’re signing up for before they do it. If you don’t want to pay the debts, don’t sign up. It’s as simple as that.”
Twitter reactions to the flashmob were scarce and not particularly positive: “Lincoln SU Flashmob. The words ‘brewery’, ‘pissup’ and ‘organise’ leap to mind,” posted student Nick Jackson.
Chris Charnley, president of Lincoln’s SU, said: “It raises the profile [of the campaign] to the people here [in the main building] and is a… focal point to start the campaign off.
“This campaign is aimed at a wider audience, not just current students. [It’s] about educating current students, future students, and families about where they should be placing their vote and who has their loyalties to students.”
Charnley didn’t take part in the dance, saying he’s “not a good dancer”.Tweet