DAVIDE FEDE & PHILIP LINANDER
June 7th, 2018
DON’TS OF CASCINA ALBERTINA
From now on we are not to play Frisbee/football/volleyball inside Cascina Albertina (the area outside Aula Magna), while there are other students having lessons, it's a distraction for the professors. Please mind. And when playing - don't disturb the neighbours, they get really, really pissed.
Pet animals are no-go's inside the university...
...and don’t eat all the cherries.
TERRA MADRE GIVES YOU "UNIVERSITÀ DIFFUSA"
21 and 22 of September, in the midst of the Terra Madre event in Turin, there are plans to discuss the recent ideas of Università Diffusa, lifelong learning, and knowledge outside the realms of academies. Students are an important element in these group discussions that are going to be held both in the University of Torino and in Lingotto.
It’s an exciting part of the festival; many professors from around the world have been summoned to these meetings, and a big part of them are visiting professors of UNISG. We students will have many opportunities to network with them, and bring our thoughts to the table all together. It's going to be easy to get involved.
You might think that this networking is something “on the side”, but it is actually part of the main themes during these two days of seminars, workshops and informal discussions. The meetings wants to give the largest possible attention towards hospitality of international relations, which is an important (but often neglected) social tool that will help us establish a unification of traditional and academic knowledge.
Programs are out in July!
May 16th, 2018
MIGRANT FILM FESTIVAL 1-4 of June
Is going to be massive this year, your help and participation is sought for! There are especially two ceremonial moments that students, just by being present, can give a huge contribution to. They both take place on Saturday 2nd of June:
- in the morning at the piazza of the comune to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian Republic; a 60 meters long flag will be carried by migrants, Braidesi and students;
- in the evening we will be in Pollenzo and in an act of sharing a piece of bread (in different sizes and shapes depending on gastronomy of origin) we will make a statement of inclusion and parity.
Please feel free to join, last year’s act of sharing was profound.
Since the 9th of March a very interesting project has been taking place in our university, but it has passed unnoticed for many of us. This year-long project has been funded by UNHCR, and aims to empower migrants from all over italy in one of the most common workplaces for recently arrived Italians: the professional kitchen and the restaurant. The project provides a three-week-long education in gastronomy and restaurateur practices such as cooking techniques, nutrition, hygiene, sustainability, menu development and food culture at large. The participants will have an active role during the Migranti Film Festival, where they will execute their required know-how and this summer they can all look forward to a secured internship together with one of the many businesses within the UNISG network. So, many elements differ in both place and content, but for the biggest part it all takes place at the FOODLAB in Pollenzo. Don’t forget to mingle if you see them around the next few weeks!
MORE TRAINING IN WRITING
We pointed out in the last Faculty Council that the professors should think about how to build the didactic offer to enhance our communication and writing skills. We believe that we too seldomly are asked to produce both loose texts and proper articles. “In today's society, if you cannot write and communicate your experiences, it’s as if you’ve never had them”, says Pieroni. There are some obstacles hindering professors from doing more writing exercises, one being that someone needs to read what has been written. Any ideas on how to work on our writing skills? Let us know.
There is for the moment no standardized way to select the students admitted to our university. We suggested to the Faculty that it’s worth thinking about how our classes could benefit from a selection process that takes into account previous experiences and skills, so to end up with a more dynamic class.
For instance, an applicant will not compete with all the other applicants but just with those who have similar characteristics; in this way, we believe the university has more control over the type of class there will be.
We have asked the professors Corvo and Cevasco to create a clear and functional document that logically states all the various details about each study trip presentation. This to avoid a situation where everyone are quite unsure of what actually needs to be done.
Together we further discussed and agreed upon a possible direction for the development of the study trips. Basically we wish to see fewer visits but instead having the study trips include workshops, collective problem solving (making use of universities on the area) during the trip. Less visits but more time to actively reflect will in our opinion lead to deeper understanding and subsequently more interesting presentations. Also, we believe that such a trip is more time-efficient; at the time of our return to Bra, half of the the work behind our presentations might already be done. Yet an advantage is that it would strengthen to bonds between us students and improving the rate of participation in the group works.
ORATORIO & TAVOLE ACCADEMICHE
There has been some complaints about the service of the Academic Tables, being a service we are, in a way, forced to pay for and not eligible to refund in case of left-over credits at the end of our studies. At the same time the alternative food-space, aka “the Oratory”, is a space that needs a fix-up and more importantly better accessibility.
On the latter we have had a meeting with Roberta Sandon and Stefania Ribotta and that’s what has come out: starting from next year, the Oratorio will always be open during lunch time, always heated (during winter) and brighter.
Regarding the first issue about the Academic Tables, the money that the university chose to put into the Tavole project could have been used for another service, like a new database or something similar, belonging to all students. It is unlikely that a student could have the right to be reimbursed, in case the student wouldn’t use the service. The current system is a compromise that allows us to use this didactic tool when, and how, we want. At the same time, the school cannot afford a all-year and all-inclusive service. The credits shouldn't be regarded as a private property, but rather a common strategy to allow as many people as possible to eat for as low price as possible.
March 1st, 2018
In our last meeting with the student council we, for the first time, invited all the student bodies to meet. The representatives, ASSG, Condotta, GAS, Newsletter and Società Gastronomica all got together to prepare the welcoming for our new master students (we suggest you get to know them ASAP, it’s a nice bunch!). We hope this collaboration will make it easier for us to structure the events and the ideas that are
coming from each of them. It is our intention to also involve the team behind the unconference.
ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSE WANTED
Since there was a request from the foreigners to increase the number of Italian lectures, we came out with the idea that those lectures could be implemented via recorded videos, sent to the students even before they arrive to start their studies. The university has the possibility to fund this solution and a specific body is already
working on this.
STUDY TRIP REGULATIONS
Without knowing exactly when, soon enough a student will no longer be allowed to extend his/her study trip (neither before, nor after). The credits for the study trip will only be given if you travel both back and forth together with your group. The reasons for this are mainly that:
- the university cannot justify a student’s absence from lectures on the days surrounding the trip
- allowing the students to extend their trip also creates inequality between students with means, and students without.
Our opinion in this specific topic is that we should consider ourselves lucky to have some privileges. Instead of looking always for more we should acknowledge what we already have.
In the last days the university have had visits from Slow Food Youth Network. They have opened up a discussion in order to improve the communication between us students, the Condotta and Slow Food International Offices in Bra. We believe this is a moment to acknowledge the power in such a trinity. Science, political activism and conviviality are all needed to reach the broader masses.
UNDERGRADUATES: ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE
In May, the first year will have an addition to their thematic trip regarding coffee, that previously have included Lavazza, and Lavazza only. We proposed a few names relevant in this field; the university has already contacted the persons in question and are restructuring the program. Be happy for a more diverse didactic offer.
MASTERS: CONFERENCES FOR ALL
According to your representatives’ request, the faculty council has approved a change in the conferences’ schedule (they will start at 17.00) and from the following weeks on, you will be able to attend them.
Have a nice March,
Davide & Philip
Jan 1st, 2018
- Blackboard, our new platform
- Microsoft Office 365 for every student
- Modification of Study Trip Regulations
- Scholarship Tasks
- New year’s wishes with documentary suggestion
Faculty council 20/12- Read it here
Dec 1st, 2017
The hardworking group behind the newsletter has been able to give us, your student representatives Davide Fede and Philip Linander, the opportunity to share with all of you what we are up to. Anyone interested will be able to see what was talked about in the latest Faculty Meeting here. It’s our hope that you will come and talk to us as soon as you feel like expressing your critique. Wether there is something you appreciate or something you strongly disagree with in the way we are keeping the discussion between students and professors, don’t hesitate to give us your opinion!