Frustrated UC students turn to Facebook
Use of social media 'natural', university saysANNA TURNER
More than 1000 people have ''liked'' a Facebook page mocking the University of Canterbury, but university leaders are not concerned.
The Canterbury University Memes page features pictures and slogans mocking the university.
The Press reported today that the university is absorbing its law faculty operation into the College of Business and Economics, and the law library will permanently relocate to another site on campus.
One post on the page, featuring the photo-shopped image of vice-chancellor Rod Carr, targets the university over the restructure.
"Law Students, UCan not have your own department," the post reads.
A university spokesman said Carr did not have any comment to make, other than to acknowledge that "satirical comment" had always been a part of student life.
"It is natural that students would use social media to share this kind of material," he said.
The creators of the page said university leaders should not be so quick to dismiss the page as "satire".
One of the creators, who did not want to be named, said the memes were an "expression of opinion and culture within a society".
"University of Canterbury students are angry and feel that the lack of consideration shown to those of us who have chosen to remain loyal to our university throughout the trials since the September earthquake is appalling," he said.
"Students are gearing up to fight this because we believe the quality of our degrees are threatened and we will not allow our education to be compromised."
The Facebook page has attracted 1265 followers since it was set up on August 30.
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