It’s been a stormy seven days in Bathurst.
Thunder and lightning seems to have been rolling in over the horizon almost daily, but the rain that comes with it has been remarkably erratic – Thursday delivered millimetres in the single digits to west Bathurst and almost 50 millimetres to Raglan.
The real storm this week, though, was over Charles Sturt University's announcement that it was considering a name change.
The change – part of what the university calls a “refresh” – has drawn a reaction that ranges so far from bewildered to angry.
Why: that seems to be the most common question. And it has to be said that the university has yet to provide a really compelling answer.
The Western Advocate featured a number of ex-students’ views on the name change this week, but there was a clear standout.
Graduate Aleks Krajcer wrote about how three of his educational institutions – Bathurst West Public, All Saints’ College and CSU – had either changed something fundamental (a crest, a motto, a name) or had plans to do so.
“I hadn’t considered the current identity of my pre-school,” he wrote. “Do I dare find out?”
As those in Raglan found out this week, it never rains but it pours.