Earle Page College
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|Earle Page College|
|University||University of New England|
|Location||Meredith Road, Armidale, New South Wales|
|Full name||Earle Page College|
|Motto in English||Each Prove Himself|
|Named for||Sir Earle Page, Prime Minister|
|Master||Ms Penny Biddle|
The college is named after Sir Earle Page, former Chancellor of the university and Prime Minister of Australia. It originated in 1963 as an all male set of houses in town. Most Page students who were living in town had to travel to the campus for all meals by public transport. After its opening, students slowly moved into the current buildings. EPC began as an all male college however females have been admitted since 1973.
The college is made up of 4 blocks, A, B, C & D blocks, with a total 10 floors. There is a Bot, Mid & Top floor on each block. There is not Bot B however, as this space is taken up by the laundries and other facilities. Bot D and Mid D are combined into one conglomerate floor known as Mod D. Each floor has its own bathrooms. Attached to the blocks include 2 laundries and drying rooms, an I.T. room, a gallery, a library, an exercise room and 2 music rooms. The college also has a dining hall, with a capacity for around 400, which serves residents 3 meals a day, a Junior Common Room, a Senior Common Room and a college shop run by students of the college.
When women were allowed into Page, all troughs were to be filled in, however, the men of Top D protested and placed their mattresses over the door to the bathroom, preventing the work from being completed. This is the last physical attribute of the college's all male heritage.
In 2006, Page came 2nd in the Sir Frank Kitto competition and received respectable placings in both the males' Presidents Trophy and females' Mary Bagnall Trophy. In 2008, Page came 1st in the Sir Frank Kitto competition and achieved 1st in the Mary Bagnall Trophy and 3rd in the Presidents Trophy. In 2012, Page achieved the trifecta taking out 1st place in the Sir Frank Kitto competition, President Trophy and Mary Bagnall Trophy.
The members of the Senior Common Room comprise non-resident academics, University employees, towns folk and Earle Page College Alumni who support the life of the college as a whole in a variety of ways, including academic, material, social and personal.
The Junior Common Room Committee are the peak student body, elected directly by the college residents. The committee operates through the payment of a subscription fee paid by most students, which subsidises college functions, pays for PT and MB sports and an annual major project.
Formal dinners and JCR functions
Yearly formal dinners include:
- Introductory Dinner
- Arts Dinner
- Politics Dinner and Lecture
- Parents Dinner
- Sporties Dinner
- Valedictory Dinner
Guests at the Politics Lecture have included several Prime Ministers, Senators, MPS and political authorities, People such as Hon. Bob Hawke, John Howard, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Peter Garrett, Amanda Vanstone, Philip Ruddock Natasha Stott Despoja and Sarah Hanson-Young have all spoken at the lecture.
Functions run by the Junior Common Room Committee include:
- Annual College Ball
- Block Functions
- Silly Season (Term 3)
The Junior Common Room Committee runs several events in O-Week which include: Aussie Night, Trivia Night, Toga Party, Bush Dance and Surf Carnival.
Every year since 1973, EPC has produced a musical over a 3 night period during Parents Weekend. In 2012 they performed Return to the Forbidden Planet and in 2013, Sweeney Todd.
Every year since 1980 the college has conducted a charity run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour to raise funds for charity, the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI). The Fundraising activities include the sale of a Discount Card for use within Armidale, an annual Fashion Extravaganza, Charity Auction, inter-floor sports and events, and the run itself. In 2005, the group raised over $23,500 with the introduction of the Charity Discount Card. In 2006, its 27th year, the group raised over $25,000, which was a record for the event. In 2007 this record was broken, with over $30,000 raised over the entire year, and again broken in 2008 with over $35, 000 raised. In 2010, the committee raised $45,000.
In all over $400,000 has been raised for Children's Medical Research by this means.
Memorable college events
- 1963 - Earle Page College was opened as a men's college
- 1967 - The motto of the college, "Each Prove Himself", was created.
- 1968 - First "Iskra" published.
- 1972 - A referendum was held in the college to decide whether the college should become a co-educational. The referendum was passed.
- 1973 - The first year women where admitted to college.
- 1981 - The last year freshers were required to do 'phone duty' from the single line entering college. The phone was operated by freshers who patched the calls to students on other floors. Later that year phones were installed on all floors.
- 1983 - The Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria for which some freshers did a 'wall sit' on their floor to raise money to send to victims.
- 1986 - Due to a huge intake for the University, over 100 students were housed in motels and hotels for most of first semester, and every available space in college was used - common rooms were separated into two section to house more members. The students living in town were brought to college for breakfast and dinner in buses, and paid the same amount as people living in college; Prime Minister Bob Hawke attended politics dinner.
- 1987 - D-Block, a block generally reserved for post grad students, overseas students and mature age students, was opened to the general college population.
- 1996 - Earle Page had so few residents they closed down D-Block for the year.
- 1997 - There was a bomb scare at Politics Dinner, which turned out to be a prank.
- 1999 - The College won both the Mary Bagnall and Presidents Trophy sporting competitions.
- 2001 - Two residents (Mary Jones & Tamar Scobie) were killed in a car accident in May and gardens in the main courtyard were built in their memory.
- 2003 - 40th Anniversary of Earle Page College.
- 2006 - College SCR member and former Pagite, Dr. Peter Hemphill, died. A memorial garden and plaque was dedicated to his memory and service to the college.
- 2007 - Earle Page College won the Mary Bagnall Trophy for only the second time in its history. The Annual College Ball was also moved out from the college grounds and held at the Armidale Ex-Services Club for the first time ever. The Annual Earle Page College Coast Run raised a record $30,000 for the Children's Medical Research Institute.
- 2008 - Earle Page College placed 1st in both the Sir Frank Kitto (SFK) and Mary Bagnall (MB) competitions, and places highly in the President's Trophy (PT) competition. Sam Loxton, of Don Bradman's 1948 Invincibles is the guest speaker at Sports Dinner, and Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Greens Party is the guest speaker at the annual Politics Dinner.
- 2009 - 30th anniversary of the Coast Run.
- 2013 - 50th anniversary of the College and 20th anniversary of the Coast Run Annual Fashion Parade extravaganza.
- 1963–1975 - Albert Bussell
- 1976–1979 - Dr. Edmund Barrington Thomas
- 1979–1988 - Allan Keith Huggins
- 1989–1991 - Carole Tisdell
- 1992–1994 - Phillip Raymont
- 1995–1999 - Gregory Eddy
- 1999–2010 - David Ward
- 2010–2011 - Andrea Gledhill
- 2012–2014 - Penny Biddle
- 2014–Present - Jasmine Galletly