by gradinski chai
Tue May 30th, 2006 at 04:34:27 AM EST
As some of you know, we had a group of students become part of the Eurotrib community over the past four months. Classmembers posted comments and diaries as part of a course entitled, "Politics and the Fifth Estate." Well, the class has finished, and I just wanted to thank the ET community members for making the students feel welcome and making the overall experience a success.
I would like to thank the site gnomes and Jerome for supporting our idea. I would particularly like to thank Agnes a Paris for an early diary on the Bulgarian banking system. Her attention to the issue really demonstrated to the class that EuroTrib was a live place where people shared information and ideas. It helped to show us all what a community does. Kudos to DoDo, Migeru, Izzy, Alex in Toulouse, the stormy present, kcurie, PeWi, dvx, Drew J Jones and everyone else who for their many comments and conversations.
As I expected, you in the ET community were great. All of the responses were educational. Nearly all of the responses to the diaries and other posts were positive. All in all, I believe that the classmembers came away with a respect for this community and an appreciation of how average citizens can participate in political discussion.
I hope also that the students' dairies brought some news and views from some places in the seldom heard southeast corner of the continent...and one or two places from further away.
Several of the classmembers are now regular commentators and/or readers. A few others will return once their summer jobs (mostly in the US) finish. As for me, I'll work on the course over the next year and offer it again after a few alterations.