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March 13, 2006 | by  | in News |
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Union Watch: Keeping an eye on student violation

Ahhh, the Union. As more student services disappear from the Student Union Building, it is hardly surprising that they dropped “student” from their name. In what might just be a weekly feature, Salient staffers peel back the layers of “the Onion” and discover who they’ve made cry this week.

Kelly gets the clamp
Student’s Association President Nick Kelly came out of an Academic Board meeting last week to discover his car, suffering from an electrical fault and unable to be moved, had been clamped by the Union. Rainsforth Dix, Union Manager, says the car was parked in a loading zone for a long time, and staff were unaware of the electrical fault. However after Salient inquiries, the clamp was removed and Kelly was let off without a fine.

Lies, Damned Lies and Union Bar Staff
Staff at the Mount Street Bar last week told a Salient staff member that VUWSA was to blame for the banning of smoking on the bar’s balcony. The bartender said patrons were no longer allowed to smoke “’cause it’s the Student’s Association’s decision, because it’s illegal.” Contrary to popular belief, the Victoria Student’s Association (VUWSA) has no control over the bar, or even the building. In fact, the Union has stopped patrons smoking on the balcony in order to apparently comply with Government regulations banning smoking indoors. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

And finally….
A spat between Salient and the Union was started last week when Union staff tried to throw out around five hundred copies of last week’s Salient. Yet to be distributed, the copies were sitting at the drop off point on the ground floor. Salient Advertising Manager Jon McQueen and Editor James Robinson successfully negotiated the continued survival of the magazines. However, flyers advertising the events organised
for International Women’s Day were unable to be saved, with most removed from the building.

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Salient is a magazine. Salient is a website. Salient is an institution founded in 1938 to cater to the whim and fancy of students of Victoria University. We are partly funded by VUWSA and partly by gold bullion that was discovered under a pile of old Salients from the 40's. Salient welcomes your participation in debate on all the issues that we present to you, and if you're a student of Victoria University then you're more than welcome to drop in and have tea and scones with the contributors of this little rag in our little hideaway that overlooks Wellington.

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