Archive for March, 2009

In response to your comments…

In response to your comments…

by / 30/03/09 / [ 8 Comments ]

Sometimes at Salient, we write things that annoy people. This is not uncommon. We are people too, you know. Critics do have feelings. We offer a space for the critical review of productions from the point of view of our audience: students. So here is what happens when the shit flips on Salient and we [...]

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Vic to “Who goes to tutes?” Students feeling Les Miserables

Vic to “Who goes to tutes?” Students feeling Les Miserables

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

Victoria University of Wellington’s decision to dramatically reduce the budgets for most faculties in 2009 was the impetus for tutorial cutbacks across a number of different schools—but the university still insists that the quality of education it offers has not been compromised. The number of tutorial classes offered by schools across the university has been [...]

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Eye on Exec

Eye on Exec

by / 30/03/09 / 1 Comment

Last week’s executive meeting promised excitement with both the $20,000 van and the Change Proposal on the agenda. Accountability and transparency turned out to be hot topics for an executive still grappling with a legacy of disorganisation and misuse of funds. Opening topics included the need to repaint certain road markings, partly due to the [...]

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Unionwatch

Unionwatch

by / 30/03/09 / [ 4 Comments ]

Student freedom was dealt a perplexing blow last Thursday when the Student Union banned the Greens@Vic Group from the Quad for conducting an “unsanctioned” petition (or something). Greens@Vic member Corin Higgs said Union Operations Manager Catriona McBean “came along and told us to bugger off.” “We were told, you have to give seven days notice [...]

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Hope and Change Come to VUWSA

Hope and Change Come to VUWSA

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

A blizzard of documents was unleashed last week by the VUWSA Change Proposal Sub-Committee in a portent of significant reform to VUWSA’s structure and governance procedures. In the pile were terms of reference for two brand-spanking new committees: a Performance Management Committee and an Audit & Finance Committee. VUWSA-watchers could barely contain their excitement. The [...]

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Vile VUWSA Van Veil Vanishing Vanquished Verily

Vile VUWSA Van Veil Vanishing Vanquished Verily

by / 30/03/09 / [ 2 Comments ]

Another veil of secrecy was lifted off the much maligned Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) van, with the declassification of a previously confidential document regarding the purchase of the controversial vehicle. The 2009 VUWSA Exec voted unanimously during the 25 March Exec meeting to declassify the document in the interests of greater transparency [...]

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VBC deed signed, sealed, delivered, it’s yours

VBC deed signed, sealed, delivered, it’s yours

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

The Victoria Broadcasting Club (VBC) was formally welcomed into the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association’ fold last Wednesday, with the signing of the Deed of the Victoria Broadcasting Trust. The deed officially recognises the VBC’s relationship with VUWSA, and assigns it both financial security and accountability, both to the association and students at Victoria [...]

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News in Brief

News in Brief

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

Cagey Cosgrove continues caper Former Victoria University Students’ Association (VUWSA) President Joel Cosgrove has yet to repay his $1200 debt to the association for costs relating to his infamous trip to Australia last year. The former president has been “dodging” contact with VUWSA’s legal representation, and still insists upon not needing to repay the duty [...]

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Gender Studies continues getting lesson in agenda studies

Gender Studies continues getting lesson in agenda studies

by / 30/03/09 / [ 4 Comments ]

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) department is still getting the run around by the university, with staff and students saying enough is now enough. Recent correspondence between concerned GWS post graduate students and Victoria University of Wellington has resulted in no change to their “bloody stupid” situation. Salient has obtained an email sent by [...]

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Govt announces student loan badda bing, badda boom, badda bonus

Govt announces student loan badda bing, badda boom, badda bonus

by / 30/03/09 / No Comments

The Government has made good on its promise to introduce a repayment bonus on any voluntary student loan repayments, announcing that the scheme will come into effect this year. From April 1st, all voluntary student loan repayments of over $500 will receive a 10% bonus repayment. A $500 voluntary payment, for instance, would receive a [...]

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