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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 and you can’t do that in the quad. So we just went and did it anyway.”

As a result, the group was banned from the Quad, Higgs said.

“She came along and said, since we ignored her request to to leave, our permission to use the facilities are removed for the rest of the trimester.”

Student Union Complex manager Rainsforth Dix told Salient that if the group ‘’follow the same procedures as every other club at the University they will be able to use it [the Student Union Building].”

She said the Greens@Vic were asked to leave the Quad because “they did not follow a process that was put in place to ensure fair and equitable access to University facilities by student clubs.” The Greens@Vic saw this differently.

“It’s ridiculous, because we’re just using a table in the quad, it’s not like we’re using a room or something like that.

“It seems like mindless bureaucracy, when no one uses the quad anyway.”

VUWSA President Jasmine Freemantle said The Union’s action was “regrettable and completely unnecessary”.

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  1. Magonagal says:

    so the Greens @ Vic group didn’t deny they didn’t follow the rules they just felt they shouldn’t apply to them? The VUWSA President then backs them up. The complex manager says “follow the same procedure as everyone else and you’ll be allowed to use the facilities” and thats unnecessary?! Grow up and start acting like adults instead of chlidren.

  2. Jackson Wood says:

    I think the point is that the quad is a very large open area and they were kicked out because they spontaneously decided to hold a form of protest which took up a small amount of area.

    Meaning that there should either be a loosening of the strict—like you need yo measure the exact dimensions of a car and a chair—regulations. By allowing small things like this to happen you could probably bring some life into the cold dead heart of our campus.

  3. Magonagal says:

    So because the Quad is a large area anyone should be allowed to use it at any time? Should there be no rules? Giving 7 days notice to avoid clashing with other groups seems reasonable to me. I’m actually a Green party member and I’d have to back the union on this one. Just because you don’t agree with a rule doesn’t give you the right to ignore it.

  4. Hank Scorpio says:

    hey thanks for commenting on a 3 month old news story nobody cares about anymore great contribution real food for thought

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