Archive for April, 2009

30/04/09

I received an email update this morning from my Representative, Congressman Robert Wexler from Floirda’s 19th congressional district. The subject line: Wexler Calls for Special Prosecutor on Torture. I wanted to share it with you to prove that some people on the Hill are trying to bring these offenses to light and attempt to begin [...]

27/04/09

I came across an article this week entitled “Obama Stands Nuremberg on Its Head,” by Mike Farrell, a contributor for the progressive web magazine Truthdig. His opening paragraph: “President Obama’s decision to spare CIA torturers from prosecution stands the Nuremberg principles on their head. ‘Good Germans who were only following orders’ are not exempt from [...]

27/04/09

In the midst of negative publicity, logistical difficulties, and one of its smallest teams ever sent to an Easter tournament, Victoria University of Wellington emerged victorious from the 2009 University Games in New Plymouth, winning the tournament, and defending the University Shield for the first time. Victoria’s win was its 10th in the tournament’s 86 [...]

27/04/09

In a decision made fewer than three days out from the day itself, Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) decided to reject an invitation from the Wellington City Council to lay a wreath at this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations. The decision, made during the weekly VUWSA Exec Meeting, was borne out of a desire [...]

27/04/09

ASPA gets together, elects competent president… and Jackson Victoria University of Wellington played host to the 2009 annual Aotearoa Student Association Conference (ASPA) during the mid-semester break. Salient editor Jackson James Wood and Critic editor Amy Joseph were elected co-presidents of the association for 2009, and promised to streamline the collective and lend it more [...]

27/04/09

The reviews were positive for the behaviour of the 2009 Victoria University of Wellington University Games squadron, who laid siege to the slur of negative publicity that has dogged the team since last year’s University Games fracas. The squad of 280 athletes, who were housed in two motels and a marae in Hawera, were reportedly [...]

27/04/09

In an interview with Critic in her Beehive office last week, Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley said that the recession will have an impact on National’s pre-election promise to improve student allowances. In the wake of Labour’s announcement during last year’s election campaign that it would institute universal student allowances, John Key promised that his [...]

27/04/09

Last week was one of both wins and losses for our Executive. Though President Jasmine Freemantle may have been on a high from Vic’s second victory in a row at the Uni Games, no doubt she was also feeling the blow of receiving resignations from three executive members in just seven days. Administration Vice President [...]

27/04/09

The look of Victoria University of Wellington’s Students Association is set to undergo a significant change following the resignation of three members from the 2009 Exec. Vice President of Administration Alexander Neilson, Environment Officer Georgina Hart and Activities Officer Marika Prately all tended their resignations from their respective roles, citing a number of personal reasons. [...]