Archive for September, 2009

Production night bites 2

Production night bites 2

by / September 24, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Another quality production day/night commentary bought to you by those who never sleep at the Salient office. 04:43 Mood: Why am I in the Salient office so fucking late/early? Fuck knows. Music: The hum of the computers and drip of the panel heater. Completion level: 10% Peeve of the moment: no shower. no shoes. 11:38 [...]

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Fear and loathing on the campaign trail: VUWSA candidates forum 2009

Fear and loathing on the campaign trail: VUWSA candidates forum 2009

by / September 22, 2009 / [ 52 Comments ]

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Presidential candidate Alan Young revealed today that he supports Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) of students’ associations. Young, the self-proclaimed “people’s voice”, went on to say many of his supporters think VSM is a good idea and consideration should be given to it. Max Hardy, who is also running for [...]

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Fees going up 5%, Student Services Levy to almost double

Fees going up 5%, Student Services Levy to almost double

by / September 21, 2009 / [ 15 Comments ]

J&J Vote ‘Nay’ Victoria University has agreed to increase fees by 5% and almost double its Student Services Levy for the 2010 academic year. The decision was made during a heated and difficult meeting of the University Council on Monday afternoon. Government funded honours and postgraduate fees will also increase by $500. Victoria’s Student Services [...]

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Fee setting: a poultry-produce pillory

Fee setting: a poultry-produce pillory

by / September 21, 2009 / [ 37 Comments ]

University Council members had to duck for cover as protesters threw fruit and eggs at them at a meeting where fees and the student services levy were raised today. VUWSA president Jasmine Freemantle was hit in the head by an orange, but Chancellor Tim Beaglehole and Vice Chancellor Pat Walsh survived unscathed. Protest leader, VUWSA [...]

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Jedi-aspa-republica-torial

Jedi-aspa-republica-torial

by / September 21, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Hey, hey, guess what? Salient is the mother flipping best publication in the world*! Last week we took out the Fairfax Media New Zealand Award for Best Student Publication at the Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) Awards. It’s the first time since 2004—when I was first year—that Salient has won this prestigious award. We also [...]

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Dr Grammar

Dr Grammar

by / September 21, 2009 / No Comments

Welcome to, “<the>” Grammar[Z] (

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Biological computers

Biological computers

by / September 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

When you think about it, computer science and biology have a lot in common. Evolutionary algorithms in artificial intelligence take inspiration from evolution; from a ‘generation’ of potential solutions to a problem, for example, the best potential solutions are given the highest chance of survival and ‘reproduction’—the creation of a new solution made up of [...]

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Milkshakes McCaffrey   and the Perilous Points of Order

Milkshakes McCaffrey and the Perilous Points of Order

by / September 21, 2009 / [ 5 Comments ]

The hit sequel to Milkshakes McCaffrey and the Querulous Quorum Quagmire He may be renowned for sipping on milkshakes at VUWSA meetings and around the general Wellington area, but Peter McCaffrey now holds a new mantle: picking holes in VUWSA meeting procedure. Last Wednesday’s VUWSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was interrupted over a dozen times [...]

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By-election botched

By-election botched

by / September 21, 2009 / [ 2 Comments ]

Salient understands the recent VUWSA by-election was declared invalid by an independent panel following a complaint by Act on Campus vice-president Peter McCaffrey. Sources revealed the decision to Salient last week. The report had not been officially released at the time of print. McCaffrey complained because of irregularities between online and paper ballots, and lax [...]

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Government announces huge changes to—SHUT UP, HEADLINE. WE WON.

Government announces huge changes to—SHUT UP, HEADLINE. WE WON.

by / September 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

Eternal smugness permeated around the Student Union Building last week as Victoria University student magazine Salient walked away with a bountiful bevy of ASPA awards, including Best Publication. The annual back-pat for New Zealand’s student media took place at a lavish blue carpet ceremony at Rutherford House two weekends ago. Salient walked away with a [...]

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