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February 28, 2011 | by  | in Opinion |
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Prez Col

It was great to see so many of you at the Civic Welcome last week. It was a brilliant start to the year and Orientation with over 2000 new students coming along.

Christchurch Quake

I’m writing this just after news broke of the latest earthquake to hit Christchurch. VUWSA’s thoughts are with all our students, staff, and friends who have been affected by this horrific event. And special thought goes to our counterparts and students at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.

In response VUWSA has launched a campus appeal to raise funds for the University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army. Money raised will assist them with their extraordinary work. During the rest of Orientation, throughout Clubs Week, at our free barbeques every day at Kelburn and across all our campuses we’ll have collectors out asking for your donations. We’ve had a great response so far and thank everyone who has donated so far.

There’s also support available to affected students and staff at Victoria. Lorraine Guthrie, the VUWSA Student Advocate is available to any students who need assistance of any kind. And the brilliant folk at the Counselling Service are also on hand for either one off or continuing support. They are also running drop in sessions this week at 10am and 2pm. Just show up if you want to.

If you have particular concerns about any of your friends or others do get in touch with the Counselling Service as soon as possible. You can contact them directly on 463 5310.
New Student Union Building

This week the Student Union Building (SUB) will be successfully resuscitated after slipping into coma many years ago. Students built the building in the late 1950s and extended it in the 1990s. Now we’re nearing the end of a $4 million overhaul.

The SUB upgrade has been overseen by students and will incorporate new spaces for clubs, rep groups, VUWSA, Student Health, and boasts a new 1000 capacity gig venue.
Effective student representation through VUWSA and the VUWSA Trust in partnership with the University has ensured it will be a highly usable, valuable and accessible asset for students not just in the short term, but for decades to come.

The Hunter Lounge finally gives us the sort of social area that we’ve been wanting for years. A place you actually want to go to and spend time at. It will also once again be one of Wellington’s best gig venues and see bigger acts coming to the Capital – MGMT et al.
So check out the new Student Union Building. Head along to the free gigs in the Hunter Lounge at 2PM all week. Keep an eye out for the Pop Up shows in between classes all over Kelburn and give generously to the VUWSA Earthquake Appeal. Have a great week and stay safe.

Love,

Seamus

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