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May 11, 2014 | by  | in Opinion VUWSA |
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Sonya Says

Week 9 already! There’s heaps on this week so make sure you keep tabs on what’s happening.

Graduation
It’s graduation! This probably isn’t much solace to all current students reading the magazine, dredging through classes and assignments. However, this week, when you see all the dressed-up graduates taking babin’ photos around university, remember that there is something substantial to look forward to. We’ve teamed up with Breaking Beats to get student-priced tickets to their Graduation show at Bodega on Friday the 16th – you can get $20 student tickets from the VUWSA office.

Student Wellbeing Week
This week is Student Wellbeing Week, where Student Counselling, the Rec Centre and VUWSA have been planning a whole heap of activities to promote caring for ourselves and others, and persevering when times are tough. This is crunch-time in the semester, so there’ll be free giveaways, basketball in the Tim Beaglehole Courtyard, and a whole lot of other activities and information out there.

Changes to the number 18 and the Wellington Bus Network
As reported in Salient last week, the Wellington Regional Council is proposing a whole lot of changes to the nus network. The main recommendation is the scrapping of the number 18 bus – which is the only bus to link Massey (Mt Cook), Kelburn, Karori and Te Aro campuses. This is really bad, because it will mean there is no direct bus from Newtown and the eastern suburbs to Kelburn Campus – students would have to transfer buses in town. We’ve submitted against these changes, and are meeting with the Greater Wellington Regional Council this week to attempt to negotiate a better deal. In better news, there may be a 25 per cent off-peak concession on bus fares – not quite #fairerfares for tertiary students, but a good start.

Student Voice at Vic – this week
Victoria’s annual Student Experience Survey is out this week. This is a decently sized survey, but is full of questions about your experience at Vic and how it could be made better – from services to whether you get the same information when you ask for it in different places. It’s worth filling it in, even if just for the prizes (MacBooks and New World Vouchers).

VUWSA is keen to hear from Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Studies students about their views on their subjects. Every time the University does a review of a Programme, VUWSA compiles a submission of student views and presents it to the University. How could these programmes be better? Are there enough tutorials or out-of-class opportunities available? Head along to the survey link to have your say at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RB5TNYV. Email Jay Chhana, VUWSA Education Organiser, at jay.chhana@vuw.ac.nz, if you have any questions.

Have a great week,
Sonya
VUWSA President

 

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