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Eye on the Exec April 9

Probably the longest meeting of the year so far, week six saw a jam-packed VUWSA exec meeting. Despite a sizeable “in committee” portion—with action points and contributions from all over the place, there’s a lot to get through.

Most importantly, President Tamatha Paul declared her intention to get a new dog. This action point was quickly completed with the adoption of Biggie Paul (pictured).

 

Clubs Council

The Clubs Council was brought up by Tamatha in her Presidential Report.

The key issues were based around the administration of clubs at Victoria. Up until 2012, VUWSA managed official university clubs. Since then, they have taken a back seat to the university proper’s Victoria Recreation (VicRec). Apparently this came with complaints, and a poll suggesting that roughly two thirds of clubs would prefer to be managed by VUWSA.

 

As such, the Clubs Council decided that VUWSA will begin to take on a bigger role in running clubs.

 

Also briefly discussed was the conversion of the old ANZ building at Kelburn to become a permanent space for Victoria’s clubs.

 

Living Pā

The Living Pā project was also discussed in the Presidential Report. Rhianna Morar, Puawai Waller, and Tamatha have been working on a proposal for buildings to replace the soon-to-be-knocked-down Kelburn Parade (KP) rooms.

 

The “Living Building” concept is a seven-part “challenge” developed in the US to address the impact of building design on the environment. The Living Pā proposal, submitted by Rhianna in April, looks to adapt the challenge to its unique Pōneke setting.

 

Exams 2019: Condensed and Computerised

Student Academic Committee (SAC) discussed how the university is looking to finalise its digital exam system sometime soon, although there are some concerns, including about device compatibility. The law and commerce schools will be holding digital exam pilots, with the commerce school expected to use the system in practice exams this week.

Geo acknowledged the work VUW Law Students’ Society had played in working with the law faculty on the project.

 

Of great concern at the SAC were the changes to this year’s mid-trimester assessment period (which were decided in 2016). The exam period is planned to be shorter, as is the marking period, with VUWSA expressing concern about it being “a mess the university made themselves”.

 

The SAC, VUWSA academic team, and VicComm will all be working on the issue, and keeping students in the loop prior to assessments. Keep an eye out for information from VUWSA and further developments in Salient next week.

 

Lecture Recordings

Rinaldo Strydom lead the conversation on VUWSA’s attempts to make lecture recordings compulsory for all courses.

 

The short-term period of compulsory recording following the Al Noor and Linwood Mosque Attacks was pointed to as an illustration of the university’s capacity to have comprehensive recordings, although some lecturers refused to record, even for that short period.

 

More work is to be done, with Rinaldo’s excitement clear—formally requesting that it be known he dabbed.

 

Clubs IGM

Millie Osborne continued the meeting with her usual enthusiasm, outlining the recent clubs IGM. VUWSA and VicRec both attended, alongside 44 clubs, all hoping to improve the Vic clubs system.

 

The main feature of the IGM concerned the constitution, with reforms and an election.

Changes proposed by the clubs council last year were passed, with an “overwhelming majority” supporting changes to quorum requirements, sub-committees, and the co-partnership model.

 

The clubs council was elected for 2019, with a new diversity on the council highlighted. It was suggested by Millie that the new representation was a consequence of open elections, rather than the previous de facto appointments.

 

Save Fountown

Tamatha recapped developments to the Kelburn liquor ban consultation process. Student submissions are now open until May 1, with a report due back in July this year.

 

Tamatha expressed her frustration with the process, in light of finding out two complaints have been made to police from residents on the issue, and the “arguing” between WCC and VUW about whose problem alcohol control in the park is.

 

Look up “Save Fountown” for more info on submitting.

 

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