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AuthorLewis van den Berg-Shaw

Author Archive: Lewis van den Berg-Shaw

Lewis has been playing videogames since his family's PC Direct "workstation" in early 1996. He spends his spare time reading political blogs, working and welcoming complaints and suggestions.

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April 4, 2011

This week’s Executive meeting saw amendments to Bonus Round Sports Council grants, further development on the VSM front, and a surprising lack of charming banter. Work reports were of similar stock to recent weeks, save for an endearing misspelling of the ‘Domino Post’. Seamus still managed to pull 100 hours over the last reporting period. […]

March 21, 2011

The magic of modern medical science saved Josh van Veen, Campaigns Officer from succumbing to an awful bout of tonsillitis. Plague-madness or not, Josh described conversations with Francisco Hernandez—Otago University Student’s Assocation Colleges and Communication Portfolio Executive Officer—about establishing a work report system similar to VUWSA’s and an Environmental Officer position at Otago. Details of […]

March 7, 2011

There were balloons everywhere, giving the room a party atmosphere it didn’t deserve. Exhaustion and near-silence prevailed until a case of lukewarm Mountain Dew was passed around, which at the very least gave those present something to cry into. Differences from last year were immediately noticeable—all the work reports were both formatted correctly and readable. […]

September 27, 2010

Local body elections are upon us, with voting documents were sent out just over a week ago. Each eligible voter has until midday on Saturday 9 October to return their ballot paper via post. Whichever candidate gets the most votes, wins. If you’re enrolled in Dunedin, Wellington, or Porirua, however, things aren’t quite as simple […]

September 20, 2010

Last week’s VUWSA executive meeting came and went in almost exactly twenty minutes, a new record for the time I’ve attended them. Notable absences this week were Paul Zhong, who apparently does exist because he called to organise a meeting with Max while he was in Otago, and James Sleep, who made his absence known […]

September 13, 2010

Only 30 students attended the Student Forum last Monday, despite the discussion of possible changes to student fees and the opportunity for students to ask senior management questions about the university on the agenda. Held in the Memorial Theatre, the forum featured presentations by VUWSA President Max Hardy, Chancellor Ian McKinnon and Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh, […]

September 6, 2010

Welcome back. Hope you’ve recovered enough from whatever state of unreality or active denial you were living in for the past two weeks to focus on the next few hundred words or so. An exec meeting occurs (on average) every fortnight, so what follows this week is the summation of two distinct meetings which I’ve […]

August 16, 2010

Salient’s Lewis van der Berg-Shaw ‘was lucky enough to talk to Morgaine Presser – an aerial performer – who is one of the acts at the Capital Fetish Ball on 28 August. “Aerial performance” is a general term for a number of circus disciplines—trapeze, aerial acrobatics, the tightrope—performed above the ground. “Tissue” has recently formed […]

August 9, 2010

VUWSA handed out a total of $4125 in bonuses to six different executive members last week. Applications to a value of $1050 were declined, with a further $850 not assigned due to Fraser Pearce’s resignation late last month. Members of the executive are entitled to apply for any amount up to $850 for their work […]