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March 29, 2015

This week I thought I’d set myself a challenge and dedicate this column to convincing you to come along to the VUWSA Initial General Meeting (IGM) this week. In case the intrinsic desire to participate in constitutionally required meetings isn’t enough to get you to come, I’ve come up with a compelling list of why […]

March 23, 2015

Last week as I was writing this column, the full picture of the devastating impact Cyclone Pam had on Vanuatu and surrounding Pacific Nations was still unfolding. My heart goes out to all our family and friends who have been affected. It’s times like these where it’s heartening to see the students, staff and the […]

March 15, 2015

This week our Chancellor, Sir Neville Jordan, has been quoted as saying he’s “not hung up” on the fact that the University Council has a despicable gender balance (currently 13 men, six women). Before I get into a discussion about another white dude in power, I’ll let you know a little bit about me. I’m […]

March 8, 2015

Welcome to week two and shout out to those of you who lasted the first week without skipping class. Last week, I fulfilled my lifelong goal of being a dragon. Last Thursday I was on the panel of judges in the CapApp challenge ‘Dragons’ Den’. The challenge was for teams to come up with ideas […]

February 22, 2015

Kia ora! I hope you have had a sweet summer. If you’re a new student, welcome to Vic (and to Wellington if you’re from out of town). For those returning, thanks for continuing to read Salient, and welcome back for another year. I’m Rick Zwaan and get to represent you as President of VUWSA—Your Students’ […]

September 7, 2014

Welcome back from your break! As you may have noticed, the poster boards are now devoid of VUWSA candidates and the chalk has been washed off. The VUWSA elections are over and I’m stoked to have been elected as your President of VUWSA for next year. Thanks to all of you for voting (even if it wasn’t for me); we had the largest turnout ever.

August 18, 2014

Stress Free Study Week is a great example of making food accessible and cheap (or free) for students. Every trimester during study week, we put on breakfast and lunch for free for hundreds of hungry students at Kelburn, Te Aro and Pipitea.

March 17, 2014

In my unbiased opinion, Welfare VP is the best role on the Exec. I get to work on things that try to make your life just a wee bit better.

September 9, 2013

We need some basic legislation to ensure that landlords bring their properties up to standard with insulation, heating and ventilation.

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