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AuthorSam Oldham

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October 8, 2012

Student activism and the state of play.

March 12, 2012

There was some discussion last year in the national media and commentary blogs about a rebirth of student activism here in New Zealand. University campuses around the country saw sit-ins, occupations and large-scale protest marches against the ongoing and intensified corporatisation of our education. At the University of Auckland, a series of militant student occupations saw two students arrested, […]

October 10, 2011

I would like to devote this space to outlining some of the reasons why I belong to the relatively new movement on campus known as We Are the University. Principally, I have chosen to be involved with the project out of rational choice. The administrators of VUW, led by Pat Walsh, continue to implement policies […]

March 21, 2011

Sport is a distraction. It is a powerful tool for depoliticizing a population, and a means of deterring public engagement with real issues. It serves to convince people that the only power they have to effect social change is through the electoral system—which is dominated by elite interests anyway. Spectator sport provides another important avenue […]

August 17, 2009

Hi. So last week, in collaboration with the newly established Free Palestine group, VUWSA coordinated a week of campaigns themed around the issue of Palestine. On Tuesday we staged a mock IDF checkpoint in the quad to raise awareness of Israel’s routine harrassment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. At this checkpoint IDF soldiers frisked […]