Author Archive: Sarah Robson

Editor for 2010, politics nerd, panda fan and three-time award-winning student journalist.

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Levies: breaking whose bank?

Levies: breaking whose bank?

by / 12/09/11 / 1 Comment

More than a year on from Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce’s announcement that he would look into the “excessive” student services levies being charged by some universities, legislation has been passed under urgency that seeks to introduce greater transparency to how these levies are set. The student services levy is the compulsory fee for non-academic [...]

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Editorial. The last one. I promise.

by / 11/10/10 / 1 Comment

“Send out, Salient, the swift satiric point, To smart the sluggard mind awake, While Freedom anywhere in bonds is pent No compromise with falseness make. Those freed today tomorrow forth must leap Some further outpost there to take and keep.” Salient, 1938 We made it. 25 80-hour weeks, 25 all-nighters, 25 issues later. We have [...]

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Salient rates: reasons not to be the editor of Salient

by / 11/10/10 / No Comments

I’ve been working 80-hour weeks all year. I haven’t had a social life. My life is Salient. While you may have a romantic notion of what this job entails, I can assure you, a lot of the time, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get me wrong, this is without doubt the [...]

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A balancing act? An interview with Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh

by / 11/10/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

2010 has been a year of significant change in the tertiary education sector. In January, Anne Tolley was replaced as Tertiary Education Minister by Steven Joyce. Many suspected that this signalled that things were in for a shake-up, and the National government’s budget this year confirmed this. Joyce has reiterated that there is no more [...]

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Editorial

Editorial

by / 04/10/10 / [ 6 Comments ]

I was in a van heading to Auckland when the report of the Education and Science select committee on the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill was tabled. I’d had three hours sleep, having finished work on that week’s Salient at 5.35am. Someone called me to say the report recommended the so-called VSM bill be [...]

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Close Encounters of the Presidential Kind

by / 04/10/10 / 1 Comment

It comes down to a choice between the dude with all the experience, and the dude who has none, but has a fresh perspective. Salient Editor Sarah Robson talks to the two people who want to be your VUWSA President next year—Seamus Brady and Paul Smith. Seamus Brady, 22 Studying: History, Politics, and a brief [...]

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Aspatorial

Aspatorial

by / 27/09/10 / No Comments

ASPA. Say it out loud. Asssss-paaaa. It’s got a nice ring to it. What is this ASPA I speak of? For the uninitiated—which is no doubt the vast majority of you—ASPA is the Aotearoa Student Press Association. It’s pretty much awesomeness in a can. Each and every student magazine in New Zealand, from Craccum at [...]

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Poor Students get Poorer

Poor Students get Poorer

by / 27/09/10 / No Comments

Fees rise four percent for 2011 Fees across all courses at Victoria University will increase by four per cent next year, following a decision made by the University Council at a special meeting last Monday. At the meeting, the University Council approved amendments to the Fees Statute to allow a four per cent fee rise, [...]

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Wanna edit Salient in 2011?

Wanna edit Salient in 2011?

by / 22/09/10 / [ 14 Comments ]

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to steer the good ship Salient next year? We’re extending applications for the 2011 Editor position for another week—that means you’ve got until Wednesday 29 September to get your application in. You’ll find all the important details here. Any questions? Want the full job description and 2010 budget? Email [...]

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Editorial

Editorial

by / 20/09/10 / No Comments

It’s election mania! Not only are local body elections coming up, the VUWSA general elections are almost upon us. It’s the time of year when Salient staff members realise we have spent far too much time in the office over the course of the year—we are genuinely excited about the prospect of candidates making dicks [...]

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