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March 4, 2012

When I think back to my first year of study, I have no idea how I made it through. I wasn’t eligible for the student allowance so I worked 20-30 hours a week and took seven papers over the year. I thought I was crazy and probably thought I was Superwoman, but I did it. […]

October 2, 2011

Politics is some-thing you might like to get caught up in. We all have some form of political belief. Our political beliefs are often influenced by the way we were brought up. They are inherently ideological, no matter where you sit on the political continuum, and if you have a strong sense of conviction, you […]

September 12, 2011

Sixty Pacific students from New Zealand tertiary institutions gathered at Victoria University from 29 August to 2 September for their annual fono. Run in conjunction with NZUSA, the fono (conference) was hosted by Pasifika Students Council (VUW) and VUWSA’s Welfare Officer Ta’ase Vaoga. The fono aims to discuss the issues and barriers that are faced […]

August 1, 2011

Justice—it comes in many shapes and forms. It might be as simple as someone making something right with you after they’ve wronged you, it might be simply getting the mark you deserved in an assignment, or it might just simply be living a moral life, living out what you know to be right and true. […]

May 2, 2011

In third form, my art teacher looked at me in shock when I asked her if I could take her fourth form class. The audacity of me asking her was obviously humorous, so I took Graphic Design instead. However, I soon found that my calling was music and math (fat lot of good that does […]

March 28, 2011

Green MP Gareth Hughes spoke about climate change to around 45 students at Victoria University on Tuesday. The talk, hosted by Greens@Vic, opened his national tour, entitled Unf*ck the World: Cheer Up The Future’s Bright. The talk focused on climate change issues and how we are damaging our planet. Mr Hughes, who claims the title […]

March 21, 2011

The Women’s Room, located by the VUWSA Student Media Centre, was trashed last Tuesday. Publications were put in the rubbish bin, and some of the readings provided were torn before being placed in the rubbish. Much of the material binned was about abortion rights and feminism. A pro-choice book entitled Abortion Then and Now: New […]

September 20, 2010

Former Victoria University student Kurt Filiga passed away earlier this month after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia last November. Only 20 years old, Filiga was a Media Studies student and an aspiring film-maker, producing a documentary of his experience with the illness. Kurt-E: In My Blood was shown only weeks before Filiga passed away. Made […]

September 20, 2010

Expert staff from Victoria University spoke to a crowd of more than 200 about the Canterbury earthquake at Rutherford House recently. Many of the large audience were forced to watch via a live feed on the Mezzanine of Rutherford House because the lecture theatre was full. The talk came less than a week after Christchurch […]