Features

15/03/10

Salient feature writer Elle Hunt celebrates the third birthday of some other special people—The VBC. Your third birthday is quite the milestone. By now, you have a complete set of baby teeth; you can talk in short but complete sentences; and you’re well on the way to developing your own unique personality. This year, the [...]

15/03/10

Victoria University doesn’t have that many icons. But those we do have tend to be relatively impressive. We have the Hunter Building. It’s old. We can boast Bret and Jemaine, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and John Campbell as former students, but they’re definitely not as cuddly, or furry, as one of Vic’s most-loved icons, Sandy Rankine. [...]

15/03/10

What it’s like to juggle parenthood with a tertiary education “Now the thing about having a baby—and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this—is that thereafter you have it.”—Jean Kerr So the bomb has dropped. That which your parents so patiently warned you about has occurred. You’re a student with a sprog. [...]

15/03/10

Salient has got to be the raddest septuagenarian this side of awesometown. To celebrate its 72nd birthday, feature writer Matthew Cunningham looks back over the first three decades of Salienty goodness and plucks out a few memorable gems. So here it is, in all its glory—the first thirty years of Salient! 1938 Salient was born [...]

08/03/10

Salient Editor Sarah Robson looks back at the long history of student media, the awkward relationship that exists between magazines and the students’ associations that fund them, and prospects for student media under Voluntary Student Membership. The magazine you hold in your hands right now gets a whole lot of its funding from VUWSA. Did [...]

08/03/10

Daa-dee-daah! Here you have in your hot, sweaty, little hands is the VSM issue of Salient. So, what is VSM and why do we care? I’ll talk you through it. I must declare: I am indeed the same Freya as was Freya the Vice President of VUWSA in 2009. So I think it’s important to [...]

08/03/10

This year, the chances are rather high that you paid a levy to the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA). Salient roving reporters Elle Hunt and Molly McCarthy show you how to get your money’s worth. Each year you’re charged $139.20 just for being you—that is, a full-time student of Victoria University. This is [...]

08/03/10

Interview with David Do, NZUSA Co-President—1pm Tuesday 23 February 2010. Matthew: I’m here talking with David Do, Co-President of NZUSA, about the issue of student membership—and specifically, Roger Douglas’ bill. David, firstly, why do you and NZUSA support compulsory student membership in student unions? David: Well, the current model is universal membership, not compulsory, since [...]

08/03/10

Alexander Butterworth is President of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation. What is the policy of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation (ALSF) on the question of student membership? The ALSF believes that membership of any organisation should be voluntary. No person should be forced to join an organisation that they do not want to join, nor [...]