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October 9, 2016

Hits on salient.org.nz: 515,910 Issues produced: 25 Copies of Salient printed: 91,000 Number of contributors: 230 Total number of pages: 1160 Plants stolen from VUWSA: 2 Times we missed our deadline by a mile: 4 Number of emails sent: 2846 Fridges we went through: 3   THANK YOU TO: Abe Hollingsworth, Adeline Shaddick, Ahorangi Rawinia […]

October 9, 2016

Victoria University has joined in partnership with edX, a large non-profit open online course provider, to make higher education opportunities more accessible to people wanting to learn. Victoria will be launching three “massive open online courses” within the next three years. The courses will consist of lectures no longer than seven and a half minutes […]

October 9, 2016

Last week emergency services attended to the sudden death of a female student at the University of Canterbury’s Rochester and Rutherford Hall. Police have confirmed that the death is not suspicious and have referred the matter to the coroner. Police will not confirm the cause of death. The university said in a statement that the […]

October 9, 2016

Victoria University researchers have found that several sponge species presumed threatened by climate change are likely to survive. The study was conducted by PhD student Holly Bennet, associate professor James Bell, professor Simon Davy, and Dr Nicole Webster, and examined four great barrier reef sponge species and their physiological responses to rising ocean acidification and […]

October 9, 2016

New research has revealed New Zealand secondary schools are failing to teach rugby players valuable social and mental skills. Research carried out by the University of Canterbury’s Dr Blake Bennett found the focus on technicalities sacrifices what otherwise makes the sport worthwhile for young males. Bennett’s study looked into both New Zealand and Japanese programs […]

October 9, 2016

Massey University Communications lecturer Steve Elers has called for the name of the institution to be changed. This comes after Elers uncovered racist comments made by the university’s namesake, William Ferguson Massey, during his term as prime minister from 1912-1925. The two statements in question read: “New Zealanders are… the purest Anglo-Saxon population in the […]

October 9, 2016

Victoria University is in the final stages of approving extended library hours across all three campuses. The current plan is to open all libraries from 8am to 12am, Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 10pm on weekends. The university are aiming to have the changes implemented by the third trimester. VUWSA President Jonathan Gee […]

October 8, 2016

Head of the United Nations Development Program Helen Clark has been unsuccessful in her bid to be the next Secretary General of the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council unanimously voted for former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres. Clark received eight ‘discourage’ votes, six ‘encourage’ votes, and one ‘no opinion’. Three vetoes were used […]

October 8, 2016

2016 VUWSA Treasurer-Secretary and 2017 Treasurer-elect George Grainger has resigned from the role for 2017. The resignation comes just two weeks after Grainger won the position on next year’s executive. Grainger wrote on Facebook that the “demanding role” has seen him go “up to and beyond my limits this year to give the Association what […]