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September 14, 2009

Ka kite, money. Ka kite. Victoria University is expected to increase its Student Services Levy by a “substantial” amount in 2010, Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh told a fees forum last Wednesday. The forum, organised by VUWSA and the university, detailed the university’s challenging financial position, and highlighted that tougher times lay ahead. The decision whether or […]

September 14, 2009

Minister of Education Anne Tolley returned from a nine-day jaunt to the US of A early last week, preaching the gospel words of controversial US schools leader Michelle Rhee. The Dominion Post reported that Tolley is considering an idea purported by Rhee which would see prospective teachers with a master’s degree “fast-tracked” into the classroom, […]

September 14, 2009

Nominations for VUWSA’s 2010 executive closed last Thursday with the big surprise that current president Jasmine Freemantle is not seeking re-election. In an interview with Salient last week Freemantle played coy with the prospect of a second term, saying she was strongly considering her future. She did say that if she didn’t run she would […]

September 14, 2009

The fate of five members of the VUWSA Executive whose election is the subject of an investigation will know whether they’ll keep their jobs this Friday. The VUWSA Election Arbitration Panel is expected to deliver its judgement to the Election Committee on three points of contention raised regarding the way the July by-election was held. […]

September 14, 2009

Polytechnic staff to strike, classes you don’t attend to be disrupted Tertiary Education Union members at six polytechnics have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in response to proposed changes to their working hours. Teachers from NorthTec, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Waikato Institute of Technology, Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki, Whitireia Polytechnic and Unitec have […]

September 14, 2009

VSM coin can be used as legal tender–it’s totally up to you, man, totally. Interest in the recently tabled Freedom of Association bill may be drawn along political lines, but many students at Victoria University have come out in support of optional membership. The bill, if passed, would give Vic­toria students the opportunity to choose […]

September 14, 2009

VUWSA will hold its yearly AGM this Wednesday with a number of motions being posed, but a proposed change to the Salient charter has drawn criticism. An amendment to the charter posed by VUWSA Clubs Officer Masha Kupriyenko would require Salient to provide regular coverage of club news and views in the form of a […]

September 14, 2009

Possibilities of what biologists could achieve if they discover physics mind-boggling The algorithm used by Google to rank web pages could be used to order an ecosystem’s species to help analyse the consequences of their extinction. That was the conclusion of American scientists Stefano Allensina and Mercedes Pascual in a paper they published earlier this […]

September 14, 2009

Holy shit, prepare for your clothes to be torn to shreds! British fashionistas and stars of the popular television series What Not to Wear Trinny & Susannah are heading to Wellington for a one-off fun-filled fashion EXTRAVAGANZA! … at Westfield Queensgate. The style gurus, known for their incredible capacity to reduce the human form into […]

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