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September 28, 2009

This isn’t the VUWSA election season we all know and love. Things have been disgustingly quiet—cordial, even. The prickly tentacles of civilised discourse seem to have taken hold and wrapped themselves around the torso of this year’s band of gnarly political bandits. The universal law of student politics, much like the science described in Back […]

September 28, 2009

i.e. law is all stains, bro. The New Zealand legal profession is being let down by incompetent barristers who lack the skills necessary to practise the bar, says Attorney General Chris Finlayson. In a recent speech, the Attorney General described the professional law courses offered in this country as a joke. “We’re breeding a class […]

September 28, 2009

As an Englishman, I sometimes find it quite difficult to relate to you Kiwis. In my home country and my national sport there’s been uproar in recent weeks after Manchester City’s win over Arsenal, or more specifically, after Emmanuel Adebayor’s first game against his former club. Wearing the sky blue of Man City, Adebayor kicked […]

September 22, 2009

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Presidential candidate Alan Young revealed today that he supports Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) of students’ associations. Young, the self-proclaimed “people’s voice”, went on to say many of his supporters think VSM is a good idea and consideration should be given to it. Max Hardy, who is also running for […]

September 21, 2009

J&J Vote ‘Nay’ Victoria University has agreed to increase fees by 5% and almost double its Student Services Levy for the 2010 academic year. The decision was made during a heated and difficult meeting of the University Council on Monday afternoon. Government funded honours and postgraduate fees will also increase by $500. Victoria’s Student Services […]

September 21, 2009

University Council members had to duck for cover as protesters threw fruit and eggs at them at a meeting where fees and the student services levy were raised today. VUWSA president Jasmine Freemantle was hit in the head by an orange, but Chancellor Tim Beaglehole and Vice Chancellor Pat Walsh survived unscathed. Protest leader, VUWSA […]

September 21, 2009

The hit sequel to Milkshakes McCaffrey and the Querulous Quorum Quagmire He may be renowned for sipping on milkshakes at VUWSA meetings and around the general Wellington area, but Peter McCaffrey now holds a new mantle: picking holes in VUWSA meeting procedure. Last Wednesday’s VUWSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was interrupted over a dozen times […]

September 21, 2009

Salient understands the recent VUWSA by-election was declared invalid by an independent panel following a complaint by Act on Campus vice-president Peter McCaffrey. Sources revealed the decision to Salient last week. The report had not been officially released at the time of print. McCaffrey complained because of irregularities between online and paper ballots, and lax […]

September 21, 2009

Eternal smugness permeated around the Student Union Building last week as Victoria University student magazine Salient walked away with a bountiful bevy of ASPA awards, including Best Publication. The annual back-pat for New Zealand’s student media took place at a lavish blue carpet ceremony at Rutherford House two weekends ago. Salient walked away with a […]