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October 6, 2008

The University Council will meet tomorrow afternoon to determine next year’s student fees, as proposed last month by the Finance Committee. In a memorandum to the Council, the Committee recommended a five per cent increase in all government-funded undergraduate course fees or an increase up to the fee maxima – whichever is the lower of […]

October 6, 2008

From next month, students who fulfil the requirements for their degrees, diplomas or certificates will have 12 months to apply to have their qualifications granted. Previously, students were able to leave their qualifications unconferred indefinitely. “Getting your qualification granted means we can confirm its authenticity to an employer or other academic institutions if needed,” Graduation […]

October 6, 2008

Recent advice issued by the Ministry of Education to Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson has reported that the time taken for student loans to be repaid has been halved from eight to four years. According to the Ministry, the median repayment time for those who finished study in 2005 and had remained in New Zealand […]

October 6, 2008

The election-year battle to win student votes has started in earnest among the political parties, with the National and New Zealand First announcing policies aimed at alleviating student debt. National announced a voluntary bonding scheme for health professional graduates, with the intention of keeping medical workers in the country and helping them pay off their […]

October 6, 2008

Two hours before the VUWSA election results were announced, the VUWSA exec met for three quarters of an hour and wondered where the axe would fall. Education Vice-President Paul Brown frequently instructed all present to praise someone called “Jeebus,” apparently because the end was nigh, and broke into song at two points, although Salient could […]

October 6, 2008

At the recent Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) awards, I spoke with the presidentelect of Palmerston North’s Massey University, who raised the topic of the VUWSA exec. My conversation with him was one that has become distinctly familiar this year

October 6, 2008

February The 2008 Salient news year saw in a fiery (excuse the abysmal pun) start in which an international student residing at Stafford House was charged with arson. The student, later identified as Bennet Alexander, set fire to one of the elevators at the hall of residence as he returned home in an intoxicated state […]

October 6, 2008

Firstly enrol to vote. You know those guys who are in the van on the corner of Willis and Cuba every weekend? They are your electoral friends. Go see them, or head to the closest post office, online at www.elections.org.nz. Legally you need to be enrolled to vote.

October 6, 2008

Another of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpieces, the director behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, that follows a young warrior called Akatashi as he travels to the forest of the Deer God, in an attempt to rid himself of an evil curse. He attempts to protect the people of the ironworks as well as the animals […]