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August 2, 2015

Ever been penalised an exorbitant number of marks for handing an assignment in late? Ever harboured reveries of sticking it to The Man by staging a mass revolt of lateness? They can’t penalise everyone, right? Well, the Exec has lived out your fantasies; they are the heroes you always dreamed of being. Their half-year reports, […]

August 2, 2015

The results are in, and it’s still shit. NZUSA has released the preliminary results of its July 2015 Income and Expenditure Survey and, predictably, everything’s still a bit shit. According to NZUSA, the survey is New Zealand’s “only significant independent research in the area of student income/expenditure and debt”. Of the students surveyed, two-thirds worked […]

August 2, 2015

Vic Student Bethany Paterson has plotted a competition between Te Puni and Weir House to lower the halls’ power use. The competition, dubbed Switch It Off, hopes to get students thinking about their personal energy use and how it can be changed by altering day-to-day habits. Between July 13 and last Monday, Te Puni had […]

August 2, 2015

Just in case you thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) wasn’t shrouded in enough controversy, universities may also suffer at its hands. Since New Zealand’s involvement in negotiations began in 2008, the 12-country agreement has generated major controversy, most recently with Seven Sharp’s Mike “unbiased” Hosking telling the nation that “the TPP negotiations have an […]

July 19, 2015

In the wake of Victoria’s proposed University Council changes, VUWSA has blacked out the main windows in the Hub to represent the “blacking out” of the student voice

July 19, 2015

Kids, you can no longer call people names on Yik Yak, or any other electronic platform for that matter. Parliament recently passed its Harmful Digital Communications Act, which will see laws against cyber-bullying take effect this month. Under the legislation, an “approved agency” may investigate and police harmful electronic communications via email, text and social […]

July 19, 2015

Unfortunately, Salient had missed the last Executive meeting in June, although that time it was deliberate—we’re pretty sure that attending VUWSA meetings during the break is a new circle of Hell that Dante forgot about, probably because it was really boring. We’re gutted, though, to have missed the (apparently very robust) debate over whether VUWSA […]

July 19, 2015

Last week the University’s newly introduced myAllocator system well and truly failed to provide incoming trimester two students with access to tutorial sign ups. The system overloaded after the number of students using the programme to sign up for tutorials exceeded the system’s capacity. The malfunction came with the message to “remind all of your […]

July 19, 2015

Auckland University has introduced a mandatory academic integrity test for all its students, making it the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to require a “how to not plagiarise” quiz. The online test, which had previously been optional, aims to clarify issues surrounding what is and is not academic plagiarism. The exercise includes five topics […]