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AuthorJoel Cosgrove

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October 6, 2008

This is what may be my last column as VUWSA President. I feel proud to say that the university are bringing about a $20 one-off internet levy. This is bringing about my pledge last year to make internet free, or non user-pays as explained when pressed last year, as nothing is ever free. Ultimately it […]

September 29, 2008

Go Wellington have called off their lock-out of the 300 or so bus drivers. This is an amazing feat. A lockout is the ying to a strike’s yang. This has been building up for a number of years, with various bus managements incompetently antagonising the drivers.

September 22, 2008

Domestic Violence is one of the biggest issues facing New Zealand society. The alienation that may feel is reflected back into social relations. Its important that we start talking answers. As part of my Men and Feminism article I interviewed Brian Gardner from the National Network for Stopping Violence.

September 8, 2008

Mens’ issues are complex. What is presented as a simple dichotomy, men vs. women, feminists vs. misogynists, PC vs anti-PC is not as clear cut as it may seem. It is clear that we as a society need to take these seemingly disparate strands and work to resolve the seemingly connected and unconnected struggles of […]

September 1, 2008

One of the first ways I got involved in my (and your) Students’ Association was writing music reviews for Salient. I’d read it in secondary school whenever I found a copy, it was an elusive thing and something that in 6th form seemed so impressive and removed from anything to do with me (how have […]

August 11, 2008

This year has been (in comparison to previous years) relatively low key emotionally. I’ve come into this job with a clear idea of what I wanted done. Namely campus activism and progressive engagement with the university (usually picketed outside their door, but not always)

August 4, 2008
July 28, 2008

Student debt is an issue. I’ve sat down at Student Hardship meetings and gone over the details of a lot of students (around 1000 off the top of my head, last year) who are in what I’d describe as pretty extreme situations, financially and/or emotionally.

July 14, 2008

What is the direction forward for Victoria University? Questions like this get asked regularly and to most extent we as students have little control over the university and our wider existance in general. That the university is asking students for their opinions on the strategic plan is new and interesting, it hasn’t been done before.

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