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Topic # 33055 28-Apr-2009 20:02
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Firstly, at last year's graduation ceremony the president of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association wore a I <3 My ... to the graduation ceremony.  Good cause, completely wrong time and place.

My first and only thought - what an idiot.

Imagine my surprise to read this in the news today:

Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) has angered students by refusing to lay a wreath at Anzac Day commemorations, saying to do so would be to condone war.


I think the VUWSA should hold a meeting in their local RSA.  That may change their views.

Best quote from the article:

Anzac Day pro war? Are you kidding me? No one can be that thick. Surely.


WTH.



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  Reply # 210319 28-Apr-2009 20:13
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The scary thing is that these people are potentially future leaders! Anyway I'm off to be a student again in September, Taxi for Knoydart please

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 210323 28-Apr-2009 20:33
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I left my undergraduate days behind in the late 70's (but I do have two kids at Otago currently) and I remember some very clever, controversial and principled student leaders from those days - however, the current crop occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally) seem to be from another planet. I always thought a modicum of intelligence was a requirement for university entry - but maybe student leaders are exempt in some cases?





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  Reply # 210501 29-Apr-2009 12:45
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And last I checked you are forced to pay VUWSA fees to them, despite the fact that they don't support the views of the majority of the people they supposedly represent. A bunch of dangerous self-interested extreme-left wingers. Or at least, that's the impression they present.

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  Reply # 210509 29-Apr-2009 13:04
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VUWSA are a waste of money. At least a $100 a year per student in compulsory fees, and nothing in return for the money.

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  Reply # 210513 29-Apr-2009 13:14
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NokiaRocks: VUWSA are a waste of money. At least a $100 a year per student in compulsory fees, and nothing in return for the money.


Why is it compulsory, who made it compulsory, and how can it be changed? Strikes me that if unions are not compulsory in other areas then student unions shouldnt have to be either.

If I were a Govt that was a bit to the right, and an organisation that was a bit to the left (did I say a bit?), then I would simply let the students deicde if they wanted to pay to join :-)

Guess what would happen.

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  Reply # 210658 29-Apr-2009 20:13
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stevenz: And last I checked you are forced to pay VUWSA fees to them, despite the fact that they don't support the views of the majority of the people they supposedly represent. A bunch of dangerous self-interested extreme-left wingers. Or at least, that's the impression they present.





I am currently a student at Vic - I have nearly finished (thank goodness).
VUWSA is an embarrassment/waste of money I feel. This rubbish just reinforces my feelings.







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  Reply # 210820 30-Apr-2009 10:07
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Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) has angered students by refusing to lay a wreath at Anzac Day commemorations, saying to do so would be to condone war.


I can sort of see their point to be honest... nobody should feel like they have to make a gesture that they're not comfortable with. People pay tribute in their own way. It's like expecting an atheist to say Grace at the table just because everybody else at the table is.

Having said that, they should have just politely declined and not said anything further. The stuff about condoning war is a bit far fetched. Memorials don't condone war any more than they prevent it.




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  Reply # 210945 30-Apr-2009 16:48
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In 1999 voluntary unionism won in Auckland and again in 2001 and 2003, in 1999 voluntary unionism was rejected in Wellington (they haven't had any subsequent votes on it since then) maybe Wellingtonian students just aren't as smart?


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Reply # 213823 10-May-2009 11:01
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And our favourite (now-ex) VUWSA president is in the news again, this time for burning the NZ flag.

Can anyone, really, be that thick? (is there something in the water down there?)



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  Reply # 213846 10-May-2009 13:12
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Man he Aggravates me!!



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Reply # 216766 21-May-2009 18:37
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Another update: Varsity students thrown out for NZ flag burning

At least now the university realises that Joel is a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

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  Reply # 216845 21-May-2009 22:49
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Aw you beat me to it...
He has been kicked outta uni :D

http://www.salient.org.nz/news/victoria-univeristy-disenrolls-former-vuwsa-president

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