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Encyclopedia > Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association

The Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association ("VUWSA") is the official students' association at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. VUWSA was established in 1899 as the Victoria University College Students' Society. Freshman and Sophomore redirect here. ... Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Organisation

Membership of VUWSA is compulsory for all Victoria University of Wellington students. The current annual fee is $120. A referendum to change to a voluntary student association was rejected in 1999. Victoria Universitys Kelburn Campus. ... Ballots of the Argentine plebiscite of 1984 on the border treaty with Chile A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... Voluntary student unionism (VSU) is a policy under which membership of – and payment of membership fees to – university student organisations is not compulsory. ...


Historically, VUWSA has a reputation as a radical left-wing students' association although this is no longer the case. Nevertheless VUWSA has had a heavy involvement in New Zealand social movements (such as the Nuclear Free New Zealand Movement, and the Vietnam War where VUWSA donated money to the Viet Cong). In recent years, VUWSA has supported the campaign for the Prostitution Reform Bill and the Civil Union Bill, and opposed initiatives to raise the legal drinking age. In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... New Zealand’s foreign policy is oriented chiefly toward developed democratic nations and emerging Pacific economies. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... A Viet Cong soldier, heavily guarded, awaits interrogation following capture in the attacks on Saigon during the festive Tet holiday period of 1968. ... Currently prostitution and brothel keeping are legal in New Zealand, provided the prostitute is 18 or over. ... Civil unions in New Zealand were ratified on 9 December 2004 when Parliament passed the Civil Union Bill to establish the institution of civil union for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. ...


The executive is elected by the membership of the association. Turnout has been consistently less than ten percent in recent years, with roughly one thousand students voting in 2005. Important positions in VUWSA include the Vice President (Welfare) currently held by Jules van Cruysen, and the Vice President (Education) currently held by Joel Cosgrove. The current President of the association is "Giant" Geoff Hayward.[1] Men of the Colony of Queensland turning out to vote in the Australian 1899 Federation referendum. ...


The executive consists of ten other positions: Treasurer, Women's Rights Officer, Clubs Officer, Activities Officer, Campaigns Officer, two Education Officers, Queer Officer, Environment Officer and International Students Officer. The last three positions were established by amendments to the VUWSA constitution at the end of 2005. In many governments, a treasurer is the person responsible for running the treasury. ... The term women’s rights typically refers to freedoms inherently possessed by women and girls of all ages, which may be institutionalized or ignored and/or illegitimately suppressed by law or custom in a particular society. ... The word queer has traditionally meant strange or unusual, but it is also currently often used in reference to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Services

VUWSA provides a range of services to students including representation, clubs and various activities. It has published a weekly newspaper, Salient since 1941. Linked to VUWSA by a memorandum of understanding is Ngai Tauira, a group that works with Māori students. The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Liberal democracy History of democracy Representative democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by ideology Representative... Clubs (♣) is one of the four suits found in playing cards, marked with a black trefoil; the term is translated from the Spanish basto. ... Look up Activity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Activity may refer to— in chemistry, the effective concentration of an ion or other solute for the purposes of chemical reactions and other mass action. ... Salient is the weekly students magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association (VUWSA) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. ... Languages Māori, English Religions Māori religion, Christianity Related ethnic groups other Polynesian peoples, Austronesian peoples The word Māori refers to the indigenous people of New Zealand and their language. ...



VUWSA has eight organisational goals which define its areas of activity:


1. Education: Student Support - To secure and maintain adequate state income, welfare and employment support for students. Welfare has four primary meanings: Welfare, the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ...


2. Education: University - To ensure the university provides equity and quality in assessment, teaching, conditions and course access supported by sufficient resources.


3. Education: Equity - To promote equity for disadvantaged members in access to and within the university. The Court of Chancery, London, early 19th century This article is about the concept of equity in the jurisprudence of common law countries. ...


4. Services - To control the student union complex and provide quality cost effective (consumer) services for members.


5. Activities - To provide or assist sporting, social and cultural activities, for and by members; primarily through clubs. // The Unobservable Although the term social is a crucial category in social science and often used in public discourse, its meaning is often vague, suggesting that it is a fuzzy concept. ... Culture (from the [[Latin)) cultura stemming from colere, meaning to cultivate), generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... Clubs (♣) is one of the four suits found in playing cards, marked with a black trefoil; the term is translated from the Spanish basto. ...


6. Public Issues - To promote discussion and action as appropriate, on issues concerning students as citizens.


7. Finance - To maximise the benefits to members by minimising fees or user charges through internal efficiency and non member revenue. Finance studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects. ...


8. Accountability - To ensure that the structures and procedures of the Association result in effective and efficient communication, management and accountability. Accountability is a concept in ethics with several meanings. ...


External links

  • Official site
  • Salient site

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