The University of
Otago Students' Association has grown too cosy with the
university, leaving students without a voice and ending the
association's long history of radical political action, some
The Otago University Students' Association has had a crack at
out-of-town student event organisers about a lack of
commitment to health and safety.
A mass by-election is being held after more than a third of
Otago University Students' Association executive resigned
within a month.
The Otago University Students' Association remains in a solid
financial position, and ran an operating surplus of more than
$500,000 last year.
The Otago University Students' Association celebrated its
124th birthday in style yesterday with president Ruby
Sycamore-Smith blowing out the candles on a massive cake.
Laura Harris is the Otago University Students' Association's
new education officer after a by-election this week.
The Government's decision to shrink university councils and
get rid of mandatory staff, student and union membership has
been slammed as a ''power grab'' and ''an attack on
The students are back in town and set to revel in a week of
fun that has become the envy of those studying outside
Faster internet and fair student support are two key issues
for students, writes Ruby Sycamore-Smith, the 2014 president
of the Otago University Students' Association.
A lack of work for graduates means former Otago University
Students' Association president Francisco Hernandez is
heading to Wellington.
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