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AuSM Student President

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic time at your second AuSM orientation week. We are all settling down with studies now. I attended my first MBA lecture last Monday and it was really fun as we have a lot of experienced people from the industry on the course who were making a lot of contributions during the lecture and it just made me feel like I was in a board meeting other than a lecture hall. To all my fellow students, especially the first year first semester students, please make good use of the University’s Free Learning Development and Success (Te Tari Āwhina) programmes as they are very helpful. Their staff can advise you on many aspects of your academic work like writing essays and assignments, taking notes, giving oral presentations, understanding the culture and expectations of academic study and much more. I have been studying at AUT for the past seven years and I still find those courses useful as I even had to take some during my AUT MBA School Induction programme. AuSM has been entertaining you for the past two weeks on all the AUT campuses as part of our O-Week programme and I am very excited that you are all loving it. We have taken heaps of pictures at the O-Week activities so check them out on our facebook page: HYPERLINK “http:// www.facebook.com/ausm1” www.facebook.com/ausm1. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th Anniversary dinner of Unitec-Waitakere at the Trust Stadium on Thursday, March 1. It was an outstanding opportunity to meet and greet a lot of dignitaries from the community; political, academic, and corporate world, and last but not least, the student community. It was not over with Unitec as I had to honour another invitation from their student union for their Sounds in the Sun gig on Saturday, March 3. Apparently, Sounds in the Sun turned out to be the ‘Sounds in the Dark’ as the venue was changed from the Unitec Rugby field to Vector Arena in the CBD due to the terrible weather. It was still overwhelmingly successful though after very short notice was given for the change of venue. And guess what made the news spread like wildfire – facebook and text messages. One can never underestimate the power of the social media in today’s life. As part of AuSM’s commitment to build a better community engagement programme, we have established a project called the President’s Community Based Initiative (PCBI). The PCBI programme this month is helping with the Child Cancer Foundation Beads of Courage Day Street Appeal Collection Day on Friday 23rd March and Saturday 24th March 2012. I chose this project because I strongly believe that it will make a huge difference in the lives of our future AUT students and AuSM members who are now battling with cancer. Please my fellow students, I humbly appeal to you to make a donation of time to help the Foundation provide support to children with cancer, their families and the health professionals who care for them. Spending an hour or two in an Auckland community and making street collections could make meaningful difference in the lives of these courageous children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on (09) 9999 ext 8571 or HYPERLINK “mailto:kessuman@aut.ac.nz” kessuman@aut.ac.nz. To

register for the event please contact the AuSM Volunteer Co-ordinator, Deanna Berry at the AuSM reception, City Campus or email her on HYPERLINK “mailto:dberrry@aut.ac.nz” dberrry@aut.ac.nz. Have a lovely week and make the most of it! AuSM’s bar, Vesbar has now been re-launched and because it is on the site of the university, it is now smoke free. It has been given a facelift and it really looks cosy now so enjoy all the gigs and the activities that are coming up soon. It was also really nice to be part of the activities like the Mini golf, photobooth fun, free feeds, BMX, Giant games etc etc that were run last week. It’s going to be an exciting year for clubs and societies so I also encourage existing affiliated clubs and societies to be applying for grants from AuSM as usual to run some of their activities. If you are part of an external or an internal group and you want to be recognised by AuSM, please come and talk to us. Also, if you are an AUT student and you want to set up a new club to provide other unique services, please come and talk to us as well and let’s see what you’ve got. This week, AuSM will be rolling out fantastic activities like the Free feeds, Red bull sessions, Carnival day, O’Week Challenge, Comedy night w/ Steve Wringley, Jeremy Elwood & Nick Rado ect ect. For more information, please go to the AuSM office at any of the three campuses or visit our website: www.ausm.org.nz Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you all!

debate issue 3 2012  

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