How to stop yourself Molesting people Note to self... Wax eyebrows for tv Get hair styled ople Don’t molest pe 1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior. 2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone! 3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them! 4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited. 5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM! 6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room. 7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public. 8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them. 9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake! 10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do. And, REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are commiting a crime — no matter how “into it” others appear to be.
VSM - WTF? So. VSM. It sounds great. Freedom of association and all those highminded ideals. But I have two major problems with it. Firstly, it’s not coming from us, the students, but from a political party intent on forcing its ideology on others. Shouldn’t we be the ones to choose? Currently we have that option. If students hold a referendum and more than a certain amount vote for VSM then it has to be instituted. Secondly, on a utilitarian approach it will simply do more harm than good, debilitating the student culture in Dunedin, as it has done elsewhere, and leading to less advocacy and representation for students as the services originally provided by independent students associations are taken over by the institution i.e. the University or Polytechnic in question.
This is especially so as the current VSM bill won’t even allow students to charge their membership fees to their student loan. I’m not saying students associations are perfect. They have their flaws. But I have a major problem with such change being literally forced upon others without their consultation and I think students stand to lose immensely from VSM – think orientation, advocacy, welfare, unipol, student magazines, radio stations and clubs (which are funded by students associations). That culture is so much of what going to University is about. Don’t undervalue it. Fight for it. Kari Schmidt
The drunken slut Issue
Looking at the world through the visored eyes of the Stig of Design, Marcel Raven-Bonqueres.
Pole Dancing Iceland in many ways seems a lot like New Zealand — small, remote, seismically active, geothermally bubbly and largely bankrupt. The latter characteristic was caused in part by those fomerly mentioned, but mostly it is known by wreckless economic and financial experiments by world banking communities and simpering, hapless leadership. The tiny population though, like us is sensibly fond of obscure sporting codes in which they excel. They know how to win the home games. Icelanders are of course word champions at Glima — a cross between enforced folk dancing and wrestling. Contestants must always stand erect and are not permitted to fall down on their opponent or to push them down in a forceful manner. It is considered unsporting. Importantly, opponents are supposed to look across each other’s shoulders as much as possible because it is considered proper to wrestle by touch and feel rather than sight. Crouch. Hold. No Looking . Grope. Touch and Engage ... but gently now. It must be this type of stilted, restrained choreography set against a wild and spectacular landscape full of myths and difficult to pronounce place names that makes their environmental design responses so distinctive. Even their design competitions are intriguing. Take the recent Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition for example. Two entries are inspirational . The first by Dietmar Koering of Arphenotype plays on the concept of the pylons serving as a spine “supporting todays society”. The idea first came to the architect during a lecture on biomimetics, the practice of imitating design principles found in nature — something that Koering says influences all his work. Each pylon is a sculpture Henry Moore would put his name to. Altogether much less abstractly anthropomorphic is the design submitted by Choi and Shine. Here are helpful giants striding across the landscape treading lightly and respectfully- you can almost hear them calling to one another, “Down your end Bjork!” Transpower take note . If you must continue to lace the country with cables do it sensitively and imaginatively, or not at all.
Postcard from London
Geoffrey Smith talks to Gyro I woke up this morning and reflected on last night’s London riots. Born in Dunedin and educated at Otago University, I have lived in London for over 13 years. Last night I heard and saw more public disorder and chaos than at any point in my time here – and I include the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. The news headlines scream, “Not since the Blitz!” Is London really a WW2-like war zone? How did we get to this? Three days of riots so far, last night the worst. It all started on Saturday following a peaceful protest at the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police during an attempted arrest in Tottenham, north London, on Thursday. Now the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has flown back early from his holiday in a Tuscan villa to deal with the crisis. “It’s an outrage” the politicians splutter. Those accountable will be punished “to the fullest extent of the law”. Sadly old fashioned responses. So who is accountable? Kids on bikes we’re told. Texting Teenagers. They know that they cannot realistically be punished. Arrested? Appearing In court? Sent to jail? They’re just kids. Of the dozens of reactions in the media, the one which sticks in my mind was an interview with Edwina Currie (former Tory cabinet minister) and an elderly writer from one of the local black communities. She held the Tory line impeccably, branding the rioters “criminals”. He responded by recounting stories from his grandson, including the countless “stop and searches” by police and flatly told the millionaire Currie that she had no idea what it was like to walk in the shoes of 15 year old black kid. Is the Westminster parliamentary system even relevant in the modern world? More than half of the cabinet ministers are white, male middle class millionaires, hardly representative of modern British society. Social networking was heavily blamed last night during the height of the riots. But this is just lazy journalism. Today those same social networks are being used by communities to arrange clean ups of their areas after the carnage of last night. The British media constantly reinforce the same messages. “What will the effects be on business?” they worry. “What sort of image will this give the world ahead of next year’s Olympics?” they fret. They focus on the economic cost. But they miss the bigger point. Last night’s riots show what eventually happens when traditional institutions pursue economic ideals to the exclusion of all else, in particular the maintenance of the social fabric of communities. It is those very communities, inevitably poor urban boroughs that have suffered disproportionately due to recent government spending cuts. The private sector will not fill this void as there is no profit in it for them. And so destructive, streetwise, tech-savvy kids from these communities assess the situation. It’s the school holidays and they’re bored. Using private Blackberry networks they assemble in one area, cause havoc, and then move quickly to another just as the police and fire services are arriving. The under-resourced police spend the evening in a macabre chase, one they are never going to win. It is not normally like this. London communities of all ethnic backgrounds contribute to making London one of the greatest cities in the world. But tonight they are talking about a curfew on the streets of London. A curfew! Another old-fashioned response.
News & stuff Help Laura show at Fashion Week
Otago Polytechnic Fashion School graduate Laura Marshall needs your help. She’s taking part in the Westpac Young Designer competition on Facebook, one of the ten finalists, & needs enough votes to make the top three and show her collection at NZ Fashion. Facebook Search ‘Westpac Young Designer’ click on “Contests” and cast your vote before August 14th.
Christchurch Polytechnic Staff Walk off on Strike.
Popular Clash songs this week
beyond the rainbow
Clampdown White Riot Guns of Brixton London’s Burning
No room for hate speach Recently there was an article in the Dominion Post about a teacher who has banned the students in his class from using the word gay in a derogatory manner (e.g. “that’s so gay”).
Know Your Rights This is England
“A kick in the guts” was how teachers at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) described their employer’s proposal to make them work more hours and take away their leave. Teachers walked straight out of the paid stopwork meeting and off home, Tertiary Education Union organiser Phil Dodds saying staff at CPIT believe they have made a massive contribution to getting the polytechnic back up and running for students after the earthquakes, and were stunned that their employer was now choosing to attack their working conditions; whilst other employers in the region were rewarding staff for their efforts. Further action is planned.
Political Intrigue and the Satisfaction of Serving your Fellow man
As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in others.” Nominations are now open for the positions of OPSA President and Vice President 2012. Job descriptions are available from the OPSA office, campaigning begins Monday 29th August, and an election by ballot will be held from the 20-22nd of September. It’s never been more important for students to have a voice, is that voice yours?
After it was published, Tau Henare, National Party MP, thought it would be fun to tweet “what a gay story.” A number of people were offended by this – needless to say, I was one of them. The reasons that I find it offensive are many, but they are encapsulated by one certain point: It implies that gayness is a bad thing. For people who aren’t gay, and for some who are, it’s not a big deal. But for many it is – case in point, the fact that Dan Savage felt he had to launch the It Gets Better campign, because young queer and questioning students were being driven to suicide. By having a term for a particular sexuality used as a negative (and this goes for terms for race, ability, size, etc.) it further exaserbates the feeling of queer people being second class citizens – in both the queer minds as well as the “straight’s.” That sounds a little overdramatic, doesn’t it? Well sure, it’s not exactly thumping down our doors and telling us we’re not worthy, but it’s there; quietly sending the message that we are lesser beings than straight men, paving the road down which bigotry, ignorance and hatred march. It normalises homophobia and makes it seem all the more innocuous. Richard Girvan
Baxter asks the hard - and easy questions, at the OPSA Quiz.
Is your relationship safe?
1st Baxter! No! 2nd Bok ‘n Kiwis 3rd Fish ‘n Chips
Do you know the signs that you, or someone close to you, is in an abusive relationship? Educate yourself to see the signs, and empower yourself to take positive steps to stay safe. Otago Polytechnic welcomes Lesley Elliott from the Sophie Elliott Foundation to our campus to speak to staff and students about preventing abuse against women. This presentation “Sophie’s Story – What WE Missed” will help you recognise the signs of abuse in a dating relationship. Through telling Sophie’s story Lesley’s presentation offers simple advice to help you remain safe. You will also be able to get information on services available to you both on and off campus.
• Entry by gold coin donation • Proceeds donated to the Sophie Elliott Foundation • Donations can also be made at the Customer Services Desk, Ground Floor, F Block
Thursday, August 25 – 12.00pm to 1.00pm Otago Polytechnic, G Block, G106
Hey Everyone. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone that attended OPSA’s Quiz Night. It was great to see a lot of you there, and the whole night was a huge success. I would also like to thank all the OP students that came along to support OUSA in their protest the other week. John Key was in Dunedin opening some new buildings, the Robertson Library was one of them. There were over 500 students there to protest against National supporting the VSM bill. It was really great to see all students coming together for one big cause. Secondly, The NZ Winter Games are now up and running. You can still check out Ice Hockey and Speed Skating at the Dunedin Ice Stadium. The last day is on the 28th of August so why not have a look at tickets. Also as part of the Games there is the Canadian Club Comedy Road Show on the 21st August 8pm at the Mayfair theatre. Go to wintergamesnz.com for more details on all events and gigs happening around the country. Hope there is something for everyone. Thanks
The Prez Sez
Otago students welcome John Key — and tell him what they think of National’s lie about not voting for VSM.
Special Guest Columnist David Do
It was enormously heartening to see so many students take their stand and say no to this destructive Act Party Bill. Otago students are joining students nationwide in showing their anger and disgust at a Bill which will wreck a lot of what students use, value, need and enjoy on a daily basis on campus. We continue to fight this at a national level and are proud to work alongside our Otago associations.
Michelle Fidow, Geoff Smith, David Do, Richard Girvan, Kari Schmidt, Audre Lorde & The Folding Crew.
Editor Lisa Scott (03) 477-6974
This Bill will be especially destructive for smaller associations and those at Polytechnic, like OPSA. OPSA do a great job in providing good services, strong representation behind the scenes, and an important safety net when things don’t work out for you. NZUSA asked PriceWaterhouseCoopers to estimate what the impact may be if VSM comes in. Services by associations nationwide could fall between 48 percent in the ‘best case’ scenario and as much as 73 percent in the worst case. Some associations would collapse.
Technical Editor Mark Baxter 021-114-6753 (03) 477-6974
Advertising Nathan Millar 021-181-3151 (03) 477-6974
Almost 5000 submissions were made on the Bill, and almost 98% were opposed. It was disappointing that the Prime Minister ended up refusing to address the protest and simply drove away. He should front up and explain why the National Party continues to support a Bill that is destructive, unnecessary, not wanted by students or institutions, and is essentially an ideological solution in search of a problem(one of the worst types of policy, surely!)
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Again, congratulations to everyone who turned out on Friday to protest the Bill and the Prime Minister. I’ll leave you with some of the chants we did:
1 2 3 4 We don’t want your stinking law 5 6 7 8 VSM is what we hate!
V S M Shon Key No Way John Key! David Do, President, National Union of Students
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