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“Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III.” - Donald J. Trump, @realDonaldTrump “Tweets on Winston Peters NZ Politician” - Winston Peters, @winstonpeters   It’s that time again, folks. That magical time every three years when we get to exercise our democratic rights, and I don’t mean squats, baby (exercise joke quota is now...

Caitlin Barlow-Groome Wins Closest OUSA Presidential Race in Years

Current OUSA Recreation Officer Caitlin Barlow-Groome has won a closely contested presidential race, with just over 2 percent separating her from Finn Shewell of ‘Unity’. The rest of the candidates, namely Monique Mulholland (‘Justice Through Solidarity’), Lync Aronson (Free Food Fridays), and Alex McKirdy, all lagged some way behind the top two, splitting roughly 20 percent of the vote between them. During the...

20 Hour Positions - ‘Be Bold’ Ticket Successful in Vice President and Finance Positions, Loses Welfare and Education

Voters indicated a mood for change in the OUSA Vice-Presidential race last week, ousting current Education Officer Bryn Jenkins. Cam Meads, who headed the ‘Be Bold’ ticket, defeated Jenkins of the ‘Unity’ ticket by a margin of 38 percent to 31 percent. Guy McCallum, who ran with the ‘Justice Through Solidarity’ ticket, came third with a 10 percent share of the vote. Bryn Jenkins has served on the executive...

Clean Sweep of Executive Ten Hour Position by Unity Ticket

The ‘Unity’ ticket managed a clean sweep of the entirety of the OUSA Executive’s ten hour positions, with a conclusive margin of at least 20 percent in each. Kirio Birks ran unopposed to a 67 percent margin win over the pink-spotted ‘no confidence’ apple. He said he was, “happy with my result ... but gutted that Bryn [Jenkins], Finn [Shewell] and Cody [Kirby] didn’t get in, I love all of...

How Many Counselling Sessions Do Student Health Provide?

Mental health was defining issue of the 2017 OUSA elections, with every presidential candidate promising better funding and support. Unity 2018’s Mission Statement included a promise to “ensure best health” by partnering with the university to establish a ‘Wellness Centre’, which would be “a one-stop shop for mental and physical wellbeing initiatives”. Caitlin Barlow-Groome and Alex McKirdy both...

“Holy Crap” – Marketing Professor Wins Top Honours at OUSA Teaching Awards

“My first thought was holy crap,” says John Guthrie, upon finding out he had won Premier Lecturer at the OUSA Teaching...

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