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March 21, 2011 | by  | in News | [ssba]


VUWSA’s Initial General Meeting (IGM), held last Thursday, was a relatively boring affair, but somehow managed to achieve a large turnout nonetheless.

In order for the IGM to proceed there needs to be quorum of 100 members. The official count of the meeting was 141. Salient understands this is the highest it has been in many years.

Most of the VUWSA executive was present, with apologies accepted from Clubs Officer Jeremy Peters and Environmental Officer Hayley Mortimer.

Chairing the meeting, President Seamus Brady managed to tear through the agenda and pass the 2010 IGM Minutes, the 2010 Annual Report and Statement of Accounts in a matter of minutes.

Only one student braved the crowd to question the 2010 report by asking what 2010 VUWSA President Max Hardy meant by “we significantly advanced our plans for our structure in a post-2012 world.”
“I can’t comment on what Max is thinking in his head,” Seamus replied. “The world is not going
to end.”

The main motion of the meeting was to make the Victoria University Science Society an officially affiliated VUWSA representative group.
Seamus said the aim of affiliating the society is to “make it a regular fixture within VUWSA so it can grow and be there for the science kids.”
After a brief description of the society from two of its members Seamus put the motion to the floor, which was seconded by Welfare Officer Ta’ase Vaoga. The motion passed to loud applause from the many members of the group who were present.
“I came to see the Science Society recognised and am stoked it is now,” said one student.

“Congratulations to the Science Society for becoming a recognised Representative Group,” says Seamus. “I hope this sets them up well to becoming a strong advocate on behalf of Science students.”

Students then lapsed back into silence as Seamus and Administation Vice-President Daniel Wilson (replete in suave suit) passed that VUWSA appoint Paul Chisnall as the association’s solicitor and BDO Spicers as the auditor.

University Council Representative Conrad Reyners then introduced the motion that Helen Sutch and Hugh Rennie be inducted as life members of VUWSA.

Sutch is currently Pro-Chancellor at Victoria University and was active in VUWSA in the 1960s. Rennie was editor of Salient in 1965 and is credited with reviving the magazine. The motion passed unanimously.

“It’s really great to see current Victoria students recognising the important contribution that former students have made in the past,” says Reyners, who nominated the pair for the recognition. “It’s really important to ensure that the association’s institutional memory is recognised, and the contribution both Helen and Hugh have made is a crucial part of that.”

The meeting ended with the prize draw which included two passes to the weekend’s MGMT concerts and passes to the movie Hall Pass.
The closing of the meeting was the cue for the mass migration to the free pizza—a possible explanation for the large turnout—which was demolished in approximately ten minutes.

Students appeared to be happy with the way the meeting was run but one spoken to by Salient expressed concern with the lack of information that is provided.

“It would be good to be given more information about things like the results of last year’s surveys and the progress of VSM. It would also be good to have more student input,” she said.

Others expressed an interest in running of VUWSA.
“I wanted to get more involved and find out more about VUWSA does,” said one student.

Seamus Brady and VUWSA were extremely happy about how well the IGM went.
“It was really great to see so many students attending today’s IGM. It was the most well-attended IGM in over a decade. That shows that student democracy is alive and well here at Victoria, and that students are interested and engaged in what VUWSA is doing (and that students still appreciate free pizza). But seriously, I’d like to thank all the students who took time out if their busy schedules to ensure VUWSA remains transparent and accountable to students.”


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