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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day of Student Action - Wednesday 14 September


Students from Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland and Massey University Wellington are calling for a Nationwide Day of Student Action on Wednesday 14 September.

The government is trying to dictate how students organise on campus, with so-called 'Voluntary Student Membership' set to become law in the next month.

Universities are under attack from their own management, withlecturers being sacked and research shut down at Victoria University in Wellington, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Pat Walsh. Students at Victoria University are calling for Pat to be sacked.

Auckland University management, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon, is attempting to remove key academic freedoms from lecturers, calling into question the whole idea of the university as a community of scholars. University management is already cutting papers that encourage students studying business to think critically, things will only get worse. Students at Auckland University are calling for Stuart to be sacked.

We are calling for high school students, university students, and everyone else (after all, we are al students really) to organise and prepare for a Nationwide Day of Student Action on Wednesday September 14!


For more information on what's going on at Victoria University go here: http://www.facebook.com/SackPatWalsh

For more information about what's going on at the University of Auckland go here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Casual-Uprising-of-Students-Against-the-Abolishment-of-MGMT-231/146445948777427
http://saveourconditions.org/

To help organise in Wellington go here:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/264767836875624/

To help organise in Auckland go here:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/240219706015827/

Call for VC's resignation
Victoria University students are calling for the resignation of vice-chancellor Pat Walsh following his proposals to change the international relations and political science courses.

A group of Victoria University students has organised a "Sack Pat Walsh" Facebook campaign.

The Facebook site has drawn about 50 "likes". Campaigners have used the site for other initiatives, such as the National Day of Action on September 14 and to co-ordinate a pamphlet drop during the Victoria University open day last Friday.



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