PHOTO from AUSA facebook page
Whaleoil: What year were you a member of AUSA and what did that involve for you?
Anonymous: I was involved in AUSA during the 2000’s in a number of ways including as an executive member. As with any student association or governance board, it involved attending governance meetings and contributing to decisions on spending student money. At the time the key issues related to voluntary student membership which passed by AUSA and the potential effects including risk aversion action by putting AUSA run enterprises into trusts.
Whaleoil: How do you feel about how AUSA 2017 handled the Auckland University European Student’s Association group?
Anonymous: Poorly is probably an understatement. I find it difficult to believe that they have issued only two statements in the last two years outside of election information and both are relating to a club who may ‘potentially’ cause offence. Many clubs within AUSA could/should not exist if this is the yardstick you measure if a club should exist or be ‘allowed to be promoted.
A number of their current clubs have this ‘potential’ or do so in actuality. All religious clubs have the ‘potential’ to offend or alienate people and I won’t even mention the cultural appropriation of the clearly racist lacrosse club. Given the outcry when anyone dares to wear a native American headdress why not the same outcry for Lacrosse? I imagine not many native Americans are in that uni club.
[*Lacrosse is a European appropriation of a traditional native American game.]
I think all should absolutely remain as clubs but it shows how crazy it is to advocate against a club on a ‘potentially harmful basis. While there may be other things behind all of this that haven’t been put in press releases, without any info it is just the proclaimed tolerant being intolerant.
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