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an All Black
Chance of a lifetime: Issac Wood,
9, will lead the Canadian rugby
team on to the field when they face
the All Blacks in their Rugby World
Cup match at Westpac Stadium on
The nine-year-old, who attends St
Anne's School in Newtown, has
been selected as an ANZ Future
''I was just excited [when I found
out]. Then I called basically
everyone I know.''
Issac said he didn't know any of
the Canadian players, so would
probably have to do some study
before the game.
He is one of only 96 children,
randomly selected, who will get to
accompany a Rugby World Cup
2011 captain on to the field.
Photo: EMMA BEER
Students want Walsh sacked
By DIANE SCOTT and REBECCA
Victoria University students are
calling for the resignation of vice-
chancellor Pat Walsh following his
proposals to change the inter-
national relations and political
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 Univer-
sity open day last Friday.
In June Mr Walsh proposed
course programme changes
including staff redundancies,
amalgamating courses and
limiting research to the Asia
Campaign organiser Guy Cohen
said the changes would signifi-
cantly reduce the quality of edu-
cation at Victoria.
Not only will all current
students be affected, but also all
those people who are considering
attending university have now
had their options severely lim-
ited,'' Mr Cohen said.
Mr Walsh would not talk to The
Wellingtonian, but in an emailed
statement pro vice-chancellor and
head of humanities Deborah Wil-
lis said the changes were designed
to enhance the quality of the
The international relations
area will continue to be of stra-
tegic importance to the university,
and these changes are consistent
with that, she said.
students will continue to be able
to study a full range of courses.''
Ms Willis said five academic
positions would be created in the
political science and international
relations programmes and one
Mr Cohen said he was con-
cerned not only by the proposed
changes, but also by the lack of
correspondence between the uni-
versity hierarchy and students.
Pat Walsh disregarded consul-
tation processes, breaching the
Education Act and internal uni-
versity policy,'' he said.
He claimed that these changes
were not academic changes, which
is patently untrue.''
Stephen Day of the Tertiary
Education Union said he felt staff
thought changes were being made
without a clear vision''.
Some of the courses are becom-
ing so narrow that a lot of areas of
studies are being removed from
students,'' Mr Day said.
However, Ms Willis said staff
and students had been notified
about the proposed changes.
Victoria University of Welling-
ton Students' Association received
a copy of the change proposal and
final outcome documents and the
majority of submissions were from
students. Victoria University
follows well-established processes
for any proposal which may poten-
tially affect staff.''
She would not comment on why
students were not informed about
the proposal by email, during
lectures or through contact with
the student association.
Victoria University of Welling-
ton Student Association president
Seamus Brady said the campaign
was not a matter of concern for
the association because individ-
uals had organised it.
A staff consultation paper called
the changes intellectually
A change proposal initiated
from above was an inappropriate
way of re-orientating the strategic
direction of the programme,'' said
the Programme of Political Sci-
ence and International Relations
Submission on Change Proposal
Other proposed changes at Vic-
toria University will affect
humanities, social science and
education faculties and the crime
and justice research centre.
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