Monday, September 27, 2004

President's Column - Just Call Me PJ...

I’m going to be your President next year.

That’s right – 596 people out there in VUWSA-land felt that I was the best person for the job. Not many, really, out of the 18,158 enrolled students at Victoria. Lets bring this into perspective. During my election campaign:
· I spoke to 57 lectures. I was asked to leave one. On an average of 100 students a lecture, I spoke to (approximately) 5,700 students. That’s approximately a 10% uptake.
· I did 5 leaflet drops at 7:15am. I also picked my leaflets up at the end of the day, and recycled them the next day (being a tutor in Environmental Studies 114, I have to lead by example). I distributed 3,400 leaflets.
· My blog ( got 700 hits.

Anyway, I arrived in this morning to find the following email from our current President in my inbox:

From: Amanda Hill
Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2004 10:26 p.m.
To: Jeremy Greenbrook

can you pls rwrite mh docolumn thanis

So, with very little notice, I have to write 600 words about something. So I chose a topic that is important to me - me.

My name is Jeremy, but most people at VUWSA call me PJ. I’m 23 years old. My birthday is July 5, which makes me a Cancer. I grew up on a farm in the Makarau Valley, some 80 km north of Auckland, to the west of Orewa (the place where Don Brash gave that speech). My childhood neighbor was Tony Woodcock (prop for the Auckland Blues).

I attended Kaukapakapa Primary School, and Kaipara College. My father was my History teacher. When I was 11, our local MP (Lockwood Smith) visited our school. I asked him why he had put university fees up – it made the front page of the local newspaper.

I have two undergraduate degrees – BA (History and Politics), and a BSc (Geography). I’m half way through an MSc in Geography. My thesis supervisor was “Dr Nick” in last week’s Five. His real name is Tim Vowles.

Alright, that’s enough about me.

Have you voted in the local body elections yet? If you haven’t, make sure you do. I have yet to receive my voting papers, so I’m a little disenfranchised – should probably sort that out I guess.

Yesterday, VUWSA held a candidates forum for Mayor, Lambton and Southern Wards, and Capital and Coast District Health Board. The big issues were the bypass, the Jack Ilott Green, and council debt (best answer had to be Stephan Hay who said that when the Bolsheviks took power in Russia, all debt was written off). Virtually every candidate took a swing at current mayor, Kerry Prendigast (I think the only one that didn’t was the mayor herself). That’s what politics is all about – gutter fighting!

Also in the news today:
Do you currently receive the Independent Circumstances Allowance? Have you received a letter to say you may not be eligible for it next year? If so, we want to talk to you! Please email

Anyway, don’t be a stranger. Come down to VUWSA and say gidday, or flick me an email ( And, check out my

And remember, the name’s Jeremy, but you can call me PJ.
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