The leftward and other blatherings of Span (now with Snaps!)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

student politicans don't die they just get blogs

Something I've been meaning to blog for a while is a break-down of the nz political blogsphere by student association affiliation (past and present). I don't know them all, and I'd welcome additions or corrections in comments, but this is my rough analysis:

About Town - three of them have held Exec positions (Tristan, Kate and Xavier)
Betrand Bargolias - ran for Exec a few years ago
Brain Stab - Apathy Jack was around in my day and I suspect other current Brain Stabbers were too
Constar - current AVP (which may explain his lack of recent posting)
Dog Biting Men - Ben was involved for several years, including a stint as (elected) Craccum editor
Just Left - Jordan was an activist at AUSA and a staff member although never on Exec
Spanblather - I was activist, staff member and Exec member in my time
Ranting On The ROK - Stef was EVP, amongst many other things
Running Blog Capitalist - although currently mothballed, Glenn is still commenting and was on Exec for several years
Sock Thief - outted (sp?) self in comments - briefly an Execcie, also involved in student media
Stalag Office - currently the blog-home of the Clubs and Socs Rep (Caleb, who also blogs at Some Other Guy) and the Environmental Affairs Officer (James), possibly with more current AUSA execcies to join soon
The Whig - also mothballed but still commenting, Blair and I were AUSA Exec contemporaries
Yellow Peril - Tze Ming was news ed at Craccum back in the day and very involved in the EAG

Dog Biting Men - David was Nexus editor in a prior incarnation (how did I forget the Flaming Craccums?!)
Locke Foundation - the Flannagans were folicle deep in the move to voluntary there in the late 1990s

Wilson's World
- Tony was EVP and then also active at AUSA when he moved up to Auckland

Mike Beggs
- was Salient Ed, so not a true student politician (it's unelected, unlike Auckland)
Commander in Chief - pretty obvious really
Generation Y Not? - never met him but I hear he's involved
Left Field and Beyond - immediate past president
NZ Political Comments - ditto from GYN for Greg and of course Xavier is involved in AUSA (as mentioned above for About Town)
Doing it Right - Kerry is the current WRO
The RIGHT Kind of Girl - Hannah is Clubs and Socs Rep, in the AUSA parlance
David's Den - current Campaigns Officer
Incomplete Politics - Brendan is the 2005 Activities Officer
Hutt South Campaign Blog - put together by Gareth Robinson, who is not a current VUWSA execcie but is involved (see comments for further)
Fighting Talk - Matt was a Salient ed in a former life
Poll Dancer - Keith Ng has had a long association with Salient and is now the only student media representative in the Parliamentary Press Gallery

DPF's Kiwiblog
- no idea what position(s) he held though

The South Island (UCSA, LUSA, OUSA) is almost entirely unrepresented, but I may be missing some others. I note that the only Southern ex-SA blogger now lives in Welly. Has blogging not reached the Mainland? :-P

And as for polytechnic student associations, I'm not so up on the play in regard to them. Update: I just found Rachel Dibble's blog via Commander in Chief - she's the current OPSA President, although she seems a bit on the ol' blog lite currently.

More the lefties than the right-wingers - that could be because the right wingers tend to be older (I think) and so may have affiliations Before My Time. If so please spill!

Update: Have added 6 more VUWSA blogs, thanks to those who pointed them out in comments. Have been able to out the dingy student political pasts of David Young and Matt at Fighting Talk thanks to informants, and recalled the involvement of the Flannagans.

Update the second: Added in the two new columnators at Public Address, Keith and Tze Ming.

Update the third: Added in the Stalag Office and also links to the SAs in question - big ups to AUSA for their fab web refit!


Gareth Robinson said...

I'm in the VUWSA camp as Current Sports Council and Cultural Council President and former Acting member of the exec (2003).

In total, 6 members of the current VUWSA exec have blogs.

Kate said...

Ha ha this is so funny, I can't rant in my presidents column of CRACCUM anymore so I gotta do the whole blog thing.
If you look at current mayors, MPs and political journalists heaps of them were student politicians or wanna be student politicans so it really goes with the territory

Apathy Jack said...

"Apathy Jack was around in my day and I suspect other current Brain Stabbers were too"

Damn straight they were.

Although too clever to actually get involved in the politics scene, Jellybean designed that 'Full time Occupation' t-shirt that some of the old guard still have.

Josh did the Mr Fuckin Stupid cartoons that appeared in Craccum back in the day. (

Mepoc was (at the very least) a Sergeant in the Army of Darkness.

Morthos just sort of languished around the philosophy department, but he was there.

The only one who wasn't in the melieu was Liver, who started after most of us had left.

Rover said...

this has nothing to do with the post... i just realised where i have seen your spanner before.... its a cluedo card!

Clayton Cosgrove said...

I was the OUSA rep on the Uni Council for two two-year terms. Also general activist, attended NZUSA etc.

Almost all of the current VUWSA Exec have blogs. Jeremy has the links.

Graham Watson said...

I had a passing involvement with AUSA over a number of years, including some time on the exec. I still have a deep sentimental attachment to the union.

Span you were on the AUSA exec with Blair Mulholland and are obviously left. You seem a lot nicer than the people I experienced there, who seemed very nasty and constitutionally corrupt. Can you confirm who you are?

stef said...

Way to many AUSA and VUWSA people online. hehee.

I should spend more time ranting and less time commenting though...

Sock Thief said...

AUSA, briefly on Exec, CRACCUM, bFM, general left-wing activist, currently an apostate.

Greg Stephens said...

My involvement with student politics is limited to writing a column in Salient and helping out on Jeremy's campaign for VUWSA President. Ohh and I vote in VUWSA elections. But that is it, otherwise I don't really care that much on student politics.

Make Tea Not War said...

I was never involved in student politics apart from possibly writing a letter or two to Craccum. I was friends/drinking buddies with a few people who were involved in the the late 80s. Ah nostalgia... I still remember the filthiness of the carpet in Shadows...

Graham Watson said...

The blue threadbare carpet in the old Shadows used to stick to the shoes.

I have been informed who you are. How strange, you seem much nicer now than you did back then. Although I suppose you were never the ringleader of the activity and behaviour I so vehemently opposed.

Kate said...

Graham, Span was very involved and to the best of my knowledge agreed with what was going on. She has always been nice...... hmmmmmm do the math buddy ... maybe you had it wrong....

Graham Watson said...

Many may disagree kate, but that is history.

I appreciated the help of Span, Jordan, and many others without which voluntary unionism would not have been a reality.

I note you have assumed the role of her spokesman.

span said...

GPJ you crack me up!

Maybe i just wasn't nice to people i didn't like?

Besides which we were kind of in a state of warfare, sans only actual guns. but i've blogged about that before.

have updated the post a bit - thanks for the tip-offs, on-blog and off. any more info, especially on the Southern SAs, much appreciated.

Greg Stephens said...

Keith Ng also has a blog on Public Address, he is the Salient news editor
Poll dancer

Graham Watson said...

Well span i've never really looked at it that way but I suppose you are right.

I must be careful not to become like those fanatical jap soldiers still wanting to fight when found on Pacific Islands so many years after the end of WW2.

The war we fought was probably finally settled in the tumultuos year of 1999. Thank god for that, it was distracting from the rest of my life.

span said...

if it's finished how come you keep going back and lobbing grenades GPJ?

Rover said...

sometimes I think that GW has no idea what he wants AUSA to be ( i think he used to)

I think that he just can't let it go, its like a favrouite toy that you keep going back to every few years and play with it not because it is fun in the present but to bring back the memories of what has passed.

Maybe AUSA is like a photogrpah that you look at everyone and awhile to remember what its like.

I don't know when I think of whats in side the mind of Graham watson i see lots of long corridors with rows of locked doors and strange sounds coming from behind them.

Greg Stephens said...

You've turned that post into a centre of self-blog-promotion!

span said...

greg - eh? care to explain?

Clubs and Societies Rep said...

You forgot about me ... I fit in the AUSA slot, current CSO.
I have been lazy with the Stalag office blog, but maybe in idle hope it would be continued on by whomever shall fill our shoes in the future...

span said...

sorry Caleb, you are now in the list - gotta keep that AUSA list longer than the VUWSA one ;-)

amanda said...

I agree with Kate - without a Presidents column to rant in, I feel bereft - therefore I blog.
Well, at least I DID before Jeremy deleted the whole thing, so I'm in the process of rebuilding.

span said...

i still say conspiracy rather than cock-up amanda - you should poison his favourite pot plant in revenge.

Xavier said...

Or better still, you can have the EVP Potplant that I inherited from Joseph Randall when I took over the position. Please, take it. I hate it - he keeps moaning about how I never water it.

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