Following on from More Evidence of Student Association Delusions of Grandeur, where I shared Auckland University Students Assocation’s (AUSA) unfathomable intentions to incorporate the UN Declaration of Human Rights into their constitution, a fellow student and reader of this blog, brought my attention to today’s email to all University of Auckland students which he described as “bribery now to get what they want.” I must concur:
Student apathy was at its worst today when we failed to get 200 people to turn up to the quad to hold the AUSA Winter General Meeting. However, all is not lost – we are going to try again!
So come to the quad at 1pm on Thursday the 27th of August (tomorrow) and vote in favour of putting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the AUSA Constitution! We were only about 20 people short so I cannot stress enough that YOU REALLY WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
Even if the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not your thing, we will be giving out candy! FOR FREE! Maybe even a few muesli bars for the health-conscious amongst you. All you need to do is bring along your uni ID card and flash it in favour of human rights!
SEE YOU IN THE QUAD AT 1PM, THURSDAY 28 AUGUST. DO IT.
Again I am left wondering how on earth this move can “MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE” for human rights. Again we see the disregard for proper constitutional process in the statement “All you need to do is bring along your uni ID card and flash it in favour of human rights!” AUSA membership is voluntary, as such, possession of a Uni ID card does not mean that you are an AUSA member and are entitled to vote but they do not seem to care about this detail.
So basically you can receive material benefits if you vote the way they want you to (doesn’t matter if you’re not really to eligible to vote) and all this is in the name of AUSA’s strong commitment to human rights.
This would be funnier if I wasn’t paying for it.