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The Woroni Wipeout

johnboy 23 August 2010 32

On Friday night I overheard the following at a party:

You know that c*** at Uni who you couldn’t stand? That’s the kind of guy who’s controlling the parties and through them the country.

The Canberra Times yesterday had a piece on infighting amongst the next generation of factional warriors at ANU which has completely scuppered the student newspaper Woroni (you’ll have to make do with wikipedia as the website has been a casualty of hostilities).

At issue is the student politicians running the paper trying to use it to attack the rival tribe running the Student’s association which in turn has the power to veto stories.

Which is sad for ANU, now without a student paper.

On the other hand, at least the parties have an ongoing supply of vindictive sods well drilled in doing “whatever it takes” for the smallest of prizes.


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dundle dundle 1:08 am 25 Aug 10

I’m an ANU student and haven’t heard anything about this. It all sounds far too dramatic for me and the email posted above is hilarious. I hate student politics. Unfortunately, this means I’ll probably get a crappy job, whereas the fighting student politicians and editors will have huge egos and awesome resumes, but oh well.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:10 pm 24 Aug 10

Can I just say… “ANUSA” *giggles, someone said anus*

From what I’ve read above, that’s about the level of commentary this topic deserves.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 1:50 pm 24 Aug 10

flatwhiteleft said :

tl;dr bitching

Surely calling people c***s isn’t going to paint you in the best light either.

Thumper Thumper 8:24 am 24 Aug 10

handing out free condoms while one was dressed as a banana

That’s a sure fire way to be taken seriously.

homeone homeone 7:46 am 24 Aug 10

What’s an SRC – Student Revolutionary Council … ??

Sounds very Fidel.

CanberraCreative CanberraCreative 1:07 am 24 Aug 10

Dr Strange said :

Well at least fees from the compulsory student unionism of old aren’t going to support this sordid little colony. Might make a good starting premise for a theater farce though.

While that’s true, the ANU now channel central funds into the Union and ANU Student Association. So students again foot the bil with central funds directed to this bulls**t instead of the faculties and researchers who really need it.

flatwhiteleft flatwhiteleft 11:40 pm 23 Aug 10

As a contributor this year, I feel I need to weigh in on the events as I saw it.

First of all, that little man Tully Fletcher is a turgid little c*** who is in the game for himself only, and bugger all those who stand in his way. I myself have been singled-out for vanquishing merely because I wrote for the paper.

The issue at stake here was petty censorship. Some of my articles were censored, and a couple of issues I wrote for never made it to print. All of this was because Tully was either protecting his hegemony, or to get back at the editors of the paper for whatever reason.

I hate student politicians with a passion, and Tully completely ruined my experience doing something I love, that is, writing.

Luckily, Woroni will be back up in online format later this year, and next year it will have a new team of editors who will hopefully be able to work with whoever the next political hack that runs ANUSA is.

The events of this year almost make me want to cry…

Dr Strange Dr Strange 10:56 pm 23 Aug 10

Well at least fees from the compulsory student unionism of old aren’t going to support this sordid little colony. Might make a good starting premise for a theater farce though.

CanberraCreative CanberraCreative 9:29 pm 23 Aug 10

bugsydash said :

I used to be an ANU student, and from what I understand the mess started because of a conflict with a third editor.

There were three editors at the start of the year. The third editor was the President’s girlfriend. Before copy went to print she was sneaking into the Woroni office at night and editing the paper without the permission of the other two editors to cast the President in a more favourable light.

The other two editors then changed the locks on the office door, to lock her out.

It’s remarkable how inbred ANU student politics is. Most of the Union and ANUSA officials and candidates are all in relationships with each other.
Indeed the current chair of the ANU Union and an ANUSA “Engage” candidate (both in a relationship) were in Union Court handing out free condoms while one was dressed as a banana.

If people thought Nixon and deep throat was as sordid as politics could get, you ain’t seen nothing.

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 8:59 pm 23 Aug 10

Go Girlfriend!

bugsydash bugsydash 8:41 pm 23 Aug 10

I used to be an ANU student, and from what I understand the mess started because of a conflict with a third editor.

There were three editors at the start of the year. The third editor was the President’s girlfriend. Before copy went to print she was sneaking into the Woroni office at night and editing the paper without the permission of the other two editors to cast the President in a more favourable light.

The other two editors then changed the locks on the office door, to lock her out.

a million years of custards a million years of custards 8:24 pm 23 Aug 10

As a member of faculty said to me recently, “the reason student politics is so petty is that there is so little at stake”.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 7:32 pm 23 Aug 10

Aurelius said :

All “politicians” are fools if they think anyone outside their own head gives a toss about their childish carrying on.

Fixed for you

facet facet 6:57 pm 23 Aug 10

Thumper said :

Sorry, typo, 1980.

🙂

I stopped reading it in 1973 (phew):)

milkman milkman 6:37 pm 23 Aug 10

Ooooh – university student politics! Keep out of the way while the titans clash!

amarooresident3 amarooresident3 6:03 pm 23 Aug 10

Students. F**k ’em.

CanberraCreative CanberraCreative 4:51 pm 23 Aug 10

I know about a few of the people involved in the ANU Union and ANUSA. People like Tully Fletcher and Ben Dugan and several others who are either candidates of existing members. The overarching aim they hold is not to serve the community of the University. Their only aims are to puff their resumes and wield power with little regard for the broader community.

WillowJim WillowJim 3:51 pm 23 Aug 10

“University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small,” as Henry Kissinger put it.

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 2:20 pm 23 Aug 10

Thumper said :

I stopped reading it when they kept going on about Robert Mugabe saving Rhodesia

Ah yes, never underestimate the stupidity of undergraduates from all sides of politics with higher political aspirations.

btw, Rhodesia officially ceased to be a country in 1970 🙂

Technically/legally speaking it never existed to begin with as it never ceased to be a british colony. 😛

Clown Killer Clown Killer 1:25 pm 23 Aug 10

Oh the memories come flooding back. The petty infighting, the bitchiness, the little games that assumed such magnitude. Keep up the good work guys – your country needs people like you lot to get as much experience as you can in this sort of syuff before you’re preselected for s State of Federal seat.

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