by Holly Walker
As a former student magazine editor (holla Critic – Te Arohi) I am very sad to hear that MASSIVE magazine from Massey University has become a casualty of Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) after a proud heritage of 80 years.
Student media plays a vital role on campuses as the critic and conscience of the university and of students’ associations and is a great place for talented writers and designers to earn their stripes.
MASSIVE will be online-only after its final print issue comes out on February 26th. The decision to make this cut came directly as a result of the reduction in funding for students’ associations since the VSM bill passed back in 2011.
When it was being forced through the House, the Green Party strongly opposed the VSM bill. We knew the damaging effect it would have on the student voice, including student media. It’s sad to see MASSIVE become a victim of this.
There is real collective good to all students to having a high quality free student magazine available for free on campus. A well-funded students’ association can provide this. Unfortunately, under VSM, student associations are struggling to get by.