Students criticise council response to Undie 500
Sun, 13 Sep 2009 7:29p.m.
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14/09/2009 7:35:39 p.m.
Who was the Otago Student Body that talked on the News tonight, with curly brown hair? He is great! I love him!!! He has the potential to be the future Dunedin Mayor, even in place of Peter Shin. What is he training to be?
14/09/2009 7:31:55 p.m.
If any of you had seen the footage of the evening you will have seen a crowd of drunk teenagers standing around. A few were dancing around a burning mattress like happy little hippies. It was only when the police intervened (after having sat there, watching the crowd gather, watching them burn stuff) that the proverbial 'shit hit the fan'. Realistically this should not have been left to happen. I genuinely like Peter Chin having met him on more than one occassion but it was just ignorant to not have properly organised this event and instead just say that he doesnt want the Undie 500 to happen. Had the proper organisation taken place we could be in a much better situation. On another note those that threw bottles are idiots and should be arrested. On a further note it is disgusting to see apparently reputable news programmes -cough- channel one and three news -cough- using old (I recognised some 2006 and 2007 footage), and more violent footage of the undie 500. This biased reporting perpetuated a much more violent image of what happened than the actual event. This could damage not only the University's name but also the reliabilty of these sources of information. No matter the punishment of those arrested this year I can say without an ounce of doubt that whether official or unofficial the Undie500 will continue next year - hopefully this time the council will think to accomodate rather than ignore the event. To the above person - Christchurch is widely known to be the most dangerous city in NZ, I am unsure of this years stats but in previous years it has been acknowledged as the most dangerous city. On top of that it is not Otago University Student who partake, also Christchurch students and local non-students.
14/09/2009 6:11:31 p.m.
This time and every other time it has just gone way to far it made international news nobody will want to study at Otago Uni soon and its not all the Uni students but the ones involved put a bad name on the rest People will have second thoughts about studying at Otago Uni soon and these students are meant to be our fellow lawyers, teachers, accountants and many leading roles scary when you think about it. It's not right it should be banned its just a prime way to cause trouble.
otago uni students are the problem, how many people got arrested from Christchurch friday night?? 0 that's how many yet there was still a riot, its an embarrassment towards Dunedin if you ask me. I Studied last year at Otago and the marginalization of the term youth just puts a bad name on young people when not all young people do this it should be banned once and for all.
14/09/2009 1:57:41 p.m.
As an ex-canterbury student I think the actions of Peter Chin, Judith Collins, the pepper happy police and biased reporting have alot to answer for. I have been on the Undie 500 four times. The Undie is a pub crawl from 12pm-1pm on a FRIDAY night. I have never heard of anyone getting arrested between those hours. I have heard of arrests and inappropriate behaviour later in the weekend in Dunedin...but worthy of all this hype and pepper spray...i dont think so.The media does not highlight the fact that burning couches and drunk students on castle street on saturday nights is normal for Dunedin it happens every weekend of the symester (except perhaps during exams)...why...because it is a STUDENT TOWN...centred around the university. Do they want the University to leave Dunedin...if not then it is not a matter of banning a well organised and iconic canterbury tradition...but rather developing ways in which to manage the student issues which face Dunedin. People breaking the law should be arrested it is as simple as that. But students having a party in a flat which they pay rent for should not be pepper sprayed or batoned by police within that flat unless they have broken the law. It is a sad thing that a well organised event which encourages creativity and ingenuity is being blamed for deeper issues faced by Dunedin and Otago University.ENSOC - maybe the Undie should be looking into other potential destinations - there is alot of money to be made?
13/09/2009 8:59:47 p.m.
After 2007, I met one of the ENSOC executives who told me that they organised a meeting with Dunedin council if they would back several ideas, including planning a concert. Peter Chin and his cronies refused to listen to all the incentives presented to them. All they've ever done is whinge and keep asking for the event not to go ahead. So did nothing therefore the same things happened.
Dunedin got what they deserved.
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