Monthly Archive:: August 2014


Funds sought to repair historic Townsend telescope

Astronomy enthusiasts are appealing for funds to help restore the historic Townsend telescope damaged in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. The severely damaged remains are lying in a corner of the University of Canterbury department of Physics and Astronomy, in the hands of experienced technician Graeme Kershaw. Now,

UC students aim to win with aerodynamic car design

                          A team of University of Canterbury students have set their sights on earning “street cred” with a built-from-scratch car they are constructing for an international design competition. The group of 25, including engineering, commerce,

UC students trial bike share scheme

  Students are testing a bike-sharing system at the University of Canterbury to see if there is demand for a larger, fully automated bike share scheme worth about $20,000. The trial began in July, with 10 bikes available for daily use to help students and staff travel

Sacred Heart basketball team one to watch

They have no practices, no drills, and no set plays, yet Sacred Heart’s basketball teams win game after game. Sacred Heart deputy principal Frank McManus, who helps coordinate the school’s four basketball teams, said this year’s Year 7-8 boys A grade team – which consists entirely of Filipino

Asbestos find delays church site clean-up

The preservation of the Sydenham Heritage Church site faces new delays after asbestos was found in the site rubble. The heritage stone church, which was built in 1878, was demolished without proper consent two days after the February 2011 earthquake. The demolition rubble has remained on the

Is cannabis a vote winner for students?

Hannah Herchenbach asks students if  legalising cannabis is an issue likely to influence their vote in the upcoming election.

Students slow to take up free flu jabs

Jess Pullar reports that only one in 10 UC students has opted for the university’s free flu vaccinations.

Astronomy buffs aim to rebuild historic telescope

Olivia Bascand reports on the efforts to restore the historic Townsend telescope badly damaged in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Why don’t students vote?

Michael Cropp reports on the low turnout for the UCSA elections.

LIVE: UCSA President Debate

Please note that this live blog reads from the bottom. Presidential candidates are Sarah Platt (SP), AJ Ekmescic (AJ), Mathew O’Meeghan (MO). 12.52 – debate closed. Closing words from the Chair, Megan Dickie, Finally, remember to vote. If you don’t, you don’t have a say in who governs.