University Partyville, North Dunedin: Put the cameras in ~!!

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“We’ve earned the right to live away from home and live by ourselves and do what we want and I don’t think we should be baby-sat or monitored,” Ms Walker said. Students “should be able to be stupid on the weekend” and the situation had improved from previous years. –Maddy Walker (21), student

“If you look at the costs to city council every year of holes burnt in Leith St, Hyde St, Dundas St … some years it’s been $600,000.” –Cr Lee Vandervis

### ODT Online Fri, 1 Aug 2014
Call for north end cameras
By Vaughan Elder
A Dunedin city councillor is calling for video surveillance of the student quarter as a way of preventing out-of-control vandalism. The call for surveillance from Cr Lee Vandervis was not welcomed by north end residents and students spoken to yesterday, who said such a move would be an invasion of privacy. Cr Vandervis said video surveillance in the Octagon worked well and there was no reason why it could not be successfully employed in North Dunedin. “I believe we need to have some cameras up and we need to have a few prosecutions.”
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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4 responses to “University Partyville, North Dunedin: Put the cameras in ~!!

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 1 Sep 2014
    Tighter grip on student behaviour
    By Vaughan Elder
    More students are being disciplined for unruly behaviour, but the university says the increase is down to the occupants of a few bad flats. Disciplinary figures released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act showed university proctor Simon Thompson dealt with 290 cases in the first six months this year, a 17% increase on the corresponding period last year.
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    ### ODT Online Sun, 31 Aug 2014
    Brand launch to combat drop in student numbers
    By Vaughan Elder
    The number of international students studying in Otago has dropped 5%, making it among the worst-performing regions in New Zealand. Dunedin City Council export education co-ordinator Sarah Gauthier said part of the reason for the decline, amid an increase of 8% nationally, was because Dunedin had previously failed to market itself as a ”distinctive” proposition to international students.
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    • Hype O'Thermia

      “Dunedin had previously failed to market itself as a ”distinctive” proposition to international students.”

      News flash. The internet was invented, actually it’s been around since way back before last April. People being “marketed to” whether it’s a magical fat-free fryer or an educational facility go online, put in the name, find out what people other than the marketer say about it.

      Search for OU and I wonder what you’ll find. News reports of students partying, puking, littering, burning furniture on the streets, passing out from overdoses of alcohol? Student leaders defending the “student lifestyle” and “traditions” (see above)? My observations of the ODT coverage are that these antisocial activities, and the non-antisocial leisure activities such as dress-ups and painted faces and sports, far outnumber items about academic achievement (unless you count the lists of graduates) and research.

      The “Brand” of the University of Otago is strong, it’s as enticing as those frat-house comedies for anyone contemplating paying good money for tertiary education and a degree that carries the message “quality”, not “piece of paper from a bums on seats creche for delayed adolescence”.

  2. Elizabeth

    “It would have been good if they had thought about the consequences of several thousand people accepting an invitation and emergency services not being prepared to deal with what could possibly have happened there.” –Dave Scott, Dunedin Police

    ### ODT Online Mon, 10 Nov 2014
    Police slate Hyde St party organisers
    By Debbie Porteous
    Police say they are disappointed a party in Hyde St, Dunedin, on Saturday night was not better organised. Hundreds of people attended the party, which was organised at short notice on Facebook.
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  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Mon, 16 Feb 2015
    No hiding party’s streetful of shards
    By Hamish McNeilly
    A contractor has reportedly refused to clean Hyde St due to the amount of smashed glass strewn in the notorious party street in Dunedin’s north end at the weekend. […] A resident of a neighbouring flat contacted the Otago Daily Times yesterday to express her disgust over the partying, which left the street looking ”like the Third World”.
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