I spent a couple of hours this morning helping out Daniel Aguila (pictured) down at Libz on Campus's Auckland University Orientation Week table. Talked to about a hundred people without even one serious argument.
Orientation at Auckland isn't what it was. I didn't even see anyone drinking. Except me.
Unlike some other campuses around the country (for which Pacific Empire has a decent round-up), Auckland's campus is dead. Most of the people on campus this week are either paid to be there (every major bank and computer company has a stand to sign up new customers) or are there because God told them to be (there are at least half-a dozen Christian clubs seeking new souls, most of them looking very well resourced). Hell, no other political parties even had a stand on campus -- no Young Nats, no ACT on Campus, no official state-worshippers whatsoever, although I'm told Hard Labour were there briefly yesterday avo without attracting much support.
Turns out after talking to a few students about this that with electronic enrolment these days most of Auckland Uni's actual students elect not to show up until next week, using this last week to earn a little more before money before lectures begin. Makes sense really. Even with the relatively low key Orientation however interest in the World's Smallest Political Quiz from those there was as high as ever, with most students predictably scoring in the 'left-liberal' category.
So to get to my point -- and yes, I do have one -- if you're at any tertiary institute around the country and you want to get involved in Libz on Campus, then give Daniel, Phil, Ben and co a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org, and get involved. With the plans being put together for Election O8, it's going to be an exciting year!
Join Libz on Campus. As their slogan says: They're not Left or Right. They're Better!
UPDATE 1: Libz on Campus will be back on campus at Auckland next Tuesday for Clubs Day. If you'd like to help out email Daniel at email@example.com.
UPDATE 2: Since we're talking to students, here's something we could be talking to students about: An Open Letter to Students--Will "Atlas Shrugged" Change Your Life Forever?