University moves to stop fight

By Pai Mulitalo Ale and Ilia L. Likou ,

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N.U.S Vice Chancellor Fiu Asofou So’o addresses the students during the Assembly.

N.U.S Vice Chancellor Fiu Asofou So’o addresses the students during the Assembly.

A fight amongst students of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) at the beginning of the week led to a special assembly on the campus on Wednesday.

There, the Vice-Chancellor, Fiu Professor Asofou So’o, reminded the students about proper behavior and the need to focus on their studies.

Speaking to the media after the assembly, Fiu said he was told about the incident and he decided right away to do something to stop it.

He said there is no room for such foolish behavior to continue at the University, when students should be concentrating on their studies.

The Vice Chancellor also denied reports that the fight was connected to the recent violence between colleges in Apia. Rather it was caused by differences of opinions.

He added that the student population at N.U.S consists of students from more than 25 colleges in Samoa and when they come together at Le Papaigalagala, there is no time to think about their college affiliations.

“When they are here, they are from one university,” he said. 

“If there’s a dispute between them because of the schools they come from then they have to find another university to continue their studies.”

Fiu reminded the students to be proud of the fact they are studying at a University. He added that there are rules within the compound and drinking alcohol in the compound is strictly prohibited. 

A university student who wished to stay anonymous spoke to the Samoa Observer yesterday and confirmed the incident on Tuesday. 

“It happened around 2 to 3pm on Tuesday and it was because of the schools fights in town,” he said. 

Police Spokesperson, Maotaoalii Kaioneta Kitiona, was contacted for a comment yesterday but he said he has never heard about it. 

“People are making up stories that are not true,” said Maotaoalii. 

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