Anonymous Threats at Vic and Otago

At the University of Otago, class attendance is down by at least 50 percent today, following a gun-related threat. Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) "absolutely support" the university's decision to remain open. OUSA CEO Debbie Downs says, “If you close today, what do you do tomorrow?" “It has to be business as usual with heightened security,” says Downs. At the University of Victoria,...

2015 in Brief

US Supreme Court Legalises Gay Marriage On 26 June, the US Supreme Court legalised the marriage of same-sex couples in all 50 states. After the decision was announced, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colours. An open supporter of gay...

Flowing Water Discovered on Mars

NAS has announced that new findings from their Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence that water flows intermittently on Mars. The findings come just after long dark streaks on cliffs and...

Year in Review

It's come to the end of Critic's 2015 year. Therefore, it seems appropriate to look back on what has happened in politics over the last nine or so months. Party Performances The National Party: 7/10 National started the year in...

Olympic and WC Stadium Problems Hit Tokyo

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is well underway in England and is running smoothly (just maybe not for England on the field) with record-breaking attendance that is making the most of England’s tried...

Editorial

That’s a wrap! 26 issues, several bizarre dramas, and many all-nighters later, we’ve done it.  Looking back on old issues from the last 90 years, there’s been some damn cool stuff Critic has covered — from the Springboks tour to...

From the Back of the Class

On 20 May 1861, Gabriel Read, a lonesome prospector, tried his luck in a gully near modern Lawrence. Heaving away the gravel, he exposed the creek bed and saw, in his words (poetic for an itinerant...

Peanut Noodle Salad

I thought I had escaped the joy of 21sts but, before I knew it, it was my own brother’s turn. He decided to have it at the local bowls club and invite 100 of his closest friends. Of course it went without saying I was volunteered to the catering post....

Disclaimer

Disclaimer, by Renee Knight, is a thriller. Catherine Ravenscroft, after recently moving house with her husband, Robert, finds a book called The Perfect Stranger among her possessions. She has no recollection of buying the book. While reading it, she...

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