“Inequality in Aotearoa” Discussion Panel Purely Pākehā

An Otago Uni panel discussion about “Inequality in Aotearoa” has copped criticism for featuring an all-Pākehā group of panellists. The panel has since been delayed, to give Otago Uni time to “ensure our panel features a diverse range of knowledge and expertise”.  “Whether in our workplaces, houses or our health system, inequality is rife across Aotearoa,” read the blurb for the panel....

International Students Stuck Between A Complex and a Hard Place

Nine American international students have been put into an Airbnb “complex” up on Heriot Row, paying US$2,000 more for the semester than what they were originally offered – and not even getting a Kiwihost for the privilege.  These nine students were put into this pseudo-UniFlat by the programme they came over on, “The Education Abroad Network” (TEAN), which helps organise study and degrees for international...

Students Upset over Lack of Recordings

Lecture recordings are not mandatory at the University of Otago. A debate sparked in COSC204 provides an example of the problems this can create. Associate Professor Andrew Trotman’s decision not to publish recorded lectures led to a lengthy series of emails with his COSC204 students (including one student who was overseas to undergo a blood test), drawing their ire. The full story is not that simple, but it centres around two perceived...

Student Wants YOU! (To Vote, For Him)

Otago Uni student Jett Groshinski is the first student to put his hand up for this year’s local body elections. He’s gunning for a spot on the Dunedin City Council (DCC), and is aiming for a chance to wear the Mayoral chains, too.  The PPE (Philosophy/Politics/Economics) and Finance conjoint student has been looking to run for a spot on the DCC since 2021, before confirming his move last summer. As somebody who’s lived...

Peeking Behind the Med Revue Curtain

The annual Med Revue took place last weekend, drawing med and non-med students alike for three nights of theatrical antics. “Charlie and the Doctor Factory” gave students their money's worth with three hours of skits and choreographed song and dance. And as a bonus, most of the jokes didn’t require a Health Sci A+ average to understand.  Critic Te Arohi sat down with Josh, Med Revue’s producer, in the week...

Students Hoard Minion Daddies

Last week, Critic Te Arohi was sent a Snapchat of a student’s room. It was covered wall-to-wall with the Minion Daddy centrefold from our sex issue. Interior design experts Josh and K stopped by to explain their life choices. Josh and K are both first...

$4 Lunch Goes AWOL For A Week, Students Destitute

OUSA’s beloved $4 lunch fell victim to Aotearoa’s latest Covid wave, forcing it to shut for a week. It left a trail of starving, impoverished students in its wake. Critic Te Arohi went out...

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