Students React to Potential Abortion Ban in the USA

A leaked United States Supreme Court draft majority opinion has revealed plans to overrule Roe v Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision which upholds the right to an abortion as a constitutional right. The decision, if followed through on, is expected to have wide-reaching implications for other human rights like marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights and access to contraception. We talked to some students to gauge their thoughts on this.  In...

New Vice-Chancellor Hanging by a Thread

Vice Chancellor David Murdoch strapped in for a 35m abseil down the Forsyth Barr Stadium on 17 May. The ‘Toss the Boss’ event was hosted by the Malcam Trust to fundraise for their youth development mahi in Dunedin. David was one of dozens of local bosses taking the plunge, and his time slot was early: 8am. This was presumably because, as an alternative to caffeine, David prefers to start his days with a hit of adrenaline. He was...

Cowards Steal from Charitable Beekeeper

Someone has stolen an entire hive of bees – queen included – from the Peace Garden Albany street sometime in the last month. A three-box hive is worth about $500 at the moment, so it’s a significant loss to the man who voluntarily keeps the bees and gives away the honey for free. Reverend Richard Dawson spoke to Critic Te Arohi about his beekeeper’s culprit. “It’s a real tragedy”, he said...

Filipino Students Concerned After Marcos Jr Wins Election in the Philippines

*Note: the views expressed in this article do not represent the opinion of the whole Filipino community* On May 9, the Philippines elected Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, the son of previous president Ferdinand Marcos, as their new President. Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte, is set to become the Vice-President. With both winning candidates coming from powerful, controversial political dynasties, critics...

Mandatory Masks Removed, Mask Usage Declines

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, Covid-19 is still spreading amongst the student community – now joined by an old friend of ours, the flu. In-person lectures have resumed and the Government’s mask mandate has now been dropped. Meanwhile, the official advice from the University, issued by Vice-Chancellor and infectious diseases expert Professor David Murdoch, is that mask wearing in class is still “strongly...

Flu Vaccine Shortage Resolved

Student Health has now replenished their stocks of flu vaccines. This comes after supply shortages caused roughly thirty students to be turned away from a vaccination clinic set up in the Dental School.  Head of Health Services Manager Margaret Perley...

Dough-No!

It’s been a rough few weeks for Mama’s Donuts. After struggling with staff shortages due to Covid, the icing on their donut came when their donut-slinging caravan was blown off the road en route to Milton. Rachel from Mama’s Donuts told...

Uni Makes Big Economy Go Boom Boom

Otago Uni’s 2021 Economic Impact Report found that they contributed a whopping $1.79 billion to the New Zealand economy last year. In other news, the new Budget plan means that everyone earning...

Hekate Opens Doors

A period health clinic on Albany Street has recently rebranded. Despite the flashy new look, they’ve promised they’ll continue to offer services to menstruators from all backgrounds.  Hekate presents itself as “New Zealand's...

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