Proctor Let Himself into Flat, Took Bongs in 2016, Students Say

Despite the University’s claim that it was “unusual and unlikely to be repeated,” some students are saying that University Proctor Dave Scott has been entering flats without permission to remove bongs for over two years.   A student, who asked to remain anonymous, told Critic that in 2016 the Proctor let himself into their flat, on the corner of Castle St and Dundas St, and confiscated bongs and grinders. Unlike the...

Second Flat Claims Proctor Entered Home Without Permission, Took Bongs

A second flat is alleging that University of Otago Proctor Dave Scott entered their home without permission while everyone was out and took their bongs. This comes soon after Critic reported that the Proctor entered a Leith Street North flat three weeks ago while no one was home and took $400 worth of bongs.  According to one flatmate, who asked to remain anonymous, the Proctor visited their Castle Street flat in June, when no one was...

The Chosen One: James Heath Takes OUSA Throne

James Heath won a close but decisive victory in the race for 2019 OUSA President over friend and rival Laura Cairns, picking up 59% of the votes cast.  It’s the next step for an extremely experienced candidate, who has already put in two years on the exec as Education Officer and Colleges Officer. He’s looking to go head-to-head with the Uni over cuts to Art History, and says his top priority is ensuring students have a major...

Students Rally to Save Art History and Visual Culture

Students have launched a campaign to protest the proposed closure of the Art History and Visual Culture Programme, which had 1700 signatures as of Thursday.  The goal is to buy more time for the Programme, said protester Matthew Schep. “There’s been one month between students being told and changes actually happening; that’s not enough time to come up with an alternative plan. We want to put a pause on it and find other...

Worlds Apart: Growing up Bi-Culturally in New Zealand

I was born in 1996 in Auckland to a Filipino mother and a Pakeha father. At the time, 68.69% of the population identified as Pakeha and 4.08% of the population were Asian. I grew up as a bi-cultural child, a person 50% of ‘colour’, in a European-dominated society, and this would affect me in ways that I am only starting to be aware of now. I am going to say something that will probably surprise a lot of my friends and peers, but I...

$25,000 Donated to Bring Private Prosecution Against Otago Uni Over Removal of Bongs from Flats

Abe Gray, founder and owner of the Whakamana Cannabie Museum, says he has received a $25,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor...

University Apologises After "Total Fuckup" Prevents Postgrads From Voting

Significant numbers of Postgrad students were prevented from voting for Postgrad Officer in the OUSA election, after the...

OUSA Avoids Paying Millions in Repairs by Giving Squash Courts to University

OUSA has decided to give their Squash Court building to the University, putting their future into question, rather than pay around...

The Biggest Problem with the Main Common Room: Itís Not a Common Room

EDITORIAL: If you were at all of the OUSA election debates (lol don’t worry, I know you weren’t), you may have noticed...

Love is Blind

The hopeful lovers on the Critic Blind Date are provided with a meal and a bar tab, thanks to Ombrellos and Cello. If you’re looking for love and want to give the Blind Date a go, email...

Mr Sandler, Bring Me a Dream

We’re coming to the end of our time here reviewing Adam Sandler films, so I decided to save the best few till last. I’ve had a lot of requests for this particular film, as it is often...

We Need to Open Our Minds to Drug Reform

OPINION: The drugs we use as a society shape us, individually, and collectively.  Alcohol is a depressant, a neurotoxin, a carcinogen, and a teratogen (damages foetuses). At high levels...

Honey Badger Southern State Moonshine Is Genuinely Going To Kill Someone

Honey Badger Southern State Moonshine is genuinely going to kill someone. I don’t know how, and I don’t know when, but...

Jaggers X Lines

Jaggers X Lines are a couple of alt-pop weirdos from Dunedin who started making music together in early 2017. Made up of vocalist Eliana Gray and producer Morgan Smillie, they released their  first EP, Letters, after after just two weeks of jamming...

Sons of Zion

Tucked under Union Hall, music bleeds from the vents at around midnight, occasionally interrupted by screams of scarfies. The stage is filled by six band members, belting out reggae-rock-R&B fusion. The energy is electric, with booze flowing and everyone...

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