Residents Said Uni Best Practice Not Enough to Prevent or Discipline Sexual Violence at Knox

CONTENT WARNING: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment     Multiple survivors of sexual violence from Knox College reached out to Critic since our last story, and their experiences show the University of Otago’s sexual misconduct procedures were not applied consistently at the college.   Alleged Rapist Only Expelled From College After Violence Toward Master Riley* was raped on her first night at Knox in...

“I Was Forced Out of My Home” – Interviews with Former Syrian Refugees

A day that started off as a movement working towards action for climate change rapidly turned into a day where New Zealand was shaken to its core. The video that circulated following the Christchurch mosque shootings deeply affected those who watched it. For two young Syrian refugees – Mariam and Wafaa – that kind of hatred and violence is not a new phenomenon. From a young age, Mariam has been in close-proximity to death and...

Māori Meets Metal: Alien Weaponry

The D&B that usually fills the Octagon is infiltrated by the intense throbbing of heavy metal as Alien Weaponry begin their set at 50 Gorillas. The seemingly flimsy double doors give way to a wave of deafening drums, intense riffs and language-swapping vocals. Packed to the rafters, metalheads from across Dunedin gather to hear the internationally acclaimed band play their unique fusion of Te Reo Māori and English songs. A couple of...

Random Shit the Uni Spends Money On

A tonne of milk in Otago Business School: $5,800 per year Have you ever walked past a fridge and decided to take a sneak peek inside? That’s what Critic did in-between lectures in the Business School. To this reporter’s shock it was completely packed with upward of a dozen two-litre bottles of milk for just the one floor. When asked, a University spokesperson revealed that the Otago Business School has an annual budget of $5,800...

Opinion: Knox College: Accepting our Flaws while Loving our Floors

The last few weeks, our Facebook feeds have been filled with posts from UoO: Meaningful Confessions about the Critic Knox article. We’ve seen people defending the college, apologising on its behalf, and denouncing traditions and managerial problems that would allow sexual assaults to occur and go unresolved. No one in a residential college, or anywhere for that matter, should have to feel alone. Residential colleges are meant to be, and...

Critic Blind Date

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

Critic Booze Reviews

Pimm’s is the perfect drink for the perfect day. On one of those rare Dunner stunners, when the Leith only vaguely smells like piss and the grass resembles Prince William’s head pre-balding, a glass of Pimm’s is the wholesome content you...

UoO Moaningful Confessions

Going from kinky sex all the time to suddenly single was quite a shock. I realised that I no longer enjoyed boring missionary one-night stands. This lead to me hooking up with a past ex who was having...

ODT Watch

This week, the Otago Daily Times came to the ground-breaking discovery that and ODT Watch is sure there’s no old men at the ODT.   In other news: But still not confident enough to make the first move. Get it together, Simon....

Students to Watch

CW: Sexual assault     Tanya Findlater is a Willowbank loving, third year Media Film and Communications...

Which Degree has the Most Big Dick Energy?

Let’s make this clear; no degree is better than another because they’re all shit. However, some do tend to have more Bick Dick Energy than others. So what is Big Dick Energy? Many...

Opinion: OUSA Exec Meetings Are So Wholesome It’s Cringe

Are you sitting there wondering why we haven’t reported very much on this year’s OUSA Exec? Yeah, thought not. But,...

OUSA Finance Officer Will Enrol Anything that Breathes to Vote

OUSA Finance Officer Bonnie Harrison has proven that she will stop at nothing to get students enrolled to vote in the upcoming...

Otago Staff and Students Rally For Postgrad Allowances

On Thursday, April 11, almost 800 kilometres from Parliament steps, OUSA marched a group of students and staff from the Union Lawn...

Opinion: There Should Be a Pacific Rep on the OUSA Exec

Pasifika people are Aotearoa’s fourth largest ethnic population, 66% of whom are born in Aotearoa and over 50% are under 25....

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