Critic Wins Big at Student Press Awards

Otago University student magazine Critic Te Arohi was the big winner at the 2018 Aotearoa Student Press Awards this weekend, picking up eight awards and winning the overall award of Best Publication for the second year straight. The awards were judged by some of New Zealand’s most prestigious journalists, including the Editors of Stuff, the NZ Herald, The Listener, and Vice New Zealand. Critic was ranked first by all four of the...

A Super Duper Extra Special Exclusive Interview with Caitlin Barlow-Groome

OUSA President Caitlin Barlow-Groome is leaving our fine institution and plans to move up in the world of student politics and run for NZUSA President.   What do you think your most rewarding moment was as OUSA Pres? Ah that’s tough, do I only get to choose one? Reflecting on the whole year is kind of hard but the first thing that comes to mind is the recent influence we had in Senate for Art History. To be honest, I never...

Adam Sandler is the Karl Marx of our Generation: A Critical Analysis

18 films. Two psychoanalyses. One terrible comedy album. We have now reached the end of our time here at Mr. Sandler, Bring Me a Dream. What a journey we have been on together. To be honest, there was a period in which I didn’t even know if I would be writing this. But here we are. For real, I don’t really know what I expected to come from this column, or even why I decided to do this in the first place. Apart from having...

Proctor Protest Was the Biggest Otago Student Protest Since the ‘90s

The 1990s hold a weird place of reverence in campus politics at Otago. Grainy black & white photos of students seizing control of the Clocktower or marching in their thousands alongside the Leith are impossible to surpass. It’s pretty easy when you’re on a march across campus today to have those pictures in the back of your mind and wonder what it’d take for the campus to go into that level of upheaval again. While the...

The Top Five Dunedin Sounds of 2018

Ah yes, the Dunedin sound. A pivotal part of Dunedin’s brand identity, as we are a town that is inclusive to all new bands (so long as you’re a male and play surf rock). It’s been a great year for the Dunners music scene. Ed Sheeran came to visit, Coyote defaced The Chills mural, and The Cook reopened its doors, we have seen so much drama and music arise in this new era of the Dunedin sound. I myself have participated in the odd...

Editorial: The One Where I Get Self-Indulgent

I’m very sad. This is the last issue of Critic for 2018. I will be moving on next year, appointing a new editor, and leaving this beautiful city and all you wonderful people. That makes me...

Proctor Offered Resignation After Bong-Taking Revelations

University of Otago Proctor Dave Scott offered to resign after it was revealed that he had removed several bongs from student...

Re-Creation Officer Josh Smythe’s Pay Re-duced by 20%

Josh Smythe, OUSA Re-Creation Officer, has been in the centre of a debate around whether honorarium payments should be linked to...

Critic Breaks Down the Second OUSA Referendum

As winter passes to spring and Mole crawls out of his hole in the ground (casual Wind in the Willows reference for all my peeps out there) the student population gradually come out of hibernation and...

Vice-Chancellor Rejects Safe Drug Testing Initiative

Otago University Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne rejected a proposal by Josh Smythe, OUSA Re-Creation Officer, to have pill testing...

Te Roopū Māori Votes to Become Financially Independent from OUSA

Te Roopū Māori, the Māori Students’ Association, has voted at a recent Student General Meeting to separate...

The Best Unpublished OUSA Exec Quotes

Critic has to sit through all the OUSA Exec meetings, which are mostly either horrendously boring or absurdly tense. However, in between there are some ok moments.  So Critic presents: the...

New Zealand Lager Is the Most Influential Beer in This Nation’s History

New Zealand Lager is a triumph. Brewing in this country has a long and rocky history, with a lot of bad beers and a lot of good...

The All-Girl Band Making Waves in the New Dunedin Sound

Lacuna consisted of three (now two), musicians Mackenzie Hollebon, Bexy Shingleton, and Grace Cook, who has recently left. After a...

Selwyn 4 Sale

The Anglican Church has placed Selwyn College, one of the four independent colleges left (St Margs, Knox, and Salmond being the others), up for sale. As the oldest college at Otago, being in the possession of the Anglican Church since 1893, this is a historic...

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