Two in the Stink: University Adds Twin Share Rooms to Halls

In an effort to house two hundred more freshers than last year, the University has adopted an American college-comedy staple and added 24 twin rooms across multiple halls, including UniCol, Arana, and Aquinas.  In response to the influx of students, Stephen Willis, the University’s Chief Operating Officer told Critic that the amount of subwardens (formerly RAs or residential assistants) has been increased. “We recognise...

Student Union Turns Landlord

Otago University Student’s Association (OUSA) is converting the space above University Book Shop, on Great King Street, into six separate apartments.  A resource consent from the DCC showed that OUSA will build three two-bedroom apartments and three one-bedroom apartments in the space. Pretty much every student critic spoke to was pissed about this. One student was “annoyed” by the move. “This is the first time...

77 Incidents of Flatmate Violence Last Year

The team at OUSA Student Support dealt with 77 incidents of flatmate violence during 2020.  According to Sage Burke, the manager of OUSA Student Support, this number was “about the same” as 2019. That number was “bad to start with,” and given that a lot of students went home during the Covid lockdown, maintaining the same number as 2019 is “not great … my observation is that even though the...

University Offering Online-Only Scholarships for International Students

The University of Otago is offering $10,000 scholarships for international students willing to start their first year completely online. The ‘Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students — Online’ offers a discount of $10,000 on tuition fees for international undergraduate students “currently living outside of New Zealand” and who “intend to enrol for full-time study in the first-year of an...

Drug Safety Club Denied OUSA Affiliation

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is not allowed to affiliate with OUSA. The Exec rejected their application on Thursday 18 February.  The rejection was based on a subclause in SSDP’s constitution that said that while the “social supply of drugs is discouraged”, it is not “grounds to remove a member” of the executive committee. Critic met with SSDP founding members Brin, Sam, Tiff and Jai. OUSA had...

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