No Arrests After Rugby

Nobody was arrested at the stadium following the All Blacks vs Fiji game on Saturday, 10 July. Great job, everyone. There were still some dickheads, though. A statement from the Police said that “several people” had to be removed from the stadium by staff or officers for “poor behaviour”. Meanwhile, English football fans rioted both before and after their team played. They lost, by the way. Viva l'italia Officers...

Landlord Fails to Make Tenants Pay for Lockdown Freezer Leak

A North Dunedin landlord discovered damage to a flat during last year’s lockdown and unsuccessfully took the tenants to the Tenancy Tribunal for $1800.  The tenants, who were granted name suppression by the Tribunal, were not even at the flat at the time of the damage. The landlord entered the locked-down property on April 11, 2020, in a potential breach of the Level 4 self-isolation rules which were in place. The landlords,...

$26,000 For Silverline Mental Health Festival

Silverline, a student-led mental health advocacy group, spent $26,000 on a two-day festival centred around mental health. They are optimistic about the level of student engagement that the festival received. The 2021 Silverline Festival was held at the St David Complex on 21-22 May this year. Featuring keynote speakers such as Ōtepoti singer-songwriter Kylie Price, athlete Ethan McQuinlan, activist Shaneel Lal, and mental health advocate...

Counterprotestor Injured at Groundswell Protest is “Disappointed” in Behaviour

The Dunedin woman whose sign reading “NO FARMING ON A DEAD PLANET” was ripped from her hands by a Groundswell protester says she is “disappointed in their behaviour”. Groundswell Convenor Bryce McKenzie claims Groundswell is "not responsible". The counter-protester, Alenna McLean, says she was injured when her environmental sign was ripped away by pro-farming protestors in Dunedin today. She held a one-person...

Student Volunteers Prop Up Science Festival

The vast majority of volunteers at the New Zealand International Science Festival were students. The festival, which took place from 8 to 18 of July, saw a total number of 92 volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Hannah says that around 80% of these were studying at Otago University.  This is not including students who were involved through their own academic departments. At the University Expo, a number of students ran interactive stalls and...

OUSA Elections Coming Up Soon

Nominations will open on August 4 for the ten positions available on the OUSA Executive. The Exec brought the dates forward from their usual September date for elections in their Exec meeting last Monday, in order to have a larger overlap between the new Exec...

Catering Waste Thrown in Tips

Thanks to a tip-off from a student, Critic now knows what happens to extra food from University-catered events. A concerned student asked us to look into the apparent waste of food at University events. They reached out after they witnessed staff loading...

@OtagoUniStudAss: The OUSA Twitter Account that May or May Not Be Official

OUSA have an old Twitter account. Or do they? The handle is OtagoUniStudAss, a joke so bad that it seems like Critic came up with...

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