Starters Shuts Down, Forever

The iconic Starters Bar, beloved by freshers and freshers at heart, has suddenly closed down after a decision by the OUSA Executive.  OUSA, who bought the North Dunedin bar in 2018, cited earthquake safety concerns as the reason for closing down. They are hopeful that a replacement bar in North Dunedin will be up and running by O Week 2022.  In an interview with Critic Te Arohi, President Michaela Waite-Harvey said this was...

How Otago Will Function at Delta 2

All updates in this article are accurate as of Thursday 9 September.  Since Level 2 (Delta Edition) was announced, students have been wondering how the University would function under the new guidelines. There were a few chains of communication that operated slowly, with the Ministry of Education not providing guidelines for universities until Wednesday. After that, guidance was released in a riveting series of “COVID-19 student...

Flat Parties May Require Sign-Ins

New Level 2 guidelines mean you’ll have to take attendance at flat parties. Hon Chris Hipkins said last week that any places where “people gather consistently and in large numbers” must abide by attendance-keeping rules. This means scanning in, signing in, or whatever other method you may use. Indoor venues like bars or nightclubs are capped at 50 people, while outdoor venues can accommodate twice that. Dancefloors are...

Office Plants Sentenced to Death By University

On Friday 2 September, postgraduate students and staff across Otago campuses were allocated 15-minute slots to re-enter campus and retrieve essential research material. Office plants were explicitly forbidden to be rescued. Some postgraduate students are reportedly “devastated” by this. “I get that plants aren’t ‘essential’, but if I’m already in the office, why can’t I grab them anyway?”...

Some Gymmers Still Ignoring Unipol’s Level 2 Rules

With the drop to Alert Level 2 came the long-awaited re-opening of Unipol. However, it seems that gym-deprived students have not been obeying the new Level 2 restrictions.  Unipol announced their re-opening in a Facebook post last Wednesday evening, saying that their doors would open for the first time in over three weeks at 6am sharp on Thursday. Along with this re-opening came new rules: mandatory QR code scanning, masks for staff, 2m...

NZUSA Statement Changed After Student Backlash

The New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA) put up a Facebook post praising the Government’s support for students. After just 24 minutes, and comments from students, the post was...

Students Stranded on Placements in Lockdown

Around 530 students studying health professional programmes were out on placement across the country when the snap Level 4 lockdown was announced, according to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health...

Afghan Students Face Uncertainty and Distress

Following the defeat of the American-lead coalition by the Taliban in mid-August, a humanitarian crisis has ensued. Seeing the Taliban retake the capital, the ensuing refugee crisis, and the failure...

Tutors and Demonstrators Miss Out On Extra Payment

The University announced a $400 payment to help low-paid staff with the expense of working from home, but tutors and demonstrators were left out of the payment. This is despite the fact that they are...

Fonterra-funded Science Says “Our Byproducts Probably Won’t Give You Cancer”

Two Otago scientists have criticised the optimistic results of a nitrates study co-funded by Fonterra and MBIE. The original study...

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