Law Camp: A History

Law Camp. Last year, this post-admission honeymoon retreat for two hundred thrusting second year law students was exposed to be a weekend not of whispering “I do law…” into one another’s ears, but rather a weekend of nudity, aggressive drinking, and grand-slam jelly wrestling. It was reported that some had felt pressured to participate, but ultimately it was the New Zealand media’s fiery love of salacious scandal...

Scooby Dooooo.....n't Make Me Watch Any More Of These

I watched all 41 episodes of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? in four days. Last night, I dressed up in a white sheet with two holes for eyes and skulked around my flat roof going “Oooooo”. This morning, I was diagnosed villainously insane by a local psychiatrist. I have no memory of these events. Before I hatch a dastardly plan, let me impart my knowledge If I’ve learned anything from watching 41 episodes of Scooby Doo it’s...

The Best Caffeine Hit on Campus

Bean juice, java, a cup of joe, the good stuff, espresso, café, a brew, COFFEE. I love it. You also love it, unless you’re a Mormon or one of those people who thinks caffeine is ‘bad for you’. I put myself on the line for coffee lovers and ordered flat whites at ten places on/near campus to find out who makes the best cuppa.   Café Albany The name ‘Café Albany’ is promising. Is it a...

Can You Buy Drugs From Houses With Shoes on the Powerline? A Critic Investigation

North Dunedin is full of students again, and the stocks of almost-legal substances are getting low. This Critic reporter went on the hunt for drugs using one of the oldest methods in the book. The powerline method. For those unfamiliar with this method, it stems from the urban legend that when there is a pair of shoes hung over a powerline, the house in front of it sells drugs. I grew up in Dunedin and I remember that the legend came with the...

Pike ake, kake ake ki Te Māhia e!

(brackets are Māori translations)     My head and body break the cloudy surface. A fear of drowning brings me up quickly. Blurred vision, and a salty gasp of air. I dive and I dive. Something erupts inside me and I roar triumphant! Flesh is goosebumped and muscle is defined in the cold. Seaweed and tide want to take me with them. I have to jump for a breaking wave. An onshore gust whips the spray into my eyes. Blind,...

Editorial: Sparknotes of the Knox Story

This week Critic’s news section is a little different. Instead of our normal news stories we’ve got a seven-page investigation into the culture of Knox College, a story that Critic has...

Some Tutors Getting Better Pay Deal Than Others

Tutors and demonstrators across departments and divisions do not have consistent pay, meaning some tutors are getting a better deal than others, even across similar subjects. While the University...

Drug Testing Finds a Quarter of Substances Not What People Think They Are

26% of drugs taken to OUSA’s O-Week drug testing service were not what people thought they were. 61 people used the service...

Students to Watch

Like most students at uni, Otago third year Cameron Jardell admits he just loves “getting high”. But Cameron isn’t taking bong rips out in the back room of his flat while eating...

C.S. Brewis and George Pourwell's Guide to Little Fat Lamb

Little Fat Lamb are still pretty fresh on the scene of getting scarfies loose, having only been around for about 3 years, but they...

How to Be a Less Shit Cook : Miso Aubergine on Pearl Couscous

Of the five different tastes the tongue can detect, umami is perhaps the hardest to describe or define. It is often called the...

UoO Moaningful Confessions

OK so I'm not much of a writer but I have been thinking about this for a very long time and I reckon the Critic readers might get a wee buzz out of it so here goes. Last year I was in Unicol and...

The Top 10 WatchMojo Top 10 Videos

I have a confession to make. I watch at least one WatchMojo video every day. WatchMojo, a YouTube channel with over 20 million subscribers, is the pinnacle of shitty clickbait. Their videos focus on...

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...

ODT Watch

It’s another week of ODT Watch. You know what that means:   This week the ODT perfectly captured my feelings about the ODT: Although the flourishing doesn’t seem to apply to their journalists’...

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