Turning Back the Pages of Time: Critic Through the Ages

Well, it’s come to this. We ran out of drugs to do, weird artists to interview and ways to make fun of commerce students. So, what do you do when you run out of ideas? When sitcoms ran out of ideas they’d string together clips from older episodes (or just put Joey and Rachel together, come the fuck on, Friends). Lacking two popular characters to put together (apparently, “forcing writers to date for popularity is...

Health Science: A Trial by Fire

“Where the love of man is, there also is the love of healing” reads the plaque on the front of the University of Otago School of Medicine Hercus Building. The stately School of Medicine buildings resonate authority, over a hundred years old, and flank the hospital where medical students and graduates will learn the finer points of their craft. This, to many a freshly arrived Health Science student, seems a distant, yet all-consuming,...

How Wack Is Crack?

Poor, poor methamphetamine. It’s the Tourism of the drug world – condemned, stigmatised, and used by the dregs of society. Despite a vast array of fresh-faced, apple-cheeked ambassadors, including the Luftwaffe, Antonie Dixon, and that dilapidated whore from Breaking Bad, it’s been an uphill battle for P’s hard-working PR people – one that shows no signs of abating. But has this all been a big mistake? Have we...

An A-Z of people that exist

Awkward Weed Dealer. “How’s it goin mate,” he greets you as he takes you down to the back room that he rents at his brother in law’s house. As you gaze around his room, your eyes are assaulted by the dusty collection of Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam shot glasses and other miscellaneous alcohol-related novelties that were probably 21st presents. He’s 43 now, and still didn’t have enough common sense to...

Fear and Loathing in the N.E.V.

When Critic decided they needed a first-person account on the effects of the legal and/or easily available highs found around Dunedin for their upcoming “Drug” issue, I volunteered for the task immediately. I had never tried any of the substances that follow, but as an aspiring investigative journalist I was keen for any opportunity to, well, investigate. By the time the details were finalized, it was already late Wednesday afternoon...

The Demise of the Student Pub

I was 16 years old the first time I ever illegally set foot in a nightclub, and that night in 2001 would pinpoint the start of a love affair with Dunedin’s vibrant student pubs and clubs scene. Drunk on Bernadino and KGBs, my best friend and I...

OUSA Buys Starters Bar

The Otago University Students’ Association has bought Starters bar, ending years of OUSA Presidential candidates promising they’ll buy a student bar and then forgetting about it.  OUSA Events Manager Jason Schroeder told Critic that OUSA...

Chronicles of Castle: 7 Days of O-Week on NZ’s Biggest Party Street

As one of the two truly iconic party streets of North Dunedin, Castle is locked in a never ending tussle with Hyde to prove their...

The Proctor BongShell: The Complete Chronic-les

The story of University Proctor Dave Scott entering student flats and removing bongs without permission has captured the imaginations of the student population and the national media in a way no story...

Money and Bitches: Meet the Guy Who Makes a Living Rating Dogs on Twitter

If you’ve ever heard someone say the nonsensical words doggo, woofer or pupper, they may have suffered a serious stroke and...

I Got Blazed and Went to the Anti-Fluoride Lecture: a Review

Last Tuesday, Saint David Lecture Theatre played host to a talk titled ‘Fluoride Is a Neurotoxin that Reduces...

Inside Initiations, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Vom

Initiations; along with rugby at the Zoo, blacking out at Hyde Street, and shamefully hustling a dubious conquest out of your...

Humans of Hyde

For those of you oblivious hipsters out there still living in the age of Myspace and Bebo, the Facebook page Humans of New York is an arts/humanity project where a photographer in New York — you guessed it — photographs humans in New York. The core...

Uncovering the Guys Behind New Zealand’s Craziest Conspiracy Website

Trigger Warning: This article deals with anti-Semitic and transphobic conspiracy theorists. They are directly quoted, in their own...

Requiem for a Scarfie

The first sign of trouble came on Thursday evening when I announced I would not be drinking. My flatmates became concerned by 8:30 when I had not recanted my claim and refused to run down to Quicker Liquor for overpriced Scrumpy. They flocked around me, asked...

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