OUSA Give Away Van For One Year After Lengthy Competition

Otago Student Will Bowsey is the proud new owner of a van for the next year, after winning ‘The Great Silver Bullet Giveaway’ last Tuesday. He will receive a free 12 month lease on the van, fully covered by OUSA insurance. The OUSA branding will be removed. Contestants had to keep at least one hand on the van at all times, with the last one still touching it declared the winner. However, the format of the contest changed...

Critic Interviews: OUSA President Hugh Baird

OUSA President Hugh Baird speaks to Critic about what the successes and failures of his presidency, whether he considered running again, and his advice for President-elect Caitlin Barlow-Groome. Joe Higham: How different was the year from what you had expected it to be when you were in Caitlin’s shoes this time last year? Hugh Baird: Good question. I think it’s exactly what I expected; that it’d be busy and hard. To be...

Inventions Out of Time

1.5/5 Would not use again. The penis really has very limited function. Where is the “all-purpose tool” I was promised on the packaging? I tried to open a can with the lauded “can-opener” attachment. It took me ages. The attachment was blunt and almost did more damage to itself than the can. The nail file attachment is almost as bad. The manual proudly boasts that they can “do more than one thing at the same...

Totally Execrable

After the usual formalities of OUSA Executive meetings, the group began with a discussion around the establishment of an ‘Internship Coordinator Position’, a proposal for which describes it as a 20 hour a week, fixed term, position to begin ideally from “early next year [but] could even be second semester”, according to OUSA CEO Debbie Downs who also explained that this proposal was not a business case. Colleges Officer...

Students Ditch First Past the Post for OUSA Elections

From 2018 onwards, OUSA elections will be held using Preferential Voting, replacing the old system of First Past The Post. The change comes after students voted overwhelmingly for a constitutional change in the October 2017 OUSA referendum.   Of the 1350 students who took part in the referendum, a strong majority of 71.5% voted to change the voting system.   The major difference with the change to Preferential Voting is that...

Execrable

Colleges Officer James Heath wanted to know why the Executive were not told about OUSA’s ‘Great Silver Bullet Giveaway’ event (OUSA Give Away Van For One Year After Lengthy Competition), in which the association gave away a van for one year...

Management of Change Proposal Could See Shakeup to Mental Health Treatment, Redundancies

Seven staff at Student Health could be made redundant if a proposal for a Management of Change (MoC) process is enacted in its...

OUSA Election Report Details Complaints of Discounted Chocolates, Harassment, and Media Bias

The OUSA Executive Elections had their fair share of controversy, and although Critic promised that we’d stopped talking...

5 Star Hotel Declined but Developer Not Giving Up

A controversial proposal by Tekapo businessman Anthony Tosswill to build a new five star hotel in the Centre City has been rejected by a panel of independent commissioners, but the developer says he...

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