“Sophia Charter” Signed to Make Student Parties Less Risky

The University of Otago and Sophia Crestani’s parents hope to see permanent changes in the student community as a result of The Sophia Charter. The Sophia Charter is named after Sophia Crestani, an Otago student who died during a flat party in October last year. The Charter aims to make Dunedin a safer place for students. Last Wednesday, six stakeholders signed the Charter: the University of Otago, OUSA, the Dunedin City Council, New...

Let Them Eat Cabbage: The Wheres, Whats and Hows of Community Gardens Near Campus

No one ever told me how much admin making food would be. I miss the years of meals just manifesting before me three times a day. Now it’s up to ME to find fresh produce and limit my hot chip intake. Fortunately, hunting and gathering for yourself three times a day isn’t nail-pullingly tedious or expensive if you know what you’re doing. Specifically, if you know where to look. You would be surprised to know how many community...

New OUSA Clubs and Socs Representative Elected

702 students have elected their new Clubs and Socs representative for OUSA - Dushanka Govender. Dushanka was “kind of” surprised by the win. She told Critic, “everyone who ran was so capable and experienced, anyone would have done a good job in the role”. OUSA elections follow the single transferable vote system (STV), which means that voters get to rank candidates from most to least preferred. The lowest performing...

Is Sal’s really the 22nd best pizza in the world?

The following is one man’s (who may actually just be a butch lesbian in disguise) account of Critic’s least significant investigation to date. You may be shocked, you may be horrified, you may be disgusted, but no matter what you feel, please keep reading because I worked really hard on this. One day, as I was walking to St Dave’s, I saw a local pizza restaurant with a sign outside claiming that they served the 22nd best...

Student Votes Split Between Labour and Green

Otago Uni students can’t decide how far left they want to lean. Colmar Brunton sampled only 0.00031% of the eligible voting population for their national poll, so Critic beat their standard by sampling 52 students to get this data, or 0.0029% of students at Otago (almost 10x more representative than Colmar Brunton). To go by our own previous polling standards from an earlier issue, the small sample size is a “red flag”....

Rental Properties Alarmingly Expensive

Student flats are being advertised on Facebook by private landlords requesting as much as $270 per room for a typical shared flat.  Facebook groups such as Otago Flatting Goods, Otago Buy Sell...

PSA: On-Campus Food Gets Discounted in the Afternoon

Food available at cafes and restaurants on campus is cheaper towards the end of the day. A Critic reporter was pleasantly...

Students Struggling To Pay International Fees

International students facing financial hardship feel that Pūtea Tautoko does not address their needs. “I spend more on tuition fees than anything else,” said Syd*. The funds...

Vending Machines Breakdown on Campus

Just like Health Scis, the vending machines in the Link have been suffering from multiple breakdowns over the past two weeks. Critic has noticed five vending machine breakdowns over the past two...

The Climb: An Investigation into the Most Efficient Way to Get Up the Richardson Building

The Richardson Building is one of Otago’s most iconic pieces of architecture. It is obscenely tall and radiates an obnoxious...

OUSA to Adopt Bill and Bill

The first working day after our beloved Bills returned to the University campus from their alleged ab-duck-tion, OUSA began the process of informally adopting our gay icons.  According to OUSA Welfare and Equity Representative Michaela Waite-Harvey,...

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