Counterprotestor Injured at Groundswell Protest is “Disappointed” in Behaviour

The Dunedin woman whose sign reading “NO FARMING ON A DEAD PLANET” was ripped from her hands by a Groundswell protester says she is “disappointed in their behaviour”. Groundswell Convenor Bryce McKenzie claims Groundswell is "not responsible". The counter-protester, Alenna McLean, says she was injured when her environmental sign was ripped away by pro-farming protestors in Dunedin today. She held a one-person...

No Backpay for Offshore PhD Students

Remote PhD students will not be receiving a stipend from the University, even with a scholarship. 89 students have commenced their PhD at Otago remotely since the pandemic began. 13 have managed to enter New Zealand, and only seven of those students will be receiving a monthly stipend, according to a memo from the Senate to the University Council. If you don’t know what these bodies are, that’s okay. They mainly make decisions that...

No Fines for Lawn Litter

A proposed change to the Code of Conduct would have made it possible for the Uni to fine you for having a littered front lawn. The University didn’t go through with that change after receiving negative feedback from students, releasing their response on 10 July. Ultimately, the University decided to let students “do the right thing” while acknowledging that “appropriate action is still needed to deal with gross rubbish...

Farmers Really Wanted Students To Care About Their Protest

Nearly 700 tractors, utes and four-wheel drives passed through the heart of Studentville two weeks ago, participating in Aotearoa’s largest farmer-led protest — and those behind the wheels had many hot-takes to offer to a mostly oblivious student community.  Students accosted on George Street seemed to have little idea about just what the hell was going on. Only two of the ten or so individuals whose conversations we...

Students Angriest on Sunday, According to AskOtago Data

Data released to Critic under the Official Information Act shows that the smiley faces at AskOtago mostly receive dark green, very happy responses, but on Sundays the number of dark red, very angry responses skyrockets.  Critic requested the data from the AskOtago smiley kiosks for March 2019, March 2020, and March 2021. The data shows that responses have become more negative since 2019, but have recovered from a nadir in 2020...

Fire in the Link Last Sunday

New Zealand Police and Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) are investigating a fire that occurred in a rubbish bin in the Information Services Building at around 8pm last Sunday 18 July. According to FENZ, the bin in the female bathrooms on the Cumberland St side of the Link caught fire, triggering the smoke detection system and evacuation of the building. FENZ were called at around 8.07pm and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was...