OUSA Lobby for More Seats on University Council

OUSA have drafted a submission lobbying the government to increase the number of student seats on the University Council. There is only one seat currently reserved for a student, held by the OUSA President. Sam Smith, OUSA Finance Officer, said that only having one student is “not adequate to ensure students are meaningfully represented”. “Increasing the number of student seats on Council may seem insignificant, but it...

CCTV Cameras Begin to Roll Out

CCTV camera installations are “running a little late” but they have arrived, says a University spokesperson. Two new cameras are now operational. One faces west on Albany Street outside the Link, while the other faces north on Leith St at the corner of St David, which “is kinda by Arana,” according to OUSA President Caitlin Barlow-Groome. Weather permitting, further cameras will be operational on Leith Street by the...

Freshers Do Sport, Critic Makes Up Results

The season kicked off last Saturday for the turgid, semi-competitive shambles that is the inter-college sports league. Critic did not send a reporter down to watch any of the games, because if we wanted to watch a whole lot of sweaty freshers yell and bump into each other, we’d just go to Starters at 9:30 on a Thursday. Despite not seeing any of the games, we did manage to get our hands on the results and the team names, so we’re...

Burglars hit Hyde Street

Hyde Street resident Sam Gallagher, says he is “pissed” after having a Playstation 4 and an Xbox One stolen from his flat. After “a big night” out on the piss, he got home and went to bed, but couldn’t sleep because he “accidentally drank pre-workout drink”. “So I got up around 4am to play a bit of Fortnite, and the consoles were gone.”  He was unsure whether the breaking had occurred...

Recreation Officerís Re-Created Report Accepted

Success! Josh Smythe, OUSA Re-Creation Officer, has had his quarterly report passed, granting him his honorarium for the first quarter. Josh’s report, which was covered in Critic #6, was dedicated to “the breathas and the homies,” insisted on listing his title as Re-Creation Officer instead of Recreation Officer, and contained lengthy ruminations on drug legalisation. The big old meanies on the exec refused to accept his...

Proctor Tries to Shut Down Student Party, Fails

A student-run party to raise money for the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital went ahead last week despite the Proctor’s attempts to shut it down. Pedro, one of the organisers, told Critic that he went to see the Proctor to gain the University’s approval for the party, and that the Proctor “just pretty much shut down all our ideas straightaway without really giving it any thought or any reasoning,” before telling them the event...

Presidentís Pet Fish Murdered in Brutal Homicidal Rampage

OUSA President Caitlin Barlow-Groome has been in mourning this past week after her beloved pet fish were eaten alive by her...

Editorial: By Underpaying RAs, the University is Taking Advantage of its Most Kind-Hearted Students

My first year at Otago in a residential college was the worst year of my life. I had left my small school where I had known...

Menís Only Med Group Hopes to Combat Mental Health

The Otago University Medical Students’ Association (OUMSA) has started a men’s only social group for mental health support called “Men in Med”. It forms part of OUMSA’s...

Student Bar Might Actually Happen After All

University of Otago COO Steve Willis has indicated that a new or revamped student bar on campus could be a possibility as the Uni looks at new developments over the next couple of years. The Union...