OUSA Executive Give Dying Man Life Membership

Last month, the OUSA Executive bestowed the honour of lifetime OUSA membership on Michael Tull. The Exec gave the life membership after seeing a Facebook post by Tull that said he was “nearing the end of [his] days” and had always been disappointed he’d never been granted OUSA life membership despite his contributions to Otago students in the 1980s. Hull is a father of four children and said “having this news which...

Students Still Waiting For a Sexual Misconduct Policy

A month after the University approved a Sexual Violence Misconduct policy, students are still waiting to find out what that policy actually entails. In a statement to the media last month, the University explained that the policy would be operational once “a specific team of suitably qualified staff” are hired "to provide advice and guidance” regarding allegations of sexual misconduct. When Critic followed up last week,...

University’s ‘Walk Your Wheels’ Campaign Labelled Ableist

A student with a physical disability is saying that the wheeled transport ban on campus is more than just an inconvenience for skateboarders; it does not consider the needs of students for whom walking around campus is not an option. Disability Services said students will be able to apply for an exemption to skate on campus. On May 14, the University Council voted to ban skateboards, bikes, scooters and other ‘personal transport...

Critic Breaks Down the OUSA Referendum Questions

In an impressive show of #studentengagement, 38 student submitted questions ended up in the upcoming OUSA Referendum. Admittedly, Critic submitted 21 questions, but most of those were actually submitted to us by students. Critic Editor Charlie O’Mannin is still sad his question to get OUSA to change its logo to a “big ol’ dick” didn’t get through. “This is a dark day for democracy,” Charlie muttered to...

Government Will Not Repeal VSM This Term, say Student Lobbyists

OUSA Exec members Will Dreyer and Bonnie Harrison have said that Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Education Minister Chris Hipkins will not repeal Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) in this term of government. OUSA Finance Officer, Bonnie, said “it seems abundantly clear from Grant Robertson and Chris Hipkins that repealing VSM is not on the cards for this term at least”. She said Hipkins spoke at an NZUSA hui late last year...

Editorial: We Summoned a Ghost to Write This Editorial

Welcome to Issue 13, the Occult Issue. Instead of writing an editorial this week we decided to construct a Ouija board and channel the eternal spirit of His Miraculousness Archibald Campbell, the First Critic Editor, may he forever be in our loins. Critic Illustrators Asia and Saskia combined their ghost-summoning power with mine and we invoked his sacred name around a Ouija adorned with cutouts of naked old people, a stone from the cover...