Which Squiddies Chip Bag is the Best Value for Money? A Statistical Breakdown

Squiddies: an Otago student institution that supplies chips (and other things) for students of all dispositions and dietary requirements. Squiddies has an impressive range of chip bag sizes available. The question: which one gets you maximum chip for minimum cash? Using the statistical computing program R (thanks STATS115) and data collected by Critic staff, I have created a graph comparing the Grams per Dollar to Price of Chip. A pop poll...

Students “In Limbo” Waiting for Covid-19 to Hit Campus

Otago students are “scared”, “concerned”, and “feel as if [their] whole lives are about to come toa stand-stil” over the recent Covid-19 outbreak. Last Tuesday, students came together to celebrate St Patrick’s day in what many considered the final send for months to come. These celebrations went on despite crowds of 500 or more people being banned, recommendations for social distancing, and the...

Tenants caught in battle between Cutlers and CrestClean

Several students who rented with Cutlers in 2019 are waiting to receive their full bonds back because of a dispute over cleaning bills. A group of six tenants were issued a cleaning bill for $879.50 by Cutlers Property Management. That bill has turned out to be just one of many large bills issued by CrestClean. Cutlers is currently disputing the large bills with the cleaners. Conor, one of the tenants from that group, said that Cutlers told...

Exchange Students Given Ultimatum to Return to Otago

The University of Otago gave New Zealand students on exchange overseas two days to decide whether to return to study in New Zealand in light of Covid-19. Alex, who was on exchange in Texas, received emails recommending she return because flights were being dramatically cut, saying there was a high possibility she might be stranded. Other universities are offering greater support to their students abroad. Guelph University, in Ontario,...

New Vending Machines Filled With Ice Cream

New ice cream vending machines have appeared in the Link, the Business School, and the Science Library. When first introduced to campus at the start of March, the vending machines were empty. By March 11, they had pricing. The vending machines are now filled with ice cream products, ranging from Magnum Ego Caramel to Rainbow Paddle Pops.  The prices of the ice creams range from $1.50 to $5 for a single ice cream. Some students were...

Opinion: Otago Fucked Up with Covid-19

The University of Otago fucked up their response to Covid-19.  Otago’s approach was: we’re waiting for the government to tell us to shut. As soon as they tell us, we’ll do it, but we will not second guess the government. The University wanted to stay open until the last second, rather than make sure its students could go home and prepare for the pandemic. They were cutting it fine.  The result is that Otago...

AUSA Copies OUSA’s Covid-19 campaign

The Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) has launched a covid-19 campaign that reuses ideas from OUSA, Critic, and the internet.  AUSA President George Barton admitted that...

OUSA Endorse Mysterious “Charter” That You Are Not Allowed to Know About

The OUSA Exec has endorsed a “Charter”, the name and contents of which are confidential and will remain so until...

Students Still Waiting for StudyLink

A large number of students are still waiting for their first Studylink payment to come through, despite a month passing since classes began. One student called it “a fucking stitch up”,...

Students Working in Hospo Fear for Their Jobs

Students working at cafes, bars, and restaurants are worried that their workplaces will close as a result of Covid-19. “Although I know it’s smart for bars to close and large social...