Students “Felt Ripped Off” by Late Digital Device Offer

Students who took out extra course-related costs to buy devices “felt ripped off” when it was later announced that they could those same devices for free.  On 15 April, the Government announced that students could take out an extra $1000 for course-related costs, bringing the total amount available to $2000. But on 2 May, they announced that students could get devices needed for online learning for free if they met certain...

What the Exec Have Been Up to

Every quarter, the OUSA Exec try to convince Otago students that they are busy and important people. As you can imagine, their reports are rollercoasters of tense emotion where each exec member tries to justify the amount of student money we give them. So you don’t have to sit through their exceptionally tedious pandering, Critic has summarised them for your reading pleasure.   OUSA President, Jack Manning “This quarter...

Non-students Have Paid a Lot of Money at Request of the Proctor

Non-students have paid $1480 in what the Proctor describes as “voluntary reparation” on six separate occasions since the start of 2019, according to information released to Critic under the Official Information Act.  Initially, the University denied that non-students had ever been subject to formal or informal discipline by the Proctor. The email response stated that “The Proctor only has disciplinary authority over...

Otago Polytech Students Launch Rape Prevention Programme in Dunedin

Angel Shot, Ask for Angela, Sophie’s Angels; if you’ve spent any time on social media since 2016, chances are you’re familiar with these campaigns. If not, they offer people a way to leave unsafe or uncomfortable dates. These initiatives provide a code word disguised as a drink that people can ‘order’ with bar staff. Bar staff will either remove whoever feels unsafe from the situation by providing a ride home or...

Where to Not Park if You Don’t Want a Ticket

An official information act request has revealed which streets and parking meters near campus produce the most amount of tickets. In the past three years, the University Campus area alone has racked up over 10,000 parking violations.  In 2018 and 2019, the most infamous street for parking infringements was George St, with 3,000 infringements both years. Second most ticketed street was Clyde St, which earned 1,700 infringements...

Local Hero Catches Thief Mid-Burglary

A flat a stone’s throw from the Clocktower would’ve been burglarised last week if it weren’t for the heroic efforts of an upstanding young Kiwi. Thom Harrison (6’7”, 120 kg, single) was surprised to see “this fuckin’ random dude just taking shit outta my mate’s flat”. The scraggly stranger, clad in hi-vis, was moving TVs, speakers, and other flat valuables out into the yard. Thom, flanked...

OUSA to Inspect Financial Records of Dunedin Fire and Circus Club

The Dunedin Fire and Circus Club (DFCC), perhaps best known for dreadlocked guys with fire who randomly appear at parties on...

R.I.P. Re-Creation Officer Josh Smythe

On 26 June, the eve of Re-Flo, OUSA Clubs and Societies Representative Josh Smith (a.k.a Smythe) resigned from OUSA. In an email to his colleagues and Critic he cited “personal...

Pint Night Returns for Semester Two

The University has confirmed that Pint Night is on for semester two. Despite fearmongering in the student community that Pint Night was not going to go ahead post-lockdown, a University spokesperson...

OUSA Exec Are Confused About Their Own Referendum

The OUSA Executive asked students some confusing questions about what they should do and now they are confused about what they should do. The annual OUSA Referendum was held online from 25-28 May....