Med Students Exam Results Withheld After Alleged Cheating

Third year medical students’ exam results are being withheld after alleged cheating on the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), making some students worried that everyone who sat the exam might be recalled to Dunedin to resit it. In a letter sent out to third year medical students, Professor Barry Taylor, Dean of the Dunedin Medical School, said that “the integrity of the exam has been compromised” and that all...

OUSA to Introduce Drug Testing for O-Week

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) will introduce drug testing for O-Week, the first time this service has been offered in New Zealand outside of music festivals. Debbie Downs, OUSA CEO, said that “It’s all very well for people to say ‘just don’t take drugs, just don’t take them,’ but that doesn’t work. So the next best thing we can do is educate and put harm prevention strategies...

OUSA Buys Starters Bar

The Otago University Students’ Association has bought Starters bar, ending years of OUSA Presidential candidates promising they’ll buy a student bar and then forgetting about it.  OUSA Events Manager Jason Schroeder told Critic that OUSA “wanted to ensure that we did something to stem the decline in student bars and make sure that there was somewhere available for students that students felt they had an ownership...

The Proctor BongShell: The Complete Chronic-les

The story of University Proctor Dave Scott entering student flats and removing bongs without permission has captured the imaginations of the student population and the national media in a way no story has in years, overshadowing even the Critic censorship debacle earlier this year.  It all started last Wednesday, when Josh Smythe put Critic in touch with some students who had had three bongs removed from their Leith St North flat while...

Health Science: A Trial by Fire

“Where the love of man is, there also is the love of healing” reads the plaque on the front of the University of Otago School of Medicine Hercus Building. The stately School of Medicine buildings resonate authority, over a hundred years old, and flank the hospital where medical students and graduates will learn the finer points of their craft. This, to many a freshly arrived Health Science student, seems a distant, yet all-consuming,...

Uncovering the Guys Behind New Zealandís Craziest Conspiracy Website

Trigger Warning: This article deals with anti-Semitic and transphobic conspiracy theorists. They are directly quoted, in their own words, using a number of offensive words and phrases.      January 19 2018 was a day that changed what normal meant in New Zealand’s political history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy, and changed perceptions across the world about what it means to be a working...