Wet Ass Phreshers

Last week, a mate and I were peacefully eating curry at Taj Mahal. Two hours later we were drinking alongside a gaggle of well-suited, piss-drunk first years, taking shelter from the midnight rain under a Leith Street bridge. Critic returned to the bridge to find out how this culture started, and why, of all places, students have chosen the bridge as their piss-up preference. I’d been invited to the bridge by a group of lads coming to...

OUSA Gives Club of the Year to the Club that Stole Winnie P Signs

The same club that got in trouble for stealing NZ First election hoardings has won Club of the Year at the Blues and Golds Awards for 2020. Otago University Snow Sports Club took home the teensy-tiny trophy and promptly started drinking from it. “OUSSC held several fun, safe, and well-organized events,” said OUSA President Jack Manning with a straight face. The club adapted to their sudden lack of international members by...

Jack’s Off: An Exit Interview

After one year in the top job, Jack Manning is preparing to leave the role. On December 31 he is out of the desk, and into the lion's den of life. The OUSA President sat down with Critic in his small, intimate office to talk about life, love, chicken satay and everything in between. Jack inherited the role of President from James Heath, a very popular president. “I think a lot of other people felt pressure for me, but the two most...

Most Predictable OUSA Election in Years

Michaela Waite-Harvey won the OUSA presidency convincingly. The results were announced in the Main Common Room last Thursday. There are five current Exec members continuing on in their roles or taking new positions in the 2021 Exec. Michaela is moving up from Welfare and Equity Representative to become President in 2021. She won with 69.25% of the vote, over contender Sammy Bergen’s 30.75%. “It feels really humbling to be able...

The Capping Show Lives to See Another Audience

Against all odds, The Capping Show has returned for its 126th year, yeeting the bar for student sketch comedy into the stratosphere. This year’s show, Flatatouille, followed a rat named Remy who just wanted to be one of the lads, and a flat’s toil against an evil landlord, culminating with a cooking competition with a special appearance from our very own Harlene Hayne. Sophie Graham, one of the stage directors, commented on how...

Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association May Rejoin NZUSA

The Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association (OPSA) is considering rejoining the New Zealand Union of Students’...

ExamSoft Flagged 80% of Exams for Review Last Sem

6670 out of the 8188 exams conducted on ExamSoft were “flagged for review” in Sem One. ExamSoft was the remote invigilating software used for all of the Health Sci exams and some...

OPINION: All Students Should be Eligible for Another Grade Bump

Wednesday 12 August, 2020. A new Covid-19 community cluster is found in Auckland, and New Zealand is faced with the prospect of...

The Single Most Interesting Point from Each Exec Report

The OUSA Exec have to write reports about what they have done in each quarter of the year in order to continue being paid. This is...