Critic Wins Big at Student Press Awards

Otago University student magazine Critic Te Arohi was the big winner at the 2018 Aotearoa Student Press Awards this weekend, picking up eight awards and winning the overall award of Best Publication for the second year straight. The awards were judged by some of New Zealand’s most prestigious journalists, including the Editors of Stuff, the NZ Herald, The Listener, and Vice New Zealand. Critic was ranked first by all four of the...

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 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...

Editorial: The One Where I Get Self-Indulgent

I’m very sad. This is the last issue of Critic for 2018. I will be moving on next year, appointing a new editor, and leaving this beautiful city and all you wonderful people. That makes me sad.  I love this magazine. I really do, despite all the 4am nights and 60+ hour weeks, I love it. Former editors keep telling me it was the best job they ever had, which I think was meant to make me feel good but honestly just makes me very...

The Best Unpublished OUSA Exec Quotes

Critic has to sit through all the OUSA Exec meetings, which are mostly either horrendously boring or absurdly tense. However, in between there are some ok moments.  So Critic presents: the best quotes from Exec meetings that never made it into articles.      “It feels kind of culty” - Caitlin Barlow-Groome, OUSA President, on the OUSA Exec.   “We love environment stuff” -...

Re-Creation Officer Josh Smythe’s Pay Re-duced by 20%

Josh Smythe, OUSA Re-Creation Officer, has been in the centre of a debate around whether honorarium payments should be linked to an Exec Officer’s performance after his pay was cut by 20% at a recent OUSA Exec meeting for not fulfilling his role to the satisfaction of the exec.  According to OUSA protocol, every quarter every member of the exec has to submit a report detailing what they’ve done up to that point and the rest of...

Critic Breaks Down the Second OUSA Referendum

As winter passes to spring and Mole crawls out of his hole in the ground (casual Wind in the Willows reference for all my peeps out there) the student population gradually come out of hibernation and...

Selwyn 4 Sale

The Anglican Church has placed Selwyn College, one of the four independent colleges left (St Margs, Knox, and Salmond being the others), up for sale. As the oldest college at Otago, being in the possession of the Anglican Church since 1893, this is a historic...

OPINION: Half of the OUSA Exec Positions Are a Complete Waste of Time

OUSA just went an entire year without the Campaigns Officer running a campaign, despite it being in their job title. The closest...

Is This the Sexiest OUSA Budget Yet?

Every year your student union has to lobby the University for funding (which is fucked, we know) and then has to decide where that money will go. A lot of the time these budgets look like a copy and...