Locals Leaders Claim Programme is Underfunded and Underappreciated

The Locals programme is underfunded and underappreciated by the University, according to three Locals leaders. The Locals programme was established in 2011 to make sure the 25% of first-year students who aren’t in colleges have a way to participate in all of the thrilling fresher events. The then-pilot programme was significant enough to be recognised and funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s discretionary fund. In 2013, the programme...

Everyone Agrees Agnew Street Went Pretty Okay

Students traversed freezing weather and hiked up a small hill to make it to the annual, un-ticketed Agnew Street Party. The party went ahead despite a steady temperature of 4°C and persistent rain. “You can’t deter Otago students,” said one of the organisers. An organiser told Critic that there “were definitely as many people as I expected, even though the weather was so grim”. Another resident noted that they...

“Incident” with Richardson Building Lift

An “incident” with one of the Richardson Building lifts that made a loud crash was not the lift falling, according to the Property Services spokesperson. “Whilst Property Services is awaiting its full report from the Lift Contractor (Otis), we can advise the lift car did not fall as indicated by Critic and the loud noise was not caused by the lift car directly,” said the spokesperson. However, there was a...

Storming the Dundas Wall Kind of a Success

Despite multiple people storming the Dundas Street Construction last weekend, the Otago Regional Council (ORC) is “really pleased that nothing came from the storming of the Bridge” according to ORC Communications Channels Manager Eleanor Ross. Ross said that the storming was a “huge concern for us because as you can see, there are a lot of hazards there [gestures to the massive hole in the middle of the bridge] where...

Sustainable Student Business Gets National Interest

The University said that new sustainable Otago student-led business ‘Spout Alternatives’ should tender for the University’s milk contract when the current supplier’s three-year contract ends. Spout Alternatives founder Jo Mohan told Critic that cafes all over the country have got in touch with them since they launched their stainless steel milk kegs to reduce plastic waste in cafes. The company’s goal is to...

Squash Club Evicted From Damaged Courts

The Otago University Squash Club has been walloped from their courts at 51 Union Street after being served a closure notice by the University. “We would have loved to stay at the venue,” Squash Club President Jayden Millard told Critic. “It’s on campus, it has history, and it’s easily accessible for everyone.” Last year, the University obtained the buildings from OUSA who were unwilling to cough up the...

Guest Editorial: An Open Love Letter to Supré

The day that Supré closed down in the Meridian Mall was a sad day for Dunedin. Although I was more of a Jay-Jays kid growing up, I remember going there in my early teenage years and it...

HEARTBREAKING: Local Artist’s Masterpiece Goes Unsold

Despite having a fanatic fanbase, James Heath’s fledgling art career didn’t take flight during OUSA Art Week. Art...

OUSA Deciding About Mandatory Club Attendance at Student General Meetings, at a Student General Meeting

The OUSA Student Executive have decided to take the question of whether it should be mandatory for a representative from every...

Korean Bible “Cult” Returns to Campus

International students allege they were targeted by a controversial Korean religious group, described by many as a cult, that has been trespassed from campus. Sela and Mele, residents of a St...