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    School of Classics, Art History & Religion is Under Threat

    16 July 2018: VUW’s School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies (SACR) faces threats of dissolution for the 2019 school year. The change proposal is found in a consultation document sent out last May. The proposal states that enrolment in the schools has declined over the past four

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    Student Loan Cap Extended

    16 July 2018: Students with long undergraduate courses have welcomed the increase in student loan allocations from 7 EFTS to 10 EFTS, announced by the Labour government last week. The change comes as students pursue longer degrees, which have up until recently not been covered by government lo

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    International Student Fights Against Power Tripping Property Manager

    16 July 2018: An international student has said that his renting situation has improved after speaking to the media about fines in his boarding house. The student, who has asked not to be named, spoke to the Dominion Post after being charged for supposedly not wiping down a bench. When he sent

  • School of Classics, Art History & Religion is Under Threat

    VUW’s School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies (SACR) faces threats of dissolution for the 2019 school year. The change proposal is found in a consultation document sent out last May. The proposal states that enrolment in the schools has declined over the past four years, while costs have been steadily increasing. The first […]

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  • Of Nips and Strip Clubs

    When I first met Lucie, she was making plaster castings of people’s nipples. She used the stuff that dentists use to mould people’s teeth, because it held its shape the best. She told me it was for her art. The castings came out white, and very delicate at the edges. You could see every little crevice […]

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  • It Could Be Better

    It could be worse, right? Women in NZ can vote, we’re not married off at 12, and genital mutilation isn’t a rite of passage. So what the hell are feminists in NZ complaining about? Tara Ó Súilleabháin investigates. My journey advocating for women’s rights started only a couple of years ago while volunteering for JERA International, a human rights […]

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  • WTFeminism

    Wikipedia says: “Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes.” There are at least 7 sub categories of the feminist ideology: Liberal Feminism: Has a strong focus on legal and political rights for women, […]

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  • Love Isn’t Real, Because You Aren’t Hard Enough

    I’m 16. The clock hits 9:30pm and my mother tells me to get to bed and get an early night. My lamp lights up the room that was previously lit up by Minecraft and my phone alerting me that someone poked me. The rain begin to hit my window as I turn on my speaker […]

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  • Dehydration is the Enemy

    Dehydration is the enemy. This is my life motto, mostly because I haven’t yet had a meaningful enough life experience to warrant something as cliché as a proper life motto. Nevertheless, dehydration is a problem I face every day when I come to uni, and that is because there are not enough drinking fountains. Every […]

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  • Polarising Opinions

    There is something very easy about extremities: it’s the comfort that comes with treating “right” and “wrong” as if they are unquestionable, unshakable truths. It’s the relief of being able to point the finger at someone else, identify the problem, the enemy as “other” and, in doing so, absolve oneself of blame. It feels good […]

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  • Greenwashing: It’s Not Easy Being a Conscious Consumer

    You stride into Countdown, armed with dual reusable tote bags in your hands and an irrepressible love of the planet in your heart. You’re still a little twitchy from all the fair-trade Peoples Coffee flowing through your veins, which is just as well because you’re going to need caffeine-addled reflexes to polish off your list […]

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  • A taxonomy of the Wellington thrift stores I’ve spent my Studylink on

    Say what you want about environmentalists, but when it comes to thrift shopping we know our shit. Buying your clothes second-hand saves so many resources it’s unreal, making it a rare ethical lifestyle choice that’s still actually enjoyable (I miss cheese so much you guys). Thrift 5/5 For me, Thrift is king. Hear me out: […]

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  • Cheese Vs The Environment: A Vegan’s Take on Climate Change

    Since I can remember I have always cared about the environment. This dedication probably came from my growing up on a patch of land with a small flock of sheep surrounded by native bush. Like many other New Zealanders, my weekends as a kid were spent riding my bike around the neighbourhood, enjoying the fresh […]

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    : Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided