Archive for September, 2009

28/09/09

Platforms: PS3, XBOX 360, PC Street fighter—a truly iconic game that has cemented its place in gaming culture as well as pop culture. Personally, having never owned a copy or even played it extensively, the characters and the game’s unique face-paced gameplay still somehow is embedded in my subconscious. It will always have a special [...]

28/09/09

The greatest thing about the dubstep scene in Wellington is that it is growing. More and more we have artists returning to smash the speakers at our local clubs. They get the earth shaking with deep sub-bass tones. Optimus Gryme was certainly no exception. This was the second time I’d seen Charlie B (A.K.A. Optimus [...]

28/09/09

Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill Last Wednesday parliament voted Roger Douglas’ Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill through to the select committee stage following its first reading. The Bill was drawn from the ballot in August, and aims to “uphold students’ right to freedom of association, by ensuring that no student is compelled to [...]

28/09/09

Colour me impressed—the Theatre 304 Directing folk have really showed us what they’re capable of with peoplearefragilethingsyoushouldknowthatbynowbecarefulwhatyouputthemthrough. Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes, directed by Uther Dean, was an intimate and powerful production. Seated on three sides of the stage, we watch Rebecca (Fiona McNamara) carefully apply makeup while Devlin (Ralph McCubbin Howell) stares through a window [...]

24/09/09

Another quality production day/night commentary bought to you by those who never sleep at the Salient office. 04:43 Mood: Why am I in the Salient office so fucking late/early? Fuck knows. Music: The hum of the computers and drip of the panel heater. Completion level: 10% Peeve of the moment: no shower. no shoes. 11:38 [...]

22/09/09

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Presidential candidate Alan Young revealed today that he supports Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) of students’ associations. Young, the self-proclaimed “people’s voice”, went on to say many of his supporters think VSM is a good idea and consideration should be given to it. Max Hardy, who is also running for [...]

21/09/09

J&J Vote ‘Nay’ Victoria University has agreed to increase fees by 5% and almost double its Student Services Levy for the 2010 academic year. The decision was made during a heated and difficult meeting of the University Council on Monday afternoon. Government funded honours and postgraduate fees will also increase by $500. Victoria’s Student Services [...]

21/09/09

University Council members had to duck for cover as protesters threw fruit and eggs at them at a meeting where fees and the student services levy were raised today. VUWSA president Jasmine Freemantle was hit in the head by an orange, but Chancellor Tim Beaglehole and Vice Chancellor Pat Walsh survived unscathed. Protest leader, VUWSA [...]

21/09/09

Hey, hey, guess what? Salient is the mother flipping best publication in the world*! Last week we took out the Fairfax Media New Zealand Award for Best Student Publication at the Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) Awards. It’s the first time since 2004—when I was first year—that Salient has won this prestigious award. We also [...]