Archive for March, 2010

29/03/10

Veronika could have been a concert pianist but instead she got a law degree. And then she tried to kill herself. While this may seem like infallible logic to most, Veronika’s given reasons for taking to the sleeping pills were these: indignation over the world’s lack of interest in Slovenia—the novel’s setting—and the realisation that [...]

29/03/10

I have previously talked about the overriding feeling of this year’s Fringe being one of the workshop. The work in progress, the trying out. It was a Fringe of shivers of excitement as toes were dipped into theatre-flavoured waters, rather than the sudden high dives and belly flops of previous years. This is not in [...]

29/03/10

Wannabe rollergirl and Salient feature writer Elle Hunt takes on some of New Zealand’s finest derbyists. “Alternative to what?” asks Ellen Page’s character in the 2009 film Whip It, when a friend asks her if she’s gone all, like, alternative now that she’s into roller derby. And it’s true: the definition of alternative sport isn’t [...]

22/03/10

It would be an understatement to say that things are a bit of a mess in Thailand at the moment. Demonstrators have once again taken to the streets of Bangkok to protest what they deem to be an unsatisfactory political regime. Though peaceful for now, the serious tensions and frustration towards the current government that [...]

22/03/10

I find myself surrounded by a crowd of identical girls, each with a hairpiece perched upon her head. In a fit of camaraderie, I buy myself a flashing martini glass filled with what the bartender can best describe as ‘alcohol’. I bravely step up to the doors to have a green band clamped around my [...]

22/03/10

The other day a friend of mine (who would do a huge poo if I mentioned her name and probably still will) walked all the way from Te Aro to Kelburn with her skirt hitched up in her knickers. Total leggy bum view for Africa. “Poor girl… I should probs say something, eh?” is almost [...]

22/03/10

Student Union slurs speech Management of the policy governing alcohol advertising on the Victoria campus is being questioned by student organisations after apparent inconsistencies in its interpretation. As organisers of Orientation 2010, The VBC were offered the free use of the Jägermeister stage and mobile van, which comes complete with a PA system. Following this [...]

22/03/10

French Dept. oversteps the Maginot Line A senior Victoria University lecturer has breached student privacy by accessing a student’s records for non-academic purposes. Salient News Editor Angela Mabey’s student records were accessed last week by Senior Lecturer in French Dr Myreille Pawliez. The breach of privacy came to light after Pawliez sent an email to [...]

22/03/10

Relations down south are on the mend The OUSA exec has voted to drop their appeal against the 2009 High Court judgment which ruled that the University Code of Conduct (CoC) applies outside of the university. The exec’s decision to drop the appeal comes after much discussion with the University Council, which has held out [...]