Archive for May, 2010

31/05/10

It’s getting colder, wetter, and—somehow—windier here in the capital. Winter’s here. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Winter is the perfect season to enjoy many good things in life. Woollen socks, roast dinners and coffee all look or feel or taste better when it’s cold outside. And while beer is generally a cold beverage, [...]

31/05/10

Gap-year students performing better at university: myth or reality? Students trying to convince their parents they really need an overseas holiday just got some ammunition in their war, with a new study claiming a break will help them achieve better grades. Research undertaken by the Ministry of Education found that students who took a year [...]

31/05/10

Horoscopal predictions for the week starting on the 31st of May. As a growing, glowing impasse is building between between me and the stars, I am turning to other forms of divination. If you skepflicks and doubters make head shake that I was all night up look in my future know you have to big [...]

31/05/10

Quite a nice idea actually Victoria University is offering a lifeline to research projects devastated by the Chilean earthquake. To ensure scientific research can continue following the earthquake in Chile, Victoria is offering six four-month fellowships to Chilean scientists. “Scientists have lost samples they had been collecting for many years, and we understand that in [...]

31/05/10

Non-traditional sports get traditional awards Six students at Victoria University of Wellington are the latest recipients of the coveted New Zealand Universities Blues awards for sporting achievements. Victoria University students Phillip Drew and Aiken Hakes received the NZU Blue for outstanding achievements in croquet, while Lizzie Ingham was recognised for her performances in orienteering. Ella [...]

31/05/10

It’s officially winter, boys and girls. It’s fucking shit. Look outside. No sun, no warm, no comfy. The sky is grey and the ground is wet, so you better check the tread on your shoes. Otherwise you’ll fall over heaps. Everyone is constantly in a bad mood. Look at their faces. Oh wait, you can’t [...]

31/05/10

“De-liver me from this peg, friend.” For Romeo, parting was such sweet sorrow. For a 25-year-old Wellington man and a single yellow clothes peg, parting is a joy unto itself. Former Salient News Editor Michael Oliver has launched The De-Liver Me From Pegs Sale. Inspired by the efforts of Canadian Kyle MacDonald, who traded up [...]

31/05/10

One small step out of the taxi to my new Kelburn home and my ice skater dress is already above my ears. It helps that builders, who are wearing the same boots I have on, are commenting nearby. I should have learnt from such a traumatic entrance. The next day I entertain motorists while at [...]

31/05/10

Last week I walked in to the exec meeting to discover a surprise prepared for me by Max Hardy. Throwing aside my journalistic integrity I delightfully accepted my very own media table! It had a sign and everything, and took the president approximately five minutes to write and print, thus fulfilling 40 per cent of [...]