Archive for March, 2011

28/03/11

The Deaf community is lively, chatty, vibrant, and—for the majority of society—invisible. Yes, that was “Deaf” with a capital ‘D’. One of the most striking things hearing people discover when they first learn about the Deaf world is the close sense of community and belonging that Deaf people have with other Deaf people. If this [...]

28/03/11

Cultural ignorance is often the biggest barrier for any minority culture. The New Zealand Deaf community has faced severe oppression, akin to that of Maori culture, in the past. For almost a century, sign languages were prohibited and seen as inferior to learning to speak and lip-read English. Deaf children were punished for using signs, [...]

28/03/11

Salient sits down with Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson Garth McVicar about the release of his new book, Justice. Why have you only now decided to publish this book, and how long has the idea of a book been in the works? Penguin approached me about eighteen months ago and thought they’d like to see how [...]

28/03/11

Second year cartography student Sandra Bbits was found trapped in a large mason jar in Easterfield building over the weekend. The 19-year-old, majoring in Maps and Haircuts, confused by the detours and blocked off corridors caused by renovations to the quad, took a wrong turn and ended up on fourth floor of Easterfield inside the [...]

28/03/11

Salient talks with Baz Murfin, your friendly neighbourhood cop, about his role at Victoria University. What does your job involve? I am a Community Constable for both Vic and Massey. I have a really good relationship with the Counselling Service, the Health Service, with the Student Association. As well as being the face of the [...]

28/03/11

A recent research project by a final year Victoria PhD student has revealed that young Muslims are happier in NZ than in the UK. Jaimee Stuart’s study examined the well-being, psychological symptoms, behavioural problems, discrimination and immigration stress of approximately 300 Muslim youths, aged 16-27, in both countries. Surveys in New Zealand produced more positive [...]

28/03/11

It should come as no surprise that South Korean films often mine the omnipresent North-South divide for sweet, sweet cinematic gold. From the “why can’t we all just get along” attitude of star vehicle Secret Reunion to the violent antagonism of action blockbuster Shiri, there’s a sense in all South Korean films that the divide [...]

28/03/11

One of the most beautiful creatures living in the ocean is the seldom-seen Venus’ flower basket. This creature is a bioluminescent sponge (that’s right—sponges are animals) found deep on the ocean floor around Philippines and Japan. But what makes Venus’ flower basket badass enough to join the ranks of other illustrious Animals of The Week? [...]

28/03/11

By Timothy McKenna-Bolton Did you listen to that band Japanese Motors who released an album a year or two ago? When that album came out somebody (an idiot) told me that they sound like The Strokes only better. This was a stupid statement for two reasons. The first reason being that Japanese Motors are a [...]