Archive for April, 2011

11/04/11

Results from the recent VUWSA survey have been released, enabling the exec to identify strengths and weaknesses in their approach. It now believes itself to be in a better position for the likely introduction of Voluntary Student Membership (VSM) next year. According to VUWSA President Seamus Brady, results from the VUWSA survey have given them [...]

11/04/11

Our personal beliefs play a large part in shaping our decisions and guiding us through life. But how many of our personal beliefs are really our own? Salient chatted with Dr Marc Wilson about the factors which influence our political and religious beliefs. Do parents play a crucial role in determining the political/religious beliefs of [...]

11/04/11

“You know that place between sleep and awake?” whispered Tinkerbell, “ The place where you can still remember dreaming?” That place where it is just deliciously possible to imagine that, if you peer through the coats in your damp Aro Valley wardrobe, there might be another world out there. A tantalising and wonderful world where, [...]

11/04/11

VUWSA is to lay a wreath at the ANZAC Day ceremony to be held at the Cenotaph on Lambton Quay. This year’s Citizens’ Service of Commemoration and Wreath Laying is to be held by the Wellington City Council, in conjunction with Wellington Returned and Services’ Association and the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. VUWSA President [...]

11/04/11

Hillbillies have had it pretty hard in film. Between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance and The Hills Have Eyes there hasn’t been much room for progressive portrayals of rural, working class white people, especially in the horror genre. Eli Craig’s debut film, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, attempts to address this disparity by parodying the [...]

11/04/11

God bless you, Bill Maher, God bless you – despite the fact, of course, that the big guy’s probably not too keen on the idea. You’re generally kind of dick to him. And considering that you don’t think he exists, well, the whole thing’s a little problematic, really. Nevertheless, the sentiment of the statement still [...]

11/04/11

Censorship is one of the most controversial issues of the literary world. An ongoing conflict rages between writers and governments, religious organisations, and various media watchdogs who attempt to ban books for their “immoral content”. Books have been challenged almost since their invention. It is known that Plato suggested expurgating Homer’s Odyssey for ‘immature’ readers [...]

11/04/11

When I made the switch from casual vegetarian into strict vegan (which was prompted by the finishing of a fantastic book, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals), I was born again. For you see, it was just so darned easy to be a vegetarian. I could load my plate at adult dinner parties, skip arrogantly past [...]