Archive for February, 2012

29/02/12

Dear First-Years, So, you’re gay. A little bi-curious maybe? Ambisextrous? Homoflexible? Bent? Asexual? Trans? Undecided? Whatever? Meh? All of the above? Well, whoever you are, wherever you’re from and however you identify: welcome. You have come to the right place. As the hub of one of the most culturally vibrant and liberal cities in the [...]

29/02/12

Divas and The Beast The Improv Divas: Mary Little, Nicola Pauling, Hanna Pickersgill, and Kate Wilson. With Erin Upjohn-Beatson (music) and Darryn Woods (lighting). BATS, 23rd February, 8pm Divas and The Beast is advertised as “TV’s Beauty and The Beast meets Desperate Housewives.” However, the desire to wretch that this description evokes should not put you off seeing this [...]

29/02/12

Be Glad You’re Neurotic Phil Braithwaite Directed by Nigel Edgecombe Gryphon Theatre I’m always a little nervous before watching a monologue. When they work, they’re fantastic. When they don’t, you’re stuck listening to the self-absorbed drivel of a character you couldn’t care less about; you know that if the actor picks up on your lack [...]

27/02/12

In a shocking turn of events, it has emerged that the sell-out sales to this week’s O-Week events was not due to popular student demand, but was rather the result of a new business venture by Labour Party politician and entrepreneur, Trevor Mallard MP. Salient understands that the MP had bought all 1,000 tickets to [...]

27/02/12

Oh, what’s that? You need to study down at Pipitea? Don’t worry it’s better down here, you’ll like it. Besides the obvious advantages of fewer hipsters, and not being located at the top of a hill, the Pipitea campus has a lot on offer. Well-kept grass perfect for summer loungin’ abounds (beware: there are wasps) and Illot [...]

27/02/12

Kia ora koutou katoa I te tuatahi me mihi ki te matua nui I te rangi, nana nei nga mea katoa. Tuarua ki o tatou nei tini mate kua wehe kei tua o te arai, haere, haere, haere atu ra. No reira, apiti hono tatai hono te hunga mate ki te hunga mate. Apiti hono [...]

27/02/12

Watching the Watchmen. The executive is a group of students elected at the end of each year to form the governance body of VUWSA in the following year. Their primary function is to set policy, control funding, and act as representatives of their student constituents. Sometimes they also do barbecues. Salient endeavours to attend meetings of the [...]

27/02/12

I didn’t do much this summer besides go to Invercargill. It’s been pretty terrible. Things only really brightened up once the VUWSA office opened on the 9th of January. On my first day, President Bridie hustled me into her office for a catch-up. As we sat down, Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’ came on. “It’s my [...]

27/02/12

Returning from three years in Berlin, Kiwi-bred six-piece An Emerald City are beginning their final New Zealand tour, playing a one-off show in Wellington on the 1st of March as part of the New Zealand Arts Festival. Guitarist, and chief- dreamer, Sam, chatted to Salient co-editor Ollie Neas about recording in caves, secret Soviet complexes [...]