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    Plastic Bag Ban Leads to Bruised Fruit Throughout the Country

    24 September 2018: Following Jacinda Ardern’s rise to power, single use plastic bags are being phased out nationwide. While this is a step in the right direction towards repairing our Earth, many people are struggling to come to terms with the changes. Discarded and dropped produce is becoming a

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    VUWSA Elections: Who’s Who?

    24 September 2018: Last week, the Candidates’ Forum in the Hub offered VUW students an opportunity to hear VUWSA candidates speak. Around 50-70 people attended the event, which was MCed by Salient FM. The themes of student engagement, sexual violence, and mental health were recurring throughout t

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    Student Evicted for State of Mind

    24 September 2018: CW: Attempted suicide, miscarriage *names have been changed for privacy When Sam* returned from the hospital after her attempted suicide, she did not expect Cumberland Hall’s response, which was to kick her out. She and her father, who had flown to Wellington to be with her, me

  • VUWSA Elections: Who’s Who?

    Last week, the Candidates’ Forum in the Hub offered VUW students an opportunity to hear VUWSA candidates speak. Around 50-70 people attended the event, which was MCed by Salient FM. The themes of student engagement, sexual violence, and mental health were recurring throughout the speeches. The forum fell on the 125 anniversary of women’s suffrage. More than […]

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  • Ravished by the Living Embodiment of All Our University Woes

    Winner of the Sex in the Hub Erotica Competition It is hard living in these times. From infrastructure to scheduling to dropping lecturers like stones, it is a time of change in the world of Victoria, and I’m not so sure if I like it. I might just be the soul living in the depths […]

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  • Final Review

    Initially I wanted to start off writing about humor. Turns out that’s a lot harder than it looks because there’s really too much to say about it in 1000 words. Also, I’m not an expert in comedy. To be honest, I’m not really much of an expert in anything. I first graduated in 2013 with […]

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  • My First Year at Uni: An African Perspective

    I come from a tiny country called Ghana, situated along the west coast of Africa. Three years ago, I made the life-changing decision to immigrate to New Zealand with my partner. At the time, going back to university was the last thing on my mind. After all, I was armed with a Communications Degree, majoring […]

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  • Bad Memes is Closing Down

    As I am held at gunpoint forced by both Bad Memes and Salient to write this article, all I can say is one thing: Bad Memes for Suffering Victoria University Teens is, was, and will always be, an absolute shit show. That isn’t a new concept, or even particularly interesting or surprising, all things considered. […]

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  • The Fine Line of Cultural Appropriation

    I grew up worshipping a Hindu God called Lord Ganesha. He’s commonly known as “the one with the elephant head”. When I was four, I watched my father and others from our community build a temple to him from scratch, and spent many hours praying there throughout my childhood years. I learned his significance in […]

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  • Why I Gotta Be Misogynistic Every Time We Kick It

    My phone was connected to the bluetooth speaker in the kitchen playing the new Cozy Tapes Vol. II over the sound of a boiling kettle. I don’t often take in all the lyrics from A$AP Mob. They don’t deliver any Deltron 3030 or Kendrick Lamar lyricism that I have to dissect for weeks in between […]

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  • Hunting for Katango

    Katango was one of thousands of bands in the 1980s. Their members were effeminate young men who wore make up. Their fashion was loud and garish. Their songs were vomit-inducing saccharine pop, shooting for a one-hit-wonder. But there is one thing that singles Katango out from this crowd of brazen auditory vomit: They ripped off […]

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  • Deep Space

    The Grateful Dead began touring in the mid-1960s, and the fans who dedicatedly followed them around the United States included not only deadheads and groupies, but also volunteer medics. They provided care for music-lovers going through crises, sometimes induced by psychedelic drugs. At concerts and festivals in the US and around the world, groups of […]

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  • What’s the Tea?

    My mother’s favourite saying is, “I’m gasping for a cuppa tea!” This usually means she’s had a very long and stressful day, and can’t wait for the warmth of a steaming mug of English Breakfast in her hands to mimic the feeling of human contact, without the annoyance of said human contact. However, I have […]

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    : Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided