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April 27, 2009

In an interview with Critic in her Beehive office last week, Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley said that the recession will have an impact on National’s pre-election promise to improve student allowances. In the wake of Labour’s announcement during last year’s election campaign that it would institute universal student allowances, John Key promised that his […]

September 22, 2008

In an unprecedented move last week an independent arbitrator stripped Jo Moore of the 2009 Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Presidency and the position was subsequently accepted by Edwin Darlow, who placed second to Moore in the election.

July 28, 2008

North Dunedin will be under a liquor ban for all of August, but police say it will only be enforced in the event of an influx of Undie 500 “revellers.”

July 21, 2008

Otago’s National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) President Abe Gray and two other members of the cannabis law reform group were arrested on the University’s grounds recently.

May 12, 2008

A former Victoria University student has highlighted the difficulties of paying off a student loan by attempting to auction it off on website Trade Me. Management at Trade Me sympathised with her cause, but pulled the auction last week because it violated the internet auction site’s terms and conditions.

May 7, 2007

Authorities are investigating after the Otago University building housing Critic and Radio 1 Headquarters was broken into and vandalised on April 24.