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19/09/11

Being gay is typically seen as a ‘backwards step’ in terms of masculinity or ‘male-ness’. It is usually associated with people such as Chris Kolfer (Kurt from Glee) or Elton John, and anyone who identifies as gay is immediately expected by the ignorant to appear and behave ‘camp’. Does being gay mean relinquishing masculinity? I [...]

12/09/11

As has been covered extensively in Salient, Victoria University’s Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) department is undergoing some very radical changes. These will have wide-ranging implications, not only for the students taking the course, but also for the department’s staff, some of whom have lost their jobs as a result. Victoria University released a [...]

01/08/11

The past 12 months have seen a huge shift towards a focus on gay rights in the media. Spurred by an uprising of gay activists in America founding projects such as The Trevor Project, and a massive push for GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances) and PFLAGS (Parents of Lesbian and Gay Students) in American schools, the [...]

11/07/11

ACT on Campus Auckland vice-president Cameron Browne sparked controversy last month when he told Auckland University Students’ Association treasurer Tania Lim to ‘get raped’ during a heated Facebook debate. ACT on Campus president Peter McCaffrey spoke for Browne, saying that Browne was responding to being called a fascist. When asked if the response was appropriate, [...]

09/05/11

When you turn on the tap, are you aware of what’s coming out? Sure, it’s water, but is it really just two hydrogen atoms bound to a single oxygen atom? Salient writer Geraint Scott attended a public lecture exploring one side of the debate surrounding the addition of fluoride to New Zealand’s water supplies. Recently, [...]

11/04/11

An interview with Rev. Dr Margaret Mayman We all have our own beliefs, whether they’re super evangelical Christian or hardcore atheist. But how do our beliefs impact on other people? Should a religion be able to introduce national law, or should it be kept separate from state issues? What about when those lines blur, such [...]

28/03/11

Japanese students at Victoria University have banded together to fundraise for their quake stricken counterparts back home with a touching and creative idea. The students plan to fold thousands of origami cranes and string them together in groups of 1000. In Japan, these ‘thousand origami cranes’ are symbols of prosperity and happiness. Gifting them to [...]

21/02/11

A “ground-breaking” report released by the Green Party reveals what pupils think of the New Zealand education system. “As kids head back to school, adults are preoccupied with debates about assessment. I asked young people directly what they need from the education system, and their concerns are quite different,” Green Party Education Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty [...]