Author Archive: Laura McQuillan

With her take-no-prisoners, kick-ass attitude, former News Editor Laura McQuillan adequately makes up for her lack of stature. Roaming the corridors (and underground tunnels) of the University by day, and hunting vampires and Nazi war criminals by night, McQuillan will stop at nothing to bring you the freshest news.

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Innocence

Innocence

by / 17/08/09 / 1 Comment

In 1991, a four-year-old boy attending Christchurch’s Civic Creche told his mother he “didn’t like Peter’s black penis”. That statement was the catalyst for a months-long investigation by the police and the Department of Social Welfare into sexual abuse at the preschool. In interviews with more than 100 children, the investigators uncovered allegations of sexual [...]

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Quiet pages: the reporting of suicide in New Zealand’s news media

Quiet pages: the reporting of suicide in New Zealand’s news media

by / 18/05/09 / [ 7 Comments ]

‘The code’ Death was not suspicious. No one else was sought in connection. Not natural causes. And the ‘s’ word. Former journalist Alan Samson, who now lectures in journalism at Massey University and is a member of the Press Council, doesn’t believe these code words work. “The suicide is either worth reporting or it is [...]

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What is a feminist?

What is a feminist?

by / 04/05/09 / [ 13 Comments ]

To be honest, I’m not sure I know. Can a man be a feminist, or just a feminist sympathiser? Can a feminist be anti-choice, or subscribe to a patriarchal religion? Does a feminist have to be part of a feminist group? I’m not actually going to answer any of these questions, but anyone else is [...]

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Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

by / 06/04/09 / No Comments

This movie was made for me. In fact, it may have been about me. Because I am a fickle journalist who cares more about buying new Gucci shoes than paying her credit card bill or writing about plants. Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood in a (somewhat romantic) comedy about shopping, debt, a dream job [...]

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McQuillanation of the candidnation

McQuillanation of the candidnation

by / 27/09/08 / [ 11 Comments ]

For once there’s a VUWSA election where I’m not backing any candidates. This is because they all suck. No, no, I joke. Now that I’ve moved on from Victoria University, Salient and ever having to attend another VUWSA exec meeting, it delights me to bring you a guide to the VUWSA election candidates without fear [...]

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The end.

The end.

by / 16/10/07 / [ 2 Comments ]

Well, here’s the final of very few blogs by me this year. I had great plans to begin with, but then got a bit busy, and a bit lazy, so it never really eventuated. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Council gives fee-rise protesters the boot, raises fees 5%

Council gives fee-rise protesters the boot, raises fees 5%

by / 15/10/07 / No Comments

The University Council shifted rooms to escape rowdy protestors before passing a five percent fee rise for next year last Monday. The public attendance of the meeting was limited to a maximum of 50 students, despite a 150-person capacity, due to past experience, precedent and a “question of health and safety”, Chancellor Tim Beaglehole said [...]

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The Year in News

The Year in News

by / 15/10/07 / 1 Comment

February The University year started with Vic introducing a new Engineering degree to rival that of Massey Wellington. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Psychology and the environment: Who knew they had anything in common?

Psychology and the environment: Who knew they had anything in common?

by / 15/10/07 / No Comments

PSYC221 students spent the last semester assisting the environment for a Psychology paper on environmental behaviour. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Gladwrapping record attempt this Thurs

Gladwrapping record attempt this Thurs

by / 15/10/07 / No Comments

Publishing collective Lawrence & Gibson are planning an attempt at setting the World Record for wrapping the most people in cling film (Gladwrap) simultaneously this Thursday. The event is in celebration of the release of Ulrich Haarburste’s Novel of Roy Orbison in Cling Film, where Haarburste writes a collection of tales of his own experiences [...]

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