Viewport width =

AuthorMarlon Drake

Author Archive: Marlon Drake

rss feed

June 5, 2018

Last week I forgot to do a column because I was so busy getting the best deal for students. This week is the opinion issue. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. Now that really comes in handy for small talk at cocktail functions, but also means there are occasions where I talk […]

May 14, 2018

What the fuck are letting fees? You may have seen this question around the university and it’s a darn good one. I’ve got an answer — letting fees are an absolute rip off. If you’re renting, chances are you’ve had to pay a letting fee whenever you’ve signed a new flat. A letting fee will […]

May 7, 2018

My friend Cole is a good pal. We’ve known each other since year 9 in high school. Instead of going straight to uni, he decided to take a gap year. We stayed in touch a little, but really left each other very much to our own plans. At the end of that first year, we […]

April 30, 2018

Kia ora mate, it’s the mental health column and I’ve got 300 words to talk about it. Let’s get through it as quickly yet meaningfully as we can! I went through somes serious bouts of depression, anxiety, and self destructive behaviour over quite a few years. I did counselling for three of those years with […]

April 16, 2018

DISCLAIMER: If this hits home for you, or if you disagree, I’m keen to hear from you! We only grow by learning, and we only learn by talking to each other. How do you take a topic like “taboo”, and accurately explain yourself in 300 words? I don’t know, but let’s give it a go. […]

April 9, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau, two bits of good news this week. Back home in Auckland I have two cats, Tim and Duncan (named after my favourite basketball player and the GOAT Tim Duncan). They’re twin brothers, a lovely pair of tabby cats. About four and a bit months ago, Duncan disappeared. This hit the […]

March 26, 2018

CW: Sexual violence. We’ve done a lot of work around sexual assault and harassment lately. We’ve launched the Don’t Guess The Yes campaign, brought Thursdays in Black to our campus in a really creative way, and last week we fully did a march from Law School to Midland Park, outside the Russell McVeagh offices. If […]

March 19, 2018

Kia ora! Week three and we be living it up. As I’m writing this I have the flu really bad, but the tyrannical Salient editor Louise Lin is forcing me to get something in before last minute. Where has the kindness in this world gone? Anyway here’s a message straight from me, for your eyes […]

March 12, 2018

We’re going full force into week two, yes boi. My last two columns were fun and informative, but would like to take a moment to talk some real shit. I’m talking about your wellbeing! Yes, you. And the reason I’m going to bring it up in week two is because otherwise the first you might […]