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March 5, 2018

Week one ay? Feeling good? Feeling fresh? Ready to learn? That’s grand! O-Week has been a hoot this year. I’m writing this on Thursday, so maybe there’s going to be a horrible jinx after I’ve sent it off, but so far there’s been a perfect balance of partying really hard but still looking after yourself. […]

February 26, 2018

Kia ora e te whānau! Ko Marlon Drake tōku ingoa. It’s ya boy, the VUWSA President for 2018. Whether you’re a first year or a returning student, welcome home. I remember my first week of uni. I didn’t attend any of the O’Week events, and didn’t really meet any new people. I went out a […]

August 7, 2017

Well Re-O-Week is over, so we must be getting dragged, kicking and screaming, straight into the second trimester. Money is short, and so is patience. After the blur that was the first trimester there’s a good chance you’re looking for a way to spend your time that is less expensive and less intensive than the […]

June 6, 2017

Politics, at it’s core, should be about people. There’s always a risk of over-politicising an issue, a chance that you may take all heart and perspective out of it. When this happens, problem solving becomes sideshow to ideology and fanaticism. Personally, I think it’s important to put perspective into politics. With this in mind, you […]

May 22, 2017

“I ain’t never seen @MarlonCDrake at a club, or doing activities!” — @markyman90. Well shit, @markyman90, that’s quite a twitter beef you’re starting there. But seeing as I haven’t exactly publicised what I’m up to, and I haven’t been in town for a while, I figured this is a good opportunity to give you an […]

April 3, 2017

Discussing rape culture can be hard for a bloke. We feel like we’re being attacked at our core, like we’re being accused of a horrific crime. It’s an uncomfortable feeling because we’re not quite sure what rape culture is. It was never taught at school and as far as we know we’ve done nothing wrong. […]

March 3, 2017

Dear reader, I’m glad you’ve decided to take solace in a copy of Salient during this busy time of year. Throughout O-Week, a lot of first year students came up to me and expressed fears around one issue in particular: making friends. “Making friends” is something you’ll be repeatedly encouraged to do. Not all of […]

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