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October 15, 2018

This is the last issue of Volume 81 of Salient. Volume 1 ran in 1938. That’s a really long time for any publication to exist, let alone a student mag that’s always been put together on the smell of an oily rag (there’s more money for student media in next year’s VUWSA budget though, so […]

October 1, 2018

The structure of student politics at Vic used to be quite different. From the 1966 until about 2012, VUWSA policy was set at meetings of the Student Representative Council. SRC was comprised entirely of students, and any student could initiate a motion at one of its meetings throughout the year. If someone else seconded the […]

September 17, 2018

Did you know that Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and graham crackers were originally invented to discourage masturbation? The theory went that your libido, physiology, and diet were all inextricably linked. Rich or spicy foods made you horny, so by the same token, eating bland foods made it easier to resist your disgusting sexual urges. Following this […]

August 20, 2018

Students operate within an extremely dumb and arbitrary hierarchy. When you first get to university, you immediately feel you’ve left behind the youthful trappings of high school students, no longer a child but a cosmopolitan young adult. In second and third year you talk derisively about the naiveté of first years, while doing all the […]

August 6, 2018

Bill Pearson’s essay Fretful Sleepers: A Sketch of New Zealand Behaviour and its Implications for the Artist, first published in 1952, depicts in detail the stifling conservatism of post-war New Zealand society. When I first read it as a sensitive first-year student, it seemed to illuminate some deep, murky truth about the New Zealand condition. […]

July 23, 2018

Pachali Brewster wrote the UniQ Queer column for Salient in 2007. I asked her some questions about her column, and changes in the discourse around Queer identities that have occurred in the last decade. How did you come to be the writer of the Queer column in 2007? I became the President of UniQ for […]

June 5, 2018

I don’t have the ski-bum clout to say some dumb shit like “frothing to get steezy up the maunga” (shaka), but the ski season is right around the corner and I am hyped. Snow sports is an industry worth millions of dollars in New Zealand, and it’s been streamlined to cater for the thousands of […]

May 21, 2018

A conversation no one asked for, which everyone will nevertheless have a blast furnace of a hot take on – the spirit of the flag referendum lives on at Victoria University of Wellington. The university administration has announced that after sixty-three years, it’s time once again to think about the name of this institution. I’ve […]

May 7, 2018

Salient gets a lot of its funding through VUWSA, but the rest is made up in ads – creating and printing a magazine isn’t cheap. Given the demographic, it’s unsurprising some of that ad space would go to advertising alcohol in the past. I find the artwork of old beer ads incredibly charming, and I […]