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Author — Michael Oliver

Author Archive: Michael Oliver

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12/10/09

A 24-year-old soon-to-be-former news editor of an award-winning student magazine has strategically placed a photo of his mother’s cat in his news section for the sole purpose of strategically placing a photo of his mother’s cat in his news section. Michael Oliver, the News Editor of Salient, quantifiably the best student magazine in New Zealand, [...]

12/10/09

Chris Rattue is a journalistic dynamo. He arrives at the New Zealand Herald every morning by swinging through a window dressed in a mask and chevalier, a cutlass between his teeth, and a pistol spraying bullets left, right and centre. Every morning. At first it was kind of annoying, but now, nobody even notices. “Oh, [...]

12/10/09

“Imma let you finish…” Powerful words that will live in infamy, spoken by a powerful man who lives in a condo just south of Santa Barbara. Much has been written and spoken about Kayne West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Awards. Many people have criticised West, lambasted him, nailed [...]

12/10/09

Since 94% of you didn’t bother to cast a vote in this year’s VUWSA General Election, the only conclusion left to make is that you quite simply don’t care. It’s perfectly understandable—I was once like you. I was far too interested in banalities like ‘assignments’ and ‘degrees’ to care what Workers’ Party Nobody #453 was [...]

12/10/09

A Victoria University of Wellington Computer Science major was arrested on Friday in relation to a string of online crime described as the worst in New Zealand’s history. Neil Edgeimon, who went by the moniker “goku_karori_28,” was arrested in his Karori flat after police were tipped off by a post on the semi-popular Vegetafighter/Forum. Edgeimon [...]

12/10/09

The Tertiary Education Commission has appointed an independent arbiter to determine whether Victoria University’s research grants are being spent appropriately. Former High Court Judge Miles Wimbleton will head an investigation into accusations Victoria has no idea what it’s doing. Concerns have been raised in recent times that the Wellington university has frittered away millions of [...]

12/10/09

“Oh, people read news,” man about town BK Drinkwater reassured me. “People read news.” I have been lied to by BK Drinkwater before. In 2003, the man who lived E34 at Weir House told me that Radiohead’s ‘We Suck Young Blood’ had “killed” his clown. He later recanted saying he never had a clown and [...]

12/10/09

In what’s being described as a masterstroke of ingenuity not seen from a student association since… well… ever, VUWSAAR has invested in a $20,000 coin-operated surfboard ride in a bid to bring back one of its most strident of critics. Former VUSWAAR Camping Officer Sam Oldman resigned his post in a fit of blossom-cheeked rage [...]

09/10/09

Sitting around the ‘ol Salient campfire at 4:04am this morning, Editor-in-Waiting Sarah Robson and I got talking about the history of this little publication—in particular, the last decade. We like to think 2009 has been a great year, but has it been the best year? And if you were to make an all-star Salient team [...]