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October 8, 2018

One Victoria student has taken an innovative approach to improve his class attendance. Rhett Shannon, a commerce student, once lived semi nocturnally: he rarely woke before noon, and tended to stay up working until the early hours of the morning. “It’s the illicit connotations of 2am that really get me going,” he told Salient. “On […]

October 8, 2018

Victoria University has stated that they have stopped contracting Arohata Prison’s laundry services. The Department of Corrections have also confirmed that the practice has ceased, although they could not confirm the date. When asked why the University switched services, Mark Loveard, the University’s Chief Operating Officer, said that “We sought tenders for the laundry service, which […]

October 1, 2018

Concerns have been raised about fees in halls, after a student was charged $330 for basic electrical repairs. The student, who preferred to stay unnamed, lives at Education House, a Willis Street Hall. In May, the power in her room spontaneously went out. She immediately informed hall administration; however, an electrician did not arrive until […]

October 1, 2018

For students, it’s important to have a healthy work-life-study balance. This can be challenging, but students of VUW rise to the occasion. Salient talked to several students about how they balance their various responsibilities. “It’s really important to me to make sure that my job doesn’t take away from my study,” said Emerald McMatthews. As […]

October 1, 2018

The Student Services Levy, the mandatory fee which all VUW students pay in addition to tuition, is set to increase by 4.5% next year. The levy, which is currently $756, will rise to $790 next year. The Student Services Levy funds the University’s health and counselling services, careers advice, clubs and societies fund as well […]

September 17, 2018

There’s something that everyone knows about sex, but few people ever say, and it is this: sex is interesting. Regardless of whether you’re having it or not having it, or how you’re “doing it”, sex is interesting. This fact implicitly fills magazines and shops and bedrooms and, indeed, books. Doing It, by Hannah Witton, is one […]

September 17, 2018

Our attention had been drawn to a radioactivity symbol on a door in the Kirk building. However, a university spokesperson has assured us that the signage is no cause for concern. According to the spokesperson, the waste from scientific experiments is stored in the Kirk building room in shielded containers until the isotopes have decayed. […]

September 17, 2018

Victoria University has begun a new task force to identify lecturers who have consistently ill-designed PowerPoint slides. “Students are struggling to pay attention to slides with no margins, or pink backgrounds,” said Dee Sigma, the leader of the task force. Once identified, target lecturers will be given a series of seminars on appropriate text-to-image ratios, […]

August 20, 2018

On 10 August, Jacinda Ardern and Eugenie Sage announced that single use plastic bags will be phased out over the next year. Over 40 countries around the world have restrictions or taxes on plastic bag use. Plastic bags are often replaced by paper bags or cloth bags. However, there are environmental consequences for these seemingly […]