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Opinion

October 16, 2017

The Pasifika Students’ Council (PSC) is a representative group for Pasifika students here at VUW. My journey through this academic year as the Public Relations/Events Officer has been one heck of a ride. I used to be that anti-social scholarship student from Samoa who for the first two years of university stuck with the same […]

October 16, 2017

Well this is it. The last issue of Salient, and the last week of the academic year. Seriously, great job for making it to this point. Whether you’re just about to complete your first year, final, or anywhere in between — tino pai. It’s been a wild ride serving as your President. I could not […]

October 16, 2017

The other week the greatest basketball player of his generation, LeBron James, called the President of the United States a “bum” on social media. Then, arguably the next greatest NBA player of his generation, Kevin Durant, accidentally exposed himself as running multiple social media accounts in which he bad mouthed his former team and defended […]

October 16, 2017

Few ideas are as divisive as “moral relativism” — the belief that morality, rather than being a universal constant, varies from context to context. Moral relativism has never enjoyed widespread support in academic philosophy, but it has had a few very prominent defenders — among them Gilbert Harman, and Bernard Williams, widely considered one of […]

October 16, 2017

As you prepare for your exams, VUWSA is preparing for Stress Free Study Week! Hopefully this means you only need to worry about rote learning, and not about buying breakfast and lunch! We’ll also be coming at you with puppies, Krishna, and heaps of coffee. Heads up, the first Monday of Stress Free Study Week […]

October 16, 2017

Hi and Bye You’ve made it! You’ve survived the ups and downs of 2017! It’s been one of the worst and best ever. You will never want to relive those 3.00am moments during all-nighters, and if you never experience another 8.00am lecture you will die a happy chappy. But despite all that, it hasn’t been […]

October 16, 2017

How do we change the world and the people in it, for the better? I’ve recently become aware of the anger activism within the LGBTQIA+ community. The “man hating” / “cis hating” / “straight hating” / “oppressor hating” anger that informs a lot of our activism. I hold a lot of this anger myself, but […]

October 16, 2017

To put a big full stop on Super Science Trends, I wanted to talk about science and narrative. If this decade has taught us anything, it’s that facts cannot defend themselves. The more hopeful science enthusiasts will assume that, because humans are reasonable creatures that adhere to truth, science should come naturally to them. But […]

October 16, 2017

Tēnā tātou. Kua tae mai te wiki whakamutunga o tēnei wahanga o te tau. Heoi anō, hei kai māu, kua tuku mai a Awhi ētahi whakaaro, kia ora ō tātou tinana, ā, kia whakapakari i te hinengaro mō te otinga ō ngā aromatawai! Te Ao Māori is closely connected to the environment of Aotearoa as […]