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Opinion

September 24, 2016

Last week I hosted the annual “Rant with Grant” student fees forum. Historically this event has been a discussion between Victoria’s Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, and its students on the issue of fee-setting. Since the introduction of tuition fees in New Zealand our predecessors have had a long history of colourful debate around fees and the burden […]

September 24, 2016

I’ve saved my favourite recipe for last. The joy of this dish is threefold. It’s cheap, it’s delicious, and you’re guaranteed to have the majority of the ingredients loitering in your pantry from the last time Pak’nSave had a sick deal on canned goods. It’s also a dish of infinite possibilities. Don’t have chickpeas? Literally […]

September 24, 2016

Virginity is a stupid term that should be discarded for many reasons. The term implies a boring and restrictive definition of sex (e.g. penis-in-vagina is the legitimate way to fuck), it is tied up with conservative and misogynistic beliefs about women’s purity, and it ties people’s worth to their sexual experiences (e.g. have you lost […]

September 24, 2016

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses suicide and mental health.   We’re approaching the time of year where stress levels are building. Burnout sets in and we often end up questioning our choices and why we decided to put ourselves through this stress. One of the easiest and perhaps more common ways we deal with this […]

September 24, 2016

“Do something you love and you will never do a day’s work in your life” is phrase you will hear often, and I am not aware of any evidence that this is true. I am lucky enough to do a job I truly love and one which offers real meaning and value. I have friends […]

September 18, 2016

Stereotypical gender roles dictate what a man is supposed to be and what behaviors he is supposed to enact. It tells us he needs to be a particular kind of masculine and he has to avoid particular kinds of traits, behaviors, appearances that might be construed as feminine. Stereotypical gender roles dictate what a woman […]

September 18, 2016

New Zealand has long been proud of being clean and green. The image seems to have gotten into people’s minds and tourism continues to grow off the back of it. But most of us are aware that it’s not quite the reality. In 2012 John Key compared the 100% Pure slogan to that of McDonald’s, […]

September 18, 2016

UniQ

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This column discusses queer mental health and includes mentions of suicide and self-harm.   Your mind can be a dangerous place. In queer communities worldwide there is a  higher prevalence of mental illness than in their heterosexual counterparts. There are clear associations between sexual orientation / gender identity and increased rates of self-harm, anxiety, depression, […]

September 18, 2016

In the Olympic charter, the Games—both ‘para-’ and otherwise—are to be accessed by “the widest possible audience,” through the “fullest-coverage by different media.” Yet Sky TV severely inhibited the licensing of content to NZME (Herald) and Fairfax (stuff.co.nz) during the Olympics. The situation is now even worse during the Paralympics. The economic incentive is not […]