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Opinion

June 6, 2017

Politics, at it’s core, should be about people. There’s always a risk of over-politicising an issue, a chance that you may take all heart and perspective out of it. When this happens, problem solving becomes sideshow to ideology and fanaticism. Personally, I think it’s important to put perspective into politics. With this in mind, you […]

June 6, 2017

Woah, Issue 12 — we made it! This week is the Opinion Issue. As an opener, we have a piece on the first ever editor of Salient, A. H. (Bonk) Scotney. A massive thank you to the Scotney family who were generous with their stories and memories about Bonk that were the basis of the […]

June 6, 2017

Last week was Samoan Language Week and I feel that language weeks can be good and bad (this is just my own fiapoko* opinion, k?) O itū lelei (the good): They emphasise the fact that our languages are legitimate, learnable, even lyrical (Samoan metaphors, uce, gotta love those!) They raise national, even regional awareness that […]

June 6, 2017

Writers and critics have praised Rick and Morty for its sharp character writing and absurdist take on sci-fi tropes, and I count myself in that number. But there is a mounting backlash against it that I can’t help but pick a bone with. On one of the many, many pop culture podcasts I listen to, […]

June 6, 2017

To me at four Hey there kid, You know that girl that you don’t like? The one that sits at the edge of the swimming pool when you’re having your lesson? Yeah, she’s gonna be your best friend at school. Smile at her once in a while — it’ll be worth it. Also, the painting […]

June 6, 2017

A while back, VUW’s online presence was blessed with yet another sexually frustrated man, angry that he couldn’t get laid, who decided that having a moan on “Overheard @ Vic” would somehow make things better. He thought VUW would be full of “hot, keen girls” but was disappointed to discover VUW’s women all fall into […]

June 6, 2017

The first thing I noticed about other Māori students was the pride in their walk. Each step, confident and affirmed as though you had a bigger reason for being here. Your gaze, almost intimidating and fierce, yet quietly humble. I couldn’t help my curiosity about the various reasons you all chose to come here. Whether […]

June 6, 2017

Over the years that Mauri Ora has been providing health and counselling services for students, the demographic of the VUW population has changed and grown. I feel proud walking around our campuses, seeing diversity all round me — young and old, every race, gender, able and less able, all represented here. However, I am also […]

May 29, 2017

As students, we are familiar with the term “stress”. It is an unavoidable fact that when you’re balancing sleep, work, and uni — you’re going to be stressed. While there is no solution to stop the amount of stress we encounter, there are ways to decrease your stress levels by taking care of yourself. Your […]