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Opinion

October 2, 2017

Going overseas can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It is also expensive, and thinking about getting vaccines or spending money on insurance can seem out of reach — but I would really encourage you to just consider this as part of your trip’s costs. If you don’t, and are unlucky […]

October 2, 2017

Can an act be morally wrong even though it leaves no one worse off? Imagine that there is a large quantity of radioactive waste that we have to deal with. We have two options: spend some money to contain it permanently, or build a cheaper, temporary shelter which will deteriorate over the next couple of […]

October 2, 2017

What does it mean to represent? This is the question we put to lecturer James Meffan, and the long and, at times, complicated interview we had with him attempts to answer this question — as well as some of the ethical problems it contains. In thinking about representation in pop culture and literature, Jasmine reflects […]

October 2, 2017

Last week VUW voted to raise your fees by 2% for 2018. With student debt surpassing $15 billion last year, and the average graduate leaving university with a loan the size of a house deposit, I’m sure this isn’t music to your ears. As the Vice-Chancellor will say, and he is right, 2% is obviously […]

October 2, 2017

Two weeks ago, across the United States, the grand tradition of NFL Sunday Night Football took place. It was a good day for football on the field, featuring down to the wire games and upsets. But at every game around America (and even London) there was an unavoidable disruption to the traditions that fans and […]

October 2, 2017

When considering how we (as individuals, students, netizens) use social media, I thought one of our most cherished writers — William Shakespeare. Before you dismiss this, saying “You speak an infinite deal of nothing,” I pray to thee that you hear me out first. The bard may seem like an antiquated uncle who wants to […]

September 25, 2017

It’s THAT time in the trimester again when your workload starts piling up and you wish you had started those assignments a little earlier. Yep, this is the period when your energy levels are plummeting and blood pressure is rising. But just as an imminent test or assignment can get your stress levels pumping, you […]

September 25, 2017

The spectacle looms | simultaneously recedes into the thankful distance of the rearview mirror pre- | post- Writing a conjuncture, that’s where we are with this issue. We’re not going to make any predictions, prophesise beyond the veil, yet there’s an encounter here between a pre-election subjectivity with the state of reading post- …all we […]

September 25, 2017

When I was in Timor-Leste for my research, to my immense surprise I was often looked upon with pity, because I could only speak one language. To my local guide, this was a source of amazement. He himself could speak five: Tetun, Portuguese, two local village languages, and English. Being bilingual is the minimum expected […]