Features

March 28, 2011

To find out more about how this society started out and what its aims are for this year, Salient spoke to some of the exec over a beer. Joining us were William, Tess, Felix and Jessica. Tell me about the beginnings of the society. I understand it started out as a normal club last year? [...]

March 28, 2011

“A lot of people think that those in the Territorial Army are not real soldiers. We are. We are well-trained, highly disciplined fighting machines, ready for war. We’re just not available during the week.”—Gareth Keenan, The Office You mightn’t know it, but a number of Victoria University students moonlight as soldiers within New Zealand’s Army [...]

March 28, 2011

With increasing global consciousness evidenced by recent crises such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami, and, closer to home, the Christchurch earthquake, we’ve seen global communities reach out and connect with the struggles and plights of individuals. As a nation, as a student population and as individuals, we are becoming more familiar with the idea [...]

March 28, 2011

The Deaf community is lively, chatty, vibrant, and—for the majority of society—invisible. Yes, that was “Deaf” with a capital ‘D’. One of the most striking things hearing people discover when they first learn about the Deaf world is the close sense of community and belonging that Deaf people have with other Deaf people. If this [...]

March 28, 2011

Cultural ignorance is often the biggest barrier for any minority culture. The New Zealand Deaf community has faced severe oppression, akin to that of Maori culture, in the past. For almost a century, sign languages were prohibited and seen as inferior to learning to speak and lip-read English. Deaf children were punished for using signs, [...]

March 28, 2011

Salient talks with Baz Murfin, your friendly neighbourhood cop, about his role at Victoria University. What does your job involve? I am a Community Constable for both Vic and Massey. I have a really good relationship with the Counselling Service, the Health Service, with the Student Association. As well as being the face of the [...]

March 28, 2011

The chairs are in a circle, the brochures and pamphlets are out, the tea and coffee are set up. Pink is belting out her hit single ‘Sober’. In an attempt to let people know that something is going on, the doors are wide open, yet once in the meeting room, anonymity is secured through the [...]

March 28, 2011

Salient talks with Hanna Mason and Chris de Lisle of the Victoria Medieval Society. What is the medieval society? Chris: We’re a group of people who get together and do medieval things basically. We cook medieval food, we have medieval feasts, we make medieval clothes and crafts and we hit each other with medieval sticks [...]

March 21, 2011

When the New Zealand Government and Rugby Union lodged a bid to host the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 2005, they promoted the idea that New Zealand would provide a ‘Stadium of Four Million’. While other delegates offered an oval ball and some fields, the kiwis proudly nudged forward the services and attention of the [...]