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October 10, 2011

There was a time when everything was simple. The sun was out everyday. There was glue and popsicle sticks on every table—it was impossible to figure out exactly what they were for, but someone had the revolutionary idea to turn them into stick figures. Some benevolent overlord would cut apples into quarters and dispense them […]

October 10, 2011

I love Wellington. I love its crowded streets and the feeling that all of those houses and shops were haphazardly poured between the hills and the harbour. I love the Wellington airport descent and its ability to make people treasure how short life is; the spontaneous applause upon landing if the Southerly is particularly strong. […]

October 10, 2011

Skittles, Skittles. Charlotte buys Skittles at four in the morning and musters a smile for the guy behind the counter at the 24/7 store. He shows no sign of recognising her as he hands back the eftpos card that she keeps expecting to decline. She thinks there is a sadness in the way one corner […]

October 10, 2011

But at the same time something about it has been troubling me. My complaint certainly doesn’t need to be said, but it feels as if it ought to be at least mentioned, and the final issue seems to be the place to do that. Whenever I read Salient, I tend to encounter students musing upon […]

October 10, 2011

So far, I’ve been pretty slack at representing the diverse range of insects across the globe. So for the very last AOTW of the year, let me present to you the Tarantula Hawk Wasp. This voracious critter gets its name from the way it aggressively hunts Tarantulas. The female hawk wasp injects these spiders with […]

October 10, 2011

‘Occupy Wall St’ is the name given to the demonstrators congregating on Wall St in New York City, in the USA, and has spread worldwide with various demonstrations occurring around the globe. Somewhat confusingly for many, it has no leaders and no single list of demands or requests. What they do all have in common […]

October 10, 2011

It was the eleventh of September, and armed with optimism and dogged determination to do well in the upcoming exams I pledged abstinence from Facebook until the end of exams. Except for some small aching for its constant stimulation in the forms of links, access to friends and to their ‘lives’ I was doing pretty […]

October 10, 2011

I would like to devote this space to outlining some of the reasons why I belong to the relatively new movement on campus known as We Are the University. Principally, I have chosen to be involved with the project out of rational choice. The administrators of VUW, led by Pat Walsh, continue to implement policies […]

October 9, 2011

The Last Issue of 2011 is online in a flashy Flash reader from Issuu for your reading joy.