Tag: Issue12-2009

Blind date

Blind date

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Guy #1 So, I turn up at the Garden Bar, push open the doors and get told that theres an audition on. Heading upstairs I find the girls that I’m on a blind date with. That’s right—girls—as in plural. Another guy turns up, and he and I find out that it’s a double blind date. [...]

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Lawrence Arabia—Chant Darling

Lawrence Arabia—Chant Darling

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Lawrence Arabia a.k.a. James Milne has a musical résumé to envy. He’s been a songwriter and bassist with the Auckland twee pop band The Brunettes, been a member of The Reduction Agents (who wrote that ridiculously catchy song ‘80s Celebration’), and has also played bass for and toured with, Okkervil River. With such a line-up [...]

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Students Sorta Pissed

Students Sorta Pissed

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Students at Victoria University have spoken out unanimously against the institution’s budget reductions, believing the cutbacks have compromised the quality of their education. Representatives from VUWSA, PGSA, VUWLSS, Ngai Tuaria and STUDiO have told Salient of a growing sense of unhappiness among their student ranks. Of particular concern is the level of engagement between students [...]

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Experimentorial

Experimentorial

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Aim To prove a point that science is the guiding light that has and will continue to deliver us from the murky depths of human ignorance. Oh, and also to measure the wavelength of light using a fine diffraction grating. Hypothesis Science and the core concepts of science—experimentation through gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence [...]

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R&D: More than rolling the dice

R&D: More than rolling the dice

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Budget ‘09 has left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of those involved with science, research and technology in New Zealand. The canning of Labour’s Research and Development (R&D) tax break while Australia made theirs more generous has been a sticking point for many. Moana Mackey, Labour’s spokesperson on Science and Technology, and Research and [...]

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Latimer: That’s how I roll… Freemantle (News version)

Latimer: That’s how I roll… Freemantle (News version)

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VUWSA Education Welfare Officer Robert Latimer has successfully gathered enough signatures to table a motion of no confidence against President Jasmine Freemantle. It is the second petition presented by Latimer, after the first was dismissed for being unconstitutional. VUWSA Vice President of Administration Alex Neilson explained that the original motion could not be put forward [...]

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Genetically engineered course fees in-comp-atable

Genetically engineered course fees in-comp-atable

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Engineering students at Victoria are frustrated they are being charged 20 percent extra for courses co-taught with other students. The fee disparity exists in COMP/SWEN 301 Software Engineering Principles. Students enrolled in a Computer Science major are charged fees of $610.50, while Software and Network Engineering majors in the same class are charged $726.00. Third-year [...]

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Eye on Exec: Not the Anthropology Society

Eye on Exec: Not the Anthropology Society

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So, Jessy calls me up and says, “Oh, you’re not gonna believe this, but I, like, killed a guy.” Whether she meant “with kindness” or “bludgeoned all Lundy-like” remains to be seen. We hope for the former, but pray for the latter. Comic violence, thy name is Edwards. Thanks to Jackson drunkenly stumbling along in [...]

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teh latin grammerz

teh latin grammerz

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While researching for some essays over the last few years, I often came across French statements being used in some of the older books. This annoyed me; I did not like that it was assumed that the reader should know French. Pissing French everywhere pêle-mêle, it just seemed arrogant of the authors—how was I, a [...]

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The fog of fear got thicker

The fog of fear got thicker

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The real strategy of right-wing politicians Newt Gingrich: “Let me just say, I think people should be afraid. I think the lesson of 1993—the first time they bombed the World Trade Center—was: Fear is probably appropriate. I think the lesson of Khobar Towers—where American service men were killed in Saudi Arabia—was: Fear is probably appropriate. [...]

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