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October 7, 2019

  Data released to Salient under the Official Information Act shows that the gender disparity in most majors at Victoria University has stayed constant over the last five years.    As reported earlier this year by Salient, the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is particularly targeted for under-representation of women. Over the past […]

September 24, 2019

  Once, dinosaurs walked the earth. They had claws and teeth, they dug burrows, nurtured their young, ate each other. For 80 million years, this was a planet of large and small, fast and slow reptilians; strange and dangerous to mammalian flesh. Then that world ended, and life kept changing to fill the spaces the […]

September 23, 2019

Victoria University and VUWSA have endorsed the intergenerational School Strike for Climate planned from September 27. The strike follows two school strikes earlier this year.    Connie Brown, a member of the group organising the strike on campus, says that coordinating has required communication and negotiation with people in other parts of New Zealand and […]

September 23, 2019

  As part of Sustainability Week, Victoria University has launched a Zero Carbon Plan. The plan aims to make the university a net zero emissions organisation by 2030, with a 20% reduction in gross emissions, and offsetting schemes to make the activities to make up the rest.   The launch of the plan was held […]

September 15, 2019

Three of my friends’ phones dinged in concert. They picked them up and stared at the screens. I looked at the nearest friend, askance. “It’s just the group chat,” he told me. Addled, I leaned over to look at his screen. “Depressing Memes for Suffering Single Teens,” it read. Memes about communism, mental health, faith. […]

September 2, 2019

A recent bottle drive on campus has raised questions about waste production and management at Victoria University. The bottle drive was held on August 4, and was the product of a collaboration between the Anglican Chaplaincy and Plastic Diet, a plastic reduction club.  Each clean bottle delivered to volunteers returned twenty cents to the person […]

August 14, 2019

I watch her dark eyes, her pale face. She wears a dark blue shirt studded with silver marks. Across her chest, a leather strip with bells of different sizes. She could have walked out of my imagination, out of the pages of my favourite book and onto my wall. Next to her, held also by […]

July 22, 2019

The tech industry is well-known for being dominated by men. Victoria is, unsurprisingly, no exception. Aleisha Amohia, president of Victoria University’s Women in Tech (VUWWIT), says that Victoria needs to do more to support and encourage women and other minorities in the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS).  SECS at VUW mirrors the same […]

June 3, 2019

I’ve known my best friend for 20 years. It’s like we were made for each other. We both love talking and reading and running. We can be quiet together. When she starts crying, sometimes I can’t stop. We’ve shared so much that sometimes I look into her eyes and know exactly what she’s thinking, because […]

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