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October 15, 2018

White North American girls across Wellington have joined to form a “Spring Solidarity” support group, to cope with missing autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The group meets in Starbucks every Tuesday afternoon to sip pumpkin spice lattes and flip through Instagram photos of their antipodal friends. “#decorativegourd, #fallenleaves, #octobervibes…I’m missing out on all of that,” […]

October 15, 2018

While you were studying, “studying”, or generally letting your own life consume your attention this year, things were happening in the world. Some larger themes — the US is a mess, the UK is tangled in Brexit, New Zealand is relatively functional, but is far from perfect — may have percolated through to you. In […]

October 15, 2018

After months of hounding by Salient, and despite VUWSA Treasurer-Secretary Jack Donovan’s many promises, the VUWSA work reports are still not available on the VUWSA website. As a result, students have no way of holding their student union executive accountable. The work reports are a written record of the hours and the work that the […]

October 8, 2018

One Victoria student has taken an innovative approach to improve his class attendance. Rhett Shannon, a commerce student, once lived semi nocturnally: he rarely woke before noon, and tended to stay up working until the early hours of the morning. “It’s the illicit connotations of 2am that really get me going,” he told Salient. “On […]

October 8, 2018

Victoria University has stated that they have stopped contracting Arohata Prison’s laundry services. The Department of Corrections have also confirmed that the practice has ceased, although they could not confirm the date. When asked why the University switched services, Mark Loveard, the University’s Chief Operating Officer, said that “We sought tenders for the laundry service, which […]

October 1, 2018

Concerns have been raised about fees in halls, after a student was charged $330 for basic electrical repairs. The student, who preferred to stay unnamed, lives at Education House, a Willis Street Hall. In May, the power in her room spontaneously went out. She immediately informed hall administration; however, an electrician did not arrive until […]

October 1, 2018

For students, it’s important to have a healthy work-life-study balance. This can be challenging, but students of VUW rise to the occasion. Salient talked to several students about how they balance their various responsibilities. “It’s really important to me to make sure that my job doesn’t take away from my study,” said Emerald McMatthews. As […]

October 1, 2018

The Student Services Levy, the mandatory fee which all VUW students pay in addition to tuition, is set to increase by 4.5% next year. The levy, which is currently $756, will rise to $790 next year. The Student Services Levy funds the University’s health and counselling services, careers advice, clubs and societies fund as well […]

September 17, 2018

There’s something that everyone knows about sex, but few people ever say, and it is this: sex is interesting. Regardless of whether you’re having it or not having it, or how you’re “doing it”, sex is interesting. This fact implicitly fills magazines and shops and bedrooms and, indeed, books. Doing It, by Hannah Witton, is one […]