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Scripted Love

Romeo and Juliet may seem like a dated narrative – but for those in the Indian Students Association production Rose, which was adapted from the Shakespearean play, it seemed similar to the culture clash between their Indian ancestry and the realities of University life in New Zealand. Three...

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8 Bizarre Facts About US Presidents

The history of United States Presidency is, for many people, just another boring topic they were forced to learn at school. We all know, for example, how Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union forces to victory, how George Washington crossed the...

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The Gaza Strip

By yorick

Wednesday 20th August
The Gaza Strip

For those of us who aren’t familiar with the conflict, the oversimplified story goes that Israel is a state formed by the West after World War II so that displaced Jews could have a homeland. Of course, acquiring land must come at the cost of someone else relinquishing their land and hence conflict erupts. Although the British have slaughtered their way through a quarter of the world in order to find the perfect exotic herbal tea blend; this is one of their most failed foreign policies to date. . . Well, that and the World Cup.
Since July of this year, almost 2,000 people have died due to the conflict; 1,900 of which have been Palestinians. Peace talks led by the US have failed, and no one wants to take responsibility. Taking on this project would be about as rewarding as picking up girls in the Waikato, although potentially not as messy. The simple truth is that providing...

67 years after the Western world found a ‘solution’ to house the misplaced peoples of Europe and Anatolia, we are still fighting for freedom in the Middle East. And so far, it’s been fairly Shi’ite.

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Consenting To Sex: Who Needs It?

By Nathalie Blakely

Wednesday 13th August
Consenting To Sex: Who Needs It?

My boyfriend and I get pretty enthusiastic about sex, and I hope that everyone else out there does as well. By this I mean that I hope you are all aware of what consenting is, and that you are all enthusiastic about it. When I mention enthusiastic consent I don’t envision everyone jumping up and down on the bed being like, “Woohoo, sex time, we’re so excited, YES, YES, YES!” (Although if you do do this, that sounds awesome!). It merely means that you are communicating and respecting your partner, and they are returning the favour.
Sex without consent is sexual assault, or rape. Sexual assault is more broadly defined as any non-consensual sexual contact, while rape is non-consensual penetration. In New Zealand law we define sexual assault as ‘indecent assault’, and rape as, ‘sexual violation’. Both are illegal. Most people have this idea...

Trigger warning rape and sexual assault...

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Letters to the Editor


#NotAnotherNotAnotherFemsocLetter

20 August 2014

Dear Femsoc and The Anti-Femsoc Collective
Would you people calm the f**k down. As you continue to enrage each other like a couple of 14 year old girls in a facebook comment battle royal, remember that you are achieving nothing. I’ll be the first to admit I like a good chuckle at trolling arguments but this one’s getting old. I’m sure I’m not alone at being sick of these petty articles. There...

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Pie Blown

20 August 2014

Dear Canta,
Let me begin by saying that I love pies. More than most other savoury foods. So when I read about a pie eating competition in Canta, I was arranging my day around this event. Not participating but cheering like crazy and trying to steal a pie. On Friday the 8th August, I dragged a friend to C-Block where I was sure that I would find a majestic consumption of pastry and mincemeat...

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I Act Like I Don't Care... But

20 August 2014

Dear Canta
This is an open letter to whoever runs the slightly embarrassing yet mildly entertaining UC Compliments page.
Despite the fact that most posts depict students at UC to be hormone raging 16 year olds, I must admit that I do, on the odd occasion, glance at the UCC page.
I have submitted material only a handful of times but more often than not it is censored!
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Simba Goes To Badlands. Finds No Wifi.

20 August 2014

Dear Tech Guys,
I love bringing my tablet or laptop with me to uni and being able to use them in lectures or in the library to work on my increasing pile of essays and assignments. However, these marvellous devices do not work nearly as well when the internet decides to have a nap every five minutes and disconnect! What is with the patchy internet? Or does Eduroam have a vendetta against me and...

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