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CONTENTS Pg 4 Editors’ Letters
Pg 16 Cool Shit
Pg 5 AuSM Student Reps
Pg 18 What’s on This Semester at AUT?
Pg 6 When was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
Pg 19 Re-O’Week Timetable
Pg 30 Sesame Soy Roasted Chicken and Broccoli
Pg 20 Drunk Chat: New Beginnings
Pg 32 Reviews
Pg 24 No Pride in Prisons
Pg 34 Puzzles
Pg 8 Inspiring AUT Graduate: Barrett Owen Pg 10 Virtual Reality: Sexy New Technology
Pg 28 New Semester = New Drinking Games
Pg 27 Wise Boy: Coming of Age in Unexpected Ways
Pg 14 Head First
C O V E R I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y H O P E M C C O N N E L L
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CONTRIBUTORS Benjamin Matthews, Crystal Wu, David Evans Bailey, Dayna Patel, Grace Hood-Edwards, Hope McConnell, Kelly Enright, Laine Yeager, Matthew Cattin, M icah Fyers, Sarah Pollok ADVERTISING Harriet Smythe email@example.com
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Editor’s Letter New beginnings (and other surprises) And so we begin again: a new semester, a new list of papers on Blackboard, a new set of tutors to scope out, and new classmates to meet or avoid. There’s also a bunch of different assignments you probably won’t finish until two hours before the deadline, and a fresh set of goals you created to avoid that type of procrastination from ever happening again. Or maybe that’s just me. In other words, Semester 2 is here, and in the spirit of starting again, we decided to theme this issue of Debate around the idea of new beginnings, or the not-even-that-popular adage ‘new semester, new you’.
Sub-editor’s Letter Hi I'm Shawn Cleaver. You might remember me from such articles as ‘Unfiltered Chat with Wasted Students’ and ‘Shawn vs Wild: Lost in the Slovakian Wilderness’. I have been hired by Julie Cleaver to be a subeditor of this magazine. Yes, you read our last names correctly; getting hired by your little sister is a humbling experience. All the times you wasted her at flips on the trampoline and
The Debate team aren’t hypocrites either (we are, but not in this case). And in the spirit of the theme, we have a bunch of announcements to
bicycles – you never know what Scandinavia will do to me.
make. First, my older brother, Shawn Cleaver, is taking on the position of sub-editor. (Yes, you read that correctly, we are hiring my brother.) Shawn’s all about getting amongst it with the students and writing about stuff people care about, like music, drunken yarns, and interviews with AUT grads who are killing it in the real world. He’s also a radio announcer and all-round shit talker, so I’m sure you will enjoy his content.
I am also happy to announce that the door that opened as mine closed is hiring Janie Cameron to be the stand-in editor for the rest of the year. Last year Janie was the top postgrad journalism student at AUT, before that she moved to China by herself and learned Mandarin, and she’s just an all-round badass. You can rest easy knowing Debate will be in her incredibly talented hands.
Also, as some doors open, others close, and I am sad to announce that this is the last issue of Debate I will be in charge of for the rest of the year. This semester I am truly embodying our theme and heading over to Denmark to complete my postgraduate degree in a funky and probably very cold university. But, don’t celebrate just yet: I’ll be back at the helm next year, ready to take on another year as editor. However, I may have a few more stories about solar energy and
destroyed her at Crash Team Racing on the PlayStation One mean nothing; because as we enter the real world, our parents are recognising her as the profitable child. Unfortunately, my attempts at monetising my trampoline and CTR skills were unsuccessful. No matter how good you get at either, there is always a five-year-old Chinese kid who can beat you with their feet alone.
I’m no good at goodbyes, but well, bye. See you lovely people around campus next year. Or, if you’re finishing up this year, congratulations and enjoy graduation! Also, if you want to keep in touch, feel free contact me anytime this semester on my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org – Julie Cleaver, Debate Editor
I hope to bring engaging stories from the streets to the magazine. Interviewing past students, both successful or... nah just the successful ones actually. Also drunk students, and then putting their direct quotes in lights, despite how unPC their unfiltered drunkenness portrays them as. I hope to become the Humans of New York equivalent to fucked up uni students in town: all for the quality content. Enjoy the ride,
My other slightly more successful work includes radio announcing for The Edge and More FM, and I've just quit my full-time office job to work on creating an EP. The millennial level of that decision is over 9,000.
Shawn Cleaver Instagram: @cleavernz Email: email@example.com
AuSM Student Reps
Pasifika Affairs Officer
Kia ora and welcome!
Malo e lelei, talofa lava, kia ora, bula and hello to you all. I am honoured to be working within a team who not only make it their goal to serve you, but who are also experiencing the same struggles and perks of university life. I started my journey as a keen volunteer for AuSM, but just as confused as any other first year. Now, taking on this role, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of interacting with people and really making a difference to better their experience. My goals for 2017 are to help Pasifika students or anyone in general understand the services that AuSM has to offer. While working amongst the SRC, I aim to get to know students and interact with them to gain a better understanding of issues that arise. Being a student myself I feel like we can have a stronger bond in tackling problems if we stay connected and constantly ask questions. As Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” This year will definitely be one to remember – full of fun memories and many chances to discover more than just yourself, but those around you. If I were to give one piece of advice to anyone, it would be to take a chance once and while. Be outrageous and ask stupid questions, because it’s better to be out in the game than warming the bench. Stay eager, stay motivated, keep taking risks, and study hard, as each day you take a step closer towards your destiny. Many thanks and all the best, Aspasia :)
For all the new students, I’m honoured as you’re elected President to warmly welcome you on behalf of your student movement AuSM to AUT! New students, congratulations on making it into university and taking the first step for your future education. For those students like myself who are back again, we all know how worth it university all is and “May the odds be forever in your favour”. University is a place which is full of different opportunities. You will not only learn valuable knowledge and skills, but you will make lifelong friends and create some of your best memories here. So where we are so far – as a team the SRC (Student Representative Council) has brought up a few big student issues this year. Our first one was a petition around the increase in car parking prices on the North and South AUT campuses. Pricing was increased by $1.50 each day, which makes a massive difference on a student budget. As I write this we are still waiting on AUT’s response. The shuttle tickets for South campus also went up by $1.00 each way, but we were able to wave the 20 cents admin fee on top of that, which was a small win for us. The next challenge we are currently in is fighting for recorded lectures and online submissions. I will keep you all updated and posted about these on AuSM’s Facebook page. This semester is going to be a good time for your voice to be heard. It is New Zealand’s general elections as well as AuSM’s Student Representative council elections. So make sure you vote! Ursh xox
the Last Time you did
the First Time? By Laine Yeager | Illustrations by Dayna Patel
A new semester can mean new beginnings (even if it is halfway through the year, it’s never too late to start). But far too often the fear of the unknown stops us. The art of trying new things is actually good for you, it can help us subdue our fears and allow us to expand our minds and learn.
There is no time like the present to delve into the spirit of “new semester, new me!” Below are some helpful tips to go by to start your next half of the year with a fresh outlook, whether it be inside or outside uni life.
Increase Your Confidence (But not so much that you turn into a douche bag.) Trying something new takes confidence. Showing yourself that you have what it takes will actually make you feel better about yourself. Never been drunk on only wine before? Go on, try it! You may discover a potential that you’ve held all along. Or more sensibly, an activity like an early morning walk to start your day, whether it be 15 minutes or 50, you are still trying something new.
Appreciate Yourself! Do you really appreciate yourself for all that you do and are capable of doing? Want to try a new look? Like bringing back old school scrunchies as a hair accessory? Or maybe a new life motto e.g. a personal favourite of mine “do no harm, but take no shit.” These things may help you to appreciate what you’re really made of. Self-love is important!
Learn a New Skill If you’re like me, there have been many times when something that you become interested in trying involved learning a new skill (like trying to master the pully lifts at snow planet). The fear of failing may be a stunting factor, but do not let that stop you. Tie yourself into practice and persistence, the result can be that you have gained a fab new skill or hobby to add to your repertoire.
See the Value Around You Sometimes incorporating a little bit of perspective can be all we need to gain a great appreciation and sense of value for the things around us. Values form the foundation of your life, motivate yourself to find your passion, it can be the driving force in every area of your world. Values serve as a compass so that day after day, we move closer to our own definition of the best life we could possibly live.
Inspiring AUT Graduate: Barrett Owen From no high school education and rejected uni applications, to advising the country’s top financial leaders, AUT graduate Barrett Owen started from the bottom, and is now here. Article by Shawn Cleaver. “So where are they placing you?” I ask curiously. “One of the poorest counties in the world... Rwanda, South Sudan, Ghana, Myanmar… one of them,” Barrett replies, over a Facebook messenger video call. Quite used to moving, Barrett was born in Alaska, grew up in Australia, settled in New Zealand, and had a stint in Spain. He is currently living in Wellington and working for the government, advising the country’s top economic minds and leaders on what to do with NZ’s cash money. However he is leaving soon; he scored a new job to go rescue a poor country’s economy. He just doesn’t know which one yet.
“They will tell me in a few weeks. Then I’ll be there for two years, assisting their government with financial decisions. About taxes, interest rates, savings policies, and all that.” Considering I don’t even now how to spell financial (as it continuously comes up with a red squiggly line as I write this), I was pretty impressed. But how he got to this point wasn’t just impressive: after hearing his story, I realised I’d stumbled on some real Slumdog Millionaire shit. Barrett didn’t go to high school. I immediately assumed he was homeschooled, but he corrected me.
“Unschooled. I had no formal grades since Year Six.” A long story short, his family grew up in a unique church that kept him moving around. He sold chocolates most of the time. Not helping a prickly situation, his mum died when he was young, and his dad had to work tirelessly just to keep the family afloat. Barrett ended up doing the Australian equivalent of a Unitec-type bridging course, but AUT wasn’t convinced. “I was rejected from AUT and some other universities several times. We had to plead to the AUT coordinators, and they finally let me in.”
Turns out his gap in education worked as an advantage. “Most uni students were sick of studying; they had been for 12 or 13 years. Where I was just relieved to get learning again.” Barrett’s relief turned into hard work, as he earned top in AUT business out of 1500 firstyear students. With an interest in one day working for an international organisation like the United Nations, he went on to specialise in economics. He topped economics in his third and final year. While discussing this, his humility kicked in. “I didn’t get top in overall business, just top in economics. A few pro friends of mine beat me.” Well, his extremely average position of only top in economics was still a perfect platform to continue his studies into honours. Until tragedy struck, once again. “Back in Australia my Dad died. He had a heart attack. I was enrolled in honours, but had to drop out.”
After clearing his head (and most probably almost losing it in Bolivia) Barrett rediscovered his desire to save the world through an international organisation and enrolled in a top master’s course in Barcelona.
“My goals and motivation turned to ash... a lot of that is from losing a parent.” “I thought I would go to the beach everyday, chill out, practise my Spanish, but I spent the whole year in the library. It was freaking intense.”
Parentless, with his two siblings tied up in their studies, and an inherited mortgage, Barrett dropped out of his honours and got a job to keep payments up on the family house in Melbourne.
I wondered if it could have been that bad. Then Barrett took me through his typical daily routine in Spain.
“My goals and motivation turned to ash… a lot of that is from losing a parent.”
“Wake up at eight, then lectures, then library, 20 minute lunch, then back in the library until close… at 10pm. Every day. No weekend. For a year.”
It took two long years before his dad’s superannuation money came through. By that time, Barrett decided it was time for the selfdescribed “cliché-find-yourself-gap-year” and took off to South America. “What’s the buzziest story you’ve got from South America?” “At the Bolivian Salt Flats, our drivers were on drugs. They were going like, 80kms and were falling asleep at the wheel. But it’s the salt flats, so there is nothing to crash into!”
Barrett’s lack of even NCEA Level One maths proved to be a hurdle. “The masters was extremely mathematical. I barely even knew how to move ‘x’ from one side to the other. The course wasn’t in Spanish, but it was still a foreign language in a way.” Despite the military schedule, Barrett graduated, and headed back to New Zealand armed with a Master’s in Economics from one of the top 20 courses in the world. He then got his current position in Wellington, where
he has advised Bill English, Steven Joyce, and Gerry Brownlee. “Analysts at my level don’t usually directly deal with those types of people, but I have been lucky to have had the chance to. I have some of their handwriting over a few of my reports.” After unsuccessfully attempting to get Barrett to disclose some top-secret government material I could sell to Russia, I decided to ask about the role AUT played in his journey from an uneducated Aussie in the outback, to advising New Zealand’s financial fate. “[AUT is a] hidden gem. Objectively it can be an unknown in some circles overseas, but AUT students are more down to earth and personable. It’s those skills that allow you to excel at organisations at a higher level.” “Do you think that AUT being less well-known holds students back?” I ask. “Not necessarily, AUT students just often don’t apply for shit… they can get down on themselves; they just need to give it a shot. They are better with people, and don’t realise how many positions they could get. They are actually well prepared to compete with anyone.” Barrett has a few more months before he heads off to God knows where to save the world. Despite everything he has overcome, he feels a responsibility to help shape the world for the better, and feels the UN is the best place for that. He still has hopes to work there one day. In line with his ‘good guy’ approach to life, he insisted I put in his email address in the piece in case any readers want to ask him a question. It could be a good contact to make, before he runs the planet. Barrett’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: Upon completion of this article, Barrett was placed on the macroeconomic analysis team in Swaziland, a small country in Southern Africa. 9
SEXY NEW TECHNOLOGY AUT student David Evans Bailey is researching a practice-based PhD focused on creating Affective Art in Virtual Reality. He waltzes us through the VR industry and sex, among other things. Illustration by Ramina Rai. According to Wired in March 2017, VR porn has grown 250 percent, with VR porn videos being watched 500,000 times per day. I don’t know about you, but that does seem quite a lot. But wait, let’s take a moment to reflect, because for many people who were not around in the ‘90s, VR is brand new, hot off the press technology. In actual fact, though, this is the second time around for this high-tech offering. Back then, all the predictions were that VR would become the next big thing. This was a time when anyone with a dotcom company would be able to get a million dollars plus from investors, just on the strength of the fact that they were ‘doing something’ on the internet. At the same time, investment in VR was on the rise and so was the hype. In 1992 The Lawnmower Man hit the big screen and the media became obsessed by the VR sex scene, which it featured as the main protagonist completed his ultimate conversion to a digital human. Thus bringing us, as always, back to sex. Really though, VR was meant to signal the end of history, geography, and politics just like many innovations before it since the telegraph was invented. I can recommend Vincent Mosco’s The Digital Sublime (2004) as a history lesson worth learning on this very point. It was probably also meant to signal the beginning of sex and we will get to that. Yet in spite of millions of dollars spent on it, the big VR initiative ultimately failed to take the world by storm. Following which, very little more was heard. That is, until now.
It should come as no surprise to discover that of all the industries taking an interest in VR, one of the biggest is the sex industry. For the techies among us, enter Stage Right, Oculus Rift. Followed closely by HTC Vive and Samsung, suddenly, and not so many moons ago, the VR scene came alive. You might even term it VR’s new beginning. The computing power had finally caught up with itself and that had enabled these new ‘bad boys’ of the tech world to launch. Once again, the talk is of a billion-dollar VR market, but this time with a difference. That difference is that finally the technology can actually deliver what it promises and deliver it does, in spades. What also engages people is the multiplicity of applications. Immersive high-quality VR is here and not just in the gaming industry. Other fields such as military, medicine, health, sports, journalism, therapy, simulation training, art, storytelling,
The stats speak volumes; over 10 million cardboards shipped, and 160 million apps downloaded by February 2017. So maybe this time for VR the only way is up.
Technophiles would no doubt endow
Experiencing all the glories of ‘being there’ in another VR universe is actually now very easy and accessible. Once again, investment is on the march and waiting for VR to break into the mainstream. There seems little
education and much more are taking it onboard and running with it.
immersive VR with the cachet ‘sexy’. This term is often used colloquially to describe a hot slick or clever new piece of software or hardware. The important point of all this is that the immersive quality allows the person using it to feel as if they are actually there in the scene and even part of the action.
doubt that this will happen once the right application comes along. That application isn't quite here yet, however. It might be Facebook Spaces, which somehow merges virtual reality with a 360 camera and has us all wearing a headset and looking like 3D cartoon characters whilst sitting in our real
The second thing is that the tech has become affordable such that anyone with a half decent smartphone and a Google Cardboard can download and view immersive VR apps.
Once again, the talk is of a billion-dollar VR market, but this time with a difference. That difference is that finally the technology can actually deliver what it promises and deliver it does, in spades.
In the VR world, they call this ‘presence'. In layman's terms, once you put that VR headset on, it feels like you just teleported somewhere else. This should please any fans of Star Trek, although it has to be said that the phenomenon is not accompanied by that familiar noise when the transporters are fired up on the Enterprise. Nevertheless, ‘presence' has a particular appeal to gamers, for example, who want to actually feel as if they are about to be devoured by all too real looking scary zombies.
life living room. Or perhaps it won’t be. The popularity of Zuckerberg’s latest offering has yet to be tested. Which brings us to the nub of this article and sex. Talking of mainstream, it should come as no surprise to discover that of all the industries taking an interest in VR, one of the biggest is the sex industry. Thus, bringing a whole new meaning to the world of sexy technology. Sex is definitely something that sells and anyone in advertising will tell you that, whatever form it comes in. Unfortunately, through the ages, it is the one industry which apparently has undiminished and universal appeal. Those of us with higher ideals might wish it were otherwise, but there we have it. VR is no exception to this rule and the concept of ‘presence’ is likely to take the viewer places they might not want to go. VR porn appears to be centred around 360 videos, which put you right in the middle
of the action, so to speak, and doubtless, this is part of its popularity. Additionally, of course, there are a myriad of sites which offer avatar based liaisons to suit all tastes and persuasions. The porn industry will naturally move in on any opportunity which brings in the moolah, and as far as VR is concerned, this is most likely a cash cow of some magnitude. Another side to VR sex is also the addition of what is nicely termed ‘teledildonics'. For the less technical among us, this translates to sex toys that can be controlled via computer and thus by your partner. So, in a nutshell, sexting will become an altogether more immersive and encompassing type of experience. To put a more positive spin on this development, it would enable long distance relationships to reach more, let us say, ‘depth’ in a physical sense than they could up until now. You can imagine that a Tinder date would develop into one where you don’t even need to leave the house in order to engage in a bit of
extracurricular activity. There could, of course, be some downsides to this new sexual utopia. What if the avatar you are sleeping with isn't who they say they are? The hazards of being duped on the internet could multiply tenfold, and your sexual encounter could all be recorded for use later. And what of VR infidelity? Is having sex in VR outside of your relationship even infidelity? It would certainly be immersive and even like the real deal. These will no doubt become burning questions and ones for which answers will be needed for those who don’t want to get burned. Research has also shown that the people can be influenced and manipulated in VR in ways that they might not even be able to detect, a whole ‘nother article in itself. In short, Pandora’s box will perhaps be well and truly opened. But having said all of that, VR is certainly here to stay, and love it or hate it, we’d better be ready to take on the challenge.
Head First Sarah Pollok spoke to Sir John Kirwan and rugby player Jason Mee about New Zealand’s masculine rugby culture, and how it’s changing. Illustration by Hope McConnell.
Let’s get one thing straight: I hate watching sports. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than sitting for hours while people chase a ball from one end of the court/pitch/field to the other. I’d probably rather write a Media Communication essay than watch a sports match. Except for rugby. Call yourself a Kiwi, and you’ll understand – because just like our odd accents and blunt sense of humour, a love of rugby seems to be in our DNA. A sport full of grit and brute strength, rugby is, without a doubt, the epitome of NZ’s tough-man culture. But after noticing more and more ex-players admitting to struggles with mental health, one Auckland student started wondering if his sporting idols were as invincible as we believe. Jason Mee is your classic rugby nut who “couldn’t imagine” a life without the sport. Representing the top A Grade and Second 15 teams throughout high school, he now holds the title of Captain for the College Rifles Under 20s squad. However, with this new responsibility came a realisation of the demands and conditioning put upon his fellow teammates. The severity of the consequences of these pressures became fully understood after he attended a NZ Rep Rugby camp in 2016. “At the camp we had an ex-player speak to us about mental health,” shares Mee, “and he started to talk about the suicide rates in professional rugby and rugby league, which was just totally shocking.” Mee realised that he, just like so many other proud supporters, thought that just because professional players get “paid to do what they love” it’s an easy job, which
he now knows is far from true. “There’s just so much stress and pressure on players to perform, and when they’re not getting selected or injured it can be frustrating.” Mee says he could definitely see how players could get to a point where they felt “there’s no other way than to take their own life.” Mee says that the camp was a big turning point in his life, and that he took this new perspective into the following rugby season. He became considerably more aware of how the pressures of the game could affect his teammates, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. “It's only club level, but you still see people getting upset about not being selected and struggling through injuries… I guess I’m more aware that my team members aren’t always as hard as they look. They aren’t supermen.” The superhero stereotype is one Mee believes is a result of Kiwi culture. “In New Zealand, men… it’s not really okay for them to talk about their feelings, and especially rugby players, because it’s seen as a ‘hard man's sport’ with no feelings in it. You come in, do the business, and go home. Maybe have a beer with the team and talk about the game, but never what’s going on in your own life.” Mee adds that he has often seen how rugby clubs “really drill players to commit their whole lives to the game” yet aren’t taught how to emotionally manage failure, whether it be by injuries or setbacks. Sir John Kirwan, the famous mental health advocate and ex-All Blacks player, says learning to deal with disappointment should be a mandatory course in New Zealand’s education system. “In school you learn math and English, but they don’t
teach kids how to be mentally well.” As an ex-All Blacks player, Kirwan intimately understands the “pressure of perfection” placed on sportspeople. His own experience with anxiety and depression on the sports field encouraged him to dedicate the past 17 years to educating Kiwis on the importance of “making mental wellness a priority, every day.” Looking forward, Mee hopes to see a new attitude in Kiwi sport culture, and believes taking players off the pedestal is key to achieving this. “We need to stop idolising rugby players and treating them like perfect people. They’re just humans and have flaws and feelings and we can’t sweep that under the rug.” Mee also says more mental health resources are needed for players to turn to when stressed. Fortunately, there is change on the horizon, with the launch of ‘Headfirst’, a new resource founded by the NZ Rugby Union. This website aims to support players’ mental wellbeing and includes an anxiety test, tips and coping mechanisms for those experiencing depression, and advice columns for ‘helping a mate’ with emotional struggles. The NZRU also produced a video titled ‘I’m taking about it’ which features international sports reps, such as Ruby Tui, Keven Mealamu, and James McGougan, talking about their journey to ‘mental fitness’. While Kirwan says “any initiative like Headfirst is a positive step” he adds that it’s just one small stride towards a more accepting culture of mental health. “Yes, we’ve achieved a lot in recent years, but we need to keep looking forward – the job’s not over yet.”
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Did Someone Say Giant Squiggles? Griffin’s has just released an incredible new biscuit, and holy crap we’re excited about it. They’re called Squiggles Xtreme, and are larger than normal Squiggles and packed full of extra yum stuff. They come in two flavours, Chocolate Overload and Banana Blast, and Debate has 12 packets in each flavour to hand out to hungry, sugar-craving students. To win a pack, Facebook message us your name, campus, and what your dream Squiggles flavour would be.
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Our favourite quirky Kiwi singer is back, and the whole world is talking about it. Lorde’s new album Melodrama is full of bangers, heart-breaking ballads, and that classic unique sound we have come to know and love. This issue we’re giving away five copies, courtesy of Universal Music New Zealand. To win one, Facebook message us your name, campus, and your favourite thing about Lorde.
Espresso Yourself A new coffee outpost called Wednesdays Espresso Bar, located on the corner of Elliot St & Wellesley West, is giving away 10 free coffee vouchers to a bunch of lucky, caffeine-craving students! This fresh little joint, run by 22-year-old entrepreneur Tyler Kells, pumps out locally roasted, Fairtrade, and organic coffee from Kokako. From Monday to Friday, 'Wednesdays' serves up the good stuff any which way you'd like it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from a nitro cold brew, filter, or a classic long black or flat white. To win a voucher, Facebook message us your name, campus, and what you love about coffee (if you can somehow find the words to express it).
Hello Chocolate Lovers Our wonderful friends at Whittakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have hooked us up with five bars of their new chocolate, The Full Eighty, to give away! This delicious block it packed with roasted peanuts, banana, cranberries, protein puffs, and 33 percent Creamy Milk chocolate to help players and spectators last the full eighty minutes. To win, Facebook message us your name, campus, and your favourite thing about watching rugby.
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WHAT'S ON this semester at AUT? The AUT X Challenge We’ve all had those moments, when we think of really incredible business ideas, but have no one to tell or no way of making them happen. The AUT X Challenge gets that, and has created a competition to reward all AUT students for their innovative business concepts. To enter, all you have to do is fill out a one-page summary of your idea online, and you could win one of 40 cash prizes of $250 each, which you can spend on absolutely anything. And, if you make it to Stage 2, which is a Dragons’ Den-style competition, there’s a prize pool of $40,000 to be won. To enter, check out: www.xchallenge.co.nz
ICT and Engineering Lunchtime Employer Series Spend your lunch break listening to highprofile engineering and ICT professionals about their career journeys, industry trends, and post-study opportunities. These events are happening every Friday during Semester 2, from 12pm-1pm and 1pm-2pm in WF711. Presentations will by professionals from heaps of companies, including Air New Zealand, KPMG, Mainfreight, Datacom, ANZ, and more.
AUT ICT & Engineering Careers Fair Meet employers from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Air New Zealand, Datacom, Deloitte, Engineers across Borders, FujiXerox, IBM, ICM Asia Pacific and so much more at this massive fair – happening on Wednesday 26 July from 11am-2pm at WA224, The Conference Centre, AUT City Campus. You don’t have to be looking for a full-time job to attend: these employers are keen to meet you during your first or second year, or during postgraduate studies. Some of them have part-time positions to fill, summer internships, graduate programmes, and some are simply looking for talent like you. So suit up and get your CV proofread! Six hundred students attended last year, and this year will be just as massive.
For all the Game Developers out There The New Zealand Game Developers Conference, happening from September 6 to 8, will be an awesome three-day conference for professional and indie game developers. For more information, check out: http://www.nz-gdc.com/
Employability Truly Does Matter Want a job? We know we do, which is why we’re going to Employability Matters – a free week-long festival about careers – featuring industry speakers, panel debates, and graduate employment opportunities. It will also include a hospitality and tourism career fair, law career fair, insurance careers showcase, and a NGO and volunteering showcase. It’s happening at the City Campus from 18 to 22 September.
Want to Intern Overseas? If you want to score a sweet internship at a company overseas, AUT Internz has you sussed. Check out the AUT Internz Match Ready event (STEM students) happening on July 22. Or, for all City Campus students wanting a summer internship, another AUT Internz Match Ready session will be happening on August 12. For South Campus students wanting a summer internship, the Match Ready event will be coming your ways on August 15. Lastly, the 2018 International Internz Scholarship Information Event is happening at 12pm on July 25 in WE240. Get more info at www.internz.aut.ac.nz
Engineers Australia and Mobil Event Hear from the Chief Engineer at Mobil Australia, Paul Foster, about maintenance solutions, measuring the value of new technology, and more at the Energy Thought Leaders Series. It’s happening on Wednesday 26 July, from 5:30pm-8:00pm at AUT’s South Campus. RSVP by 25 July. To register, visit www.engineersaustralia.org.au
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Arcade Games in AuSM Lounge
Mini Golf, Arcade Games in AuSM Lounge
Casino Night - R18 Vesbar
Movie Screening - All Ages “What We Do In The Shadows” WG403 - 6PM
AuSM Meet n’ Eat
Archery Tag, Photobooth, Badminton & Table Tennis, Gratitude Wall, Arcade Games in AuSM Lounge, PS4 Tournament
TV, Music & Film Pub Quiz Vesbar - R18
Winter Blast Food Carnival Hikuwai Plaza
4:30pm - 8pm
Comedy Night Hikuwai Plaza
AuSM Meet n’ Eat
PS4 Tournament, Archery Tag, Photobooth, Gratitude Wall
Arcade Games in AuSM Lounge
Gratitude Wall, PS4 Tournament, LEGO Build off, Human Foosball, Acarde Games
PS4 Tournament, Gratitude Wall, Arcade Games in AuSM lounge, Human Foosball, LEGO Build off
Mechanical Snowboard, Ice Smash, Snow Treasure Hunt, Hot Chocolate & Slushies, Snow Man Build, Giant Games, Table Tennis, Badmintion
SNOW DAY - from 10:30am
Human Foosball, Giant Games
LEGO Build OFf, Street Art Wall, Gratitude Wall
Mechanical Snowboard, Ice Smash, Snow Treasure Hunt, Hot Chocolate & Slushies, Snow Man Build + Giant games, Badmintion & Table Tennis
SNOW DAY - from 10:30am
AuSM Meet n’Eat
Get Creative - From 10:30am
LEGO Build Off, Street Art Wall, Gratitude Wall
Get Creative - From 10:30am
PS4 Tournament, Arcade Games
Get Creative - From 10:30am
Street Art Wall, Gratitude Wall
Street Art Wall, Gratitude Wall
PS4 Tournament, Table Tennis, Badminton
Thursday 20 July
Mini Golf, Table Tennis, Badminton
Wednesday 19 July
Photobooth, Badminton & Table Tennis
PS4 Tournament, Giant Games
Get Creative - From 10:30am
Mechanical Snowboard, Ice Smash, Snow Treasure Hunt, Hot chocolate & Slushies, Snow Man Build
Tuesday 18 July
Monday 17 July
RE-O'WEEK WINTER BLAST
Tickets from Eventfinda.co.nz AUT Students - $10, Public - $20
Winter Blast Show Down - R18 Montell2099 RaizaBiza Abdul Kay
Doors open 7pm
Friday 21 July
Drunk Chat New beginnings
Shawn Cleaver asks drunk uni students to open up about their past and starting all over again. Photography by Micah Fyers.
Sam and Jasmine Have you ever changed your Identity? Sam: Never, no. Jasmine: Wait, coz like, one time I was in the club, and I gave a fake name. Does that count?
If you could know one thing about your future, what would it be? Sam: Nothing. Jasmine: Shit, if I got back with my ex-boyfriend! Hahaha! Hey that’s five and a half years, I wanna know if I get back with him!
Did you give a fake number too? Nah, he didn’t ask for my number, he just bought me a drink and walked away.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve done in your life?
If you woke up with $100,000 tomorrow, what would you do? Sam: Invest it. Jasmine: I’d give most of it to my parents. Sam: I’m such a business girl aye haha. Invest that shit! I would turn it into triple.
Jasmine: This dick. Haha! [Seriously] move away from my parents, they live in Australia. I lived here most of my life, but my Dad got a job in Australia so I moved back by myself. Sam: Probably start a business. So I’m starting a gym in Albany at the moment, so it’s like a circuit training fitness gym, but it’s the first in the North Island so… it’s hard because nobody’s ever seen the brand before, nobody trusts you, nobody wants to pay money for you. They think you’re nuts because you’re young as well.
Royce Have you ever changed your identity? No. If you woke up with $100,000 what would you do? Oh Jesus, these are serious questions… I’d probably go over to Europe. Maybe start a new life. What makes you want to start a new life? What’s wrong with this one? Aww I dunno… haven’t got laid tonight. Ya know, it’s no good man, it’s no good. I went to the bloody Mexican Café, danced with a hot Columbian girl, thought I knew my salsa moves – it’s been a few years. Nah. I lost ‘em man, it’s not like riding a bike, it sucks man. Are you currently doing what you wanted to do as a kid? Nah, I wanted to be an astronaut. Why? Yeah the New Zealand space agency isn’t that big yet though aye. It’s pretty hard. If you could know one thing about your future, what would it be? Aww I dunno, some winning Lotto numbers would be good.
Lizzie, Maddie, Mckenzie, Anna What do you regret most about your past? All: Oooooh… Lizzie: Probably drinking all the time. It literally messed up my liver and is a waste of time and money. Have you ever changed your identity? Have you ever looked at yourself and said, “I don’t want to be that person?” Anna: Yeah yeah, like more in a good way: when we met Jesus. Honestly it changed our lives, all of us, and we can all openly say that. Born into it? All: Yeah. Lizzie: I wasn’t. Maddie: So we all grew up in church, but we still kinda lived
that non-Christian lifestyle for a while, but we all eventually find our way back to God. Anna: It’s the choice of being a follower, not just a fan. If you woke up with $100,000 tomorrow, what would you do? Anna: Oh I’d go to Arise, there’s this new conference coming up – it’s all related to Jesus! But there’s this conference coming called Arise, it’s like $200, and I’d go on that. What’s at the conference? It’s like – it’s, it’s about God, like, it’s learning – I’m not sure. It’s called Get Smart. But I know it’s going to impact our lives, like, incredibly. There’s also this missions trip coming up, going to Vanuatu, I’d definitely go to that.
Junior What do you study? I study English. Are you currently doing what you wanted to do as a kid? Not yet, just a part of that, because I am out from Brazil, that is one thing that I wanted. Why did you want to leave Brazil? I have to say that? Because Brazil is ahh, shit. Heaps of corruption, the government is not good. What do you want to do now that you are out of Brazil? Uhh, I was studying, I had a good time here but next month I am going back. Why? No visa, no money. Yeah, it’s fucking shit. If you could know one thing about your future, what would it be? Of course live outside of Brazil. Maybe get another citizenship. Yeah.
Why? Coz fuckin’ who loves the big yellow tractor? Who doesn’t love that? Were you a fan of Bob the Builder? Nah he was a shit-cunt. He can’t fix shit. What’s the hardest thing you have done in your life? Fuck, umm, getting over my assault charges aye.
Interviewed last time we were out interviewing. We should get you on as a recurring feature! Haha I hope I’m as funny as last time. You’re lucky because I’m fucking drunk again. Are you currently doing what you wanted to do as a kid? Umm, no. To be honest when I was younger I wanted to be a digger driver.
Woah no way. Did you just have a fight, or what happened? Pretty much, this big huge transvestite was stepping out a girl, and I just went, “Bro come on, you can’t do that; just because you got a dress on doesn’t mean you don’t have balls and an Adam’s apple.” And he came at me and was like, “I’ll scratch your fucking eyes out!” Gave him one good punch – this was the World Cup. Everyone thought it was a female, I got fucked up, sent to the jail cells. Then went to the court and I got away with it because everyone was like ‘what the fuck this makes no sense, that’s a man.’ And in the cops statements it was like ‘she she she’… Oh like male assaults female? Yeah, that was probably the hardest thing for me to overcome, but in the end I got away with it because it was all false, and he provocated the whole thing.
No way! Why and how, if you don’t mind me asking? So to be honest, I want to be a policeman. I want to be a cop. But I had to find a job to support my family so I work at the mechanics. We work with Porsche, BMW and all that stuff. It’s alright money, umm, but that’s the reason why I live. It’s the reason I work. To support my family. Did you study at all? Yes, but I had to drop out. Had to support the family. Us South Auckland boys, you know.
The guy we interviewed didn’t want his real name or photo displayed, so this is our cameraman, Micah. If you woke up with $100,000, what would you do? Actually $100,000?! I would probably ring up my parents. To be honest. Because I owe them a lot, you know. Raising me up, spending, you know so much money, getting me to what I am today. I don’t know, everyone kinda – teenagers now think that’s kinda like uncool and shit, but, ya know, I’ll pay back my parents. Are you doing what you wanted to do as a kid? At the moment, no. I’m trying to actually support my family.
Which part of South Auckland are you from? You don’t wanna know… you actually don’t wanna know. These guys are just useless. You know what? To be honest, Māngere. We were a bunch of useless kids that ya know, we used our strength and pride to get where we wanna be, but it gets us nowhere. But, uhh yeah… I had to swallow my pride and work and now I work for my family to support them and get them a better life, my siblings, to make sure they have money for lunch and stuff. That’s the reason why I live. I only work for my family. I’m not working for anything else. Have you ever changed your Identity? No, I like who I am. I’m actually proud to say I have in a way given up what I wanted to be for my family, only because I love my family to bits, I’ll do anything for them but in a way I have to kinda sort out my life, put it in a way where it balances out what I wanna do and what my family needs and stuff.
apparently I changed my name by like, a letter and now I’m not the same person who applied for a student loan. So stick to whatever name you apply with. That’s intense… the students reading this will appreciate that advice. Yeah they fucking should. What’s the hardest thing you have done in your life? Frankie: I think the hardest thing would be to drop out of uni.
Frankie and Katie Have you ever changed your identity? Katie: …my name isn’t actually Katie. Katie, you’ve been lying to me… so what’s your real name? Kate. Oh for fucks sake… I know! But no honestly that’s what I thought – that doesn’t mean shit, but apparently when you apply for StudyLink it means a huge deal. How do you keep track of the lies? That’s the problem! I was like ‘yeah my name is the same’ but actually I now owe the government a lot of money because I changed –
Why? Because it wasn’t making me happy anymore. I felt like, in life you had to go to uni if you wanted to like, make a decent living. But it’s not true necessarily. How long did you study for before you dropped out? First I went to Unitec, and that didn’t make me happy, then I moved to AUT, then I moved to AU. Then I was like ‘wait a minute, I’ve spent a shit-ton of money, and I’m not happy, so I’m gonna leave’. What did you study that wasn’t making you happy? Business. But I grew up being told ‘you’re not dumb, you’re just slower’. And so like, I believed that. Not to get too deep. Are you doing what you wanted to do as a kid? Katie/Kate: Yes. I – this is not a good yes, because I am only now doing it. So when I was 12 and was like ‘I wanna be a vet!’ And people said ‘no you’re fucking dumb’ but now, I’m like yes. Go to Massey. Live in Palmerston North. Live your fucking dream.
No Pride in Prisons An interview on incarceration in NZ and how it should be changed. Written by Grace Hood-Edwards, illustration by Hope McConnell.
You’ve probably seen the No Pride in Prisons posters around campus, but may be unaware that it’s an activist group founded by students to combat the cruelties of the prison system, and the institution itself. In other words, No Pride in Prisons, or NPIP, is a prison abolitionist organisation that believes in alternative forms of rehabilitation that are less harmful to human life. It does this by advocating with – and on behalf of – prisoners, facilitating communication between prisoners and the outside world through its pen-pal network, and through taking direct action. I had an email conversation with Emmy Rākete, a sociology student at the University of Auckland, and the spokesperson for NPIP, about the group and its work. She told me, “We were, and remain motivated by a dedication to the principle that no human being is disposable.” She said NPIP was founded in 2015 in response to the NZ Police and Corrections Officers marching in the Auckland Pride Parade. Rākete, alongside other early
members, protested against this decision by blockading the parade. She said the protesters were all forcibly removed – a physical process that left Rākete injured. Since then, Rākete was elected as press spokesperson for the group, and also plays an active role in facilitating their research and outreach programmes.
inhumane and ineffective.
Over email she expressed that until people’s physical living conditions are improved, something prisons cannot achieve, crime will continue. “The only way to solve crime is to solve poverty, solve racism, and solve the mistreatment of the mentally ill. Prisons don’t even begin to do any of that, and so they need to be abandoned in the medieval past, where they belong.”
Rākete had an impassioned response to the mention of the $300 million rebuild of the men’s maximum security prison, Paremoremo, in Auckland.
In February of this year, the prison population in New Zealand hit an all-time high, reaching 10,000 – a 364 percent increase over 30 years, with Māori making up 56.3 percent of that statistic, according to Ministry of Justice figures analysed by the NZ Herald and Pundit. While some may see prisons as a means to deter and rehabilitate criminals, NPIP argues that prisons are
Apparently, Corrections recently gave up on its goal to reduce reoffending by 25 percent because they found they were not going to be able to achieve it. “Prisons just don’t do what they say they [will] do. Pumping a billion dollars a year into a system which does not and cannot stop social harm is wasting a billion dollars a year.”
Rākete said NPIP’s overall goals are to help achieve a society that treats people fairly and equally, and that is not structurally oppressive. “We aren’t content with merely looking like we’re getting something done – we want to bring about real, lasting change.”
“Paremoremo is a hole into which people are shovelled and then forgotten,” Rākete stated. “The rehabilitation programmes on offer are superficial at best.”
Recently an investigation by the Department of Corrections into potential excessive force used by staff against inmates at Mt Eden Prison has caught the media’s attention. Rākete believes the situation in New Zealand prisons is the worst it has ever been, so public interest is the highest. “The abuse of human rights have grown so egregious, people cannot help but pay attention to what the New Zealand government is overseeing. The more aware people are of the horrific nature of the prison system, the sooner they will tear that system to the ground.” Rākete argues that the biggest issues in New Zealand prisons at the moment are overpopulation and the frequent and repeated human rights abuses that are perpetrated inside them. “Prisons are the most overstuffed they have ever been. Measures to conceal the extent of this bloat have been brought in over the years, like keeping two people in singleoccupancy cells, but the problem is only getting worse. Since the neoliberalisation of the economy in the 1980s, the prison population has exploded. Māori have been the main victims of the cancerous growth of the prison system.” Rākete notes that the problem of overpopulation was made far worse when Judith Collins introduced the Bail Amendment Act in 2013, which caused prisons to become even more swollen with inmates. The abuse of human rights in New Zealand prisons has kept NPIP and its advocacy network extremely busy, according to Rākete. A big focus for the group is getting people out of isolation cells. Currently Corrections
uses solitary confinement as a punishment, which is internationally recognised as torture. A UN observer recently criticised NZ for the conditions in which its prisoners were held, especially concerning the use of solitary confinement. NPIP’s work around solitary confinement has involved members of the group occupying Corrections’ offices in protest around their confinement of individuals.
Currently Corrections uses solitary conFInement as a punishment, which is internationally recognised as torture. Rākete proudly mentioned that one of their advocates recently had a prisoner released from solitary confinement, and that they had his right to participate in rehabilitative programmes restored. “Solitary confinement is devastating for the mental health of prisoners, so forcing Corrections to stop subjecting a prisoner to that can be lifesaving.” “Prisoners are still dying in droves,” Rākete stated when I asked about whether prisons had evolved at all in NZ. “The suicide rate in prison is six times higher than it is outside of prison. Prisons are, at their core, tools for the suppression of Māori and the working class. Even if prisons were humane, they would still
be tools of oppression. “The prison system is absolutely worthless. Any positive personal transformation which prisoners experience comes in spite of, not due to, their incarceration. The changes which need to be made to prisons are so far-reaching that something entirely new is necessary to take their place,” Rākete wrote. The steps that can be taken to enact such change exist in the organisation’s new book Abolitionist Demands. It is a 50-point policy document, which is available online or on their website, and it outlines and explains what needs to be done. “If there is anything we can learn from prisons, it is that retributive practices do not work to stop harm from occurring. We need a system that can heal the relationships which are damaged when people perpetrate harm, and tikanga Māori can provide a starting point for developing that.” Considering their utmost belief in rehabilitation, and their hope to abolish prisons and begin again with a fair and equal system of reformation, it seems like NPIP would support the ideological concept of a fresh start, or a new beginning. “I think there’s a kind of mystical thinking about new beginnings. We are always living in the aftermath of history, at one point in a whakapapa which is unfolding through us. We never begin again, but we always go forward,” Rākete replied. “No Pride in Prisons is committed to the idea that people and communities can go forward, and that this process doesn’t need to be mediated by the punitive, racist, weapon of economic violence that is the prison system.”
Wise BOy Coming of Age in Unexpected Ways By Kelly Enright Luke Burrows is the 26-year-old co-creator of the sustainable, zerowaste, vegan burger food truck Wise Boys Burgers. And ironically, this dude actually seemed pretty wise. However, after a few minutes of talking with Burrows, I realised his carefree self is in no rush to grow up or ‘come of age’. After graduating from the University of Auckland, in early 2015 Burrows was employed at a top law firm, and was swiftly scaling the corporate ladder. But, as a counterpoint to the deadlines and high intensity of law, Burrows and his brother, Tim, tapped into their creative sides and founded Wise Boys as “a bit of a fun side project… we had no business plans or anything.” They hadn’t checked for gaps in the market, and they weren’t seeking out additional income; they simply had a desire to see a shift in some of the detrimental habits of New Zealanders that negatively affect our Earth. And after tasting their burgers, I can say that Wise Boys is a streak of sunshine in what is a stormy industry saturated in fat and food wastage. Fast forward through an unexpectedly popular summer, where Wise Boys smashed through every outdoor festival NZ had to offer, and in February, Burrows daringly decided to leave the law firm and become a full-time ‘food trucker’. This decision didn’t come easily to somebody who had thrived in the fast-paced, phone-buzzing, suit-wearing world of law, but the challenge of chasing a future where Burrows saw the potential of making a real difference won him over. “Obviously the pay isn’t of the same amount or steadiness as in law, but I’ve found that I just don’t care about money as much anymore. It’s not what we build it up to be.”
It seemed as though the more vulnerable and risky a situation Burrows finds himself in, the more free and detached he feels from things of less importance. He grins when he speaks of how he has never felt more in tune with himself, as cheesy as he knows that sounds. He feels as if he finally has time to listen to his body, and strengthen his ability to pay attention to those that surround him. It’s a story you have heard or imagined before, perhaps. A story of risktakers and dream-chasers, but you may have never allowed yourself to be the protagonist in the fantasy. Yet it’s a story I hope we hear more often in our generation. Burrows is unsure of what the business will look like in a year’s time, but he finds comfort knowing he is currently the author in each hour of his day. I wonder if we ever really ‘come of age’ or ‘become adults’. Do we ever truly reach a point in life where we are unable to identify room for growth, and can declare we have reached our zenith? Perhaps we should simply look at life as a continual process of challenging and reinventing ourselves so that we can consistently kick ass and find ways to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place. Burrows thinks Prince Charles puts it pretty sweetly: "Faced with such a damaging and accumulating side-effect from the throw-away society, it is, I believe, utterly crucial that we do much more to speed up the transition to a more 'circular' economy - that is to say, one in which materials are recovered, recycled and reused instead of created, used and then thrown away. On our crowded planet this has to be a critical part of establishing a more harmonious relationship between mankind and the natural environment which sustains us all.”
New Semester = New Drinking Games By Laine Yeager | Photography by Matthew Cattin
Hide and Sink-a-Drink
Flip, Sip, or Strip
Sip, Sip, Shot
Imagine this: you are surrounded by your mates, it’s a lovely summer day, and you are all chilling out on the lawn sinking
You will need: · Three or more players · A coin and full set of clothes
Similar to Duck Duck Goose – but this game is for the big kids.
a bit of piss, gossiping and taking in the lush green scenery around you. Then, some smart thinker announces that you all should play a game. Now, here’s your time to shine: “Why don’t we play hide and sink-a-drink?” Your friends applaud you. Hooting and hollering – let the games begin!
How to play:
Rules of the game:
The player must guess heads or tails correctly. If you guess wrong, you have to options: either you take a sip or remove one item of clothing. The majority of players always choose the sip option for the first half of the game. However, as the alcohol drowns in your blood system, they spend the second half of the game choosing the stripping option.
Ever played hide-and-seek or go-homestay-home? Well, you’re in for a treat, this game is a mixture of both. Everyone puts their box of drinks in the middle, which creates the ‘home base’ of the game. One person is the ‘seeker’ and the rest of you each grab a drink and run off to hide while the seeker counts to 60 seconds. Once you have found a hiding spot, you need to drink your whole vessel before being found in order to be able to return back to home base. Once at home base, you need to have cracked open another vessel before the seeker returns. If you were the first person to return to the home base, you have then been granted a bonus – you get to choose another member of the game to again, scull their whole vessel. It would be fair to say that, depending on how many times you choose to play this game, it will have you severely happily hammered with the added positive of exercise. This game may seem ludicrous, but you can’t judge it until you try it!
This game it the ultimate ice-breaker for people who are new to drinking games, as it involves both drinking and stripping. First, sit in a circle. Then, going clockwise, each player takes a turn flipping the coin.
First, all players sit in a circle, the player that’s ‘it’ goes around tapping people on the head, telling them to sip. Each person continues to take a sip of their drink until the ‘it’ player chooses someone and says “shot!” Then again, just like Duck Duck Goose, the player must run around the circle and try to tag them. If they succeed, they now become ‘it’ and if not, they must take another shot. (If you want to make things more interesting, or in this case a little more dangerous, use straights for the ‘sip’ aspect of the game.)
Paranoia (Note: the stripping option could be good practice for when us students run out of StudyLink money.)
This game is best played with five or more people.
How to play:
If you’re relaxing with some mates in front of the telly, why not try this simple drinking game.
Sitting around a table, the person on your right whispers you a question, the answer of which has to be somebody that is also playing the game. E.g. “who is the person in this room you would most likely f**k?” You have to respond to the question out loud. If somebody wants to know what the question was, they must drink.
Step 1: Attach a fake moustache to your TV. Step 2: Drink when the moustache lines up to someone’s face. (A good game to play if you want to get pissed in a small amount of time.)
(Warning: this may cause drama in within your friend group, but that’s half the fun, isn’t it?)
Sesame Soy Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Crystal Wu shows us how to make a healthy meal, and then makes us feel good by telling us how nutritionally beneficial it is! This is a quick and healthy meal of veggies and lean meats coated in a delicious marinade. It takes 20 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Serves 4.
Recipe Marinade: 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp rice vinegar (or lemon juice) 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil 2 tbsp sesame seeds
Honey soy chicken bites and roasted broccoli: 450 grams of chicken breasts or thighs 1 tbsp cornflour 2 tbsp honey or brown sugar 1 broccoli, cut into florets Handful of silvered almonds
Method In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients together. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Mix through cornflour and honey. Coat chicken in the marinade mixture. Marinade for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Place broccoli florets with the marinade mixture in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Spread chicken and broccoli out in an even layer on a baking sheet. Scatter silvered almonds. Bake in the oven together for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Eating Right, Feeling Bright We might be busy trying to balance uni, work, and a social life, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we HAVE to live off Mi Goreng. Let’s start off by using real ingredients instead of processed packages. Food is about balance, taste, and nutrition. Feeding ourselves the right types of food can change the way we feel. Ever had a big bowl of cheesy pasta for lunch and felt groggy and tired afterwards? That’s because refined carbs are absorbed quickly, making our blood sugar spike and crash shortly after. Healthy fats are essential. Believe it or not, some fats are good for you! Okay, saturated fats (butter, doughnuts and fries) aren’t, but our
bodies need good fats as a fuel. Unsaturated fats include unrefined oils, nuts and seeds, avocado and fatty fish. It not only tastes good, but makes us feel satisfied. Protein is a good place to start because it builds, maintains and replaces muscles and tissues in your bodies. You can find good sources of protein in eggs, lean meats, legumes (chickpeas, black beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, and on Instagram #PROTEIN. When we think of carbohydrates we think of chocolate cake, because carbs have a bad reputation. But our body needs complex, unrefined carbs as an energy source. Focus on eating unrefined carbs such as brown rice, wholegrain oats, and bran cereal that contains natural nutrients such as fibre (which helps digestion), iron, zinc, thiamine, and niacin. And of course we need vegetables, especially leafy greens, which are full of fibre. Foods rich in fibre helps full us up, maintain bowel health, and lowers cholesterol levels. Eat your veggies kids!
Reviews Wonder Woman is a thrill, from start to finish. The film, after quickly linking itself to the DCEU, delves into Diana’s origins on the mystical island of Themyscira and her transformation into Wonder Woman, as she learns about World War I and heads out to save the world. Any misgivings I had about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman have completely been overturned by this genuine and delightful portrayal of the heroine. Beautifully shot, bursting with action, funny and overwhelmingly touching – this movie made me feel like I could knock over a building.
WONDER WOMAN Film
Reviewed by Grace Hood-Edwards After leaving Wonder Woman, my friend and I had to take a seat in a nearby café. We just had to. Our conversation was intermittently interrupted by one of us either bringing our arms together in the classic Wonder Woman ‘X’ move or humming the electrifying theme song. (I have had to pause multiple times to do this throughout the writing of this review.)
It felt revolutionary to witness a female superhero in a movie absent of the male gaze. A very minor criticism (from my friend) would be that some of the dialogue in the final battle felt cliché. I, however, loved it. I am celebrating the fact that we get to have a woman superhero movie, with all the clichés a superhero movie entails. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine’s characters’ relationship oozes charisma and director Patty Jenkins has included some quiet moments in the film that make you really care for their characters. There is a strong supporting cast, from the fierce Amazons and their badass general (Robin Wright) to Diana’s squad, which included a plus-size woman and a Native American character. Whenever a woman does something, there is a pressure to do it perfectly – on behalf of all other women – and Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have done just that. It is a record-breaking movie, and has filled me with hope for the movie industry going forward. I’m so proud that children will be able to grow up with this movie to inspire and guide them. Everyone deserves the powerful experiences this movie provides, and the stepping stone Wonder Woman sets for diversity in films cannot be ignored. Now excuse me, I have to go book tickets to see it again and again and again.
Historical inaccuracies that would make a historian weep and CinemaSins leap for joy? Check. Racist stereotypes that condemn an entire group of people? Check. Default A-grade actor to make sure the film is a fit? Check. Awkward sequel hook that’s not really a sequel hook since they’re obviously not making a sequel? Check. Jump scare galore? Check. Check. And double check. It’s difficult to state what makes the recent Mummy reboot so awful. Maybe it’s the studio’s desperate attempt to create a shared universe – something that’s the craze nowadays. Perhaps it was Tom Cruise’s generic character. Or maybe because none of it makes any damn sense. Sure, Cruise’s performance is top notch, and the film doesn’t outstay its welcome. The movie is also surprisingly fast passed. However, you just feel something isn’t right. A short introduction explains the premise of the film, narrated by Russell Crowe. Ahmanet, an Egyptian princess, makes a deal with Set, the god of death. He gives her dark powers, and she goes on a killing spree. Her end of the bargain – she has to do a ritual to give Set a human body. The movie never explains why he wants a human body. We’re simply expected to go along with the ride – no questions asked. Ahmanet’s plans are faulted, and the princess is locked up in a prison tomb, only to be awaken in the modern day.
THE MUMMY Film
Reviewed by Benjamin Matthews
If that feels confusing, that’s probably because it is. The film doesn’t simplify things, let alone explain anything. It’s as if the writers threw anything monster related together. There’s that weird subplot with Jekyll and Hyde. Tom Cruises character is resurrected – yet again, and never explained why. Compared to the 1999 remake, this version of The Mummy feels empty. Maybe what the film is missing is Brendan Frasier. That, and a decent plotline.
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S G T. P E P P E R ’S LO N E LY H E A RTS C L U B B A N D A l b um
Reviewed by Benjamin Matthews
Tampering with history can be messy. I learned this while watching time travelling movies, where disrupting the timeline always creates mass chaos. Well, the same concern applies to albums. Remastering is all the rage today, a process that usually involves injecting loudness into the music to make it sound more modern. Diehard fans are either going to love the new versions of their favourite tracks, or go ape shit complaining about how they “ruined everything”. But for this album, sigh not. The 50th Anniversary edition of Sgt Pepper’s does not disappoint. Giles Martin (son of a legendary producer George Martin) has breathed new life into one of the cornerstones of modern popular music – no doublt a daugnting task. Based on the mono version (the only version produced by The Beatles themselves), he has remixed the album from the ground up. Using new production values, the album feels as if it was recorded yesterday. Gone are the hard-panned vocals that the original stereo mix had. A lot has been said about Sgt Pepper’s. Most of it is true. When the original album was released in 1967, it certainly changed the way popular music was perceived. Dazzling psychedelic effects fill the album, like the crazy carnival organs in Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, or the drug-induced Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. No review is complete without mentioning A Day in the Life, a masterpiece of grand proportions. This track consists of several songs literally slammed together, along with a discorded symphony, making it is very possibly the greatest recording put to tape. Some people will say the album’s overrated. Others will say the new album is better (me included). But the varied opinions do not diminish how great this album is as a stand-alone product. It’s a true classic everyone should listen to at least once.
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