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21 5 Editorial 6 Creative Corner 7 Letters 8 Defence Challenge Photos 9 News 10 How To/Recipe

on the cover Untitled Yu, Xiaoyi (CC)

Alicia Crockets channels her inner MacGyver to help you clear out your pantry

11 News Quiz 12 Sport

Scott Moyes contemplates Sonny Bill Williams’ position on the ABs (his abs are shown too)

13 9/11 - Ten Years On 14 AuSM Update 15 NZ’s Struggling Arts Scene 17 Idealistic Grads

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Alisha Lewis explains why dream jobs aren’t handed to grads straight away

contributors

AuSM | Jo Barker | David Bellinger | Petra Benton | Nicole Brown | Alicia Crocket | Martin Hofsteede | Brendan Kelly | Melissa Low | Caitlin Madden | Andrea Manahan | Joshua Martin | Ben Matthews | Scott Moyes | Ashleigh Muir | Anupam Singh | Tamsyn Solomon | James Wheeler | Danielle Whitburn | Jarred Williamson | Yu Xiaoyi (CC)

18 Hanna Grace Interview 20 The Future is SoHo

Alisha Lewis looks at the television channel that could save NZ TV

21 How To Spot: A Hipster 22 Agony Aunt 23 Columns

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24 Suggestions/Horrorscopes 25 Reviews 28 Fashion

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Petra Benton and Andrea Manahan break down 2011 NZFW

33 Spot the Difference 34 Microcelebs: Doppelganger

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ew Zealanders are known for being a low key bunch. We show less support for some of our national events than Americans do about high school football (not professional football, high school football) and if a concert or special event comes to town, you can be sure that a decent percentage will pick up tickets only a few days before it happens. That’s just the Kiwi way. But for some reason, rugby is exempt from these rules. So why the council thought an event they have been planning for six years around our national sport would only attract 50,000 people to the waterfront is beyond me. Yup, we’re less than two weeks into the biggest sporting event New Zealand will probably ever see and we’re already a laughing stock. Go us. I wandered down to “party central” just after 3pm on the day and soon found myself wedged between thousands of people in front of a broken projector screen (it was like I was back in lectures all over again). A woman about 60 in front of me kept getting shoved by groups of teenagers fighting their way to the front and a little boy beside me was crying because an Australian* supporter had stepped on his foot. I only lasted until 4.30pm before I headed home, where there were beers chilling in the fridge, french fries ready to deep fry and a 50” television to watch the game on. And I had a marvellous night. I got the see the fireworks in all their glory from my balcony and my bank balance stayed healthy even when my liver was not (just to clarify, I wasn’t drinking alone – I’m not THAT cool). I also got to squeal and flail my arms around like a 16-year-old girl when Sonny Bill had that wardrobe malfunction and not worry about hitting a young child in the face. Even now, more than a week on, I’m still struggling to figure out why the Council didn’t have back up areas for people to go to so they could enjoy the festivities. There are 1.4 million people in Auckland and you only have one party central that can hold 12,000 people? I’m not good with numbers, but even I know that’s bad math. There should have been designated areas in the main parts of Auckland, including a much bigger area for families to watch the ceremony from. Don’t expect small children to mix with drunken revellers and everything to turn out fine. They should have set up big projector screens at the domain and encouraged people to bring blankets and a picnic to watch the opening ceremony there. It seems to work well for Christmas in the Park – an event that easily gets six figure audience numbers each year. And Aotea Square’s new revamp shouldn’t have been completely forgotten. Rope it off and make it exclusively for people that had tickets to the opening match to enter. That way they all have a drink early on and set off on the fan trail in large groups. Add a dedicated bus stop across the road for buses and taxis only going to Eden Park and there would have been no need for the rail network (don’t even get me started on that embarrassment, I’m still red-faced for Auckland). But that’s enough about rugby. Yeah right. *I didn’t actually see the nationality of the foot stomper but my money’s on Australia – they look like the type.

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Letter of the week: Dear Debate, It is a sad fact that AUT is probably one of the most ‘un’ sustainable universities in NZ. As a new student to the campus, I was pretty shocked at the lack of good old fashioned recycling for a start. One small recycle paper A4 cardboard box in the library… Is that it? Is that all the “university for a changing world” can come up with? Do you expect students to take their paper home and recycle it AUT? If so that’s fine, BUT at least promote that as your cunning plan!!! The world is changing and AUT seems a bit slow to engage with it. When you type into Google “AUT+sustainability” more than just a paper or course outline should appear. Other universities seem to be way ahead and I think it’s pretty sad that sustainability has such a low profile. Perhaps ‘behind the scenes’ there is environmentally focused policy and process… but I’m not seeing any of it and better promotion and education should be given to students – try using Debate to spread the word. AUT, if you want to promote yourself as world-class and cutting edge… try acting like it and giving us more opportunities to be sustainable… I know this letter sounds hippy, but it really is how things should be! Its not easy being Green AusmExec_CreativeFaculty_31Aug.pdf

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To the person who wrote about all the maccas around town, Welcome to the capitalist, consumerist and free market society we live in, where have you been? So there are Maccas and other fatty joints around town…so what? Don’t wanna expand that waistline? Don’t go there. Simple. It’s not the corporations fault, we as citizens in this world should be informed on how unhealthy that greasy goodness is. If it wasn’t clear enough with what we saw on Morgan Spurlock’s beauty ‘Supersize Me’. Our society is about individual responsibility, there are healthier options out there and close by… Don’t like that? Well, it might be best to go somewhere like Norway or Sweden…but then again, I think Maccas is there too. Sincerely, Pro-Individual responsibility xoxo

industry. Honestly, I am not a McD’s fan, KFC or any other fast-food brand. However, it is their choice of launching new outlets. If we don’t like them, then it is our choice to ignore them, no pressure. The Rugby World Cup visitors will leave, of course, but other types of visitor will come – although it will be not as much as these days. So, don’t blame the world cup. Another thing is New Zealand is known as a friendly country, at least my aunties said so when compared New Zealand and Australia. But your question “Why should we change our country for all these new visitors?” really goes to another way. Anyway, this is just my personal opinion. A hospal-person’s opinion might be different to others’. :D In regards to the article about the tri nations in the latest mag : Would just like to point out to Paul Stevens that Argentina are joining the trinations tournament next year. Anon

In regards to what have been written in the previous Dabate issue about McDonalds, I found it was a bit rude. Please don’t blame the Rugby World Cup! It brings many good things to our country, my dear! We have some new shared-zones which look really cool; we got new colourful buses and they lighten our days; and YES, it is contributing A LOT to our tourism

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AUT joins Hollywood ranks; becomes 3D Thinking outside the square has seen an AUT student make one of the university buildings a big part of the Auckland skyline on Google Earth. Leighton Corbett, 28, is a first year student completing a Bachelor of Graphic Design and as part of his Creative Processes paper, decided to take a brief a little differently than some of his other classmates. Corbett answered the brief, to promote the graphic design course at AUT, by putting a 3D model of E Block, which houses the design school, onto Google Earth. Corbett submitted his model to Google and it was accepted. He says the idea originated from the travel he has been doing over the past few years before starting his degree. “When I was overseas I relied on Google Earth quite a lot, it was a good way to find your way around cities. “They have the 3D buildings on Google Earth and you can click on them and it gives you information on them. I looked at Auckland and

there were only 30 or so buildings modeled up in 3D.” To make sure he met what he calls “massive criteria” Corbett made five different models, practiced the technique on the house he lives in and took plenty of photos of the building to make sure he got details like angles, scales and even texture just right. And it was not an easy process. “It took well over 100 hours,” he says. “But it was actually quite fun.” Peter Gilderdale, the head of department for graphic design says he was very impressed with Corbett’s work. “It was a really original way of thinking about promoting the course and he did a huge amount of work on the project. It has come out

exceptionally well.” Other buildings in Auckland modeled in 3D include the Sky Tower and the ASB Building. To check out the model, go to Google Earth, zoom in until you can see the photograph of AUT from above, and then go to the layers section and check the 3D buildings and photorealistic boxes.

Writing your thesis? Learn tips from those who survived to tell the tale A fresh and real experience of students’ journeys through their PhD or Masters thesis forms the basis of a new book by Dr Marilyn Waring and Dr Kate Kearins from AUT University. Thesis survivor stories: practical advice on getting through your PhD or Master thesis is being launched at Four Seasons Restaurant this Friday with AUT Media. The book takes readers through 20 students’ stories of the trials and tribulations of completing their theses as well as useful advice for students contemplating taking the next step in their tertiary education. The sharing of PhD stories is something Waring incorporates in her supervising of thesis students, having monthly pot luck dinners for them to meet others in the same process. “There is collegiality in sharing stories. There is nothing out there at all that students could read to find that kind of support in the monthly potluck meetings,” says Waring. Kearins says the 20 contributors are diverse, an important aspect of the book. “If you dip in and out of it

you are likely to find someone in this book like you. We deliberately sought out people from different universities and in different stages.” This range includes one who came to PhD study after five years of university study and, before that, straight from high school, to one who completed his MPhil at the age of 84. “We know it’s a lonely journey and some people think that no one knows what they are going through. That’s not the case but the stories are not shared,” says Waring. Waring and Kearins’ interest in thesis research and writing experiences come from their own experience as one-time PhD candidates and now as supervisors. “What these students offer is the benefit of their experience. Much of the advice, we are certain, is advice many of these thesis writers wish they had heard on the way through.” Both Waring and Kearins have received AUT Excellence in Supervision Awards.

Important graduation information Summer graduation will be held Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 December 2011 at the Civic Theatre on Queen Street, Auckland City. Students in their final semester will be invited to apply to graduate from 12 September 2011 To make sure you receive important graduation information, please ensure your email address, cellphone number and other contact details are up-to-date by visiting the Arion website: http://arion.aut.ac.nz All contact will be via email/txt. Graduation applications will not be mailed out. Graduation applications will be available online. For more information, visit our website: www.aut.ac.nz

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Falafels

by Alicia Crocket

by Alicia Crocket Serves 4 for dinner Dairy free Cost per falafel: $1

It’s the start of the last semester and so it’s time to start thinking about the holidays and possibly heading back to the parents for the summer. So what are you going to do with all those opened packets lurking in your pantry, fridge and freezer? I have a challenge for you: have a MacGyver month! A MacGyver month is when you rely on what you have in your cupboard to feed you, just like MacGyver relied on what he could find to save the day. An added bonus of MacGyver month is that it can be a real saving on your supermarket spending. Obviously you’ll still be getting milk, bread, fruit and vegetables, but other than that your spending should be pretty minimal. So a MacGyver month can also be a good idea if you’re strapped for cash. You may have to get inventive, but it’s amazing what you can do with what’s in your fridge/freezer/pantry. You can get into your pastas; make vegetarian mac and cheese, your own pasta sauce or pasta puttanesca (see recipe on AuSM website) that has tuna, onion, chilli, lemon and spaghetti. Even pasta with sundried tomatoes, chilli, olives and a bit of olive oil can be pretty good. If you have an excess of rice in your cupboard, make some pilaf, risotto, paella, jambalaya, fried rice, Mexican or Indian rice (see recipes on AuSM website). All you need is a bit of onion, stock and some herbs and spices. Lentils and chick peas are great in these dishes, and you can cut up some sausage or chicken into them if you are so inclined. You can get inventive with your rice and make rice patties, mix cooked rice with an egg, cooked onion, grated carrot, peas, sundried tomatoes and flavours like cheese, mustard, curry powder. Make them into patties and fry them in a little bit of oil or cook them at 200°C in the oven until they’re crispy on the outside. These are also gluten free and are great for lunches too. Making vegetarian chilli or falafels is another great way of using some of your pantry stores; you can have the chilli on toast, with nacho chips, as enchiladas, on rice or even make a chilli pasta bake. If you have an excess of potatoes make scalloped potatoes or stuffed potatoes or just a roasted vegetable salad with some chickpeas. There are so many meals you can make just from a few pantry ingredients. So if you’re wondering what to do with all that food in your cupboard or freezer have a MacGyver month and use it all up.

Falafels are a superb MacGyver meal because they use up some of those dried ingredients in your cupboard. I was impressed at how quick, cheap and easy they are to make. There are heaps of different recipes for falafels; these ones have eggs so they’re a bit more like fritters but there’s plenty of vegan options online. Falafels are a great snack or lunch by themselves or with some yoghurt or hummus but you can also have them in a wrap/pita, with a salad and potato and have them for dinner.

Ingredients

½ cup bulgur wheat 1 cup chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed OR ½ cup dried chickpeas, soaked and cooked 3 cloves of garlic OR 3 tsps minced garlic Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp chilli powder 2 eggs ½ cup dried breadcrumbs

Directions 1 Place the bulgur wheat in a bowl and pour on enough boiling

water to cover it. Leave to soak for 20 minutes and then drain 2 Place chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, chilli powder into a blender and whizz until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper or more lemon if you wish 3 Beat the eggs and add the breadcrumbs, mix together 4 Combine the chickpea paste, coriander, drained bulgur wheat and the egg/breadcrumb mixture. Mix together until well combined 5 Cook falafels for a few minutes each side in a little oil in a fry pan on medium-high heat 6 Serve

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1.How many victims were killed during the September 11 attacks in 2001 (not including the 19 hijackers)? a) 2951 b) 2977 c) 2983 d) 2992

7. What ranking did the University of Canterbury receive in the QS World Rankings earlier this month? a) 87 b) 126 c) 212 d) 325

2. Who won the women’s final on the US Open on September 11 (US time)? a) Samantha Stosur b) Serena Williams c) Caroline Wozniacki d) Victoria Azarenka

8. What is actress Emma Stone’s full name? a) Emma Marie Stone b) Emma Charlotte Duerre Stone c) Emily Jean Stone d) Emily Olivia Stone

3. Kyckling is Chicken in what language? a) Finnish b) Bulgarian c) Greek d) Swedish

9. What nationality is infamous referee Wayne Barnes? a) Australian b) English c) Scottish d) Welsh

4. Which New Zealand minister is rumoured to have been behind allegations that he called the Wallabies team a bunch of “f**ing cheats” during their first world cup match? a) Wayne Mapp b) Maurice Williamson c) Jonathan Coleman d) Robert Reid

6. How many test matches did former All Black Justin Marshall (now commentator for the RWC) play for the team? a) 56 b) 67 c) 74 d) 88

10.What century did Mark Twain die in? a) 18th b) 19th c) 20th d) 21st

13. Which of these Spice Girls has had a baby most recently? a) Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) b) Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) c) Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) d) Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice)

11. Which of these restaurants/bars opened in Auckland over the last month? a) The Grill b) Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar c) Red Hummingbird d) They all did

15. Which television show is entering its final season on the US airwaves in the 2011/2012 year? a) Desperate Housewives b) Chuck c) One Tree Hill d) They all are

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by Scott Moyes

It’s hard to know where to begin. You see, it’s actually quite hard coming up with a topic to write about during the country’s biggest sporting event in history. Just about everything that needs discussing has already been drowned by all the Murray Deaker’s of this nation. I know if I saw the headline ‘Rugby World Cup’ I’d probably skip to the next page. It’s like a porno; it’s quite exciting, but really every angle has already been covered. But there is one issue that I have avoided for some time. In truth, I have tossed and turned about whether I should address it or not. You see for the first time, it’s not actually the backlash from the men that I am concerned about. Anyway, here goes… New Zealand rugby does not need Sonny Bill Williams. In saying this, I’ll be the first to admit I hope he proves me wrong. You see, it’s quite easy to get caught up in the merrygo-round that is SBW. Every guy in the country wants his abs and every woman wants to grate cheese on them. Jay Jay Feeney from the Edge Morning Madhouse even ran a campaign to try and get him to take his kit off for charity. I’m not trying to deny his abilities as an athlete here; quite the opposite actually. He’s a freak, there’s no other way of putting it. Not only is he big and powerful, but he also possesses extraordinary speed for someone his size. This combined with his offloading skills makes him a potent threat to any defensive line. For the amount of media attention Sonny’s physique gets, one could be forgiven for overlooking his remarkable gift as a sportsman. The thing is, rugby union just isn’t the sport he should be playing. All biases aside, Sonny’s style of play is far better suited to rugby league. The guy made his name in the NRL with the Canterbury Bulldogs, where he tore teams apart from his position in the back-row. The game is tailor made for Sonny Bill Williams. League is fast and free-flowing. It’s almost like touch rugby but with tackling. In rugby league he can show off his pace and offloading abilities against a more fragmented defence that will be left clutching at straws. Defensively it suits him better too. Rugby league provides more opportunities for spot tackling where he can shoulder charge his victims to the ground in an impressive fashion. Rugby union places more emphasis upon hunting as a pack, keeping field position and grinding out victories. It just doesn’t offer the same opportunities for him to shine.

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However, being as talented as he is, Sonny has still managed to make his way into the All Blacks World Cup squad. To be fair, it seems as though this was his ambition all along. Even when he was still playing league he signaled his intentions to play for the All Blacks. I just don’t see Sonny Bill Williams still playing rugby union in New Zealand in five years time. With lucrative deals on offer in Europe and his interest in boxing, you can’t help but get the feeling he won’t stop until he has conquered the world. We seem to have a lot of pride in the All Blacks jersey. It should be earned and respected, not treated as a temporary pastime. If I’m going to be brutally honest, I often feel as though he is included in the team for marketing reasons. I was surprised when I was in Whitcoulls just the other day to see neatly presented books of the same publisher on Richie McCaw, Daniel Carter and Sonny Bill Williams. Here we have two greats of the game, and one who is yet to cement a permanent position in the starting line-up of the All Blacks. Despite starting at second-five against Tonga, one would assume that Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith have secured the 12 and 13 jerseys at present, the two positions which Sonny plays. When it comes down to the crunch, Williams is neither a winger nor fullback, and is far too talented to simply be taking hit-ups as a forward. I’m not sure Graham Henry can afford to have someone who covers just two positions off the bench. In terms of versatility, surely you would opt for a player such as Toeava who can cover a range of different backline positions. I just feel as though we are becoming far too wrapped up in a bloke who has only signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union for one year, and is yet to secure a deal with a Super 15 franchise. If Sonny Bill Williams is serious about making a name as an All Black, surely he’d be signing up long-term. At 26 years of age, he is in the prime of his career. It won’t be long until age renders him a lost cause and we will all be left wondering what he might have achieved if he had only stuck with one sport and excelled at it. I understand that elite sportsmen have only a short amount of time to make the most amount of money they can before they retire. In this case I can see the appeal that rugby union offers over league. But for someone who demands the media spotlight such as he does, I can hardly see him being short of pocket when he retires. I daresay Michael Jordan earns more money now with his product endorsement than he ever did playing basketball. Wouldn’t someone of such extraordinary ability be more concerned about being respected as an athlete? It is much easier to make money after you have retired than it is to heal a tarnished reputation.

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by Alisha Lewis library in Napier – a million miles away from the scene of the tragedy – this is what made it all real. Until then, I didn’t really understand the enormity of the situation, I knew something big was going on from the way all the teachers were reacting but I’d never heard about the World Trade Centre. I was just excited that we all got to skip maths to watch TV in the library. At 10, I was yet to witness new life or death. Yet to understand what something like this might mean. Yet to know the meaning of the word terrorism. Until I saw them jump. It was a huge thing to comprehend, the fact that those tiny dots flailing downwards on the television screen were people. People who, as I watched, were willingly flinging themselves out of en years on, it’s remembered as one day: 9/11 a 110 storey building. But the impact and meaning of September 11 More than 200 people are thought to have has by far transcended the boundaries of a day. jumped that day. And in a country where so many For the families of those lost in the flames and believe jumping to be suicide – a sin unforgivable rubble, September 11 has meant a lifetime of by God – the memories of those 200 people, missed moments – not just birthdays, graduations falling, have been buried amidst the rubble and and weddings but also backyard barbecues, trips secrecy of a nation. to the beach, white Christmases and lazy Sunday Some people believe that those who chose to afternoons. die rather than be killed were unpatriotic – that For Americans, September 11 has meant a decade they showed a lack of courage. Rather, I believe of fear, of increased security, of distrust and of they showed defiance and bravery but, most of all, war. desperation. And for the rest of the world, September 11 has They jumped when the force of the explosion meant a new era of terror. pushed them out of windows. They jumped when Everyone old enough to comprehend what it the ceilings and walls and floors began to crumble. meant when that first plane hit the first tower They jumped to escape the fire and the smoke. remembers exactly where they were that day. They jumped so they could breathe once more Regardless of what we were all supposed to be before they died. doing, people around the world spent those Although most of the people who fell from the hours glued to television screens, witnessing the towers that day fell alone, eye witnesses have horror unfold in such a surreal manner that it reported seeing some holding hands. felt as though we were all watching some bad The notion that the jumpers committed suicide blockbuster movie. has been wiped from the records. The term The towers couldn’t be on fire, it had to be some ‘jumper’ relates to one who enters a building with kind of special effects trick. That’s how it felt. the intent of jumping to commit suicide. The At least, that’s how it felt until people began to 200 plus people who fell from the Twin Towers jump. As a 10 year old crammed into a tiny school did not show up to work having made a decision

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to die – they didn’t have a choice. They didn’t want to die. They jumped with makeshift parachutes – tablecloths and drapery – which were eventually whipped out of their grasp due to the velocity at which they plummeted. They clung to windows before they fell. They clung to life as they left it. For this reason, all the deaths on 9/11, bar those of the 19 terrorists, were ruled homicides. But although the jumpers were the ones who perished in the most public of ways, they were not the only ones who died that day. 2, 983 people died on September 11 2001. 266 people died on the four hijacked planes. 2,016 people died in the World Trade Centre. 411 emergency workers died trying to save lives. 1,609 people lost a spouse or a partner. More than 3,051 children lost parents. And while most of the victims were American, 327 foreign nationals were among the dead – including two New Zealanders. The extent of the disaster was enormous. It was the largest mass-murder in US history. And it was probably the first time we were able to watch a disaster of such gravity unfold in real time. It was the biggest tragedy to hit the Western world since the popularisation of cell phones and footage taken by citizens and witnesses was broadcast almost immediately. What this meant was that we didn’t just hear about the planes hitting the towers, we saw it happen. We watched it all unfold, horror-like and kept on watching as the catastrophe continued: as September 11 became September 12 and then September 13. And as the days, weeks, months and years went on, stories began to emerge. Stories of kindness: people coming together in the aftermath of the disaster, neighbour helping neighbour. Stories of love: those final phone calls made to loved ones. And stories of courage: the emergency workers who went into the disaster zone while others were running out, and the passengers on the hijacked plane destined for the White House who staged a revolt, crashing the plane into a nearby field, saving hundreds of lives. Never was the power of human spirit more evident than in the wake of this terrible tragedy. But the human spirit also suffered a huge blow on the morning of September 11, 2001. Seeds of anger, revenge, hatred and distrust were sowed in the spirits of so many people. Around the world, security was heightened. Foreigners were treated with suspicion. Walls began to rise once again between countries. It may have been one day, but in so many ways, the impacts of September 11 are never-ending. There’s been a war. There’s been a manhunt. There’s been a reigning era of terrorism. It’s strange to think that a decade ago I was a 10 year old in a small school library who’d never heard the word terrorist before. Ten years on, children aren’t so lucky. Ten years on, we remember.

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AuSM are giving YOU the opportunity to design the 2012 AuSM diary cover! We print 25,000 copies so your artwork could reach a huge audience if you produce the winning design. PLUS first place gets $500 worth of Gordon Harris vouchers and two runners up will each receive $250 worth of vouchers. Entries close at the end of this week so get designing! Email kate.campbell@aut.ac.nz with entries or queries.

All Games LIVE on the Big Screen

Vesbar is the place to be on campus during RWC. All games will be screening live on the projector screen, plus there will be replays throughout the day. AuSM Free Feeds will also be getting into the RWC spirit! We have the photobooth at all campuses over the next week so dress up to support your team and take some photos with your friends!

Do you know the most awesome lecturer at AUT?

If you know a lecturer or AUT staff member who is pretty awesome it’s time to nominate them for the 2011 AuSM Awesome Awards.

This is a great way to show your appreciation for those AUT staff who go the extra mile for their students. Just head to www.ausm.org.nz to vote online.

Clothes Swap coming to AUT

We are super excited to announce that AuSM will be hosting a Clothes Swap at AUT! Put it in your diaries for September 29 then raid your wardrobes for clothes, shoes and accessories to swap! Each item will receive a token which you can exchange for other clothes at the Clothes Swap. High quality gear will get you a gold token, all other clothes will be traded for green tokens. Check the AuSM office for daily drop-off times which start this week. Call for stylists! We will be starting the event with a runway fashion show. Ten style savvy AUTers will use their skills to style their model with items from the swap and will battle it out down the runway. Contact kate.campbell@aut.ac.nz if you are interested in being a stylist on the day! Want to volunteer? Email kate.campbell@aut.ac.nz

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referendum? this year there is a referendum on our voting system. All New Zealanders have a chance to have their say on how we elect our Parliaments in the future. The Referendum happens on the same day as the General Election – 26 november. It’s important you have your say! If you’d like to learn more about the Referendum, what questions you’ll be asked and why it’s so important, come along to a free presentation at:

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by Danielle Whitburn

A little bird has been singing in my ear this week. It is a beautiful, prancing bird, of a different, more extroverted feather: it is an arts bird. It warbles powerful messages: of love, of loss, of beauty, of wisdom. It also asks why, when it sends such beautiful messages to those around them, that fill people with wonder and some of the best pleasures in life, it is so malnourished and underappreciated. Because that, my friends, is what a bird of the arts would be these days. Surrounded by extravagance, but living off baked beans and hand-me-downs. Which led me to ask: why is one of the most powerful gifts available to humanity not enticing people to give back? It all seems a little stingy. The struggling artist left on the side of the street, dreaming about cutting off his ear

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Van Gogh style is not a new concept. But it doesn’t have to be a concept any longer. In my pondering over the existence of the impoverished artist, I found a new love: The Corelli Foundation. Finally, a proper

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arts charity in New Zealand. Because, really, which other ones are you aware of? Shortland Street stars attending a play of one of their compatriots does not count as charity. Going to the Auckland Art Gallery for free certainly doesn’t. But setting up a foundation where people can support a big thing that Auckland needs around the World Cup, namely an aspiring arts community, that does not involve prancing around a rugby field could be just what Auckland needs. Instead of envying Wellington from afar, we could be building our own stars, and our own arts metropolis. It’s not as if we don’t have the talent. The cutest thing about the whole affair, I found, was that the Corelli Foundation isn’t just about giving a hand to arts education (because, primarily, that’s where it starts: ‘it’s not just like you can hop on a bus and go’ to artistic talent). It’s actually about helping children foster their talent in the arts from a young age. Now, this doesn’t have to mean some Remuera-ite who believes their kid has talent after pushing them to many a ballet class; in fact, the major (and only) primary and secondary arts school, the Foundation supports, the Corelli Academic School of the Arts, holds auditions just to see who gets in. Aw shucks, you mean like American Idol for kids? Yes, in a way (and, from the extra cute age of 5!) but just with a foundation of Arts education behind it, in order to add credibility to the cause. Added to the other shame factor, which is that the Corelli School is in fact the only of its kind in the country, it might be that people need to let the bats out of the ol’ creative wallet.

But aren’t people involved in the arts usually wealthy, you say? What about all those collectors, those Sir James Wallaces, or Colin McCahon owners, or even those glitzy people who make a habit out of going to the ballet? Well, yes, it would appear that way. There is so much money to be made when you’re the glamorous celebrity who performs for the Royal Academy or sells that painting for thousands. But what about when you’re a creative on crumbs? Shouldn’t we be raising stars, so we can get a piece of their kudos? I suppose we do have those fabulous art schools here like Elam and Whitecliffe, but what if you’re too poor? I guess that’s the message the Corelli Foundation is trying to say: that everyone should get a chance to be a superstar, even if they can’t afford it to begin with. And to do this, we need more than a helping hand: we need a sturdy, Les Mills-toned financial arm to punch a hole in those Scrooge McDuck money bags floating around the art world. The motto for the day? Help those that want to foster their creative side. That kooky dresser next to you on the bus today could be the next Lady Gaga. Maybe it’s time for you to stop dreaming of Karen Walker and support the next Karen herself. Imagine Karen as a child? Even cuter. Because, as the Corelli Foundation has shown me this week, there’s plenty of young Karens desiring arts education. It’s just a pity, as the artistic bird would warble, that our best young artists should have to baked-bean it to help Auckland become a more beautiful place.

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by Alisha Lewis

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e’re a pretty idealistic generation. We flaunt our freedom in a way no other generation before us has been able to. We can dress however we want, we can say whatever we want, and we can wear our sexuality on our sleeves. There are few expectations placed on us aside from going out there and chasing our dreams. It’s a nice feeling really, to have the whole world support you. To grow up amidst a constant stream of ‘you can do whatever you want to do and be whoever you want to be’. In turn, we’ve evolved into a generation of instant, constant gratification: a generation of gold stars and pats on the back, doled out certificates and medals simply for participating. There was little distinction made between the superstars and the common kids, because, as numerous children’s picture books and Sesame Street and the world in general would have it: we were all special. Of course Sally could become a runway model if that’s what she really wanted; she’s a pretty girl after all. And sure, little Pete could very well become CEO of Telecom one day if that was his dream. And to put the cherry on top of our idealistic ice cream sundae, we all grew up thinking that a university education is our ticket to a dream job: that just days after receiving that shiny new degree we’re going to be bombarded with new opportunities, well on our way to hosting our own television show or running that multinational corporation. Nobody ever thought that once we get that piece of paper we might actually find it hard to get a job – that we might have to move back home with our parents. That for the first time, mediocrity won’t be met with a certificate or a pat on the back. Instead, there’ll be a big fat

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student loan or power bill or overdue rent payment and often, no steady source of income. For the first time, there will be a big distinction between the superstars and everyone else. Had the world financial market not crashed in October 2008, had the world not changed drastically since then, things would probably be different. The job market would be thriving and our idealism would be welcomed with open arms. Our confidence would be rewarded. Our sense of entitlement would be satisfied. But the world did change. People aren’t willing to take risks on us based on our sheer idealism anymore. Suddenly, putting in the hard yards has become what counts. There’s no longer a fast track to success – it’s been pulled out from under our feet and graduates are struggling to regain their balance. Because for a generation that’s grown up with silver platters and instant gratification, this whole hard work thing is a new concept to grasp. Unless you’re really brilliant, unless you’re one of the special few (because no, we’re not all special), it’s a long road to get to the dream, and unfortunately there’s not enough room in the overcrowded market for everyone to make the cut. Sally is never going to make it to Milan – the best she might get is a gig doing the K-Mart catalogues. And Pete isn’t going to become the CEO of Telecom; he’s more likely to end up working in their call centre. Young graduates entering the real world are facing a brutal reality check. We aren’t superhuman. Not every dream is instantly achievable – or at least, not when you have bills to pay. The job market is so competitive right now

that many graduates are finding themselves working part-time or at a job that doesn’t require a university degree. These types of jobs rarely provide a steady stream of income, and this has seen a new trend emerge: more and more graduates are moving back home with their parents. But what happens then? We haven’t been taught how to deal with setbacks like this because we haven’t had to consider the possibility that, well, not everything is possible. Instead, we’re finding ourselves becoming limbo graduates, hovering aimlessly between two different phases of life. It’s hard to be excited about your future when you’re moving back into your past. It’s not really our fault though. It’s almost as though the world spent the bulk of our lives setting us up to be the butt of some big joke. We were raised to be idealistic – we were made this way – but when push came to shove, we were presented with a world that rejects it all and expects something completely different of us. Luckily, we’re still young, we can still change. And change is what young people do best. Whether it’s changing our physical appearance or our lifestyle or inciting social revolution, we have a sense of power that comes along with our age and our open futures. We have our whole lives still lying ahead of us. We don’t have to give up our dreams at all; we just have to work harder for them.

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For self-described old soul Hanna Grace, music was always going to be in her future, having grown up with her father – a jazz musician – playing jazz classics around the house all day. Even a degree in design and a full time job at an advertising agency hasn’t stopped her from putting out her debut album, Concrete and Roses, a project three years in the making. When I meet her for the first time in a Ponsonby café, she’s sipping carrot and ginger juice and apologising for her bunged up nose. It’s not what I would have pictured for someone who has just come off a two week tour around Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga but it seems her reward for surviving her first album release tour is a winter cold. That doesn’t stop this animated 25-year-old talking and laughing all the way through this interview, as we discuss her singing idols (and where she was when one of them died), her fascination with roses and the single that she doesn’t absolutely

Your sound has definitely got elements of jazz in it, with very brassy instruments, but at the same time it’s got those poppy elements to it to. Is there a certain genre you would classify your sound? I like to say it’s pop jazz with a rock n roll twist because it’s got a little bit of rock n roll in it… bands like Led Zeppelin and Kings of Leon are all influenced by jazz chords. So even though I listen to rock, it’s still a jazz background. It’s still the drum, the hardcore bass and the electric guitar, so there’s definitely an element of rock but the rock I like is all influenced by jazz – it’s really weird. I think it all bases down from there.

You must be quite pleased that artists like Adele and Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse have become more popular in recent years? They are my favourite artists, those three. Where were you when you heard about Amy Winehouse? I was in my bed, I was really hungover – it was a Sunday morning. Everyone knows that I love her so I got about four different messages from my friends saying “oh my god, she’s dead”. I was so upset, but at same time, it was really weird because you knew it was going to happen. She almost didn’t reach her potential.

love (but everyone else seems to).

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How did you your partnership with your co-producer Phil Stoodley come about? We met by chance actually. At the time I was listening to live music every night because I really wanted to immerse myself into music. He was playing a lot so I saw him a couple of times around [and] I started talking to him. We slowly became friends and then caught up for a coffee. I think as soon as you catch up for a coffee, you know it’s not just meeting someone out. Then one night I guess I felt comfortable enough to sing in front of him and he said, “Wow, you’ve got a beautiful voice” and I was like “Oh, I’ve written this song” and straight away he threw me in a recording studio. He just shoved me in there straight away, put me in the deep end and I sang. And that very first song that I ever sang – it’s called Nothing At All – ended up on the album. The album itself took three years to record and produce – did you always know it was going to be that long to put together? I wasn’t really making any plans. I kind of went into the project without an end result. So I recorded that song and another song and another song [and] by the time I was like “maybe we should release one of these songs”, I’d written like 30. I guess I was always quite scared. I was making the music, but putting it out is a totally different step. So I made the music, then put one out there, then made some more, put another one out there. And after I had put two out there [Red Lips and Hush Now] and they were pretty well received I was like “maybe I should do an album. I can’t stop now”. So for me it was a step by step process. It wasn’t here’s the outcome, let’s work back. It just so happened to take three years.

songs that he hated and I loved so some of those release tour. It’s not just a gig, it’s a release tour, songs are on the album. so it gets a lot more scary. What are some of your favourite songs on the album that Phil doesn’t like? He wasn’t too sure of putting City Alibi on the album because it’s too slow. He thought it was best to keep the album as upbeat as possible and I just really like the slow ones, so that was really hard. He was like “we can’t put that song on, it’s too slow, it’s too raw”. Then I don’t like Up High, which is my next single. Classic Hits has just taken it, because they love it. I like all the slow, tortured songs and Phil’s pushing for the up songs. The up songs are the ones radio like. It’s probably good you have that balance because if you listen the album it’s pretty even. How did you come up with the album title – Concrete and Roses? I see myself and my life that I was reflecting on in my songs as a bit of a paradox. It’s a very push me, pull me, very up or down, very black or white kind of extremes. I’m one of those people and I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s probably how I write as well. And no song was more important than any others so I wanted to make a title that kind of emulated that and for me, Concrete and Roses became that metaphor for the light and the dark and the happy and the sad and the soft and the hard. So there’s no symbolic message for roses, because they’re also mentioned in the song, If I Bought You A Rose? No it’s not. It’s weird, but it doesn’t relate to that. I love roses so maybe that’s why I used that word. I’ve always seen roses as just the most beautiful identifier of love and beauty. So If I Bought You A Rose is the most symbolic thing you can give to someone.

You studied art and design at AUT. Why did you decide to pursue a different avenue and not study music when you finished high school? Really because of the money side of things. I’m a smart girl, I do think about my decisions and when I was going music, design I was going “one guarantees a job, one doesn’t” and I need a job because I don’t come from a trust fund. So you need to think about these things. I was also lucky enough to have friends that were a couple of years older than me. One of them had gone and done a degree at Elam and had pretty much gone “what a waste of money” because she couldn’t get a job out of it. She was stuck with this huge debt for no reason. Then she did another degree at AUT and majored in marketing and design. So I was fortunate enough to listen to her; she was just like, “if you’re going to go to uni you should probably do something that’s going to pay you back. Otherwise what’s the point in doing the degree?”. You can teach yourself music at home or you can do some online courses. You don’t have to spend $30,000 to get a degree. But there’s two ways to look at that because I can understand why musicians would. What was the first album you can remember owning? It was Jewel – Pieces of You [laughs]. That’s the first one I would have bought myself anyway, because I remember owning tapes as well. I actually still like her, I don’t care what anyone says, she is an amazing poet.

If you only achieve one more thing in your music career, what would you want it to be? Probably to open up as a support act for someone really awesome. Go on tour with Adele or Joss Stone. Or Alicia Keys – a female artist that wanted me to open for them, that would be cool, because then I could go on tour with them. And that would also mean that you’re accepting You’ve recently completed a by them too. The reason I say that is that one tour in Auckland, Tauranga and of my dreams is to perform in front of a whole Wellington, which was the first lot of people that just appreciate it. So if you’re time you had performed your opening up for Alicia Keys then you’re getting a In terms of culling, how hard stuff since the album had come hell of a lot of people being appreciative of you, was it to get the songs that are out – how was the vibe around hopefully, because Alicia Keys is saying that this on the album? the shows? person’s good. Like Alicia Keys had this artist, Pretty hard. There was some that I hated I think there was more of a hype because the Nessa Morgan, open for her four years ago. I right from the beginning so that was easy gigs I did prior to that were quite small; even if I bought her CD straight away because I thought and then there were some that Phil hated opened for a friend it was always quite laidback. she was amazing. And she was unknown before right from the beginning. Then there were This was a lot more hype so I think that’s why I that and she hasn’t gone any further but she some that I hated and he loved and some of opened up for Alicia Keys, I bought her album those songs are on the album. Then there are was way more nervous. All of a sudden there’s hype, there’s pressure of it being an album and I love it.

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n my recent trip to America, I spent a lazy evening in my aunt’s home in Long Island, New York, flipping through the television channels. This took a while, because there were hundreds of them. Literally channel upon channel upon channel. And although half of them were rubbish, the other half were good. Really good.

According to Sky’s CEO John Fellet, SoHo will be everything we’ve been waiting for. “New Zealanders are missing out on quality television and we’re proud to be doing something about this. While other networks are ignoring critically acclaimed content, we are delighted to be offering it a home in this country.” It will be a refreshing change to have Sky finally offer up something other than another Jersey Shore marathon. There is a catch though, you’re going to have to pay if you want to watch good TV. The channel will mean tacking on an extra $10 a month to your existing Sky bill. And you can’t get SoHo I was just deciding whether to watch Mad Men without subscribing to Sky first. or Breaking Bad when it dawned on me that by It’s a little annoying, but for $2.50 extra a week, the time I got really into the storylines, I’d have I’d say it’s worth it. The channel will be a mix to head back to New Zealand where my choices of HBO and other overseas cable networks. In would suddenly be limited to the likes of Police America, HBO costs viewers an extra USD$12 Ten 7 and Noise Control. anyway, so it’s not like we’re being ripped off. Police Ten 7 might be good for a laugh every And just to be fair, Sky is giving all its normal now and then, but quality television at its finest it subscribers one free month of SoHo to see what definitely is not. the big deal is all about and Granted, my aunty had hopefully reel us all in. cable so that explains the Looking at some of the series large range of channels – the channel’s going to be but I have Sky at home and bringing to our shores, it doesn’t I still find myself struggling look like that’s going to be a to find something half tough task. decent to watch on an The official media release goes evening in. into detail about what’s on offer, Half the channels here saying that: are simply crammed with “SoHo will feature an free-to-air television outstanding content line-up, repeats we’ve seen a million with the main criteria for times already – The Box, programming acquisition Vibe, Comedy Central and being originality, quality and even MTV are all guilty distinction. This includes the of this. There are only so highly anticipated Game of many times you can watch Homer strangle Bart, Thrones ... the dark and disturbing American or hear Ross tell Rachel they were on a break. reimagining of the Danish masterpiece The Killing And the lack of quality dramas is what’s most ... thrilling six-part BBC spy drama The Hour ... obvious. In an era of reality television which BBC’s noir thriller The Shadow Line ... series two thrives on the notions of celebrity and scandal, of the critically acclaimed prohibition-era drama there’s little room for stimulating, engaging drama Boardwalk Empire ... Treme, following a group of or good acting. New Orleans residents ... and the Michael MannTVNZ used to be at the forefront when it directed horse-racing drama Luck starring Dustin came to this – buying and screening some of the Hoffman.” big-budget, big name HBO series (Sex and the SoHo will also screen shows that have been City, The Sopranos, Big Love etc). Lately though, ditched by other networks – like Rescue Me – as it seems they’ve been tightening their wallet, well as airing repeats of hit dramas such as True investing instead in the cheap, mass-produced, Blood, Dexter, The Wire, Six Feet Under and The people-pleasing reality garbage that’s everywhere Soprano. nowadays. With such a fantastic line-up, it’s hard to see Those of us who want more are simply left the channel being anything but successful – a wanting. welcome breath of fresh air in a This is why Sky’s recent announcement that they’re going to be bringing a new HBO style channel into the mix is not just exciting but also a huge step in the direction of quality programming. SoHo, named after the artsy lower Manhattan neighbourhood in New York, is a brand new premium channel that will be launched on October 31.

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TV guide filled with Extreme Makeovers and Real Housewives nonsense. Another major draw is the fact that Sky has already vowed to remain committed to seeing a series through once they decide to air it. “Viewers can rest assured that as well as bringing them the best television on the planet as soon as it is available to us, we will remain committed to these programmes throughout their run, so they’ve no need to worry about their favourite being dropped mid season or moved to an inaccessible timeslot,” said Fellet. This is a major tick in the box because so far, too many shows have been cancelled mid-season from New Zealand screens. Drop Dead Diva was pulled from TV2 just a couple of episodes before its season finale. Community on Four and Justified on TV One were also cancelled without warning. And most recently, Chuck has just gone off air due to low ratings. It’s been a vicious cycle that’s been going on for years. New Zealand broadcasters don’t want to pay big bucks to bring big shows over immediately, making audiences wait months to see their favourite shows. In the meantime, the wonders of the internet mean that people who don’t want to wait watch it online instead. By the time the show gets brought to New Zealand, the audience has dwindled, ratings are lacklustre and the show ends up being cancelled. We’ve spent years watching the Emmys and Golden Globes dole out awards to shows and mini-series we never get to see. We’ve spent years biting our nails through dramatic scenes of Grey’s Anatomy, trying not to think about the fact that the next season has already started in America. It has taken a while for it to get here – it did have to travel halfway across the world, after all – but it looks like SoHo is going to be well worth the wait.

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“My glasses are bigger than my face. They’re so big, I don’t even have a face. Faces are for

by Brendan Kelly, a god amongst men (according to the 2011 rate debate survey)

the herd, man. Screw faces. I’m way beyond faces. Mum, where’s my mauve tank top? You

of listening to obscure bootleg albums on his iPod in the library, the hipster is a fascinating creature to observe. on it. NOT PULP FICTION THAT’S TOO The one crucial piece of information you MAINSTREAM!” need to survive a hipster attack is this: a hipster − Nondescript Indie Kid on being a doesn’t like anything you like. If somebody else likes it, it is already too mainstream. Because nondescript indie kid of this, the hipster must constantly alter his appearance like Ditto from Pokémon. The attire “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I of the hipster is thus varied and changing, but usually involves a vest from 1912 stolen from don’t need to sing at all.” his grandparents’ attic with extra buttons glued − Billie Holiday on nondescript indie kids to it. This is worn over the top of several cereal boxes tied together with fluoro shoelaces in the shape of a t-shirt. To complete his outfit, the hipster will borrow some of his little sister’s leggings and get his Mum to sew him into them. If the hipster is of the female persuasion, it He doesn’t walk down the street. Walking is won’t matter because androgyny is way in right too mainstream. He staggers, saunters, sidles, now. Gender is totally mainstream. Seven hours skitters. An unlit cigarette dangles precariously later, he will long board to town (skateboarding from his lips like carcinogenic drool. It is unlit is now too mainstream) and assume an air of because he doesn’t smoke. Smoking is too complete and utter nonchalance, as though he mainstream. walked past his wardrobe and the entire outfit You’ve all seen him. That guy who got his fell on him by happenstance. He will sneer at mates to shave half his head to be an individual, anybody going to Cassette because it has gone then helped them shave theirs. If his jeans way downhill since it got too mainstream. get any tighter his head will pop off like a As mentioned above, your average hipster champagne cork. Despite having perfect vision, likes nothing better than spending an afternoon he wears glasses because being able to see is smirking cynically at the little people. mainstream. This guy goes by a lot of names. Unfortunately, because hipsters are such He calls himself a maverick, a rebel. He’s the selective beings, little else is known about their effeminate, pre-pubescent Clint Eastwood of leisure activities. Obscure movie quotes screen Queen Street. Some people simply call him, printed by hand on their clothing indicate they “look at that fucking weirdo wearing a mesh have an affinity for cinema. However unless singlet”. But to most he is simply an indie kid, the film is only circulated in underground, a hipster and a fucking weirdo wearing a mesh black market circles in Serbia, it is not obscure singlet. enough. It is common knowledge that the In this first edition of an 86 part encyclopaedia hipster loves music, but the only music obscure of student life, we look at the hipster in his enough for an indie kid to enjoy is Incan pan natural environment. Whether he is roaming flute music played by Japanese midgets riding town in search of places to sit and not have horses. This lack of insight means the true a cigarette, or enjoying a peaceful afternoon leisure activity of the hipster is still shrouded

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in mystery; perhaps it shall always be so. As an aside, if you mention Arcade Fire, the Kings of Leon or Lady Gaga in front of an indie kid they will collapse into involuntary spasms of scathe and derision. This is the optimal opportunity to hunt and harvest them for change, retro clothing, car keys, spare chapstick and body organs. When they awake and realise they have been robbed, it will take them at least three days to lodge a complaint to the police because they will insist on writing a posted letter scrawled left-handed on the back of liner notes from an album that has been out of circulation for 34 years. Another favourite pastime of the hipster is to lounge around, exuding an unearned illusion of depth and profundity. This can be achieved in a variety of ways. Most commonly employed is the classic ‘sit on a bench and stare into the middle distance thinking about life and op shops’, only slightly more popular than the old favourite ‘wearing Wayfarers and listening to music on comically oversized headphones on the train’. This gives uneducated onlookers the impression these people are somehow wiser than they are; do not be fooled. That 19-yearold with badges all over her backpack might seem like a deep thinker, but prophets don’t simultaneously extol the virtues of anarchy, peace and Che Guevara. University is a smorgasbord of mutants and munters, and indie kids are just the sparkly icing on the freak cake. I do love you, you weird little hipsters. And I’m sure underneath the regimented skinny jeans, the randomly compiled op shop outfit and the four kilogram glasses, you aren’t as monotonous as you appear. But if you really were the next John Lennon-style visionary, you wouldn’t be wearing John Lennon-style glasses. In next week’s edition of ‘get to know your fellow student’, I will almost certainly be too lazy to write an article. Just being honest.

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The only person who can stop him drinking heavily is himself and he may not see the need to stop drinking so much. He may not in fact think he is drinking too much at all. This is a difficult thing for you to deal with. But you could start by telling him how much his drinking and his behaviour is upsetting you. He may not have thought about how his drinking is affecting others especially you. Stop picking up the pieces for him and when it all goes pear shaped walk away. It’s better to let him face the consequences of his actions. I know you want to protect him but he has to realise that he is accountable for his behaviour. Don’t let yourself get dragged down with him. Step away from the situation and look after yourself. You can support him when he is ready to change. Information on alcohol and drug services www.cads.org.nz – phone 8451818

by Joshua Martin

I am now three weeks into my 29th year and I am working really diligently at trying to cross five different things off my ‘to do list’ because I am aware they will take either a long time or need a lot of preparation to achieve. My main focus has been number 10: Get an eight pack of abs. As a self-confessed junk food lover, it has been necessary for me to create new mantras in order to push me closer to my goal:

1. The only eight pack easy to come by is that of the KFC variety. 2. The only people who benefit from fast food are Ronald, The Colonel, The King and Wendy. I’ve already had Burger King a couple of times since and I feel like I’ve committed adultery. I need to find a food outlet that is substantial but also delicious and fits into the restrictions of a student wallet. Any help would be appreciated. I have also been trying to accomplish number two: Learn and perform a tap dance. I am

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already a hip hop dancer, so it’s a huge help to have rhythm already, but the difference between tap and hip hop is huge. I’ve only started to learn and I feel like the Maori equivalent of Billy Madison in my tap class. I mean, is it natural for a 6’4” adult to be dancing with a school of 8-10 year olds? One things for sure, these wee tykes don’t look down on me. In fact they find it quite hilarious that I am way less apt a tap dancer than they are. My lack of co-ordination makes for a good time in class. I have already learned to “brush” and “riffle”. Yep, hardly Fred Astaire, but I already see the lights of Broadway beckoning me to a starring role in Anything Goes (dreams are free). I have started to record my first blog and I will be keeping it more frequently updated as the weeks go by. I will definitely take you to my tap class one day and the gym where excruciating pain is a bi-daily occurrence. I really want people to come on this journey with me, because it really does seem far too difficult to achieve alone, and I know one thing for sure. If you want to achieve anything in life, it takes determination and discipline, but it also takes a team effort. If you have any delicious fast (but healthy) food options, a new tap dance move I could learn, or any vlogging advice please email me on Joshua@shuazee.com, or go to Shuazee. com for my first video blog and my daily blogs.

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columns by Jarred Williamson

by Nicole Brown

So, who is the racist here?

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cademics are truly interesting people. They can inspire a group of people, tell us things we didn’t know or already knew. But sometimes academics can be downright stupid, irritating and a waste of space. Case in point: Margaret Mutu, head of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland. To be honest, it doesn’t matter in this piece what Mutu has achieved over her career, what matters is a comment she made about so-called white immigrants harbouring a white supremacist attitude. According to Mutu, New Zealand should screen white immigrants for racist attitudes before they are allowed to enter the country. I have an issue with this claim and I also take offense to what Mutu said. So why is this woman in such a prestigious position and allowed to make such frank racist remarks and why has there been no official response to it, or at least media reporting on this response? As you’d imagine there was a huge outcry from the public; even some iwi called in to talkback radio stating Mutu had no right to say such things. One even claimed that Mutu had some Pakeha in her ethnic makeup. TVNZ’s Close Up interviewed Mutu over her statement, in which she defined racism as having opinions and attitudes against a particular race or ethnic group. This made me laugh, because in such few words Mutu basically showed that her remark was racist. Mutu has the attitude that “white immigrants” have a white supremacist and should be screened for this before being allowed into New Zealand. Mutu is also marginalising a single group of society, something I thought modern society was striving to move away from. If we’re going to screen immigrants for racism, why not screen all immigrants? Even better, maybe Mutu wants to be screened first, because racism is a two-way street and frankly her ‘attitude’ that, in particular, white immigrants harbour racist attitudes is plain discriminatory and downright disgusting. I thought universities nowadays were places that discouraged this kind of behaviour and viewpoints? It’s unacceptable that racists are allowed to work in our tertiary institutes, let alone the education sector and passing on this cancerous ideal. I’m not saying that every white immigrant or any immigrant for that matter does not have some slight racist attitude. It can be a few that ruin it for the rest and it’s not just immigrants that have these attitudes; Mutu herself admitted Maori do tend to be more racist towards immigrants. I am, however, saying that Mutu has got it all wrong in her view. It offended me that many people I know that fall under the term “white immigrant” are decent people who work hard and are a great contribution to this society and in terms of diversity within New Zealand. Where to from here? Well an apology would be nice. Mind you, us “white bastards” didn’t get an apology from Harawira, so I don’t see anything coming from Mutu. I am disappointed with the University of Auckland; they failed to make an example here, so it now appears that it is acceptable to make such claims and not be held accountable. I can see where Mutu is coming from in trying to rid society of racism, but she really stuffed up in trying to achieve this. Reverse racism or in fact racism in general is stupid and just tedious. She again contradicts herself when interviewed on TVNZ’s Te Karere in 2010 when she said, “My main hope is to change the perception of Pakeha towards us”. She just made things even more difficult for herself by offending a large portion of the population, further complicating race relations in New Zealand. Nice one Margaret!

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Match Mayhem!

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ll Blacks versus Tonga, opening game of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and a game not to be missed. Unfortunately, this turned out to be the case for many crazed fans that were relying on the good ol’ public transport system. Mayhem unfolded on Friday, September 9 when the ‘world came to play’ but many people were let down by ferries, buses and trains all over Auckland. The game – which was NZ’s most watched TV event in history, attracted 1.93 million TV viewers and 60,000 match attendees at Eden Park. The real numbers though, were in the form of the 200,000 that turned up aiming to get in amongst the action in Auckland’s CBD. Not only did the student body of New Zealand want to party hard that night, but so did your mum and her mates, your neighbour’s aunty and your uncle’s goat. As there was only room enough for 12,000 people on the Queen’s Wharf, this sheer volume of people was evidently the determining factor in how Auckland Regional Transport would handle the situation. After 2,000 missed the opening ceremony, there has been a new register completed for those who paid but didn’t get to see the glorious game. Len Brown – ambassador for global public transport affairs – promises that everyone is doing their best to make sure it’s hunky-dory for the remaining events. Team Barnard - transport director of Auckland Transport’s Rugby World Cup division – isn’t so confident. He thinks we’re better off ditching the train. Nothing like a bit of back up, aye Len? The temporary envision of ARTA is to have more buses on standby and give a stern telling-off to train operator Veolia on improving it’s services. Big JK is clearly the only one in the loop saying, “I think you can see that there was an operational failure in part of the system’’. All becomes quite obvious when he puts it that way really. So then the question is; were enough services put on or was it the lack of venue capacity that was the problem? Auckland City officials don’t seem to know the answer to this mighty puzzling mystery but are confident that they will be able to deliver top quality service come the biggest games, like the quarter finals and the big one (which the All Blacks will hopefully be starring in). Let’s hope so – we don’t want to punish the public for taking the transport system that is constantly shoved down their throats. ATRA chairman Mark Ford seems to think it’s a religious impact, “whatever you plan for, there is always going to be an act of God. I hope the good Lord is on our side”. Amen to that. And don’t even get me started on those black shirts England are trying to pull off…

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VOLUME 21 Now Watching The Help

The Help is the long-awaited for, much-hyped film, based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. Emma Stone and Viola Davis lead this story of an African American maid working in white households in Jackson Mississippi during the early 1960s who decides to tell her experiences to a white woman. The film stays true to the novel’s storyline and includes a stellar cast of rising stars such as Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain, as well as classic Hollywood heavyweight Sissy Spacek and Allison Janney. Make sure you bring your tissues along to this film.

Now Chilling

at The Library Bar

Tucked away on Pakenham Street, the Library Bar is an eclectic, fairly new addition to the Viaduct bar scene. Described as “one part gentleman’s club, two parts suburban lounge room circa 1973”, the walls are floor to ceiling shelves lined with books and the funky retro furniture gives the place a laidback vibe. I spent one Wednesday night there sipping a vodka and lemonade in a La-Z-Boy. Read the books while you wait for a friend or bring one with you and swap it with one of their classics. For the ladies, make sure you head down on Tuesday evenings where they do free manicures from 5-7pm when you buy a cocktail. The prices are cheap and the menus look good. Check it out.

Now Giving a Shit

With all the terrible stuff happening in the world at the moment, as students we really want to help out. But what with uni work, part-time jobs and generally being broke all the time, it’s not always possible to donate either money or time. However, at last there’s an organisation that caters to the likes of penniless, run down students who want to show they give a shit about whaling, the environment, famine etc. Give-a-Shit. org isn’t like other charities. They don’t ask for money, they simply ask you to give a shit. Not literally though, because that’s just nasty. On Give-a-Shit.org you pick a cause and post, tweet or comment about what you really and truly give a shit about. It’s all about raising awareness and so far, they’re doing an awesome job. It’s the shit.

Now Feeling

that RWC vibe

It’s on like donkey kong! The Rugby World Cup is finally underway. We’ve been waiting for this for years and as Aucklanders living in the city that’s host to all the major games as well as the infamous party central there’s really no excuse for not getting out there and immersing ourselves in the buzz. There’s an epic game coming up this Saturday – All Blacks vs. France. Even though it’s going to be played in Wellington, the atmosphere in downtown Auckland is going to be incredible. Round up your mates, get yourself into a bar and be part of this iconic event in New Zealand’s history. If you think you’re on the pulse with what’s happening in Auckland, email debate@aut.ac.nz with your own Suggestions.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Bad news: You’re destined to become a crazy cat lady forever. Good news: You’ll find $2 on the footpath this week. Eh, you win some, you lose some.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The past is in your future this week. Cheezels, Hubba Bubbas, roll ups and the Suzy Kato DVD box set all feature.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)

Your star sign denotes an air of duality in your character. You think that means you’re mysterious and have layers, but really, it just means you’re a bit of a weirdo.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

The widow of an African political leader will offer you $1 million by email this week. We’d talk you out of it, but it sounds so legitimate. Email your personal details to Nigeria.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The handsome man to come into your life this week is not all he seems. As in, he is not actually handsome. Book yourself an optician appointment ASAP.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Return to Poland at the earliest opportunity. Your dog is ill. If you don’t have a dog, it may be your cat. Either way, hurry.

LIBRA (September 23-October 23)

Take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. If you see nothing, be open to the possibility that you might be a vampire. Avoid silver bullets. Or wooden bullets. I can’t remember which one.

SCORPIO (October 24-November 21)

You have a shitty day and you seriously think that life hates you. The stars are pretty good friends with life and they have the inside scoop. She does.

SAGITTARIUS (November22-Dec21)

Try something you’ve never tried before, like skydiving. If that freaks you out too much, just do a belly flop on your bed.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)

Remain beautiful this month by not turning ugly. If all else fails, supply all men with beer goggles.

AQUARIUS (January 20-Febuary 18)

Just so you know: it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy and it is a big deal.

PISCES (Febuary 19-March 20)

Your girlfriend will ask you if you think she looks fat. The two second pause you make before answering ‘no’ will mean one week of sleeping on the couch. Tough luck, buddy.

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Final Destination 5

Directed by Steven Quale Film Review by David Bellinger

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In the early 90s, Hollywood churned out a spate of films that seemed to centre on a then new, particularly gory special effect. Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi outing, Starship Troopers, with its multiple bloody amputations and decapitations comes to mind. Great and gruesome effects, no plausible storyline whatsoever. This trend appears to have continued into the new millennium, banner carried high by the likes of Saw and Final Destination, both of which have launched a raft of sequels, each incantation trying to outdo the last. With that in mind, I sat in the AuSM preview screening of Final Destination 5 courtesy “eagerly” awaiting the start of the latest instalment in the Final Destination series. Up until then my only exposure to this particular series of films was watching an hour or so of the original Final Destination on MySky the other night. I deleted it before it was finished. For those unfamiliar with the Final Destination universe, the standard premise is: person has unexplained vision of impending doom, death and destruction (to date we have air crash, logging truck crash, roller coaster tragedy, race car accident; thanks Wikipedia). Person heeds the warning and saves themselves and a small group of hapless friends and foes from impending doom, death and destruction. However, hapless friends and foes slowly get killed off in a variety of gruesome ways. Death always gets his due it seems. Only this time, we get to watch it in glorious (or should that be ‘gorious’) 3D. Director Steven Quale (Aliens of the Deep) managed to build a great sense of tension and suspense before dispatching each victim. You know death is coming, you feel the tension and you are sure it’s going to be painful and gross. It is. Often. To Quale’s credit he really enjoys playing with the emotions of the audience. The death you expected to see is not always what you get; sometimes the splatter comes completely out of left field. Other times you get exactly what you expected. Either way, it is always shocking when it happens. All in 3D – innards popping out everywhere. It would be fair to say that following my ‘very meh’ take on the original film, I wasn’t exactly

expecting a lot from this outing. A little more than 90 minutes later though, to my surprise, I have to say it was kind of enjoyable. Kind of, in a cheap thrill adrenaline rush enjoyable kind of way. I am not going to ruin the surprise factor by listing out how death was dealt to each victim, however, let’s just say I’m not really looking to my upcoming Lasik procedure in a couple of weeks.

Hanna

Directed by Joe Wright Film Review by Ashleigh Muir

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Cate Blanchett’s (Marissa) accent is a little touch-and-go throughout the film, which is disappointing, and destination captions would seriously help the audiences’ general understanding of the film. Overall the film could have been terrible. But it wasn’t. It could have been the trashy fast car, hot babe, good versus evil action film that we have all come to know. But in fact it was quite the opposite. The Finnish location meant it was more full furs than a bikini clad cast, and feet were a far more reliable method of transport than the fast cars. And of course, with any modern day good versus evil, the line is always blurred.

The Change-Up

Directed by David Dobkin Film Review by Samantha McQueen Hanna is total change from what many of us are used to from director Joe Wright. His previous films include Atonement and Pride and Prejudice; fairly different from the quick paced, action packed Hanna. The combination of a reasonably solid story line and the usual action-film action sequences, this is definitely a film for a range of viewers. Hanna manages to tick the boxes for the girls, the guys and everyone in between. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old girl raised in the icy forest of Finland by her father Erik (Eric Bana). After growing up in the harsh climate with a father’s severe training, Hanna wants to battle the outside world. And so the story begins. Hanna is one of the strongest action films I have seen. It is rare to find an action film that does not solely rely on fast cars, Jackie Chan and a good chase scene to make their box office millions. Hanna is one of these rare gems that manage to combine a reasonable, although not fully believable, plot line. One of the film’s greatest strengths is that characters are kept to a minimum. It is simple, almost a two against two for the length of the film. Of course the bad guys have a few minions but we hardly see their faces. Hanna herself is beautifully developed, although looks barely 13. Her age is not expressed in film, and it is only her ability to speak multiple languages and fight off fully grown men that leads anyone to believe she is more than 13. While her white looks and piercing eyes put you off relating to this strong and independent girl, by the end of the film you feel as though you truly have travelled a journey with her. It is strange to feel so after watching an action film.

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The reason why body swap movies have been successful in the past is because wholesome family themes always run through the narrative (think Freaky Friday or Big). So it’s no wonder The Change-Up has tried the same thing. Except they also try to make it adult friendly, focusing just as much on profanities, nudity and toilet humour (shit literally flies into people’s mouths) than with the sentimental feel good moments. The result: one big, shitty mess. Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and Dave (Jason Bateman) are two childhood mates who have somehow kept the friendship alive despite two completely different lifestyles. Mitch is so laid back he’s almost horizontal, which probably explains why the only job offer he’s had as an actor recently has been in light porno. On the contrast, Dave has spent his whole life working towards becoming partner at a law firm, while also scoring a stunning wife (Leslie Mann), a beautiful home and three adorable children. Predictably, they both envy different parts of each other’s lives. Dave wants the freedom to party and have no responsibilities and Mitch wants the stability and love that comes with being married (without the actual ‘being married’ part). After a night on the booze they stumble across a fountain and relieve themselves while uttering the magic words: “I wish I had your life.” The next morning Mitch wakes up to find himself next to Dave’s wife in bed while Dave is passed out amongst leftover takeout. Yes, their late night tinkle has resulted in a body


switcheroo, which despite their best efforts, can’t be undone. This means Mitch (now Dave) has to bluff his way through a multi-million dollar Japanese merger and Dave (as Mitch) is forced to put his thumb up a chick’s butt on film. Yes, that really happens in the film. Luckily for director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), Reynolds and Bateman’s comedic skills stop this from being worse than Hall Pass – just. Bateman’s early portrayal of the workaholic family man has too many similarities to his character in Horrible Bosses but once the switch takes place, we get to see him loosen his double Windsor and have some fun with this substandard script. His talk with his “daughter” about how to handle school violence is so inappropriate – but also really hilarious (although if you’re a parent, I doubt you’d think so). Luckily for Reynolds, he only had to play a chauvinist tool for 20 minutes; he’s much better suited playing the caring softie, particularly in his interactions with Wilde. It’s obvious what The Change-Up has tried to do – make a body swap movie that doesn’t rely on “aww” moments and warm fuzzies. But gags relying on a foetus visibly kicking from inside the womb or a bad case of the runs don’t make me fold over with laughter, they just make me want to… gag.

The Guard

Directed by John Michael McDonagh Film Review by James Wheeler

Red Hot Chilli Peppers (B+)

It’s not often I get the privilege to enjoy a film set in Ireland but that’s exactly what we have here with The Guard. It’s a small-time film and boasts one notable star (Don Cheadle). The theatre I was in was only six people full and here I am sitting, wondering “why?”. The film stars Brendan Gleeson as Gerry Boyle, a member of the Irish police force. They are known as the Gardaí, short for Guardians. Boyle stumbles upon a murder which, for the area, is unheard of. This one murder triggers a cat and mouse game between the Irish police and drug traffickers. Drugs – specifically cocaine – get involved and Cheadle, playing a FBI drug specialist named Wendell Everett arrives from the States. Once Cheadle is in the film really begins to shine. The back and forth banter with Gleeson

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as they form this unlikely pair created some funny sequences, with one in particular seeing Cheadle door-knocking an area known as Connemara. He gets nowhere because the area is primarily a Gaelic speaking part of Ireland. He feels like a complete ‘fish out of water’ and that’s one of the neat things about the film. Seeing a lone American actor in the movie is quite refreshing, especially because director John Michael McDonagh took advantage of it in almost every scene he was in. Cheadle has the American accent and plays the cop-character we’ve all seen before but alongside Gleeson’s carefree Irish attitude and a difference in culture they quickly realise how different they are. At one point they almost come to blows, but as police they find some common ground which helps them survive each other in the end. It was billed as a comedy/thriller on the way in and it certainly checked both of those boxes. It had some typical police movie aspects – a shootout, two cops partnering up, drug smuggling – yet among these thin clichés the film plays out like something I’ve never seen before. Plus, the marvellous Irish accent means some of the lines in the movie come out so much funnier. It may lack a big budget, but it doesn’t lack charm, laughter and an Irish police officer who isn’t your average straight-laced cop.

With You

Album Review by Ben Matthews

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It’s been a while since the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have released anything new; a common practice lately by many rock bands, especially when it comes after their so called magnum opus (Green Day took five years to follow up from their album American Idiot). Between a long period you’d expect a band to change. As for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, although they have changed their guitarist, they have not changed musically; they still play the same old alternative funk music as if it is still the 90s. Of course there are a few good tracks on this album, but they are sparse. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie has an Arabic feel in the melody with cryptic lyrics. Flea’s bass playing is pretty strong without sounding like a distraction and new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer pulls off some solos similar to the ones John Lennon

pulled off in his solo career. Brendan’s Death Song has more of an acoustic ballad feel, with Anthony Kiedis singing passionately without having to having to resort to rapping. The song might be a tad bit too long and could have been edited a bit. Monarchy of Roses features distorted vocals in the verses before bursting into a disco inspired chorus. Flea’s bass playing resorts to his trademark funk style, in the same vein as Mike Watt. The big question then: does the good outweigh the bad? The answer: No. The only song worth buying is The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie; the rest could be seen as unnecessary padding. It seems as if the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have become their own cliché, with most of their songs sounding the same. All in all, I’m With You is a disappointing and uninspired mess.

Various Artists

The Muppets: The Green Album Album Review by Melissa Low

(A-)

When people think of a Muppets album, no one expects the album’s target market to be for anyone over the age of seven. However, The Muppets: The Green Album is not like this. Full of classic songs that have been remade by modern day bands, it should prevent anyone born before this millennium from feeling ashamed by listening to these tracks. Each artist has applied their own style and mix to this album of favourites, turning this children’s album into a suitable album for the big kids too. The album fittingly opens up with the Muppet Show Theme Song, covered by the creative treadmill walkers, Ok Go. Though Ok Go are better known for their outdone music videos, their cover of this iconic song is equally admirable and creative. Layers of trippy synths, heavy bass and echoy vocals from lead singer Damian Kulash mature the song for the older generation, far from the original’s playful showbiz style. But if you’re not familiar with Ok Go’s own music, you may not appreciate their treatment on this track. A fantastic pairing was with Alkaline Trio covering the song Movin’ Right Along, originally done by Kermit and Fozzie Bear. From the original plucky banjo version to the pop-punk twist, Alkaline Trio makes this song fun, upbeat and playable on any mainstream radio station. It also keeps the banter that happens between

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Kermit and Fozzie Bear, maintaining the humorous side of Muppets songs. There is always some hesitance to accept anyone other than Kermit singing the iconic ballad, Bein’ Green, especially from anyone who was not a physically green coloured being. But singer Andrew Bird does a pretty decent job at it. He keeps the folky vibe like the original, but adds in his own smooth and soft spoken tone. Include the lively violin solos and it becomes its own delicate and charming track. One of the most unlikely pairings for this album is The Fray with the song Mahna Manha. Having The Fray stretch from anything other than their emotional piano crooning ways seemed a bit unrealistic at first. However, The Fray pulls this Mahna Mahna and the Snowths cover off fantastically. It remains cheeky, catchy, and humorous, with that extra bit of jazzy soulfulness on the side. Amy Lee (from Evanescence fame) was also a surprising and unlikely edition to this album. Her cover of Halfway Down the Stairs was done in her hauntingly beautiful vocals, which gave the track a ghostly like vibe (but not too much to sound like a child’s disturbed nightmare). Unfortunately not every song was given its true justice by their tribute artist. Rock band Weezer with Paramore’s lead carrot top, Hayley Williams, was a great idea of collaboration in theory. But instead, their rendition of the beautiful and emotional Rainbow Connection left me a bit disappointed. With Williams’ power vocals and Weezer’s rock quirks, a lot more could have been done with this track, but the end result was nothing more than average. Although I really enjoyed this album, for others it could be a case of ‘love it or hate it’, depending on how dedicated you are to the original Muppet versions. Nevertheless, be expected to be shot back into nostalgia when you listen to these songs. Those memories of watching Muppets on your giant square TV screens will come flooding back to you.

The Only Child

Live at the Herald Theatre Directed by Shane Bosher Theatre Review by Danielle Whitburn

(A-)

The curtain draws and all you can see is a bathroom. Taps, faucets, water; hard, sterile surroundings. An odd setting for a play that turns out to have much to do with family, the scene ends up foreshadowing much of what is to come. Water and vivid displays of waterworks drown both the actors and audience in this play of slowly revealed secrets. Based on Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, The Only Child

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unfolds much around the same storyline: a disabled and little-loved child goes missing and surprisingly causes a lot of grief. One gathers, however, that it is not so much grief for the lost Eyolf as grief for lost dreams, particularly dreams of sexuality. Rita (Josephine Davison) and Alfred (Stephen Lovatt), the grieving parents, appear to symbolise Eyolf as the product of a once insatiable sexual desire, lost after Eyolf’s infantile accident which they could have prevented except (you guessed it) they were having sex at the time. Dramas also unfold around a peculiar sexual tension between Alfred and Aasta (Claire Chitham), a tension all the more poignant in that it was both long-standing and possibly arising out of a half-sibling relationship. Again, Alfred and Aasta’s relations are centred around the death of their believed shared father; again, their possible relationship (much wanted by Alfred at the time) revolves around missed chances and a death in the family. Death and sex here are intertwined, quasi-Freudian, and leave lasting impressions on familial ties between the characters. Another big theme within the play is that of humiliation, particularly sexual humiliation. No longer is longing enough; the actors must be duly humiliated for their losses. The main actor symbolising these losses would have to be that of Henrik (Sam Snedden). Arriving into the play as Aasta’s one-night-stand gone wrong, he is accepted by Aasta as a boyfriend only to be crudely dumped the night of his intended proposal and crudely taken up and left as the proposed partner of a one-night stand with Rita. Left bouncing around the stage with a rather small manhood for his prowess, Henrik is the epitome of what all but one of the characters experiences in their more subtle turns: humiliation through nudity. After prolonged bathtub scenes by Alfred and a hit-and-miss attempt by Rita to reignite their sex life in it, Aasta is the only one left untouched: maternal, real, and not caught up in the tawdry sex/death tangle, she escapes with actual grief for Eyolf, and little grief for the rest. The play sums it up with an unexpected reunion of Rita and Alfred, but it is not without its own sadness. Alfred’s particular journey with water as a symbol of grief (Eyolf in particular died drowning) has led him to lie in the bathtub for scenes and scenes both naked and suited. There is forgiveness in the story, forgiveness most prominently showing itself in the end as an actual grief for Eyolf’s death rather than just for lost sexual fantasies. With all its depth and intricacies, it is well worth watching, well worth thinking about, and well worth its weight as a play.

The Wizard of Oz

Live at the Civic, September 10 Directed by Jesse Peach

Theatre Review by Samantha McQueen (B+) Jesse Peach rarely puts a foot wrong on stage. In the last year he’s put on successful performances of Sweeney Todd and Othello and esteemed thespians has used phrases like “the future of theatre” to describe him. It’s no wonder then that his latest venture, The Wizard of Oz, succeeds on almost every level. If 20-year-old Olivia Tennet was daunted at all by her task of bringing the iconic Judy Garland role to life, she never showed it. In fact, her Dorothy was every bit as good as the 1939 film version. Her cute-as-a-button performance – and a great set of pipes – was no match for her pint-sized co star however; from the moment the pup playing Toto scurried on stage the audience was captivated with his antics. Tennet’s star isn’t the only one that shines on the Civic’s stage. George Henare looks right at home as the cowardly lion (his performance is anything but) and Nic Kyle’s tin man, who is searching for a heart, will surely tug on the heartstrings of the older audience members. But the standout is definitely Kristian Lavercombe’s scarecrow; his dim-witted comments, gangly movements and musical prowess regularly has theatre goers (particularly the younger ones) in giggles. Several actors pull double duty on stage. Radio personality Robert Rakete dons the cap of both the loving uncle and the difficult Emerald City guard and Helen Medlyn manages to both wow and terrify with her cackling portrayal of cranky neighbour Miss Gultch and the Wicked Witch of the West. The latter sees her command her gang of Wingays from inside the Civic’s VIP boxes and the final confrontation – with that famous “I’m melting” scene – delivers on all counts. In fact, there is little to fault in Peach’s production. I would have liked to have seen more from Lisa Chappell, who I’m sure has more up her acting sleeves than what she displays in her performances as Aunt Em and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. And Raymond Hawthorne’s wizard goes from evil to kind much too quickly on stage But those are insignificant compared to the fun you’ll have when watching this show unfold. The costumes are colourful, the actors are stellar and the song and dance numbers will have you tapping your toes and singing along. You may not be in Kansas– but the Civic is exactly where you want to be.

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Both during and after New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) there has been an abundance of negative comments brought up in relation to New Zealand fashion and the designers showcasing. Yet how deserving is such commentary? What really needs to be brought up and dwelled upon more are the people who are making such

have on our shores. Butch New Zealand women stereotypes be gone! Those on the runways were incredible stunners who would undoubtedly give international girls and boys a run for their money. A notable force were the more established models including Ngahuia Williams, Penny Pickard, Tia Wood and Grace Owen whose

commentary and rash judgments. Both the beautiful and the ugly side of the internet and blogs is that anyone can write anything they wish to. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and rightfully so, but there comes a stage where other factors must be taken into consideration when commenting on shows and exhibiting designers collections. Firstly, many people calling such judgments do not work in the fashion industry and have no or limited knowledge of what actually goes on during the design process and the production of a collection. It’s very easy to judge something but much harder to be a designer showing at NZFW. Another factor that must be taken into account is the market in which we and NZFW are situated in. Fashion is an amazing industry, full of incredibly talented creative individuals. However fashion is also essentially a commercial venture. Designers are mostly wildly creative and innovative and yet they must also make clothes that will sell, otherwise they will end up living in the gutter with no funds to design anything at all. As such there is the careful balance that must be trod between innovative design and commercial necessity (unless of course they are hugely wealthy designers whose very livelihood does not depend on selling enough of their collection). One distinctive factor of this year’s Fashion Week is that it was overwhelmingly ‘wearable’ – that little word which is both a filthy curse and yet hugely necessary in the industry. Clothes must sell and the majority of the public must want to wear them and be able to wear them – not just a very few in a niche market – aka those with sartorial balls. A further perk at NZFW was the amazing crop of model talent we

experience showed through and made their presence felt. New girls on the scene also made their mark, with Ella Verberne, Yasmin Bidois, Samantha Shorter, Seon Hwang and Lili Sumner knocking the socks off all guests (even those pretending oh so hard to look cool, calm and unaffected). Michael Whittaker was perfection as per usual – he has walked for Damir Doma and Raf Simons so he basically is God. Newcomers on the men’s modeling scene include standouts Isaac Silva Looker, Max Xavier and Storm Tuvia, whose quirky features and brooding stares caused a stir. On the malemodel thread, the lineup at Jimmy D was especially standout, with long-locked boys stalking up and down the runway, all dark eyed and nonchalant. On a personal level, further standouts include the soundtracks at Jimmy D and World, the colourful and cheerful style of Fashion Week attendees, the abundance of AUT superstars present at the shows, the new venue – which was a vast improvement on the previous years’ tent setup – and plenty of pieces that I wanted to get my body into pronto. Such items in particular include Jimmy D harnesses, Liam’s cobalt blue pant suit, Ingrid Starnes’ lingerie-inspired pieces and Zambesi’s neon everything. With bloggers and fashion writers in every which corner, the presence of the FourEyes team was a welcome addition, with NZ finally benefiting from wonderfully intelligent and committed street style photographers. A further mention must most definitely be made to the excellent New Zealand bloggers who made miraculously speedy posts on each and every detail of the week. Educated commentary and the perfect dose of wit; thanks a bunch http://katherineisawesome.com/

http://www.rag-pony.com/ http:// www.amberandhilary.com/ and http://www.eyeseyeseyeseyes.com/ New Zealand appreciates you! As aforementioned, there was rather a lot of negativity towards New Zealand designers at Fashion Week. Admittedly I too was a wee bit underwhelmed at times, but there are plenty of pieces I would cheerfully whip on and wear to death, and I feel this is a successful reaction from any fashion show in general. To have items people want and have to wear ASAP is a brilliant response. So whilst there was a limit on boundary-pushing pieces, this can be also observed on an international scale in any other major city. Add into the equation New Zealand’s population, economy and clientele and you can see that put into context NZFW was rather neat. But haters gonna hate. We are a small country but this does by no means resonate to a country with nothing new to say. Our local established designers are making their mark both on shore and internationally, and younger crops of designers possess an abundance of creativity. New Zealand fashion writers and bloggers are also an important force. Both the established bloggers and the newer additions have relevant things to say, and by all means should be granted the freedom of speech to do so. However, in relation to casting harsh judgments on hard working designers, I do feel that it is very much necessary to make educated evaluations – through knowing the industry and what goes on, rather than basing a knowledge of fashion on what pops up in Russh and on The

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Favourite show of Fashion Week? Can’t pick just one! Ingird Starnes, Jimmy D, Huffer and Liam. And least favourite? Shoe of the Week.

Tiffany Low

Model at Red11 and Fashion Editor at thedownlow.co.nz

Favourite show of Fashion Week? Salasai. And least favourite show? I never have a ‘least favorite’ - I always admire designers for the work they do because working in the fashion industry, I understand it’s difficult, it’s tough, it’s not as glamorous as it looks - so you’ve really got to give designers credit for their work. Favourite model(s) at NZFW? Hands down Ella Verberne and Michael Whittaker from Clyne. Total babes. Compared to other NZFWs, how do you feel this one compared? The clothes were amazing, there was a great vibe, great people and great new location with cute pop up bars. Item that got you through the week? Eyedrops - for sure. Lack of sleep, bloodshot eyes - not pretty. Best outfit you saw? The lovely Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Vintage definitely was the best dressed of the week. Heels or flats? Heels all day, every day! Show with the best goody bags? The COOP show - all it had was a miniature Russian Standard Vodka, chocolate, and water the three essentials of NZFW. Describe your style in five words. I wear what feels good. Kimberley Brown

Administrator at Fresh PR

Favourite show of Fashion Week? Stolen Girlfriend’s Club, hands down. And least favourite show? Never Black…it could have been organised a wee bit better. Item you’re coveting most from fashion week? World Made Me Do It shoes. Show with the best playlist? WORLD…the show started with Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again! Compared to other NZFWs, how do you feel this one compared? Every year it gets better – the new Viaduct centre was fantastic! No sleep: worth it? Absolutely! You can sleep when you’re dead. Food that got you through the week? I will admit that I consumed a lot of chocolate… but dark chocolate is meant to be for energy right? Heels or flats? Heels of course! Show with the best goody bags? Lonely Hearts…they had fudge! Describe your NZFW2011 experience in six words. Exhilarating. Hectic. Humbling. Inspiring. Fun. Motivating!

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Item you’re coveting most? Lonely Hearts maroon/mustard/black oversized knit. Favourite model at NZFW? Ella Verberne. Favourite songs that got you through the week? Queen, while editing photographs till 5am. Who puts on the best ‘show’? Stolen Girlfriends Club. Compared to other NZFWs, how do you feel this one compared? A little light on designers yet a great new venue. Number of coffees consumed? Too many. What will you be buying as soon as it hits stores? Possibly some Ingrid Starnes items. Show with the best model line-up? Huffer. Describe your NZFW2011 experience in six words. Empowering, revitalizing, consuming, exhausting and inspiring Emma Gleason

Stylist and blogger at http://www.rag-pony.com/

Favourite show of Fashion Week? Juliette Hogan. Great clothes, great styling and so age appropriate. And least favourite show? Coop. The quality and concept just weren’t up to having a show. I’m sure it has a place in the market, but there was no clear idea behind it (other than sexy/young). Funniest thing seen? Facehunter hitting on every female in sight. Item you’re coveting most from fashion week? A baseball hat from Lonely Hearts and a roll neck from Juliette Hogan. Also, leather pants from either Lonely Hearts or Workshop Denim. Favourite model(s) at NZFW? New Zealand’s Lili Sumner and the iconic Penny Pickard. Who puts on the best ‘show’? Stolen Girlfriends Club for the atmosphere and of course the after party. Also, Zambesi has such a great, loyal feel to it. Compared to other NZFWs, how do you feel this one compared? It felt a bit unbalanced this year – with the first two days jam packed with big name shows and then the others more quiet. I also think seasonally it was a bit confusing – them most frequently used fabric was a lightweight silk. And most collections looked like spring ranges with added hosiery. Number of coffees consumed? Like five a day at least. Don’t do the math. Heels or flats? All flats all the time. What will you be buying as soon as it hits stores? Juliette Hogan roll neck, Lonely Hearts baseball cap and leather pants, Zambesi sweatshirt. Show with the best model line-up? All the slightly older models at Helen Cherry were such a refreshing change and really did the clothes justice. This should happen so much more often.

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by Andrea Manahan

The week of fashion frenzy has drawn to a close. My week was spent meandering through shows at My NZFW experience started off with Starfish and my the newly opened Viaduct Events Centre, which first goodie bag for the week – a hessian Body Shop bag with various cosmetics, which was keeping in line with sits proudly on the developed Wynyard Quarter the brand’s ethos of ethical clothing and a green approach and played host to New Zealand Fashion Week to design (see, there are perks to being a geek and writing 2011. A stunning venue, with harbour views and for debate – take note readers). understated industrial-style architecture, it was a great departure from the dated white canvas tents, which had an unmistakable stench of fish floating from the nearby fish markets. However, having been run privately for the past 11 years Juliette Hogan plays http://www. by Pieter Stewart, it is uncertain if the event it safe by echoing her juliettehogan. com/ A/W 2011 silhouettes will make an appearance in 2012, after Stewart’s Collections/ (left) in her A/W 2012 summer11/37.jpg Collection (right). request for government funding was rejected earlier this year. My knees are still slightly bruised from kneeling in the photographers pit with the other snaphappy photo-journalists and the 17 shows I I scanned my press pass to see the next show lined up and watched have started to blur into one long fashion I smiled when I saw it was Juliette Hogan. Her Spring/ Summer 2011 collection gave a nod to ‘prim and proper’ daydream. I was unsure at first whether it was girly dressing, with soft and flowing, knee-length skirts fatigue setting in, or if my inability to distinguish and doll-like blouses. What had she got in store for Autumn/Winter 2012? It seems, more of the same. After the individual shows was because of the interest the show, bathroom gossip in the ladies filtered with they failed to generate? Now, disappointingly, I comments of, “if I can buy those pieces in the stores right have to admit it is the latter in this case. now, why is it on the runway for 2012?”.

Jimmy D brought back some hope to this slightly disheartened NZFW attendee, through the edgy collection with a post-apocalyptic undertone. Designs were reminiscent of The Tribe’s wardrobe with sheer chiffon flowing tops revealing sexy strapped undergarments underneath. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2wU3fLC-lhI/Tl70CQpW2qI/AAAAAAAAC-0/vIgzpcjifY4/s1600/ jimmyd16.jpg

The beginning of Lonely Hearts show was promising. Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up thundering through Shed 2 which was packed – an indication that the brand is just this popular (or they just invited everyone). Whichever the case, a packed show is always a good one, so I could not help but get excited. Edgy leather jacket and shorts combo opened the show, followed by a striped day-dress (which belongs to a summer collection, if you ask me). A leather collar features heavily throughout the collection, though I feel it is to add an edge to an otherwise tame collection. Flat-brimmed trucker caps were worn by the models, echoing Dsqaured2’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection. As Born Slippy’s Underworld floated through the speakers to finish the show, it was clear that the attitude and edge was created more by the soundtrack more than anything else.

Trelise Cooper ran an hour behind schedule, though compensated with an army of models walking down the runway wearing only suit jackets and sexy stay-up stockings, while Stolen Girlfriends Club show saw their male models emerge from portaloos outside. Both shows fly by disappointingly. By the morning of the third day of NZF, I was starting to feel slightly underwhelmed. Perhaps this is how the week is supposed to unfold and the schedule is supposed to start with a slow simmer, and then gently roll into a boil. Perhaps the New Generation Show would showcase some innovative young designers who have yet to be hardened by the gruelling pressure of financial objectives of this money-driven industry. My heart sank again as nothing catches my eye at the New Generation Show and I left the shed disheartened.

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Lonely Hearts styling for A/W 2012 (left) has an uncanny resemblance to Dsquared2’s S/S 2010 Collection (below)

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MisteR was my next show, and I trudged upstairs slowly, not knowing what to expect from this label I have never heard of. Dead leaves were strewn across the runway and I glanced at my run-sheet. Not so Grimm was the collection’s running theme and this was the label’s first appearance at Fashion Week, a great undertaking after having lost their entire studio during the February earthquakes in Christchurch. Wheelchair bound model Josh Perry, who suffers from cerebral palsy opens the show, and instantly catches the audience’s attention. The collection is dotted with well-tailored suits in unorthodox tartan prints, gingerbread men-shaped brooches and oversized bows, for both men and women. It is a fun and light-hearted fairytale approach to the seriousness of a well-cut suit. I realised, for the first time in Fashion Week, I was smiling from the beginning to end of the show. Mickey Lin and Ra Thomson, the husband and wife duo behind the label, take to the runway and receive a rare standing ovation from the crowd for their stellar show, undeniably the standout show of the week.

The New Zealand fashion heavyweights of Zambesi, Huffer and Workshop/Helen Cherry followed the MisteR show, but not even the celebrity power of scantily-clad Aja Rock in a birthday cake at Huffer, or the grandeur of Workshop’s Town Hall location and its star-studded audience could leave an imprint as well-embedded as the MisteR show had on this fashionista. As Fashion Week drew to a close, the buzz in the media pit on Friday morning was dominated by the highlyThis is the same advice echoed by other longstanding designers in this fair country of anticipated WORLD show in the evening, filmed live ours. Herein lies the seed of mundane designs which sprouted like a weed in NZFW 2011 for the announcement of New Zealand’s Next Top Model. – the garments must sell. The New Zealand fashion market is that of plain Kiwi Janes and Despite the fancy film-crew cameras, an appearance Joes, generally conservative in dress; the inherent tall-poppiness present in our culture from Sara Tetro and the top three finalists of NZNTM, it holding us back from taking daily sartorial risks. With a Kathmandu-jacket and jeans seemed the hype was more memorable than the show. wearing public to cater for, the designers understandably water down their collections in Adrian Hailwood was interviewed by Remix (Issue 71, order to get their stock moving out the doors. Designers are not models after all – they do 2011) and was asked what it takes to be a New Zealand need to eat. designer, balancing both creative and commercial We turn to our local designers to feed our curiosity and insatiable thirst for the ‘new’, demands. He replied; but NZFW 2011 served us up with seconds of last year’s silhouettes. We understand “...designing clothing at the end of the day need[s] to that there are commercial imperatives that need to be met, but what about the fashionserve its main function and that is wearability. You can hungry public who want to be shocked, inspired and challenged by our talented and create a killer dress with bedazzled bits but if it isn’t creative Kiwi designers? Those who want to be pushed out of their comfort zones and commercially viable when Sally Ann wants to wear it for experiment with fabrics, cuts and styling? Don’t get me wrong, local designers – we love work, it won’t work. You need to make a living, so it is a what you do. But, we are hungry for more. juggle of the two worlds.”

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Celebrity Doppelganger: Harry Potter Where did you watch the opening ceremony and first game of the Rugby World Cup? I am a volunteer at Eden Park, I was at level four of the north stand How many hours did you spend studying over the break? Is there any day I wasn’t? I’m studying while I was volunteering, too Which celebrity would you least like to be stuck in a room with for 24 hours and why? Sheamus, the extremely white Irish redhead WWE wrestler with a thick accent, or Elsom, my bigger, taller, and stronger namesake that I get jealous of easily? Hmm... What television show is your guilty pleasure? Friday Night Lights for sure. Beats Next Top Model and Grand Designs any day Who would you like to headline Big Day Out 2012? I have no clue

David Bellinger

Celebrity Doppelganger: The Edge (from U2) Where did you watch the opening ceremony and first game of the Rugby World Cup? At the Peggy Gordon’s Winter Festival in New Plymouth (followed by an awesome Shihad gig) How many hours did you spend studying over the break? About 15-20 at the most Which celebrity would you least like to be stuck in a room with for 24 hours and why? Russell Brand. He is an irritating wanker and why oh why Katy is with him I will never know What television show is your guilty pleasure? Judge Judy Who would you like to headline Big Day Out 2012? Muse (but back on form, not with the last album’s crap)

Kelsey Renwick

Celebrity Doppelganger: Kate Middleton Where did you watch the opening ceremony and first game of the Rugby World Cup? I recorded the ceremony and watched it the next day. I watched the game at a mates place How many hours did you spend studying over the break? Maybe three hours Which celebrity would you least like to be stuck in a room with for 24 hours and why? Justin Bieber, because I would not know how to handle someone so annoying What television show is your guilty pleasure? Anything from Disney Channel Who would you like to headline Big Day Out 2012? Wow... hmm, not sure actually

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debate editor Celebrity Doppelganger: Reese Witherspoon Where did you watch the opening ceremony and first game of the Rugby World Cup? From the comfort of my sofa, with a beer in one hand and fries in the other. Could I be anymore Kiwi? How many hours did you spend studying over the break? What break? Which celebrity would you least like to be stuck in a room with for 24 hours and why? Either Mel Gibson or Charlie Sheen. Somehow I don’t think they deal well with small spaces – or women What television show is your guilty pleasure? It’s a tossup between The Vampire Diaries and The Biggest Loser – which one is considered less cool for a 22-year-old? Who would you like to headline Big Day Out 2012? Eminem. I can rap Love The Way You Lie like nobody’s business

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debate editorial assistant Celebrity Doppelganger: Princess Jasmine from Aladdin Where did you watch the opening ceremony and first game of the rugby world cup? At home because I had an overnight shift at work that night! My work is over on Nelson Street though so I got to see a lot of the craziness out on the streets that night. How many hours did you spend studying over the break? At the moment, none. But by the time this magazine actually gets distributed I will have hopefully finished two essays Which celebrity would you least like to be stuck in a room with for 24 hours and why? John Mayer. Love his music but hate him - he radiates doucheness. I don’t think I could go 24 hours without slapping him What television show is your guilty pleasure? Keeping Up with the Kardashians Who would you like to headline Big Day Out 2012? Beyonce! Somehow I don’t see that happening though

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