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Otago Polytechnic Magazine




To those of you who are out of town, do you miss those homemade roast meals? Or do you need a break and would love to have a meal out but just can’t afford it?

Dear Reader,

I have the perfect solution - $10-00 roast night every Thursday night in the Ozone cafe here on campus. If you’re too busy come and pick up a takeaway roast, if you have a family bring them down, or just bring the flatties! I would like to thank all of you who participated in the events and gathered to get some FREE food for re-orientation, as always it went off like a hit! Last but definitely not least I would like to introduce you to our Vice-president Michelle Fidow and congratulate her for being elected into the position. Michelle was elected into the Vice-president role earlier in 2012 and has been working alongside the rest of the OPSA staff to help assist in providing our services to students. Rebecca Hohaia, OPSA President 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of Gyro! We have a few new features this semester - a column featuring different clubs at Clubs and Socs, the website of the month and finally, The Voice of the People. We also have an article by Kate Martin, an alumni of the Otago Polytechnic Fashion school, who writes about her business experience in starting up Cupkakes Lingerie (not ‘Cupcakes’, for the record). Finally we feature an article on the Otago Polytechnic Council and Student Sub-Committee. Most people see the OPSA and the Student SubCommittee as synonymous. In fact, they’re not. Both represent and advocate for students, but the latter is a part of the OP Council which essentially decides how the OP is run. And in fact, the OP is the only Polytechnic in New Zealand to have student representation on its council. Democracy represent. But what are you still doing here? Go read about it! Yours sincerely,

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Credits: Editor: Kari Schmidt Head Designer: Mark Baxter Design: Jon Thom Words: Kari Schmidt, Rebecca Hohaia, Beau Murrah, PB, Sarah Lawrie, Kate Martin, Zehavit Darlington Misc: Loulou Callister-Baker

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Kari Schmidt Editor Technical Advertising Published by OPSA Copyright (C) OPSA 2012 A member of ASPA

What the hell is the Student Sub-Committee? By Matt Carter (Head of Human Resources Management, Student Services) and Sarah Lawrie (Student Sub-Committee Sub-Convenor)

What is the Student Subcommittee? Matt Carter You know how companies have Boards of Directors that oversee what is happening at the company? At Otago Polytechnic this group is called the Council. Until a few years ago it was a legal requirement for Councils to have a student representative on their board. This was to ensure that student views and opinions were heard and considered. However the Government changed this so that students no longer have representation on the board. This concerned the OP Council so, they established the Student Subcommittee to give them advice and views on important matters. The Otago Polytechnic is the only Polytechnic in

NZ that has set up a formal structure in this way. The Student Subcommittee meets once a month for an hour over lunch, which is provided at no cost. It discusses whatever the council has been discussing and gives feedback/ perspective on the Council’s decisions. The committee is run by a student chair-this year, Sarah Lawrie from the School of Art. The chair attends all Council meetings as well as the Academic Board.

Brief Coverage of the last Council meeting 10 July Sarah Lawrie CEO Phil Ker reported the introduction of the Altitude Program which is a “work based

learning model” consisting of 12 weeks of formal, work based training and 4 weeks of internship post-training. Mr Ker also related that the OP has already had 80 offers of placement from Dunedin employers for trainees. In other good news, 14 Maori students have been enrolled in the pre-trades program for Maori students still in High School preparing for Tertiary study. Otago Polytechnic offers nine different scholarships for OP students-check out the OP website to read regulations and to apply - it is a great opportunity! Scholarships are the: Principals, Private Training Establishment, Foundation Studies, Otago Corrections Facility, Pacific Island, Midwifery, Mana Pounamu, Runaka, and Maata Waka Scholarships. g

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gThe Council also heard a

presentation about projectbased learning from the school of Applied Business. This new strategy has been implemented as the OP wants to compete with other providers of applied business, especially as it is the second most common field of tertiary study in New Zealand. The program is an experience based approach with exposure to real businesses as soon as possible, involving significant group and team activities. Teams develop and run their own business in semester two and the school emphasizes social responsibility and sustainability and conducts integrated assessments. Progress has been good with positive feedback from students and participating organizations.

Council also heard reports about the Learning Environment from Mike Collins, Research and Enterprise from Alistair Regan and Quality from Sue Thompson as well as a report on the Maori Strategic Framework.

only do you get a free lunch but a chance to participate in the democratic process! See you there!

The Student SubCommittee The SSC is very keen to have as many students as possible from all schools/programmes across OP involved, offering the council their views so the OP knows what its students want. Our next meeting is August 7, 2012. Please RSVP Michaela. if you’re interested in attending. Not

Clubs and Societies Centre Recreation courses are open and filling fast. Closing soon we’ve got art on the wild side, belly dancing, capoeira, kendo, pool, Gears of War; Modern Warfare and chess tournaments. Head online to nz/recreation before you miss out.

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Starting Up: Cupkakes Lingerie & Accessories By Kate Martin

I always knew I wanted to design clothing or be in the fashion industry in some form or another, but it wasn’t until my third year at Otago Polytechnic that I realised how much I had to give and that it would be in the field of lingerie. Otago Polytechnic was a place where I could spend time developing my ideas and turning them into a reality. I always had a great love for vintage fashion and history, especially the 1940s-1950s, the glitz and the glamour. Lingerie was a big part of the history and it fascinated me. It was an avenue I had to explore. After graduating I had a business name set up called Cupkakes Lingerie & Accessories and I was ready to take on the world! But the reality was I spent a whole year locked away in my studio sewing/ pattern making and experimenting with fabrics/ trims/ styles and basically perfecting the craft of lingerie making. It wasn’t until 2012 that I showed off my creations to the public. It was a lot of hard work, as I found much of the business side to be a massive learning curve, it’s something you have to be determined about and really have a passion for to carry on with it. Be prepared for the word ‘no’, as it will come your way a lot. But if you truly believe in what you are doing and know you have something to add to the fashion world, keep going, because for every no there is a yes!

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Student Clubs You Can Join

Generation Zero By Beau Murrah

I enjoyed meeting an effective group of young advocates for the Environment at Generation Zero.The group seems to models itself on several key images: nonpartisanship, dedication to science, non-violence and working within the current political system. There are a number of key issues on their agenda, which were discussed. Each one was paired with largely shovel-ready activities such as promoting and organizing lecture events, writing for publications, preparing submissions to the Dunedin City Council and more. To put it bluntly the organization is also quite an attractive group of people that also have fun, organizing social events to parallel their more serious activities.

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What the climate needs is every hand on deck, ready to move with science and the natural limits of resources. Fossil fuel is desperation, the dream that profits are an essential element of health. Public healthcare: public energy; the water is ours equally.There is also an element of danger here. Environmentalists along the lines of the Save The Happy Valley Campaign attracted spies and agent provocateurs. We also have a new dubious search and surveillance law. The stakes are even higher.

What can I say? What kind of world do I want my children to grow up in? How limited and short our lives are, yet for their sake we should be planning for the long haul. To be blunt though, Fuck NeoLiberalism. The Global Financial Crisis: a result of the 1%.

Website of the Month

Every month we’re planning on featuring a ‘website of the month’, including an excerpt from the website in question.This issue it’s, the website that makes philosophy not only accessible, but as entertaining and fascinating as it should be (if it just wasn’t so damn esoteric). Ignore the essentially male bent (implicit in the adoption of the word ‘bro’), and that’s some damn good philosophy. Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness”: A Summary First of all, fuck Kant. Why is his shit so needlessly complicated? A whole world we can’t talk about or know anything about? Then how the fuck can he possibly talk about it? What if the world is just exactly the way we see it? Why complicate things even further? Don’t tell me I can’t get to the chairness of a chair - it’s a pretty simply concept, chairness - it’s just being a chair. Legs, maybe a cushion, and you sit in it. Can’t stop being a chair. Was that so hard?

Look - there are two ways to exist in this world. Chairs just are the way they are, they have being-in-itself. There’s nothing special about them. But bros? Oh man, bros are a whole different story. There’s no intrinsic broness we all have; we get to make our own shit. Every bro is like a completely blank canvas, devoid of any color, and he gets to paint himself however the fuck he wants. Seriously, this blankness, this void, isn’t just any ordinary property; it cuts to the very meaning of what it means to be a bro - a bro exists with being-for-itself, with an incompleteness that he must take care of himself.

Maybe you’re thinking, “But Sartre - don’t we have a clear description too? Walks around on two legs, usually between five-six and six-eight, hair up top and all that jazz?” Bro, I get it. Nothingness is scary at first. So much room to work, and so little guidance; the thought of nothingness horrifies us. So if you want to take the infinite potential that is that blank canvas and fill it with a physical description of yourself, then fucking be my guest. But you still have to do the work; it’s not like you’re achieving the certainty of being a chair that way.You’re just refusing to face uncertainty; that doesn’t make it go away. So my advice to you is man the fuck up, grab some colours, face the future boldly, g

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g and just fucking paint. Don’t paint a simple physical description of yourself; don’t paint your job, or your stuff. You’ll never have the safety of being-in-itself; you’re wasting your time trying. Use your imagination; there are other voids with limitless potential. You can imagine what isn’t, and that tells you what you are, and what you want to be; make it happen. Who cares if you fuck up here or there? Paint over it. Humanity isn’t an 8x10 you get one shot at; nothingness isn’t a cup you get to fill once. As time goes on, you’ll see more possibilities, acquire new colours, learn new brushstrokes. But you don’t get any of that if you don’t start painting now. There’s a good chance you’ll never get it perfect. Whatever, bro. But you can know perfection through its absence; when you look at yourself and say, “Almost! What if I just... that’s closer, even!” That’s how you can discover the truth of beauty - the drive to create is enough. Of course, while you’re out there doing work, you’re going to run into other painters, other canvases; don’t panic. Why do people always panic? All of a sudden bros act like they’re not supposed to be painting, like they’re going to get in trouble or something, as if he’s supposed to go back to being a canvas when other painters are around - what if he’s better than me? What if he thinks what I’ve made myself is dumb? So bros stop painting and let other

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bros start painting on them, over everything they’ve created. And do you think other people give a shit about what you come out as? If you let them paint your canvas for you, they’ll slap on whatever is convenient for them, and suddenly you’re back to being your job, your stuff, how you look; if you let others define you, they will define you out of existence. So don’t let them! But more importantly, don’t be that asshole. Again, this shit is easier said than done. Acknowledging the existential void, the vast emptiness of the self, is no small task; for some reason when people hear “You are nothing!” They respond with fear, not hope. We all want to be something, but we don’t want to do the work; the temptation to let others do it, or to refuse to do it yourself, is great. Except that no one can actualize your vision better than you, so don’t let them. You know that couple that fucking hates each other, but they can’t walk away? I know you know at least one. We all do. What do you think is going on there? They’ve both given themselves up to the other; he lets her paint his canvas (heh) and vice versa. But of course, they both fucking hate what the other is painting, since they each have a better sense of what they want to be, so they’ve given up their sense of self and now they resent the other for sucking. She’s all like “I wouldn’t put blue there, you asshole!” and he’s all like, “bitch,

that shouldn’t be a circle!” but they’ve forgotten how to paint for themselves, how to face the world, the void, alone. That is the risk you run if you can’t face the void alone; that is what you’ll become. Who wants that? We think we want peace and simplicity, which is why we want the safety of being-initself, why we tend to paint along the same lines, making small changes and slow improvements. But secretly, we fucking hate peace. We can imagine such greatness, and sometimes we just straight-up get restless.You’re not beholden to anyone! If you’re suddenly unhappy with what you are, why stay that way? We must not be afraid to start anew, to overthrow what we once were to make what we want; we must never be afraid to change. After all, the goddamn future is coming whether you like it or not; sorry, bro, but the void really is empty; stop pretending otherwise and get to work.

Again, this shit is easier said than done.

Less is more Image by Mark Feenstra

By Zehavit

I am well and truly sick of cars. Sick of driving them, sick of crashing into them, sick of smelling their pollution, of seeing one person in a car travelling from the same origin as the vehicle behind them to the very same destination. To be honest with you all I am just fed up with the conformities dictated to us all by contemporary life. Who on earth said that every person should drive? Or have a television? Or a cell-phone?

Where the hell are we in such a hurry to arrive at? Sometimes this existence seems so utterly stupid. I watch my dear neighbours every morning leave their castles so very early in the morning, enter a very expensive vehicle that’s owned by the bank and rush to a job they despise with a passion, only so they can afford to buy that ridiculous thing that their friend managed to purchase just before them.

Has any one read the news? We consume too much and produce even more, there is hardly any petroleum left in the world, the recession is far from over. Read the writing on the wall, slow down! It is always difficult to speak to the older generation, hard to teach an old dog new tricks. So we’re the ones who have to turn the TVs off, dream of smaller houses, smaller mortgages, less hours at the office, less travelling time, less cars on the roads. Less is more!

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Voice of the People By Loulou Callister-Baker

1. What is your favourite Club? 2. Would you ever consider starting your own business? 3. Who is the most bad-ass philosopher? 4. What does the Otago Polytechnic Student Council do?

- Mason Osborne/IT 1. I don’t know any. 2. Yes, something do with computers I suppose. 3. Nah don’t know. 3. Nah don't know. 4. They make things better for the students.

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-Grace Fairhall/Occupational thearpy 1. Otago Uni. Kayak Club. 2. Probably not. 3. My mother. 4. They look after campus and organise things for students.

- Errol Hopgood/IT 1. I don’t really know any clubs. 2. Yeah. 3. I don’t know aye hahaha. 4. They make decision for students.

- Katherine Prince/Bachelor of Nursing 1. I'm not really into clubs but I was in the Tramping club. 2. Probably not. 3. I don't have one off the top of my head! 4. It represents students and their needs.

- Ben Forsyth/(B.Med) Mechanical Enginering 1. The Flag Squad. 2. At this point no but I would love to in the future. I'd like to open a workshop and open my own garage 3. Batman. 4. I'm sure they do things for our rights and sort out matters that students bring to them.

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Every Saturday & Sunday. ReFuel Wright and Kilmore Girls, Free guided tours of Angels & Aristocrats. 2pm. DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY.

Chicks Hotel (Port Chalmers), 8pm, $10

Fri 3 August Monday 21st May. Audacious submissions due HEAVY METAL NINJAS, Thu 16 August ReFuel,22nd-24th 8pm Tuesday May. DAN BRADERS COMEDY Two Fish ‘n’ a Mr Scoop. variousAtimes: 22nd @ 6pm, 23rd & 24th IPSWICH, Biscuits, DEN SHOW, ReFuel, 7.30pm, @ 7.30pm. $40/$20.

Distant City, Glue Gallery (Stafford Street), 9pm, $10



Wednesday 23rd May til Saturday 26th. Sat 18 Aug Seussical the Musical @ 6.45pm. $17.50/$12.50. Sat 4 August MAYFAIR THEATRE.

ONSLAUGHT 8: Vicious


On Toast (Qtown), Cock-

*MAY Circle (Melbourne), GripThursday 24th May. Release Tour, Crown, 9pm, $5 Thursday Gig Night @ ft Astro Children, Nanny State and Pylon (Chch), per (Nelson), BEASTWARS, TLA. 5-7pm. free. Sammys, 9pm, Boltcutter (Chch), Mince WITHOUT A FIGHT Album

Thursday 24th May. ney Urine (Invers), Bazooka, The Seeds - Dust & Dirt Album Release Tour.McBard, $36. Bolshy Infinite Justice, SatBlack 11 Aug SAMMYS.

& Scum Hammer, Muso’s Club

KATCHAFIRE: Back to the

Friday May. (Manse St), 6pm Roots25th Tour, Sammys (CrawAcoustic Session ft Kate Grace & Marcus Turner. 12pm. free. DUNEDIN PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Saturday 26th May. Dr Lisa Beaven, Lecturer in Art History, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia discusses Renaissance & Baroque works in Angels & Aristocrats. 3pm. free. DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY.

OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre

Sunday 27th May. Dr Cecilia Novero, Dept of Languages & Cultures, University of Otago discusses Surrealist aspects in Boys from the Black Tournaments Stuff. 3pm. free.

- win prizes! – Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Pool. For more info & to enter visit www.


Saturday 2nd June., phone 479 5960, or drop in. Left Or Right - Buzzy Album Release Tour. $20. SAMMYS.

Thursday 7th June. OPSA Cultural Food Festival. 12-1pm:

Try out the sauna! 85C of warmth


Saturday 23rd June. Plus rooms and facilities Flight Of The Conchords Tour of NZ$55 (pre-sales) use casually.

you can


Late July.Glue Gallery Art Auction, a fundraiser to cover the existing costs of this awesome space! If you’re interested in helping out you can join Glue’s incorporated society, donate some art or become a friend of Glue and donate $5 a month to the Glue rent. Contact *JULY 03

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479 5960

Polytech students welcome!

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