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Hello to you all,

Dear Reader,

I hope that you are enjoying the semester so far. This issue doesn’t have a theme so I will update you on what is happening in our corner of town.

So this is another general issue for your reading pleasure. OPSA elections are coming up. I always used to question the value of student elections and student government in general. So few people even vote, many don’t even know what their students’ association does. Thing is though, you don’t need them until you do? Whether that’s representation, food bags, or otherwise.

Thank you to all who have joined us over the past week for our rep lunches/meetings. Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to identify with any of the groups so far we still have a Maori Students lunch, a Mature Students Lunch, a Queer movie evening and an event for the boys (TBA). Other than these meetings it has been a busy couple of weeks in the office with discussions regarding our MOA with the Polytechnic starting - things like how we have done this year and what we can do next year. As well as this we have our annual OPSA elections happening! So look in this issue for more information and keep an eye out for the candidates and information around campus. Enjoy the next couple of weeks and keep an eye out for more cool events, information and just generally cool things that OPSA your students Association are up to.

Awkwardly, we have a few amendments this week regarding the last issue – OPSA doesn’t actually give out sponsorship money to the Southern W Hockey Team. Lesley Scoullar states, “several of our students are involved in going to national tournament so thought our OPSA logo on the back of their T Shirts would be a grand marketing idea along with OP marketing to put OP out the lime light of Auckland area – this cost us a huge cost of $50 !” OPSA are also not donating money to Child Cancer, but “merely helping a student group fulfil part of their course requirements by providing the BBQ, utensils etc. and advertising for “odd shoe day’.” Finally, “the food bags are not ‘instead’ of food vouchers, they are complimentary, and both will be used depending on each student’s individual needs.” To be fair, much of this was pretty unclear from the minutes, but we apologise for any discrepancies.

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Hohaia, OPSA President 2012

Kari Schmidt


Editor: Kari Schmidt Head Designer: Mark Baxter Words: Ash Muston, Beau Murrah, Georgia Glass, Margot Taylor, Lou Lou Callister-Baker, Charlotte Doyle, Bobby Thomas

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Step Up & Represent! By Georgia Glass

I attended the OPSA Class Representative Meeting two weeks ago, where a variety of issues were discussed. In the interests of brevity I’ve assembled all this information under pertinent headings. Any of this could affect you so please read below and enjoy! Environmental Committee The OUSA Environmntal Committee are looking to join forces with Polytechnic students interested in addressing environmental issues. They are open to all participants and any suggestions. Mature Students… and Lunch The possibility of a group for mature Polytechnic students was discussed and despite the fact that such a group hasn’t existed over the last few years there is the possibility that if enough students express interest a lunch could be organised. With all the talk of

lunches, the men of the rep meeting decided they were also interested in a luncheon. Ball Season Both Occupational Therapy and Nursing have held balls recently for their respective departments. OPSA are available to help with funding to cover the costs of holding such an event. UniPol Due to the considerable amount OPSA has agreed to pay the University for the next twenty years, Polytechnic students can rest assured they will be able to use the fantastic facilities at UniPol at the same price as University students. It would be silly not to share the resources at the facility sits so close to Polytechnic. And with it costing the Polytechnic so much to subsidise our memberships, it is yet another reason to go to the gym while we are students.

Board games, bored games There are board games available to borrow at OPSA either as a wonderful lunchtime activity or to be taken back to the flatmates for a bit of jolly competition. Board games really are grossly underrated, there is nothing like a good game of monopoly on a Sunday afternoon! USB Sticks USB’s will be available for sale from OPSA soon. They are the abandoned ones from last year that went uncollected that have been wiped and cleaned up. They will be between $2 - $6. Emergency Phones… An emergency phone is being considered from within the Polytech. The best place for the phone is still being decided, but it is agreed that it will be a positive addition to the campus. And that’s it folks! For further information on any of the above just contact Lesley Scoullar at gyro 3



By Charlotte Doyle & LouLou Callister-Baker

A ‘sound’ exhibition is unusual. Not unheard of but…still unusual. Currently showing at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, ‘Sound Full’ presents 13 works by artists from both New Zealand and across the ditch which force their audience’s attention on what they are hearing. However, the clever twist with this exhibition is its attempt to emphasise the interdisciplinary nature of the differing mediums of contemporary art. Our senses are not isolated from each other. As the highlyinformative-pamphlet tells us it tries to create a “multimodal sense experience”. This idea is interesting, exciting and addresses the reality of how art, any art, affects its audience. We have chosen three works which most effectively conveyed this concept.

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‘Volta’ by Robin Fox was electric. In a secluded, softly lit space a big screen displays green shifting dynamic lines, twisting and intertwining. Visually mesmerising and almost musical aurally, the sound produces the vision and the vision produces the sound with the artist using a music creation application called MAX/MSP. It’s like the visualiser on iTunes… but incomparably better. You truly do experience the sound, literally following its movements and rhythms on the screen.

On the second floor of the art gallery sits a black box covered with a black curtain. While sitting inside it in pitch blackness, a sound slowly crescendos, getting louder and louder. It is not welcoming. It’s claustrophobic, dark... creepy. Entitled ‘Window’ by Thembi Soddell, this piece is literally the opposite of its namesake. By removing any possibility of distractions the pure sound consumes you.

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In a curtained-off room we have ‘Flicker’ by Brent Grayburn. The installation consists of projections onto the screens on each wall, which turn on and off to play different parts of a film. The footage portrays a fractured journey, re-creating Charles Marlow’s travels along the Congo during its colonization by Europe, in Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness. Viewers are surrounded by motifs of isolation, savagery and the ‘other’, which are catalysed by the uncomfortable sounds of different frequencies resonating within the closed off space.

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Although ‘Flicker’ verges on being overtly egotistic with an alpha male conception - the claustrophobia and doom caused by the piece are moving. Sound (and silence) has always been a part of the art viewing experience but it takes an exhibition like Sound Full to emphasize just how crucial and fascinating the mixture of sound and visual art really is. The viewer is also moved forward into an experience where sound is art in itself. New and expanding approaches to display, curation and art mediums make the gallery experience that much more exciting.

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Website of the month

By Bobby Thomas Some morning routines include a cup of tea, maybe a coffee, checking Facebook, reading the paper and other general tasks. And while my mornings do start with a strong PG Tips, I routinely begin the day by checking out articles like How Old Is Too Old? Is My Vagina Attractive Enough? Is It Normal To Want To Sleep With People With Big Noses? And other such taboo sexual questions that every normal 20 year old girl wants to ask via the use of websites like slutever. com.

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Karley Sciortino is an obliviously trendy New York sex blogger who writes for Slutever and occasionally does pieces for vice and/or trendy NY artists. The thing that makes Slutever so accessible (to women mostly, but occasionally men) is her nonjudgmental approach. Unlike magazines like Cosmopolitain that regularly advise on ‘sex position to hide your fat-bottom/ chubby-arms/beer-belly’, Karley embraces such ‘flaws’. Don’t hide your beer belly for goodness sake - you might meet someone with a fetish! The main difference is that, despite the relatively singular version of feminine beauty represented in the blog (i.e. thin/white), Karley does try to remind us that

sex is just sex, for everyone to enjoy- be you old, gay, Asian, fat or thin. Whether or not you have a foot fetish, dominatrix fetish, fat fetish, nanny fetish or whatever, as long as two people (or more!) are consenting, you are welcome to do what you want, without feeling like you’re ‘not normal’. From interviews with senior cross dressers to my favourite ‘20 secrets (that are not really secrets) about dating’, Slutever. com is your go to guide.

Political Parties on campus Student clubs you can join

By Beau Murrah Political party membership is quite an uncommon thing in New Zealand, but not that long ago it was a regular social activity. New Zealand has moved from once having 25% of the population as members of political parties in the 1950’s to around 3% now. The membership size of the NZ National Party used to the biggest in the world outside of Soviet Russia apparently. But as Politics lecturer Bryce Edwards states, contemporary political parties are now “low-membership cadre type institutions”.

I want to outline some principles I think are important for any youth-wing political experience in this whole limited membership context. Most importantly it is about not alienating your friends or ruining relationships by becoming a partisan hack. You are affiliated with a party because it advocates for specific policies that you value. If the party were to go against those policies you are out of there. Be clear about this and people can usually respect you even if they disagree with the party and those policies. People usually hate politico’s because they think they are in it for dumb reasons like:

i) How their parents voted/ what neighbourhood they come from. ii) Imagined personal gain iii) Because they are opposed to some imagined ‘other’ group of people. You are not “in it for the long haul” you are in it “for as long as the ship is on course”. The whole point of being involved with a youth political wing is that you have considerable freedom to persuade/agitate the “mother party”. If you are joining a party as a young individual just to be a “yes” person to the elders then you probably deserve trolling for your bootlicking. g p9

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How Loud is Too Loud?

OP students raise awareness for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Interview by Margot Taylor Music; it seems to follow us everywhere - there are few situations when music isn’t providing the soundtrack to our lives. However, few of us consider the impact that constantly listening to music, and more importantly, the volume at which we are listening to it, has on our hearing. Meet Anita Fenton and Lauren Redshaw, two third year Occupational Therapy students at the Otago Polytechnic who are in the midst of creating a campaign to dispel the myths surrounding young people and hearing loss.

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Anita Fenton told Gyro that the Hearing Association initially had two goals. “To build ‘Delilah’ a hearing mannequin with a decibel reader used for school education sessions and secondly to educate tertiary students about Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in order to raise awareness about this issue and it’s effects on work, leisure activities and social relationships”. A third goal to promote the Dunedin Hearing Association and the facilities it provides was also added to the campaign. To reveal just how real the damage caused by everyday activities such as listening to music too loud, the students are taking ‘Delilah’ the mannequin to Dunedin schools, UniPol and the Student Centre between August 27th and September 7th. Fenton explained that the mannequin is “equipped with a decibel reader linked to one of her ears so that

you are able to plug in your iPod, put a headphone in her ear, to see how loud you are actually listening to your music, and what risk you are in of developing NIHL. This is part of a “How loud for how long” awareness campaign linking to a specific length of time that it is actually safe to listen to various decibels at - without causing damage”. Statistics released by ACC reveal that $40 million a year is spent within New Zealand on NIHL. While the huge cost is significant in itself, perhaps even more shocking is the fact that 30-50% of New Zealand adults are affected by the condition. Fenton attributes this to the fact that technology is such a prevalent part of our daily lives. “One of the key differences between today and even 10 years ago is the availability of music. Today it wouldn’t be difficult to have music playing around us 24/7”. The students hope that the campaign will take the stigma away from the issue of hearing loss. Although it seems so easy, few of us actually listen to our iPod a few notches down or actually invest in quality headphones. Fenton concludes that while it is not rocket science, the message that hearing damage is irreversible has gone ignored for too long. “It’s all about being aware of how loud we are listening to music, and for how long”.


As part of their course, OT students are required to raise awareness for a non-profit organization and Anita and Lauren decided to become involved with the issue of hearing loss after being approached by the Dunedin Hearing Association. A series of goals concerning both the prevention of hearing loss and education surrounding the cause-effect relationship between technology and hearing were established.

Cont. If you are joining a party with a long-term plan that you somehow want to get a government job in Wellington, ditto. If you make it clear you don’t agree with some things the larger party does, you will earn more respect. Knowing or meeting politicians does not make you cool or important in the slightest. However, getting drunk or hanging out with politicians for coffee can be quite fun and enlightening. The cool thing about New Zealand being so small is that you really aren’t very far away from getting to know many people.You realise they are just as human as you are… which can be both comforting and terrifying. Pick your battles. Use all of your intuitive senses to gauge whether the time is actually appropriate for a political chat or bit of good debate. Nothing is more endearing than knowing someone happens to be affiliated with something but comes across as a “regular X” otherwise.

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Vox Pops what OP students

really think

1. What are your thoughts on Snoop Dogg becoming Snoop Lion? 2. How are you conscious/not conscious of protecting your hearing? 3. Would you run for the OP Student Executive? Either way, which position? 4. What is your favourite art gallery in Dunedin? 5. What does Dunedin mean to you (in five words or less)?

Rhys Jarvis, 21, Occupational Therapy 1. It’s a bit weird to be fair. 2.Yeah I’m conscious - I work in an industrial place in the summer and wear head-muffs when needed as a safety precaution. But don’t usually worry about it in the day to day. 3. No, wouldn’t run, but if I had to choose I’d go for President - go big or go home! 4. Not sure. 5. Deep question! A place to learn.

Becky Sinclair, 23, Communication Design 1. Hilarious! Funny. 2.Yeah it’s a sound thing - people have no idea how damaging headphones are. Full volume is like standing next to a speaker! Try to tone it down. 3. No, but would choose just to be in the General Exec. 4. Glue - a friend works there. 5. Welcoming, accommodating, diverse.

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Daniel Kwok, 20, Fashion Design 1. Quite funny... and kind of cool. 2. No not really. 3. Wouldn’t run but I guess International Rep. 4. DPAG. 5. Cold, small, cool.

Cory Craik, 16, Youth Scheme 1. It’s stupid, no good at all. 2. I don’t listen to things too loud, unless in the car. Don’t want to go deaf. 3. Maybe next year. But not for Prez. 4. What’s the one on the one way? 5. Home. Never leave.

Sophie Morris, 18, Human Services and Sydney Mackenzie White, 19, Human Services 1. So ridiculous!!! He’s a dog not a lion! A rap star! He must have just smoked too much pot. 2. (We) don’t worry about it, but probably should. Have heard stories. If others can hear your music, it’s too loud. 3. Wouldn’t run, but would go for President. 4. DPAG. 5. Home, comfort, safety, love/hate.

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New Courses! Aikido, Parkour/Free Running, French Language, Acupressure, Aerial Silk Aerobics, Middle Eastern Cooking and many more! New Tournaments! Xbox; Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Pool and hot off the press Laser Tag and Mini Golf. New Event: Acupuncture! For one evening only you can come and experience the art of Acupuncture. Learn a little and get that “Qi� flowing! For only $30.00, why not? September 21st. For more information or to register head online to or come in and see us at 84 Albany Street. Polytech students welcome!

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