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Studentavisen for Agder GRATIS | Oktober 2023<br />


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appen<br />

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LEDER<br />


You may have taken a gander at the cover,<br />

and considering the month, undoubtedly<br />

this issue’s topic is Halloween. But World<br />

Mental Health Day is also coming up in<br />

October, and if you’ve gotten a keen eye,<br />

you may have noticed the detail our<br />

wonderful illustrator put in the shadows.<br />

We’ve also talked to people, what scares<br />

them the most, and fear comes in so<br />

many forms, from something as simple<br />

as snakes and spiders, to existential<br />

troubles like existence who you are and<br />

what your purpose is. I think the most<br />

terrifying ones are the mental health<br />

fears, those which can wreak the most<br />

havoc, yet are the hardest dangers to spot.<br />

I always thought my biggest fear was<br />

being stuck in a continuous sleeping<br />

paralysis (those months I had it every<br />

night was terrifying). However, the other<br />

day my mom called to me asking how it<br />

went. I told her how busy I was, lectures,<br />

my jobs, upcoming events, and all of that.<br />

She told me she just looked forward to<br />

seeing me again, because she never did<br />

anymore due to all my obligations. She<br />

was afraid my niece and nephew would<br />

forget my face. I never thought about<br />

her unease in all of this, simply losing<br />

me to what she considers overwhelming<br />

responsibilities, that’s what she feared.<br />

And as I walked home from work that<br />

day, I stopped. I took a breath, felt the<br />

cool air grace every part of my skin,<br />

and took deep breaths feeling my<br />

lungs fill with air. And I cried. On the<br />

sidewalk, at 22:28 on a Monday evening.<br />

Why did I cry? I thought about it, then<br />

some more, and then I didn’t want<br />

to anymore. Because I think all of us<br />

usually know the answers to many such<br />

questions, we just don’t want to face<br />

them. I was afraid that with every ounce<br />

of energy dedicated to making sure that<br />

people around me were happy, that<br />

they didn’t experience the desolation<br />

and loneliness I experienced, I was<br />

losing myself bit by bit. And was that<br />

really what I was made for, a vehicle<br />

for other’s satisfaction, yet my own<br />

family are not even part of my schedule?<br />

With every passing day that question<br />

gnaws at me, what was I made for?<br />

Fear comes in many forms, to some,<br />

it could be birds or insects, to others,<br />

it could be rejection or isolation.<br />

Either we find a way to face them,<br />

or we succumb to them. But at<br />

least, there is consolation in that<br />

you’re never alone in your fears.<br />


4 Physical Exercise & Mental Health<br />

7 Short-story: Girlhood<br />

8 Poduniverset<br />

10 På innsiden av Fadderuken<br />

12 Culture Calendar<br />

14 Activities in Kristiansand<br />

16 Unikum Tries: Drag<br />

19 10 at UiA – Hva er du mest redd for?<br />

20 Poems: THE KETTLE; Everlasting dystopia<br />

21 Norsk Høsttakkefest: Engler og demoner<br />

22 Den usynlige sykdommen<br />

25 Pit Stop<br />

26 Halloween on a budget<br />

28 Review: Lies of P<br />

32 Årlig Forsker Grand Prix Highlighter<br />

Sørlandets Spennende Forskningstalenter<br />

35 Short-story: For he has sworn upon a crimson moon<br />

38 Oppskrift: Jjigae<br />

40 Leserinnlegg STA<br />

43 Studentnytt<br />

44 Gender 101<br />

46 From “1989” to “Taylor’s Version”<br />

- what you need to know<br />

Tobias Klausen<br />

redaktor@unikumnett.no<br />

4843 1050<br />

UTGITT AV: Studentavisen Unikum, ved Universitetet i Agder<br />

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Publisert Oktober 2023<br />

Utgave nummer 08<br />

Unikum er studentavisen ved Universitetet i Agder og andre<br />

institusjoner tilknyttet Studentsamskipnaden i Agder. Avisen er<br />

politisk og religiøst uavhengig, og blir drevet på frivillig basis.<br />

Unikum følger Vær Varsom-plakaten og redaktørplakaten. Føler<br />

du deg urettferdig behandlet eller på noen måte uriktig fremstilt<br />

av Unikum, ber vi deg kontakte redaksjonen.<br />

Redaksjon:<br />


Tobias Klausen<br />


Nettredaktør<br />

Nyhetsredaktør<br />

Kulturredaktør<br />

Fotoredaktør<br />

Debattansvarlig<br />


Natalia Bogdanova<br />

FORSIDE:<br />

Jay Voltaire<br />

Anjali Mariampillai<br />

Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Evgeniia Kadyrova<br />


Àngels Aguilera, Adam Zawadzk, Anja Kathrine Laland<br />

Gyberg, Alexander Horpestad, Alice Soleng, Anjali<br />

Mariampillai, Evgeniia Kadyrova, Halvor Nyhus Hagen,<br />

Ida Marie Bruun, Jakub Świerkocki, Mats Vederhus,<br />

Michael Campbell, Mosac Frederic Stefanel, Natasha<br />

Agatha Wangui, Tobias Klausen, Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />


Àngels Aguilera, Adam Zawadzki, Alice Soleng, Anja Kathrine<br />

Laland Gyberg, Evgeniia Kadyrova, Natasha Agatha Wangui,<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

DESKEN:<br />

Àngels Aguilera, Adam Zawadzki, Alexander Horpestad, Jakub<br />

Świerkocki, Mattias, Johannessen, Michael Campbell, Natalia<br />

Bogdanova, Sandra Victoria Ericsson, Tobias Klausen<br />


Adam Zawadzki, Alice Soleng, Ida Marie Bruun, Martin Hoftun,<br />

Michael Campbell, Ricke-Karia Vikingstad, Silje Gullhav, Tobias<br />

Klausen, Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />


Marion Bjørndal Søviknes<br />


Bjorvand & Co<br />

OPPLAG:<br />

450<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 3


Physical Exercise & Mental Health<br />

Adam Zawadzki<br />

Writer<br />

Photos: Unikum // Adam Zawadzki<br />

Mats Vederhus<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // Pauchi<br />

For over 30 years, 10 October has been the home of World<br />

Mental Health Day. A window to campaign for global education<br />

on the subject, and advocate against social stigma associated<br />

with such discussion. Officially an international day, it gives<br />

mental health professionals the platform to deliver their work to<br />

greater awareness. An initiative supported by the World Health<br />

Organisation (WHO), it allows them to highlight the various<br />

challenges and opportunities facing societal mental health to a<br />

more attentive and, hopefully, responsive public sphere each year.<br />

However, any dialogue on the health of the mind, shouldn’t be<br />

confined to a single day. In Australia, for instance, it forms part of<br />

Mental Health Week, which has been held for almost 40 years. In<br />

the United Kingdom, the Department for Health and Social Care,<br />

inaugurated its first suicide prevention minister, when the country<br />

hosted the first summit on global health five years ago. In Norway,<br />

however, a supplementary survey released last month, following<br />

to the students’ health and wellbeing survey (SHoT) published last<br />

year. It has found that one third of students studying here may have<br />

a mental disorder, with anxiety and depression spotlighted as the<br />

most common. Mental disorders are more common among female<br />

students, while alcohol abuse or substance abuse, is more common<br />

among male students. 5.6 percent of female and 7.7 percent of male<br />

students meet the criteria for a current alcohol abuse disorder.<br />

While more than 10,000 students participated, only 30 percent were<br />

men, compared to 70 percent who were women. As such, we’ve<br />

spoken to a group of male students, all studying different subjects<br />

from different countries. We asked them how a focus on physical<br />

activity has benefitted them mentally – in a country renowned for<br />

rigorous regular exercise – as well as SiA Helse and Spicheren.<br />

During the coronavirus pandemic, this Scottish reporter joined<br />

a gym in his home country, and committed to working out four<br />

times per week for at least six months, which greatly improved his<br />

mental health, before moving to England to continue his studies.<br />

Kristian Jøranson,<br />

Centre Director at the<br />

Spicheren Fitness Center,<br />

says that physical exercise<br />

can aid mental health<br />

for different reasons,<br />

because “it can be a break<br />

in everyday life, which for<br />

different reasons can be<br />

stressful. A strong body<br />

can give you a strong<br />

mind, that gives you more<br />

energy to study or work.”<br />

Regarding what mental<br />

health benefits can be<br />

gained from such activities, he suggests that a combination of<br />

good food, and physical exercise will develop a healthy lifestyle,<br />

but won’t guarantee a positive mentality. “We hear about many<br />

students that suffer from loneliness and by being physically active,<br />

you might meet other students in the same situation. Physical<br />

activity can therefore be a platform for new friendships, and a<br />

social arena.”<br />

Asked how students should approach balancing their studies<br />

with the commitment that comes with joining a gym, competitive<br />

or recreational sports club, Jøranson stressed the importance of<br />

planning and discipline, which “combined will give good routines,<br />

which will be beneficial both physically and mentally.”<br />


From SiA Helse,<br />

Inger Mari concurs,<br />

stating that the<br />

positive impact of<br />

physical activity on<br />

students’ mental<br />

health has been well<br />

researched “where<br />

both reduction in<br />

depressive and<br />

anxiety related<br />

symptoms, can be<br />

connected to physical<br />

activity.”<br />

“I have also seen<br />

bettering in several students’ mental health, while participating in<br />

my measure in SIA health,” she continues, “which is personalized<br />

exercise for students with mental health challenges. These also<br />

have a social aspect, which can prevent loneliness, and contribute<br />

to create good relations between students.”<br />

She also recommends that students “find a form of physical<br />

activity that they enjoy, so that physical activity is associated with<br />

something cheerful. When an activity is cheerful, it’s also easier to<br />

prioritise it while studying. An increase in confidence, wellbeing<br />

and the ‘faith in being able to handle challenges”, Mari says, was<br />

a material gain highlighted by many of the students we spoke to.<br />

–<br />

Heine Bjerkaas, a Political<br />

Science student from Norway,<br />

said that “exercise and diet,<br />

to make exercise useful, has<br />

completely changed my life<br />

for the better. A healthy diet,<br />

not necessary to lose weight,<br />

but in the sense of eating<br />

cleaner food, makes your<br />

day structured, increases<br />

your energy, and makes you<br />

‘feel’ better than eating ‘poor’<br />

quality food all round”.<br />

“Also, crucially, it makes<br />

exercise useful and possible. Exercise with intent (no matter what<br />

intent it is) requires appropriate sleep, routine, dedication, and<br />

proper fuel. I am a man with no skills in either exercise or diet, but<br />

exercise forces me to adapt to enjoy the other aspects of a healthy<br />

life”.<br />

“My main reason for working out is to reduce smoking and<br />

drinking, and to become a better swimmer, not just because of the<br />

labels on the box or the calories.”<br />

–<br />

Alban Lorber, a secondyear<br />

master’s student of<br />

Management and Marketing<br />

from France, opines that “there<br />

are several mental benefits<br />

from physical exercise. The<br />

first allows me to think about<br />

something else. If I have a bad<br />

day, I’ll go to the gym, as I know<br />

my session will make me think<br />

about nothing. It’ll make my<br />

brain empty, so I don‘t have<br />

think about my difficult day. “<br />

“I also love the feeling once my<br />

session is done. I feel relaxed and just want to chill after, as I’m<br />

now in a very good mood. Then there is the self-confidence ,as the<br />

more you go to the gym, the more you will feel better in your own<br />

skin. And be more confident, I really feel it, especially when certain<br />

physical complexes disappear with the results that sport brings.”<br />

“Moreover, it’s an all-in-one activity that reflects well on many other<br />

habits like nutrition, for example. When you are very focused on<br />

your sport, you continue this dedication by eating well. With good<br />

ingredients you feel fitter and have more energy. “<br />

“Last but not least, that feeling of satisfaction when you can say to<br />

yourself: oh, wow I did that, I’m impressed with myself or that was<br />

a great session today, anything can happen now, I was happy about<br />

my session. Going to the gym is a discipline but when you see the<br />

results on your body, whether it comes from lifting more weights<br />

or not, the physical result has a huge effect mentally. You just feel<br />

happy.”<br />

“I think that I’ve learned a lot of things from going to the gym.<br />

Firstly, don‘t be impatient haha; sometimes you just want to lift<br />

100kg, for example, but it‘s not the right time. You’ll progress with<br />

time, and you’ll succeed with your goals. But it takes time.”<br />

–<br />

Samuel Goor, a third year<br />

Industrial Engineering and<br />

Management bachelor’s<br />

student, from the<br />

Netherlands, talked of the<br />

purpose that it gave him<br />

based solely on personal<br />

motivation. “I know from<br />

myself that I am happy<br />

when I am constantly busy<br />

with something that is<br />

completely mine. The gym<br />

is just one of these things.<br />

At the same time going to<br />

the gym is something social;<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 5

everybody is busy with their personal goals in one place. Sharing<br />

experiences and goals with each other, gives a sense of community:<br />

a primal human need.”<br />

“Next to the benefits I have mentioned above, there are some more<br />

negative points as well. You are so focused on improving your<br />

own body, that you become perfectionistic. You start to see little<br />

details no one else sees. You end up never being satisfied with the<br />

physique you have, and start to see your own body differently than<br />

other people do “(the medical condition called body dysmorphia).<br />

“At the same time working out helps with mental health problems.<br />

It has been proven that working out releases dopamine. I have<br />

noticed this myself as well. Whenever I feel horrible, I work out;<br />

I use it as a source of energy. I can put all my bad feelings into<br />

the workout, which not only makes my workout sessions more<br />

effective, but it is also a way to vent these feelings.”<br />

Asked why it was important to him to maintain his physical<br />

regimen, he said he works out because he wants “to be healthy and<br />

in good shape. The lifestyle around going to the gym is crucial for<br />

this. Ask anybody into fitness and they will tell you the same thing:<br />

It’s all in what you eat and drink. It’s not just what you train in<br />

the gym, it is the lifestyle as a whole, that makes you grow and be<br />

healthy.”<br />

“I find going to the gym fundamental for my mental health,<br />

because it helps me clear my mind, and deal with the stress of<br />

everyday life. When I train, I take time for myself and I don’t think<br />

about the pressure of this society that pushes us towards being<br />

overproductive, even in our spare time. “<br />

“Since I started training, I didn’t only become “stress-free” (or<br />

considerably less stressful), I also gained much more confidence.<br />

I would also say that I definitely became more tenacious: I don’t<br />

step back from new challenges, and I feel so glad when I manage to<br />

progress in my working out.”<br />

“Going to the gym has taught me that the combination of<br />

consistency and effort, leads to results. Progressing doesn’t have<br />

much to do with luck or genetics, it’s a personal challenge and if<br />

you keep pushing, you’ll eventually get better: a step at a time.<br />

In my experience, the achievements come while you’re not even<br />

paying attention to them.”<br />

–<br />

For more in depth conversation, our new podcast series<br />

on this motion will start on 10 October, with new episodes<br />

released weekly throughout the rest of the semester.<br />

So, what have you learned about yourself from going?<br />

“The most important thing I have learned (and it took me some<br />

time to accept this) is that everyone has different and unique<br />

bodies. The training schedule that works for one may not work for<br />

another, some people need to eat way more or way less, and most<br />

importantly, you will never look like someone else. You’re at the<br />

gym to work on your own body, not to copy someone else‘s body.<br />

This realization makes all your jealousy disappear and makes you<br />

more motivated than ever. You really are doing it for yourself and<br />

your own health.’<br />

–<br />

Antonio Galli, a third-year<br />

Business and Law bachelor’s<br />

student from Italy, was,<br />

however “sceptical about<br />

going to the gym and start<br />

working out, because I truly<br />

felt that I had no time in<br />

my day to spend on such<br />

things, since I had already<br />

a challenging routine.<br />

Ironically, thanks to the gym,<br />

I was able to become much<br />

more organised and more<br />

productive day by day, a<br />

practice that allowed me to<br />

find a little bit of peace.”<br />


Girlhood<br />


Photo: Freepik // wirestock<br />

Anjali Mariampillai<br />

Web Editor<br />

I pull the arms of my sweater down to my fingers as the chill from people passing through the doors creeps up on me. The lingering<br />

smell of sweet chai tickles my nose as I look down at my empty cup. In front of me, around an ornamented, brown, and vintage table<br />

sit six old ladies, the chitter chatter of their conversation and laughter peeks through my headphones. They smile towards each other,<br />

listening intently to what each has to say. I watch them for a while, smiling at their friendships so pure. On a cold day like this one, it was<br />

absolutely heartwarming. I go about my own business and do the work I‘m supposed to as Hozier’s music serenades me gently through<br />

it. At one point I notice the ladies holding each other’s hands, every single one in that ring, holding each other tightly and smiling. Again,<br />

I smile at them as they get up from their chairs getting ready to leave. One of the ladies, clad in turquoise and white with the biggest<br />

smile, smiles back at me. I try to not pry into their business, so I smile back and nod at her, but notice that she makes her way over to me.<br />

She makes her way slowly to my table, still a smile on her face, as she starts to speak when she reaches my table.<br />

“I hope I‘m not disturbing you, love?”, she asks me as I shake my head at her.<br />

“Not at all!”, I smile, curious about why she made her way over.<br />

Her other friends, I assume, are putting on their raincoats and clearing the table as they gather to say goodbye to one another.<br />

“It‘s just that... These ladies, we all have known each other for a long time.” she says. I look at her and she is practically glowing with her<br />

smile.<br />

“We have known each other since we went to community college in 1947. Can you imagine that?” She asks me, and I nod at her in slight<br />

awe.<br />

“We don‘t see each other a lot, but when we do, it‘s just the greatest. They are really the greatest ladies out there. We send pictures and<br />

stuff, in a group chat on messenger often.” She continues. I watch the ladies hugging each other, and some of them taking pictures.<br />

“Over 40 years of friendship. I can‘t ask for anything more”, she stands close to my table, admiring her friends from afar.<br />

She looks at me again, and proceeds. “I hope you keep your girls close, because when you‘re eighty like me, it‘ll be all you can wish for.”<br />

I nod at her, thanking her for coming by, as my heart feels lighter than ever, just after her words. “Again, I don‘t mean to disturb you, I<br />

just wanted to tell you.” I can‘t help but smile brightly at her.<br />

She makes her way back to her friends, as they notice that she had been talking to me. They all smile my way as they wave goodbye,<br />

laughing and talking with each other still. I wave back, with the nicest feeling of something peaceful covering my heart like the safety<br />

of an umbrella in a bad storm. Tears almost fall from the brims of my eyes as I feel a little speechless. I let the moment sink in a bit, as I<br />

dial my best friend’s phone number.<br />

She picks up on the first ring.<br />

“The sweetest thing just happened at this cafe, and I need to tell someone.”<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 7

KULTUR<br />


Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

Skribent<br />

Illustrasjon: Freepik // pikisupersta // macrovectorr<br />

Høsten setter inn nådestøtet, dagene blir kortere, og vi er på vei inn i mørkere måneder (fysisk, ikke<br />

metaforisk håper vi). Mørke tider og Halloween blir ofte denne måneden assosiert med skumle ting, og<br />

det er det mer enn nok av i denne månedens podunivers! Gled deg til gåsehud og søvnløse netter hvis du<br />

tør. Kanskje det er lurest å sove med lyset på (med mindre din største frykt er strømregningen)?<br />


Ryktene sier at dette skal være den beste podcasten<br />

for spøkelseshistorier der ute. Podcasten er ferdig<br />

med gamle klisjeer om zombier, vampyrer, hekser og<br />

varulver – her får du «the real deal» i følge dem selv.<br />

Spøkelseshistoriene som fortelles i denne podcasten<br />

er nemlig egenopplevde av lytterne selv, og til og med<br />

DU kan sende inn din egen historie om du har opplevd<br />

noe skummelt og mystisk. Tony Brueski tar deg med<br />

gjennom historier fra virkeligheten om spøkelser,<br />

demoner, hjemsøkte hus, besettelser, skyggefolk og<br />

andre overnaturlige ting som garantert vil gi deg<br />

gåsehud.<br />

AVHØRT<br />

Avhørt er en podcast det har stormet en del rundt<br />

den siste tiden, nettopp fordi den tar for seg unike og<br />

dagsaktuelle krimsaker, som f.eks. drapet på Jonas<br />

Aarseth Henriksen. Det spesielle i akkurat den saken,<br />

er at han selv var gjest i podcasten før han ble drept,<br />

som naturlig nok har satt fart på lyttertallene. I podden<br />

møter du også andre spennende gjester relevant til<br />

andre krimsaker, samt et innblikk i saker som Arina på<br />

Tinder som lurte John trill rundt, norske rikinger som<br />

flytter til Sveits, hunden Bob som ble dømt til døden og<br />

torpedoen som fikk penger av Kjell Inge Røkke for å<br />

fjerne en plagsom finansmann.<br />





Har du noensinne lurt på hvordan det er å jakte på<br />

spøkelser? Hva slags utstyr trenger du? Hvor skal du<br />

lete? Hvordan får du adgang til steder å utforske? I<br />

denne podcasten får du svar på alt dette fra Tanner<br />

Ruteldge, en veteran innen spøkelsesjakt med hele 20<br />

års erfaring. Han er også lisensiert privatetterforsker.<br />

Tanner svarer på spørsmål fra lytterne, som hvordan<br />

kan man kommunisere med ånder og hvilke feil man<br />

absolutt bør unngå, intervjuer eksperter, og deler<br />

gladelig av egen erfaring og spøkelseshistorier.<br />


Dette er en podkast om mytologi, legender og<br />

folkeeventyr. Spirits har dobbel betydning her:<br />

spirits, som i ånder, og spirits som i sprit. Vertene<br />

Amanda McLoughlin og Julia Schifini drikker nemlig<br />

alkohol mens de diskuterer historier og karakterer fra<br />

forskjellige steder, tidsepoker og kulturer over hele<br />

verden. Det er god stemning med litt godt i glasset,<br />

men aldri så mye at de mister tråden og at det blir<br />

rotete. Du får følelsen av å sitte og ta et glass vin med<br />

gode venner mens dere diskuterer hekser fra Jamaica,<br />

greske guder og urbane legender. Amanda og Julia<br />

inviterer støtt og stadig gjester som er eksperter på<br />

sine områder, og de har også filmkvelder der de ser<br />

filmer som Halloweentown, Scooby Doo, Godzilla og<br />

The Mummy.<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 9

AK TUELT<br />

På innsiden av Fadderuken<br />

Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Nyhetsredaktør<br />

Foto: Unikum // Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Fadderuken ved universitetene rundt om i landet, har lenge vært<br />

en tradisjonell måte å ønske nye studenter velkommen på, og<br />

hjelpe dem med å finne sin plass i studentlivet.<br />

Fadderbarnet, Åshild Bakklund, og fadderen Tomás Arias, har gitt<br />

Unikum et innblikk i hvordan de opplevde denne viktige uken.<br />

Fadderuken skal hjelpe nye studenter fra hele Norge med å finne<br />

fotfeste i studentlivet.<br />

- en inkluderende start for<br />

nye studenter<br />

Hva syns du skilte seg ut med studentforeningen sin fadderuke<br />

og den vanlige?<br />

- Vi var ikke inndelt i mindre grupper, som de andre som hadde<br />

vanlig fadderuke. Jeg følte vi gikk glipp av mye, fordi vi kun var<br />

med Clio. For meg som er førsteårsstudent, så synes jeg det var<br />

veldig kjipt, og det synes også mine venninner fra klassen. Vi fikk<br />

høre at vi egentlig ikke skulle ha fadderuke, så da koblet jeg meg litt<br />

ut egentlig, sier førsteårsstudenten.<br />

Litt annerledes start<br />

- Min første opplevelse av fadderuken var egentlig veldig bra, men<br />

det var litt nedtur fordi greia med fadderuka er å inkludere alle<br />

sammen, men når vi først fra dag en blir plassert i en annen type<br />

gruppe, så setter jo det et skille. Da blir vi på en måte ekskludert<br />

allikevel, sier Åshild Bakklund (20) til studentavisen.<br />

Bakklund er førsteårsstudent, og studerer årsstudium i historie.<br />

Hun forklarer at hun hadde blandede følelser rundt sin første<br />

opplevelse av fadderuken, da Clio, studentforeningen for historie<br />

studentene ved UiA, arrangerte en alternativ fadderuke.<br />

- Mens noen trivdes godt med dette opplegget, så følte jeg og andre<br />

seg ekskludert fra den ordinære faddergruppen, sier hun.<br />

“Jeg ble adoptert inn i en ny gruppe”<br />

Selv om Bakklund og venninnene opplevde en dårlig start den<br />

første dagen, så ser det ut til at de likevel fant noen lyspunkter de<br />

kommende dagene. Noe som gjorde opplevelsen mer positiv.<br />

- Jeg gruet meg litt til fadderuka, fordi dette med mye skolepress.<br />

Jeg er ikke den mest utadvendte personen, så det ble litt kjipt. Men<br />

så gikk jeg i klasse med ei som også syntes det var kjedelig. Da<br />

forteller hun til meg at hun har en søster som er fadder, og leder i<br />

KSI. Hun og venninnen hadde faddergrupper som vi hang oss på.<br />

De tok oss godt imot, og inviterte oss med på alt. Mitt inntrykk av<br />

dette er utrolig positivt, og de var veldig inkluderende, forteller<br />

hun videre.<br />


“Gøy å hjelpe nye studenter”<br />

faddergruppe har laget vennegjeng seg imellom, og det synes jeg<br />

er strålende. Det er akkurat det jeg håpet at skulle skje, sier han<br />

fornøyd.<br />

“Drikkekultur er det”<br />

Photo: Private<br />

En kjent bekymring rundt fadderuken er den påståtte<br />

drikkekulturen. Arias forsikret seg om at hans faddergruppe<br />

gjorde en innsats for å inkludere alle, uavhengig av deres forhold<br />

til alkohol. Han legger også vekt på at det ikke har vært noe<br />

drikkepress, og at han oppfordret sine fadderbarn til å ha det gøy<br />

på sine egne premisser.<br />

- Jeg husker første mandagen, så sa jeg til alle at «det er INGEN<br />

drikkepress» og at alle skulle kose seg, og at om det var noe så måtte<br />

de bare si ifra. Vi hadde velkomstdrink, en billig vodka og saft, men<br />

det var to stykker som ikke drakk, så de tok bare saften. Vi hadde<br />

jo selvsagt drikkeleker, men de ble med selv om de drakk saft, men<br />

det er hyggelig i hvert fall å gi dem følelsen av å bli inkludert, sier<br />

han.<br />

En utfordrende balanse<br />

Tomás Arias (22), studerer Lektorutdanning på andre året, og<br />

er tidligere fadderbarn ved Universitetet i Agder. Denne høsten<br />

bestemte han seg for å gi tilbake ved å selv bli fadder. Året før<br />

hadde han selv en positiv opplevelse som fadderbarn, og ønsket å<br />

bidra til å skape et trygt og inkluderende studentmiljø for andre.<br />

- Jeg hadde gode faddere i fjor, men det var litt dårlig planlagt. Jeg<br />

synes de tok ting veldig på sparket, men på tross av det så hadde<br />

jeg det veldig gøy. Derfor tenkte jeg at det hadde vært gøy å hjelpe<br />

nye studenter å finne på ting, og at de skal føle seg inkludert. De<br />

første dagene kan være tøffe for dem som flytter inn i en ny by, og<br />

de kjenner ingen. Da kan den enkelte føle seg lettet om noen er der<br />

for å hjelpe deg, forklarer Arias.<br />

Gir ros for høstens fadderuke<br />

Lektorstudenten beskriver starten på fadderuken som vellykket,<br />

med solid oppmøte, og en åpen atmosfære. Han gir både fadderne<br />

sin innsats og de nye studentene sin deltakelse ros.<br />

- Fadderuka gikk strålende. Det var sterkt oppmøte, alle var<br />

inkluderende og det var god deltakelse. Vi faddere kan være veldig<br />

på, men om fadderbarna ikke er så gira, så blir det ikke noe av noen<br />

ting. Men heldigvis var alle veldig snille, hyggelige og omsorgsfulle,<br />

og jeg har fått mange gode tilbakemeldinger. Studentene i vår<br />

Ifølge Arias så bemerket han seg at det kunne være utfordrende<br />

å finne balansen mellom fadderaktiviteter, og studier i løpet<br />

av den første uken. Han mener at det er viktig at i de første<br />

dagene av studiestarten, bør det bli prioritert å bli kjent med<br />

universitetsmiljøet og medstudenter, fremfor å bli introdusert for<br />

studierelaterte oppgaver.<br />

- Jeg føler hele opplegget var veldig bra egentlig, men jeg synes<br />

at det krasjet litt med studier. At man ikke skal begynne å stresse<br />

med studier allerede første uken, med timeplan, klasserom og<br />

kjøpe bøker. Første uken skal man ta det rolig, og bli kjent og ha<br />

en bra start. Jeg husker første uken så var det planlagt en busstur<br />

med samfunnskunnskap på en torsdag, og på torsdagen var jo alle<br />

sammen daue, forteller han.<br />

Oppfordrer flere til å melde seg<br />

Til studentavisen forteller Arias at det er viktig med gode faddere.<br />

Han forklarer at det innebærer mye ansvar, og at det også er en<br />

stor fordel å være engasjert, og forberedt under fadderuken.<br />

- Du må ha innstillingen til det, fordi det kan være litt slitsomt av og<br />

til. Du må være forberedt på alt, ikke være dritings, og være der for<br />

fadderbarna, og passe på at de har en god trivsel under fadderuka.<br />

Ikke minst så er det veldig sosialt, så det lønner seg å ha evnen til å<br />

bli kjent, og få andre til å føle seg trygge med deg, sier han.<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 11


culture doesn‘t have to<br />

cost an arm and a leg!<br />

Adam Zawadzki<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // Katsiaryna // macrovector<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

Writer<br />

Photo: Kilden // Lars Gunnar Liestøl<br />

Chilly autumn days are perfect for discovering new cultural activities! How<br />

about visiting an art gallery, experience improv theatre, concerts, or maybe<br />

even an interesting seminar where you can learn something new?<br />

Theatre<br />

What: Amadeus<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: 8 September – 14 October<br />

Price: 150 – 650 NOK<br />

What: JEG KLARER MEG? – EN<br />



Where: Kilden<br />

When: Tuesday 10 October – Thursday<br />

12 October<br />

Price: 225 NOK<br />

What: Improtorsdag på Teateret<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Thursday 12 October<br />

Price: 50 NOK<br />

Music<br />

What: Classical lunch concert with<br />

classical music and music pedagogy<br />

students<br />

Where: Building K, Sal 1<br />

When: Wednesday 18 October<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Over Seas (Kristiansand<br />

Symphony Orchestra)<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 19 October, 19:30<br />

Price: 150 – 425 NOK (150 for U30s)<br />

What: Fiesta De La Noche<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Saturday 21 October, 21:30 –<br />

Sunday 22 October, 01:30<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Rachlin with Beethoven‘s Septet<br />

(Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra)<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 26 October, 19:30<br />

Price: 150 – 425 NOK (150 for U30s)<br />

What: Rachlin, Mozart and Brahms<br />

(Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra)<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 2 November, 19:30<br />

Price: 125 – 425 NOK (150 for U30s)<br />


Culture calendar for students<br />

05.10 - 08.11<br />

Cinema<br />

What: Trainspotting<br />

Where: Cinemateket<br />

When: Thursday 5 October, 20:00<br />

Price: 80 NOK<br />

What: Ida<br />

Where: Cinemateket<br />

When: Tuesday 10 October, 18:00<br />

Price: 80 NOK<br />

Languages: Polish, French, Latin speech.<br />

Norwegian text.<br />

What: Babette’s Feast<br />

Where: Cinemateket<br />

When: Wednesday 11 October, 18:00<br />

Price: 80 NOK<br />

Languages: Danish, French, Swedish<br />

speech etc.<br />

What: Joker<br />

Where: Cinemateket<br />

When: Thursday 12 October, 20:00<br />

Price: 80 NOK<br />

What: Blackberry<br />

Where: Kristiansand Kino<br />

When: Friday 13 October<br />

Price: TBC<br />

What: Killers of the Flower Moon<br />

Where: Kristiansand Kino<br />

When: Friday 20 October<br />

Price: TBC<br />

What: Past Lives<br />

Where: Kristiansand Kino<br />

When: Friday 27 October<br />

Price: TBC<br />

What: Snikende Tiger, Skjult Drage<br />

(Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)<br />

Where: Cinemateket<br />

When: Wednesday 1 November, 18:00<br />

Price: 80 NOK<br />

What: Jeanne du Barry<br />

Where: Kristiansand Kino<br />

When: Friday 3 November<br />

Price: TBC<br />

Lectures<br />

What: International Day of the Girl Child:<br />

Women’s and girl’s human rights – under<br />

strong international pressure?<br />

Where: Bølgen bærekraftsenter<br />

When: Wednesday 11 October<br />

Price: Free<br />

Language: English<br />

What: Lørdagsuniversitetet: The<br />

Witchcraft Trials in Agder<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Saturday 21 October, 12:00 – 13:30<br />

Price: Free<br />

Tickets: Limited space, but are collected<br />

at the theatre bar from 11:00 on the day.<br />

What: Lørdagsuniversitetet: God, Trump<br />

and Putin<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Saturday 4 November<br />

Price: Free<br />

Tickets: Limited space, but are collected<br />

at the theatre bar from 11:00 on the day.<br />

Art<br />

What: Nico Widerberg (painting –<br />

graphics – sculpture)<br />

Where: Galleri BI-Z<br />

When: 16 September – 8 October<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Amir Asgharnejad – Blod Brødre<br />

Where: Agder kunstsenter<br />

When: 16 September – 8 October<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Andreas Lian (woodcutting –<br />

sculpture)<br />

Where: Galleri BI-Z<br />

When: Opens Saturday 14 October<br />

Price: Free<br />

Other<br />

What: Maskefallfestivalen 2023<br />

Where: Rosegården teaterhus<br />

When: Thursday 12 October – Saturday<br />

14 October<br />

Price: 100 NOK per day<br />

What: Business og brunost: Incubator<br />

kick-off<br />

Where: UiA Nyskaping – Universitetsveien<br />

13, 4630<br />

When: Wednesday 18 October, 18:00 –<br />

20:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Klubb Skamlös<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Saturday 28 October, 21:30 –<br />

Sunday 29 October, 01:30<br />

Price: Free<br />

Recommendations<br />

If you still haven’t seen Amadeus<br />

at Kilden, you need to hurry up!<br />

Maskefallfestivalen is also worth<br />

checking out. It is a big collaboration<br />

project in relation to World Mental<br />

Health Day where you can watch<br />

theatre and art exhibitions, listen<br />

to concerts, and read various texts<br />

about self-worth, community, and<br />

fitting in. I also can’t recommend<br />

the classical lunch concerts at UiA<br />

enough! We are so lucky to have<br />

so many amazing musicians on<br />

campus, and these lunch concerts<br />

give you the possibility to listen<br />

to what they’re working on at the<br />

moment. Students supporting<br />


TIPS<br />

Activities<br />

Alice Soleng<br />

Writer<br />

Need some ideas for what to do when you’re in Kristiansand? Whether you’re here for a semester abroad or a<br />

full degree, we all need some tips and tricks for how to spend our time, whilst having the most fun. So, if you need<br />

some help with figuring out what to do the next time you’re hanging out with friends, or just looking to get out of<br />

boredom, we are here for you. Here are seven things Unikum suggest you do in Kristiansand.<br />

Exploring Dyreparken<br />

This one almost goes without saying. Dyreparken is one of Norway’s<br />

most visited tourist attractions, and you could spend several hours<br />

here without getting bored. Bring your friends, and wear some<br />

comfortable shoes, because there will be a lot of walking. The park<br />

is divided into the world continents, and they also have an addition<br />

of Thorbjørn Egner’s Kardemmome by, where you can enjoy some<br />

delicious cinnamon buns, or spend some time in the town’s prison.<br />

The park is not only a zoo, but it’s also part amusement park, which<br />

means that there are Tivoli games, a waterpark and lots of fun all<br />

around. If you weren’t lucky enough to go for free during buddy<br />

week, a ticket for one day costs 389 kr. We would say it’s a must do<br />

when you’re in Kristiansand.<br />

Photo: Glowing Golf<br />

Trying and failing at Glowing golf<br />

Located in Vågsbygd, this activity is certainly a great<br />

way to spend an hour or two. Glowing Golf is minigolf in<br />

luminous surroundings. The course has 18 holes, that are<br />

surrounded by UV-lights. A perfect way to spend some time<br />

with friends. Mini golfing is quite a popular activity, and we<br />

are lucky enough to be one of only two places in Norway<br />

that offer Glowing golf. If you’ve never played neither golf<br />

nor minigolf, this might be the place to start. You also get a<br />

student discount, so remember to bring a student ID.<br />

Jumping high at Skyland<br />

Do you have a lot of energy, but hate running with a<br />

burning passion? Then this is the place for you. Skyland is<br />

a trampoline park, that have several types of trampolines,<br />

intended both for jumping and flipping. And if you’re<br />

really angry at your friends, you could push them into<br />

the gymnastics pit, or throw a dodgeball at them. Either<br />

way Skyland is a great place to both work out and have<br />

a fun time. If you have the student calendar app you can<br />

also get two hours of jumping for only 179 kr!<br />

Photo: Dyreparken Photo: Skyland<br />


in Kristiansand<br />

Watching films at Cinemateket<br />

Photo: Cinemateket Kristiansand<br />

Cinemateket has been around for ages, and it is located<br />

in the movie theatre Aladdin, right in the city centre.<br />

Compared to a regular cinema, they have lower prices,<br />

with a ticket only costing 80 kr per movie. Sadly, they do<br />

not show as many films as a regular cinema, but they do<br />

also offer free coffee and tea! They show films 2-4 times<br />

a week, so bring popcorn and enjoy! Upcoming films in<br />

October, that might be worth catching are Joker (2019),<br />

Superman (1978) and Tango (1998).<br />

Swimming in Bertesbukta<br />

I’m a person who firmly believes that<br />

it is never too cold to take a swim, and<br />

if you’re like me, or want to get into<br />

swimming year around; this is the<br />

perfect place to do so. Since it’s early<br />

autumn, the temperature in the water is<br />

still manageable. You could spend some<br />

time jumping from the diving tower,<br />

maybe try out death diving (with caution<br />

of course) or swim out to the floating<br />

docks. Beware of the seagulls, but the<br />

jelly fish are mostly gone by now. There<br />

is also a sand volleyball court nearby, so<br />

you could spend just a few minutes or<br />

several hours here. On a wall close to<br />

the diving tower there is a blackboard,<br />

where the temperature of the water is<br />

written. Perfect, so you can brag to your<br />

friends that you went swimming in the<br />

cold water.<br />

Photo: Alice Soleng<br />

Rent something from BUA Kristiansand<br />

Photo:Facebook<br />

Ever wanted to try rollerblading or camping, but you don’t want to spend money on equipment you<br />

might only use once? Then BUA is the place for you. Rather unknown, but an excellent concept, BUA<br />

is an organisation that rents out equipment for free for one week at a time. They rent out things<br />

such as bicycles, skiing equipment, SUP-boards, tents and much more. In Kristiansand they have two<br />

offices, the closest to the university being in Sør-Arena. To rent out equipment you need to make a<br />

user account on BUA’s website. For international students, you need to register in person at a BUA<br />

office, because the online registration requires a Norwegian phone number. If you already have both<br />

a Norwegian address and phone number, you’re good to go and register online. BUA is a great way<br />

to try new activities! You can also donate equipment that you don’t use anymore, so others can enjoy<br />

them for free.<br />

Climb sky-high at Sørlandet Klatresenter<br />

Another way to make yourself exhausted, whilst still having fun, is going climbing.<br />

Sørlandet Klatresenter is the south of Norway’s largest climbing gym. They have a course<br />

for every level, so if you’re a complete beginner, you can just ask one of the staff members<br />

to quickly show you around. The climbing gym also have walls with auto-belay, which<br />

means that complete beginners can climb on the higher walls. If you’re afraid to climb<br />

sky-high, you can make use of the bouldering walls. The gym is located at Odderøya,<br />

and it costs 115 kr to enter for students. If you don’t have any equipment, you can rent<br />

both climbing shoes and harness. P.S if you are only going to try bouldering, then you<br />

don’t need to rent the harness. Climbing is a fun activity to try both alone, and with your<br />

friends, so we advise you to check it out.<br />

Photo: Sørlandet Klatresenter<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 15

<strong>UNIKUM</strong> TRIES<br />

Unikum Tries:<br />

DRAG<br />

Jakub Świerkocki<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // sanee<br />

I always wanted to try drag. The fun<br />

thing is, only two weeks after arriving<br />

here, on my first Unikum meeting, there<br />

was an option to try it in the workshop<br />

as an Unikum Tries. I thought to myself,<br />

why not? I got the chance, so I’m going<br />

to use it. Also, this workshop let me meet<br />

two beautiful drag queens, Dinah Myte<br />

(@dinahmytedraq) and Yessica (@_the_<br />

yessica_).<br />

First, before I’ll describe the workshop, I<br />

want to explain the reason I decided to try<br />

drag. It’s going to get personal. The first<br />

encounter with drag I had in third year of<br />

primary school. Someone had a birthday<br />

party and on this event the birthday<br />

person decided that we are throwing a<br />

talent show with different characters.<br />

Suddenly all the “male” clothes were<br />

taken out and what was left was a dress<br />

and a wig. I introduced myself then as a<br />

Gertrude. It was fun.<br />

Photo: Private<br />

The second reason is that I consider<br />

myself someone who likes art. I like<br />

reading books, watching movies, but also<br />

comedy or dramatic plays. Additionally,<br />

I was in the theater circle, in school but<br />

also in some outside organizations. Art<br />

was with me everywhere and I stopped<br />

looking at it as just particular items<br />

within a category and instead I started looking at it as a form of<br />

expressing emotions, feeling, dreams or desires.<br />

The third reason (excuse the rant you accidentally encountered)<br />

is that I feel some type of connection to drag. Maybe because I’m<br />

a nonbinary gay person, or just because of my connection to art.<br />

Drag, I feel, is a part of queer legacy, that needs to be celebrated and<br />

@dinahmytedraq<br />

worshiped. Drag queens and kings are<br />

always in the front of queer liberation.<br />

For example, the stonewall drag<br />

queen activist, Marsha P. Johnson.<br />

Also, I always wanted to express my<br />

femininity. In my home country, I<br />

don’t think I would be able to do that.<br />

It’s not safe there, and I would never<br />

feel comfortable there. Additionally,<br />

I watched a lot of Rupaul Draq Race<br />

franchise, which got me fascinated by<br />

drag and the different approaches to<br />

doing it.<br />

And now, with the essay on the ‚why‘<br />

finished, let‘s talk about the workshop<br />

itself.<br />

First, when I came there, I was<br />

so stressed. I was so scared that I<br />

would not like it, or I would feel<br />

uncomfortable wearing makeup.<br />

It was a surprise to me, that it was<br />

quite opposite. After one minute the<br />

ice was broken, and I started feeling<br />

comfortable.<br />

The drag queens were nice and<br />

supportive. While covering eyebrows,<br />

we started talking about how each of<br />

us got introduced to drag and how<br />

they started their career in it. Even I<br />

saw some clips from Dinah Myte. They were so good and energetic.<br />

Doing eyebrows felt like it took an eternity for me. They was so<br />

long but after doing them, I couldn’t tell, where my eyebrows were.<br />

Each step was first shown by drag queen, and then I copied it. It<br />

was so fun because I think I know the basics now. On each step,<br />

I felt like I could ask them anything and if I ever started feeling<br />

uncomfortable, I could draw back.<br />


Photos: Leif Tore Soelberg<br />

I started liking it. After finishing the eyebrows, which took one<br />

hour, I got introduced to the base of the face; lips, eyeliner, and<br />

everything else. I went from being a stressed person who was<br />

nervous of what was coming next, to feeling excitement over what<br />

the next step was. The fun part is, I couldn’t tell, if they were doing<br />

something wrong because I don’t have that much experience. The<br />

only thing I knew, was that the lines on the eyes were kinda bad<br />

but the solution to it was to create a unique look with it. I loved it<br />

to be honest. That part was my favorite one of all the drag makeup<br />

because it was special.<br />

At the end, I tried putting on a pink wig and heels with a glitter<br />

jacket. That was the time I became Gertrude, but not some scared<br />

kid from third year of primary school but the adult one. Well, I<br />

didn’t have any experience in walking in heels, but at least I didn’t<br />

fall. I might need some practice, though.<br />

Photo: Private<br />

@_the_yessica_<br />

The entire drag look helped me embrace the characteristics that<br />

I didn’t know existed. It embraced my feminine side but also<br />

brought confidence and blunt character. If I would describe the<br />

feelings I felt at that moment, I felt freedom and self-love. Freedom<br />

that I was somehow truly myself and that I could wear anything I<br />

wanted. That I didn’t care if I felt judged. That I felt safe being in it.<br />

The second one was self-love. It‘s hard to explain, but when I saw<br />

Gertrude in the mirror, it was love at first sight. Seeing myself from<br />

a different perspective made me think how unique I am and how<br />

beautiful I am.<br />

To end this chapter, if you ask me is it worth it to try drag, I would<br />

say yes, 100 percent. Drag pulls forth what is hidden, but also helps<br />

you look from a different perspective. Who knows, maybe you<br />

could learn something from your drag character. If not, you could<br />

have a lot of fun. I did. I will definitely do it again.<br />

This is not the last time you heard from me,<br />

Gertrude.<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 17


10 på UiA:<br />

Hva er du mest redd for?<br />

AK TUELT<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

Skribent<br />

Tobias Klausen<br />

Ansvarlig Redaktør<br />

Foto: Unsplash // Carlos Nunez<br />

Foto: Unikum // Evgeniia Kadyrova<br />

Høsten og mørket er her, og halloween<br />

nærmer seg. I den forbindelse<br />

har vi hørt med studenter på UiA<br />

hva de er mest redde for!<br />

Trapper! Ikke pga. høydeskrekk,<br />

men jeg er redd for å falle ned eller<br />

bakover. Jo brattere trapp, jo verre.<br />

- Vanja, litteratur, film og teater (LFT)<br />

Failure, som f.eks. å drite meg ut på scenen.<br />

- Thorgeir, master i Shift<br />

entreprenørskap og teknologi<br />

Gore og lyder sånn som i Saw,<br />

sånne disgusting greier.<br />

- Victoria, biologi<br />

Oi, sånn bortsett fra å dø? Å<br />

ikke prøve mitt beste.<br />

- Josef, barnehagelærer<br />

I’m scared of the dark. It’s a childhood<br />

fear, I grew up in Asia, so you never knew<br />

if there’s a snake around or something.<br />

Jeg har fuglefobi! De er så uforutsigbare.<br />

- Amelia, nursing<br />

- Marianne, master i<br />

statsvitenskap og ledelse<br />

Brennmaneter, jeg fikk tredjegrads<br />

forbrenning i Spania en gang.<br />

- Carl-Fredrik, markedsføring og ledelse<br />

Kjedsomhet, eller lack of diversity, som det så<br />

fint heter på engelsk. Da blir hverdagen grå.<br />

- Rikke, PPU YD<br />

Å være alene.<br />

- Håkon, elektronisk musikk<br />

Å miste noen i familien.<br />

- Tone, SiA Mat og Helse<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 19

POEM<br />

the kettle boiled and I filled a cup of black tea from the mom’s tea service<br />

I‘m sitting on this chair and drinking tea.<br />

and it seems that nothing could be more eternal than this chair<br />

and I‘m sitting<br />

the chair no longer feels so comfortable and was it ever so?<br />

the chair has become familiar<br />

the chair has become eternal<br />

I can scream!<br />

I can sob!<br />

I can moan!<br />

I can bark!<br />

and I will sit<br />

and I will wait<br />

the whole world is already deafening<br />

and I‘m sitting<br />

the whistling of the kettle is already a part of me<br />

as I sit<br />

the sound penetrates every cell of my tired body<br />

as I sit<br />

the sound literally deafens me<br />

and I‘m sitting<br />

the kettle is boiling on the cooker<br />

and I‘m sitting there<br />


Evgeniia Kadyrova<br />

Photo Editor<br />

Illustration: Evgeniia Kadyrova<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // BrAt82<br />

Everlasting dystopia<br />

Mosac Frederic Stefanelad<br />

Writer<br />

All this life for naught,<br />

It is what it taught;<br />

Nothing like a summer sky,<br />

Knowing that the end is nigh.<br />

Rhetorical rhythmical redemption,<br />

All this metal should get detention.<br />

Lift my head to the second sun;<br />

Only to feel the light run.<br />

Mouths utter indescribable sounds<br />

For and to the ear that bows,<br />

And the eyes silently wage<br />

With the nose to smell the rage.<br />

Half the matter is in grey<br />

Half of it goes away;<br />

All of it looks and drools<br />

Questions not for words of fools.<br />

20<br />

Smoking clouds with darker houses,<br />

Candy eyes for it arouses;<br />

All of them are inebriated<br />

As Wonderlands tea is outdated.<br />

Sea of colors is ahold<br />

Crashing waves come to fold,<br />

With a tranquil lake resign<br />

Dim sky and snowy moon align.<br />

Internal irresistible infinite,<br />

Strike in a blaring screaming fit.<br />

All just dust with dreams<br />

That will never be fulfilled in years.<br />

Hands collide with sinful gaze<br />

To give afoot a never maze,<br />

A body luggage with a mindful<br />

But a head that is not careful.<br />

All this life for naught,<br />

It was what it taught;<br />

Everything like a meadow green,<br />

None of this for us to win.

AK TUELT<br />

Norsk Høsttakkefest:<br />

Engler og demoner<br />

Ida Marie Bruun<br />

Skribent<br />

Illustrasjon: Freepik // photographeeasia; AdobeStock // Andrey Kuzmin<br />

Familiedrama, bordbønn og overfylte buffeter med en stor kalkun<br />

i midten. Thanksgiving er et kjent motiv fra amerikansk film og<br />

tv. Men visste du at vi også har en rik tradisjon for å feire høstens<br />

grøde i Norge?<br />

I moderne tid i Norge er høsttakkefest tradisjonelt feiret som<br />

en takkegudstjeneste i kirken. Kirken pyntes med korn, frukt<br />

og grønnsaker og vi takker Gud for alt Han har skapt og alt Han<br />

gir. Feiringen har ofte blitt lagt til 29. september, kombinert med<br />

markeringen for erkeengelen Mikael. Høytidsdagen skal minne oss<br />

om at Gud gir oss det vi trenger og skaper gode ting, og at han<br />

sender sine engler til oss for å lede og passe på. Gud husker på oss,<br />

og Han vil oss vel.<br />

Helt tilbake til vikingtiden har Mikkelsmesse vært en stor<br />

merkedag og hatt forbindelse til innhøstningen. I middelalderen<br />

var dagen like stor som jul, og det kunne være straffbart å ikke<br />

brygge øl til Mikkelsgilde! Dagen ble feiret med et stort festmåltid,<br />

som avslutning på forberedelsene til vinteren, som skulle være<br />

ferdig til da. Man markerte overgangen fra sommer til vinter.<br />

Tjenestefolk kunne også flytte på dette tidspunktet, så det fungerte<br />

som et vendepunkt eller en overgang på flere måter.<br />

Selv om erkeengelen Mikael først og fremst er en beskytter, er<br />

han også forbundet med døden. Han skulle føre sjelene over til<br />

dødsriket, og dømme dem ved å veie sjelene på en vektskål. Etter<br />

katolsk tradisjon la han gjerne en finger på skålen i sjelens favør,<br />

for å hjelpe en stakkar inn i himmelen. Likevel har selve dagen<br />

vært preget av mye frykt i Norge. Forberedelsene og gildet ble<br />

avsluttet med en skummel og truende natt hvor overnaturlige ting<br />

kunne skje.<br />

Før Mikkelsmesse skulle dyra være hentet hjem fra sommerbeite,<br />

og alle dyr og mennesker måtte holde seg inne. Folketroen var at<br />

hvis man gikk ut om natten kunne man se alt det fæle som kom<br />

til å skje det neste året. Dyr som gikk ute kunne dessuten bli spist<br />

av urnautene, mytologiske okser fra havet. Var det ugunstig vind<br />

kunne uansett havoksene blåse opp på land og spise opp avling<br />

og dyrefor. Noen steder trodde man at havfruene selv kom opp<br />

på land. I motsetning til Disneys lille havfrue med store blå øyne<br />

og søt latter, ble havfruer – vannvetter eller sjøgyger – sett på som<br />

stygge og farlige troll eller ånder. Så det var best å holde seg inne<br />

og be til høyere makter om riktig vindretning.<br />

Norsk høsttakkefest kan romme ganske mye. Den kirkelige<br />

høytidsdagen rommer takknemlighet og tro. Folkeovertroen<br />

rommer frykt, mystikk og eventyr. Det er rom for glede over det<br />

vi har, ettertanke over skiftende sesonger og vendepunkt. Det<br />

er rom for forberedelser til mørketid og vinter, om håp om nytt<br />

liv etter vinteren. Enten du vil delta på en gudstjeneste, lage en<br />

egen seremoni, skrive en takknemlighetsliste, samle venner<br />

til Mikkelsgilde eller lese om erkeengelen Mikael eller stygge<br />

sjøånder; her er det mye tradisjon å hente!<br />

I Norge kan vi også feire Epledagen 26. september og Allehelgensdag<br />

1. November. I vår tid feirer også mange Halloween, eller har egne<br />

Thanksgiving-inspirerte middager. Hvorfor ikke kombinere noen<br />

av høstens merkedager?<br />

Det er noe fint med å være en del av en større sammenheng av<br />

feirende mennesker. Enten man fysisk samles rundt et bord, eller<br />

bare vet at andre feirer samtidig som deg andre plasser. Samtidig<br />

hjelper merkedager oss med å være til stede her og nå. Merkedager<br />

gjør oss oppmerksomme på tid og sted, og gir faste holdepunkter<br />

i året og i livet. Midt i eksamenslesing, regnværsdager og dager<br />

som blir kaldere og mørkere, kan du kanskje finne noe å feire<br />

eller markere i år? Du kan slenge deg på gamle tradisjoner, eller<br />

skape dine egne, vel vitende om at du er en del av en lang rekke<br />

mennesker som har søkt til tradisjoner og merkedager i ulike<br />

former og til alle tider.<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 21


Den usynlige sykdommen<br />


Alexander Horpestad<br />

Skribent<br />

Illustrasjon: AdobeStock // Oleksandr; Freepik // freepik<br />

Når man går rundt på campus, kan man se mange ulike<br />

personer. Mange friske og raske, i alle aldre og kjønn, som<br />

studerer. Folk som løper i gangene til forelesninger og folk som<br />

sitter i kantinen og jobber. Men ser man godt etter rundt seg,<br />

kan man se studenter med krykker, blindehund eller folk som<br />

hoster. Alt dette er ting som alltid er synlig for de rundt, og<br />

som kan påvirke studieprogresjonen. Nå som temaet psykisk<br />

helse har blomstret opp i mediene, vil jeg rette fokuset mot<br />

sykdommene som ikke vi ser med det blotte øye.<br />

Alle har hørt om depresjon, dysleksi, ADHD og autisme.<br />

Disse diagnosene kan være med på å gjøre studielivet<br />

vanskeligere. Til tross for at mange er kjent med dem, så<br />

er det fortsatt mye stigmatisering rundt dem. Jeg har<br />

hørt at folk har sagt at det bare er å prøve hardere,<br />

men med en funksjonsnedsettelse, neurodivergens<br />

eller psykisk uhelse er det ikke bare å prøve<br />

hardere. Selv har jeg en autismediagnose, men har<br />

venner med ADHD og dysleksi. Noen vil sikkert bli<br />

overrasket over hva jeg studerer også. Jeg studerer<br />

altså sykepleie. Nå tenker sikkert mange umiddelbart:<br />

«kan de jobbe med mennesker?», «mangler ikke de<br />

empati?», eller «er ikke de utviklingshemmede?».<br />

Svaret er NEI.<br />

Hva er autisme?<br />

Før jeg går inn på hvordan skolehverdagen er, vil jeg oppklare hva<br />

autisme er. Autisme er et spekter av diagnoser hvor noen er høyt<br />

fungerende og andre lavt fungerende. Det som er viktig å forstå er<br />

at de er verdt like mye som alle andre mennesker, og ca. 1 prosent av<br />

befolkningen er på spekteret. Det som definerer en med autisme er<br />

endret adferd- og kommunikasjonsmønster pga. tregere utvikling<br />

av hjernen. Ta sosial kompetanse som et eksempel, med det kjente<br />

begrepet «sosiale antenner». Det kan forklares med at en uten<br />

autisme har strake antenner, mens en med autisme kan ha de litt<br />

bøyd, og dermed har problemer med å få inn samme signaler som<br />

alle andre. Dette hindrer ikke en med autisme i å kunne lære seg<br />

normalt samhold og fungere i hverdagen, men personen bruker<br />

mer energi for å få inn samme signaler og resultater.<br />

Skolearbeid kan være tyngre med en diagnose. Den energien<br />

andre bruker på skolearbeid blir ofte brukt opp mye fortere av<br />

en med en diagnose. Dette er fordi hjernen bruker så mye mer<br />

energi å få med seg og samle informasjonen den får. For eksempel<br />

vil en med dysleksi bruke mye mer energi på å lese enn en uten<br />

dysleksi. Samme prinsippet gjelder med ADHD eller autisme, hvor<br />

konsentrasjonen forsvinner til alt annet rundt deg, og dermed<br />

bruker du mer energi på få inn informasjon. Tenk deg å løpe UIAløpet,<br />

men skoene dine er laget av sement. Det blir mye tyngre for<br />

deg enn for andre som ikke har denne ekstra belastningen.<br />

Personlige erfaringer<br />

Alle med autisme er forskjellige og alle bør respekteres. Man ønsker<br />

de samme tingene og ønsket om å ha et normalt liv er likt, uavhengig<br />

av om man er lavt eller høyt fungerende. Man velger ikke å få denne<br />

diagnosen. Jeg ble selv sent diagnostisert med autisme, siden jeg<br />

utviklet meg likt som andre til midten av barneskolen. Da hadde<br />

jeg flere gode venner, og gjorde det greit på skolen. Det som ble<br />

en utfordring for meg var alle nye sanseinntrykk jeg måtte henge<br />

med på. Jeg ble mer ukonsentrert og fikk høyere temperament når<br />

jeg ikke forstod ting. Et kjennetegn ved autisme og ADHD er<br />

at man lett blir overstimulert av sanseinntrykk, noe som<br />

kan føre til konsentrasjonsvansker. Tenk deg at du leser<br />

en bok, og hører noen snakke i bakgrunnen samtidig.<br />

De fleste klarer nok å konsentrere seg greit, men for<br />

en med autisme kan det oppleves like forstyrrelse<br />

som om du satt ved en motorvei og leste. Denne<br />

overstimuleringen kan komme fra alle sansene.<br />

Personlig har jeg opplevd gjennom oppveksten å<br />

bli sett ned på, på grunn av diagnosen. Det har vært<br />

situasjoner der andre i klassen har holdt avstand<br />

fordi de visste at jeg hadde autisme. Jeg har også fått<br />

kommentarer der folk lurer på om jeg er smart nok.<br />

Disse hendelsene er sårende, og slike holdninger påvirker<br />

en som person. Det er slike ting som sørger for at folk som er<br />

“annerledes” trekker seg tilbake fra samfunnet, og blir usikre på<br />

seg selv. Det at andre så ned på mine skoleferdigheter fikk meg<br />

også til å miste motivasjon. Til og med lærere tenkte automatisk å<br />

ta meg ut på grupperom, bare for de tenkte jeg var “dum”. De viste<br />

ikke tillit til at jeg kunne oppnå mestring side om side med de andre<br />

i klasserommet. Jeg følte meg misforstått. Ja, jeg har problemer i<br />

språkfag, men ellers er jeg skoleflink. Blant annet har jeg alltid vært<br />

interessert i naturfag, men ble holdt tilbake av andres holdninger.<br />

På videregående endret ting seg og alt gikk oppover. Jeg opplevde<br />

å ha lærere som hadde tro på meg, og folk rundt meg<br />

som aksepterte meg for den jeg var. Den største<br />

endringen som påvirket resultatene mine var at<br />

jeg fikk en venn som brukte tid på meg. Han<br />

satt med meg og motiverte meg til å lære.<br />

På denne måten fikk jeg økt motivasjon og<br />

brukte tid på å lære. På grunn av dette gikk<br />

jeg opp til 5/6`er i noen fag, noe jeg aldri<br />

hadde klart på egenhånd.<br />

Jeg gir fort opp og mister troen på meg selv på<br />

grunn av det som har skjedd tidligere. I tillegg<br />

hater jeg å måtte gjøre ting alene. Da jeg fikk<br />

noen som brukte mye tid på å hjelpe meg å lære,<br />

gjorde jeg det mye bedre. På videregående valgte jeg<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 23

Helse- og oppvekst, for jeg likte å jobbe med mennesker. Noe som<br />

kanskje er rart å tenke at en med autisme vil. Det tok tid å bli vant<br />

til å være profesjonell og vise samme empati som andre, men da<br />

jeg først fikk det til, så synes folk rundt meg at jeg passer til denne<br />

typen arbeid.<br />

Hvordan går det nå?<br />

Hva har så blitt veien videre etter<br />

videregående for meg? Først gikk jeg<br />

lærerutdanning. Etter å ha jobbet på<br />

fritidsklubb skjønte jeg at jeg likte å jobbe<br />

med barn. Men her var første gang jeg<br />

så min autistiske side svekke meg. Jeg er<br />

veldig flink «en til en», men å stå foran en<br />

klasse, det fikk meg til å føle på sterk sosial<br />

angst. Det trakk fram mange usikkerheter,<br />

og jeg var redd for å ikke forklare ting faglig<br />

godt nok. Når jeg snakker, blir jeg ofte enten veldig<br />

faglig eller for lite faglig. Noe som ikke er et problem om de ikke<br />

skal lære det best mulig, men det funker ikke særlig bra i en<br />

klasse. I tillegg så kobler hjernen min ut om det blir mye uro. Det<br />

opplevdes som en utrolig vanskelig situasjon å skulle roe ned en<br />

urolig klasse, samtidig som en skulle holde seg pedagogisk, med<br />

fagspråk. Det blir for mye for meg. Som jeg skrev, vi er ikke sosialt<br />

underutviklet, men trenger lenger tid til å lære og bruker mer<br />

energi på å opprettholde sosiale forhold.<br />

Etter en samtale med studieveilederen min ble jeg anbefalt<br />

sykepleie. Det ble anbefalt fordi jeg da slapp å måtte forholde meg<br />

til så mange samtidig, i tillegg passet det til mitt ønske om å jobbe<br />

med mennesker. Jeg stortrives i utdanningen så langt. De legger<br />

veldig til rette for læring, i større grad enn på lærerutdanningen. På<br />

sykepleie har de egne læringsgrupper, der studenter fra året over<br />

er studentveileder og jobber i kollokviegrupper med oss i fagene.<br />

Denne strukturen fungerte veldig godt, for da fikk jeg jobbet med<br />

andre om fag og de kunne tilpasse det til mitt nivå. Jeg fant også ut<br />

jeg var veldig flink i fagene og har bidratt med å forklare temaene<br />

for de andre studentene.<br />

Så hva har funket for meg?<br />

Jeg var heldig som startet å jobbe på en fritidsklubb hvor jeg ble<br />

venn med kollegaene mine. Dette hjalp meg med å holde motet<br />

mitt oppe om at jeg kunne få ekte venner. Det hjalp også mye da jeg<br />

begynte på videregående hvor jeg fikk gode venner i klassen. Det<br />

var først her jeg fikk muligheten til å skikkelig lære meg de sosiale<br />

normene. Jeg beholdt ikke vennskapene etterpå, men har fortsatt<br />

kontakt med noen, til forskjell fra de jeg kjente på ungdomsskolen.<br />

Det fine med universitet, er at du kan møte mange nye mennesker,<br />

med mange ulike personligheter, og i mange ulike situasjoner. Jeg<br />

har prøvd meg litt rundt, alt fra studentbaren til studentavisen,<br />

før jeg til slutt fant gruppen min. I studentavisen er vi en gjeng<br />

raringer, med egne problemer. Dette passet så godt for meg og<br />

jeg føler nesten at vi har blitt en liten familie. Ønsket om å utvide<br />

vennesirkelen motiverte meg også til å ta kontakt med SIA-helse.<br />

De hjalp meg med å bli en roligere person, og håndtere alle<br />

sanseinntrykkene rundt meg. Nå jobber jeg i hjemmesykepleien og<br />

har venner i klassen som har troen på meg, som ser hvor flink jeg<br />

er. Dette er noe som motiverer meg til å lære å bli bedre på sosialt<br />

samspill, selv med mine utfordringer. For å si det sånn, har jeg en<br />

lang vei å gå for å bli sikker på meg selv og andre, men det hjelper<br />

utrolig mye at andre har troen på meg.<br />

Når det kommer til andre utfordringer, så finnes det heldigvis<br />

muligheter for oss som sliter ekstra med skolearbeid. Det første året<br />

som student visste jeg studiet ville bli tungt, og at jeg ikke hadde<br />

kapasitet til å jobbe ved siden. Lånekassen har ekstrastipend for de<br />

som har en medisinsk grunn til å ikke jobbe. Derfor anbefaler jeg<br />

alle som har grunnlaget til det, å snakke med legen for å få sendt<br />

inn dokumentasjon. På det viset kan du få litt ekstra penger inn<br />

i en tung studiehverdag med høye utgifter. I tillegg til dette kan<br />

man kontakte tilrettelegingskontoret på UIA, for å få tilrettelegging<br />

i skolegangen. Dette kan gjelde alt fra tilrettelagt undervisning<br />

til tilrettelagte læremidler. Det var jeg selv ikke klar over før<br />

jeg søkte dette opp nå på UIA.no, og noe jeg skulle ønske jeg fikk<br />

informasjon om fra første studiedag på UIA. Noe jeg vet at flere<br />

har dratt nytte av, er derimot tilrettelagt<br />

eksamen med eget rom og lengre tid.<br />

De med konsentrasjonsvansker<br />

eller de som av andre grunner<br />

bruker lengre tid per oppgave,<br />

kan ha stor nytte av dette. Siden<br />

vi ikke er dummere enn andre<br />

studenter, fasiliterer dette at vi<br />

kan opprettholde samme kvalitet<br />

og standard som studenter uten<br />

tilleggsutfordringer. Det siste jeg<br />

vil nevne, som gjelder alle studenter,<br />

er å utnytte seg av skrivestue.<br />

Skrivestue er et rom på biblioteket<br />

der hvor alle studenter kan få hjelp med<br />

skriveprosessen.<br />

Skal du behandle personer annerledes?<br />

Det er så mye ved et menneske som man ikke kan se ved første<br />

øyekast, men bare fordi man ikke kan se det, skal man ikke vende<br />

et blindt øye til at det finnes studenter der ute som sliter med et<br />

‚usynlig‘ problem. Jeg mener ikke med denne artikkelen at du skal<br />

overanalysere hver person du møter, og prøve å finne ut av om<br />

det er en underliggende diagnose, men at du har forståelse for<br />

oss som faktisk sliter. Ikke minst vil jeg oppklare misforståelser<br />

rundt diagnosene. Du vet ikke alltid hvorfor noen oppfører seg<br />

annerledes, eller har større problemer å lære noe enn deg. Det jeg<br />

prøver å si er; tenk deg om før du kommenter andre, og aksepter<br />

dem for dem de er.<br />

Og til de av dere som kjenner dere igjen; vi har<br />

instanser her ved UiA som kan hjelpe.<br />



PIT STOP<br />

Down<br />

1. snake lady<br />

2. a combined sport<br />

3. tool for shaping sculptures<br />

4. worlds first civilization<br />

7. worlds most popular food<br />

Across<br />

5. snake in latin<br />

6. NaCl<br />

8. celebration<br />

9. NSAID<br />

10. a tropical cyclone<br />

11. first dog in space<br />

12. head of faculty<br />

Illustrasjon: freepik<br />

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TIPS<br />


Nothing screams Uni student on Halloween like someone stumbling around in a bin bag at 4am. Now, despite the<br />

bin bag’s obvious benefits - namely, as a bib for the night ahead (undignified but, c’mon, its Halloween) - I’d like to<br />

think that there are better options out there for the starving student on the lookout for a festive costume. To save you<br />

from the dreaded last-minute panic, I’ve done the leg work for you. So, if you’re looking for well-made, sophisticated,<br />

refined costumes, then I suggest you swiftly take your leave because we’re on a budget and ‘refined’ is a 130kr word.<br />

Michael Campbell<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // SpicyTruffel<br />

Scooby Doo gang<br />

• Daphne - purple and green<br />

• Velma - orange and red<br />

• Fred - white and blue<br />

• Shaggy - green and brown<br />

• Scooby doo - brown and blue<br />

Pick your favourite of the Mystery Inc. gang and grab<br />

some friends, this one is great for group costumes and<br />

can easily be done with the clothes you already own!<br />

Photo: Nintendo<br />

Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi<br />

• red/green/yellow/purple shirt<br />

• eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/natural hair<br />

growth above your upper lip<br />

No need for appearance altering mushrooms (save<br />

those for the weekend). All you’ve gottta do is pull on<br />

a colourful shirt, draw on a moustache - bonus points<br />

if you’ve got some dungarees - and congrats, you’ve<br />

instantly transformed into an Italian plumber!<br />

Jill Valentine<br />

• blue vest top<br />

• dark trousers<br />

Sandy and Danny<br />

• Sandy - black top, black pleather or<br />

spandex leggings, red shoe moment<br />

• Danny - black top and jeans<br />

Granted, this won’t win you any creativity<br />

points, but if those spandex trousers are<br />

calling your name, then you do you!<br />

Colin Robinson<br />

• beige/plain cardigan or sweater<br />

• white shirt<br />

• brown tie<br />

• glasses<br />

You can put away the glitter and pointy teeth, the only<br />

undead life-draining monster I want stalking the streets this<br />

year is everyone’s (least) favourite energy vampire.<br />

Beach Barbie (and Ken)<br />

• spandex/neon workout clothes<br />

• colourful headband<br />

• a Ken-do attitude<br />

It’s the zombie apocalypse but don’t you worry because<br />

you’ve got full military training and a cute fit to get you by.<br />

PS For those with longer hair and an affinity for tomb raiding,<br />

archaeologist Lara Croft dons a conveniently similar get up.<br />

Photo: People<br />

Ghost<br />

• white bedsheet<br />

• scissors<br />

Okay. You may be questioning how this is any better<br />

than donning a bin bag and calling it a day. I would<br />

argue that with just these humble materials you’ll<br />

be making what can only be described as a classic<br />

Halloween costume. Lazy? I think not. A one-of-akind<br />

handmade garment? Well, let’s not push it.<br />

Freddie Mercury<br />

• white tank top<br />

• light coloured jeans<br />

• black arm band and belt<br />

• eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/natural hair<br />

growth above your upper lip<br />

Photo: Heroes Wiki<br />

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Rollerblades are a plus, but I don’t want<br />

to ask too much of you. Then again, what<br />

household is complete without a pair<br />

of neon yellow roller blades?<br />

I know its Halloween, but I will not be held<br />

responsible for anyone who takes ‘Killer<br />

Queen’ a little too literally.

Spice Girls<br />

Sue Sylvester<br />

• tracksuit - preferably red but don’t let me stifle your creativity<br />

• megaphone and stopwatch optional<br />

You can’t go wrong with a coordinated tracksuit. Pair<br />

this with an unquenchable thirst for the Glee club’s<br />

downfall and you’ve got yourself a villain that’d send<br />

anyone packing! And that’s how Sue sees it!<br />

Kiki<br />

• navy blue/black dress<br />

• red bow<br />

• broom<br />

Getting back on the spooky theme, Kiki is a solid<br />

choice for anyone wanting to channel those<br />

cosier witchy vibes this Halloween.<br />

Photo: iMDb<br />

• Scary – leopard print clothing<br />

• Sporty – athleisure<br />

• Baby – pastel pink dress and pigtails<br />

• Ginger – red or Union Jack (Great British flag) clothing<br />

• Posh – little black dress<br />

I-CON-IC (only a touch of bias)<br />

???<br />

Be that obscure book character no one recognises, indulge<br />

yourself with a deep cut and embrace a night of every<br />

person you encounter asking “what are you supposed<br />

to be?” Become the scariest thing they’ve seen all night<br />

and unleash a two-hour spiel on who you’re dressed<br />

as, after all, that’s the true spirit of Halloween.<br />

Regina George<br />

Joel Miller<br />

• plaid shirt<br />

• backpack<br />

• boots<br />

Zombie Apocalypse: Trauma Edition.<br />

• white vest<br />

• scissors<br />

• colourful bra<br />

• mini skirt<br />

Speaking of ‘Mean Girls’, there’s no shame in whacking on a<br />

headband with some form of animal ears. Great thing about this<br />

one is that you can have your pick of the animal kingdom, though<br />

my personal favourite would have to be a mouse (duh).<br />

Photo: College Magazine<br />

Perry the Platypus<br />

Quickfire trench coat costumes<br />

• fedora<br />

• teal clothes<br />

• orange accessory<br />

This a public service announcement: beware that Dr<br />

Doofenshmirtz should and WILL be quoted at you if you<br />

choose this costume. You have been warned.<br />

Quickfire white buttondown<br />

shirt costumes<br />

The white button-down? A goldmine of<br />

potential and a fabulous piece for lastminute<br />

party goers? Need I say more?<br />

• Baby one more time Britney<br />

• Shaun (Shaun of the Dead)<br />

• Mia Wallace (Pulp Fiction)<br />

• Superman/Clark Kent (DC)<br />

• Baby (Dirty Dancing)<br />

• Near (Death Note)<br />

Photo: Creepy Catalogue<br />

If you happen to be the owner of a trench coat<br />

then congrats, you have the cheat code for infinite<br />

options this Halloween. Depending on what variety<br />

of trench coat you possess, here are a few ideas:<br />

• Neo (The Matrix)<br />

• Sherlock Holmes<br />

• Dr Who<br />

• Deckard (Blade Runner)<br />

• Doc Ock (Marvel)<br />

• Nick Fury (Marvel)<br />

• Tommy Shelby (Peaky Blinders)<br />

• JD (Heathers)<br />

• Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)<br />

• Joker (Persona 5)<br />

• Gundam Tanaka (Danganronpa)<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 27

REVIEW<br />

Photo: Open Critic<br />

Tobias Klausen<br />

Editor-in-chief<br />

Lies of P REVIEW<br />

It’s been well over a year since the release of Elden Ring, and<br />

although a DLC is on the horizon, the veterans of FromSoftware’s<br />

games may be itching for something new to take their minds off the<br />

wait. Lies of P is the answer, promising to fill the void of a difficult<br />

but rewarding gaming experience. However, can Neowiz Games<br />

and Round 8 Studio put on an encapsulating puppet performance,<br />

or does it simply fall flat?<br />

The premise of Lies of P is a gothic/horror spin on the classic tale<br />

of Pinocchio. You play as the titular character, awoken to life by a<br />

mysterious voice to save the city of Krat, as it has fallen victim to<br />

the puppet frenzy, a tragedy which made the puppets of the town<br />

go mad and kill most of the human inhabitants. Now, they roam the<br />

streets with blood-soaked hands and dangerous weapons, and it’s<br />

up to you to attempt to save what remains of the city of Krat.<br />

The premise is a simple, yet tantalizing one, taking a grotesque and<br />

gruesome approach to a fairytale often considered family friendly.<br />

You will recognize several nods to the Pinocchio universe and<br />

even to other literary works, but in no way do you need extended<br />

knowledge of the source material to enjoy the game. And the game<br />

is set in the gorgeous city of Krat, inspired by the Belle Epoque era<br />

(think France at the end of the 19th century), which lends itself to<br />

some absolutely breathtaking scenery.<br />

Let’s get the inevitable comparisons out of the way. If you’ve seen<br />

any trailers or gameplay videos, you may have noticed that Lies<br />

of P is near indistinguishable from a normal FromSoftware title,<br />

from the UI, the graphics and most importantly, the gameplay. This<br />

is a double-edged sword, as on one side, it’s a huge compliment,<br />

considering FromSoftware has risen to critical acclaim over the<br />

last couple of years with incredible games, thus being able to<br />

imitate their greatness is an accomplishment in of itself. However,<br />

on the other side, it means that they’re merely copying a formula<br />

which is known to work. That said, certain elements are either<br />

tweaked or added, you’re not playing Elden Ring with a different<br />

coat of paint slapped on, instead, it’s more of a mix between their<br />

a few previous titles, that of Elden Ring, Bloodborne, and Sekiro:<br />

Shadows Die Twice.<br />

For those that are not familiar with the “Souls-like” formula, it’s the<br />

pure encapsulation of “DIFFICULT”. Souls-likes are designed to be<br />

incredibly though in every gameplay aspect, from understanding<br />

each of its intricate systems to reading enemies’ incoming attacks.<br />


Photo: Xbox<br />

Photo: Den of Geeks<br />

You will encounter multiple enemies that<br />

need to be defeated to obtain experience<br />

points you can use to level up. Every new<br />

enemy type comes with different attack<br />

patterns, health bars and strategies. What<br />

makes the game difficult is how unabashedly<br />

hard it can be to read the attacks, and if<br />

you misstep, the game does not hold back<br />

punishing you, and is not forgiving in the<br />

slightest. Lies of P copies this formula to<br />

almost perfection, retaining most of the rage<br />

inducing elements of previous Souls-likes,<br />

while mitigating some frustrations with a<br />

few helpful improvements, like regaining<br />

extra charges on your healing item based on successful attacks<br />

or leaving accumulated experience points outside of boss arenas<br />

instead of inside. In Lies of P, whenever an enemy attacks you have<br />

the option to either block or dodge, depending on your playstyle,<br />

enemy or whatever strategy you employ. This gives you a plethora<br />

of options to deal with enemies and bosses in different scenarios,<br />

however, since it allows for both playstyles, it means the game is<br />

not as finely tuned around these mechanics like Bloodborne and<br />

Sekiro. Sometimes you are forced to block as enemies perform<br />

attacks which cannot be dodged (which is a blatant lie, they can<br />

be, they just do not give you invulnerability frames, like a usual<br />

dodge does). Thus, choosing a playstyle isn’t always as viable, as<br />

preferably, you should employ both. That said, I mainly dodged<br />

and was able to get through most of the game, except for one pesky<br />

clown boss, but after looking at other playthroughs realized that I<br />

did it in a less than ideal way. If you’re too late to block you will also<br />

take damage, you have to perfectly time it, however, this gives you<br />

a window to regain some of the lost HP if you attack back quickly<br />

enough, much like the system in Bloodborne.<br />

Lies of P incorporates a unique element which helps to distinguish it<br />

from being a mere FromSoftware copycat. Each weapon can attach<br />

a unique handle, which both alters some stats, attack animation in<br />

general and Fable attacks. Fable attacks are special attacks which<br />

can only be used once a certain amount of successful attacks have<br />

been landed, akin to Elden Ring’s Ashes of War. By mixing different<br />

handles you can alter your playstyle and also decide which stats<br />

you’d want to focus on, as every handle works better with certain<br />

stats, and the damage can scale of that. Changing up your playstyle<br />

may be beneficial as some enemies and particular bosses may<br />

require a different approach than what you’re used to, although<br />

everything dies in the end to a good whack.<br />

Speaking of bosses, the main attraction of any Souls-like are the<br />

grandiose boss battles and Lies of P does not disappoint. They<br />

are big, feral, and as dangerous as they come, and let’s not forget,<br />

incredibly infuriating. You will die, numerous times, and that’s<br />

why we masochists return time and time again to this game genre.<br />

Because the exhilaration and thrill of studying a boss’ moves and<br />

overcoming fierce adversity is a rush that cannot be compared.<br />

The bosses are well designed, with a few particular standouts that<br />

I fell in love with and felt slight disappointment that we didn’t see<br />

more with the same gothic-horror vibe. But they are a magnificent<br />

sight to behold, and luckily, just as fun and maddening to beat too.<br />

Accompanying the exploration of Krat and combat is a delicious<br />

soundtrack, that in my opinion stands as one of its stronger,<br />

and original, points. It’s epic and monumental during bosses,<br />

heightening the already striking battle taking place, and somber<br />

or even creepy during exploration and fighting standard enemies.<br />

The voice acting too is quite decent, some characters feel a bit<br />

flat though, but overall, the cast does a good job of portraying the<br />

characters stuck in this horrifying scenario.<br />

The game looks absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. The city<br />

of Krat feels like a real place, fallen to the tides of tragedy, and<br />

other areas feature the same striking style and influence from the<br />

Belle Epoque era. The graphics are working overtime, and if you<br />

play on PC, I hope your computer won’t implode from rendering<br />

the beautiful scenery. Some areas are better than others, and<br />

occasionally a few areas feel a bit recycled where they could<br />

have changed it up. They do on occasion, however, the feeling of<br />

repetitive use of ideas occur, yet it doesn’t stifle the experience. I<br />

also want to note that the final area is most likely the most lackluster<br />

and visually boring, which is a sad climax to an otherwise fantastic<br />

journey.<br />

What receives a lukewarm reception is the story. There’s nothing<br />

wrong with it, the worldbuilding is fine, the characters fun, but<br />

often the characters feel a bit one-dimensional, and their quests<br />

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don’t feel too engrossing. The overarching story lacks the extra oomph and as I progressed, I hoped that my expectations would be<br />

subverted, akin to Bloodborne. It also feels a bit staggered, with one half focusing on a particular aspect of the story, and the later half<br />

focusing on another, there could have been tighter connection between the two or something which turned the narrative on its head. It’s<br />

a serviceable and fun story, yet it won’t receive any standing ovations.<br />

Photo: Steam<br />

Another unique element added to Lies of P, is the choices, where you can decide whether to tell the truth or not, which is loosely tied to the<br />

thematic of the game. Honestly, half the time I forgot it was a thing, and it feels underutilized, especially considering the game attempts<br />

to highlight it as meaningful. It leads to certain events and quests having multiple outcomes, enabling replays, however, I was never so<br />

engrossed that I desired to play it anew simply to experience another scenario.<br />

Once you’ve beaten the game, you have the opportunity to start a New Game Plus meaning you start the game over, but you retain the<br />

weapons, upgrades and some items, while the enemies get beefier and tougher. Personally, I don’t often do new game plus, but it is a<br />

nice new challenge which enables multiple replays. This adds a nice layer of replayability, as it’s a game that deserves to be replayed<br />

considering the love and care which has gone into it.<br />

Lies of P proves that you don’t need to be FromSoftware to put on a dazzling show. It feels like a finely tuned adventure, which pulls<br />

exactly all the right strings when it comes to combat. Although it may not be as optimized for every playstyle, it’s still manageable and<br />

most importantly, fun and engaging. It may not reinvent the wheel, instead it stands as a great example of how strong and excellent of a<br />

formula it is. The game is visually spectacular and despite not using its setting to the fullest, you’ll never grow bored of its performance,<br />

with an incredible score to supplement it. The story has room for improvement, same goes for characters and their questlines, however,<br />

it does not detract from an otherwise amazing experience. Lies of P is a recital you wouldn’t want to miss, especially if you’re a fan of the<br />

Souls-like genre, and I hope that this isn’t the studios final bow, but that an encore is on the horizon.<br />


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AK TUELT<br />

Årlig Forsker Grand<br />

Prix Highlighter<br />

Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Nyhetsredaktør<br />

Foto: Unikum // Natasha Agatha Wangui;<br />

Illustrasjon: AdobeStock // lightgirl<br />

Onsdag 20. september 2023 stakk Vibeke<br />

Salvesen av med seieren ved årets<br />

Forsker Grand Prix som fant sted på Bare<br />

Studenthus i Kristiansand. Stolt mottok<br />

hun prisen fra selveste Sunniva Whittaker,<br />

rektor ved Universitetet i Agder.<br />

arbeid og dette er bare startfasen. Jeg har<br />

flere prosjekter på gang som jeg gjerne vil<br />

få til i fremtiden, sier vinneren til Unikum.<br />

Vant for sin forskning på seksuell<br />

helse for hjerteinfarktpasienter<br />

Under årets Forsker Grand Prix<br />

konkurrerte Salvesen med åtte andre<br />

doktorgradskandidater fra Universitetet i<br />

Agder og andre forskningsinstitusjoner på<br />

Sørlandet.<br />

Hun presenterte en humoristisk fremføring<br />

om seksuell helse for hjerteinfarktpasienter.<br />

Dette stjal oppmerksomheten til både<br />

publikum og dommerpanelet.<br />

Med den underholdningspregede<br />

prestasjonen ble hun utropt som<br />

vinneren med poengsummen 6,6,6 fra<br />

dommerpanelet.<br />

- Det er veldig gøy å vinne. Jeg har lagt i mye<br />

Forskeren fra Arendal forteller videre til<br />

studentavisen at hun bruker en heldigital<br />

tilnærming for å forbedre sexlivet til denne<br />

pasientgruppen og arbeider for å bryte ned<br />

bekymringer rundt seksuell aktivitet etter<br />

hjerteinfarkt.<br />

- Dette berører ikke bare kroppen,<br />

men også livskvaliteten og velværet til<br />

enkeltpersoner, sier hun før hun løper av<br />

gårde for å feire seieren med venner og<br />

familie.<br />

Må gjennom kurs og opplæring<br />

Doktorgradskandidater i ulike fagfelt,<br />

blir ifølge kommunikasjonsrådgiver ved<br />

UiA, Arne Martin Larsen, nøye valgt ut<br />

flere måneder i forveien. De utvalgte<br />

deltakerne går deretter gjennom opplæring<br />

og veiledning for å kunne formidle sine<br />

forskningsprosjekter på en engasjerende<br />

måte.<br />

Deltakerne får hjelp og lager to<br />

presentasjoner om et selvvalgt tema om sin<br />

forskning. På fire minutter skal de overbevise<br />

publikum i salen og et dommerpanel<br />

bestående av en journalist, skuespiller og<br />

forsker. Disse bestemmer om hvem som<br />

er den beste forskningsformidleren, sier<br />

kommunikasjonsrådgiveren til Unikum.<br />

På bildet står kommunikasjonsrådgiver<br />

Arne Martin Larsen sammen med scene<br />

coach Ida Fugli, Visuelt ansvarlig Thomas<br />

Eikeland Fiskå og informasjonssjef ved UiA,<br />

Jan Are Olsen.<br />

Det regionale arrangementet på<br />

Sørlandet er ledet av Universitetet i<br />

Agder og er i samarbeid med ulike<br />

forskningsinstitusjoner i regionen.<br />


Sørlandets Spennende<br />

Forskningstalenter<br />

populærmusikk som handler om klima og<br />

miljø. Han utforsket hvordan sangtekster i<br />

ulike sjangre karakteriserer klimasang og<br />

hvordan populærmusikk kan ha politisk<br />

innflytelse.<br />

Årets doktorgradskandidater<br />

imponerte på scenen<br />

Deltakerne ved årets Forsker Grand Prix<br />

satte stor fokus på deres forskningstemaer.<br />

Fra å avdekke mikroplast i Skageraks<br />

havbunn til å utforske klima og miljø<br />

gjennom populærmusikkens tekster, har<br />

disse forskerne kastet lys på forskjellige<br />

sider av vitenskapen.<br />

Håvard Haugland Bamble<br />

- Klimasanglyrikk<br />

Haugland Bamble fra Institutt for<br />

fremmedspråk og oversetting ved UiA<br />

presenterte sitt litteraturstudium om<br />

Anam Shakil Rai -<br />

Svangerskapsdiabetes<br />

Fra Institutt for ernæring og folkehelse<br />

ved UiA kom Anam Shakil Rai på en god<br />

andreplass. Hun presenterte sitt arbeid<br />

med å avdekke svangerskapsdiabetes.<br />

Hun delte hvordan denne tilstanden øker<br />

risikoen for komplikasjoner hos både<br />

mor og barn, og hvordan nye kliniske<br />

retningslinjer fra Helsedirektoratet<br />

har påvirket arbeidsmengden for<br />

helsepersonell. Rai søker å evaluere om de<br />

nye retningslinjene korrekt identifiserer<br />

kvinner med svangerskapsdiabetes og<br />

forbedre screeningstrategier basert på ny<br />

kunnskap.<br />

Andreas Røst -<br />

Historiefortelling og Minner<br />

Røst fra Institutt for visuelle og sceniske<br />

fag ved UiA tok publikumet med på en<br />

reise gjennom historien og betydningen av<br />

felles minner. Han presenterte sitt prosjekt<br />

„Minnekommisjonen,“ som utforsker<br />

hvilke historier fra 2. verdenskrig i Norge<br />

som er mest relevante i dag og hvorfor.<br />

Røst diskuterte også utfordringene knyttet<br />

til det agonistiske demokratiet og hvordan<br />

mennesker med ulike synspunkter kan<br />

minnes fortiden sammen.<br />

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Eva-Grethe Befus - Unges<br />

Psykisk Helse<br />

Befus fra Institutt for helse- og<br />

sykepleievitenskap ved UiA presenterte<br />

sitt arbeid om unges psykiske helse og<br />

helserelatert livskvalitet. Hun forklarte<br />

hvordan hennes studie undersøker<br />

sammenhenger mellom livskvalitet,<br />

fysisk og psykisk helse blant ungdom,<br />

og hvordan denne kunnskapen kan<br />

hjelpe helsesykepleiere og politikere i<br />

folkehelsearbeidet.<br />

Hilde Kristin Røsstad - Historien<br />

om Plantevernmidler<br />

Røsstad fra Institutt for religion, filosofi og<br />

historie ved UiA ga publikumet en innsikt<br />

i historien om plantevernmidler og deres<br />

innvirkning på samfunnet og menneskers<br />

erfaringer. Hun delte resultater fra<br />

intervjuer med gartnere om deres forhold<br />

til kjemikaliene og hvordan dette har<br />

endret seg siden 1950.<br />

Vegard Solhjem Knutsen<br />

- Vindkraftforvaltning<br />

Solhjem Knutsen fra Institutt for global<br />

utvikling og samfunnsplanlegging ved UiA<br />

tok opp styrings- og fordelingsmessige<br />

spørsmål knyttet til vindkraftfeltet<br />

i Norge. Han pekte på utfordringer<br />

og legitimitetsproblemer i dagens<br />

vindkraftpolitikk og brukte teorier om<br />

felles ressurser for å utforske hvordan<br />

fellesskapet adresseres i norsk forvaltning<br />

av vindkraft.<br />

Karl Audun Borgersen<br />

- Anbefalingssystemer i<br />

Kunstig Intelligens<br />

Borgersen fra Institutt for IKT ved UiA tok<br />

opp temaet anbefalingssystemer i kunstig<br />

intelligens. Han forklarte hvordan disse<br />

systemene fungerer og hvordan de kan<br />

forbedres, spesielt innen moteutleie.<br />

Henriette Hultmann -<br />

Mikroplast i Havbunnen<br />

Henriette Hultmann fra Institutt for<br />

naturvitenskapelige fag ved UiA var<br />

førstemann ut under showet. Hun bød<br />

på innsikt i sitt arbeid med å undersøke<br />

mikroplast i Skagerraks havbunn.<br />

Hultmann forklarte hvordan hun hadde<br />

samlet bunnprøver fra ulike lokasjoner<br />

med varierende menneskelig aktivitet,<br />

som renseanlegg og båthavner, for å<br />

avdekke ulike typer plast og kildene til<br />

mikroplastforurensning.<br />



For he has<br />

sworn upon a<br />

crimson moon<br />

Mosac Frederic Stefanelad<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: Freepik // pikisuperstar; AdobeStock //Background Studio; Photo: AdobeStock // gdvcom;<br />

woken up, through a red veil over the sky, washed away with a swift motion of my hand. A ringing noise disturbed my slumber, and<br />

the stars were as close to me, as my breath extended. I got picked up by him, his face all red and white like a moonlight tint. His armor<br />

pure and violent with animalistic features, that inspire fear and bravery. He looked at me with bright crimson eyes, approached his head<br />

towards mine, and whispered to not give up, to rise from myself, and continue towards my journey. Then he left, like a mist carried with<br />

the wind. He left me on my feet, but I could not feel them. The only thing I knew was that I had to go towards the shadowy figures, and<br />

the towering blackness that stood before me. A flash, a cling and the moon shone under me like a glass of wine, with nothing but silence<br />

around me, I fell.<br />

Disturbed again from my rest, I see only darkness, even though I felt like my pupils touched the air. In the corner of this abyssal room,<br />

there was a man, a figure, a creature. I could only understand the cape that touched the floor in the most majestic and caring way, like<br />

a mother holding its infant, and whispering about love and survival. He spoke to me, asked me about myself, cared for me, and I don’t<br />

know why. I talked with him for what it felt like many moons, but I was relaxed and then I fell. On the next encounter, I started to discern<br />

the room. The bookcase that was filled with words I could not comprehend, and more on the floor next to it. The window next to me,<br />

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and the abomination of a device, that looked like an impaled circle with the moon and sun engraved on it. The chair that he stood upon,<br />

bigger than anything I have seen. Then at the door, he came in, bowed before the door so he could enter. Again, the same caring questions<br />

were uttered before me, as now I could get up and walk around the room. Asking him about the place where I was and am, was difficult<br />

as there was no clear answer, in the end I fell. Time has passed, and now I can walk around this world of rooms. I need a map for them,<br />

but he can maneuver his way with ease. Now in the courtyard, I practice what I knew my whole life, swordplay. He has agreed to spar<br />

with me, and yet as humble can he talk, he humbled me with the grace of his sword technique. As soon as I fumbled to my feet, his eyes<br />

glinted like a ruby in a cave of nothingness. I would rise again, as soon as his eyes sparkled, like a trance or a war cry ushered only by his<br />

gaze. He took me back to my abode and talked about another fight that I needed to face, but this time with him by my side. I am indebted<br />

to him, for what I know my life, and I shall honor his request. With a faint smile he left the room, leaving for me to rest and I fell.<br />

The pain excruciating, the screams I shouted were echoing throughout the corridors. I felt myself changing, losing my sense of reality,<br />

and him watching over me, from that cursed chair, with his cursed gaze and his cursed cape. I will fall no longer, and yet in a flash I was<br />

on the top of this castle, looking down at the clouds, and fear is not consuming me anymore, I feel empty. I jumped towards the clouds,<br />

only to float like a feather carried by the zephyr of the night. I touched the ground with grace, from the tip of my shoe to the sole of my<br />

feet. There he stood before me; never did I understand the difference. I needed to look at him like a mountain, chiseled by nature and<br />

majestic in the moonlight. He threw a sword at me, but it perfectly snaps in my hands. He charges towards me, like a beast of night I<br />

was engulfed by the darkness, but I started to match his pace. Soon enough I leaped out of the abyss, and hurdled my sword to his neck,<br />

but foolish I was. With a snap of his finger, I was again on the ground, but not in pain, I surrendered. Took the sword he had given me<br />

and went to my abode to slumber. The bed that was an escape, a freedom, looked distant and cold. Kept thinking about the pain, and the<br />

castle that I stood upon. Passing time through the endless corridors, I stumbled on a door, different than any that I had seen. My curiosity<br />

got the best of me. It opened to a place of obscenities, glasses that looked like balloons, more books than a man can read in two lifetimes,<br />

and small swords big as the finger. I felt his presence approaching. Leaving the room, I knew I should not have seen it, but most peculiar<br />

of all, the portrait of the most beautiful and serene woman. With hair gold as the coin tossed to a barkeep, a face as sharp as a blade but<br />

smooth and caring. The eyes of blue like no sea or sky, the gaze of man have ever seen and lips of red. He uttered my name, which I did<br />

not know, but heard, yet my conciseness had blocked. I looked behind to his stature. He was neither mad nor angry, but disappointed, lost<br />

by looking in the room that I was in. I did not ask about that place, for I know that it was, and will be forbidden to me. I only apologized<br />

for my doing, and he smirked for a second, but changed to a cold man that made shivers crawl from the floor to my hair. His words were<br />

shallow, but with meaning to not test his patience.<br />

Days have turned to months, months to years, not much would have happened, but I have grown. I saw clearly through the veil of the<br />

night but struggled to get my bearings within the kiss of the light. Nothing came close to me in sheer speed and force, as the walls were<br />

scared to hold my path, and the wind ushered me way to my sword. His training, though a predicament for my slumber, has enhanced<br />

my fortitude. Every day of coaching he seemed more and more pale, more and more suffering, as though my presence made a darkness<br />

grow powerful inside his chest. I asked him what this is all for, why train someone who was nothing but a burden from the beginning?<br />

His answer, empty, just like the shadow from where that cursed chair stood across my bed. Nothing prepared me for this, not the training,<br />

not the hollow corridors where I wept as if nothing had heard me. He had said that the world is nothing to him, only the pale moon has<br />

given him peace. This plan of existence would be his or for nobody to enjoy, for it had taken everything from him, and left only sorrow<br />

and despair. I grew defeated, before his words, as nothing I would have said could have changed him, or what was eating away the real<br />

him. The next few days, I tried to accompany him inside the fortress and outside, not only in training, but in dining and having measly<br />

conversations. Once in a while, he would slip and give me something to cherish, or keep only for myself. He has given stories about youth,<br />

about death and, most importantly, about love. He is a changed man or being when conversing about his love. In those darkened eyes<br />

you could see the stars when the words about his devotion to this fair maiden. When these tales would end, I have seen the sorrow in his<br />

eyes, his wish to weep and cower. I felt like ending anyone who would have hurt this gentle fallen angel.<br />


The time has come, he said, while disturbing my slumber. Trying to get my bearings, my sword flew across the room deep withing my<br />

clutches. I felt its hunger, the lust for power and destruction, making my heart skip a beat. One last match between us, he gave me an<br />

ultimatum to either defeat him or take his life, or whatever he had left. The sword unsheathed itself, like a rabid hound waiting to feel<br />

the blood of my enemies, I stood my stance. Leaped at him, grazed his face, the anger I have seen in those bloodshot eyes, made me cower<br />

and change to a puppy. But alas, I charged again, he grabbed me by the skull, smashed me through enough walls that it would take years<br />

to repair, but I felt nothing. In those few moments, that I was taken as a puppet, I only thought about a way to keep him at bay. As soon<br />

as he finished dragging me through the façade of the castle, I was thrown in the courtyard and on my back. Got up on my knees, about to<br />

admit defeat, only to hear the whizzing of arrows flying over the moonlit sky. I grasped the change from red to crimson, my blood boiling<br />

inside my veins. I saw only shadows before me, in the thousands or hundreds of thousands, but alas they have all fallen before me. These<br />

attackers have been defeated by me, eviscerated, and mutilated by me, sensed that I started to lose myself, this bloodlust was not who I<br />

was. I opened my eyes, the real ones, and did not know where I was or how I got there. He was standing there with a white cloth in his<br />

hands, rubbing my face and hands. “Use it on your sword, for it had helped you defeat your enemies”, his words echoed in my head, the<br />

hue of my sight changed from red to black, as if it had changed to the ordinary. I started to feel like I would have fallen, but not this time<br />

I gripped my sword, cleaned the blood of it and demanded it to sheath itself.<br />

But now, I stood before him, the full moon over us for light and the stars as audience, the music was the droplets of water that came from<br />

the sky, as if mourning the loss of the purest soul. Neither he nor I would start this duel, but he said it must be done. “Come at me with<br />

all that you have, and do not hold back the strength that I have given you from the beginning”, he said with the most bone breaking and<br />

soul crushing scream, and I obliged. We clashed in swords and fists, with claws and strikes that created new lights before us. The forest<br />

where this dreaded battle took place has turned into a field, as the trees were used for cover and weapons. His cape, as majestic as ever<br />

even in this wretched sight of nature, flew around him and captivated me with ease, but alas, my focus was on him, his cursed face, his<br />

cursed eyes, and his cursed demeanor. I ordered my sword to dance with me, around me, to shield me and attack with me as though we<br />

were one. A killing machine of sort. With the moon nearing its end, his life also came to something poetic. As a final clash with open arms,<br />

I sliced him and pierced his blackened heart. “Your eyes are beautiful just like the maiden I long for”, he has given me another story to<br />

decipher with these final words, as I took his cape and buried him next to that gloomy castle.<br />

I once again open that door, the one with the most beautiful of décor, looking at that maiden painting. Deep within its eyes, I see myself.<br />

The candle was lit, the room anew and more paintings were shown to me. It was him and this fair maiden, with a boy as pale as the<br />

moon, and his hair silver like the blade I control. In the corner stood a temple with him and the maiden, with a book under it. I took it<br />

and read it right there, only to find what I should not have or should have. The pain and ringing were sharp as the tip of a mountain top,<br />

piercing every thought I had, but now I remember. I am his and hers. For he was my father, the man named Dracula, Vlad Tepes, and I<br />

was Alucard, his beloved son. He has lost my mother to this wretched world, and would have destroyed it, if I had not intervened. I have<br />

lost my first endeavor, but he has given me a new life only for me to end his. He got the peace that he wanted, and I am grateful it was me<br />

who provided his final moments. Now I stand in that cursed chair, looking at my bed, only to see the portrait of us as a family looming<br />

over this cursed cradle. For now, I am Alucard, and will always be, the protector of humans and nature alike.<br />

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Min favorittrett for kalde kvelder:<br />

– Jjigae –<br />

Anja Kathrine Laland Gyberg<br />

Skribent<br />

Foto: Unikum // Anja Kathrine Laland Gyberg<br />

Illustrasion: freepik // freepik<br />

Jjigae er en koreansk gryterett som rommer mange ulike oppskrifter. De mest kjente er kimchi jjigae, doenjang<br />

(fermentert bønne-paste) jjigae, budae jjigae (army stew) og sundubu (silketofu) jjigae. I denne oppskriften tar jeg for<br />

meg en forenklet versjon som ikke begrenses til en spesifikk oppskrift. Rett og slett en basis-jjigae. Alle former for jjigae<br />

serveres med kokt ris på siden, noe som gjør at gryteretten holder til flere måltider i tillegg til å forbli billig.<br />

Det jeg liker spesielt godt med denne type rett er at man kan mikse og trikse litt etter behov. Ofte bruker jeg opp rester<br />

av det jeg finner i kjøleskapet og det er enkelt å lage store kvantiteter, som jeg da porsjonerer utover uka.<br />


Ingredienser:<br />

Suppebase:<br />

1-2 ss Gochujang (Koreansk chili-paste)<br />

Chilipulver (Om du foretrekker spicy)<br />

1 ss Soyasaus (Salt etter behov, noen<br />

soyasauser er saltere enn andre.)<br />

1 ts Sesamolje (Du kan klare deg uten,<br />

men 100 ganger bedre med)<br />

1 ss Fiskevann<br />

MSG (Kun om du har allerede, iykyk)<br />

Kraft (Oksekraft eller asiatisk kraft med kelp<br />

og tørkede ansjos (kok opp vann kelp og<br />

ansjos i 15 min før du fjerner de fra vannet))<br />

Ikke nøl med å ha mer soyasaus/<br />

fiskevann etc om du ønsker det. Smak<br />

til slik at det blir en rett du liker.<br />

Grønnsaker:<br />

Løk<br />

Potet<br />

Gulrot<br />

Daikon-reddik<br />

Vårløk<br />

Hvitløk<br />

Ingefær<br />

Sopp (Sjampinjong/enoki/<br />

rehydrert shitakesopp)<br />

Skulle det være noe du ikke har, null<br />

stress. Bruker ofte rester jeg har liggende<br />

av grønnsaker, de nevnt over er bare de<br />

vanligste. Ikke overtenk. Hvor mye du velger<br />

av hver er også opp til deg og hva du har.<br />

Protein:<br />

Valget av proteinkilde er bredt. Du kan<br />

enkelt ta det du har i kjøleskapet eller<br />

velge det du oftest bruker i andre retter.<br />

Tradisjonelt så kuttes fast tofu opp i<br />

terningsbiter i tillegg til animalsk protein.<br />

Jeg pleier å ha tofu i alle variasjonene jeg<br />

lager, og så er lammekjøttdeig eller tunfisk<br />

på boks mine to favoritter i tillegg.<br />

Karbohydrat:<br />

Kokt ris<br />

Ekstra:<br />

Vil du leke videre med variasjonene som<br />

finnes i retten kan du bytte fast tofu med<br />

silketofu og knekke et egg rett i midten<br />

så det poaches. Da får du sundubu jjigae.<br />

Ønsker du å teste ut budae jjigae, army stew,<br />

så er proteinet oppkuttet pølse, bogskinke<br />

og instant nudler. Prøver du å lage kimchi<br />

jjigae så tilsetter du bare kimchi og kimchi<br />

lake til baseoppskriften. Selvfølgelig kan<br />

man søke opp individuelle oppskrifter av<br />

alle de nevnt over, men du vil finne mange<br />

ulike tolkninger at det blir enklere å gjøre<br />

det til ditt eget med en gang. På det viset<br />

forblir retten billigere, mer tilpasset din<br />

studentøkonomi og personlige smak.<br />

Jeg handler de fleste av mine asiatiske<br />

basisvarer på Vung Tao nede i<br />

Kvadraturen. De har et stort utvalg som<br />

jeg kan anbefale alle å ta en titt på!<br />

Framgangsmåte: les igjennom hele før du begynner<br />

1: Sett vann til koking. Du velger selv hvor mye du ønsker å lage. Selv pleier jeg å ha 1½<br />

liter, noe som gir gode mengder restemat. Tilsett kraften du har valgt. Samtidig kutter jeg<br />

opp grønnsakene og tofu i passende biter. 200g tofu holder til en stor gryte.<br />

2: Sett ris til koking. Følg anvisningen til risen du har kjøpt. Vi har riskoker<br />

hjemme, så ville ikke tatt råd av meg for koking av ris i kjele.<br />

3: Når kraften er klar tilsetter du ingrediensene til suppebasen, dermed heller du oppi alle grønnsaker som trenger litt<br />

lengre koketid, rotgrønnsaker etc. La de koke litt før du tilsetter tofu og resterende grønnsaker. Husk å smak til underveis.<br />

4: Når det kommer til proteinkilden så må du tilpasse ettersom hvilket protein du velger. Ved kjøttdeig så tilbereder<br />

jeg det i en kjele der det stekes. Chillipasten tilsettes før jeg heller kraften over i gryten med kjøttdeigen. Ved<br />

denne metoden bruker du to kjeler. Om du velger tunfisk for eksempel så heller du den bare oppi gryten helt<br />

mot slutten og rører forsiktig om. Andre proteinkilder kan variere, om du ønsker å steke den først som med<br />

kjøttdeig, eller om du ønsker å ha de oppi og la de koke. Det kommer an på hva du foretrekker og hvor lat du<br />

er den dagen. OBS: kjøtt skal ikke være hovedrollen i denne retten. Her kan du spare litt penger ved å redusere<br />

mengden og ha rester til andre middager. Eks: bruk en halv pakke kjøttdeig, frys ned resten til senere.<br />

5: La det koke til rotgrønnsakene og proteinet er ferdig. Server i skål og spis med skje og<br />

spisepinner. Passer perfekt på dager det er litt kleint vær eller kaldt ute.<br />

Bonus: Som ved alle gryteretter så er de enda bedre dagen etterpå!<br />

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Leserinnlegg STA<br />

For at en vertsby for universitetene skal bli best mulig for studentene, er det en del faktorer både nasjonalt og lokalt som må være “på<br />

plass”. Derfor ønsker vi å komme med noen forventninger både nasjonalt og lokalt som vi i STA mener må til for at Kristiansand og<br />

Grimstad skal bli de beste studiebyene!<br />

Sandra, nå må studentene prioriteres!<br />

Et universitet er her for studentene. Alle ressurser, tjenester og mesteparten av finansering kommer på bakgrunn av studentene. Derfor er<br />

det essensielt at studenter får tilhørighet til sin institusjon og de avgjørelsene som fattes der. Studentmedvirkning i alle ledd er essensielt<br />

for å få til dette. Derfor er det viktig at sektoren har en statsråd som tar studentene på alvor. At statsråden hører våre bekymringer, går<br />

i dialog og handler deretter. Jeg forventer at vi har en statsråd som lar studentene ha reel medvirkning. I tillegg må sektoren tilpasse<br />

seg en skiftende studentmasse. Studentmassen er mangfoldig og skal være dette. Men, noen ting er vi like på. Vi ønsker alle sammen<br />

forutsigbarhet. Forutsigbarhet i forhold til økonomi, tjenester, tilgjengelige ressurser, helsetilbud osv. Denne forutsigbarheten har vi<br />

ikke i dag, men det kan du hjelpe oss å få gjennom, å styrke studiestøtten, bygge flere rimelige studentboliger, større satsning på psykisk<br />

helse, for å nevne noe. Vi forventer at det investeres i en utdanning for alle i Norge. Høsten 2022 begynte norske universiteter å kreve<br />

skolepenger for internasjonale studenter utenom EU/EØS og Sveits. Som en konsekvens av innføringen kommer det færre internasjonale<br />

studenter til Norge og UiA. Dette er et stort tap da dette er dyktige studenter som sitter med nye perspektiver som gagner undervisningen<br />

og studiemiljøet. I tillegg så bidrar de til en økt kunnskapsutvikling og kulturveksling som vi mener er viktig for våre studenter. Sist,<br />

men ikke minst, var dette et brudd på det viktige gratisprinsippet i norsk akademia. I Hurdalsplattformen står det at høyere utdanning<br />

skal være gratis i Norge og at dette inkluderer internasjonale studenter. Som sagt, det er et viktig prinsipp som nå er brutt. Sandra, i dine<br />

første måneder som minister har du prioritert å reise rundt i landet og snakke med oss i sektoren, både studenter og ansatte. Dette må du<br />

fortsette med! For det er gjennom god dialog at vi sammen kan finne de beste løsningene og snu de ikke så gode avgjørelsene.<br />


Kjære Mathias, Beate og alle nyvalgte representanter i Kristiansand og Grimstad!<br />

I Agder er vi cirka 16 000 studenter totalt. Vi er en befolkningsgruppe som ofte kun bor i kommunen i en kort periode, men hvor flere<br />

ønsker at vi skal bli værende. I løpet av den korte perioden vi bor i deres kommuner så må dere tilrettelegge for at vi får det best mulige<br />

inntrykket slik at vi ønsker å bli værende. Det er mange ting dere kan hjelpe til med, men her kommer vi med 3 krav vi mener må være<br />

på plass for at studentene skal trives best mulig under og etter studiene.<br />

1. Transport! Mobilitet og fleksibilitet er viktig for studentene. Vi har ofte ikke råd til bil og er helt avhengig av offentlig kollektivtransport<br />

for å komme oss fra ulike steder. Selv om mange studenter velger å bosette seg på Lund i Kristiansand eller rett ved universitet i<br />

Grimstad, så vet vi også at en del studenter velger å bosette seg utenfor bykjernene for å nettopp spare penger. I tillegg finner vi oftere<br />

boliger hvor strøm er inkludert utenfor bykjernene. Dessverre så er ikke busstilbudene her ofte tilstrekkelige nok slik at vi får delta på<br />

alle aktivitetene som vi har et ønske om å delta på.<br />

2. Jobb etter utdanning. For at vi skal kunne bosette oss i denne regionen etter endt utdanning så må det være mulig for oss å få en<br />

relevant jobb etter utdanning. For det er det vi ønsker når vi er ferdig på universitetet. Dessverre så hører vi historier gang på gang av<br />

studenter som aldri en gang blir kalt inn på intervju selv om bedriften spesifikt ønsker nydannede. Her skapes det et uheldig utenforskap<br />

som dere må være med å motvirke.<br />

3. Dere må være med å øke studiestøtten vår! Jeg vet at dere ønsker å satse på mental helse, frivilligheten og det sosiale livet. Men, på<br />

grunn av studiestøtten vår så må vi gjøre harde prioriteringer som grupper i resten av samfunnet ikke må gjøre. Det er vanskelig å velge<br />

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Jeg vil gratulere dere med disse viktige tillitsvervene og så gleder vi i Studentorganisasjonen i Agder oss til samarbeidet!<br />

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Gjøres klart til nye studentboliger på Lund Torv<br />

I disse dager er rivningen og klargjøringen til 371 hybler på Lund<br />

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forventet å stå ferdig til studiestart 2025.<br />

Området er gjerdet inn, og Lundskråga Pub og den rosa iskiosken<br />

ved Spar og lyskrysset på Lund er historie. Studentsamskipnaden<br />

i Agder (SiA) sitt nyeste prosjekt skal øke dekningsgraden av<br />

studentboliger i Kristiansand. Veidekke Entreprenør (VD) og SiA<br />

har inngått en kontrakt i å bygge og ferdigstille prosjektet til en halv<br />

milliard kroner. Tidligere i år tildelte regjeringen 154 millioner<br />

kroner til prosjektet, resten finansieres med lån i husbanken.<br />

Når det står ferdig, skal de nye boligene være fordelt på to blokker<br />

på seks etasjer, med butikker, treningssenter og kafé på gateplan,<br />

og hybler i høyden. Det vil bli mye støy de neste månedene, med<br />

rivning, sprengningsarbeid og boring.<br />

Fremdriftsplan:<br />

• September – Oktober 23: Oppstart rivning og klargjøring av<br />

byggetomt.<br />

1 av 3 studenter har psykiske helseplager<br />

Ifølge SHoT-undersøkelsen for 2023, som offisielt kalles en<br />

tilleggsundersøkelse, har en av tre studenter symptomene som<br />

oppfyller kravene for en psykisk lidelse.<br />

Både kvinner og menn oppgir å ha opplevd å ha en psykisk lidelse<br />

i løpet av de siste tretti dagene.<br />

Blant psykiske lidelser som rammer studenter er en alvorlig<br />

depressiv periode og generell angstlidelse vanligst.<br />

Utdanningspolitisk talsperson for Arbeiderpartiet, Elise Waagen,<br />

sier til Unikum at det er «alvorlig» at så mange som en av tre<br />

studenter rapporterer at de sliter med en psykisk lidelse.<br />

Foto: Arbeiderpartiet<br />

• Oktober – Mars 24: Oppstart grunn- og fundamenteringsarbeider,<br />

betong- og sprengningsarbeider.<br />

• Mars – November 24: Massivtre og fasadearbeider.<br />

• November – Juni 25: Innredningsarbeider og utomhusarbeider.<br />

– Denne utviklingen må snus. Derfor er jeg glad for at AP/SPregjeringen<br />

har levert en opptrappingsplan for psykisk helse, og<br />

skal bruke tre milliarder kroner på feltet fremover.<br />

Waagen sier at det skal blant annet sikre lavterskeltilbud nær der<br />

man bor, hvor man kan få hjelp uten henvisning.<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 43


Gender 101<br />

Jakub Świerkocki<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: Unsplash // Jason Leung<br />

Did you ever think: Why in English does words such as sex and gender exist? Did you ever think about the difference? If not, but you are<br />

curious about it, this article is for you. I will explain why sex and gender have an important distinction and why is it not simple to call<br />

someone female or male, woman or man.<br />

Let’s start with the definition of ‘sex’.<br />

The oldest one I found was from 1985.<br />

“ ‘Sex’ is a word that refers to the biological differences between male and female: the visible difference in genitalia, the related difference in<br />

procreative function” (Oakley, 1985)<br />

And the World Health organization’s definition (WHO):<br />

“Sex refers to ‘the different biological and physiological characteristics of males and females, such as reproductive organs, chromosomes,<br />

hormones, etc.’ ”(WHO)<br />

Okay, so we have definitions. Let’s look at the language they are using. When they are referring assigned sex, we use female and male,<br />

not man or woman. Also, the definition doesn’t include intersex people, who are either male or female. The definition for intersex is:<br />

“Intersex is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of natural bodily variations. In some cases, intersex traits are visible at birth<br />

while in others, they are not apparent until puberty. Some chromosomal intersex variations may not be physically apparent at all.”(UNFE)<br />

There is a whole discussion about what to put into the intersex conditions because the percentage of people will vary depending on it.<br />

If we include conditions such as Turner syndrome, Klinefelter‘s syndrome, vaginal agenesis, Locah, the number will be estimated to be<br />

1.7% worldwide but there are people that don‘t agree with this (Fausto-Sterling, 200). Without these conditions, the number is estimated<br />

to 0.018% worldwide (Sax, 2002). I wanted to show you both sides of this intersex discourse. I’m not gonna get into that too much because<br />

it will take the whole newspaper to make a point. Also, if you want to read more about sex as a spectrum, I’d recommend an article<br />

written for Scientific American, “Visualizing sex as a spectrum” by A. Montañez. The spectrum of sex is shown as a graph.<br />

Since we went through ‘sex’, let’s go to the easier topic, which is gender.<br />

First and foremost, gender is a social construct, it’s created by people and society.<br />

Gender, according to WHO:<br />

“Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviors and roles<br />

associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society<br />

to society and can change over time.”(WHO)<br />

So once again, gender is a social construct. Not a biological thing, it was created by humans. Also, gender is a spectrum. Some people don’t<br />

like the roles associated with their gender, so they change it to find the most comfortable one. You can identify as a man, woman, both,<br />

neither or you can be just in the middle. We have a name for these categories.<br />


Transgender and Cisgender people:<br />

“Transgender is an umbrella term that refers to people whose gender identity does not necessarily correspond to the sex category to which<br />

they were assigned at birth, whereas the term cisgender refers to people who feel that their gender identity aligns with the sex category to<br />

which they were assigned at birth” (Serano, 2013)<br />

So, what you know now, is the definition of sex, which is biological differences that categorize people into male and female. Between<br />

these two categories, which doesn’t fit perfectly with the conditions, are intersex people. The other important definition was gender,<br />

which refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls, and boys and how they are socially constructed. Of course, this is also a spectrum<br />

and between it we have transgender people and nonbinary, agender are included in that. Which leads me to my next topic: Trans issues,<br />

specifically, gender dysphoria. What is it and how can you heal it?<br />

Definition of gender dysphoria:<br />

“Gender dysphoria: Discomfort or distress related to an incongruence between an individual‘s gender identity and the gender assigned at<br />

birth.”(American Psychological Association, 2018)<br />

I wanted to find the definition that really illustrates the problem of gender dysphoria. Some definitions, instead of gender assigned at<br />

birth, use sex assigned at birth, but that stigmatizes a lot of nonbinary people. Nonbinary people experience gender dysphoria in their<br />

unique ways, for example they don’t want to change sex but may want to look more androgynous, which hormones could help (Galupo<br />

et all, 2021). Also, we know now the difference between sex and gender.<br />

My main concern is that if you read that gender is a social construct, you think you can cure gender dysphoria by simply changing your<br />

mind or attitude. That is not true. For example, some have depression or some other mental health problems, inherited or given by<br />

trauma, that is cured by medication. People feelings matter and if they want to change gender or sex, that should not be a problem. The<br />

whole process of transitioning include meetings with psychotherapists that will exclude trauma as a factor of changing gender. Also, one<br />

more important thing to note is that trans people have increased anxiety and depression than cis people (Newcomb et al, 2020).<br />

The solution to gender dysphoria is called gender-affirming care. In short, it’s not only bottom surgery and medical things, like giving<br />

hormones, but also can include any other psychological, sociological and behavioral factors that reassure the gender people have. It<br />

could include changing pronouns for whoever they feel comfortable with. Random fact, erasing gender distinctions in language is a<br />

steppingstone to gender equality (Liu et al, 2018). But yeah, the changes could be anything that makes you your gender identity.<br />

You may ask: How do we know that this works? There is long term research about the effect of gender-affirming care(Ruppin<br />

Pfäfflin,2015;Vries et al.,2014).<br />

So, after all this information, I want to leave you with one question.<br />

Why is gender-affirming care still so hard to get?<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 45


From “1989” to<br />

“Taylor’s Version”<br />

Illustration: Freepik // Harryarts<br />

Photos: Twitter, Vulture<br />

Àngels Aguilera<br />

Writer<br />

Since her label change in 2018, Taylor Swift has been on a journey to re-record<br />

her first six albums. After a 13-year contract with the artist, Big Machine Records<br />

sold Taylor Swift‘s masters to producer Scooter Braun, leaving the singer with<br />

no ownership over any of her self-written music. Since then, Taylor Swift has<br />

been an advocate for artist‘s rights to own their life work and in consonance,<br />

she is reclaiming her old music through recording it all again.<br />

Critically acclaimed<br />

“1989” is her 5th studio album, but it will soon be her 4th re-recorded album.<br />

“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” will be published this October 27th, exactly 11 years<br />

after its original release. But before that happens, let‘s travel together into the<br />

“1989” universe to make sure you don’t miss out on any details. Here’s what you<br />

need to know about the album from a certified Swiftie!<br />

Behind the title<br />

“I’m Taylor, and I was born in 1989” was the opening line for the 1989 World<br />

Tour, which became the world‘s highest-grossing tour of 2015. The album was<br />

inspired by 90s pop music and as such, Taylor named it after her birth year,<br />

symbolizing both the decade she drew inspiration from and her own musical<br />

rebirth. She decided to label this as her first pop album and consequently broke<br />

free from the country music scene where she had built her fame beforehand.<br />

In addition to the record-breaking tour, the album itself has accumulated more than 150 awards including one Emmy Award, ten Guinness<br />

World Records and three 2016 Grammys: “Best Music Video”, “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Album of the Year”. All these recognitions<br />

have granted the record the title of most awarded pop album in history, which is an achievement in itself.<br />

Deluxe Version<br />

It seems like 13 songs weren’t enough for Taylor Swift’s debut into a new musical genre so she released an extended version of the album<br />

called “1989 Deluxe”. This included 3 additional tracks: “Wonderland”, a metaphorical trip through what love can do to an apparently<br />

sane person; “You Are In Love”, an intimate peek into a relationship taking its firsts steps and “New Romantics”, a satire on modern love.<br />

So, if you’re looking for the complete Taylor pop experience, make sure not to miss out on these.<br />

Vault Tracks<br />

This time around, there will only be one version of the album with 21 songs. Five of these songs have never been heard before which<br />

Taylor herself calls “From The Vault”. These are songs that were originally written for the album back in 2014 but didn’t make it on the<br />

original record.<br />


– what you need to know<br />

The Big 3<br />

Are you new to the Taylor Swift universe and don’t know where to start? Try<br />

the album singles: “Blank Space”, “Shake It Off” and “Bad Blood”. I can assure<br />

you that you’ve already heard at least one of these (unless you’ve been living<br />

under a rock for the last 10 years) and therefore these can be a nice gateway for<br />

you into the rest of the album... or honestly just a fun listen! Give them a try!<br />

The underdogs<br />

If you are ready to dig a little deeper into the record, as a seasoned Swiftie I<br />

recommend you try some less known songs. For example, “Out Of The Woods”<br />

is a beautiful portrayal of the type of anxiety we sometimes feel in tricky<br />

relationships. In that same lane, “I Know Places” gets a bit darker as it explores<br />

the pressure of a high-profile relationship. Finally, if you’re going to listen to<br />

any of my recommendations, let it be this one: “Clean”, a delicate expression of<br />

the struggles with addiction.<br />

A peek into “Taylor’s Version”<br />

If even after listening to the original “1989” you want more, I have good news:<br />

two of the re-recorded songs have already been released! You can check out “This Love (Taylor’s Version)” and “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s<br />

Version)” for a preview of the new sound! Additionally, if you’re like me and enjoy experiencing albums as a complete concept, you can<br />

look into the four different album covers that Taylor has revealed for the new CD. The vibe of the album has evolved from the original<br />

big-city-vibe to a very soothing beachside aesthetic!<br />

Not sold yet?<br />

Maybe you‘ve heard so many things about Taylor Swift already that you‘ve blocked all her music on your Spotify? I can‘t say I blame you,<br />

we‘ve all suffered having to hear the same three songs over and over again. However, before you completely cross out her discography,<br />

let me say this: not only does she consistently shatter her own records while advocating for artist‘s rights, but she is shaping up to become<br />

one of the biggest singers of the century. Isn‘t it worth giving her a chance, considering her undeniable impact on the music industry?<br />

And what better time to do so than with her most popular album? “1989” is the perfect first taste of Taylor Swift, and who knows, you<br />

might just become a Swiftie yourself!<br />

<strong>OKTOBER</strong> 2023 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 8 47

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