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Studentavisen for Agder GRATIS | Januar 2024<br />

EXCHANGE STUDENTS EVALUATION // VINTEREMPATI 101 // BINGO SATIRE // STUDENTENES ULIKE STUDIETEKNIKKER


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LEDER<br />

DET GJEMTE PREMISSET<br />

Da vi gikk inn i det nye tiåret husker<br />

jeg at jeg så på fyrverkeriet med store<br />

blå øyne og tenkte: «Dette skal bli et<br />

godt tiår.» Jeg var full av motivasjon<br />

og håp for at ting skulle bli bedre.<br />

En pandemi, et par kriger og en<br />

dårlig økonomi etterpå går jeg inn<br />

i 2024 med en langt forsiktigere<br />

holdning. For lesingen om samfunnet<br />

vårt er ikke preget av optimisme.<br />

I fjor rapporterte blant andre<br />

Agderposten og FVN om alenefaren<br />

Tom Terjesen med fire jobber, som<br />

valgte å bruke 721 kroner på mat<br />

fremfor kommunale avgifter. Det<br />

resulterte i at Arendal kommune<br />

ville tvangsselge boligen hans.<br />

På julaften slapp NRK en sak titulert:<br />

«1980-tallet: Gammel og fattig,<br />

2020-tallet: Ung og fattig». Der viser<br />

de til tall fra OECD som viser at de<br />

nye fattige er de unge voksne. I 2021<br />

utgjorde aldersgruppen 18-25 hele<br />

26% av de fattige i Norge. Risikoen for<br />

å være ung og fattig i Norge er nesten<br />

dobbelt så høy som i resten av Europa.<br />

Og det blir ikke lettere når husleien<br />

øker. Vanja Hagen fortalte til FVN for<br />

et år siden om hvordan økt husleie ga<br />

trange kår som student på Sørlandet.<br />

Nå som renta har økt gang på gang<br />

benytter mange huseiere seg av<br />

muligheten for å justere leien opp<br />

etter konsumprisindeksen. Alt dette<br />

gjør det vanskelig å være student,<br />

tross en flott lånekasseordning<br />

og gratis offentlig utdanning.<br />

Det er dette jeg har i tankene når<br />

jeg nå trer inn i stillingen som<br />

ansvarlig redaktør for Unikum. Jeg<br />

vil benytte denne stillingen til å<br />

sette lys på studentenes tilværelse<br />

her på Sørlandet. Det er allment<br />

kjent at levekåra nå er trange. Men<br />

for studenter er det som om det<br />

er et gjemt premiss om at det skal<br />

være trangt. Det vil jeg utfordre.<br />

Hvis du har en historie å fortelle må<br />

du gjerne ta kontakt med meg. Send en<br />

epost til redaktor@unikumnett.no om<br />

du har noe du vil dele med Unikum.<br />

INNHOLD<br />

4 Vinterempati 101<br />

6 Exchange Students Evaluation<br />

12 Agony Aunt<br />

14 Flashcards, Quizer og Kollokviegrupper -<br />

Les om Studentenes ulike Studieteknikker<br />

16 Culture Calendar<br />

19 Poem: In Winter’s Grasp<br />

20 Short-story: A Colorless Polychrome<br />

22 Folk Dance in Kristiansand<br />

25 Pit Stop<br />

26 Review: Mean Girls<br />

28 Satire: My 2024 Bingo Card<br />

30 Poduniverset<br />

Pål Øymoen<br />

redaktor@unikumnett.no<br />

4843 1050<br />

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

POSTADRESSE: Serviceboks 422, 4604 Kristiansand S<br />

BESØKSADRESSE: Universitetsveien 24, 4630 Kristiansand S<br />

ORG.NR.: 984 544 677<br />

TELEFON: 911 45 962<br />

EPOST: redaktor@unikumnett.no<br />

NETTSIDE: unikumnett.no<br />

TWITTER: twitter.com/unikumnett<br />

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/studentavisenunikum<br />

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/unikumnett<br />

Publisert Januar 2024<br />

Utgave nummer 01<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 />

ANSVARLIG REDAKTØR :<br />

Pål Øymoen<br />

REDAKTØRER:<br />

Nettredaktør<br />

Nyhetsredaktør<br />

Kulturredaktør<br />

Fotoredaktør<br />

Debattansvarlig<br />

GRAFISK ANSVARLIG:<br />

Natalia Bogdanova<br />

FORSIDE:<br />

Foto: Karen Sophie Lund<br />

Ferdinand Arntzen<br />

Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Randi Andersdotter<br />

JOURNALISTER/SKRIBENTER:<br />

Adam Zawadzk, Alexander Horpestad, Alice Soleng,<br />

Ángels Aguilera, Aurora Trondsen Flatvoll, Freya<br />

Thomson, Halvor Nyhus Hagen, Jakub Świerkocki,<br />

Jay Voltaire, Michael Campbell, Natalia Bogdanova,<br />

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

Svanberg<br />

FOTOGRAFER:<br />

Karen Sophie Lund, Natalia Bogdanova, Natasha Agatha<br />

Wangui, Ángels Aguilera, Michael Campbell, Jay Voltaire,<br />

Freya Thomson<br />

DESKEN:<br />

Alexander Horpestad, Alice Soleng, Natalia Bogdanova, Pål<br />

Øymoen, Tobias Klausen, Sharmaarke Mohamed, Julia Artuna,<br />

Vlad Pop<br />

KORREKTUR:<br />

Michael Campbell, Silje Gullhav, Martin Hoftun, Mattis<br />

Johannessen, Tobias Klausen, Åshild Magnesen, Alice Soleng,<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg, Pål Øymoen<br />

DAGLIG LEDER:<br />

Marion Bjørndal Søviknes<br />

TRYKKING:<br />

Bjorvand & Co<br />

OPPLAG:<br />

450<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 3


AK TUELT<br />

Vinterempati 101<br />

Ida Marie Bruun<br />

Skribent<br />

Illustrasjon: Freepik // freepik<br />

Det kan være skikkelig vanskelig å vite hvordan man skal møte en<br />

venn som ikke har det bra. I tillegg til de som opplever sorg eller<br />

sliter med psykiske plager, opplever hele 5-10% av befolkningen<br />

det vi kaller vinterdepresjon. Dette kan være usynlig, eller av og<br />

til innebære isolasjon og dårlige vaner. Hvordan skal vi forholde<br />

oss med empati til de som sliter, og kan vi hindre dem i å ta dårlige<br />

valg?<br />

Vinterdepresjon er en mild eller moderat form for depresjon som<br />

slår inn i vinterhalvåret. Det følger gjerne mørketiden, og blir<br />

bedre igjen når dagene blir lengre. Kanskje legger du merke til at<br />

vennen din trekker seg unna, isolerer seg og slutter å stille opp for<br />

deg. Kanskje de slutter å ta vare på seg selv, tar dårlige valg, eller<br />

virker likegyldige og apatiske til ting de før har likt.<br />

Vår første reaksjon er ofte å ville hjelpe. Velmenende råd kommer<br />

automatisk på løpende bånd når noen vi er glade i plutselig tar<br />

dårlige valg for seg selv eller ikke har det bra. Vi vil så gjerne gjøre<br />

eller si noe som kan forandre situasjonen. Vi vil gjerne hjelpe til å<br />

finne løsningen. Men her er det viktig å trå varsomt.<br />

Råd kan overraskende nok oppleves som bagatellisering av<br />

problemet, eller som kritikk. Er man deprimert, så kan et vennlig<br />

forslag om å gå turer ute høres ut som «hvis du bare hadde gått litt<br />

mer tur, så ville alle problemene dine vært løst». Depresjon kalles<br />

også «å være syk i viljen», og med god grunn. Problemet er ikke at<br />

man ikke vet hva som er bra, men at man ikke evner å gjennomføre<br />

det. Å bli minnet på tingene man ikke lenger orker å gjøre, kan<br />

gjøre vondt verre.<br />

Det er også viktig å huske på at vi bare vet det lille som blir delt<br />

med oss. Vi ser ikke hele det kompliserte bildet, hva som har ført<br />

til at noen har det vanskelig, eller deres unike behov og måte å<br />

fungere på. Vi vet heller ikke alt vedkommende prøver eller gjør<br />

når vi ikke ser på. Det er et dårlig grunnlag å basere råd på. Det<br />

er ofte veldig sammensatt når vi ikke har det bra, og det finnes<br />

mest sannsynlig ikke én enkel løsning. Man kan derfor føle seg<br />

misforstått når noen kommer med urealistisk enkle løsninger, eller<br />

råd som kanskje er helt irrelevante for den som sliter. Du kan ikke,<br />

og skal ikke behandle eller redde din venn. Du kan bare støtte dem.<br />

En bedre ide enn å komme med råd, er å gjøre det enklere for<br />

vedkommende å få positivinput. Inviter med på en tur, tilby deg<br />

å lage mat til dere, inviter til kosekveld – uten noe press om å bli<br />

med. Gjør sosiale aktiviteter tilgjengelige og lavterskel. Kom heller<br />

med oppmuntringer enn med råd. I stedet for «har du prøvd å<br />

trene?» kan du kanskje prøve «jeg vil bare minne deg på at du er<br />

super, og at du og kroppen din er verdt å ta vare på!» Og i stedet<br />

for «det hjelper ikke å sitte alene, du burde komme deg mer ut»,<br />

prøv «vi savner deg, du er så gøy å være sammen med». En god<br />

tommelfingerregel er å droppe ordet «burde» fullstendig.<br />

Og kanskje enda bedre enn oppmuntringer og tilrettelegging: lytt.<br />

Øv deg på å ikke komme med løsninger og råd, men å bare validere<br />

det personen uttrykker. «Det høres veldig frustrerende ut». «Takk<br />

for at du delte dette med meg». «Så vondt at du har det sånn». Det<br />

å tillate kjipe ting å være kjipt, er en viktig del av det å bearbeide<br />

følelsene for å kunne komme seg videre fra dem senere.<br />

4


En annen følelse som kan melde seg hos deg er skuffelse. Det kan<br />

være sårende når en venn plutselig ikke setter av like mye tid til<br />

deg som før, og tilsynelatende ikke viser noen interesse for deg og<br />

ditt liv lenger. Men det er viktig å huske en ting; det handler ikke<br />

om deg. Og det mener jeg som en oppmuntring! Du skal ikke tro at<br />

dette handler om at du ikke er god nok eller interessant nok. Du er<br />

verdt å lytte til, bruke tid med, og du er verdt å lage rom for. Men<br />

når alt er mørkt, og alt handler om å komme seg gjennom dagen,<br />

har man ingenting å gi. Å forholde seg til andre kan føles helt<br />

umulig når man er deprimert, uansett hvor glad man er i noen. Det<br />

er depresjonen som er i førersetet.<br />

Det er urettferdig at det går utover deg, og det er ikke din skyld,<br />

men prøv å ikke ta det personlig. Hvis du trenger det, minn deg selv<br />

konstant på at det ikke handler om deg. Du kan også søke støtte et<br />

annet sted for å få snakket ut om følelsene dine som pårørende<br />

venn. Forventninger fra andre kan føles som en enorm byrde når<br />

man har det vanskelig. Å konfrontere vennen din med at de svarer<br />

seint på meldinger, har forandret seg eller er en dårlig venn, kan<br />

føre til at personen føler seg enda mer alene og isolert. Hvis du<br />

trenger å snakke med dem om det, kan det være lurt å vente til<br />

vennen din har det bedre.<br />

Hvis du ønsker å hjelpe, la vennen din vite at du er der for dem på<br />

deres premisser. Hvis de ønsker å snakke, henge eller bare tenke<br />

på noe annet litt. Om de ønsker råd eller bare et lyttende øre, fortell<br />

dem at du er der når de er klare. Hvis det er vanskelig for noen å<br />

være sammen med andre, kan du være der for dem på avstand.<br />

Gi dem rom, men vis omsorg. Send eller stikk innom med en liten<br />

kosepakke, blomster eller et koselig kort. Tålmodighet og aksept er<br />

noe av det mest hjelpsomme vi har å tilby hverandre. I motsetning<br />

til det mange tenker, vil ikke aksept oppmuntre dårlige vaner<br />

og valg. Det vil faktisk heller gjøre det trygt å ta tak i ting. Skam<br />

påvirker oss negativt og forsterker dårlig adferd, mens aksept og<br />

trygghet styrker selvfølelsen og motivasjonen til positiv endring.<br />

Vinterdepresjon, sorg og generelt psykiske plager kan også være<br />

helt usynlige. En person trenger ikke å isolere seg, endre adferd<br />

eller virke trist for å ha det vondt. Alle har en psykisk helse, og<br />

det å ha det vanskelig er en del av livet. Ingen er immune, det er<br />

ikke forbeholdt en viss gruppe mennesker. Spør vennene dine<br />

om hvordan de har det, og kjenn etter selv også. Spesielt nå i<br />

mørketiden. Mørke, kulde og mindre aktivitet påvirker nok oss alle<br />

til en viss grad. Vi trenger alle aksept, støtte og empati!<br />

Jeg tenker at rådene ovenfor kan være nyttige i møte med andre,<br />

uansett om de deler om helseplager, utfordringer i relasjoner, at de<br />

har det vanskelig, eller noe som frustrerer dem i hverdagen. Men<br />

hvis du bare skal ta med deg én ting fra denne saken – la det være<br />

dette siste rådet: Spør andre hva de trenger. Spør om de ønsker<br />

råd, eller om de bare vil bli lyttet til. Spør om de har lyst til å ha<br />

det gøy, snakke eller om de trenger tid alene. Spør hvordan du kan<br />

stille opp for dem. Det er så uendelig mye bedre enn å anta at vi vet<br />

hva som kan være til hjelp. Og du - spør gjerne deg selv også: Hva<br />

trenger jeg i dag?<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 5


OPINION DEBATE<br />

EXCHANGE STUDENTS EVALUATION<br />

Illustration: Freepik // freepik; macrovector<br />

Photos: Unikum // Ángels Aguilera, Michael Campbell, Jay Voltaire, Freya Thomson<br />

Jakub, Poland<br />

The first time I fell in love with Norway was when I was on the bus to Kristiansand and<br />

I could see the lakes, the forest, the nature that Norway is connected to.<br />

As an exchange student, I will always remember Norway with a warm heart. It gives me<br />

feelings that I’ve never experienced to that scale. One of them is freedom: the ability to<br />

speak your mind and be yourself without judgement. The second one is safety: the inner<br />

feeling that you are protected no matter who you are or from where you are from.<br />

Studying at UiA gives me hope that there is education wherever you want to study,<br />

as opposed to Poland, my home country. In my opinion Polish universities are built<br />

on fear that people will not learn anything unless you put many classes and tests in<br />

their schedule. When I was studying at UiA, I felt the trust that you came here to learn<br />

and expand your knowledge. Also, the most important thing that I learned is that the<br />

university is a public university. I felt very welcomed when the pride flag was not<br />

only shown during pride month, but for the whole time, even the day when I left my<br />

exchange. Worth mentioning too is UiA’s rector Whittaker: a person that I met and<br />

talked to. Instead of showing her position or distancing herself from students, she had<br />

dinner with the student organizations and sat in the middle of it talking to everyone.<br />

In terms of student or town activities, I have to say: Unikum is the best organization<br />

ever created on the ground of the university. Not only could I write about the topics I am<br />

interested in, create and participate in some cool events, but I also bonded with people,<br />

creating long lasting relationships through the whole process of student exchange.<br />

Except the best place you can go, I attended several drag shows that were perfect. There<br />

was energy and fun there. I even tried drag because of the Unikum tries and because of<br />

that I connected to the queer drag community.<br />

Norway will also remind me of the country of the first tries. First time trying drag, first<br />

time voting in the polish elections, first time switching pronouns to they/them, first time<br />

performing and winning a lipsync, first time going to the drag and burlesque show, first<br />

time switching my lifestyle to vegan. So many first tries that I would be scared to try in<br />

Poland. This made me braver than I ever was. The bravery to continue with the things<br />

that I like.<br />

Also, there is a special place in my heart for the global lounge. If I had to pick a place<br />

where exchange student life is happening, it would definitely be there. The interns,<br />

Alicja, Sarah and Van, made the place so cozy and I have to say again: I’m so sorry for<br />

putting the soy sauce on the couch! These people answered many of my complicated<br />

questions and they help people on every issue which ever existed!<br />

I love Unikum, my drag and the Global Lounge,<br />

Jakub<br />

6


Michael, England<br />

A chapter has come to<br />

a close for the exchange<br />

students of the 2023<br />

Autumn term, some<br />

may even feel inclined<br />

to view it as the end of<br />

an era. While packing<br />

away my room and<br />

slowly boxing-up<br />

memories of the past six<br />

months, it was easy to<br />

feel down about leaving<br />

my new home from home. To myself and others, Norway has<br />

come to mean so much. Taking the opportunity to study abroad<br />

has quite honestly been the best thing I have ever done for myself.<br />

I’ve been continuously shocked by how good life has treated me<br />

when adventuring outside of the same-old-same-old.<br />

I am a second year Fine Art student from the UK and I find it quite<br />

safe to say that I found what I’ve been looking for at UiA. The<br />

profound comfort which I felt in my day-to-day life in Kristiansand<br />

was something new and wholly unexpected to me and my family.<br />

Being in Norway felt right, it just suited me. Having never left<br />

that small island with the big attitude, I was unaware that leaving<br />

home (I mean really leaving home, not just moving to the next<br />

city) teaches you things that seem stupidly obvious in perspective.<br />

For myself, I found that the degree came second for once. I was<br />

able to explore past my paintings and textbooks and instead spend<br />

time with precious new friends, something I have only learned to<br />

pursue through leaving the (dis)comfort of the UK.<br />

I have loved the inability to escape nature in Norway, the<br />

everyday is rightfully built into and around the natural world:<br />

seeing kindergartens on hillsides, with mountainous rocks jutting<br />

out into the playground, woodland trails around the back of uni<br />

which lead to nowhere and everywhere at the same time, and a<br />

close-nit community of student housing, with views you couldn’t<br />

hope to find anywhere else. The views are different to back home.<br />

We have mountains and forests of course, but they honestly pale in<br />

comparison to the wildlife quite literally living on your doorstep.<br />

Not to sound like I’m trying to win back Norwegian residence<br />

(though I certainly wouldn’t turn it down), during the semester<br />

I had the pleasure of spending time with the kindest, most<br />

welcoming people one could hope to meet. It surprised me how<br />

taking this chance landed me in the exact right place to make so<br />

many friends and meet the likeminded people I was promised<br />

I’d find back in my first year of university. Taking the initiative<br />

to meet people was nerve-wracking, but it helped that joining<br />

clubs or going to social events were accessible and free here. The<br />

paywall in front of societies at UK universities is ridiculous and<br />

has prevented me from having a similar experience at my home<br />

university. That being said, I might have to suck it up and dish out<br />

some money in the coming semester to make the most of my time<br />

there.<br />

I’m so grateful to<br />

have been welcomed into Unikum to write articles<br />

and proofread: something I’d never envisioned for myself and<br />

now don’t want to lose (even from across the sea). In the short time<br />

of being there I made memories I’m determined not to forget, and<br />

even though I can’t remember every detail of some of the socials<br />

(no prizes for guessing why), I know they were some of the best<br />

times I’ve ever had. Now, I could continue gushing over Unikum<br />

but that would likely push the word count a bit far. So, might I<br />

suggest incoming internationals also make note of any Linguistica<br />

socials on the calendar. They’re a lovely group of people and I met<br />

some of my closest friends through their events. The sheer number<br />

of activities and events going on in the city, at the university and<br />

at BARE hosted by all of these groups is commendable, and varied<br />

in a way which I cannot liken to my experience back home.<br />

If you haven’t invested in wool, granted, you might be losing a few<br />

fingers and toes during the winter. But at least your heart will be<br />

warm with the good company you’ll keep.<br />

Like anything, going on exchange is what you make of it. Not<br />

everything has been sunshine and rainbows. So, if you want my<br />

advice: stay well away from the bus for tog, check the alcohol laws<br />

of any country you plan on living in (tears of a 19 year old), and<br />

don’t bother yourself over the superhuman levels of cleanliness<br />

the student housing will demand of you. There’s so much else<br />

you could spend your time on and, unfortunately, that third issue<br />

seems to be something many students have suffered for.<br />

Something I cannot and will not forget, is the chances I took and<br />

the times I told myself to just go and try something, because that’s<br />

when I was able to really learn how to live. So, thank you UiA. For<br />

me you have been the key to a much less lonely university life (and<br />

with any luck, beyond that). I can’t wait to come back, hopefully<br />

next time with a higher understanding of simple Norwegian than<br />

a grade B.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 7


Àngels, Spain<br />

My personal experience at UiA as an Erasmus Student was<br />

fantastic. The welcome from the Erasmus Student Association<br />

(ESN) was extremely useful for both logistical organisation (what<br />

I needed to do, what I needed to know, where I had to go…) and<br />

social exchanges (activities, barbeques, get togethers, tours…).<br />

All I knew from friends that had done a semester abroad was<br />

“find the people from your own country and stick with them,<br />

or you’ll be on your own.” While that was true at UiA for some<br />

people, Orientation Week with buddy groups opened a whole<br />

other reality for me. I was able to meet and become friends with<br />

a variety of people.<br />

Nevertheless, if I had to criticize something, I would mention how<br />

luck plays a big role when it comes to the buddies you get. Not<br />

only because of the activities that they prepare for you, but also<br />

for their involvement with the group. Despite the differences in<br />

experiences between buddy groups, the first week of the semester<br />

works wonders to meet new people, and if your buddies are not<br />

active, be active yourself! ESN organises many events that are<br />

open to all international students and those are the best ones in<br />

my opinion. Apart from that first week, UiA was a great place to<br />

study and socialise. The classes were really easy to follow and<br />

absolutely accessible to internationals (as were most of the clubs<br />

or activities offered). I consider Kristiansand a great place to<br />

spend your semester abroad: easy classes, welcoming university,<br />

and a lot of new people to meet from all over the world.<br />

8


Adam, Scotland<br />

My name is Adam Zawadzki and I’m studying the MFA Photography course at York St John<br />

University. After 144 days, I departed Norway for Scotland concluding a truly monumental 20-<br />

week semester overseas that was, quite honestly, one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t<br />

undertake a study abroad experience during my BA (Hons) Journalism course at Edinburgh Napier<br />

University, so I really went for this one!<br />

During my time at the University of Agder, watching and listening to the other students I met from<br />

Norway, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Latvia, Czech Republic, China, Argentina<br />

and the United States (and more, of course) transformed my perspective of the social, cultural and<br />

educational psyche in and out of Europe beyond description.<br />

Kristiansand is so very beautiful. All these students speak English to be able to understand each<br />

other and the experience of interacting with my language spoken by hundreds of different accents<br />

has crystallised how essential it is now to be able to speak more than one. So, I’ll need to do that as<br />

well. I plan to return within the next six months.<br />

I loved the board games and film nights with my fellow international exchange students: truly the<br />

most wonderful people. I adored clubbing every week with the local nightlife in Harvey’s (even<br />

though, as the weather worsened, it became more of a mission each time)and attending every free<br />

food and drinks event I could possibly manage, which I consider essential networking. Oh, and<br />

regarding the degree, the theory and practice was undoubtedly challenging but was as mentally<br />

stimulating as it was creatively exciting.<br />

During my time as part of Unikum, the student newspaper, I wrote five film reviews, co- wrote<br />

five culture calendars and accrued another five certificates. We passed five workshops, three<br />

assignments and made a music video. We flew drones, hosted movie nights and fell over twice on<br />

the ice. We hosted six podcast episodes, attended three cabin trips (to Nærses, Preikestolen and<br />

Hovden) and boarded the Color Line ferry to Denmark three times, mainly for the all-you-caneat<br />

buffet, which was bloody gorgeous. While the round trip was seven-and-a-half hours, I only<br />

ever spent an hour in Denmark each time. I met another international exchange student from<br />

the United States and because she undertook her first study abroad semester at the University of<br />

Stirling in Scotland, where I come from, we vibed like a house on fire. As such, our trips on the ferry<br />

hold very special memories for me.<br />

We watched, we listened, we read, we thought and felt our way through uncharted territory. Our<br />

reward was a new excursion/conversation/experience that made every day that we were there<br />

so unbelievably exhilarating. We found ourselves in other people who we’d never have met if we<br />

hadn’t decided to go and explore. Whenever we want to go to Norway, Germany, Spain, France,<br />

Italy, Austria, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the United States (or elsewhere<br />

in the United Kingdom), there are great and glorious new friends there waiting for us to arrive.<br />

We worked harder than ever thought possible and learned more about ourselves than could<br />

conceivably imagine. Namely, who you are is enough and you can make great friends wherever<br />

you go in the world regardless of age, race, class, gender and geography. By being<br />

curious, interested and engaged in others, the courtesy was returned with even greater embrace.<br />

By saying yes, by showing up, by being yourself. It was everything I thought University would,<br />

could and should be. It was, as a microcosmic experience of the world we live in now; euphoric.<br />

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Wafa’a, England<br />

Studying abroad was an opportunity I never thought about because it was something I didn’t know that I would have the<br />

chance of taking. It was a whole new experience that I knew nothing of, and from there I knew it would teach me a lot.<br />

Whilst I cannot say that the study abroad team at home were always useful, I can say that the team at UiA were able to<br />

handle things appropriately and in good timing. What I didn’t expect was everything that studying abroad would bring<br />

to me.<br />

Being away in a new country with a new culture and learning a new language developed me in a personal sense but<br />

also in an academic sense. The education system was a pleasant change and one that opened my eyes on the various<br />

methods of teaching and assessment – such that I can apply to my studies at home and even in my future career. Aside<br />

from those benefits, I learned a lot more about myself in an environment that felt both warm and welcoming. Meeting<br />

people from different countries in Norway was a lot more helpful and was a factor that I didn’t think too much of until<br />

I associated myself with it.<br />

What I will say is the concept of the Buddy Groups should be developed. It is an ideal concept in theory, but in practice<br />

it is something that needs various changes. For starters, not all of the groups clicked in terms of all creating a small<br />

community where questions could be asked and where events within the circle were regularly organised. For some<br />

groups such as the one I was placed in, communications ceased within a week or two after the welcome week. That<br />

is something that I feel could have been improved. It is important for weekly check-ins and for events that cater to<br />

everyone to be offered for a stronger bond to be formed.<br />

From the start, I knew I would not be living on campus and did have the initial fear of perhaps missing out once again<br />

from the ‘full student experience’ especially living 30 minutes away from the university by bus. Back home, I commuted<br />

to university and quickly found myself not engaging in social events (possibly for the best to be fair), but I wasn’t too<br />

bothered about it. Being in Norway, I wanted to push myself and do things that I never had before. Sure, the travel<br />

was a bit of a pain sometimes, but I welcomed it. Travelling there and back still allowed me to be social and gave me a<br />

chance to look at Norway from a day-to-day living perspective rather than the tourist’s outlook. Norway felt comforting<br />

and was a place where I needed to realise stuff about my own self as well as things that can be applied when I reached<br />

home. I will always be thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will be grateful to the teams that allowed it<br />

to happen. It was definitely something I needed. It boosted my independence and sense of self. Studying at UiA was a<br />

positive experience and contributed to the sense of learning that I typically go for, and it welcomed me into my 2nd year<br />

of university very well. Need an adventure? Take up a study abroad experience.<br />

10<br />

Freya, England<br />

My first semester at UiA was amazing. I think the best thing I got out of it was<br />

personal growth. I had to have a new level of independence as well as face<br />

things which were uncomfortable to me. I managed to do a lot of travelling<br />

in semester one which allowed me to tune into my more spontaneous side<br />

which is a side I often shy away from.<br />

I think my biggest challenge was meeting people in many situations. I have<br />

found the first people you make friends with are unlikely to be your friends<br />

in the end because you sort of rush and force that first friendship. But by<br />

the end of the semester, I had made some amazing friends through a shared<br />

love of Taylor Swift and I miss them very much.<br />

To all those considering a semester abroad: Do it! You will get to experience<br />

so much! What is even more valuable is what you learn about yourself and<br />

how much you will see yourself grow.


Jay, New Zealand<br />

Norway is about as far away from Aotearoa, New Zealand as one can get! But I was set on<br />

doing an exchange here as soon as I knew it was possible. First came all the paperwork and<br />

waiting to see if I was accepted on UiA’s side, then came the trip itself. On the NZ end my<br />

exchange team were warm and helpful at any opportunity, but I was a bit of a guinea pig<br />

because they’d had a team change over since they last were able to send a student overseas<br />

2 years ago! So, some things had to be figured out, whereas on the Norway side everything<br />

seemed to run as a greased wheel for the admin stuff.<br />

New Zealand has a similar green image and geology to Norway. As countries I notice<br />

we both take pride in our hiking scene. I wish I could have taken full advantage of the<br />

trails here but my disabilities held me back. But I was impressed by the walks close to the<br />

Kristiansand campus! The lakes are right nearby and are wonderful places to spend time.<br />

There is so much I could go into about my experience, but here‘s two standouts: a positive<br />

and a negative. Positive would be the events, with so much more to do than where I am<br />

from! Taking advantage of BARE and the university student associations was a fabulous<br />

way to meet new people my age. On the flip side, I was shocked to find that there was no<br />

print out to come with my grade explaining it, and how it fit into the rubric. I was told I<br />

could request it by talking to my head of department, but back home it is defaulted. I think<br />

the NZ way is better for transparency and helps me figure out what I need to work on.<br />

Being disabled I often encounter complications when doing new things, arriving in Norway<br />

was no different. I think my biggest hurdle was moving stuff. If it hadn’t been for being<br />

able to arrive on arrival day, I have no idea how I would have moved my luggage to my<br />

apartment. In the first few weeks I had so much trouble with my groceries but no one I<br />

talked to had any advice until someone guided me to the one food delivery service that<br />

would work.<br />

Both countries are quite expensive right now. Norway has a reputation overseas, but in<br />

general I found that NZ prices are close. Notably the quality of things in Norway appears<br />

to be higher to me, whether that be food (less processed etc), or home goods and clothing.<br />

I tried not to count pennies though. Being on an exchange was a once in a life time<br />

experience, but I did have to be extra conscious of my spending. Many unforeseen costs<br />

come up when you are living away from your home country. You find you cannot borrow<br />

things from people. Your stuff breaks. Or you find something isn’t going to work overseas<br />

(not being able to pay for things because you cannot have a Norwegian bank account is a<br />

real problem.) It’s these sort of things people take for granted when they live somewhere.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 11


Agony Aunt -<br />

TIPS<br />

New Year‘s Theme<br />

Jay Voltaire<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: Freepik // storyset<br />

Your most dreaded advice column is back after a wonderful holiday break. Babes,<br />

I pray you had a cosy festive season. I personally celebrate the holidays by falling<br />

over twice at our local shopping centre: a family tradition. Unfortunately, it‘s<br />

such a rare practice that many people are less than considerate, but I won’t let<br />

the haters get me down. Strong people pick each other up; and themselves.<br />

Q: What should I keep in mind going into the New Year?<br />

A: As we keep cosy by the wall mounted heater this January,<br />

much comes to mind about what we want for the coming year.<br />

But perhaps we shouldn’t be thinking of our own plans but those<br />

of people with real fireplaces. Upping the pay grade of your local<br />

politicians, c’mon you know you want to.<br />

Q: What message should I post before exiting a group<br />

chat? (Asking for a friend xx)<br />

A: Honey, there is no one right answer to this one. You need to<br />

feel out the situation. Are you growing distant, no longer having<br />

the energy? A heartfelt rendition of Mars rover Opportunity‘s last<br />

message might do the trick: “My power’s really low, so this may be<br />

the last image I can send. Don’t worry about me though: my time<br />

here has been both productive and serene. If I can keep talking to<br />

my mission team, I will – but I’ll be signing off here soon. Thanks<br />

for staying with me.”<br />

Or maybe your friends have scorned you. You might want<br />

to take a more professional approach. Try something<br />

like this: “I have some bittersweet news to share today.<br />

[Name], a cherished member of our [Group Chat]<br />

family, has decided to embark on a new quest<br />

outside our realm. (Broken heart emoji)<br />

Let’s cheer them on for the next leg of<br />

this journey that is life! (Heart emoji)<br />

(Fireworks emoji).<br />

Q: Should I quit drinking this New<br />

Year?<br />

A: I’d be sad to see you go. #StayHydrated<br />

#KeepOnChugging<br />

Q: Can I fix him?<br />

A: The question is not can, it is how. I thoroughly recommend the<br />

kintsugi method. You may have to crack him a bit more first but<br />

it’s worth it for the end result, a beautifully adorned … You have to<br />

break some eggs to make an omelette.<br />

Q: Any tips on how to save money?<br />

A: The plight of money-homelessness plagues many when they<br />

form their New Year’s plans. Should I save, or should I invest?<br />

Should I buy my coffee on campus or put one in my bag with all<br />

my electronics? What about the poor money living it rough on the<br />

streets? Recent weather has made life especially tough for the coins<br />

in the cold. Give it a home in your digital bank account as soon as<br />

possible. Save a Life.<br />

Q: Should I dye my hair again?<br />

A: Why of course you should, dear! Self-expression, no matter how<br />

you do it, is always a good thing. That said, make sure you don‘t get<br />

that colouring in places you don‘t want it! I swallowed some once,<br />

and while the doctor said I was fine, I felt like I had dyed a little on<br />

the inside…<br />

Q: My refrigerator has been making strange<br />

noises at night, and I suspect it might be trying<br />

to communicate with extraterrestrial beings.<br />

Should I be concerned, or is my fridge just<br />

lonely?<br />

A: Everyone wants a friend dearie. Have you considered<br />

spending more time with your fridge? If it feels wanted in its<br />

home environment it might be less compelled to engage with<br />

risky social behaviour. Or maybe it’s just hungry.<br />

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Roma<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 13


TIPS<br />

Flashcards, quizer og kollokviegrupper -<br />

Les om studentenes ulike studieteknikker!<br />

Natasha Agatha Wangui<br />

Nyhetsredaktør<br />

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

Juleferien er avsluttet, og studenter har vendt tilbake til<br />

universitetet for å starte vårsemesteret. Med januar følger<br />

også tradisjonen med å sette nyttårsforsetter, og for mange<br />

studenter innebærer dette å mestre studieteknikker og å<br />

lære pensumet på en effektiv måte…<br />

- Fokuserte på det vanskeligste først<br />

For å opprettholde motivasjonen gjennom hele semesteret og bli<br />

godt rustet til eksamen, kan god struktur være redningen. Første<br />

uken i januar tok Unikum kontakt med tre studenter fra UiA for å<br />

høre om hvordan de jobber for å lære seg pensum.<br />

På lik linje med mange studenter ved universitetet, har studentene<br />

brukt mange timer på skolearbeid for å oppnå gode karakterer.<br />

Dette har de gjort på forskjellige måter.<br />

Rebecca Eggen (21) startet sitt<br />

studium i statsvitenskap for<br />

første gang tidligere denne<br />

høsten. Hun forteller at gjennom<br />

det første semesteret fant hun ut<br />

at å lese i pensumbøker og notere<br />

seg viktige punkter underveis,<br />

var nøkkelen til å memorere<br />

kunnskap.<br />

Foto: Privat<br />

- Når jeg forberedte meg til<br />

eksamen før jul, så leste jeg<br />

gjennom de temaene jeg syntes<br />

var vanskelige. Etter at jeg<br />

mestret det så tok jeg gode notater<br />

over de andre temaene etter at jeg mestret det som var vanskelig,<br />

og deretter lagde jeg gode flashcards ut av disse kapitlene, sier<br />

hun.<br />

Flere kilder og Flashcards<br />

Andrea Gudbrands (19) studerer<br />

også statsvitenskap, og forteller at<br />

det å benytte seg av andre kilder<br />

enn pensum har bidratt til å forstå<br />

de ulike emnene lettere.<br />

Foto: Privat<br />

Foto: Privat<br />

- Jeg lærer best ved å bruke flere<br />

typer kilder enn kun bok. Hvis det<br />

er andre kilder som digitale sider,<br />

videoer eller quizer bruker jeg det<br />

fremfor boka. Hvis ikke bruker<br />

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Foto: Privat<br />

Foto: UiA<br />

jeg pensumbøker og lager quizer ut av dette slik at jeg kan<br />

memorere. Jeg ser også på videoer om tema slik at jeg enklere<br />

kan forstå den større sammenhengen i faget, forklarer hun til<br />

Unikum.<br />

For Thea Sofie Vågsland (21) er det å lage flashcards, og jobbe i<br />

kollokviegrupper vært kjernen for å jobbe med skoleoppgavene.<br />

- Har du noen gode tips du vil dele med leserne?<br />

- Jeg lærer best ved å<br />

lese og lage Flashcard<br />

og deretter spør meg<br />

selv eller at jeg gjør<br />

det i grupper. Det,<br />

og samarbeidet med<br />

venner for å snakke<br />

høyt og lære hverandre<br />

syns jeg er veldig<br />

nyttig. Også det å<br />

jobbe med tidligere<br />

eksamensoppgaver har<br />

vært veldig hjelpsomt,<br />

sier Vågsland.<br />

- Lese og forstå pensumet som gjelder til enhver undervisning.<br />

Lage flashcards, for da lærer man bedre når man skal skrive<br />

for hånd, også er det en fordel å både jobbe i grupper men også<br />

alene, sier hun videre.<br />

- Lær god studieteknikk i<br />

god tid -<br />

- En studieteknikk er<br />

ikke bare en metode for<br />

å lære. Det handler om<br />

hvordan du organiserer<br />

og prioriterer studiene<br />

dine, og om hvordan du tar<br />

kontroll over egen læring,<br />

sier universitetsbibliotekar<br />

ved UiA, Stefan Tørnquist<br />

Fisher-Høyrem til Unikum.<br />

Universitetsbibliotekaren<br />

har en ph.d. i historie og har<br />

tidligere undervist i studieteknikk. Han hevder at å finne en<br />

god struktur i begynnelsen av semesteret er avgjørende for å<br />

få en god studiehverdag.<br />

Tips and tricks<br />

for å huske<br />

pensum bedre:<br />

Finn ut hva som er viktig i fagene du tar. Er pensum<br />

viktigst eller er det forelesningene? Snakk gjerne med studenter<br />

og lærere, og gjør deg kjent med faget.<br />

Begynn å jobbe med teksten tidlig, ikke utsett det.<br />

Da har du god tid til å bearbeide teksten underveis og jobbe<br />

jevnlig med den over tid. På den måten blir du bedre kjent med<br />

stoffet.<br />

Jobb med pensum på riktig måte. Les over det viktigste<br />

pensumet ved å lese ingressen, bildetekstene, overskriftene og<br />

oppsummeringen for å danne deg et bilde av hva som er essensen<br />

med teksten.<br />

Markering og understreking av teksten kan hjelpe,<br />

men da må du finne kjernen av det du leser. På den måten kan<br />

du lese det som er markert ved gjennomlesning og få repetert<br />

det viktigste. Det kan også være lurt å skrive egne sammendrag.<br />

Disse metodene kan hjelpe, men er ikke nok i seg selv.<br />

Finn en eller flere studievenner. Sett dere sammen slik<br />

at dere kan diskutere og snakke fag. Test deg selv på hva du kan.<br />

På den måten vil du huske stoffet bedre.<br />

Lag en fremdriftsplan. Sett opp en oversikt over datoer<br />

for oppgaver, eksamener osv. Da vet du alltid hvilken del av<br />

pensum du skal lese uke for uke og du kan nyte fritiden med god<br />

samvittighet.<br />

Ikke sitt hjemme. Sett deg på en lesesal eller et bibliotek og<br />

jobb i korte økter med flere pauser. Flere økter i løpet av en dag<br />

er mer effektivt enn lange strekk.<br />

Hentet fra Akademika.no<br />

- Lær god studieteknikk i god tid og oppsøk biblioteket for<br />

hjelp. Sett faste tidspunkter og steder du skal studere, og legg<br />

en plan for hva du skal gjøre hver uke. Sjekk ut PULS sine tips<br />

om studiestrategi og studieteknikk, og meld deg på eventuelle<br />

andre kurs i studieteknikk for å lære å bruke tiden godt,<br />

understreker han.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 15


CULTURE<br />

culture doesn‘t have to<br />

cost an arm and a leg!<br />

Adam Zawadzki<br />

Writer<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // Katsiaryna<br />

Welcome to the start of a new adventure. My name is Adam Zawadzki, and I was an international exchange student here last semester.<br />

While it’s unlikely that we’ll ever meet in person, you should know that I’m thrilled that you’re here. I learned more about myself than I<br />

ever thought possible, and found myself in so many glorious people. The next time I visit this wonderful country, it’ll be for them.<br />

My advice is so; say yes to as much as you can (socially, culturally and educationally), talk to as many different people as possible, and<br />

have as much fun as is legal. Go to Harvey’s to lose your inhibitions (as well as your coats, scarves, hats, gloves – and patience, so be<br />

careful). Spend an hour with the waffles, jam and brown cheese (but if you’re not on the sign-up sheet, you die #freefoodalerts). Take a<br />

hike on a Sunday, and savour every step, for right now, this semester may seem like a mountain to climb, but you’ll sprint it in no time.<br />

Believe me.<br />

As the Conductor said 20 years ago from the side of The Polar Express, “One thing about trains: it doesn’t matter where they’re going.<br />

What matters is deciding to get on.” And you have!<br />

Note: English translation in parenthesis.<br />

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THEATRE<br />

What: Hvem drepte faren min (Who<br />

killed my father)<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 1. February, 19:00 –<br />

20:15<br />

Price: 225 – 295<br />

What: Romeo og Julie<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Friday 9. February – Friday 8<br />

March, 19:30<br />

Price: 125 – 425<br />

What: Riksteateret: Bonnie & Clyde<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Wednesday 14. February, 18:30 –<br />

20:00<br />

Price: 185 – 465<br />

STANDUP<br />

What: Standup with Ahmed Mamow,<br />

Francisco Briceno andHenrik Schatvet<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Friday 26. January, 19:00 – 20:00<br />

Price: 190 (Student Discount)<br />

What: IKAROS – Standup with Jonna<br />

Støme<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Friday 2. February, 19:00 – 20:15<br />

Price: 315 – 980<br />

What: Standup – Jim Swan: The end of<br />

the rainbow<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Friday 16. February, 20:00 – 21:00<br />

Price: 200<br />

MUSIC<br />

What: Håpets musikk (Music of Hope)<br />

Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 25. January, 19:30<br />

Price: 150<br />

What: Frostbite BASS RAVE<br />

Where: BARE studenthus, Hovedsalen<br />

When: Saturday 27. January, 18:00 –<br />

Sunday 28. January, 02:00<br />

Price: 150 (Student Discount)<br />

What: Japansk Vår og Sibelius’ 5.<br />

(Japanese Spring and Sibelius’ 5)<br />

Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 1. February, 19:30<br />

Price: 150 – 425<br />

What: Rachlin og Mischa Maisky<br />

Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 8. February, 19:30<br />

Price: 125 – 425<br />

What: From Pipers to Bells – The Best of<br />

Pink Floyd<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Friday 9. February, 20:00 – 22:00<br />

Price:<br />

What: Sibelius’ violin concerto and<br />

Mendelssohn’s Scottish<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Thursday 15. February, 19:30 –<br />

21:30<br />

Price: 150 – 425<br />

What: 50 years with ABBA!<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Friday 16. February, 18:00 – 19:30<br />

& 20:00 – 21:30<br />

Price: 450<br />

CINEMA<br />

What: The Zone of Interest<br />

Where: Kino Kristiansand<br />

When: Friday 26. January<br />

Price: TBC


Culture calendar for students<br />

08.01 - 23.02<br />

What: Carmen The Metropolitan Opera<br />

Where: Kino Kristiansand<br />

When: Saturday 27. January<br />

Price: TBC<br />

What: Dream Scenario (May December)<br />

Where: Kino Kristiansand<br />

When: Friday 2. February<br />

Price: TBC<br />

LECTURES/COURSES<br />

What: Ta ordet-kurs (Take the word<br />

course)<br />

Where: Campus Kristiansand,<br />

Universitetsveien 3a, Studentsenteret (2.<br />

etasje) (The Student Center (2nd floor))<br />

When: Tuesday 16., 23., 30. January and<br />

6. February, 16:00 – 19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Arkeologikafè (Archaeology Café)<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Thursday 18. January, 17:00 –<br />

19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Fredrik Græsvik: På plass når det<br />

gjelder<br />

Where: Kristiansand library<br />

When: Friday 19. January, 11:30<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Frøbyttekveld (seed swapping<br />

night)<br />

Where: Tangvall library<br />

When: Tuesday 30. January, 18:00 – 19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Arkeologikafè (Archaeology Café)<br />

Where: Teateret<br />

When: Thursday 15. February, 17:00 –<br />

19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

ART<br />

What: LES KUNST - verksted og møtested<br />

for unge kreative (READ ART: workshop<br />

and meeting point for young creatives)<br />

Where: 4. etasje på Kunstens og<br />

litteraturens hus (Kristiansand library/<br />

Kristiansand kunsthall)<br />

When: Wednesdays<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Looking glass (dance performance)<br />

Where: Kilden<br />

When: Friday 19. January, 18:00<br />

Price: 150 – 225<br />

OTHER<br />

What: Åpen lesegruppe: Shared reading<br />

Where: Kristiansand library<br />

When: Mondays, 17:30 – 19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Language café<br />

Where: Kristiansand library<br />

When: Sundays, 12:30 – 14:30<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Knitting café<br />

Where: Vågsbygd library<br />

When: Fridays, 17:00 – 19:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: GründerKveld<br />

Where: Brygghuset<br />

When: Thursday 25. January, 17:30 –<br />

21:00<br />

Price: Free<br />

What: Mindfulness<br />

Where: Campus Kristiansand,<br />

Universitetsveien 3a, Studentsenteret<br />

(underetasjen)<br />

When: Thursday 1. February, 16:00 –<br />

19:00<br />

Price: Free (for semester fee-paying<br />

students)<br />

What: ConPassion<br />

Where: Samsen kulturhus<br />

When: 10. – 11. February<br />

Price: 122 – 200<br />

What: Folk Dance Course<br />

Where: Bul Kristiansand<br />

When: Mondays starting 15 January<br />

19.30-21.30<br />

Price: free under 26 y.o.<br />

RECOMMENDATIONS<br />

A free KinoPlus membership will give you a 10pc discount if you purchase tickets online (via the app or website):<br />

https://www.nfkino.no/side/mer-om-kinopluss?city=kristiansands.<br />

You should also be aware that Cinemateket shows no advertisements before its films. Each one starts at the time shown above<br />

precisely. Food and mobile phones are strictly prohibited. To access a 1/3 ticket price reduction, membership cards cost NOK 100 for<br />

six months and NOK 200 for one year: https://www.krscinematek.no/omcinemateket/.<br />

Regarding subtitles, Cinemateket screens archival and imported films, which may not have them. Subject to any late changes, they<br />

might have a different text than that stated on the catalogue. So, please check the film reviews online, before attending to make sure<br />

the subtitles (should you require them) are applicable to your enjoyment of the film.<br />

For Under 30s, theatre, opera and concert tickets can be purchased for NOK 150: https://kilden.com/u30/. Remember your Student<br />

ID. For Faculty of Fine Arts students, free tickets to selected events can be saved through the QR code on JANUAR Kilden 2024 water <strong>UNIKUM</strong> bottles. NR 1 17


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POEM<br />

In Winter’s Grasp..<br />

In winter’s grasp, a maiden fair,<br />

Trapped in snowflakes’ icy stare.<br />

Her dreams of spring, a distant call<br />

Another cycle of pain, she can’t let go.<br />

Each step toward warmth, a fleeting chance,<br />

Winter’s dance, a cruel advance.<br />

She battles winds that howl and moan,<br />

Longing for a song to call her own.<br />

Snowflakes fall, a frosty cage,<br />

Surrounding her in frozen chains .<br />

Winter’s touch, a bitter embrace,<br />

Leaving traces of its icy grace.<br />

Aurora Trondsen Flatvoll<br />

Writer<br />

Photo: Freepik // wirestock<br />

She glimpses spring, a shimmering light,<br />

But the bitter cold pulls her back to night.<br />

A cruel game, love’s twisted play,<br />

Forever keeping her in his chains<br />

Another cycle of pain, she can’t let go<br />

In her heart, a resilient flame,<br />

Yearning for the chains to break.<br />

The storm may rage, but hope holds strong,<br />

As she dreams of spring’s sweet, soothing song.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 19


SHORT-STORY<br />

Tobias Klausen<br />

Writer<br />

A Colorless<br />

Polychrome<br />

Illustration: Freepik // vecstock<br />

He stares at the blank canvas, sizing it, while his left hand<br />

effortlessly glides above the array of brushes, a finger occasionally<br />

dipping down to feel the old, wooden handle, see if it’s just right for<br />

the job, all the while his gaze is captivated by the empty canvas. He<br />

imagines the great trees, the intoxicating landscape, the twinkle of<br />

the sea, the flight of the birds, the comfort of a home, the rays of<br />

sun, the darkness of the clouds. He sees the endless possibilities,<br />

not yet crippled by restrictions, the composition screaming to be<br />

manifested into something tangible, to be ripped from the cipher,<br />

the idea, into being, being what, he did not know, but it would<br />

be, be great, be terrible, be beautiful, be horrendous, be dazzling,<br />

be terrifying, it would be all of that and none of it, all in a single<br />

breath, and dissipating in a single exhale.<br />

As if seized by a demon or perhaps a muse, his hands pick the<br />

brushes, the paints, and start pulling the notion into reality with<br />

each stroke. He does not stop until the final brushwork is done,<br />

curating every little detail into its grand purpose. There is a profound<br />

silence lurking in the musty room he occupies with the exception<br />

of the slits as he repeatedly strikes his artwork, with every virgule<br />

another gash of hue bleeds, mixing with the colors of every wound,<br />

and he watches as the polychrome is slowly unfurling before his<br />

very eyes. But it is not merely the artwork growing, but a sense of<br />

greatness rises in his chest, an excitement beyond description, a<br />

humane encapsulation of glee, joy, and elation. It is not simply an<br />

artwork destined to the confinements of a wall, contained within<br />

its very frame is an escapade, an escape from the monotonous.<br />

This is what the Painter seeks, the euphoria of a new experience<br />

captured within the brushwork, the colors, and shades, embedded<br />

into the fabric of cotton, weaved into reality by his hands and the<br />

union of every component.<br />

An ecstasy beyond compare.<br />

An addiction he cannot let go.<br />

He must paint.<br />

He must create.<br />

And he must seek a new apex.<br />

***<br />

He stares with rage at the defilement upon his canvas. The red<br />

color stares back, slowly running a course throughout the painted<br />

landscape, like a river of blood forming with every inch. As the<br />

river finds its crimson end, it drips towards the floor with a plop,<br />

the river becoming a puddle of gore. He breathes heavy, his hands<br />

shaking from anger, confusion, and bewilderment. He extends a<br />

shaky finger towards the coiling red snake tainting his artwork,<br />

touching it. As if ignited by the mere graze of paint on his fingertip,<br />

his fingers gather into a dagger-like shape and he slashes towards<br />

the head of the snake, ripping the canvas, the tainted cotton<br />

hanging loosely in its defeat.<br />

The red is exhausted. He has seen it blend with every color, molded<br />

into every object, subject, background and layer. It provides nothing<br />

anymore, besides funneling his fury. He cannot create something<br />

new anymore, not with the red. With a stern look, he grips the<br />

tube and banishes it to a dusty shelf. There it resides in the lonely<br />

comfort of brushes which have suffered the same fate. But brushes<br />

were mere objects, the tools which transform the imagination<br />

into something palpable, colors however, they were not objects.<br />

If the tools were the instruments, then the colors were the notes,<br />

and him, the musician. Without his eyes, without his knowledge,<br />

without his divine interpretation, the notes were purposeless, but<br />

they did not restrain his genius, but allowed for the elevation of it.<br />

However, if every note had been played, had been interpreted in<br />

every way, they became meaningless, a mere black dot scribbled<br />

on paper which has a far better use at the end of a sentence.<br />

With the expulsion of the hideous taint upon his palette, his anger<br />

subsides. He looks lovingly at the remaining colors, his finger<br />

gently stroking each tube, as if reassuring them that the same fate<br />

would not befall them. An empty promise he knows, if they betray<br />

his trust, they will follow suit. But there is a strangeness swirling in<br />

the air, he cannot decipher its aura, but he feels it wrapping around<br />

him coldly, like a touch from the great beyond. And there’s a noise,<br />

something attempting to puncture the realm of sound yet barely<br />

reaching an audible crescendo, it lurks at just the tip of hearing, yet<br />

his eardrums do not recognize the rhythm.<br />

He must begin anew.<br />

He must paint.<br />

He must create.<br />

And he must seek a new apex.<br />

***<br />

He stares with rage at the pollution upon his canvas. The orange<br />

color gazes back, its fiery path burning everything in its devastation,<br />

the forest crumbling to black ash, the animals reduced to carcasses<br />

of molten meat and bones. It burns its way to the very edge of the<br />

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frame, dripping its blazing chaos towards the floor, tiny smoke<br />

erupting from the spot of impact, threatening to burn through the<br />

wooden grounding. He’s seething, the audacity for its last flicker of<br />

usefulness being an audacious mockery and vicious insult, ruining<br />

his ascension towards elevated ecstasy. He was so close, yet before<br />

he touched the sun, the orange burnt his wings, and he plummeted<br />

back to the tedious, mortal realm.<br />

The orange is exhausted. He has seen it blend with every color,<br />

molded into every object, subject, background and layer. It provides<br />

nothing anymore, besides being a blemish upon his precious vision.<br />

Engulfed in his fury, he lashes out, choking the remaining paint<br />

from it, its insides splattered across the room, like watching the<br />

spillage of a drunken buffoon, a tapestry of bile and grotesqueries<br />

weaving the scene of his crime. But he regrets nothing, and lets go<br />

of his victim, as its corpse limply falls from its tormenter, laid to<br />

rest in the unholy grave of its own demise.<br />

He hears it once more, a tingling, no longer on the outskirt but at<br />

the cusp of penetrating the realm of audible sound, wishing to be<br />

heard, to be understood, or perhaps, to taunt. It’s a whisper, the<br />

phonemes he cannot translate, the quiet chatter mixing into a<br />

symphony of obscurity. He spins vividly around, trying to locate its<br />

epicenter, but it bounces around, as if in an isolated echo chamber<br />

of perpetual torment. Something’s not right, and he feels slightly<br />

lightheaded, a nauseating sickness washing over him for but a brief<br />

moment. But he steadies himself, rids himself of the distractions.<br />

He must begin anew.<br />

He must paint.<br />

He must create.<br />

And he must seek a new apex.<br />

***<br />

He stares with rage at the desecration upon his canvas. The blue<br />

color glares back, having sunken his great city deep beneath<br />

its depths, a utopia fated to be sealed within a watery grave,<br />

humanity’s hope lost to the unruly and untamed abyss. He grips<br />

his throat, his breaths escaping it coarsely, as if he is struggling<br />

beneath the tides of the treacherous color. He takes a step back,<br />

as to not drown in the thick layer of vulgarity which oozes from<br />

the canvas, dripping to the floorboards like teardrops on bathroom<br />

tiles. His dream suffocated in the thick liquid, and he barely escaped<br />

himself, it threatened to engulf him as well, a captain going down<br />

with his ship, the anchor of responsibility and the inevitable doom<br />

of gravity pulling him closer and closer to the seabed. But he had<br />

saved himself, and once the fear subsides, the rage comes forth.<br />

The blue is exhausted. He has seen it blend with every color, molded<br />

into every object, subject, background and layer. It provides nothing<br />

anymore, besides a mockery of his vison, his quest for ecstasy. It<br />

cannot simply be banished nor choked; it must be obliterated. He<br />

locates his sculpting hammer, and without hesitation, beats the<br />

tube in a macabre rhythm, with each thud, its organs are splattered<br />

unto every surface of his studio, of his stained artwork and across<br />

his face. He does not stop until the job is complete. And even then,<br />

he takes a few additional swings.<br />

He stops. He hears it. The whispers. They’re back, louder than<br />

before, no longer wanting to remain anonymous. They whisper…<br />

of him, of his failure, his lack of vision, his lack of commitment.<br />

He lifts from the floor, and finally, the culprits unveil their origin.<br />

It’s the paint tubes. They whisper amongst themselves. Whisper<br />

about him. How dare they. How DARE they. They’re talentless,<br />

useless, monotonous, tired, repetitive, boring and of no use to<br />

him anymore. There’s a fury, a fury he cannot contain anymore.<br />

He begins smashing every tube, throwing them across the walls,<br />

smearing their precious insides along the floor. He punishes one<br />

tube after another. He cannot stop. He is fueled by an unfiltered<br />

wrath. His vison clouded by it. He sees no longer wherein the tubes<br />

are thrown. He only listens for their splats. He keeps going. For<br />

how long, he does not know. Until he is done with everything. Until<br />

the whispers stop.<br />

And they do.<br />

They stop.<br />

In a room entangled with the glorious spectrum of the polychrome,<br />

he sees none. He cannot see the colors anymore. They’re all<br />

exhausted, after all.<br />

He feels tired.<br />

He feels nauseous.<br />

He feels wrong.<br />

He feels weak.<br />

He feels it slipping.<br />

He feels like letting go.<br />

He rests, one, final time.<br />

Robbed of the conclusion.<br />

He finds a seat in his chair once more.<br />

The chair he’s spent what feels like eons in.<br />

The chair that gave birth to the Painter.<br />

Will be his final resting spot.<br />

But not before he looks upon his final artwork.<br />

And beholds it, a tear trickling down his red eyes.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 21


TOPICAL<br />

Folk Dance in KRISTIANSAND<br />

BUL - Kristiansand - is a place in the city center where everybody<br />

(even without any dance experience) is welcome to come to<br />

learn traditional Norwegian folk dances and music. Since<br />

1911 it has been a place for social dance events and live music<br />

performances. Now, even though the weekly dance classes are<br />

mostly focused on the Norwegian folk tradition, international<br />

dance masterclasses happen there time after time. There is also<br />

an opportunity to introduce dances from the other countries –<br />

if any international participant would like to!<br />

The oldest dances in the BUL classes and events are dated back<br />

to 15th and 16th centuries, such as “Runddanse” (“circle dances”)<br />

and “Turdanse” (“square dances”). Also common are the famous<br />

valse and polka (from the late 18th century) and even “Songdans”<br />

(singing while dancing). “Songdans” - is a unique tradition that<br />

was brought back to Norway from the Faroe Islands already in the<br />

beginning of the 20th century.<br />

BUL - Kristiansand is a part of the Norwegian national organizations:<br />

NU (Noregs Ungdomslag) and FolkOrg and is focused on the<br />

preservation of the folk traditions.<br />

happened when I moved here to Kristiansand!”<br />

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Natalia Bogdanova<br />

Graphic Designer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // Nadiinko<br />

Photos: Karen Sophie Lund; Unikum // Natalia Bogdanova<br />

Kjersti Mosvold<br />

(musician, singer, dancer)<br />

Kjersti Mosvold (musician,<br />

singer, dancer): “This is a<br />

very inclusive place, and all<br />

internationals are welcome to<br />

join! Also, we have all the age<br />

groups starting from 18 and<br />

up!”. Some people dance all their<br />

lives and never plan to stop and<br />

as the experienced dancer Siv<br />

Anne Tollevik says: “People who<br />

dance live longer!“ Siv started<br />

folk dancing at the 5th grade and<br />

never stopped since then: “I find<br />

it fascinating that you can join the<br />

dance community anywhere you<br />

go in Norway. I recall when I just<br />

moved to Volda back in the day – I<br />

was instantly included into their<br />

dance community, and the same<br />

Photo: Private<br />

Siv Anne Tollevik<br />

(experienced dancer)<br />

natural” -says Liv Arvidsson<br />

(the program leader of 65 years<br />

of experience!).<br />

Special guest dance instructors<br />

are invited often, and there is<br />

live dance music every week.<br />

Many events, local festivals<br />

and special weekend courses<br />

are organized throughout the<br />

year that bring together other<br />

dance groups from the whole<br />

Agder region.<br />

Apart from some other dance<br />

places, for the folk dancing<br />

in BUL you don’t need to<br />

have a partner. There is no<br />

importance in any sex/gender<br />

distinction. The only possible<br />

dance roles are “leader” and<br />

‘follower,” which are also often<br />

switched between participants<br />

throughout the dance session.<br />

“The teaching method is based<br />

on more intuitive learning<br />

rather than strict technicality,<br />

so dancers can feel freer while<br />

engaging into the process and<br />

thus movements come more<br />

Kjersti Mosvold: “There is also<br />

a possibility to learn traditional<br />

music so anyone with their<br />

Liv Arvidsson<br />

instrument is welcome to (the program leader )<br />

join. We like to keep this oral<br />

tradition, so we don’t use the note sheets.”<br />

You can learn more about the Norwegian traditional music in the<br />

very recent great documentary (released in November 2023) on<br />

NRK - “Trollstemt” (no subscription needed!).<br />

Dance instructor Synne Elisabeth Stray: “Folk dance community<br />

Photo: Private


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Synne Elisabeth Stray<br />

(Dance instructor)<br />

is very open and allows different generations to meet and to learn from<br />

each other. You don’t have to look ‘cool’ and know dance tricks, since the<br />

main function of the folk dance is social and not performative.”<br />

However, the real performances do happen sometimes; several BUL<br />

dancers took part in the Kilden cultural event “Folkelig kraft fra Agder”<br />

in August 2023. For Karen Sophie Lund (a dancer and the social media<br />

manager) it was her first dance performance on the real stage. She is happy<br />

that BUL - Kristiansand gave her such an opportunity. “BUL is a beginner<br />

friendly place where you can come whenever you please and - if you will -<br />

greatly improve your dance skills!” - she says.<br />

The mental health is a big concern nowadays. Since the pandemic of 2020<br />

the situation worsened, and more people started to feel more isolated. And<br />

dancing (and specifically social folk dancing) can actually improve people’s<br />

mental wellbeing. “These days people became more disconnected from<br />

each other, and the use of technology greatly contributes to this. It is sad to see that young generation<br />

prefers to stay home and play video games rather than to be more engaged in the community and to connect to others in the real life.<br />

I believe that the folk dance is a great tool to bring people together and I would really like to see more young people to join!” – says the<br />

program leader Liv Arvidsson.<br />

The new Monday classes (as an addition to the<br />

Wednesday’s social dancing) has been going on since<br />

the Fall of 2022 and are focused mostly on the new<br />

dancers. It is free for anybody under 26 years old and<br />

is very affordable for everybody else (300 NOK for<br />

the whole semester). Location: just 50 meters from<br />

BARE!<br />

Norwegians and Internationals are all welcome to<br />

join! Learning traditional dances is fun and helps<br />

to keep the tradition alive! This is the quote Liv<br />

Arvidsson likes to say:<br />

“Ein tradision gjer seg nemleg ikkje sjølv. Han<br />

treng vatn, ved og kjærleik”.<br />

(“A tradition does not uphold itself. It requires<br />

water, wood and love”)<br />

Karen Sophie Lund<br />

(dancer and the social<br />

media manager)<br />

Folk Dance Course<br />

Bul Kristiansand<br />

Mondays 19.30-21.30<br />

free under 26 y.o.<br />

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ENTERTAINMENT<br />

PIT STOP<br />

Down<br />

1. The name of the group in meangirl<br />

2. a place for folkdance<br />

3. something a lot of people make for<br />

new year<br />

4. avoided like the ...<br />

6. cold crystal that falls to earth in<br />

the winter<br />

8. studie in another country<br />

Across<br />

4. symptom of acne<br />

5. where painters place their canves<br />

7. not interesting<br />

9. jewelry worn around the neck<br />

10. ability to care<br />

11. genre for children<br />

12. a way to predict the future<br />

out of your birthday<br />

13. MDMA<br />

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REVIEW<br />

MEAN Girls - Review<br />

Tobias Klausen<br />

Writer<br />

Photos: IMDb; Paramount Pictures<br />

Twenty years ago, the cinematography scene was blessed with a<br />

contemporary masterpiece called “Mean Girls”. Was it the most<br />

profound movie ever made? No. Was it the most unique title to<br />

break onto the scene? No. But does it remain almost an entire<br />

generation’s favorite chick flick from the early 2000’s? Most likely.<br />

It’s a tough act to follow, just look at “Mean Girls 2”, the sequel<br />

almost no one wants to recognize, and a few have never heard of<br />

or forget even exists, myself included. It floundered in trying to<br />

recreate the lighting in a bottle that<br />

was the original. But here we are,<br />

twenty years later, and a new, or<br />

rather, reimagining of “Mean Girls”<br />

is back on the screen. Tina Fey is once<br />

again back to write the screenplay<br />

and even reprise her role. But will<br />

this new movie be able to outshine<br />

the original or is it bound to live in<br />

the long shadow of the first film?<br />

The story follows Cady Heron<br />

(Angourie Rice) who is a<br />

homeschooled girl living in Kenya<br />

with her mother (Jenna Fischer),<br />

as she moves to the States and gets<br />

to experience the excruciating and<br />

exhilarating adventure of high<br />

school. She quickly learns that<br />

here there’s certain rules and a<br />

hierarchy that needs to be learned<br />

and followed to survive, and before<br />

she knows it, she’s tangled in the<br />

vicious girl group known as the<br />

Plastics, headed by the gorgeous<br />

Regina George (Reneé Rap) and her<br />

goons Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and<br />

Karen (Avantika Vandanapu). Cady<br />

finds herself in love with Regina’s<br />

ex-boyfriend, Aaron (Christopher<br />

Briney), which quickly turns the<br />

catty friendship into in all-out battlefield, all is fair in love and war,<br />

right? With Cady’s two friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian<br />

(Jaquel Spivey), they plot their revenge and chaos ensues.<br />

The story has the familiar beats that we fell in love with in the<br />

original with a few twists to modernize it, and mixing a few plot<br />

points. Certain characters get more screen time, more lines and<br />

overall, more love, while others lose out on it. Some lines are<br />

directly ripped from the original, and fans of the first film will be<br />

able to predict when they come. These don’t tingle the nostalgic<br />

nerves how I had hoped, instead they just feel a bit misplaced and<br />

there for the sake of nostalgia. Where the movie shines is when it<br />

tries something new, to do its own thing. Luckily, the light-hearted<br />

and fun tone is still there, this is a funny movie, with a plethora<br />

of jokes that land when they don’t rear into the nostalgic realm<br />

and instead focus on creating something new. This is where the<br />

movie excels, when it’s not constrained to its heritage, but trying<br />

to forge something new. However, the story occasionally has some<br />

strange pacing, sometimes feeling as if<br />

it wants to hurry up on to the next scene<br />

like its on a tight schedule, and with<br />

a 112-minute run-time it could have<br />

spent a few extra minutes to smooth<br />

out transitions between scenes without<br />

causing offense.<br />

The most noticeable difference between<br />

this reimagining and the original is that<br />

this interpretation is a musical (the<br />

screenplay written from the Broadway<br />

musical version of Mean Girls). Despite<br />

the trailers not hammering this point<br />

through, the first five minutes will, it has<br />

the typical overblown choreography<br />

and musical numbers you will associate<br />

with musicals. They’re a hit and a miss,<br />

some are fun, others overstay their<br />

welcome or feel a bit forced. The cast do<br />

great vocal work and not a single beat<br />

is missed. However, the songs kind of<br />

mesh together, with none really sticking<br />

out apart from “World Burn.” It doesn’t<br />

elevate the movie in any way; however,<br />

it doesn’t detract from it either, it’s an<br />

acceptable addition. I won’t be playing<br />

these songs on repeat, but at the same<br />

time I won’t be appalled if someone<br />

puts one on during a car ride.<br />

The big question is: The new actresses/<br />

actors, can they live up to the original? To answer it shortly, yes,<br />

they live up to them, but don’t overshadow them, and that is<br />

the perfect balance. Each actor doesn’t feel like a carbon copy,<br />

but instead like a different approach to the characters we know.<br />

The antagonist Regina was originally a bubbly girl who used her<br />

smile to hide her wolf’s clothing, whereas Rap brings a more<br />

subtle menace to Regina, she’s not as bubbly and pretty but rather<br />

subdued and sexy, knowing fully well what she’s capable of. Cady<br />

too, Rice plays her more as a clueless and weird homeschooled girl,<br />

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who often seems frightened at everything, which in my opinion<br />

works better since her transformation into a Plastic is more<br />

noticeable. Some characters suffer though as Gretchen and Karen<br />

lose some screentime and their characters have been boiled down<br />

to very simplistic character traits. Vandanapu and Wood are not to<br />

blame, but originally, Karen and Gretchen felt like they matched<br />

with Regina in both attitude and appearance, but now, the group<br />

seems so disjointed, which highlights how Gretchen and Karen feel<br />

a bit off in the trio. Nevertheless, the cast do a great job with every<br />

character, and a special shoutout to Spivey who makes Damien’s<br />

character tons more fun and adds a lot more to love about him.<br />

Fans of the original will quickly notice that something still feels a<br />

bit off in this reimagining. I thought about it for a long time, but<br />

couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until it hit me, every character<br />

feels a bit flatter now, mostly due to every single character trait<br />

and flaw being spelled out for the viewer. The original wasn’t a<br />

masterpiece in “show don’t tell” either, but when the songs literally<br />

spell out the character motivations or their crippling fears, a layer is<br />

removed. Even the message of the movie is turned into a song, and<br />

the little mental exercise of figuring out the theme and analyzing<br />

characters is robbed from the viewer. It’s not detrimental, but it<br />

subtracts elements from the movie that didn’t need to be removed.<br />

Additionally, in the original Cady narrated what she experienced<br />

with inner monologues, that is missing here, and after a while you<br />

start noticing it, which again fuels this feeling of characters being<br />

more simplistic.<br />

Verdict<br />

The new Mean Girls is nothing if not fetch, and despite not<br />

surpassing the original, it’s still able to keep up with its tempo. The<br />

acting and singing is phenomenally done by the cast, even though<br />

some musical numbers could be shortened or cut entirely in my<br />

opinion. Although some characters feel a bit gutted in their new<br />

interpretations, it’s not disastrous by any means, but takes away<br />

some fun from the overall experience. Sure, there’s better movies<br />

out there with more defined thematic, but don’t let the opportunity<br />

to watch some enjoyable hijinks slip away. Mean Girls does not<br />

walk blindly in the shadow of the original, but proudly strides<br />

by its side, and although I would probably prefer to rewatch the<br />

original, I would gladly rewatch this one. It’s an equally fun ride,<br />

that doesn’t taint the legacy of the original, but instead brings the<br />

fun Mean Girls chaos to a new generation.<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 27


SATIRE<br />

Alice Soleng<br />

Writer<br />

Illustration: AdobeStock // juliasudnitskaya; rainy_helga<br />

My 2024<br />

card<br />

Sharks and<br />

Flaingos found<br />

in Dyreparken<br />

(they’re just<br />

visiting)<br />

Putin wins the<br />

2024 presidential<br />

elections in<br />

Russia! Who<br />

would have<br />

thought?<br />

You get into a<br />

relationship<br />

The Norwegian<br />

Football team<br />

wins a match<br />

Headbands<br />

become trendy<br />

We complete<br />

our New Year’s<br />

resolutions!<br />

We all<br />

collectively lose<br />

our minds<br />

Finn.no is banned<br />

by the government<br />

after the<br />

politicians spend<br />

more time looking<br />

for apartments<br />

than working<br />

Nicky Minaj and<br />

Cardi B collab<br />

(If Minaj x<br />

Ice Spice can<br />

happen, so<br />

can this)<br />

Pluto becomes<br />

a planet again<br />

Kylie Jenner<br />

names her next<br />

child Blizzard<br />

Inflation<br />

Taylor Swift wins<br />

the election in the<br />

US. She’s going to<br />

save the country<br />

Outer Banks<br />

season 4 is worse<br />

than season 3<br />

Erna Solberg<br />

flees the country<br />

Norway actually<br />

buys Sweden<br />

instead of<br />

singing about it<br />

Brits are banned<br />

from Unikum<br />

Live action<br />

Frozen remake<br />

announced<br />

Netflix releases<br />

another<br />

dystopian series<br />

Norway wins<br />

Eurovision<br />

(MGP is weak)<br />

NASA starts<br />

selling space trips<br />

to fund research<br />

UiA is the highest<br />

ranked university<br />

in Norway<br />

The Tobias<br />

quotes book is<br />

published – look<br />

forward to it<br />

Tinder is shut<br />

down after<br />

Drake finally<br />

gets a girlfriend<br />

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Happy New Years everyone! Except for those of you who owe<br />

me money, and those who didn’t want to spend 2023 listening to<br />

me rant about politics and popular culture. We don’t hold grudges<br />

here! We’re friends! (I’m on my second strike and about to be<br />

banned from Unikum, so I must be nice this year.) It’s all in the<br />

past, and I’ve heard that 2024 is going to be quite the year. So, ditch<br />

the toxic friends, get a new hobby, and try to avoid the existential<br />

dread of life, and the fear of how our government is doing nothing<br />

to combat climate change! Nothing says start of the new year like<br />

resolutions and failing to predict what will happen the upcoming<br />

year. Luckily for you, I’ve been blessed by the spirits of pettiness<br />

and fortune, and I’ve also got a great know-it-all personality. Thus,<br />

as you should know, I already know everything, so why should I not<br />

be able to predict the future? Some years have been even crazier<br />

than we could have imagined (let’s put 2020 in handcuffs, because<br />

that year belongs behind bars). I think 2024 will be even crazier.<br />

Here are my predictions for 2024. If you disagree, catch me outside<br />

of the Unikum offices. I’ll bring a shovel (for you).<br />

Taylor Swift wins the presidential election in the US<br />

Hear me out on this one. We all know that Kanye West ran for<br />

president in 2020, so I figured that it’s time for Miss Americana to<br />

become Miss President of the United States. She’s already saving<br />

the economy, so why not save the rest of the nation? Besides, I have<br />

American friends now, I can’t keep making fun of the country for<br />

another four years. If a certain orange skinned rebel is allowed<br />

back in the White House, you should all start fearing for my<br />

sanity. It’s not healthy to sacrifice my brain, trying to come up<br />

with jokes for an entire presidential term. My prediction is that<br />

she announces her candidacy after Joe Biden realises he‘s more of<br />

an iced down fossil than a charming dinosaur, and finally retires.<br />

Then, November comes around, and she wins easily. Conservatives<br />

love her patriotic glorification of the old Tennessee life, and liberals<br />

respect her acknowledgement of basic human rights. It’s a win-win<br />

situation. Purely logical prediction.<br />

Kylie Jenner names her next child Blizzard<br />

Celebrities love to name their child the most ridiculous names<br />

we could ever imagine. Need I remind you of Elon Musk’s child,<br />

X Æ A-Xii? When it comes to naming their children, I fear that<br />

the celebrities’ preferred method is to turn to a random page in<br />

a dictionary, and then modernising the word. For instance, Kylie<br />

Jenner’s son Aire. Kylie Jenner does not have a history with<br />

choosing traditional names for her children, which is why one<br />

of my 2024 predictions is that she will give another preposterous<br />

name. Her son Aire was originally named Wolf Webster, before the<br />

internet successfully bullied her into changing it. Kylie Jenner is<br />

not even pregnant, but if she has another child, what better name<br />

than Blizzard? She already has Stormi and Aire, thus she must stick<br />

to the theme! Also, it’s gender neutral. If Jenner doesn’t pop out<br />

another child, then I’m sure someone else will. Craziest name wins.<br />

UiA is the highest ranked university in the country<br />

came to Southern Norway for the sunny weather. With a school<br />

smart enough to make their students dependent on coffee from<br />

the café in the main hall to survive morning lectures (poor nursing<br />

students), it sure as hell must have its share of equally brilliant<br />

sleep deprived students. When you’re being manipulated into<br />

giving the university profit when studying, you certainly learn how<br />

to earn profit yourself. I see no other option than for UiA to climb<br />

the university rankings. Especially if they keep up with kicking out<br />

every student they don’t like on basis of plagiarism accusations.<br />

Also, what other university could take the crown? Nobody likes<br />

the schools in Oslo, because the city is too expensive, so the actual<br />

smart people don’t move there. Bergen is too divided, Stavanger<br />

too boring, and the people who decided to move up north to the<br />

freezing cold, have already declared their intelligence level. UiA is<br />

where it’s at, so we will be the highest ranked. But probably with<br />

the next round of students, because the ones that are here now, are<br />

not that bright (I say, as a first-year student).<br />

Brits are banned from Unikum<br />

They are everywhere in Kristiansand. The Brits have invaded, and I<br />

can’t say I’m against it. We’ve had our fair share of them in Unikum,<br />

and between the funny accents, the love for free things and brutal<br />

honesty, they might be here to stay. However, I fear that if we don’t<br />

start discriminating against the Brits, they might make Unikum the<br />

spot to share their love for fish and chips, whilst simultaneously<br />

only writing articles about their hatred for the weather. It would<br />

get one-sided. And of course, we can survive some nagging, but the<br />

Brits’ inability to rate films anything lower than 10/10, and refusal<br />

to show up to meetings in time, might get them banned for life.<br />

Of course, we only discriminate against the English. You Scots are<br />

welcome all the time, as long as we can collectively make fun of<br />

the British Eurovision representatives. Last place again, you say?<br />

What a shame.<br />

We all collectively lose our minds<br />

Can you feel it? That you’re slowly losing your mind? I blame our<br />

education system and TikTok. We are all being brainwashed into<br />

accelerating the process of ending the world. It might not have<br />

ended in 2012, but common knowledge certainly disappeared<br />

suspiciously. 2016 to 2023 vanished from right before eyes.<br />

Conspiracy theories? We don’t believe them. The earth isn’t flat,<br />

and the world is not secretly run by robots (I think). But the truth<br />

is that algorithms, the status quo, and the liberation of the market<br />

from the state, romanticism, wannabe imitations of a former<br />

equilibrium of happiness, and the environmentalist perspective on<br />

modernity, are all ruining our brain’s ability to think critically. We<br />

are believing nonsense, and our attention spans are so small that<br />

we can’t recognise we are being…<br />

Anyway, we’re all doomed. You get the picture.<br />

Have a nice 2024, or not.<br />

UiA is most definitely already known for their effort to create a<br />

sustainable learning environment. It’s not like half of the students<br />

JANUAR 2024 <strong>UNIKUM</strong> NR 1 29


KULTUR<br />

PODUNIVERSET:<br />

Illustrasjon: Freepik // freepik<br />

Vilde Hagen Svanberg<br />

Skribent<br />

Etter nesten 3 år med denne spalten har jeg nå bestemt meg for at dette antakelig blir den siste, med mindre noen andre<br />

tar over eller det plutselig blir krisetilstander i Unikum! Da hjelper jeg selvfølgelig til uten å blunke. I løpet av denne<br />

tiden har jeg anbefalt flere titalls podkaster, men å like alle like mye er umulig. Som et siste bidrag har jeg dykket ned<br />

i arkivet og hentet frem mine absolutte favoritter. Dette er podkaster jeg fortsatt hører ukentlig. Kanskje er de ikke for<br />

alle, men jeg anbefaler de likevel på det sterkeste. Takk for meg for nå. Du ser meg antakelig igjen i andre spalter!<br />

POTTERLESS<br />

En gammel slager er selvfølgelig denne podkasten<br />

om Harry Potter-bøkene (I’m a millennial, sorry). Har<br />

du ikke lest dem bør du få ut fingeren med denne<br />

podkasten! Mike Schubert er en mann midt i 20-årene<br />

som aldri har lest Harry Potter før. Han har aldri<br />

forstått hvorfor konseptet slo så godt an. Han synes<br />

det virker teit og har aldri giddet å lese bøkene. I<br />

denne podkasten går Mike gjennom noen kapitler fra<br />

bøkene i hver episode. Han begynner på bok én og<br />

jobber seg gjennom alle bøkene, filmene, og til slutt<br />

en del fan-teorier, YouTube-videoer, musikaler osv.<br />

Det er ikke høytlesning, men gjenfortelling med et<br />

kritisk og humoristisk blikk. Gjestene han inviterer til<br />

å diskutere med er store HP-fans som prøver å få Mike<br />

over på sin side. Le så tårene triller mens han gjetter<br />

helt feil på hva som skjer i hver bok, og bli med mens<br />

han sakte men sikkert elsker bøkene mer og mer for<br />

hvert kapittel.<br />

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TUSVIK OG TØNNE<br />

Hvor skal man begynne med disse damene? Jeg vet<br />

at Sigrid Bonde Tusvik og Lisa Tønne ikke er for alle,<br />

men jeg elsker dem og har vært trofast lytter av denne<br />

podkasten i over 10 år! Du kan si hva du vil om dem,<br />

men de snakker rett fra levra på både godt og vondt.<br />

De er klar over at de av og til går over grensen, men<br />

det er denne pushingen av grenser jeg synes er både<br />

forfriskende og fascinerende. I tillegg kommer de med<br />

sine synspunkter på dagsaktuelle temaer, spesielt<br />

kvinners rettigheter og kvinnehelse, pluss at de deler<br />

erfaringer fra eget liv over en lav sko. Jeg kan med<br />

hånden på hjertet si at det ikke er noen annen podkast<br />

jeg har ledd og grått så mye av. Det føles ut som å få<br />

besøk av to gode venninner hver gang det kommer en<br />

ny episode.


FAVORITTENE<br />

LIFE HACKS MED FORBRUKERRÅDET<br />

I denne podden får du tips og triks om både livet<br />

generelt og om dine forbrukerrettigheter for å gjøre<br />

deg litt klokere. Som ung er det fort gjort å bli lurt av<br />

en slu selger eller en dårlig utleier, og hva skal man<br />

egentlig gjøre om el-sparkesykkelen ikke virker eller<br />

om ferien ble avlyst? I hver episode er det med en<br />

jurist eller fagperson fra Forbrukerrådet som kan mye<br />

om temaet vi snakker om. Fast inventar er også en fra<br />

veiledningstjenesten deres, som på grunnlag av de<br />

omtrent 50 000 henvendelsene de får hvert år kan si<br />

en del om hva forbrukere er opptatt av.<br />

I en del episoder er det også besøk fra en som ikke<br />

jobber i Forbrukerrådet, men som kan litt ekstra om<br />

dagens tema – og dermed hjelper til med å holde<br />

løftet om å gjøre deg litt klokere. Det er ett tema i hver<br />

episode og målet er å gi deg det viktigste du trenger å<br />

vite på 20 minutter.<br />

TROLLETS TILSTAND:<br />

Dette er en podkast om eventyr. «Ikke så spennende,»<br />

tenker du. Feil! I Trollets Tilstand møter du Unikums<br />

tidligere nettredaktør, podkastansvarlig og illustratør<br />

Odd, som sammen med Julie og Krister tar for seg<br />

ett eventyr per episode. De leser eventyret høyt med<br />

stor innlevelse og egne stemmer på karakterene,<br />

kommer med kjappe og morsomme kommentarer, og<br />

til slutt i episoden må alle tre komme med sin Beste<br />

Moderne Gjenfortelling. Dette kan være en Marvelfilm,<br />

Shrek eller andre moderne historier (spesielt<br />

fra filmer som kun Julie har sett) som kan minne om<br />

originaleventyret. Ofte gir det ikke så mye mening, og<br />

av og til skal man skal legge godvilja til for å i det hele<br />

tatt se noen likheter, men hvilken rolle spiller det når<br />

humoren er på topp? Dette er en 10/10 podkast om du<br />

vil le høyt og bli sett rart på. Det kjipeste med denne<br />

podkasten er at det ikke lenger lages flere episoder.<br />

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