Student News
2 November 2015
De-stress at the CAPS Exam Oasis
The CAPS Exam Oasis is back and better than ever from 10–12 November. Take a break and let some cuddly animals, delicious granitas, giant games and the obligatory jumping castle free you from exam stress. In the meantime it’s important to make the most of the STUVAC break so you’re prepared to do your best in the exam hall. Be sure to double-check your timetable, familiarise yourself with examination rules and procedures, and remember these simple tips.
Lessons from the Jezabels
Eight years after her first performance at a campus band competition in Manning Bar, The Jezabels' frontwoman Hayley Mary returned to Sydney Uni recently to deliver a guest lecture to students about her musical and feminist influences and her experience as a woman in the music industry.
Sydney’s rugby stars take the game to the US
As our Wallabies sadly went down to the All Blacks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, the Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) was on tour in the USA, teaching American colleges a thing or two about the game they play in heaven. The 30-man squad played exhibition matches against Arizona State University Sun Devils, the University of Southern California Trojans and the University of California San Diego Tritons. The club also hosted a coaching clinic.
Sydney Uni’s RIPPA robot heralds future of farming
Meet RIPPA, the little robot set to take Australian farming into the future. Developed by PhD students Alex Reid and Steven Potiris with a team of robotics specialists from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. RIPPA (aka Robot for Intelligent Perception and Precision Application), aims to drive growth in Australia’s agriculture sector as it embraces new technologies. RIPPA’s main job is to zoom around farmlands and knock out weeds with speed and efficiency.
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Openair cinemas on campus
The Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema is coming to Sydney Uni for the first time from 19 November, a perfect treat to celebrate finishing yours exams. Bask in the sun and listen to live music during the day, then settle into a beanbag to catch a flick at night. Book your tickets online and use the code: ‘USYD’ to receive a special 10 percent student discount.
Melbourne Cup at the Courtyard
The Courtyard Café is the place to watch the Melbourne Cup tomorrow, with pop-up cocktail bars, sweepstakes, lucky door prizes and live music from 1pm. Entry is free and you can reserve a table for four for just $50 with complementary snacks and champagne. Find out more
Join in and get involved
  • Do you have a great start-up idea? The University of Sydney Union's award-winning startup accelerator program, INCUBATE would love to know about it. Applications close this Friday 6 November.

  • In more student start-up news, the Sydney Genesis program hosted its Semester 2 final pitch event last week. Check out the results and photos on the Sydney Genesis Facebook page.

  • There’s just a couple of days left to vote for the Freedom Ride 50th anniversary as ‘Australia’s favourite event’ in the 2015 Australian Event Awards. Vote for it here.

  • Calling all dog owners. We’re keen to know about your day-to-day activities with your dog, so we invite you to complete our 10 minute research survey. For each of the first 1000 surveys completed, we will donate $1 to Guide Dogs NSW.

  • Our Brydens Sydney Uni Flames women’s basketball team are off to a flying start in the 2015-16 season. Cheer them on at their next home game (against Canberra) at the SUSF Sports & Aquatic Centre this Friday. Tickets available online.
  • On 22 November ICT will perform maintenance on general desktops across the University. If you have any files stored on these desktops, we recommend you copy them to your personal storage (such as a USB or cloud drive):
    • Libraries: Fisher, SciTech, Cumberland, Conservatorium of Music, Westmead
    • Learning Hubs: Wentworth, PNR, Carslaw, Brennan MacCallum
    • Access Labs: Law, Education, Madsen, Nursing, Cumberland and Camden
  • Reminder: If you are continuing your course in 2016, you will be invited to re-enrol after the release of results on Tuesday 8 December. Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students need to re-enrol for Research Period 1 from Monday 30 November. Find out more about enrolment deadlines.
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