Student News
22 February 2015
  
It's Orientation Week!
Welcome to Orientation Week. There's a lot happening across campus over the next five days, including faculty welcomes, skills workshops and information sessions. Here’s a quick rundown of all the action.
Introducing SydPay
Printing just got a whole lot easier! You’ll be able to use your student card to pay for services such as printing and laundry. SydPay will be rolled out from the end of February, so start to wind down your copy card or PPP account balance. Find out more.
Bondi hosts world’s biggest English lesson
More than 3000 international students gathered on Bondi Beach to take part in the world’s biggest English lesson. Students were welcomed to Sydney and given a lesson in English idioms by teachers from the University of Sydney’s Centre for English Teaching.

Don’t miss your international student welcome!
Meet Jacky Randa, our Mardi Gras star
"I’m really proud that within 12 months of establishing the Ally Network the University is participating in the Mardi Gras Parade and I think the network will achieve amazing things over the coming years.” 

Say hi to our star of the University’s Mardi Gras parade float ­­– the fabulous Jacky Randa, sometimes known as Mark Smith, Executive Officer to Senate. Read below for the full interview.
"I’m really proud that within 12 months of establishing the Ally Network the University is participating in the Mardi Gras Parade and I think the network will achieve amazing things over the coming years.” 

Say hi to our star of the University’s Mardi Gras parade float ­­– the fabulous Jacky Randa, sometimes known as Mark Smith, Executive Officer to Senate. 

Five minutes with Jacky Randa 

What are the highlights and challenges of your role?

Jacky: As the University Ambassador to the LGBTIQ community there are so many highlights. I love going out into the University community and doing good works. Of course the biggest challenge is deciding what to wear every day. I’ve told Micky (Spence) and Sara (Watts) if they expect me to be the University Ambassador I need a separate shoes and handbag budget.

What does Mardi Gras mean to you and why is it important for the University to be involved?

Jacky: Sweetie, Mardi Gras is my life. I spend all year coming up with exciting ideas for the parade and selling those ideas around town. Unfortunately due to a wardrobe malfunction at a Sydney City Council event (the Lord Mayor and I were wearing the same pants suit, of course I was wearing it better), a lovely friend of mine mentioned that the University might be a better fit for my style, and lo and behold here I am!!

Jacky – what will you be wearing at Mardi Gras and who are your style inspirations?

Jacky: Darling, if I told you I would have to kill you – it must remain a surprise. But needless to say when the University asked me to be University Ambassador to the LGBTIQ community and Mardi Gras the first thing I did was call my good friend and godmother Donatella (Versace), and told her to get out the Singer and the sequins and start getting creative.

Who inspires you?

Jacky: Sweetie, I am the inspiration! So many people – staff, students, Quad tourists – always come up to me telling me how much I inspire them and how they want to be like me. Of course, I am not surprised.

If you could give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Jacky: A big smile and a pair of stilettos can get you out of any tricky situation.

You can come and get a sneak peak at the float during OWeek. Find us at the front of the Quad and add your own touch!
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STUDENT LIFE
Plan ahead for Orientation
Download the 2016 Orientation Week app now to create a personalised timetable, so you don’t miss out on any of the action!
Do you have a friend in need?
You can learn practical skills to help support friends and family in times of stress or crisis. CAPS Sidekicks is a free program that begins on Monday 16 March. Find out more and sign up.
Mates, parties and perks with ACCESS in 2016
Want to get the most out of University life? The University of Sydney Union (USU) runs clubs and societies, fantastic events, food outlets and bars. Join now to make new friends and save with perks!
Study
Get Involved
  • Think you’ve got what it takes to launch a start-up? Sydney Genesis gives you free access to weekly workshops, one-to-one mentorship, pitching opportunities and cash prizes. Apply by 20 March.
  • Got an hour to kill between lectures? Compete in SUSF’s Lunchtime Social Sport competitions, commencing Week 3. Register as an individual or a team before February 28 to take advantage of early bird discounts.
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EVENTS
23 February Welcome to Sydney Party
24 February Splash Dance: OWeek Opening Night Party
24 February Sydney Ideas ­­– Is Democracy in Poland in Danger?
25 February San Cisco
25 February Wave Goodbye: OWeek Closing Night Party
25 February Sydney Ideas ­­– Fixing the System
1 March Sydney Ideas ­­– Soda Politics in the US: Lessons for the food     movement in action
2 March Super Tuesday Trivia Night
3 March Interfaculty Tug-of-War
3 March Sydney Ideas ­­– Somaesthetics and Design
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