Student News
17 October 2016
Trumping student politics
The US election has gripped the world over the last few months with its intriguing personalities and intense political debate, but one of our students was more hooked than most! Arts student Daniel Ergas has recently returned from Iowa, after chasing the campaign trail of Bernie Sanders. He shared with us his new take on student politics and weighed in on the great debate.  Enjoy the election festivities on 9 November with CNN coverage and live broadcasts to the US consulate at what will be an American-themed Manning Bar.
Radical ideas for Sydney's future
When we imagine the future, flying cars quickly spring to mind, but what about floating suburbs? Engineering student Hillary Pan thinks it’s a real possibility, and she’s convinced the judges at the Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship who have named her as a finalist along with seven of our other students. Watch this short video to find out how we could live on “lily pads” anchored to the seabed along Sydney’s coastline.
Dose of discovery
It doesn’t count as procrastination if you’re learning, right? At Innovation Week next week there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore new ideas outside of the classroom. Learn how to use ThinkSpace’s cutting-edge technology, with free 3D printing and wearable electronic workshops on 26 October. You can also explore the future of Australia’s space research, and many other great events, including the Student Innovation Challenge.
Learn to stress less
It might have already hit you; that pre-stress stressed you get when you know there’s plenty of study to be done. Never fear – we have just the thing to combat your qualms. Join us for Mindfulness on the Green on 25 October from 10 to 12pm and relax.  Learn how to be mindful with some exercises and a film, music, colouring in and a free lunch.  You’ll also be helping to support Mental Health Month.
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Excavating the facts on Egyptology
It’s not often that we get to meet our idols. Ahead of a Sydney Ideas event, Maddie Cox interviewed Zahi Hass, the man who inspired her to study Egyptology.  The Nicholson Museum volunteer wasted no time in finding out whether we’ve found Nefertiti’s tomb, and how Zahi weighs up against Indiana Jones.
Kicking goals
Sydney Uni student Nicola Barr has been named Australia’s inaugural number one draft pick in the national women’s AFL commencing in February 2017. Being selected by the GWS Giants after playing for the Sydney Uni Bombers, Nicola also juggles her sporting career with her studies in Medical Science.
$500 Co-op vouchers up for grabs
Don’t forget to fill out our quick Summer School survey before 28 October for your chance to win one of two $500 Co-op Bookshop vouchers.
Inflating INCUBATE
Hear this year’s entrepreneurs pitch their ideas at INCUBATE Demo Day on 18 October, or find out how you can get involved at an info session on 24 October.  There’s no better time to get on board, with the University of Sydney Union’s INCUBATE program just securing funding that will help it double in size over the next five years.
Get involved
  • Row, row, row your boat
    Jump on an ergometer at Eastern Avenue and race against the uni’s finest rowers on 19 October for your chance to win amazing prizes, including a gym membership, Garmin watches and tickets to the Australian Boat Race, held this Sunday 23 October. 

  • Don't forget, Raising the Bar 
    Enjoy your ale with a side of academia tomorrow as we take over some of Sydney's best bars for Raising the Bar. Last minute tickets are still available. If you're attending on the night, remember to use our official hashtag #RTBSYD, follow our student snapchat takeover (add sydney_uni) and send us your snaps using the Raising the Bar snapchat geofilters available in each bar. 

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  • Environmental education
    At a time when the natural world is under threat, discussing the environment is loaded with challenges and joys. Join us as we collaborate with Greenpeace for a special Sydney Ideas event on 20 October.

  • Start-up central
    Take part in the Hult Prize, a global competition that challenges students to develop a social enterprise, for the chance to win $1 million in start-up funding. Find out more at an info session on 19 October.

  • Respect. Now. Always 
    The nationwide Respect. Now. Always. campaign is urging students to complete a groundbreaking survey on sexual harassment and assault at Australian universities. If you’re one of those selected at random and see an email invitation from the Australian Human Rights Commission, please take the time to complete this important, independent and completely confidential survey.
  • Continual improvement 
    Help us test a new search tool on our library website and make studying easier! All you need to do is compare our orange search box on the homepage with our charcoal search box and let us know what you think

  • Last chance to apply
    Our International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) program applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 October, so get in quick! 

And in research news...
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17 October Sydney Ideas Food and Sydney – Generations, gender and eating
17 October Sydney Ideas – How to get it right the first time
18 October Raising the Bar 2016
18 October INCUBATE Demo Day
19 October School of Economics Postgraduate Information Evening 
19 October Taste the race: Australian Boat Race comes to campus
20 October Sydney Ideas – Truth and beauty: talking about the environment
20 October Sydney Ideas – Security and privacy in a hyper-connected world
23 October The Australian Boat Race 2016
24 October Innovation Week
25 October Mindfulness on the Green  

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