STUDENT NEWS

WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Architecture students reimagine Darlo Bar 

First-year architecture students from the University of Sydney have quenched their thirst for creativity by producing a number of visionary redesigns of popular establishment Darlo Bar for a unique assignment.

The top 10 chosen designs from 160 submitted will go on display from tonight at the Darlinghurst watering hole, allowing patrons to imagine how the building site could be used for what architecture lecturer Jennifer Ferng describes as “ecological systems within design.”

First-year architecture students from the University of Sydney have quenched their thirst for creativity by producing a number of visionary redesigns of popular establishment Darlo Bar for a unique assignment.

The top 10 chosen designs from 160 submitted will go on display from tonight at the Darlinghurst watering hole, allowing patrons to imagine how the building site could be used for what architecture lecturer Jennifer Ferng describes as “ecological systems within design.”

Students were asked to design a building from the ground up and incorporate an urban farm component.

Darlo Bar was selected for the assignment because of its unique space and the challenges it poses to architects.

Ben Dixon, one of the students whose projects was selected for display, says the assignment involved a “staggering” amount of work, but was ultimately “challenging, rewarding and exciting”.

“I think the best projects are often all of these things,” says Ben.

“When you totally immerse yourself in a project like this, you end up working on it in your sleep – I was literally dreaming in Rhino (the 3D modelling software used)”.

Ben’s design places a Zen monastery on the Darlo site, housing monks who would collect leftover food from local restaurants and supermarkets and combine it with produce from garden plots on the site to cook meals for disadvantaged residents in the local community.

“This charitable aspect turned out to be a fairly common theme for the final project, and came out of students’ research and observations about the area,” says Ben.

Perspex plinths set up in Darlo Bar will showcase detailed 3D models of the 10 designs which were hand-picked by the bar's general manager Rob Kilby, and also include a hive-shaped honey retailer, Jetsons-style futuristic fit-outs, and even a restaurant for cannibals.

The idea to display the designs and allow the public to vote for their favourites came from Kilby himself. Jennifer Ferng describes this as an “amazing kind of serendipity,” and an “intersection between the University and the community”.

Ben says the project allowed him to see opportunities to go beyond the brief and find new perspectives to further develop his assignment.  

“Realising this was quite liberating,” he says. “And my tutor was excellent; every time I hit a roadblock or my motivation started to wane, she seemed to always say just the right thing to get me thinking again – though this more than once involved breaking my design completely in order to address some fundamental flaw or open up new possibilities.”

The displays will remain at Darlo Bar for the next month.

 

Clubs and societies go back to the 80s

The University of Sydney Union’s student clubs and societies celebrated their annual awards night in 80s fashion, with hair perms, legwarmers and mullets galore.
The University of Sydney Union’s student clubs and societies celebrated their annual awards night in 80s fashion, with hair perms, legwarmers and mullets galore.

Club and society representatives converged on Manning Bar for the prom-themed awards night, which recognised the efforts and achievements of clubs and their members over a busy year.

The first awards went to clubs that showed a real touch of flair with their promotional materials. Best publication went to the Law Society for its Education Guide; the Dramatic Society won the award for best posters, and best t-shirt honours were shared by the Mathematics Society and the Wildlife Society.

BarberSoc, a society created for a cappella singers, was voted 2014’s best new club, and the award for best major event was split between the Association of Malaysian Students’ Mamak Night, and the Sikh Society for its Community Kitchen.

Another eight awards were handed out (see full list of winners here) on the night, while the shortlists for the Dave Burnett Awards for Best Club or Society were announced.

The nominations for the big prizes, which will be announced at the USU’s Annual Dinner later this month, are:

Fewer than 100 memebers
Sikh Society
Wind Orchestra

More than 100 members
Photographic Society
Association of Malaysian Students
Movement and Dance Society
Amnesty International

Congratulations to all the winners and all those involved in what was another fantastic year for one of the biggest club and society communities in Australia.

CampusFlora app showcases our brilliant botany

The rich flora on campus is a trademark of our University. From the iconic jacaranda in the Quad, to the honey myrtle outside Fisher, Sydney Uni is a botanical boutique.
The rich flora on campus is a trademark of our University. From the iconic jacaranda in the Quad to the honey myrtle outside Fisher, Sydney Uni is a botanical boutique.

Recognising this, a team of students and academics from the School of Biological Sciences have developed ‘CampusFlora’, an app that provides botanical details of more than 1000 individual plants from 40 families on campus grounds.

CampusFlora uses detailed photos, an interactive map and a catalogue of botanical knowledge that aligns with the curriculum to group species into navigable ‘trails’. It's a tool useful for both teaching and learning as well as for anyone interested in the diverse plant life on campus.  

The app began as a second-year undergraduate advanced botany project by biology student Lachlan Petit in Semester 1 last year. It has since been developed with a project team including biological science lecturers Rosanne Quinnell and Matthew Pye, web officer Xiaolong Wang and fellow student Angela Pursey.

The University grounds staff were also instrumental in giving access to the University’s tree database.  

Lachlan, now in his third year and almost at the end of his degree, presented the app at this year’s Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education. 

“I didn’t believe at the start of my advanced project that we would end up with an app in the App Store, nor did I suspect I would present at a conference,” he says.

“As a student I gained firsthand knowledge from world-class scientists and educators. Rosanne and Matt gave me the freedom to run with ideas in earlier concept development, and then they both really helped me shape and refine the initial direction of the app," Lachlan says.

"The whole process extended my botanical knowledge and my interest in plants."

CampusFlora continues to grow with more customisable ‘trails’ to be added to the app and there are plans to expand to other campuses and ultimately other universities.

Rosanne Quinnell says the project has been a terrific way to partner with students who are as excited and enthusiastic as she is about the potential of mobile technologies in education.  

Download the app for iPhone and iPad – it’s free!

University honours brilliant women leaders

Eight exceptional women including a high court judge, an award-winning film director, an Indigenous leader and a sex discrimination commissioner were recognised at an honorary award ceremony at the University of Sydney last Saturday (1 November).
Eight exceptional women including a high court judge, an award-winning film director, an Indigenous leader and a sex discrimination commissioner were recognised at an honorary award ceremony at the University of Sydney last Saturday (1 November).

Framed by University's iconic jacaranda in full bloom, Gillian Armstrong, The Hon Justice Virginia Bell, Dr Kerry Schott, Elizabeth Broderick, Catherine Livingstone and Gail Kelly donned academic caps and gowns in the sandstone Quadrangle before accepting their degrees in the Great Hall. Dr Lowitja (Lois) O'Donoghue and Evonne Goolagong Cawley were also conferred honorary degrees at the ceremony.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence paid tribute to the women at the ceremony and said their achievements have had a profound impact in Australia and across the world.

"The honorary degrees were conferred in recognition of the distinguished contribution these women have made to our community and their shared passion and commitment to making a real difference," said Dr Spence at the ceremony.

"The University of Sydney is particularly dedicated to promoting women's leadership and inspiring a new generation of female leaders. We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women and to have welcomed them into our community,” he said.

Find out more

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STUDENT LIFE

Exam Oasis – The rest is up to you

Escape the exam stress and chill out at our little retreat. Refresh with a free slushie, bounce on the jumping castle and relax on a picnic blanket. Brought to you by Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the exam oasis will appear between the hours of 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 November on the Law Lawns. It's no mirage!

Find more useful resources to help you study and prepare for exams.

Courtyard open during STUVAC and exams

If you’re after pizza, pasta, salad or a healthy (or indulgent) snack, Courtyard Restaurant and Bar in the Holme Building will be open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri during STUVAC and exams to help satisfy your cravings. It’s also a great place to unwind for your post-exam celebrations. Check out Courtyard on Facebook.

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GET INVOLVED

Grab a discounted student price to the Sydney China Business Forum.
The Sydney China Business Forum, hosted by the China Studies Centre, provides a unique opportunity for leaders in government, business and academia in Australia and China to share their insights into the most pressing issues in the financial services sector and to engage with major industry players from both countries. The forum features a number of panel discussions, key note address and a lunch and opportunity for networking for all attendees. Students can purchase tickets at a discounted price.

When: Monday 17 November, 9am-5pm
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney

Tickets to the forum: $80
Tickets to the gala dinner and forum: $200

More information on the forum and tickets
Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School 2015 dates
From Monday 6 to Saturday 18 July 2015, the second European Chamber Music Summer School will take place in Verona, Italy. Estivo will comprise two weeks of intensive small ensemble study and performance opportunities for nearly 50 enrolled tertiary students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Auditions will take place in the last week of March 2015.

Ensembles to be selected include:
  • 3 string quartets
  • 2 piano trios (or 1 piano trio & 1 piano quartet)
  • 1 pianist (to work with string quartet or wind quintet)
  • 2 wind quintets
  • 1 brass quintet
  • 1 early music ensemble
  • 6 vocalists with 3 piano accompanists.
All travel, accommodation and tuition will be provided. Find out more
Do you use health and fitness apps on your phone? Participate in our survey
Do you use a smartphone app or other health tracking device (eg. FitBit)? We'd love to hear about what health and fitness apps you use and your attitudes towards sharing the data collected by apps with researchers.

Complete the survey and go into the draw to win a $200 iTunes or Google Play voucher. The survey closes on 29 November.

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

Study a language alongside your degree

Did you know you can study a language alongside your degree? The University of Sydney is offering a new Diploma of Language Studies in 2015. This is an accelerated one year program for students who are enrolled in a course and would like to study a language concurrently with their degree but have no units free to do so.
Did you know you can study a language alongside your degree? The University of Sydney is offering a new Diploma of Language Studies in 2015. This is an accelerated one year program for students who are enrolled in a course and would like to study a language concurrently with their degree but have no units free to do so. 

The diploma is offered through a mixture of intensives and off-campus modes and students do not need a language background to enrol. Languages offered are: Indonesian, Spanish, Korean and Japanese. Learn more at the program webpage.

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NOTICES

Student cards now valid for the duration of enrolment
Your student card will now be valid for the duration of your enrolment at the University of Sydney.

You will no longer be issued with a new card each year. You can continue to use your card to borrow items from the library and access buildings approved by your faculty.

Travel concession arrangements for 2015 will be announced in the coming months. 2014 travel concession will remain valid until 31 March 2015.
Continuing enrolments 2015
Students intending to continue in their course of study in 2015 will be invited by email to re-enrol from the following dates:
  • 1 December for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates
  • 15 December for coursework students
In a change from previous years, coursework students may enrol only following the release of semester 2 results, allowing all unit of study choices to be confirmed immediately.

If you'd like advice on your options, contact your faculty.

Information about enrolment, including key dates, can be found on the enrolment website.

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EVENTS

 NOV  | Coming up at Sydney Ideas

Check out the upcoming Sydney Ideas talks and events below.
Check out the upcoming Sydney Ideas talks and events below.

11 November – The Arts and Learning: Creating Australia’s future
If research demonstrates that students who engage in an active, demanding, high-quality arts education are more likely to excel in their academic and non-academic lives, why has the recent review of the national Australian Curriculum recommended reducing arts learning in our schools?

12 November – Wellbeing, Nudge and Working out What Works: Reflections on theory and practice
Earlier this year, an independent Commission on Wellbeing and Policy published a report that explains the concept of wellbeing and suggests how it can improve policymaking. In this Sydney Ideas lecture, the Chair of the Commission, Gus O’Donnell, will review its findings and discuss some of its implications for policy making, especially in human and social services. The lecture will also explore the relationship between wellbeing, measures of wellbeing and the use of behavioural economics as a key policy instrument.

13 November  Decolonizing Methodologies, Indigenous Methodologies and Critical Research Methodologies
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is an internationally recognised scholar and researcher in the area of Indigenous Knowledge (IK). Her groundbreaking book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2012) has been accepted as one of the major texts that inform Indigenous research. Her presentation will unpack three of the central research concerns or approaches in a way that provides guidance for framing, designing and conducting research in education.

 11 NOV  | Sydney Abroad Aussie BBQ

 12 NOV  | Nicholson Museum lecture: Cooking, eating and drinking in Pompeian houses

 24 NOV  | Food@Sydney final talk: Global food, nutrition security and climate change

 26 NOV  | Cancer research – where to from here? Professor Ian Frazer

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