STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Get ready for Orientation Week! 23 - 27 February 

The grass on the front lawns is freshly cut and just as inviting as you've seen on the postcards. Eastern Avenue has cleared the way for over 200 stalls and there's a real buzz around campus, the same sense of excitement that arrives every February to the University – Orientation Week is coming!

The grass on the front lawns is freshly cut and just as inviting as you've seen on the postcards. Eastern Avenue has cleared the way for over 200 stalls and there's a real buzz around campus, the same sense of excitement that arrives every February to the University – Orientation Week is coming!

There are two parts to next week's Orientation festivities. First, there is a range of information sessions and introductions that will help you settle into life at uni, including the all-important faculty and school welcomes.

Second, the University of Sydney Union (USU) hosts the three-day OWeek festival, which gives you a taste of the uni experience the USU provides. It’s a great way to meet new friends, enjoy free food, join clubs and societies, and have fun at their parties. This year’s theme is Back to the Future, so keep your eyes peeled for some retro surprises...

Where to begin? The Orientation Week planner app will help you make sure you don't miss a moment. Dowload it now for free (IOS and Android) and start planning your Orientation schedule.

Questions? Look out for staff wearing an 'Ask Me' badge during Orientation and the first couple of weeks of semester. No question is too silly, so ask away!


 

Students recreate historic Freedom Rides

Fifty years ago, our first Aboriginal graduate,Charles Perkins, led a busload of students on a tour around rural NSW to fight discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. To commemorate the historic Freedom Rides of 1965, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the University of Sydney will again hit the road from 18 – 21 February, with 29 students joining original riders as well as a couple of legendary Australian musicians to visit local communities and once again shine a light on Indigenous issues.
Fifty years ago, Sydney Uni's first Aboriginal graduate,Charles Perkins, led a busload of students on a tour around rural NSW to fight discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. To commemorate the historic Freedom Rides of 1965, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the University of Sydney will again hit the road from 18 – 21 February, with 29 students joining original riders as well as a couple of legendary Australian musicians to visit local communities and once again shine a light on Indigenous issues.

The Freedom buses leave the University on Wednesday 18 February, travel to Dubbo, Walgett, Moree and Kempsey, and arrive back in Sydney on Sunday 22 February. Events in each town will pay tribute to the momentous events of 1965, and include a community barbecue and a free public concert featuring musical legends Troy Cassar-Daley and Paul Kelly. 

At the heart of the mission are the 29 students, the same number that left on the pioneering run in 1965, who come from all over our campuses. President of the SRC, Kyol Blakeney and President of the USU, Tara Waniganayaka are among the student Freedom Riders.

Kyol says it’s a student-led initiative more than worth commemorating.

“The Freedom Rides were the first stepping stone on the way to breaking many social barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” says Kyol. 

“It’s great that we can celebrate Charlie Perkins’ legacy and again confront many of the issues that continue to face these communities,” says Kyol.

“Students are central to the Freedom Rides, as it was originally. We know students at this University are intelligent people who ask a lot of questions, and it’s great that we have a mix of students coming along,” he says.

Diversity was a criteria in selecting who came along, and Kyol says the buses will have a good, balanced representation of gender and culture.

“We also aimed to break down the knowledge hierarchy and have students coming along who are more educated about indigenous cultures and issues in these communities, as well as those who have less knowledge but would like to see and learn about it first-hand," Kyol adds.

"For example, there are international students coming along and it will be interesting for them to compare perspectives from similar experiences in their home countries,” says Kyol.

The bus departs from the University of Sydney at 7am this Wednesday for the 1,800km journey.

There will also be a free screening of Freedom Ride by Rachel Perkins (Charles Perkin's daughter) at the Redfern Community Centre on Friday 27 February.
 
Find out more


(Image credit: Louise Higham)

Meet your student Senate reps

Each year, you are asked to elect two of your peers to the University’s governing body, the Senate, to add the student voice to the discussions that shape the direction of the University. The student representatives, one undergraduate and one postgraduate, have an important role in ensuring your interests are met. It’s a weighty responsibility to place on the shoulders of someone who, like every student, must still juggle an already hectic schedule of study, work and social life.
Each year, you are asked to elect two of your peers to the University’s governing body, the Senate, to add the student voice to the discussions that shape the direction of the University. The student representatives, one undergraduate and one postgraduate, have an important role in ensuring your interests are met. It’s a weighty responsibility to place on the shoulders of someone who, like every student, must still juggle an already hectic schedule of study, work and social life.

For these student leaders, a real passion to serve their fellow students is required. We spoke with your new student Senate reps for 2015, Dalton Fogarty (undergrad) and Simon Hill (postgrad). 


What are you studying?

Dalton Fogarty (pictured left): 
I recently completed my Bachelor of Commence, majoring in finance and am now studying a Bachelor of Laws. 

Simon Hill (pictured right): 
I am currently doing my Juris Doctor. I graduated from Advanced Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology a couple of years ago. 

What is your role and what does it involve? 


DF: My role on the Senate entails serving the best interests of the University through the lens of a current undergraduate student.

SH: The Senate oversees all of the University’s activities; ensuring strategic decisions are made in the best interests of the uni as a whole. The role generally involves reading reports diligently, asking the right questions and making wise decisions with my colleagues.

How would you describe governance for students unfamiliar with that concept?

 
DF: Governance refers to the decisions made regarding the strategic direction of the University, in areas such as communications, finance, funding and infrastructure. We look at the direction of the University in the next two to five years, rather than the day-to-day management of operations.

SH: Good governance is essential for long-term success. It is overseeing without micromanaging and correcting things where needed for the future direction of the uni, asking good questions, without running the show.

What do you hope to achieve from the position?

DF: Ultimately, the goal is to achieve good governance of the University.

SH: To play a part in making this University even greater. To do this, I want to make sure our decisions are informed by facts and strategy rather than ideology and politics. There will be some critical issues facing us over the next two years. For example, there is an important discussion to be had about student fees, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. I hope ultimately to leave the University in two years’ time in a better position than it is now.

How will you approach your role as the student voice on the Senate?

DF: My objective is practical change – not political ideology. I’d like to focus on small incremental changes to the student experience. Furthermore, I am passionate about ensuring accessibility of tertiary education for those from low socioeconomic backgrounds and underrepresented groups of the community. 

SH: Like the other fellows, I do not represent a particular group. My job is to make sure that the decisions the Senate makes are actually the best options for the whole University. As a student, I can better appreciate the impact of different decisions upon postgrads like me. Although I will always listen to other points of view, I know the other members of the Senate will be very keen to hear what Dalton and I have to say, particularly on decisions that most affect students.

What aspirations do you have from the role post-university?

DF: The experience is primarily an opportunity for me to give back to the University. However, given my commerce background this experience will also play a pivotal role in enhancing my business acumen for future endeavours. 

SH: I’m particularly interested in working in Administrative Law and Environmental Law at the moment. If you are a law student and think those ones are terrifically boring, then get in contact with me and I’ll straighten you out! But you never know where you might end up, so ask me again in a year’s time.

For students who aspire to join student offices, what encouragement can you offer them?

DF: Many students are disillusioned, so the important thing is to focus on delivering outcomes to students. You don’t need political allegiances to be elected, but a good handle on what issues are important across the entire student body and a genuine concern to facilitate meaningful change.

SH: First, I want to start by saying that being a Fellow of Senate is not technically student office. That said, there is a range of opportunities to lead as a student in this University. Regardless of which job you have, it's important that you understand and are committed to the needs of everyone that your decisions affect.

You don’t have to belong to office to make an impact. Some of the greatest changes at this University come through students who make an earnest effort to improve the lives of others at the ground level. And, whilst many student leaders come from political backgrounds, it's very important to remember that you must let your decisions be driven by facts and feedback, not just ideology or political necessity.

Sydney debaters take record sixth World Universities Debating Championship

Sydney students Nick Chung (left of picture) and Edward Miller (right of picture) can certainly talk the talk, claiming victory at the 2015 World Universities Debating Championships in Malaysia earlier in the year. After disposing of perennial rivals Oxford in the grand final, the University of Sydney Union's long-established Debating Society became the most successful in the tournament's history, with six world titles. Congratulations! Find out more

Love song dedications in the Quad

Love was in the air last Friday when University Carillonist Amy Johansen performed a special love song dedication for Valentine's Day, after a call out on the University's Facebook page. There was overwhelming support for Darude's 'Sandstorm', however it could not be performed for the legitimate fear it would actually break the 87-year-old carillon. Instead, a few more appropriate Valentine's Day tunes was chosen for all the lovers out there. Check it out

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STUDENT LIFE

What's happening at OWeek?

So, you've met the people from your faculty, attended a few info sessions and figured out how to get from Bosch to Carslaw... now it's time to go back to the Future! The University of Sydney Union's OWeek festival kicks Orientation up a gear from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 February. Here are some of the many highlights...

So, you've met the people from your faculty, attended a few info sessions and figured out how to get from Bosch to Carslaw... now it's time to go Back to the Future! The University of Sydney Union's OWeek festival kicks Orientation up a gear from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 February. Here are some of the many highlights...

Wednesday 25 February

University welcome to all new students
Great Hall, 10–11am
Join us in the Quadrangle’s majestic Great Hall for the formal 2015 University Welcome, with Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence, Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson and student Oweek directors, Sophia Roberts and Laura Barendregt.

Carillion Tours
Clocktower, Quadrangle,11am,1pm and 3pm
Climb the tower and discover the 54 bells of the University War Memorial carillon, one of only two instruments of its kind in Australia. 

First Year Q&A
The Wormhole, 11.30am–12.30pm
Got a question about uni you're afraid to ask? No sweat, come ask a panel of USU Board Directors everything and anything about uni life in a safe and friendly environment.

Doctor Who Trivia
Manning Bar, 2–4pm
Why did the Fifth Doctor decorate his lapel with celery? Just how long have the Sontarans been at war with the Rutans? What exactly is the coolest accessory an aspiring young time traveller can wear? Get ready for the greatest trivia in the galaxy!

Speed Friending - Back to making new friends
The Wormhole, 3–4pm

Brought to you by the Sydney Arts Students’ Society (SASS), Speed Friending is all about finding the best people to go back in time with and making gr8 m8s like Marty and Doc. So get in your DeLorean and come find friendship, love, lust, banter or chocolate (statistics show you will find at least one of these things). 

Opening night party: Back to 1985
Manning Bar, 7pm (18+)
OWeek has officially arrived and we’re taking you thirty years back in time, get set for your opening night party, Back to 1985! Perms, sneakers, acid wash jeans and multicolour caps are strongly encouraged.


Thursday 26 February

Tri-club relays
Oval 2, 3–4pm,
Bring a team of three or we'll do the matchmaking. Awesome prizes up for grabs. Footwear: if you're not wearing runners, just bring your feet.

Healthy eats on a budget
Quadrangle Room S223, 1–2pm
Moving out of home, working part-time and spending long days at university can make it difficult to eat healthily and not break your wallet. Come for expert tips and tricks, informed by the latest research, that every new uni student needs to know.

Flashback gaming competition
Carslaw Learning Hub West, 2–3pm
Race head-to-head with other gamers and compete against each other in a series of challenges. Prizes will be awarded to overall winners as well as those who complete challenges or unlock achievements.

Wom*n's comedy debate
Maclaurin Hall, 6pm
Five comedians walk into the Refectory and one says let’s have a debate and… Uh, better let them make the jokes. OWeek comedy, but not like you’ve seen it, as Mel Buttle (MICF Director’s Choice Award, Triple J, The Drum) chairs a debate of four hilarious Australian comedians battling out about whether or not time travel is real.


Friday 27 February

Time Travel with Dr Karl
The Wormhole, 12–1pm

Is time travel possible? What does the future hold for medicine, technology and other sciencey stuff? If you've got a science question that you've always wanted answered, come on down and ask our resident time travel expert/actual legit scientist, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.  

Revues showcase
Manning Bar, 1–2pm
Music! Dance! Comedy! Nudity! Pick the best three! Come and get a taste of finest and funniest of the University of Sydney Revue Season. It'll be a ball of fun and you never know, someone might sue! (Please don't).

Closing night party feat. Allday
Manning Bar, 8pm (18+)
Dance around like a mad thing to the sounds of She Rex, Madame Wu and ALLDAY! Head back up to Manning Bar for a massive party to polish off your OWeek. There’s not much time left, you can’t go back again (or can you?), so make it count! Tickets

See the full list of USU OWeek events here, or download the Orientation App.

Orientation for international students

New to Australia? Wondering what Vegemite is? Keen to discover the best surfing spots in Sydney? We have lots of fun and informative events during Orientation Week to give you the opportunity to learn about the University and explore your new home city of Sydney.

New to Australia? Wondering what Vegemite is? Keen to discover the best surfing spots in Sydney? We have lots of fun and informative events during Orientation Week to give you the opportunity to learn about the University and explore your new home city of Sydney.

You can attend special welcome sessions, explore the city with free guided tours, dance and have fun at the welcome party and enjoy other activities where you can make friends and settle into uni. Find out more.

Say Hello to uni life with ACCESS

Say hello to the fun side of uni life with ACCESS. Make friends by joining clubs and societies and get 15 percent off at every food and drink outlet on campus*.
Say hello to the fun side of uni life with ACCESS. Make friends by joining clubs and societies and get 15 percent off at every food and drink outlet on campus*.

Provided by the University of Sydney Union, your ACCESS card also gets you discounts off campus with cheap movie tix, food, fashion, entertainment, travel and more. Beat the OWeek queues and buy your ACCESS card online.

*Except Ralph’s and Mint. 10 percent off at Poolside Café. 

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STUDENT SERVICES

 TRANSPORT  | Concession Opal Cards available to eligible students

The Concession Opal Card is now available to eligible students. Signing up is simple, just provide your consent when you enrol or re-enrol (allow two business days for this information to be processed) then visit the Opal website to apply for your card. International students can apply for a discounted travel ticket. Simply log into MyUni to request your one-off code. Find out more

 PUBLISH PARTNER  | Order your course notes online with Publish Partner

Nothing bursts the Orientation excitement bubble faster than spending frustrating hours of your first day of semester in a queue clutching a shopping list of course readers. Thankfully, those days are over with a new online ordering service now available to all University of Sydney students.
Nothing bursts the Orientation excitement bubble faster than spending frustrating hours of your first day of semester in a queue clutching a shopping list of course readers. Thankfully, those days are over with a new online ordering service now available to all University of Sydney students. 

Publish Partner is a collaboration between the University and Fuji Xerox that allows you to conveniently order all of your course notes online and have them delivered to you, or skip the queue and grab them via express pick-up at the University Copy Centre. You can also upload your thesis (when the time finally comes!). Have a look at the user guide for more information.

 CAREERS  | Introducing Hot Jobs

Each year employers post over 4000 jobs for students on Sydney CareerHub. We see some amazing opportunities come across our desks, so we’ve decided to highlight the hottest jobs and send them directly to you! Register for Hot Jobs now.
Bendi Lango bursaries for postgraduate psychology students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
Applications are now open for the 2015 Bendi Lango initiative, established by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) to support postgraduate psychology students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. 

Each award of financial assistance is valued at $15,000 per annum during the time that the applicant is in full-time study (or $7500 per part-time year) in either a Masters coursework degree (MPsych) or professional Doctorate (DPsych or PsychD). 

Since 2006, the APS has assisted eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate psychology students, initially with funds raised from the Bendi Lango series of art exhibitions organised by former President Amanda Gordon. In 2011 this initiative was formalised as a fund for tax-deductible donations. These member donations have exceeded $80,000 since 2011, providing strong endorsement for the Indigenous Education and Employment component of the APS Reconciliation Action Plan.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 27 March 2015. A selection committee will recommend the recipient(s) to the APS Board on the basis of merit and demonstrated financial need, together with confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity, and proof of offer and acceptance, or enrolment, into a program of study accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). 

Find out more, or email: science@psychology.org.au

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GET INVOLVED

LGBTIQ Ally Network launch – 3 March

The University is pleased to announce that we have become a member of Pride in Diversity and will launch an Ally network that supports our LGBTIQ students and staff. Volunteer staff and students – both LGBTIQ and ‘straight’ – will be trained to be Allies. Their role will be to help make the LGBTIQ members of the University community feel welcome and safe on campus.
The University is pleased to announce that we have become a member of Pride in Diversity and will launch an Ally network that supports our LGBTIQ students and staff. Volunteer staff and students – both LGBTIQ and ‘straight’ – will be trained to be Allies. Their role will be to help make the LGBTIQ members of the University community feel welcome and safe on campus.  

The Vice-Chancellor will host the official launch of the Ally Network on Tuesday 3 March where The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG will deliver a keynote address. All staff and students are invited to attend, however places are limited. If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form.

When: 4-6pm, Tuesday 3 March
Where:
The Great Hall, University of Sydney
RSVP:
Tuesday 24 February

Pride in Diversity is Australia’s only workplace program to assist employers with the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) staff.

Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference

You're invited to attend the Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference on Friday 6 March 2015.
You're invited to attend the Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference on Friday 6 March 2015.

Part of a suite of events at the University to celebrate International Women’s Day, the conference will bring together an exceptional group of speakers, whose work and passion address women’s contribution to the fundamental, practical and strategic need of every community, from food and nutrition security to healthy and empowered societies.

This is your opportunity to hear from experts as they share their knowledge about how to tackle the barriers to gender equity in Australia and beyond, and we encourage everyone to attend. If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form. You have the option to register for the morning session, afternoon session or the full day.

When: 9am to 5pm (registration from 8am)
Where: Woolley Lecture Theatre (N395), John Woolley Building
RSVP: Friday 27 February 2015

Compass volunteer applications now open
Each year Compass recruits and trains University of Sydney students and staff to volunteer at our partner schools with students who need help in literacy, numeracy, homework and to increase their motivation and confidence at school. There are five volunteer programs on offer this year, Applications close Friday, 9 March 2015. Find out more
Bring your business ideas to life with Sydney Genesis Start Up Program
Sydney Genesis is the University of Sydney's start up program that has supported enterprising students' projects since 2008. Through workshops, mentoring, teamwork and pitching, the program helps you build your ideas into feasible social or commercial enterprises.

To be eligible, you must be a University of Sydney alumni, student or part of a team with at least one member studying at the university. There are cash and in-kind prizes for winners and finalists, and submissions are due on Sunday 8 March.

Find out more

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NOTICES

Student Centre extended hours
The Student Centre will be extending its opening hours over the first two weeks of semester 1 from 8.30am until 5:30pm. The Student Centre assists with admission, enrolments, HECS and domestic fees, class timetables, exams,results and graduations. Find out more
Pay by BPay for your chance to win a $1000 Coles/Myer voucher
All students paying their Semester 1 fees via BPay will be entered into a draw to win one of five $1000 Coles Group and Myers vouchers. Terms and Conditions apply. Find out more 


(NSW Permit No. LTPS/14/09977)

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SPARE TIME?

LEGO Pompeii at the Nicholson Museum
The model, one of the largest ever built, is being made for the Nicholson Museum by LEGO Professional Builder Ryan McNaught aka The Brickman. The model will include Pompeii as it was at the moment of destruction in 79AD, as it was when rediscovered in the 1700s, and as it is today.

Keep an eye out for cameos from the likes of Mozart, Pink Floyd and Dr Who...
 
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Stuffed, stitched and studied: Taxidermy in the 19th century
This exhibition explores the relationship between taxidermy and the science of taxonomy in the 19th Century. Taxidermy is the process of making a life-like sculpture of an animal from its own skin. To make an elephant one needs a wooden frame, a fish needs gentle stuffing, a kangaroo needs stuffing and wire too; for a caterpillar a small glass tube, a candle and cotton is required. 

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Girls at the Tin Sheds: Sydney feminist posters 1975–1990
The Tin Sheds Gallery was a hothouse for social/politic debates during the 1970s and 80s from the Vietnam War, feminism; Aboriginal and migrant rights; and the environmental movement. The artworks will be drawn from the University’s extensive Tin Shed poster holdings spanning the University Art collection, JW Power collection, University of Sydney Union collection and The Shed’s archive.

This exhibition is supported by the Chancellor's Committee, The University of Sydney.

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EVENTS

 16 FEB  | Papercuts: Visual poetry by Dr Tianli Zu

 17 FEB  | Sydney Ideas – Media and the ecological crisis

 20 FEB  | Courtyard Session at the Seymour Centre feat. Chook Race

 20 FEB  | Franklin Discovery Lecture

 27 FEB  | Freedom Ride 50th anniversary film screening

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