STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Welcome to Orientation Week! 23 - 27 February 

Welcome to Orientation Week, the biggest event on the University calendar! If you haven’t already, download the planner app and fill your custom schedule with your faculty’s welcome events, helpful info sessions and, of course, all the fun and festivities that make up the University of Sydney Union’s (USU) OWeek festival, which this year is going Back to the Future. You’ll also learn more about the clubs and societies you can join – from the USU’s student-run societies to Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness sports clubs. On top of all of that, there are also special events and activities for postgrad and international students. What a week it’s going to be, we hope you’re ready! Find out more
 

On board the Freedom Ride

Last week, the Freedom Ride buses rolled out of the University's main gate to commemorate the original 1965 trip, with 29 students, a dozen original riders, two Aussie music legends and a number of journalists on board. They arrived back yesterday, having successfully retraced the pioneering journey led by Charles Perkins to expose discrimination in rural towns around New South Wales. Unlike in 1965, social media and the internet allowed us to follow along as the buses looped around the state.
Last week, the Freedom Ride buses rolled out of the University's main gate to commemorate the original 1965 trip, with 29 students, a dozen original riders, two Aussie music legends and a number of journalists on board. They arrived back yesterday, having successfully retraced the pioneering journey led by Charles Perkins to expose discrimination in rural towns around New South Wales. Unlike in 1965, social media and the internet allowed us to follow along as the buses looped around the state.

Two of the students on board Max Hall and Samantha Jonscher, penned an op-ed in the Guardian, explaining why the 2015 Freedom Ride was “more than a recreation, but a revival” of what happened in 1965.

Another student, Mariko Smith, sent us an update from Walgett, the second stop of the journey. You can read her blog entry here.

Meanwhile, the story of the Freedom Ride has captivated Australians far and wide, receiving print, radio, TV and online coverage nationally, including updates from the Sydney Morning Herald and The AustralianABC PM also interviewed Eileen Perkins, wife of the late Charles Perkins.

You can also see all the photos and updates on the Freedom Ride Facebook page and on Twitter using the #freedomride50 hashtag.

Join the war effort: #usydtugofwar

Will Science use physics to throw off their competitors, or will Business run the figures to maximise impact and risk? Perhaps Health Sciences will deploy remedial measures to create a decoy, or maybe Law will throw the book at the competition? Or will Arts and Social Sciences return to the history books and adopt a tactical approach to take the winning lead? It’s #usydtugowar!
Will Science use physics to throw off their competitors, or will Business run the figures to maximise impact and risk? Perhaps Health Sciences will deploy remedial measures to create a decoy, or maybe Law will throw the book at the competition? Or will Arts and Social Sciences return to the history books and adopt a tactical approach to take the winning lead? It’s #usydtugowar!

Senior student mentors and first-year students from five corners of the University are getting ready to face-off in week one when they battle it out in an interfaculty tug-of-war tournament. The battle begins at 11am, Wednesday 4 March on the front lawns. On the table is faculty pride and a year's worth of bragging rights when teams of first years and mentors pull together – literally – for victory.

Peer-mentoring programs are run by most faculties to help new students, undergraduate or postgraduate, settle into university by connecting them with senior students.  

Who will carry the coveted Inter-faculty trophy into 2015?

Join other first-years and mentors from each competing faculty and support the tournament. There are also student reps to chat to and healthy snacks to eat whilst barracking for your team!

Find out how you can get involved

Meet the OWeek student directors

Every year, two students are selected for the huge task of directing the biggest festival on campus – OWeek. We chatted to this year’s directors, Sophia and Laura to find out exactly what they have in store for you this year. Read the interview

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STUDENT LIFE

Orientation App

There's only one way to make sure you maximise your Orientation experience and miss none of the action – download the app! Available for free on Apple and Android; the app allows you to browse all the info sessions, student welcomes and OWeek events and create your own schedule. Find out more

Say Hello to uni life with ACCESS

Just arrived? Join ACCESS and enjoy the benefits of uni life. Explore the University and Sydney with ACCESS and get cheap tickets to IMAX, the aquarium and Luna Park. Make friends by joining clubs and societies and get 15 percent off at every food and drink outlet on campus.*
Just arrived? Join ACCESS and enjoy the benefits of uni life. Explore the University and Sydney with ACCESS and get cheap tickets to IMAX, the aquarium and Luna Park. Make friends by joining clubs and societies and get 15 percent off at every food and drink outlet on campus.*

Your ACCESS card also gets you discounts off-campus with cheap movie tickets, food, fashion, entertainment, travel and more. Connect with other students, both local and international, start a conversation, meet new people, and start making memories as soon as you arrive! Buy your ACCESS card online now.

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

Grab your Uni Gym Pass

Interested in joining Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness this year? The Uni Gym Pass is perfect for students, lasting nine months so you'll only pay for the period you're on campus. To find out more, visit one of our facilities on campus, our OWeek tent, or on our website. Promotion ends 8 March 2015. 

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STUDENT SERVICES

 STUDENT CARDS  | Have you uploaded your photo yet?

Yes, we are actually asking for your selfies. If you're new to the University and haven't yet uploaded your photo for your student card, be sure to do it as soon as possible. Your student card is your primary identification on campus and is used for library borrowing, building access and exams, as well as being proof of entitlement while travelling with a Concession Opal card. To complete the task, log into Sydney Student and go to My Studies > Enrolment and upload a passport-style photo. Find out more

 SUPPORT  | Ask me!

It can take a couple of weeks to get your bearings at uni and settle into the student lifestyle. If you're unsure about something, can't seem to find that building you need to be in, or simply wondering where the nearest bathrooms are – find a friendly student ambassador or staff member wearing an 'Ask me' badge, and they'll do everything they can to help you on your way.
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
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. 

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.

Earn some pocket money working for the NSW State Election
The NSW electoral office is seeking staff in a range of positions and locations for the NSW State Election on Saturday 28 March 2015. Full training and a generous pay-rate apply. Find out more

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NOTICES

Change of venue for international student welcomes on Tuesday 24 February
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there has been a change of venues for the international student welcomes on Tuesday 24 February. Please visit the website for information about the change of venue.
Timetables update
Semester 1 timetables are now available, with over 80 percent of all students successfully having collected their timetable.

For help, or if you have a question, email the timetable team at student.timetable@sydney.edu.au. Staff will also be available to assist with in-person timetable changes from Monday to Friday of Orientation Week and week one of semester.
Improving wifi on all campuses
On Sunday 1 March, essential maintenance will be undertaken on all campuses to improve the wifi for students and staff. For a 30-minute period between 9am and 5pm, users may experience an intermittent outage if connecting to the University wifi service.  At the end of this maintenance period, if you have difficulty connecting to wifi, please contact the Helpdesk on 935 16000.

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, exam 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 Myer vouchers. Terms and Conditions apply. Find out more 


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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 (for example, 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 online survey and go into the draw to win a $200 iTunes or Google Play voucher. Survey closes on 30 April.

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GET INVOLVED

Celebrate the year of the sheep with a free Chinese traditional painting class

Practising Chinese brush painting offers the opportunity to help quiet the mind and expand creative self-expression and discipline. This Wednesday 25 February, the University's Confucious Institute invites you to celebrate Chinese New Year with a free Chinese brush painting class. Find out more

Join the TEDxYouth team

Made by young people, for young people, TEDxYouth have the eyes and ears of the world in mind. We are excited to partner with TEDxSydney to present TEDxYouth@Sydney on 21 May at the Sydney Opera House.  It’s a platform for sharing ideas worth spreading, designed to foster curiosity and empower young people. As a partner of TEDx, we're proud to offer you the exclusive opportunity to join the TEDxYouth team. Expressions of interest close 4 March. Find out more

Get involved in campus inclusion initiatives in March

In March, students and staff can get involved and show their support for two initiatives aimed at enriching the University's inclusive campus profile – the Ally Network and International Women’s Day.
In March, students and staff can get involved and show their support for two initiatives aimed at enriching the University's inclusive campus profile – the Ally Network and International Women’s Day.

Ally Network

The University will launch an Ally network that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) students and staff. Volunteer students and staff will be trained to be Allies and their role will be to help make LGBTIQ members of the University community feel welcome, safe and included on-campus.  

On Monday 2 March, head up to Eastern Avenue from 10am, grab a piece of chalk and help us create the biggest rainbow ever to celebrate the official launch of the network on Tuesday 3 March.

The Vice-Chancellor will host the official launch where the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG will deliver a keynote address. All students and staff are invited to attend. Find out more and register

International Women’s Day Celebrating Women conference
Part of a suite of events taking place at the University to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Celebrating Women: leading and sustaining communities conference brings together an exceptional group of speakers who will address women’s contribution, from food and nutrition security to healthy and empowered societies.

The conference will be held on Friday 6 March, and all students and staff are welcome to attend. Find out more and register
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 student 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. Submissions are due on Sunday 8 March.

Find out more

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SPARE TIME?

Free public lecture: Prof Michael Schudson – A surprisingly short history of the right to know
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), passed by the US Congress in 1966, was the first modern law of its kind in the world. This lecture by America’s most distinguished scholar of media and communications re-examines its Cold War origins and shows why the law has helped in unexpected ways to strengthen a robust culture open to challenging established authorities and institutions. Professor Michael Schudson reconsiders the 21st-century meanings of the ‘right to know’ and suggests several reasons why a ground-breaking law with local origins and a surprisingly short history is today of global significance. 

When: Thursday 12 March, 2015, 6 – 7.30pm (with a post-lecture reception from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Refreshments provided.)

Where: Law School LT 104, Level 1, Sydney Law School

Register now
LEGO Pompeii at the Nicholson Museum
The model, one of the largest ever built, was 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...
 
Find out more

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EVENTS

 24 FEB  | Welcome to Sydney Party

 24 FEB  | Sydney Ideas – Hal Foster on ‘contemporary art and mimetic excess’

 25 FEB  | Sydney Ideas – The Global Resource Footprint of Nations

 25 FEB  | OWeek opening night party

 26 FEB  | Wom*n's comedy debate

 27 FEB  | OWeek closing party

 27 FEB  | Courtyard Session at the Seymour Centre feat. Gordi

 27 FEB  | Freedom Ride 50th anniversary film screening

 3 MAR  | Ally Network Launch

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