STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 16 MARCH

Dan Sultan headlines Freedom Ride 50th Celebration 

Jumping aboard the Freedom Ride movement, Aussie blues rocker Dan Sultan will join Paul Kelly and Troy Cassar-Daley on the stage for the Freedom Rides 50th celebration this Friday. The ARIA award winning singer-songwriter will play a special set at the free event on 20 March, held in commemoration of the Freedom Ride of 1965, when Charles Perkins led a busload of Sydney Uni students into rural NSW to raise awareness of discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Jumping aboard the Freedom Ride movement, Aussie blues rocker Dan Sultan will join Paul Kelly and Troy Cassar-Daley on the stage for the Freedom Rides 50th celebration this Friday. The ARIA award winning singer-songwriter will play a special set at the free event on 20 March, held in commemoration of the Freedom Ride of 1965, when Charles Perkins led a busload of Sydney Uni students into rural NSW to raise awareness of discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Last month, a Freedom Ride re-enactment followed the trail blazed by Perkins through Dubbo, Walgett, Moree, Bowraville and Kempsey. This time current University students and staff joined original freedom riders, members of Charles Perkins' family, representatives from the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and musicians Paul Kelly and Troy Cassar-Daley.

After 1840 kilometres and more than 30 hours on two buses through regional NSW, the re-enactment will come to a fitting end with the free celebration event on Friday.

It will be an evening where music, conversations, art and storytelling will showcase and celebrate what the Freedom Rides movement achieved as a driving force for Australian social change. It will also look at how we keep the momentum going, and continue the work started by Charles Perkins and those pioneering students half a century ago. 

When: Friday 20 March, 7pm
Where: Front lawns (bring a picnic blanket!)

Earlier in the afternoon, 'A Controversial Conversation: Freedom not Frustration' will engage Aboriginal leaders, thinkers and social justice campaigners to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander realities.  The panel will reflect on the things achieved, the roadblocks that still exist, and the possibilities for the future. Register here

When: Friday 20 March, 5pm
Where: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre 

Find out more

Follow the Freedom Ride on Facebook
 

Walking across the face of Australia: Dan's epic charity trek

After 139 days of battling heat, the elements and isolation, equipped with nothing more than a trolley full of bare essentials and the goodwill of strangers, Sydney MBA student Dan Watson completed a 5,000km trek for charity, arriving at Bondi Beach to a cheerful welcome reception last weekend.
After 139 days of battling heat, the elements and isolation, equipped with nothing more than a trolley full of bare essentials and the goodwill of strangers, Sydney MBA student Dan Watson completed a 5,000km trek for charity, arriving at Bondi Beach to a cheerful welcome reception last weekend.

In October last year, Dan left Perth to walk thousands of kilometres across the driest and most sparsely inhabited continent on earth. It was a life changing journey for Dan and a highly successful fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW and Sane Australia. With donations still coming, Dan has raised over $43,000 for the charities to date.

Sparked by his mother's diagnosis of lung cancer, the journey for Dan was in part for her, as well as one of personal healing and a catalyst to clear his mind and re-consider his priorities in life.

So he began walking. And walking. And walking.

One of his biggest hurdles was walking through the Nullarbor Desert, a vast, barren strip of land in southern Australia.

"‘It's extremely arid and hot," said Dan. "Towards the end of the desert I began to lose my nerve. I was famished, as there were virtually no supermarkets for food. I started to get this foreboding feeling of regret, that it was all a waste."

By the end of the Nullarbor Desert, Dan had lost 20kg, dropping to just 55kg.

But through the darkest parts of the last 139 days, Dan said he's gained more than he could have imagined.

"[The last four months] have involved flies, rain, bronzing, swearing, dramas, scenery, a lot of alone time, a lot of pain and lessons learned," said Dan.

"I experienced many, many humbling moments with the people of this land and with this land itself," he said.

"Loneliness got up-close and personal. I now prize companionship as the gift it is in our lives. From this point, I will choose to be grateful. It's a miracle we even exist. If you have your health, then you're 99 percent of the way there."

To find out more about Dan's cause, visit his blog, Inbetweendrinks.

39 influential University of Sydney people you should follow on Twitter

Forget the celebs and the endless photos of restaurant dishes, why not fill your Twitter feed with intelligent, inspiring and interesting content from true subject matter experts? Here are 39 of our most influential people from the University of Sydney you should follow on Twitter. Find out more

Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair

Wondering where your next step will lead to after uni? Meet potential employers and industry contacts face-to-face at the Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair this Thursday 19 March at the Great Hall. Register now and you can also go into the draw to win a professional wardrobe valued at $600. And, while you're preparing for Thurday. check out our blog post about how you can get the most out of careers fairs.

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STUDENT LIFE

 INTERVIEW  | Meet yout VC

What part-time work did Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence do back when he was a student here? Why did he choose the subjects he did? What advice does he have for final year students? Find out what the VC has to say about student life at the University of Sydney when he sat down for a chat over coffee with Media and Communcations student Katie Booth just before semester.

 USU  | Pride Week

Continue the Mardi Gras celebrations and get excited for this year’s Pride Week! Brought to you by the University of Sydney Union, student clubs and societies and the Student Representative Council’s Queer Department, Pride Week is held on 24–26 March and will keep you entertained with a variety of events and workshops, including Queer and Trans Yoga, Queer Beers at Hermann’s, a movie night and much, much more. See all the events here

 USU  | Exposure photography competition

Take part in Verge Gallery’s first student photography competition, ‘Exposure’. Using any device of choice, take a photo on campus that incorporates the theme: ‘through our eyes’ and upload it to Instagram with the tag #exposureusyd and @usuaccess. Your entry could be featured at Verge Gallery and win one of three prizes with a total value of $300 in camera accessories thanks to Camera House. Find out more
SUPRA General Meeting
All postgraduate students are warmly invited to attend a general meeting of the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA).

When: 31 March, 6pm
Where: Woolley Lecture Theatre N395 

The agenda is:
  1. President's report on the council term so far
  2. Ambiguity as to who is currently a council member and related matters
  3. Constitutional amendments that have been duly submitted in writing
  4. Call for other business.
New year, new start. Balance your Qi (energy) with Tai Ji and brush painting courses
Looking for a new way to unwind? Discover the calming benefits of Tai Ji, or increase your focus with traditional Chinese brush painting with the Confucious Institute's short courses, open to all students of any skill level.

Tai Ji
If you are looking for gentle and low-impact exercise, this might be just what you need! A relaxing exercise that can also help recovery from injury, Tai Ji can help calm your mind, increase balance and circulation, and unwind. The Confucius Institute is running an eight-week evening course starting Monday 23 March. Register now

Chinese brush painting
Practising Chinese brush painting offers the opportunity to help quiet the mind and expand creative self-expression and discipline. Orchid painting carries a highly admired moral allegory, and it is still a very popular theme in the art repertoires amongst all intellect painters nowadays. The Confucius Institute will be running an eight-week evening course starting Tuesday 24 March. Register now
Band Comp is back!
Ever wanted to play on the same stage once graced by the Foo Fighters? Eager to follow the footsteps of Cloud Control or The Jezabels? Well get your old sax out of the garage, blow the dust off your bass guitar, get some mates together and enter the biggest band comp in Australia. The winners will go home with $2000; a four-track recording session at a Sydney studio; a support slot for a Manning gig; and will go on to compete in the NSW State Finals, where even more fame and fortune awaits! Hurry, enter by Tuesday 24 March.
Get 15 percent off all over campus with ACCESS
Grab an ACCESS card and get 15 percent off at every food and drink outlet on campus*.

Your ACCESS card also gets you off-campus discounts on movie tickets, food, fashion, entertainment, travel and more. Plus join clubs and societies and make new friends whatever your interests, be they ghost hunting, anime or drama.

The ACCESS card is provided by the University of Sydney Union and is a little piece of plastic that helps you make the most of uni life at Sydney Uni.

Buy your ACCESS card online now.

*Except Ralph’s and Mint. 10 percent off at Poolside Café
Student bloggers wanted
The University of Sydney Union is launching an awesome new student role for those interested in journalism and photography. There are two spots available for the casual role of Student Blogger to create and publish student-relevant content for the USU’s digital channels. Apply now

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GET INVOLVED

Join us in taking a stance against racism

Our campuses thrive with a community of staff and students from close to 140 different cultural backgrounds. The diversity of culture and ideas is one of the University’s greatest strengths, which is why last year, the University pledged its support for the Australian Human Rights Commission's campaign Racism. It Stops with Me. Our commitment to the campaign aims to raise awareness amongst students and staff that racism is unacceptable, and to provide the tool and resources to take practical action against racism.
Our campuses thrive with a community of staff and students from close to 140 different cultural backgrounds. The diversity of culture and ideas is one of the University’s greatest strengths, which is why last year, the University pledged its support for the Australian Human Rights Commission's campaign Racism. It Stops with Me. Our commitment to the campaign aims to raise awareness amongst students and staff that racism is unacceptable, and to provide the tool and resources to take practical action against racism.

Join us on Tuesday 24 March to officially launch our affiliation to the campaign and our commitment to a safe and inclusive campus.

The event will be MC'd by Juanita Sherwood, Academic Director of the new National Cultural Competence Centre, and speeches from Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and USU Vice-President Bebe D’Souza will explain what Racism. It Stops with Me is all about, and what it means for our community. Student Representative Council President, Kyol Blakeney will open proceedings with an acknowlegement of country.

All welcome, register now.

When: Tuesday 24 March, 12.30–2pm
Where: Law Foyer

Find out more about the campaign and stay tuned for more activities in this space.

ArtSS Career-Ready program

The ArtSS Career-Ready program offers tailored programs to develop your skills for the workplace. We will also offer work placements exclusive to students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with some of Australia’s most reputable organisations.
The ArtSS Career-Ready program offers tailored programs to develop your skills for the workplace. We will also offer work placements exclusive to students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with some of Australia’s most reputable organisations.

More and more organisations see the value of a graduate from humanities and social sciences subjects in the way they think and the ability to problem solve the most complex tasks.

There are professional career planning workshops for new students, and placement programs for sharpening the skills you'll need in the workplace.

Briefing sessions will be run on Wednesday 18 and Friday 20 March at 1pm in the Woolley Common Room in the John Woolley Building. RSVP now to book your place.

Find out more about ArtSS Career-Ready.

Gain skills for success at uni: CAPS workshops in March

Need a hand getting up and running at uni? Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) run regular workshops that can help you improve your skills for student success.

Need a hand getting up and running at uni? Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) run regular workshops that can help you improve your skills for student success.

Time management
Tuesday 17 March, 1–2pm
Do you find it difficult to find enough time for lectures, tutorials, and work, not to mention fun and sleep? Good time management habits are a vital foundation on which to build personal success at university and beyond. In this workshop, you will develop personalised strategies you can put into use straight away to maximise your effectiveness when studying.

Procrastination
Wednesday 18 March, 1–2pm
Do you often leave your assignments to the last minute? All of us procrastinate from time to time, but for some students the problem is more serious, stopping them from submitting assignments on time or studying for exams. This workshop will provide effective solutions to putting of procrastination in order to get the job done.

Perfectionism
Thursday 19 March, 1–2pm
High standards can motivate us to produce excellent work. Paradoxically, the need to do everything well can stop us from completing anything, or we spend so much time trying to get things exactly right that there is no time for anything else. In this workshop, you will learn strategies for achieving both excellence and wellbeing.

Acceptance and commitment therapy group
Starts 24 March, 1–2pm
This six-week workshop series will focus on the development of self awareness and effective coping skills for managing stress, anxiety and/or depression. Online registration is required. Please head to CAPS Reception, level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building on the day prior to the start of the workshop. 

Find out more

Chancellor’s Concert
Join the Con for their first major concert for 2015 hosted by University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM. The SCM Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz, with Con alumnus Michael Kieran Harvey as piano soloist. Program includes Hindson, Westlake and Britten. 

When: 
Friday 20 March, 6.30pm
Where: 
Verbruggen Hall, Conservatorium of Music 

Find out more
Future Feminist Archive exhibition at SCA
A moving archive of contemporary art, film and social history projects that reflect on past experiences of Australian women is now open at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) until 26 March to commemorate the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Find out more

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STUDENT SERVICES

Join the Graduate Edge 2015 program

Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Want to gain exposure to large corporate organisations and gain insight into the skills they seek? Applications are now open for the Careers Centre's Graduate Edge 2015 Program, an exceptional program to help you gain personal and professional skills to gain the competitive edge.
Thinking ahead to vacation or graduate positions? Want to gain exposure to large corporate organisations and gain insight into the skills they seek? Applications are now open for the Careers Centre's Graduate Edge 2015 Program, an exceptional program to help you acquire personal and professional skills to gain the competitive edge.

We have partnered with leaders in industry to bring you a program of interactive workshops where you will learn key employability skills. The majority of the workshops are conducted at the company’s headquarters, offering you a unique opportunity to get an inside look at some major employers of graduates.

Applications close 22 March. Find out more

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NOTICES

Study in LA or Shanghai with the US Studies Centre
The Shanghai and UCLA Study Abroad programs are back again this year. Attend the information session to learn more and ask all your questions about these popular programs. 

Earn credit towards your degrees, live in two of the most vibrant cities in the world and gain invaluable international experience. Learn more at the information session on Tuesday 17 March. Registrations are essential. Find out more
31 March is census date: what does it mean?
The census date (31 March 2015) is the deadline for all enrolment requirements. It is the last day you can withdraw from a subject without financial or academic penalty, and is also the cut-off date for Commonwealth support, HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP form submissions. Be sure to check that you have satisfied all of your enrolment requirements before this date. Find out more
Electives in Architecture and Creative Arts
The Division of Architecture and Creative Arts is now offering an exciting range of electives, which are practical, hands-on, and focused on developing your creative, conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in art, architecture, design and music.

We offer excellent studio facilities, workshops and digital laboratories to support your learning across all discipline areas. The suite of electives on offer means that you can now transform your degree to suit your creative interests.

Visit the website for a full list of available undergraduate and postgraduate electives.

*Please also check with your faculty’s student administration to see if you can take an elective with us.

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EVENTS

 18 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Urban lightscapes/social nightscapes

 19 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Looking west

 18 MAR  | Law Careers Fair

 19 MAR  | Graduate Jobs and Internships Fair

 20 MAR  | Freedom Rides 50th celebration

 20 MAR  | 2015 Chancellor’s Concert

 24 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – Curating Chinese contemporary art in an Australian context

 24 MAR  | Sydney Ideas – The arts, democracy and education

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