STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 18 MAY

Curiosity season arrives at the University of Sydney 

Curiosity asks questions and solves problems. The more you feed it, the more it grows. Without curiosity there would be no change, no progress and no leadership. 

That’s why we’re partnering with the events that keep you thinking. Big ideas, dazzling art and things that move you, that’s what #curiosityseason is all about. There's a lot of action headed towards campus, dig in!
Curiosity asks questions and solves problems. The more you feed it, the more it grows. Without curiosity there would be no change, no progress and no leadership. 

That’s why we’re partnering with the events that keep you thinking. Big ideas, dazzling art and things that move you, that’s what #curiosityseason is all about. There's a lot of action headed towards campus, dig in!

Kicking it all off today is the Sydney Writers' Festival in Walsh Bay. Our student-run Media Hub will cover every chapter for you, with reviews, interviews and the inside word. We’re also proud to present our Curiosity lecture series, which includes Fiona Allon from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies discussing what ingredients make up a hipster. Is it really all about beards and vintage vinyl?

This Thursday the Sydney Opera House hosts both TEDxSydney and TEDxYouth@Sydney. The stage is set for captivating talks and performances from human dictionary and University of Sydney alumna Susan Butler, Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson Chris Darwin and the Guinness World Record holding contortionist Captain Frodo.

Of course, things this awesome sell out fast, so if you missed out on tickets don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. We will be beaming all of the action direct to campus so you can enjoy every word on a comfy beanbag with a free coffee. You can also test your million-dollar idea at Incubate’s ‘Shark Tank’ competition, where Incubate’s sharks decide if a business pitch will sink or swim.

If that’s not enough action for Thursday, we’ll be hosting an exclusive Q&A on campus with guest speakers from the TEDxSydney event. Catch them at the Law Lawns from 4.30pm.

It doesn’t stop there, get ready for the University to go from beautiful to breathtaking when Vivid Path to the Future comes to light up the campus from 25 May. The campus will be dotted with a trail of stunning installations designed students, staff and local artists. You can also add to the huge Sea of Hands installation as part of National Reconciliation Week.

To round out #cusiosityseason you’ll be able to put your feet up and celebrate cinema at the Sydney Film Festival from 4 June. Our own Professor Peter Hiscock will be one of the experts involved, giving a micro-talk at the Sydney Film Festival Hub, attempting to prove that Indiana Jones is an anti-hero.

Grab your tickets, grab your friends and get ready as the University of Sydney brings you Curiosity Season.

 

Paper wings carry Sonat to Salzburg

With little more than an A4 sheet of paper and some careful ingenuity, Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering student Sonat Erozan went throw for throw with the world’s best paper plane pilots at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final held in Austria earlier this month.
With little more than an A4 sheet of paper and some careful ingenuity, Sonat Erozan went throw for throw with the best paper plane pilots in the world. Sonat, a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering student, represented Australia at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final held in Austria earlier this month.

After winning the aerobatics section (where the emphasis is on style rather than distance or air-time) at the University of Sydney’s heats back in March, Sonat earned a trip to picturesque Salzburg to represent Australia and the University against hundreds of competitors from around the globe. He finished an excellent seventh in the world finals held inside Red Bull’s gigantic Hangar-7 facility.

“The experience was crazy… 80 different countries were represented and by the end, everyone became such great friends,” says Sonat, who at 19 already holds a pilot’s licence.

“Meeting people from around the globe who share the same interests is such a rewarding feeling,” he says.

Like most people, Sonat’s paper plane design was based on the ones he made in primary school, refined over the years with painstaking attention to detail and trial and error.

“When folding a paper plane, do not rush it; take some care and make each fold symmetrical,” he says.

“And don’t be afraid to make a different fold and stray away from the original instruction, because it might just end up working in your favour.”

The popularity of the competition indicates a kind of renaissance for the humble paper plane, and don’t be surprised if a new club popped up on campus soon.

“I’d love to start up a paper plane society,” says Sonat. “I want people to appreciate what a simple paper plane can do; it’s quite remarkable.”

Find out more about the Red Bull Paper Wings competition.

Business School seeks Big Idea to support disadvantaged Australians

The University of Sydney Business School has jumped on board the ‘The Big Idea’ campaign, which seeks to uncover the next big social enterprise idea that could transform the lives of homeless or disadvantaged Australians.
The University of Sydney Business School has jumped on board the ‘The Big Idea’ campaign, which seeks to uncover the next big social enterprise idea that could transform the lives of homeless or disadvantaged Australians.

The Big Idea competition is run by weekly magazine The Big Issue, which has supported homeless Australians since 1996.

Postgraduate and undergraduate teams of up to six will have five months to put together a business plan for a social enterprise idea that might become the next ‘Big Issue’.

“Without big ideas the world becomes stagnant. Big ideas disrupt the status quo and can create massive social impact to truly make the world a better place,” says Sarah Fletcher, Careers Service Manager at the University of Sydney Business School.

During the competition, teams will have access to thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and business experts, and consult with socially disadvantaged people, when putting together the plans for their big idea.

“The Big Idea is a great opportunity for students to make a difference to other people’s lives. Whatever your business idea is, it could potentially impact the lives of thousands of Australians from disadvantaged communities,” says Sarah.

“Whatever your degree, having a business mindset will really help you in the future. Employers are looking for ways that students can demonstrate skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication. The Big Idea is a fantastic opportunity to develop these skills and have something interesting and worthwhile to talk about on your resume and CV.”
 
The final undergraduate and postgraduate team will be flown to Melbourne to compete against teams from other participating universities. Student prizes include a professional immersion day for the winning team at The Big Issue’s Head Office in Melbourne. Every member of the winning team will also win an Apple iPad Air.

Students of any discipline can register (but grab your friends from the Business School). An information session will be held on Wednesday 3 June, from 12pm-2pm at the New Law Lecture Theatre 101 on Eastern Avenue.

Registrations close 12 June.

Find out more

Royal reward for Sydney exchange student

University of Sydney student Cameron Hunter (far left of image) was handpicked to receive the Crown Princess Mary Scholarship last week while on exchange in Denmark. Cameron, who is on exchange at the University of Copenhagen studying Chinese studies and International Relations, was one of only two students to receive the prestigious scholarship.
University of Sydney student Cameron Hunter (far left of image) was handpicked to receive the Crown Princess Mary Scholarship last week while on exchange in Denmark. Cameron, who is on exchange at the University of Copenhagen studying Chinese studies and International Relations, was one of only two students to receive the prestigious scholarship.

“At your home universities both of you have demonstrated academic skills of outstanding standards. But equally important, both of you appear to have a catching enthusiasm to go beyond textbooks and seize the opportunity to engage in voluntary extracurricular activities,” said Princess Mary in her speech to the students. Full story.

Cameron is also one of our four inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Asian Exchange Scholars.

Find out more about Sydney Abroad’s exchange opportunities.

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STUDENT LIFE

 USU  | Campus goes glam for Eurovision

As Australia goes to Eurovision, Eurovision comes to the University of Sydney with the USU’s Eurovision Party celebrating all the over-the-top costumes, pyrotechnics and eccentric performances from the comfort of Manning Bar on Sunday 24 May.
As Australia goes to Eurovision, Eurovision comes to the University of Sydney with the USU’s Eurovision Party celebrating all the over-the-top costumes, pyrotechnics and eccentric performances from the comfort of Manning Bar on Sunday 24 May.

Put on your best glitter threads for your chance to win best-dressed (or worst, it’s EUROVISION) or just come along for the bad pop. There will be giveaways throughout the night with snacks and drinks available from 6:30pm before the party starts 7:30pm.

Free for ACCESS or $5 for non-ACCESS.

Find out more

 USU  | Get on board and vote - 2015 USU elections

Vote in the 2015 University of Sydney Union Board Elections and for every vote cast $1 dollar will be donated to headspace Camperdown to help tackle mental health problems in young people. This year 13 candidates are running for six available places.
Vote in the 2015 University of Sydney Union Board Elections and for every vote cast $1 dollar will be donated to headspace Camperdown to help tackle mental health problems in young people. This year 13 candidates are running for six available places.

For more information you can check out the Election Booklet including an introduction to the candidates, their ideas for the future of the USU, as well how, where and when you can vote. Voting will decide who will represent you and shape the direction of the organisation. 

You don’t need to be an ACCESS card-holder to vote. Find out more
SUDS 125th anniversary production: Agamemnon
Celebrating 125 years of fantastic student theatre, the Sydney University Dramatic Society is returning to the Great Hall to restage one of the society’s first productions, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon.

Considered one of the great stories of Western mythology, the tragedy tells the tale of Agamemnon’s return from the Trojan War. He did terrible things when he was away. His wife Klytaimnestra knows. She will have her vengeance.

When: Friday 22 May, 7pm
Where: The Great Hall

Find out more

Need help with exam anxiety?
Do you feel like your mind goes blank during exams? Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is holding a free workshop where students’ can learn practical strategies for managing exam anxiety so that it does not hijack performance. 

When: Wednesday 3 June, 1-2pm
Where: CAPS reception waiting area, Level 5 Jane Foss Russell Building

Find out more
BLAKOUT: New SCA exhibition showcasing video by Indigenous artists
A new generation of Indigenous video artists is breaking away from painting, which has dominated Indigenous contemporary art for the last 30 years. The artists are now using the screen in a powerful new way to connect with contemporary Indigenous issues confronting urban communities in Australia today.

BLAKOUT is a new exhibition at the University of Sydney’s SCA Galleries featuring video art by five highly-acclaimed Indigenous artists: Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Julie Gough, and R E A. On show are thirteen videos made over the last decade, which explore the diverse and complex experiences of engaging with white Australian history and culture as an Aboriginal.

The exhibition is free and runs to 7 June. 

Located at Sydney College of the Arts, Kirkbride Way, Callan Park, Lilyfield. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

My subject rules - complete your Unit of Study feedback forms online and win!

You’ve probably noticed that a few university surveys have been doing the rounds lately. We hope you’ve taken the time to complete them – student feedback is crucial for helping the University improve in every area. We’re always very eager to know about your experience in units of study, and this year we’ve made it super easy for you to complete all of your Unit of Study surveys online, and go in the running to win a range of Apple products.
You’ve probably noticed that a few university surveys have been doing the rounds lately. We hope you’ve taken the time to complete them – student feedback is crucial for helping the University improve in every area. We’re always very eager to know about your experience in units of study, and this year we’ve made it super easy for you to complete all of your Unit of Study surveys online, and go in the running to win a range of Apple products. 

Gone are the days of paper questionnaires, you can now find all of your unit of study surveys here. The surveys will automatically appear when they become available, so you can find them and complete them where and when is convenient.

Best of all, completing your surveys puts you in the running to win a range of Apple products including a 13” MacBook Air, a 38mm Apple Watch and a 64GB Apple iPad mini 3 (terms and conditions apply).
INCUBATE Winter applications open
Do you want to take your business idea to the next level? Get all the support you will need including $5,000 seed funding by applying for the INCUBATE Winter Accelerator 2015.

The University of Sydney’s award-winning INCUBATE program rewards good ideas and entrepreneurial spirit by supporting up to eight high-potential startup teams with funding, working space, and mentoring from leading industry advisors and innovators. So, get started on that pitch - applications close 7 June 2015.

Find out more 

What are your thoughts about food and drink on campus?
What's your opinion about the food and drink on our University campuses? Hungry for more salad bars or burger joints? Craving a frozen yoghurt outlet? 

Take the Healthy Sydney University food choices online survey and let us know your thoughts. It's a brief, 10-minute questionaire and you can go into the running to win one of six Coles Myer gift cards.

Take the survey

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EVENTS

 20 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Health forums: The dementia epidemic

 20 MAY  | New face of Chinese culture in the new media

 21 MAY  | TEDxSydney on-campus satellite event

 25 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Nepal earthquake forum and fundraiser

 25 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Competing Voices: The status of Indigenous languages in the French Pacific and Australia

 26 MAY  | Vivid Ideas – David Raskin Lecture: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Inhuman Photographs

 27 MAY  | Vivid Ideas – The obesity epidemic: can design help?

 28 MAY  | Vivid Ideas – I'm not racist, but...

 28 MAY  | Police violence and protest in America: what it means for Australia

 28 MAY  | SUPRA Annual General Meeting

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