STUDENT NEWS

MONDAY 25 MAY

Light it up! Vivid Path to the Future at the University of Sydney 

See our campus drenched in light at Vivid Path to the Future this week. Our Quad joins other Sydney landmarks to be illuminated with brilliant artworks as part of the Vivid Festival, becoming a sandstone canvas that comes alive with creativity.

A bright mark on our Curiosity Season calendar, Vivid is a celebration of light, music and inspiring ideas, starting from 6pm each night until Sunday 31 May. And while our buildings are lit up on the outside, Vivid Ideas' series of talks will light up imaginations on the inside (see more under 'Get Involved'). 

A number of breathtaking installations and projections will light up the campus, including some spectacular works from students and staff. One projection to keep an eye out for is the InterCellular project, a collaboration that blends perspectives of students and staff from the disciplines of medicine and architecture and music, in concert with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Eora TAFE in Redfern.

“The project revolves around light emanating from galaxies, Indigenous astronomy and cells present in a human body,” says Caitilin de Berigny, a media artist based in the Design Lab at the University who is supervising the project.
See our campus drenched in light at Vivid Path to the Future this week. Our Quad joins other Sydney landmarks to be illuminated with brilliant artworks as part of the Vivid Festival, becoming a sandstone canvas that comes alive with creativity.

A bright mark on our Curiosity Season calendar, Vivid is a celebration of light, music and inspiring ideas, starting from 6pm each night until Sunday 31 May. And while our buildings are lit up on the outside, Vivid Ideas' series of talks will light up imaginations on the inside (see more under 'Get Involved'). 

A number of breathtaking installations and projections will light up the campus, including some spectacular works from students and staff. One projection to keep an eye out for is the InterCellular project, a collaboration that blends perspectives of students and staff from the disciplines of medicine and architecture and music, in concert with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Eora TAFE in Redfern.

“The project revolves around light emanating from galaxies, Indigenous astronomy and cells present in a human body,” says Caitilin de Berigny, a media artist based in the Design Lab at the University who is supervising the project.

“You’ve got the universe which is so vast, but at the same time it looks so similar to the cellular images,”

Jonti Groth, a first year Design Computing student involved in the project, says collaborating on a major creative project was a welcome chance to branch out and gain new perspectives.

“It was great to see how the Medical Science students were interested in moving out of seeing the cells as just cells and instead try to understand how the Design Computing and Aboriginal art students saw them,” says Jonti.

“First semester at the university and we’re already working on something this big! It’s an opportunity to prove ourselves.”

Chico Monks, a lecturer of Indigenous art at Eora TAFE believes, that InterCellular will help people see that Aboriginal art is not stagnant. “It’s good to see Aboriginal art in a different medium which helps take away from what people are familiar with,” says Chico.

Other student-made installations and projections will feature at this year’s Vivid Path to the Future, which is expected to be bigger than ever with the United Nations declaring 2015 to be the International Year of Light.

There’ll also be entertainment, food, drinks and acres of space for picnic blankets – so bring your friends and family and enjoy the show.

Find out all you need to know about Vivid Path to the Future at the University of Sydney

 

Literally awesome times at the Sydney Writer's Festival

Interviewing Daniel Mendelsohn, being reduced to tears by Shaun Micallef and receiving novel-writing tips from some of the world’s foremost authors… All in a day’s work for our intrepid team of student interns, who last week were behind the scenes in sparkling Walsh Bay to cover last week’s Sydney Writer’s Festival as part of Curiosity Season. Read up on their reviews, interviews and highlights from the festival.

A well-worn stage…

The Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) celebrated 125 years of spectacular theatre on Friday night with a rousing performance of the classic Agamemnon in the Great Hall. The Greek play was one of the first pieces to be brought to life on stage by the troupe over a century ago and represents a key point of connection for the dramatic society, which is Australia’s longest running theatre company.
The Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) celebrated 125 years of spectacular theatre on Friday night with a rousing performance of the classic Agamemnon in the Great Hall. The Greek play was one of the first pieces to be brought to life on stage by the troupe over a century ago and represents a key point of connection for the dramatic society, which is Australia’s longest running theatre company.

SUDS describes itself as “125 years of small budgets and big ideas, cheap wine and rich theatre, dingy venues and bright stars.” One of these bright stars was former prime minister Gough Whitlam, who met his future wife Margaret at the SUDS Christmas party of 1939. Other notable alumni include Clive James, Germaine Greer and Neville Wran.

The society isn’t just about actors though, with costume designers, set dressers, lighting specialists being catered for with its own sub-group SUDS PAD, which stands for Production and Design. The sub-group was established for those that are interested in theatre’s technical side to share and learn new skills.  

The ethos of sharing is deeply engrained with members also given the power to propose shows.

Now, with their 125th out of the way, SUDS will turn their attention towards their major showcase, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream from August 15-25, with casting already underway. 

And while SUDS' storied past was well celebrated on Friday night, the current president of Imogen Gardam has given The Sydney Morning Herald a clue into the potential future of the Sydney University Dramatic Society, telling them, “there’s a real push towards original work and innovative work here now.”

Find out more about SUDS.

[Image: SUDS students pose in full costume outside the Graat Hall before the Society's original performence of Agamemnon in 1889. University of Sydney Archives]

University Strategic Plan survey findings now online

Last month's University of Sydney 2016-2020 Strategic Plan survey received a great number of responses from staff and students, all adding their voice to the discussion over the University's future. You can now see an overview of the results {PDF) prepared by research firm Colmar Brunton, who ran the survey on behalf of the University. The feedback is still being analysed in detail ahead of a series of discussion papers, focus groups and other consultation opportunities that will run from June to August. Stay tuned.

Curiosity, coffee and conversation at TEDxSydney

We're still basking in the intellectual afterglow of Thursday's enormous TEDxSydney event. The University was front and centre, keeping the conversation and caffeine flowing with our #curiositycoffee campaign linking speakers with curious punters, at one point trending on Twitter.
We're still basking in the intellectual afterglow of Thursday's enormous TEDxSydney event. The University was front and centre, keeping the conversation and caffeine flowing with our #curiositycoffee campaign linking speakers with curious punters, at one point trending on Twitter.

The best seats outside the house (the Sydney Opera House, that is) were at our on-campus satellite event, with beanbags, blankets and free popcorn creating a cosy corner on the Law Lawns to watch the live stream, with guest appearances from some of the speakers.

Meanwhile, TEDxYouth@Sydney provided a platform for the young and bold; Student Representative Council President Kyol Blakeney speaking, demonstrating the passion for social justice and strong leadership that has defined his office at the SRC. Check out some of our top photos from the day, and keep an eye out for the speaker’s videos on the TEDxSydney website.

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STUDENT LIFE

New noms: Carslaw Kitchen now open

Carslaw Kitchen is now officially open with an exciting rotating menu of savoury and sweet. The May-June specials include nachos, empanadas, churros (made fresh daily) along with a fixed menu of salads, sushi, baguettes and cakes. Come along today and try out the current specials, and keep an eye out for new selections of lunchtime options and snacks. Find out more

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture on campus

To mark this year’s National Reconciliation Week from the 27 May to 3 June, we will be celebrating and collaborating with our local community in a week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and creativity.
To mark this year’s National Reconciliation Week from the 27 May to 3 June, we will be celebrating and collaborating with local community in a week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and creativity. 

On Wednesday 27 May there will be a flag raising ceremony at 6pm on the Front Lawns. Watch as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are raised on the Quadrangle Clocktower flagpole, accompanied by the Darlington Public School Choir performing traditional songs in language.

Also, as part of Vivid Path to the Future, the University will be transformed into an interactive canvas of light, music and ideas, featuring animation and artwork by Indigenous and local artists projected onto our Quadrangle, the On This Site exhibition at Verge gallery, and the Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra exhibition at Macleay Museum, as well as free forums, lighting installations, live entertainment and creative workshops. Find out more

Gold gym pass trial: two weeks for $20

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness is currently offering a trial of its premium Gold gym pass for $20. This will enable you to experience all of the fantastic facilities SUSF has on offer across two on-campus gyms. To take advantage of this offer visit the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre or the Arena Gym today. Conditionas apply. Find out more
National Union of Students quality survey now open
The NUS Quality Survey is a survey to capture a snap shot of students experiences in the quality of their teaching and learning. It is the only student-run student experience survey in Australia. 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

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GET INVOLVED

 USU  | Nepal Earthquake Appeal trivia night - tonight

Raise funds and support those impacted by the Nepalese earthquakes with a trivia night at Manning Bar, with all proceeds going towards CARE Australia's Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Raise funds and support those impacted by the Nepalese earthquakes with a trivia night at Manning Bar, with all proceeds going towards CARE Australia's Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Bring some mates to form a team of six to eight, or get matched up with others and finally put all those useless facts you know to use! There’ll also be a raffle for your chance to win a bunch of prizes, such as movie tickets, fitness passes and gym membership.

When: 25 May, 7-9.30pm
Where: Manning Bar

Tickets are available at the ACCESS desk (Level 1 Manning House) for $7 ACCESS / $10 Non-ACCESS / $50 for a table of eight. Find out more

Illuminate the mind at Vivid Ideas

Join us this week for Vivid Ideas, the annual series of panels and lectures that celebrate what creativity can conquer. Can artistic design turn the tide against obesity? How does light transform your life? What actually is 'the creative process'?.. These are just some of the discussions our academics and guests will sink their teeth into during the week. Last but not least, Vivid Ideas hosts the NSW Reconciliation Council's forum, I'm not racist, but... to explore what role race plays in the creative arts.
Join us this week for Vivid Ideas, the annual series of panels and lectures that celebrate what creativity can conquer. Can artistic design turn the tide against obesity? How does light transform your life? What actually is 'the creative process'?.. These are just some of the discussions our academics and guests will sink their teeth into during the week. Last but not least, Vivid Ideas hosts the NSW Reconciliation Council's forum, I'm not racist, but... to explore what role race plays in the creative arts.

Held on 29 May in the Great Hall, this year's panellists include columnist Benjamin Law; tv presenter Yumi Stynes; actor Nakkiah Lui and artist Adam Geczy. Hosted by Gretel Killeen with a performance by local band, The Answers.
Places are filling up fast - find out more about the Vivid Ideas program and register.

Presented by Sydney Ideas as part of Vivid Sydney.
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. 

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).
Healthy Sydney University seed funding applications now open
Applications are now open for the third round of seed funding for projects supported by Healthy Sydney University in 2015-16. 

The funding will support original initiatives that can improve the health and wellbeing of the University community, and which relate to the areas of interest of the Healthy Sydney University working groups. All University students and staff members are eligible to apply. 

Seed funding applications close at 5pm 31 August. Find out more

Please contact Elly Howse, Senior Project Officer at healthy.uni@sydney.edu.au or 9036 7891 for further information. 
Alliance 21 internships
The Alliance 21 project in the US Studies Centre, offers internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students (July to November 2015) to support its work on the Australia-US alliance. Students are eligible for academic credit within designated subjects within the Centre. Find out more

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NOTICES

UniKey cash refunds unavailable after 1 June
On 4 June the central cashier office (located on Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building) will no longer offer in-person services.

After this date, cash refunds from UniKey accounts will be unavailable. If you would like to withdraw funds from your UniKey account as cash, you will need to make a request at a staffed Learning Hub before 1 June.

UniKey credit top-ups can still be made at staffed Student Learning Hubs, and alternative methods of withdrawing funds from your UniKey account will be made available soon.

If you have any questions, please contact the central cashier office on 8627 8639.
Semester 1 examinations: timetables now available
You can now access your finalised exam timetable through Sydney Student (via 'My Studies' > 'Assessments'). More information about exams

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EVENTS

 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

 27 MAY  | What works to close gender gaps in organisations and what are we doing about it?

 28 MAY  | Sydney Ideas – Is health research fully sick?

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

 28 MAY  | SUPRA Annual General Meeting

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