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MONDAY 1 JUNE

Take your seats, the Sydney Film Festival is about to begin ... 

Treat yourself to a break between study sessions and catch a flick courtesy of the University’s partnership with Sydney Film Festival.

Next in the University’s line-up of premier cultural collaborations this Curiosity Season is Sydney Film Festival, from 3 to 14 June.
Treat yourself to a break between study sessions and catch a flick courtesy of the University’s partnership with Sydney Film Festival.

Next in the University’s line-up of premier cultural collaborations this Curiosity Season is Sydney Film Festival, from 3 to 14 June.

Drawing on our proud heritage as the spiritual home of the festival, which was first hosted here in 1954, we are thrilled to support this year’s event as presenting partner of the International Documentary Series.

And in a nod to the University’s own tradition of producing comedy legends on campus, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be principal sponsor of the documentary, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon which chronicles the rise of the comedy greats including John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, this Friday 5 June.

Our film experts will also share their expertise in Micro-Talks at the Sydney Film Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday 6 June. In a series of 15-minute presentations, Dr Bruce Isaacs will discuss the future of cinema, Professor Sahar Amer will consider queer Arab cinema, Professor Peter Hiscock will share his view of the archaeologist as villain in film, and Dr Rodney Taveira will talk about racism and Hollywood’s first blockbuster, The Birth of a Nation.

Visit the Curiosity Season microsite for more information about our Sydney Film Festival partnership or watch this clip for a taste of what Dr Bruce Isaacs will discuss in his Micro-Talk.
 

Student turns tampon tax campaign into national conversation

No doubt over the last week you’ve heard something about the tampon tax. The phrase refers to the adding of GST to sanitary pads and tampons. The issue has received a significant amount of media attention after a petition was started by University of Sydney student Subeta Vimalarajah, calling for sanitary products to be exempted.
No doubt over the last week you’ve heard something about the tampon tax. The phrase refers to the adding of GST to sanitary pads and tampons. The issue has received a significant amount of media attention after a petition was started by University of Sydney student Subeta Vimalarajah, calling for sanitary products to be exempted. 

The petition reached a new level last Monday night when Subeta put the issue to Treasurer Joe Hockey on the ABC’s Q&A.

Subeta, who holds the position of Wom*n’s Officer with the Students' Representative Council, says it was an experience she will never forget.

“It was so overwhelming to have Mr Hockey make a commitment to take this issue to the states. I was so grateful for his response,” says Subeta.

While there is no definitive outcome for the petition yet, there’s no doubting it has succeeded in triggering a national conversation. Almost 100,000 people have signed it in support.

Stories about the tampon tax and its political fortunes have been published by ABC online, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, SBS, West Australian, Australian Financial Review, 9News.com.au, as well as Buzzfeed, Pedestrian TV and Yahoo7News.

Her photograph and the petition were even included in an article on the BBC website about the state of taxes on sanitary products around the world.

Subeta says she was “definitely” surprised by the amount of media attention. 

“I think the campaign has been successful because this is an issue that affects so many Australians and is a clearly unfair policy,” she says. “There have also been a lot of campaigns around this issue in the past that have progressively raised awareness – I think this campaign signifies the tipping point.”

Subeta was also an editor of Wom*n’s Honi, which hit shelves around campus last week.

Are you Sydney’s next great visionary?

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous icons. Not only is it a stunning attraction but it's also a vital artery of the city’s road and rail network. It also happens to be the brainchild of University of Sydney alumnus John Bradfield, who began his studies as one of only three students in the School of Civil Engineering in 1886. 

As Deputy Chancellor of the University (in 1942), Bradfield worked with the NSW Department of Public Works on the Bridge's design, and has since been regaled as the father of modern Sydney. Now, in 21st century Sydney we're searching for the next student visionary to carry Bradfield's great legacy.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous icons. Not only is it a stunning attraction but it's also a vital artery of the city’s road and rail network. It also happens to be the brainchild of University of Sydney alumnus John Bradfield, who began his studies as one of only three students in the School of Civil Engineering in 1886. 

As Deputy Chancellor of the University (in 1942), Bradfield worked with the NSW Department of Public Works on the Bridge's design, and has since been regaled as the father of modern Sydney. Now, in 21st century Sydney we're searching for the next student visionary to carry Bradfield's great legacy.

Believing there is another Bradfield in our midst, the University of Sydney and Lend Lease have come together to create the Lend Lease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship.

Here's the fine print.

The scholarship is worth $10,000 per annum for the rest of the recipient’s degree, including an appending honours year.

The winning student will have the next great urbanisation idea for Sydney and a passion for seeing it realised in our city. To be eligible, applicants must be in their first or second year, studying in either the Faculty of Engineering and IT; Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning; the University of Sydney Business School; or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as undertaking studies related to urbanisation.

Find out more and apply now

Highlights of Vivid

As Curiosity Season rolls on at the University of Sydney, we unfortunately have to flick the switch on Vivid Path to the Future, which lit up our campus so spectacularly last week. With National Reconciliation Week celebrations also taking place, last week was definitely a busy one. Relive some of the breathtaking moments, and share your best pics with us on Instagram: @Sydney_Uni

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NOTICES

Investigation into behaviour of staff, students and members of the public on campus on 11 March 2015

The University has published a statement on its investigations into the conduct of individuals during a lecture by a visitor to the University in March. Find out more

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STUDENT LIFE

New on-campus accommodation opening Semester 2

Flatmates driving you mad? Tired of the traffic or public transport hassles that blight your commute to campus? Ready to ditch the homestead? You might be interested to know the University's brand-new (so new, they're still applying the finishing touches!) on-campus student accommodation hubs are open for Semester 2 applications. Be one of the first to enjoy the features of the Queen Mary Building and Abercrombie Student Accommodation, including fantastic onsite facilities, 24-hour support and an exciting residential life program. Find out more

CAPStivate chats to Adam Spencer

Last week, Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) bumped into Adam Spencer, the University’s Ambassador for Mathematics and Science, and one half of the Sleek Geeks, on Eastern Avenue and asked him some questions about what makes him, him ... check it out on the CAPStivate blog.

Studying and preparing for exams

Just one more week of classes and then it's time to hit the books before exams begin on 15 June. Check out some useful online study resources from the Learning Centre to help you enter that examination hall with confidence.

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GET INVOLVED

Warm up to Winter School

Need to catch up on a subject? Fast track your degree? Or interested in trying something new? Check out the 40+ subjects on offer at the University of Sydney Winter School. Applications close 18 June.

Endeavour Mobility Grants now open

Immerse yourself in the academic and social cultures of other countries through the government-supported Endeavour Mobility Grants. Applications for a number of amazing exchange opportunities are now open – be quick and apply now.

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EVENTS

 2 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Key Texts: Reflections on Friedrich Schiller’s
'On the Aesthetic Education of Man'

 2 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Amelia Jones lecture

 2 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian Literature with Delia Falconer

 2 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Youth Mental Health: Can we talk?

 3 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Surprising Truth About Asian Languages Forum

 4 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – Food@Sydney: Fish and Fisheries

 5 JUN  | Sydney Ideas – World Environment Day Film Screening

 10 JUN  | BOSS Emerging Leaders event with Collette Dinnigan

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

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