Since 1988, no government has had a majority in the Upper House, meaning that the balance of power rests on minor party and independent members. In the wake of the recent state election, Jelena Zaric investigates the role and purpose in dynamic these representatives play. March’s state election saw the appointment of six minor party […]
Are Women Being Kept From Academics? Professors From Major Universities Around the Globe Give Their Opinions
After a recent study uncovered that only 31.5% of UNSW senior academic professors are female, female professors from around the globe let their voices on the matter be heard. Women in academic positions from U.S., Australia, and China all weigh in differently on how to deal with the lack of female representation in academic professor […]
Cultures under threat: why language schools are struggling to survive
Halls once bursting with children are now empty as parents send their children elsewhere for their weekend learning. Language schools have stood their ground for decades in Australia but must now close due to a shortage of students, creating a barrier than extends beyond the confines of tradition and family life. “How do you say […]
Caught on camera: Changing the conversation about Multiple Personality Disorders
by Anja Flamer-Caldera Young people with Dissociative Identity Disorder and other multiplicity conditions are taking to YouTube to show the world what their lives are really like. Aside from their portrayals in stylised Hollywood horror films, Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID, and the medley of mental health conditions involving multiple personalities remain practically untouched by […]
Move aside men! These women mean business.
Chantelle Rodrigues reports on the stories of two young, female entrepreneurs breaking the stereotypes of their male dominated industries. As the applause began to crescendo in the Dubai auditorium, she stood with her team, surprised, before the crowd, ‘utterly nervous’ and ‘ready to have a mini heart attack.’ She was buzzing with an overwhelming wave […]
Men: The Silent Victims of Domestic Violence
By Reardon Palmer According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (‘ABS’), the rates of men experiencing domestic violence is rising each year but there is a concerning lack of services that are provided for male victims. “I am focused on providing more support to women and children escaping domestic violence.” This is what Prime Minister […]
How Society is Failing Men in Abusive Relationships
By Michelle Sagredo Experts in the field agree that service-providers overlook the needs of male victims, despite an increase in men experiencing partner violence in the past decade. Greg Andresen, a Senior Researcher of the One in Three Campaign said, “Men reporting domestic violence are more likely than women to be disbelieved, ridiculed, misunderstood, have […]
Have Facebook account, will travel – the social media trend supporting solo female travel
The support networks available through social media have seen the number of solo female travellers soar in the past five years. Globe-trotting has taken off among women in the era of social media. Having someone to go travelling with is no longer seen as a necessity when constant contact with family and friends via social […]
Government’s next call of duty – subsidising the Australian games industry.
Video games are played by 70% of Australians and are worth $3 billion to the economy, so why has the government refused to subsidise the industry? Representatives for the games industry have become fed up with the lack of government support and have pointed to the generous subsidies provided to the film and television industries. […]
iPads- The Teacher’s New Pet… Peeves!
By Abhati Tarkunde With primary schools letting kids bring their own devices, a teacher’s job now entails being the tech guy, putting extra efforts into strengthening students’ fine motor skills, checking browser history and even charging up devices! “Students are almost attached to their devices, like an extension of their limb! It’s like they actually […]
Passing 11,220 km of Love
By Shuk Ying Chui Founded by two Olympian athletes, sending their precious love and support to the rural community in Uganda. With a small office in Sutherland, Love Mercy Foundation has proved the influence of charity work does not have any matter with the size of the foundation, but the power of love. The story […]
Is three-semester program is bad for the students?
The newly implemented three-semester system at UNSW has provoked strong sentiments from the majority of the students surveyed, some of them calling it dangerous for their future. By Aihua Dong. “It will affect the quality of teaching, it will put more pressure on the students, and many of us will not be able to work […]
Kate Wilson: More Than Just A Little Person
Paralympian UNSW Student on hating automatic doors, dwarfism discrimination, the Rio Olympics, and just being you. Watch the video package here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sAhAe3d4oe91Lht22F2O8jAwlx_M_v5U/view?usp=sharing Watch the additional video component here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Chp8N9yNTMPd2mL9dX0YucpLaeugYG04/view?usp=sharing
Inside the issue of low percentage of female academic professors in Australia and China.
(intended for Newsworthy) While the percentage of female academic professors appears to have increased in Australia and China, the number is still lower than 50%, and that raises some serious concerns about gender equality in universities. By Xuewei Zheng While Australia ranks 35thout of 200 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) gender gap analysis, […]
More than just a little person: A conversation with Paralympian Kate Wilson
From being harassed on the street to competing in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Kate Wilson discusses life in the fast lane. Watch the video on UNSW optometry student and professional swimmer down below! Now, for the story behind the story:
If the trimester system is “trimonster”
By Siyuan He The so-called “trimonster” came into being under the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)’s policy of reducing its traditional 14-week semester to 11 weeks and adding a summer semester. Another university, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has implemented trimesters in 2019. The move has been met with opposition. “Come on out and […]
In 2017, Melissa Li sat in her local Starbucks with friends discussing the racial propaganda used in the recent US election campaigns, and decided she needed to do something about it. Now, in the aftermath of the Christchurch and Sri Lankan attacks, the work of her organisation is more important than ever before. Throughout her […]
Commuters still waiting in line for the 2019 light rail in 2022
Under construction since 2015, the NSW government’s Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail project deadline was originally early 2019. Completion has since been pushed to 2022, but commuters worry they’ll still be waiting. At 5:49am, an alarm rings in a dark bedroom in the Northern Sydney suburb of Whalan. Ashleigh Smith stirs for the […]
When life chooses a different path
By Zoe Cox In the moment that dual Olympian runner Eloise Wellings felt her whole world crash down around her, a chance encounter with poverty-stricken Ugandan runner, Julius Achon, taught Eloise that her athletic ability does not define her. A breathless and exhausted Eloise Wellings strides back and forth on a cross-trainer inside the injury […]
The Real Househusbands of Australia
While the wives and girlfriends of male athletes (or WAGs, as they’re known) were once found splashed across the entertainment pages, there’s a new class rising – the husbands and boyfriends of Australian sportswomen… and they’re here to even the playing field. For the most part, Ben Fenlon is an average 24-year-old guy. He studies […]
Morrison’s cap on immigration leaves international students concerned
With the Australian Federal Elections just around the corner, anxiety is running high amongst international students, with the outcome of the election determining their futures. What was once irrelevant, is now a deciding factor in the future of over 350 000 international university students and their families seeking permanent residency in Australia’s major cities. The […]
Dissociative Identity Disorder Online– Heroes in Disguise
One body, thirty personalities, sat in front of a camera, with a lot to show. Through the internet, individuals are dismantling misconceptions of Dissociative Identity Disorder whilst educating the community about it. Eyelids drooping, voice softening, body rocking back and forth… If you did not know better, you would have thought this girl is falling […]
“What did you say? Could you please repeat that?”: Why overseas-born Australians are undergoing accent modification.
Does it really matter if we have an accent? By Adelle Glance-Wilson Over 40% of Australians are born overseas, however an influx of overseas-born professionals are choosing to undergo accent modification training to sound ‘more Australian’. How much does it really matter if we have an accent? There are concerns that the way we speak, […]
Do They Know What We Know: Taking a Peek on IB’s Volunteer Program
By Maria Ekarista Good intentions, money and the desire to help are the essential elements for voluntourism, yet does it creates more harm than good? Voluntourism, a term smashed together from volunteer and tourism, is a form of service where individuals contribute their time to participate in voluntary work overseas. For most schools in Australia, […]
Becoming Monolingual, A Threat to Community Language Schools
Being bilingual is common in Australia, it’s an advantage. But slowly, people seem to be losing that skill. “I know that I definitely did not like going to Chinese school and I was always trying to make up excuses not to go…I remember cheating on dictation every week Everyone in Australia normally speaks English anyway… […]