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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Vrooming towards the ‘pole position’: Redback racing
by Sameera Pillai A group of students have turned their hand to manufacturing and driving race cars, now they talk to us about the thrills and spills of emulating F1-style motorsports. An assortment of university students, wearing black and red t-shirts, stand huddled together in front of a track, cheering for a team member who speeds past […]
Rare diseases – they do exist, you know.
Rare Disease Day was on 28th February 2019. It commemorates those living with rare illnesses and disorders. Simran Borges spoke to four patients who described their challenges and experiences. “I was told it was all in my head… everyone said, ‘you’re crazy,” Kathleen Macdonald, a patient suffering from the rare disease, Fabry, said. Rare […]
“Have you got x-ray vision into my kidneys?”: The untold stories of invisible illnesses
By Jessica Belzycki Global Rare Disease Day is an annual awareness event, so why don’t we hear more about it? Rare disease patients want Australians to know that even though they “suffer in silence”, they are here and they are hurting. “It’s like an electric shock hitting your body that pulls out all your […]
Racing towards the Chequered Flag
By Sasika Jayasuriya The story of how university students feel the exhilaration that comes from established racing standards such as Formula One by building and racing their own cars in inter-varsity competitions. [Stand First] With a broken rear control arm, in Winton a remote area in Victoria, Redback Racing was forced to take initiative, fix […]
The Secret World of University Debating: An Elitist Sport Questioned Over its Diversity and Inclusivity
For many debating is an obscure and unknown world filled with private school graduates. Hefty costs for training, travelling nation-wide for competitions and countless hours spent practicing one’s expertise, all for the sake of a heated argument. ‘Should we legalise murder’ or ‘should we legalise the use of drones to kill rhino poaches’ are just […]
Fake News: Are CGI Influencers The Modern Day Activists?
Gone are the days of Bono, John Lennon and Belafonte instead replaced by the popular influencers Shudu, Bermuda and Blawko. Their accounts may be donned with the blue verified Instagram badge, but this squad of virtual models do not meet the real-life criteria of “authentic”. Led by the prominent ring leader Lil Miquela (Miquela Sousa), […]
A community of privileged white males: the secret world of competitive, inter-varsity debating.
Private school graduates, trained in the skill of arguing, make up a community struggling with diversity and inclusion.
Caught on camera: Changing the conversation about Multiple Personality Disorders through YouTube
Realising the disconnect between themselves and the broader public, young people with Dissociative Identity Disorder and other multiplicity conditions have taken to YouTube to tell their stories.
This travel trend would not exist without social media
Travelling alone is a daunting prospect as a woman, but the number of independent female travellers has soared with the support networks available through social media.
Once prohibited, now hailed as a miracle cure – Psychedelics, the new solution for mental health
More than half a century after hippies popularised LSD, scientists are expressing their own excitement for these mysterious substances and their potential as a revolutionary cure
The pursuit of normal: A Paralympian’s dreams of the mundane
All Kate Wilson wants is for automatic doors to do their damn job.
Dissociative Identity Disorder on YouTube
One body, thirty personalities, sat in front of a camera, with a lot to show. Through YouTube, individuals are dismantling misconceptions of Dissociative Identity Disorder and deepening the community’s understanding of the disorder.
Robots are Telling our Kids what to Think
Virtual influencers have taken over fashion online, now they’re getting political.
Why living with a rare disease is like living on death row
A Fabry’s patient discusses her struggles of living with a rare disease – and how unpredictable symptoms could mean life or death.