MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Society Tues3.30 (2019)

The upper hand in the Upper House

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Uncategorized

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 […]

Culture Education MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Tues3.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed9.00 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed9.00 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed9.00 (2019)

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 […]

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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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P2 Wed11.30 (2019)

“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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P1 Uncategorized Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 MDIA2003_19_P1 Wed11.30 (2019)

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 […]

MDIA2003_19 Projects Wed11.30 (2019)

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), […]