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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What the Melomys Extinction Means for Australia’s Ecosystem

Australian species are some of the most at risk of climate change extinction By Ross Cordato and Tanya Pham Three winters ago, Australian researchers discovered that the island of Bramble Cay off the coast of Queensland was officially rat free. However, the mosaic-tailed rat did not disappear due to predators or habitat loss, but rather […]

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Coal restriction begs the question has Australia and Chinas relationship been burnt out or left simmering?

Whilst the initial reaction to China’s restriction on Australian coal appears now to have been over the top, the point that it raises some serious concerns about the relationship between the two countries is very fair to ask.  From the 20th of February onward, publications ranging from the ABC and the Sydney Morning Herald have reported […]

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“I JUST FELT DIRTY”: What forces sexual assault victims at universities to stay silent

By Chantelle Rodrigues and Adelle Glance-Wilson She sat in the lecture room surrounded by familiar faces but there was one that was all too familiar. She could sense his presence without even turning around. Closing her eyes, it all came back to her in an instant. Her ripped dress. Her bloodied face. His chilling laughter […]

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Why Dance Boss failed; Contestant Yasuph Shrestha reveals the truth.

Sabrina Teh, Luke Shorter and Daphne Zhang The promising reality TV show Dance Boss hit 600,000 views when the pilot first aired seven months ago, so why did it bomb out almost immediately? Contestant Yasuph Shrestha and the Post Production Editor of Dance Boss have disclosed what really went wrong behind a closed curtain. “We […]

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Project 1: Venus Lacoste; Surviving the World of Art

“My dad once told my auntie, ‘Felix (my brother) will be a good artist, but Venus will be a great one.’” 19-year-old Venus Lacoste hasn’t let the ball drop once since her breakout success at the 2018 ARTEXPRESS exhibition, having produced a prolific body of work between then and her recent first place win in […]

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“Gaysians” in Crisis

By Maria Ekarista & Annabelle Cheung Reading fanfictions about your favourite gay ships, following queer-friendly accounts on Tumblr…  To certain young queers, this is the largest extent to which they can embrace their identity – through an online persona.  Although Australia is more progressive than much of the world in recognising LGBTQI+ rights, that does […]

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Cube of Truth: The changing shape of animal activism

By Jessica Belzycki and Zoe Brown The Aussie Farms scandal has re-ignited the decades long debate between farmers and animal activists, but has anything changed? According to animal activists, aggressive confrontation is a tactic of the past. Today, it’s all about peaceful actions. Sombre music echoes through the commercial centre of Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall […]

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Diamond In The Rough: A local musician proving that success is more than just where you’re from.

By Luke Chaumont & Simran Borges How does a medical school dropout from Blacktown become sponsored by the world’s leading guitar brand? Eric Fortaleza tells Luke and Simran exactly how it happened for him. “When I got that [Fender] bass, immediately I wrote ‘get Fender endorsement,” Eric  Fortaleza says, as he reminisces on his early […]

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‘Mumble rap’: The word on the streets of hip-hop

By taking on the ‘skip-hop’ culture of Aussie rap, Lanstan went viral, now he talks to us about his inspiration and merging music styles in the digital age. by Sameera Pillai and Alex Molchanoff ‘Holden Commie got it locked down’, ‘Call up my boy he’s a tradie’ and ‘Going on a Maccas run’ are some […]

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International students help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lankan village  

Written by Violetta Katsaris and Sasika Jayasuriya  After decades of suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDU) in Galwaduwagama, Sri Lanka, a Reverse Osmosis (R.O) plant has been implemented by Impact Engineers to help provide clean water.   “This project is not something that will greatly benefit us [the adults as opposed to the children]. We have already been drinking […]

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“Gaysians” in Crisis

by Annabelle Cheung and Maria Ekarista Reading fanfictions about your favourite gay ships, following queer-friendly accounts on Tumblr…  To certain young queers, this is the largest extent to which they can embrace their identity – through an online persona. Although Australia is more progressive than much of the world in recognising LGBTQI+ rights, that does […]

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International students help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lankan village

By Violetta Katsaris & Sasika Jayasuriya After decades of suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDU) in Galwaduwagama, Sri Lanka, a Reverse Osmosis (R.O) plant has been implemented by Impact Engineers to help provide clean water.  “This project is not something that will greatly benefit us [the adults as opposed to the children]. We have already been drinking this […]

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The Women of the Young Liberals

By Sanjana Jose and Faith Limantono From cyberbullying to female empowerment, Sanjana Jose and Faith Limantono reports on the diverse experiences of women in the Young Liberal Organisation. When chairing a Western Sydney University Liberal Club’s annual general meeting, Nicole Gangemi said she was “thrown” off stage when other members attempted to gain control. “They […]

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Cube of Truth: The changing shape of animal activism

The Aussie Farms scandal has re-ignited the decades long debate between farmers and animal activists, but has anything changed? According to animal activists, aggressive confrontation is a tactic of the past. Today, it’s all about peaceful actions. Sombre music echoes through the commercial centre of Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. Images […]

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Games Over: Failing Facilities an Obstacle to Community Sport Despite the Liberal Party claiming that the refurbishment of Allianz Stadium is a ‘gamechanger’ for sport in Sydney, local sporting associations feel as if the government has ‘dropped the ball’ for local talent, with their outdated facilities. Shadow Minister for Sport and Veteran Affairs The Hon. […]

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The Big Red Sign

The Big Red Sign By Olivia Taibel and Anja Flamer-Caldera It is no secret that homelessness in Sydney’s CBD is an ongoing issue, fuelled by substance abuse, domestic violence and high cost of living, and it has restructured the city’s demographic. The thing with homelessness however, is that we often don’t hear about the vital […]

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‘Mumble rap’: The word on the streets of hip-hop

by Sameera Pillai and Alex Molchanoff By taking on the ‘skip-hop’ culture of Aussie rap, Lanstan went viral, now he talks to us about his inspiration and merging music styles in the digital age. ‘Holden Commie got it locked down’, ‘Call up my boy he’s a tradie’ and ‘Going on a Maccas run’ are some […]

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University Colleges and the Infamy of Sexual Misconduct

By Freya Cormack and Brandon Foo Anyone who has ever heard of, or stepped foot in a university college knows of the controversies and cultures that exist within them.  From the sexism, misogyny, hazing, and sexual assault stories; controversy is what many people have come to know and associate with these colleges.  “I thought it […]

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Aussie Spirit on the Rise

by David Bloom and Madeleine Burke Intended publication: NewsworthyAussie Spirit on the Rise With home grown ingredients, historical roots and flavours for all pallets, Australian Gin is fast becoming the drink of choice Australia has had a long and colourful history with alcohol, and as our different drinking habits have continually moulded the society around […]

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Youth Disenchantment with Mardi Gras

Members of the Queer Youth community share their insightful perspectives of the 2019 Mardi Gras parade, exposing various anxieties. Madeleine Coutts and Kellie Highet report. Wearing pajamas and a pair of bejewelled sunnies, Steph swung open her apartment door. Sitting on the couch was her girlfriend, Romy, dressed in jeans with a pair of equally […]