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“Unrepresentative Swill” Vote to Dump Duff

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Few outside the LGBTQIA+ community or uninitiated into the Freudian slip that is student politics would have heard of Queer Collaborations conference (QC). As its name suggests, QC is a national conference for queer people, mainly attended by students. The conference has existed since 1991 and usually occurs in mid-July with at least 200 delegates in attendance from all across Australia. While conference registration is unrestricted, the majority of attendees are university students who are active members of their respective institutions' queer collectives or clubs. QC enables queer people from across Australia to engage in community building, work on campaigns
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10 drinks you can make with Goon and a little craftiness. 

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Goon.   It’s not only an Australian classic but a budget-friendly, travel safe beverage. Because of this, it defaults as every student’s dream drink of choice, but for reasons unbeknownst to myself, it gets a bad rap.   Okay, maybe it’s because goon comes in bag form, where the eager mouths of reckless youths await its direct pour. Or maybe it’s because of the quality, taste, and texture the wine lacks itself. Either way, we have a solution.   With these goon-tastic recipes, you’re bound to up the street cred of our trusted mate goon, and perhaps even help it gain a few
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Campus

Student live tweets 3 hour Tutorial

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Just Another Sleep Deprived Uni Student: @rip_rotunda2363 | 1:57 pm  Do I have time to grab a mango magic from @boostjuiceoz before my tute?    2:02 pm  Turns out, I did not.    2:04 pm I should really invest in a shirt with ‘Shows up 10 minutes late to class with a Boost’ on the front    2:06 pm  If only classes still started 5 past the hour I would have been on time …    2:09 pm  For the love of God why did I put up my hand when the tutor asked who HADN’T done the reading   
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Travel

Commuting to and from University: The Joyride 

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How often have you sat on public transport on your way to university, surrounded by tens of people, only to stick your earphones in and block out the rest of the world? How often have you jumped on your bike in a total rush to make that lecture on time, only to completely miss out on the joy of the wind streaming through your hair? We are all guilty of unconscious blockage, where we tune in to our particular little station and forget that there is so much around us, and that’s okay, but sometimes we ought to take the
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Student

Re: No lecture recordings or laptops in this unit 

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  Dear Professor,    I write in reply to your email regarding your policy to not release lecture recordings for this unit or to not allow the use of laptops to take notes during your lectures. While you argue that both these policies ensure a heightened learning experience for your students, it is my argument that your policies are in fact detrimental to your students’ learning.    Students these days work to eat. Government payments that low-income students receive are not enough. Without a part-time job to fill the gap, a choice is made between paying the bills and eating. An article
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Student

eExams 

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Attention all students! eExams are now being rolled out at Monash University! Streamlined marking procedures, faster return of exams, and comfortable digital technology – all for your benefit! What a wonderful world we live in and a wonderful university Monash University is!    What was that? Yes, you did not hear wrong. Monash has just launched its first trial for computerised exams. With lectures now available electronically and torrented eBooks perpetuating the genocide of hardcopy textbooks, it was only a matter of time before online exams became a reality. Who still uses paper to take down lecture notes anyway?    So, how
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BREAKING: Now at That Point in the Semester Where it is Socially Acceptable to Wear Sweatpants to Uni

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Second year chemical engineering student, Mary, who has a group assignment due in under 24 hours has set the trend. "When I put these on it was appropriate, and when I am finally able to take them off it will probably be too,” she said. Walking boldly through the Campus Centre she accompanied her trackies with a coffee stained T-shirt and a look of utter despair. No one raised an eyebrow, some turned to salute the weary group member for her sacrifice. Even law students have been spotted opting for the Tommy Hilfiger winter collection over the traditional Ralph Lauren
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Analysis

Fake News: can we trust the media? 

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“Fake news” seems to be one of Trump’s favourite buzzwords of his presidency, with him primarily using the term to dismiss media that paints him in a bad light. But is “fake news” just a figment of Trump’s imagination, or is he on to something?    Turn on your TV, scroll down your Facebook newsfeed, open up snapchat and you will find everything from the latest news about the newest alleged Kardashian pregnancy or the current sexual assault scandal rocking Hollywood. Every day, we are bombarded with articles, tabloids, and updates about current events - all that for the most part,
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Analysis

Why has ISIS been so successful? 

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Terrorism is the physical, and often violent, expression of extremist political ideologies. This is present in both left and right wing politics (the Weather Underground and Anders Behring Breivik respectively), nationalism (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)), and religion (the Army of God or al-Qaeda)*. The rise of extremist ideology is a trend which surpasses continents, language, race, and culture.  Currently, one of the most talked about groups is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL, IS, or Daesh). ISIS rose through al-Qaeda’s wake and began headlining in 2014. They were established long before that,
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News

Big Cat, Bigger Story.

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The hunt for a fabled panther and the “fake news” surrounding it: It all started with a seemingly innocuous Facebook post. Douglas Chapman, a well-meaning, lonely, and argumentative retiree of Rosebud had taken to the ‘Southern Mornington Peninsula Noticeboard’ to vent his frustration with the new roadside safety barriers running alongside the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. “Never have I seen such a lacklustre effort for road safety,” he complained. Those “freeway noodles” wouldn’t save anybody, they are “looser than my bingo wings”. And a few people agreed that he had a point; a boring and pernickety point that would soon be
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Analysis

Free De-Ranged? 

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Eggs. That pesky $14 transaction popping up most Sunday mornings when we are barely able to coordinate ourselves to put the avo on the toast, after a big Saturday night. Scanning the menu, we’re relieved - they’re free range, the ethical alternative, right? You know, happy hens pecking under blue skies in lush green fields? Ok, so while we know there’s heavy marketing involved (thanks Coles and Curtis Stone), most of us associate free range with healthier hens, spared from the confines of cages. But thanks to the Federal Government’s new labelling laws, will free range actually be the better
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