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University Queer Culture: The Who and the What 

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Content warning: toxic behaviour, gatekeeping of queerness  My mind goes blank when I try to think about queer culture. There isn’t anything particularly emblematic of our culture at large. Is it the spectacle of Mardi Gras? The dialogues of Leftbook?   But if I home in on my experience of university queer culture, specifically in the autonomous spaces, I find insights into queer culture generally. These insights come from a line of constant questioning and investigating. The questions I ask are not uniquely about university queer culture, but the answers I supply come from there. To know university queer culture, we
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CRUNCH TIME 

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Congratulations!    If you’re reading this it means you’ve made it this far in the semester without dying!   A rare feat indeed, and for that, I commend you.    But, knowing the busy bee you are, I bet you’re in dire need of some TLC, a big bowl of comfort food, and a good ol’ fashioned pep talk to get you through the last leg of the semester.    So my dear friend, here is a list of some (potentially) helpful tips, just to think about, while we’re approaching the end of the semester.       1) No last-minute cramming (ah, duh!)   Now
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From Cubicles to Classrooms

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The smell of freshly brewed coffee is enough to give my brain cells the push they need early in the morning. While this has been my routine for the last decade, there has been a notable difference in the last few months. Initially the coffee helped me juggle between interviews and submissions as a professional journalist, working for a daily newspaper. Today, it works wonders in getting me to my lecture on time. While most of us can’t wait to get done with studying, for me, I couldn’t wait to get back to it.   Taking notes, hoarding up on content
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News

Anti-Fake News Legislation Will lead to Censorship 

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Fake news is not a new phenomenon. Inaccurate or partial truths have been spread in the media for hundreds of years, be that propaganda or overtly biased news. Yet, fake news distributed online continues to cause problems in social and political realms. As we saw during the 2016 American presidential election, fake news content can influence citizens’ opinions and alter their behaviour.   Gunther, Beck, and Nisbet from Ohio State University conducted a study in 2016-2017 observing the influence and impact fake news had on the decisions of voters during the American election. They concluded that fake news “most likely did
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News

The Farce Discussion of the ABC being Privatised  

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The ABC, whether you like it or not, is a pillar in Australian society.   Yes, times are tough, the ABC does not make as much money as it once did.   However, it is a government-funded network which allows for it to report independently from commercial interests.   Many branches of government absolutely despise the ABC, because they do what they do best, hold government departments and organisations accountable for their actions.   The ABC published that the Indian company Adani was planning on building what would have been the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere, to which the Resources and Northern
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FAQ of an Arts Student

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Q: When do you start your graduate position at McDonalds?  A: How original. Fuck off.    Q: How does it feel being a disappointment to your parents?  A: See above.    Q: So, what do you actually study? Painting?  A: Ha. We have a comedian on our hands. You’re thinking of fine arts. A bachelor of arts provides a wide range of fascinating and rewarding areas of study across the arts, humanities and social sciences.    Q: What are you, a walking ad for Arts at Monash?  A: No, why would you insinuate that? Besides, with the Arts at Monash
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The Best Eats on Clayton Campus 

Angharad Neal-Williams – Food
So, you’ve been sitting in Student Union Recreational Library  for what seems like years, decades even. It’s been a tough day, where you’ve knuckled down and studied (okay, procrastinated) hard. Your brain is exhausted, your stomach is aching for some attention. “Screw it,” your tummy grumbles to you. “You deserve a break!”  But where should you go for a good feed? We hear you ask desperately. Well, look no further because we’ve got you and your hangry alter ego covered.    Neptune’s  Seafood Catch  If you’ve stepped foot onto Campus Centre before you’ll know of this treasure of a place for
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Everyone Loves a Quitter: how to break up with your lifelong dream

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I’ve spent most of my life listening to people say “follow your dreams”. It’s everywhere from high school lectures to motivational Instagram accounts, but what no one ever told me was that sometimes that dreams turn out to be a complete nightmare. Realising the dream that you’ve spent your whole life pursuing is not as amazing as you thought is a unique type of disappointment. It seems like you’ve failed; you’ve given up on this “five-year plan” that you’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen. People say “no one likes a quitter” but sometimes quitting matters, sometimes dumping a dream means
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News

What’s New(s)

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As an international relations and politics student, I picked up the habit of reading my daily copy of The Age to keep up with current events. I’ve always been a bit of a news snob, snubbing the Herald Sun for their biased articles, and paper selling attitude. The Age was perceived to me, to be the raw news, and the only paper in Melbourne that I could be sure would give me all the unbiased facts.  I was wrong. Papers need to sell. Papers need readers. Papers need an audience. This makes The Age no better than the Herald Sun. It is nigh impossible
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Men’s Mental Health, it’s a female issue too.

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Two years ago, my brother passed away, suicide. The word sends shivers down my spine, and with it, a rumbling wave of emotions; primarily, confusion. Why did he feel the need to end his life? Was the love that his family and friends gave not enough? Did he think - even for one second - about the grieving people he would leave behind? These questions still haunt me. We are currently living in a crisis. A crisis where men and boys are confined and trapped by rigid gender stereotypes. Stereotypes which lead to poor mental health, depression, and suicide. From
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CampusCultureMusicStudent

Listen Lot’s: What Your Editors are Listening to

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Bart Lewis A little boy from Darwin went to a couple of medium music festivals in Melbourne (See: Groovin’ the Moo) and came out with a big appetite for electronic music, recommending the stylings of Cosmo’s Midnight and Lane 8. Maybe he takes one step up this year and goes to Earthcore? Annabelle Ballard If you know a local band, chances are AB knows their entire catalogue off by heart. She showed us feminism’s answer to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, aptly named Lizard Queen, as well as the queer pop band, Crystal Myth. Stop listening to those mainstream
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AnalysisCampus

How Right is the Left?

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The short commercial advertisement by Monash University called “Change it” became ammo for the Left vs Right debate, when it was released on 25 May 2018. It can be found easily by typing “Change It” on various social media channels like Youtube and Facebook. The advertisement appeared to disturb a hornet’s nest as one could see various articles being written about this clip be it on 3AW or a scathing piece by The Institute of Public Affairs, who went to the extent of calling Monash a “Marxist University”. Being an international student makes me a neutral party who is not that much
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