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A Woman’s Place is in Her Union

Women in the Workplace (Nicole Sizer)
A woman’s place is in her union. Not in the kitchen chopping onions. Unions (author’s note: it’s not pronounced “onions”) and women (also not pronounced “onion”) seem inseparable forces nowadays, but it wasn’t that long ago that women had to fight to carve a space within the union movement. Just so everyone is aware, we really love unions. One time, Jess got this Ballarat Trades Hall polo from her dad, and even though it wasn’t that cool, I (Caitlin) wanted one too so I made my brother drive and get me one the next day. But back to the point.
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Restricting Gender Uniforms

Restricting Gender Uniforms (Nicole Sizer)
Gendered uniforms have always been restricting to women and incompatible with alternative gender identities. Schools are now creating gender-neutral uniforms to combat these issues and hopefully bring an end to gender-based uniforms. It was only when World War Two made it necessary for women to have the freedom to move and work like men that it was considered normal for women to wear trousers. In the case of gendered uniforms, giving women an uncomfortable and restricting uniform that differs from her male counterparts is undeniably symbolic of the inequality that still exists between men and women. School uniforms around the
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Hungry, For Likes

Instagram (Selena Repanis)
It is not at all uncommon today to check out a café or an eatery’s Instagram before heading over for mouthwatering (or rather, Instagrammable) grub. If you are someone whose hunger is driven by Insta-likes rather than appetite, do read on. All of us, at some point or another, have found ourselves weeks deep in an individual’s Instagram, scrolling deeper with each upload. This media is an apt homage to food, travel and fitness–buzzwords of the 21st century. As an increasingly popular photo-sharing platform, it has steadily replaced Facebook to become the new ‘cool’. Communication today is facilitated through the
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The Monash Sleep-Out 2017

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The Monash Sleep Out is a student run charity event targeted towards raising awareness for youth homelessness. Every night, over 105,000 individuals are homeless, a quarter of whom are aged between 12 to 24. All proceeds from the night will be donated to STREAT, a charity dedicated to eliminating homelessness. Although this event is a fundraiser for a serious issue, the Monash Sleep Out will be anything but, with live music, activities and food provided, its going to be a night you wont want to miss. STREAT is a charity focused on finding long-term solutions for disadvantaged and homeless youth.
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The Myth of Apolitcal* Student Unions

Apolitical Student Unions (Maria Chamakala)
In recent years, many once thriving and politically active student unions in Victoria have fallen to groups of students that treat them merely as vehicles with which to propel themselves up the right-wing ranks of the Australian Labor party, pad their CVs, or recruit particular, affiliated unions from the right of the ALP. Ironically, these groups often win student elections under the pretence of being an apolitical* ticket, or with a promise to de-politicise a union seen as too left-wing or radical in its activity and agenda. But what good is a student union if one of its key priorities
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Lot’s Wife: Journalism Workshop with Nina Funnell

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How privileged we Monash students were to have a talk from Nina Funnell, a journalist who has been igniting the fight against sexual assault on university campuses across Australia. Following the Brock Turner sexual assault case at Stanford university, Funnell decided to dedicate a year to reporting exclusively on the subject. The result: an 1800 sexual assault hotline specifically for university students, a commitment from all 39 Vice Chancellors to release university specific data on sexual assault, free training for Women’s Officers on responding to disclosure and vicarious trauma run by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia and countless others.
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The Far Right on Campus

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The far right is on the rise across the world—even here at Monash. The first day of semester 2 saw the re-appearance of Nazi propaganda on campus, threatening the arrest and deportation of Chinese students, and calling for a whites-only Australia. Last year, Donald Trump won the most powerful election in the world by promising to deport immigrants and ban Muslims, while boasting about his past sexual assaults. In Austria, the Netherlands, and France, fascist parties have come dangerously close to forming government. In Greece and Hungary, the neo-Nazi thugs of Golden Dawn and Jobbik have attacked migrants, Roma and
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AHRC Survey Results Released

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Last year, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) undertook a national survey about sexual assault and sexual harassment experienced by university students. In addition to the survey, which gained over 39,000 responses from a random sample of 60,000 students at 39 universities, nearly 2,000 additional submissions were given by victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. On Tuesday August 1st, a report was released detailing the results of this survey. The AHRC published a report titled Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities. It can be found here. The national results published from
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Monash Students Can’t Afford to Eat While University Spends Lavishly

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  In a recent survey of Monash University students, the MSA has found that most students overwhelmingly lack the funds needed to meet the cost of living.   In a series of surveys conducted by the MSA Education and Welfare Departments, 62% of students said they don’t earn enough to cover basic living expenses. This is hardly surprising when 64.1% of students say they earn between $0 - $5000 a year to cover, by the University’s own estimates, $23,607 of average yearly expenses, that represent everything from the cost of housing to the price of transport. Monash students aren’t the
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Do the Carrots on Your Dinner Plate Travel More Than You Do?

Do The Carrots on Your Dinner Plate Travel More Than You Do_ (Cherie Chan)
  Most of the fruit and vegetables you see in the shops and served on a plate in your local cafe or restaurant have been grown here in Australia. When we talk about locally grown, we don’t simply mean the farms on the outer fringes of Melbourne, we’re actually talking about Australia, a country of over 7.5 million square kilometres. Melbourne's food bowl is important. Carrots are grown in Cranbourne, oranges and grapes are grown in Mildura, apples come from Bacchus Marsh and Shepparton, and those crisp lettuces are trucked in from Werribee. One problem today is that the farmers
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Wot’s News

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  Students Run for Refugee Scholarships The Monash Student Association has launched an initiative to raise funds for the Monash Asylum Seekers Scholarship by asking students to participate in the 5.7km run at the Melbourne Marathon and consequently seek sponsorship for their participation from friends and family. Monash is completely subsidising the registration cost of $40 so that students can participate for free and focus on their fundraising efforts. Monash University currently provides 2 scholarships which pays the recipient's tuition fees as well as providing $3,000 per year for the duration of their course. Additional scholarships for asylum seekers and
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Being Sick is Expensive

Being Sick is Expensive (Michelle Farrelly)
  You know what’s more difficult than being sick? Being sick and being charged for the privilege. You’re 16, a teenager, and the world seems full of opportunities. Then one day you get sick. You shrug it off and try to keep going, hoping it’ll go away soon. But a week passes, then a month, and you don’t feel any better. You might even feel worse. You go to see a doctor. They brush you off. “You’re just stressed,” they say. Your parents seem to agree with the doctor; after all it’s normal to be stressed during VCE, right? It
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