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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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Writing on Antidepressants

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For years I would struggle to stay afloat as wave after wave of hopeless panic hit me square in the chest, sweeping me further away from the shore of reality. Lying in bed, paralysed by every anxious thought my mind could conjure up, I would sweat with fear as each minute passed. Each night felt like a nightmare, one which many people would recognise all too well. Anxiety. I had always had a passion for writing, ever since primary school. I had a vivid and overly active imagination, and also loved words. When I began to fall into a pattern
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Customising the Player – Building a New Video Game Identity

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Despite adoring video games, I hesitate to call myself a “gamer”. There’s no real criteria for being one, of course, but video games have played a significant role in my life. I first got my hands on a Gameboy after my older brother received one for his birthday, and I made damn sure that I did too. I recently studied video games while on exchange, designing and building a small one as part of the coursework. I’m hosting a video game themed party soon, for Pete’s sake. Yet the label “gamer” doesn’t feel like it’s mine, as though it doesn’t
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Artist Profile: Leah Hume

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Name: Leah Hume Age: 22 Favourite colour: Turquoise Green Describe your style:I utilise a curated colour palette, using greens as a strong point of growth. There is a lot of emphasis on crafty line work and shape. I like to focus on what makes an individual and their identity. How long have you been designing/illustrating for? I have been designing since high school - so about 10 years. I have been illustrating properly for about 3 years though. What is your favourite thing about Lot’s Wife? I love the diversity in topics that Lot’s Wife cover. You don’t shy away
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NINE NINE!

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What a rollercoaster it has been for Brooklyn Nine Nine fans. The news of my favourite TV show’s cancellation hit me like Gina throwing office stationary into Boyle’s face. There was loss, sadness, despair and, in the immortal words of Captain Raymond Holt, “PAIN.” I sent rows upon rows of crying emojis to friends in Facebook Messenger. I experienced all of the stages of grief. There was denial, anger, bargaining and, finally, acceptance. As somebody who was also a fan of Community, I knew that best TV shows are the ones most at risk for sudden cancellation. The brightest flame
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E-sports FAQ – Why they are so popular, and more! 

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What are e-sports, and why are they so popular?  E-sports is the term used to refer to all forms of competitive gaming which are played for spectators. Typical examples of such games are: League of Legends, Overwatch, Dota 2, CSGO, Starcraft 2, and others. E-sports are extremely popular for several reasons. Firstly, many people play video games and are interested in watching others play them – it is entertaining and they can watch their favourite team/s vs other teams. Secondly, each game and team composition is completely different – you have special abilities and tons of different characters to pick
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Review: Vinegar Tom to your mind’s rescue

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Bold, scintillating, and amped up to leave a mark on the audience, Vinegar Tom, directed by Gina Dickson, was a delight to watch. With attention to detail, the script managed to beautifully weave in nuances of the contemporary world that we live in with 17th century England. On a dark set that compliments the dark humour, the play starts slow. Touching the issue of rising puritan extremism, there is an eerie ambiance wrapped with pangs of tension and fear. Flowing flawlessly from one scene to another, performances by Samantha Hafey, Monique Marani, and Reilly Holt, deserve a special mention. All
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Monash to Introduce Inter-dimensional Parking 

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Dear students,   When you return to Monash Clayton this year, you’ll notice some changes to parking on campus.   The start of semester is always a busy time, so take note of any changes that affect your commute to allow extra time for parking and travel.    We are pleased to announce that, due to advances in technology and the invention of inter-dimensional parking, we are opening one thousand new parking spaces. These parking spaces will be located off Research Way, left of the astral plane and in the void*. The new inter-dimensional carpark will make parking much more convenient for drivers. 
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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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The Business of Universities

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  Remember when Australia had free tertiary education? Yeah me neither. If you were born after 1989 you missed the golden age. The age when you could try things out and make mistakes. Now you pay for those mistakes. I’ve been billed for my lapse in judgement that was a first year linguistic subject and my extremely short lived sociology ‘phase’. Universities are becoming increasingly focused on profit and not allowing self improvement.    I went into uni hoping to expand my interests, to see if I could understand Camus, sit through Citizen Kane or get my head around at least
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Making (the social) man’s world 

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Making the social man’s world  By Emily Griffith Content warning: explicit descriptions of sexual assault John Searle is a highly influential philosopher of language and his most well-known work, which is widely read due to his powerful position, is on speech act theory and intentionality. In his writing behaviour he highlights how power dynamics are background conditions, such as class, racism and patriarchy, all which Searle benefits from in an elitist, white, and male dominated field. A speaker exercises their power over another through a variety of speech acts. This is highlighted by how Searle interacted with his research assistant
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Review: Bare the Musical

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What do a penis piñata, Catholic boarding school and a plethora of rock musical numbers have in common? You can find them all in the newest StageArt musical to hit Chapel Off Chapel, Bare the musical! Set in the early 2000s, this musical tells the contemporary tale of two star crossed lovers, Peter and Jason, who along with their fellow classmates struggle with religion, sexuality and identity. Tension ensues between the two; while Peter plans to come out to his mother, Jason fights in desperation to keep their relationship and his sexuality a secret, fearing for his reputation and ultimately,
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