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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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Culture

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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Life in the underground   

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In the vastness of so called Melbourne’s concrete jungle, on the stolen lands of the Kulin nations, there's a place unlike any other. It is a home for an enchanting and remarkable collection of zines, comics and artworks. Within these zines is evidence of the evolution of xerography. An abundance of crayons and pencils. A humble photocopier going about its daily routine.  A friendly volunteer awaiting questions. A place of radical thought and experimental ideas. Life in these shadowed corners has produced extraordinary results. This is a place of awe.   The Sticky Institute.   A zine is a small-circulation, self-published, handmade
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Nothing Nazi about Feminism

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Obnoxious. Bossy. Bitchy. Radical. Feminazi. These are just some of the words used to beat down and silence women that express their opinion. Rush Limbaugh first used feminazi in his 1992 book The Way Things Ought to Be, defining “obnoxious feminists” as “feminazis”. The Oxford dictionary defines a feminazi as “a radical feminist”. But what do those definitions even mean?   Feminazi is commonly used in reference to a person that advocates for female dominance and a hatred of men. The word is brought together by the words feminist and Nazi, that ironically mean completely contradictory things. Nazism embodies male domination
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The Set List, Edition 1

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Genre: Pop If you love… Taylor Swift, circa 2008 You’ll like… Gretta Ray The 19-year-old singer-songwriter continues to rise from strength to strength. Her insightful lyrics exhort a maturity beyond her teenage years, while the substantial nature of her guitar-pop style is a testament to her wealth of experience. One to keep an eye on in 2018, her starry-eyed ballads will win you over if you’ve been pining about the death of the ‘old Taylor’. In a word: Lyrical Favourite song: Drive   Genre: Electronica If you love… Flume You’ll like… Ninajirachi ‘Dance music made in an ice cave’? 18-year-old
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Recycling Our Fears

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  “Vienna is a beautiful city,” I said to the taxi driver. My eyes had remained glued out the window since we left the  airport, trying to absorb every fine detail my next destination had to offer. “Yes, well it was…,” he said, looking out of his thick, round glasses, a sort of impatience overcoming him. His finger tapping on the steering wheel, faster than the indicator blinking through the red. He looked at me and rolled his eyes, “…it was beautiful until they all came. Now, everything is different.” I knew immediately who he was referring to, because it
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‘When a girl is born even the eaves cry’: A focus on the struggles of Macedonian women

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The Macedonian struggle for self-determination, independence and human rights has in essence encompassed the struggles of women. From the Balkan wars (1912-13), to the Greek Civil War (1946-1949) and throughout the 21st century, ethnic Macedonian women have been oppressed and deprived of their human rights. This, from a feminist perspective, has to an extent been as a result of the patriarchy, where traditional cultural and religious norms have always associated woman primarily as the housewife and caregivers. Hence accentuating the underlying biases of society’s expectations. However, in the context of the Balkans and Macedonia, this is not as black and
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Mired in the Middle

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  Following the United Kingdom’s recent snap election, which resulted in Teresa May forming a Conservative minority government, the matriarch of leftist Twitter, J.K. Rowling let out a series of tweets decrying the sexism of supposed progressive men. Writing that ‘emaleness is not a design flaw. If your immediate response to a woman who displeases you is to call her a synonym for her vulva, or compare her to a prostitute, then drop the pretence and own it – you’re not a liberal.’ She, obviously, makes a valid point here. Yet, Rowling’s defence of May followed an unmitigated rejection of
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