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A Farcical Farewell Fiasco

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$127,134. One-hundred-and-twenty-seven-thousand-one-hundred-and-thirty-four dollars. To put this into perspective, that is more than double the median annual personal income in Australia, $54,890, it could cover the costs of aBachelor of Arts course (with honours) at Monash, coming to $121,600 using fees dated to 2024; pay the annual parking fees of 157 people parking in the blue permit zone five days a week, a cost of $806; or pay the salaries of three casual employees working for Monash. It does beg the question, during a cost of living crisis what precisely did the University spend $127,000 on? Being an education institution one
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CampusStudent

Neurodivergent Tips from the D&C Community

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Thank you to all the members of our community who contributed to this list.    Generic Tips Which Apply to Multiple Diagnoses  Add your accessibility requirements to your email footer:  e.g. I am disabled and can sometimes struggle in responding to emails, thank you for your patience. If I have not responded within 2 working days, I may have missed your message and require prompting through a secondary message. Thank you for your understanding.  whiteboards can be really helpful for getting your ideas out or thinking through things.  Goblin Tools is an amazing website that can help with breaking down
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AnalysisNewsPolitics

Just Don’t Look at Them and You Should Be Okay

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Homelessness is far more apparent in Melbourne than in Manchester, and the way we speak about those experiencing homelessness matters. I arrived in Melbourne with my fellow exchange students in early July 2023, bidding farewell to the UK summer and experiencing the shock of cold, jet lag and disorientation.  There was a keen sense of excitement amongst us though, and with Manchester being my home city – one of the biggest cities in the UK – I felt prepared for Melbourne’s urban life. After settling into a hostel, we navigated the arduous task of house-hunting, eventually securing a lovely, little
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AnalysisCampusPolitics

Inside Socialist Alternative Monash

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A recent anonymous article in edition 1.24 of Lot’s Wife accuses the Socialist Alternative (SA) club at Monash of a whole array of things, ranging from the slanderous to the hilarious. It is a flagrantly right-wing critique of a serious left-wing group, dressed up in the language of social justice and trauma. For people who aren’t familiar, SA is the largest socialist group in Australia. We play a key role in organising the protests to free Palestine, rallying against the far-right, sexism, racism, and LGBTI+ oppression, freeing refugees, and every other social justice question. We are revolutionaries that think capitalism
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Shouts and Whispers: Student Activism, Outcomes, and Experiences

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Thomas (Tio) White (he/they) is one of the MSA Environmental and Social Justice Officers When most people think about student activism, they think that they don’t know enough to participate. They think that the issue is too complicated, isn’t about them, or not a part of their direct university experience.  Somewhat predictably, as one the 2024 Environment and Social Justice Officers, I don’t think it has to be this way. I want to offer an alternative way of viewing this space of student empowerment and advocating for change. Student activism and student experience are not necessarily mutually exclusive, where an
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Belonging 101

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“There is a club for everyone at Monash,” – MSA Clubs and Societies.  As someone who comes from overseas, I remember struggling to find a sense of belonging at university. On one hand, I knew that I received an offer to study here, therefore I should have felt like I ‘belonged’ as a student (If I passed all the qualifications, then surely, I was ‘meant’ to be here, right?). However, I soon learned that a sense of belonging cannot be achieved just by entering the door that was made open for you; you also need to feel connected with the
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AnalysisCampus

Teaching Conditions are Our Learning Conditions

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If 2024 is the beginning of your journey at Monash University, prepare for what is shaping up to be a year marked by significant industrial action. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) represents university workers of all types across Australia, advocating for safe and secure employment, and a brighter future for higher education. A well-supported university system, with staff in secure and well-compensated positions, is crucial for delivering quality education and leading-edge research. In 2021, reports emerged that approximately 4,500 staff at Monash University, including around 3,100 current casuals and more than 1,400 former employees, were victims of wage theft,
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Lost and Found

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Lost and Found Words by Joy Jasmine Kaur I was lost. Metaphorically, completely lost. I won’t lie. I just simply couldn’t remember who I was.  Even if I thought about how I used to be, that seemed like a long-lost dream.  Something that couldn’t be regained.  I lost interest in everything. Every damn thing. Life had completely lost its meaning and purpose for me.   They say that the transition to university is hard. Yup, I felt it, the hard way.   My transition to uni was coupled with my transition to a new country without all the people I
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Melbourne Again

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Words by Mark Daniel Osborne   The smell is first. No change, and no change  for the homeless. Big Issue,  cashless purchase, cashlessed purchased? Manicured blue-collars,  hi-vis, Add coiffe to the cost of living? Asked a Golden Stranger for the cheapest beer. "You remember," I heard, stopped. "You're a member?" she said. I remembered her, but two years past. Confused and impressed, but then made sense of. Energised her with humour, then ordered. A bird sits upon a stool Waiting for fries... Smoking, supping, watching Like the city I'd left Changed yet not  diminished by its familiar rot Growth within,
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Discipline as self-care

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Words by Anna Art by Suzy Jones   Controversially, discipline is my ultimate form of self-care. I am not talking about the drill sergeant “do one hundred pushups, run a marathon, survive on nothing but scraps of lettuce and bone broth” sort of discipline. Without a doubt, restrictive behaviours and a lack of balance culminate in nothing but severe burnout and rapidly declining mental health. I am talking about prioritising the fleeting discomfort of delayed gratification over the hedonistic, short lived pleasure of instant gratification. I am talking about setting a 15 minute timer and making a schedule to complete
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Culture

An Interview with Matt Cronin

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Words by Krista, MSA Welfare Office Bearer   When I think about wellness, I think about meditation, journal writing, yoga. Taking regular breaks, eating well. And sure I’ll think about some more social aspects, like hanging out with friends, being a part of a sports team or a volunteering group.    But sometimes we can do all of these things, nail that perfect lifestyle-balance - and out of nowhere, it can all be taken from us.    That’s what happened to Pat Cronin on the 16th of April 2016. He was a university student just like us, and went out
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The Science of Thriving

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Words by Monash Thrive Art by Zoe Elektra   There’s an abundance of information at the tips of our fingers telling us how to improve our mental health: “eat this,” “do this exercise,” “read more,” etc… How do we know what actually works?  Monash Thrive has you covered!  They launched their 6-credit point elective unit “The Science of Thriving” this semester. It’s open to all undergraduates, and it’s designed to teach a combination of critical skills and knowledge around mental health and seeking help. It has a bonus professional development benefit, as you can learn skills you can carry into
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