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The Monash Permaculture Garden

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Words by Monash Permaculture and Monash Association of Sustainability   Have you seen the community garden near the Monash Clayton campus center? It is a lovely garden with glorious fruit trees and lots of overgrown parsley! If you are anything like the Monash Association of Sustainability, you might be thinking that this would be a wonderful place to rebuild for the Monash community. If so, you will probably be interested in this article, which describes the garden, what it has achieved in the past, what is happening with it right now and what it could be in the future.   
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Pathways and Problems

Ruby Comte Menzies
This article and artwork were both first published in Lot's Wife Edition 2, 2021. It started and ended with a Bachelor of Arts, but what happened in between wasn’t an ordinary route. My story Year One During Year 12, I was set on enrolling into the Bachelor of Arts because there was a wide breadth of subjects available. At the time, I didn’t have a career path set in stone, which caused me many dilemmas later on.  From the get-go, I changed my minor from human rights to behavioural science within the first few weeks of the semester. I thought
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Do Not Sit Idle Whilst Our Leaders Burn The Planet

Myles Blum Global Warming and Consumerism
This piece and artwork were first published in Lot's Wife Edition 5, 2021.  By Allyssa Gardner, Monash Students for Climate Justice Member In recent months, extreme weather events have ripped through the Northern Hemisphere. The United States, Canada and Siberia have seen deadly heat waves and subsequent wildfires. Turkey and Greece are the latest nations to join this list. There were also fatal floods in Germany and China, while landslides took lives in Bangladesh and India, and Iran is suffering a severe drought.  All over the world people are dying from extreme weather events that are exacerbated by climate change.
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Nobel Peace Prize 2021: What It Means for Student Journalism

Tim Mossholder Unsplash
Last year, in Edition 4 of Lot’s Wife, I wrote an article on the fall of journalism, the Fourth Estate. In my article, I highlighted how journalism is being pulled in all different directions: firstly, by the outdated you-sell-papers-you-earn-money business model; secondly, by social media and clickbait entertainment; and finally, by decreasing government funding. I argued that it is the responsibility of the modern-day Three Estates – the government, corporations and citizens – to ensure that the powerful remain accountable.  In the race to preserve democracy, sometimes it can seem like ethical journalism is only inches ahead of misinformation and
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Advice That Would Have Helped Me in My First Year

Joshua Nai End of the line
This piece was first published in Edition 1, 2021. Beginning university is an exciting yet overwhelming time. The sooner you understand certain aspects of university life, the less stressed you will feel. Here’s a list of all the things I wish I knew when I started studying at Monash to help you feel more prepared.  Take Orientation (O) week seriously I know that’s probably the last thing that a new student wants to hear. Why start studying a week earlier than semester starts? The answer is simple, it actually will help you later on. When O-week starts, your units for
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How Do I Shop For A Psychologist? Navigating The Mental Health Care System At Monash

kathy Lee Pop-art
Both this article and the accompanying art were first published in Lot's Wife Edition 5, 2021. Content warning: mental health, illness I remember the first time that I called to book a counselling appointment. I don’t remember exactly what drew me to the phone, but I do remember it being a spur of the moment decision that required me to momentarily swallow the ‘my problems aren’t large enough yet’ rhetoric for just long enough to input the number.  The phone rang, and rang, and rang. My brain went into overdrive trying to protect me from this uncomfortable feeling – the
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The Case for SFR Reinstatement

When the Academic Board met, and voted on the proposed extension of the Academic Safety Net back on 16 June, they split it into three separate components: Vote 1 – Component A: The Satisfied Faculty Requirements (SFR) provision, whereby a student could convert all of their passing grades to a blanket ‘SFR’ grade. Vote 2 – Component B: Withdrawing fail marks from your transcript completely. Vote 3 – Component C: Unlimited supplementary assessments. With a considerable lobbying effort – and against the official recommendation from the Board’s Education Committee – the five student representatives managed to salvage Components B and
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Theatre Review: Treats (Southbank Theatre)

Sarah Zijlstra, Fever 103
I’ve missed this. The theatre beckons you, ‘Come, sit in the dark and feel something.’ It’s been so beautiful to see Melbourne come back to life. Masks off. Music on. Capacity limits increasing. With all of that comes the revival of our beloved local performing arts scene. Or sometimes, if we’re very lucky, something entirely new arises. Enter Fever103. Now personally, I would have thought that lockdown would have been the worst time to start a theatre company, but their co-founders, Director Monique Marani and Producer Harry Dowling saw it differently.  Their take on Christopher Hampton’s 1976 play, Treats, was
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The Pandemic Generation | First-Year Residents at Monash

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Studying at university is already an incredibly challenging experience. It only gets harder when you do it while living away from the comforts of home. Then imagine undertaking your degree during a global pandemic which brings to a halt society around you. This one takes the cake. For countless first-years living at Monash, 2020 was supposed to be their year to start one of the biggest adventures of their life. They were to fulfil this rite of passage in what should have been a year filled with new friends, memories, and personal growth.  Our first-year living on campus at Monash
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Proposed Closure of the Centre for Theatre and Performance – the End of an Era?

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Proposed Closure of the Centre for Theatre and Performance - the End of an Era? BY JOSEPH LEW AND EMMA ANVARI In a devastating blow to the performing arts, Monash University has proposed to shut down the Centre for Theatre and Performance (CTP) and no longer offer theatre and performance majors. The decision was revealed in a tweet by Professor Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Deputy Director of the CTP, who said the forthcoming closure would leave 75 per cent of its staff redundant. Her tweet reveals the CTP may be shut down by the end of the year following revenue shortfalls
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Rafal’s “LOTS OF NEWS” Weekly Breakdown: 6 – 11 June 2020

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Rafal is here to share her take on the events of the week, providing all the news and commentary you will need. Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily indicative of the views of the editorial board Welcome to the Lots of News Update: these were the headlines for the June 6 to June 11. You can check out the video version below. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers please note that the video contains images of the long-deceased:   IN TERTIARY NEWS Monash University is forecasting a $350 million downturn in revenue this year. (The Age)
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