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NUS Natcon Liveblog
12 December 2017

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NatCon Glossary
11 December 2017

N·U·S (ɛn juː ɛs) n. 1. The National Union of Students. The peak representative body of undergraduate students in Australia and the organisers of NatCon. 2. A good time. Nat·Con (nat kɒn) n. 1. The word generally used to refer to the National Union of Students’ national conference. Policy is debated, roles are elected, and a […]

NatCon by the Numbers
10 December 2017

NUS NatCon starts tomorrow, so we made some data visualisations! If you’re not a stupol hack, the information below may be a little confusing—check out our NatCon explainer first. Votes breakdown: by university This graph ranks each university by the number of votes they’ll have at NatCon. Hover your mouse over (or tap) the bars for […]

What the heck is NatCon anyway?
8 December 2017

NatCon is the national conference of the National Union of Students (NUS). This year, the conference is being held at Deakin University’s Geelong campus from 11 to 14 December. The NUS is the organisation that represents the interests of university students in Australia on a national level. Affiliation to the NUS is often a contentious […]

Dean of Arts to Take Over as University Provost
30 November 2017

In another big shake-up for the University of Melbourne leadership team, Mark Considine will replace Margaret Sheil as the University’s provost in February 2018. The decision comes after the University announced last month that Cambridge’s Duncan Maskell will succeed Glyn Davis as the University’s vice-chancellor in October next year. In September, Sheil announced that she […]

Culture

Review: Romeo is Not the Only Fruit
22 November 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that lesbians do not get a happy ending. At least, that’s how it would seem when regarding the dozens of dead women-loving-women that litter plot-lines throughout history. We never quite make it to the horse and carriage ride into the sunset. And boy, the last few months of politics […]

King Krule: An Emotional Ooze
12 November 2017

Peering into the mind of a rising rock star, Marshall dissects the repressed layers hidden within the mind, exploring subconscious processes which ultimately shape us as human beings. Adopting an array of aliases throughout his career including ‘Zoo Kid’, ‘King Krule’, ‘Edgar the Beatmaker’, and even under his own name, Marshall is clearly an enigmatic […]

Arj Barker: “Being Lost In Your Twenties Means You’re Doing It Right.”
17 October 2017

As Arj Barker joins me in the studio, I feel a sense of relaxation I don’t usually get with other guests. Arj has no ego, his smile permeates any sense of unease. “I was as happy before becoming a comedian, as I am now.” Uttered by Arj at a performance I saw almost five years […]

Macca’s Mayhem
15 October 2017

Macca’s – a word so familiar to the everyday Australian that it’s practically part of the culture. Whether it’s ten nuggets at 2am after a night out, an epic 8th birthday party or a drive thru ‘Macca’s run’, the Macca’s golden arches are universally recognisable.

Grey Matters

Listen to Liz read ‘Grey Matters’ I vividly remember the first time I saw Piss Christ. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s an artwork by Andres Serrano, formally titled Immersion (Piss Christ) and consists of a photograph of a crucifix immersed in a deep yellow liquid. It’s a confronting image, not only because of its […]

Commentary

First Generation, Second Language
17 October 2017

Earlier this year, my Grandpa published a book of poetry. It’s a compilation of over 150 poems spanning half a lifetime, a bona fide history of his experiences in China and then subsequently here, in Australia. There are poems about everything, from the flowers in our backyard to my late Grandma. There are even a good five or six poems dedicated to yours truly.

Grey Matters
15 October 2017

Listen to Liz read ‘Grey Matters’ I vividly remember the first time I saw Piss Christ. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s an artwork by Andres Serrano, formally titled Immersion (Piss Christ) and consists of a photograph of a crucifix immersed in a deep yellow liquid. It’s a confronting image, not only because of its […]

Sad Content
10 October 2017

On Tuesday, my sister Sarah came home in a state. Her face was all red and she had been crying. She told me that on the freeway home her radio stopped working and had started looping the first track of Carrie & Lowell, the 2015 album from Sufjan Stevens.

The First Thing People See

I think it all started at the airport. You know those security scanner bits that you have to go through before you can go to the boarding gate? I think it all started there. Right there. The security scanners in T2 at Melbourne Airport on a cold, July morning.

Broken Glass

My partner and I have been together for three months now. He sometimes asks me to tell him about my childhood, and every time, without fail, I’m confronted with gaping years of blankness. There are few stories I can recount from ages one to thirteen – many of them are violent and triggering, and recounting them would be like clicking open a screamer video unwittingly. 

Creative

Recollections 4
12 December 2017

Chroma Orange

Artwork by Monique O’Rafferty Curated and designed by Ilsa Harun

Part Eight: And I Feel Fine
23 November 2017

“Why are you carrying a pigeon?”

Linus Linus Linus Linus

Linus! Linus Linus Linus Linus.

Looking for Ely Bahiana
10 November 2017

Who the hell is Ely Kosanovich?