Campus News Briefing

Campus News Briefing: Ormond, Forestry, Cops

19 October 2018

Content warning: sexual assault

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Ormond student recounts rape experience in college
Ormond College student publication Ormond Papers has published a student’s firsthand account of being raped at the college. The author stated that they know of 14 other students who also experienced sexual assault at college.

Academics and students show solidarity with refugees
Hundreds of academics and students joined the national protest at the University of Melbourne to call for the end of offshore detention and the inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

University of Melbourne abandoning forestry at Creswick
The University of Melbourne has proposed drastic changes to the School of Forestry in Creswick, which would see a majority of classes relocated from the historic campus to Parkville. The move follows declining enrolments in recent years, and forestry courses being shut down nationwide.

Cops on campus
Two plainclothes police officers allegedly asked for UniMelb apparel to “blend in and look more like students” at Union House in late July, according to a staffer of the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU).

Renewed constitution and governance for UMSU in 2019
The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is currently reviewing plans to overhaul its governance and constitution. The plans are projected to be finalised by the end of the year, with the overhaul set for semester one, 2019.

UMSU election results roundup
If you’re still a bit confused about the student elections, or if you didn’t follow Farrago‘s live blog of the results, check out our results roundup article.

SHOCKING: lecture attendance low
A Lecture Attendance Report conducted in 2017 has revealed that a large proportion of undergraduate Arts (69 per cent) and Science (63 per cent) students are not attending their lectures.

Student poverty levels high
Recent data from Universities Australia, the peak body for Australian tertiary institutions, revealed that one in seven students is regularly unable to afford food and other essentials, with Indigenous students and regional students experiencing the greatest hardship. An Indigenous student reported that financial strain while completing their studies was so extreme that they “don’t eat much anymore”.

Who’s credit is it anyway?
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to transfer into a course at UniMelb? Are you not getting much fun out of accounting or Habermas? Well, you’re in luck, because you can transfer either as a University of Melbourne student or from a rival university. Farrago‘s here to guide you through cross-institutional study.

From a passion, to a club
I had always known coming to uni that I would love to join a club. However, the big question was “Which club to join?” I wanted to do everything, but it certainly didn’t help that there are over 200 clubs. Even so, I couldn’t find one that I was totally enthusiastic about. For those who aren’t satisfied with the current selection, don’t worry. Not only can you join a club, you can also create a new club! Ezra Bangun tells you how.

Women and the culture of philosophy
A report commissioned in 2008 by the Committee of Senior Academics Addressing the Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession examines an often neglected problem: the underrepresentation of women in philosophy. Corey McCabe looks into this problem.

Accepting the uncertainty
My PhD confidence crisis crept up on me so slowly that I barely noticed it. There was no tectonic shift—I love you PhD, I love you not—nor was there any acrimonious fracture of my supervisory relationships or mounting distain for my topic. But when the words of Dr Seuss’s Oh The Places You’ll Go! started resonating with me and perfectly described my PhD trajectory, I knew it was time to take a breath. Emma White on choosing a PhD topic.


Collated by Ashleigh Barraclough

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