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2020 UMSU Committee and Council Candidates

Are you voting in the 2020 UMSU Elections? UMSU Election week is from the 7-11 September 2020. Here you can find your candidates and their statements below in alphabetical order by position. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate in reaching out to the Deputy Returning Officer, Stephen Luntz. Other relevant information may be […]

4 September 2020
2020 UMSU Office Bearer Candidates

Are you voting in the 2020 UMSU Elections? UMSU Election week is from the 7-11 September 2020. Here you can find your candidates and their statements below in alphabetical order by position. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate in reaching out to the Deputy Returning Officer, Stephen Luntz. Other relevant information may be […]

4 September 2020
2020 UMSU Ticket Statements

Are you voting in the 2020 UMSU Elections? UMSU Election week is from the 7-11 September 2020. Here you can find your candidates and their statements below in alphabetical order by position. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate in reaching out to the Deputy Returning Officer, Stephen Luntz. Other relevant information may be […]

4 September 2020
Growing Up in the Climate Crisis

Growing up in the climate crisis My country is burning. Ten years ago, this meant that the pavement was too hot to walk on when I was too lazy to wear slippers to put the bins out. It meant sausage sizzles and relatives drinking VB on the verandah. It meant that you could hear rain […]

26 August 2020
Weapons Manufacturer’s Partnership with University and UMSU Raises Tough Ethical Questions

University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU)-affiliated clubs were selected for funding from the defence company Boeing, potentially breaching the Union’s own constitution, sponsorship policy, and official public stance.  In 2019, Boeing — ranked the second-highest grossing global weapons manufacturer for the last three years — committed to partnership funding for both the University’s School of […]

26 August 2020
Overcoming the ripple effect of normative gender stereotypes to attain gender equality

There persists a misunderstanding between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’, which often has a negative impact when shaping and representing gender roles within society.  The Oxford Dictionary refers to ‘sex’ as the biological characteristics that define a person based on their reproductive functions. It refers to ‘gender’ more fluidly – with broader reference to social and cultural […]

26 August 2020
My Timetable

The new decade has seen the University adopt a new timetabling system, with MyTimetable’s preferential class allocations replacing my.unimelb. This change has been polarising. A statement released online by the University indicates that the system is designed to confer an “equitable opportunity” for all students to receive their “preferred class timetable”.  “By following a preference-based […]

26 August 2020
UMSU Condemns University Inaction on Racist Buildings

CW: eugenics and racism. On 13 February, University of Melbourne Student Union’s (UMSU) Students’ Council passed a motion titled “Stop celebrating eugenics!”. The motion requested  the University to rename buildings named after eugenicists and acknowledge their racism. The motion “[reaffirmed UMSU’s] stance against racism” and “called upon the University to make some formal acknowledgement of […]

26 August 2020
Police Investigate IMARC Protestors

This article refers to investigations that happened in February 2020. Police are investigating several Blockade IMARC protesters for unlawful assembly and other charges.  Victoria Police have contacted at least ten protesters, requesting interviews and questioning them about their involvement with Blockade IMARC.   Blockade IMARC spokesperson Jacob Andrewartha said police were attempting to charge protesters with […]

26 August 2020
Secret Spaces: A Review of From Heart + Mind at the Dax Centre

CW: mental illness, psychological and physical trauma.  In challenging and uncertain times, art is a creative medium for staying on top of mental health and coming to terms with isolation and identity.  This connection between art and mental health is the focus of From Heart + Mind, an exhibition which showed at the Dax Centre […]

26 August 2020
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