Sammy J & Randyland – FRINGE REVIEWS

The tall and impossibly lanky Sammy J is back in Perth with his purple felt comedic companion Randy to present to you their theme park dream.

The comedic duo have built up quite a following and the Perth Town Hall was completely sold out for a show in which one man and one puppet sing, dance and make us all laugh as they try to run their own carnival. Although, like infamous puppet musical Avenue Q, the word puppet doesn’t necessarily mean kid humour. Quite the opposite in fact.With multiple mentions of “puppet penis”, the humour was definitely more R-rated so no kids allowed!

The basic premise was a show in which the duo showed, through a series of flashbacks, the rise and fall of their (fake) dream carnival as man and puppet battle to take control over the theme park. This is a scripted play of sorts but you get to see everything from people getting eaten by orcas to a puppet inside a fake man costume. Trust me, it’ll make more sense once you’re there.

The show was technically impressive too with the duo pulling out all the stops to make their dream of a  theme park come to life. Think shadow puppetry, a few costume changes and a large juicebox container that housed Randy for part of the show. They say you should never work with children or animals but they never said anything about puppets? The multiple puppeteers bringing Randy to life were pretty seamless with their transitions as Randy appeared to move about the stage, play dead, emote and generally be an R-rated puppet to everyone’s enjoyment.

The best moments would have been the times they went completely off script. Whether that was when they were giggling at their own off-the-cuff jokes or asking the audience to name a local Perth reference they could include, things quickly spiralled away from the main comedy script but the majority of the audience was laughing more than ever.  A highlight would be the non-scripted revelation that they couldn’t use prop bowling balls on stage because last time they accidentally crushed a man’s foot in Melbourne yet still had to show them so they could be “tax deductible” balls.

All in all, this was one great show that did leave my face hurting afterwards because I was laughing almost non-stop. That’s how you know a Fringeworld show has left you happy and satisfied!

4.5/5 stars

Sammy J & Randyland is still playing until February the 5th at the Perth Town Hall.

See the Fringeworld website for tickets and showtimes.

Hey Geronimo – Crashing into the Sun Review

By Rhys Prka

Hey Geronimo are an Australian five piece band from Brisbane and  their debut album is ‘Crashing Into The Sun’, an interesting endeavour that shows a lot of promise.

The band has been around for a while, dropping two EPs since 2012, but they have been quiet for a few years and it shows in the music as a few of the tracks are from different parts of their career and it can sometimes be quite jarring as they change styles. The song ‘Carbon Affair’ is from 2012 and is on this album and the song ‘Lazer Gun Show’ is from 2013. For fans, I can only imagine this is disappointing. When you are hearing old songs on a debut album it must be saddening because, instead of some new material, you get to hear the same song you have been listening to for the past 3 years. This project seems dotted with these older tracks and they stand out.

It seems that Hey Geronimo couldn’t decide on a direction to take the band. Sometimes they go the pop direction like on ‘The Girl Who Likes Me’, and then a rock direction on ‘Boredom’. I don’t understand what they want me to take from this. Perhaps that they can play different genres? Don’t get me wrong, they are perfectly capable of writing good songs in every genre they touch. I personally would have enjoyed the album more if they stayed in one direction; it seems that over the years they have lost direction and an overall sound. For some however this might keep the album fresh and interesting.

These guys know how to write songs however and the album has obviously been taking care of very nicely. The production and mixing is perfect, all the instruments layer correctly and nothing sounds too jarring and it really helps when listening to the album when you get that clean crisp sound. 

Another thing that helps is that the band has multiple singers. It took me a while to pick out their unique voices but the album became a lot more interesting and enjoyable when I did. This obviously keeps the album fresh and more enjoyable as you are able to hear multiple voices all over the tracks. They are quite talented songwriters as well. The hooks are catchy and pretty infectious, the guitars are explosive when they need to be, and the drums add a certain richness to every song. The songs also seem to have a retro 60’s, ‘beachy’ tone, evident on the album cover. It feels like this album should be played on the beach during a hot summer’s day.

Overall, this album shows a lot of promise and definitely has a lot of catchy tracks on it. I just hope that their next project has a more unified sound.

FAVOURITE TRACKS: Boredom, Final

RATING: 6.5/10

RELEASE DATE: July 1st

Bus shelter roofs taken off after collapse

Most bus shelters around Murdoch have had their roofs taken off after one collapsed near the Student Village.

On Friday the 13th of May, it was alleged that a Murdoch student and their two friends made a bus shelter collapse after swinging on it.

It is still unknown who the student is or whether they sustained any injuries.

The university is securing an ‘engineer’s report’ on the remaining shelters to ensure the safety of Murdoch students, according to Guy McDonald.

It is also unknown how long the roofs will be off for however METIOR is attempting to contact security to find out more.

“I’ve asked the university to re-open the remaining shelters if the weather turns rainy before the engineer’s report comes back,” says McDonald at a time when the shelters were previously taped up.

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With the rainy weather setting in, there is no word yet of whether the roofs will be back in time to protect students from the cold.

If you have any more information about the students involved then please contact metior.editor@student.the-guild.com.au.

Ariana’s Guide to Student Theatre Pt. 2

This year at Murdoch University, the theatre scene started off strong with productions showcased in the 2016 Fringe Festival during February. At Nexus Theatre: ‘Thaw: A Science Fiction Play’ was presented by Thought Jar Productions, written and directed by Stephen B. Platt. At Studio 411: ‘Roommates Live from apartment 19’ was presented by Top and Tail Theatre, written by Sean Wcislo and directed by Nick Morant. Sincerely Yours: A New Musical presented by Stray Cats Theatre Company, was written by Jason Arrow and Kohan van Sambeeck. Plus, ‘ROPE’ which was presented by Presidential Productions in Studio 411.

Fringe World website: fringeworld.com.au

Theatre Companies at Murdoch University have presented four productions so far this year. ‘Roommates live from Apartment 19’ was presented by Top and Tail Theatre on February 18th-20th. ‘Titus Andronicus’ was presented by the Postgraduate Performance Group and directed by Jenny De Reuck with shows from February 25th-27th. ‘Boise, Idaho’ was performed from March 31st– April 2nd, it was presented by Black Martini Theatre, written by Sean Michael Welch and directed by Luke Gratton. ‘Punk Rock’ was performed April 28th-30th, it was presented by Murdoch Theatre Company, directed by Tay Broadley, co-directed by Justin Crossley and Assistant Directed by Katie Southwell.

De Reuck is a lecturer for English and Theatre & a director/designer at Murdoch University. She’ll be directing another show this year starting on November 24th.

I personally was only able to see Roommates live and Boise, Idaho this semester. ‘Roommates live from Apartment 19’ was brilliantly written by Wcislo with dozens of breath-taking funny moments, rampant chaos and a spontaneous love triangle. In this Britishsque comedy, the actors in Roommates fabulously portrayed both whimsical and lovable characters.

‘Boise, Idaho’ was very amusing and it ingeniously explored an original idea, of when reality becomes fictitious and the truth escapes from the clutches of life’s ‘hidden’ narrator. The cast was amazing in performing this play full of witty and sharp dialogue, I just wish it had been slightly longer though.

Roommates live from Apartment 19:

Boise, Idaho: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710574742488107/

Murdoch Theatre Companies: Productions

Theatre Production Units (3 productions this year, not including monologue nights)

Murdoch University PHD candidates (3 productions, one in August 18-20, two in September 15-17, 22-24)

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From the Hip Productions (‘The Gothics: The Mummy Rises’, on July 14th-17th this year)

From the Hip Productions was founded by Tim Brain in 1995. From the Hip Productions aims to foster artistic vision, innovation and design in the realm of theatre. Tim Brain works alongside John King (Second Chance Theatre) behind the scenes at Nexus Theatre (Lighting, Sound & Stage Management). Through rain or illness, they are devoutly devoted to training the next generation of theatre technicians, designers and directors.  Their encouragement and support has greatly contributed to keeping theatre at Murdoch University going for the last, nearly twenty years…

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/From-The-Hip-Productions-903173569767064/

At Murdoch University, there are several theatre companies established as Guild Societies:

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 Black Martini Theatre was founded in 2014 by Artistic genius and director, Thomas Dimmick. Black Martini is kept running by the dedicated and innovative club president, Jess Serio. Black Martini Theatre offers golden opportunities for emerging actors, Playwrights, stage managers and designers. The last couple years have brought a list of tastefully chosen plays which showcased that talent and ability of these emerging artists in Western Australia. Black Martini Theatre presents a variety of amazing and artistically sophisticated shows each year and will ‘set the stage’ with performances that catch the intrigue of theatre goers at Murdoch University for the coming years.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackmartinitheatre/

Website: http://www.blackmartinitheatre.com/

Top and Tail Theatre Company (3 productions this year)

Top and Tail Theatre was founded on June 14th 2015, through the collaboration of Nick Morant and Ryan Partridge. Their love for all things British has resulted in the company which aims to preserve British style and comedy through producing quality theatre performances throughout the year. They aspire to pursue combining theatre styles with British elements and a might touch the whimsical. (in the process…) It’s very difficult NOT to enjoy everything British: (in any form or matter if I do say so myself!) British accents, British men, British Tea, British humour and styled coats & cravats…. Both the extensive history and elegant artistic style that Britain has to offer and stories of extraordinary people might find their way into Top and Tail Theatre productions.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Top-and-Tail-Theatre-405065149680308/

Contact email: topandtailtheatre@gmail.com

Murdoch Theatre Company (3 productions this year)

Murdoch Theatre Company was founded in 2010 and is run by the students of Murdoch. Murdoch Theatre Company provides people passionate about theatre (even people not studying theatre) with opportunities to produce theatre. From producing a classic play to one newly written, this company encourages everyone to join them in transforming words on the page to enthralling performances on stage. Be they actors or interested in the meticulously development of backstage design or directing, they’ll offer their support and keep you up to date on upcoming productions & auditions in their company. For those who wish to direct or have an original script ideas, they’ll get you connected and give you guidance to make your theatre aspirations become a reality.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MurdochTheatreCompany/

Contact Email: murdochtheatre@gmail.com

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Second Chance Theatre was founded in 2011 is the result of Scott McArdle’s vision in salvaging the Performing Arts in Perth and producing original plays. Second Chance Theatre offers actors and writers, either studying or graduated, to work together in creating and producing plays that are both entertaining and thought provoking. Scott McArdle is a ‘jack of all trades’ as he’s a writer, director AND an actor. McArdle has been described by METIOR’s former editor, Madura McCormack as ‘Murdoch’s rising theatre star’. He has directed, written and acted in dozens of plays at Nexus Theatre, The Blue Room and for Arts Festivals. With shows such as ‘Coincidences at the End of Time’ and ‘Between Solar Systems’, he’s taking over Murdoch Theatre by storm… (a storm of gothic and science fiction plays)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/secondchancetheatre/

Website: http://secondchancetheatre.org/

 

Ariana’s Guide to Student Theatre Pt. 1

By Ariana Rosenberg

Hey there readers!

My name is Ariana, and I’ll be your guide to this year’s spectacular season of Murdoch Theatre!

I’ll firstly go and introduce the fact that Murdoch does incorporate theatre into its Arts Degree and where the plays are located with a guide to the theatre companies at Murdoch University coming at you tomorrow.

There will be a recap of the year of theatre so far in this article. From then on, this space will feature a monthly article on the plays for the month and then a review and/or an article for each play. (I’ll aim to see the Thursday showing and have the review up by the Friday afternoon.)

Upcoming Articles and Reviews

Stay tuned for the next set of articles & reviews this week! The first article will overview the upcoming plays in June. There will be three productions in June, ‘Women’ (Black Martini Theatre), ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ (Top and Tail Theatre) and ‘Play in a Day’ (a Black Martini Theatre competition).

The second will feature an in depth article on Black Martini Theatre’s production of ‘Women’ directed by Jess Serio and written by Chiara Atik. ‘Women’ débuts in Studio 411 at the South Street campus on June 9th, June 10th and June 11th, doors open for a 7pm start. (It’s good to be there ten minutes prior). I had the honour of going to a rehearsal on Saturday night (May 14th, 14 6-9pm) and it’s absolutely hilarious! I won’t spoil anything about the play, and the article will include a bit of a Q&A from the cast and crew.  The cast are definitely dedicated to the play and are extremely close to going through the whole play completely without the script.

‘Women’ Facebook page event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120741761323201/

This July, From the Hip Productions, in collaboration with Murdoch Theatre Company and Second Chance Theatre will be producing a fantastic line up of Gothic plays. From the vision of three experienced directors (John King, Tim Brain and Scott McArdle), three classic monsters take over the stage to show that gothic thrillers can definitely be performed through the Performing Arts with the right blend of design, acting and special effects.  There’ll also be plenty of reviews outside of Murdoch University to read about this mammoth sized project, two years in the making… I had the pleasure of going to the media launch on Wednesday afternoon, unfortunately I haven’t read any of the reviews so far. Tickets went on sale on Friday May 13th (how terrifyingly fantastic!) So take a look and learn more about The Gothics Project trilogy!

Nexus Theatre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Nexus-Theatre-172480719465841/

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Theatre at Murdoch

Murdoch University is blessed with two theatre stages, one is in Nexus Theatre next to the Library on South Street’s Bush Court, the other is in Studio 411 near the Tavern and adjacent to the Murdoch Gym. Each year, Murdoch Theatre companies plan and produce plays with talented actors, production crew and directors who are studying or have graduated from Murdoch’s Theatre and Drama Arts major. Nexus Theatre has been at Murdoch University since 1993 and has seats for up to 175 people. The newly renovated Studio 411 is used for Drama workshops and also has seating for 65 people. Nexus Theatre is currently prospering under the wonderful tutelage of senior technicians and managers, Tim Brain and John King.

Plays at Murdoch University are usually on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. With only the two venues, there’s limited clashes and the productions usually get three days to a week to prepare the venue. Play productions have a ‘bump in’ (where the crew set up the stage/set design, move in props/costume and also have a dress rehearsal on stage with lighting & sound), have three evening shows and then a ‘bump out’ (move everything out to be stored). Sometimes there’s a matinee, an afternoon show on the Saturday. Show times vary between 7pm and 7:30 most of the time. Prices are very affordable for Perth, at $10-15 per ticket, the $10 concession being for University students. (Try to have tickets ready for the show night, a few days beforehand at best) All productions have access to an extensive backstage cornucopia of props, costumes, lighting rigs and sound design. They each possess the capability to be technically advanced and stylized, with plenty of room for emerging directors and designers to experiment with the ‘tools of their trade’.

For the practical theatre units, there’s a production night for either a play, group performances or a Monologues night (monologues are a single actor/character short script). The Nexus Theatre is also available to hire for a variety of external clients from Secondary schools, bands to professional companies for events such as dance performances, live music, cultural performances and presentations. Anything outside of theatre units and external organisations/schools is on the initiative of established theatre clubs (Theatre Companies) at Murdoch University.

Nexus Theatre website: http://www.murdochtheatre.com/

Nexus Theatre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Nexus-Theatre-172480719465841/

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The Gothics Launch Event Q&A

A little bit about me, your somewhat unbiased Theatre Guru: Ariana Rose

My name is Ariana and I turn 20 in June this year. I’m currently studying English and Creative Writing and will nominate Drama and Theatre as my double major once I’ve finished my first year (I started mid-semester last year).  You can see how ‘unbiased’ I am by counting how many adjectives and pronouns I toss around in such a carefree manner. I’ve grown up being surrounded by art and the Performing Arts in Arizona, United States. My parents encouraged me to partake in Theatre productions at Desert Theatre Stages. (They had both Children’s Theatre and Young Adult Theatre seasons) I was usually playing a minor role, like a street urchin in Cinderella, kid in a candy shop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and under the crocodile in Peter Pan…. (I don’t really remember the rehearsal process, just moments from the actual performance. I enjoyed the drama camps the most.)

I moved to Perth in 2008, and while my path (in high school) wasn’t always been easy (though I know It could’ve been worse) I still remain enthralled by how theatre enables us to see the world around us, gives perspective to the pressing issues which have and will effect societies and brings to life masterfully crafted and performed characters which dance all over my heart. I aspire to write my own scripts, books and short fiction in the future, though I feel it’s best to start somewhere, even if it’s on a smaller scale. I’m currently not the most outgoing person, but I definitely improve and become wiser each year… It’s definitely noticeable in my thinking process and writing style. I created a website few years ago which I revamped in December. It’s still just blossoming and I haven’t been able to nurture or properly write stuff on it, besides some updates on my writing processes and publications portfolio.

It’s quite difficult for me to actually be ambitious, so I admit here that I’m interested in post-graduate studies such as Performance Writing, Language/Linguistics, Education and maybe in Business Management. But I’m keeping my options open and trying not to think that far ahead. I also hope to work on either creating or helping already established Not for Profit Organisation/s that would focus on education/literary, Health & Social Welfare services, Sustainability and hopefully will also help the Arts and Cultural diversity in Australia continue to prosper and actually be funded.

Desert Stages Theatre: https://www.facebook.com/Scottsdale-Desert-Stages-Theatre-108389754096/

Scottsdale, Arizona: http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/

Rose On The Horizon Website: https://roseonthehorizon.wordpress.com/

[REVIEW] Captain America: Civil War

By Clinton Little

If we’re talking about dumb shiny action movies, it doesn’t get much shinier or dumber than Marvel Comics Avenger Universe and if you’re looking for 2 & ½ hours of spandex clad fisticuffs, explosions and poorly exposited superpowers then the third instalment of the current Captain America franchise will hit the mark every time.

What’s Good?

Three Words: Robert Downey Junior.

The man can impart more menace and meaning by just standing still and delivering a single line of dialogue than the rest of the cast can achieve by punching their way out of an endless stream of fight scenes.

It’s also quite funny. Despite its flaws Civil War retains a sense of humour about itself and manages to deliver some laughs, most of which come out of left field from the inclusion of Spiderman and Ant Man. However it’s a casting move that seems driven by franchise building motives that has an unexpected comedic payoff.

What’s Bad?

Civil War suffers from a serious case of overkill. With a cast of super characters that includes  Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant Man, Spiderman, Scarlett Witch, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Black Panther and Falcon to name but a few, the movie labours under the weight of giving each one enough screen time.

Chris Evans is adequate as the leading man but lacks the gravitas required for a viewer to actually care if he lives or dies. He’s handsome(ish), he’s gym buff(ish) and has clearly had enough fight training to be believable in a fight scene but when he shares the screen with the likes of Robert Downey Jr. he is seriously beige.

Back to what’s good?

Less is sometimes more. When there are a dozen superheroes on screen in a battle to the not quite death it’s hard to know where to look. The overstuffed Avenger battles are impressive but it’s when the action is paired down to the central characters that Civil War redeems itself

Should I bother buying a ticket?

Do…but don’t expect a standalone cinema experience. If you’re familiar with the $10 Billion and counting Marvel movie universe then Civil War is the popcorn movie for you.

Just don’t over think it.

3/5

Bike Week hits campus with talks of bike share program

The Murdoch University Sustainability Team (MUST) are bringing events to campus that will encourage students to hop on their bikes.

The week has kicked with a screening of UnReal, a mountain biking film, on Bush Court at 7pm tonight to get students in the spirit.

To emphasis the power of the humble machine, MUST will also provide smoothies generated by pure cycle power during this Thursday’s market day stall.

Students are also encouraged to bring their bikes along to the Bike Doctor stall to get a quick check-up or repair.

A free breakfast on Bush Court will be provided between 7:45am to 9am this Friday only for those who have rode their bikes to campus.

The week will end with a bike repair workshop on Saturday from 2pm-4:30pm at the Bike Repair Station on Bush Court.

Registration is required for the breakfast and workshop so check out the Facebook event page for more details. 

The MUST team hope that these events, funded in part by the Guild, will help to encourage more people to save precious energy.

Parking price hike aftermath

Bike Week also comes during a time of increased parking fees which Sustainability Officer, Lauren Hodson, hopes will send more students riding into university.

“There have been a lot of complaints about the increase in parking fees so why not ride?

You’ll get fit and, if you live far away, bikes are allowed on trains,” she says.

According to Hodson, current bike facilities including bike compounds, rentable individual lockers and a bike repair stand, are sufficient.

However, there is still early talk of a bike share program  similar to Curtin’s.

Murdoch to follow in Curtin’s footsteps

Curtin University launched their own bike share program in October of last year with  over 30 bikes and helmets provided around their campus.

With a  ride costing $5 for an hour, their program works on the basis of booking a bike, entering a code to unlock it and riding around in style.

We could see this type of program coming to Murdoch with Hodson stating that such an idea is in the very early stages of discussion.

“We would love to have a program like that at Curtin however it does appear to be a very expensive set up,” she says, stating that any trial runs won’t happen until at least semester two.

“I haven’t had discussions with Curtin about the cost, or logistics, but I hope to soon.”

Guild President, Guy McDonald, is also on board for the idea but believes that all areas need to be carefully considered.

‘Bike share programs tend to face issues with bicycles and helmets going missing.

 Any group planning one would need to either address that issue or have the funding required to continually replace equipment,” he says.

McDonald does say that he is still happy to talk with the University or any student club regarding Guild support for a bike scheme.

Hodson is also looking for any expressions of interest in a bike share program or ideas on how it could be run so feel free to email sustainability@student.the-guild.com.au with your suggestions.a thing

Practical ways you can help with the refugee crisis

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by Caris Horton

Most of us have now seen the images of the Syrian refugees trying to cross the Hungarian border as they plead for freedom and help.

I’m also sure that most of us have seen the articles documenting the numerous refugee boats that have capsized off our shores including the infamous and heart-breaking photo of a young refugee washed up on a Turkish beach.

Often we see these images and stories online, on TV and in print but we may feel that we are powerless to help or to make any real changes.

Fortunately, there are some practical ways we can all help with the current refugee crisis, regardless of budget or time, so here are some of the most obvious but perhaps best ways to do so.

  1. DONATE

Donating is an easy way to give money quickly in times of emergency as a lot of charities have monthly and one-off donation models so you can give according to your finances at the time.

Charity donations over $2 are always tax deductible too for those who haven’t got around to putting their taxes in yet.

Often people worry how much of their donation will actually go towards the cause, which is a fair concern, so I’ve compiled a handy chart here so you can tell just what percentage of your money is going directly to the cause. The remaining percentage of donations usually goes to further fundraising efforts and towards administration costs, according to the charities’ websites.

Here are just a few fantastic charities working to help refugees in Syria and all over the world.

This charity works within Syria and in countries that host Syrian refugees, like Jordan and Egypt, to provide support to children and their families.

Save the Children also work to help children who are faced with poverty and families that are badly affected by natural disasters.

The UN Refugee Agency’s branch in Australia currently have appeals going the emergency refugee situations in Syria and elsewhere where money donated will go towards things like medicine, clothing, shelter and education for parents and children to give them new start and help with the emergency assistance they need.

This organisation works to send out medical assistance to many third world countries, like Jordan, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

They are currently working in Syria to start up health facilities in refugee transit camps and run mobile clinics across the Syrian border.

This centre, based in Footscray, offers multiple services for newly arrived refugees including help with accessing legal aid and health services.

You can donate to keep the centre running or you can buy much needed groceries online and get it delivered to them which goes towards the Foodbank that the centre provides for refugees who have just arrived and need a helping hand.

ASRC'S Food Justice Truck where refugees can get groceries at a 75% discount. Source: ASRC

ASRC’S Food Justice Truck where refugees can get groceries at a 75% discount. Source: ASRC

2. VOLUNTEER

If you have more time on your hands but your budget is tight then volunteering is still a great option.

Volunteering can also be great thing to put on your resume  if you don’t have any work experience in your field.

You can also tailor the volunteering role you choose to your expertise. For example, the Red Cross is currently looking for an English Tutor Volunteer to teach english to newly arrived migrants which can be a very rewarding experience if you are studying to become a teacher.

Other organisations like The Humanitarian Group work on giving legal aid and getting visa protection for refugees as well as working to reunite families, which is perfect for the aspiring human rights lawyer.

   3.  SIGN PETITIONS

A lot of people may think signing a petition won’t amount to anything but, if enough people can get together, it can produce real change. Signing a petition only takes a few seconds too.

From getting domestic violence education into NSW schools to saving an autistic boy from being deported, petitions can at least help influence government decisions.

Various petitions for refugee issues exist including Oxfam’s petition to get our intake of refugees up from 12,000 to 30,000 as well as a call to increase peace agreements efforts to end the Syrian conflict.

GetUp’s plea to shut down the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres is another petition that may stir our government to make changes to our current asylum seeker policies.

Websites like GetUp and Change.org always have great petitions for every type of social issue and, in the case of refugee issues, they can hopefully make politicians sit up and pay attention if enough people sign.

GetUp Australia has lots of great petitions that only take a few minutes to sign. Source: GetUp

4. TAKE ACTION LOCALLY

For something closer to home, there are plenty of  groups in Perth that are dedicated to improving the lives of refugees and fighting for policy changes.

The Refugee Rights Action Network WA is a group dedicated to bringing attention to the issues with mandatory detention. From organising bus trips to detention centers to sending multi-lingual dictionaries to incarcerated aslyum seekers, this group is a great option if you really want to get involved and create change. The group meets every Monday at 6:30pm at the Activist Center in the CBD so swing by if you are interested.

There is also an Amnesty International Group on campus too if you would like to join in with like-minded students to discuss social justice issues and campaign for change. Amnesty International also urge our  federal government to change their increasingly negative social issue policies with rallying, letter-writing campaigns, and petitions.

If you want to stay informed, the Refugee Council of Australia also has great fact sheets on refugee issues as well as research papers on asylum seeker policies and federal budget summaries focusing on refugee-related spending.

No matter what you decide to do, any action will help.

Guild Council votes for free sausages

As part of a new series, METIOR will be attending every Guild Council meeting, pre-digesting what your student politicians discuss, then filling you in. 

Think of Murdoch Guild Council Meetings like a sitting of parliament; just a bunch of democratically elected politicians discussing stuff in an attempt to get things done. This is what they talked about in August.

Voicing out

Held on Wednesday, August 12, the council meeting opened with Guild President Raeesah Khan mentioning that she ‘didn’t expect so much sexism this semester’, presumably directed at her.

Whether the sexism she is experiencing comes from other members of Guild Council or the general student population remains unclear.

Khan also mentioned the ongoing ‘Save Our Voice’ campaign.

The movement aims to ‘stop the WA Liberal Government from changing the laws to do with WA universities in a way that will silence the voice of staff and students’, according to the campaign’s website.

Posters have been put around campus with details of the campaign and how you can join in.

Education Vice President, Roland Belford, reminded Council about the upcoming ‘National Day of Action’ that was held Wednesday, August 19.

Save Our Voice campaign posters are up around Uni. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Save Our Voice campaign posters are up around Uni. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Guild Council Retreat

The idea of a ‘Guild Retreat’ on campus was introduced, with Khan suggesting it would bring members of Guild Council together.

UPDATE: The Guild Retreat is ‘not as a bonding exercise but to discuss the direction of the organisation’, Khan says.

In an email to the editor, Clubs and Societies Officer Brodie Skalko clarified that this event is far from a ‘fun day out’ and is intended to provide a platform for deep discussion and improvement within the Guild council.

Brodie Skalko proposed that $250 from the SSAF (Student Service and Amenities Fees) be used to fund food and drink at the retreat.

Sports Officer, Daniel McLerie, stepped in to oppose the idea, suggesting instead that everyone bring in their own food to save budget money.

Mystery man in the Clubs Room

The Clubs and Socs Room. Mystery man not pictured. Photo by: Madura McCormack

The Clubs and Socs Room. Mystery man not pictured.
Photo by: Madura McCormack

After much discussion, a motion was passed to lock the Clubs Room after 4pm after Clubs and Society’s officer Brodie Skalko reported that an unknown man has allegedly been using the recently renovated room as a place to live, with shavers and old jeans rumoured to have been found in the drawers.

She also reported that the room was constantly messy and trashed, despite the Guild having spent $1000 per annum refurbishing the room over the past four years.

Skalko also spoke of getting rid of certain ads on noticeboards around campus including those for cars and accommodation.

She reasoned that the boards were always cluttered and she was tired of having to clean them up.

Cluttered noticeboards, the ire of Brodie Skalko. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Cluttered noticeboards, the ire of Brodie Skalko. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Free barbeque

On a more edible note, the Guild Council passed a motion to have a free sausage sizzle for all students on campus every Wednesday for the next 15 weeks.

Khan said that this would cost about $2625, with the funds coming from the SSAF budget. This figure came from the approximate price of $100 a week for the food and $75 for staffing from the Tavern.

It was decided that staff from the Tavern would run the event while Guild Council members would help out if available in order to try and increase student engagement with the Guild and its members.

Cylindrical mystery meats being grilled during MarketDaze. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Cylindrical mystery meats being grilled during MarketDaze.           Photo by: Madura McCormack

Political changes

In political news, a motion was passed to propose a change in Guild election rules, which General Secretary Guy McDonald described as ‘draconian’.

This proposal will ask the University, who controls election guidelines, to allow political materials such as posters to be placed in all outdoor areas on campus and not just on the walls of Bush Court.

The draft motion included allowing potential Council members to campaign in lecture rooms and classrooms, however there was concern of ‘lecture-bashing’ amongst the Council where excess campaigning could turn students off from voting.

Mandurah campus improvements

More SSAF money will potentially be dedicated to improve Mandurah campus’ food and drink facilities after the Guild President received a petition with over 300 signatures demanding better amenities for students.

Guild Ball discount

A motion put forward by Khan proposed giving all Guild Council members up to 30 per cent off the price of Guild Ball tickets.

This will bring the price of a ticket down to around $84 for Guild Council members with all other students paying $120.

This motion was largely uncontested but no definitive action has been taken yet.

Some really expensive Guild event with alcohol and stuff

Some really expensive Guild event with alcohol and stuff                                         Source: The Guild

Collective Shout controversy

One of the last items discussed was the Collective Shout controversy that occurred recently.

To recap, the Guild planned for a speaker from Collective Shout, an controversial organisation, to speak at an event for SHAG Week [Sexual Health Awareness Guidance Week].

The speaker, Caitlin Roper, had reportedly already been paid, but this was found to be false.

The event was cancelled after student uproar regarding Collective Shout’s largely conservative views include the anti-abortion stance of its founder.

It was suggested that this classified as using SSAF fees as a political donation which is strongly discouraged and possibly illegal under the Higher Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act.

With numerous statements being made by previous Women’s Representative Rebecca Leighton on the Women’s Collective Facebook page, it was suggested during the meeting that all Guild-affiliated Facebook pages should have someone from Guild Council as co-admin.

No definitive action has been taken yet but this does stoke fears of censorship and the ability for Guild Council members to remove posts.

The meeting then started to get heated, as Skalko demanded an official statement on what exactly had happened.

McLerie then asked what other things the Guild Executive had voted on without consulting the other Council members, as the decision to cancel the event was done by Khan, Belford and McDonald without the other members’ knowledge.

On the agenda for the September meeting is the upcoming student elections as well as feedback from the Guild Retreat.

Your Murdoch Guild General Secretary, Guy McDonald. What a guy. Photo by: Madura McCormack

Your Murdoch Guild General Secretary, Guy McDonald. Photo by: Madura McCormack