BEST MURDOCH EVENTS THIS MONTH

Murdoch Casino anyone? To help you find something positive about going back to uni for semester 2, we’ve picked the best events and things to do on campus this month.

Cafe Crawl! – JULY 15

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It’s well known that some of Perth’s best cafes and restaurants are located in Leederville. For just $10 you can join a crew off caffeine enthusiasts for a Cafe Crawl. All leaving from the Murdoch Uni admin office.

RSVP Here!

Trivia & Pizza Night at the Tav! – JULY 24

Monday, July 24 at 6 PM – 9 PM / Murdoch Guild Tav

Is being a trivia whiz your secret talent? Or maybe you just like pizza. Form a squad of 8 and head down to the Tav for food, beers and a whole lotta fun.

RSVP here!

Murdoch Open Day – JULY 30

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Murdoch Open day is an event held every semester on campus. This semester you can free your so called “Think”. Although this event is designed for new students, there’s plenty of fun activities for all, whether you’re around campus or just looking for something fun to do that day. Maybe you’ll even find an elective unit that you’ll enjoy – if that’s possible? Here are our top Open Day picks.

Play virtual reality games made by Murdoch Students:  when? All day. Where? Games Zone 450.2.042

Meet the players from the Wild Cats: When? All day. Where? Sports Recreation Centre 412

Petting zoo! When? All Day. Where? Agricultural Sciences Marquee Tea Tree Loop

Free Food:

Suppa Club (free soup). When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Sausage sizzle: When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Wetlands Safari Field Trip. When? 11:45 – 12:30, 1:15-2pm. Where? Starting from Tea Tree Loop

Have a go at 3D Printing

When? All day. Where? Physical Sciences 340.2.026 & 340.2.027.

Student films + Free popcorn When? 9-11am, 1:45-3pm. Where? Hill Lecture Theatre 450.2.035

Check out the full program here!

Murdoch Winter Festival Day – AUGUST 3

Thursday, August 3, 10 AM

When it comes to events at Murdoch, the Guild usually delivers, and this one is looking to be no different.

Hot Flush Casino: Hot Flush Casino is a Perth-based events company specialising in a mobile casino service. Although you can’t gamble or win real money, this will still be a whole lot of fun, with plenty of prizes to be won. They offer Blackjack, roulette, the spinning wheel and poker.

Photo Booth: One of Perth’s best, most creative and fun Photo-booths will be there. Photo-booths are pretty fun If you’re into that stuff. Add something cool to your instagram.

So many freakin prizes!

+ Double pass to Origin NYE 2017
+ 3 tickets to Kehlani
+ Sail & Anchor $50 Bar card

Marquee: Live Music + a comfy Marquee sounds pretty chill. Plus it will be heated. #comfygoals

Find the FB event here!

 SHAG WEEK 2017 – AUGUST 22

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week is run collaboratively with Murdoch University Health, Murdoch Guild and Counselling.

SHAG Pub Quiz:  Knowledge is sexy. Get a team together for an afternoon of sexual quizzery at the Murdoch Guild Tavern. Free Entry. Spot prizes and the winning team will get a bar tab!!! Starts at 5 pm

Bondage workshops: Kinda cool how the Guild is removing the stigma around a taboo topic. Peer Rope Perth will be running a Bondage Workshop again. It’s weird, it’s fun – check it out.

Find the golden condom!:  a treasure hunt for a golden condom. What can you win ?Sexy time items, a Masssage at Bodyriches in Fremantle and a special suprise item.

Find the FB event here!

THE GREAT EIGHT UNIVERSITY ETIQUETTES

By Carmel Hooshmand

Are you a new student? A “Fresher” newly emerging from the protective womb of high school? Or maybe you’re an older student, who realized the real world is terrifying and you’ve come back to the blissful denial of adulthood which is the label “student”. No matter which side of the spectrum you’re from, university is an ever evolving multi-headed dog that mutates every time you think you’ve figured it out. So where to begin when it comes to the basic university etiquette?

The Great Eight University Etiquettes: The G8!

1. Personal Hygiene

Yes, this is being addressed as “etiquette”. Welcome to university. Nobody more than a 5th year can appreciate that time gets scarce and that you will sometimes need to spend 48 hours in the library putting your blood sweat and tears into an essay. I’ve been there, I too have shed those tears, but I did the considerate thing and went home and had a shower as soon as I could, and didn’t show up to class smelling like the filthy sock that set Dobby free. You might have forgotten what you smell like, that’s not your fault (it’s your assignment’s fault) but if you’ve used the same set of clothes for more than 7 hours, please shower and change.

2. Talking in lectures

This one is tricky, and controversial. If you talk a little you get your face recognised by the professor, but if you talk too much you get recognised on Murdoch confessions and will hear a collective sigh of a hundred annoyed people every time you talk. Now there is a lot of finger pointing that mature age students are the worst culprits of talking too much in lectures, but I’ve been around long enough to know that it’s just as bad with over-excited and uninformed first years. I believe that everyone has the right to speak in classes and lectures. If you are worried your contributions might not fit the etiquette of university here is a simple rule to follow. If your comment can be directly useful in an exam to the majority of students, then make the comment, otherwise hold off until you can speak to the lecturer in person. Comments like “Can you please clarify the last point” is great, comments like “this reminds me of when I….” will automatically waste everyone’s time. Keep your questions or comments academic and not anecdotal.

3. Talking to Professors

After every lecture there is always 20 students waiting to see the professor. Some have very quick questions that can be addressed in seconds, and others have long questions that require 10 minutes to explain. Be systematic. If you KNOW your question is a hard one, let others go first, or else put it in an email. Please, don’t rush to the front, be the first to talk to the professor for 15 minutes about your life story.

A key:

“I need to clarify a point on topic X for my assignment” – Line up.

“I need a detailed response for topic X for my assignment”- Email the professor.

“I think the professor will find this interesting”- Stay seated.

 

“Trust me. You don’t ever want to be the person over-heard loudly talking about that cat video you spent all night watching or the new tinder fling you have good banter with.”

 

4. Library Noise restrictions

Trust me. You don’t ever want to be the person over-heard loudly talking about that cat video you spent all night watching or the new tinder fling you have good banter with. Yes, there are floors of the library which are silent zones, and others that are not (IE Level 3 North Wing). But if you’re on level 3, in a booth, and everybody is dead silent, then read the room and also keep silent. Just because you’re allowed to talk loudly in the area it doesn’t mean you should. You’re also allowed to do 10kms under the limit on South Street, but why make yourself so unpopular? Show respect to the people you are sharing the space with (including the roads, it’s a 70km zone damn people come on).

5. Murdoch Confessions

This page is both a pro and con of university life. The bonuses include creating a sense of community. People who seek support or answers to a complaint are better received and answered on Confessions than through any other forum. We also start recognising familiar names (shout out to you Frodo Swaggins) which helps us learn who some of the more active members of the university community are. The downside is that often, things get nasty. Whether it’s a club president, a Guild president, or the one mature age student who annoys you, it’s not okay to publicly bash somebody because you don’t like them. Sure it’s funny when Bell Tower Times does it, but the second you put a face to the story, you’re bullying. Murdoch is a small place, if you take out the village and the horse’s we’re probably smaller than the Greek economy. Don’t characterise our university with online bullying. Keep in mind most academic staff have Facebook and regularly scan the page, and in the past they have commented on post’s too. Keep it clean, Keep it Memes.

6. Booth Bi-laws

Scenario. You go to a restaurant, eat your meal, and leave your things at the table, and ask the waiter to keep the table there, because you want to pop out for 2 hours for desert somewhere else. The waiter is obviously confused as to why you would do this because it’s selfish to keep a table to yourself when people would be waiting and the table’s available are limited. If you want to go out for 2 hours then you should take your things with you and resign to the fact that you don’t own a table just because your thing’s are there especially when power points are so limited.

You understand? It’s a metaphor. The library is the restaurant, the table is the booth, the angry waiter is every student you will piss off by leaving your things at a table for hours while you buzz around campus.

7.  Group Assignments

Group work can be a new experience for everyone, and if it’s your first time doing a group project it’s no wonder challenges arise.  Firstly, attend all group meetings and respond to emails, don’t leave your group hanging. Secondly, if you look at the group project and everybody else’s work looks better than yours, then re-do your work. You are the weakest link. There are students who rely on the good performance of others in group work to achieve good marks. If your work is poor quality your group can kick you off the team, and you will end up submitting the assignment alone and doing twice the work.

8. Just be Cool, yeah?

Don’t judge how people dress, if they come to class in heels or Crocs, whether they dress like Beyoncé or Dobby. Don’t be rude to people who have different opinions to you, don’t make discussions into arguments. Don’t complain and put Murdoch down constantly, suggest solutions. We have a culture unique to our campus, we make friends by sitting with strangers in the library. We feel comfortable wearing whatever we like and we are confident talking in classes without fear of missile launches. If you’re a new student, then contribute positively to this culture. Be nice, be friendly, shower regularly.

By Carmel Hooshmand

PEOPLE OF BUSH COURT

Bush Court is a vibrant hub for outdoor chilling, studying, and enjoying the sun. If you’ve been on Bush Court you’ve either seen these people or you’ve been one of them. We took some time to identify some of the diverse and humorous characters you can find on this sunny stretch of grassland… Enjoy ;).

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That person sleeping on a beanbag who you think is dead.

While hanging out at bush court on a sunny day, you take a glance at a guy who looks to be taking a nap out on the grass. You tell your beanbag squad “Lol look at this guy taking a nap what a lad”. After half an hour of chatting you notice the guy hasn’t moved. “Lol is this guy even alive,” you joke with your beanbag squad. “Geez he’s pretty sunburnt…” You decide to check if he’s alright and see if he’s actually dead. Holy shit, he is dead! Oh no, actually he’s just exhausted from eating too much delicous banana bread from Club Murdoch. Been there.

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That person secretly getting drunk at the Tav before their philosophy lecture.

“Who’s coming to the Tav” your mate texts you. “Don’t we have a BAR200 unit next”. “You mean philosphy? Exactly lol”. Expand your mind to new ideas. Overcome your social anxiety and have fun by making interesting yet unwanted verbal  inputs during lectures. Yes, beer makes philosophy lectures fun and interesting.

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That person who casually offers to share a joint during your study sesh.

During your chill study sesh out on bush court, before a somewhat important online test, someone from your beanbag squad starts to roll a cigarette, lining it with an oregano like substance. “You want a hit man?”. “Nah I’ve got an online  test soon..“

“Bro you can just google it lol”. “Fuck sake this is why i don’t study on bush court” you say as he passes it over.

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That person who competes for the last red beanbag.

You almost gave up on it for an uncomfortable deck chair or one of those stinking hot black beanbag that would surely give you third degree burns. But in the distance.. You see it.. The last red beanbag in all its glory. As you walk towards it you notice someone who seems to be looking for the same thing in the distance. As they pick up the pace, you show no shame for running and jumping on that shining red treasure, for you know the dread of the other Murdoch sitting equipment.

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The person in your squad who prepared the red beanbags.

Shout out to that person in your squad who gathered all the red beanbags for the group hang out and study sesh. Unless of course I’m not in that group and there’s no red beanbags. Then you’re all selfish people…

Murdoch Maps Web App

Find your Way around Campus

Our Campus has evolved over the years and with it we have seen movements of schools, rooms and facilities to meet the needs of our staff and students.  As our facilities grow, we want to ensure everyone is able to get around easily and vitally, not get lost!

To help with Campus navigation, we are pleased to announce the introduction of the Murdoch Maps web app. This application is available via mobile (iOS or Android) or desktop device with an internet connection and will provide you with Campus navigational support.

 This first version of the Murdoch Maps web app includes the Perth Campus map with the following functionality:

·         Where am I? – the map identifies your current location

·         I need to find… – search for a room (names or numbers), lecture theatre or points of interest (such as UniBank, the Tavern, etc.) around Campus

·         Get me there! –  mapping to provide you with a visual pathway and text directions showing you the best way to get to your destination

·         Feedback – let us know what we can include or change in future versions of the app!

We have already planned some enhancements to this app and will soon be introducing disability routes, internal routes (within a building directly to your room) and the Murdoch and Rockingham campus maps!

This new app will be available shortly via either the Campus Map page on the Murdoch University website, or via the QR Code link you will see on promotional posters around Perth Campus.

– Anna Skelton, Murdoch University

The Quenda Files: A Quiet Week

After we were bragging last week about how much better podcasters we had become, somehow we activated Siri mid discussion and stuffed up the file export to lose the last 5 minutes of the podcast, which is probably for the best because we were padding for time after a super uneventful week of politics.

The Quenda Files: Fireworks and Racism

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Troy and Roland ramble on about yesterday’s news including the Fremantle firework ban, systemic racism, staff strikes and fossil fuel divestment. Practice makes perfect as most of last week’s technical blips are ironed out and the volume tends to be more even too! We even wrote a few notes down to plan what were going to say but quickly lost them.

What do you want us to talk about? Do you want to come on the show and tell us we’re wrong? Leave a comment below.

Show Notes

The Quenda Files: Episode 1

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Welcome to our first attempt at a weekly podcast discussing the last week of news and politics. Troy and I sat down to ramble on but both of us had been watching too much Olympics to provide any well thought out opinions. Next week will be better researched we promise. Also apologies over the sound quality, expect a few glitches, we’re very new to this.

Leave feedback and suggestions, positive and negative, in the comments. Anyone who wants to design a Quenda Files logo is welcome to do so.

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Corruption Report into Former VC Richard Higgott Released

Former Murdoch University Vice-Chancellor Richard Higgott viewed adult material on his work laptop and had complaints made against him just six months into the job, according to a recently released report.

The Corruption and Crime Commission have been looking into alleged misconduct by the former Vice-Chancellor and his closest members of staff since October 2014.

“This account is how Professor Higgott, when Vice-Chancellor, did not live up to that trust. He seriously breached Murdoch’s policies,” the report said.

Other matters included in the report were Higgott alleged misuse of his corporate credit card and possible destruction of key documents relevant to the investigation.

The report called the University’s control of credit cards ‘lax’ and said Murdoch did not follow its documentation retention policy.

“It is not now possible to form an opinion whether the destruction of certain documents was deliberate to thwart an investigation or unintentional inadvertence,” the CCC said in the report.

The CCC also describe deceptive means Higgott used to employ Deputy Vice Chancellor Ann Capling, who also stood down immediately after the investigation began.

Professor Higgott is said to have not fully disclosed his close personal relationship with Ann Capling, saying that he had a ‘professional association at arm’s length’ and used ‘secret communications’ with Professor Capling.

The report noted that Higgott and Capling had collaborated on academic projects over the past 20 years.

During the investigation Higgott described their email contact as “friendly”, “facetious”, “gossipy and chatty.”

Capling left her job at the University of Melbourne to take up the position at Murdoch University.

Murdoch University issued a statement that while misconduct is rare, they take this situation extremely seriously.

“We do not tolerate poor behaviour by any employee of the University. We live by our values of integrity, respect and professional conduct.”

It is understood the CCC waited until Murdoch University had appointed a new Vice Chancellor due to the sensitivity of the results.

The full CCC report can be read here.

More to come.

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.