Meet your 2018 Guild President: Kombo Mashumba

Murdoch Guild elections might be a relatively low-key affair compared to how things go down at other universities (cough, UWA). I’m never sure whether that’s good (because you don’t get accosted) or bad (because I’d like to think people care about who runs our guild). If you actually attend your classes, though, you probably would have seen the posters up on campus last week – and now we have a new guild executive for next year! I decided to sit down and chat with Kombo Mashumba, our incoming president, so you guys can get to know who’ll be running the show in 2018.

Okay, Kombo – to start us off, tell me more about yourself!

K: I’m from Zimbabwe, spent my whole life there. I took a gap year and got to start my own business, open a bar. It’s very easy to start a business in Zimbabwe, so that way I’m an entrepreneur. Then I was so excited to come to Australia, and it wasn’t what I expected! It was hard integrating in a new country and making friends was also slightly different. I was the only one who came to Murdoch from my school, so everything was new.

The first year I came, all my friends were exchange students so after 6 months I had to start all over! That’s when I actually met people in my classes and all that.

I heard you’re a big fan of beef and onions. Should we expect that to feature a prominent role in Guild next year?

K: I am a big fan, I think everyone is a big fan. If you look at the value pizzas, for 5 bucks, beef and onions is the best. I think I’ll continue pushing beef and onions at Murdoch.

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You must be pleased with the results of the election. What was the key to your success?

K: We had a big team and that was a good team. The people were all from different backgrounds, different societies, different schools so they each had access to their own friend group. It’s like – how can I say? Each person has access to 10 people I don’t. And our tactic was to talk to people, not just hand them a flyer and let them walk away. I guess living in the village I also know quite a few people. But I give all the props to my team.

What have you learnt from being involved with Guild over the past year?

K: I’ve been the president of the International Student Society and I guess I learnt that, ah, things don’t always go your way or to get things going your way it takes time. You’ll be like, I’m always correct, let’s do it my way, but you find out that people might have more experience or know more about certain things than you do, so I guess it’s about being humble but also pushing it because I felt like the guild wasn’t really that involved with students, and we were separate to them in a way. We weren’t on the ground being like: ‘hey come to my event,’ so people don’t know who is actually in the guild.

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What’s you and your team’s plans for next year?

K: We’ve got big plans, big plans. I’m guessing you want more specific! There’s obviously saving campus culture, getting involved in educational reforms at the university. You can see them happening in the business school with blended learning and there are positives and negatives but we want to represent the positives and remove the negatives. And I’ll say a lot of students complain about affordability, we want to make things a little more within their reach. Obviously that takes time and if it’s not us it’s the guys the year after but we want to make something noticeable so students can say the guild actually did this for me.

What’s the first thing you’ll be working on when you get in there?

 

K: The first thing I want to so is combine the smart rider with the student card. One of my team involved with transperth bought the idea to us, and they actually do it at ECU already. So that would be the first thing because one of the first things students get is their ID card.

One less card for my wallet! What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

K: That’s a tricky one! I guess I’m scared of birds. I don’t trust birds.

G: Okay, is this all birds or some particular bird?

K: All birds, All birds are the same.

G: Did you have a traumatic bird related experience?

K: I just can’t read them, we used to have turkeys and turkey’s chase people around. So now if it’s a small bird, a big bird, I just don’t trust it. I know it sound’s crazy, but –

G: No, no. I grew up with swooping magpies, I can understand the sentiment.

K: Exactly, and now I’m hearing about these magpies, you know, they do attack. I’m afraid of birds that don’t attack, now I hear that there’s one’s that do?!

What would you say is your favourite thing about Murdoch?

K: The perfect answer would be the campus but I won’t say that. I will say Newport Tuesdays at the village.

What are your other plans for next year?

K: I’ll be studying full time alongside the guild job. It’s a lot of work but not practical, personal work. There’s a lot of meetings. What I also want to do is visit the people so they can see what I am doing. Being a full time student, that’s where students are, so I can relate. The work is there but there are so many students who also work full time too. I look up to them because that’s what I’ll be doing next year. My door will be open for their tips!

I heard there are people in Guild who are hesitant to work with you next year. What do you think about that rumour?

K: I guess I’d say, there’s no perfect leader. There’s no one where people will thing: “Oh, if this guy gets in we’re gonna all be happy.”  People are always upset about it. I’m looking forward to proving them wrong. It’s gonna be interesting. That’s the good thing about this, it’s a democracy. I come from a country where it’s not a democracy at all. So people can say ‘what you’re doing is wrong’ and then I can ask myself why they are saying this, and think about it.

Some people are against me getting in because I’m an international student. A big part of the reason why I ran is because I felt like international students weren’t getting represented at a higher level. Why should it just be local students getting it?  We all want a great university experience.

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What would you say to the people who voted?

K: Thanks for voting, we won by a landslide. I don’t think there’s been an election where people have actually voted like that, which is amazing, so I’d like to thank them for putting their trust in me. And for being patient because the system was so slow!

And who ran against you?

K: I’d thank them for the fact that they had good policies which I will steal later! Also because they encouraged me to work harder, and gave students more options to choose from. I hope they will be willing to criticise me next year and keep me working hard.

What’s something that you would change about Murdoch if you could?

K: One thing I’d want to change is the campus culture, you know, this place I’d want it to be one where you can meet new people and network, I’d want it to just be a friendly environment. Another one would be cheaper parking. If I could make parking cheaper, that would be amazing.

If you can find a way, I’ll be eternally grateful. What are you looking forward to most about being guild president?

K: Besides the office? [laughs] I guess getting involved in the issues at the heart of students, that’s the thing I’m really wanting to do. I guess because I was an entrepreneur before I want to put forward ideas that should be great but also getting students involved with what the guild does. Like, putting a poll up for ideas. People won’t say a party sucks if they actually planned it. So that’s why I want to be the leader who gets behind everyone, and says let’s do this.

Anything else you want to say?

K: 2018 is going to be a different year. Expect big things.

You can follow the winning party “Growth for Guild” on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/growthforguild/

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Guild President: The king Kombo Mashumba, Vice-president: Jethro Jesse Schoeman, General Secretary: Loic Munso ( and School board of B&G), International Prez: Nelson Mukuvarem MUPSA prez: Alexander Mörtzsch, MUPSA Vice-prez: Louis Williams, Indigenous Rep: Jordan Barham-Shepherd (and NUS/Senate undergraduate), Women’s Rep: the Queen Yakira Venagiam , OGC: Charlene Baniqued (NUS), Brice Gower, Vlad Bychkov (NUS), Sabreen Zia, Samuel Dib (School Board of Health Professionals), Academic Council: Sarah Inglis, Senate postgraduate: Abby Agrawal (School Board of B&G postgraduate) Other positions: Jonty Richardson for NUS , Laura Ives Hicks School Board of Arts, Jack Carruthers School Board of Engineering and IT

Interview by: Georgia Renee
Portraits of Kombo by: Harry Cunningham

 

 

 

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!

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.

iTunes subscription coming soon. But for those of you who are more tech savvy, the RSS link is here.

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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.