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.

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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.

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