Library construction renews student spaces

By Sarah Smit

The 24/7 Learning Common on level 2 of  the Geoffrey Bolton library, long known as the bane of any student unwise enough to have a laptop with a non-infinite battery life, has been completely refurbished.

The Learning Common now boasts working powerpoints near almost every desk, USB charging points on most tables, and a collection of noise dampening couches. The Murdoch Guild of Students has partnered with the Library Mangement to provide new vending machines and free mobile phone charging stations.

The Library’s new blue square chairs are noise dampening, allowing collaboration which doesn’t disturb those nearby

Construction on the 24/7 learning common is just one part of the major changes taking place.  The after hours entrance on level 2 will soon be accessible 24 hours, meaning that students coming from the ECL building can bypass Bush Court on their way to the library.

Moving forward, library management intends to decorate the space with student art and is looking into providing whiteboards for general use.

Matthew Evans, the new Director of Library and Knowledge Management Services says that the current major construction is projected to be finished by the end of March, but that they intend to continually renew the space yearly to keep up with student’s needs and feedback.

Life-hacks at Murdoch

By Adelaide Cromwell-Keenan

So you’ve enrolled at university, only to realise you have no idea what you’re doing? Join the club, buddy; here are some ways to decrease your culture shock.

  1. Realise that everyone has been just as lost when they first started. If you’re someone who doesn’t feel comfortable asking for directions, check out the map on the Murdoch website.
  2. The Student Centre is your best friend. If you have any questions about your units, courses, visa, or anything of the kind just drop into their building.
  3. If you miss a lecture make sure to catch up online. We’re leaving self-sabotage behind in 2017.
  4. Look to the Guild if you’re someone who might need to take advantage of the second hand bookstore and food bank.
  5. Murdoch offers a range of health services, including a free counselling service.
  6. Don’t underestimate the servo across the street. It may give you food poisoning, but the bargains are worth it.
  7. Take your student ID card everywhere. So many food places offer student discount if you flash your card.
  8. If you’re someone who may need your disability needs met, visit the Murdoch Equity and Social Inclusion office for enquiries.
  9. Talk to your classmates, they’ll know where to get free parking and the best websites to pirate your textbooks from. Plus, it’s less concerning when you drink at the Tav with friends.
  10. The bookstore is the perfect place to go at a last minute panic when realising you’ve left all your exam essentials at home. We’ve all been there.