METIOR is looking for a new editor

Become the 2016 METIOR Editor!

We need a current Murdoch student who is passionate about journalism to become our 2016 METIOR editor and lead the student publication into a new era.

Last year METIOR moved from print to an online-first platform and it needs a leader to rebuild the presence the mag in the student eye while protecting the strong ethical and moral integrity of the publication.

METIOR needs an Editor with strong language skills, relevant experience in writing and editing, excellent time management and great social skills to take the helm. The successful applicant will have experience in journalism and writing, basic marketing, and know their way around WordPress.

Your application must consist of:

  • A CV with at least one relevant prior writing position.
  • One to three clippings of your previous work.
  • A cover letter (maximum two pages) demonstrating why you would be the best person for the job.

The successful application will show:

  • How a diversity of viewpoints will be sought and represented.
  • The ability to innovate and tackle difficult problems
  • How you plan to grow METIOR’s readership and contributor base.

Email your application to, CC by 5pm, 20 January 2016.

Feel free to send us any questions you might have.

Calls for parenting rooms on campus

by Madura McCormack

A renewed push for parenting rooms on campus has been made during a drop-in session for the proposed Student Hub last week.

The Hames Sharley design team were on campus to meet with students and faculty in a bid to gather ideas for the proposed redesign of the Food Court and Senate building into a multi-use Student Hub.

The drop-in information session, which was held on Thursday September 17, was attended by only two staff members and this writer. The event had ben announced via email and posters put up around campus.

“There is a need for parenting rooms around campus,” says Equity Manager Erica Lewin.

“There’s absolutely nothing like that around for [student] moms and staff.”

She says the need for breastfeeding facilities in Murdoch has arisen, especially considering the demographic of the student population, which includes a high number of working mothers and mature age students.

One highly adorable baby to keep your attention focused on the article. Source: Pixabay Free Images
One highly adorable baby to keep your attention focused on the article. Source: Pixabay Free Images

Trending topic

Calls for parenting rooms on campus is a topic frequently raised by the Murdoch Women’s Collective, who together with the student Guild, has put pressure on the university to provide these spaces.

“The facilities that we have for parents are dismal and disappointing and do not cater for male parents,” says Guild President Raeesah Khan.

The Women’s Collective room in the Amenities Building has been set up as a safe space for breastfeeding mothers, complete with bottle warmer and rocking chair. There are also no rules against breastfeeding anywhere on campus.

However the needs extend beyond just moms, with students asking for gender inclusive parenting spaces for fathers as well.

“We need parenting rooms for both moms and dads,” says Lewin, who says facilities are needed to store expressed breast milk, especially for fathers on campus.

The Equity Manager went a step further; proposing Murdoch University become a breast-feeding accredited institution, which she says is not difficult.

Have your say

Project Coordinator Jo Faulkner, from the Property, Development & Commercial Services department says the University is currently in the concept research phase and is seeking opinion from staff and students on what they would like to see in the new Student Hub.

“We haven’t really bedded down the functions of the space and where these will be located,” says Faulkner.

The microwaves in the Food Court and the beanbags on Bush Court were both implemented by the Property, Development and Commercial Services department.

You can send your suggestions regarding the Student Hub by emailing Jo Faulkner.



Universities run as businesses can’t pursue genuine learning

The past few months have seen a multitude of revelations of cheating, academic dishonesty and sliding academic standards within Australian universities.

Commentary on these issues has, so far, focused on means of detecting and preventing fraud. Suggestions include revisions of the way we conduct assessments, or removing essays as tests of critical thinking. However, these measures treat the symptoms, not the cause.

The cause of academic dishonesty and other entrenched problems is the commodification of education, which has been increasing in recent years. Universities themselves must take substantial blame for this. By thinking of students as customers, we have turned education into a consumer good.

In the face of continuing cuts to funding, the search for new revenue streams has had serious consequences for our integrity. A number of worrying trends have emerged as a result of a shift in the way students view higher education. Because students now “buy” their education, their attitudes to university study have fundamentally changed. Continue reading “Universities run as businesses can’t pursue genuine learning”