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LOT’S WIFE<br />



Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> is entirely written,<br />

illustrated, edited and<br />

distributed by students, just<br />

like yourself.<br />

If you would like to be<br />

involved, we are always<br />

always always looking for<br />

contributors and volunteers!<br />


7<br />

8<br />

12<br />

13<br />

14<br />

Tips & Tricks for First Years<br />

Top 8 Spaces: Clubs & Societies<br />

How to plan your exchange<br />

(Don’t)<br />

MSA Restructure threatens life of<br />

student union<br />

Office Bearer Reports<br />


19 What the Flux?<br />

21 Wot’s Life with Donald Trump<br />

22 Let’s talk about education<br />

24 Flüchtlingskrise<br />

26 Malcolm Turnbull:<br />

a leftie love affair<br />

Say hi! Email us at<br />

msa-lotswife@monash.edu,<br />

or come and hang out in<br />

our office:<br />

1st Floor, Campus Centre,<br />

turn right at the MSA desk.<br />

About the cover artist<br />

Ruby Kammoorra<br />

Ruby is an emerging artist<br />

based in the glamorous<br />

slums of Collingwood.<br />

Finally entering the final<br />

year of her BA/BVA double<br />

degree, Ruby has learnt to<br />

apply successful methods of<br />

procrastination to major life<br />

decisions.<br />

For more of Ruby’s work go<br />

to www.rubyjkamm.wix.<br />

com/rubykammoora<br />




35 The big screen science of clones 45 The ‘Star Wars’ effect:<br />

and dinosaurs<br />

internet hype culture and<br />

The Force Awakens<br />

37 Beyond 140<br />

38<br />

40<br />

41<br />

43<br />

52<br />

54<br />

56<br />

58<br />

58<br />

How fucking cool is chemistry?<br />

Up all night: the science of<br />

sleep deprivation<br />

The skinny on gluten-free diets<br />

Puzzles: Science Crossword<br />

A deal with the devil:<br />

a festival memoir<br />

Photo Essay: Suburban Dreams<br />

Old Bones<br />

Amidst Apples & Thyme<br />

JK Dress up<br />

46<br />

48<br />

50<br />

51<br />

Race to the end of the world:<br />

Averting anti-Asian stereotypes<br />

through Armageddon<br />

Most anticipated albums<br />

of <strong>2016</strong><br />

Blackstar: David Bowie’s<br />

last album<br />

BONUS<br />

29<br />

Undying: Parasocial<br />

relationships and the nature<br />

of celebrity<br />

Pull-out Calendar/Poster<br />

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DESIGN<br />

Timothy Newport<br />

Carina Florea<br />

Lisa Healy<br />

Natalie Ng<br />




Tricia Ong<br />

Jermaine Doh<br />

Rajat Lal<br />

Matthew Edwards<br />

Ishana Srivastava-Khan<br />

Maddy Luke<br />




Kinto Behr<br />

Kathy Zhang<br />

Mevani Amarasinghe<br />

Lachlan Liesfield<br />

Layla Homewood<br />

Melissa Ferndando<br />

Amber Davis<br />

Audrey El-Osta<br />

Sarah Kay<br />

© Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> <strong>2016</strong>, Monash University Clayton, Victoria<br />

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reproduced without their written consent.<br />

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If you’re reading this, congratulations! You made it<br />

past all the construction, renovation and “renewal”<br />

Monash is undertaking to a Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> stand! You<br />

now hold in your hands your very own student magazine:<br />

full of fun, facts, and frankly a fuckton of words,<br />

all written by students just like yourself.<br />

Over 50 talented and attractive people have<br />

been hard at work over their summer break, mashing<br />

words together, putting brush to canvas, and staying<br />

up late staring at screens, all in the service of bringing<br />

you some amazing content to read on the toilet.<br />

Or the bus. Or in that lecture (yes I mean you).<br />

I really hope you’re having an awesome time<br />

at Monash, whether you’re a first, second or sixth<br />

year. The first month back is always a shitshow, but<br />

it’ll pick up. The university isn’t all bad, except for<br />

that one lecturer (not you, don’t worry), and even<br />

if they are, Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> is here for you in your time of<br />

need.<br />

Like right now. You really needed something to read,<br />

right? Right?<br />

Of course I’m right, I’m always right.<br />

Except right now, because I’m on the left.<br />



It’s not everyday that someone gives you the chance<br />

to make a magazine, yet for some odd reason it<br />

landed in our not so trusty hands. And with great<br />

power, comes great responsibility, which is why we<br />

felt it in our best interest to create a pretty magazine<br />

that can keep you company on those long bus rides<br />

home or when there’s lousy smarch weather outside.<br />

Be sure to check out the tear-out poster/calendar<br />

and hang it above your bed or colour it in as you<br />

wish.<br />

But I’ve got to admit, making a magazine<br />

is hard work and we couldn’t of done it without<br />

the help of our newly made team of beautiful and<br />

amazing writers, illustrators and designers. Specifically,<br />

Natalie, our designer who had to put up with<br />

our terrible singing in the office for days on end, our<br />

sub-editors and illustrators who have worked so hard<br />

to help put this thing together, and just everyone<br />

who came in during the holidays to make this thing<br />

happen!<br />


Hey sxc chicas and papas. I promise you, I initially<br />

had something real good written up. I swear. Alas,<br />

like everything else that manages to exist in my<br />

world, I have left this to the night before the final<br />

copy is due and am struggling to fill the void that is<br />

currently my empty editorial space.<br />

So here I am. Look, I’m not going to sugar<br />

coat it: making a magazine is really fucking hard. It’s<br />

almost as hard as boiling an egg properly (all those<br />

‘perfect egg in 2 minute’ recipes are kidding themselves)<br />

or sitting through an episode of Making a<br />

Murderer without wanting to scream at the TV every<br />

time an Avery says ‘yeah’.<br />

In reality, thanks to a whole lot of uber-brilliant<br />

people who chose to come to Clayton on their<br />

holidays – you know who you are - this pillar of salt<br />

(aka Edith) was able to remain upright and extra<br />

salty. Right now, I feel like I’m delivering an Oscar<br />

speech and the orchestra is ready to drown me out<br />

but before I go, please read Lot’s lots. I’m about 81%<br />

sure Sanders would approve and 19% sure Clinton<br />

would hate it.<br />

xo<br />

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Tips &<br />

tricks for<br />

first years<br />

by Brian Shih &<br />

George Kopelis<br />

illustration by Angus Marion


Picture this: you are about to stride into a new<br />

stage of life, a stage in which you have to<br />

learn new things, study independently, and write<br />

essays or reports that require perfect citing and<br />

referencing. This transition may be overwhelming,<br />

however, we’ve complied a list of the best tips and<br />

tricks that you can follow to bolster your confidence<br />

and performance so you can make the most of your<br />

first year at university!<br />

Get A Map<br />

Turning up late to your first tutorial because you<br />

couldn’t find the room is embarrassing – take it from<br />

us – so plan ahead and figure out where on campus<br />

your classes are. Download the Lost on Campus app<br />

or the Monash app to make sense of all the building<br />

numbers and addresses. If you’re still lost in the<br />

middle of endless corridors, ask someone who looks<br />

like they are walking purposefully for directions.<br />

Study On Campus<br />

Classes don’t take up a whole lot of time at<br />

university, so make good use of your spare time<br />

and do some work on campus. The Louis Matheson<br />

Library is the go-to study space at Clayton, but with<br />

the refurbishment works all year, some sections may<br />

be closed.<br />

If you want to do some serious study, check out the<br />

quiet upper floors of the Law Library. More interested<br />

in chatting with friends and not getting work done?<br />

The Hargrave- Andrew Library is perfect for that.<br />

Brian says: There are plenty of alternative<br />

study areas, like the informal open space lounges in<br />

the Menzies building or the secluded John Medley<br />

library in the Campus Centre.<br />

to a whole range of discounted food and other<br />

goodies on and off campus. (20% off everything at<br />

Sir John’s Bar adds up after a semester).<br />

George says: Before buying your textbooks,<br />

have a look online on Monash Marketplace to see<br />

if anyone is selling your book second hand and at a<br />

much more affordable price. Make sure it’s the right<br />

edition though.<br />

Practice Your Signature<br />

You’ll be signing up to plenty of clubs during O Week,<br />

which is a great time to find groups that match your<br />

interests. MSA cards give you free membership to<br />

most clubs on campus. Don’t feel obligated to go to<br />

every event if you sign up and feel free to drop out of<br />

any group if you find them too boring/too rowdy/too<br />

time consuming.<br />

Brian says: I started uni in the middle of 2015,<br />

and with no major exhibitions for clubs and societies<br />

in July, I missed out on being properly introduced to a<br />

handful of clubs and societies. Take the time during<br />

O Week to find like-minded people outside of lectures<br />

and tutorials because it’s a great chance to do so.<br />

University is a place where you learn and<br />

create memories. Do not be afraid of making<br />

mistakes and always remember that you are not<br />

alone. There are plenty of resources at Monash to<br />

reach out to. Now, embrace all challenges and start<br />

exploring!<br />

Actually Go To Lectures<br />

You’ll struggle to get a seat in week one. However,<br />

by the mid semester break, half the lecture theatre<br />

will be empty. Keep up your routine and attend your<br />

lectures. Turn them into a social occasion – get your<br />

friends and hang out on the campus lawns or grab<br />

lunch as a group and suddenly you’ll have a reason<br />

to show up every week.<br />

Extreme Couponing<br />

Make your dollar go as far as possible - take<br />

advantage of weekly free/dirt cheap breakfasts and<br />

barbecues organised by the MSA or other clubs and<br />

societies. Carpooling costs $75 per person for a year<br />

and is way cheaper than forking out $400 for a blue<br />

permit. Pick up an MSA Card for $20 and get access<br />

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TOP 8 SPACES:<br />


MUSLCC<br />

Throughout the years, the Monash University<br />

Sri Lankan Cultural Club (MUSLCC) has played<br />

an intrinsic role in ensuring that a strong social<br />

culture is present throughout university life. As<br />

one of the largest clubs at Monash University<br />

and the largest sub-continental student<br />

organisation in Victoria, MUSLCC will no<br />

doubt exceed the standards and expectations<br />

in <strong>2016</strong>! Events to look forward to in the<br />

coming year include a themed clubbing event,<br />

Amnesia, a brand new Monash Comedy Night,<br />

the traditional Hoppers & Kothu Night, the<br />

classic Rehab and Relapse After Exam Parties<br />

and many more!<br />

PLN<br />

The Progressive Law Network (PLN) is<br />

dedicated to encouraging law students,<br />

and other students passionate about social<br />

justice, and to utilise their degrees to effect<br />

positive social change. So come along and get<br />

involved in our events, which provide a forum<br />

for an exchange of views and opinions about<br />

new developments in alternative careers,<br />

environmental law, human rights law and other<br />

social justice-related issues, including guest<br />

speakers who are experts in their field! Focus<br />

areas for this year's presentations include<br />

prison abolition and radicalised policing, drug<br />

law reform, and the law around the world, with<br />

a focus on Australia including a discussion of<br />

First Nation people's status and rights.<br />

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LingSoc<br />

The Linguistics Society (affectionately known as<br />

LingSoc) is for anyone interested in the whos, whats,<br />

whys and what-the-hells of language. LingSoc runs<br />

regular meetings and trivia nights where you can<br />

get to know others who do give a damn about the<br />

Oxford comma, have a place to ask those difficult<br />

grammar questions, practice IPA or simply fan-girl<br />

over Kate Burridge. Find out more about LingSoc @<br />

MonashLingSoc or on our Facebook page.<br />

VGen<br />

VGen (Vision Generation) is World Vision's<br />

Australia's youth movement, a community of<br />

young people aiming to influence government,<br />

business and society to do their fair share to<br />

end extreme poverty and social injustice. We<br />

are planning to run events such as movie nights<br />

to promote Fairtrade and ethical consumerism,<br />

events focused on Campaign for Australian Aid,<br />

and an event for the 40-Hour Famine.<br />

ESA<br />

The Education Students' Association (ESA) promotes<br />

social interaction for the hundreds of education<br />

students at Monash University. The club also has<br />

a strong focus on building students' confidence to<br />

teach or go into the education workforce. We are<br />

hoping to boost our social sector of the club much<br />

more in <strong>2016</strong> and encourage people to get to know<br />

each other between the different year levels of<br />

education degrees.<br />

Continued...<br />

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MUMS<br />

Monash University Mining Society (MUMS) is<br />

a group with the aim to promote and gather<br />

interest around mining and its affiliated<br />

industries. Our main goal is to connect<br />

students with industry professionals and each<br />

other. The biggest event planned for <strong>2016</strong> is<br />

the inaugural mining camp.<br />

MUIS<br />

Monash University Islamic Society (MUIS)<br />

represents and supports the needs of Muslim<br />

students on campus. We organise a variety<br />

of social and spiritual events throughout the<br />

year to create an environment where we can<br />

foster new relations and assist each other. This<br />

year we will be running BBQs, iftars (meal for<br />

breaking the fast in the month of Ramadan),<br />

lectures by renowned speakers, sports events,<br />

halaqas (study circles) and much more!<br />


If you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to<br />

arrive, wishing that Hagrid will bust down your<br />

door to tell you “YER A WIZARD”, and craving that<br />

little bit of magic on campus, then the Monash<br />

Muggles is the club for you! From events like<br />

our annual Triwizard Yule Ball (co-hosted with<br />

Melbourne and La Trobe Universities) and Harry<br />

Potter trivia, to movie nights, game nights, and<br />

Quidditch, the Monash Muggles is the perfect<br />

club for anyone, regardless whether they’ve<br />

only seen the films, to the most dedicated (and<br />

tattooed) Harry Potter fan. For any inquiries, send<br />

us an owl at monashmuggles@monashclubs.org<br />

or visit us in our O-Week stall.<br />

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SummerFest<br />


March 15 -23<br />

MARCH 15 - 23<br />


TUESDAY 15th of March<br />

10-3 pm at Northern Plaza<br />

Do you have inspirations to become the next Mark Webber?<br />

Come down to the Northern Plaza between 10 and 3 on<br />

Tuesday to try your hand at the popular F1 simulator! It will sure<br />

get to your heart racing!<br />


Tuesday 15th March<br />

9pm- late at Menzies Lawn<br />

It’s back! Monash presents the hottest event ever that<br />

reaches the sand dunes of Clayton campus: Beach Party!<br />

With glow sticks, beach inflatables and DJs, the hottest<br />

party of the year kicks off at 9pm, and entry is strictly<br />

before 10pm! Grab yours at the MSA office today!<br />


Wednesday 16th March, 5pm-late at<br />

Monash Sport<br />

Monash Sport is back again to host the<br />

highly successful College Clash! Cheer<br />

on your favourite as, On Campus Halls of<br />

Residence battle it out against students from<br />

the 6 Non Residential Colleges in a range of<br />

events and activities!<br />


Thursday 17th March, 4pm-8pm at Northern Plaza<br />

Fun is to be had for all ages when Monash University is transformed<br />

into a summer themed carnival featuring a range of<br />

games and activities!<br />

What’s on?<br />

•Rock climbing wall<br />

•Jumping castles<br />

•Market stalls<br />

•Food trucks<br />

•Face painting<br />

•Summer Classic movies<br />


Friday 18th March, 9pm-12am at Monash Sport<br />

For the first time at Monash there will be a “Dive In” movie<br />

at the Doug Ellis swimming pool. Bring your bathers and<br />

friends, and enjoy a summer classic, as you float around.<br />

This event has limited numbers so check out Monash<br />

Sport’s website and register!<br />


Tuesday 23 March, 4pm-1pm, Northern Plaza<br />

and Soundshell<br />

Wind up the end of Summerfest, with Sunsets as<br />

Monash University will be announcing a headliner<br />

and artists, very shortly! With a night filled with<br />

tunes, Melbourne’s finest food trucks and bars, this<br />

isn’t a night to be missed! Watch the SummerFest<br />

event page, for more information!<br />


Monday 22 March, 5pm to 9pm, Campus<br />

Green, Caulfield Campus<br />

As SummerFest travels to Caulfield, dress up in<br />

your most “tres chic” colour block outfit, grab your<br />

friends and a picnic basket and come on down as we<br />

celebrate Diner En Couleur for Harmony Day! Keep<br />

your eyes peeled on the SummerFest event page, as<br />

reveal a headliner very shortly!<br />

Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> | 11


How to plan<br />

your exchange<br />

( Don’t )<br />

by Layla Homewood<br />

After spending a full year precisely planning a<br />

six-month trip abroad through Europe before<br />

settling down in England for a semester of study,<br />

I can tell you one thing: it turns out that I planned<br />

absolutely nothing.<br />

It was all going to be perfect; I was going to be<br />

the fi rst student in the history of students to have a<br />

hitch-free study abroad. I was going to sail through<br />

with sparse calls to my parents updating them on<br />

my perfect adventure. I was going to be laying stress<br />

free on the beach in Barcelona with no worries<br />

about my upcoming semester because it had all<br />

been expertly coordinated. But when it was the night<br />

before my fl ight and I realised I still had more things<br />

to do than I could count on all my fi ngers and toes, I<br />

started to think, "Maybe there are some things that<br />

just can't be planned".<br />

And you know what? After two months and<br />

several upset calls to my family who recited, "Don't<br />

worry about that, you'll be fi ne,” I realised that it's<br />

okay to not plan some things. In fact, it's more<br />

than okay. It's the fl aws, and mistakes, and tiny<br />

details that you could never prepare for that makes<br />

everything worth the worry.<br />

I know now that my time abroad cannot<br />

be summed up in one grand sweep of fl awless<br />

memories. I don't want to remember my six months<br />

as a long string of activities and attractions. I don't<br />

want to remember doing, I want to remember being.<br />

All those faults and mistakes and things that made<br />

me want to pull my hair out are what make every<br />

memory of being abroad special to me.<br />

So when I take a moment to think about my<br />

whole time away and remember all of the things<br />

that I have achieved, I don't care about having<br />

perfectly coordinated my bus schedule, or fi nding the<br />

highest rated gelato restaurant in Rome. Instead, I<br />

remember what the sky looked like as it cried thick<br />

sheets of snow, and I remember the cobbled streets<br />

lined with massive trees, shedding their fl aming<br />

leaves.<br />

Instead of worrying about how to get from A<br />

to B, I want to remember the rush of running late<br />

to an amazing gig and the sheer thrill that pulsed<br />

through me when I realised I would make it. The<br />

things that aren't planned, that aren't accounted<br />

for, can stimulate the rawest feelings from places<br />

deep inside. I could never have expected that, on<br />

the fi rst day it snowed in my town, I would neglect<br />

my upcoming exams and spend the evening utterly<br />

elated as I built snowmen with my fl atmates. I never<br />

could have planned to skip my lectures on the<br />

rarely sunny days, and fi nd my way over to nearby<br />

towns where I ended up reading books and drinking<br />

creamy hot chocolates.<br />

As it turns out, after all the planning and<br />

booking and organisation that went in to my sixmonth<br />

adventure, the things that I remember<br />

the most are the ones that I never planned on<br />

remembering. So, for anyone out there who's<br />

planning their own study abroad trip, here's my one<br />

word of advice: Don't.<br />

(For more information on studying abroad, visit the Monash<br />

Travel Abroad Office, or check out http://www.monash.edu/<br />

study-abroad)<br />

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by Stephen Encisco<br />

Over the summer break - traditionally the<br />

time when universities do things that they<br />

don’t want you to notice - the Monash Student<br />

Association started making one of the most dramatic<br />

restructures it has ever seen.<br />

This restructure is expected to make<br />

redundant the most important staffing role within<br />

the organisation: the Finance Manager. This position<br />

provides expert analysis and advice in all financial<br />

matters. They ensure the financial accountability<br />

of elected representatives of the union. They try<br />

to prevent financial mismanagement. They sign all<br />

cheques. This role was always intended to be a thorn<br />

in the side of student politicians who have little<br />

financial literacy, but are in charge of multi-million<br />

dollar budgets. It is the only position expected to be<br />

made redundant.<br />

It is worth considering an unlikely, but not<br />

inconceivable scenario (it happened at Melbourne<br />

Uni in 2004): a right wing faction gets elected to a<br />

union and they decide to invest in property in order<br />

that the union may cash in on international students.<br />

But remember these are financially illiterate<br />

students, and the deal is a terrible one which would<br />

bankrupt the union. Everyone seems to know this,<br />

except the executive who thinks it’s a grand idea.<br />

This is what happens: all hell breaks loose,<br />

and the union gets liquidated.<br />

The MSA has attempted to circumvent<br />

corruption by having a highly competent Finance<br />

Manager, who is a member of CPA Australia, and<br />

is able to provide highly technical and professional<br />

financial advice. Remember as well, the position<br />

countersigns all cheques.<br />

There is no other staff member - whether that<br />

is Finance office staff, the Executive Officer, or the<br />

proposed General Services Manager role - who has<br />

the financial knowledge or analytical skills to replace<br />

the current Finance Manager.<br />

Why would the current administration want<br />

to knife someone who has dedicated over twenty<br />

years to ensuring the MSA can be the best it can be?<br />

At best, it is a very strange situation, and it is little<br />

wonder that union membership among MSA staff<br />

has spiked in recent months.<br />

This has brought up bad memories for<br />

Wholefoods, who still remember the effects<br />

of imposed restructuring. By 2012, the GO!<br />

administration of the MSA had spent a number of<br />

years aggressively attacking Wholefoods - the home<br />

of their political rivals - to the point of near collapse.<br />

They hired incompetent managers who banned<br />

volunteers, banned the Wholefoods Collective that<br />

had managed the restaurant since 1977, and ran<br />

the restaurant to losses of nearly $100,000. Under<br />

these restructures, this could be happening again.<br />

Since the Finance Manager – with a long-term<br />

institutional memory, and respect for the Collective<br />

- began providing accurate analysis of Wholefoods’<br />

finances, Wholefoods has been rebuilt into a<br />

financially and culturally strong community. Though<br />

rocky at times, the relationship with the MSA was<br />

rebuilding.<br />

This restructure is the kind of thing that<br />

students can quickly lose faith in student unions<br />

for. It is also the kind of thing that gives rightwing<br />

governments, with petty grudges against<br />

student unions, the excuse to bring in anti-student<br />

organisation legislation.<br />

Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> | 13



Hello and welcome back to Monash! The Monash Student Association is here for you, and is made<br />

up of a bunch of passionate activists who campaign and fight for the welfare of students. We run<br />

heaps of events throughout semester, as well as advocate for students on a national level. There<br />

are a ton of different departments to get involved in, and we are always out and about talking to<br />

students about issues facing young people in today’s society, so please don’t be shy! Let us know<br />

what you’re interested in! I hope you are all enjoying O-week and are keen to settle in, and I think<br />

you’ll soon find that attending university is much more than going to a lecture or a lab – there is a<br />

vibrant and diverse campus culture to get involved in! abigail.stapleton@monash.edu<br />


Ahoy, Monash friends! Hope you’re all bubbly and excited to be here in <strong>2016</strong>! As treasurer, it is<br />

my job to keep track of the MSA financials, to ensure money is being spent effectively, and to<br />

assist Office Bearers launch their campaigns and projects. I’m extremely excited to be involved<br />

in the running of new events and campaigns this year, talking to and engaging students in the<br />

MSA. Orientation Week is just around the corner, quickly followed by MSA Members Week,<br />

and we’re working hard to ensure they’ll be great, so y’all have plenty to look forward to from<br />

us! Please come to us if you’re having any issues whatsoever, make sure you join some clubs<br />

and societies during O-Week, and purchase an MSA card so that you can reap the benefits of<br />

supporting your student union. matilda.grey@monash.edu<br />


Hello everyone and welcome to Monash in <strong>2016</strong>! I’m Glenn, and I’m your secretary for this<br />

year. So far this year I’ve been busy helping our many and varied departments organise their<br />

plans for the year, so they get to run successful campaigns and enjoyable events. Along with<br />

this, I’ve been helping to organise orientation week to ensure everyone’s year starts off the<br />

best possible way! Make sure you come by, pick up a MSA Card for $20, join some clubs,<br />

pick up some free food, grab tickets to some of our events and find out what’s going on in<br />

the MSA this year. I’ve also been helping organise MSA Members Week in week 2, so look<br />

out for all of the great stuff we have planned that week for our members. If you want to find<br />

out anything more, just shoot me an email at glenn.donahoo@monash.edu<br />


Over the the summer break, we have been organising student representatives to sit on panels<br />

in the Academic Progress Committee (APC) hearings for each faculty. These students provide<br />

a student perspective and assist in making recommendations for learning and support<br />

services. This year, we are continuing to campaign for a university-wide opt-out policy for<br />

lecture recordings, which will coincide with the Equal Access campaign in conjunction with<br />

the Disabilities and Carers Department. If you are keen to become involved with Academic<br />

Affairs Department, applications for our Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) will be open until<br />

18 March <strong>2016</strong>. The AAC assists our department by developing and organising projects or<br />

campaigns around academic issues. If you have any issues with your course, teaching staff or<br />

assessment policies, feel free to contact either of us, or come by the Academic Affairs Office in<br />

the MSA for a chat. Jessica Stone: jessica.stone@monash.edu, Daniel Ffrench-Mullen: daniel.<br />

ffrench-mullen@monash.edu<br />



Hola monash peeps! This year Education Public Affairs will be run by us, the lovely Sumudu<br />

and Sulaiman. We are a department that is centred on fighting for issues and campaigns<br />

concerning current Monash students, and enacting a change via the force of student’s voices.<br />

So far we’ve been working hard on our Counter-Faculty Handbook, which is a rundown of units<br />

based by student reviews and their ratings. It’s an honest look into units from a student’s<br />

perspective, so look out for it in O-week. This year we’re excited to be starting a major campaign<br />

for a People of Colour Collective and a department within the MSA encouraging students<br />

of ethnic backgrounds to get involved, and to have a welcoming space to discuss their own<br />

experiences and issues. You can become a part of the team advocating for students issues<br />

by either coming into our office located in the MSA, or our stall at O-week, as well as by joining<br />

the Monash Education Action Group on Facebook and coming along to our meetings. We look<br />

forward to seeing you around campus. msa-education@monash.edu<br />

The beginning of this year has been both busy and uneventful – which, given there aren’t<br />

many students around, isn’t that much of a surprise. As the Disabilities and Carers department<br />

is so new, most of our energy has actually been towards getting the office sorted and as<br />

best as equipped as possible, and trying to come up with ideas and plans for the next year.<br />

Our main focus here in D&C will be building a collective and getting people to know that we<br />

actually exist – as chances are, this may even be the first time you’re reading anything about<br />

MSA’s Disability and Carer’s department. If it is, please do stay on the lookout for the events<br />

and campaigns we have planned for next year, as we’re hoping to build a solid foundation for<br />

our department, and start a culture that supports carers and people with disabilities as best<br />

we can! viv.stewart@monash.edu<br />

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QUEER<br />

So far the Monash Queer department have been running around getting everything organized<br />

for the start of semester. We have been starting to organize events while stocking up on (safe<br />

sex) supplies and provisions to get us through the year. To start the year off, we organized an<br />

MQD contingent to participate in the Pride March with, followed by a picnic in the park to hang<br />

out with some other university contingents. Currently we’re preparing for the start of semester<br />

one, kicking off the year with our regular events such as Queer Morning Tea (11am-1pm Tuesday)<br />

and Queer Beers (4pm-6pm Wednesday), as well as a very special Queer Trivia Night, that<br />

will be thrown at Wholefoods with the aim to start getting people involved in the department.<br />

O-week is a great time for us to meet all the new students who might for the first time be free<br />

to be involved in a queer community, so we’re very excited about the weeks to come. Any<br />

queer or questioning students can join our secret facebook page or receive our newsletter by<br />

emailing msa-queer@monash.edu, or messaging either the public facebook page: MSA Queer,<br />

or one of your two fabulous queer officers Amy Grimmer or Martinus Kraan.<br />

Hey yo wazzup? We, Brendan and Tim, have been working terribly hard to organise events and<br />

resources for the exciting year to come. So far Brendan has been devising and setting up a<br />

new system for resourcing pre-loved textbooks for our Book Fair that will be held during Week<br />

2 of the Semester - all very tech friendly for the modern age in which we live. Tim has been<br />

trying to bring preparations for Free Food Mondays together so we can all enjoy a lovely meal<br />

from Week 1. Furthermore, we have almost finished updating the Survival Guide for <strong>2016</strong><br />

- a few new tips n trick thrown in there. Lastly we’re hoping to release a new and improved<br />

Student Cookery Bookery, filled with cheap and filling meals to tantalise your taste buds.<br />

We’re pumped up like a new basketball for the year ahead, hoping we can help make Monash<br />

memorable for the right reasons. msa-welfare@monash.edu<br />


Monash University is known for its social calendar and we want to continue that reputation.<br />

This year the MSA Activities department is run by Katie and Ben, and we run the majority of<br />

your campus events and parties! In semester one alone, we are running a trivia night AND<br />

a Luna Park event during O-Week which an all ages event that allows you to go on unlimited<br />

rides! During semester, we are also running a boat cruise, an exciting new event and<br />

of course, After Exams Party (AXP). AXP is the biggest university event, with 2000 students<br />

having a massive party to celebrate no more exams! Jump on Facebook and join the MSA Activities<br />

page to receive updates and come by the office to say hi! msa-activities@monash.edu<br />


The Environment and Social Justice department (run by Tess and Kim) is your hub for activism<br />

and left-wing politics at Monash. We have spent the summer protesting the Liberal governments<br />

deportation of 267 refugees to the Nauru detention centre, supporting the firefighters<br />

protest for better safety conditions and wages, and rallying for action on climate change. Now<br />

that semester has started we hope to involve many more students in progressive activism!<br />

Come rally with us on the 27th February in Bendigo against the launch of a racist anti-Muslim<br />

political party called 'Fortitude'. We need to show these bigots and the rest of the world that<br />

there are more anti-racists than there are racists, and not let their attacks on refugees and<br />

Muslims go unchallenged. You can find us at our information stall in the orientation week<br />

festival, or Like "MSA Environment and Social Justice Collective" on Facebook. msa-enviro@<br />

monash.edu<br />

WOMEN’S<br />

Well hello! I’m Mel! I have been shuffling about getting things ready for the new year, ensuring we have<br />

everything for the Women’s Room including sanitary products, safer-sex supplies and up-to-date resources.<br />

With semester 1 soon underway, the Women’s Department will be running events in the Women’s<br />

Room, including a “Meet the Department” event on Tuesday of Week 1 to welcome students, new<br />

and returning and morning teas on Tuesdays. Our Weekly Discussion groups will be continuing, every<br />

Wednesday 1-3pm, and plans are also being put in place to get to the Network of Women Students<br />

Australia (NOWSA) Conference in Sydney. O-week is a great time for women-identifying students to get<br />

involved in the department and meet a bunch of new people! If you wish to hear more from us, attend<br />

NOWSA, or get involved. You can email msa-womens@monash.edu or contact the Facebook page: MSA<br />

Women’s Department. As always, come on in to the Women’s Room on level 1 of the campus centre<br />

and say hi!<br />


The MSA Indigenous department exists to support Indigenous students on campus by providing<br />

support for and raising awareness about Indigenous issues. We maintain open and continuous<br />

communication with students who are interested in being involved with MSA activities<br />

and events, as well as encouraging positive engagement in the Indigenous student<br />

lounge. This year’s office bearers - Samantha Hyde and Jayden Crozier - are committed to the<br />

enhancement of university life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the<br />

creation and promotion of support networks. It is the intention of this year’s OBs to work closely<br />

with other departments so as to achieve common goals, to reach out to community leaders<br />

to collaborate and discuss the importance of Indigenous identity within Australia and to run<br />

some amazing social events – bringing together the student community.<br />

msa-indigenous@monash.edu<br />

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What<br />

the<br />

Flux?<br />

by Julia Pillai<br />

Lots of weird ads come up on my news feed.<br />

Sometimes, there are advertisements telling<br />

me that if I arrive without a visa I’ll never be able to<br />

settle in Australia, which is a shame. Other times,<br />

it’s sneaky ‘work for ASIO’ advertisements, which<br />

make me contemplate giving everything up to pursue<br />

my childhood dream of becoming a spy. Until, that<br />

is, I came to the shattering realisation that working<br />

for ASIO would probably lead me to stopping pesky<br />

people like me from settling in Australia.<br />

One time, an advertisement with a logo of<br />

little colourful triangles, with an ‘f’ in the middle<br />

popped up on my newsfeed. Another one, with the<br />

same logo, had a graphic of a hipster-y guy looking<br />

enlightened, and another one of a bunch of young<br />

people sitting down and looking at a sunset. From<br />

these visuals, these ads screamed tech start-up,<br />

or perhaps a travel organisation. However, the ‘f’ in<br />

the logo stands for Flux; a new Australian political<br />

party founded by Max Kaye and Nathan Spataro.<br />

The tech start-up feel doesn’t go away. Maybe I’m<br />

swayed slightly by Kaye’s background in IT, his<br />

citation of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto as an<br />

influence for Flux, and his very particular analogies<br />

that he uses to answer my questions: describing<br />

Flux working “…like an app that runs in parliament.<br />

Normal apps let you do something with your phone<br />

you couldn’t do before; Flux lets us do things in<br />

parliament we couldn’t do before.”<br />

What makes this party interesting is that<br />

after contacting Kaye, asking many questions, and<br />

receiving very thorough responses, I cannot answer<br />

the standard questions that people usually ask<br />

about political parties. Questions like what their<br />

platform and ideology is, what are they aiming<br />

to specifically achieve, and what communities in<br />

particular are they appealing to, are irrelevant in the<br />

context of Flux. Some microparties that fit a niche<br />

audience, such as the Motoring Enthusiast Party,<br />

or a party with a specific platform, such as the Sex<br />

Party which have a platform based on libertarianism,<br />

sex worker rights and secularism. Flux, in the crudest<br />

of terms, has a populist platform. But compared to<br />

the Palmer United Party, a microparty that in 2013<br />

many people were asking the same “what do they<br />

want to do?” questions, Flux has a distinctly usergenerated<br />

feel, rather than the charisma bolstered<br />

campaigning of PUP.<br />

While they are, in some senses, a populist<br />

microparty, Flux is a conventional entity in Australian<br />

politics, even if its methods are unorthodox.<br />

Flux’s platform relies on getting candidates<br />

elected into parliament, like any other party.<br />

However, when elected, members of parliament or<br />

senators do not act in an autonomous manner; every<br />

vote that they make would be decided by a vote of<br />

Flux members. With every bill brought to parliament<br />

there is a voting system within Flux including an<br />

initial vote, then an opportunity to swap votes and<br />

confer with other Flux members, then a final vote on<br />

how the senator or Member of Parliament should<br />

vote. This, in theory, flattens hierarchy within the<br />

party. However, there could be pitfalls. Members of<br />

Parliament and senators are, in theory, supposed<br />

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to work for the seat they serve; what would happen<br />

if people in the electorate overwhelmingly disagree<br />

with the view that the Flux member must vote<br />

for? Where does the loyalty lie: to Flux or to the<br />

electorate? What if a Flux member in Parliament or<br />

in the Senate goes rogue?<br />

Can we really rely on members of parliament<br />

to be bridled in this way?<br />

Other surprising aspects of Flux include<br />

their allowance of its members being a member of<br />

another political party simultaneously. “We haven’t<br />

talked to any other parties about our multi-party<br />

policy,” Kaye explains, “it comes down to the AEC<br />

rules for registration. As long as someone hasn’t<br />

helped another party register recently, we’re happy<br />

to have their support I don’t really see it as anything<br />

different to, say, dual citizenship.” Flux is also<br />

incredibility ambitious, or at least speaks in an<br />

ambitious way about their aims. Terms like ‘upgrade<br />

democracy’ and ‘democracy reimagined’ have<br />

featured in their advertisements and their website.<br />

Kaye tells me that he and Spataro “...believe Flux<br />

has an incredible potential to help humanity. Not<br />

only is good democracy hard to implement, even<br />

the highly regarded democracies suffer from low<br />

approval ratings and constant dissatisfaction. We<br />

want to create a democracy that doesn’t suffer from<br />

the same diseases. Because of the potential for<br />

good Flux presents, it is a challenge we are unwilling<br />

to postpone.”<br />

So who exactly is joining Flux, and what issues<br />

are these early members beginning to bring up?<br />

“Most of our members are Gen X or older,<br />

so if anything this slightly confirms the myth that<br />

millennials and students are largely apathetic and<br />

disenfranchised,” Kaye explains. “This also lines<br />

up with my personal experience. We hope that Flux<br />

can offer them an outlet to help reinvigorate real<br />

political interaction instead of sideline activism. That<br />

said, there’s also a lot of emotion in student political<br />

groups, as if political motivations are really unevenly<br />

distributed. This leads to a dichotomy, which either<br />

promotes apathy, or almost extremism to the point of<br />

violence, neither of which are healthy in the long run.<br />

I really hope that means both groups are just looking<br />

for a way to express themselves, and so far haven’t<br />

found it.”<br />

The issues that are being brought up: “Some<br />

are disenfranchised Liberal National Party voters<br />

[that have expressed interest] in a National Disability<br />

Insurance Scheme, some are far left and express<br />

concerns about human rights and refugees, some<br />

are IT specialists and are dismayed at the quality of<br />

legislation around the internet and cryptography.”<br />

Kaye reiterates: “We really have had an incredibly<br />

diverse set of people respond. There is one thing<br />

they all have in common though: the current system<br />

isn’t good enough.”<br />

If there is anything that particularly surprises<br />

me about Flux, what really makes it interesting,<br />

is that it’s experimenting with new ideas, and it’s<br />

hopeful. Yes, it may not happen this election year,<br />

there’s no guarantee that these ideas will work in<br />

action. But it feels like a reaction to the last 6-7<br />

years of turbulent Australian politics, where voters do<br />

not feel like they have power over who is running the<br />

country. Max Kaye says this volatility is a symptom of<br />

a larger problem.<br />

“Volatility in itself isn’t a problem in the<br />

same way as, say, CFCs and the ozone layer were<br />

a problem. Rather it is a problem in the same way<br />

that UV rays are: it’s harmful but simply making it<br />

go away isn’t how we can solve the problem. The<br />

problem of bad governance has never been solved<br />

before, and thus we need a solution that hasn’t been<br />

tried before: Flux is that solution.”<br />

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Q & A<br />

WOT’S LIFE?<br />

with Donald Trump<br />

Got a burning question that only random celebrities<br />

can provide an answer to? Wot’s Life has you<br />

covered. This month’s Agony Aunt took time out of<br />

his noble presidential campaign to help readers fi nd<br />

their inner winner.<br />

“Yo Trumpinator, shit’s rough these days and you<br />

seem like a successful guy. What’s the best way to<br />

earn money?” - Looking for a Buck<br />

Oh, it’s so simple. You know, my dad, he used to<br />

tell me “no”. You know, “you can’t do this, you can’t<br />

do that”... My whole life really has been a no. It<br />

hasn’t been easy for me. It has NOT been easy for<br />

me. Okay? People told me my career wouldn’t work<br />

out. They told me a campaign wouldn’t work out.<br />

But look at me now. And all it took was a small loan<br />

of a million dollars from my father. Now, a million<br />

dollars isn’t much compared to what I’ve built. But,<br />

you know, ask your dad for a million dollars and see<br />

where it gets you. Because I guarantee you it is the<br />

key to success.<br />

“Mr. Trump, your wig-I mean hair always looks so<br />

unbelievably fabulous. How should I style my hair?”<br />

--I Too Am Not Balding<br />

Well, you know, as everybody knows, I do not wear<br />

a wig. Okay? I do not wear a wig. These people out<br />

there, you know, a tremendous amount of people,<br />

they can’t accept the truth. They just can’t believe it.<br />

Look at my hair. My hair may not be perfect but it’s<br />

mine… You know, I’ve had some people, they call me<br />

and they say, “Donald, your hair is ridiculous.” I’m<br />

too busy making America great again, okay? I don’t<br />

have time for a good hairstyle. Next question.<br />

“Hey, I have been having some troubles with my<br />

boyfriend and I hope you could give me some advice.<br />

So we’ve been a sexually adventurous couple for a<br />

long time, we’ve used all the toys, we once had sex<br />

in my parents bed narrowly escaping them walking<br />

in on us, we’ve done it in a waterfall, we’ve tried all<br />

the kinky things, literally all of them. But the problem<br />

is it’s just been so dull recently, I mean I haven’t<br />

been able to really get there, if you know what I’m<br />

saying. I asked him if he’d be cool if we did some<br />

more extreme stuff, more fi vesomes. He was a tad<br />

apprehensive, he thought my sexual ambitions were<br />

a bit too extreme, and he thought that my views of<br />

not inviting Mexicans and Muslims to our orgies was<br />

a bit insensitive, racist. He hasn’t been too pleased<br />

by my suggestions, I just want to make sex great<br />

again. I don’t know what to do with my boyfriend.<br />

Please help me out. “ -- Carl<br />

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ESSAY<br />

Let’s talk<br />

about education<br />

By Anna Zhang<br />

In the realm of<br />

education, January<br />

means different<br />

things for different<br />

people.<br />

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According to the Independent Schools<br />

Council of Australia (ISCA), January is that<br />

time of year when financial institutions begin<br />

bombarding parents with calls to save for their<br />

children’s future education costs. These estimated<br />

fees are often thousands of dollars more than<br />

what parents are reasonably expected to pay, often<br />

representing the “upper ranges” of independent<br />

schooling. Some education providers suggest<br />

that it can cost up to one million dollars to put an<br />

individual child through non-government schooling.<br />

However, the ISCA feel that these estimates are<br />

misleading, arguing that their “data shows that<br />

in 2014 the median Australian metropolitan<br />

Independent school fee was $5,887 per annum”,<br />

a more ‘reasonable’ estimate as to what parents<br />

should expect to pay per year for their children’s<br />

education.<br />

Regardless of whether you’re willing to pay<br />

the $5,887 or the million dollars, and regardless of<br />

your perspectives on public or private education,<br />

there is surely one thing that we can all agree on:<br />

education is important. Why? Because it is a proven<br />

vehicle to combating poverty and inequality. In fact,<br />

it is often argued that education is one of the most<br />

important investments that a country can make for<br />

its children and for its future. In relation to the 17<br />

Global Goals, education is crucial to the success<br />

of each and every one of them. The Global Goals,<br />

otherwise known as the Sustainable Development<br />

Goals (SDGs), came into being in 2015 by the UN.<br />

Together, the goals make a “17-point plan to end<br />

poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and<br />

inequality”. Signed by 193 governments, including<br />

our own, the Global Goals are part of the 15-year<br />

‘2030 Agenda’ that succeeded the Millennium<br />

Development Goals.<br />

Although non-binding, there has been<br />

encouraging enthusiasm by different sectors in<br />

society – enthusiasm that has been described as<br />

‘unprecedented’ in some regards. This enthusiasm<br />

is welcomed as the Global Goals are only words<br />

in a document at the end of the day, and cannot<br />

achieve themselves. Global Goal 4 (Quality<br />

Education) will most certainly need support, as<br />

education will play an important role in achieving<br />

the 17 goals. Global Goal 4 is all about ‘ensur[ing]<br />

inclusive and equitable quality education and<br />

promot[ing] lifelong learning opportunities for<br />

all’. Its importance to other the Global Goals can<br />

be highlighted through the following example.<br />

In relation to Global Goal 3 (Good Health &<br />

Wellbeing), effective education will mean that more<br />

people are aware of preventable health risks, as<br />

well as ways to improve their health and wellbeing.<br />

In other words, better-educated people will be less<br />

vulnerable to health risks. Therefore education can<br />

help achieve good health and wellbeing.<br />

Aside from the importance of education in<br />

achieving the 17 Global Goals, we cannot argue<br />

that everyone should have access to quality<br />

education and the freedom to be able to pursue<br />

lifelong learning opportunities if they so choose.<br />

However, not everyone in the world enjoys this<br />

fundamental right of education, often because<br />

they are born into situations beyond their control.<br />

Situations such as being born into fragile and<br />

conflict-affected areas, or in families or countries<br />

that do not have the capacity to support a young<br />

person through schooling, impede that person’s<br />

right to an education.<br />

If you are able to read this, then you are<br />

fortunate to not be one of the 774 million adults<br />

in the world who are illiterate. This fact may mean<br />

that you won’t find yourself living in poverty, or if<br />

you do, you may have the ability to lift yourself out<br />

of poverty. With each year of schooling, you may<br />

find that your income increases. Your children may<br />

not experience malnutrition or be at risk to adverse<br />

health effects. You may have the capacity to adapt<br />

to new technologies and contribute to local or<br />

global innovation and infrastructure. In fact, your<br />

education may allow you to help create sustainable<br />

cities and communities, and be an advocate for not<br />

only the human species, but also for other fragile<br />

ecosystems. You may find yourself being a promoter<br />

of peace and justice, or simply participating in the<br />

democratic process by exercising your civil rights.<br />

Whilst enjoying some or all of these possibilities,<br />

you could also work in creating partnerships to<br />

achieve our Global Goals.<br />

Truly, let’s talk about education, because<br />

everyone deserves the possibility of living a life of<br />

empowerment. After all, universal education won’t<br />

achieve itself. And neither will the Global Goals.<br />

Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> | 23


Flüchtlingskrise<br />

By Ben Neve<br />

Illustration by Ruby Kammoora<br />

In Germany the so called ‘Flüchtlingskrise’<br />

(refugee crisis) is well and truly still in full swing.<br />

For a while in Australia, our screens were filled<br />

every night with images of refugees on their way<br />

to Germany, walking the majority of the marathon<br />

journey from Lesbos, Greece to Munich. These kinds<br />

of pictures appear far less frequently nowadays,<br />

which might lead one to believe that things have<br />

calmed down; but they most certainly have not.<br />

Apart from the continuing mass influx of people,<br />

there came on New Year’s Eve the shocking news<br />

that 1016 women had allegedly been subjected to<br />

sexual advances or even sexual assault in Cologne<br />

at the hands of – by accounts – a large group of<br />

Arab/North African migrants. Many politicians latch<br />

on to such stories to demonstrate the danger of such<br />

a large intake of refugees and the strain it places on<br />

screening and application processes. Such events,<br />

as portrayed in the media do not bode well for the<br />

reputation of incoming refugees. To complicate<br />

matters even further the governing party in the<br />

German state of Bavaria, where most of the refugees<br />

arrive, is the Christian Social Union (CSU), a relatively<br />

conservative political group whose opinions on the<br />

issue fly right in the face of Angela Merkel’s hitherto<br />

‘open door’ policy.<br />

For the past five weeks I have been staying<br />

in the German village of Kaufugen, which is close<br />

to a medium sized city called Kassel in the centre<br />

of Germany. I’ve seen what most definitely were<br />

recently arrived refugees, I’ve seen economic<br />

migrants, and I’ve had the chance to talk to many<br />

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Germans about the issue. The opinions are as<br />

varied as they are numerous, but one aspect which<br />

did strike me was that most of the voices seem to<br />

become gradually more negative as time goes on.<br />

Every day in the local newspaper or in the Spiegel-<br />

Online news app, the coverage is relentless; a day<br />

hasn’t gone by yet where a report on refugees, their<br />

integration into German society, or the problems<br />

arising from their arrival wasn’t front page or<br />

inside cover. For the first time in a long time, many<br />

Germans are beginning to question their leader<br />

Angela Merkel, who until the refugee issue turned<br />

sour had seemed to be as strong as ever. Thus, as<br />

an Aussie who will live abroad for the next twelve<br />

months on exchange I thought it would be fitting<br />

to present an outsider’s perspective on a deeply<br />

German issue.<br />

The first important step in breaking down<br />

this complex topic into understandable chunks is to<br />

breakdown some of the stereotypes we might have<br />

of the Germans. There is no doubt that Germany,<br />

like so many other liberal western democracies,<br />

has developed a reputation as a welcoming<br />

nation for refugees. But aspects such as religion<br />

and population distribution don’t always occur to<br />

foreigners straight away, yet they are perhaps the<br />

most important. The majority of Germans still live<br />

in village communities, where religion plays a much<br />

more significant role in day to day life. Every 15<br />

minutes the church bells ring to remind you of the<br />

time, an old but important tradition which becomes<br />

even more important on Sunday when almost all<br />

shops are closed. Moreover, the governing party<br />

of which Angela Merkel is the leader is called<br />

the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and many<br />

members of the centre-left Social Democratic Party<br />

(SPD) retain Judeo-Christian values like their centreright<br />

counterparts in the CDU. For the most part this<br />

has actually worked to the benefit of the refugees,<br />

as values such as tolerance and generosity have<br />

prevailed, but where it becomes less beneficial when<br />

some refugees don’t integrate into society as much<br />

as they could, or retain values incompatible with<br />

modern day Germans.<br />

Most Melbournians studying at Monash<br />

would generally have two stereotypes of the German<br />

people: either a Bavarian in Lederhosen drinking<br />

beer with Aussies at the Oktoberfest, or hipster in<br />

Doc Martens and leather jacket dancing to techno<br />

in a Berlin nightclub. The image of a church-going<br />

villager is not always in the forefront of our minds,<br />

but it is crucial to consider this given that these<br />

refugees hail from equally as strong religious<br />

backgrounds, except that they are Muslim and not<br />

Christian. Over the past few weeks these stereotypes<br />

have dissolved before my own eyes to reveal a much<br />

more complicated religious and cultural landscape.<br />

It’s not as if Germany hasn’t experienced migration<br />

from Muslim countries before. Many Turkish people<br />

arrived here in the 50s and 60s as ‘guest workers’,<br />

but never left and now form the base of what is<br />

Germany’s Muslim community. But the wave of<br />

migrants seen last year and which continues to<br />

come is on a completely different scale. Moreover,<br />

as the Germans have never considered themselves<br />

as a country of immigrants like Australia, America or<br />

Canada, it is harder for many of them to grasp such<br />

a drastic demographic change in terms of people<br />

and religion. In Melbourne one is just as likely to<br />

hear Mandarin on the tram as English, but if you<br />

heard a woman in traditional Muslim hijab and dress<br />

talking to child in Arabic while walking in front of a<br />

1000-year-old German church, it would be hard to<br />

ignore the vast cultural difference.<br />

And if there is one sentiment which all<br />

Germans echo, it’s that Angela Merkel reacted<br />

much too late to the crisis. For a while she was<br />

portrayed as the heroine for refugees coming to<br />

Europe, but once any country accepts 1.2 million<br />

asylum seekers in a calendar year, it becomes<br />

hard to keep up with the sheer scale of processing<br />

every application. While this occurs, most of the<br />

refugees are stuck waiting in limbo, and perhaps this<br />

is maybe why some turn to illegal and despicable<br />

activities as sexual assault. Xenophobia might be on<br />

the rise here, but I think that’s a result of Germans’<br />

frustration with policy makers rather than an innate<br />

form of racism. In the end, I think Germany will catch<br />

up with processing the backlog of applications,<br />

toughen some rules to counter purely economic<br />

migration, and will slowly learn how to integrate such<br />

a vast number of refugees, but perhaps Merkel was<br />

naïve in maintaining an open door policy for so long.<br />

The consequences are felt above all by the German<br />

people, and the refugees trying to escape war and<br />

persecution, because both groups can’t get on with<br />

their lives while so many barriers to integration<br />

remain.<br />

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Malcolm<br />

Turnbull:<br />

a leftie<br />

love affair<br />

By Ovindu Rajasinghe<br />

Art by Sian Mann<br />

September 14, 2015: Malcolm Turnbull<br />

challenges Tony Abbott for the leadership<br />

of the Liberal Party, and in winning, finally fulfils<br />

his lifelong ambition of becoming Prime Minister.<br />

When the Whips read out the results of the ballot,<br />

a collective sigh of relief could be heard across<br />

the country as ‘Lord Tone’ was consigned to the<br />

ignominy of the backbenches.<br />

The leadership spill was no surprise. It had<br />

been a horror year for the government, up to its<br />

ears in scandal and incompetence, all following the<br />

disastrous 2014 budget. It was also no surprise<br />

that the Liberal Party’s stocks rose astronomically<br />

after Turnbull’s ascension. Two potatoes tied<br />

together loosely by a piece of string could have<br />

been sworn in as Prime Minister, and the Libs<br />

would have received a bounce in the polls.<br />

What was a surprise, was that a man<br />

presiding over an only slightly-less conservative<br />

government has remained so popular into <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

I have spoken to committed Labor voters who are<br />

seriously considering voting for Turnbull’s Liberals;<br />

I know intense Greenies who have told me they<br />

might well preference the Libs above Labor this<br />

year. Whilst it is understandable that many in the<br />

moderate right love him, this is unclear: why are<br />

so many progressive voters so enamoured?<br />

Obviously, Malc’s popularity has at least a<br />

small part to do with the stark contrast with the<br />

previous occupant of The Lodge. On a superficial<br />

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“Two potatoes tied<br />

together loosely<br />

by a piece of string<br />

could have been<br />

sworn in as Prime<br />

Minister”<br />

level, Turnbull is an infinitely more polished operator.<br />

The glamorous former journalist, lawyer, and<br />

businessman speaks with a supremely confident and<br />

measured tone, oozing intelligence and charisma.<br />

He doesn’t make stupid PR mistakes like winking<br />

after hearing about the plight of a grandmother<br />

forced to work for a phone sex hotline. He is able<br />

to articulate policy positions without the use of<br />

three word slogans, respecting the intelligence of<br />

the electorate. His public front is the antithesis of<br />

Abbott’s bumbling, awkward presentation.<br />

More importantly, he is a more consultative,<br />

less divisive leader. From the night of the spill, when<br />

the Prime Minister-designate fronted the media, his<br />

focus was markedly different. Rather than stirring up<br />

fear with divisive rhetoric about Australia’s perceived<br />

enemies, we heard that “...there has never been<br />

a more exciting time to be Australian.” Beyond his<br />

rhetoric, Turnbull has also proven to be a much more<br />

adept negotiator, open to compromise. This was<br />

demonstrated in the deal that Turnbull struck with<br />

the Greens to pass tax transparency legislation that<br />

had been bogged down by the Senate crossbench.<br />

But maybe it’s not just Turnbull’s charismatic<br />

and consultative front. Perhaps Turnbull has<br />

been able to steer his party towards more centrist<br />

positions. Perhaps the electorate is looking past<br />

personality politics and like what they see in<br />

Turnbull’s substantive policy views, which are clearly<br />

more progressive than Abbott’s. There are two<br />

factors to consider here.<br />

Firstly, Turnbull is the leader of a party with<br />

powerful conservative factions. Turnbull might hold<br />

progressive views on issues such as climate change,<br />

marriage equality, and the republic, but many of<br />

his party room and cabinet colleagues certainly do<br />

not. Since becoming Prime Minister, the dud Direct<br />

Action policy on climate change has been retained,<br />

the time-wasting plebiscite on marriage equality<br />

is scheduled to go ahead, and the stalled cuts to<br />

education and health in the Senate have not been<br />

dropped. Perhaps Turnbull’s moderate allies will<br />

be able to purge the radical right from his party,<br />

or maybe he will continue to be beholden to the<br />

conservatives. Liberal factional intrigue is murky and<br />

difficult to understand, and there is no guarantee<br />

that Turnbull will come out on top. It is important to<br />

note that, when you vote for the Liberals, you are not<br />

just electing Turnbull, but also a party that has been<br />

hijacked by the likes of Cory Bernardi and Eric Abetz.<br />

Secondly, Turnbull is still a committed believer<br />

in free market libertarianism and his economic views<br />

might not sit well with many progressive voters.<br />

When Turnbull announced his first Cabinet, Small<br />

Business Minister Bruce Bilson was sacked. Bilson<br />

was a strong advocate of an ‘effects test’ which<br />

would strengthen competition law so as to prevent<br />

anti-competitive behaviour from big business, a<br />

reform which has been lauded by the Council of<br />

Small Business Australia. The new Minister, Kelly<br />

O’Dwyer, and Turnbull himself, are reportedly<br />

opposed to the effects test, and it has been put on<br />

the backburner. Turnbull is still very much beholden<br />

to the big end of town.<br />

Turnbull reportedly once stated that he<br />

wanted to be Prime Minister before the age of forty.<br />

When asked which party he wanted to represent,<br />

he famously replied that it didn’t matter. Turnbull is<br />

a man who has worked tirelessly over his incredible<br />

career, making valuable contributions to the law,<br />

media, business, and public life. He has come from<br />

a broken family to amass a fortune that has made<br />

him one of the richest men in Australia. I admire<br />

him, and I can see why so many Australians feel the<br />

same way. But the electorate must ask themselves<br />

whether a man so driven by ambition and hubris<br />

can be trusted to deliver on what he has stood for,<br />

or whether he will be held hostage by the rest of his<br />

party so he can cling to his job.<br />

Malcolm Turnbull is a welcome change from<br />

Tony Abbott. His appointment ended the lunacy of<br />

the previous administration, and might challenge<br />

the parties of the left to a genuine contest of<br />

ideas rather than a ‘Shorten vs Abbott’ slogan<br />

writing competition. If Turnbull’s Liberals genuinely<br />

represent your beliefs and values, then by all<br />

means vote for them. But don’t let the Tories sneak<br />

in the back door because you like the look of the<br />

salesman. The party is bigger than the leader, and<br />

the leader is not all that he seems.<br />

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WEEK 1<br />

MSA Women’s ‘Meet<br />

the Department’<br />

Queer Morning Tea<br />

Quee<br />

SAS/ME<br />

p<br />

WEEK 2<br />

Free Food Monday<br />

International<br />

Women’s Day<br />

MSA W<br />

Weekly<br />

Que<br />

WEEK 3<br />

Free Food Monday<br />

“Snags against<br />

University Cuts”<br />

BBQ<br />

Quee<br />

WEEK 4<br />

Summerfest<br />

March for Refugees<br />

Mexican Monday<br />

Summerfest<br />

Free Food Monday<br />

SummerFest<br />

Biomed industry<br />

night<br />

Summ<br />

Easter Monday<br />

Easter Tuesday

Beers<br />

SS beach<br />

arty<br />

The rise of racism<br />

forum<br />

First year camps<br />

(SAS,MSS,BIO)<br />

omen’s<br />

Discussion<br />

Foam party<br />

er Beers<br />

Summerfest<br />

Summerfest<br />

Summerfest<br />

r Beers<br />

erFest<br />

Protest for the rights<br />

of Timor Leste<br />


BREAK<br />

Good Friday<br />



TEAR ME<br />

OUT!<br />

April already? Turn over<br />

for a beautiful poster by<br />

Monica Hunt!



Illustration by Sigrid Lange


The big screen<br />

science of clones<br />

and dinosaurs<br />

by Chris Allen<br />

In 2015, the film and television industry<br />

renewed its love for cloning and genetic<br />

modification. This was best shown in<br />

the success of the dinosaur adventure,<br />

Jurassic World. But just how accurate are<br />

these blockbuster portrayals of science?<br />

Jurassic World<br />

How were the dinosaurs in the Jurassic film universe<br />

rescued from extinction? All the answers, it seems,<br />

are to be found in the first instalment of the<br />

franchise, Jurassic Park. A short welcome video on<br />

Jurassic Park informs the film’s protagonists that<br />

the genetic information required for cloning was<br />

discovered in prehistoric mosquitoes that had been<br />

preserved in tree sap. It just so happens that the<br />

mozzies fed upon sweet dinosaur blood, millions and<br />

millions of years ago. That sounds pretty exciting and<br />

plausible, but, unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen<br />

in the real world.<br />

Attempts to find preserved, ancient DNA in<br />

insects has not been successful. First of all, the<br />

Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, which took<br />

away our dinosaurs, occurred sixty-six million years<br />

before present day. Good luck finding any bugs that<br />

old, still floating around in tree sap.<br />

Second, in studies of much more modern<br />

insects, the DNA fragments to be found are short in<br />

length. This was shown in 2013, when a preserved<br />

bee that could not have been older than sixty<br />

was sequenced. This study used next-generation<br />

genetic methods, such as the quick and accurate<br />

sequencing technique, Roche 454. Researchers<br />

could only express low confidence in their DNA<br />

matches with microfloral DNA and bee mitochondria<br />

DNA. The Jurassic insect method is highly unlikely.<br />

Why dream of a Jurassic World dinosaur,<br />

when scientists haven’t even resurrected a Woolly<br />

Mammoth yet? The Mammoth only became extinct<br />

in the relatively recent Pleistocene epoch. An<br />

indirect cloning breakthrough occurred last year,<br />

when Current Biology published a conservation<br />

research study sequencing the Mammoth’s whole<br />

genome. While an explicable concern for the safety<br />

of elephant surrogate mothers will probably prevent<br />

further developments, cloning a Mammoth is far<br />

more achievable than a Tyrannosaurus rex.<br />

If you disregard everything I’ve just said about<br />

dinosaurs being an unrealistic goal, and pretend<br />

a plethora of dinosaur genomes are in human<br />

possession, would it be possible for scientists to<br />

engineer a genetic hybrid as whacked up as the<br />

film’s villainous Indominus rex?<br />

For the uninitiated, the Indominus is a<br />

smooshing together of the Tyrannosaurus rex<br />

genome with a few, choice species that include a<br />

Velociraptor species, a Tree frog, a cuttlefish and<br />

a pit viper. The film’s scientists mention ‘advances<br />

in gene splicing’ as the key to breeding hybrids.<br />

However, cutting up genes is not really a barrier to<br />

creating monster hybrids, thanks to all the natural<br />

cut sites in a genome. An expected barrier would be<br />

manipulating these distantly-related genomes into<br />

a transgenic organism that will survive development<br />

- this seems particularly challenging while there are<br />

no extant dinosaurs to guide experimentation.<br />

There is some good news on the hybrid<br />

modification front. Many experiments have been<br />

successful in taking a single or a few known genes<br />

interest from one species to another. Researchers<br />

have created transgenic organisms as strange as<br />

glowing, fluro-green kittens, and as ground-breaking<br />

as pigs with organs to be used in human organ<br />

transplants. Perhaps an Indominus rex isn’t that<br />

radical after all.<br />

Rating:<br />

Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong> | 35


Orphan Black<br />

Human reproductive cloning has never been publicly<br />

completed. Yet in the world of Orphan Black, Sarah<br />

Manning (Tatiana Maslany) learns that she is one<br />

of many clones created in 1984. That’s right, forget<br />

Dolly the sheep of 1993, and forget Idaho Gem, the<br />

famed racing mule of 2003; Orphan Black creators<br />

Graeme Manson and John Fawcett suggest that the<br />

80s was where the race to human cloning began<br />

and ended.<br />

Over the course of last year’s third season<br />

(massive spoiler alert), Sarah Manning discovers<br />

that along with the female clones she’s met, her<br />

family extends to a heap of brother clones (Ari<br />

Millen). Things get even more extreme when the<br />

show reveals that these male and female clones<br />

aren’t just siblings, their DNA is derived from the<br />

exact same person!<br />

According to the explanation offered in the<br />

show, an individual may absorb their twin in the<br />

womb, and thereby carry two independent cell lines.<br />

This individual would have cell nuclei that could<br />

bring forth both male and female clones.<br />

As it happens, Orphan Black’s logic is more than just<br />

possible: it’s proven science.<br />

Vanishing twin syndrome (VTS) is a<br />

scientifically documented phenomenon, whereby a<br />

twin appears to disappear from the uterus. This is<br />

often due to one twin being absorbed into the other.<br />

If the two merging cell lines were from identical<br />

twins, there would be no noticeable difference<br />

between the DNA in cells. But when non-identical<br />

twins are merged, the individual would carry two<br />

distinct cell lines. They would become what is termed<br />

a tetragametic chimera. If non-identical twins of<br />

different sexes were merged, the resulting individual<br />

could indeed produce male and female clones,<br />

exactly as it is suggested in Orphan Black’s third<br />

season. ‘<br />

Rating:<br />

It’s All About Love<br />

The most annoying depictions of cloning and genetic<br />

modification in film occur as what some might call<br />

‘genetics lite’. This is when science is used merely<br />

as an aesthetic trick to distract the audience. In my<br />

mind, one of the worst offenders in this category is<br />

the 2003 romance drama, It’s All About Love.<br />

The film follows a champion ice skater (Claire<br />

Danes) as she slips into a long-winded conspiracy.<br />

Her family plans to murder her, and install an ice<br />

skating clone replica.<br />

Unlike in Orphan Black¸ the science of the<br />

cloning in It’s All About Love is incredibly thin. The<br />

audience is told that human clones can be created<br />

by playing around with the chemicals inside the<br />

human brain. This isn’t even close to being accurate.<br />

The reproductive cloning process involves<br />

Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), where a<br />

somatic cell (body cell) nucleus from a donor<br />

specimen is fused into a host egg cell (oocyte). The<br />

oocyte will reprogram the donated nucleus into a<br />

primitive, undifferentiated form, and henceforth the<br />

clone begins prenatal development like a regular<br />

embryo. There is no cheap shortcut for cloning.<br />

It’s All About Love gets even more silly. In an<br />

absurd scene, a television reporter announces that<br />

alongside human heart issues and inversed weather<br />

patterns around the globe, the laws of gravity have<br />

been messing up above Eastern Africa, causing<br />

hundreds of people to fly off into space. I don’t need<br />

to go into why all that makes no sense.<br />

To sit through all of It’s All About Love is<br />

not something I would recommend. The scientific<br />

references in the film were all tokenistic – perhaps<br />

they were thrown in last. If you think that your soft<br />

spot for Claire Danes or Joaquin Phoenix will improve<br />

the film, let me tell you, it sadly does not. I only wish<br />

that I could go back to spend that hour and a half of<br />

my life differently, perhaps by reading ‘Theoretical<br />

Astrophysics for Dummies’ or watching Jurassic Park.<br />

Rating:<br />

36 | Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong>


Beyond 140<br />

by Emma Simpkin<br />

If intelligence is, as Stephen Hawking suggests,<br />

the ability to adapt to change, there appears<br />

little evidence for it on Twitter. The social networking<br />

service was subject to severe criticism after<br />

rumours it may introduce 10, 000 character tweets<br />

by the end of this financial quarter.<br />

While computer scientists, social media<br />

consultants and economists curiously pondered the<br />

consequences of 10K tweets (internally referred<br />

to as the ‘Beyond 140’ project) a global majority of<br />

‘Twitterati’ clung to their 140 character cages and<br />

howled.<br />

Hot debate over lengthening the character<br />

limit of a tweet might seem trivial, but illustrates<br />

a highly pervasive attitude surrounding language.<br />

Anti-10K sentiment highlights a belief in an inverse<br />

relationship between lengthiness of writing or<br />

speech and its overall substance.<br />

Simply put, the shorter our words are, and<br />

the fewer we use, the more effective and indefinably<br />

better our writing will be.<br />

When Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced<br />

the Beyond 140 project, he praised the limit for<br />

inspiring ‘creativity and brevity’. Dorsey declared<br />

Twitter wouldn’t lose its ultimate beauty: the ability<br />

to convey information in short bursts.<br />

Brevity may be attractive in today’s time-poor<br />

society, but belief restriction breeds skill was a<br />

mantra for writers long before Twitter. Style books,<br />

grammars, and financial constraints on space in<br />

journalism and publishing cemented the idea that<br />

succinctness was the ultimate expression of good<br />

writing. Literary icons such as Twain, Hemmingway<br />

and Orwell were known for views on downsizing<br />

language, and Greek philosopher Callimachus is<br />

attributed with saying ‘Big Book, Big Evil’ as early as<br />

300BC.<br />

Yet does an increase in length really correlate<br />

with a decrease in value?<br />

Cognitively speaking, this thinking has an<br />

understandable basis. Linguistic and psychological<br />

research repeatedly finds longer sentences more<br />

difficult to parse. These lengthier sentences<br />

are more likely to involve complex grammatical<br />

structures because, generally, they possess more<br />

clauses. Layers of clauses in complex sentences<br />

build a higher density of information that is harder<br />

for the human mind to process.<br />

Likewise, being overly talkative is pinpointed<br />

in psychological studies as potentially damaging<br />

to making positive first impressions. Through the<br />

lens of linguistics. many words for ‘wordiness’ have<br />

fallen from use. Verbosity, loquacity, effusiveness,<br />

garrulousness and prolixity may sound passingly<br />

familiar but are unlikely to appear in everyday<br />

conversation. Interestingly, these words are<br />

more likely to appear near negative adjectives<br />

than others describing concise language, when<br />

databases compiled from real-world usage are<br />

examined.<br />

Yet we regularly hear and read abstract and<br />

complicated sentences. Grammatical complexity<br />

exists outside of Proust and Austen, in everything<br />

from terms and conditions to parking signage.<br />

While some complex sentences are lengthy, many<br />

easily scoot under the 140-character count. Railing<br />

against removing character limits isn’t purely an<br />

issue of intelligibility, nor even a matter of stylistic<br />

choice.<br />

Effects of commercialization and<br />

globalization can’t be downplayed when we insist<br />

on turning up our noses at lengthiness. Our<br />

century’s demands are blamed for pushing timestarved<br />

individuals towards short snappy prose, in<br />

easy-to-digest formats. Shorter writing is viewed<br />

as economical, efficient and clearer: highly prized<br />

qualities in the modern age.<br />

While linguists, psychologists and<br />

Twitter ‘royalty’ have yet to conclude if there is<br />

a relationship between language length and<br />

substance, valid arguments exist in each camp of<br />

the 10K tweet debate. The character increase may<br />

make the microblogging platform more cohesive. It<br />

will certainly keep traffic on Twitter by erasing the<br />

need to link elsewhere. But it may ignore demands<br />

of Twitter’s user base, and risk angering those who<br />

equate brevity with creativity.<br />

(3365 characters.)<br />

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“How fucking cool<br />

is chemistry?”<br />

by Grace Wang and Anagi<br />

Wickremasinghe<br />

Photography by<br />

Grace Wang<br />

Working in chemistry isn’t just for squares.<br />

We spoke with musician and Magic: The<br />

Gathering player RICKI WILCOX about<br />

fashion, chemistry, and identifying with<br />

Hans Moleman.<br />

So Ricki, what’s your job at Monash?<br />

I’m working with the 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd year<br />

Chemistry crew. At the moment I’m just doing some<br />

casual work, but over the last few months I’ve<br />

demonstrated first year classes (I actually started a<br />

band with a few of my students!), I’ve designed and<br />

presented some chemical experiments with my best<br />

friend for some John Monash Science students that<br />

had come from all around the world, and have just<br />

been doing odd jobs that needed to be done around<br />

the chemistry department.<br />

What inspired you to pursue chemistry?<br />

It actually wasn’t until very late into high<br />

school that I realized I wanted to do chemistry, in<br />

fact in Year 10, when I was filling in my VCE forms, I<br />

didn’t even list chemistry!<br />

It wasn’t until Year 11 when I actually delved<br />

into chemistry in more depth that I fell in love with it.<br />

I play a card game called Magic: The Gathering, and<br />

I love this game because it’s a system. The game<br />

has rules and restrictions that each player has to<br />

follow in order to come out victorious, and chemistry<br />

is a lot like that. There are the physical laws that you<br />

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need to follow, in order to transform your starting<br />

materials into your products. I really enjoy the idea<br />

of taking something and manipulating or changing<br />

it into something else (and hopefully something of<br />

use!). If I wasn’t doing chemistry right now, I really<br />

have no idea what else I would be doing!<br />

So what areas of chemistry are you especially<br />

interested in?<br />

I have always liked organic chemistry the<br />

most, because it just seems so magical. The idea<br />

of changing matter feels to me like something that<br />

shouldn’t be able to be done, and our ability to not<br />

only do this, but also understand it, fascinates me! I<br />

was actually at work today and saw my boss reading<br />

over what I think was some different ways you could<br />

use nucleophilic organolithium reagents. I had a<br />

quick look over the reaction schemes, and I just said<br />

to her: “How fucking cool is chemistry?”<br />

My Honours project is focusing on making<br />

small molecule mimics of peptides and proteins,<br />

which we’ve isolated from the venom of a particular<br />

marine cone snake. The reason we’re looking at this<br />

specific type of molecule is because it can bind to<br />

certain calcium channels and aid in the treatment of<br />

neuropathic pain.<br />

My job will be to design and refine the<br />

synthesis of molecules that we think are of particular<br />

importance and test their overall effectiveness as a<br />

drug. If all goes well and we make a molecule with<br />

a good IC 50<br />

value (basically, how effective the drug<br />

is), we are able to do a few more tests and have it<br />

enter the clinical testing phase, which hopefully ends<br />

up with our group getting some results published in<br />

scientific journals!<br />

We’ve noticed that you have a lovely head of hair.<br />

How did your hair get like that?<br />

[Laughs] When people ask me how I get my<br />

hair like I do, I tell them I just go “like this” and<br />

shake my head a little bit. Truth be told, there is a<br />

step that I fail to mention. It has to be teased first<br />

with a brush. I personally use the fabulous tangle<br />

teaser, if you don’t own one, I recommend picking<br />

one up. Once teased, it can be shaken around a little<br />

to make it as big as possible. But this is just our little<br />

secret, right?<br />

We’re loving your outfit today! Could you tell us more<br />

about your style?<br />

Thank you! Honestly, what I’m wearing today<br />

was literally just what I picked up off my floor... I love<br />

patterns and colours, so I try to incorporate that into<br />

what I wear. I guess it’s hard for me to say I have a<br />

particular “style”, if I like something I’ll wear it. I like<br />

the idea of being comfortable in your own skin, so if<br />

an outfit makes me feel good, then I’ll wear it without<br />

caring what anyone’s going to say about it.<br />

What’s your favourite TV show?<br />

I have to say my all-time favourite TV show is<br />

The Simpsons. The show is ridiculous, and the fact<br />

that the story can fail to progress for 10-15 minutes,<br />

but every piece of dialogue is gold, shows that the<br />

writers are no doubt at the top of their class.<br />

Who’s your favourite character on the show?<br />

Hands-down Hans (Ralph Melish) Moleman.<br />

The show wouldn’t be the same without him. He is<br />

a character that I identify strongly with, and every<br />

scene he’s in is perfect.<br />

Would you like to describe the character of Hans?<br />

I’d probably describe Hans as a very<br />

unlucky elderly man, whose problems with alcohol<br />

have caused him to be confused about his age.<br />

Although the majority of the time, as viewers, we<br />

see Moleman’s many misfortunes, he still seems<br />

to power through and be able to look at life on the<br />

bright side, and that’s a lesson that I think is of great<br />

importance.<br />

Finally, could you give us your best chemistry joke?<br />

I don’t really have any jokes or puns, but<br />

rather an anecdote. I was hanging out with my mate<br />

Argon a few weeks ago and I heard this really funny<br />

chemistry joke earlier in the day. I told him, but he<br />

didn’t react...<br />

Check our full interview with Ricki<br />

on lotswife.com.au<br />

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Up all night:<br />

The science<br />

of sleep<br />

deprivation<br />

by Tracy Chen<br />

New year, new you. This year is still full of<br />

opportunity. Your hopes and dreams are yet<br />

to be dashed by cruel reality. Sleep deprivation will<br />

be a thing of the past. You’ll get your full eight hours<br />

a day, and you definitely won’t pull an all-nighter to<br />

finish that one assignment (and presentation, and<br />

written test, and don’t forget the lab in 12 hours).<br />

But let’s be nostalgic for a moment. Let’s reminisce<br />

about all those days, buried in the history of the<br />

person you are no longer, spent trying to function<br />

with little to no sleep.<br />

After the first night, there’s the hyperactivity;<br />

it’s the only thing keeping you upright other than<br />

caffeine. Maybe you’ve finished with a minute to<br />

spare and you’re high on life, or you’ve missed<br />

the deadline and you just don’t give a fuck. Either<br />

way, the world is your very funny oyster – you’re<br />

unstoppable. Armed with poor impulse control and<br />

less than stellar decision making skills, you’re all set<br />

to start the day. Who needs drugs when you have<br />

sleep deprivation? They say that you’re pretty much<br />

drunk when you’re sleep deprived anyway.<br />

Your short and long term memory are<br />

shot. The part of your brain that’s meant to think<br />

and make good decisions, the prefrontal cortex,<br />

isn’t exactly working. So you’re free of those<br />

restrictive inhibitions and your idea of how to react<br />

appropriately is becoming increasingly skewed. You<br />

laugh in the face of danger, you laugh at everything.<br />

There’s still a part of your brain telling you that you’re<br />

probably making a bad decision, but you’re too drunk<br />

off sleep deprivation to care.<br />

That is, until the artificial energy runs dry.<br />

You’re crashing.<br />

You’re tired, you’re hungry, you’re cold. The<br />

sleep deprivation is slowly turning you into a corpse<br />

(and maybe that’s preferable to this cursed, sleep<br />

deprived life). The thing is, your body temperature<br />

isn’t any lower than usual. It’s more like you’re less<br />

able to tolerate the cold. You lose heat more rapidly<br />

and your body just doesn’t know how to warm itself<br />

back up. You’re pretty sure you’re slowly dying;<br />

scientists are pretty sure it’s just because there’s<br />

less blood flow to the skin.<br />

But do you know what will probably help?<br />

Food. Because food always helps, right? If you eat<br />

enough carbs and fats, you’ll trick your body into<br />

thinking that it has enough sustenance to function<br />

without sleeping again. You eat until you’re bloated<br />

and still keep going after that. At this point, the<br />

repetitive action of bringing food to your mouth and<br />

chewing is comforting and you’re too tired to do<br />

anything else anyway. The hormones that control<br />

appetite and indicate fullness, ghrelin and leptin,<br />

keep telling you to eat while failing to give the<br />

signal to stop. Your brain and your stomach aren’t<br />

communicating. Your haywire sleeping patterns are<br />

having a bit of a domino effect. It’s an endless cycle.<br />

So maybe sleep deprivation is a bit addictive<br />

and your sleeps are more like naps these days.<br />

The hyperactive energy is wearing off, and the<br />

hyperactive energy is wearing off and the hyp—<br />

The days are long and it’s hard to focus. Time<br />

stretches out in front of you like an endless expanse<br />

and you’re pretty sure you’re never going to feel well<br />

rested again.<br />

Twelve torturous weeks, multiple breakdowns<br />

and countless tears later, it’s over. You can sleep.<br />

Your body can shut down - but it won’t. It’s like<br />

some sort of twisted withdrawal symptom where<br />

your circadian rhythm is so fucked that you can only<br />

sleep 2 hours at a time. It’s horrible. But it’s okay, It<br />

definitely won’t happen this year.<br />

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The skinny on<br />

gluten-free diets<br />


By Anastasia Goutzoulas<br />

Where cutting out fat was once considered<br />

the silver bullet for perfect health, a<br />

gluten-free diet is now seen as a cure-all.<br />

But what is gluten, really? And is it all<br />

that bad for you?<br />


Chemically speaking, gluten is a network of<br />

two protein types, glutenin and gliadin. In dry fl ours,<br />

these exist separately. Adding water makes these<br />

proteins form chemical links (disulphide bonds) with<br />

one another, and kneading or mixing forms even<br />

more bonds. These bonds make the resulting gluten<br />

network strong and elastic.<br />

Gluten can be found in foods containing wheat,<br />

barley and rye. This is a really broad category, and<br />

includes pasta, noodles, condiments, many prepackaged<br />

snacks, and beer.<br />


Coeliac disease?<br />

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease<br />

that presents as a response to the gliadin protein in<br />

gluten in the small intestine of a sensitive person.<br />

That is, the body of a coeliac sufferer mounts an<br />

immune response to the presence of gliadin in<br />

the small intestine, in the same way that it would<br />

initiate an immune response to fi ght off an infection.<br />

It produces antibodies that attack the gliadin<br />

molecule, an otherwise harmless protein.<br />

As a result, coeliacs suffer infl ammation<br />

and damage to the lining of the small intestine.<br />

Coeliac disease can be diagnosed by a doctor after<br />

a blood test to check for antibodies known as tissue<br />

transglutaminase antibodies (tTG-IgA), as well as a<br />

series of other tests for patients who may be at risk<br />

of returning a false positive on the tTG-IgA test (such<br />

as Type 1 diabetics and people with rheumatoid<br />

arthritis, both also autoimmune diseases). This is<br />

followed up by a biopsy to see if the lining of your<br />

small intestine is damaged.<br />

For coeliacs, gluten really is that bad, at any<br />

level. No cheat meals allowed here – even trace<br />

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amounts can be enough to bring on symptoms like<br />

nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, and mouth ulcers.<br />

Continuing to eat gluten-containing products can<br />

further inflame the small intestine, stopping it from<br />

absorbing nutrients from anything else you eat,<br />

which can lead to nutrient deficiencies like anaemia.<br />

Not a coeliac?<br />

If you don’t have coeliac disease, but bread<br />

makes you bloat, it may not be gluten at all.<br />

According to a study published in Gastroenterology<br />

in 2013, the true culprit may be FODMAPs<br />

(Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides,<br />

Monosaccharides and Polyols). These little guys are<br />

a group of simple carbs found in a number of foods,<br />

like wheat, milk, onions and garlic. FODMAPs can<br />

either ferment in your large intestine, making you<br />

bloat, or pull water into your bowels, which can make<br />

things move a little faster than you’d probably like.<br />

The researchers behind the paper studied 37<br />

participants who displayed irritable bowel syndrome<br />

symptoms (constipation, gas and diarrhoea,)<br />

and believed gluten to be the cause of them. The<br />

subjects were placed on a low-FODMAP diet for 2<br />

weeks, then placed on either a high-gluten, lowgluten<br />

or placebo (no gluten) diet for one week to<br />

give any possible symptoms a chance to develop.<br />

After the first two weeks, symptoms decreased<br />

for everyone involved. They then got worse for all<br />

participants in that final week, regardless of what<br />

diet they were on.<br />

While this study shows great results for a<br />

low-FODMAP diet, and takes the blame off gluten,<br />

it should be treated as nutrition ‘breakthroughs’ in<br />

general should - with a healthy dose of scepticism.<br />

Due to the small sample size and the fact that it<br />

can be difficult to control for every possible variable<br />

(like participants’ stress levels, or how much they<br />

exercise) it can be hard to establish any sort of<br />

causal relationship.<br />

So, gluten’s not all bad. But is it actually any<br />

good? Gluten in itself is almost pure protein, hence<br />

its occasional use as an imitation meat. However, it<br />

lacks the vitamins and minerals that meat, fish and<br />

legumes can provide. So, it’s pretty good if all you’re<br />

interested in is adding to your gains, but if you’re<br />

looking for meat substitutes for every day, it won’t<br />

give your body what it needs.<br />


Foods that are naturally gluten-free include<br />

potatoes, rice, corn, fresh meats, fruits and<br />

vegetables. These may or may not be labelled glutenfree<br />

on the supermarket shelf, but they naturally<br />

contain no gluten and are safe for a coeliac to eat.<br />

Supermarkets are now full of gluten-free<br />

versions of packaged foods, like instant noodles,<br />

pizzas and biscuits. It’s easy enough to believe that<br />

these are better for you than their gluten-containing<br />

alternatives, since they can be found in the health<br />

foods aisle of your supermarket, and their packaging<br />

is littered with tick motifs (so officially healthy!),<br />

pictures of leaves (so close to nature!) and phrases<br />

like ‘naturally good’ or ‘superfood’ (so utterly<br />

meaningless!).<br />

These health claims don’t amount to much,<br />

and unless you’re a coeliac or allergic to wheat,<br />

a product’s gluten-free labelling is no indication<br />

that it’s any good for you. A chocolate muffin is a<br />

chocolate muffin, whether it contains gluten or not.<br />

All in all, whether it’s being demonised or<br />

fiercely defended, gluten is even more overrated<br />

than The Great Gatsby. So, if you aren’t a coeliac<br />

sufferer, and you heed your grandmother’s advice<br />

about eating well (Eat more vegetables. Don’t put<br />

something in your mouth if you can’t pronounce it.<br />

Drink plenty of water. Sriracha can make anything<br />

taste good), then neither the presence nor absence<br />

of gluten in your diet will do you any real nutritional<br />

harm. By the time biology and chemistry have<br />

caught up with researching the food crazes we’re all<br />

about now, the foodie universe will have moved on<br />

from gluten anyway. We’ll probably all be losing our<br />

minds over the weight-loss benefits of a completely<br />

chemical-free diet by then.<br />

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The ‘Star Wars’<br />

Effect: Internet<br />

Hype Culture and<br />

The Force Awakens<br />

by Matthew Edwards<br />

Illustration by Angus Marion


Nowadays, the release of a trailer is an online<br />

event. Studios under pressure to post big<br />

opening weekend sales flood social media sites<br />

with trailers, teasers, and TV spots. It’s not enough<br />

to advertise: for modern franchises, such as the<br />

Marvel Cinematic Universe, trailers have to link<br />

films together, hint at possible story elements, and<br />

provide material for speculation and debate for the<br />

hardcore fans. Trailers cause so much excitement<br />

that they actually end up being better than the<br />

movie they advertise. These trailers are not bad. It’s<br />

important to advertise a movie to get people excited<br />

and get them talking about it so that they’ll come<br />

see it. But this ‘hype culture’ that exists online can<br />

seriously harm movies: as hype builds, expectations<br />

rise to almost impossible levels.<br />

The Force Awakens was probably the most<br />

anticipated movie of the last 10 years. Fans had<br />

grown up on or with the trilogies, and many were<br />

left anxious after the poorly received prequel trilogy,<br />

which threatened to tear apart the fanbase that<br />

director George Lucas had created back in 1977 with<br />

the original Star Wars. The hype for Episode I upon<br />

its announcement was massive, and the film was<br />

praised for its use of CGI. But as the years went by,<br />

and people began to look at the films critically (Star<br />

Wars fans who haven’t seen Red Letter Media’s “Mr.<br />

Plinkett” reviews of the prequels should definitely do<br />

so), the hype faded away, and we were left with the<br />

consensus that the prequels are terrible. So when<br />

The Force Awakens was revealed, and J.J. Abrams<br />

was brought in to direct, people got excited once<br />

again.<br />

And now that it’s in theatres, reactions have<br />

been mixed. The common complaint has been that<br />

Episode VII feels too similar to Episode IV in regards<br />

to the concept, setting, and plot. This is true to an<br />

extent: some plot elements were unnecessary and<br />

brought the film down (Starkiller Base – did we really<br />

need a THIRD Death Star?). But these complaints<br />

are only minor. In spite of its flaws, The Force<br />

Awakens does so much right.<br />

Nearly every franchise in existence has a<br />

formula; Indiana Jones, James Bond, and many<br />

others. Every sequel within that franchise has a<br />

similar formula, with slight changes made to some<br />

elements to make it different from the movie that<br />

preceded it. The keyword is ‘similar’: all of these<br />

movies are pretty much the same thing. The original<br />

trilogy established a formula and it worked. When<br />

George Lucas attempted to deviate from this formula<br />

too much, we got the prequels. J.J. Abrams made the<br />

smart choice when making The Force Awakens to<br />

stick to this formula while changing certain aspects<br />

to keep it fresh and exciting.<br />

There are inversions within The Force<br />

Awakens that make it new, without departing from<br />

the formula. One of the things that makes Star<br />

Wars great is its characters. The space battles are<br />

cool, sure, but Star Wars has always been about<br />

characters and the way they interact with each<br />

other. In Episode IV, you could see the friendship<br />

between Luke Skywalker and Han Solo grow; from<br />

their first encounter in the Mos Eisley cantina,<br />

right until the very end. Each movie built on the<br />

relationships between not just the protagonists, but<br />

with the villains as well. The Force Awakens gets this<br />

right, but does so in an interesting way: the main<br />

characters are essentially inverse versions of the<br />

characters from the original trilogy. Luke dreamed of<br />

leaving his home planet to go on grand adventures;<br />

Rey only wants to return home and has adventure<br />

thrust upon her. Darth Vader was a powerful,<br />

menacing tyrant who mastered the Force; Kylo Ren is<br />

an apprentice who has no control over his emotions.<br />

These familiar but altered elements make the film<br />

interesting while following the Star Wars formula.<br />

Saying the hype surrounding The Force<br />

Awakens was massive would be an understatement.<br />

This movie was being hailed as ‘the second coming’<br />

by various sites. Fans went crazy with theories and<br />

arguments all across the Internet. With Abrams<br />

directing, people believed that Star Wars would<br />

be returned to its former glory. It’s not a perfect<br />

movie, but then again no movie is perfect. It was<br />

my favourite movie of 2015, and it was one of the<br />

first movies in recent years that I actually had fun<br />

watching. The Force Awakens had to live up to<br />

astronomical expectations, when all it had to do was<br />

be a good Star Wars movie. And it was a great Star<br />

Wars movie.<br />

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ESSAY<br />

Race to the end of the world:<br />

Averting anti-Asian stereotypes through Armageddon<br />

by Clarissa Kwee<br />

Illustration by Emily Dang<br />

In praise of Netflix’s dramedy Master of None,<br />

Angry Asian Man blogrunner, Phil Yu emailed<br />

VICE, commenting,<br />

“It seems weird to praise a show for just<br />

showing contemporary Asian-American men as<br />

regular guys, but that’s what Aziz Ansari and Alan<br />

Yang have created, and it’s downright revolutionary.”<br />

By implication, no show before has pioneered<br />

the representation of Asians on TV like this one<br />

– portraying them as orthodox, cynical thirtysomethings<br />

meandering through upper middleclass<br />

life in the Big Apple. But Yu speaks the truth:<br />

the ethnic adjustment to a pedestrian formula has<br />

turned the ordinary into the extraordinary. There’s<br />

something wrong with that equation.<br />

Mainstream TV can be ground zero for<br />

stereotyping, especially when it comes to its<br />

Asian constituents. They can be reductionist, onedimensional,<br />

and naturalise a power imbalance<br />

based on race: patronising actual Asians who are<br />

nothing like their televised representatives. There<br />

are definite exceptions, but more often than not,<br />

realistic programs perpetuate stereotypes; it seems<br />

that shows about a world other than our own are<br />

doing it better.<br />

Historically, television has depended on<br />

having a chiefly white, Anglo-Saxon cast as a<br />

prerequisite for mainstream resonance and success.<br />

Usually, ethnic minorities settle for a single, ‘token’<br />

character who bear the burden of representing their<br />

entire race. But universal catastrophe seems to<br />

act as the perfect locale to spotlight the growth of<br />

Asian characters beyond stereotyping. Apocalyptic<br />

television is not the panacea to all Asian stereotypes,<br />

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but ultimately, when there’s earth-shaking and hellraising<br />

to deal with, there isn’t enough time to focus<br />

on the colour of somebody’s skin.<br />

Take Kevin Tran from Supernatural. Initially,<br />

Kevin is a diminutive fusion of Asian stereotypes; an<br />

obedient, neurotic cellist consumed with achieving<br />

a perfect SAT score and enrolling in Princeton<br />

University. Yet come season 8, ‘Advanced Placement’<br />

has metamorphosed<br />

They don’t<br />

succumb to the<br />

prejudices of<br />

society, because<br />

there is no society.<br />

into a prophet of God,<br />

who becomes essential<br />

to saving the universe.<br />

Similarly, Monty Green<br />

from The 100 is the only<br />

main character who has<br />

never had a romantic<br />

interest, reinforcing the<br />

idea that leading Asians<br />

don’t get the girl or guy.<br />

Nevertheless, Green<br />

is a diplomatic, sarcastic and exceptionally clever<br />

character, traits that are eons more memorable than<br />

his love life.<br />

The best example of a character obliterating<br />

anti-Asian stereotyping is Glenn Rhee. Before The<br />

Walking Dead, no Asian-American would be identified<br />

as “the beating heart of a show” (Gina McIntyre,<br />

Hero Times) like Steven Yeun is, in his portrayal of<br />

the unassuming, pizza-delivering Michiganite. But six<br />

seasons into the apocalypse, Glenn is lauded as the<br />

“most beloved Asian American male in the U.S” (Ken<br />

Fong, Angry Asian Man), which is no small feat. In a<br />

perverse wasteland where a stolid drumbeat of gory<br />

deaths acts as its hallmark, Yeun’s character serves<br />

as an indispensable warrior on AMC’s juggernaut.<br />

What a polarising conundrum. The people<br />

who believe that Glenn’s life should be spared by the<br />

unsympathetic AMC argue that killing off such a wellrounded,<br />

integral part of the show also means losing<br />

a hero for underrepresented Asians everywhere.<br />

At the same time, Glenn’s treatment on the show<br />

occurs indiscriminately of his race, because Korean<br />

heritage is not significant to the urgency of survival.<br />

So by the same token, nobody on The Walking Dead<br />

is safe, and Asian or not, Glenn is no exception. If<br />

Glenn is truly dead, it would be a testament to the<br />

show’s habitual nihilism, and the loss one of the<br />

strongest ethnic-minority presences on mainstream<br />

TV. But in the event that AMC spares Glenn from an<br />

undead fate, this act could be misread as preserving<br />

diversity only for diversity’s sake.<br />

Regardless of Glenn’s elliptical future, it<br />

seems it takes Armageddon itself to transcend<br />

racial politics. As borderline histrionic as it sounds,<br />

disasters strip humanity of their narrow-mindedness.<br />

Materialistic trifles are diminished in the face of<br />

death. When the earth is in ruins, the ‘stratification’<br />

of ethnic hierarchies disintegrates, and stereotypes<br />

are forced to collapse on themselves. They don’t<br />

succumb to the prejudices of society, because there<br />

is no society. Of course, apocalyptic television is<br />

still privy to accusations<br />

of tokenism, where a<br />

colourful cast is warranted<br />

only to compel diversity.<br />

But we don’t celebrate<br />

these characters because<br />

they’re there, much like<br />

we shouldn’t celebrate<br />

diverse media just<br />

because it exists. What<br />

does warrant celebration<br />

is how the number of<br />

non-stereotypical, holistic and incidentally Asian<br />

characters is proliferating.<br />

So, let’s focus on the not-yet-apocalyptic<br />

<strong>2016</strong>. Master of None has made a universally<br />

acclaimed breakthrough in the representation<br />

of Asian-Americans on TV. On the show, Ansari’s<br />

character Dev fails to book a role for a sitcom<br />

starring three protagonists because though having<br />

one Indian is ideal, “there can’t be more than one”.<br />

But intentionally, the show flips that tokenistic<br />

mentality on its head to demonstrate that modern TV<br />

can—and will—move past such out-dated paradigms.<br />

Dev and company, modern people of colour,<br />

talk marriage, parents, sex and many topics inbetween.<br />

A Netflix show about Asian men just being<br />

themselves is being hailed as ground-breaking; that<br />

should raise some eyebrows, but perhaps in esteem,<br />

not in discontent.<br />

Master of None is as cognisant about its<br />

role as a pioneer, as it is witty, fresh, and brutally<br />

honest. We’re entering an age where diverse media<br />

is becoming less of an obligation unto political<br />

correctness, and more a sign of genuine racial<br />

equilibrium and representation. Maybe we won’t<br />

need to wait until the end of the world to appreciate<br />

that television is finally catching up to reality.<br />

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by Melissa Fernando<br />

<strong>2016</strong> is already shaping up to be an eventful year in music. With<br />

Bowie’s departure to the stars, the music world has been left<br />

with shoes that can never be filled. But perhaps what was most<br />

telling was the immense sense of loss and heartache towards the<br />

news of Bowie’s death, demonstrating that music lovers still value<br />

experimentation, self-reinvention and originality. Several artists<br />

are still honouring these musical values, and here’s my list of top<br />

10 most anticipated albums of the year.<br />

MIA - Mahtahdatah<br />

M.I.A’s album Matahdatah was due last year however the anticipation has<br />

crept into <strong>2016</strong>, as fans eagerly await her fi fth instalment. With no set<br />

release date, M.I.A has not divulged much information, but thankfully has<br />

released one single, ‘Borders’. M.I.A spent her formative years in 1970’s<br />

Sri Lanka when a bloody civil war between the country’s ethnic divisions<br />

was tearing apart the nation. It’s no surprise then that MIA’s songs have<br />

always been politically charged, and this album seems to be no different.<br />

‘Borders’ speaks about the barriers between cultures and social groups,<br />

which can often lead to injustice and suffering.<br />

Radiohead - TBA<br />

It’s always hard to know what to expect from a Radiohead album. It was<br />

reported that the band began work on their 9th studio album in late 2014.<br />

Now more than a year later, we speculate an album coming out early <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

The British rockers released a single ‘Spectre’, which was originally created<br />

for the latest James Bond movie but later went unused. The music has a<br />

dramatic orchestral fl ow, and the brooding overlay of instruments coupled<br />

with Thom Yorke’s tortured falsetto provides fans with a glimpse into the sort<br />

of music the new album would contain.<br />

SIA - This is Acting<br />

Australian singer-songwriter Sia is set to release her 7th studio album on<br />

the 29th of January. This is Acting has an interesting premise as it contains<br />

several songs that Sia wrote for other artists, such as Adele, but were<br />

subsequently rejected. This is Acting could perhaps allude to the fact she<br />

had written these songs from the point of view of the person for which she<br />

was writing, in other words, she was putting on an act. Perhaps this album<br />

is an attempt to take a stab at those who rejected her musicality and to<br />

make these songs her own.<br />

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Illustrations by Angus Marion


ALBUMS OF <strong>2016</strong><br />

Drake - Views from the 6<br />

As a rapper who sings, Drake has always had a different sound, constantly<br />

readapting his style to redefi ne hip-hop. It was hinted to be released on<br />

the 6th of January, but he has kept his fans holding their breath, with no<br />

sign of the album as of late January. Drake said he wanted this album to<br />

be important, a statement. Judging from the reception of ‘Hotline Bling’,<br />

the single released from this upcoming album, and the barrage of Internet<br />

memes that followed, fans will be looking forward to other tracks of similar<br />

calibre. We can only hope a February release will be announced soon.<br />

Frank Ocean - Boys Don’t Cry<br />

It’s safe to say Frank Ocean fans have been freaking out for a while. Could<br />

<strong>2016</strong> be the year this mysterious enigma comes out of hiding and graces our<br />

presence with a new album? The follow up to Grammy award winning album<br />

Channel Orange has been a long time coming. With little to no media presence,<br />

Ocean fans can only speculate. If Boys Don’t Cry comprises of even half the<br />

magic of Channel Orange, the wait will be well worth it. The timeline of events<br />

concerning BDC is frustrating to say the least. In 2013, Ocean confi rmed he<br />

was working on this album. Then in April 2014, he stated it was nearly fi nished.<br />

He concluded that the album would be released in July 2015, nearly a year<br />

later. July 2015 came and went and now here we are in <strong>2016</strong>, with no album,<br />

and no explanation either. Where that album at Frank? Does it even exist? Are<br />

you even still alive?<br />

Matt Corby - Telluric<br />

Gorillaz - TBA<br />

The Gorillaz haven’t released anything since 2010’s Plastic Beach,<br />

so a new album is a long time coming for Gorillaz fans. The prolonged<br />

hiatus which included a falling out between Damon Albarn and Jamie<br />

Hewlett meant a new album looked unlikely. However much to the<br />

public’s surprise, the two have rekindled their relationship and started<br />

working on a new album in September last year. The Gorillaz sound has<br />

evolved since the bright optimistic tunes of Demon Days (2005), opting<br />

for a more cynical, dark sound in Plastic Beach (2010). 6 years on, the<br />

mind boggles over what this album will sound like and the prospective<br />

collaborations that could be involved.<br />

Over the years, Matt Corby has managed to break away from the shackles of<br />

being an ex-idol contestant and after signifi cant hype, Corby’s fi rst studio album<br />

is due to be released on the 11th of March. Telluric means ‘of the Earth,’ and<br />

Corby has said that the natural world, human impact, and interaction would be<br />

the theme of the whole album. This album will feature his two singles ‘Sooth<br />

Lady Wine’ and ‘Monday’, that have already been released and were highly<br />

received by fans.<br />

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REVIEW<br />

Blackstar<br />

David Bowie’s last album<br />

by Lachlan Liesfield<br />

Blackstar is an elegy, Bowie’s self-made<br />

epitaph to his own life that spends little<br />

time languishing in reflection, and instead creates<br />

a distinct and indeed exciting sound for this final<br />

album.<br />

It’s fitting that for Blackstar, Bowie, a man<br />

whose sound has continually evolved over the<br />

course of his career, continues his run all the way to<br />

here, providing a jazz inspired and occult infused set<br />

of tracks. While these influences are obvious, they’re<br />

subdued in the mix, as if we’re hearing much of the<br />

instrumentation through a fog.<br />

His aging voice holds a rasp and harshness,<br />

the instrumentation here reflecting this new gravel<br />

to his voice. Rather than trying to recapture those<br />

smooth tones of his younger albums, here tracks<br />

like ‘Tis a Pity She Was a Whore’ and ‘Sue (Or In a<br />

Season of Crime)’ fully embrace these new tones,<br />

providing the most ‘rock’ tracks of Blackstar. Filled<br />

with violent hisses and discordant guitar and sax,<br />

they’re malevolent, heated pieces that capture some<br />

of that anger that Bowie has with his fate.<br />

But the influence of free jazz comes most<br />

clearly on Blackstar’s most well known tracks,<br />

‘Lazarus’ and the titular ‘Blackstar’. ‘Blackstar’, the<br />

albums opening track, is a ten minute occult laden<br />

mixture of sounds with such a diversity of distinct<br />

aspects that each could be treated as its own song.<br />

In the tracks opening minutes, strings provide a<br />

canvas where Bowie’s effect leaden vocal work can<br />

create the imagery of death that permeates the<br />

track.<br />

Blackstar’s second half, while equally<br />

macabre, is lighter musically. A self-referential set<br />

of rhymes with a softer baseline and drums create<br />

a mystic feel, with Bowie moving to the light after<br />

Blackstar’s ‘black magic’ opening. The two halves<br />

complement each other; leaving a track that doesn’t<br />

overstay itself despite is runtime.<br />

‘Lazarus’ is where Bowie gives us his final<br />

persona, and one that could prove to be his most<br />

enduring. It’s a gorgeous track, and the highlight<br />

of the album. It’s the quietest track on Blackstar,<br />

and the most affecting, with a sombre leading<br />

guitar that carries us through the song along with<br />

its straining, muted saxophone. ‘Lazarus’ is where<br />

Bowie most openly talks about his life and its end,<br />

and is the thematic heart of the album. Its lyrics are<br />

simple, but honest, and the instrumentation here is<br />

gorgeously layered in, creating the most coherent<br />

and concentrated atmosphere on the album.<br />

But in its finale (‘I Can’t Give Everything<br />

Away’), with its sweeping strings and wistful<br />

harmonica, we’re given Bowie’s last word. As much<br />

as Blackstar is about Bowie facing his death, ‘I Can’t<br />

Give Everything Away’ is Bowie looking at his life,<br />

holding a reflective feeling that is matched only by its<br />

unexpected cheer, and changes the tone of the final<br />

minutes of the album with a song that’s upbeat and<br />

enjoyable.<br />

Blackstar is a fitting finale for an artist who<br />

has re-imagined and re-defined himself throughout<br />

his career. By continuing to do so even here, Bowie<br />

creates an album that is only better for it.<br />

Illustration by Ceitidh Hopper<br />

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Undying:<br />

Parasocial relationships and the<br />

nature of celebrity<br />

by Tracy Chen<br />

Alan Rickman. David Bowie. Maybe you’ve<br />

heard of them? René Angélil, Natalie Cole,<br />

Glenn Frey are a few more, though perhaps they’re<br />

less familiar to you. They are individuals who have<br />

been elevated to household name status for their<br />

achievements, successes or sheer shock value;<br />

they’re revered for their talents but nonetheless<br />

they’re virtual strangers to us. So why do we care<br />

when they die?<br />

The number of us who have had personal<br />

contact with celebrities are small, but many of us<br />

feel saddened by their deaths, even years after. We<br />

have developed a sort of intimacy without really<br />

knowing them, watching them in our living rooms<br />

and bedrooms, making us laugh and cry. You’ve<br />

undoubtedly felt that connection, that feeling of ‘I<br />

really like this person’.<br />

It’s a mimicry of a relationship, a parasocial<br />

relationship that’s totally one-sided, developed<br />

from repeated exposure to their celebrity persona.<br />

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, these media<br />

personalities have no idea of who you are. But you<br />

feel like you know and understand them. Through<br />

countless hours of watching interviews and trawling<br />

through social media, they become important to you.<br />

You become a fanatic, or less severely, a fan.<br />

These relationships can be used as support<br />

structures when none are available in real life.<br />

Celebrities are undoubtedly inspirational. They<br />

are living proof that the ordinary can become<br />

extraordinary, and that by overcoming struggles and<br />

hardships, perhaps we too can achieve fame and<br />

fortune. They embody a certain idea of greatness<br />

and they are immortalised. Yet even the illusion of<br />

the celebrity becomes mortal when faced with death.<br />

We never thought that celebrities like Alan<br />

Rickman and David Bowie would die, so rare in their<br />

skills and accomplishments. We feel a profound<br />

loss, for despite their cultural legacy, they will never<br />

again be able to create something to inspire and<br />

impact our lives so viscerally. In an era where the<br />

sheer quantity and impermanence of the famous<br />

devalues them, and the title of celebrity is more like<br />

a revolving door, celebrities from days of old seem<br />

few and far between.<br />

Nonetheless, the past is often romanticised<br />

and seen through rose tinted lenses, especially<br />

posthumously. It is of course unkind to speak ill of<br />

the dead, but death has a tendency to wipe clean<br />

the slate and cleanse one of their wrongdoings.<br />

We want to remember those who have passed for<br />

their good qualities. With celebrity figures, whose<br />

achievements are so public and so widespread, it is<br />

unsurprising that despite scandals or indiscretions,<br />

people who we may have subjected to many caveats<br />

and criticisms are now once again at their greatest.<br />

They are only remembered at the pinnacle of their<br />

success.<br />

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MEMOIR<br />

by Sophie McNamara<br />

can’t win,” I said. “If I don’t drink today,<br />

“I I’ll feel like shit, but if I do drink today, I’ll<br />

make tomorrow’s hangover even worse”.<br />

“Of course you can’t win,” Nia lamented.<br />

“We’ve made a deal with the devil.”<br />

This small exchange between my friend and<br />

I in the 6am mosh-pit aftermath summarises the<br />

consensus amongst university students when<br />

they attend music festivals. The festival culture<br />

encourages three to five days of disregarding<br />

your body and its needs with excessive drinking,<br />

sleep deprivation and inevitable dehydration. I<br />

spent my New Years Eve at a music festival called<br />

Northern Bass. Numerous drum and bass artists<br />

and thousands of festival attendees congregated<br />

for the event in Mangawhai, a remote town in the<br />

northernmost region of New Zealand.<br />

Kiwi youth adopt a very similar attitude to<br />

drinking and partying to Australians, especially<br />

when the youth in question are university<br />

students celebrating three months of study<br />

freedom. The lineup was nothing impressive to<br />

reflect the extravagant price of tickets, but by the<br />

31st of December all tickets had sold out and<br />

Mangawhai had doubled in population.<br />

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“All I ate the<br />

first day was a<br />

banana, which<br />

I threw up. We<br />

tripped on acid<br />

for five days<br />

in a row.”<br />

People dealt with their nausea and<br />

headaches by continuing to drink as soon as they<br />

crawled out of bed. They dealt with their sleep<br />

deprivation by passing out in the afternoon or by<br />

snorting various substances up their noses in the<br />

early evening. They dealt with their dehydration<br />

and lack of proper appetite by simply accepting<br />

the fact that their health would need to be<br />

overlooked till the event was over.<br />

On the morning of 1st of January it poured<br />

with rain. In fact, about two hours after the<br />

clock struck midnight, it rained for about five<br />

days straight. At some point that day, we needed<br />

to pack up our stuff and carry it up a towering<br />

hill to the car. The longer we left it, the more<br />

difficult it was going to be to get out. We’d had an<br />

amazing New Years Eve, but when I woke up and<br />

realised our dismal fate, I wished I had woken up<br />

anywhere else.<br />

“I’m lying in a pool of water!” Nia yelled<br />

from her tent as the sun rose. Tears ran down<br />

various cheeks as we hauled our wet belongings<br />

up the steep, muddy hill to the car park. Heavy<br />

breathing, painful moaning and the occasional<br />

tactical vomit ensued. The car could barely move<br />

in the swampy ruins and most people simply left<br />

their tents at the campsite amongst the various<br />

wet remnants.<br />

When we eventually arrived back home,<br />

we looked like we had been dragged through a<br />

war zone. The precarious festival culture is not<br />

limited simply to Northern Bass as it is only New<br />

Zealand’s second-most notorious music festival,<br />

while it sits in the shadow of the infamous fiveday<br />

Rhythm and Vines. Recalling her experience<br />

there, a friend of mine Shams says that she<br />

started drinking at 8am. “All I ate the first day<br />

was a banana, which I threw up. We tripped<br />

on acid for five days in a row,” she mentions.<br />

“I accidentally did two tabs on the first night<br />

because I thought I had spat one out, but later I<br />

realized it was in my mouth the whole time and<br />

I was too fucked up to realize that initially. So I<br />

ended up doing two and having an insane trip.”<br />

After destroying ourselves to such an<br />

extent, it begs the question, why do we opt for<br />

this rather than having a normal, one-night<br />

party in the safety of our hometown? Going<br />

to a music festival can be like leaving reality<br />

behind for several days. The clock stops and all<br />

responsibilities are put on hold. Most people<br />

simply let their phone die as contact with the<br />

outside world fades away rapidly. The culture<br />

that surrounds it is intriguing and captivating.<br />

Moreover, going to a New Years festival in a<br />

country like New Zealand or Australia has almost<br />

become a rite of passage for students.<br />

My festival experience taught me some<br />

important things:<br />

1. Hangovers only hurt when you refrain<br />

from drinking the following day.<br />

2. Attending a music festival for more<br />

than three days means you’ll inevitably<br />

destroy your body. The best thing to do is<br />

to not think about it and just embrace the<br />

experience.<br />

3. We made it out alive, and that’s an<br />

achievement itself.<br />

Surviving Northern Bass together brought<br />

us significantly closer. Despite my sore legs, my<br />

sunburnt face, my damaged liver and my empty<br />

wallet, I’m glad I went and gave it go. I’m glad<br />

I did it because if I didn’t, I would be spending<br />

the rest of my university years living with a deep<br />

curiosity and unsatisfied intrigue into what<br />

this disturbingly appealing deal with the devil<br />

actually involves.<br />

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Suburban Dreams<br />

by Shannon Ly<br />

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POETRY<br />

Old Bones<br />

by Ed Jessop<br />

She was his Delilah:<br />

his blue-eyed<br />

blonde haired<br />

beauty.<br />

She’d only recently moved in with him,<br />

and while she had taken to waking Him up with kisses,<br />

He was busy making a habit of softly singing Queen’s Delilah to her as she fell asleep.<br />

Often, He would cup her head in both hands and pour Himself into the pools of her eyes.<br />

He would whisper – seemingly to Himself – how He loved her.<br />

He went to work each weekday and would often be<br />

reminded of her by the golden hairs which managed to<br />

cling to the folds of His shirt.<br />

He thought of her:<br />

His archaeologist<br />

beauty,<br />

and what findings she would surprise Him with when he came home.<br />

Perhaps it would be another old Pokémon card,<br />

a chipped red monopoly hotel,<br />

or a stuffed toy He’d loved as a kid but had long since forgotten.<br />

She would listen quietly as usual,<br />

wonder bright within her eyes.<br />

She loved that each new item she brought Him would illicit a different response:<br />

a smile, a story.<br />

She eagerly dug deeper.<br />

Mid-August,<br />

her latest discovery had been a luminescent rib – too thick to be avian,<br />

yet too fragile for anything of agriculture.<br />

This time<br />

she watched as the landscape of His face grew cloudy<br />

shaded by shadows of concealed storms.<br />

this time<br />

there was no smile<br />

no story<br />

and He didn’t even let her keep it<br />

for fear of her pearly white teeth.<br />

curious and slightly irritated she scoured the garden more often<br />

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she resurfaced s m a t t e r i n g s of fallen freckles<br />

and other such whispers of old .<br />

by september<br />

her collection had doubled<br />

steadily increasing with every bristled toothbrush<br />

discarded jewellery box<br />

and a new pair of tiny socks so small that baby<br />

birds could have nested in each one<br />

thefirstfriday of that same month<br />

he arrived home early from work :<br />

walking up the garden path he st umbled<br />

on the bro ken earth<br />

confused He looked around Him<br />

noticing for the first time how the yard had been transformed<br />

the once trimmed carpet of lawn was now<br />

a pockmarked planet<br />

streaked red and sore by the emptying sun<br />

when He finally opened the front door<br />

He was greeted<br />

as always<br />

by delilah<br />

she stood in front of Him<br />

peering at Him with proud eyes<br />

He could barely see her behind the walled<br />

plethora of<br />

antiquities<br />

she had p<br />

iled at His feet<br />

That night<br />

there were no headheldIloveyous<br />

Instead the golf-torn turf was filled in :<br />

crevices were covered with golden hair, a broken houseshaped kennel,<br />

and the dirt was watered flat with pools of deep blue .<br />

That night<br />

he fell asleep singing the lyrics of Queen – seemingly to himself.<br />

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Amidst Apples<br />

and Thyme<br />

by Katherine Mitula<br />

Amidst apples and thyme, I look into the past<br />

and I remember.<br />

I remember happier times, times that made<br />

me laugh and dance and smile with joy. I remember<br />

the times of grief, of fear, of pain, which fill my<br />

heart with darkness. Times that truly made me<br />

understand what it is to feel alive. I kneel at the foot<br />

of the grave, and let my mind be consumed.<br />

There was once a boy. A man, he must be, now.<br />

A man with his life ahead of him and a future of all<br />

he could dream of. He was sickly, weak. His father<br />

came to me for help, for I was the foremost healer<br />

in the big city. I could have refused, for even then, I<br />

was not as young as I once was, and my back ached<br />

fiercely, as if it was reminding me of my old age. I<br />

had retired from practicing three years before; I had<br />

no obligation to respond to any pleas for medical<br />

assistance anymore. But the desperation in the<br />

man’s eyes convinced me, and I agreed to help<br />

him. Now the boy is a renowned architect with a<br />

sweetheart he loves more than life itself.<br />

How strange it is that our actions and choice<br />

can have such an impact on the world. If not for<br />

my healing of him, he would never have survived<br />

to adulthood to realise his calling and follow his<br />

dreams. The world would be lacking half the<br />

memorable buildings which now litter the earth,<br />

proud and unyielding, a symbol of international<br />

unity.<br />

I sit on the ground and dream of flying. I have<br />

never flown before, and I don’t think I ever will.<br />

Flight is for those of the future; I belong with the<br />

past, and the horse-carriages and steam-boats<br />

which carried us from one destination to the next. It<br />

was by boat that I was brought to the land in which<br />

I dwell now, the land which I choose to call home.<br />

If I had been carried by the air it would have taken<br />

mere hours; as it was, it took months. Months of<br />

tedium and endless ocean, my mind enduring only<br />

with the knowledge of the end of the journey, the<br />

bright land to which I sailed with its promise of<br />

safety and a new beginning. Beside me stood my<br />

husband, my dear husband who endured so much<br />

in the motherland and chose to be by my side as<br />

I undertook this final, life-altering journey into the<br />

unknown.<br />

I left my homeland behind me knowing that I<br />

would never see my parents or sisters or brothers<br />

again in this lifetime. I have no regrets, for there I<br />

have lived peacefully and happily with my husband<br />

and my children, who I value with my life. From<br />

the occasional letter, I knew that my parents and<br />

siblings yet lived, and that was enough for me. I had<br />

my own life to lead, and though they would always<br />

be in my heart I could not let myself crumble with<br />

fear or worry for them, not when I must be strong for<br />

my children.<br />

Now, my husband is dead, taken from me by<br />

the ravages of consumption. I sit by his grave, and<br />

ponder. Was it his fate, to end this way? Was it what<br />

God meant for him? I do not think I’ll ever know. All I<br />

know is that there is a hole in my heart that was not<br />

there before, and if it weren’t for my children I would<br />

feel well and truly alone.<br />

I sit by my husband’s grave, and dream that<br />

he is there beside me, smiling at me and holding<br />

out his hand. I reach out and take it, and feel the<br />

life-giving warmth of it. Together we stand, and<br />

walk, away from the apples and the scent of thyme<br />

which still lingers in my nostrils, and away from the<br />

tombstone of death. I close my eyes as the brilliant<br />

light tenderly envelops me, and smile.<br />

58 | Lot’s <strong>Wife</strong>


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