A Taste of Social Work in Blacktown

By Gabrielle Lawson: What exactly is social work? It is an industry that carries with it many connotations, some of heroism and others of negligence. To be honest with you, I was unsure of what social work looked like until the third year of my social work degree. Having finished my placement at the Blacktown […]

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We Came, We Gamed, We Conquered

By Melissa Swann: For 24 hours over June 2nd and 3rd, the Western Sydney U Nerdfighters hosted a charity gaming marathon at The Cottage on Werrington South campus. We dubbed this ambitious adventure ‘Game Hard or Go Home.’ You may have heard about the event in the lead up, or caught up with us on the […]

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Western Sydney Community Forum Federal Election Q & A

By Lauren Nicholls: The Western Sydney Community Forum launched its Q&A breakfast series at Penrith Council Chambers on Thursday, June 2nd. The panel was collated to discuss the impending federal election, and consisted of representatives from a wide variety of NGO’s and advocacy bodies including the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, DVNSW, NCOSS, WSCF, […]

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Fighting Global Poverty with Gender Equality

By Kylie Henman: Who runs the world? GIRLS! Or not, as Dr Helen Szoke was to inform us. I attended Western Sydney University’s Open Forum “Fighting Global Poverty with Gender Equality”. Dr Helen Szoke, CEO of Oxfam Australia and special guest speaker, revealed that the top 1% of the wealthy in Australia are worth more […]

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RESPECT. NOW. ALWAYS. update

On Friday 27 May, the Parramatta Campus Council hosted a free student movie screening of the short film, The Hunting Ground. The film is a controversial documentary that explores the culture of sexual assault on American university campuses. The movie was used to begin discussions and inspire students to show their support for a safer […]

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What is an Ally ?

By Marija Yelavich: An Ally is a volunteer (staff or student) from the Western Sydney University community who is committed to cultural change and who provides support to LGBTIQ community members at the University. University Allies: can be identified by the display of an official Ally sticker or Ally pin; provide a welcoming and confidential […]

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STUDENT LEGAL SERVICE: Parking on campus

By Jayd Raffoul – Solicitor, Student Legal Services: Imagine this, it’s week 3 and you arrive for your 10am class. The car parks are packed and after circling for the hundredth time, you see a line of cars parked on the grass. You can see a free spot on the grass so you head over […]

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Don’t shoot for the stars

By Joseph Thompson:   Don’t shoot for the stars Just lay back and wonder at their light Don’t chase your dreams You’ll find them as you sleep tonight   Don’t strive for greatness Greatness is reserved for God Don’t seek the spotlight Just enjoy the show and applaud   Don’t be the best you can […]

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Nepal’s LGBT community finds solace in social media

By Christopher Kelly: The fear of being banished from families and friends is forcing Nepal’s growing LGBT community to seek solace in online communication, mainly through Facebook and dating apps under ‘secret’ names. Speaking from his office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Parsu Ram Rai, deputy director of Nepal’s largest LGBT organisation Blue Diamond Society, said coming […]

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Finity

By Jemimah McMurray: The night begs attention silent, bold unfraid of stillness unafraid to hold the fierceness, fragility of breath the finity of death & behold her blackness the darkness, and in the void to rest to wait for what is left and for the sun.

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