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Contact PRINT is dead. It’s a line we’ve all heard countless times, especially when this editorial team set out

to those – yes you, Bernard Keane

ers of the magazine. just the smell of ink on the page. Print allows the layout itself to that the reader follows the work as

printed word.

Print is permanent - you rememon a page. Certainly it would have



and online allows us to engage so much more with our readers. nically the word means judge, or mediator. We feel that this role, -

Next issue we are aiming to expand our content to include editorial cartoons, satirical news and letters to the editor. If you would get in touch.

Meet the Arbiter editorial team Guy Creighton News & Features Editor

As a third-year Journalism student, News & Features Editor suits me perfectly. I come from a small coun-

unfortunately named town is also where my parents own and operate a

Douglas Roche Opinion Editor

a cadet at the Fassifern Guardian two years ago, I spent years folding the newspapers and cleaning the printing While we are not expecting to rival 4 Corners or take down a government, the News & Features section will aim to produce news that matters to you as student and as a citizen.

Being a pre-med student, I don’t committed to keeping the magazine our other editors. Perhaps this means traditional constraints of journalism. More than likely it means I’ll need to

hearted. I want to see the Opinion -

these elements right. As Arbiter’s Opinion Editor, I am -

Gavin Coote Art Director

I’m a third-year Communication student and have always enjoyed ‘creating’ – writing for newspapers, doing surrealistic portraits of whales and ing show. Having hailed from the Country Music Capital of Australia (yes, Tam-

from far and wide and your story is important. That said, throw me your musings and I’ll love them all the same! When on exchange in the UK, I was newspaper. I want everyone to expe-

work with a rural edge. There are a lot diverse student population.

April Broadbent Online Editor

As a second-year Communication and Japanese student, I enjoy acquir-

ink and paper in your hands.

styles and media. I’m excited for the future of Arbiter and the ideas that

follow us on twitter to keep updated on its progress as well as Arbiter’s progress. All of our articles and full versions of our short story excerpts

I spend far too much time on the internet, so it makes sense to take on the role of Online Editor. That doesn’t


can’t get your hands on a print copy, don’t worry - you won’t miss out!

nothing can ever replace the feeling of

Joshua Wells Clubs/Sports Editor

As a second-year journalism student, I have always enjoyed watching at; so somewhere along the track I tor and sports journalist working for

my love and passion for sports with to other sports journalist hopefuls to show their potential. I look forward to


contents... Features 6

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Campus news in brief Mt Gravatt Relay For Life by Jessica Jordan

For Life is an inspirational overnight fundraising event that honlife. Each Relay is a community-led, non-athletic event where teams fundraise and then join together in the Relay event. There, teams take it in turns to walk round a track for 12

Right now we are currently seeking teams of 10 – 15 people to fundraise in their local communities to support the work of the Cancer Council. Every participant pays a registration fee of $20 and then is asked to fundraise to attend the event. raising there are many tips and tricks

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dent Research Forum. Involving Universities from Asia and Europe, this

nationalities and providing an opportunity to showcase world-class education and research. This year we are excited to announce -

opportunity for students to develop professional relationships with fellow research scientists that may ultimately

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by Jessica Musulin President

Hosting the Australian Inter-varsity Debating Championships, successful results from the World Universities Debating Championships, and what’s next for the society…

tory. Over the 2nd-6th of April, 450 university students from across the country gathered to participate in the -

eight. Tournament



President Jessica Musulin said that the tournament was hugely successful and widely regarded. “The positive ing community was overwhelming. Many people from other institutions approached me and said that it was one of the most organised and value-for-money tournaments they have ever attended.” Peter Coulson, the other Co-Convenor for this tournament also added “We were extremely lucky to have the

this size.”

The Championships THE tournament competes in the Austures two teams of three people in each


that each team must have at least two hour to prepare their team’s case, and ious topic areas such as economics, health, education, international rela-

not competed internationally.” ative action requirement, where at least one third of competitors from

law and order. Australia’s status as the is one of the reasons why Australia has (having won the World Championships means that the competition was tough at all levels.

Being able to adjudicate with some of the most respected debaters in the world was extremely memorable The tournament is also distinct from many other competitions in that is has certain requirements for new the Deputy Chief Adjudicator’s of this lor, explained that “the tournament is a pro-am tournament, which means

in the world” Josh added. -


World Championships THE successful trip to Berlin in January, where they sent one team and one adjudicator to compete at the World ships. The team, made up of Jessica Musulin and Josh Taylor, made it the tournament, which put them in the top 16 teams in the world (out of the 400 teams there). In the process, they were victorious over some of the -


results. At the previous year’s tournaso to improve this much was very exciting.”

very successful tournament judging pionships. “Judging at Worlds was an amazing learning experience” he said.

What now? WITH now turn their attention to the Ausin Kuala Lumper, Malaysia this July, Championships in Chennai, India this contingent to the Women’s Australa-

one-day tournament which features competing universities The University of Technology and Bond University.

land Cup is a great tournament for experience without having to pay an expensive registration fee and inter-


Not the Katterstrophe most were expecting Douglas Roche

Indeed, Katter has a strong history of championing Indigenous rights – not

IT to refrain from discussing politics during his Championship Dinner speech. The maverick MP, with a penchant for foot-in-mouth disease, came in true to form with a speech that ranged from gers of mining. It was at once moving and frusemotionally strong. Katter’s passion presents a refreshing change from the emotionless, forced rhetoric that Ausspeak. Howls of shame rocked through the crowd when Katter said words to lia 300 years ago. He clearly meant

title. A

confrontater Jenny Macklin over her support for (white) 99-year pastoral leases demonstrates his stance on the issue, as does Noel Pearson’s view of him as a reformer. Not many MPs would have stayed for the entire occasion, nor incited

that no European valued Australia audience this didn’t come through.


true that Katter’s views are controverever that Katter is passionate, entertaining, and at the very least, true to his values.



I still call the N44 computer lab home by Peter Sams

although lacking in any real social utilIT


independent journalism can and will provide a greater and more enriched university experience. I have now decade… wow! Even after all this time I still feel a sense of loyalty to the old girl. Like if an open confrontation. But I might

parliament and spent his time widely criticising everyone and everything that led to his result, reminiscent of a

... sitting there in between the international student watching StarCraft matches and the

perfect. But this institution, still in And the students who chose to come

her rivals. The students who choose to come to -

down their address and make a quick

mesmerised by GIFs

activities’ I’ve noticed at that property.

studying courses that were designed in the 50’s is not going to prepare

measured. mind for academic excellence, per-

had a variety of good value a nutriI don’t think that can really account

style concrete architecture to produce -

of marketing slogans over the years. ‘Know more, do more’ provides a simple equation for achieving success, a call to action to unleash your potential and ‘get smarter’ implies our tar-

realise that a good education means more than any amount of sandstone or realise that that famous red stands for passion and a love of learning.

computer and immediately make up the data which is going to form the

marketing has helped promote our values and image within the community, which are primarily red. Red is sents danger, passion and aggression.

so, classic landmarks like the goanna


was currently smelling.

ring road, the canary yellow Johnson that is the arena – have painted the

skills of ‘staying up of his ass’, a skill -

with a group of peers who’ve stood up

variety of characters, like that one guy laptop in the N44 project room, which to my knowledge is the only such project room on the campus. There was


ett’s speed through water can only environment which required speedy

of their performance. I realised something that I’ve always known, I still


An Honourable College April explores the back story of Honours College and why it has attracted criticism. Josh discusses what goals and outcomes the Honours College should be achieving, and reforms necessary to achieve that success.

Why do we have an Honours College? THERE are three kinds of people who those who are in it, those who want to

itself as a highly sought-after program dents.

What exactly is the Honours College

tion as an education institution. Many

McConachie concedes that a small proportion of students don’t really do

it looks impressive on their resume. and swampland rather than artfully sprawled across perfectly manicured often perceived as an upgrade. “We had an issue where some students were using us as a stepping Honours College Manager Jeanne McConachie said. There was a strong culture of (after failing to meet the OP requirements of their preferred insti-

our sandstone rival.

student retention. The Honours College was created and marketed to prospective students as a program for high-achieving students to access development experiences. Two years dents who were already studying at

sonal support. Honours College stu-


McConachie to edit their resumes and discuss career plans. The College also links students with an academic mencompetitions, and also helps with applications for such activities.

Even though it’s available everywhere, someone else is actually packaging it for you While you can access resume help College is the personalisation. “Basically what you’ve got is a mentor who is very interested in helping you achieve your goals. The exclusivity is,

As the size and reputation of the

The minimum requirements to maintain a place in the College are a 5.5 GPA and attendance at three annual events or equivalent alternative activities; orientation, leadership development evening and the annual symposium. contentious. Critics have two major issues with the way the College operteria, and its monopoly over certain activities. have with the College is that they per-

someone else is actually packaging it for you,” Dr McConachie said.

the admission requirements for a commencing place and the admission requirements for a continuing place.

more successful graduates and raise

updated on opportunities for scholarships, competitions, leadership pro-

of selection criteria, students with more co-curricular, leadership and community activities in their application win out over more academically

a place in the College as a motivation

some are exclusive to Honours College -

and access to student opportunities. The aims of the College expanded

Dr McConachie said that this year


OPINION there were OP 1 students who didn’t didn’t have any leadership or community engagement. must have a minimum GPA of 6.5 to dents. When Honours College students participated and were successful in extra-curricular programs, the university promotion, media coverage and word of mouth generated greater interest and, according to Dr McConachie, greater participation from the general student population. The

leadership and community engagement. The admissions system assumes that OP is an accurate predictor of student success at university. High

aren’t in the College have to seek out opportunities themselves. The next issue is whether it is fair to provide exclusive support to some students. If the College aims to groom

not excel at high school are left with an

greater prestige to the University, then

Honours College. The second point of contention is the exclusivity of Honours College and whether it is fair for the university to provide extra support to particular

students who most adhere to the College standards of a model student and

Dr McConachie argues that it’s not true that Honours College has exclusive access to extra-curricular pro-

est opportunities and support. Dr McConachie is keen to point out that she does provide support for other students. “I work with students who want prestigious external

Dancer as an example. promoting these activities to its stu-

helps many high-achieving students

most successful students. the College are seen as free to coast

ship) with a minimum 5.5 GPA and no co-curricular involvement. Meanwhile, outside the College students with a 6.25 GPA and extremely high levels of participation in activities that versity are denied access to the College support system and aren’t even eligiaims of the College, does this make Despite these criticisms, the Honstudents and the university. The Coling a drive to achieve and succeed, in encouraging extra-curricular participation, and in creating greater academic competition on campus. There is certainly room for improvement in the system, in the interests of fairness, encouraging excellence, and meeting the aims of the Honours College.

What’s wrong with Honours College? By Joshua Taylor

IN the traditional scholarship system, high achieving students are granted achieving top marks, and often community participation. It is an investment; the university invests money to

exists as an extension to this principle. But under the current model, it does not. And all the while students worthy of investment miss out. there. Demand that people who want to claim the prestige, academic supthe Honours College actually earn it. Allow outside students to challenge current students for their places to ensure we are incentivizing the very

the requirements, and demand results. port structures to students who are proving their worth to the university from outside the college.

In exchange ... they receive a range lesser mortals are not entitled one can outline what the goals of the Honours College actually are. Jeanne McConachie, Director of the College, outlined two overarching goals. The to keep, high achieving students. The second is to develop ‘future leaders’

Now, I have no issue with either of legitimate marketing choices of the But let us stop pretending that

applications. The reality is many successful high school students struggle at university, while many who were average – or indeed, merely very good – students shine at university. The initial intake process for the university is goals. it stands now is that it accepts this intake of students, and largely considers itself done. In order to remain in the College, nothing of value to the They are required to attend some


OPINION makeshift one-day mentoring program and go a symposium once a year Academically, they are required to keep an astounding GPA of 5.5. Onerous. In exchange for this rigorous entitled. These include graduating with the title of ‘Honours Graduate’ (even if your GPA is right on 5.5) indiuniversity life, access to events facilgames and university events) under the guise of ‘leadership experience’, and most importantly of all – money to go to events. Dr McConachie argues that almost

it is true that outside funding is availtrue that theoretically students could do all the things Honours College stu-

The College points its success to as ient. They claim the right students are students achieve extra-curricular suc-

are at unique advantages in having the university funding entity funding at times, or at least facilitating, their university academic and co-curricular life. Otherwise, what could the appeal

university. But when asked why other students who achieve high extracur-

It is true that students who do not not particularly taxing on the university. It is also true that many students

higher. But when asked why people with high academic results are not

are the very people that the university

they again say it is not the only factor.

But let’s not mess around, the Honacademic success and community suc-

‘Honours kids’ go as another. This is other students in the contingent and is a practice that simply must change. Alas, this gripe aside, we return to my original question: what are students within the College doing to

taken, the most meretricious students are involved. If it is true that the university’s goal is to develop and groom the next generation of leaders, the College showing development towards those

College opportunity, they claim that it is not the only indicator. They claim the right students are

exclusive delegations to Model UN competitions. That is to say, ‘normal’

year. This ensures that every year,

Given that one requires a GPA of 5.5 ered to join, it seems that the College the College in regardless of if they do nothing of worth. osition is this – turn the College into dent must reapply at the end of each

resources to develop and those who are dragging the chain are cut loose.

Further, resentment from students outside the system will decrease. If high achieving students feel like they have the opportunity to join on merit, they will more likely respect the system. Lastly, if the university values the lar success, far more resources should of students involved in those programs. But that is another story. Under the scholarship system, stuthe university demands outcomes for its money. It is high time the Honours College starts using the fees we all pay wisely and does the same.



Taming the most marginal seat in Queensland -

by Guy Creighton

WHEN the federal seat of Moreton was founded in 1901 as part of Australia’s Federation, it was much like the rest of the former colony that surrounded it. The area was mostly residential with some light industry and farming.

Party, holds the seat with a wafer thin margin of 1.1 percent. Of course there are other reasons that casts light over the electorate’s current predicament. The deposing of Kevin Rudd, More-

voters, spurring a 12 percent swing against Perrett. steads, stations, or farms. The roads were sparse and unsealed,

locomotive. Just north of the electorate was A major stud cattle station still of Indooroopilly today.

harsh and untamed. Nowadays, the high arch sandstone mortar; the now sealed roads are populated with modern cars. Although Moreton has domestiand technological sophistications, it

that gives it the quality of seeming untamed. After more than a century of humdrum voting, dissatisfaction to the surface. It should come as no surprise, then, that Moreton lays claim to the title of land’.


And if the history of the seat is anyOn political aspirations, Moreton

regained government and the seat in 1990.

ernment in disarray.

I had a good feeling from people that there was a mood for change

severe life of the 1900s, and a wish to harness this federated potential.

Perrett’s position going into the

scheme and the mishandling of the -

smoke from factories. It was quiet

ship speculations have only hampered

hands of whoever held government. And if one were to run with this logic of the opinion polls, Moreton would

land and an increasingly diversifying population has Perrett still in with a shot of holding his seat. His chief opponent, Malcolm Cole of

Despite Moreton voter’s disen-

would not take place. While Perrett’s primary took a candidate Malcolm Cole only gained just over a two percent swing. Greens’ surprise, garnering a swing of more than eight percent. In the end, the move away from the

preferences meant Perrett would retain his seat, despite Cole claiming the majority of the primary vote. “Elissa’s preferences is what got us over the line,” Perrett admitted. 2010, people went to the polls and elected Julia Gillard as their Prime Minister.” Nevertheless, a series of political

After losing on a slim margin in spondent for the Courier Mail said his last campaign was marred with disorganisation. ple within the LNP suggested that I should run – I was only preselected called the election,” he said. “[While] it was a rush, I think mentally, I was ready to do it. Cole said the reasons for his candinomic views. watched with a lot of frustration the way the government just wasted money that is just too hard to come rewarded for working hard. “And we seemed to have this great prosperity in our nation and I


scratched my head, wondering how

from people that there was a mood for change. And so the result that we got

three years.” Although failing to recognise the within this period, Cole’s views still holds currency with voters. ment; not taxing people to the death, spending money in the right places

views are at odds with Cole’s leader.

get.” Cole received just over a four percent swing after preferences were counted, leaving him with 49 percent of the vote. But responding to questions on the surge in popularity with the Greens in the same election, Malcolm was clearly sceptical.

explained, “It certainly wasn’t considered a target seat, and it wasn’t conelection night, so we were very happy with the outcome.” “Because I have grown up here I know the people. I had a good feeling

things we can do is get the government out of the student’s pocket,” he said. “I think more importantly, the thing to go to when they graduate. “We’ve released our ‘real solutions’

force in politics. Of course less than a month later they were signing up into a formal coalition and have since dictated policy to the government such as

voting for the greens is not an alterna-

students is getting the economy working.”

Round 2

Honey, it’s not you; it’s your party

wants to cut funding to higher educa-

Education policy notwithstanding, nessed a good result. “The margin for the seat was over

announcements on higher education strategies, (although stating the LNP would repeal compulsory student union service fees) Cole instead chose to talk rhetoric on the economic future.

AFTER a narrow defeat at the last election, Cole is running again, now with more volunteers, a stronger personal resolve and campaign wisdom election. But, like his leader, Cole preferred

IN reply to a question on whether he

get into a personal commentary on his opponent. -

party’s policy. “He’s voted with the government to


NEWS & FEATURES paign this time is three tenets, tenets “They are compassion, love of community and courage. Courage is something I got from Moreton voters who took that leap to vote for me last time round.” In their appeal to the student vote, Elissa said the Greens would implement universally free tertiary education. “The Greens are really passionate

practically implemented. ert right now pushing for $50 dollars allowance.


Tax, which in particular has turned “He’s voted with the government on

However, Malcolm concluded, negativity was not part of his campaign. and from that point of view, I feel that I have a good understanding of fourth generation local.

You winnin’, champ? election’s outcome however, the LNP dent. “Moreton as a seat has a history of just hanging in with the government, years that Gary Hardgrave [the preand that he would lose his seat every time. But he held the seat for 11 years. can’t. “I think this electorate is a real toss of a coin; there are great swathes of versa. “I think it could go either way.”


Green power ANOTHER candidate throwing their hat in the ring for the second time in Moreton is Greens candidate Elissa Jenkins. Jenkins, a media relations profestor, said she was a veteran campaigner despite her youth. In her mid-30s Elissa has already

If we had a winning would be totally possible

However ideal these policies may seem, this type of Greens policy has tional appeal more than it does of expediency.

Tied hands has a material chance on winning the tique on the limitations of the major parties. In considering Graham’s incumare tied”. “I think that those who support Graham Perrett really want to see education, health, social justice and environmental issues addressed and Graham unfortunately is part of party that is not prioritising those things. the fact that things that I am passion-

In 2004, Jenkins ran for the federal seat of Bonner, in 2005 she ran for the and again in 2006 in the same electorate. After receiving over 16 percent of the primary vote in Moreton in 2010, Jenkins is hoping to continue the momentum this time round. port and the courage of the Moreton voters to vote for the Greens,” she said -

All the same, the election will ineving to Jenkins. “The Greens don’t take funding campaigns. ing issues for the Greens. If I have the same level of funding as the two major parties to run a campaign, then I think

funding from those areas. -

NEWS & FEATURES A tough innings

Perrett and his colleagues, minus survived months of media and insider fuelled leadership speculation only to -

ready to face the people once again.


teacher, the Building the Education Revolution program was something I was pretty proud of,” he said. on his government’s education track record with the introduction of the Gonski reforms.


thanks to his friend to the north. electorally, is Kevin Rudd and you change the leader overnight, people found that very disconcerting.

rattled people when they woke up with Asked whether Graham resented the leadership change, he responded, “People certainly did make a point of “But the reality is in 2010 people went to the polls and elected Julia Gillard as their Prime Minister and I am passionately against changing the leaders every time the polls go up and down.” After the interview, Perrett had the chance to practice what he preached nent.

Incumbency in review tensions of a hung parliament and a party with terminal confusion over who should lead it, Graham said he was happy with what he had achieved. major focus for me and we’ve already -

investing in universities, passing the Murray-Darling plan, investment in education; we’ve got a lot through.” arguing the LNP’s own position was hypocritical.

Tony Abbott will be Campbell Newman on steroids when it comes to cutting

seat, the only thing that has really focused people’s mind in Moreton,

Newman on steroids when it comes to cutting, he has already said he is com-

date can do now is campaign until the “When you’re in a marginal seat, everyday is a campaign so it really is no change for me,” Perrett concluded. my opponent has started turning up.”

The lucky country “They voted against it saying it would destroy the mining industry, now they turn around and say we should have taxed harder. prices of iron ore and coal are rel-

But much like his opponents, Per-

ment when its economy is in excellent shape. reasons to vote against the government, the fact that an opposition may tiny or releasing any serious policy costings is alarming. Regardless of the outcome on eleca seat to watch.



What makes a good teacher? by Douglas Roche

Head of English - a middle-aged

THE Gillard Government’s championing of the Gonski reforms has invoked a cascade of controversy. It’s such a

muncher’) who insisted on calling all

a stake in education, and every child deserves a good one. But how do we achieve this without an unlimited

in the class, dealt out in equal measure to all. At the centre of all this was

issue through the viewpoint of my experience at school. Having graduated just over a year ago, the issues

unfolded. exactly have the average high school education. The school I went to – single sex, secular and independent-

that I saw there are more to do with Australian education in general rather than one particular school.

Students can so easily smell bullshit

The factors that make up a good education are many, and they all have tant is teacher quality. At my school, ple who could have achieved amazing things in any endeavour they chose. The quality that united these great educators was passion - passion for

hardened cynic, every lesson he would

literature. The sheer exhilaration that he got from the great - and some

great writers. He unlocked for me a guage, which I hope to forever retain. This level of passion is always paired with knowledge. A teacher who is an expert at what they do will engender respect among the students. Respect, in turn, leads to learning. A teacher dents will refuse to learn. The level of respect needed doesn’t necessarily dent’s friend - in fact sometimes it’s the opposite. But a respected teacher dent’s potential. At the same time, I had some teachfession. These men and women, some of them wonderful people outside the classroom, lacked either the passion or the knowledge that would have made them true educators. Many made the tragic mistake of vastly underestimating the intelligence of some of the less

‘progressive’ schools- including mine. One idea that was drilled into us constantly at school was that in a technically advanced world, where anything to teach ‘21st century skills’ rather this is that students learn lifelong skills –more universal than 21st century - through knowledge, rather than without knowledge. This philosophy rather than content. I personally think

This zeal was contagious. It ignited in

teacher, his or her profession will not


living. If it is, even with the strictest teaching style they will struggle to


viduals. An area of academia that has come to light in the past two decades is

to the lack of competence of our new generation of teachers. Here’s why. Every year we would


practicum who were apparently the sity in the state. The majority of them – with a few exceptions - lacked the gain any real sense of respect from the gies learnt during their Dip.Ed. into the classroom were most often cringeof the future of teaching, the outlook isn’t too good.

university education and selection for education programs, knowledge has through knowledge and passion that

gin. This should naturally increase the sizes are important in primary educather. I’ll look into the other side of this coin - how to deal with poor teachers - in a future issue on independence in schools.

If ... they are symbolic of the future of teaching, the outlook isn’t too good

educator. Next, we have to attract Why would a high-achieving student choose teaching when they can make in excess of three times as much as a -

on class sizes we have seen in recent years. Every parent wants their child to have the greatest amount of atten-

ily handle a class of thirty. It’s much

among nineteen. In an ideal world

fession from my own personal expe-

that a quality teacher can make. Great educators shaped my high school education, helping me and so many others access the intellectual world. Every Australian deserves such opportunity. Improving education through teacher quality is the simplest way of securing



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Liam Bryan was outstanding for

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“Going into the game I was a little

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against human rights abuse both our commitment to the defense of -

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ment for students to learn and perfect a new sport” said Geordie.

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ance after one of the most turbulent

side will cruise to a championship in formance on Anzac day. he said. “It’s about quality not quantity, we

in the opening round of the season

After a tough opening quarter of bridesmaid; we want to be the bride.” commended after former captain



cross the try line from dummy half to put his side further ahead and Williams made sure that his side would

wins, 2 draws & 5 losses for the regular season. ber. -

comb said that the Queensland side will be well prepared under Coach

points to his personal tally. score their lone try but it was not

chance this season.

competition and they will compete -

we will run rings around the competition.”

said. “Our players will be well prepared for the challenge.”



GUNS members are excited to compete at the upcoming Northern Uni Games. (Source: Australian University Sport)

by Joshua Wells enough to claim the gold medal at

what is truly a mouth-watering contest for the Games.

On top of a rigorous training proNgauamo is preparing her side for arguably their biggest challenge of -

of the most successful years of netball

Lismore. Courtney Rawson, who is presianother milestone for Rawson and

encounters,� she said. -

win the gold medal. teams,� Rawson said. Rawson said. players, including a current Australian




by Joshua Wells gold medal. “We will compete hard and continue dable side.” later this year. Early on in the competition the Vul-

intense encounter with hard hits and

ward to playing against them at this year’s games.

stream sport in Australia but is played tries, South America and few Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea. It is a full contact sport consisting plus one goalie, and is considered the second fastest sport in the world.

Games and managed to secure a third clash.

After that success, current president side that will be able to win this year’s competition.


Australians played with determination but the talent gap was too big in the end.

that we will be able to form a strong she said.



Arbiter editors hit national student media conference Shortly after Arbiter was born, two of its editors attended the inaugural Australian University Student Media Conference (AUSMC), hosted by ANU’s Woroni student newspaper by April Broadbent

AT the registration desk, we were preexercise in creativity. I chose to decorate mine with dinosaur stickers. around Australia including University the meeting hall.

our adventurous journalist qualities, of Adelaide’s On Dit. A national stuof these discussions.

fence in the courtyard. from the after-party haze to hop like into a day of workshops. Industry professionals and fellow student media groups led topics from techical how-to ern media environment. -

of top political reporter Michelle Grat-

to frankie and The Monthly Benjamin

A room full of journalists and an lated very quickly. the noise from heated discussion and smashing wine glasses as at the end of the night we discovered that the clos-


chasing Japanese whalers in the Antarctic. Zoya Patel from lip magazine explained exactly what search engine optimisation is and why it’s vital for online success. Macquarie University’s Grapeshot magazine team proudly detailed the success of their strip fund-

Security seemed to have not noticed the noise from heated discussion and smashing wine glasses

and former GetUp! National Director

what it sounds like it is. ate a forum for sharing skills and -

conference with a few more panels. The afternoon was spent chilling out with our new friends in the jeal-

social events, we chatted with editors

was a fantastic experience and we look forward to returning next year.


Dead and buried by Nicholas Ivanovic

Paintings by Arbiter contributor Paris Ball

“Bury the past.” It never occurred to me until now that the old Serb’s story mirrored my own. Back at home; I had left my elderly father. We were close once. But one night, he had picked my mother up from work and had a car crash that killed her. It was discovered that he had been drinking. Since that day, I have not spoken to him. After that, I couldn’t stand other people either: friends, co-workers, and my girlfriend. I left them all behind. But was the death of the old Serb a foreshadowing of my own father’s fate? Worse still, a foreshadowing of my own? Yet my decline had already begun. Being quite the athlete in my former life, out here I had degenerated into a graveyard ghoul. My arms and legs were now sickly thin, my hair dirty, my eyes bloodshot, my skin sickly yellow. Burying people gave me the mindset that we all die alone anyway, so why bother. But we need people in our lives or we may as well be dead. The more the old Serb and I dug alone, the closer we got to hell. Interestingly enough, news came a week later after his death that the old Serb never found the black opal. Whilst being ninety-seven feet underground, immersed in pure darkness one day, he found something else. Something not buried in the earth, but in his heart: that family was worth more than any opal. He had wanted to bury the past: all those feelings of anger, stubbornness, blame and regret. The lie was to get them here. He realised that the only legacy he had to leave behind were his son and daughter. The old Serb’s daughter was in the bar the next day after the funeral. “Can I buy you a drink, friend?” she the bartender handed me a glass of beer, it slipped out of his hand. Being fragile as the glass was, it smashed into a million pieces. It was over so quickly. I then got up. “Where are you going?” she said. “I’ve got to make a phone call. I’ve got to ring my father.”



Spirit of the Youth winner Sophie Richards

by Jameson Clifton “Every photographic image is a sign, above all, of someone’s investment in the sending of an image.” THIS quote from artist Allan Sekula is the only one to grace the ‘Favourite Quotations’ section on Sophie Richard’s Facebook. I quickly jot this down on the blank page of my notepad searching for a way to begin the interview. As we progress through the questions I actually begin to understand why she has chosen this speapproach to her work truly embodies a structured investment of time and creative input. Sophie recently won the prestigious Qantas Spirit of the Youth Award in photography for 2013, to which she made the following comment: “I seem to be somewhat burdened (in the best of ways) by an incessant need to document my surroundings and friends.” The series of 8 images captured the attention of competition judge and renowned professional photographer Polly Borland. “I ended up deciding on Sophie as her work is highly personal and beautifully rendered with a freshness,” she says. Polly Borland is an Australian photographer now living in England, with


whom Sophie will begin a mentorship sometime in the near future. Sophie, a very humble and reserved 20-year-old university student, and I met up at South Bank where I had the chance to ask her a few questions about the competition, her current work and involvement at the Queensfound a shady spot, out of the midday sun, and began. Hi Sophie, congratulations on the winning the Spirit of the Youth Awards in photography for 2013, could you tell us a little bit about the inspiration for your submission and the creative process behind it? Sure, it was basically all photographs from 2012, an overview of my year. I kind of just document everything. Yes, all one photo was 35mm, the rest were medium format.” I was looking at a quote from Allan Sekula on your Facebook, on how every ‘photographic image is a sign, above all, of someone’s investment in the sending of an image.’ What does this mean to you? I’ve encountered this more in Honours this year, because you have to have a question, and you have to respond to the question related to

out the question before they even begin working, but I kind of feel that your photos it becomes apparent as to why you’re doing it. In summary, it’s not like you’re blindly snapping away, there’s a real sense of invested time and reason in each image. In the digital age I can you mean. In regards to the competition, one of the biggest incentives is the ability to build a mentoring relationship with creative industry leaders. What are you most looking forward to learning from Polly Borland and what do you expect to get out of the mentorship? Well she’s pretty interesting because she also uses my surroundings, she does portraits, which is really what I want to get into. I think it’ll be incredibly valuable to get her input on portraiture -- she’s marry a successful professional career while still being artistic and unique, You just completed your Bachelor of Photography, and as of February commenced on your year of Honours, what made you choose QCA and what are you currently working on? Well I didn’t really want to move out of Brisbane, because I was going straight


into it out of high school. QCA seemed more, umm – QCA and QUT are pretty similar, very inverted commas there, but QCA to is more of a little community, while still being scholarly. I really liked the artists who have gone through QCA as well, in particular

choice of photographs he kind of lost the idea of

1982 I think. Also in Honours you get two supervisors. My two are Martin Smith and Marian Drew, you should check them out. It’s really the level of

you mean. So in your future career in photography do you

they’re all practitioners in their own right. tion for Honours yet, but what you have is a body of work and an autonomous text describing your research and photographs. Although I’m still working on it, it’s mainly a response to digital – an attempt to slow down the process of photography, because so much of it is disposable these days. In fact there was actually a really interesting notion I took inspiration from; a super famous photographer, Richard Billingham, who came and did a lecture at QCA, was asked what he thought about digital? He said that while he did try it, because he had so much


place, he found it confusing almost. In contrast you really only just have one huge tangent.


transferring to commercial projects, like in advertising? Do you think there is an advantage in terms of quality that’s worth the cost and time over a digital format? work is just so taboo now, because they want to be forward thinking format you’re getting a product which

niche market though. I’m sure the readers would like to know, what cameras are you using for your work these days? I’ve been using a Yashica 635 a lot recently, it’s takes medium format and 35mm, and a Mamiya C330. I also have a Nikon D90 I use as well. I really like the C330’s ability to take a less precise and sharp image, it’s more natural. On that, QCA is the only university institution in Brisbane that has a darkroom and they better bloody sort of on the edge at the moment unfortunately. I certainly hope they do decide to keep it as well, it really is such an important aspect to anyone studying creative arts especially a Bachelor of Photography and it would be a shame to see it go. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Just be passionate – really get yourself out there and experiment.

just can’t produce the same results in my opinion. One really fantastic for commercial projects is fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. It is a



Strolling through ‘Nam

Jessica Horner went from casually dabbling in photography to producing a unique insight into daily Vietnamese life

last September, however, that she became aware of the power of her own pictures. “It was when I went to Vietnam that I started getting some really good shots because I had all this stimulus says.

by Gavin Coote

hailing from southern NSW, Jessica a secondary school in Vietnam. Jessica says her photographic eye developed following high school in 2009. “For a long time it was just for fun,” she says. “Just something I’d never really done before and I got a camera “Then I would pinch my dad’s SLR and go out the back of our house which backs out onto a paddock and I would sort of play around with it.” It wasn’t until her venture overseas

week job was her main port of call, she found her love of photography come to the surface and this soon became a preoccupation. “For me, being so far away from home, it was a way for me to show people what I was doing,” she says. “By the end of the trip I sort of got to the point of being a little bit obsessive perhaps where I would go out in Hanoi on a weekend for no other purpose wandering around taking photos, particularly in the old quarter.” Jessica says the street life provided an abundance of opportunities for gathering insightful snapshots of the local culture.

“Everyone in Vietnam and Asia in general live their lives out on the street,” she says. “It’s like being in a happening at any given time and I loved being able to capture that.” “It used to freak my mum out because I’d say that I’d been wandering down alleyways. “And having only travelled to western countries her picture of alleyways was like dark, dimly lit streets that you don’t want your daughter going down, let alone when she’s in a foreign country by herself.” For a time Jessica was the only westerner living in her entire city. “Some of my students had never met a white person before,” she says. “They’d never met someone that wasn’t from Vietnam or China.” “We really take that for granted in Australia - you walk down a street in Brisbane or Sydney and you’ll pass



Dining Review: Cafe Rossa

by Audrey Courty PASTA that tastes like gruel. Chicken dent, college dining can be so foul that Gordon Ramsay would have to invent new expletives to describe the experience. But there is a light at the end of the Johnson Path. Situated in the Nathan dents a much-needed relief from fast food binges and cafeteria slop. Their Italian-inspired menu features an affordable selection of homemade pasCafe Rossa as it delivers healthy dishes without compromising taste. It’s than Will Smith in his 20s. In a true Italian fashion, the pastas are simple and to the point, emphaingredients. A personal favorite, the ravioli ($9.00) is made with a velvety with a creamy leek and mushroom


sauce. It’s essentially a bowl of wellsourced, hearty ingredients that impresses with its ability to make quality dining accessible to students. Similarly, the lasagne ($12.50), served in a ceramic pot, is a comfort food hit. The combination of the sweet Bolognese and melted Parmesan cheese pressed in between layers of warm, al dente pasta is ideal for students that crave a homely meal. Best shared among friends (or for private pig-outs), the pizzas are served by the metre (20cm: $7.00; 50cm: made bases with rosse (tomato basil) or bianche (mozzarella base). They range from the popular Meat Lovers to the more elaborate options decked out with tzatziki, caramelized onion, pancetta, roast beef and banana chilli, to name a few. Served straight from the oven and onto wooden pans, the rustic presentation of the pizzas complements their authentic, Mediterranean

is a casual, cosy atmosphere. Cafe dining, allowing plenty of room for students to kick back amongst friends. While it’s usually swamped with customers, service is always quick and dependable. This is also facilitated

go. Hailing from Bolivia, their Foglia

Other options include Cafe Rossa’s as a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads and pastries. It’s only been open for a year and yet Cafe Rossa has already proven itself to be a welcome addition to Nathan campus dining. Unfortunately, for residents, the idea of returning to cafeteria junk after a Cafe Rossa experience will be akin to exchanging your new BMW for a tricycle.


The Master Review by Richard Houlihan

Those who admire the auteur work of Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) will know what to expect from his most recent

THICK with art, talent, and originality, it dares to be wildly eccentric (“milkshake” can no longer be mentioned without making me think of blood. made a worldwide religion sweat before its theatrical release while making an impression at the Venice Film Festival, winning Best Director for Anderson and Best Actor tied between his two actors, Joaquin Phoenix and The Master’s thoroughly deserved accolades, it just falls short of being a masterpiece. Freddie Quell, a disturbed man strugety. He’s an alcoholic, a womaniser and his violent outbursts get him into trouble wherever he goes. One night, a drunken Freddie stumbles onto a boat occupied by a religious movement group who call themselves “The Cause”. He meets their festive leader who sees something in Freddie and accepts him into the movement. Anderson has cited L. Ron Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) as his inspiration for writing the Lancaster Dodd character. While there are simicult and the real-life religion, Anderof the latter. The Master instead incorporates various themes that relate tional post-war America, alienation, and hard-boiled men driven by lust,

obsession, and paranoia. The movie’s main focus is the character interaction between Freddie and Lancaster. Could Lancaster’s pseudo-

a stormy performance that never feels cartoonish. Amy Adams has the low-key role of Dodd’s supportive wife Peggy. With-

inability to cure his quick-tempered guinea pig? However, for an intriguing subject, The Master made me confused about how I felt about it. There’s no sense of twist to the story, nor is the movie critical of its own cult. Some background characters are there to insinuate that Lancaster is a liar and a cult leader, but does Lancaster himself believe in the things he espouses? While the movie fails to maintain a

Phoenix (she spends most of the movie sitting in a chair, pregnant), Adams’ performance as Peggy is almost disturbing. Shot in 70mm (twice the width

chemistry crackles with energy. imposing appearance of a high-minded leader, while bringing that antagonistic vibe to Lancaster. The acting standout is Joaquin Phoenix, giving what is arguably the performance of his career. The actor, who it seemed was crumbling from that retirement/ rapper hoax, is in risky business. Gaunt, sick-looking with stooped shoulders and a palsied mouth, Phoenix psychically transforms himself as psychologically-damaged Freddie. It’s

movie is gorgeous to look at from the opening shot of the ocean. The print is crisper and the contrast between light and dark colours is impeccable. It’s a stunning recreation of the 1950s, cant long scenes and hypnotic score to After The Master ends, there’s an unescapable feeling of wanting to know more. This either adds to the blemishes exist in the source material, they don’t skewer the talent and artistry involved. Nevertheless, this is a movie that will cause people to analyse various things about it and warrants repeat viewing. The Master is a movie worth celebrating. 4 out of 5 Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.



Rachel Hill 18, B. Business/Events Management Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? I don’t think it should be cut that much. It’s a lot of money to cut from universities. Most uni students have to fund for themselves. What is your favourite campus hangout? best food What do you feel needs addressing in the nation? I don’t know, this

Tenielle Lamb 21, B. Accounting/Business Management (Honours) Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? I noticed the cuts paying to go here so it’s a little unfair. Uni should be free like in part of Europe. What is your favourite campus hangout? I come, I go to class, I leave. What do you feel needs addressing in the nation? I can’t think of

paid much attention.

Nick Price 19, B. Communication Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? For people that go from school and don’t go to university, it makes sense. They’re changing what smaller uni classes like journalism, it might become bigger class sizes, more What is your favourite campus hangout? I really like the library.


Apai Ukuno 22, B. Business Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? No. It sucks as we’re already struggling as it is. We’re working and studying at the same time, it puts even more pressure on us. What is your favourite campus hangout? I’m an in and out person What do you feel needs addressing in the nation? Let’s get rid of Julia Gillard, what has she done? She doesn’t pay attention to Australian society, what about the people here.

Wilson Li 29, Higher Degree Research student at Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sports Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? No. When you cut funding the students will feel the burden, especially international students. What is your favourite campus hangout? Campus heart What do you feel needs addressing in the nation? My concern is that uni is driven from money and ance of interest between schools and universities.

Georgia Thompson 20, B. Business/ International Business Do you agree with the tertiary education cuts? Education is education in the end. More funding is going to help people go to uni. What is your favourite campus hangout? College, uni bar What do you feel needs addressing in the nation? The education That $5,000 start-up scholarship is how I got to uni.

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Arbiter Edition 1 2013  

The very first edition of Arbiter Magazine, Griffith University's Student Magazine. Featuring a wide variety of student work, including feat...

Arbiter Edition 1 2013  

The very first edition of Arbiter Magazine, Griffith University's Student Magazine. Featuring a wide variety of student work, including feat...