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Surviving your first trimester checklist
Down the world’s most dangerous road
2018 on film
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Hello and welcome to 2018! Chances are you picked up this mag by accident because you thought it was a discount voucher booklet… or you are having lunch on the deck, your phone battery is down to 10% and you happened to find this on the table. However you came to be reading this, we are excited to meet you! Getamungstit is the student magazine for Griffith Gold Coast campus. We write a range of exciting content (we hope) from feature articles to interviews and reviews. We run six print editions every year as well as online content designed to entertain, inform and get you excited about uni life. And best of all, the mag is completely free. Here are a few reasons you should keep an eye out for Geta on campus: 1) We love to showcase student work. In addition to our writers, we accept creative contributions of photography, stories, creative non-fiction, poetry and artwork from students to show off exciting local talent. 2) You might see yourself. Our regular editions feature Vox pop interviews as well as the Snapped on campus feature with pics from parties and events on campus.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome to the first issue of Geta for 2018. With 2017 well and truly behind us we can only look forward to the year ahead and for the students, it’s going to be a big one. Before I get too ahead of myself, please let me introduce myself. I am Harriet and I am the new President of the Student Guild for 2018. Nine times out of ten I am the redhead hanging out in the Program Officer’s office so if you’ve ever spent any time in there we’ve probably crossed paths. Back to the exciting year of 2018. Finally the Commonwealth Games are upon us and our campus is going to be buzzing with excitement. For those of you who aren’t going to get caught up in the excitement of the Games, I’m sure we can all look forward to a two week break to catch up on Netflix. Did I say Netflix? I’m sure I meant note taking.
event of the year. Race Day is back and it’s back in a BIG way because 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Student Guild Race Day. And what an event this is set up to be; if I can pass on one piece of wisdom to you all it’s that this event is not one to be missed. There is a lot going on this year so I must mention the importance of not falling behind in your studies. It’s never fun playing catch up when exams come around and wishing that you’d just put a little more effort in earlier. So now that my conscience is clear and I’ve ticked the box for ‘study pep-talk’ my final thought is this… 2018 is going to be an incredible year and I hope that all of you can GETAMUNGSTIT (I couldn’t help myself). Harriet Nash Student Guild President
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SURVIVING YOUR FIRST TRIMESTER: CHECKLIST Hayley Payne/Geta team Every year Geta publishes an essential checklist based on the accumulated wisdom of those who have gone before. Work through this list to make sure you survive the first few weeks at uni (and that you feel organised AF while doing so).
O-Week Collect your student card from Student Admin (beware of long O-Week lines). Double check your enrolment details (talk to Student Admin if you are unsure). How will you travel to uni? Public transport: Purchase a student go card and apply to be eligible for tertiary concession fares at translink. com.au/tertiary (visit the Student Guild for more information).
- Driving: Purchase a parking permit if you will be parking on campus, or look into carpooling.
- Bike: Visit the Student Guild to obtain access to the End of Trip Facilities including showers and bike storage.
Take a campus tour during O-Week (you will be glad you did this once classes start). Attend everything you can during O-Week â€“ both academic and social. Go out of your way to meet new people. This is your opportunity to make friends that will stick with you through your degree. Check out any support groups that you may be eligible to join. Get real life advice from someone who has been through the same process by investigating mentoring options available through your school and Student Services. Stock up on stationery. Read your course profiles and note assessment dates.
Surviving your first trimester checklist
Confirm your text book lists. Check out Student Services website, Guild textbook fair and Facebook for second hand book options. Investigate scholarship options on the Griffith website (you won’t regret this). Visit the Guild website to see if you are eligible for any bursaries or scholarships. Pay your student service and amenities fee. Collect your O-Week freebies. Nominate to defer or pay your fees upfront (make sure you have selected the correct option). If you don’t have a drivers licence you will need to obtain a Proof of Age card for entry to 18+ events. Still need accommodation? Check out the Guild website for available listings and information on accessing our free bus service to help you view accommodation in O-Week.
Week One Double check your class times and locations. Speak to people in your courses. They could be future friends, study buddies or even note takers when you are absent. Write your assessment due dates on your Student Guild wall planner and add them (with reminders) to your phone. Get to know the Library and learn how to check out books. Sign up for helpful Library workshops such us ‘Referencing’. Familiarise yourself with ‘myGriffith’ and ‘Learning@Griffith’. They are an integral part of your uni life. You can seek help at the Library if you get stuck. Set your goals and expectations for the trimester and make sure you understand your course requirements. Your marks now will influence your overall GPA so it is best to ask questions or seek support early on.
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DOWN THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD Fruzsi Gál
A winding road through rainforest-covered mountains towering high above? Check. Numerous deaths in the history of that particular road? Check. A sore bum? Check. The best experience. Of. Your. Life? Check. There are a few things in my life I’m quite ashamed of, but not knowing where Bolivia was when I first came across an internship opportunity that I ended up doing there was a particularly bad one. The fact that at first I assumed it was in Europe was made worse by the fact I actually come from Europe. But let us not dwell on the past. Having spent almost three months there, I can now assure you: Bolivia is very much in South America and it is the most incredibly culture-packed, vibrant, interesting country I have ever set foot in. If you are anything like I was and don’t have the slightest inkling of what Bolivia is wrongly infamous
for (cocaine), what it is truly like (imagine a complex, thriving, colourful flower that blooms against all odds – a bit like that, except with reggaeton playing in the background), and what is there to do (besides gorging yourself on the most amazing food), you have come to the right place. And although there is an abundance of places one must visit, and an even bigger number of things one must do and try, there is also an experience no other country can provide – mountain biking down Death Road. Besides its trust-inducing, familyfriendly name, Death Road also has a history that is very close to, if not even worse than, what you’d imagine the history of a road named Death Road to be like. Luckily, our amazing tour guide, Neil, had a story or two to share with us every time we stopped to take a breath, which not only served as great reminder Down the world’s most dangerous road
why safety procedures must be followed, but also allowed us to dwell on the history behind such a big part of modern Bolivian tourism. Essentially, the 64-kilometre stretch connects the town of Coroico in the Yungas region to Bolivia’s de facto capital, La Paz. As the only means of transportation for decades before the development of a new, safer route in 2006, Death Road has had quite a grim history. A winding single-lane road following steep hillsides and the edges of hundreds of metres of cliffs, it has been named by the Inter-American Development Bank the “the world’s most dangerous road”, and rightly so. Even speeding down its rocky surface, (mostly focused on constantly and vigorously holding down the brakes on our sturdy mountain bikes), one cannot help but notice the abundance of crosses scattered along the way.
One easy and rather silly explanation is that humans are attracted to danger and to the extreme – you can’t call something the world’s most dangerous road and not expect at least one person to think, ‘I’m going to ride my bike down it’. Another explanation, one that appeals to my romanticised idea of the world more, is the landscape. How often do we get to start our day 4700m above sea level, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and end it 3600m lower, amidst the humid jungle of the Yungas? With waterfalls to ride through and fog-
covered mountains high above, who wouldn’t want to risk a few sore spots? As far as mountain biking goes, the road isn’t even particularly dangerous. Sure, there are hundred metre drops and sometimes all it’d really take is a jerk of a hand to end up falling over the edge, but the road itself is made for cars – it might be uneven and winding, but for bikes, it is wide enough not to feel unsafe. And although there were still cars passing us every once in a while, not once did it feel too narrow. As with most extreme sports, it is about the thrill, the excitement, the adrenaline – but for those wanting to live longer than that particular day, it is also about doing as the instructors tell you to do. Luckily, we ended up choosing the best company, and besides a few unlucky falls and flat tires, everyone survived. This could have been partly due to the fact that we were promised cold 11
beers at the end, and what’s better motivation than that? Bolivia has given me a lot. I’ve seen and done a lot of things I would not have been able to do anywhere else. But if you ask me what was the craziest, most adventurous thing that I would recommend to absolutely everyone – you have my answer right here.
BOLIVIA IS THE MOST INCREDIBLY CULTUREPACKED, VIBRANT, INTERESTING COUNTRY I HAVE EVER SET FOOT IN...
Although the majority of these deaths were the results of car accidents, and it is no longer the principal route from the city to the Yungas, it is estimated that at least 18 cyclists have died on the road since 1998. So why has it – against all odds, or perhaps precisely because of them – become such a tourist attraction?
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#TIMESUP Monique Hotchin Black was the colour to wear at this year’s Golden Globes, and it wasn’t because it’s a slimming colour, but one of protest and solidarity. If you’re not big on social media or if you didn’t curl up on your couch that Monday morning with the full intent of glimpsing celebrities (and ended up in tears at the power of women coming together), then you may not know what I’m talking about. But you best believe I’m about to tell you all about it. It wasn’t the award presentations at the heart of the Golden Globes in 2018, but the women donning black gowns (and men with pins) in support of the Time’s Up movement. From Elisabeth Moss’s ‘We no longer live in the gaps between the stories’ to Oprah Winfrey’s ‘So, I want all the girls watching here now to know that
a new day is on the horizon’. And even to Natalie Portman’s dig at the fact that there were no female directors nominated for best director. The Golden Globes this year was taken by women for women, with the main message aligning with the Time’s Up movement, and it was a beautiful and empowering moment to witness during one of Hollywood’s biggest award shows. The Time’s Up movement is a campaign that raises awareness and pushes back against sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. It was created in response to the Weinstein effect (a global movement in which people came forward to name famous and powerful people alleged to have committed sexual misconduct) and the social campaign #MeToo
that dominated a variety of social media platforms in late 2017. The movement was taken on board and spearheaded by a group of talented and elite Hollywood women after the Time’s Up movement was announced in the New York Times on 1 January 2018. It took the form of an open letter structured as an advert with the desire to support women, men, people of colour and LGBT communities. The open letter also asked for support and ‘a significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across all industries’. The women and men of Hollywood heard and listened, many taking to social media to show their support before the Golden Globes and well after. One of the many factors that gave the cause momentum was the timing. As mentioned earlier, the Time’s Up movement was a response to the #MeToo campaign after the scandal with Harvey Weinstein spread like wildfire with many allegations of sexual harassment and assault levelled against the Hollywood producer. The #MeToo movement saw a flood of people sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, and not just in the entertainment industry. And while the Time’s Up movement was led by the women in the entertainment industry, it embodies and amplifies the experiences of women from all industries, including the ones that aren’t so glamorous. This speaks to the power or the efficacy of social media and how it helps a movement or a campaign gain momentum and soar to a height that demands conversation and change. Social media is now being used innovatively to power-up activist agendas and movements. And according to
University of North Carolina Assosciate Professor, Deen Freelon and his colleagues, the power of social media is grounded in three elements: ‘unity, numbers and commitment’. Movements and social protests (such as the #BlackLivesMatter and the #WhyWeKneel social media movements) are successfully using social media to fuel their stance and objectives. To promote unity and band people together, spread to larger audiences and even into mainstream media, and gain commitment to the cause. The Time’s Up movement was successful because it utilised social media and achieved trending hashtags with #TimesUp and #WhyWeWearBlack while piggybacking the Golden Globes to stand united in black and demand the world’s attention. While it may seem more symbolic or silent rather than active for the women of Hollywood to wear black, the action had a big impact on the Time’s Up campaign, which is now an organisation with a legal fund to help victims and survivors of sexual harassment and assault. The anti-sexual harassment movement aims to continue helping women and people from all walks of life who are victims and survivors of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. All through making conversation, raising awareness and striving to spark change at the highest of levels. To end, I’ll leave you with another powerful quote from Oprah (because why not?) that speaks to the future (which is female) and hopefully empowers you too: ‘For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up’.
2018 ON FILM
And just like that, another year’s upon us; reminding us of the inevitable passage of time and our own insignificance in a vast and uncaring universe. Luckily 2018’s got a legion of quality films in store to distract us from this. I’ve tried to avoid listing upcoming Marvel and Star Wars flicks (which you’ve probably been overexposed to already through their inescapable marketing campaigns) and instead focused on those that are just as worthy of your time, but may not get the attention they potentially deserve.
First Man (11 October) Hot on the heels of La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle reunites with Ryan Gosling for this historical biopic, based on the space race and Neil Armstrong’s career in the lead up to his role as the first person to walk on the moon. Unfortunately, unlike its predecessor this isn’t a musical, which is a massive missed opportunity in this author’s opinion – Gosling’s rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ would have been ace.
Mary Magdalene (22 March)
Annihilation (March; Netflix)
Isle of Dogs (19 April)
Looking set to join the ranks of other unconventional Biblical adaptations such as Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, Mary Magdalene concentrates on the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the titular woman, played by Rooney Mara. Trailers hint at the romantic nature of their relationship, (which won’t raise any controversy at all). The fact that it’s made by the director of last year’s tear-jerker Lion, and also features Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus, makes it one worth looking out for.
The only film on the list to be denied a theatrical release (in Australia anyway), Annihilation is author-turned-direction Alex Garland’s follow-up to 2015’s cerebral and philosophically complex Ex Machina. The plot concerns a team of scientists led by Natalie Portman who venture into a mysterious environmental hazard zone that has caused the deaths of earlier expedition members. While it sounds like the premise for a fairly unimaginative horror film, early reviews have labelled it an “intellectual” and “complicated” affair.
Wes Anderson’s films have gained a large following due to his picturesque, symmetrical visual style as well as his quirky sense of humour, and this seems to be no exception. Utilising stopmotion animation as well as a tonne of voice acting talent, Isle of Dogs depicts a future Japan where the outbreak of a canine flu has resulted in the country’s dogs being shipped off to a quarantined island. Matters become complicated when a young boy arrives looking for his former pet.
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Widows (15 November
The Nun (12 July)
Based on a British TV series from the 80s, Widows focuses on four women who set out to undertake a complex bank heist after the deaths of their bank-robbing husbands who failed to achieve the same task. Featuring acting powerhouses such as Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki while also being directed by Steven McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame) from a screenplay by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn, Widows looks set to be a smorgasbord of pure talent.
Bohemian Rhapsody (26 December) After years of development hell we’re finally getting the muchanticipated (if you’re a fan, that is) biopic of rock band Queen and its charismatic lead singer, Freddie Mercury. The film will reportedly track the band from its formation to their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Despite losing dead-ringer Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury, recent set footage has shown that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is a fitting, if unorthodox, replacement.
As if The Conjuring 2 wasn’t traumatic enough, we’re now getting a spin-off featuring easily the creepiest entity from that film. Plot details are fairly sparse at the moment, but from what’s been revealed The Nun focuses on a group investigating the mysterious death of, well, a nun at a secluded Romanian monastery. Expect extremely spooky happenings to occur.
Sicario 2: Soldado (28 June)
Mortal Engines (26 December)
The Predator (2 August)
2015’s Sicario was a tense and gritty expose of drug cartel wars and government corruption that didn’t necessarily scream out the need for a sequel. But, if Soldado is anywhere near the quality of the original, it’ll be a must-see. While not featuring earlier protagonist Emily Blunt, the film places Benicio Del Toro at the forefront. A promising choice given that his secondary performance as oneman army, Alejandro, was one of the highlights of the original.
After tackling no less than six movies totalling more than 17 hours set in Middle-Earth (if you don’t count the extended editions), Peter Jackson seems to have set his sights on another multi-film franchise, if only from the producer’s seat. Based on the first instalment in a four-volume series, Mortal Engines transpires in a dystopian future England where cities mounted on wheels roam about pillaging each other for resources. It sounds completely nuts but you watch – shares in steampunk costumes are gonna skyrocket.
Usually any announcements of reboots or sequels to beloved classics make me cringe, but this one has potential considering it’s in the more-than-capable hands of Shane Black, who not only starred in the original Predator but has also written and directed the likes of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys. Despite the absence of Arnold “GET TO DA CHOPPA” Schwarzenegger, The Predator doesn’t seem to be lacking any machismo, with it once again centred on the efforts of a squad of military types to stop the titular extra-terrestrial from going on a hunting spree, this time through suburban America.
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AUSTRALIAN MADE With GC2018 just around the corner, all eyes are firmly on Australia. So this edition Geta wanted to have a look at what is happening in the Australian fashion scene. We take a look at some uniquely Australian contemporary clothing brands that have made a mark on the international fashion scene.
* Please note Australian made refers to Australian designed or created products – many of these products may not be manufactured in Australia.
Gorman In 1999, Lisa Gorman launched her first collection ‘less than 12 degrees’ in a tiny boutique in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Today, you can find a Gorman shop inside almost every major shopping centre in the country. Gorman’s signature motifs include punchy colour palettes and hand-drawn patterns, with touches of quirky design elements that always just seems oddly, uniquely Australian. In 2007, Gorman launched an organic range, which produces clothing that are either certified organic, or are sustainable.
Quay Eyewear was founded in 1999 by Melbourne locals Linda and Allen Hammond during the summer festival circuit (Falls Festival, to be exact), aiming to make a few extra bucks to go to Bali. Soon after, their goal shifted to provide affordable, stylish sunglasses for festival-goers - and since then, Quay has become a leading Australian accessories brand with iconic styles and designs. In recent years, Quayâ€™s street cred has escalated thanks to the countless celebrities seen wearing their designs, leading the brand to collaborate with high-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, and Youtuber Desi Perkins.
In the midst of the global GFC, founder of swimwear and casual menswear brand The Academy Brand, Anthony Pitt, turned piles of excess stock in his small apartment in Bondi to five retail stores and an honourable ecommerce presence online, making a $10 million turnover every year. The Academy Brand is known for their laidback designs and classic silhouettes for the casual, everyday Australian man.
LOCAL CREATORS saboskirt.com
Graduating from the Queensland of Technology, upcoming fashion designer Arkie Barton incorporates contemporary hand-drawn patterns and bright prints, influenced by nature and her Indigenous background to create sleek silhouettes and stunning individual art pieces. While the label is still finding its feet, Arkie is definitely a designer to keep an eye on in 2018.
UPCOMING LOCALS arkiethelabel.com
While technically this online brand isn’t local, the creators are – in fact, Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas, both Queensland sisters-in-law and past graduates of Griffith, are responsible for one of the fastest growing and iconic ecommerce women’s fashion websites in the world right now. With 1.6million+ followers on Instagram and a Cosmopolitan’s Women of the Year award for Fashion Designer of the Year, Sabo Skirt currently leads the way in accessible, on-trend fashion.
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FEATURE ARTIST Sofar Sounds Gold Coast Fruzsi Gál
Music – often, and to a lot of people – is everything. We wake up to it, travel to it, make friends to it, make memories to it, go to sleep to it. Considering how much of an integral part it is of our everyday lives, how often we choose it over the sound of strangers or how much we’re willing to pay to see it live, it has also become somewhat of a background noise. We listen to it to drown out something else, or to fill up awkward silences in conversations. We talk over it, we get drunk over it, or simply only look at it through the lens. Sofar Sounds is trying to change that.
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Originally, Sofar Sounds was the brainchild of three British music-lovers, seeking to bring gigs back to their essence – the music. What started out in 2009 as a private gig at one of their houses has by now evolved into one of the biggest international music event companies. In an attempt to reintroduce intimacy to live performances, Sofar Sounds has grown to be present in over 400 cities – and as of June 2017, the Gold Coast has been one of them. The concept behind it is simple – you apply for a ticket, and if successful, you are notified of the secret venue where usually three artists perform. There are no headliners, entry fee is donationbased, and everyone is there to listen, not to do anything else. Mindy Davis is one of the two producers of Sofar
Sounds Gold Coast, and she explains how it all started. ‘Just as the founders of Sofar Sounds did, I have also felt disappointed at how partial music itself has become in a lot of gigs and events. I had heard of Sofar Sounds before, have seen a couple of videos, and have always loved the concept, but didn’t have time for it until May last year. Unbeknownst to me, I contacted the organisation around the same time that Dani Miller did – as an ex-Griffith student who had lived in London, she had been to quite a few Sofar gigs and had the same idea as I did, which was to start one on the coast. They put the two of us in touch around May, and we’ve been doing it ever since’. As an idea, it has come a long way, and that is evident in its spread all over the world. Mindy
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suggests that its growth proves how good of a concept it is, and how much it is needed in lots of cities.
nervous from our audiences listening so intently. It is a different feeling’.
‘In bigger cities around the world, they’re on every week, but here they’re only on every once a month. Nonetheless, the reception has been great. I think the Gold Coast has a lot of small, great venues and gigs, but they’re often not just about the music – we are trying to introduce a shift of focus back to the artists themselves. It is about educating the audience – our principle is ‘be still and listen’.
Undoubtedly, Sofar Sounds is what music needs on the Gold Coast. But it is also what we need. For us as a community, there has been a persistent shift towards being local, buying local, supporting local. Sofar Sounds cultivates a sense of belonging, of sharing, of pride. At the beginning, they mostly had local artists, and although there has been a few from Byron Bay and Brisbane, the gigs still remain part of Gold Coast culture.
Of course, we want people to dance or take a snippet and share it on social media, but we don’t want people talking throughout or filming an entire set on their phones. Some of the musicians are emerging artists who haven’t had the chance to play on a festival stage yet, and sometimes they get
‘We believe it is important to highlight interesting venues that we like – our first one was in a hairdresser’s, then we had an art gallery, a dance studio. It’s great because many people don’t know about these local spaces, and they often tell us that they had no idea about a particular art gallery or
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plant store being so close to them. In a sense, it is a kind of revelation, a kind of discovery - it’s about coming, watching a whole set, seeing different artists that you might not normally see in a space where you might not normally go’.
to constantly organise. Sofar Sounds is a breath of fresh air, a snippet of excitement in the rush of everyday life – something that we all need.
Although it hasn’t even been a year, Sofar Gold Coast has sold out every single gig they have done, and will probably sell out every one to come. As Mindy explains, part of its appeal is the mystery. Life is often planned out for us and it is hard to find spontaneous moments amidst a need
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Hidden Folks is a cute game very much like a modern Where’s Wally with adorable, dynamic black and white hand drawings. Explore a variety of landscapes as you search for a range of hidden figures as they move and engage with their surroundings. Quirky novelty features include the ability to interact with the surroundings and very literally poke around as you open doors and even prod crocodiles to make them roar. Hidden Folks is available for Android and iOS. Pop it on your tablet to enjoy it at its best.
If you don’t have IMDB on your phone then we are going to go out on a limb and assume that you have never watched a film in your life. IMDB is a must-have app to help you answer the constant, brain-wrinkling question ‘What have I seen that guy in before?’ The app self-touts as the biggest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information in the world and includes full cast and crew lists for pretty much every show or film ever made, as well as trivia, reviews, trailers and chat forums. imdb.com
ISA CHANDRA Blog If meat-free Mondays was one of your New Year’s resolutions then look no further than Isa Chandra’s tummy tempting collection of vegan recipes. Formerly known as Post-Punk Kitchen, the blog includes delicious offerings such as Samosa-Spiced Latkes, Breakfast Nachos and Roasty Soba Bowl with Miso Tahini. It even tells you how to trick yourself into eating sprouts with the oh-so-nommy Brussel Sprout Fried Rice. The eponymous author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, is also author to a range of great vegan cookbooks including Veganomicon and Isa Does It. isachandra.com Online
DUOLINGO App Duolingo is a highly addictive language app that helps you meet your post-modern primal urge (definitely a thing) to maximise face to screen interaction. With over 30 languages on offer (including Klingon and High Valyrian), Duolingo uses short, fun lessons to expand your vocabulary and language proficiency without making you feel like you are straining your brain to do so. It is perfect for when you have five minutes free on the tram or you want to exercise your fingers beyond swipe or scroll mode. Duolingo is free or, for a monthly fee, you can upgrade to an ad free version that can also be used offline. If you get hooked you can take your Duolingo experience to the next level by listening to stories and podcasts tailored to your level, or even get involved with a Duolingo event to connect with other learners for some face to face practice. duolingo.com
A SOFT MURMUR Website If you have ever used a computer lab on campus then you know that something to minimise the sound chat, muesli bars and, if you are there in the wee hours, snoring, is essential study armour. For many students the regular playlist wonâ€™t do the trick because the lyrics can be distracting while you are trying to read and write. This is where the magic of white noise comes in. A Soft Murmur lets you access a range of ambient background noises for free. You can choose from a range of sounds including rain, thunder, crickets, fire, birds and even a singing bowl. You can even select multiple options to make your own super mix of sounds to soothe you while you study. asoftmurmur.com
The Post 2017 116 minutes Political thriller, drama Director: Steven Spielberg Zak Johnson Issues of government transparency and the right to information have never been more relevant, so it only seems appropriate that Steven Spielberg’s latest film is an account of one of the most important whistleblowing events in modern history. And its delivery succeeds largely on the basis of its impressive cast. The Post deals with the release of the infamous Pentagon Papers, which featured undisclosed information regarding US involvement in Vietnam and surrounding areas. This was achieved predominantly through the efforts of The New York Times and The Washington Post, with the latter receiving the majority of the spotlight in the film. The conflict within the film is largely that which is faced by the various publishers, editors and journalists of The Washington Post, as they attempt to juggle their professional and personal interests with their wider obligations and ethical responsibilities to the public. This is displayed clearly in the relationship between the two central characters, Post owner, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), and editor in chief, Ben Bradlee (Tom
Hanks). Whereas Graham struggles with the position she has inherited as well as her need to ensure the future prosperity of the paper, Bradlee shows more of an idealistic streak, determined to print as much of the classified information as possible. This makes for an interesting dynamic, which is certainly helped by the fact that both roles are played by two of the greatest actors of their generation (who naturally bounce off each other incredibly well). The Post’s depiction of the lower-ranking journalists under Bradlee’s purview are worth commending as well, who are all shown with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies, rather than being depicted simply as plot tools. Pressure from business and The white House sees The Post staff’s inner turmoil grow as the stakes are raised. They are increasingly aware that their actions may have profound effects on their families and careers, not to mention the high probability of criminal sanctions being brought against them. The screenwriters and Spielberg could have chosen to focus primarily on the inner
political workings behind the Pentagon Papers or the actions of Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who released the documents. However, his decision to place emphasis on the publishers themselves, I believe, adds a much more relatable quality to the film. Rather than being undertaken by high-ranking government officials or secret agents, The Post depicts the instrumental players in the release of the Papers as ordinary people doing their jobs who are trying to do the right thing by those around them. The Post is quite methodically paced, which suits the protracted process it took to leak the reports and present them to the public. As a result it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re willing to invest in the characters as well as appreciate the historical and legal implications of their actions, The Post is a solid viewing experience. Verdict: A well-crafted and expertly acted depiction of one of the more critical events in journalistic history.
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood Monique Hotchin From the notable and extraordinary Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, best known for her dystopian story, The Handmaid’s Tale, comes a fascinating story based on real events. Alias Grace, written in 1996, is centred around one of history’s most enigmatic and notorious women, Grace Marks. Set in 1843, the novel is a hybrid of crime, mystery and historical fiction that attempts to delve into the deaths of Grace’s employer, Thomas Kinnear and his callous lover, Nancy Montgomery. As a teenager Grace Marks was
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imprisoned for the brutal murders while her alleged accomplice met the gallows. Grace’s life was only spared as she claimed she had no memory of the sinister events.
Marks that is both grubby and gorgeous as it explores the human mind and condition and steps into the mind of a convicted murderess.
Sixteen years pass with Grace locked away from the world, but her life changes when a curious psychiatrist who specialises in amnesia and hysteria comes to interview her. But his intrigue with Grace Marks intensifies as she shares her life story with him, and Dr Simon Jordan can’t help but be drawn to Grace as he attempts to unlock the secrets and the truths hidden under her pretty face and in the lining of her soul. Within the pages of Alias Grace, Atwood has constructed a brilliant and intimate narrative for Grace
Camila Cabello is only 20 years old, but has already built a rich history within the pop music scene. Starting as a finalist in the US X-Factor, she was then placed in Fifth Harmony – one of the most influential pop girl groups in recent years – producing hit songs such as ‘Work From Home’, and ‘Worth It’. But in late 2016, Camila left the group and began working on her solo music career; and 18 months later, her first selftitled album Camila was born. The 10-song, 32-minute effort is somewhat positioned as a personal statement; a declaration of artistic independence and a sheer contrast to her former group’s musical direction. It was also clear that Camila’s goal for this record was to steer away from the cut-copy formula of
pop music’s current dance-synth influenced trends, and focus more on slow-burning popinfluenced beats and ballads, also incorporating strings of her heritage with Cuban-Mexican instruments and motifs. With this, her lyrics strike a chord with her loyal listeners, often singing about both lust and love, and conveying crushing vulnerability and honesty. This record is a refreshing take on commercial pop, and Camila marks an exciting future for this new solo artist with great potential to further distinguish herself in the pop genre.
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Get the hell outta here Brisbane While life on campus is pretty great… the Uni Bar, awesome parties, Market Days (did we mention we also have a pool?)... sometimes you need to get a little further away from the books and get the hell outta here. To this end the Geta team is dedicated to showcasing the best things to do on the Gold Coast and surrounds to keep you entertained on a student-friendly budget. If you’re new to the Gold Coast you can rest assured that there is life beyond the Glitter Strip. Take a road trip up to Brisbane with us this edition – we’ve got a great day out planned for you.
MT COOT-THA Located in Brisbane’s west, Mt Coot-tha boasts spectacular views across the CBD and all the way out to Moreton Bay. Start your day with the sunrise at the Brisbane Lookout before taking a hike along one of the local bush tracks, or head back down the hill for a gentle stroll through the beautiful Brisbane Botanical Gardens. If you visit a little later in the morning you can also drop into the Planetarium. Entry is free or you can take in a Cosmic Skydome show for just $13 (concession).
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BAKERY LANE Tucked away in Fortitude Valley, Bakery Lane is the perfect stop to get your fill of urban culture. Innovative design spaces, boutique retailers and unique dining nestle together just metres away from the neon Valley. One of our favourite stops is Nom Nom Korean Eatery where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of bibimbap or bulgogi beef. Bakery Lane is also a great place to finish the day. Enjoy a refreshment at The Bowery, a low key bar styled on vintage New York dive bars serving not-to-bebeaten cocktails. If you canâ€™t get enough laneway action then watch this space. Bakery Lane (and its close neighbour, Winn Lane) are the foundation pieces of a big push to rejuvenate the Valleyâ€™s laneways to create fresh, new social spaces in the city.
EPICURIOUS GARDEN While you might have already heard of the visit-worthy weekend markets in South Bank did you know the Parklands area is also home to an Epicurious Garden? Maintained largely by volunteers, the Epicurious Garden is the place where your green thumb meets your inner foodie. The garden has your staple produce like lettuce, herbs and strawberries but is also home to some more exotic culinary treats like black sapote, cassava and amaranth. The garden has a harvest cart that gives away free produce between on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Get in early and then check out their recipe suggestions to make the most of your organic, locally grown treats.
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BUZZ. EXCITEMENT. ENOUGH SAID. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE THIS APRIL AND GET OUT AND ABOUT ON THE COAST.
ONE MILLION STARS TO END VIOLENCE
The city is coming alive in April. Outside the sporting venues, the streets are going to be packed with arts and cultural entertainment all the way from Coomera to Coolangatta. Arts, music, dance and theatre from local and international artists will be on display day and night throughout the two weeks of GC2018.
One million of anything is a lot, so you are not going to want to miss the chance to see one million woven stars in one place. The One Million Stars to End Violence is an installation in Brisbane that will be running from 29 March â€“ 15 April as part of Festival 2018.
Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise will be cultural hubs, with Broadbeach hosting the Queensland Music Stage, a space to enjoy some of Queenslandâ€™s most talented performances for free. Take in artists like ARIA nominated Kate Miller-Heidke or enjoy some indie-rock with The Jungle Giants. Festival 2018 will incorporate the ever popular Bleach* Festival this year so make sure you jump online or download the GC2018 app to check out the whole program.
Started by Samoan-Australian artist and practising weaver, Maryann Talia Pau in response to a violent murder in her community, the project was driven by the ethos of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr, and the belief that only love can drive out hate, and that symbols of love, solidarity and community can effect real change. The Griffith Library created 10,000 stars for the project. Worth a trip up to Brisbane! onemillionstars.net
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If you haven’t eaten at NightQuarter then you haven’t eaten on the Gold Coast. Boasting dozens of street style food vendors, NightQuarter is foodie heaven… unless you are indecisive that is, but we suggest you instigate a first and second dinner policy (and subscribe to the separate dessert-stomach theory).
Okay, so there’s a little bit of sport in here. If you missed out on tickets or haven’t yet had the chance to find out ‘what this Commonwealth Games thing’ is all about, it’s not too late to be part of the action. The Student Guild is running two rec trips so you can join in as ‘Griffith Takes Over’ the Beach Volleyball on 7 April and then the Rugby Sevens on 14 April. Affordable tickets and coordinated transport to the venues, get your Griffith squad together for some next level spectating.
From 5-14 April, NightQuarter will be open daily from midday to 9.00 pm as part of Festival 2018. The program will include local and international live music for you to enjoy. That’s 10 days of great eating and entertainment just a tram ride away from campus.
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FEATURE ARTIST Chern’ee Sutton Fruzsi Gál With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) so close, everyone is familiar with our mascot, Borobi the koala. What a lot of people may not know is that the designs on its feet, hands, and surfboard are by no means random – they were commissioned to be designed by 21-year old Chern’ee Sutton. As a contemporary Indigenous artist, Chern’ee has achieved both national and international success in the past few years, and her work with the GC2018 will no doubt grant her even more opportunities and an abundance of accomplishments in the future. How did your love for art start? Do you come from a family of artists? I was encouraged to enter an art competition in school when I was 13 – this was the first time I painted, and I ended up coming first. It was what sparked my passion for art. My dad is a chef by trade, and my mum has always been very creative with her hands, so I’ve always been surrounded by quite an imaginative family. Artists often go decades without the kind of success that has followed you from a relatively young age. Of course, a lot of that is talent, but do you believe there’s anything else to it? What would your advice to young emerging artists be? I think I’ve been very lucky along the way, my artwork is very unique. It’s a combination of two worlds, my ancient Aboriginal heritage and modern Australia as well. My advice to young artists would
be to find your passion and keep doing it no matter what – when obstacles knock you down get back up and keep chasing your goals. Also, giving back to community was one of the main things that got me started and got me out there in the public eye too – I donated one of my first paintings to the victims of the Bundaberg flood in 2011, and that ended up getting me out there, it practically got the ball rolling. Giving back to community really is a big part of it. Do you think you have reached a point in your life when you thought to yourself, ‘I’ve made it’, or is that yet to come? I’ve had quite a few proud moments throughout my painting career, but I think there’s always more to learn. I’d really like my art to be involved in high-end fashion, that’s one of my future goals. A touring exhibition around Europe would be amazing, or even a touring exhibition around
Australia. I’ve had quite an amazing past few years, but I definitely think there’s more amazing years to come. One of the points when I had to take a step back to fully comprehend how far I’d come was in 2014 when I won the NAIDOC National Youth of the Year Award – that was a massive shock, I really did not expect to win, but it was a huge honour all the same. Another one was when I won the Pride of Australia Young Leader award – overall, 2014 was a very good year for me. Of course, most people have heard about your connection to GC2018 and to Borobi. How did that happen, and how does it feel to have created something so symbolic, something that will be seen by millions of people worldwide? Even before the designer of Borobi itself was announced, I got contacted and was asked if I had any ideas to add an Indigenous flare to the mascot. Being able to design the hands and feet
of Borobi was a huge honour – I still get a selfie with him anytime I see him around. I think that the Games are going to be very influential – I think it’s an amazing opportunity to promote our rich and diverse culture to the millions of people watching. One thing I absolutely love about Borobi is that his feet are designed so they leave an imprint when he walks on sand – essentially, he will be leaving a trail of my designs behind all over the coast. This wasn’t the first time I’ve done something for a large organisation though – I’ve worked with a lot of big organisations, like the NRL, Tennis Australia, or Dreamworld, so a lot of the commissions are by word of mouth. I’m very lucky in that aspect. What has been your favourite? I love working with NRL, the Indigenous All Stars, I think that’s absolutely amazing. It’s not just the game itself, but all the other community and charity stuff involved. Also meeting the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge during their royal visit and giving them a painting was a very proud moment for me.
the Games. It was an amazing experience to be involved with.
What have you been doing the past year, and do you have any plans for this one ahead?
Is there anything you’d like to work on in the near future?
This year I’ve been painting for an exhibition for the Commonwealth Games. It includes 40 pieces that I’ve been working on for the past year and a half, and it’s going to be on display for the whole month of April at Sofitel in Broadbeach. I have another possible exhibition in Mount Isa next year, but I usually don’t have things planned very much ahead. I guess I’ll see where this year takes me, especially after the Games. Just recently I finished up a massive, 12-metre long painting with the Commonwealth Games volunteers – it was made up of 14 panels, and I did the centrepieces while all the volunteers (20,000 of them) added their fingerprints around the outside. That’s going to be on display at the Athlete’s Village during
There’s talk of me going to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair this year – I’d love to do that. I also have a jewellery range at the moment that I’m hoping to extend. I’ve got 28 designs, and I’d love to get a few more of my pieces turned into something wearable. Possibly get more into the fashion industry. I’d also like to travel this year.
Finally, if you had to sum up your art in three words, what would they be? Reconciliation. Colours. Uniqueness. cherneesutton.com.au
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Paul Adams: Men’s Skeet
While green and gold may be the official team colours, Paul Adams is one of the many athletes who will also be representing the Griffith University red at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). With a nursing degree already under his belt, Adams is currently completing a business degree with Griffith University and working two casual nursing jobs while he trains for the Men’s Skeet shooting. Like many athletes he is working hard to balance training with his everyday commitments such as work and study. ‘I’m just studying one subject this trimester to try and keep it low key and it’s all fitting in just nicely, so it’s good’ Adams said.
In addition to specific shooting training whenever the shooting range is open, Adams also trains regularly at the gym. ‘I’ll probably go to the gym around five times a week - an hour to an hour and a half each day. The days would be flexible and depend on how I’m feeling and how much I’m working’. Adams says the biggest focus is building his cardiovascular fitness. ‘But at the same time strength and conditioning training helps… I’m not trying to be any sort of body builder by any means but I need to be fit and strong’. This is not the first time he has represented Australia at a top level event, having competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, an experience he describes
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as a highlight of his career, and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. And while he acknowledges that the chance to compete for Olympic gold is the ultimate dream for most athletes he thinks that with GC2018 being on his doorstep, the excitement will be on par with the Olympic experience. ‘Being at home, literally in front of your own crowd you know you’re going to get the same feeling as being at the Olympics. It’s going to be absolutely amazing just to be at home and to shoot in front of a lot of people in the crowd that I know’. In what is an incredibly tense sport, Adams explains how he tries to manage the nerves and excitement once he is out on the field and
preparing to shoot. ‘I try to get relaxed. The way I get relaxed is just chatting to people and forgetting about the whole shooting side in a way because there’s nothing else I can do then, I’ve done all the training and I’ve just got to let my body do the work. The eyes and the brain help when it’s a little bit windy and you have to watch… targets might be going up or down because of the wind but the muscle memory is a huge part of it, you know. I can train sometimes (and I don’t recommend it) but I can close my eyes for some of the targets and still hit them because my muscle
memory is so acute and so fine-tuned’.
phase, Adams explains that the rest of his life doesn’t sit on pause.
It isn’t just training keeping Adams busy in the run up to GC2018. At the time of writing, Adams was speaking to Geta from the International Shooting Sport Nationals and was busy prepping for a shooting event in Sydney in early February. Adams will then head to Guadalajara, Mexico in the first week of March for the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup before entering the Athlete’s Village for GC2018 on 1 April.
‘At the same time I’ll be working as well and then I have a uni assignment due next week. I might do another subject next trimester [while GC2018 is on]… I’ve actually enrolled to do another subject’. And is Adams focused on the result? ‘I’ll just do my best, if I win it’ll be bloody awesome; if I don’t then I don’t and there’s always another day’.
Despite this busy competition
Matthew Denny Currently studying a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management, Matthew Denny looks set to represent Australia at GC2018. The current Australian Champion for discus and hammer throw, Denny competed in the discus event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and is looking to build on that experience in front of a home crowd. Denny currently holds a Griffith Sports Excellence Scholarship.
Griffith University student, Skye Nicolson will don the green and gold to compete in boxing at GC2018. Nicolson began her studies in midwifery but, inspired by her experience as an athlete with the media, has recently enrolled in Bachelor of Public Relations and Communications. She holds a prestigious Griffith University and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Sporting Excellence Scholarship. At time of print, tickets are still available for boxing. 17
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RETURN OF THE TWO-WEEK BREAK While the shift from semester to trimester has delivered many benefits, one of the most lamented changes was loss of the enshrined mid-semester break. This was a chance to set lofty goals for catching up on your work and then quickly abandon them in favour of a dedicated period of unproductive slothery. So students who have been around for a while were quick to cotton on to the fact that, world-class event on your doorstep aside, GC2018 offered the promise of a full fortnight of study free bliss. Here are our top picks for things to do when you are not out and about taking in some world class sport or exciting Festival 2018 performances.
Return of the two-week break
What are the things that give you joy that are often pushed to the side in favour of work, study, and hours of social media scrolling? Have you been meaning to start or update a blog on your pet passion for vegan beer? Schedule it in. Have you got an inner artist whose only recent creative project has been to consult on your Snapchat filter? Now is the time to unleash him or her… knit that beanie, make that papier-mâché turtle or paint your gothic reimagining of the moon landing.
On a similar vein to self-care, but much less enticing, is adulting. This is your chance to do all of those things you know you need to take care of now that you are a grown-up and, let’s hope, largely independent. Are you on your 10th casual job? Chances are you have 10 different superannuation funds. Use the break to consolidate these into one fund. This is adulting.
Maybe you have been missing some phone-free friend time or have been hanging out to sit down with a cup of tea and a good book. Use the break to find something that will nourish your soul and make you feel good.
Have you been postponing a trip to the dentist or getting a pap smear done? Use the break to book the appointments you have been dreading (perhaps for after the Games). This is adulting. If a slightly damp rag is the most aggressive cleaning product your bathroom has ever seen, invest in some bleach or whip up some bi-carb soda, and scrub those scum lines into oblivion. Set a schedule of jobs that niggle at you, pull on your grown up pants and adult like the best of them (if only for an afternoon).
Most of us talk the big talk when it comes to a Netflix binge but when was the last time you actually plonked yourself down on the couch for an all-out, hygiene be damned, multi-day viewing extravaganza? Watching several series of a show back to back is the Holy Grail of free time achievements. These are some of the best streaming shows Geta will be revisiting on the breakâ€Ś
While a Netflix marathon is the proud badge of someone with no pressing priorities, for many of us the nap is the knee jerk response to high pressure situations. When faced with extreme stress there is fight, flight and the lesser known third option of laying down and taking a nap. The latter is most often employed when you have so many things to do that your only option is to flake out and snooze though all of them.
1. Orphan Black (Netflix) Clones, conspiracy and the immensely talented Tatiana Maslany playing a host of characters, you should definitely check this out. And for those of you traumatised by TV shows with an abrupt or unplanned end, you can expect a satisfying conclusion with the upcoming fifth and final season.
We are taking a stand to reclaim the humble nap for the lazy, the hungover and for those who simply have nothing better to do. So while GC2018 rages on around you, make stress naps a thing of the past and have snooze in the middle of the day simply because you can.
2. Vikings (Netflix) Edward and Jacob who? Rollo or Ragnar (or Lagertha) is where it is at. Like most historical dramas, Vikings plays fast and loose with the truth but there is enough historical fact in there to get yourself a little wiser on the ways of the Vikings. 3. Community (Stan) Community is one of those gems that hovers in the paradoxical nexus of wildly popular yet surprisingly underrated. This quirky comedy will make you want to pack in uni to find your very own community college experience.
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AFTER THE GAMES Fruzsi Gál With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) just around the corner, the Gold Coast is starting to buzz with pride and excitement. There are facilities to be finished, events to be organised, volunteering to be done. And while no doubt the Games will put our little stretch of paradise on the international map, the question that begs to be asked is this: what happens after? Whenever a major sporting event rolls around – be that the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, or the World Cup – host cities come to life under the eyes of the world. Suddenly, industrial regions don’t seem so grey, economic problems are non-existent, and everyone seems to be full of hope. Dreams of a boost to the tourism industry, to the economy, or
even to the general lifestyle of its citizens float in the air. And while we watch, on TV or, if we’re lucky, in person, these dreams seem reasonable. Inevitable, even. But what remains of that once the last athlete has won, the curtains have dropped and we have turned off the TV? History has shown us that in most cases, what remains isn’t necessarily pretty. Host cities are chosen primarily on capacity alone, and often they are left with crumbling white elephants (unused and unnecessary sports facilities) or serious debts. However, in the past ten years or so, there has been a shift in bids for hosting such events. Professor Paul Burton, Director of Cities Research Institute at Griffith, is part of a research that investigates event legacies. As he tells us, this shift has placed an increasing emphasis on legacy and on a pro-active approach to the management of such incidents.
After the games
‘It’s not just the event, it’s what you leave behind after. And although event legacies can and historically have been negative, I believe the Gold Coast will be different. We have been successful in our bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games for various reasons, but I think essentially it came down to the fact that a lot of what we needed was here already – we just needed to improve them. The Games would have cost a lot, naturally, but probably not as much as it would have cost in other places. We have the infrastructure – some things might have needed upgrading, but we didn’t have to start from scratch’. The Gold Coast, in this sense, is off to a promising start. We had stadiums, a newly rebuilt aquatic centre, and most venues only need temporary seatings around them. In other words, it is very unlikely that we will be left with any white elephants.
‘I don’t think there’s any risk of that whatsoever. Where it starts to get a bit more difficult to be precise with measuring impact is in things like jobs created, or quality of lifestyle and living, or a sense of community pride’. These less tangible aspects of such event legacies, and the ones that the Commonwealth Games seem most focused on, are the ones that would mean positive change if successful. An increase in healthy lifestyle, more job opportunities, and a better image in the mind of the international public would mean that the Games have served long-term purposes too. However, such legacies are harder to measure, and the aftermath of major sporting events often have the Wimbledon-effect: you get these spikes of enthusiasm, and typically they only last about a week. Whether the temporary increase in these things remains sustainable in the long run is another question.
As Professor Burton suggests, in order to monitor and effectively analyse such legacies, they should have established baseline measures and started collecting wide-spread, broad-scale data to create a benchmark to start off with. As this never happened, they hope that the research that is being conducted now will be useful for future host cities instead. ‘One of the things we’re hoping to do is to set up a network of universities in cities that have hosted the Commonwealth Games in the past or ones who might in the future, and to do research on legacy, event management, and sport coaching. With this network of research, we will be able to pass on information and ensure that no future hosts are left with negative aftermaths’. Of course, there are also aspects that cannot be measured simply in a country alone, but instead should
be looked at from an international perspective. People living on the Gold Coast often assume that everyone else knows about the place too, but most of the time this is not the case. This is an opportunity to showcase the Gold Coast, to put it on the map. What Professor Burton hopes for is that this showcase will result in people wanting to move their businesses or move themselves to the coast. It’s about the potential, it’s about making people aware. Whether event legacies will be successful, and for how long, we will have to wait and see. But undoubtedly the Gold Coast has a promising starting position, and we can only hope that others worldwide will be able to see our home for what it is: a beautiful, diverse, prospective paradise.
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UNIVERSITY CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (4-15 April) will coincide with a two-week midtrimester break. There will be some impact in the two-weeks prior during which time normal teaching
mode is in place. The campus and carparks will be open but there will be traffic restrictions, particularly around the Smith Street end of campus. Consider using the G-Link or other public transport to get to
and from campus. You can find out more about local impacts in your area at getsetforthegames.com
FREE EVENTS In addition to the great program of free cultural events on offer you can enjoy the following sports for free
8 April: Race Walk Currumbin Beachfront (start/finish) 15 April: Marathon Starts and finishes in Broadwater Parklands (route covers Runaway Bay to Burleigh) 14 April: Cycling Road Race Currumbin Beachfront (start/finish) 10 April: Cycling Time Trial Currumbin Beachfront (start/finish) 5 &7 April: Triathlon Ticketed event with some free viewing points 7
RELAY FOR UNITY Angel Nikijuluw The Queen’s Baton Relay is considered a quintessential element of the Commonwealth Games, as it carries a message from The Queen, and is then carried through all nations and territories in the Commonwealth by various athletes and members of the community as a call for all to come together in friendly competition at the games. Further, each Queen’s Baton that is designed for each Games provides the host nation the opportunity to design a baton that encompasses the culture, values, and spirit of its people. This year’s Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games was designed and manufactured by a small Brisbane studio, Designworks; while the paper used for the Queen to write
her message, was designed and manufactured by QCA printmaker Ted Mosely. The baton’s exterior embodies the connection to the ocean and the land. The warm, organic shape of the macadamia wood to represent the native native macadamia tree and its significance to Indigenous sustainable cultural practice on one side, with the structured reclaimed plastic on the other. These two materials are separated by a stainless steel stringer, which has the three-digit alpha codes of all nations and territories that are a part of the Commonwealth.
MAKING A MARK Angel Nikijuluw The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games distinctive medal design was created by Delvene Cockatoo-Collins of Quandamooka Country. Living and working on Minjerribah, South Stradbroke Island, Delvene’s current artistic practice includes textiles, ceramic, and jewellery, which are produced from the natural materials and objects she collects from the local beaches and surrounding areas. Her pieces are also inspired by her family history and the stories of her culture and the land that have been passed down to her. ‘There’s so much everywhere here on the island that’s a point of inspiration for me,” CockatooCollins told GC2018. ‘I take notice of the way the waves have shifted the sand and leave behind those lines... Knowing that our old people would’ve seen the same thing absolutely influences some of my work’.
The medals’ design represents the soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave and is symbolic of athletic achievement. The continual change of tide represents the evolution in athletes who are making their mark. The medal ribbon design represents the woven strand of the
freshwater reed, yungair, which is three reeds woven to form a pattern resembling many triangles joined together. It is reminiscent of the South-East Queensland and Gold Coast areas. This traditional technique has been passed down and shared from Delvene’s Aunty and her mother who has passed the skill on to her.
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Australia, Canada, England, New The first Commonwealth Games
Zealand, Scotland and Wales
were held in 1930 in
are the six countries to have In the Queenâ€™s Baton Relay, the baton
competed at every
is carried 230,000 km - the equivalent
of circling the earth roughly
Since 1930 the Games have run GC2018 is the
every four years except 1942 and 1946
Games to be hosted in Australia
(1938, 1962, 1982, and 2006)
World War II
T H E C O M M O N W E A LT H G A M E S M O N I Q U E H O T C H I N Australia has had the greatest Games success with
Between 1930 and 1950 the Games
803 gold medals
were called the
British Empire Games
GC2018 is expected to
18 competition venues GC2018 will have
across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns
generate more than
$4 billion economic impact
The total number of sport events at a Games cannot
The Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth has a current total
More than 1.5 million
population of 2,328,000,000
spectators from around the world will attend GC2018
300 para-athletes will compete in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Australiaâ€™s youngest gold medal winner was swimmer
Jenny Turrell, who was
Commonwealth Games were the first
only 13 when she competed in
Games to include para-sporting events
Christchurch in 1947
T H E C O M M O N W E A LT H G A M E S Niue is the
smallest nation participating in GC2018, with a population of just 1400
Australiaâ€™s Commonwealth Games total medal count is
over 2000 GC2018 will have
and team officials in attendance and
350 cameras will broadcast 1100 hours of live sport from GC2018
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