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Contents Editorial note
Geta Writersâ€™ Award
Fake news facts
Fake news and the fourth estate
Conspiracy theories: An internet odyssey
Clickbait and journalism: What you need to know
How my genetics pranked me
Summer of fun: Checklist
Fake news on film
Snapped on campus
Online 46 Entertainment 48 Being creative
Get the hell outta here
Hey there Gold Coast! Are you savvy at sniffing out a suspicious story? Or do you fall for a fishy tale faster than that one aunty who always asks for Facebook hugs and shares chainmail posts about how you are the antichrist if you don’t want to share the purple sparkly post she has found about how cancer is bad. Side note: ‘I bet I know who will’ might be the most passive-aggressive phrase of the 21st century. For the Fake News Edition we considered just a few of the ways you might be mislead online, from clickbait to catfishing. And with a US president who has essentially rewritten that old story about the wolf as ‘The boy who cried fake news’, we also considered how mistrust of the media undermines the key function of the Fourth Estate as protectors of the people. While living in a highly augmented reality might seem all doom and gloom this edition also gets you pumped for summer (apologies to those of you doing Tri 3). We have doubled the amount of off-campus fun you can have with a bumper ‘Summer of fun’ checklist from Kayla and a great ‘Get the hell outta here’ guide to the Sunshine Coast from Courtney.
Bren has put together a bigger than ever ‘Being creative’ section boasting some incredible work by Gold Coast students, and as always, Zak has got you sorted with the ‘On film’ section if you want to squeeze in a few more movie nights before we get to the pointy end of the trimester. And finally did we mention that we are sporting a brand new look Editorial Team? Long time film and culture buff, Zak, has been joined by Courtney, Kayla and Bren who are already making their mark on the mag. You can meet the new team in our Contributor Spotlight on page 8 If you want to get involved in Getamungstit over the summer, keep an eye on our socials or drop us a line. We will be busy bolstering our online presence as well as getting ready for the 2019 O-Week Edition (and we would love you to get involved). The Geta Editorial Team
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Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognise the truth. DaShanne Stokes
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What are you currently studying?
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Courtney: Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism.
What’s your favourite section of the magazine?
Bren: Industrial Design. Kayla: Currently studying a double degree in Business and Public Relations. Zak: Right now, I’m in my (hopefully) final trimester of my Bachelor of Law/Arts degree.
Where do you want your degree to take you? Courtney: I’d love to make a career out of writing or work for some aspect of a publishing company. Bren: I am hoping that I can start my own business after I finish my degree. Kayla: I would love to move to the USA and work in some form of public relations in the sports industry. Zak: To a semi-stable and fulfilling career, wherever that may be. A fella can dream, can’t he?
Courtney: The entertainment section and the features. There’s always something interesting to read. Bren: The ‘Feature artist’ page and the freebies (even if I don’t win). Kayla: Definitely the ‘Get the hell outta here’ section. Zak: ‘Get the hell outta here’ is pretty good. It at least makes me think about leaving the house, which is always a good thing.
Any plans for the summer break? Courtney: My goal is to leave the country! Bren: I am hoping to go back to the Philippines for Christmas. Kayla: Some well needed rest and relaxation. Zak: I’ll likely be working or undertaking my practical legal training.
Why did you decide to get involved in Getamungstit? Courtney: I’ve always thought the magazine was great and enjoyed reading it. I think the chance to write and be published, and also the editorial experience, will be invaluable. Bren: I have been lucky enough to be the Featured Artist in a previous edition of Getamungstit, and that helped me greatly in building my portfolio. So, now I just want to give back and give that same opportunity to someone else. Kayla: I wanted to get involved because I love working with people and want to do something memorable
What are you currently reading or watching? Courtney: Currently, I’m reading Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe. I also recently binge-watched Matt Okine’s The Other Guy. Bren: The Darkest Minds. Kayla: Currently watching Dynasty on Netflix – absolutely amazing. Zak: I just finished watching Peep Show on Netflix. Now I’m trying to fill the empty void that it left.
What’s your biggest tip for staying motivated? Courtney: Relentlessly count down to the breaks and always acknowledge when you accomplish something, even if it’s just a small task. Bren: Always keep positive, life isn’t what we always dream of but somehow things will work out fine eventually. Kayla: Definitely plan things to do that are fun once you complete the task. Zak: Try to keep yourself as busy as possible. If that won’t get the motor running, the lack of spare time will.
If you had the chance to interview anyone, who would it be?
Zak: Information that’s unsubstantiated or sensationalised and presented as the truth.
Where do you source your news? Courtney: The Conversation, ABC, The Feed, The Guardian. Bren: I have stopped reading the news or watching TV for the past 12 years. Kayla: Definitely social media, even though it’s full of fake news. Zak: The Betoota Advocate.
Have you ever fallen for fake news?
Courtney: Louis Theroux, Ricky Gervais, the first person on earth?
Courtney: I’ve definitely looked twice at a few articles and headlines. It’s interesting because I nearly always see these articles because they’ve been shared by a friend on Facebook.
Bren: I would like to interview God.
Kayla: I would love to interview Wally Lewis on his success in sport.
Kayla: All the time. I can be very gullible.
Zak: Kanye West. I’m still trying to decide whether he’s a genius or an idiot. Perhaps both.
Standout historical hoax?
What does the tem ‘fake news’ mean to you?
Courtney: Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. I think it’s a fascinating story, even if it didn’t really cause ‘mass hysteria and panic’.
Courtney: False information, lies, poor reporting. But also, I feel like the term fake news has become synonymous with this online era of news reporting and information sharing. Bren: Fake news is anything and everything that’s a lie. Kayla: Fake news means a not fact to truth.
Zak: Not yet. But there’s still time.
Bren: The story about Bloody Mary. Kayla: I think there are too many to pick a standout. Zak: Probably when Orson Welles narrated The War of the Worlds in the 1930s and convinced listeners that an alien invasion was actually happening. Absolute stitch up. 9
FAKE NEWS FACTS
One second of internet usage sees 8168 Tweets sent, 69,095 Google searches, and 865 Instagram pics uploaded, according to internetlivestats.com.
The first ‘moveable’ printing press was invented by German blacksmith, Johannes Gutenberg, in 1440. The Gutenberg Press meant that for the first time books and printed material could be mass produced and widely disseminated… a key contributor to the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment.
Expressions and gestures associated with lying include rapid blinking, looking to the right, face touching and shaking your head as you make a false statement.
‘Fake news’ made the Collins Dictionary Words of the Year list in 2017.
There is an organisation called the International Fact-Checking Network which provides accreditation to fact-checking projects by publishers such as The Conversation and the Washington Post.
Fake news facts
The old legend about the toilet draining anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern is false – sort of. Large forces such as cyclones spin in different directions either side of the equator due to the Coriolis force, but for small bodies of water (like your sink, toilet or bathtub), environmental factors the shape of the basin, air pressure, and your tap will determine the direction.
The first email was sent in 1971 from computer engineer – Ray Tomlinson – to himself.
Jeff Goldblum says he received a panicked phone call from his mother after 2009 rumours he had fallen to his death from a New Zealand cliff (despite never having visited NZ).
The Edelman Trust Barometer reported that in 2018, 74% of Chinese people trusted the institutions in their lives while only 40% of Australians were trusting. Propaganda was a formal strategy by both the Allies and the Axis in WWII and infiltrated every aspect of people’s lives. For example, a US Car-Sharing Club promotional poster even featured the tag line ‘When you ride alone you ride with Hitler!’. “Fair dinkum mate”
Research suggests that Santa Claus has a number of positive benefits for children and that discovery of the ‘truth’ is usually harder for parents than kids, according to The Conversation.
Earlier this year, fake news sites frothed over a Los Angeles Cannibal Club that was rumoured to have served flesh to the likes of Katy Perry and Meryl Streep. Before you spread the word, you should know that the Club’s website was proven to be entirely fake and all images of its staff and set-up could be traced back to stock image sites.
FAKE NEWS AND THE FOURTH ESTATE Justine Cann The ‘Fourth Estate’ has traditionally referred to the role of the media as a watchdog that balances the power of governments and the role of journalists in representing the interests of ‘the people’. What then is the role of the Fourth Estate in a world where news can be readily accessed with just a click of a button and Fake news is abundant? Fake news has always been a part of journalism but in a digital era it is more prevalent and powerful than ever. Ed Southorn, a lecturer at Griffith University and an Australian journalist who recently wrote a paper about the Fourth Estate comments on the growing power of fake news. ‘The Fourth Estate crisis is still here, and it has adopted another form as our media has now become more corporatised. Fake news is contributed through the fourth estate; how can a journalist do their job, when a lot of the content that
they are competing against, for readers’ attention is fake news?’ Although people have always been aware of fake news, the term has become popularised in the post-Trump era (through Trumps enthusiasm for criticising or dismissing unfavourable news as ‘fake news’ in mainstream media). ‘Trump’s outspoken criticism of the media is a cynical ploy to try and shut down any reporting that contradicts his own agenda,’ says Trevor Jackson, Content Editor of Study Gold Coast. With so many different ways to obtain information such as the internet, television and social media outlets, we are ‘increasingly being fed disinformation – in some cases purposely so as a means of disruption’ continues Mr Jackson ‘I would rather know facts than their opinion. A journalist should always have a third party opinion for Fake news and the Fourth Estate
balance. There are always two sides to a story’, says Shannon Willoughby, former Chief Reporter for the Gold Coast Bulletin and now CEO of Study Gold Coast. With multiple 24 hour news outlets it is easy for fake news to be published, it is a journalist role to give you all the facts but that won’t always be the case. So be careful what you believe.
There are always two sides to a story
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CREDIBLE JOURNALISM IN A FAKE NEWS WORLD, WE CHATTED TO TREVOR JACKSON IN A LITTLE MORE DETAIL. Tell us a bit about yourself… I’ve worked in the media all my life - mostly radio, but also television, print and digital platforms. I studied Communications at Charles Sturt University, then Radio at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. Predominantly I’ve worked as a broadcaster, journalist, music director and content director in both the commercial media and with the ABC. I’ve also freelanced for many years as a writer, voice over artist, podcaster, event host and media trainer. I joined Study Gold Coast as Content Editor at the beginning of this year. This edition of the magazine talks about fake news and media as the Fourth Estate. As a journalist, what are your views about this topic and the role of the current social media as platform for fake news articles? Why is fake news evolving? The media landscape now is vastly different from the one I first joined. There are many complex reasons for this, but the main factors that have shaped the industry are the changes in media ownership laws and the advent of the internet.
is being overwhelmed by the vast array of digital alternatives. And while we’ve been given the luxury of news and content on demand, we’re now being flooded with so many choices that in many instances we’re increasingly being fed disinformation – in some cases purposely so as a means of disruption. But here’s the interesting part, it’s really no different to what has gone before in the sense that the media barons of old had particular vested interests and political views that they pushed out through their various platforms. What’s changed is that we’re finding it harder to verify information now because increasingly we can’t be sure where the story was originally sourced or how it may have been altered to meet a particular agenda. In the past if you had half a brain you generally knew where the media proprietor or the journalist stood, so it was easier to form your own judgements about how much of the story you believed. Now we’re in this grey area where people aren’t so sure and
In the first instance the abolition of ownership restrictions killed off competition by placing too much power in too few hands, killing off what had been a diverse range of views and voices; and in the second it not only turned the traditional Fourth Estate model on its head, but changed the nature of the news cycle and how we consume information. We’ve arrived at a fascinating point in the evolution of the web. The traditional notion of news and information being pushed out by those who had the power to control what we read, heard and watched and when and how we received it
trusted news sources are few and far between. There’s more to it than where the story was originally sourced or whether you can trust the platform/ organisation/individual that delivered it. We’ve become such rabid consumers of everything now that we either don’t have time to check the facts or we can’t be bothered. And news organisations have fallen victim to the same mentality. Because we all want access to everything instantly and there’s so much pressure to get the story out first that poor reporting, or in more extreme cases misinformation, is increasingly becoming the norm. Even once trusted bastions of news are all too willingly ready to be seduced by the click bait mentality of stories. The only measure of news worthiness now as far as they’re concerned is how many clicks a story gets or potentially how far it can travel. That notion flies in the face of what good journalism is because the reality is that the masses are more easily titillated by a piece
of sensationalist celebrity nonsense than they are by an investigative journalism piece that might just contain the seeds of critical information that could potentially bring down a corrupt organisation or government. Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. While we’re seeing a decline in long form journalism in the traditional media at the same time we’re seeing the emergence of solid digital independent voices like New Matilda and The Saturday Paper for instance; along withhold school media outlets that have made a successful transition to digital platforms like The Guardian. The good news is that there are still great news sourctes available and discerning consumers will always seek them out A lot of people are focusing a lot about the Trump government and his stand about governing the United States, what is your opinion about the news stories being written
in his support and do you think this is considered fake news? Trump’s outspoken criticism of the media is a cynical ploy to try and shut down any reporting that contradicts his own agenda. Despite no shortage of evidence to the contrary, Trump continues to rant in the belief that if he emphatically continues to deny that evidence then people will tend to believe him. Gas lighting, where someone seeks to gain power by challenging people to question their perceptions, defines his behaviour succinctly. Regardless of your political views, any leader (let alone one with the power of Trump) who continues to deny or distort reality while slamming or attempting to shut down those who seek to report the truth, is not only severely testing the democratic right of free speech, but is dangerously veering towards fascism. Good journalism should always hold anyone to account who seeks to obstruct or obscure
Fake news and the fourth estate
the truth. When you were a student and even during the start of your career, did you have an experience where you needed to compromise and write about something that you did not agree on?
Politics is the art of compromise, journalism should never be.
Politics is the art of compromise, journalism should never be. The answer to your question is no, but I have resigned from media organisations because I didn’t agree with the direction they were taking. We all have to pay the rent, but it all comes down to integrity – you have to stay true to yourself.
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CONSPIRACY THEORIES: AN INTERNET ODYSSEY (OR, HOW I WASTED A WHOLE AFTERNOON) Zak Johnson
Secret string-pulling societies. Cure-withholding pharmaceutical companies. Reptilian skin-wearers. Like with serial killers, urban legends and The Bachelor, we’re naturally obsessed with studying and discussing some of the darker and more sinister recesses of human nature and the forces behind it. While for some people (such as myself) who have way too much time on their hands, conspiracy theories are a mere source of amusement. For others who are way more woke, they offer a (surprisingly) more credible explanation for history-defining influences and events. Of course, my naturally sceptical attitude could just be a small part of the worldwide plot to convince you that the Earth’s flat. You be the judge.
vast frontier-like landscape has given these individuals a grander platform for their views and theories to be presented. I decided to check a few of them out.
David Icke Probably one of the more famous conspiracy theorists, David Icke was a former English footballer who was essentially laughed out of mainstream media after claiming on national television in the early ‘90s that the world was (somewhat inaccurately) about to come to an end. At the core of his arguments is a theory that a race of lizardmen, the Archons, have taken over the planet and are feeding off the negative energy that the resulting state of mass fear generates. I wonder if my ex-girlfriend was one of them. After I got over the overwhelming
Either way, the internet and its
amount of early-2010s memefont present on Icke’s website homepage, I was able to properly digest some of the articles and videos posted there, including those focusing on the hidden messages in works of art as well as government cover-ups of alien encounters. Fairly standard stuff if you ask me. The site’s forum is where you want to go for the really juicy content. Discussion board highlights include the usage of pizza to groom the public into underground human meat harvesting programs and how the arrangement of Stonehenge hints towards a centuries-long plan for global population control. I buy it. davidicke.com/
InfoWars Alex Jones’ InfoWars is infinitely better presented than Icke’s website, which really isn’t saying much. I’m especially a fan of the site’s use of photos of Alex peering intensely into the distance, clearly pondering his latest counter-attack on the forces he’s up against. Despite no mention of reptilians, Jones’ worldview mirrors Icke’s regarding plans for worldwide domination, this time through globalisation and its eventual endgame of a singular government. He’s repeatedly faced controversy through his career for suggesting that multiple events, such as 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shooting, are the result of government or lobby group false flag operations. The InfoWars online store is a real
Conspiracy theories: an internet odyssey
hoot. In addition to the obvious sale of books that express Jones’ views, the store also boasts a wide range of food, medicinal and hygiene products, all designed to counter the harmful effects of those offered by mainstream companies. Unfortunately, they only ship to the United States and Canada, but if you’re willing to make the move you can grab, amongst other items, Brain Force capsules, which apparently counter the toxins getting pumped into our water supplies, as well as survival food supplies, which you can get in preparation for the inevitable apocalypse. In early August, a large amount of Jones’ social media accounts (including Facebook and YouTube) were removed for policy violations, which, although shutting him up, could certainly be used as evidence by him and his supporters that he was hitting the nail on the head. infowars.com/
So why do people buy into this stuff? I know it feels good having some secret knowledge that the majority of the population doesn’t, which explains why I spend the majority of my free time watching obscure foreign films and TV shows and referencing them to people who have no idea what I’m talking about. But maybe, as Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, suggests, the truth is a bit simpler: people believe conspiracy theories because they’re more convenient than accepting that, rather than living under a secret society or technologically superior alien race, ‘no-one is in control, the world is rudderless’.
Educate Yourself The writers of Educate-Yourself probably didn’t have web design in mind when they came up with that title. The site consists largely of a plain white background with Times New Roman font, which if anything reminds me of essay writing, so we’re not off to a good start. Although mainly focusing on the promotion of ‘natural, nonpharmaceutical medicines and alternative healing therapies’, it also covers preventive strategies for alien abductions and, once again, the machinations of an insidious New World Order. As the majority of pharmaceutical workers and medical professionals are money-hungry, fingertwiddling leeches, taking a Panadol is a big no-no. Apparently, the majority of ailments can be cured by letting Mother Nature take the wheel, as well as drawing ‘free energy’, as it’s described, from crystals and the sun. As much as I admire the do-it-yourself attitude promoted on the site, I’m probably still gonna see my GP next time I’ve got an ingrown toenail. educate-yourself.org/ 17
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CLICKBAIT AND JOURNALISM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Ashleigh Hartley
Gone are the days when the word ‘journalist’ sparked the image of a diligent Lois Lane reporter who uncovered the truth at any cost. In fact, if you say you are studying to be a journalist these days, many of your friends assume you will end up writing for Buzzfeed, informing the world about the ‘10 Best Diet Tricks That Are Guaranteed to Make You Lose Weight’. The shift in the industry has largely come as a result of an expansion in online news platforms, which have created a new market of journalism that aims to entertain, rather than inform. Clickbait has become one of the fastest growing forms of infotainment, with sites like Buzzfeed gaining steady notoriety for its distribution of this content,
or if you will, ‘news’. According to their annual 2018 report, Buzzfeed receives 9 billion content views per month. The increasing popularity of this content is no doubt connected to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and their use of advertising algorithms. All of us have fallen for a clickbait article that we have scrolled upon during our daily (hourly) Facebook check. This happens because unlike a lot of news sites, which optimise computer platforms, most clickbait content is mobile friendly. In fact, 70% of Buzzfeed traffic is mobile according to the source themselves. Now, here’s where it gets tricky. Since the rise of fake news, the struggle to identify credible media
Clickbait and journalism: What you need to know
FOR MOST RATIONAL THINKERS, CLICKBAIT IS JUST A GUILTY INDULGENCE, AN ESCAPE FROM HARD NEWS.
outlets has increased. Clickbait can be particularly problematic when it comes to truthful information, as the 2016 American presidential election demonstrated. Our inherent need to be entertained is something clickbait articles prey upon to receive more views. This is what makes clickbait dangerous when it comes to spreading fake news. The overall goal of clickbait is to gain more readers by spreading outrageous headlines that often connect rather loosely to the information it is advertising. The differences between clickbait journalism and true journalism is the style each form writes in. Journalism, at its truest roots, is unbiased. Journalists are trained to offer multiple perspectives when reporting important issues. Clickbait, however, is a form of entertainment that sometimes (rarely) offers truthful information that is important for the reader to know. Clickbait relies on its information being outlandish and wacky, rather than factual and well informed, so that more people will share and read it. Social media, by its very design, has a rapid sharing capacity to large and wide audiences. This means that clickbait, like a high school rumour mill, can spread with such tenacity that it can be hard to undo even if the information is found to be untrue. For most rational thinkers, clickbait is just a guilty indulgence, an escape from hard news. However, the divide between what discerns real journalism and clickbait is decreasing every day because the methods used have become so successful in attracting readers. The role of online journalism is an important one, but the rise in popularity of clickbait threatens to undermine the integrity of journalism and reporting, and the distribution of relevant, factual information. 21
How my genetics pranked me Angel Nikijuluw
You know those DNA tests that everyone has been taking to see where they “come from”? Yeah, well, I took one. And I kind of wish I didn’t. For most mixed-race people, identity and where we belong is a major discourse in our lives, and it is imperative to know where we come from to know where we belong in the world. So, after twenty-one years of life, I received my results to find out that I am more European than Asian – despite looking like the way I do. With this, I have always felt different amongst my extended family – I am taller, bigger, and I have never felt like I have completely ‘fit in’. My DNA results are traced back to the following countries and/or areas:
There could be a chance that both my mother and father have this gene. Through ancestral and historical migration from East Asia.
47.5 per cent North and West European,
4.9 per cent Finnish,
1.9 per cent English,
1.1 per cent Ashkenazi Jewish,
34.7 per cent Indonesian, Filipino and Malaysian,
6.6 per cent Chinese and Vietnamese, and
3.3 per cent Papuan.
Finding out that I am more European than Asian, really, to be quite honest, shocked me to my core. Not only was I slightly disappointed, but I was overwhelmingly confused about: a) my dad’s ancestry, and b) how I can possibly be genetically more European, but asked if I’m Japanese every week at work? Obviously, genetics and DNA cannot possibly make a perfect 50/50 blend of physical features, and one day I’m going to eventually learn to take this DNA test with a grain of salt. But I looked at my dad, who is dark skinned with Indonesian facial features with creased eyes, and then panned to my mum, who is light skinned, also with creases in her eyes. I then looked at myself in the mirror, and asked myself, ‘where does this eye shape come from?’ Now, listen – I’m not scientifically inclined, and I just want to let you all know that I almost failed my science exam on genetics in year 9 (and even when I tried to contact some professionals to explain genetics to me, no one replied. So…I tried doing my own research). The main question I wanted to combat on this ‘jenetics journey’ (that has more of a ring to it than
How my genetics pranked me
‘genetics journey’) is my eye shape. I found that I have an epicanthic eye fold, which is basically the fold of the upper eyelid that covers the corner of the eye. As you know, this is a feature that is associated with mostly eastern and south eastern Asians – but it can also be found on Polynesians, some Native Americans, and even some Europeans. With some research and by talking to some friends who have studied genetics before, I found that many infants possess epicanthic folds before the bridge of their nose begins to rise. It can also be a characteristic of children with various medical conditions, such as Down Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. So, here I have three determinants - did I just unlock a crazy ancestral gene, did my eyes never fully develop, or do I have a medical condition no one told me about? There could be a chance that both my mother and father have this gene. Through ancestral and historical migration from East Asia to North Europe, my eye shape may possibly be from my mother, who I have concluded is either all German or all French (but that is a completely new topic in itself, so let’s leave it at that). However, my father, who is Indonesian-
Chinese, is the most logical (and closest) link. My dad tried to debunk my theory by telling me that I have the same eye shape as his four sisters (my dad has four sisters and two brothers). So, I decided to analyse their faces. I thought, ‘Surely he’s right. Surely my epicanthic eyes only go back one generation, right?’ By analysing their faces in photos – both young and old in age – I decided that they do not possess the same or even similar epicanthic folds that I have. I then turned to my cousins – all 5083 of them (and all who are also mixed race with European and Indonesian descent), and found that they all have defined creases with no epicanthic folds (I’m sorry to all my cousins who feel uncomfortable that I intensely studied all your faces…) At this point, I am extremely frustrated and slightly upset that I cannot get to the bottom of my eye shape and the way the corner of my eyes fold. This shouldn’t be a big deal – but it is. My genetic makeup is the reason for my identity crises and years of internalised hatred. How dumb is that? Anyway, I have concluded that I have an extremely recessive gene buried deep within my
Chinese ancestry – probably through my grandmother, who was Indonesian-Chinese. So, by basic genetic theory, if I inherited the epicanthic fold from my ancestors, this means that if I were to have a biological child with my boyfriend (who is full European), there would be very little to no chance that my child would inherit the same eye shape/ epicanthic eyes I have. In fact, they would most likely not look like they have any Asiatic features at all. Right now, I feel like some sort of genetic monster. But after all of this, and after two months of waiting for my results to come back only to disappoint me, I have finally come to accept that this is who I am, and if anything, I am even more unique in my family. I have eye folds and a body type that does not exist in my immediate family OR my extended family, or even distant family. But, I guess now I have something interesting to tell everyone at the next family gathering – I am a genetic anomaly, and I have a small gene that’s been unlocked. Whether that’s true or not…I won’t find out right now because all the academic genetics professors I emailed never got back to me. So, to anyone who studies science and genetics (and has read to the end of this article)… please email me or the magazine.
Summer of fun: Checklist Kayla Mclean
As summer nears, excitement sets in, which means time for fun summer plans and some well-deserved rest and relaxation. You don’t want to come back to university with fake news stories on how amazing your summer was (when in reality it was as boring as the study you had to do for finals). With this in mind, whether you’re into adventuring a new mountain, going for a dip to cool down, dancing the night away or just eating some food and relaxing in front of Netflix there is something for everyone. For this reason here is your 15 things to make sure it’s not just a summer of fake news.
Summer of fun: Checklist
Learn to surf. We have some of the best beaches in the world so why not try your luck at riding some gnarly waves? Cowabunga dudes.
Take a swim at the Currumbin rock pools. With fresh water and beautiful scenery nested in the hinterland, the Currumbin rock pools are the best place to cool off this summer and perfect for that Insta pic.
If you love Aussie drama, get the snacks ready and sit down because Packed to the Rafters will take you on an emotional journey and will be one series you will never forget.
For the foodies around NightQuater is the place for you. With over 100 different food outlets and live music it’s the perfect date night or a night out with the bros, gals or the family.
If you’re looking for adventure Springbrook is the place for you. Only an hour and a half drive from Nerang and you can find hiking trails for all ages and abilities. This is a must-do summer adventure.
Put you dancing shoes on and head out to Surfers Paradise - with bars and clubs galore you are sure to find somewhere to dance the night away. Why not start your weekend on a Thursday with gin and jazz at the Island Rooftop Bar?
For the best ice cream in town check out Ben and Jerry’s Surfers Paradise. Flavour upon flavour there is a winner for everyone. Not convinced that B&J is the best, you might have to do an ice-cream crawl along the Glitter Strip.
If you’re looking for an easy road trip then grab the car and head down to Byron Bay. With beautiful beaches, amazing food and even more incredible art you will feel cultured beyond belief by the time you leave.
Take a nice stroll along the Broadwater Parklands. Perfect pathways and beautiful iconic Gold Coast views.
Think you have what it takes to be the next Tiger Woods? If so head to Top Golf and test your luck at hitting those balls.
If you want the perfect beach day for a perfect tan and even better waves then grab your bathers and a towel because Burleigh is calling your name.
Who doesn’t love a board game? Australia Fair has a specialty games shop with a game for every occasion or pick up a classic from somewhere budget-friendly like K-Mart. Pull up a seat and get ready to compete – games night is on!
For a day of shopping indulgence or just great deals and savings, it’s time to tackle Harbour Town. Factory outlets galore = savings, savings, savings.
For all you readers out there check out Nobbys Beach Books. The longest running bookstore on the Coast has the book you’re looking for.
Finally, in order to have the best summer ever make sure you laugh, love and above all SMILE.
FAKE NEWS ON FILM The importance of media within modern society obviously doesn’t need to be addressed… and yet here I am. It dictates how we communicate with the world and vice versa. This edition’s list covers films that in some way deal with the media, whether it be sensationalised or impartial, and how we as human beings contribute to it, or rely on it.
Newsfront (1978) A criminally underrated Aussie flick, Newsfront looks at the turbulent period in media history when audiences’ consumption of the news shifted from theatres to television with the latter’s introduction during the 1950s. Amid this technological and industrial change, newsreel camera operator Len Maguire struggles to maintain both his personal and professional life as his position is made increasingly expendable. Interspacing its narrative with real-life news footage, Newsfront combines social drama with Australian history.
They Live (1988)
After news anchor Howard Beale suffers a mental breakdown live on-air, to boost their low ratings, television network UBS decides to continue broadcasting Beale’s flamboyant rants against the government and society at large. This plotline is intertwined with the film’s satirical look at the politics and dynamics that dictate the direction of mainstream television studios and their programming. Regarded as having one of the greatest screenplays ever written, Network would ultimately clean up at the 1977 Academy Awards, taking out that category as well as most Oscars for acting.
The identity of the Zodiac Killer, who plagued the San Francisco Bay Area during the ‘60s and ‘70s, is one of the 20th century’s greatest unsolved mysteries. David Fincher’s atmospheric film reveals the painstaking process implemented by writers at the San Francisco Chronicle, who attempted to crack the cryptic notes and letters supposedly posted to them by the Zodiac, all while he collects more victims. Zodiac does a great job of misleading its audience through multiple red herrings, artfully capturing the sense of paranoia and confusion that would have undoubtedly affected those investigating the case.
When Nada, a lone drifter played by professional wrestler Roddy Piper, stumbles across a mysterious box of black sunglasses in an alleyway, he puts a pair on and sees what really lies below the surface of our perceived reality: a world run by a race of skeletal-looking aliens who use subliminal messaging through advertisements to control the masses. It’s up to Nada and a small group of allies to destroy the aliens’ broadcast signal in order to destroy the illusion. They Live is also famed for its prolonged fight scene between Nada and a stubborn friend who at first refuses to try on the sunnies himself.
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While ironically taking some liberties with the truth, Argo is a gripping presentation of the extraordinary means implemented to rescue a number of US diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis. In order to secure their safe passage out of the country, CIA specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck, who also juggles directing and producing duties) comes up with the idea of generating a fake Star Warsinspired film to falsely commence production in the region, with each diplomat adopting the role of a Canadian production crew member.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom is an enigmatic small-time crook who apparently lacks the ability to blink. Upon stumbling across a brutal car crash, and the freelance film crew quickly descending upon it, he realises the amount of profit and recognition that can come from documenting and selling footage from accidents and violent crimes. As Lou faces pressure to get more explicit and gruesome material, he starts to take on a more direct role in the staging of the various scenes he captures. An excellent gritty neonoir that looks at the ethics (or lack thereof) of freelance journalism.
Thank You For Smoking (2005) Just as Network parodied mainstream news outlets in their quest for ratings, Thank You For Smoking satires the tactics used by lobbyists to minimise bad press. Nick Naylor is a spokesperson for the cigarette company-sponsored Academy of Tobacco Studies, whose job is to dismiss the supposed negative health effects of smoking, whether this be through product placement, promoting the freedoms of consumer choice or bribery. Along the way, Naylor teaches his son the tricks of the trade as well as maintaining his regular lunch meetings with his friends from the firearms and alcohol lobbies.
The Post (2017) Spielberg’s passion for historical biopics continues with this depiction of the leaking and publishing of the infamous Pentagon Papers, which detailed the United States’ decades-long involvement in the Vietnam War. Rather than focusing on the actual acquisition of the classified information, The Post is centred on the moral difficulties faced by the figureheads of the Washington Post, who juggle their responsibility to uphold the public’s right to information with the obvious legal and professional dangers that undoubtedly would accompany the publication of the Papers. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks unsurprisingly bounce off each other impressively as the publisher and head writer of the Washington Post, respectively. 27
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is an intern at a magazine, who gets dragged along by one of its staff writers as part of his investigation of a classified ad taken out by someone who claims to have created a fully-functioning time machine and requires an assistant. Darius eventually strikes up a friendship with Kenneth (Mark Duplass), the grocery clerk who wrote the ad, bonding with him over the shared disaffections with modern life. Interestingly, Safety Not Guaranteed was inspired by a genuine classified ad posted in the 1990s.
The King of Comedy (1982) Celebrity culture and our obsession with it is the core theme of this overlooked Scorsese film, featuring arguably one of Robert De Niro’s finest roles. His Rupert Pupkin, an overenthusiastic and unintentionally creepy nobody with a penchant for moustaches and brightly coloured suits, is obsessed with doing a stand-up routine on beloved host Jerry Langford’s talk show despite having no professional experience. Not content with taking a polite no for an answer, Pupkin goes to increasingly ridiculous lengths to ensure his fifteen minutes of fame. Comparisons can definitely be made with 1976’s Taxi Driver and its psychologically troubled protagonist, which was also a De Niro/Scorsese collaboration.
Best lie you have ever told?
Vox pop is back and this edition we stepped out on campus to find out what you had to say about fake news. We’re just not sure if you were telling the truth…
Ashley I tell so many lies, I don’t know what’s truth anymore.
Kai, Industrial design I convinced my boyfriend I was pregnant when I wasn’t.
Justin, Mechanical engineering I told my parents I was passing my grades in high-school.
Rachel I don’t lie often enough to know.
Kensa, Bachelor of Science Went to PE class in bandages so I can be exempted. Vox pop
How can you tell a liar?
What do you consider fake news?
Dâ€™Arcy, Nutrition and dietetics Bad eye contact, tone of voice.
Justine Anything that was written for Donald Trump.
Fortunee, Interior design When they give vibes of discomfort.
Jason Facebook world news.
Richard They play the depressed card.
Regan, Industrial design New products or inventions in social media.
Eloise, Bachelor of Science Always adds something to the story.
Bree, Psychological science Facebook personality quizzes. 29
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Feature artist Joseph ProspĂ¨re Kahindo-Mulongoy Co-Founder of Global Suns Apparel Justine Cann and Bren Domingo
Joseph is studying a Bachelor of International Business with a major in marketing and is also the co-founder of Global Suns Apparel. We spoke to Joseph about his inspirations setting up the business as well as his experiences as a 2018 Gold Coast Mayor Student Ambassador.
Tell us a bit about yourself ... (If you are reading this, you are cool). My journey started in 1993 (yes, Iâ€™m 25), in Congo DRC. I was born in a town known as Uvira and it is said that after I was born, my older brother came running into the house shouting that my parents named me Yusufu, Joseph in Swahili. Fast forward, a conflict (Second Congo War) erupts in DRC and my family decides to flee the country to a refugee camp in Tanzania. We settle down there for a while, before packing our belongings and embarking on another journey to yet another refugee camp in Malawi called Dzaleka. I was seven years old when we arrived in Dzaleka Refugee Camp. We lived in there for over six years. During that time, we applied for resettlement through UNHCR and our application was accepted by the Norwegian Government. Now think about this, my story is not unique. My family and I left Dzaleka Refugee Camp on 17 September 2006, first time being on a fancy airplane and seeing escalators and elevators, and we arrived in Norway on 20 September. Six
years later after arriving in Norway, I applied for Norwegian citizenship and for the first time ever, I had a passport and became a registered citizen of a country. In 2013, my older brother (the name giver) decided to move to Sydney, Australia, to study Bachelor of Arts at the University of New South Wales. In late 2015 I travelled from Norway to visit him and I fell in love with Sydney and the its people. When I got back to Norway I started looking to universities in Australia, mainly focusing on Sydney. An education agency recommended that I check out Griffith University on the Gold Coast. That was the first time hearing about Griffith and the Gold Coast. Now, I prefer the Gold Coast to Sydney. No doubt in my mind. I arrived in Brisbane on 1 February 2017. After finishing Trimester 2 2018, I will be two years into my degree and I will graduate in 2019. As an international student, what are some of the organisations that you are involved in? What inspires you to get involved in so many groups and why do you think it is beneficial for your career?
My decision to travel miles away from home (Norway) was based on a need to sort of rebrand myself. I wanted to push myself and see what I can achieve. I was never the popular kid at school and I used to shy away from a lot of things, sometimes I still do. However, living on the Gold Coast and studying at Griffith, it is hard not to push yourself. In that spirit, I have joined the GEHRMS committee, I’m a Student Leader and I volunteer at University events whenever I can. Outside of Griffith, I’m part of the 2018 Mayor’s Student Ambassadors, and I volunteer for Raise Foundation as a student mentor. Another driver behind these decisions is fear of regret. I do not want to look back and think of things that I could have done but did not do. I’m certain that some of the lessons (such as mentoring, teamwork, written and verbal communication) from these programs will be beneficial for my future career. It is a journey and like a sponge, I want soak in as much as I can.
What is the idea behind Global Suns Apparel? The purpose of Global Suns Apparel is to help disadvantaged children in schools, therefore, combating inequality in education. This objective will be achieved by selling apparel and donating 50% of profit to school-based charities. We used to sell T-shirts and Tote bags on our online store When I was young, my family could not afford to send me to school. As a result, I did not attend school until the age of eight in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, in Malawi. It was not until when we arrived in Norway that I started realising the gap in education between where I was born (DRC) and the society in which I’m now a citizen (Norway). All children in Norway start school (after kindergarten) by the age of six and they are equipped with tools and materials that help them succeed. On the other hand, according USAID, 3.5 million children in DRC of primary school age are not in school, and of those who do attend, 44 percent start school late, after the age of six.
Some of these children attend school with empty bellies, poor clothing and poor school materials. DRC is just one country among many. So, the purpose for Global Suns Apparel is to address these issues by donating 50% of the profit.
With regards to the business plan of the company, do you find that your degree is beneficial ? Do you think that a good sense in business can help anyone become their own entrepreneur one day? My degree alone is not enough to sustain the business. I’m majoring in marketing, so that side is covered. On top of that, it is logistics, accounting, sales and many more elements that one has to learn to operate a business. But most importantly is the product. This is something we are still developing and ‘tweaking’ to match the brand and fulfil our customers’ expectations. I believe anyone can be an entrepreneur, as long as one is comfortable with being uncomfortable. This is something my partner (Rena Kobyashi) and I are still learning.
What are the charities that you help from the proceeds? Some of the organisations that we looked into included: A Start In Life, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and Child Empowerment International.
The Mayor’s Student Ambassador program has enriched my experience on the Gold Coast. Through various authentic activities and events, my fellow ambassadors and I get the privilege to experience the Gold Coast on a level not available to other students. We were lucky to have been a part of the Commonwealth Games this year. During that time, I met delegates from the different Commonwealth nations, I would not have had such an opportunity without being an ambassador. To add to that, I watched my first ever netball game, I did not have a clue of what netball was before that game. But most importantly, the Mayor’s Student Ambassador program has been vital, for me, in expanding my network, both personal and professional. I have met some incredible and ambitious human beings through the program that have supported me and have taught me great lessons, including how to reap the benefits of this amazing program; it is a simple lesson, but very vital, it goes like this ‘You get out what you put in’.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Hopefully, still living in Australia, a job, a house, a wife, a dog, and a child on the way. While, working on Global Suns Apparel.
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CHRIS SAMNEE Instagram Chris Samnee is a comic book artist who spent more than 10 years working at Marvel (until his retirement earlier this year) producing iconic work on comics such as Captain America, Thor: Mighty Avenger, Doom and Daredevil. Samnee established himself as someone to watch early in his career, winning several best new artist awards through 2011-2013, and went on to become a fan favourite. His Instagram account is packed with incredible ink sketches of all of your favourite superheroes and villains and is worth a follow for the full spectrum of superhero fans from ‘watched Ironman that one time’ to owners of several mint-condition hard copies. His profile delivers energetic, inspiring work that will make you want to bust out the pencil case.
FLIPBOARD App In a fake news world, it is important to read widely and develop a trusted network of sources. Or, you can bury your head in the sand and confine your current affairs reading to recaps of The Bachelor or MAFS. If the former is more your style then you might like to take a look at Flipboard. Flipboard lets you collate your news based on topic and by publication. It basically appoints you as Editor in Chief of your very own newspaper or magazine. The app also allows you to draw in content from social accounts that you are particularly interested in. It may sound like you are narrowing your world view but it actually gives you the chance to explore a range of publications from around the world and makes it more convenient to access a broad range of sources. flipboard.com
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER Podcast This weekly podcast has been running for around four years (which means there is a great back catalogue of episodes to browse through) and is targeted to aspiring writers of all shapes and sizes. Hosted by YA author, Allison Tait and Director of the Australian Writers’ Centre, Valerie Khoo, the podcast covers a diverse range of topics including novel writing, blogging, publishing and establishing an author platform. Each episode features an interview where you can ‘meet’ a published author or writer to learn about their process and their hot tips for establishing a successful writing practice. Small spoiler: stop procrastinating and just do it is a common theme (although usually articulated in a much more inspiring way). writerscentre.com.au/category/podcasts/
HUNGRY SHARK WORLD App You can live every week like it’s Shark Week with Hungry Shark World: The Meg Edition (in fact the game was officially part of the Shark Week program). If you need a new app to occupy your time on the G or to whip out in waiting rooms then this is worth adding to your arsenal. Unsurprisingly the aim of the game is to chomp your way through the ocean and to try and hold onto your place at the top of the food chain. Your finned friend is not invulnerable though – there are dangers such as starvation, mines, other sharks and pollution. As the game progresses you can earn access to different types of sharks, equip them with special abilities and even recruit friends. The basic game is free but it does take a little bit of will power to resist the faster progress of in-app purchases. It is available on iOs and Android. itunes.apple.com/au/app/hungry-shark-world/
RUPAUL: WHAT’S THE TEE Podcast If Season 11 of Drag Race seems an interminably long wait then you can get your fix of all things drag on RuPaul’s podcast What’s the Tee? With Michelle Visage. Co-hosted (as the title suggests) by RuPaul Charlets and Michelle Visage, the long-time friends wax lyrical in a 90+ minute chat that ranges from pop culture reflection to Agony Aunt style advice on sex, beauty, self-esteem and everything in between. Guest stars include your favourite queens such as Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Alyssa Edwards and Bob the Drag Queen, who often share behind the scenes insight into the Drag Race experience as well as their lives after the show. Other guests include pop culture figures, in particular, past Drag Race judges such as Billy Eichner, Lena Dunham and Lady Gaga. rupaulpodcast.com
Entertainment BlacKkKlansman (2018) 135 minutes Drama, historical biopic Director: Spike Lee Zak Johnson Spike Lee’s diverse filmography has carried the unifying theme of race relations in the United States, and BlacKkKlansman, the truelife story of the African-American cop who successfully infiltrated and gained membership to the Colorado wing of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s, is obviously no exception. After a fairly lacklustre couple of films, it’s good to see Lee back in form, with his skilful fusion of comedy, cinematic flair and hard-hitting political commentary resulting in BlacKkKlansman being ranked amongst his best, up there with Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X. Upon becoming the first black officer in his town’s police department, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington, former basketballer and son of Denzel) is swiftly relegated to a menial record-keeping role. After eventually transferring to the undercover division, Stallworth responds to an advertisement posted by the Klan via phone, convincing them that he is a white supremacist. Using a Jewish officer (played by indie king/forcesensitive emo kid Adam Driver) as an in-person proxy, Stallworth sets out to reach the upper echelons of the Klan and discover any criminal
machinations they may be plotting. He does this while also balancing his sense of responsibility to the community of civil rights activists with whom he has immersed himself. It’s a fine line juggling the seriousness needed for tackling the film’s themes with genuine humour, but Lee walks along it without stumbling, in the same way last year’s Get Out, also produced by Jordan Peele, was able to. The numerous barriers Ron encounters are all too real, but he deals with them in his own witty and idiosyncratic way. The Klan members are mostly painted as oblivious morons, yet the physical and symbolic threat they pose isn’t downplayed. Lee’s accomplished use of highly stylised visual techniques throughout the film, an indication of the wide range of influences that have inspired his output, help cement this tone. Despite having limited experience performing, Washington proves quite quickly that acting talent runs in the family. His Stallworth has the right amount of charisma and drive to make the audience believe that he could pull off the operation. Driver’s Flip Zimmerman, who functions as Ron’s physical representative, is Entertainment
a solid counterpart to Stallworth, attempting to maintain composure in a ridiculous situation. Plus, as a far cry from his That ‘70s Show days, Topher Grace is particularly slimy and punchable as David Duke, Grand Wizard of the KKK. Though the social problems addressed in BlacKkKlansman are hardly alien to us today, there are a number of eerie parallels made with the current political landscape, including a haunting montage covering the Charlottesville rally, with the film’s release coinciding with the first anniversary of the riots. Despite the fairly ludicrous (despite true) nature of the narrative, these modern connections help give it a much more sobering quality.
Verdict: a stylish, funny, yet timely and thought-provoking look at race relations in America
When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi Courtney Kruk
I am so nervous to review this album. If I don’t write this album justice, Arianators will be after my blood. But thankfully for them (and myself), this album is truly an A+ bop. Produced and co-written by Pharrell, Max Martin and Ilya, Sweetener twists sweet early 2000s revival hip hop and trap influences with modern pop music trends, intertwining parts of her heart and soul within her lyrics. Despite everything that has happened within the last 18 months (including the attack at her 2017 Manchester concert), this record signifies love, hope, and light for not only herself, but for many others. Sweetener includes beautiful little interludes such as ‘pete davidson’, ‘raindrops (an angel cried)’, to reclaiming female power, success, and womanhood with tracks such as ‘God is a woman’, and ‘successful’ (“it feels so good to be so young and have this fun and be successful”). This record is airy, pretty, and sparkly – everything pop needs right now.
Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton Courtney Kruk
In his debut novel Boy Swallows Universe, acclaimed journalist and writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine Trent Dalton, brilliantly constructs a piece of unforgettable Australian storytelling. Heartfelt and original, Dalton takes the reader into the life of 12-year-old Eli Bell, a boy up against the world of Brisbane circa 1980s. Inspired by Dalton’s own childhood and experiences, growing up in housing commission with a broken family and ex-cons, the story of Eli Bell is sure to stay with the reader long after the novel has been put down.
Man’s search for the meaning of life is no new literary theme, but Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air is a powerful and worthy addition to the genre. A talented and devoted neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was only thirty-six when he was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Having spent decades of his life dedicated to a profession that dealt in matters of mortality, he unexpectedly found himself on the opposite side of the spectrum, the doctor becoming the patient, facing an imminent death. Kalanithi is unwavering in his account, meeting his adversity headstrong and full of compassion. His previous studies in English literature shine through as he shares intimate anecdotes of his time in medical school, the ardours of the profession and the constant weight of holding another’s life in your own hands. The writing itself is poetic, filled with humility as he seeks to answer the question of what makes a life worth living. Perhaps most poignant is the fact that Kalanithi knows he is dying as he writes When Breath Becomes Air; ‘I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living’. Paul Kalanithi’s life, outlook and experience will serve as a timely reminder to live each day with a little more appreciation than the last.
Eli Bell counts his best friends to be an infamous prison escapee and his mute brother August, who communicates artfully by writing messages in the air. When his mum and stepfather become involved with heroin dealing and Brisbane’s notorious drug lord, Tytus Broz, Eli knows his life is about to get even more complicated. The family fall on hard times when his mum gets sent to prison and his stepfather disappears, forcing a reluctant reunion with his alcoholic and emotionally unhinged father. Eli perseveres on the strength and love of his brother and mum, and an unwavering dream of escaping the Brisbane outskirts to live in The Gap and write for The Courier Mail. Dalton’s journalistic eye for detail shines brightly through each page, as he draws on real people and experiences to inform his writing. The locality resonates and though the story isn’t without some clichés in the trajectory, Dalton’s efforts in characterisation and story layering are nonetheless refreshing and interesting. Boy Swallows Universe is sure to swallow the reader whole and induce simultaneous tears, laughter and smiles. 49
Being creative Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza Bachelor of Business ( Marketing ) / Bachelor of Digital Media ( Photo Media ) alexandramendozamedia.com
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A Balancing Act ELORAC Place, located in the Brisbane suburb of Ellen Grove, offers a respite to many in countless forms, whether it is through their free food program, playgroup, and free community activities. The centre welcomes those who feel alone, lost or temporarily mislaid. ELORAC offers a much-needed life raft in an ocean churned with unfilled needs, wants and deprivation. 2016 Thoughts of Peace and Resilience
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Triple Nipple is a card game my friends and I have developed over the years. When it came to my Major Studio Project Course I thought hey, why not actually make this a thing! Whilst slightly inappropriate, the design of the game is meant to be fun and highlight body diversity. While I was at it, I designed a limited pink edition, partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in an integrated media campaign. Whilst Triple Nipple has been put on hold while Iâ€™m finishing up my degree, keep your eye on the lookout because this is sure to one day be the next hit adult card game.
Kirsty Gordon Bachelor of Digital Media ( Graphic Design ) @joy.kirsty kirstyjoy.com Being creative
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Get the hell outta here Sunshine Coast Courtney Kruk
Some escapes are closer than you think and with the break just around the corner, we’re recommending you trade Gold for Sunshine. Head north this summer for a getaway that’s filled with just enough of the good holiday stuff to compensate if you can’t score a new stamp on your passport. Sure, the Sunshine Coast might seem like the quieter, more civilised cousin of the gregarious GC, but it is the perfect place to renounce (common student stressors like GPAs, exams and assignments), reset and most importantly, relax! Top of the recommendation list is a trip to Noosa Heads. Plastered on postcards for good reason, Noosa is the kind of place that boasts in beauty, pristine beaches and an endless list of things to do. Hit the National Park for some of
the cosier beaches, including Tea Tree and Granite Bay. Perfect for longboarding or simply star-fishing yourself in the shallows, these are spots loved by locals and visitors alike. You can take the coastal walk all the way from Hastings Street if you please, passing Boiling Pot, Dolphin Point and ending up at Hell’s Gates. The view is nearly always complimented by an exceptional palette of turquoise and blues, and when you’re done taking it in, look up and see if you can’t spot a koala or two. If you’re up for more of a trek, swing inland and take one of the tracks through the bushland all the way to Alexandria Bay for the perfect slice of seclusion. If camping’s more your thing, or even just a different kind of day trip, drive to Tewantin and catch the car ferry across to Noosa North Shore. Get the hell outta here
Cut from the mainland, North Shore has a lot to offer in the way of activities. You can kayak Lake Cooroibah, go horse riding, or four wheel drive up to Rainbow Bay for the day or an overnight stay. As an added bonus, the further north you head, the more likely you are to drop reception – it’s the technology detox we all need!
RUN FOR THE HILLS…or maybe just drive. We sport a pretty spectacular hinterland here on the Gold Coast, but sometimes a new mountainous range to treat the senses to can feel that little bit like a, well, treat! So, be sure to make one of the many destinations in the Sunshine Coast hinterland a must stop on your trip. If you want something tropical with a fall of water, head to Kondalilla, Mapleton or Gardners Falls. Visit Maple Street in Maleny for a coffee in-between stealing views of the Glasshouse Mountains and take in the arts and culture of Montville as you make your way. And if there’s one ideal accomplice for a drive out in the hills, it’s cheese. Support the locals and stock up at Maleny Cheese, then take your pick of the wheel out to a scenic spot of your choosing.
and demand, the main point of difference for Ninderry is that it’s friendly for human and dogs alike, so if you’re lucky enough to have a four-legged companion joining you on vacation, this is the one to choose. Now, in the words of my Grandma, don’t go hungry. There’s much in the way of culinary delights to be enjoyed on the Sunshine Coast, but for fear of breaking the sacred student budget, let us direct you to food markets. Ocean Street in Maroochydore has a spread of regular restaurants for every day that ends in Y, but if you are lucky enough to land there on the second Friday of any month, you can partake in Nights on Ocean. Food, music, more food. You can’t ask for much more. Also taking place (every Friday), are the Marcoola Markets. Small but absolutely satisfying, Marcoola’s intimate street food set up will have you struggling for choice and walking away with both hands full. However, top of the list is always the Eumundi Markets, which run every Wednesday and Saturday. Famous for their regular spread of unique shops, arts and local entertainment, the food stalls are only half the reason to check them out. My personal favourite – fresh sugar cane juice from Noosa Cane Juice or The World Famous Gozleme.
Get outside, get up high and get a damn good view in front of you. Sometimes the most relaxing advice to give yourself is to take a hike, and the Sunshine Coast has some of the best spots for beginners and seasoned mountaineers to enjoy.
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An easy starter is Mount Coolum, which suits every fitness level and rewards with both oceanic and hinterland views. You can also take in some of the Indigenous history of the region at the top, with signs telling the story of how the mountains acquired their names and came to be formed. And if you spot Mount Ninderry while your gazing out towards Yandina, add it to your list of climbs to conquer. Similar in distance
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