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ISSUE 01, VOLUME 03 FEBRUARY 2017 EDITORIAL TEAM Jessica Brown - Editor in Chief Rebecca Marshallsay - Editor in Chief Fruzsina Gál - Editor Monique Hotchin - Editor Zakary Johnson - Editor Angel Nikijuluw - Editor Hayley Payne - Editor PUBLISHER George Lindley-Jones TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS Cover artwork Justin Formosa Editorial Monique Hotchin - Zak Johnson George Lindley-Jones Rebecca Marshallsay - Ishwarya Nair Angel Nikijuluw - Elleanor O’Connell Hayley Payne Creative Erwan Guegan - Katrina Massey Zane Keating - Rita Drysdall Matthew George Simpson - Tasmin Saint DESIGN


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20 Contents Editorial note


Vox pop


Meet the Board


Community in numbers: Gold Coast Campus 11

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Get global


Interview with an entrepreneur: Michelle Woodward


Things I wish somebody told me in my first year


Surviving your first semester


Getting hygge with it


Making new friends at uni when you know no one


Adventure of a lifetime


Your 2017 horoscope


2017 on film


Product review - Uni essentials


Must have items: Your uni wardrobe sorted


What’s on


Feature artist - Jessica Marshallsay






Being creative


Get the hell outta here




HELLO, HELLO! We are so excited to be back with you, ready to keep you informed, up to date and entertained in 2017 (we also think we’re very funny but we will settle for mildly amusing). If you are returning to campus, welcome back! And if you are joining us fresh for your very first year at university (or perhaps as a new postgrad), then we would like to extend you an even bigger welcome. The 2017 O-Week Edition is Getamungstit’s second birthday (since our revamp and killer makeover in 2015). We might have to have a party next year or run a special birthday edition (because once you are three you are old enough to remember). At the end of 2016 we farewelled two of our Editorial Team as they moved on the bigger and better things in the form of a graduation and a too-hard-topass-up overseas exchange opportunity. The silver lining is that we are welcoming some fresh talent to the team. Fruzsi, Monique and Zak will join our continuing editors, Hayley and Angel, to help pull together our fantastic mag. You can find out more about our Ed Team in the Vox Pops section on page 6.

With a special focus on the newbies, we share some of our best tips and uni hacks to get you through your first semester. In this edition, Elleanor makes a compelling case for investing in a sparkly unicorn lunchbox and Zak tells you the films to look out for in 2017. Erwan shares a beautiful selection of photos from his travels and our resident fangirl, Angel, explains how she cried and screamed her way around Australia in pursuit of Coldplay. We are not usually such know-it-alls (we promise) so you can look forward to a diverse range of content to come in 2017. In addition to our six hard copy editions we will be pumping out more great content at Geta Online. You can keep up to date with all things Geta at facebook.com/Getamungstit/ (read this as a thinly veiled plea for friends). We hope that the O-Week Edition helps you get organised, get involved and become very inspired to getamungstit! Yours, The Geta Editorial Team

This edition our contributors are full of the sage wisdom of those who have gone before.

E T I WR S! U R O F Editorial note

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Welcome to Griffith for 2017, I’m George and I have the pleasure of being your Student Guild President for the year. Whether you’re cruising into campus for the first time to pick up your free O-Week bag, or a thirsty returning student getting a head start on the end of O-Week beach party at the Uni Bar, you’ve made a great decision picking up Getamungstit, your student mag. Here you’ll be able to find information about upcoming events on campus, cultural clubs, sports and loads of handy tips, all of which will help you squeeze the most fun out of your year. Your Student Guild is run by you, the students, and exists to make your time at uni more enjoyable. As a student, you are automatically a member of the Guild and entitled to many of the services that we provide. As well as planning the parties (which btw sell out super quick, so get in early), we help students run cultural and sporting clubs and provide student support services to help you tackle the challenges

of uni. The Guild is also run by the hardworking staff and volunteers in the Guild office, bar, gym, store and many other places on campus, who are there to help if you need. If you have any ideas on how you would like to improve the student experience, feel free to have a chat to your student representatives, the Student Guild Board Members. We welcome several new Board Members this year who are more approachable. On that note, a big thankyou to all departing Board Members, who have done an amazing service for all students. For 2017, I would encourage everyone to continue to be as involved as possible in the GUGC campus atmosphere that we aim to create. It’s a great way to meet other students and de-stress during busy study periods. Good luck and enjoy O-Week! El Presidente, George Lindley-Jones

This is your chance to tell us what you love, what you want to see more of or suggest new ideas. Maybe there is an issue you think we should be covering or you want to weigh in on the best coffee debate... whatever you need to get off your chest, we’d love to hear from you. Connect with us and stay up to date! facebook.com/Getamungstit facebook.com/groups/getamungstit.contributors/ getamungstit@griffith.ed.au gugcstudentguild.com.au/getamungstit


VOX POP Each edition we send a Getamungstit photographer out on campus to have a chat to you and find out what makes you tick. We ask all the deepest and most profound questions like whether you are an Android or Apple person, or where you would take a would-be sweetheart on a first date? But without a hoard of students on campus over the break, we had to turn our hard hitting, revelatory interview skills back onto ourselves for this edition.





Zak Vox pop

What are you studying?

Exams or assignments?

Fruzsi: Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literary studies and creative writing.

Fruzsi: I’m all for assignments. I’ll write you four thousand words on anything before I’m happy with any of my short responses.

Zak: Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts. Angel: A double degree in business and design. Monique: Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication. Hayley: Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication (major in politics and IR).

Summer highlight? Fruzsi: Those very few days I didn’t have to spend at work. So much for a relaxing summer! Zak: Funnily enough it was heading over to Europe to experience my first proper winter. Angel: Following Coldplay around Australia! Monique: Spending time with friends and family. Hayley: Heading over to the Common Purpose Study Abroad experience in Singapore with an amazing bunch of Griffith University students. Also spending time at home with the family for Christmas and just having spare time to do lots of reading was incredible.

Best thing about returning to uni? Fruzsi: Getting back into the familiar rhythm. That, and Smallroom Writers Collective open mic nights! Zak: Probably all the different O-Week events. Angel: Seeing my friends. Monique: Getting back into a routine. Hayley: It is my final year, so I am really looking forward to everything that this year has to offer. I do a lot of volunteering on campus too, so can’t wait to get back into it.

Zak: Assignments all the way. You’re basically writing the exact same amount of content but over a much longer period of time. Angel: Definitely assignments. Monique: Definitely assignments. Hayley: Most of the time I would say assignments, however, it really depends on the subject. I feel like assignments are more of a personal achievement than exams. You really get to see your hard work pay off.

Loving any TV shows right now? Fruzsi: Stranger Things! Zak: Just finished Penny Dreadful and The Night Of, which were both brilliant and now I’m about to start Mr. Robot. Angel: I actually haven’t watched any TV shows lately, but I have watched a few films. I really enjoyed Star Wars: Rogue One. Monique: My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Hayley: I don’t normally watch much TV, however over the holidays I did watch The Crown and A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Both of which were incredible.

Best place to grab dinner on the Gold Coast? Fruzsi: Mexicali on Tuesdays - $5 tacos, hello! Zak: Easy Street in Mermaid. Best burgers around. Angel: I love this new Japanese/ American fusion diner called Cutie Cutie - it’s not far from campus either! Monique: Pancho’s Mexican. Hayley: Alto’s in Broadbeach is hands down my favourite place to eat on the Gold Coast. They have incredible food and are located


directly across from the beach. I also love the NightQuarter in Helensvale, great music while you eat a variety of foods.

Favourite Getamungstit article? Fruzsi: I loved ‘Be a traveller, not a tourist’ in the Summer Edition. Zak: There’s been a lot of standouts but I’m a big fan of the regular Get the hell outta here columns. Angel: I would probably have to say all Vox Pops - they’re short and fun. Monique: ‘Surviving a Contiki’ from the Summer Edition. Hayley: I can’t pinpoint a favourite article, however, my favourite edition would have to be the Green Edition. It was filled with so much interesting information and covered a great range of topics.

Do you set New Year’s goals? Fruzsi: I used to, but I never followed through, so I’ve officially given up. If I can grow as a person in 2017, I’ll be happy. Zak: Usually I don’t make any resolutions because I don’t end up keeping them! Angel: Of course! Monique: Every single year. Hayley: Every year I make a checklist of things I want to achieve that year in my academic, work, and personal life. It is so satisfying checking off the boxes as you achieve your goals and it really keeps me on track throughout the year.



Love talking to people? Good at keeping your finger on the pulse?


Think there’s something missing from the mag? Have a great idea for a killer column?


Can you work to a theme or brief? Can you compete for the front cover position?



Are you a great wordsmith with something to say? Can you write compelling feature articles?

Are selfies, shares, snaps or stories your thing? Can you write a social media strategy?



Are you a word nerd? Do you have a good grasp on grammar and an eye for detail?


Keen to capture campus events on film? See yourself as the campus paparazzi?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES, AWESOME! WE WANT YOU. Email getamungstit@griffith.edu.au Get amungst us

Love to paint, draw, design or create? Want to see your work in print?


Want to share your short stories or poems in print?

Meet the Board Did you know that the Student Guild’s activities are guided by a Board of students? These students sit on the Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild Board and they are your voice on campus. They are committed to enhancing student life and your university experience. They are responsible for representing and advocating for the interests, needs and wants of the student body.


Meet the students who are working to make your life on campus as awesome as possible. CHRISTIAN NIMRI Board Member




ADAM SCHENK Board Member

ALAN VEH Board Member










1. AUSTRALIA 14,506 2. CHINA 843 3. NEW ZEALAND 416 4. UNITED STATES 295





7. NORWAY 224


8. CANADA 187


9. GERMANY 153


10. HONG KONG 99


16 & UNDER 49 17-19 4,488 20-24 9,443 35%








25-29 2,677 30+ 2,530

Data retrieved from live sources and current as at 28 November 2016. These are not finalised 2017 figures. 11

GET GLOBAL Elleanor O’Connell

Nicole at the Hawaii International Film Festival (third from right)

Get global Get global

Whether you’re interested in studying outdoor education in Norway, environmental sciences in Hawaii or business in Taiwan, there’s an adventure waiting for every student with Griffith University’s global exchange program. With over 200 hundred-partner universities across 48 countries, there are opportunities for every area of study. Students have the option of short-term stays from one week, or long term stays of up to a year, giving all students the chance to get overseas and advance their careers. Exchanges provide the opportunities to create an international network to further your career after university, as well as giving students the advantage in an ever-competitive job market. Employers highly value the skills learnt through international travel including leadership, communication and multicultural experience. It’s also a fantastic chance to develop yourself as a person, learning how to be completely

independent and experience life in another culture. The relationships you form overseas will not only benefit your career, but also your character as you socialise and work with people from all over the world.

‘There’s really no better way of visiting a country than through exchange’ Film and screen media production student, Josh, spent a semester studying at Ithaca College in the U.S. ‘The whole college environment really encourages and enhances social life’, Josh explained (meaning he created a fantastic group of friends he’s still in contact with today). The first week of college, he went on an impromptu trip with his new friends to Niagara Falls, and the spontaneous trips continued throughout his trip. ‘There’s really no better way of visiting a country than through exchange’, he says. You get to experience life in the country as a citizen as opposed to just as a tourist. ‘It was easily the


best six months of my life’ Josh continues. Nicole spent four months studying her Bachelor of Arts degree at Hawaii Pacific University, the opportunity allowing her to experience the relaxed island lifestyle whilst studying. Through the university’s close affiliation with the Hawaii’s annual International Film Festival, Nicole was selected to participate at the festival and to further her knowledge in film studies. Hawaii Pacific University provided an ideal learning environment for Nicole with their small class sizes, which allowed relationships to form between teachers and students. As a welltravelled individual, Nicole has spent her time overseas as a tourist, ‘But being an exchange student allowed me to experience life as a local’ she says. ‘I am now more globally aware... and now have the skills to navigate and manage a wide range of cultural situations’. For more information on how to get involved in a life changing exchange trip, check out the Global Mobility on Griffith University’s website griffith.edu.au/ international/global-mobility


These days, more and more students are aspiring to become entrepreneurs when they graduate. Some of you may even be working on something now. So, to help you out we tracked down one of the Gold Coast’s many inspiring entrepreneurs, Michelle Woodward, who just happens to be working on a start-up that can help students.

Interview with an entrepreneur: Michelle Woodward

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Necessity is the mother of all inventions – I forget who said that, but in my case it was so true. When I arrived here from England, I wanted to be available for my young family, so I created a business that allowed me flexibility.

What have you worked on in the past? My first company, which operated for ten years, was called Suits You Health and Fitness and focused on group and individual client services. That business transitioned into ifit Recruitment and Consulting, which provided recruiting services for the fitness industry and consulting services for gym owners and new gym start-ups. I believe you get what you give and you give what you get, so I also offered free services which included lectures for students completing their qualifications in fitness and assisting graduating students with resumes, job applications and placements in the industry.

From your experience, what does it take to make a start-up successful? First and foremost a belief in yourself and your product or service. Then resilience, because, before you have even opened your doors or website, the mountains you are struggling to climb can seem insurmountable. So, for

me, it was taking it one-step at a time and the first step was finding a mentor and then developing a thorough business plan. There are some great free ones that you can download. Next, there are so many things that can and do go wrong, so to have a strong support network is absolutely essential. Finally, keep learning, keep reading, keep listening and most importantly, leave your ego at the door.

Do you think entrepreneurship is for everyone? Anyone can start up their own enterprise, you just need to have a great idea, determination, passion and the ability to adapt and evolve. It also helps if you love a challenge – or three.

What advice would you give to university students who are aspiring entrepreneurs? I think the number one piece of advice is to do your homework. Do lots and lots of it, look at your competitors, look at the market and have a business plan. Get as much advice and guidance on the journey and this includes before you into any financial commitments, big or small. Be careful going into business with friends, make sure any financial or business decisions are in writing so that you all know where you stand.

So, there you have it. With a lot of persistence, creativity and a refusal to give up, you could be well on your way to becoming an entrepreneur. Who knows, in just a few years we could be writing an article about you‌ 15

Are you working on anything exciting at the moment? We are about to launch a service called Findem that we know students will love. The platform has been developed by Rift Pty Ltd, which was founded by a genius uni student two years ago. In less than 10 minutes any student can upload a full profile of themselves, including a photo, short video presentation, references and a standard resume form. They become so much more than just one of a million resumes sitting on a desk. Then they can sit back and relax as the employers come to them. One ten-minute effort, more employer exposure and most importantly for poor uni students, no cost. Findem.jobs is the easiest way for students to get themselves out there, while creating a profile that demonstrates their personality is both fun and effective.

Things I wish somebody told me in my first year Hayley Payne Your first year of university has finally arrived. Right now you’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement, fear, confusion and at least a little hope for the year to come. First year is filled with so many new and sometimes unusual experiences which can be quite overwhelming at times. So, to help you out below is a list all of the things we wish someone had told us during our first year of uni.

Don’t expect everything to go as planned

Familiarise yourself with support services

Never assume that everything will go according to plan. Come into university with a sense of understanding that things change. You may not stick with your current plan and you might possibly not even graduate when you were expecting to, but that is no problem. At least half the people who you’ll meet at university will have had a very interesting journey to arrive at the point they’re at now.

During the next three or so years, you will likely need to engage with one of the many support services on campus. First, familiarise yourself with the Student Guild during O-Week to find out everything they offer. Then make your way over to Student Services to find out about their various offerings which include: counselling, health services, chaplaincy, equity, and welfare services (who even offer interest-free loans).

Be open to trying new things and don’t be afraid to change your mind about what you want. Maybe you need to study part-time for a trimester while you work or you might decide that you need a year off to figure out what you want to do with your life. Both of these things are totally fine. Just be open to change and remember that everything will work out in the end.

Lastly, head on over to the library to find out about their incredibly helpful workshops. They can teach you anything from mastering excel, how to research, how to write in different styles and most importantly, how to reference correctly (you don’t want to lose marks over poor referencing). Get to know these core services during O-Week and you’ll know exactly where to turn during times of need.

Things I wish somebody told me in my first year

Be mindful of your GPA GPA goals are different for everyone. Some are happy to graduate with a pass, some want to achieve the highest mark possible, some might need a certain mark to complete internships, and some are looking to enrol in a master’s degree upon graduation. Whatever your goal, think about them now and know what you’re aiming for. First year is your opportunity to get those high marks and set your GPA up for success. For most degrees, your first-year subjects are the easiest. Setting up a high GPA in your first year helps you stress less when you face difficult subjects later on. When you receive an assignment, be sure to read through the marking criteria so that you are aware of what is required for each grade band. Then you can begin planning the assessment piece to ensure you tick off everything you need to have included to achieve the mark you want.

Say yes, but also know when to say no

Stay focused on you

Everything’s going to be fine

One of the best mantras for excelling at university life is to say yes to every opportunity that is thrown your way. It is amazing how one tiny opportunity can so quickly lead on to another and another. It is never too early to start seeking volunteer work, work experience and internships that will help set up your resume and make you a competitive graduate.

One of the most important things to remember is to never lose your focus. Comparing yourself to others is the worst way to gauge your success at university. Don’t compare your success to that of your friends and classmates. Either you will feel terrible because they achieved greater marks than you, or your feelings of success will only come from the downfall of other people. Both of which are not great scenarios to be in.

Lastly and most importantly, remember that everything is going to be fine. Life has a funny way of sorting itself out and pulling you out of awful situations. Sure you’ll have horrible days, late nights, bad grades, lots of stress and maybe just a couple of breakdowns. But in just a few short years or so, you will find yourself at your graduation ceremony about to begin the next chapter of your life.

While it is great to say yes to as many opportunities as possible, you also have to know when to say no. If your calendar is starting to look to full you need to start thinking about your priorities to ensure you don’t suffer from a major burnout by the end of your first year. Don’t put aside all social gatherings because you think it is the only way to succeed. On the flip side, don’t ignore career enhancing opportunities because you’re too busy partying every weekend. Balance is key.

At the beginning of each semester have an idea of what you want to achieve from each course and try your best to reach those goals. If you don’t quite reach the mark you were hoping for, discuss it with your tutor. They will be able to tell you exactly where you went wrong and how to improve next time. The Library and the Student Guild also provide a range of academic support services, drop in to find out more.


Cherish these next few years and live every single second to the fullest. For most, university only comes once and it will likely be some of the greatest years of your life.


Pick your aesthetics Get a fun lunch box It may not be the trick for everyone, but having a super cool dinosaur lunch box and knowing it’s full of delicious snacks can make your day just that little bit better. University students are basically toddlers with better vocabulary, and pulling a Twix from your sparkly unicorn lunch box will give you as much joy as it did when you were four. Also it’s an awesome conversation starter because who doesn’t want to be friends with the dude whipping out a sparkly unicorn lunch box. Buy stationery you can’t wait to use There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love stationary, and liars. Pick up some fun pens that you’ll find any excuse to use. All of a sudden it’ll be week twelve and you’ll have everyone in your tute asking to see your wicked amounts of notes written in neon blue ink.

Surviving your first semester

Find your spots

Your caffeine spot Find your preferred place to pick up your caffeine fix before things get too stressful. It helps knowing where to go for that perfect latte or Earl Grey tea to comfort you when due dates start breaking down your door like Jack Nicholson from The Shining. Your study spot Work out your best study environment early in the semester, whether that’s on the green outside G40, in one of the study corners in the library, or tucked away in the Red Room. Get this one figured out as soon as you can so your brain can recognise when it’s time to knuckle down.

Get social Take your earphones out We’re all guilty of walking around campus jamming to our favourite Spotify playlist, and there’s nothing wrong with that; sometimes you need your own space. But on occasion it’s good to take out the earphones to give people the chance to talk to you, and give you the chance to interact with others. Say ‘hi’ to the person who sits next to you It’s nerve wracking trying to meet people at uni, and it’s easier than you think to fly solo for your first semester. Make it easier for yourself by just saying ‘hi’ and introducing yourself to your neighbour. They may change seats the next week, or they may decide that they want to be your friend. You’ll never know if you don’t speak up.


Getting hygge with it Rebecca Marshallsay

Hygge is one of those untranslatable words (not to be confused with the Unforgivable Curses). You might be familiar with some of the most iconic untranslatable words like schadenfreude. The German word is about ‘harm joy’, or the secret pleasure we take in others’ misfortune. Any viral video you’ve ever watched of a skateboarder stacking it to take a surprise hit in the nads, a toddler being chased by a goose or a wardrobe malfunction at a wedding... all schadenfreude my friend. Not all untranslatable words are about having a giggle at someone else’s temporary misery. Many of them capture something more poetic and far less tangible. In Japan, komorebi describes the look of sunlight filtering through the leaves of a tree, whilst Inuits have a word, iktsuarpok, to describe the feeling of expecting someone that makes you go outside to see if anyone is coming.

So hygge is a Danish word that is most commonly translated as cosiness. But like many untranslatable words, the English translation doesn’t really capture the full essence of the original. It is about situations that generate warmth, cosiness and a feeling of satisfaction. You know when you feel it but it can be hard to describe

Hygge is a gorgeous journal just waiting for your thoughts. It is lighting a deliciously scented candle. It is your putting on your favourite comfy track pants. It is hanging beautiful fairy lights in your bedroom. It is retro wallpaper. It is buying flowers for no reason. It is a short black at your favourite hipster cafe. The list is endless.

Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga or HUE-gah), although most commonly associated with Denmark, has its linguistic roots in Norway and is easy to find in most Scandinavian countries. Imagine coming in from the snow to snuggle by a warm fireplace and eat freshly baked biscuits. That is hygge. Scandinavian architecture, art design and lifestyle all lend themselves to creating hygge. From comfy hand knitted socks and sweaters, to creating beautiful spaces with wood and light that create an inviting glow, a sense of comfort and a strong desire purr like a satisfied kitten. Once you are aware of hygge you will want more of it in your life.

And hygge is not just about stuff (that said, sitting in a vintage armchair, sipping a Lindt hot chocolate with a hand crocheted blanket that looks like a mermaid’s tale is most decidedly hygge). It is about experiences shared with other people. Hygge might be hiding your mobiles away and enjoying a glass of wine and great conversation with friends. Or it might be playing a favourite boardgame from your childhood with your sister. Hygge is creating space and situations that facilitate warm, relaxed and satisfying connections with the people around you.

Getting hygge with it

The world is beginning to pay attention to the pleasures of a hygge inspired lifestyle with many English publications exporting the art hygge, from The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking to The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. Given that the Gold Coast is not known for its opportunities to shelter from the snow in front of an open fireplace, and snuggle weather is limited to just a few days in July, how can you bring a little hygge into your life? Think about the little things that make you feel relaxed, comfortable and warm... although if this heat wave is still going at time of publication, please disregard ‘warm’ because you probably associate it with decidedly un-hygge things like persistent sweat patches and sleepless nights. Maybe some homemade iceblocks are the way to find your hygge in the heat. If you need a little inspiration to find your hygge, here are a few ideas to get you started.

A picnic for two Pack a picnic, grab your significant other or BFF, hop on your bike and find somewhere picturesque to enjoy a sunset picnic. To up the hygge factor, leave your phones at home and just enjoy each others’ company. It still happened even if it’s not on Instagram. Decorate your space When was the last time you really cleaned your room or your desk. Declutter your space and then hang a few new pics, buy a new bedspread (there are lots of affordable options at Kmart), update your stationery or pick up some beautifully scented candles. Work out what you need to reinvigorate your space and make it somewhere you really want to spend time. Get knitting If you start now you might have your own pair of hygge socks by the time the cosy season rolls around. Invest in a pair of needles and some yarn, watch a how-to video on YouTube and you are good to go. You can knit almost anywhere... in front of


Netflix, on the tram, waiting for appointments... you have your own slice of hygge with you at all times. Cook comfort food Turn off the TV, pop on some music and cook something that feeds your tummy and your soul. Even better, invite your friends over to share in the fruits of your culinary prowess (whether it is a seven course feast or just a plate of scrumptious cupcakes).


Making friends as an adult is daunting. No longer can we just grab the closest person and be instant best friends. Now we have to make small talk and put in constant effort to establish a solid relationship with someone. So for those of us who don’t have the luxury of bringing our friendships from high school with us to university, the first few months can be hell. Luckily, everyone at Griffith is pretty friendly and with a little effort, you’ll have a new squad set up in no time.

Be brave

Small talk ideas: What are you studying and why? Are you local to the Gold Coast? Where does that degree take you? Did you enjoy O-Week? If these conversation starters don’t lead you into a more in-depth conversation, you can always grab a copy of Getamungstit and discuss our brilliant articles…

One of the most effective ways of meeting new people at uni is to sit next to someone in your very first lecture and say hello. Unfortunately for those of us who are socially awkward or who suffer from social anxiety, this is not an easy task. While it might seem incredibly daunting at first you will 100% thank yourself for it later.

Have fun

O-Week presents you with boundless opportunities to ‘getamungstit’ and have some fun with your fellow first years. For many students, O-Week is the best week of the year. There are so many freebies, parties, markets, activities and workshops on campus, that it is almost impossible not to meet new people. If there is one week you are going to push yourself to be on campus, make it O-Week. If you can’t make the whole week make sure you come Monday, Tuesday and of course your course orientation day. Double bonus if you meet someone in your course before you even start the semester.

Making new friends at uni when you know no one

Join in

Over the first few weeks of university, you will be presented with countless opportunities to join clubs, sports, volunteer organisations and much more. We have a club for almost everything on campus. If your interest area isn’t covered, you can just set up your own club, it is that simple. Choose a couple of clubs or groups that you can see yourself really enjoying being part of. Then just make sure you turn up each week. Soon enough you will be inviting other members out for coffee and a friendship can blossom from there.

Know it is never too late

If you’re someone who is shy, meeting new people at university can be tough. But never fear. Even if you don’t make any solid friendships in the first semester, that doesn’t mean you never will. Every day is a new chance to get to know new people. Just start with a friendly smile and go from there.

If you’re completely new to the Gold Coast and want some friends outside of university, there are plenty of ways to get to know more people. Try websites such as Meetup to meet like-minded people around the coast. There are even a few Facebook pages set up that aim to get people seeking friends together on the Gold Coast. Lastly, just be yourself and make an effort to welcome new people into your life.





Adventure of a lifetime Angel Nikijuluw

Have you ever heard of those Lady Gaga fans who lined up outside of the concert venue at midnight to see her show the next night? Or those One Direction fans who camped outside of the band’s hotel room to meet them? That’s me, except for a bunch of British men entering their 40s. I am, of course, talking about Coldplay (no, not an arguably more respectable band like Radiohead or Franz Ferdinand). And if you saw them in December, I damn well know it was the best concert you’ve ever been to – because I was there too. To those who read my article last year about my shameful fangirl past – I lied. My fangirl past is not my past. I’m still living it – except this time I spent thousands of dollars to live it. I quote myself from last year: “Keep loving your [celebrity crush], just as long as you don’t walk around the city trying to find their hotel (which I may or may not have done with my friend in 2012 when Coldplay was touring Australia)”. Nope, I definitely did that again too. You bet I did. I have been a massive fan of Coldplay for almost six years now, and during that time, I have been planning to follow them around Australia. I would calculate the exact amount of money I needed

to fly up and down the east coast, how many days I needed to stay in each city, the cost of each ticket, and transport. When Coldplay finally announced their Australian tour in May last year, I knew that this was the tour I’ve been planning for over a quarter of my life. This was it. I was actually going to do it.

years. It was a surreal moment to finally meet this person and be going to our favourite band’s show together. We had planned our whole trip together (she was following them around Australia too!), and I showed her around the city throughout the three days we were there together.

So I planned my route: from home, to Brisbane, to Melbourne, to Sydney, and back to the Gold Coast. It was a solid ten days of travel and five shows to plan and pay for, but I managed to organise everything seamlessly – which is a first for me, because somehow, I always manage to mess things up for myself. I could feel how excited and proud 14-year-old me was.

I must admit that before the first show, I wasn’t at my peak excitement. It wasn’t until the lights went down and the Xylobands (the wristbands that are given to everyone in the stadium) began to glow red that I realised that where I was, who I was with, and what I was about to see was real. The rest of the show was kind of a blur, but I just remember it being extremely hot, and I was screaming lyrics the entire night. I woke up with a sore throat the morning after, but it was worth it.

Starting in Brisbane, I finally met my friend whom I had bonded with online over Coldplay for five

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I landed in Melbourne the day before the first Melbourne show, and met (yet another) internet friend for the first time. Cold, wet, and windy – Melbourne was a stark contrast to the sunny, hot and humid weather of Brisbane. In the 11 degrees cold, we camped at our gate outside of Etihad Stadium at 2am, and by coincidence (not really, because we were all massive fans), we met some other fans

that we knew from Twitter. As the hours went by, we managed to sleep for another hour and a half before the adrenaline kicked in – it kicked in so much that I felt like I had a whole night’s sleep (when in reality I only had three hours). By midday, all of our friends were lined up with us. I’ll spare you the details of how we found each other, but long story short, we had all become friends through Coldplay, and this was a photo we had been waiting to take for five years (pictured above).

and I cried for a solid half an hour after realising I was going to be a metre away from the band. I was honestly surprised by the amount of tears I had left in me because I stopped drinking water four hours beforehand (and if you’ve ever been to a festival or been at the barrier of a concert, you know that bathroom breaks are non-existent – that is my personal hell.)

By midday, all of our friends were lined up with us [...] This was a photo we had been waiting to take for five years.

After the second Melbourne show, it was time to head to Sydney. At this point, I was already feeling sad about the last leg of the tour. With only two shows left, I knew that I had to really cherish the last four days of the tour.

As 5.30pm ticked over, we were let in and we all managed to secure a place at the barrier. Those 17.5 hours of waiting outside of the stadium was worth every second,

I had never heard so much passion in people’s voices before that show. It is always an incredibly special moment to have 50,000 in the same place, at the same time, singing in unison. I will never, ever forget the sound of each crowd on each night – but Melbourne was definitely my favourite.

Fast forward to midday at the first show in Sydney – I was extremely sick, it was 37 degrees, and we still had five and a half hours until the gates opened. Before I tell this great story, I have to explain that at every show, the video director of Coldplay’s live show Ben Miles

Adventure of a lifetime

scouts out fans waiting outside the stadium to record them introducing the band to the crowd. This means that the band and the 50,000 people in the stadium are going to see you introduce Coldplay to the stage at the start of the show. My friends and I had definitely done our research, and I was the first to see him at around 2pm with the camera in his hand. I screamed out to my friends and we ran over to him, yelling, “BEN!”, and that’s how we ended up... on stage! Ben was extremely lovely and he handled our fangirling very well. He guided us to the VIP room for friends and family up in a room inside the stadium, and handed us the Australian flag that Chris Martin holds during the show to hold up when we were filming the video. This means that yes, I have touched Chris via an Australian flag, and vice versa. This actually means I had his sweat and DNA on my hands for a short period of time (I guess it’s just one step closer to meeting him in real life? Stay tuned for a possible update on that next time they tour.) After a few takes, it was done, and that night we saw our faces on the screen for 50,000 other people to see. The show that night was just as special as the last three I had been to.

At the last show the next night, I was alone sobbing in the seats at the back of the stadium. I was clearly not ready to see them for the last time just yet – I was in so much emotional (and quite frankly, physical) pain that random people actually asked me if I was okay. Being the emotional, sentimental wreck I am, I had to explain to them that I was following the band around Australia and it was their last show. I couldn’t even finish talking without crying. It was a bittersweet conclusion; I was tired, sick, and ready to go home and sleep in my own bed after 10 days, but I was also devastated that I had to let this experience go. Two hours of them on stage felt like half an hour, and before I knew it, they were bowing down for the last time.

hard. All I could do was lay in bed, let the sickness run its course and think about the tour approximately 547 times a day. There are a thousand moments I can recall, but there are only so many words I can write. I wish I could tell you more about the incredible people I met, the songs I heard, and the tiny, special moments I had with my friends. But all I can say is that Coldplay changed my life, and the tour changed who I am. I am extremely grateful to exist on this earth at the same time as this band, and I am so, so happy to be alive. Without

By 15 December I was back on the Gold Coast, crying to Coldplay like a pathetic lump in my parents’ car on the way back from the airport. The two weeks after the tour was 27

them, I would be nothing. But with them, I am everything, and I can be everything I want to be. So to Coldplay: thank you for letting me live an adventure of a lifetime (this is a wonderful, shameless Coldplay song pun). Whatever life throws at me from now on until the next time you set foot in this country, I will be wherever you are, and I will be at every single Australian show until you no longer make music. I had the best summer ever, and it’s because of Coldplay.








March 21 to April 19

April 20 to May 20

May 21 to June 20

Your horoscope BFF: Leonardo Da Vinci (April 15)

Your horoscope BFF: Olympe de Gouges (May 7)

Your horoscope BFF: Barbara McClintock (June 16)

You are a person of many, many talents, and this year you’ll be recognised for more than one of them, (possibly even that entire codex of alternative phrases for the word ‘penis’). You do you, Boo.

You’re going to explore your artistic talents this year and learn how to make a change with them. The world might not yet be ready for your storm, but be patient.

This year will be a year of tremendous success and you’ll be acknowledged greatly for it. Be careful of friends wanting to hold you back from achieving this success, and keep an eye out for the one friend who will help lift you to new heights.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Anime Club. Your pre-exam good luck charm: A pair of underwear with more holes than fabric.

Which uni club you should join: Serotonin Griffith University Acapella Choir. Your pre-exam good luck charm: Your ‘kick ass’ playlist.

Which uni club you should join: Gold Coast Ladies in Technology, Engineering, and Science (LiTES). Your pre-exam good luck charm: Good luck charm? You don’t need luck.




June 21 to July 22

July 23 to August 22

August 23 to September 22

Your horoscope BFF: Emmeline Pankhurst (July 15)

Your horoscope BFF: Ghengis Khan (August 18)

Your horoscope BFF: Johann Bach (September 5)

You have the potential to change the world, but you’re going to have to fight for it. And like Ron Weasley once said to Harry Potter, ‘you’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it’.

You’ll have to make some decisions that might not give the best impression, and they may piss off a few people, but they really were for the best at the time. Trust in yourself and your vision.

Which uni club you should join: United Nations Student Association.

Which uni club you should join: Freestyle Chillout.

This year won’t be all sunshine and rainbows, and some of your closest friends might turn out to not have your Bach like they’re supposed to. Fortunately, you will discover an inner strength this year and you’ll be able to stand tall in the face of tribulation and say ‘guess who’s Bach bitches’.

Your pre-exam good luck charm: The same pencil you’ve been using all year that won’t fit in your sharpener anymore.

Your pre-exam good luck charm: The bite size Snickers bar in your pocket.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Circle Languages Society. Your pre-exam good luck charm: Your lucky sock (you lost the other one).

Your 2017 horoscope




September 23 to October 22

October 23 to November 21

November 22 to December 21

Your horoscope BFF: Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11)

Your horoscope BFF: Hilary Clinton (October 26)

Your horoscope BFF: Ludwig van Beethoven (December 3)

The passenger seat isn’t always the worst place to be. You may not be in total control of events, but you can sometimes direct the driver. Take this opportunity to learn patience and ‘do what you think you cannot’.

You may not be the saint that some people think you are, and you have the capacity to become pretty destructive to the people around you. However, you’re incredibly intelligent and have the abilities to make a tremendous and welcome change to people’s lives.

Despite your talents, you still doubt yourself and often look upon others with jealousy. Believe in yourself and have faith that others will respect and admire the work you do.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Book Club. Your pre-exam good luck charm: The power of positive self thought.


Which uni club you should join: Zombie Appreciation Society.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Pride Society. Your pre-exam good luck charm: Your ‘power’ outfit.

Your pre-exam good luck charm: The answers written on your thigh.



December 22 – January 19

January 20 –to February 18

February 19 to March 20

Your horoscope BFF: Stephen Hawking (January 8)

Your horoscope BFF: Charles Darwin (February 12)

Your horoscope BFF: Valentina Tereshkova (March 6)

You’re officially going to be the best person on the planet. You’re going to tell people things that they don’t want to hear, (but kind of need to hear). You’re going to revolutionise the way people think and you’ll defy the odds whilst doing so.

You’ve got some pretty nifty ideas in that wonderfully big brain of yours, and sometimes people aren’t always into what you’re saying. This is the year you ignore the #haters and share your revelations with the world.

You’ve had a dream for a long time now that people have been telling you you’re unable to achieve. Ignore what everyone says and reach for the stars baby, you’ve got this.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Investment and Trading Society. Your pre-exam good luck charm: Luck has nothing to do with the results of this exam.

Which uni club you should join: Griffith Guild Toastmasters. Your pre-exam good luck charm: A stack of three takeaway coffee cups.


What uni club you should join: HOPE4HEALTH. Your pre-exam good luck charm: A pencil eraser shaped like a rocket ship.

2017 ON FILM

Another year, another mounting pile of readings, assignments, exams and tuition debts. Luckily, 2017 looks set to release a diverse collection of quality movies to distract you from these woes, even if it is just for a few moments.

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Silence (February) Martin Scorsese is like a fine wine – he only gets better with age. After the three-hour Quaalude-fuelled orgy that was The Wolf of Wall Street, he’s taken a 180 degree turn to make a more philosophically profound period piece on faith and perseverance. Silence focuses on two Portuguese Jesuit priests (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face significant persecution upon arriving in feudal Japan to find their mentor and promote their religion. Scorsese has apparently spent several decades trying to get this made, and if the trailers are any indication, it’s been well worth the wait.

Manchester By The Sea (February) Topping many ‘best-of’ lists from critics last year, and gaining some significant Oscar buzz, this one’s almost a guaranteed tearjerker. After his brother suffers a fatal heart attack, Lee, a reserved and sullen janitor played by Casey Affleck in a Golden Globe-winning role, is forced to act as a guardian for his teenaged nephew, who is also going through his own grieving process. If you appreciate small-scale cinematic affairs built on character interactions and growth, this’ll be up your alley.

2017 on film

A Cure For Wellness (February) Last year was a stellar one for horror films with the likes of Don’t Breathe, The Witch and Green Room, so hopefully 2017 will continue this uncommon trend. It is directed by Gore Verbinski, most famous for tackling the first Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, but also well regarded for directing The Ring (one of the few successful remakes of a foreign horror flick). His latest flick is about a young executive (played by Dane DeHaan) who travels to an elusive and secretive ‘wellness centre’ in order to retrieve his company’s CEO, and is then kept there against his will. Sounds fairly similar to Shutter Island but its impressive visual style will probably help set it apart.

Coco (November) With the exception of maybe the odd Cars sequel, Pixar can rarely do any wrong, with their best stories often being those based around family dynamics (Up, Inside Out), a theme that looks sure to emerge again in their upcoming production that uses the Mexican Day of the Dead as inspiration. Plot details are sparse, but it apparently focuses on a musically gifted youngster who travels to the Land of the Dead in order to contact his ancestors and understand why his shoemaking family have banned music. As usual, expect some gorgeous animation.

The Circle (May)

Ghost In The Shell (March) Wonder Woman (June)

If you like your sci-fi with a cautionary edge (see Black Mirror and Minority Report), this may be worth keeping an eye on (no pun intended). Emma Watson (who so far has had the most successful post-Potter career out of the franchise’s central trio) stars as a college graduate who is hired by an omnipresent tech company whose developments in the areas of surveillance and communication come paired with some serious breaches of privacy. Looks set to be a real nail-biter, and seems scarily all the more relevant in our Edward Snowden era of information access and government secrecy.

The original 1995 anime (of which this is a live-action remake) is regarded to be one of the finest of its kind, with its strong visuals and cyberpunk themes influencing popular motion pictures such as The Matrix and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Without losing its distinct neo-noir style, this American translation also maintains the original’s basic plot of the cybernetic Major (played by Scarlett Johansson) and her tactical team investigating a number of cyberterrorist incidents with farreaching consequences. Accusations of white-washing aside, this looks set to be one of the more daring films to come out of Hollywood this year.

After the rather poor receptions of both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad in 2016, DC Entertainment really needs a hit in order to get any sort of edge over the massive cultural behemoth that is Marvel Studios and the gazillion superhero movies they pump out each year. This may (hopefully) be the case with its upcoming entry starring Diana, the immortal princess of the Amazons (Gal Gadot), whose fifteen minutes on screen were considered by many to be a highlight in the otherwise dour BvS. Regardless of whether it succeeds or not, I know I’ll be buying a ticket anyway, just like I will for the dozen other generic and uninspired comic book translations coming out this year.

Baby Driver (August)

Dunkirk (July)

After backing out of Ant-Man due to an apparent lack of creative control, British filmmaker Edgar Wright now seems to be sitting squarely back in the saddle with this crime-thriller focusing on a getaway driver who finds himself in hot water after a robbery goes pear-shaped. Despite almost exclusively making comedy films throughout his career (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim), it looks as if Baby Driver’s going to primarily be a serious affair, but with the likes of Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep on board, that certainly shouldn’t be a tonal change worth worrying about.

Christopher Nolan has over and over again proven himself to be one of this generation’s most visionary directors with films such as The Dark Knight trilogy and Memento. His first war movie, centred on the successful evacuation of some 300,000 Allied soldiers from the titular French beach during WWII, will probably also be another proud addition to his every-growing and commendable filmography. And for any One Direction fans, Harry Styles has been cast as one of the leads. What more could you ask for?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December)


I fail to see why any description is necessary unless you’re one of the two people on the planet who haven’t heard of this space opera series set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The questions raised in 2015’s record-breaking The Force Awakens will hopefully be answered to some degree. Who is Snoke? Who are Rey’s parents? Will Jar Jar Binks finally get the spin-off film he deserves? Tune in just before Christmas to find out. The Last Jedi will also sadly be the final screen role of Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher, who passed away at the end of last year.

Product review - Uni essentials Rebecca Marshallsay This edition we are all about giving you unsolicited advice on everything from making friends to what to wear. In keeping with the O-Week theme, our product review is aimed at making you a more informed consumer as you tackle some of the big issues that will shape your uni experience.



When it comes to stationery we operate under the mantra, BUY ALL THE THINGS. Notebooks with dividers, highlighters, coloured plastic sleeve thingies (purpose unknown)... you really can’t have enough. You are the Stationery God. You are the Emperor of Organisation. You are the Queen of Immaculate Note Taking. The beauty of stationery is that it offers the power of potential and a promise that you will get your s&#t together. That crisp new notebook... you might write anything in there. Maybe a Nobel Prize winning thesis or perhaps your bestselling novel. You should be aware that this euphoric high (like most) is followed by a deflating come down. This is usually at the end of trimester when you realise that the most inspiring thing you created was a naughty flipogram in the corner of your accounting textbook. Or that you can’t decipher your colour coded highlighting system which, in hindsight, seems to have been crafted with all of the forethought and planning of a toddler on a sugar high. The very good news is that a stationery binge is the gift that keeps on giving so you can start the cycle anew each trimester.

Another dilemma central to the life of the uni student is whether to drive or hop on the old public transport. If you are new to the Gold Coast campus, let me just tell you up front - parking is tough. Unless you roll in as the sun rises, finding a park on campus can be an exercise in blood, sweat and tears (disclaimer: we are not aware of any literal bloodshed). That said, driving offers you a lot more flexibility around where you go on the way to and from uni (and you receive less judgement if you are singing your little heart out during the trip). In addition to reducing traffic and parking stress, public transport offers you a much clearer environmental conscience. The idyllic public transport experience involves headphones firmly in, and a blissful 20 minutes to use your time more productively than you would while driving by squeezing in some extra study, an Insta binge or even a power nap. The unfortunate reality is that public transport also increases the likelihood of being trapped in an unwanted conversation about the global economy with a total stranger, or having a random person yell in your face. You will also get to sit through the awkward process of watching the person across from you come up with a farfetched and unconvincing story about how their ticket was eaten by aliens. And this will happen several times a week. If you are able, we recommend the perfect blend of flexibility, environmental protectionism and good use of your time - ride your bike to uni. The campus has great end of trip facilities and secure places to store your bike.

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Unless you have crafted the mother of all timetables (which sees you at uni for just two days a week, seamlessly transitioning from back to back lectures and tutes), chances are that you are going to have some breaks during your day. The old and wise of us suggest that rather than just making the Uni Bar your second home, it might be worth spending some of this time studying. Or at least taking your laptop to the Uni Bar in order to establish some kind of self-deluding pretence of studying.

To backpack or not to backpack, that is the question. Do you want to hit campus as Organised Oscar, prepared for any eventuality or do you prefer to stay mobile and glide around campus like a carefree panther armed only with your go-card? The first option certainly sees you much better equipped for everyday uni situations like taking notes in lectures, eating lunch without blowing the budget, and zombie apocalypse. The light and breezy option however, leaves you more leg room in lectures (all the better for sleeping since you are clearly unprepared to take notes) and, if you play your cards right, you can culture a reputation as progressive minimalist (while you borrow pens and money for lunch).

The key prop in this scenario is, of course, the propped open laptop that will barely be touched but will cast a reassuring glow through your beer that says,’ You are using your time productively’. The big question is, do you go with the old reliable Windows laptop or do you cross the divide and become a Mac person? A big tick in the Mac box is that it will make you look like you probably know something about computers. You’ll also get a range of perks like seamless transition between all of your iOS devices and arguably better security. One of the biggest drawbacks though is that you can feel like a square peg in a round hole when it comes to interacting with other platforms and software. Want to log in, upload or talk to someone else’s system? Then get ready for a lot of awkward workarounds and special instructions. The first question any IT support will ask you. Are you on a Mac?

If you do decide to go down the backpack path, the very good news is that you are an adult now so you don’t need to worry about the one strap / two-strap divide which is essentially at the heart of any high school rumble or turf war. Hitch that bad boy onto both shoulders and save your spine my friend.





Must have items: Your uni wardrobe sorted Isn’t it great to learn in the comfort of your own clothes? You can express your creativity, and show the world how casual and cool you truly are. However, the free dress code tends to lose its novelty when it’s study week, and you’ve been sitting in the library for 15 hours straight wearing the same sweatpants three days in a row. Instead of wallowing in your own filth, here are five must-have staple items to keep your wardrobe on a regular rotation instead of – and I know you’re going to do it – wearing those freaking sweatpants for the fourth time this week. Angel Nikijuluw


Invest in a spacious (but stylish) bag

How are you going to carry all of those textbooks, your laptop, your pencil case and your lunch*? Make sure you’re carrying a bag that is comfortable, spacious, and coordinates well with the rest of your wardrobe.

Clean edge textured tote bag black: $48.40 missguidedau.com

Adidas iColour essential backpack in navy: $60 gluestore.com.au

*Pro tip: don’t say to yourself you’re going to buy lunch every day you’re on campus, even if it’s only three days a week. 3 x $20 = $60 a week. And if I catch you buying more than one coffee a day, I’m going to ban you from every café on campus.

Must have items: Your uni wardrobe sorted

Go on the hunt for your go-to pair of jeans

We may have to brave the humid heat on campus at the start of the year, but the rest of the year is cold enough for jeans! Trust me, your life is so much easier when your legs aren’t frozen sticks scuttling from one class to another at 8 in the morning.

Powder Blue Stretch Skinny Jeans: $49.07 topman.com

MOTO Step Hem Blue Jamie Jeans: $68.70 topshop.com (or go to Topshop or Myer at Pacific Fair) 39

Buy a few plain t-shirts

While I’m a band t-shirt person (is that pretentious?), you can never go wrong with a plain t-shirt. Websites such as ASOS sell packs of basic clothing items such as singlets, socks, and even leggings at discounted prices. You can also take a look at stores such as H&M, Uniqlo, Cotton On and AS Colour for your basics.

ASOS 2 Pack Muscle Fit T-Shirt In White/Black With Crew Neck: $20.50 asos.com

(It’s also worth noting that you can grab a further student discount on ASOS and many other brands by signing up and using myunidays.com!)

ASOS swing t-shirt in stripe 2 pack: $35.14 asos.com Must have items: Your uni wardrobe sorted

Grab some comfortable running shoes

ZX FLUX SHOES: $120 adidas.com.au

Not necessarily for running (although you may find yourself running to class occasionally), but for comfort when you have three classes and two lectures in one day.

‌And in saying that, also buy some sandals

So what about the days when you’re just going to hang out at the library to study? Add some comfortable slip-ons for those casual days on campus.

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Clean Up Australia Day


Club Sign-On Day


14 Uni Fitness Open Day



Wet‘n’Wild Trip


Census Date

(Last day to drop a course for the semester without being liable for fees)




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Aussie Surf ‘n’ Sizzle

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St Patrick’s Day @ Uni Bar

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Market Day

International Inspirations





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Kids Holiday Club




Movie Night

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Easter Sunday





15 Easter Saturday







Market Day

Easter Monday


14 Good Friday



Toga Party

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Anzac Day

Griffith Takes Over... Titans


Student Vacation

Withdrawal Date (Last day to withdraw without failure for the Trimester)

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Feature artist – Jessica Marshallsay

Working in corporate publications by day, Brisbane-based creative Jessica Marshallsay spends her free time running her own business, Little Twig Designs. Jessica makes her own mark on a handicraft form with more than a thousand years of history by creating colourful embroideries, original patterns and handdyed thread.

How did you get into embroidery?

Do you have some favourite projects you have worked on?

I’ve been stitching for almost as long as I can remember, starting with long stitch and cross stitch. When I was a teenager, my mum started taking embroidery lessons, and started making beautiful pieces. At the time I said I didn’t have enough patience for embroidery, but it wasn’t long before I was bitten by the bug.

One of my favourite pieces is the first embroidered necklace I stitched. It’s a bit wonky, but it’s full of colour and character, and it means a lot to me. I also have a couple of hoops that I have stitched for my little girl - these are really special because she loves to touch them, and it’s wonderful to see how she finds her own way to enjoy them.

What do you enjoy about this medium? I love the way that something as simple as a needle, thread and fabric is filled with such endless possibilities. Every time I sit down to stitch, I can create something completely different.

It seems like it would take a lot of patience, is it difficult to do? I do struggle with the patience side of things, and find I really have to push myself to complete larger projects. That’s why I enjoy embroidering necklaces - I can

Feature artist - Jessica Marshallsay

finish stitching one in an hour or two! I don’t think the style of stitching I do is too difficult, but I would love to explore some more technical embroidery styles like goldwork, which is embroidery with real gold threads.

And how did Little Twig Designs come about? What do you produce? I started Little Twig Designs when I was at home on maternity leave. I was looking for a creative outlet, and started making embroidered necklaces. They were the perfect little project, because I could finish one while my daughter was sleeping. More recently, I’ve branched into hand-dyeing embroidery threads, which has been a great way of literally getting

hands on with colour.

You have a day job in corporate publications, what motivates you to run Little Twig on the side? I get a lot of satisfaction not only from the products I create, but also from the interactions I have with both customers and other business owners. There is a great community of embroiderers online, and I am always inspired by seeing the work they create. And especially now that I’ve started selling hand-dyed threads, I love that I get to help other people make beautiful things.

Obviously running a creative business is more than just making the product, do you

have any advice for other creatives or artists? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In my experience, creatives are only too happy to help each other out. I see so many people who create the most beautiful things, but because they’re unsure how to market them, the products just don’t get seen. If you’re a creative who is struggling with an aspect of your business, do a search online or on social media for a group that might help you, or get in touch with someone who you admire and see if they have any advice. There are so many resources out there - even if you’re not sure where to start, ask anyone you can think of, and someone’s sure to point you in the right direction.


What is on the cards for 2017? Late last year I started selling hand-dyed embroidery wools. This year I’m hoping to expand my hand-dyeing to cotton thread as well, and maybe even silk. I’m also collaborating with a couple of local illustrators to create embroidery patterns, which I’m very excited about. littletwigdesigns.com.au instagram.com/littletwigdesigns littletwigdesigns.etsy.com

Online Hayley Payne What better way to start off the semester than with a collection of the weirdest and most wonderful websites, apps, games and social media accounts from across the web.



Grammarly is a university students best friend. Have you ever lost marks because of bad punctuation or maybe don’t have someone to edit your work? Then Grammarly is the answer. All you have to do is create an account (both free and paid options) and then upload your finished essay for grammar checking. It picks up on everything Word misses, plus offers alternate words you can use to sound smarter. If you want to go all out and buy a paid account, it even offers alternate sentences for additional clarity. Seriously, create an account as soon as you get the chance.

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Ecosia is, without doubt, the greatest search engine in the world. Basically, it is a search engine that plants trees with 80% of the revenue received from advertisements (you know the ones that always appear at the top of your Google search). This incredible initiative allows you to give back to the environment while you search the web. It is literally that easy. All you have to do is install the Ecosia extension to your browser from their website and bam, you’re helping out the environment. You even get a counter to show you how many trees your searching has planted. With the revenue raised, they have already planted over 5 million trees and won’t stop until they reach 1 billion. ecosia.org

A DARK ROOM Game The New Yorker has described A Dark Room as a game that no one can explain. And yup. That pretty much sums it up. Access it on your PC or as an app game, A Dark Room is basic in design but strangely addictive (sit on the couch while the house burns down around you level addictive). The game starts with a white screen that tells you are in a firelit room. Some text on the left tells you ‘The room is freezing’. There is a little button that gives you the option to ‘Stoke fire’. And of course (as you are genetically predispositioned to do) you press the button. ‘A ragged stranger stumbles through the door and collapses in the corner’... and the rest my friend is for you to discover. adarkroom.doublespeakgames.com


THE FITNESS MARSHALL YouTube If you hate cardio, are broke and incredibly unmotivated than The Fitness Marshall is for you. Dance your way along to three minute hits with probably the most motivating coach in the world. As an added bonus, the moves used in each routine can easily be replicated on a real-life dance floor. So not only will you be burning calories, you’ll also learn how to dance, have a whole heap of fun and save on a gym membership all at once. You’ll be put in an instant good mood with The Fitness Marshall. youtube.com/TheFitnessMarshall




Have you ever wanted to learn another language but don’t have the time? Well, with Duolingo you now have access to a free library of every language you could think of right at your fingertips. The app is set for the everyday busy human and allows you to choose how many minutes you want to spend learning each day. It is extremely simple to use and very addictive. Plus, it has daily reminders that it is time for your lesson to keep you on track. Now you can prepare for your next overseas adventure with just a few minutes each day. duolingo.com

Gifx is a really fun app that allows you to turn your photos and videos into amazing gifs and short clips. With social media turning more and more towards video content over the next few years, it is the perfect time to start making your images come to life. Scrolls through hundreds of quirky designs, shapes, animations and more. The interface is simple and allows you to post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter directly from the app. gifxapp.com



xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) 107 minutes Action Director: D.J. Caruso Zak Johnson After languishing in development hell for over a decade, audiences have finally received the somewhat-awaited sequel to 2002’s cinematic fusion of extreme sports, international espionage and nu metal (if you completely ignore the rarely mentioned, Ice Cubestarring follow-up from 2005). And much like the original, if you appreciate your action films that are high on ridiculously over-thetop fight and chase scenes and low on just about everything else, then you’re in for a treat. Having been presumed dead for years, former extreme athlete turned secret agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is called back into action in order to retrieve a mysterious device that can be used to control the world’s satellites. Recruiting his own group of professionals, Cage must race against another team of highly skilled agents and assassins led by Xiang (martial artist Donnie Yen), who are looking to use the weapon for their own ends. I’m sure you’re not expecting an Academy Award for Best Picture candidate, but almost from the offset you’re exposed to all of the worst, or at least the most stereotypical, aspects of the spy/ action genre. Conversations seem to vary between authority figures

giving expository information or explaining military jargon to Cage and co. delivering deliriously cheesy one-liners and “subtle” sexual innuendos. As a result, character development is virtually non-existent, with key players functioning mainly to provide plot information or give you a quick thrill with a plethora of wisecracks and martial arts moves. This is a bit of a shame, as seeing the likes of Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa on screen, and then considering their previous history as formidable action stars, you can’t help but feel that they deserve some better material to work with. As ludicrous as some of the kinetic sequences in the original film were, its emphasis on practical effects and stunt-work gave it a somewhat realistic edge, (if an incredibly flimsy one). Perhaps more an indictment of modern action cinema in general, Return’s much more insidious focus on CGI works both to its detriment and advantage. Believability is completely thrown out the window as Cage and his associates fall from immense heights, survive headon collisions with vehicles and repeatedly defy the laws of gravity and physics (a motorbike chase across an ocean surface is just one example).


But the sheer silliness of these scenarios, combined with the evident and impressive fighting skills of some of the abovementioned actors, does result in some idiotically blissful moments of pure escapism, particularly in the film’s second half when its more forgettable and amateur elements (such as plot and dialogue) are relegated to the background. I mean, where else but the movies would you see a man hitch a ride on an airdrop bundle after diving out of a military plane that’s just collided with a rogue satellite? As you can probably tell, the main thing that Return of Xander Cage has going for it is its unreserved and frankly bonkers approach to action filmmaking. Ultimately though, its characters, its storyline and its dialogue (which are all kind of important) are laughable. Still, these can prove to be interesting talking points for you and your mates. Objectively speaking, it’s a pretty damn awful film, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be entertaining. Verdict: A guilty pleasure with the emphasis on guilt.

Dreams from my Father Barack Obama Ishwarya Nair “I saw that my life in America – the black life, the white life, the sense of abandonment I’d felt as a boy, the frustration and hope I’d witnessed in Chicago – all of it was connected with this small plot of earth an ocean away, connected by more than the accident of a name or color of my skin. The pain I felt was my father’s pain. My questions were my brothers’ questions. Their struggle, my birthright”.

mixed ancestry, Obama grows up confused and curious about his race and identity. He realises that integration in America is often a “one-way street” – he would have to give up his black identity and live as “an outsider” in a white world leading to a sense of rootlessness. Eventually, as a young man, he begins to make sense of his life and identity (and all resulting questions) by coming full circle to Kenya.

You may start questioning your own identity and integration in this increasingly globalised, multidimensional world. And finally, if you’re looking for some respite from the host of seismic changes that the past year has brought and the new year is already

The Virgin Suicides

The novel follows a group of now-grown men as they reminisce about their youth, and in particular, the Lisbon sisters they were all infatuated with.

Monique Hotchin The Virgin Suicides is the first novel written by American, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jeffery Eugenides, and it achieved much acclaim when it was released in the early 90s.

The moment for grabbing this book could be no more significant than now as the highest seat in America prepares to be occupied by living proof of racial regression.

Through this book, you can expect to have your interest in black American history and black life today sparked (especially if you, like me, were living under a rock on this topic).

Dreams from my Father, a powerful memoir by US President, Barack Hussein Obama II, takes you on a thought-provoking journey about race and identity from Hawaii to Indonesia to Chicago to Africa. Born to a white American mother and black African father, a boy of

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promising to ring in, this book with its freshness and honesty might energise and even inspire you.

As the title suggests the Lisbon sisters all commit suicide, starting with the youngest sister Cecilia, who sets the rest of the story and suicides into motion. Angelic Cecilia is found with a picture of the Virgin Mary clasped close to her chest. The story takes a natural and almost poetic dark turn as the rest of the blonde and gorgeous Lisbon sisters distance themselves from the rest of the 70s-suburban neighbourhood, (which only captivates the young boys further). The Virgin Suicides lives and breathes off nostalgia and the memories the men treasure about the mundane and sleepy neighbourhood that is haunted by the enigmatic Lisbon sisters

they worshipped throughout their adolescence. In large, the story is more about the boys and how the suicides affected them all the way into adulthood. The boys made the young and tragic lives of the Lisbon sisters into a sweetsounding and dream-like myth that has been twisted by their nostalgia and longing to really know the dearly departed sisters and their desperate need to understand why five seemingly perfect and tender girls would commit suicide. While the intensity of the boy’s (and as grown men) interest in the sisters is questionable and can be viewed as creepy and obsessive, there is a certain innocence and rawness there. Furthermore, The Virgin Suicides brings into focus how fragile life is, but proves that memories are immortal through Eugenides’s compelling storytelling. If you need support please call Lifeline 131144


Entertainment Five albums to look out for in 2017 Angel Nikijuluw

A new year means a new playlist; a new collection of songs that you’ll listen to in a decade and think what a banger of a year 2017 was (this is me right now, listening to the 2007 classics). So take note boys and girls, here are five albums I am very much looking forward to this year, and you should be too.


Divide/÷ Ed Sheeran

Although his songs always find a way to talk about love, heartbreak, adding, multiplying etc., Ed Sheeran’s pop and hip-hop infused beats, coupled with his classic acoustic guitar, is just too catchy to ignore. You can look forward to his third studio album, Divide (or ÷), out March 3.


TBA Porter Robinson

Now that his tour with old mate Madeon is wrapping up at Coachella in April, electronic artist Porter Robinson is finding the passion to produce more music after the release of his colossal first record, Worlds, in 2013. “In 2017 I’m [going to] do very few festivals and be working myself to death on finishing everything I started by myself last year,” Robinson tweeted in January. Expect more music from him late this year.


TBA Lorde

After her triumphant debut record Pure Heroine in 2013, Lorde hinted of a second album in the works via (a lengthy) Facebook post on her 20th birthday last year. It is speculated that she will drop some new songs when she plays at Coachella in April.



More Life Drake

Drake is keen to release a “playlist” (no, not a mixtape, nor an album) that ‘become[s] the soundtrack to your life’ this year, releasing ‘Fake Love’ and ‘Sneakin’ from More Life in November 2016. With revenge as a major theme in More Life, it’ll definitely be a grand follow up to his 2016 record, Views.


TBA Haim

After their polarising first album, Days Are Gone, released in 2013, the three Haim sisters from LA locked in their sophomore record release date to be mid-2017 in a recent article. This time, their sound is set to incorporate more organic, rock vibes.

Album Review Angel Nikijuluw

I See You is the product of London band The xx, and is the third studio record after a five-year hiatus from their sophomore album, Coexist.

I See You The xx

In keeping with their minimal, stripped back style seen on their first self-titled album and Coexist, I See You carries similar themes of love, identity, loss, and heartbreak. However, compared to their last two efforts, I See You actually contains some interesting hooks. Perhaps this change of pace could be attributed to drummerproducer Jamie xx and his solo success of his debut album In Colour in 2015 – a record that was expansive, experimental, and intricate. Musically, ‘Say Something Loving’ is one of the standout tracks with its sweeping synths and reverberating guitar, while ‘On Hold’ employs a catchy Hall and Oates sample. 51

While retaining The xx’s signature short synth percussion beats and ambient guitar, I See You fills space with haunting strings (heard in ‘Performance’) and arpeggiating notes (heard in ‘A Violent Noise’) the three-piece would previously have left empty on their other records. This diversification of sound compliments Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims’ lyrical conversation throughout the record, adding more dimension to what could have been yet another subdued effort from the band. Overall, I See You still feels restrained, but by The xx’s standards, it is truly their most adventurous and engaging record to date.

Being creative

Featuring work from the latest graduates of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.



It’s simple really, I like making stuff! After working three years professionally in digital marketing and design, I find my flow in creating, imagining and producing works that make eyes happy. Finding the balance between art and functionality has always been a worthwhile challenge for me, building each of my works with their fundamental purpose in mind without sacrificing their aesthetic look.

Aspiring 3D designer, illustrator, lover of podcasts, and all things nerdy. I have a keen interest in the relationship that design has with social change and have spent my time at QCA exploring sustainability within the death industry, and cultural appropriation within the wider design sphere. My passion lies in producing creative, otherworldly pieces and I’m always trying to find the balance between art and practical, commercial design. Representation is also very important to me and, within my illustration work, I strive to capture a wider, more diverse world than the one in our existing media. tatendadesign.com


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Hey, I am of Chinese descent, I was born and raised in the Netherlands. Now I find myself as a graphic designer graduate in Australia. I love simple sleek modern design, but also different, edgy, hand drawn natural design. Creating illustrations is what I enjoy doing, and a cute character style is what I’d like to describe it as. My illustrations reflect me which is fun colourful, cute, and happy. bijianhu.com


Move fast, look at now, never look back. Some wise sod said that, and the phrase has stuck to me like refrigerator magnets ever since. I’m a Digital Media graduate who majored in Graphic Design. Illustration is the cake I enjoy baking, and my ‘cake’ has been described as: different, groovy, versatile, and yes … edgy. I am constantly inspired by what my globes spy, which primarily consists of 70s–90s pop culture and the arcane. I look forward to diving into the future of Illustration with you–hold on! Let me get my duck floatie and Monkees tape-deck. merskie.com 53



I like to be challenged. I like to express my ideas and knowledge through my technical understanding of design. I like to show my creativity through the use of 3D printing as a final manufacturing method. I like this because it makes my designs available to anyone with access to a 3D printer, sometimes even for free, which I like. I like the fact that industrial design has increased my knowledge and understanding of everything on this planet. I like that it makes me excited to work hard for my future. I like what the future holds.

I am thoroughly engaged in the world of photography, and currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media majoring in Photo Media. My family and culture are very important aspects of my life, and using photography enables me to express this. Always relying on the context as the most important aspect, I strive for my work to have the power to challenge not only others, but also myself during the creative process. It creates a platform on which to express the journey that illuminates my beliefs.



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In North of Australia born and raised At my desk drawing is where I spent most of my days Chillin out sketchin, drawing something new Finally realised something I wanted to do Head over to Griffith and get a degree Be good at drawing but not do it for free Illustrating graphics, take photos too Gold Coast was the place, so over here I flew All about simplicity and making things cute Occasionally waking for a sunrise shoot So that’s a slice of me cut with a knife Hope you liked this small insight to a bit of my life.


I’m Jess, a graphic designer and photographer, from Canada. I offer excellence in concept development, with a wide knowledge of music entertainment, and a passion for social media design. I’m a hard worker who thrives on developing a project from start to finish. I enjoy working on everything from the branding to the finished packaging. I love to travel, to photograph everything around me, to be in the sun, but also cosy by the fire. My favourite thing is to be immersed in a concert, or creating something new. I’m always creating and it’s something I never get tired of. jesswoodgraphics.com



Illustrator: Katrina Massey Degree: Bachelor of Digital Media Web: inkkadesign.com.au

Illustrator: Zane Keating Degree: Bachelor of Digital Media Web: neversleepcreative.com

Illustrator: Rita Drysdall Degree: Bachelor of Digital Media Web: blueflowerart.com

oh Illustrator: Tasmin Saint Degree: Bachelor Business/Bachelor Digital Media

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MARVELS & Erwan Guegan

The world is filled with marvels and wonders. From the infinite diversity of people’s unique lives and stories to the subtle yet prodigious and omnipresent beauty of nature. As a developed society, we often get so caught up in our modern ways of life that we tend to forget to appreciate Travelling helps me keep an open mind, frees my spirit, recharges my batteries and feel connected to the people and my surroundings. Through photography I attempt to communicate those emotions and my vision of unique moments around the world.

This also allows the viewer to interpret and perceive each picture according to their own stories and imagination, giving it a unique context and meaning. I hope you enjoy these images and would love to hear what emotions and stories they conveyed for you, in the Getamungstit Facebook page. what we have and the beauty of the world around us, present in our everyday lives.

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CREATIVE CONCEPTS | GRAPHIC DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY | ILLUSTRATION IMAGE RETOUCHING | PRINT & WEB SOCIAL MEDIA | BRANDING Liveworm Gold Coast is staffed with a collection of skilled multidisciplinary design students, guided by a highly experienced team of industry professionals. The studio is also a creative incubator for student industry concepts, supporting the local business and cultural community. The studio opened its doors in 2008 after being converted from a grungy fine art and sculpture workshop into a creative studio and incubator space — under the wing of the 130 year old Queensland College of Art.





Liveworm Gold Coast designers are the future experts of their field. They know what’s current, enjoy predicting future trends and utilising classic design strategies. In the midst of a new studio image and direction— Liveworm Gold Coast is working towards a stronger position within the evolving creative Gold Coast culture. The team of students and staff embrace the changes that are occurring locally and globally and enjoy creating design outcomes that reflect this unique approach.



Get the hell outta here Chasing waterfalls

Elleanor O’Connell With the Gold Coast competing with the surface of the sun for the hottest place in the solar system this summer, finding the perfect place to cool off is vital. When the sand gets hot enough to turn to glass underfoot, it’s time to head into the rainforest and find yourself a waterfall to float under. Grab your togs, towel and pool noodle and kick back at Queensland’s finest falls.

KONDALILLA FALLS MONTVILLE Some things are worth the journey, and the stunning Kondalilla Falls is one of them. Enjoy the beautiful mini road trip to the Sunny Coast and take the morning to explore the fanciful town before heading to Kondalilla. There are two trails that lead to the fantastic swimming spot; a 1.7km path, and for the more adventurous, a 4.7km path that takes between 2-3 hours. Whether you want an active challenge, or a relaxing hike leading to a blissful dip in the swimming hole, Kondalilla falls won’t disappoint with its serene environment.

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Once a revered local secret, Lip Falls has now been named one of the best waterfalls on the Gold Coast. The one-hour return hike through the rainforest takes you to a stunning waterfall that drops into a large swimming hole. Surrounded by the gorgeous tropical bush, the sheltered pool is the perfect escape from the bustling CBD, and lets visitors get acquainted with the best this glorious state has to offer. Swim behind the waterfall and relive the scene from Jurassic Park, and get one of your friends to act as the historically inaccurate T-Rex sticking its head through the water to say ‘hi’ (maybe forgo the book scene where it wraps its tongue around poor Tim’s head though, I don’t know, totally up to you).

This secluded spot on the side of a winding road through the back of Mudgeeraba’s rainforest is the smallest of the three spots, but isn’t any less fantastic. Find yourself a park along the road and brave a few bushes and you’ll find yourself in an oasis fit for TLC. The largest swimming hole is fed water from a gentle waterfall that is an easy climb at one’s discretion, and take a walk along the stream. Thanks to some friends with a chainsaw, there’s a thick log hanging over the water, which acts as a perfect perch to sit and enjoy the beauty. There are shallow areas safe for paddling, as well as deeper ones to fully submerge yourself to forget about the scorching heat for a while. 65

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