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ISSUE 01, VOLUME 06 JANUARY 2020 EDITORIAL TEAM Bec Marshallsay - Editor in Chief Carljohnson Anacin Aida Azhar Alison Cunliffe Mary Jo Dowsett Courtney Kruk Jasmine Parrotta Isabelle Porter PUBLISHER Jordan Jansen TALENTED CONTRIBUTORS Cover artwork Jacob Wright Editorial Carljohnson Anacin - Aida Azhar Alison Cunliffe - Mary Jo Dowsett Ashleigh Hartley - Jordan Jansen Courtney Kruk - Bec Marshallsay Jasmine Parrotta - Hayley Penny Creative Tom Bartlett-Swales - Kirsty Gordon Zoe Murray - Jeffrey Strachan DESIGN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

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Geta Writers’ Award


Geta giveaways


Infographic 6 Why we have always loved a new beginning 8 I’m sorry – What’s your name again?


The (made up) procrastination spectrum


Share housing


Horoscopes 2020


An empty canvas


Student discounts for festival season


New beginnings on film


Snapped on campus


What’s on


Wellness 34 Online 40


Entertainment 42 Being creative


Get the hell outta here


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It is O-Week 2020, and the team at Getamungstit is excited because that means that we have a bunch of readers joining us for the first time! If you are new to uni and the Gold Coast campus – welcome! If you are returning to study (or perhaps you trucked on through Trimester 3 with only the shortest of summer breaks), then welcome back. Getamungstit is your student magazine. It is run and written by students to inform, entertain, and to help you pass the time while you queue for the microwaves. We are particularly passionate about showcasing talented student work, not only in our features but also in our ‘Being creative’ section where you can find design, photography, short stories and more. If that wasn’t enough student talent – the magazine is also designed by brilliant students working out of the Gold Coasts’ on-campus design studio, Liveworm.

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New year, new you, right? Even though you probably wince whenever those four words are uttered (or posted), setting New Year’s resolutions is something most of us do and enjoy doing. In fact, it is believed the annual tradition can be traced back an impressive 4000 years, meaning your resolution of spending less time on your phone was likely also a resolution of your ancestors. The ancient Babylonians are believed to have been the first to engage in the celebrations of a new year, creating an annual 12-day festival (known as the Akitu festival) where fresh crops would be laid, a new king would be crowned, and unbreakable promises to the gods would be made. It was a celebration focused on creating a better tomorrow leaving behind what had been and welcoming in what was to come. Soon enough, the Romans took hold of the annual celebration and decided the new year would

commence on 1 January, a month named after the Roman God ‘Janus’ who was believed to have one head facing backward and one head facing forward. It served as a reminder to focus on the possibilities of the year ahead, whilst still reflecting on the year left behind. Although celebrating a new year with new promises has been happening for millennium, setting resolutions is still as popular as ever. According to Finder Au, approximately 79 percent of Australians set resolutions for 2020 - with travel, health and ‘get out of debt’ topping the extensive list. While many of us continue to enjoy conjuring up new goals and envisioning what the new year could bring, barely any of us actually follow through with the resolutions we so meticulously plan. According to a 2015 national sample survey by Finder Au, only 42 percent of Australians actually stuck to their resolutions

Why we have always loved a new beginning

throughout the year. Strava has also recently revealed 19 January to be the predicted ‘Quitter’s day’ – a day where many of us will find our resolutions slipping away and old habits falling back into their usual place. So if the odds of success are so low, why do we continue to make annual resolutions that we probably, most likely, won’t stick to? Well, it’s all about the idea of a fresh start. Even though the odds are pretty much against you from day one, just the thought of a new beginning and a chance to become the person you have always wanted to, or even just a step closer, is what makes resolutions so appealing. For many of us there is nothing more exciting than buying a new planner and hoping it comes with a couple new habits to replace the old. Writing down our hopes and aspirations for the new year is something that ultimately makes

us less fearful of the future and instead fills us with anticipation and excitement. Despite the extremely low success rate and researchers claiming most of us will fail less than three weeks into the year (thanks for the

...APPROXIMATELY 79 PERCENT OF AUSTRALIANS SET RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020... confidence boost), there are still 42 percent of Australians managing to successfully stick with their annual resolutions. But just in case you are like me and will likely struggle to see resolutions past ‘Quitter’s Day’, here are some tips that will

hopefully change our luck. The first one is to make sure you set fewer goals, so throw out the page-long list of resolutions you want to achieve in the new year because your chance of sticking with all 20 is extremely low, sorry! Maybe try setting three resolutions, the less you make, the more likely your success will be. Secondly, make sure you set realistic time frames. Break down the resolution into smaller sections instead of creating one intimidating end goal that will likely scare you into quitting altogether. And lastly, make the journey to the end goal enjoyable. Treat yourself when you reach each milestone and continuously reflect back on how far you have come – time really does fly when you are having fun! For thousands of years we have loved the idea of a new beginning and pressing the reset button in an attempt to re-establish who we are. Even though the odds of


keeping the promises made to ourselves has never been great, we still remain optimistic that this new year really will be different. It will finally be the year we go to the gym and drink eight glasses of water, throw our phone away and get an early start on those assignments. Hmm, on second thoughts, maybe next year.

I’m sorry – What’s your name again? Ashleigh Hartley

Meeting new people is one of the best things that can happen to you at university.

University has started, and for many first-time students, this is a time to see how you flourish in a new environment. Starting university can be an exciting yet overwhelming time. There are new subjects to study, a new environment to explore, and most importantly, new people to meet. The thing about university is, even if you manage to join a class with the friends you have from high school, there’s a good chance you won’t know most of the people around you. This can be a good thing! Meeting new people is one of the best things that can happen to you at University, and you will make some lifelong friends. I know they say this a lot, but the people you sit with on your first day could become your best friends. That certainly was the case for me.

I’m sorry - whats’s your name again?

However, there is one downside that comes with meeting an abundance of people in such a short amount of time, and that is, there are so many names to remember. And trust me, no matter how good your memory is, there are going to be times when you simply can’t remember your classmates’ names. That’s alright though, because I have some tips to help you find out that person’s name.

Tip one: Listen closely Keep an ear out in class. Chances are someone will know the name of that person you’re trying to remember and shout it out sooner or later. At the start of most classes, there will be an icebreaker, or something similar to help you get to know your new classmates, but it can be difficult to listen to so many names and see so many new faces all at once. If you’re lucky, you may remember two at most. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. This is where is comes down to listening, and keeping your ear out to pick up names throughout class.

Tip two: Group up If there is someone interesting you think you would like to know more about, see if they want to pair up for a group assignment. There is a guaranteed chance of you remembering someone’s name if it is next to yours on a group assignment sheet. However, there is a downside to this tip. After you complete your assignment, you’ll probably wish you could forget your group-mate’s name.

Tip three: Facebook Get them to send you a friend request on Facebook. This is how I managed to remember most people’s names when I first started university. Once I saw it written down, it was simple to remember.

Tip four: What’s your name? Just ask. There is always a last resort if none of these tips have worked for you and that is, sucking it up and asking the simple question ‘I’m sorry – what was your name again?’. I know it seems like such an awkward question, and you feel guilty letting someone know you haven’t been able to remember their name, but you know what? Chances are that person will respond with the following: ‘I’m [blank]. What was your name. I’ve forgotten, sorry.’



Everyone procrastinates. Maybe not, but I’m desperate to feel connected and part of a community of likeminded peeps, so today, I’ve decided that everyone most certainly does procrastinate, and that there are different levels of procrastinators. As per the Oxford Dictionary of English, procrastination is ‘the action of delaying or postponing something.’ Oxford then offers its readers advice (how nice of them); ‘your first tip is to avoid procrastination.’ Ohhhh ok, so procrastinators just simply ‘AVOID’ delaying or postponing things. Too bloody easy, problem solved, moving right along. Seriously, come on now?! This is what I mean about different levels of procrastination. That advice means nothing to me, I know that I procrastinate. I yell at myself (out loud) when I’m doing it. But I still do it. And I refuse to accept I’m the only one who cannot avoid procrastination. So for the sake of finding my people,

I’ve created a procrastination spectrum with three levels, and to explain the levels, I’ve named them P1, P2, and P3. Let’s start with P1’s. P1’s recognise early in the piece if and when they are procrastinating. They’re excellent at using rationale. P1’s are superb at adulting. You know when you ask around, ‘Hey guys, who’s started their essay yet?’, a week before said essay is due? A P1’s response is something like: ‘Yeah, I submitted mine today, I was momentarily distracted by my dog the other night, cheeky thing,

I’ve created a procrastination spectrum with three levels, and to explain the levels, I’ve named them P1, P2, and P3.

The (made up) procrastination spectrum

however not wanting to fall behind in my schedule, I put fluffy pants outside and got back to work.’ I’m not a fan of P1’s. It’s a jealousy thing. All things considered, I shouldn’t even class them as procrastinators, but in view of an all-inclusive (made-up) spectrum, P1’s shall exist. Now on to P2’s. P2’s are definitely procrastinators, although in my unresearched opinion they’re almost as good at using rationale as P1’s. They can reel themselves back to their original prioritised task and still get shit done. The main difference from P1’s is they need a catalyst that metaphorically says ‘Oi dude, stop procrastinating, you’ve got deadlines!’ to snap back into focus (ooh I know they could print the dictionaries lame advice and blu-tac it to their laptop, that’ll work a treat...). Many P2’s prepare for the inevitable, setting ‘in case I get distracted’ alarms on their phones. They seem to know and accept that at some point while studying, researching or writing their essays, they’ll stumble across a mindless (hilarious) meme on Facebook, video call their bestie

to snort-laugh about mindless (hilarious) meme, and then chat about whoever else would snortlaugh at mindless (hilarious) meme. Luckily for P2’s, during each delay in productivity, the catalyst pops up to steer them back. The bestie is probably a P2 as well so they remind each other to get back to work, or the pre-set phone alarm screams louder than their incessant snort-laughter. I don’t relate much to P2’s. P3’s. Ahhh, P3’s. I have no doubt this is where I fall on the (made up) procrastination spectrum. I have major issues. P3’s have ample goals and dreams they deem bold yet feasible. When it comes to uni, they intend to meticulously plan and nail each deadline by timelining, storyboarding, setting reminders in their phones, and structuring each week (actually, each day) carefully, because, just like P2’s and P1’s, they got this. They sit at their desk with channelled intentions to begin their process with delusional optimism. Then somehow P3’s

manage to convince themselves that their brain is the safest place for their meticulous plan to be. ‘It won’t get lost in there,’ they think to themselves, ‘what’s the point in

P3’s. Ahhh, P3’s. I have no doubt this is where I fall on the (made up) procrastination spectrum. I have major issues. a written plan or setting reminders. Phones and laptops can be stolen or lost and paper gets eaten by dogs. It’s safer inside the brain where it’s accessible at all times.’ P3’s believe this inner monologue. Every. Single. Time. Even though their brain has only successfully met a deadline in such a way – once. P3’s have major issues.


Here’s a (hypothetical) example of how a P3’s procrastination manifests: The P3 abandons their intentions of a meticulous plan—actually, I’ll switch to first person here, surely it’s blatantly obvious I’m talking about myself—Okay, so I’m sitting at my desk with a two thousand word essay to write. Deadline is in fourteen days and I decide that’s ages away, nonsensical to clog my brain with a plan so soon; priorities. Eleven days go by and the plan remains unplanned. Unfortunately, no other priorities or anything of importance occurred within that period. The bare minimum was achieved though. Eating, sleeping, researching how to make money without a degree (not advisable), things that don’t need to be planned, easy peasy stuff. At this point I understand that I’ve allowed the mundane to overshadow my true priorities but I refuse to berate myself; plenty of time left. The day before deadline I sit back down at my desk. I take approximately fifteen minutes to

select a Spotify playlist – telling myself music is soothing and helpful with productivity and not at all distracting. While scanning the essay criteria sheet, sweet tones of nostalgia unearth childhood memories that have been tucked away in the narcoleptic sector of my brain for decades. Recalling the treehouse in Nana’s backyard and her homemade cookies, I remember the time my cousin spat his out on to the couch because it had peanuts in it, not choc chips. He blamed the dog. I chuckle as I see on Spotify the artist of the reminiscent song is ‘Chocolate Starfish’. My cousin froze like a starfish when Nana gave me an extra choc chip cookie but not him. I start wondering whether starfish have eyes then think back to watching telly the other day (instead of doing the washing). The morning TV hosts were at a local aquarium pet store and one of them asked her co-host if he knew how Siamese Fighting Fish breed. I didn’t hear his answer because I’d walked off to read a book instead. Pondering her question this time

I think yeah, how the hell is it possible for Siamese Fighting Fish to breed when males and females can’t be in the same fish tank? A proverbial light bulb glows – YouTube! I glance at the clock on my laptop; HEAPS of time. Too many hours later I’m standing at my kitchen bench having learnt exactly how they breed (so weird, with bubbles) and that

... P3’s are in a constant state of denial about time and how long each and every task takes.

their scientific name is ‘Betta’. I’m holding a rounded plastic bag with a savage teal and purple coloured fish inside; named Sammy. Looking

The (made up) procrastination spectrum

at my watch (my phone, I look at my phone. I don’t have a watch, (no P3 has a watch), I realise there are only three usable hours left before the deadline. Panic arrives and my brain starts screaming at me that it can’t access my meticulous plan for nailing this essay; it’s non-existent dammit. Trying to figure out where to put Sammy I hyperventilate, because I don’t own a fucking fish tank! If you haven’t already figured it out, P3’s are in a constant state of denial about time and how long each and every task takes. We are notoriously late for everything, not just deadlines. No biggie at all right, time management is only one of the most important skills required to complete a degree. If you’re a self-diagnosed P3 seeking advice on how to conquer your major procrastination issues with minimal panic, I suggest latching onto a P1 (a P2 may suffice) and enlisting them as your personal Mr Miyagi. I haven’t found one myself, I’ve been meaning to, but something always comes up, you know, stuff and things. When you find one (if

you ever get around to it) can you call me? I’ll squeeze you in to my ‘hectic’ schedule to learn all the non-procrastinator skills there are to learn. Or we can just hang out. It’s not all doom and gloom, there is a silver lining for P3’s. You will thrive and procrastinate far less in the workforce if you secure employment within an industry that provides continuity and daily deadlines (none of these two to three week impossibilities), or one where emergencies and spit fires need attending to at the drop of a hat - which pretty much covers all industries. So really, you’ve got this. Oh, I should mention that there are P4’s, but I don’t have the bandwidth to explain their level… all I can stress to them is - go to Student Services and the Library, the ultimate Mr Miyagi’s. P.S. I missed deadline on submitting this dribble because I thought Friday was Tuesday.


The training wheels of adulthood Jasmine Parrotta

Ahh share housing, it’s a part of life for most students, almost a rite of passage, essentially the training wheels of adulthood. So how do you go from being complete strangers to living under the same roof, using the same bathroom and kitchen utensils?

Infectious Diseases.

Many of us probably go straight from living with our parents in family homes where, let’s face it, we had it pretty damn good, into either student accommodation or share housing. You might have thought you were ready to hit the ground running, adios parents I am now an adult… but after a week or two you realise just how much they did for you unnoticed. From grocery shopping (for actual meals, not just snacks) to cooking meals and providing a balanced diet, washing and drying linen and clothes (remember to separate your whites and colours), cleaning the bathroom, which oh yes includes the toilet… cleaning your toilet once a week (and maybe more if you have housemates) is the baseline for cleanliness according to Allison Agwu, Professor of Paediatric and Adult

Leaving dirty dishes in your room or in common areas is unacceptable and a sure way to get on the bad side of your housemates, you no longer have your parents to clean up after you… remember you are an ‘adult’ now. Act like it. Once I had to search my house just to find a spoon to eat breakfast. In one of my housemates’ rooms I found piles of dirty, crusty dishes, including mugs with what I assume were once unfinished beverages but now looked more like dark green oozing growth. Advice; don’t be that guy. So buckle up and enjoy the ride, it won’t be all smooth rolling, you’re going to have to learn to juggle a lot more than what you’re used to, but remember you’re in a time of growth and not just intellectually, but life in general. Once you get the hang of chores and responsibilities, you’ll begin to find your balance. Share houses can, and will probably be, one of the most memorable times. It’s a time to meet new people, try new things and learn from those you now call ‘housemates’ or ‘roomies’.

Share housing: The training wheels of adulthood

TIPS Learn a new recipe to cook for, or with, your housemates. Go out for a drink together and get to know who you’ll be living with. Create a household ‘jobs’ allocation list for who is responsible for what and when. If there is an issue, address and discuss it before it boils over into resentment.


2020 HOROSCOPES Bec Marshallsay

This is your year to meet new people by finding a great new hobby. Your future BFF could be waiting just around the corner – at a Battle of Waterloo re-enactment club, at an aqua-aerobics-with-pets class, or even at your local vigilante group dedicated to shaming people who can’t park between the lines. Financially it is time to take a more grown-up approach to saving by taking your diversified assets (the loose change in your gym bag and car ashtray) and consolidating them into a more structured portfolio (a moneybox from your local newsagent complete with whimsical statement such as ‘Fishing fund’ or ‘For shoes’). Soul mate: Jean Ralphio Saperstein




To make sure that you are maximising your astrological potential, try to avoid leaving the house on days when the moon is waxing, waning, or is absent from view altogether. Sure this might cut down on the number of days you have to attend uni, grocery shop, and earn a living but the productivity boost you will see on the days when you can actually step out with the blessing of a favourable moon will more than counterbalance this. If you do need to leave home at other times, consider donning a jaunty fedora to try and distract the universe from the fact that you are blatantly disregarding this quantitatively sourced, peerreviewed astrological guidance.

Bah-bow! That is the buzzer of failure that you can expect to hear at every turn for the first half of 2020. Hoping to get a lectureadjacent tute? Think again. Looking forward to a sitcom worthy, funfilled flat-share experience? Look forward instead to persistently empty toilet rolls and a never ending display of mystery moulds in the fridge. Dreaming of an exam period where you don’t cry and question your life-choices? Stock up on the tissues. The good news is that the second half of the year promises to be much more successful with a higher than expected tax return and the game-changing discovery of your signature cocktail. Soul mate: Geralt of Rivia

Soul mate: Karen From Finance

CANCER Tap into your creative side this year and make sure that friends and family know that you will be forgoing mass-produced materialism, and that they can expect to receive handcrafted homemade delights for birthdays and Christmas instead. Who knows, your papier-mâché ashtrays and cross-stitched self-portraits might be such a hit that you can try to tender them for groceries at your local Woolies. Get in early and find out whether your tutor will accept a 45 minute interpretive dance, set to bagpipes, in lieu of weekly tutorial participation. There is no limit to the opportunities your creative potential can untap.`

VIRGO It’s time to become more accepting of others’ flaws so that you can build on your relationships this year. You may have always dreamed of a Lorelai-Rory type relationship with your mum, but it’s time to accept the fact that your wittily crafted text about your day is more likely to receive an unironic ‘NEW PHONE, WHO DIS?’ than a sophisticated, quippy volley in return. Instead of being frustrated when people don’t meet your expectations, try to approach situations with a sense of loving guidance (such as explaining that even if it is are easier to read, it is never okay to text with all caps). Soul mate: Groot

TAURUS You will be getting your romance on this year. Footloose and fancy free singles will be swept away by a tall, dark and attractive new love interest who claims to ‘not even notice’ when you are wearing your Invisalign and who doesn’t judge you when you sniff your t-shirts to see whether they are good for a second wearing. Coupled up Tauruses (not Taureans – we googled it), can look forward to a deeper commitment this year such as sharing a Netflix password or finally admitting to your partner that no matter how many Hogwarts’ quizzes you take, you consistently come up Hufflepuff – and that you are okay with it. Soul mate: Villanelle

Soul mate: Otis Milburn 2020 Horoscopes

Geta’s highly qualified predictions team have dusted off the star charts (not the NASA approved kind) to give a you an eerily accurate glimpse into the future. Our 2020 horoscopes tell you what you can expect in the year to come and how best to live your life in accordance with your pre-ordained destiny. Forget lucky numbers and colours, we’ve gone so far as to provide you with your soul mate - this is the type of person who speaks to your soul (basically you either want to be them or to be married to them). Emulate their ways and you can’t go wrong.

AQUARIUS Don’t be afraid to prioritise self-care in 2020. This means revisiting your ‘Do not disturb’ settings so that persistent telemarketers can’t bust into your nap time; it means printing off your assignment deadlines and sticking them up somewhere prominent so they can’t sneak up and nunchuk you in the delicates; and it means eating a varied enough diet to ensure that you don’t have to count tomato sauce as part of your daily 5:2. Self-care and social media is also very important – so stop flushing hours into the procrastination sink searching for every person you’ve ever kissed since year 8 to find out how well they’re aging and whether you made a huge mistake. Soul mate: Dean Craig Pelton

SCORPIO With a new decade dawning, and the fact that Saturn hasn’t been struck off the list of official planets yet, Scorpions would be wise to consider dedicating 2020 to selfimprovement. Feng-shui as much of your life as possible with dusty rose and gold, and chat to your hairdresser about an updated style that would justify the caption ‘new hair, don’t care’. You might even find that your self-improvement journey instils you with enough confidence to start referring to your high school friends and extended family as ‘followers’ (who will look forward to your unsolicited life coaching advice so much that you’ll compelled to pre-empt the flood of queries by sharing that you are in fact wearing a $5 tank from K-Mart). Soul mate: Gina Linetti

SAGITTARIUS It’s time to cast off old fears and spread your metaphorical wings (unless those fears are entirely well founded such as fear of driving without a seatbelt, toilet snakes, or being keel hauled… in which case please take adequate precautions). Career wise, Sagittarians would be smart to make the most of the astral alignment of various celestial beings (and some large space junk) to ask for more responsibility in the workplace - whether it is drafting new guidelines for microwave appropriate food in a shared office space (goodbye tuna casserole) or offering to tell Jason that unless he has suffered severe throat trauma in a jaguar attack, it is not acceptable for his mum to be the one who calls in sick for him 10 minutes before his shift. Soul mate: Lesley Knope

CAPRICORN Capricorns, 2020 is not your year for travel but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an immersive cultural experience at home. Swap your standard reality programming fare such as The Bachelor for educative shows with an international flavour such as the Bachelor in Paradise, or download Duolingo (and hope that its mere presence on your phone is enough for Spanish to inception its way into your brain). You may lose friends in an a regrettable daylight savings debate during May but there will be an opportunity to reconcile later in the year over a shared love of cob loaf.

LIBRA The passive-aggressive feud you have with your nemesis at yoga, who insists on dropping her mat in your space (even though you have clearly claimed the area by leaving a drink bottle there while you unroll your mat) will escalate to Taylor-Kanye levels by April. You may also experience difficulties with a work colleague in the middle of the year but by September you will see a positive change in your interactions with others including an unprecedented number of compliments about the shiny after effects of a new shampoo. Soul mate: Phil Dunphy

Soul mate: Any Kardashian


PIscES Much like our favourite vampire slayer, you are the Chosen One and can do no wrong in 2020 as far as the universe is concerned. Get a fringe, play in traffic, leave a 2,000 word assignment until the night before – the universe has got your back and all will turn out alright in the end. If you wanted to make friends with a librarian or add a little amateur demon-slaying to your schedule to repay the universe for the abundance of goods you are going to receive this year, it certainly wouldn’t go astray. Soul mate: Tahani Al-Jamil

An empty canvas

How to approach a new beginning Aida Azhar Life is a reflection of a picture-perfect canvas that has its own unique and compelling story. For every hue that it brings signifies love, happiness, sadness and even hope. I always say that we are all ideally painters of our own life and that the stories that we tell

serves a purpose to someone out there. Whether it is an act of self reminder or self-expression, we all form stories that have the power to resonate with another being. The tools that we use to work on our craft are similar in every aspect but it is the techniques that we choose

that set us apart. Another year, another opportunity given to you to make 2020 your year. Get your brushes and paints ready, as I break down what you need to know to start on your empty canvas.




Embracing uncertainty

Let’s admit it, uncertainty can be terrifying at times. It is within our nature to long for this unrealistic idea of a perfect life and we tend to forget that the plans we make are made flexible. We are not responsible for the series of events that happens to us but we do have the ability to take charge of the way we react to these occasions. Life is a never ending sequence of decision making. Your decision will determine a good or bad experience. If you choose to focus on the brighter side of things, the sun is all that you will have. To start your new year, take a step back and understand that there is no such thing as right or wrong in this life. If something does not go according to how you want it to be, redirect. Change your plan and adapt because life is not meant to have a perfect outcome. It really is the imperfections that creates a remarkable story.

Time is your most valuable asset

Be selfish with the way you choose to spend your time. If you are dreading going somewhere or spending time with a group of people that you do not enjoy hanging around with, do not do it. If it is one thing that I have learnt from 2019, is to be genuine when it comes to making time for the people that you care about and to be present while you are at it. It is completely fine to spend time with yourself. In fact, do more of that. Know yourself enough to not let others’ perceptions of you define who you are.

An empty canvas

Your happiness is your priority

Happiness is not something that is found, it is rather something that we create for ourselves. How often do we hear the saying that time will heal the way you feel? Not necessarily true. Happiness is a choice that we make not for the reason of sweeping things under the rug, but to have some sense of awareness that there are other things to be grateful for. Even on challenging days, look in the mirror. You’re alive. You’re breathing. You are luckier than you think. A wise friend once told me that in order to live a happy life, is to live a life with better perspective. Always take ownership of the way you are feeling.


Be kinder to yourself

What you say, you become. Your mind is not able to differentiate the truth from negative selftalk. Even if you’re jokingly undermining yourself, your mind is subconsciously taking in this information. Do not devalue yourself by comparing yourself to others because each of us have something valuable to offer. I have always believed that every person that we meet is put into our life for a good reason. Most of the time, it is to teach us a lesson or for us to give some guidance to that other person. Life is just an endless cycle of give and take. Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend.


Consistency is key

Motivation is a tool given to us that becomes meaningless to your empty canvas if it is not being acted upon. Repetition of an action however, forms habits that will last you in the long run. If it is one thing that most successful people have in common is their ability to stay consistent. Tony Robbins once said ‘Your life is not controlled by what you do some of the time, but by what you do consistently’. You are not going to achieve that goal of yours overnight - you need to trust the process by hitting those little milestones as you navigate towards the outcome you desire. Put in effort every day and do not let your momentum stagnate as you approach the year.


I hope that these will help you get started with your work of art. Still feeling clueless on what to begin with? Fret not. Trust me when I say that you are not alone in this one. Picasso once said that he begins art with an idea, and then it becomes something else. He believes in the process of creating art and not what the outcome may be. Just the way you can approach this new year. So what’s your take on your empty canvas?




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Student discounts for festival season

Cotton On 8000MAH Solar Power Bank $34.98 cottonon.com

Alison Cunliffe Falls Fest and FOMO might be over, but festival season is still in full swing. We all know Australian festivals are full of sun all year round. Here’s your guide to festival essentials – and where you can use your UniDays discount. (Your wallet will thank you later).

Typo 2500 MAH Pocket Power Bank $19.99 cottonon.com

Electronics No matter the venue, its easy to lose track of friends or forget which band you’re meant to be seeing next. Of course, this is easy to solve if you have your phone with you, but that’s no use if you run out of battery! Keeping a charged power bank with you is always a good idea, and if you’re camping, you can used them to help power USB lamps and fans too. (I couldn’t find too many USB fans and lamps on UniDays, but you can usually pick them up pretty cheap at stores such as Kmart or Miniso are a great stop for cheap fans and lamps).


Doc Martens Vegan Leather Boots (Platypus Shoes) $259.99



First off, you’re going to be standing up most of the day; wearing uncomfortable shoes just doesn’t help. Of course, if you have the perfect pair of festival kicks, there are ways to make them more comfortable. They take some wearing in, but Doc Martens are always a good choice. Pair them with some thick socks and you’re good to go!

Dangerfield Daisy Days Socks $11.20 dangerfield.com.au

London Rebel Heel Shields (Famous Footwear) $7.99 famousfootwear.com.au

Quay Heart Shaped Glasses (General Pants Co) $60.00 generalpants.com

Student discounts for festival season

Platypus Shoe

Crep Cleaning Wipes

Sneaker Lab Sneaker

Protector $19.99

(Platypus) $9.99

Cleaner (Platypus) $14.99




Now, I’m sorry to ramble about shoes, but ghosts of festivals past know that muddy shoes are inevitable – especially if you find a mud slide at Byron Bay Parklands. The solution? Buy shoe protector and cleaner from Platypus. I highly recommend Crep’s Shoe Cleaning Wipes.

Dangerfield Neon Bum Bag $14.40 dangerfield.com.au

(Tip: Use the protector before you go, the wipes while you’re out (or back at your accommodation), and the cleaner when you get home. A true lifesaver – especially if you make the mistake of wearing a pair of white vans. Trust me; bad idea, but these products will be the best help you’ll get besides going to a fancy sneaker dry cleaner.)

Bags, a true staple; especially if your festival look is pocketless. Most festivals have a bag size limit, so here’s how to meet regulations. A bum bag is always a good idea for getting through the entry gate. You can generally fit your phone, charger and sun care, as well as some small snacks. But what if I have a large drink bottle? A jacket for later? Are planning on buying merch?

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Day Pack $19.99

Foldaway Bag $32.30



Bring a fold up back pack and unfold it after you’re in! You just might have to wear that jacket through the gate in the meantime.


Cotton On Rain Ponchos $6.99 cottonon.com

Speaking of warm jackets, we all know that Australian (especially Queensland) weather is unpredictable. The sun is blaring, but it can start raining in a second – and don’t get me started on how cold it gets at Splendour In The Grass once it’s dark.

And of course, if you’re staying near the beach (or your accommodation has a pool), in this heat, you’re going to want some swimwear.

Factorie Basic Hoodie $29.95 cottonon.com

Glassons Ribbed One Piece $39.99 generalpants.com

Arvust Newport Volley Short in Lemon (General Pants Co.) $49.95 generalpants.com

Student discounts for festival season

Tissues and wet wipes are also handy, especially if you need to feel clean before bed and have festival makeup to remove, or worse, poor shower access.

Health and hygiene Festivals are sweat, heat and dehydration in even the coolest weather. I beg of you; please use deodorant.

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Deodorant $12.95

Sheets $24.00

Tissues $1.00

Baby Wipes $4.95





Nourished Life Zinc Based 50+ Sun Screen $15.95 And if you burn as easily as I do, sunscreen is always a good idea.

Finally, look after yourself. Bugs run rampant in the summer, and getting heatstroke is never fun.

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Have a happy festival season!

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Nourished Life Insect Repellent $14.50 nourishedlife.com.au


Wild (2014)

Every edition, Getamungstit likes to provide you with a movie list especially curated to match our edition theme. Since many of you are starting a new journey at university (and we are all at the shiny end of a new year, not to mention a new decade), the O-Week Edition film section is all about new beginnings.

Wild is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) who, with almost no hiking experience, decided to solo hike more than 1,600 km of the Pacific Crest Trail when she was 26 years old. Strayed was seeking a new start after the death of her mother, the collapse of her marriage, and a struggle with heroin addiction. Adapting the memoir was a passion project for Witherspoon, who also produced the film. Wild is an engaging story of Strayed’s determination to forge a new path for herself.

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Chocolat (2000)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Released at the peak of 90s’ enthusiasm for high school comedies, Can’t Hardly Wait stars Ethan Embry (Empire Records) as Preston Meyers and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five) as Amanda Beckett. It is the end of high school and Preston learns that his long term crush, Amanda has finally become single. He decides that he must declare his love for her that night at the graduation party or risk losing her forever. Things don’t go to plan at the party, where many of his classmates are struggling with the prospect of starting a new life at college.

You’d think that no one could complain about a chocolate shop opening in their town, but Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) meets resistance and hostility when she tries to start a new life as a chocolatier with her young daughter in a quiet French village. The residents are wary of Vianne, and the decadence and sensuality her chocolates symbolise, as well as her free-spirited approach to life, are seen to be incompatible with the conservative and largely religious community. This adaptation of Joanne Harris’ novel is a lovely tribute to pleasure and freedom.

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is the embodiment of a new beginning at university. After doing everything she thought was ‘right’ to secure a proposal from her long-term boyfriend, Warner (Matthew Davis), Elle is unceremoniously dumped because she isn’t serious enough to fit with his future as a lawyer. Determined to prove him wrong, Elle follows him to Harvard Law School where she faces an uphill battle to prove to her classmates and herself that she deserves to be there.

New beginnings on film

Dead Poets Society (1989)

How to Be Single (2016)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary’. John Keating (Robin Williams) is an inspirational, charismatic English teacher who encourages his students to diverge from the norm and to live passionate and unapologetic lives. Set at a conservative boys school in 1959, Keating’s eccentric approach causes tension among his students and the school administration. Inspired by Keating’s teachings, the boys re-form a secret club, the Dead Poets Society, and begin to question what it is they really want in life.

Not a piece of cinematic genius by any stretch but a good lazy Friday night flick nonetheless. How to Be Single follows Alice (Dakota Johnson of 50 Shades infamy) as she leaves her long-term boyfriend and moves to New York to find out what it is like to live the single life. Despite its title, How to Be Single doesn’t stray too far from standard rom-com tropes but the real joy in the film is in a great supporting cast including Alison Brie (GLOW), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Jake Lacy, (The Office).

Freshly paroled, Jake Blues (John Belushi) is collected from prison by his brother Elwood (Dan Akroyd) and taken to visit the orphanage where they grew up. Learning that it faces imminent closure the brothers try to reunite their old band to raise money for the orphanage through legitimate means. Despite their lofty intentions, threat of jail is never far away as the pair try to stay ahead of the law long enough make the most of Jake’s newfound freedom and fulfil their promise. A cracking soundtrack makes this a must-see classic.

Groundhog Day (1993)

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Not just a turn of phrase, Groundhog Day is a comedy written by Ghostbusters alum Harold Ramis and starring Ghostbusters front man, Bill Murray. Murray stars as Phil Connors, a cynical journalist who finds himself waking up to the same day – Groundhog Day – every single morning. Phil enjoys the perks of a consequencefree day at first but becomes increasingly desperate to try and find a way out of the endless loop. This old-school comedy certainly makes you consider what you could do if you treated each new day as the new beginning it is.

Heavily spoofing the 007 franchise, Kingsman: The Secret Service is an action film with a heavy dose of humour. ‘Eggsy’ (Taron Egerton) is living a tough life with very few prospects when he is recruited into a secret intelligence agency by the dapper, gentleman spy Harry Hart (Colin Firth). As Eggsy himself points out, he is given a My Fair Lady chance at a new life if he can overcome class differences and prejudice to make it through the intensive Kingsman training.

Fresh starts are not only for the very young. Sonny (Dev Patel) converts a hotel into a retirement resort, and is soon hosting a group of British retirees who have a range of reasons for retiring in India. The group experiences many teething issues adjusting to their new lives but quickly realise that there is something special about the community at the Marigold Hotel. The ensemble cast may all be sporting silver hair but it is truly a star-studded affair with a host of incredible actors including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy just to name a few.


- Luncheon 13 DECEMBER

Snapped on campus is a regular feature of the mag where you can check to see if you’ve been snapped by the paps at one of our parties, workshops or events. While Trimester 3 is typically a quieter time around campus, we still saw some students getting out and getting involved with Student Guild activities. On 13 December, 12 student volunteers assisted Havafeed to host a Christmas luncheon to support 150 community members who may have been struggling, disadvantaged or homeless. In preparation for the lunch the Student Guild worked with Havafeed on a ‘festive food drive’ to source donations for the lunch. Student volunteer, Lucy, reflected that the kindness of the community was very humbling and that the experience ‘Put a lot of things into perspective. I was very lucky to be a part of something like this. The organisers of this are simply remarkable’. Another student volunteer, Sarah, said ‘Being a part of the Havafeed luncheon was an experience that really opened my eyes. Having the opportunity to talk one on one with those that have gone through so much and still being able to have a smile on their faces warmed my heart so much. The environment was built on compassion and love which was felt by every volunteer and every person attending. A moment I’ll never forget and will definitely volunteer for it again’.

Snapped on campus


What's on?



Harmony Day 18 March

Starlight Cinema

Trivia Night

11 March

19 March

Market Day


11 March

Employability Workshop 11 March

Hands On Workshop: Acrylic Paint Pouring 12 March

Karaoke Night 13 March




What’s on?



Student vacation

22 March

6 - 12 April

Market Day

Market Day

25 March

15 April

Wellness Series

Trivia Night

25 March

16 April

Hands On Workshop: Earring Making

Movie Night 22 April

31 March





C (refer to legend)


Bingo Night 1 April

Uni Night 24 April

W (refer to legend) 26 April Legend:

Market Day

W - Census Date

29 April

Withdrawal Date – Last day to withdraw without failure for the trimester

Employability Workshop



29 April

C - Census Date Last day to drop a course for the trimester without being liable for fees

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Fit and healthy for free


Your guide to health and fitness activities on campus in Trimester 1

Uni Fitness and the Student Guild Wellness Warriors have teamed up to bring the gym outdoors with a fun and challenging group training session. Bring a friend, work at your own pace, have some fun and enjoy a free protein bar after the session.

Balancing the demands of study and life is essential to successfully navigating your way through university. It’s no secret that looking after your physical and mental health when studying has significant health benefits. Research shows that participating in exercise and well-being activities may have a number of positive outcomes for students including:

Improved memory

Better moods

Reduced stress

Increased energy

Every second Wednesday @ 8am starting 4 March Athletics track

YOGA BY THE POOL Every Tuesday during trimester @ 12.30 pm starting week 1 Aquatic Centre (G45)

Improved cognitive performance Griffith students who become members with Uni Fitness have access to a variety of facilities on campus to help achieve this including two gyms, 50m Olympic sized swimming pool, athletics track and over 30 fun group fitness classes per week. If you aren’t ready for all of these awesome benefits just yet? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other health and recreational activities to choose from throughout the trimester and the best part, they are FREE!

Fit and healthy for free

Take a break from study and re-centre yourself with a weekly yoga class in the shade next to the pool. Yoga mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own.




Wednesday 4 March @ 5.30 pm

Tuesday 10 March @ 5:00 pm

Stress Less Week (18- 23 May)

Athletics track

Athletics track

Uni Fitness (G07)

If you have already registered for social sport or are just thinking of registering and want to meet your team, have a run around or want to know what all the fuss is about then this free event is perfect for you. Learn the game, develop your skills, exercise and enjoy a free BBQ.

Take part in a number of fun/ semi-serious athletic events with an Aussie twist including longest chuck, 80m dash and Joey Jumper.


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Take part in over 30 group fitness classes for free during stress less week! Relieve some study stress with a yoga class, or take out some frustration with a boxing or high intensity interval session. No restriction on number of classes, just show up and register early to get your spot.

Tuesday 19 May @ 10am

TWILIGHT CRICKET Thursday 20 February @ 5.00 pm Athletics track

Basketball courts (G32)

Participate in this multi-sport event with a twist. Basketball trick shots, three-wheeler course and vortex throws. Break a sweat and a smile!

Come and join us on the field for a game of cricket (backyard rules), meet some new people and have some fun!

FREE GYM SESSIONS Any time Uni Fitness (G07) or HIIT studio at the Aquatic Centre (G45)

Want to give the gym a try? Check out the voucher booklet in your O-Week bag for your free visit pass.

For more information on these activities and more, check out the Student Guild website gugcstudentguild.com.au


All I’ve lost is money!


The diet makes drastic claims about rapid weight loss in minimal time with minimal effort

Unfortunately, there is no magic diet or pill that will miraculously transform your body while you kick back and watch TV. Many of these diets are multi-level marketing schemes and the biggest, most rapid loss will be your bank balance.

The skinny on fad diets


The diet implies that it can make drastic changes to body chemistry

As healthy as juice cleanses, detoxes, and alkaline diets sound, no amount of celery juice or kale smoothies will override the tightly regulated functions of your organs.

How to navigate your way through all the noise in the nutrition world, and get on the path to healthy, sustainable eating habits. Thanks to the rise of the internet, social media and the plethora of self-proclaimed nutrition gurus it serves as a platform to, 2020 could not be a more confusing time for anyone trying to find ways to improve their health. Paleo, raw food, intermittent fasting, 5:2, vegan, flexitarian, raw food, Isagenix, Juice Plus… just a few examples that pop-up on the first page of a Google search of ‘diet plan’ that yields 439 million results (not even joking). The upsurge of the ‘influencer’ means that anyone with a phone and an Instagram account is more exposed than ever to false health claims and bogus health products. Concerningly, this health information is coming from people whose expertise extends no further than taking photos of their breakfast. Diets, health products, and their purported benefits can be misleading, a waste of time and money, and just downright dangerous. Thankfully, there are a few red flags to look out for when considering adopting a new dietary approach:

The skinny on fad diets


The diet implies that it can make drastic changes to body chemistry

Fad diets often demonise food groups, placing harsh limitations on the daily intake of certain foods. Not only does this increase the likelihood of nutrient deficiencies, it can often be the catalyst for an unhealthy relationship with food. Cutting out food groups will also go a long way in cutting out social events, regular meals with family, and cake on your birthday. When the enjoyment is taken out of food and eating, it’s a slippery slope to more severe disordered eating habits.

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The diet is based on weak scientific evidence

Claims made by diet gurus and marketers are often based on evidence that is anecdotal in nature or has been cherry-picked to support their pre-determined framework.

So why do we see some people make progress with these diets? You, or someone you know, may have undertaken a new diet with some positive results. It may have increased energy, facilitated a change in body composition, or improved overall well-being. The fact is, while all strikingly different on face value, most popular diets actually have a lot in common and the positive results you see can be attributed to several factors:


They raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of nutrition


They help improve the quality of food

One major similarity between all diets is that they encourage greater intake of whole, nutrient rich foods and reduced intake or total elimination of processed ‘junk’ foods. It goes without saying that eating quality, low calorie nutrient-dense foods in replacement of high calorie, nutrient-poor foods in any form of ‘diet’ will help achieve better health. Generally, eating such ‘healthy’ foods and acquiring optimum levels of nutrients helps us to feel better, perform better and often is the driving force behind improved body composition.


They encourage regular exercise

More often than not, with a new diet comes a new exercise regime. Increasing (or starting) physical activity is a major factor in the success of many diets.

To fully engage in any diet, one must become more knowledgeable about what they eat. Research shows that understanding nutrition and paying more attention to what you eat is an important factor for improving health, regardless of diet philosophy.

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So which diet is the best? The best diet is the one that works for you. If one of the latest trendy diets works for you and you feel great (and most importantly still enjoy your life) then more power to you! The most successful nutrition strategies however, will be those that encourage slow progress over the long term, are easily sustained and can fully integrate as part of your daily living. This can be achieved by: Becoming more aware of what you eat and identifying areas for improvement Slowly implementing new habits, so that change is easy and achievable Ensuring you continually participate in regular physical activity Being selective of where you get your nutrition information from

Implementing these strategies can be tough, so if you’re unsure where to start, seek the advice of a dietitian. It won’t be as cool to tell your friends about, but it sure beats throwing money and time at short-term fixes that take the fun out of eating.


Wellne ss Blueberry, Banana, Oat and Yoghurt Muffins Preparation: 10mins

Cooking: 40mins

1 ½ cups oats


3 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 180’C, line muffin tray with cases or grease with cooking spray.

160g (1 tub) vanilla Yopro (or yoghurt of choice)

2. Whisk eggs and yoghurt until thick and fluffy, then add the mashed banana, and honey.

1 medium banana mashed 1 cup frozen blueberries (or fruit of choice)

3. Fold in the oats, almond meal, bicarb soda and milk until combined.

½ cup almond meal ¼ cup skim milk (or milk of choice)

4. Place one large spoon full of mixture into each muffin case followed by a sprinkle of blueberries and repeat until all mixture and berries are used. (This method stops your mixture from turning purple).

2 tbsp honey (or extra for your taste) ½ tsp bicarb soda





Fat total saturated

6g 0.8g

Carbohydrate total






Dietary fibre



5. Bake in the oven for around 40mins or until golden and the top springs back when lightly touched. If you’re unsure grab a knife a poke it through the centre, it should come up clean.

38.6 mg

Blueberry, Banana, Oat and Yoghurt Muffins

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Makes 8 big muffins These muffins are a healthy, tasty breaky or snack, containing a substantial amount of protein, good fats and only natural sugar. They are beautiful on their own or lovely with a spread of nut butter. All ingredients in these muffins were chosen for their nutritional benefits, here is a little about them. Oats: Low GI, high fibre and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Eggs: High in protein and omega-3 fats. Rich sources of selenium, vitamin A, E, D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. They contain good cholesterol. Almonds: ‘Healthy fats’, fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E. Blueberries: King of antioxidants. Yopro: High in protein, high in calcium. Adds sweetness without the sugar. Skim milk: Highest protein milk, rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.





Online GOOGLE KEEP App You’re starting the new uni year with the best of intentions to get organised (and under the naïve belief that you will stay organised), so it is time to update your productivity apps. Google Keep is a beefed up version of your standard Notes app on your phone, with added features that let you organise your notes with labels, colour coding, voice memos, photos and more. You can share your notes with friends and family, and also sync your notes across devices so that you can check to-do lists off in real-time. keep.google.com

HOW DID THIS GET MADE? Podcast There are so many terrible films out there that beg the question: how did this get made? That is the mission statement for comedians Paul Scheer (VEEP, Fresh Off the Boat), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place) and June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie, New Girl) as they trawl through some truly terrible movies. How Did This Get Made? is a great podcast for (and by) people who not only love movies, but love to analyse what it is that makes some films flop. Airing since 2012, How Did This Get Made? regularly rotates archived episodes through its free access collection (available via iTunes and Earwolf) or if you can’t get enough, you can access every episode ever through a Stitcher Premium subscription. The podcast covers objectively terrible films (think Gigli and Vampire Academy) to films so bad that they are amazing (from The Meg and Con Air, to the Fast and Furious franchise). hdtgminfo.com

NO MORE SHITTY BOOKS Instagram Getting started on a new book is a big gamble of your time. Thirty minutes into a TV series and you have a good sense of whether or not it is for you. Hate a movie and at least you got the whole thing done and dusted in a measly 120 minutes. But it can take a lot longer to figure out whether your latest read is really for you. No More Shitty Books is an Instagram account designed to take the guesswork out of selecting which books to add to your reading pile. Each post includes a cover snapshot, a plot summary (in-text and emojis), and a short sharp guide to whether you will find this book shitty or not based on your reading interests. instagram.com/nomoreshittybooks/ Online

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE Blog Designed to take the misinformation out of the productivity and self-help industry, Eric Barker’s blog is low on fancy looking design but high in readable, research-backed articles that are designed to stop you barking up the wrong tree and help you ‘be awesome at life’. Barking Up the Wrong Tree releases one to two posts per month but has an extensive archive where you can browse by topics including happiness, productivity, relationships and success. Barker’s direct and simple way of distilling productivity research and advice has even been turned into a Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. bakedesuyo.com

OCEARCH SHARK TRACKER Website If you have taken a pragmatic approach to 2020, and resigned yourself to the fact that it will not be a ‘new year, new you’ but instead a continuation of the procrastination machine that you have always been - then you will be in search of some new internet sink-holes into which you can pour your time. If this is the case, OCEARCH Shark Tracker is for you. The website allows you to follow the activities of sharks that have been tagged by research organisation, OSEARCH, around the US and Australia. Want to know where ‘Doug’ the three metre tiger shark is? Well, he was last spotted hanging around the Cayman Islands. This random but oddly addictive website also has an educational side with a great research blog. The site also includes smaller tracking programs for seals, turtles, dolphins and alligators. If you get super addicted you can even download their app and take Doug with you wherever you go. imgur.com



PARASITE (2019) 132 minutes Comedy, Thriller, Drama Director: Bong Joon-ho Carljohnson Anacin To say that this movie is filled with twists and turns is an understatement as director Bong Joon-Ho gives the audience a clever interfolding zigzag of genre, plot twists, and symbolism. But unlike his previous films (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja), Parasite conveys its themes through realworld, human, effective elements sans CGI and sci-fi. Parasite is about two families trying to pull through life based with needs that they constantly derive from each other. The lives of the unemployed Kims, with its patriarch Kim Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho, The

Host and Snowpiercer), his wife Chung-sook (Lee Sun-kyun), and children Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) and Ki-jeong (Park So-dam), are entangled with a rich family when son Ki-woo is recommended as an English tutor for Da-hye (Jeong Ji-so), the daughter of Park Dong-ik (Lee Sun-kyun) and Yeon-gyo (ChoYeo-jeong). Ki-woo is then hired and trusted by the Parks. But more than that, he finds an opportunity to make it a family affair as they are gradually employed by the gullible Mrs. Park. But not for long, as hell breaks loose after a chilling discovery, shifting the mood from delightful humour to unpredictable thriller. Like Bong’s previous movies, which reference class, status and power, Parasite is full of sociological references (reflecting his background in sociology). Class divide is a predominant theme as depicted in the lives of the families. As opposed to the Entertainment

Kims’ cramped, low-lying and invisible abode, the Parks live in an elevated property, with large living room overflowing with sunshine and overlooking a lush yard through the wide glass windows (a space and scene deprived of the Kims). The Kims do what they do best to survive while the Parks use the other family through atypical spending power to survive and ‘iron out creases’. A scene that is as visible in South Korea as in other parts of the world. As one family sucks blood from the other, I ask who is really the parasite and who is the host here? Perhaps, the divide is needed to maintain balance and survival of both. But, even the slightest disturbance in the social equilibrium would lead to chaos, as we later on witness in the movie.

NINE Blink 182 Carljohnson Anacin If you miss the antics of Blink 182, don’t expect to find them soon, especially in their new album. Nine is different and familiar. But while it seems a departure from Enema of the State (1999), the new songs are still compelling. The album reflects the group’s collaborative effort with help from their friends. But no happy and joke songs this time. Nine is more mature and the most emotionally-charged album of the band to date. There are still some fast pop-punk tunes though, like ‘Generational Divide’.

THE BOOK THIEF Markus Zusak Alison Cunliffe

The album’s strength lays in the catchy chorus lines of each song. Most notable here are ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hungover You’. Blink maintains the pop-punk sensibility they institutionalised, while demonstrating relevance and originality through heavier rock anthems and millennial pop elements. ‘Ransom’, for instance, resembles the old Blink through Travis’s (drummer) rapid-fire fills fused with programmed drums and Mark’s (bassist/vocalist) autotuned vocals. Nonetheless, they don’t disappoint. Matt’s (guitarist/vocalist) presence makes the band sound appealing and emotionally-laden as heard and felt in ‘Black Rain’ and ‘No Heart to Speak Of’.

Nine is the first album I heard from the band since their Untitled (2003) album, but it elicits similar excitement as I felt with the albums that catapulted them to cult figures, now devoid of expletives, nudity and hilarity.

Set in Nazi Germany, Zusak’s The Book Thief begins with one of many (and I mean many) notes from Death. Characterised with a separate font, our resident Death is vaguely reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, until you realise that in this world, Death is more of a fly on the wall; observing the colours and the people, but rarely taking much interest. That is, until we meet Liesel Meminger – a girl who steals books she can’t yet read. She is forever hopeful, but rightfully scared.

As far as the book goes, it is written beautifully. As long as it is, it took me a few tries to finish it, simply because I am terrible at finishing anything in regard to books and video games, but it is worth mentioning that I enjoyed rereading the first half every, single, time.

‘Zusak is an Australian author, and if you’re looking to expand your Australian library, he is a great place to start. The care put into each character, including our narrator, is heart tugging and finely tuned’ Liesel is a girl entangled in tragedy, grief, and book thievery. Death follows her in a world of colours; but her life is painted in red, white and black. Through the lens of the grim reaper itself, The Book Thief is an inspired historical fiction that gives a new perspective to the World War II genre.

In classic ‘the movie doesn’t do it justice’ fashion, I urge you to read the book too – but if 584 pages isn’t your style, the movie is still wonderful. (I’m still sad that movie Liesel doesn’t have dangerous eyes, but I’m not out here trying to force child actors into contact lenses.)


Zusak is an Australian author, and if you’re looking to expand your Australian library, he is a great place to start. The care put into each character, including our narrator, is heart tugging and finely tuned, and I cannot stress enough how much there is to unpack within such a thought-out novel. His other books are also written wonderfully (and are a bit shorter), but The Book Thief is a story destined to be a classic, for good reason.

Being creative THE UNI EXPERIENCE Tom Bartlett-Swales

I have been stewing for five days; meanwhile the deadline is picking up a slight march. My lady friend from class seemed to like the jellyfish concept, but our tastes often clash. Meanwhile I have been contemplating the criticism of prog rock in the 70s, and the teachings of my university at large. The correlation between those two is tenuous for the moment but seems to be falling into place as I continue to study Popular Genres and Experimental Writing. There is a strange presence which resides over all work conducted in the aforementioned classes. This presence is Derrida’s ‘Deconstruction,’ a postmodern tenant which seeks to challenge and destabilise the traditional meanings of texts which may be steeped in cultural bias and so forth. What I am worried about is that the artefacts of culture will in this vein be reduced from wolves to dogs, and dogs to poodles. And I do not refer to physical size, for I am certain the postmodernist can

fill a page with anything he wants. I refer to the connective tissue within classical modes of writing. The opportunities it affords are very constant and inclusive once the rules are known, while the culture of individual spin has no rules. This may be liberating for a time, but what comes of the anarchy? We all know humans crave solidarity. If they claim otherwise, they’re in search of an enlightenment where their feet don’t touch the ground – and that isn’t truth. 10/01/20 Do our feet touch the ground though? Should they hover slightly above it? What is ‘our’? In the 21st century there is a war on pronouns and the cannons are finding their targets. When I drink liquor, I become rather lonely. Nana’s moonshine, love ya sweety. I went to a family gathering tonight and there was no room for my personality. Is it too big for em? She knows I love

booze and she’s got a still, so go with what you know… which ain’t me. Under the laughter they’re all strangers. My family grew up in the cane paddocks slaughtering cows. I heard the gunshots on Christmas morning. I watched those cows bleed upside down in the cold truck like mistletoe. But there wasn’t any kissing and there weren’t any cuddles either. Whiskey ain’t cold. What is there to show for my soul? How can I criticise a philosphical moment when I trample down it’s path in search of Eudaimonia? the fucking self importance. I get my couage from a fucking bottle. I think of myself a a ninsect. Why would an animal think itself another fucking animal? Personification is the annihilation of conciouaness. Welcome to uni!

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Get the hell outta here Gold Coast classics Jasmine Parrotta

GTHOH is one of our favourite sections of the mag. This is because it is the section where we get to share some of the best things the Gold Coast and surrounds have to offer (and we also just love telling people what to do). If you are new to the Gold Coast, then bookmark this section and share it with your friends - this is your guide to help you get the hell off of campus and start exploring with a great selection of free and low-cost activities. This edition we have suggested some of the Gold Coast classics, you’re not a true Gold Coaster until you’ve ticked these off at least once.



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Living on the Gold Coast it is considered criminal to admit you haven’t been for a meal at any of the iconic surf lifesaving clubs along the east coast. Each venue overlooks a beautiful beach and if you’re lucky you will score a seat that provides a cooling sea breeze on the balcony as you dine. At extremely affordable prices, most SLSC kitchens will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Fish and chips or the famous chicken parmigiana are top picks among locals. This is always a great option for dinner if a long day at uni has got you feeling stressed.

While student life can get overwhelming and the day-to-day struggle can become all too real. The Currumbin Rock Pools entail a scenic 30 min drive from the Gold Coast Highway that seamlessly transitions from suburban housing to rural farm properties and rainforest landscapes in minutes. This is an easy half day mission that promises refreshing waters and a quiet escape from pressing study and assignments. On the way out through Currumbin valley a few op-shops deserve a quick look to top off what is a cheap and enjoyable day out!

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THE THEME PARKS Cost: $$$ Visiting the theme parks can be a little bit pricey, however it’s a great opportunity to get a group of friends together and re-live your childhood. With so many options, Sea World, Wet n Wild, Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Movie World… you can’t decide? Why not look at the annual combo passes? These allow you to visit a number of parks as many times as you like over 12 months. Fast rides and thrills not your speed? Some other must do experiences to consider; Topgolf, Outback Spectacular, Dracula’s or Movie World’s Fright Night.

CHINATOWN Cost: $ A place that celebrates diversity and culture year-round. Take a stroll around these streets and lanes to immerse yourself in streetscape design and wafting aromas. Gold Coast Chinatown is one of Australia’s first modern Chinatowns, located in the heart of Southport. While continuing to evolve Chinatown offers a number of authentic Asian experiences, from small bars, boutique retail stores, karaoke, cooking demonstrations, restaurants, cultural festivals and celebrations. Be sure to mark Saturday 23 May on your calendars for the Dumpling and Beer festival.



The 360-degree ocean and Byron hinterland views are worth all the sweat and aches.

It’s a beautiful day, a waste to spend it inside… chuck on your walking shoes and head to Mt Warning for an uphill challenge. This experience is best shared and be sure to go prepared with water, appropriate clothing and SNACKS. A 9 km 4-to-5-hour round trip. But the 360-degree ocean and Byron hinterland views are worth

BEACH DAY AT BURLEIGH Cost: Free Gold Coast is known for its incredible beaches. One of the most popular spots is Burleigh. You can easily spend half a day down this way. Soak up some sun, watch the surfers, go for a dip and to end the day grab yourself some fish and chips and sit up on the hill to watch the sun go down. Friday and Saturday afternoons get quite busy

but the atmosphere is buzzing. If you’re feeling active, take a stroll around the Burleigh Head National Park and set your eyes on one of the most iconic lookouts ‘Tumgun Lookout’ which gives you an epic view of Tallebudgera Creek. For another low-cost activity while you’re in this area, head down to Tallebudgera Creek and hire a stand up paddle board, put your balance to the test.

all the sweat and aches. The walk takes you through subtropical World Heritage listed rainforest. The mountain is also known as ‘Wollumbin’ meaning ‘cloud catcher’ named by the traditional landowners the Bundjalung people. For an extra special experience why not try the hike at dawn and be one of the first people in Australia to see the sunrise?

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