WELCOME It’s a new issue of Insight, with a new logo, from a brand new HSA! Our initiation into the 2011/12 term started with a bang at the first Whitehouse of the year, which was a spectacular demonstration of the hard work and commitment pumped in to all things HSS by the outgoing committee - they’ve left us big shoes and we’re making sure to fill them...flick to the back cover for what we’ve got in store. Within these glossy pages, you’ll find an intro to the new HSA, but we want to get to know YOU so don’t be shy - say hi! There’s also a review of a media symposium recently held on campus, and we hear from two students who are on internships in the states. If you’ve ever felt left out of a convo because of all the Bond acronyms that get bandied around, flick to page 7 for a quick tutorial ... you’ll be a pro in no time. Insight is YOUR publication, so get published! If you’ve written something you’re proud of, taken an awesome snap, or come up with a unique graphic design, please send it my way: email@example.com. ‘Til next time! Emma
Welcome to the new look insight and the new HSA! The entire team is ready and raring to get to work to provide you with great social events, excellent academic services and quality representation. Always remember that the HSA is here for you if you have any concerns or questions regarding us or Bond we are always around! I would like to thank and acknowledge the previous HSA; Anna Eraclides – President Rhys Ryan – Treasurer Eloise Hurley Wellington – Social Jacqui Ward – Competitions Julian Jantos – Sponsorship
Emma Lago – Vice President Lauren Appleby – Secretary Alan White – Academic Affair Ashleigh Gleeson – Publications Alex Case – Promotions
This team did an amazing job and have left quite a legacy for us to build on, so many thanks to them for a year of hard work and commitment. Anyway happy reading and good luck for any midsems you have! See you on the flipside, Cal
Want to contribute to Insight? Send through your work to firstname.lastname@example.org Editor Emma Devlin Designer Callum Wood Cover Photo Yasmin Zeinab
SAY G’DAY TO YOUR HSA The 2011/12 Humanities Students’ Association is pleased to meet you
PRESIDENT: Callum Wood 20-year-old Cal hails from Tawonga, Victoria, and is studying Law/International Relations. He’s been active at Bond as the LSA IT Officer and Promotions Director, and Promotions Coordinator for Bondstock 2010. Give the man a mango and a shot or six of tequila, and he’ll be your best mate. If you fancy seeing something different, Cal can half unhinge his jaw. Cool.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Madeline Wardleworth Adelaidean Maddie is 19 years old and studying Law & Arts. She’s kept busy for the last year with involvement in the Student Philanthropy Council, Volleyball Club and UN Club. A stickler for grammar, she’ll be keeping watch for Insight typos, and she hopes to intensify communication between the HSA and students. She’s also got a bad habit of using excessive amounts of Dettol.
TREASURER: Kate Timmerman 19-year-old Timmers grew up in Hervey Bay (she even lived on a boat for a while) and is busy studying Law/Psychology as well as dabbling in plenty of extracurricular involvement with the SPC, Netball Club and West Timor Project. In a shameless plug for our campaign sponsors, Kate’s favourite treats are Grill’d and Boost Juice.
SECRETARY: Hannah West Westy (she likes Westicles, too) joined Bond from over the ocean in Hobart to study a Bachelor of Communications, with majors in PR and Journalism. This 19-year-old’s creepy organisational skills stand the HSA in good stead this year, as long as her constant craving for lollies is satisfied. Her hopes for post-graduation are simple: to be the best.
DIRECTORSHIP ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: Andrew Dibden This 19-year-old South Aussie will answer to Dibs, Dibbo or Diberone, and is studying Law/International Relations. He has kept busy with Bondstock, the West Timor Project, Music Society, and Volleyball, Cycling and Squash Clubs. This jazzlover’s pretty impressive – he’s played trombone with James Morrison and Ross Irwin from the Cat Empire.
SOCIAL: Brock Phyland Law/IR student B-Rock is from down the road at Ballina and has had plenty of involvement with Bond AFL, Reswars, BASIC and, significantly, Don’s. He’s not too sure about his best Bond-related event memory because some are a little hazy, but he has big ambitions to be a successful barrister or diplomat when (if?) he grows up.
SPONSORSHIP: Yasmin Zeinab Another Adelaide girl, 19-year-old Law/Journalism student Yas wants to focus on academic sponsorship as well as making an on-campus Whitehouse financially viable. The aromas of housemate Hannah’s culinary skills in knocking up a batch of muffins rock Yas’s socks, but tofu is her all-time favourite food.
PROMOTIONS: James Fitchett Melbourne man Fitchy is our Film and Television representative, and gets in to Bond AFL and soccer. A vegetarian, he reckons the smell of olive oil makes him happy, and claims that his biggest phobia is animals wearing human clothing. His ambition for the future is pretty standard: “to live in England living the American dream wearing all denim with six adopted Sudanese kids”. Right…
COMPETITIONS: Jodi Bewicke This 22-year-old came from over the border in Sydney to study Law/Arts, majoring in Spanish and International Relations. Sea snakes have a thing for Jodi – she’s been bitten by six different varieties – but that hasn’t turned her off her dream to be a caprioska-drinking, dark chocolateeating dive instructor in the Caribbean.
PUBLICATIONS: Emma Devlin Mature by age but not by nature, 25-year-old Devs is the grandma of the group, studying Communications with a major in Journalism. She flew under the radar for most of 2010 but is excited to be involved with the HSA and Bond social scene in 111. Em is a sucker for scones (but can’t seem to master the art of cooking them), and is terrified of cold water.
COURTS AND THE MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL ERA SYMPOSIUM Emma Devlin
For those who don’t feel that 12 – 16 hours of university contact time plus at least that again in home study is enough, following is an exercise to expand your knowledge: What is a symposium? a) An orchestral production. b) A small piece of gristle behind the ear, made more prominent by sinus infections. c) A group of psychotherapists interested in the links between human and animal depression. d) A meeting or conference for the public discussion of some topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations. If you chose d, either the other options were just too ridick, or you cheated, or you’re just plain smarter than me (definitely not unlikely). A symposium is indeed a meeting or conference for the public discussion of a topic, but when Professor Mark Pearson mentioned the “Courts and the Media in the Digital Era” symposium to be held at Bond in early February, my first concern was whether my brain could comprehend the meaning of the thing, let alone whatever might would take place there. Suffice to say, it was not an overwhelming desire to find out exactly what might be involved in said symposium but rather the fact that an assessment piece relied entirely on the speeches and discussion held within that saw me roll up to the Cerum Theatre not-so-bright-eyed and not-so-bushy-tailed at 8.45 on a Saturday morning. Four hours later though, I emerged knowing not only what a symposium actually was but also feeling pretty clued-on about the relationship between the industry I’m studying to be a part of and the Australian judicial system. Proceedings opened with three keynote speakers, each of whom offered three very different perspectives on the relationship between the courts and the media, according to their individual professions.
The Honorary Paul de Jersey AC, Chief Justice of Queensland, represented the judiciary and argued that the courts are indeed in tune with the public which they inform. He emphasised the fact that many court proceedings present minimal barrier to the involvement and scrutiny of the media, but added that the courts must act with some level of detachment from the public in order to ensure fairness in the judicial system. Mr de Jersey expressed his reservations about allowing television broadcasts of criminal court proceedings, due to his concerns that the media’s objective might be to entertain rather than inform its audience. However, he supported technological advances which allow documents to be viewed and shared via computers, trial dates to be organised electronically, and media access to CCTV footage of trials. Mr John Hartigan, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Ltd, represented the media and was passionate when sharing his opinions about what he believes is a difficult relationship between the media and the court system. He argued that a system of open justice in which the courts are exposed to full scrutiny is the only means by which to achieve public confidence in the administration of justice. Mr Hartigan was particularly concerned about the court’s use of suppression orders, many of which he believed were not justified. Although he recognised the importance of limiting the possibility of a trial by media, he argued that the “stupid juror rule” failed to give credit to jurors’ ability to differentiate what they might see or hear in the media from that with which they were presented in court. Mr Hartigan believed that it was imperative for the court system to adapt to technological advances, and suggested several reforms to facilitate this process. Speaking for the legislature, the Hon George Brandis SC, Shadow Attorney-General, struck a balance between the two preceding arguments. Although he agreed that the media provided a channel by which rigorous public scrutiny of the judicial system could be achieved, he also noted that unlimited access to court proceedings could have some disturbing outcomes. Mr Brandis expressed a concern that new technologies allow any member of the public to publish information about court trials without any responsibility to be objective or to act within media law. In his recommendations to achieve a balance between public interest and private rights, he argued that three distinctive public interests needed to be weighed against each other. The first was in institutional transparency, or the public’s right to know what goes on in court, the second was in due administration, or the public’s interest in the courts “getting it right”, and the third interest was in national security. Following the keynote speakers, specific areas of the media/court relationship debate were presented in open-discussion format, with several high-profile media and court personalities offering their opinions and recommendations. The “Courts and the Media in the Digital Era” symposium was a brilliant opportunity for students to network with industry professionals, and offered a comprehensive overview of an often complicated, but extremely important, relationship between the media and our court system. And now I know what a symposium is.
WTF does that acronym mean?! Madeline Wardleworth and Emma Devlin
Ever received an email, read a poster or been involved in a conversation where the overkill of TLAs (three-letter acronyms) has you feeling totally out of the loop? Here, we shed some light on Bond’s more common abbreviations… HSS – Humanities & Social Sciences. As opposed to the Law, Business or Health & Medicine faculties. The HSS faculty is Bond’s most sizeable, involving a student body of well over a thousand students. HSS students tend to be the most creative, eccentric and awesome on campus (biased statistic). HSA – Humanities Students’ Association. That’s us! We’re here to represent you, Humanities & Social Sciences students! Most significantly we bring you important diary-fillers such as Whitehouse, Bondy 500 and the second-hand book sale. FSA – Faculty Student Association. Comprised of the HSA, BSA, LSA and the HMSA, the FSAs represent each of Bond’s four faculties. In a nutshell, your FSAs are your faculty representatives. They are democratically elected at differing times in the year, and serve a 12-month term. BSA – Business Students’ Association. If you’re into Sustainable Development, Information Technology, or anything with a business flavour (read: finance, commerce, tourism, etcetera), this team is your go-to group.You’ll spot them in alliterative Bond Business tees pimping Palaver under the Arch, or BBQ-ing at the Business Breakfast.
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Cut Copy – Zonoscope
LSA – Law Students’ Association. Think Law Ball, Illegally Bond, and a bazillion legal competitions. This crew sports navy polos and is your connection to the world of legalese, mooting, and Protrakstination. Tip: they have a common room adjacent to their office, so hit it up for coffee, confabulation and cramming. HMSA – Health-Science & Medicine Students’ Association. If your course pertains to human body parts or sport, the HMSA represent you. They’re famous for Havana Nights, a clever logo, and for being the newest FSA to hit our student politics scene. Also a big welcome to the recently elected team. BUSA – Bond University Students’ Association. The overarching student association which caters for our social, sporting and academic needs (Bond’s equivalent of a Student Union). Kudos to BUSA for O Week, Pub Crawl, Club Sign-on Day, Wednesday by the Water, Bondy the Bullshark, Thursday Night at Don’s, etcetera. Students on BUSA are elected in September, and spend 12 months managing a seriously large number of student events and opportunities. BUUNSA – Bond University United Nations Students’ Association. Interested in world affairs? This club is your path to enlightenment. It organises Films that Matter, screening informative cinematic productions tri-semesterly, and is credited with taking a team to the Asia Pacific Model United Nations annually. This venture involves diplomacy, drunkness and debauchery and is ideal for the intellectual, alcohol-loving Bondie. OMG – Oh My God. Is not unique to Bond, but can be heard uttered by students at such times as being served their first Bra meal, reading their subject outlines at the beginning of semester, or waking up after a Thursday night at Dons.
Melbourne bred synth-pop group Cut Copy has released their third album, ‘Zonoscope’. Now, I am not the biggest Cut Copy fan in the world - the singles I have heard in the past have never really tickled my musical fancy. However, after sitting down and really listening to this album, it struck me that these guys definitely know what they are doing. The first thing I noticed about ‘Zonoscope’ is that, listening the first time through, it’s hard to tell whether you like it or not. I knew it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t screaming great things to me. After a few listens, though, I found myself skipping to the tracks that I could really get stuck into, blasting and singing along to them in my car, resulting in weird looks from people thinking, “That guy’s an idiot, I bet he pays a ridiculous amount for his degree”. ‘Zonoscope’ reminds me very much of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’, not because of the sound and vibe that Cut Copy produces, but because of the way the album is constructed. The first few tracks are upbeat with a fast tempo and kickin’ sick bass, but the end of the album is marked by a gradual transition into a very calm approach, perfect for those chill sessions/when you’re blazed… but that ain’t me. I also noticed that the album is designed very much like a DJ set in that every track transitions smoothly in to the next. It means that if you to skip to a track, the beginning sounds quite unusual, but then again who really cares? A lot of the songs on the album are quite psychedelic and remind me very much of Tame Impala so, if you’re a fan of theirs, be sure to give ‘Zonoscope’ a listen. Overall, it’s an incredibly solid album with plenty of funk and a few rainforest sounds which equals a lot of fun. I am giving it 4/5. -
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“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” The above quote, delivered by Randy Pausch in his famous ‘The Last Lecture’ speech in 2007, could not have been a truer summation of the beginning of my time in New York City. Let me put this into some context for you. A week before I left Australia, I was offered my dream internship at Seventeen magazine – the American equivalent of say Dolly or Girlfriend. I packed my bag, flew to the States and had my first day with Seventeen on Monday. It was brilliant - I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I didn’t want the day to end. This was exactly what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life, until of course, I score my dream job at say Vanity Fair or Marie Claire. (Hey, a girl can dream.) It wasn’t meant to be, though. At 5.30pm, just as I was sitting at my desk blissfully thinking how great it was, an email came through from my visa agency. After spending the day on the phone to the Hearst (Seventeen’s parent company), they were told it was against company policy to hire anyone on a J-1 visa – the exact visa I was on. Essentially, I was told I couldn’t work there anymore. Devastated would be far too small an emotion to describe how I felt. I was at a complete loss: there was no other visa that would have allowed me to work unpaid and for academic credit for 4 months in the United States. And, according to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, it was not illegal to discriminate against hiring people on the J-1 visa. With a shotgun marriage (for immigration purposes, of course) firmly out of the question, I had to find an internship immediately, or face deportation. Okay, so maybe that’s a little melodramatic. But given America was in a recession, and much of the news industry had been through major downsizing, I was a little bit worried. I spent the week trawling the Internet for advertised internships, trying not to scare companies away with the word ‘visa’. I shamelessly reached out to anyone and everyone who had contacts within the New York news industry. EUSA, the agency that Bond had employed to find an internship for me in the first place, also recommenced their search on my behalf. After several knockbacks (and cutting a long story short), I finally had some success and was offered an interview with a health and fitness magazine called Shape.
After 10 solid days of unemployment in a foreign city, I finally had some success. I was offered an internship at Shape.com—the magazine’s website—immediately after my interview. As it turned out, this was the best thing that ever could have happened. The team at Shape were brilliant and inspiring. The website was undergoing a complete redevelopment, and I was fortunate enough to be included in all of their strategy meetings. As a result, I gained a whole new set of skills and can now talk confidently about search engine optimisation, social media strategies and different web interfaces. My experience in New York City proved that it is a place where opportunities are rife. All that is needed to take them is hard work, dedication, professionalism and, above all else, passion. If you are thinking about applying for one of Bond’s many international internships, particularly through the Bond USA Internship Program, please do not let my experience turn you off. But I do have a few tips for you: • When applying for the internship, and during the interview with the agency, be very clear about exactly what you want to do. Research different companies in the city you would like to work, and bring that list to your interview. Explain why you would like to work for that company specifically so they know what to look for when placing you. • Write down a list of goals you hope to achieve from your internship. These could be anything from meeting and networking with people from another country, learning a new set of skills or getting experience in something you have never done before. Be sure to communicate these goals to the internship agency. • If you are selected to participate in the Bond USA Internship Program, know that you do not have to accept the first internship you are offered. The internship agency is obliged to keep searching for you until you find something you are comfortable with accepting. Remember, there is no point in moving halfway across the world at considerable expense to do something you are only half-interested in. Make sure you accept the internship you REALLY want to do, and don’t settle for second best. • Don’t be embarrassed or shy about hassling the internship agency about finding the best internship for you. Repeatedly communicate your goals (in writing is best) and the type of experience you hope to have in the USA. Remember, Americans appreciate directness: be straight with them and they will be straight with you. Good luck!
LIVING IT UP IN THE CAPITOL COMMUNICATIONS STUDENT KARLY MARIE GOODMAN IS HAVING HER OWN INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE IN WASHINGTON DC. HERE’S HER STORY SO FAR...
Starbucks employee: “Can I get your name?” Me: “Karly.” Starbucks employee: “Sorry, what?” Me: “Karly, K-A-R-L-Y.” Starbucks employee- “Oh, Koli.” This was my orientation to the United States – a foreigner in Los Angeles Airport unable to articulate my name because of my Australian accent. While it may frustrate some, this confusion, subsequent hilarity and overall wonder has had me loving life for the past six weeks as I live it up in the American capital, Washington, DC. In a bid to combine an internship, an exchange semester and an employability boost, I decided that the Washington Internship program offered through Bond would be ideal for my last semester. After a dozen or so applications to organisations around this marvellous city and with the help of the Washington Internship Institute, I secured an internship with the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. Located in the heart of DC, between the White House and Capitol Hill, my days are surrounded by academics of the highest calibre researching the world’s most pressing and interesting issues. I work four days a week and attend two classes through the Washington Internship Institute each Monday, covering internship knowledge and American politics. I arrived with minimal knowledge, but after only a few weeks of being here, I now have a clear(ish) understanding of American politics and a healthy appetite to learn more. Over the weeks, I’ve moved from the girl with the random accent to a Washingtonian of some sorts. While words such as doona, jumper and thongs still cause confusion, I’ve got the metro down pat, can identify the difference between five and ten cent coins (the five cent is bigger than the ten cent) and know that when I go out for dinner I might as well just share my meal because I know it will be too big for the average person to finish. Helping me along the way is the fantastic and eclectic mix of people in the Washington Internship Institute program (or the WII family as we like to call it). Coming from all corners of the United States and Sweden everyone has a different story to tell. Together we spend our evenings and weekends eating, sightseeing and doing homework (yes, we still get homework).
Although this semester is full credit, “Sightseeing and Exploration” has become my number one subject – I call it ‘experiential learning’. From day one, my roommate (fellow Bondie Nadia) and I have been trying to soak up as much of this thriving city as possible. In snow, ice and rain we’ve walked up and down the Mall and admired the Lincoln Memorial, climbed the Washington Monument and attended a Congressional Committee Hearing at the Capitol. We’ve been exploring as many Smithsonian Museums as possible, from the Air and Space Museum to the Washington Zoo. We’ve been shopping our hearts out in Georgetown and wishing we could live in this cute little neighbourhood, famous for its university and cupcakes. We’re yet to see Obama but figure if we spend enough time in the vicinity of the White House it’s only a matter of time before we at least spot his cavalcade. In a bid to become more aware of American culture, we’ve been to an NBA game (and saw John McCain), stuffed ourselves silly at IHOP (International House of Pancakes - yum!), and watched the annual undie run around Capitol Hill. We’ve been sent home early from work because of snow and met Kim Beazley at the Australian Embassy. This city has certainly endeared itself to me; the people, the size (everything is grand) and the fact that I see some of the world’s most remarkable monuments and symbols every day (I live right next door to the Pentagon). I really do have to pinch myself and from where I sit now, I really do not want to leave. I can’t recommend this program enough, regardless of your degree (I’m studying a Bachelor of Communication). During our orientation I was told this quote: “Serendipity is a crucial part of planning.” I feel it’s the perfect way to describe the opportunities and experiences gained through this program. Whether or not you have an interest in politics or international relations, there is so much to learn from this city and its history, not to mention the practical and transferable skills gained from an internship in a working environment. More importantly, the people you meet and the contacts you gain are invaluable and embellish this experience like nothing else.
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Bond University's Humanities Students' Association publication.