EDITOR’S NOTE Ever get the feeling that time just doesn’t want to be your mate? Like every time it sees you, it just turns and runs in to the sunset, leaving you grasping at precious seconds wondering how the heck you’re going to hand in the assignment whose due date is all of a sudden not in a couple of weeks, but in a couple of hours? Welcome to Week 11. Time isn’t too chummy with Week 11, either ... stashed amongst the veritable tower of essays, final presentations and impending exams, is a treasure trove of social opportunities just aching to whisk you away in to that sunset. On top of all that, we’re chucking a brand new, bigger issue of Insight in to the mix to really get you distracted. Get dreamy with post-uni tales from Alex Smith (page 3) and a feature on Bond’s own Wonder Woman, Inger Vandyke (page 16). Stalk yourself and your mates in our Pool Sesh and Bondy 500 photo spread (page 10), and admire the creative talent of our featured students. There’s plenty to enjoy in this month’s issue, so show time who’s boss and get in to it. ‘Til next time! Emma
The 2011 HSA Tutor Database is up and running! If you fancy a bit of extra help in any of your HSS subjects, we have a team of students on board ready to share their tips and tricks. Contact our Academic Affairs Director, Andrew Dibden, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org We’re here to help with last-minute exam cramming, too! Run by students who have received a High Distinction in HSS subjects, HSA exam revision seminars turn gobbledy-gook into “I get it” moments. Keep your eyes on your student email inbox ... we’ll be sending out more details soon.
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Insight (I): Where are you from and how did you end up at Bond? Alex (A): I grew up and went to school in Sydney, graduating from high school in 2005. From there, I took an exchange year in Germany before starting at Bond in first semester 2007, to study Law/ International Relations (Business), majoring in Chinese. I:You were valedictorian of 2010, but we know there’s more to you than your academic achievements. What else were you involved in while at Bond? A: I tried to experience as much of the university as possible whilst there, and got involved in a number of clubs such as Rugby and ACES. I was also Treasurer of the HSA, Clubs & Societies Director of the Student Council, President of BUSA, Founder and Chair of the Student Philanthropy Council and Tutor Fellow, at various times during my degree. I: Phew! Sounds like you were busy … did you have time for fun? A: My favourite memories from Bond are of all the great people I spent time with and the many fantastic social events. Law balls, students’ balls, Palavers, White Houses, Thursday nights at Don’s … I lived on campus for the duration of my degree which was a great experience and an excellent way to meet fantastic people from all walks of life. I think this played a very significant role in shaping my time at Bond. I: Any not-so-great memories? A: Rolling out of bed and getting to class on Friday mornings! I:You co-founded the Bond Children’s Holiday Camp in 2008. Can you tell us a bit more about that? This was an initiative that I started with four other Bond students, Will Marsh, Andrew MacAlpine, Henry Norris and Patrick McNamee. It’s a four-day camp run on-campus at Bond where we welcome around 25 disabled children from around the Gold Coast to join us. We match each child to a volunteer Bond student who becomes his or her ‘buddy’ for the duration of the camp. The aims are to provide parents with some respite, the kids with a great time, and our student carers with the opportunity to get outside their comfort zone and give back to the community. It’s sad to be leaving the program, but I have every confidence in the team leading it this year. I: So, what are you up to now in the big wide world? A: I’m currently in Geneva, Switzerland, working for the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. I am part of the Australian delegation to the UN’s Human Rights Council and also occasionally do some work with the UN Conference on Disarmament, looking at how to reduce nuclear weapons around the world. The Peace Palace is an incredible place to work. I’m surrounded by people from all over the world and there is something fascinating to work on every day.
I: What does a typical day involve? A: I’m given instructions from Canberra to negotiate Australia’s position regarding draft resolutions which will be put forward to the UN Human Rights Council. It’s a fantastic job because it involves working with nations and NGOs from around the world, each of whom often have very conflicting priorities and ideas. Issues we are dealing with at the moment include torture, victims of terrorism, rights to development and food, HIV/AIDS, humanitarian intervention, and the Universal Periodic Review. I: What have been some of the most exciting things you’ve experienced in this new position? A: I arrived during a special session on the situation in Libya. It was very intense as the ambassador defected and claimed asylum in front of me during my first day, and the UN then proceeded to effectively kick Libya off the UN Human Rights Council due to their violent attacks against the civilian population. As you’ve probably seen in the news, the UN Security Council has now authorised a no-fly zone over Libya, something which we have been advocating very hard for at the UN. I: Have you met anyone interesting during your time in Geneva? A: A high-level session was held here recently, which was very exciting because a lot of Foreign Ministers attended. I had the chance to meet Kevin Rudd and Hillary Clinton, and worked for Mr Rudd during his visit. It was a ridiculously busy time and a very good opportunity to see how the diplomatic world functions behind the scenes. I: How has your Bond degree helped you in this position? A: It’s been a great opportunity to put in to practice the skills and knowledge that I gained during my time at Bond, and has really made me appreciate the practical skills-based focus of the university’s academic programs. Subjects like East-West International Diplomacy are excellent training for anyone who would like to do this kind of work. I: So, where to from here? A: I don’t really want to leave, to tell the truth! However, I’ll be starting work as a corporate lawyer in Sydney with Freehills in October this year, which will be a completely different world. If Alex’s experience sounds like it might be right up your alley, contact Business Development Manager Courtney Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Extraordinary Extravaganza Bond University Drama Society’s Extravaganza burst onto the amphitheatre stage in brightness and glamour, with a new team and brand new outlook. Traditionally held every year in first semester, 111’s Extravaganza was centred around a “After, Not So Happily Ever After” theme. The “Not So Happily Ever After” idea had already been floating around for a while, but what about the events after the “Not So Happily Ever After”? What happens to your favourite childhood characters when everything falls apart? We were extremely fortunate to be able to cast an enthusiastic and determined team of individuals who were eager to put on a fantastic show. Since beginning rehearsals, the cast spent time together and bonded, as having close working partnerships with fellow actors is necessary to develop trust and confidence. The rehearsal process was more than enjoyable, with practice in basic techniques such as articulation and projection becoming a regular routine for the cast. As the weeks quickly passed by, our rehearsal schedule became ever more intense as we prepared for opening night. Rehearsing for a show within the space of seven weeks while, for many of us, balancing full study loads and other commitments is no mean feat. The success of the show was credit not only to everyone’s willingness and enthusiasm to put on a great performance, but also to their perseverance and dedication, which showed when they took to the stage on a warm March night. Below is the list of cast members from the night. On behalf of the BUDS Executive and as the show’s producer, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their time and effort: • • • • • • • •
Tina Rizkallah (Director) Patrick McNamee Edward Berry Nicole Gibson Dana Heriot Thomas Bevan Annika Fraser Pippa Martino
Next semester, BUDS is looking forward to expanding our yearly repertoire with the introduction of two new events, “Opening Night” and “The Bond Monologues”, which we hope the Bond community will come to eagerly anticipate. We also intend to continue providing aspiring thespians with the opportunity to develop techniques that assist with character performances, role enhancement and personality development. We here at BUDS are excited for what the future holds and hope to see the Bond community getting behind BUDS in the semesters ahead as it did this semester. It is with this support that we can all help to maintain our university’s unique culture of which we have always been, and will continue to be, proud. - Ben Naday (Bond University Drama Society Vice President)
S I R R O M Y L L A S : K O PHOTOBO
A Clubber’s Guide Compiled by Madeline Wardleworth
This article is written for a host of differing demographics. It’s for those who: 1) are keen to get involved in Humanities-related clubs and don’t know what’s on offer at Bond; 2) attended Club Sign-On Day and penned a name to a sign-up sheet, only to be pestered with emails weeks later from an unknown sender and clubs you don’t remember; 3) want to be able to speak in Bond parlance and thus need to be able to make offhand references to BCHC, BIRO and BIAS. If you fall into one of these categories, or are simply interested in what’s happening vis-à-vis Bond’s co-curricular opportunities, look no further. We have compiled a translation explaining the clubs most relevant to the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty. Get the lowdown below. Bond International Relations Organisation (BIRO) Myles Gunter The Bond International Relations Organisation (BIRO) seeks to increase student engagement with international affairs. BIRO runs the semesterly public speaking event “Propaganda” – an evening of free pizzas and frequent laughs where contestants battle it out in the amphitheatre. BIRO is also looking at providing volunteer opportunities, as well as increasing professional development opportunities for students seeking international careers. Bond Indigenous Awareness Society (BIAS) Maddison Cassidy The Bond Indigenous Awareness Society (BIAS) was created to broaden cultural awareness across the Bond community. Our aims are to promote social justice and reconciliation through unique events and our fortnightly publication of ‘IndigiMail’. We are passionate and always welcome new members. If you are interested in more, add us on facebook! Bond Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp (BCHC) Henry Norris This camp at Bond allows students to care for young children with disabilities. The camp is held on-campus at Bond every year, and will this year run for four days and three nights from December 19-22. It is a challenging and rewarding experience for students, and one that I encourage students to consider for 2011. Bond University Drama Society (BUDS) Ben Naday The Bond University Drama Society puts on a variety of performances, from musicals to plays to theatre sports. BUDS will reach new heights in creativity this year, generating both controversy and critical acclaim for the innovation that is yet to be seen. Each semester, the opportunity to act and participate in our highly enjoyable excursions to dramatic performances awaits all who seek to connect with their inner thespian.
Bond University Latin Society Nicholas Domrow The Bond University Latin Society is aimed at students with an interest in French or Spanish language or culture. We run various events, including movie nights, conversation groups and dinners, and are planning a masquerade ball. The Society welcomes students of either language, those of French or Spanish background and students who simply have a passion for these cultures. Bond University Photography Society Mary Langley Bond University Photography Society is a group formed for those who want to incorporate their love of photography and travelling. Members have the opportunity to photograph amazing aspects of both the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. And the best bit? They go home with spectacular shots! Add us on facebook to be notified of upcoming events for next semester. Bond University Philosophical Society Angela Glindemann The Bond University Philosophy Society is a forum for students to eat, drink, and be philosophical, as the earliest philosophers did. If it’s controversial, metaphysical or political, we discuss it! Add us on facebook to learn more.You don’t need philosophy books - just opinions and an open mind. Journalism Students’ Association (JSA) Jacqui Ward The Journalism Students’ Association is responsible for publishing a semesterly student magazine, Baked. The magazine is written, edited and designed by Bond students, and there are no limits as to who or how many can get involved. The JSA accepts feature articles, opinion pieces, creative work, and even poetry and photography. To submit any work, or take part in the production of a magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.au! Rotaract Caitlyn Worland Rotaract is the youth level of Rotary International and is a youth professional development, leadership and community service organization. Bond’s Rotaract Club strives to organise and run a variety of fundraising events to raise money for deserving charities and community funds such as the Cancer Council, Queensland Flood Appeal and The Smith Family Appeal. West Timor Project Andrew Dibden The West Timor Project is an initiative taken up by a group of dedicated and conscientious Bond students. Dr Christine Mason, a legal advisor for the West Timor Care Foundation, is working with these students in areas of biomedical and legal research into the impacts of the Montara Oil Rig disaster. The Project is also looking towards broader fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives.
Photographs: James Fitchett & Madeline Wardleworth
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There’s a new face on Level 4 of the Arch building. It’s a face which seems to be perennially cheerful, a face from which an infectious chuckle emanates on a regular basis, and a face which can’t help but take some of the scary out of the executive neighbourhood of the Humanities & Social Sciences building. It belongs to one Inger Vandyke who, as Bond’s new Marketing Coordinator, is in the driver’s seat when it comes to presenting our university to the world. But there’s much more to this self-confessed adrenalinaddicted workaholic than her involvement with Bond might have you think. Growing up on a boat on the Great Barrier Reef is merely the tip of Inger’s extraordinary iceberg. Since 2004, she has worked as a professional wildlife photographer and writer, capturing snaps in 42 countries across the globe, coming face-to-face with rare creatures, and experiencing adventures that seem miles away from an office on Level 4. She juggles her new position with lecturing, working with five volunteer groups, running her own and her partner’s businesses and instigating a photography project for underprivileged indigenous children in the Kimberleys. As if that isn’t enough, Inger is keeping the shots coming with a different photography venture for each month of the rest of this year. Dangling the carrot of those delicious adventures around the world in front of our readers’ faces during the drudgery that defines Weeks 11 and 12 might seem cruel, but hasn’t three hours in front of a blank Word document earned you the right to a little escapism? What follows does come with a warning: ten minutes of transportation in to Inger’s remarkable life threatens to provide substantial procrastination-worthy daydream fodder. Read on if you dare… ANIMAL CRACKERS If you’ve ever considered a jaunt over to Antarctica, Inger is your go-to woman for the tips and tricks of what she calls her favourite place on earth. Such is her affection for the continent that she recently had her will changed to ensure that her ashes are scattered there. She is particularly intrigued by the locals. “The penguins in Antarctica are like clowns,” she recalls. “The first time I went there, I felt like I was in an oversized scene from ‘Happy Feet’.” Coming face-to-face with some of Mother Nature’s finest creations seems to be a knack of Inger’s, having also spent three weeks in Tonga, documenting humpback whales and their calves. Her first encounter with one of the sea’s largest inhabitants is something she will never forget. “The first time you are looked in the eye by a whale is incredible,” she describes. “But no matter how many encounters you have with them, you never tire of it.” TAKING THE HIGH SEAS Not one to rest on her laurels, there is plenty more in the pipeline for Inger. Six weeks leading a sailing expedition will round out a year which makes juggling four subjects with a social life and sufficient sleep seem like the lazy way out. Inger’s 8000-kilometre voyage from Mauritius to Fremantle will be waged against the roughest oceans in the world in order to undertake what she says is the most challenging marine and fauna surveying exercise in Australian history. In order to fulfil the wildlife conservation objectives of the expedition, Inger’s team will collect and collate data on Heard and McDonald Islands, and plot the recession of glacial edges. “Heard Island is a critical indicator of climate change,” she says. “There’s a lot of geothermal activity there because it’s home to Australia’s only active volcano, but there is also a lot of recession from global warming.” Having seen firsthand signs of environmental change and destruction in some of the most pristine areas of the world, Inger is as passionate about addressing climate change as she is about marine conservation. She firmly believes that human beings’ habit of taking disproportionately more than they give to the environment has had a disturbing impact on animals and plants around the globe. “There’s definitely physical evidence of climate change, so to deny it is foolish,” she says. “We need to be more open to re-engineering the environment … it’s about being proactive in thinking about the impact of our actions for the future, rather than just being reactive.”
FINDING WHAT’S LOST If the above adventures haven’t quite got you green with envy, try Inger’s plans to discover the undiscovered on for size. The foundations are already being laid for yet another expedition in 2013, this time to Guge in far-west Tibet. Hidden away in what is one of the hardest places to reach on Earth is a lost civilisation about which very little is known. The extended planning period towards the venture is necessary in order to attain all of the relevant permits to travel in to this seldom-visited area. “The logistics of organising this trip are going to require a lot of time and planning,” she explains. “We need to be mindful of not being seen to be supporting the pro-Tibetan movement … there’s a lot of sensitivity around what we’re doing.” Inger hopes that the three-year lead-up will also attract a keen group of photographers who don’t mind missing out on some of the luxuries we often take for granted. She has been pleasantly surprised by the interest. “We’re looking for people who are happy to go without a shower for three or four days and take on a subsistence lifestyle, without the hotels and restaurants of a typical holiday,” she says. Though Inger admits that her hectic lifestyle has come at the sacrifice of other things, she maintains that she would not have it any other way. “There’s never been a dull moment and I have no regrets,” she insists. “While I’ve got the energy and I’m young enough, I want to make the most of everything. “Sometimes, it’s like I’m living my life as part of a wildlife documentary series. I have had some experiences which I now look back on and I know they truly punctuated my life.” For more details on Inger’s upcoming adventures, check out the website at www.heardisland.com.au, or drool over evidence of her past escapades at www.ingervandyke.com
All photographs taken by Inger Vandyke (www.ingervandyke.com)
YOU ARE DOING IT
Coming in to the high stress period that is end-of-semester exams, it’s easy to let other parts of your life slip down the priorities ladder. However, ex-Bondy and now personal trainer and exercise physiologist, Morten Almaas, is here to give us a kick up the backside and into the gym. Here are his tips on how to get the balance right…
Have you ever thought about why your training program is put together the way it is? Why the exercises are in a specific order? Why it includes some exercises and not other ones? Have you really given it a thought? If you have, you are miles ahead of most. If you haven’t, you need a reality check! Next time you go the gym, take a good look at the people around you: Reality check #1: Reality check #2: Reality check #3:
How many are actually in good shape? How many are free of injuries, pain or other problems? How many are convinced that what they are doing is really effective?
A lot of the time, the answer is “not many”. Why is it that so few “normal” people actually show progress in changing their body composition for the better, getting stronger, and eliminating injuries and other problems? Have you thought about that? If you are not getting stronger, you are doing something wrong! If you are not losing fat, you are doing something wrong! If you are not gaining muscle, you are doing something wrong! If you keep getting injured and having pain, you are doing something wrong! If you are doing the same thing over and over again without getting results, but still keep on doing it thinking that you’ll get the results sometime, I would call that being insane.
So, what to do? 1. Admit that what you are doing is not working - you have to do something different. 2. Do the opposite! When 90% of the people are doing stuff that does not work, try doing the exact opposite. 3. Get a basic training program, with big strengthbuilding movements, which is tailored to your body, needs and goals. 4. Get a training journal. Record your sessions and aim to smash previous records every time you train. 5. Progress.Your body changes and adapts when you demand progressively more of it. Going to the gym lifting the same weights every week is not going to change ANYTHING! 6. Get help! Ask the 10% that actually get results from their training, and learn from them. 7. Be consistent. It's better to go to the gym 2-3 times a week, give it 100% and go home, than to just “head off” to the gym 5-6 times a week, with no plan whatsoever. 8. Do the stuff you hate. Every day, you use your whole body in functional movements.You should therefore train your whole body in the gym so you can perform those movements better. For example, even if you hate it, training your legs makes your body produce more testosterone, which will give you results in the gym, and in the bed (if you're a guy). 9. Fix your nutrition. It doesn't matter how good your training program is if you eat crap. And because 90% actually think they “eat pretty well”, you should ask someone who gets results from their diet what they’re eating. 10. Keep it simple and effective. Aim for quality. The gym is NOT for socializing, studying, or perving on the girl/ guy on the stepper in front of you. Put some hardcore music on and do your thing. The same goes for food: just eat your lean meat, veggies and fruits, and get full. Repeat. If you need extra motivation to keep you fighting fit over the next couple of weeks (and beyond), follow Morten’s blog at www.almaasfitness.blogspot.com, or get in touch by visiting www.nfast.net.
The Memory of Ben Standing at another solemn ANZAC day ceremony, every time I hear the haunting sounds of ‘The Last Post’ being played, it sends shivers down my spine. I can feel the painful lump in my throat growing with every second. I cannot fight back the single tear that rolls down my cheek, eventually landing on the medal pinned closely to my heart. The flashbacks of my living nightmare quickly flood my mind, as if I am still that vulnerable, innocent eighteen year-old soldier. Like most of the days in this hellish place, I am viciously woken to the now familiar sounds of the series of deafening shells that are continuously exploding in these battlefields; these battlefields which have now become our homes.This brutal place reminds me every day that each step I take could be my last.The only thing that is keeping me from insanity or holding a rifle to my head is the mateship I have with my fellow soldiers with whom I share this inhumane prison. I have only known Ben since our boat trip here, yet it feels as though I have known him for an eternity. He has become my family these days. Conditions like this bring people together. Ben has become a true mate. I have seen so many unimaginable things here, which have left me feeling numb. So often, I am faced with the image of countless innocent men being needlessly mowed down by bullets. Masses of bloodied bodies blanket the grounds as far as I can see. I just want to escape and be rid of this nightmare. “Go, go, go!”The dreaded sound of our call to battle interrupts my thoughts and the screaming orders begin to seem like a faint whisper as fear takes over my body.The hardest part is bringing myself over the mud heap to face the shredding barbwire. From then, you are no longer protected by the walls of our trenches, there is no turning back. “Ben, good luck mate.” “She’ll be right. I’ll see you back in the trench,” Ben replies. Pushing through the wall of men, I can see the dreaded looks in their eyes. They know that in a moment, they may not be going home to their families.The only thing in sight is a mass of terrified soldiers running towards each other, blindly, to their likely demise. Barely out of our trenches, already horrific images of sons, fathers, brothers and husbands being shot dead are all around me.Tearing through that bloody barbwire to face our enemy did not seem so fearful when Ben was fighting by my side. My chest was pounding so fast I thought it was going to explode, yet in one split moment, the loud beating drum of my heart stopped.The world around me seemed as though it had been frozen in time. My feet had been cemented into the ground.There was no way in hell that my body could even think to breathe let alone move. Comprehending what had just happened to me seemed impossible.The pain that was inside of me was unbearable, as if someone had cut open my chest and torn out my heart. I was convinced that I would not be able to make it through this nightmare. I hoped that another bullet would be fired in my direction to drain the pain out of me.When my lifeless body plunged to the ground, I felt as though there was absolutely no one around to save me. I felt all alone.
I thought there was no hope, that this was where I was going to take my last breath, until I saw Ben beside me. My breaths were getting shorter by the minute and I wasn’t sure how much longer I could take the excruciating pain. As Ben threw my injured body over his shoulder, I was concerned that there was nothing I could do to help him. I knew what was happening around me, yet my body wouldn’t let me move. Continuous sheets of bullets still covered the sky, as if hundreds of planes were screaming past, my eardrums exploding each time. Ben kept reassuring me that I was going to be okay whilst he bravely trekked through piles of bodies that were spread across the mud-covered ground. Still carrying me over his shoulder, we finally reached the medics tent after what must have been an agonising walk for Ben. Laying on the white stretcher, the nurse bandaging my wounded chest, I realised that Ben had saved my life. Sitting beside me, I tried so hard to thank him for the brave act he had just done, yet I physically couldn’t bring the words to my lips. Leaning over and shaking my hand, Ben told me he had to go back and reassured me that I was going to be fine. I managed to mouth thanks to Ben as I watched him walk out of the tent. I looked forward to seeing him again, so I could thank him for being a true mate and courageously saving my life. My mind jolts back to reality as the final note of ‘The Last Post’ reaches my ears, echoing through the cove of Gallipoli. Wiping away the stream of tears that streaks my cheek, this place no longer appears to be the murdering battlefield that it once was. The day Ben walked out of the medics tent was the last time I saw him. He was not as lucky as me to have someone there to save him. Ben died that afternoon. I still cannot rid myself of the pain that was caused by his death. The heroic self-sacrificing act that he committed to save my life will be forever in my memory. I am thankful that I was one of the lucky soldiers to have returned to the shores of Australia, unlike Ben, who rests in the battlefields of Gallipoli. He was taken prematurely and unnecessarily from the ones who cared for him. Every year to this day I come to remember Ben, the one who should be standing here today. I place the wreath of flowers in the waters of this bay for them to be washed away with the tide and I will never understand why such a great person, a true mate, a hero, was taken and not me. I never got to say goodbye. Written by Chloe Johnson Photograph by James Hayden-Smith
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