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april 28, 2014

Issue 12


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WHO IS EXCITED FOR UNI AGAIN?! SPECIAL THANKS TO THE GLOBE TEAM

Editor

Contributions

Rosie Marsland

Evangeline Dowling Maggie Greenham

Sub-Editors Larnie Hewat

Emma Randles

Rahul Ingle

Aleqiu Coeur

When I realise how much more work I should have done over the break (whenatih.tumblr.com)

Khaya Mpehle Design Miguel Lontoc

Rosie Marsland Sophie Sievert-Kloster

Photography Jonathan Evans

Tom Soh Chris Zhao

Alexandre GuĂŠrin Morgan Nicholson The Internet

Table of contents And We Return / page 3 CIR Report / page 4 Davis Project Report / page 5 A Week Of Return / page 6 ICAC Report / page 8 Why Isn’t My Life Like An Episode of Suits? / page 8 Minutes In A Minute / page 9

The Globe is published weekly by Rosie Marsland on behalf of the International House Student Club. The material here is edited but uncensored and therefore the views expressed here do not reflect those of the editor. Please share your ideas, opinions, ads and skills with us by emailing us at ihglobe@gmail.com The Globe acknowledges the Wurrundjeri people as the traditional owers of this land. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present.

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Births, Deaths & Marriages / page 9 On A Deeply Nice Concept I Study / page 10 International Interview / page 11


FROM THE EDITOR XII Hola at my IHers! I hope everyone is feeling like a happy chappy after that little “break”.. Unless you’re one of those people suffering at the hands of tutors who think a week off is just a chance to give even more assignments, in which case… at least we got chocolate, right?! I’m writing this on a fabulous day in Melbourne (another reminder that seasons are just guidelines in this city of ours) and I’m hoping that everyone got to have at least a few adventures over Easter. If not, there’s always another exciting thing around the corner, so let’s remember amidst this prep and stress the real reason we’re all here, right? Never stop doing shenanigans. Much love, Rosemary xoxo

and We return Welcome back everyone! We do hope that you had a relaxing Easter break. While the Easter break was slow and pleasant, the rest of the semester is going to be a whirlwind of activities within IH. We have Café coming up very soon, followed immediately by IH Ball. I believe that the boys are playing a soccer match against Hildas today and the girls are playing hockey

against Newman, and preparing for the rowing season. Some new positions are up for grabs: Satadal coordinator and Music Night coordinator. Satadal is the IH yearbook, and Music Night is a time for all the talented (Tom) and not so talented (Rahul) musicians of IH to perform in front of everyone in the JCR. Keep your ears open for more announcements relating to these positions. There is plenty more that is happening around IH so get involved, have fun, and don’t forget about uni while you’re at it.

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CIR REPORT WRITER: Larnie Hewat

This time next week a dedicated team from IH will be beginning the challenge to eat on $2 a day for 5 days. They will take on this challenge for the 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty in our world. The challenge to Live Below the Line will give participants a small window into what it’s like to eat off so little. They will have to plan carefully what to eat. They will have to be disciplined with what they eat and when they eat it. They will have to be tolerant of eating the same thing over and over again. You might not make friends with salad but I can promise you that for a week you’ll want to make friends with lentils, rice and oats because these are some of the foods that will become staples in to your daily diet. The freedom to choose to eat what you want, when you want will quickly become an elusive privilege. Catercare food will look and smell better than it ever has before. But the super team of IHers aren’t taking on this challenge solely to push their boundaries. They’re doing this to raise awareness about the issue of global poverty. Did you know that each night 850 million people go to bed hungry? Most importantly, they’ll be taking on this challenge to raise vital funds to help break the cycle of poverty for young people living in poverty in the Asia Pacific region. This year the focus country of the Live Below the Line is Timor Leste. Timor Leste is one of our closest neighbours and yet is one of the poorest countries in our world. Half of its population lives below the poverty line. Oaktree, the organisation responsible for Live Below the Line, believe that education is

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key to overcoming the poverty cycle. Being an organisation run entirely by volunteers under the age of 26, Oaktree focus their development work on young people. For the past four years, the money raised by Live Below the Line has helped to transform the lives of many young people in Cambodia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. In the last twenty years global poverty has been halved. For the first time in history we have both the knowledge and resources to end global poverty. Change is possible. You have the potential to be a part of that change. As an individual you may not be able to change the whole world, but you can change the whole world for one child. There is still time to sign up! Or else you can jump on the team page and donate your coffee money for the week. Any and all support is so much appreciated and will go a long way. In the words of Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. ~~~~~ Environments Committee When: Thursday, 8:00pm Where: Dining Hall Who: Anyone and everyone who cares about and wants to help improve the sustainability of IH! The environments committee is now up and running. Come along and join the team as we take our first steps to increase awareness about sustainable living and reducing the waste we create us a college. Some of our key projects will be increasing the number of recycling bins available to students and addressing the issues of disposable cups and food wastage. Come along this week as our working parties to take shape and start tackling these issues. We’d also love to hear any further suggestions you may have. All welcome!


Davis Project Report WRITER: Chris Zhao

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter this week with your families or your IH family. It was a wonderful break from University with much time for some well–earned rest and recreation or a chance to gain a one up on those lectures you’ve been avoiding. Just a little over a week ago saw our first Davis Project event, where we were entertained by the lovely Sapphires and dined upon fine, fine popcorn. Hopefully this gave you a lighthearted insight into just some of the aspects of Indigenous culture as well a few laughs. Coming up next will be a whole range of events that we’re hard at work on, so don’t you worry, because everyone here on the Davis project team has so much more in store for everyone at IH. I’m not allowed to say anything just yet... but who knows... there might be a sneaky traditional Indigenous instrument to serenade us at community dinner soon, but you didn’t hear it from me. The extremely fashionable and highly prestigious friendship bracelets are also going to be available, so to show your support for the Davis Project be sure to get your hands on them! Our beautiful shiny Davis Project posters are also going to be going up soon all around college. Jam-packed with fun and interesting facts about Indigenous culture as well as important information about upcoming Davis Project events, so be sure to give them a read!

Anzac and Indigenous Australians If you didn’t know, just over the last weekend was ANZAC day, a day to commemorate all the Australians and New Zealanders that fought and served in all wars but also especially to commemorate the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. However, did you know that Indigenous Australians played a crucial yet often overlooked role in Australia’s military efforts? One in every 20 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders made

a direct contribution to Australian WWII efforts, as Indigenous servicemen as well as women and civilians. The women and children of the Cummeragunja mission in NSW knitted 59 caps, 27 pullovers, 41 balaclavas and 77 pair of mittens for Australian soldiers and at present, it is known that 34 Aboriginal men served at Gallipoli, 12 of whom were killed. The heartbreaking truth was that the Indigenous soldiers returned home from WWI not as heroes, not even as citizens of Australia. At a time of racial segregation in Australia, Indigenous Australians were not even allowed to enter pubs or even to march in the ANZAC parade with their white brothers and sisters. Indigenous Australians were even denied land under the Returned Servicemen’s Settlement Scheme. In fact, many Indigenous men who tried to enlist were rejected on the grounds of race and were not of “substantially European descent”. Despite this, over 1000 Indigenous troops managed to join the Australian Imperial Force, some doing so even after being rejected repeatedly for being insufficiently white, many lying about their age, name and even parentage. “Because despite what others thought, it was still our country.” - An old north Queenslander soldier. Today much has been done in recognition of the contributions of the Indigenous community towards the Australian military and a tradition of pride and respect has been established to celebrate the generations of Indigenous service. The Australian Defence Force is also a strong supporter of the Australian Government’s Closing The Gap initiative and numerous programs and scholarships aimed to support Indigenous Australians within the army have been established. ANZAC Day itself plays a huge role and has worked hard and continues to work hard at rewriting the wrongs of Australia’s military history. So, as the bugles sound on ANZAC day, don’t forget the contributions of our Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people to our great Australian Infantry, the clear historic cultural progress that we as an Australian people as a whole have made, as well as how far we have to go. Lest we forget.

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A WEEK OF MONDAY

TUESDAY

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1 30 ATTEMPTS ON BACK TO SCHOOL 28 UNIMELB POST- 29 INDONESIAN FILM FESTIVAL HER LIFE Sorry kids. It’s time to po- GRAD HEALTH Today is the last day Come along to the Union lish your shoes and pack COURSES Interested in a career in health? An application GIRL’S HOCKEY AND session for international and domestic applicants BOY’S SOCCER It’s up to you, which sport to the University of Melbourne health courses do you want to watch? The hockey girls at 8am (Doctor of Medicine, Dental Surgery or Physiotheat the UniMelb oval against Newman, or the rapy) will be held today soccer boys at Just be in from 1pm-2pm in the Charles Pearson Theatre dat yellow and blue at in the ERC. one of them! your bags again.

NAAUC APPLICATIONS DUE NAAUC applications are now due by midnight tonight, so please make sure to e-mail them to soh912@gmail.com

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of the 9th annual Indonesian Film Festival at ACMI - make sure to check it out if you’re interested

House Theatre at 7:30pm to support some incredible up-and-coming actors, including our very own ICAC President, Brendan McDougall and GCAC MEETING ex-Queen’s talent Brit(NAAUC SCHOLAR- tany Lewis. It’s going to HIPS) be a fantastic play and Just a reminder that the- tickets are only $15. If re will be a GC/AC mee- you’re interested, please ting tonight at 9:30pm to speak to Emma, Miguel discuss NAAUC scholar- or Alexandre. ships! Anyone applying has to be there!


return FRIDAY

2 SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS TICKETS For all you music aficionados out there who feel like making a trip to Byron Bay over the winter break, Splendour in the Grass tickets go on sale today at 9am.

SATURDAY

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More intercollegiate fun! ICAC Chess and Cards is taking place tonight at Newman College. More information will be released soon.

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Café is fast approaching, so keep rehearsing your acts and getting ready for what will be an amazing night. For painting related fun, come to the basement at around 7:30pm each night and help out with Café Deco. Any and all help is much appreciated.

BALL TICKETS Save your pennies - Ball tickets are now on sale! For the next two weeks, you can purchase tickets at a special Early Bird price, so take advantage of this. If you would like a ticket or have queries, talk to Monique or her wonderful committee! APRIL 28, Issue 12

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ICAC REPORT WRITER: Inika Reinhardt

Now that we’re all rested (or worn out from too much partying and not enough studying) after the break, it is time to look forward into the rest of the semester and see what fun and exciting things are coming up on the ICAC calendar! Sadly, we only have two more events before the mid year break :’( but they include chess and cards and theatre sports!

Chess and Cards is a great night of intense mind games that takes place at Newman College and will see chess taken to a new level. The final will be a giant game of chess (think Harry Potter) with supporters acting as the pieces! The cards players will be locked away for secret cards business and hopefully IH will emerge victorious! Come and support IH THIS SUNDAY, May the 4th.

Theatre Sports is a huge night of fun and improvisation at Melbourne Uni’s North Court, where our IH team will surely show the other colleges how its done thanks to the amazing drama club! This is on May 11th (week 9). Everyone should definitely get around this for some well earned study breaks and well needed laughter.

Why isn’t my life like an episode of suits? WRITER: Sophie Sievert-Kloster

“Why do you want to become a lawyer?” This is the question people immediately ask me when I tell them that I would like to study law in the future. My usual one-word answer: ‘Suits’. You know, that awesome show about hotshot lawyers, corporate espionage, and well-tailored blazers. I know it’s a somewhat naïve response to this question, but seriously, who doesn’t secretly want to be Harvey Specter? Like all aspiring lawyers I’m sure, I sometimes get genuinely upset by the fact that I am not a millionaire working for a top-tier law firm, taking down big companies by the hour. Mike Ross has no idea how good he has it: no college degree, a ridiculously good salary, an eidetic memory, and one of the coolest jobs in the world. Sign me up please! Unfortunately for most of us wannabe Harveys, we do have to go to university. And then law school. We do have to sit the LSAT and unlike Mike, we have to actually study for it. We probably won’t be working at Pearson-Hardman straight out of university. Our student debt will probably be around double Harvey Specter’s yearly income by the time we graduate. And hey, most of us probably don’t even own a pencil skirt. Or a pencil for that matter. So to the writers of ‘Suits’ – thank you. Thank you for instilling in us so much hope and providing us with such realistic expectations of the future. Just quickly, when will Pearson-Hardman be opening an office in Melbourne? And should I even bother turning up to my interview or would you be so kind as to hire me on the spot?

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Minutes in a minute By Rosie Marsland 1. Made a lot of money at MNN (approx $1200) and did not have any sound complaints (yay!) so hopefully with more soundproofing Cafe afterparty can be held in the JCR. 2. Ekiden to be held Sunday Week 10 3. Davis Project Trivia Night before SWOTVAC 4. No personal equipment to be put in the gym (pull-up bar dramz) 5. Apply for NAUUC! 6. Beanbag chairs have arrived but no beans yet. 7. Buying ball tickets online will be slightly more expensive due to booking fee 8. Ball afterparty potentially at a pub 9. Nutella at breakfast on Wednesdays YAY 10. Water container in gym changed 11. Greycourt Party to be held on Thursday Week 12.

Births, Deaths & Marriages By Evie Dowling

SNAPCHAT

Births: The Junior Common Room and Monica Mui would like to announce the birth of the International House Holiday Movie Club 19/04/14 Everyone was Snatch[ed] into a Beautiful Mind of Fiction whilst drinking Pulp juice with the Lambs who watched whilst being very Silent. Deaths: Tom Soh and Robert Soh regretfully announce the death of Productivity in International House. 19/04/14 It is believed the two brothers are responsible for this death. Charges will not be pressed as everyone seems pretty happy with the arrangement. Marriage Khaya Mpehle and Cater Care would like to announce the marriage of Nutella and Wednesday Breakfasts. 16/04/14 Khaya and his family of IHers are extremely hopeful for offsprings from this marriage. They hope the will be called Monday and Friday Breakfast.

SNAPCHAT OF THE WEEK It’s a festive one this week. Hope y’all enjoyed the break, the chocolate and the lack of university. Have fun getting back into the swing of things!

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ON A DEEPLY NICE CONCEPt I STUDY WRITER: Khaya Mphele

I would hazard a guess that it would have been just short of one year ago, that I was making conversation with one of our very own charming IHers. This fellow told me about something I found very peculiar, but have taken as my favourite thing I have learnt in physics hitherto. I am a (planned) physics major, so forgive me as I proceed to unleash a deluge of ‘elegant this’ and ‘maths that’ but please stay with me! My friend simply told me that if I were to send something from one place and time (r1 ,t1) to another time and place (r2 ,t2) then that thing must have some trajectory; It must take a path which will be THE path it takes (quantum mechanists, please stay yourselves). If you take what is called the kinetic energy, the moving energy that body has, and the potential energy, the energy a particle has by virtue of its position when acted upon by certain conservative forces, then there is this thing called the Lagrangian;

Then, having tolerated me introducing this ‘Lagrangian’, grant me the chance to introduce yet another thing (in itself), what the literature calls action. The action of a certain particle on a certain trajectory is

Now let me jump from what was coming from my friend’s mouth to a nice little piece of history. If we take ourselves to France, in the year 1744, we stumble upon Pierre-Louis De Maupertuis. Maupertuis would have just finished up what was called Maupertuis’ Principle. Maupertuis believed that in any physical law

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we observe, these laws are so because nature functions to minimise a certain quantity. This quantity, as Maupertuis himself put it, was called action. That sounds familiar! My favourite principle, in all of physics thus far I have learnt, is the principle of least action. The trajectory of a particle is such that the action for the path in going from one point in time to another point in time is minimised, and all other paths considered will have an action that has a higher value. Strue is less than S for all other imagined paths implies the path corresponding to Strue will be the true path, that we observe. Actually, that’s not exactly the case. The true path of the particle is not that which minimises the action, but that which extremises the action as minima, maxima or saddle point (collectively called extrema), for those mathematically inclined. But unfortunately, this action only works for the ‘classical’ case, in which we are not working with things that are moving very fast, in strong gravitational fields or are very small, these scenarios requiring the special and general theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, and well beyond me at this stage. As an endnote, let me say that I know the relativistic lagrangian (when we have things moving near the speed of light, v~c) has the form:

and we still have that the action we wish to extremise is:

Though I must say I don’t fully understand this myself. Still, I will reiterate that it is my favourite thing in all of physics that we can drag the true trajectory of a particle form the ether using this noumenon, the principle of stationary action.


INTERNATIONAL INTERVIEW By INIKA Reinhardt & Maggie greenham After our recent trip to Singapore in the Uni break, we thought we should learn some more about the country. Despite it being known as the boring country with too many rules and really expensive alcohol, the food is cheap and oh sooooh yum! So, we spoke to New Building resident Mingkai Tan (feat Shannon) to get some more info and find out the reason why all the Singaporean boys just happen to be well built. What is your favourite thing about Singapore? The food. If you had one day to see Singapore what should you do? Go around eating everything. Where/what is the best food in Singapore? Everything. See above. What is the best thing for Uni students and budgets in Singapore? Sleeping on the streets. Any form of accommodation would be too expensive. We prefer to segregate people that way.

What is National Service? 2 years of indentured servitude. What did you have to do? A lot of walking. Some running. Guns and things. Also, sweat. We did that a lot. I never knew people could smell like that. Why are you so buff? (Lol jks. But actually) “When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every day to help me get large. Now that I’m grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I’m roughly the size of a barge.” I didn’t say that. Army made me do it. I cried a little. Only at night, when I was alone though Did you learn how to table climb in Singapore? No I learnt it here, stupid question. Soh Singapore is a pretty rad place and if Mingkai’s answers don’t persuade you to go for a visit, just know that we can do nothing but rave about the place, despite the incredulities of all the Singaporeans who have heard our admirations.

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GAME OF thE WEEK: SUDOKU Back by popular demand, this one’s supposed to be harder than the last

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