111 ISSUE 19 WEEK 11
Bond University's Weekly Student Publication
CONTENTS Editor’s Report You hold in your hands (or in your computer screen) the second to last edition of Scope this semester. With that, I’m glad to say the quality of the content of the articles have not dropped in the slightest. Once again, Scope is a healthy mix of the informative and the controversial. Starting off with four pages of important information by the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), the article is followed by pieces from other proactive groups such as Life One and AIME. Career Development Centre’s Kirsty Mitchell was interviewed by Mona Mizikovsky this week and the whole transcript can be read on page 12. Kirsty dishes out on all things CDC and, most importantly, how to make ourselves look employable in light of the Careers Fair tomorrow.
Weekly Busa Report
It don’t matter if you’re black or white
Jorja.Wallace .................Sub Editor Milly.Arsic................. Sub Editor
Mona.Mizikovsky ................. Sub Editor Peter.Clayton ................. Sub Editor
Going away from serious topics, Rebekah Rankine’s ‘It don’t matter if you’re black or white’ is a sideways look at racism and the somewhat comical incidents that happened to her recently.
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I hope you enjoy this week’s Scope while you still can this semester.
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Weekly BUSA Report
Secretary’s Update Deborah Horsley
Last week marked the official half-way point in the term of the 2010-2011 BUSA, and it seems the perfect time to provide an update of BUSA’s activities for the last six months, and plans for our remaining term.
This semester, the inaugural Alumni Student Excellence Medal competition was launched. The Opinionated Essay Competition received 43 entries, with the winner decided by the Vice-Chancellor, esteemed alumnus Steven Ciobo MP and BUSA President James Graham. The winner will be announced on Wednesday Week 12.
A very exciting development for BUSA is the planned implementation of the OrgSync community management program at Bond. OrgSync will enable student associations to store and manage all information online and from one central page; including all member information, important documents, event forms and track their finances. This program will also enable all events to be organised online, greatly simplifying the process for both clubs and societies and BUSA. Bond will be the first university in Australia to implement OrgSync.
Regarding sport, this semester has seen the completion of the Bond sporting uniform project. Common uniforms for all Bond sporting teams will be available from 112. BUSA is also working with the University to develop an academic policy, providing special consideration and assistance to elite athletes while studying at Bond.
The Student Portal is currently being completely overhauled. All content is in the process of being updated, the appearance greatly improved and new information added. BUSA is currently researching a “market place” page, and hopes to have this implemented in 112. BUSA is also negotiating with University to have the portal implemented as the new home page for all on-campus computers.
Between developing and implementing these major projects, BUSA is continuing to provide traditional services and events including: Club Sign on Day, Pub Crawl, Thursday Night at Don’s, a free diary (finally...), Scope and Wednesday by the Water. In the final six months of our term, BUSA is committed to continuing to serve the students. The BUSA Satisfaction Survey is currently available at https://www. surveymonkey.com/s/BUSA . We look forward to receiving your feedback on how you feel we have been performing over the last six months. As always, if you have any questions, comments, complaints or compliments, please contact BUSA.
In terms of academic support and advocacy, BUSA is finalising the Reconnect program, which will assist students who have been readmitted to the university after facing the exclusion process, allowing them to readjust to their studies and student life. This is planned to commence in 112.
Adam Roberts & Chris Land Chair & Deputy Chair | Student Philanthropy Council
Bond Merchandise...OH YEEEAAH BABY! Ladies and gentlemen, Time and time again, the striking sandstone and cherished community of Bond is matched against others. But how, on the inside, do we truly compare?
Are we better than Griffith?
Are we better than UQ?
Are we better than Dartmouth College? Marketing will convince you that our sky is composed of a All funds will be reinvested into two areas: somewhat superior blue and, thus, Bond is better. Or that Bond is a metaphorical spaceship placing your ‘footsteps on 1. Capital works funds, which are focussed on improvthe moon’. Or that by going to Bond, ‘you’ll own the firm’. ing Bond’s facilities and equipment, or refurbishing existing areas. With great pleasure, I proudly announce one more to the blissfully euphoric, marketing collection. We are currently looking at funding a free-for-students pool table, drinking fountains, or providing some much needed Please welcome our latest and greatest achievement: Bond’s funding to revamp Bond’s sporting equipment or the Undermerchandise is... graduate Student Lounge. *hold your breath* ... cheaper than muggle-infested, Griff-tafe’s! 2. Student support funds, which will be distributed to students for: And I’m not referring to the overpriced, blasphemous ‘book- • Needs-based scholarships store’ hoodies. I’m talking about the student-organised, stu- • Prizes for high achievers dent sold, SPC Merchandise Program. • Entrance into domestic and international competitions Contrary to foreseeable GC Bulletin sensationalism, selling • Support for international exchanges merchandise doesn’t involve a sexual climax, bi-winning, or • Support for attending conferences - wait for it - debauchery (WHAT!). And we sell it not just be- • Bursaries for living expenses, books and cause of our insatiable love to spruik paraphernalia. research; or • Support for particular projects, for example So why would students sell merchandise? volunteering projects For one reason: to raise funds to enrich YOUR student experience. So where does the money go?
So, do not wait - positively contribute to your fellow and future students. Make Bond better than UQ and purchase SPC merchandise today!
Bye Bye Bookstore Buy Buy bondspc.com.au
On Monday of last week, the SPC officially launched the Bond shop to complement your existing avenues to purchase SPC merchandise. You may now purchase ONLINE the SPC’s entire merchandise range of t-shirts, hoodies, silk ties and cufflinks! So please do not waste money at the bookstore! Buy Bond and help your fellow students. And fear not international students, staff and alumni, www.bondspc.com.au is also capable of international postage to over 160+ different countries. ***For those concerned Bondies, unfortunately due to political unrest, the SPC’s international postage service to Turkmenistan, North Korea, Myanmar, and Libya (to name a few) have been suspended indefinitely. (DEVO...)*** So feel free to hit up www.bondspc.com.au ...and help raise funds today! 5
SPC. That’s a brand of fruits right? Wrong. The SPC (Student Philanthropy Council) is a committee of nine students devoted to enhancing the Bond community. We seek to cultivate a sense of giving, spirit and community for the advancement of Bond. In short, we have three intrinsic goals: 1. to raise funds for students, 2. to disburse 100% of these funds to benefit fellow Bondies, 3. and most importantly, to foster a sense of giving as well as student achievement and to encourage student and alumni philanthropy. Currently, we have $32, 402 worth of merchandise and over $14, 000 in funds. ALL of which was 100% generated by the tireless work of those who have served SPC. The funds are not for the University, not for the staff...but for students. This figure, however, is not yet meaningful by any means. Let’s put Bond’s current philanthropy levels in perspective. In terms of current endowment (i.e. money donated to the uni by students, alumni and others): Harvard University US$ 27.56 billion Yale University US$ 16.65 billion Princeton University US$ 14.39 billion Stanford University US$ 13.85 billion MIT US$ 8.32 billion Dartmouth College* US$ 3.00 billion Bond University AUS$ 31.30 million *an Ivy League the same size as Bond Sad...YES! But whilst this may seem insignificant now, there was a time too when Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth similarly laid their foundations. We must start somewhere. As a team of alumni and students. A community united with one goal. To make Bond truly special. Otherwise, the community we so closely cherish, the sandstone that commands so much awe, along with our first-class student opportunities and beloved student-staff ratio, will simply be, no more. So many of the amazing facilities and educational opportunities that we as Bondies have access to on a daily basis exist ONLY because of generosity. As Bondies, it’s important to realise how much of an impact philanthropy makes on every one of our lives. You only have to look around to see what a difference the power of philanthropy makes and has already made around Bond: • The Law Library (John and Alison Kearney) • The Main Library (John and Alison Kearney) • The Legal Skills Centre (John and Alison Kearney) • The Multimedia Learning Centre (The Balnaves Foundation) • The Macquarie Trading Room (Macquarie Group) • The Fountain of Learning (The Douglas Family) • The School of Sustainable Development (Mirvac Group) • The Amphitheatre (ADCO) • The Alumni Court (Alumni) • Bond Scholarships (too many benefactors to list!) • And the School of Architecture (Soheil Abedian)
Each and every Bondie can help. Each and every Bondie CAN make a difference. Philanthropy at Bond is about more than just giving, it’s about being a part of something great; contributing to what makes Bond truly special. It’s about making sure Bondies for years to come have access to the same state-of-the-art facilities and resources you did. The Student Philanthropy Council is a body that provides philanthropy for the students, by the students and allows every Bondie to give a little back. What has the SPC done since inception? Over the last few semesters, the Council has primarily existed in the establishment and procedural phase. But now, finally, we have reached the opportunity to serve the students; to disburse our funds and to give back. So keep your eyes peeled over the next two semesters! Current SPC Projects SPC Volunteering Program: in conjunction with Varsity Middle School and The Terraces Aged Care facility, we’re now coordinating a very successful volunteering program designed to encourage personal development and promote the value of volunteering. ‘the bond shop’ (bondspc.com.au): our website is now a fullyoperational, e-commerce store! SPC Merchandise Program: we have assembled a merchandise collection worth over $32, 000 over three semesters of hard work. The program aims to ‘brand’ the University, whilst building a sense of affiliation with Bond; with all funds directed straight back into the student body. Class Gift Program: this initiative was founded in mid 2009 to develop a greater sense of unity and pride amongst graduating students. The purpose is to not only benefit the current and future students but also to establish an everlasting affiliation between graduates and the University. Similar programs have flourished at first-class universities world-wide, with the Class Gift being each graduating year’s legacy to the University. Equity Tours Initiative: we’ve established a contract with an international tour company for the provision of 3 x weekly campus tours. While outside the primary scope of our normal activities, it has strategically diversified our revenue stream. The Freshman Council (a sub-committee of the SPC): a group of freshies whose purpose is to educate students on the importance of charitable giving. The FC endeavours to plan, organise and facilitate one charitable event each semester aimed at involving first year students in philanthropy at Bond. Watch this space.
Student Opportunity Fund The Student Opportunity Fund bursaries are intended to help individuals or BUSA affiliated groups fund activities that will enrich the Bond student experience or contribute to the campus community. Its purpose is to maximise student opportunities and to provide student support. In the first distribution of 2011, Bond allocated $31,000 worth of grants to 20 students and groups. On behalf of all students, thank you to the all the alumni, staff members, Council members and our friends in the community whose generous donations have made this fund possible. During 111 these were just some of the amazing student opportunities made possible thanks to philanthropy: • National & International Internships: grants were available for students to subsidise travel and living expenses; one student travelled to Geneva and another to Paris. • Recreational Groups: a number of sporting and cultural clubs received grants to upgrade equipment, cover representative costs, and fund successful events. • Conferences & Competitions: a number of students’ travel costs were significantly subsidized. One student attended a study-related conference at Harvard; another three were awarded grants to participate in the Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition in Canada. • Student Enrichment: in addition to the needs-based student grants, the LSA received funding for the Annual Careers Guide; others were able to host networking events and postgraduate research lectures • Community Engagement: one club received funding to provide an action-packed workshop on public speaking, while others participated in week-long volunteering trips. Did you know?
In 2010, 100% of University Council members donated to Bond.
In 2010, 600 members of our alumni community donated to the 'Annual Fund Calling Campaign’.
In 2011, all members of the Student Philanthropy Council donated to Bond.
Bond is not-for-profit; meaning 100% of tuition fees are contributed to the University.
Unlike public universities, 0% of Bond’s revenue comes from the Government.
They donate because they believe in the practical difference that philanthropy can impart on the Bond community.
In 2010, the majority of senior-level staff, and ALL of the Board of Trustee members donated to Bond.
Just like many of the Ivy League Universities, Bond’s future relies on alumni donations. It will be up to you, as future alumni, to give back and support future Bondies; and to make sure Bondies tomorrow have access to the same opportunities you did. If you want to help mould the future of Bond, have fun, AND earn great skills to list on your CV, we highly recommend you join the Annual Fund Calling Campaign from 21st May to 16th June. Apart from earning great money, you will be part of a team of 50 students calling Alumni to gain support for students and major projects around Bond. For more details please contact Lucy Macdermott at email@example.com. Add Bond SPC as a friend on Facebook!
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Week 10 Netball
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The Career Development Centre:
If you are graduating this year and on the job hunt, or you have just began your degree and are already stressed about your future employment prospects, then relax! I have found the solution to your woes - the Bond Career Development Centre (CDC). I sat down last week with Kirsty Mitchell (Employment Services Manager) to have a chat about the CDC and hereâ€™s what I learnt: What does the CDC offer to students? The CDC offers a comprehensive range of services to students. It supports students in their career goals from their first year through to their final year, graduation and beyond. We help students and alumni tackle issues such as career planning, resume writing, interviews and job hunting. Ideally, we want to form an ongoing relationship with students centred on their career development. We want them to come and visit us in their first year. The better we know a student, the better we can help them connect with opportunities that fit their career wants and needs. For example, we recently had the Macquarie Bank give a graduate recruitment presentation and networking event because we know thatâ€™s an employer of interest for many students.
Bringing Ambition to Life Mona Mizikovsky 12
So, what exactly does the CDC do? The CDC aims to help students on an ongoing basis, as opposed to single transaction services like fixing a resume or helping to write a cover letter. Last year we had 1,980 student consultations and over 8,000 simple interactions with students. Career development is enhanced if we are able to build relationships with the people we are helping. Our role is to make sure students get a return on their education investment. You are paying a substantial amount of time and money to study at Bond, so the CDC wants to make sure students have the maximum amount of options when they graduate. The CDC really does want to bring your ambitions to life. What areas is the CDC currently focusing on for students? The CDC focuses on various elements of career development, but most recently we have focused on business development. We are increasing the number of employers we bring onto campus so they can discuss their opportunities and network with students. We are also increasing our advocacy for Bond students within varied career sectors. A new area of expansion is international careers. Our international business manager constantly networks with international employers in order to create opportunities for students and alumni. She is currently in China finding future opportunities for students. We also constantly review our services from a student and market perspective in order to improve them. What are some ways students can get involved with the CDC? The National Interview Challenge is one way students can get involved with career development through the CDC. We run the competition annually whereby students participate in a real life interview process. Students practice their interviewing skills whilst also viewing other students interviewing techniques. It creates a social learning environment for interview behaviour. We aim to improve interview knowledge and skills by focusing on confidence and managing the anxiety cycle. We place recordings of the interviews on Youtube where people vote for the winner. This also allows us to showcase Bond students to potential employers. The Careers Fair is another way students can easily get involved with the CDC. It is our annual showcase event where we bring
employers to campus to meet Bond students in line with their recruiting schedules. It is being held this Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the Princeton Room. Although every university has one, our approach is different in that we target employers our students want to work for. This year we will have 45 employers, more than in previous years. Bond is becoming a university of choice for many employers and they very much enjoy the event as a way to meet future graduates for their companies. What is your advice for those students attending the Careers Fair this Thursday? First and foremost, dress to impress. See the Careers Fair as a chance for you to promote yourself to potential future employers. Don’t forget to come with questions. Be aware though that recruiters hate dumb questions, so do some research on the companies. The idea is to make employers ask for, and remember, your name. Introduce yourself confidentially, shake the recruiters hand, state what you are studying and why you are interested in the company. At the CDC though, we understand that some of you may be shy. So please don’t hesitate to come up to one of us and ask to be introduced. We believe strongly in the relationships with our students. And remember, we are a university of choice for many employers, especially those at our careers fair. Any special advice for students graduating this year? Start thinking now. We recommend looking seriously at graduate recruitment, even though it might not suit everyone. Graduate programs have great value. They enable students to be trained and developed in line with the values of the company. Companies spend a lot of time and effort on graduate programs as they regard their graduates as the future of their company. We would also recommend for students graduating this year to drop by the CDC office. Come and book an appointment to have a chat with us and hopefully we can help. So, if you just started at Bond or are graduating in a matter of weeks – the CDC office is for you! Drop by and make an appointment now. You will not regret it. Oh, and don’t forget to attend the Careers Fair this Thursday at 4:30pm in the Princeton Room.
To take responsibility for a fulfilling life is to choose how to spend each day of your life… Every morning when you wake up, what is the first thought that enters your mind? Do you instantly shift into autopilot mode, retrieving all thoughts about things to do, people to see, events to attend, assignments to complete. Do you look at the ceiling, sigh, dread the day ahead, and slowly make your way out of bed, wishing you could crawl back under the covers. Do you just do what you’ve always done, routinely get up, routinely go about your day you don’t even notice it anymore... We ourselves only truthfully know those first thoughts and feelings that enter our heads as we wake up. The choices we make throughout the day can be significantly impacted by the way we choose to think and feel in those very first moments. Living a fulfilling life, can be the difference between choosing to wake up each and every day positively, choosing to notice the beauty in the world around us and acknowledging the unpleasant too. Choosing to be proactive about improving ourselves through every circumstance and situation life throws at us. Choosing to spend each and every day exactly the way we want to, harmonizing ourselves with our inner beings and with nature, realizing that all moments can be wonderful- if we choose. Realizing that there will be times of pain, but that we are strong enough to overcome. Understanding that with every minute that passes, is a minute we will never be able to experience again. LifeOne, was a program piloted on campus this semester through the Student Services. It was a program designed to foster a culture on campus of health, resilience, mindfulness and strength, providing opportunities for students to learn ways to overcome negative feelings and problems faced by all of us such as stress and emotion. The program encouraged students to be responsible and to actively seek lives of fulfilment and peace of mind, encouraging students to spend each day choosing to be the best they can be, and understanding who they are and realizing their value and full potential.
The sessions included focuses on: ambition, body and balance, knowing your mind, stress and emotion, mind and relaxation and connections. Throughout the course of the program, we asked bloggers to share their thoughts and feelings, and so would like to share how Bondies found the last three sessions. Session 4 (Wk 8): Stress and Emotion • Psychological responses • Awareness, expression and presence with emotion • Relaxation, meditation and the calm response What impact does stress and emotion have on your life, both as a student and in general? • I find that there really is an unhealthy culture at Bond of continual stress, competition, anxiety, unhealthy habits. I won’t deny I have spent many nights in the batlabs pulling the all-nighters, stressing myself out to the point of not being able to sleep, not being able to eat. • Learning about the problems of stress and negative emotions has always been on my radar, however actually being active about changing such feelings is something I am not so good at. • I find that a lot of Bond is about the lifestyle- cigarettes, alcohol, energy drinks, I mean, I’ve also done the all nighters, eating junk food, drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee etc- everyone does it, it’s become the normal and accepted thing to do. • I think the problem also is that a lot of students don’t understant the short and long term effects of unhealthy lifestyles, such as the energy drinks, the alcohol, the lack of sleep or random sleeping hours…I guess a lot of people get stressed out and see the short term things the need to do rather than realizing that there are ways to handle stressful situations in a healthier way. • It really is about changing perceptions on campus…
What’s changed about the way you manage stress?
Session 6 (Wk 10): Connections
‘I now acknowledge my stress levels and actively pinpoint triggers and quickly act upon situations of high stress.’ (Jeremy, F Business)
• Assertive communication • Problem solving • Social connections • Resources and getting help • I really feel I have changed through this course- My frame of mind has changed, I used to become preoccupied with nonsense- now I think more about my needs, my life needs, caring more about important things- making the most of every moment. I never used to be that way- now I use self-talk, use the notes for inspiration, ideas and really try to focus on what is important. • This course has been really inspiring, Hearing other people’s stories- listening to others, seeing and meeting others, some of the earlier exercises and focusing was really helpful- if you stop and think about it, life can be so much less stressful. • I get very stressed so it was really helpful to step back and look at the bigger picture- using these steps in everyday life. I get physically sick, so it has been helpful – especially the week which focused on stress management.
‘Taking moment to relax, thinking about the present rather than looking to the past or future. Using exercise to relieve stress.’ (Eleni) ‘I know that stress management is not only from your mind. It’s also a lifestyle.’ (Trang, F Business) Session 5 (Wk 9): Mind and Relaxation • Mindful practices • Character strengths and happiness practices “Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment- I know this is a wonderful moment” • I feel that we as student and as adults, sometimes need to get down on the floor and see life as children do- with innocence and playfulness… • I loved the activity where we had to eat the sultana for 5 minutes- it really brought home the fact that life can be so much more, if we just enjoy every minute, if we actually feel present in every situation and notice the small things. Just like with the sultana- notice the taste, the smell, the texture... everything. • If we can find pleasure in eating one small sultana, imagine the pleasure we could have with greater moments- understanding that it is up to us to decide how we want to feel in every moment of the day. • I really enjoyed going through this session with everyone, as it really inspired me being around other students as we come to the same realization and do this same activity of eating the sultana. I feel so empowered… • I really found it beneficial the activities we did today, I know I can use them in day0to-day life as well…This gives me the chance to make changes. Doing differently: ‘More mindful of what I want in life and more aware of my actions and emotions.’ (Alexandra, F Law) ‘Breathing during study’ (Alexandra, F Law)
‘I find myself more comfortable when considering myself.’ (Lena) Message from Student Services: Deborah Jackson, Kate Bartlett and Mark Stringer: The Life One pilot program has been a wonderful experience for me - to meet with students in a forum that’s open and real about life issues, to hear people reveal some challenges, some vulnerabilities and also to put out their real dreams and ambitions for themselves and their lives. There’s been some fun - how long does it really take to eat a sultana - as well as lots of personal reflection and group sharing. The feedback to date suggests that participants are clearer about what’s important to them and more skilled at acting to create the life experiences that work for them. The plan now is to refine the program, develop an online environment to support it and launch an enhanced version in semester 3, promoting it more broadly to students. Much gratitude to all involved for your participation, care factor and feedback.
Adam James Greetings Bond Students, While you’ve been studying hard for the up-coming exams, something crept undetected onto your uni campus. While you’ve been spending all your spare time in front of the computer, the beloved Lake Orr has been cast into shadow by something huge. While you’ve been reading textbooks and highlighting lecture notes you were oblivious that something would change your uni lives... forever. That something was.... AIME. AIME, or the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, is FINALLY HERE! In its first year at Bond, it is truly an unstoppable force, beckoning you to get on board. The program, which partners uni students (i.e. YOU) with an Indigenous high school student from the local area in a mentoring relationship, fuelled up at Bond while you kicked off the University semester and is now raging to make change to Indigenous kids’ lives. At the same time, it is racing through nine other uni sites, across the east coast of Australia.
Do you want to be part of something massive? Something that takes action to tackle the most enduring social problem of this country: Indigenous inequality? Don’t let me tell you. Not when we have it verbatim from other QLD mentors... “If you’re looking for a way to make a difference, this is your chance to be part of the solution.” “My mentee went from ‘probably dropping out’ to ‘probably finishing’. AIME is making a difference.” “How many uni students have never even met an Aboriginal person before? You should. It’s important.” “There is no bigger reward than selflessly giving of yourself to help someone who can benefit from it - a young person who needs ambition & support to stick it out at education... this is a worthy cause.” “One of the most rewarding things I have done so far. Being able to grow with your mentee is priceless. You think at the beginning you’re only there to help them, until you realise how much you’ve grown too!” “It will entirely change and reshape your degree and uni experience... I feel like part of a new and fun family.”
At the helm of this movement is new Program Manager AJ. Yes, you heard me right. Country Music Superstar and ABC3 TV Host Adam James is at your campus to lead you in this structured mentoring program. Who better to spread AIME’s message that to be Indigenous means to be successful?
To find out more about AIME @ Bond University and how you can be part of this movement come along to our CrossCultural Training night next Thursday 7th April from 5pm – 7pm, which will be held at Building 6 Room 6327, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply to be a mentor for the 2011 program at http://www.aimementoring.com/join/ mentor/goldcoast
It don’t matter if you’re Black or White
Guy in club: “So where are you from?” Black chick: “Japan” Guy in club: “... but... you’re... err.. bla... coloured?” Little kids trying to rub a Black person’s skin saying: “HEYYY!!!! It doesn’t rub off!!! MUM COME LOOK AT THIS!!” ...good. “How does it feel being the only black person in this room?” Honestly, it just feels like any other day of my life. My personal favourite- “You can’t date [insert name]! He hooked up with an African American!” Well, there is nothing that is not racist about this sentence, so don’t try to be all politically correct on my ass- just say Black chick. Goddammit. Cab Driver: “Where would you like to go?” Black person: “Southport, please.” Cab Driver pulls up at Centrelink. Confused Black person: “Errrrr, why did you stop here?” Embarrassed Cab Driver: “Oh sorry... I just assumed.....”
My name is Rebekah Rankine, and I’m Black. Firstly, I would like to extend my gratefulness to those who were concerned about the whole ‘Rebecca BlackFriday’ under NOT, in the Hot or Not section in Scope a couple of weeks ago. Also, a special Thank You to my dear friend Tim, who felt the need to call the Editor accusing him of being racist against me. Get it?! Rebecca/ Rebekah... and I’m Black... well, it made sense at the time. This article aims to explore racism at its finest. If you are Black, and are easily offended slash have no clue about the stereotypes that are associated with the colour of our skin.... maybe don’t read on. At the Doctor’s office: “Rebekah Rankine?” “Yep! I’m here!” “Oh wow, I wasn’t expecting you!” .... Yes I am aware that my name is unusually White for a Black person. “I had a friend who was Brown!” Unless you would get offended if someone called you White, and prefer to be called Ivory, Cream, or Yellow.... seriously, just say Black. “Hey can you even go to Whitehouse if you’re Black?” ... if this person wasn’t my best friend, I probably would’ve busted a cap in her ass. “If you’re from Singapore.... why are you Black?”
Bondie A: “Hey, I saw your Black friend Haddy out last night!” Bondie B: “... Haddy moved to NSW like, 2 months ago. Do you mean Bek?” Bondie A: “Oh yeah that one, they look the same! They are both Black!” Person looking up a hot celebrity on the internet: “EWWWWWWWWW HE’S DATING A BLACK WOMAN!” “Hey you’re black, shake it like Beyonce!”...well, no. “All Black people run fast because they are used to running away from police.” I also enjoy being the only one out of my friends that gets asked for my bag to get checked when leaving a store. “Umm... I know you are Bl... I mean, you naturally have very tanned skin, but here’s a voucher for our fake tan special!” “Do you wear coconut bras in your tribe and stuff?” ... no, I live in the City. THE BLACK BOOTY: I’m pretty sure a Black person just made up the term because it sounds better than phat Black ass. But thanks anyway, for the compliment. Special thanks also, to all those people who have made my life that much more entertaining with your racist/hilarious comments that I’m sure someone in family history would find relatively insulting. But at the end of the day, as the King himself said, it don’t matter if you’re Black or White.
Scope Review Season of the Witch
Destroyer - Kaputt Before you stop reading this review, I must warn you: THIS IS NOT A METAL ALBUM. With a name like Destroyer, it is an easy assumption to make. As you are hopefully aware, I normally review metal. This album, however, could not be further from metal. This music is similar to some very slow early 90s tunes, which have taken influence from the more sombre 80s love ballads. Is this a good thing? To a metal listener, it is quite agonising to listen to this music. I need something with a bit more intensity to keep me occupied. However, if you are after some easy-listening lounge music, I would recommend listening to Kaputt. The vocalist, Dan Bejar, is a Canadian. Canada has produced some really good metal artists recently, but has failed as far as pop goes. (Canadians will surely be pissed at this, but I say “Deal with it, eh.”) This album has some good aspects (a lack of a Canadian accent), and is almost a soft spoken lyric. I read that his voice is similar to David Bowie, and I would have to agree. Is the music as good as Bowie’s though? Hardly. If anything, the vocals sound like a non-Pommie version of Just Jack (who did the track ‘Stars in their eyes’). I’m not saying that it’s bad music, by any stretch of the imagination. It is just odd music. This is a result of the ‘listenability’. I cannot pinpoint a specific time when this album would be suitable to listen to, except for when completely high. I’ll say straight from the get-go: I do not use, or even condone the use of drugs. However, if you are partial to the narcotics, then this album could be a great addition to your collection. Having had my spiel above, I also think that this album would be a good listen for those who like study music. There is nothing too outrageous to distract you from your task; but enough happens to ensure that you maximise your productivity. Essentially, it’s a win-win for the study-listeners out there. This album, all things being said, is actually quite good. I enjoy the introduction to ‘Suicide Demo for Kara Walker’ (once again, this is not a metal album). However, it would have been better as a separate instrumental track. When the song starts, it changes completely, thus warranting the separate instrumental track. If you have an hour spare in your day, and require a new album to fill the void, give Kaputt a chance. I’m quite certain you could find a place for it in your life. If I, as a metal fan, can appreciate it, then you certainly could.
Rating: 7.3/10 -- Peter Clayton
Behmen (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) are two 14th Century knights fighting in the Crusades. After deserting the army, the two knights discover Europe has been decimated by the Black Death and after being captured in a town, a Cardinal (Christopher Lee) ask them to escort a suspected witch (Claire Foy), blamed for the plague, to a monastery. At the monastery is the last Book of Solomon that will destroy her. With another knight (Ulrich Thomsen), a priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a teenager who wants to be a knight (Robert Sheehan) and a dodgy merchant (Stephen Graham) the knights accept the quest but question both the mission and what the girl really is. Season of the Witch is basically what would have happened if The Seventh Seal was made as a silly B-Movie. The relationship between Behmen and Felson and their characterisation is similar to Antonius and Jöns, but obviously without the intelligence or the depth of themes. Both sets of men are on a similar mission, battling an supernatural force and going through Europe during the height of the Black Death. But the issues of lose of faith felt very false in Season of the Witch. Dominic Sena, is a gun-for-hire director. He gets the job done and made a fast pace movie but with much of visual flair. The action scenes were standard, decent enough, but we have seen this all before. The fights were clean and quick, it was not like Ridley Scott’s brutal, realistic style, Zack Snyder violence comic-book style or Peter Jackson’s epic sense of filmmaking. Sena was unable to give this film any atmosphere and any horror moments are limply handled, done in that typical way of turning the music up really loudly. The humour was also weak and this is a film that is hard to take seriously. The acting in Season of the Witch was appalling. Cage just gave a lazy, phoned-in performance and many of the actors of seemed like they did not care (whoever thought he could play a Medieval knight should reevaluate their career in the film industry). The actors’ voices and looks were wooden and shows that none of them did not really care. It is made even more shameful because some of the talent who was involved. I would have though Perlman should have learnt from his from his experience with In the Name of the King and I would not be surprised if Cage earns an Razzie nomination. But there is some hope, Foy was able to show some range, playing someone who can be seem innocent to someone with menace. Foy was a decent bit of casting because of her young, girly look, but that is the only bright spark on the acting front. The script by Bragi F. Schut is a poor piece of work. The dialogue is laughable (in a bad way) the story is thin and characterisation is non-existence. We do not get to know anything about the characters and we simply see a bunch of clichés. He is not J.R.R. Tolkien or Robert E. Howard and shows what happens when a supernatural fantasy is not done properly and filled with plot-holes.
Rating: 2.8/10 -- Jessica Newman
trivia Logic Puzzles
TRIVIA 1. Why were Jaguar images and costumes outlawed by the Catholic church in the 17th century? 2. How many grooves are on the edge of a quarter? 3. In trucking circles, a ‘bumper sticker’ is what? 4. How many dots are on a pair of dice? 5. What is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card?
Fill in the missing numbers with the digits 1 to 9. A diamond shape in the middle means that the four numbers around it add to 20. Each uses a different way to add to 20, i.e. if there is already 1 + 3 + 8 + 9, then there will not be another using the digits 1, 3, 8 and 9 (in any order). The same digit isn’t allowed to touch, even diagonally.
HALF AGAIN AS BIG What is the smallest integer such that if you rotate the number to the left you get a number that is exactly one and a half times the original number? (To rotate the number left, take the first digit off the front and append it to the end of the number. 2591 rotated to the left is 5912.)
OLYMPIC SWIM TEAM Five swimmers (Adam, Brad, Carl, Doug, and Eric) have been preparing for the Olympics. It is now time for the swimming time trials. The five swimmers each compete in the four different strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle). The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the Olympic swim team in that stroke. Using the following clues, determine the order of finish in each of the four strokes. 1) Only one contestant qualified in all four strokes. 2) No contestant finished last in more than one event. 3) Adam finished better in the backstroke than he did in the butterfly. 4) Brad finished better than Doug in the butterfly. 5) Adam finished just behind Brad and just ahead of Eric in the breaststroke. 6) Doug finished just ahead of Carl in the freestyle. 7) Neither Brad nor Eric finished third in any event. 8) Eric’s finish in the backstroke was the same as Doug’s in the butterfly. 9) Doug only finished in the same position in the backstroke and the freestyle. 10) Carl finished in a different position in each event. 11) Brad finished only two events in the same position. 12) The contestant who finished second in the butterfly beat Doug in the freestyle. 13) The contestant who finished first in the freestyle did not qualify in the backstroke. 14) The contestant who finished fifth in the backstroke did not finish third in the butterfly. 15) No contestant finished in the same position in both the breaststroke and the butterfly.
The Miller next took the company aside and showed them nine sacks of flour that were standing as depicted in the sketch. “Now, hearken, all and some,” said he, “while that I do set ye the riddle of the nine sacks of flour. And mark ye, my lords and masters, that there be single sacks on the outside, pairs next unto them, and three together in the middle thereof. By Saint Benedict, it doth so happen that if we do but multiply the pair, 28, by the single one, 7, the answer is 196, which is of a truth the number shown by the sacks in the middle. Yet it be not true that the other pair, 34, when so multiplied by its neighbour, 5, will also make 196. Wherefore I do beg you, gentle sirs, so to place anew the nine sacks with as little trouble as possible that each pair when thus multiplied by its single neighbour shall make the number in the middle.” As the Miller has stipulated in effect that as few bags as possible shall be moved, there is only one answer to this puzzle, which everybody should be able to solve.
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The forwards hunted as a pack and dominated Nerang in every aspect, winning scrums against the feed and gaining turnover ball throughout the match. The forwards all played a great game; and special mention must go to Liam Collins for having a great game at prop. Dave Kapa also deserves mention for his barnstorming runs through the Nerang defence, allowing Sam Jones to come home with the try after some fantastic support play.
The win was saddened by the injury to halfback Casey Anderson, which unfortunately meant the game was called off with 10 minutes remaining. Casey has since recovered and we all hope that he can be back playing in a few weeks.
The backs struggled against the wind all day, but still proved that they could be a handful for any team in this competition. David Tyquin
Overall, the weekend saw a positive result for Bond, which shows that we can grind it out against our opposition and that we are a team to be reckoned with as we continue to improve in the coming weeks.
played a great game on the wing with some line breaks and it is great to see him playing for Bond. Jeremy Cope, on the other wing, had an equally impressive game, stepping through the Nerang backline to score Bond Uni’s second try.
Bond University Beat Nerang bulls After the narrow loss of the first game of the season, Bond Uni was looking to make amends and get results deserving of the hard efforts put in at training throughout the semester. This was achieved this weekend against Nerang, as Bond posted a hard fought 13-3 victory.
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Bond University Golf Club The Bond University Golf Club is a student based sporting club that offers members of the University a variety of golfing experiences. The aim of the Club is to encourage students to participate in golf, whether they have never picked up a club or are a seasoned veteran. We can, therefore, offer events to all students and staff members; whether a beginner’s clinic, social weekly golf; or the chance to represent Bond at the upcoming Northern and Australian University Games. The Club was founded on humble beginnings in the early 1990’s, however, the previous year has seen us grow to new levels. The Club now runs 2-3 events each semester, as well as offering golf clubs for hire to students of the University. The Golf Club is also seeking players for the upcoming University Games competitions. If you would like to play, please contact us for training times and further information.
This week the Club is proud to present the semesterly ‘Under Par Golf Day’.
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When: This Friday (1st April) Where: Emerald Lakes Golf Club
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Time: 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Format: 2 ball Ambrose (pairs event) Cost: $30 SAM/$50 NON-SAM - This includes dinner and prizes for the winning team. Tickets: Available at Wednesday by the Water and Thursday 10-1 under the arch. Should you have any further enquires, please contact: James Rutty email@example.com 0434 255 464
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One minute with...
Name: Bella Baldwin Degree: Law and Film & TV What do you think is your spirit animal? I feel quite compatible with void walker – you summon them from the Twisting Nether and they make good minions. Phobias? Growing up and being ordinary, ie. housewife, 2.5 kids and a Volvo. I’d much rather ride a bareback turtle in the ocean with my merman lover. Describe your ideal man? He’s got fins, that’s for sure. Haha just kidding. Ideally I’d describe my boyfriend, but, let’s be honest, if he were ten feet taller and part werewolf that would be fucking cool. And lighting bolts for eyes and instead of arms he has giant cobras instead. The cobras won’t bite me because he loves me. What is your pet peeve? People who claim to be farmers but they live on hobby farms. They may have two cows and an acre of land and they pretend to be farmers. They pretend they can drive tractors when they drive shitty little ride-on mowers. Bitch please, I ride tractors. It only counts if it’s John Deere.
If you were God for a day, what would you do? I would give human beings gills, not for the deep and meaningful global warming purposes. It would be really cool if we could chill in the coral reefs and not have to come back up for air. Underwater sex would be painful though, so you’d have to resurface to fornicate. Ideal Christmas present? I have a bad habit of trying to go for everything so it will be a combination of everything. It will be like a magical teleportation machine that doubles as an iPhone 4 and it came with a small gimp to do all my law tutorials for me. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Bisexuality, because that way you could be attracted to both sexes and you’re not limited to finding your soul mate in half of the world’s population. But I’m way too attracted to men. Seriously though, I want to be able to talk to animals like Eliza Thornberry. If you could talk to animals, you could persuade them to do things that people with superpowers could do.