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In This Issue

Introduction Creating a Better Campus Our Joint Project What Do I See in Monash College? Jonia, East Timor and Monash College (and Sergio’s Story) Joannah’s Magnificent Spinning Wheel Our Indigenous Culture A Helping Hand From Our Friendly Librarian Terry Tells Us About Australia and Did You Know? All About Engineering and Our Vox Pop Our Excursions Our Stories: Where Do We Come From? and Zyrha’s Inspiration Our Counsellor’s Corner Rock and Roll and Our Reviews Our Photo Gallery News Owls and Our Production Team


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Hello Everyone! Our Voice, the Winter/Spring edition (our fifth edition!) welcomes you to the coming warm and busy Australian Christmas season as we give you a peek of what has been going on around Monash College this past trimester. Our theme for this edition is ‘Where Do We Come From?’ We celebrate all the nationalities and cultures who mingle here at College–just one way Monash prides itself with an internationally diverse community. 'Where Do We Come From?' is all about intimately representing the strong sense of belonging we have to the places we have grown up in, and how all these fascinating places hold insights into ourselves and others about culture, love, longing, and the journeys that have brought us together. Our Voice is made up of many voices, it is also a voice for the voiceless, but most of all it is your voice, it is your own unique story that invites curiosity and wonder. Jack Y. Jones – Editorial Director


Creating a Better Campus As part of their practical studies in radio news production this past trimester, Journalism students interviewed Monash College Associate Director Adrian Puckering about planned changes for our classrooms. Big things are in store for us from this trimester with the implementation of plans to improve classrooms and facilities at Monash College aimed at improving the student environment. Arts and Engineering Associate Director Adrian Puckering told students during a specially convened press conference during

one of our mid trimester Journalism lectures that while the number of international students joining us is set to increase by 20 per cent, we can look forward to many developmental initiatives on campus. We will be able to make use of a new downstairs lecture theatre, new furniture, wall screens and flat TV screens as part of a multi-medium facility upgrade, Adrian says. “You will be able to bring your ipads and mobile phones to play images on the screens,� Adrian told us. While the facility development is scheduled to take place within this year, Adrian says there are more plans ahead for Monash College over


the next 10 years as international demand increases. (And if you are wondering where Adrian’s British accent comes from, he hails from York in the North of England. He has lived in Australia for the past nine years, and misses the pubs and beer from his homeland most of all.) This story was adapted from Monash College Radio News assignments by Mengfan Xu (Katherine) and Diana Pratiwi.

Our Joint Project Journalism and Business Diploma students have joined forces this trimester for an exciting new project under the guidance of their teachers Nathan Shafir and Myer Bloom. Nathan explains: During Trimester 2, Journalism 2 students have been involved in interviewing, filming and editing for a joint project with Business Diploma students. The process is part of a Transition Grant exercise that I have been appointed to undertake as a Marketing Teacher and Unit Leader at Monash College.

Journalism 2 teacher Myer Bloom and I have been working together to ensure that as part of their studies, where they must interview people, interactions with Business students will allow Journalism 2 students to develop and improve all the skills needed to for interviewing, filming and editing. Selecting Business students as the interviewees allows students from both Diplomas to gain a greater insight into what each group of students is doing.

students across a wide range of topics, mainly relating to what it is like living in Melbourne and studying at Monash College. Once completed and when collated, snippets from these interviews may possibly then be used by Monash College for promotional purposes (once all approvals have been sought and given.) The project has been of benefit to all students involved, with some very positive feedback being received.

The project has involved about 12 Business students giving their time to be interviewed by Journalism

The Transition Grant project will start again in Trimester 1, 2014.


What do I see in Monash College?

By Diploma of Arts student, Singaporean, Ching Chung Li, Joshua

Seasons come and go and Melbourne’s unpredictable weather encompasses the land. In the heart of Monash College, a vibrant educational environment caters for students from all around the world. Be it international or local students, they find College to be their second home. The warmth of companionship, the high quality of teaching and facilities encourage a healthy learning experience for the eager academics. Students can freely seek help when in trouble, finding solace and comfort that they are not alone on this journey of learning. Definitely, there are students of many varieties, from many backgrounds and cultures.

The rich diversity of cultures helps us learn new things day by day. From what I see, the majority of students tend to build stronger bonds with their classmates, as well as making friendships that grow from acquaintances with similar cultures. Students often dress looking smart, or casual, being stylish in any way they like. Although English is encouraged to be spoken in College, many find themselves resorting to using their mother tongue to their friends as a last resort. When friends from similar cultures come together, the feeling of homeliness instills greater levels of confidence in themselves to thrive in a new environment. Despite the differences between students, many are accepting of others, creating a harmonious world 6

within Monash College. Regardless of where they come from, or age or ethnicity, they find strength to endure hardships faced, thanks to the support of peers and teachers. What I see in Monash College, is a new beginning for students. No matter what students were like, they have a chance to start anew. From making new friends, becoming more mature while adding information to their knowledge bank; is part and parcel of College life. Monash College is a special place for each and every student who pass through its gates of learning. Students can surely reach the pinnacle of success as long as they try to.

Jonia, East Timor and Monash College

I enjoy my experience about living in Melbourne and I think it is the best place to study in Australia. It is a vibrant and multicultural city. I did browse online about this city before decided to study here and I have good friends who are studying here who are keen enough to share some information about Melbourne. The weather is a little bit crazy sometimes but I start to enjoy and get use to it. There are many free events throughout the year that can best fit everyone interest, very useful and informative. I have attended various events like fundraising, festivals, concert, and community gathering and volunteering that is really useful. Normally I got information about all of those events that best suit my interest online and from friends.

My experience at Monash College has been definitely better than high school, and well, I’d be rash to say that it is the best time I’m going to experience in my life, but it’s undoubtedly been a great experience. The first days in Monash were a bit confusing as I pictured something a bit different back in my country from what College actually is. Although I did not really enjoy the first week because of the integration we went through, I would lie if I say it was not useful. My English level was a concern to me since the first day as I knew that I was going to be talking to people whose English is way better than mine even though it is their second language as well. I was surprised when I spoke and people actually understood what I was saying, although not all the

In 2011 I received Australian Government scholarship to study in one of Australian University. I choose to study in Monash University because I know it is internationally recognized for its excellence and I hope I can use all the support and opportunity offered by Monash University to expand my knowledge that can direct me to my future goal and able to compete with others in the work field. I know Monash also offers student exchange program, internship, volunteering programs, student clubs and many more useful programs that I believe can add extra value to my knowledge and experience. I am also studying in Monash College as I believe this is a great pathway to Monash University. Attending orientation day is important as there are many important and useful information given. Honestly, I have left high school for few years and I do forget some materials that I studied at high school. I worked for about three years in East-Timor before coming to Melbourne and I found that coming back to school after working for few years quite challenging, as I am more used to more practical work. However, it should not be a big problem as I am here to learn and expand my knowledge in some relevant fields so does not matter how challenging it is I will love to study and just like the Monash University motto “Ancora Imparo, I am still learning.” Monash College staff members are really supportive and students are given opportunity to meet their tutor after class to discuss more about any topic

that might be difficult. Learning consultants are also available for consultation and have always being helpful.

times. But after a while I would say most students got used to speaking English. I say most cause surprisingly there is a wealth of students who can easily go through Monash speaking other language (Mandarin mostly). .. And to be honest, I may end up learning a bit of Mandarin. The staff and people in general were willing to help, which I found nice. And I would dare to say the thing I enjoy the most in Monash, and in Melbourne, is the different cultural backgrounds. For instance, I am in a class at the moment, where there is one Singaporean on my right, one Indonesian on my left, one Chinese in front of me, and an Australian teacher at the front of the class… Probably one of the advantages of being in a diverse environment is that we get a better understanding of

how someone else’s behaviours or attitudes towards different situation are. I still remember a class with Neeru, in which, she randomly asked a student something about his/her life. However, she did not give time to answer and later on she gave the answer to her own question. Neeru may not believe me, but I enjoyed that, as it made the class turn funnier…at least for me. Finally, if someone asks me what is the most challenging aspect I have faced in College. I reckon not only for me but many students would agree on saying, time management… I personally tend to procrastinate and then there is not enough time.


Beyond all the benefit I could get from studying in Australia, I miss my home and family in East Timor. I miss the beautiful mountains, pristine beaches, fresh coconuts along the beach and from its trees, the food stalls along the street, fresh chili and fish, and some traditional food which is hard to find here. I miss catching up with my high school friends and work colleagues back home. Timor is a tropical country and its really good for those who love to have sunbath while enjoying the beautiful view. If you love diving and pristine beaches, you will love Timor. We have the pride and commitment to build our country although there are huge challenges ahead. We share great responsibility to our family, community, society and our country. When I mentioned that I am from EastTimor most students at Monash College would start wondering where is EastTimor and some might guess, Istanbul? Well that sounds funny to me but well I would not be that surprised. However, It is great to meet friends from different countries at Monash College and share some differences and similarities that we might have and it is a great experience. Diploma of Business Student Jonia.

Diploma of Arts Student Sergio Perez (one of our valued South Americans)


Joannah’s Magnificent Spinning Wheel By Diploma of Arts students, Allan Goh and Linda Shen Psychology lecturer Joannah Cane’s passion for crochet has led her to spinning her own yarn from wool. She participated in this year’s Royal Melbourne Show with her spinning group. Her spinning group competed against others in a ‘sheep-to-shawl’ competition starting from shaving wool from a live sheep, to washing, spinning and finally knitting a shawl. Joannah only started spinning her own yarn a year ago, when a friend brought back a bag of unspun wool from Belgium as a souvenir. She uses a “queen wheel” and claims this is relatively easy to use. Trust us, it is not easy for beginners to find momentum and get the wheel spinning (We tried it for a long time!). Joannah laughs at her frustration when she first started, saying she took months to master how to control the wheel. Now she is an expert, who finds spinning yarn a stress relief while she requires only four to five hours to spin an entire 100 grams of wool into yarn. Joannah enjoys the control spinning her own yarn gives her, allowing her to mix different colours and textures of wool. Her next step after mastering crochet and spinning is to learn dying!


Our Indigenous Culture Former College student Harley Dunolly-Lee took time out from his university studies to talk to Diploma of Arts students Priyanka Sarma Kumar and Jack Yuan Jones about his Aboriginal heritage Being a student at Monash College provides lots of opportunities to meet different people from different races, religions and countries. But getting to know about people from other nations, we first need to know about Australians. A big opportunity for me was to meet a former Monash College student Harley Dunolly-Lee. Harley is a young Indigenous man who studied Academic Writing and Data Analysis at College last trimester. Interviewing him was really good and interesting as we got to find out a lot about the Indigenous people, their history, and traditional culture in Australia. Harley told us that Flinders Street in Melbourne CBD used to be a camping base for Indigenous people. Whilst we interviewed him about his experiences, Harley told us there is no Indigenous ‘dictionary,’ so he is trying to work on one. Interviewing him was a great opportunity as I got to know about Indigenous people around Australia and learn about their beautiful culture and society. He is a very good role model for Indigenous teenagers and is an inspiration. By Part I Diploma of Arts Student, Priyanka Sharma (congratulations Priya on your first journalistic interview!) When I first came to Australia about three years ago, I don’t remember seeing any Indigenous Australians, or maybe I had but I just didn’t realize it. After all, there are people of many races in Australia, and to be frank, I knew nothing about Indigenous Australians. The only thing I thought I could be sure of was that Indigenous Australians were all dark skinned. Only recently did I discover that this isn’t the case. Yes, this is embarrassing but sadly quite true, and I think it only indicates that people need to learn more about

Indigenous Australians. Well, if you’re anything like me then you really do need to know more about Indigenous Australians. I was lucky enough to meet Indigenous Australian Harley DunollyLee, who also has a European heritage. Harley’s Mum is English and Aboriginal and his Dad is LithuanianGerman. Harley told us that many years ago, his ancestors were forced onto a mission. A mission in this context is a place where Aboriginal people were made to live. They were forced to assimilate with a European way of life. A lot of Aboriginal people with half European blood were sent to the missions. This follows a history of racial segregation that included Aboriginal people being prohibited from voting in Australia until 1955. A lot has changed since then, however. Harley’s family is from central Victoria, near Bendigo, two and a half hours from Melbourne. He described in detail the valleys, rivers, and ferns in the area his ancestors first resided, (the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.) Harley is a member of the Dja Dja Wurrung Management team, and undertakes an important role in writing cultural heritage reports. Harley is now taking Linguistics and Archaeology at Monash University. He wants to start a dictionary specifically for the Dja Dja wurrung language, which is just one out of around 300 Indigenous Australian languages.( Harley says at present there is no community dictionary on the Dja Dja wurrung language group he is descendant from.) Harley also wants to teach Indigenous culture to both Indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, and he thinks non-indigenous students should learn about Aboriginal languages. You can have your first lesson today by learning how to say ‘are going 10

Harley’s ancestor Mr Thomas Dunolly, born circa 1852/6;-died 1923. Mr Dunolly’s actual birth date is unknown because he had no birth certificate, although Harley says there are certificates recording his marriage and death.

well?’ in Djadjawurrung: Dhelkayarr (pronounced thel-kaya) During our interview with Harley, I learnt about a ceremony that is performed specifically by the Djadjawurrung people, which involves wrapping a skull in possum skin and painting it with oka paint, while a didgeridoo (a traditional long wooden wind instrument) is played. . I also learned that Aboriginal people respect their ‘Aunties,’ ‘Uncles’ and elders. Harley says he has very close bonds with his cousins, aunties and uncles. What I found to be the best part of the interview was learning more about the Indigenous Australian history. What was very clear to me was Harley’s pride and connection to his Indigenous heritage. Meeting Harley was a great experience. I hope more people get a chance to learn more about Indigenous culture. By Part 2 Diploma of Arts student Jack Yuan Jones

Interviewing Harley

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Our Research Into Indigenous Culture Did you know that according to a United Nations fact sheet, there are about 370 million Indigenous people worldwide? From the Arctic to the South Pacific, they practice unique traditions within their own social, cultural, economic and political characteristics. The United Nations has developed a modern understanding of the term ‘Indigenous’ based on individual self-identification, community acceptance, historical significance, links to surrounding territories and natural resources, distinct language, culture, beliefs and ancestral connections. An Australian government website says there are several aspects to the Aboriginal culture, including an inherently close relationship with the land and the invention and adaption of ancient tools like stone and rock over time. There is a variety of Australian Indigenous arts including unique ceremonial performances such as musical songs and dance. By Introduction to Journalism students Carmen Chew, Ching Chung Li, Joshua, Jingya Xu, Yangyang Zhu, Zyrha Iranzo

Source: Accessed 3/10/2013


A Helping Hand From Our Friendly Librarian By Introduction to Journalism Students Nervous ‘newbies’ worried about an avalanche of research tasks, referencing, writing skills and perfect presentation as their first assignments drew near breathed a collective sigh of relief when Librarian for Monash College, Jenny Casey came to the rescue. Jenny visited the College Arts Workshop, Introduction to Journalism and Psychology classes to show students how to enrich their understanding of using Search, the Library’s catalogue, on-line databases, and various reference styles. “When Kathy {Monash College Journalism teacher} asked me to help her students I was more than happy to assist. It is really important that all students feel confident about finding and correctly referencing the resources they need for assignments. I also encouraged the students to always ask for help at the library if they need it,” Jenny said. Jenny patiently guided students through the cyber world of library websites helping them filter information in search for books and on-line sources that added great value to a range of resources. “Jenny was very patient in explaining the things that I had difficulties in understanding. Now I know how to reference and cite properly,” said Part 1 Introduction to Journalism student, Carmen Chew.

“Jenny explained the information with credibility. When we ask her about the footnotes, she immediately checked out the credible resources and got back to us,” said another Part 1 student, Irene Xu. Classmate Zyrha Iranzo added: “Jenny was friendly towards us and made sure we understood what we were doing with our work,” while Anton Abeyasinghe, also a Part 1 student commented: “Jenny’s guidance was very helpful for newbies, such as myself, in terms of referencing.” Part 1 Introduction to Journalism student, Congzhe Zhang summed up our sentiment: “We love you Jenny!” Contact Jenny at Matheson Library, Monash University Clayton Campus, Ph: 99024123 Email: Website: 13

TERRY tells us about

AUSTRALIA By Diploma of Arts student, Maisurah Mokhsin

Our Academic Writing teacher Terry Reilly had some interesting information to share with us about Australia during one of our Journalism tutorials last trimester. We really enjoyed the opportunity of interviewing him.

0.7 per cent, with Judaism at 0.4 per cent, Terry said.

Terry told us that while native Australians make up more than 35 per cent of the population, there are just over 36 per cent of English people here, followed by the Irish, with a decline to about 10 per cent. Next, is the Scottish at 8.5 per cent, then comes Italians, Germans and Chinese, all around the 4 per cent mark. Surprisingly, Aboriginal Australians only make up about 2.5 per cent of the population. The Greeks and Dutch number slightly over 1 per cent and Middle Eastern peoples only make up a small percentage, which is not recorded.

When I asked him how the infiltration of multiple cultures would benefit Australia, Terry replied, “It will help Australia to learn about other cultures, typically children who go to school with people from other cultures. They learn that other people think differently, they learn that other people can sometimes behave differently, they can learn that culture is important to people; culture gives meaning to people - it’s not just the Australian people. So if there were people from Singapore or Iraq, they’re going to learn that culture gives meaning; it’s an educational thing.”

“Australia is fundamentally a Christian nation, but not a strong church-going nation,” Terry said.

“For work or vocational, it’s a very good thing because when the Italians came here in the 1950s, there were many jobs a lot of Australians didn’t want to do.

While atheist and free-thinkers represent 18.7 per cent of the population, Roman Catholics number more than 25 per cent, followed closely by Christians at 19.4 per cent and Anglicans at 18.7 per cent. Terry told us there are Buddhist temples in Australia to cater for 2.1 per cent of Buddhists and he estimated that the Islamic population at 1.7 per cent may increase with more refugees. Hindus only represent

Therefore, the migrants, the Italians, took the labouring jobs, difficult jobs, hardworking jobs, and they work overtime and they build their families and they built their businesses here.” How is Australia accepting the ‘invasion’ of other cultures? Terry told us that migrants would try their best to learn English in order to 14

communicate and work with the locals. He said younger migrants would be able to adjust well because they go to school with a mixture of cultures. “As a young boy, I grew up wanting to meet other cultures, but I noticed a lot of my friends weren’t that keen. I don’t think a lot of Australians know how to mix with other cultures,” Terry said. “A life of a migrant is very, very difficult – extremely challenging.” However, if we look at all the restaurants and markets, we would see a variety of cuisines from all over the world. “There’s not really a thing called Australian food. It’s based on English diet, such as mashed potatoes, sausages, that sort of thing. You’ll see many Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, often run by Chinese people. But there are some Indonesian restaurants, some Spanish restaurants, plenty of Italian restaurants, and so on,” Terry shared.

This gives Australia a vast multicultural texture - “that’s good for business, good for culture, and has an educational thing to that as well.”

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Did You Know...

Maisurah in hijab leads students in a discussion with Terry about Australia.

What do you see when you look around campus? Have you noticed how multicultural we are? The closer you get to Monash College, you feel as if you are back home. Our researchers, Jessica Schadowsky and Jack Y. Jones, recently plowed through some statistics made available to us about where we all come from. Did you know that Monash College is home to about 38 nationalities? At the time of writing there were about 1000 diploma students at the college. Our top five nations are, China, followed by Indonesia, then Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka. But a percentage of diploma students come from a variety of countries from all over the world, such as Ecuador, Zambia, Kenya, Oman, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Kuwait, and much more! (Not to mention our bevy of local students!) Here’s what we found. There are 481 students from China, 183 from Indonesia, 85 from Singapore, 62 from Hong Kong, 50 from Sri Lanka, 46 from Malaysia, and Vietnam 28. We also have one representative from Ecuador, one from Chile, one from Uganda, one also from Italy, Kenya, Zambia, Laos, Mauritius, New Caledonia, and Colombia. and more... Two students are from Iran, seven from Bangladesh, two from Cambodia, 14 from South Korea, nine from the United Arab Emirates, seven from Macau, five from Taiwan, three from Burma, two from Nepal, three from Japan, two from Brunei, four from Pakistan, ten from Thailand, nine from India, two from Oman, three from Saudi Arabia, three from Kuwait, and two from United Kingdom. So the next time you pass by one of your international friends, why not say hello or hola, halo, konnichiwa, ni hao, neih hou, sa bai di, salaam, bonjour, hujambo, annyeonghaseyo?


All About Engineering Engineering Diploma team leader Hamid Khattak talks to our student reporter Jessica Schadowsky about where he comes from and what he does. Although, he never expected to be a teacher, he became a great one. Hamid Khattak is the Diploma of Engineering team leader at Monash College. He has a team of five fulltime teachers taking subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computing and Engineering Practiceto name a few. The Engineering Team oversees between about 130 to 150 talented young people who aspire towards Engineering careers. Like most of the cohort at Monash College, Engineering students come here from far and wide. “Most of my students come from China,” Hamid said, “we also have students from the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Indonesia as well as Australia.” Once they have attended classes in the Engineering Diploma at College, students have a variety of options in several Engineering fields. As for Hamid, he hails from the city of Islamabad Pakistan, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology. Hamid moved with his family wife Yasmin and children Malaika and Haiyaan to Brisbane, in 2001 where he studied Engineering and Computer sciences at Queensland University of Technology. Afterwards, the Khattaks moved to

Sydney, where Hamid worked at a high school and TAFE for around two years. Then it was on to the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain a city near Dubai , where he worked for five years at the Higher Colleges of Technology where he helped establish an Engineering department at the women’s campus. “We initially conducted separate classes for men and women, but then we were able to run mixed classes for the very first time in the history of those colleges,” Hamid said. From the UAE, Hamid took on a new challenge managing Engineering Diploma courses at Victoria University in Melbourne. Hamid accepted an offer to join Monash College in September, 2012. Engineering students have been lucky enough to benefit from some of Hamid’s initiatives such as a visit to the Australian Synchrotron and Monash Motor Sport as part of Engineering Week, held in week four (of every trimester for those of you who might be interested to attend next time!) “This trimester in addition to Engineering Week we are starting the Engineering Club, and we have named it ‘Discover Engineering at Monash College.’ Membership is open for all at the moment,”said Hamid. For further details, contact Hamid on Hamid.Khattak@monashcollege. Ext 34693.

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Our Excursions Trip to Phillip Island Story by Tapashya, Piya, Yohanes Kevin Chandra, Keng Yang Xuan (Carlos) and Jessica Schadowsky

Monash College organised a day trip to Philip Island for international students to explore the sites of Victoria, on Saturday, 27 July. Students were taken to different locations on the way. “As it is my first time in Australia, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to go to places and see more of the country. The trip was a great experience.”, says Diploma of Arts student, Jessica Schadowsky.

Towards the evening students headed for the ocean shore and saw penguin groups returning to their nests. “It was a great experience to see the smallest penguins in the world in their own habitat!,” Journalism student, Yohanes Kevin Chandra.

The first stop was Maru Koala and Fauna Park where students had the chance to see Australian Wildlife upclose and hand feed wallabies, koala bears and kangaroos. After a 15 minute drive students arrived at the popular beach side resort San Remo for lunch before heading out to the island. Students were then treated to the sites around scenic rock formations, the Nobbies, and the Nobbies Visitor Centre where they learned about marine life in the area and went for a stroll along the boardwalk, where they saw many penguin nests along the coast. They were lucky enough to see seals swimming around the island.

Pictures by Diploma of Arts Journalism student Jessica Schadowsky


Budding journalists interview Monash Mayor

Monash College Diploma of Arts students were delighted to go on excursion to Monash City Council and interview Mayor Micaela Drieberg on Tuesday July 30. Melbourne born Sri Lankan Councillor Drieberg, 34, has been working in health and welfare for more than ten years. She told students she was first elected to local government at 29, making her one of the youngest councillors in the history of Monash City. Students received plenty of information for their ‘hard news’ assignment as they discussed a lot of local concerns during their press conference with the mayor, including problem gambling, disability issues, smoking, recycling, and drug and alcohol consumption. Cr Drieberg answered every question patiently and offered great insight into her work and the dealings of local government. Students certainly benefited from this excursion, gaining necessary information to improve their interview skills and confidence. “It was a valuable experience to visit local council and have a nice interview with the Mayor. I would like to have more activities like this,” Minshen said. “It was an awesome journey! Although I was a little bit nervous, I completed my first interview and gained some basic journalistic skills” Katherine commented. “It is a big challenge for students who want to be journalists to have such a chance to interview councillors face to face. I think students can get more insight after this experience, “Ori said. Cr Drieberg is one of many speakers who have presented to Monash College students as part of excursions to provide real-life skills and industry experiences valuable to students’ future careers.

Simulated News Room Journalism students got a first hand look at how news rooms function when we went on excursion to a simulated news room as part of the recent Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

about the process of editing news before publication or broadcast.” All agreed it was a great way to spend a Saturday night!

It was a warm spring Saturday night when about 20 students joined Arts teachers Kathy Buchanan, Peter Gregory and Melanie Speldewinde at the Wheelers Centre in Melbourne’s CBD for a whirlwind experience that took us through the decisions made about news worthy stories and how they are put together. Top Australian journalists including Gay Alcorn, Sophie Black, Wendy Harmer and Jonathan Green set up a mock news room conference and took us through the paces from discussion to negotiation with reporters at the scene of a story and finally an impressive video web hook up hosted by Jonathan and Wendy. Part 2 student Jessica, who was busily taking photographs said she was impressed with commentator Dennis Muller who sat on the sidelines of proceedings, commenting every so often on ethical issues raised. “I learned more that’s for sure…there were some ethical situations that were raised that I didn’t even know about and to see it being applied in a scenario was insightful,” Jessica said. Commenting on the excitement when a news story is packaged, Yohannes said “Everyone talked at the same time so it was a bit hard to understand but we could still get the idea about how it all worked.” Part One student Lorenzo added: “my feeling about the news room is that it was interesting because the five people involved were talking and discussing hot news topics.”

cold winter’s morning in Melbourne. This film portrayed 21st century teenagers living their lives. Alcohol, drugs, parties and the effects on teenagers was dealt with in a serious way, as well as the topics of jealousy and fighting were part of the film plot, leading to the murder of a young man. The experience of seeing a film at a major film festival was very exciting. We film studies students highly recommend all young people to see this dramatic film ‘What Richard Did’ when you get a chance! And please do let us know what you think of it!!

From Batman to Beauty … Film Students find Affinity with the Moving Image In August, Monash College Part 1 Arts Diploma students attended a film showing at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in the heart of the city. Melanie Speldewinde’s Film Studies students went on an excursion to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) cinema to watch the screening of ‘What Richard Did’ made by a young Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson. It was part of the Next Gen programme for senior secondary students. The ACMI cinema was fully booked with only a few seats left. Luckily enough, Monash College had pre-booked the tickets for the students, allowing us the best seats in the house. However, we found it interesting that last minute festival attendees were still able to view the screening, with the help of the some friendly theatre staff, who used torches (which acted as eyes) to locate empty seats.

Another Part One student Carmen joined in a flurry of networking students after the simulated newsroom to meet with our instructors for the evening.

The theatre itself was one of the biggest any one of us had ever seen. The immensity of the theatre and the festival atmosphere was thrilling; everyone was feeling excited. It was almost as if all movie lovers had gathered in the one theatre, sharing the electric feeling of a collective media experience.

“I met Sophie Black at the end of the conference. She was really friendly as she explained further

The film by Abrahamson, who has yet to make a name for himself in the movie industry, entertained us on a


(As you can see from the billboards behind our students in the pictures, there was a lot of Hollywood glamour around the event too. No doubt you all know who the dude in the mask with ears is, but what about the beautiful lady? It’s Audrey Hepburn a famous movie star from last century) Carmen and Ella

Where do we come from?

By Diploma of Arts student, Zyrha Iranzo The Abode of Peace A country not well known to the world, Negara Brunei Darussalam. “Negara” means ‘country’ in Malay while “Darussalam” means ‘abode of peace’. My abode lies on the northwest coast of exotic Borneo. Bordered by the Malaysian states of Sarawak and on the west, by the South China Sea. The country is 5, 765 sq. km of land, most of which is still covered by rich tropical rain forest. The majority of this is still virgin rainforests holding a large variety of flora and fauna along with eagles, hornbills, bears, civets, snakes, butterflies, pitcher plants and the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia. Pictures sourced from Google Images

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I come from a southern city, Foshan, in China’s Guangdong province. It sits in a sub-tropical region with a pleasant climate all year round. Foshan was built circa 4500 to 5000 years ago, and gained its fame during the Tang dynasty, 1300 years ago, when it started to be known for manufacturing, business and culture. This trend was well maintained and developed later during the Ming dynasty, from the 14th century to the 17th century. By then, Foshan established its leading status in manufacturing and business along with three other cities separately located in Huhan province, Jiangxi province and Henan province. Among the products exported from Foshan to other parts of China, metal work, Knitting material and medicine are widely and mostly loved. Another thing to be mentioned is that Foshan is one of the few cities in China respected as Kungfu Town. In this city once lived Wong Fei Hung, the master of Hong Style boxing and Yip Man, master teacher of the legendary Bruce Lee. By: Diploma of Business student Weiyu Dai


Diploma of Arts student Joshua Ching

Carmen Chew, Diploma of Arts Student

Diploma of Arts Student Priyanka Sharma

I come from Singapore, a multicultural society. Singapore consists mostly of Chinese people followed by Malays and Indians, and many other races living in harmony. My homeland is a rather westernised combination of both city and country. Singapore is a small nation, roughly over 40 kilometers in length. The weather is usually hot and humid, as part of a tropical region lying on the equator. It is an international hub for businesses with multiple global brands. Lacking natural resources we depend heavily on human resources to grow our economy. Singapore is a very competitive society because most people want to lead comfortable lives. Education is an important aspect in our pursuit of a better quality of life. As I can speak and write both English and Mandarin I did not have major problems adapting to Melbourne; although I do miss the variety of food back home. I live in ‘home stay’ so now I am eating lots of pasta and western food. Sometimes I miss the hot weather because it can be really cold in winter here.

I come from Malaysia. No offence to any of my Malaysian friends but, to be honest, my home country does not shine as much as other countries do. So I have to take the challenge and go for something more pleasing to the eye. The three most recognized races in Malaysia are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. Despite all sorts of pollution, Malaysia is a great place to be. Many different races live together, though at times, it’s not easy to fight for harmony.

Singapore is a very small country but it has everything that a citizen needs and it does not makes us feel like we are missing out on things just because of its size.. The majority of Singapore’s population is Chinese but the first settlers were Malays. Our national anthem is in the Bahasa Melayu language as a reflection of Singapore being once part of Malaysia. The founder of Singapore was a man named Sir Stamford Raffles. At the prime areas in Singapore, there are still statues of him around depicting about how he found this little country.

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I would not deny that one of the most beautiful things of the Malaysian culture is that there are actually people striving for peace with grace, strength and unity. These quotes from my fellow citizens caught my attention and gave me goose bumps: “I am not Chinese, I am Malaysian.” “I am not Malay, I am Malaysian.” “I am not Indian, I am Malaysian.” At the end of the day, no matter how disappointing it can be, I would still look back at the people who stayed and worked for a better country and be proud to be a Malaysian. Malaysia might just be the place to visit- for a little while at least. Image source: razgriz2520


Despite being a small country, Singapore is a very multi-cultural and every festival from many religions are celebrated. Everyone is given an equal right. Tourists usually love visiting Singapore because of the warm weather, good food and amazing shopping. Despite being a small country, it has all the latest facilities like the recently opened universal studios and two casinos. I can go on and on about how amazing it is so my advice is that you all should come and visit Singapore to have the best time of your life. It’s just a small dot on the map but once you get into it, it’s not that tiny anymore. Image source: retrieved from photos/edwin11 [Accessed 18/09/2013]

Our Stories WE ARE THE NEWS OWLS It all began with one of our classmates, Ella, during our Introduction to Journalism class sharing about her terrifying experience with an owl. It was. “I was walking home from uni late one night and I saw an owl on a fence. It was just looking at me and I yelled out ‘I wasn’t expecting you!’” said Ella. Just then, our teacher, Kathy had her Eureka moment and we earned our name as “The News Owls”. Since then, we started to take flight... The name “The News Owls” has many meanings to us. We started to use our nocturnal skills and applied our knOWLedge from the start of the trimester and branched out in making our own mark on this newsletter. Not only have we learned about the basics of journalism, we now have a bird’s eye view of what it is like to be a journalist. We have consulted with Mae the Monash College Counsellor, Jenny Casey our librarian and met with a journo dude Peter Gregory who tutors Journalism 1 with Kathy and gave us advice about how to soar in the news industry. Apart from the corny references made throughout this article, we truly have learned to explore the wilderness of “news” out in the world and seek out the predators in life’s real stories.

For now we are happy to rest and keep on learning in the nest that we have built with much sweat and blood at Monash College! The type of owl that Ella saw that fateful night was dark coloured, grey or brown, with glaring yellow eyes. It was the size of a small cat. It made no sound as it watched Ella run turn tail to take the flight of her life... Story by: Anton Abeyasinghe, Carmen Chew, Joshua Ching, Ella Kacar, Priyanka Sharma, Tiffany Wang and Khaleesa Zaidan

Our Vox Pop Is there enough security on campus? Christine from Diploma of Arts, 19, from Indonesia

“No, I don’t think it is necessary to have more security, it is safe enough. But the lighting is too bad around the bus loop. Walking in dark is not safe.” Keeseng from Diploma of Business, 18, from Malaysia “No, it is safe enough in day time but I haven’t been here in night.”

Zyrha’s Inspiration Our gorgeous Introduction to Journalism student Zyrha Iranzo was travelling on a train to visit her sister the other day when she was inspired to jot down some thoughts about the estimated seven billion people in the world and her future. “Whenever I hear about bad things around the world, it makes me want to do something for the future. I want to be an inspiration for people around me and the next generation. Like my sister and I always discuss, if you want to change things, you need to take action, as actions speak louder than words.” Zyrha said. That day on the train, Zyrha was so inspired she had to write her words down. But she couldn’t get to her notebook, which was at the bottom of her bag. She only had a pen in her hand. So she used her pen to write her words of inspiration on her hand. Read Zyrha’s words in “Voice for the voiceless” below: Voice for the voiceless Seven billion people Be a voice for the voiceless Be a light to someone’s future Give hope to those who are hopeless Help the helpless Create a better society for a better future Be an inspiration for the next generation Take action, for your action speaks louder than your words Don’t let them suffer alone Don’t let them hide in the dark How good will it be, if we all live in peace and harmony We all long for a fair and just world Where hopes and dreams come true Where bloodsheds, tears and suffering stops Become a voice for the voiceless Let your voice be heard. By: Zyrha Iranzo

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Our Counsellor’s Corner Welcome to our initiative to encourage students to discuss Wellbeing and Mental Health issues via a Q&A platform with student counsellor Mai Tham. Students are encouraged to send Mai questions about relevant topics. Mai will endeavour to answer them from a counselling perspective in the spirit of positivity and hope. The newsletter committee reserves the right to select questions. Hi Mai! We have been wondering, why is it that sometimes we feel the need to skip class? What are some of the best ways to help us avoid skipping classes? Students skip classes for varied reasons- personal, academic, social and environmental. From a psychological perspective, we can gain further understanding of the reasons if we look at the motives - what is being “avoided” by not coming to class and or is there a more “rewarding or attractive” option outside of class. Boredom is a common stated reason for avoiding or skipping class, particularly if the subject matter is not interesting to the student or the way the information is delivered does not match preferred learning styles. With the availability of the lectures on-line, students may not feel the necessity of attending some classes. Attractive options may include the student’s ability to attend to competing demands such as going to the gym, meeting up with friends, de-stressing or working at home on an assignment that is due. Poor time management may see the student running late. So the student might decide to skip the class. It is also not unusual for students to experience the mid term or semester “slump” when it can be a struggle to be motivated and interested in studies. It gets tiring to have the same routine and maintain consistent attendance and performance.

The best way students can avoid skipping classes is to make the learning experience a personal one. Ask yourself how can I make this boring class interesting for me? What is one thing I can find that will make me interested? Find personal value in the learning experience that classes offer. One way to do this is to view learning as more than just gaining information. Look at it as preparing you for life. The classroom is a microcosm of the world where you learn tolerance – of the boredom, of each other. Every question, comment, group discussion and group project provides opportunity for learning not just the subject matter but more about yourself how you think, feel or behave towards something or someone, relate, solve a problem and deal with challenges. These are qualities that future employers value just as much as your knowledge of your field of study. Hi Mai, In troubled times, when we have problems who are the best people to turn to, your friends or professional advisors? Both groups are important when we are seeking support. Friends whom you trust can be great shoulders to cry on. They may know more about you and can be brutally honest when they challenge you to change habits or behaviours which they feel are 23

dragging you down. They do so from the wisdom of their own experience or bias. Remember the time when your best friend told you to drop your girlfriend or boyfriend because he or she didn’t like him or her? Professional advisors are trained to be objective, offer you a deeper and broader perspective of the problem and solutions and have the wisdom of age and experience. Talking to a professional who is caring and helpful can be a nurturing experience, particularly if your relationship with your own parents is strained or fractured. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Mai works at the Clayton Campus in Room G.16 and at the City Campus in Room 3b on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm. While drop-ins are possible, appointments are encouraged and can be booked by contacting Mai via email on:

This column was prepared with the assistance of Part 1 Diploma of Arts students, Anton Abeyasinghe, Carmen Chew, Zyhra Iranzo, Tiffany Wang, Jingya Xu and Congzhe Zhang.

Our Reviews This is a question I ask myself practically everyday. Cos I go to some of my friends and they ask me “Have you heard of so and so DJ?” or “Have you heard the bass on this song?” and I listen to it. Give it ten to fifteen seconds maximum to find out it’s some random screwing around with a computer and a turntable who probably can’t even play a real instrument. Trust me. I respect DJs and the art of DJ-ing and it has its own place. However, it seems this is taking over the world and the world is turning into a place where people only listen to the deep bass beats and some squiggly, scribbly lyrics (Yes I’m referring to Equinox by Skrillex). Suddenly, anyone who has a computer and a synthesizer is called a MUSICIAN! But fear not my fellow rock cravers. While trance, dubstep and all those genres have been pumping out song after song using electronic methods such as autotune. (Oh yeah Nicki Minaj. We know!) We have bands like Airbourne, Halestorm, Slash and Myles Kennedy, Avenged Sevenfold taking their time behind these posers who call themselves artists and writing real music using actual instruments. I can name a few songs such as “Black Dog Barking” (Airbourne), “Hail to The King” (Avenged Sevenfold) and even classic rock like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by the timeless Guns ‘n’ Roses. Rock ‘n’ Roll isn’t given the place it should in society today. These days it is very much an underground scene where there are lots of new and talented bands playing in two bit clubs and pubs because electronic genres are hogging the music picture. The audience of rock music has changed as well. This is partly

because of their unreal expectation that every band will look and sound the same as they did two years ago. For example, Avenged Sevenfold was interviewed on Metal Hammer radio in August and the first question the host fired off towards lead singer, M Shadows, was “a lot of people have been asking, what’s with the hair?” (This is because the lead singer had an almost bald hair cut and now he has shoulderlength hair.) The question I want to ask the audience is “WHAT’S WITH YOU?” The bands are about music. Bands are MADE because they have the talent and passion to make good music and after listening to Avenged Sevenfold’s latest album “Hail to The King”, I believe it comes from a very 24

deep and meaningful place with impeccable lyrics with NO reference to hair and a different approach, which is the band exploring their boundaries. Sorry people. BUT I know there are people out there who head bang to Metallica’s “Kill ‘em All” album everyday including myself armed with a guitar. And as Airbourne says, “You know I’m never backing down, IT’S A GENERATION WAR!!!” SOLDIER ON ROCK ‘N’ ROLLERS!! AND ANYONE ELSE, YOU’VE WON THE BATTLE BUT YOU WILL NEVER WIN THE MUSIC WAR!! Anton Abeyasinghe

Name: Pop Evil Genre: Heavy Metal Likes of: Papa Roach These guys are the guys you wanna listen to when you wake up to get yourself pumped for the day. As a matter of fact, I DO! They are a tight band and have tight riffs. ‘Nuff said. Name: David Garrett Genre: Classical with a twist Likes of: No one like him Here’s a new one. He got his first record deal when he was THIRTEEN!!! He is of German origin and had his career handed to him on a silver platter. Unlike most of us, he didn’t like it. For a violinist, he’s pretty bad ass. He applied for college in New York without telling his parents and left. His weapon of choice being a 1.5 million dollar violin, he tends to woo the crowds by playing songs like “Smells like teen spirit” (originally by Nirvana) on violin and a rock band backing him. Killer tracks: “Masters of Puppets”, “Vivaldi vs Vertigo” Images sourced from: com/photos/9390963@N03/5426037510/in/ photolist-9gtRUS-9gtQpU-9gtQD7-9gtUKu9gqLUD-9gqPW4-9gtRQS-9gqP9x-9gtVeG9gtRbh-9gqKte-9gtQHo-9gqLxT-9gqLPF9gqJCF-9gtSdW-9gtUAL-9gtSWC-9gqLsR9gtVCm-9gqK7i-9gtQNh-9gtVno-9gtWjE9gqJP8-9gtUtJ-9gtQkG-9gqKxc-9gtWdN9gtUiL-9gqMB6-9gqPjv-9gqNRD-9gtVZ59gqM8k-9gqQAg-9gtSvA-9gqPpg-9gqLBn9gqQg4-9gtVGJ-9gtUZY-9gtVQY-9gqMvt9gqQ3R-9gqKAV-9gtW8h-9gtQaE-azPCrXazPsQv-azPqAc by Mari Smith

Killer Tracks: “Boss’s Daughter”, “Trenches”, “Last Man Standing”, “100 in a 55” Images sourced by: http://jackson.metromix. com/music/standard_photo_gallery/pop-evillive-2/2455083/content by Dane Carney

Name: Flipsyde Genre: Rap, Hip Hop Likes of: Limp Bizkit, Hilltop Hoods One day I happened to be flipping through the library audio cd collection and I saw this cover. Me being a fan of silhouette art, I borrowed it. Then me being a muso, I of course, listened to it. And DAMN WAS IT WORTH IT!! I’m not a big fana of rap music but this was a different kind and I was hooked. They mix the traditional instruments such as classical guitar and rap and it’s a combo I for one had never heard of. It goes without saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”!! Killer tracks: “Spun”, “Laserbeam”, “Flipsyde” Images sourced from: music/Flipsyde/+images/56076233 published by thamyresviana

Name: Deap Vally Genre: Blues Rock Likes of: Gray Clark Jr, White Stripes Don’t let those pretty faces fool you! These girls can rock your socks off if you let them. The distorted blues produced by their drum and ’76 Fender Mustang is EARGASMIC! These girls have made a lot of progress from playing in small clubs to touring around the world and hitting Australia TWICE in the same year, debuting in April then coming back in June to play the “Splendour in the Grass” festival. GIRL POWER!!! Killer tracks: “Gonna Make My Own Money”, “Baby I Call Hell” Images sourced from: photos/7601902@N03/9248026304/in/ photolist-f6dy2o-f6dAMm-f6dyVh-eRFJAueXd3Ju photoby Jaswooduk


Name: Halestorm Genre: Heavy rock/Metal Likes of: Heart, Hinder This band was originally started off as a cover band writing their own material. In their second album “The strange case of Halestorm” revealed their true colours as a tight, heavy rock band and also being able to play soft songs that you can relate to. Their live concerts are full of energy and their songs are full of punch they will have you hooked from the first track. Killer tracks: “Freak Like Me”, “Familiar Taste of Poison”, “Beautiful With You”

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Our Production Team Thank you to our News Owls Crew (Introduction to Journalism students and one teacher):

Carmen Chew

Ching Chung Li, Khaleesa Joshua Zaidan Jingya Xu

Priyanka Sharma D/O Rajinder Kumar

Zhu Yangyang

Anton Praveera Abeyasinghe

Ella Kaรงar

Kathy Buchanan

Zhang Congzhe

Zyrha Iranzo

Source: Retrieved and adapted from Special thanks to Ching Chung Li, Joshua for invaluable advice and expertise with page production, editing and digital construction.

THANK YOU TO OUR JOURNALISM 1 REPORTING CREW! Lee Sung Jin Zheng Kein Sergio Perez Rivera Jittimit Natthanich Chen Zhengliang Tapashya Piya Gan Jia Min Tang Runmei

Gua Yang Katherine Shu Wang Yuqian Keng Yang Shuen Guo Jia Let Thi Huyen Tram Pratiwi Diana

Zhang Wenjia Yohanes Chandra Kuang Minshen Yi Shichong Yap Yen San Chen Dantong Sharma Ghimire Gaurav An Xio Jia Shuai Wang Lei Mohamed Mokhsin Siti Maisurah Binte Wenyu Qiaoshan Wang Zhang


Qi Minmin Chan Shu Nam Xu Mengfan Jessica Schadowsky Lian Yifei Zhou Yang Betty and Freya.

Newsletter Committee:

Staff Representatives: Chief Editor: Kathleen Buchanan Editorial Liason: Juliette Barreau Nathan Shafir, Myer Bloom Art and Design Coordinator: Dorothy Kapetopoulos

Student Representatives: Editorial Director: Editorial Sub-Committee Members: Art and Design Team:

Jack Y. Jones Carmen Chew, Zhyra Iranzo, Jessica Schadowsky Maria Antony, Noubelle Noble, Ruosi Xiang (Rose)

And special thanks for extra assistance from Monash College Staffers: Joannah Cane, Peter Gregory, Hamid Khattak Terry Reilly, Peter Stahli and Adrian Puckering.

Dorothy Kapetopoulos

Jack Y. Jones

Kathleen Buchanan

Noubelle Noble, Maria Antony and Ruosi Xiang (Rose)

Juliette Barreau

Zhyra Iranzo

Carmen Chew


Nathan Shafir

Jessica Schadowsky

Myer Bloom

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Our Voice Spring 2013  

October edition of Our Voice - Monash College's student publication.

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