112 ISSUE 27 WEEK 7
Bond University's Weekly Student Publication
Inside: top 20 movie hates reality tv news of the world refugee debate
Weekly Busa Report
News of the World
Daniel’s Emails from the Grave
One Minute With...
Andra.Nasrie..............Chief of Staff
Jorja.Wallace.........................Editor Milly.Arsic................. Sub Editor
Mona.Mizikovsky ................. Sub Editor Shannan.Smith ................. Sub Editor
Mitch.Hammer....................Designer Kenny.Kagiah ...........Photographer
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Editor's Report I’m back! First and foremost, check out this new space that I inhabit. Yes, we’ve gone for another facelift, this time on the contents page. It’s hella brilliant, and I wonder why we didn’t do this sooner. This week’s edition is the perfect showcase to why I hold Scope’s sub-editors in high regard. Milly, Shannan, and Mona were given creative freedom this week, and they did not disappoint. Milly starts things off with ‘Top 20 Movie Hates’ on page four. I must admit that I also hate actors who can’t act. If actors can’t act, they’re just people. Shannan reckons reality TV isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. Sure, it’s probably all scripted (have you noticed they always talk in present tense when they’re one-on-one with the camera?) but it’s all for a bit of fun. I myself am a MasterChef addict. Go Kumar! Finally, Mona’s back with another of her sideways look at current world affairs. If you don’t find Big Macs appealing, how about a little furry earless rabbit? From China. You may also notice the photo pages are dominated by LSA affairs. How can they not be, considering everything was Ratio this Let’s Get Legal that last week. On that note, congratulations to the Ratio ticket, your new LSA. Before you get too excited, I must mention that I will move back up to the sky (which is apparently the limit around here) to oversee Scope’s production next week. I just felt like doing this week’s edition for kicks. Jorja will resume her duties. Until then, adios amigos/as.
Weekly BUSA Report
IT Update Good Wednesday, Bond.
A new project is investigating the development of mobile ‘apps’ for Bond. We would love to hear your ideas about the services you would like to be able to access while on the move Scan the QR code below to have your say!
For anyone that has zero awareness BUSA had an IT & Media Officer or unsure about what this role entails, here’s an update of all things IT & BUSA. STUDENT PORTAL | bondstudents.com.au The Student Portal over semester 111 saw a complete overhaul. Content throughout the website was updated, extensions were added to enhance useability and the overall design was renovated. Updating the website is naturally an ongoing process so we envision the Portal will continue to improve in function and relevance.
You will be redirected to a site where you can create new suggestions to an existing list, make comments or add functionality to existing suggestions, and prioritise them by voting (each person gets 10 votes). Visit bondstudents.com.au to guide you on alternative means to have your say about mobile apps for Bond.
The Portal is currently receiving anywhere between 900-1200 visits a week which is incredible! For FSAs, clubs and groups running events in this last half of the semester, we highly recommend the Portal be used as part of your promotional mix.
Over the next couple of weeks, we are bringing you a classifieds-type webpage. This will allow Bondies to market their second-hand items, motor vehicles and off-campus accommodation. So keep an eye out for when this goes live as it will be a great addition to the Portal.
BUSA is currently providing feedback to the University about the functionality, relevance, and design of the current iteration of iLearn. We are also offering feedback in relation to the University’s current desktop environment: about oncampus and off-campus IT services; using on-campus workstations and through the utility of your own laptop.
Feedback and suggestions on how we can better this service is always welcome. If you have any comments, complaints or compliments, please contact BUSA at email@example.com BOND GOES MOBILE
If you have any concerns about iLearn or Bond’s current desktop environment or have any suggestions on how you feel they can be improved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org IT, out.
Got an iphone or an ipad? Or some other mobile device that you use to access the internet? Want to be able to access Bond services using them?
Top 20 Movie
A list of the ugliest, cheapest and most annoying trends in cinematic history.
Calling all aspiring directors: Do you want your movie to plunge lower in ratings than the Titanic ever did (the actual ship, not Cameronâ€™s movie)? If yes, then follow this checklist. After surveying fellow Bondies, Iâ€™ve collected a detailed list of the ugliest, cheapest and most annoying trends in cinematic history.
Ending of phone calls: It’s annoying when people in movies talk to each other over the phone and never properly end the conversation. There’s no ‘bye’, ‘I love you’, ‘see you tonight’. Instead, they just hang up the line. It’s rude and pathetic - and totally not a reflection of reality. Retrieving secret files: Apparently, if you’re a secret agent, there’s never any need to fret. You will be able to transfer all of your enemy’s secret files onto your USB by clicking on the file marked: ‘TOP SECRET’. The CIA can surely learn a thing or two from the flicks – it’s that easy! Predictable endings: So what else is new? Good guy wins the day. Girl and guy get together. Disapprovingly enough, even movies like “He’s Just Not That Into You” end up with him being into her. Sigh. And yes, they all live happily ever after. I guess Walt Disney was a trend-setter. Vampires: Especially sparkly ones. I think Dracula would turn in his grave (if he had one). Lame horror movies: I hate horror movies with a passion. However, I’ve been told not only are budget efforts truly lame, but there’s always a fleeting moment when a young blonde has a perfect opportunity to kill someone and she usually fails. If you have a gun, you pull the trigger – don’t just stand there and gasp dramatically! Adding to this, the main character always trips when someone is chasing them; or their car doesn’t start. It’s also annoying when the assailant keeps going on about how he or she is going to kill someone and then they get away. Why does the hero just stand there when they should be killing the bad guy? Not being able to relate to the protagonist: It’s true, folks: if the main character is annoying or unattractive, the audience is less likely to relate to them. You just don’t care whether they fall down a hole or not. This applies to characters with annoying laughs too. P.S. I never understood why girls dug Mr Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”. He’s so pretentious and not exactly Mr Nice Guy. Dodgy filming: Out of focus shots are a total killer. So are hand-held cameras. Try “Cloverfield” and “Unstoppable”. It’s tiring focusing on something with so much movement. If they wanted to move, they should’ve gone on “Dancing with the Stars” instead. Ethnic stereotypes: Movies would be in a lot of deep water if they were meant to be politically correct! “James Bond” provides just one of many examples. The Americans always save the day, the Russians are always the bad guys, the Italians are always the mafia, African Americans are always gangsters, the Indians are always cab drivers and the Arabs are the terrorists. Is anyone else sick of this? There’s a lot of negative racial stigma going on here. Gender stereotypes: The ‘get back to the kitchen’ lines may be gone, but that doesn’t mean victory for women. There’s
still a ‘damsel in distress’ label attached to our foreheads. Female superheroes – we are few and far between compared to our male counterparts. And when we do exist, we are over-sexualised. I’m sorry, but Superman wearing tight pants is nowhere near as sexualised as Catwoman’s promiscuous whip-lashing ways. For once, I’d like to see a movie in which a woman saves a man, or a guy gets ostracised for sleeping around! Actors who can’t act: Gotta love it, aka Kristen Stewart. It’s like sticking “The Bold and the Beautiful” in a movie. Actors with no depth really get to me, especially when acting out touching moments. If you can’t look frightened after seeing a ten-eyed monster emerge from the sea, don’t act. If you look like a constipated pig when attempting to cry, for the love of God…don’t act. Cartoons with people in them: You either love it or hate it. Ok, so “Avatar” pulled it off. I’m guessing “Space Jam” did as well. But there’s just something sick about “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” when a real man melts the cartoons in a boiling cauldron. And that Easter movie “Hop”? Since when could a real man become the Easter Bunny? Trailers that give everything away: Ok, so this is closely related to movies and their long-winded trailers that give out either: a) the best scenes in the movie, b) the only funny lines so when you see the movie you’re wildly disappointed, or c) the twist! To be honest, I still haven’t seen “Shutter Island” – the trailer gave it all away. Scenes that defy all explanation: There comes a time when you just have to let the protagonist go. I’m sorry, but take that movie “2012”. It should have been classed as a comedy. The guy dodges molten rocks flying over his head, drives faster than an earthquake swallowing up the road and, my personal favourite, somehow reaches out from the abyss after falling into a large hole. Conveniently enough, while the world is being destroyed around him, he manages to find a plane and fly to safety.
What is a dumb movie? It is anything with the likes of will ferrell in it
Films that try to be artsy but epically fail: You can’t fool me. Different does not equate to totally missing the point. I watched the first fifteen minutes of “Sucker Punch” and felt like a sucker being punched in the face. This movie was painful. There was no plot development, the characters were shallow, and it was an “Inception” copycat: a dream within a dream within a dream. This movie was marketed as being ‘arthouse’. Yes, let’s play some alternative music, joggle the camera around in a 360 degree view and inject the scenery with way too much colour and contrast.
Irrelevant sequels: Some awesome films have disappointing sequels. It needs to stop. “The Little Mermaid 2”, “Grease 2”, “Cruel Intentions 2”, “Dirty Dancing 2”, “Bring it on 2” … the list is endless. Also, it really irks me when actors change. For example “Home Alone 3”, “Bring it On 2” and “James Bond” have unoriginal cast members. I completely sympathise in situations where actors are unwell or have passed away. For instance, Richard Harris’ role as Albus Dumbledore was discontinued when he sadly died from Hodgkin’s disease.
Credits at start of movie: I want to be dragged into another world when I start watching something. Definitely not a fan of those long-winded, slow-tuned credit starters. This demonstrates no creativity on the filmmaker’s part. Rather than setting the scene, I am put to sleep from square one. Keep the credits till the end, I say.
Budget movies: Sorry to stick these all in a category, but it makes for some poor viewing. In all fairness though, some have gone on to be quite successful and we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Successful lowbudget movies have included “The Blair Witch Project”, “Napoleon Dynamite”, “Rocky”, “Juno” and “Hurt Locker”. Tip for if you’re making one: please try to make it as painless as possible. Social stereotypes: It’s often said high school is a cruel place. So let’s make it crueller by inventing movies like “High School Musical”, “The Breakfast Club” and “I Love You, Beth Cooper”, which all have one thing in common. They make high school nerds and loners believe popular kids want to hang out with them. Not only is this soulshattering for kids in real life, but it could lead to clinical depression. Dumb movies: Yeah, yeah. I know everyone will disagree with me here, but I can’t stand ‘dumb’ movies. What’s a ‘dumb’ movie? Look it up in the dictionary. It’s anything with the likes of Will Ferrell in it. I find movies like “The Hot Tub Time Machine” lame. It’s a bunch of stupid people doing stupid things, making stupid jokes that are supposedly funny. No thanks. People always look perfect: Apparently if you fall down into hell, you come back out looking perfect with no facial scarring. Take “The Mummy Returns”. And, apparently, women go to sleep in their day clothes with 100% perfect makeup. Gotta love pretence.
Starring blonde Kirsten Dunst look-alike and some other chick.
LSA Elections Photographer: Kenny Kagiah
Law Ball Photographer: Tina Rizkallah
Amnesty International Rethinks Refugee Debate By Julie Medina
Picture this: You’re a young adult living in a country that supports persecution of your race, religion, or political affiliation. You aspire to go to college one day and work for the United Nations to support human rights. But that dream will never come true. You’ll never go to college. You’ll never work for the UN. Even worse, you won’t live past the age of 25. Unfortunately, this is only one of the many dilemmas that refugees face as they seek asylum in other countries, hoping to get protection from the abuse of their own governments. As you read the first paragraph of this article, I want you to put yourself in the shoes of an ordinary young person who fears the things we take for granted in this wonderful country. We are all students. Some of these refugees are students. This semester, a few Bond students sought to create awareness of the refugee dilemma that’s currently facing Australia. Bond University Amnesty International Group is a new group on campus that empowers students to get involved in protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The group is already in the process of setting up guest speakers, such as former refugees, to speak about their experience with Bond students.
Max Wolthers, the founder of the group, is an International Relations student who wanted to create awareness of the misconceptions surrounding the refugee debate, by actively engaging with other students around campus. “The Australian media has put a significant amount of misinformation out to the Australian population, which has lead to many people believing numerous myths and misconceptions about the issues,” he said. “With many students studying International Relations; and many Business and Law students combining degrees with International Relations; this was the perfect place to establish a group.” One of the common misconceptions is generalizing refugees and asylum seekers as illegal immigrants. This negative association leads to racial tensions, unlawful detention and discriminatory practices against refugees seeking asylum. According to the Parliament of Australia, Article 14 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that everyone has the right to seek asylum. The 1951 Refugee Convention prohibits States from imposing penalties on individuals who come directly from a country where their life or freedom is threatened. The number of people seeking asylum in Australia is relatively small compared to Europe and other parts of the world. In fact,
Max Wolthers and Amanda Streu
asylum seekers arriving by boat make up less than 2 per cent of Australia’s annual migration intake. While some people believe it is illegal to seek asylum by boat, it actually isn’t. According to the UN Refugee Convention and Australian Migration Act, it is legal to seek asylum via boat arrival and/or without a visa. Although under Australian law asylum seekers are classified as “unlawful non-citizens”, this does not mean they have committed a criminal offence. The law clearly states it is legal to arrive without a valid visa.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) emphasizes that the nature of escaping persecution may only occur through the illegal entry of another country or false documents; but these individuals should not be considered “illegal immigrants”. Rather the nature of their escape clearly defines them as refugees, a person seeking protection, and so they should be treated as such. The Refugee Council of Australia similarly states the difficulties and threats facing asylum seekers as they attempt to apply for the proper documentation prior to departure. Applying for a passport or visa can be far too dangerous for those whose lives are in danger, often prompting refugees to simply leave their home country by whatever means possible. Public Relations student and current member of the Bond University Amnesty International Group, Amanda Streu, hopes to inform other students around campus of the deeper ethical and moral implications surrounding the refugee debate. “Amnesty International is all about people power and at Bond University we have the best resources available: young, ambitious and interested minds,” she said. “After years of traveling the world, l can say that we are the luckiest country in the world and freedom is something that should be cherished.” Here are some questions you should consider the next time the media uses the refugee crisis as a propaganda scheme during political elections by misinforming us of the true facts: 1. Should we deny asylum seekers protection because they are not Australian? 2. Are they not worthy of basic human rights? 3. Don’t we have a moral duty as human beings who live in a powerful Western country to help those from less developed parts of the world? It is critical that Australians stay informed about the facts behind the refugee debate. Rather than just following what the media tells you, do your research. This is a political issue that everyone should be aware of, as it affects of us all in some way or another.
When the very bad turns a little bit good Shannan Smith
It is a phenomenon that has become ever more pervasive over the last decade. Its impact transcends traditional social barriers. It’s addictive and it can be expensive (depending on how often you text the provider). But it isn’t alcohol, and it isn’t drugs. It is reality television. Now before you roll your eyes and turn the page, this is not one of those articles. I am not going to use the next sevenhundred odd words to lecture you on the corrosive effect Big Brother had on your morals, or the warped version of life such shows have led you to believe is ‘reality’. Nor am I going to tell you that watching reality TV will make you obese because you’ll spend hours in front of the box, stop exercising, eat TV snacks ... need I go on? On the contrary, I am going to tell you to watch reality television. Well, kind of. There is no arguing that reality TV gets a pretty bad rap,
and rightly so. However, amongst the thousands of hours of pointless ramblings, public humiliations and rather ridiculous ‘challenges’; there are the occasional moments in which reality TV actually exhibits some relevance to reality. Maybe even the potential to change reality – wait for it – for the better. On June 13, an episode of The Amazing Race aired in which one of the contestants, Chris, went on a tirade; verbally abusing his on-show partner and real-world girlfriend, Anastasia, for failing to follow his instructions. The display was appalling and manifestly unsuitable for national television. Viewers flocked to the show’s public forum - and social media more generally - to lambast Chris for his behaviour. Indeed, the public outcry was so great that the couple appeared on Channel Seven’s Sunrise to discuss the incident – and the state of their relationship.
Throughout the course of the Sunrise interview, Chris repeatedly acknowledged the inappropriateness of his actions, and openly discussed the fact that watching himself from third person, had inspired him to change certain aspects of behaviour so as to improve his relationship with Anastasia and women more generally. Moreover, as the segment drew to a close, Seven’s Kochie used the opportunity to mention his ambassadorship of White Ribbon Day; an event held annually on November 25 to raise awareness of violence and abuse against women and reinforce the message that such actions are wholly unacceptable in contemporary society. Now, maybe I’m just trying to justify my own reality TV habit, but couldn’t it be said that in this situation reality TV did in fact accomplish just a little bit of good? The Race’s producers may have been working with a ‘controversy = publicity = ratings = PROFIT’ ethos, but, ultimately, the show managed to generate public discussion on a serious ethical issue - and raise awareness of a vital social initiative. Take a Consequentialist perspective: the end justified the means. And this is far from the only occasion when reality TV has left the public grappling with issues far bigger than which housemate/loser/dancer/ singer to vote off next.
Who remembers the Merlin eviction of Big Brother 2004? For those who don’t, this particular episode saw one of the Big Brother contestants voted out of the house - and appear on stage for his post-eviction interview with his mouth taped shut and a sign that read “Free Th Refugees”. The ‘e’ clearly didn’t survive being sewn inside one of Merlin’s T-shirts, to conceal the banner from Big Brother security prior to the contestant’s entry into the house. That aside, the message was clear and the public was stunned. It was certainly awkward times for Gretel Killeen. Yet this instance again evidences the potential of reality television to bring important social - and, in this case, political - issues to the fore. Following, is there not at least some validity to the claim that the reality-fad isn’t all bad? So to sum it all up, I’m not really going to tell you watch to reality TV. All I’m saying is that maybe the next time you go to bag Master Chef, So You Think You Can Dance or their alleged counterparts in crime; you might want to consider those rare moments in which one of today’s most pervasive media platforms speaks to the public in a way that’s meaningful. One of the moments in which reality TV truly is in touch with reality.
News of the World By Mona Mizikovsky
So whilst the Arab spring progresses and the new LSA deal with their hangovers, other breaking news stories are rocking the world. These are the stories that bring people to their knees; they break hearts and bring a tear to our eyes. But as global citizens, we should all be aware of these stories.
You got porn’d Ever felt like people aren’t taking you seriously? Or that your boss isn’t appreciating your talents? Well, if you feel this way, maybe you should take things into your own hands, like former IT director for Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Walter Powell. In 2009, when Powell was fired from his position, his frustration took over and he secretly slipped a few slides of porn into his CEO’s Power Point presentation. The icing on the cake? The PowerPoint presentation was presented to board members - including city officials and foundation heads - and was meant to document the CEO’s accomplishments. The dish a la resistance was a pleasant 64 inch picture of a naked woman. As well as his slide show art, Powell also wreaked havoc by infiltrating the internal email system and sending rogue emails between employees, providing personal lolz, but little else. No need to stress though, Powell was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours community service relating to the porn prank. He is also facing charges connected to possession of guns and homemade silencers - but that’s another issue.
CHINESE EARLESS RABBITS It seems like the Chinese have done it again. They have discovered the rare earless rabbit. The bunnies were found at a villager’s home in Chengkou County of Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, and are oddly missing their bunny ears. Some have blamed the nuclear disaster in Japan, whilst others comment that you can’t expect much more from these Chinese produced goods. My opinion: a bunny is still unspeakably cute no matter if its ears are missing or not.
The Miracle of Light Hippies beware: this story may make you cry. The Guinness Book of Records has awarded the longest burning light award to an incandescent light located in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, after it marked its 110th birthday on June 18th. Since 1901, the 60-watt bulb has been alight 24 hours a day, operating at schweet 4 watts. Other than a few power outages, there has only been one break in its operation. It was removed from one building and fitted in another in 1976, giving the bulb a pleasant 20 minute rest. Thankfully, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department has created a webpage and ‘bulbcam’ so members of the public can watch this light work its magic (visit http://www.centennialbulb.org/cam.htm). It refreshes every 30 seconds and is about as interesting as watching paint dry, but for procrastination measures, it’s definitely worth a peek.
I <3 my hubcaps These days people just aren’t as caring as they used to be. Perfect example: Brittany Gonzales who, after running over a child, only went back to retrieve her damaged hubcap. Now, I was as shocked as the next person when I read this, but it seems reports are true. Witnesses say that whilst the boy was bleeding and wailing in the street, Gonzales quickly stopped, went to the scene of the accident and picked up her poor, damaged hubcap. The boy suffered a broken leg and other smaller injuries. As for the hubcap, it’s presumably just fine.
The meaty milestone of 25,000 big macs Thanks to USA Today, this news story is breaking news in America. Don Gorske has eaten his 25,000th Big Mac, 39 years after his 1st. Gorske was honoured after reaching the meaty milestone during a ceremony at a McDonald’s in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The Guinness Book of Records recognised his achievement three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago, but it seems the 57-year-old has no desire to stop. Now, Gorske is not your regular Big Mac indulger; he is slim, walks regularly for exercise and his cholesterol is low. It’s surprising, as the longest he has gone without the McDonald’s burger is eight days and most days, he eats at least two. Now this is the kind of achievement we like to see congratulated.
Daniel’s emails from beyond the grave From: Kyle Gnarberry [email@example.com] Sent: June 24, 2011 11:58 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; cduong@ resolvefm.com.au; daniel freudman; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Subject: Re: Career Finders Hey, I was bored at school as per usual searching on AOL’s county career section early last tuesday and then read all about this brand new internet based job that lets school kids constantly make around $2100/week+ of course I did not believe most of it in the beginning but for some reason i really had to try it for myself & thank heavens I did because I’ve managed to make $256.21 by my second day trying. Its seriously not hard at all. I have already gotten paid once straight into my checking account! its probably the greatest thing that has happened to me all year. Here is the site - MSNBC Studies 2011’s Best Self Employed Careers al4http://youronlinecareernewsfw.tumblr.com/JAEvv We think virtually anyone thats got web access can perform the job so thats why Im filling in all my new friends and family. Id like you to signup and earn some cash your self you can also share this mail with every body you know that needs to make more cash so we can all beat the rising unemployment..
From: daniel freudman Sent: June 26, 2011 12:36 AM To: Kyle Gnarberry Subject: RE: Career Finders Dear Kyle Raspberry, You too get bored at school and search the web? So do I! That creates an instant rapport between us so I now feel that I can trust you. My credit card number is 8332 9233 7736 3234; my passport and birth certificate are currently being fex-ex’d to you and should arrive within the week. $2100/wk- that’s amazing money! It could really help support my methadone addiction. I generally spend my days screaming at pigeons and pushing toddlers into coin ponds, but I guess I could fit in some work if helps pay the bills. It would be nice to have a job that doesn’t involve me soliciting sexual acts at the gas station in exchange for Taco Bell value menu items (“beef burrito” has two meanings in my line of work). You say that anyone who has web access can perform the job? With stringent qualification requirements like that, this job must be directed towards the intellectual crowd, yes? I don’t have an internet but I do have a rotary telephone ducttaped to a banana, which provides me with full web access. There is a frilled toothpick stuck in the banana which serves as an adult content filter; this may be problematic if this Student Careers site is filled with gay porn, as so many are. One time I was searching for a job with an oil drilling company that hires young boys- my search for “deep penetration drilling + little boys + oil explosion” came up with some unsavoury results. Instead of my resume I have sent you a photo of me in a mariachi cowboy outfit, which I feel illustrates my qualifications just as well. I look forward to working with you, D PS: I hate Adam Roberts
Go Back to Where You Came From “Go back to where you came from.” It’s a phrase I have heard, and I’m sure many other Australians have heard. The three part series which aired on SBS TV last week in light of ‘World Refugee Week’ was one to get the emotions rolling. Six Australians took part in the unique series which explored the controversial issue of refugees and asylum seekers. If you missed out, watch it online immediately. Regardless if your opinion on the matter it is an eye opening series. It looks at every day people get onto an Indonesian refugee boat, gain an insight into immigration raids in Malaysia, live in a Kenyan refugee camp and go to the ancient city of Amman, Jordan. Never done before, these ordinary Australians end up at the beginning of refugee’s journeys... war torn Iraq and the world’s ‘Rape Capital’, the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the beginning of the series, we see the participants comment on the issue, where one woman stated, “Australia should be Australia, just like Africa is Africa and Asia is Asia.” I love the thought of a multicultural Australia and one of the things I love about Bond is meeting people from all over the world, so these comments were shocking to me and this one was one of the tamer comments. The series tackles the general perceptions of the issue and what ordinary people don’t realise is that only 1.5% of Australian migration refugee intakes arrive by boat. The media have created a nationwide panic that we are being flooded with boats. This series isn’t usual reality television as we know it, but it explores an issue which truly matters and is highly politicised in our media. The TV series has been a hot topic for twitter and blogs around the world. International news companies have recognised this confronting program and so should you. Seeking asylum in Australia is not illegal, according to the Australian Migration Act 1958. In fact, it belongs to Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy, in other countries asylum from persecution.” Amnesty International fights for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. If you are opposed to mandatory detention, sign the petition online. Even if you are just interested in knowing more, take a look at www.amnesty.org.au. Regardless of your opinions though, take a look at this short television series. It is available online on SBS, it will give you a unique insight into the life of a refugee and asylum seeker and may just alter your opinions on the matter. A follow up session which was aired this Tuesday is also available to show how the participants changed from this life altering experience.
-- Maddy Cassidy
“What? Did you think I was gone forever? Hail to the King, baby!” Guns, babes and the manliest shooter from the 90s. Duke Nukem is back and, after a strung-out twelve years of development, we can say it’s been a while. After brushing the dust off the Duke Nukem franchise, sitting down and playing Duke Nukem Forever seemed somewhat unsatisfying. Imperfections aside, DNF is a labour of love and a game made for its fans. As far as Duke goes, they nailed his character. Players don’t have health, they have ‘ego’ which can be increased by admiring yourself in the mirror, or receiving compliments from hot chicks passing by. Drinking beer makes you tougher, taking steroids makes you stronger and Duke makes his sexually insensitive jokes. But, that’s what Duke Nukem has always been. It’s been so long between titles that half of gamers don’t even know who Duke Nukem is, let alone played any of the original classic 3D titles. Most people picking up this game aren’t going to know what they’re playing. The chauvinistic and simplistic male pleasures that this game is saturated with are enough for most people to dismiss it as a lesser game. In any case, they’d be right – but it seems that the release of this game was achievement enough for their development team. There was never a way that DNF could have possibly lived up to twelve years of hype and expectations. The truth is, DNF is a good game - it’s just six years too late compared to the best shooting-games of today. DNF is a product of another generation. In the early 2000s this would have been a good game, but in 2011 you just can’t help but be a bit disappointed. Try it out for yourself this week at Casual Gaming Night (CGN), hosted by the Bond Casual Gaming Society (BCGS). Every Friday from 7pm in the Undergraduate Lounge for an epic night of fun and games.
-- Saxon Cameron, Bond Casual Gaming Society.
RES WARS WEEKLY REPORT: Indoor soccer Week 6 saw the return of Indoor Soccer at Resident Wars for the first time since 2010, having been pulled due to a number of teams not being able to complete their games due to pulled hamstrings, broken ankles and a general concern for the well being of those participating – as surprisingly, Indoor Soccer is prone to cause a death or two occasionally. But the good news out of Week 6 is – not only did we not lose a Bondy, but further, we escaped injury free – except for when one of the B Block boys broke a nail. In giving a summary of the Week 6 results – it can be best summed up by boss, Campus Life Coordinator, Jackie Heffernan. “They came last? Really? That will shake up the standings!” In both the Men’s and Women’s games this week, the consistently mighty Green Machine finished up 4th – which to many was a complete surprise. No excuses can be given, besides the fact that a very solid male and female team were simply outplayed by better teams in what was the highest turnout for the semester. Outside of the collapse of Green Machine, Resident Wars Indoor Soccer lived up to its reputation of being tough, with many tumbles and tight score lines. Looking closely at the female games, a resurgent AC Red Devils were able to score not one, but two very convincing wins over high fancied opponents, Green Machine and most importantly, B Block, allowing them to score a place in their first final for the semester. Continuing the trend of beating Green Machine for the first time, the B Block Bandits once again put themselves in contention with a strong showing against A Block and the aforementioned defeat of Green Machine. Unfortunately, a red hot Red Devil goal in the dying minute of
their final game allowed the AC to sneak through. The final itself was pitting an undefeated A Block Pride against the surprise packet AC. It is always nice to see an underdog come through – but that was never going to happen with MVP Helena Michael on fire in attack and defence, and with the energy of Hopkinson, Taylor and Ryan just to name a few – the win was on the cards from the first call. Turning to the men’s games from Indoor Soccer – it was again the AC who came (surprisingly) flying into the final after a win and two draws amongst more fancied opponents. With Senior Res Fellow Nick Harvey pulling up the semi-professional socks for the AC – their team spirit and drive at the ball, not to mention quite seriously, the best goalie Res Wars has seen in a very long time, made for a number of entertaining games. As mentioned, Green Machine failed miserably last week – so it was left to A Block and B Block to push through for a place in the final. Having both won a game, and both drawn a game – it was time for one team to take charge. Looking back – common sense would have told you this would be A Block with their numerous numbers of Bond Rugby and AFL players on show. But, as I have recently found out, Rugby is different to Soccer, and B Block took the win accordingly, with great skill and fitness. The final itself was a ‘ripper’ game as described to me – with no goals scored before half time. Unfortunately for the AC Red Devils, it was to be the night of being a bridesmaid, as British exchange student Freddie Seccombe, who won MVP on the night scored consecutive winning goals for B Block. Remember, NO RESIDENT WARS THIS WEEK. From your campus life team – good luck and we will see you in week 8 for Ultimate Frisbee!
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29/06/2011 Northern University Games
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By Sam Hourigan
This weekend we farewell our warriors, sending them to the blistering cold fields of Armadale. A team of 124 strong (really really strong) athletes will head off on Sunday morning to represent Bond University at the Northern University Games. The teams which we are sending are as follows: Team/individual breakdown: Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Football Mixed Golf Women’s Hockey Mixed Netball (2 teams) Women’s Netball (2 teams) Rugby 7’s Mixed Tennis Mixed Touch So, if you have any friends who are competing, or even just know of somebody who is, wish them the best, and give them your support! Good luck Bullsharks! Club Cheerleading AFL Soccer Rugby Waterpolo Badminton Ultimate Frisbee Basketball Touch Rugby
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First and foremost, how many goals are you going to score at NUG? I scored 15 goals in six games at the last NUG, so I’m aiming for more this time around. Let’s say 19. Where did you learn how to bang in those goals? The rough streets of the Middle East? Behind my tent back in Desert Land. I used to set up my camels as goal posts. They didn’t like it when I wasn’t accurate and hit the posts often. How do kebabs here compare to back home? First, they don’t know the definition of kebab over here. We call them shawarmas. Kebabs are barbeque skewers. No one charges you for extra hummous or mayonnaise back home in our shawarmas. You look really ripped. Do you do steroids? Hell no. I’ll take that as a compliment. Run us through your routine at the gym then. I started a new program last week with one of my mates, George Duddy. It basically goes for an hour and a half every day. We combine exercises on both the big muscles (chest, back, legs) and the smaller ones (biceps, triceps and traps) every time. We focus on getting ripped rather than getting larger. Given that you’re also a trained martial artist, does that mean we should never piss you off? Being trained in karate have taught me to be a lover, not a fighter.
If you could party with anyone in the world, who would it be? Cristiano Ronaldo. So I can get his leftovers. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? The ability to go back in time to re-live the good and the bad. You need the bad so you can learn from your mistakes. If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.