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contents 4 swedish pirates & downloading 6 male feminist 8 history of violence 10 australian republic 11 sex, drugs & house music 12 final semester 13 student life 14 arts 16 sport
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Caroline Stanley Hi Bondies!
Welcome to week 6! Can’t believe that it’s mid-sem season already. Not cool. That familiar wave of guilt and general fear for the coming weeks is starting to overwhelm Disclaimer: me as I contemplate the incoming assignments etc. SO, in solution to these feelings The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any entity affiliated with Bond of trepidation, I propose a very productive University including but not limited to BUSA & Scope Magazine. solution. I’m going to choose not to think about the work, my classes or my obligaHi. tions, and immerse myself in Law week. This, of course, involves attending every First of all, Dear Deejay Hazbanger (if that is your real name, I’m looking at you, person who wrote the DJ article in last week’s Scope). F@#* you. Lion king songs are event, being present at campaigning awesome. times, making arrangements for Law Ball and generally writing everything Anywho. non-law-week-related right out of my schedule. Highly necessary, I feel. BUSA ran a survey last semester, asking students what they would like to see at Don’s, and
we’ve tried implementing the suggestions we received. We now have 10$ Chicken Parmas on Thursdays, a cocktail list and live music each week. As you may have noticed, BUSA also partnered with the University to give you a well overdue refurbishment of the tavern, which has resulted in a quite new and refreshing experience at Don’s. This new feel is most likely due to the fact that Don’s no longer smells like a mixture of shame and ass.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at Law Ball this weekend, and in the meantime I encourage you law students to head down to the Unfortunately we couldn’t accommodate every request we got; for example, I’m still here, we campaigning area this week and don’t have unlimited free booze every night, and Tony Cox won’t wear a gimp suit (to work, talk to each and every candidate anyway). That being said, if you have a super awesome idea, or would like to get involved with who is running. It’s a big deal running events at Don’s please feel free to shoot me an email, Facebook message, text or carrier putting yourself up for election pigeon, and I’ll see what we can do to make it happen. With our renovated Tavern, we’re trying and I commend all of the canto stay true to our ‘’By the students, for the students’’ catchphrase. didates for their organisation, Sadly, this short article is not all about self-praise. Last week Presidents & Social Directors of all imagination and courage in FSAs and BUSA received notice by the University that because of several noise complaints filed preparing their own individby residents in the surrounding areas, there will be no more outdoor social events with amplified ual campaigns. As seen at the music after 10pm. We have been informed that until further notice, all these events will have to be President’s debate on Monheld at either Don’s, The Princeton Room or off campus, as we can’t risk another noise complaint, which could jeopardize our liquor license, which in turn means no more drinking events at all. day night, there is a lot of talent and wonderful ideas As much as I love my Don’s Tavern, I understand that most of us love the settings of Palaver, The coming from all candidates Physical, Woodlands & Whitehouse because they are so different from a normal Thursday night at so please take the time to Don’s. get to know each of them But fret not! We’re looking into alternatives such as silent discos, sound-proof marquees etc. but if any and their policies before of you have any cool suggestions as to how we can continue having awesome events outside, as well as you make a vote. Otherkeeping peace with our neighbors, please feel free to send me an email. For the time being though, don’t wise, happy studying! hate your FSAs if their signature events are held inside Don’s this semester, as I’m sure they will still be fun-filled nights not to remember. Any suggestions/comments about the contents of this article can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Love, Caro x
On Swedish Pirates and Downloading One morning recently, whilst flicking through the pages of The Independent, I was bemused to find an article on the Swedish Pirate Party. My first thought was to grab a cutlass, eye patch and bandanna so that I could ‘jump on board’ – so to speak. But reading further I discovered that the Swedish Pirate Party was in fact desperate to be taken seriously, and has been gaining political momentum since it began the piracy movement began in 2006. Internationally, pirate parties seek to legalise the not-forprofit sharing of music and film - a notion that ought to engage every streamer and downloader at Bond. There are usually three common items in Pirate Party manifestos across some 37 countries: first, reforming copyright and patent laws; second, protecting the citizen’s rights to avoid oppressive government surveillance for their online searches; and third, protecting the artists’ rights to retain full ownership of their works. This article puts forward a case that there should be no such thing as the illegal downloading of music. Like the trailblazers who started the world’s first Pirate Party in Sweden – I’m a great lover of music and believe in its immense value as a cultural and educational export. From a diplomatic perspective, there is a universality in film and music that has a harmonising effect upon the international community. In an age of globalisation, sharing files simply reflects a natural instinct to expand cultural horizons. As Swedish Pirate Party member Amelia Andersdotter puts it, ‘Using culture as a common reference point in social interaction is so normal and so human that I think not allowing that in law does not make any sense at all.’ Contrary to popular myth, Pirate Parties believe in preserving the artists’ rights to their material. The argument for dismantling current copyright and patent laws is based upon an observation that the current legal framework is deeply biased
in ‘favour of increasing the wealth of the big businesses, like record labels or film companies, as opposed to solely and directly benefiting the artists.’ It is common for artists to sign away 95%-100% of the rights to their own music just to obtain the marketing power of big music labels. Not only does this deprive the artists of revenue, but it also grants record labels with the capacity to hamper the creation of new music. For instance, a popular DJ named Girl Talk has made music through creating mash-ups of artists as diverse as Elton John, Notorious B.I.G and Destiny’s Child. But music samplers such as Girl Talk are at the mercy of record companies, who have complete discretion to deny access or to charge exorbitant fees for the reproduction of tunes – none of which benefits the original creator. Girl Talk estimates it would cost over a million US dollars to buy the rights to the tracks and to do the whole creative process legitimately. Ms Andersdotter, a Member of European Parliament, argues the affluent music and film industries’ interest in preserving the status quo is the only barrier to reforming copyright laws. It does however entice the question – if the laws are reformed to legitimise the free downloading of music and film, how will the artists make money? The answer is through concerts and commercial streaming services such as Spotify. As you may have heard in the tacky voiceovers between songs – every click of a song directly makes money for the artists. Alternatively, musicians and filmmakers can be funded through sponsorship deals, or even taxpayer money. A lot of European film is already sponsored by public money. For instance, the French government subsidises roughly 200 films a year to the tune of €700m. Revenue collected from an 11% tax on movie tickets and DVD sales is designed to support the creation of ‘adventurous … movies, which symbolise, and preserve, a separate French cultural identity.’ But in any case, there is no right for artists to get money, and certainly not to live off the royalties of one-hit wonders. If artists fail to find
commercially viable ideas under the new system, they would ultimately need to revert to new ideas. The final aspect I wanted to touch upon relates to individual privacy. This is a generational challenge that affects the security of all internet users. Pirate parties want to tackle the ‘Big Brother’ aspect of investigating internet piracy by setting limits on the degree to which governments should be allowed to log, track and store one’s emails and data. Issues such as these are becoming more and more urgent, considering recent government measures in the UK to increase surveillance for up to 20,000 families. The consequence of more completely surveillance is that more and more people are teetering on the edge of legal uncertainty as DJs, ordinary file downloaders and file sharing host sites such as Pirate Bay face increased persecution. Perhaps saddest of all, is that some of this persecution has even entered our classrooms. Teachers around the world are being fined and penalised for sharing cultural content that has been downloaded with students. The Pirate Party movement is growing in international stature. The Swedish Pirate Party won 7.1% of Swedish votes for the European Parliament. Similarly, the German Pirate Party has recorded over 5,000 members, whilst the UK Party had around 100 people per hour subscribing to membership after the party was approved in 2009. Providing people with free access to culture and art is an unqualified good that is becoming increasingly realistic with the technological advances of the modern era. It is time to reassess the cultural utility of maintaining current copyright laws, and ask ourselves whether we might improve the world a little by sharing a little more of ourselves. The DJ, Girl Talk, draws the following analogy, ‘if people passed out paint on the street every day, I’m sure there would be a lot more painters. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m not hurting anyone, I’m helping people.’ I say it’s time to get on board.
THE ROLE OF THE MALE FEMINIST
Recently, watching a TEDx presentation headed by the CEO of Male Violence Prevention I was noticeably struck by a certain thought within the first ten seconds of the video. Against all my assumptions, predictions and pre-conceived ideas of who I thought I might be about to watch hold a ten minute presentation, the presenter was a male. A deeply spoken, strong, stall standing man with a dignified posture, ready to engage his audience in what was up until ten seconds ago was an issue sparsely spoken by my gender in society. And so I watched Jackson Katz’s presentation, I engaged in it and importantly I understood it. But it wasn’t so much the discussion of domestic violence against women that stayed with me long after the YouTube clip was ready for me to select a new video, but more so, an even more important point – one that I hope to leave with you today.
™Women's issues are not solely gender issues and therefore, a woman's issue. We won't make headway in society unless we (men) accept it's our issue too.∫ Acknowledging the rather large Labor elephant in the room is a perfect way to start the discussion, for as narrow minded and questionable as Prime Minister Gillard’s comments relating to abortion last week were, similarly, the vitriol flung her way was indeed worse. The tirade of abuse, the leaked ‘stuffed’ Gillard dinner menu and questions relating to the sexuality of her partner Tim Matheson were far more detrimental to the Australian cultural landscape than any cheap political shot against Tony Abbott every would be. The reason being? Each act of abhorrent behaviour handed to Ms Gillard last week would never have been asked to a man. Some might argue that it might have been – but lads; lets screw our heads on straight and think in literal terms about this. Would John Howard ever be asked if Jeanette secretly had something going on, on the side? Or for that matter, Tony Abbotts ultra-conservative Catholic wife? Society would never allow for the Office of the Prime Minster or the office of prominent MP’s to be degraded via descriptions of their anatomy at the dinner table, that is of course, if you had a penis. See this as a far stretch or sweeping generalisation? One need only look at the menu itself, as the proof is in the pudding, per se.
their distinct care and respect for their female friends while at Bond and when in public. But ‘many’ doesn’t have as nice a ring to it as ‘all’, don’t you think? It’s not enough simply to voice that fact that we ‘respect’ our counterparts should they be female – we need to actually act on it and stand by it. To call out cheap shots when we see them, to ensure we don’t use the language we are so often shcoked by in society ourselves and to make sure we see all those around us, male and female as being on the same level playing field. Not because as men we are knights in shining armour – heck, most of the girls I know at Bond can whole heartedly defend themselves, but simply because creating a better culture for all is the right thing to do. If a female were treating a male in poor, derogatory and sexist taste, I’d expect you and I to step up and call it out just the same. Feminism requires an active change in your life. To be a male feminist means changing the way you speak about and treat women, and that often means challenging your male friends when they perpetuate sexism, which can be incredibly difficult too. This is not to say that women too must live, dress or act in a way, which any singular person defines as being ‘right.’ That in of itself would be self-righteous and sanctimonious, so instead it’s about ensuring we don’t place labels on people, we don’t place them in particular groups and importantly, show them the respect they deserve. Because I can guarantee you, no one was ever ‘asking for it’ Perhaps I am being self-righteous myself by even writing this – god forbid I ever stand up and say I am perfect. I myself have engaged in both acts and verbal assaults that scream that ‘s’ word no one likes to speak about, . And its not to say that the ‘lads’ cant engage in some friendly banter and jovial fun, I do that to this day – its simply about holding ourselves to a bit of a higher standard than Joe Blow off the street. In public and in private, the derogatory labels, degrading terminology and disrepsect we so often claim as ‘banter’ should not be the first thing nor the last thing that comes out of any mans mouth.
It’s irrelevant that claims exist that the menu was never widely circulated because that the menu itself exists is the problem.
That women in office are held to a higher standard, that abusive and foul language have become colloquial everyday way to describe our female friends, that it will take women 1 and 1/3 of a man’s life to receive a pay equaling his, that women occupy 9% of boardroom positions across the western world, that women are treated as life long dependants to their male counterparts in some nations and that every year, millions of women are raped, murdered or old to slavery and prostitution are long term, world wide problems. You may think that as young Australian men, we can’t do anything to stem the tide of such problems, that they are too large and too insurmountable for us. But they are not ��� because it all starts here, at home.
Bringing it back to Bond for a moment, I’m very proud of the University we live and learn in and the different friendship groups that foster a sense of common respect for one another. Many of the men at Bond are admirable due to
With our thoughts, with our words and with our actions. Let history show that when our character as males living in the 21st century was put to the test, we rose to the challenge with the most virtuoso of performance.
‘Rudd’s a goose foil grass, quince, apple geilic and brioche’ ‘Julia Gillard Kentucky fried quail - small breasts, huge thighs & a big red box’.
A History of Violence By Madelaine Donovan
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An Argument for an Australian Republic By Fergus Kinnaird
Should Australia be a Republic?
The question has fluctuated in and out of public discussion for decades. The issue is not as vitriolic as asylum seekers or polarising as the carbon tax. Nonetheless, Australia’s choice of governmental structure is important, and is growing increasingly out of touch with our national identity. Firstly it is appropriate to define what a Republic is. Simply put, a Republic is a democratic nation in which the highest public office is held not by a monarch, who inherits the position by birth, but instead by a citizen, chosen on merit. Unfortunately, various myths about Republics warp the public’s perception and understanding of what they actually entail. Some of the most common misconceptions include the notion that many Republics are failed states, and the fear that becoming a Republic would damage our alliance with Britain. Some of the most popular misunderstandings are far more trivial, such as the belief that Australia would face expulsion from the Commonwealth Games or be forced to change the nation’s flag. Well frankly, these examples along with many others are just plainly wrong. At the last Commonwealth Games 32 of 53 competing nations were Republics, and like them, Australia can continue to compete in the Games regardless of our political structure. Further, Australia can become a Republic and keep our current flag just as easily as it can remain a constitutional monarchy and change the flag. The USA, Germany, Brazil, France, Switzerland and in fact the majority of world’s nations sit in direct conflict with the claim that Republics breed failed states. Finally, Britain hasn’t held a grudge against Australia for claiming parliamentary independence or removing the Privy Council as our highest court of appeal, so it’s probably a safe bet that they wouldn’t kick up too much of a fuss when we stop recognising their Queen, who only visits us on trips named after precious stones. Many more trivial arguments used against the implementation of a Republic can be cited, but by far the most popular and damaging assertion adopted by most Australian’s is: “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” It is a simple and effective mantra that perpetuates complacency and laziness while simultaneously removing any feeling of obligation to strive for something better. Before accepting this constitutional cop-out, every Australian must ask themselves the following: Is it not broken that after a century long battle to recognise the indigenous inhabitants of our country we continue to deny them the opportunity to represent their nation at the highest level? Is it not broken that in an age where civil liberties are at the forefront of
our nation’s social agenda, we allow our sovereign leader to be selected by a system that perpetuates gender inequality and male dominance? Is it not broken that despite having one of the most diverse multicultural populations in the world, our head of state will only ever be a white, Anglo-Saxon member of the Church of England? How can we, as a nation, honestly boast that our society is one that promotes hard work and perseverance, that with diligence and tenacity any member can get anywhere in life? When what we are really saying is you can get anywhere except the top job. That is reserved for the firstborn non-Catholic member of an extremely privileged English family. Australia is a certainly a functionally independent nation. The Queen, by convention, defers almost all of the power vested to her under the Australian Constitution. By all means our current system works and has been successfully working since its inception. However, just because something works doesn’t mean it cannot work better. Australia’s Head of State is an extremely important position. Its importance is reflected in the wide powers vested to it in our country’s governing legal document. The significance of the position should be reflected in the respect citizens prescribe to it. However, Australians in 2012, are more likely to get information about our Head of State and her family in US Weekly then through a serious media outlet. As a nation we denigrate the position by focusing on the glitz and glamour of the Royal Family while forgetting that they are the people in line to legally head of our country. It is time for the position to be given the reverence it deserves. However, the appropriate appreciation will not be granted by the Australian public until it is held by our leaders and our by our Constitution in a manner that is deserving of such recognition. In a century that will more than ever before be shaped by the Asia Pacific region, there has never been a more pertinent time for Australia to accept its geographical significance. Becoming a Republic will have the effect of removing any lingering guise that we are merely a Pacific offshoot of the British colony. It will help us, as a nation, to forge our own unique foreign relations in South East Asia and develop an economic presence that is reflective of our unique position in the modern world. Over the past century, we have progressively wrested control of our nation’s affairs from the British. We have federated, adopted control of our own military forces, removed all linkage and influence between the British Parliament and our own and have vested full judicial power in the High Court of Australia as our final court of appeal. Removing the Queen as our head of state is not a radical or risky step. It is simply the final step in our nation’s progression to being an independently sovereign state. - See more at: http://articlenineteen.org/2012/11/an-argument-for-anaustralian-republic/#sthash.KTaKdFLi.dpuf
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK AND ROLL HOUSE MUSIC
Drugs and the music industry have always gone hand in hand. From Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain, a few years later and they’re still here - and they’re a problem in today’s society. To examine drugs in the music industry from a sociological perspective such as that of a functionalist, will give a greater understanding as to why festivalgoers opt to take illegal drugs at such an event. But before examining the consumption of illegal drugs at music festivals, the concept of drug use itself should be explored, plus why it is a social problem. Firstly, the term “drugs” should be explored - they are than categorised into either illicit drugs or licit. Certain psychoactive drugs that receive media attention are often illicit, and they carry penalties for use, supply and manufacturing. But let’s be honest - that’s not what most of us are interested in drugs. We’re more interested in the reviews on pill report, not their schedule in the Criminal Code. Historically, they were manipulated to achieve certain affects on the body and mind. It wasn’t until extensive research was carried out, that it was clear that these drugs were taking a dangerous toll on one’s body and mind. So what makes today’s youth more susceptible to experimenting with drugs? You’d be lying if you said that you’ve never been intrigued by the highs that drugs offer. Excuses sometimes offered for using illicit substances range from wanting to have a good time with friends to relieving tension for exams (yes exams). On a more global scale, if you were to look back at the music industry as well you would find an extensive history of musicians in particular suffering from substance abuse. Quite frequently it’s reflected within contemporary music - it’s on our radios, and our little siblings know the lyrics. In a study completed by the NSW Health Department, students were asked to listen to samples of music and circle what they believed the lyrics were trying to convey. It was found that the youth aged between 15-19 believed the songs were more about love, freedom and dreams over drugs. Unfortunately, the evolution of popular culture has seen music festivals become a nest for the thriving business of drugs. Music festivals before now were defined as daylong or weekend long events with various artists performing in the one arena. Some festivals opt to only showcase artists who fit their particular style of music, while others are happy to showcase a range of different styles of music. Some researchers have argued that particular music styles influence what types of drugs that music and festivalgoers may use. In one study in particular, it was found that dance, house and rap music were strongly associated with drug use (no surprises there). Dance and house music were found to be strongly linked to Cocaine, MDMA, Speed, Ketamine and other “rave drugs” due to the good feelings, “euphoria” it provides users along with the longer lasting effects then alcohol. In order to better understand drug use, a sociological perspective should be adopted; functionalism offers another perspective as to how the use of drugs could be considered useful in today’s society. This model sees social problems as the result from some ‘sickness’ in society. Society becomes ‘ill’ when its parts (i.e., elements of the structure and culture) no longer function prop-
erly. With that in mind, its time to look at what parts of society could be not functioning correctly and allowing drug use, particular at music festivals to become a social problem for the today’s youth. Firstly there is the breakdown of the family. Families are supposed to protect and nourish, emotionally, physically and spiritually when children are young and vulnerable. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. No surprises that adolescents often resort to drugs, to essentially escape from what’s happened to them. Alternatively, older siblings or other family members who have a substance abuse problem can, in turn, have a huge influence on a younger member of the family’s view on drugs. Another breakdown in society that may be affecting drug use amongst the youth could be the educational system (Bond excluded). One contributing factor may be the lack of staff that can recognise early warning signs of students with low self-esteem, family issues, or risk taking behaviour. Another factor may be the actual education or lack thereof of drugs itself in these educational institutions. Lastly recognised is the glamorisation of substance abuse in the media and entertainment industry. It is frequently reported within the media that celebrities are having wild nights out and partying hard. For youth to see these celebrities and essentially their role models participating in these kinds of activities, leads them to believe that drugs aren’t as dangerous as they are made out to be. Often in movies as well such as, Project X and Pineapple Express, taking illicit drugs to enhance a party atmosphere or just have fun is glamourised and often leaves out the repercussions of such actions. The functionalist perspective also allows us to look at drug use at music festivals, from an oddly positive angle. Take away drugs as a social problem and thousands in today’s society would lose their jobs. Substance abuse in itself has created new job openings, which keeps people in today’s society employed, and allowing society to keep functioning in a positive matter. Rehabilitation centres, and many other professions in the health industry would be non-existent, if there wasn’t an issue of drug use in today’s society. Essentially as well, drug manufactures and suppliers would too also be out of a job and could end up on the street. The police officers as well who are specialise in drug busts and work with the sniffer dogs, would too be out of work. Which means that although drug use is a serious social problem, it is needed in society to keep it functioning correctly. From the information provided it is evident that music and drug use are a popular choice for many of today’s youth. Music festivals in particular, are a sure attraction to many risk takers, substance abusers and thrill seekers who feel that the drugs and music make a good combination. The concept of drugs, along with their history and relationship with music are a fascinating subject to examine; examining the ins and outs of the contemporary epidemic gives rise to a better understanding of why teenagers in particular enjoy the risk taking of such substances at these festivals. Kelsie Realf
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By: Anis Suhaila Ahmad Lutfi
Countdown: 17 more weeks to graduation
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You are probably getting as anxious as I currently So, final exam timetable is out. This will be (hopeful- am; my fear and insecurities seeping through these ly) the last exam I will have in my Bachelor’s Degree, words. That is not the point of this article. I am just here to tell you that if you are already feeling anxious and I don’t know what to feel about that. about your final semester and what happens next, Should I feel overjoyed that it is almost coming to YOU ARE NOT ALONE. an end? Or should I fear for what is coming next? Should I even be counting the days down when And contrary to your beliefs, something can be there is no certainty that I will even make it this se- done to combat this anxiety. mester? 1. Use the anxiety to their best capabilities. I’m pretty sure that most students in their final se- Work as hard as you possibly can, slave your way mester feel the way I feel; this sick feeling at the pit through the semesters with textbooks, cases and asof your stomach fearing the worst possible thing that signments and don’t let your fear distracts you from could happen. It feels like you have been on a mara- what you have to do. thon and you can see the finish line from where you Continue planning for the future. Don’t let are; but all you can think of is the possibility of trip- 2. the anxiety stop you from it. Once you have someping over your own feet and falling flat on your face thing to look forward to, you’ll be more than happy just a few metres ahead. If you do, you can already imagine your family and friends sitting by the side- to work for it. lines, gasping - horrified that you almost made it but 3. Enjoy your final semester to the fullest. Dethat you didn’t in the end. spite feeling like you can’t get out of uni sooner, you The fact that flight tickets are booked and everyone won’t be able to do this anymore. Before you know it, is saving for your graduation trip definitely doesn’t you’ll be stuck behind a cubicle, wishing to go back help reduce the anxiety. Or the fact that your friends to your uni days (this doesn’t apply to professional are already preparing to welcome you back home. students). They’re already making reunion plans, beach trips, Stay healthy. Eat right, exercise and sleep parties et cetera when you’re not even sure whether 4. well. You wouldn’t want to be missing out on your you’ll be there for them. own graduation party! What about when you go through the calendar in your planner and suddenly realize that one month is Now. Stop feeling like you’re going to trip over your emptier than the rest? I hate uncertainties as much as own feet. Put it at the back of your mind, aim for the Beyonce hated her H & M campaign photos being finish line and run like your life depends on it. DO retouched to make her look thinner. It just makes NOT LOOK BEHIND YOU. You’ll reach the end my stomach turn every time I think of the months in no time. from September and not know where I will be and what I will be doing then. Will I already be searching for jobs in my hometown while trying to convince my mom to let me move out? Will I be back in Bond instead, resenting the fact that I have to repeat one of my Law subjects (God forbid!)? Or worse, will I be behind a McDonalds counter casually asking people
Suit up guys and dress up girls for Law Balthis weekend Inspiring to see old Bondies back to graduate! eXamsâ€Ś midsems are looming
FROM COLLEGE DROPOUT TO MESSIAH
By David Simmons
On the 2nd of May a single tweet appeared on the barren and bare landscape that was Kanye West’s twitter feed. “June Eighteen” is all it said. Just these two words were enough to whip Kanye’s entire fan base into manic excitement and shock. Rich white boys with #swag joined hands with rap purists and music fans in prayer to thank whoever might bless them with this ambiguous tweet, hopefully signalling the release date for West’s new album. The deity responsible: Yeezus, the brand new alterego of Kanye West, alive to bring beats to the people. ETA: June Eighteen. Fast-forward a month and a half and the hype around Yeezus has grown immensely. As well as Yeezus becoming West’s new alterego, it is also the name of the album being dropped on June 18. In a recent album play-through in New York West said that “Simply put, West was my slave name. Yeezus is my God name.” It’s a huge proclamation for the typically arrogant West. For many, the idea that West truly was a deity had been recognised years ago, and finally Yeezus himself has proclaimed the truth: he is the second coming of Christ. But jokes aside, the claim is more than a statement of ego…it is a protest. Let me take you back to 2004. Kanye was just an up and coming rapper who wore polo shirts and had just been signed to his first major label release with The College Dropout. He quickly gained popularity, and his albums grew too. Late Registration was a classic West release, one that brought us ‘Gold Digger’. 2010 was a defining moment for West with the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the ultimate release from the supremely talented man. By now he had developed a gigantic Messiah complex, one that has eventuated in Yeezus. But why should you be excited about Yeezus? Simply put, this album could define this decade. An LP with collaborations from Daft Punk, Vernon, Mike Dean, Travis Scott, and Hudson Mohawke, it will be filled with banging tracks. Not to mention the thematic content of the songs. Titles like ‘Black Skin-
head’ and ‘New Slaves’ bring to mind powerful political statements. Statements that can be brought into the consciousness of the mainstream. Kanye made the point to mention at the beginning of the New York launch that there are “over 1400 billionaires and only seven black billionaires”. West is in this amazing position right now to protest inequality and racism. Many critics have said that if this album is done right West could go down as a Martin Luther King Jr. type figure, a symbol of protest in a world still filled with hate and oppression. Prepare yourself for Yeezus.
VULTURE STREET (Powderfinger) It’s June 2003. Brisbane and Penrith are ruling their respective footy codes. Maurice Gibb has gone into the ground, soon to be followed by Slim Dusty, Simon Crean’s Labor leadership, and Oasis’ credibility. Powderfinger are set to release their fifth studio album, Vulture Street. After two albums of insipid “grunge” and two albums of sincere but tedious alt-pop, Bernard Fanning and Co. decided they wanted some rock and fucking roll. If Jet shagged Primal Scream on The Hives’ doorstep, they might produce a child like Vulture Street opener ‘Rockin Rocks’. Riff-driven single ‘On My Mind’ betrays Powerfinger’s bias toward the non-testicular sex, but what follows is surprisingly masculine and mature. ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is the often-overlooked X-factor, a gospel-tinged blues track that puts true rock and roll soul into the band’s traditional earnestness. Skip the over-orchestrated, female-fan-favourite ‘Love Your Way’, and you’ll land alongside the big guitar sound of ‘Sunsets’ and the acoustic sidesteps of ‘Don’t Panic’, disparate but equally likeable tracks. ‘How Far Have We Really Come’ is a classic Powderfinger track, not bad either, but Vulture Street rules because it isn’t classic Powderfinger. Ten years on, we can see that they never let loose like this again, and that the resulting package of sweet Southern rock is unique. Terrific songs like ballsy blues-rocker ‘Stumblin’ and raise-your-glowstick closer ‘A Song Called Everything’ have been lost amid the band’s back catalogue. They’re worth the retrospective spin. Vulture Street is not a perfect album. ‘Pockets’ wallows in the murk for three whole minutes; ‘Roll Right By You’ lacks spark; ‘Love Your Way’ doesn’t deserve its hype. It’s still Powderfinger’s best effort, though, and deserved its ARIA Award for Best Album. Before Fanning started wishing all us well, Powderfinger gave us a ripper of a record. Rock and roll, everyone. Top track: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ Rating: 7/10
The Hangover Part III (& Other Films That Shouldn’t Have Been Made)
By Nicholas O’Hara-Boyd Roughly this time last year I went off backpacking for a few months, thumbing my way through the luscious jungles and grimy side-alleys of Central America. On one unfortunate day, I found myself being mugged by a 7’ Belizean thug, having my passport stolen from me by a rogue bus driver, and huddled over a toilet bowl until 3am with an animated bout of food poisoning. All in all, it made for a better time than The Hangover Part III.
I will freely admit that I, along with the rest of the wide-eyed and expectant crowd, was prepared for the laughathon the trailers promised. I guess it had to do with the fact that we were assured so much more after Part II left us hunting for tequila and a reason to keep on keeping on. And yet, once again, by the time the churros had been chomped and there were nothing but kernels in the bottom of the popcorn box, we all found ourselves in a familiar place: disillusioned and jaded. What began as a hilarious, superbly structured thrill ride, The Hangover franchise has become just another colossal Hollywood disappointment. (The Macaulay Culkin of modern cinema, if you will.)
It’d be naïve to suggest that sequels are never better than the original. Aliens, Terminator II: Judgement Day and The Godfather: Part II are the old favourites in arguing against the oversimplified sequel disenchantment debate. It’s widely accepted, however, that these are the exceptions to the rule and in 2013 it’s harder than ever to find a gripping, creative and intelligent follow-on film. I appreciate that in green-lighting sequel after sequel and remake after remake it’s a safe and easy way to end up in the black. Why take a punt on an unknown rising filmmaker – even with a fresh and polished concept – if you can shoot Fast and the Furious XII and be guaranteed $200m on the opening weekend? As a business model, it makes sense. As empires endeavouring to nurture an art form, it makes none at all that mind-numbingly soulless and cliché-ridden trash is what’s unapologetically churned out. But, we still take the bait. I’d like to think that it’s only a matter of time until our blind-sighted anticipation is burnt-out and we stop running to the village expecting to find a wolf. Where Part II swapped Vegas for Bangkok ignoring the law of diminishing returns to its own peril, the latest film by Todd Phillips experiments with a more original structure. When the Wolfpack (Cooper, Helms, Galifianakis, Bartha) are captured by gangster lord Marshall (Goodman) in the middle of the Arizonian desert, Doug is taken hostage with the men being told that if they can’t find and deliver the elusive felon Mr. Chow (Jeong) within 72 hours, Doug’s dead. The film pinnacles within the opening sequence as we’re reintroduced to Alan’s whims and a flying giraffe head (PETA loved it), from then on relying on our own familiarity with the world of the characters to draw cheap laughs. The writing’s lazy and there are long stretches where they haven’t even drafted a joke. The script gives the actors nothing to work from (even Jeong struggles) as set-ups aren’t paid off and golden beats are ignored. Ultimately, it’s nothing short of sloppy filmmaking and a slap in the face to the audience. If you haven’t seen it yet, leave it. Spend your time elsewhere doing something better. Like YouTubing highlights of Channel 7’s Celebrity Splash, or listening to Ke$ha’s cover of Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, or hosting a Tupperware party.
conduct this interview. Shantelle, with the Northern University Games being less than a month away, how have your preparations been so far in the lead up to it? Well it starts off on Monday nights when the Bullsharks touch football team have full squad training sessions. This means that all three teams; the mixed, female and male teams, train together as one unit. I then continue touch sessions by competing in the weekly social competition later on that night to boost my stamina levels. On Wednesday nights, I would do fitness and cardio training with my fellow teammates Emily Habelrih and Leyla Al Mahdy. We usually challenge ourselves when training together.
Road to Northern University Games 2013, #RoadtoNUG #BullSharks In the coming weeks as most students at Bond University are busy preparing for their mid semester exams and also concerning themselves with what parties are happening next, some student athletes are busy preparing for the Northern University Games (NUG) in Week 9 to be held in Brisbane. In the lead up to the major sporting University event of Semester, Scope’s recently appointed Sports Editor, Rizal Redzuan has been speaking to athletes of different sports who will wear the Bullsharks colours to represent our University. This week, we speak to one of the youngest athletes representing the Bullsharks team, Shantelle Jackson.
Full Name: Shantelle Louise Jackson Age: 17 Relationship Status: Single Semester Started: 131 Degree: Business & Commerce Representing Sport: Female Touch Football Position: Centre Experience: 7 years Goal for NUG: Qualifying for Australian University Games in September Thank you Shantelle for taking time between classes to sit down with me this evening to
In fact this Sunday, during the touch carnival, the girls team are playing as one team to improve our team chemistry and using it as practice for NUG. On Thursday nights, the female touch team will have a training session with our coach and Honours student Sharni Goldstone. Her experience as a coach has helped us (the team) gel and work well together. I also try to get myself to the Bond gym as much as possible but it is hard because I do not stay on campus and have to balance not only my touch football commitments but also balancing the books with 4 subjects and working part time. It is seen usually that sporting athletes have some sort of superstition or favourite type of music to be played before a game. How do you pump yourself up and get motivated before a game? Get Up (Rattle) by Far East Movement gets you me in the zone and pumped to dominate. The beat gets me going and eager to get on the field. I usually listen to the song in the morning before a game. I constantly do breathing techniques before a game to keep me calm and composed. Who is your favourite athlete? Benji Marshall because at school my team and I had a team bonding exercise where one
person had to pull Benji’s signature step each game and I constantly managed to pull it off every single time. It was a good laugh and really aided in the bonding for our team. What are you most looking forward to at NUG? Well I would say partying but I can’t… because I AM NOT 18!!!! The social competitive atmosphere and interacting with people from other Universities will be interesting just like how I am currently enjoying in Bondy life. Making more friends from Bond in another scene instead of just seeing them in a study scenario will also be interesting thing to do. Regardless of my age restriction, I’m sure NUG will still be a very exciting experience… “You wait till next year where I will be legal to party it up!!!” By being the second youngest athlete at NUG representing Bond, what are your plans those nights? Prepare wisely and get sufficient rest for the next day. Haha jks. Hopefully there will be some people in the same boat as myself instead of going out partying. Either way, I’m sure I will enjoy the social aspect of NUG and spending time with fellow Bondies. That will be interesting and I’m pretty sure there will be some athletes who would stay in and keep you company. What will be the cutting edge our team will have over the competition? Even though we just formulated the team, we have a tight bond on and off the field already, which always helps because there is no ‘I’ in team. Leyla, Emily and I constantly play together in the social comp on Monday nights and that has helped assist the knowledge of our personal movements we make to terrorise the opposition. How have you been balancing both your studies and touch football training commitments and together with balancing a part time job? It’s extremely difficult balancing both, not only life as a student and athlete, but also working part time at a Custom Prints/souvenir shop in Surfers Paradise. Also I work at a news agency on and off and have been there for 4 years, so it’s a bit like home. By constantly being occupied, I actually feel my life is more structured and that I am a more disciplined girl than before.
Netball is a Sport for GirlsBiggest Fallacy Out. (Russell McPhee will be proud of this)
Some sports are made for females and some sports are made for males only. Although this topic might be controversial, we have to admit that we have at one point of time made this mistake. Rugby is made for males whilst netball on the other hand is for females. This was one of the stereotypical images of the respective sports which I had adopted before a tragedy occurred involving the sport of netball and myself. It all began in Semester 123 when a fellow Bondy, Nicholas Coundouris, invited me to sign up and join his social netball team “Net The Good Times Roll.” With no experience at all, my skills as netball player improved as the semester went on thus establishing my position as a Wing Attack or Wing Defense player. This allowed me to put my acceleration strengths to good use to pass the ball to my teammates. Even though we only managed to win one game all season, I had fun with the team and established new friendships with other Bondies on the team. Fast forward to the brand new year and Semester 131, I again joined up with Net The Good Times Roll and played a handful of matches. Due to my various commitments in uni life, this restricted my availability to play for them all season long. Although this was the case, I still managed to help educate the Americans in the Accommodation Centre to play the support during Res Wars.
Persuading them to accept the sport as it is was another thing as seen by Rohit Gupta’s video in the Res Wars Semester 131 recap where he says that the sport is gay. Three months later and Semester 132 began, as an influential individual on the Bond University Malaysian Association (BUMA), I managed to create a Malaysian team for the social netball competitions on Tuesday nights. Even though the Netball Exec like to call it a ‘social competition’ we athletes all know that in sports there is no such thing as a social game. I made this clear to my fellow Malaysian teammates and expressed the desire and need for us to win games. The team comprised experienced individuals such as final Law student Afiqah Ariff and Anis Lutfi who play for the Queensland Malaysian state team and also newbies in Law students Jacques Ting and BUMA President Raul James. The first couple of games of the season saw our team struggle because we lacked team chemistry and had difficulty predicting each other’s movements. As we learnt and built team chemistry, I emphasized to the team to converse with each other in in our Malay mother tongue language to confuse our opponents.This proved effective in our 3rd match when the pivotal moment and reasoning for me writing this article occurred. After being challenged by the other team’s player and a fellow friend of mine Tamlyn Chippindall to guard her, I changed from my position on the wings to be a Goal Keeper. As I jumped to get the ball like how Dwight Howard does so in the NBA, I landed awkwardly and cracked my left ankle to my disarray. The first thing that came to my mind was my leg and recovery process because I have the Northern University Games in less than 3 weeks (at press release) that I am representing the Bullsharks Golf Team at.
Heading to the hospital the same night with fellow Bondy Kiran Marfatia who suffered a worse injury that night than me with the aid of Jona Villaneuva was somewhat embarrassing when having to describe to the doctor the cause of the injury. Walking 2 days around campus with crutches and having to be honest and explaining the reason why I was in it was a clear realization to me that NETBALL is NOT A SPORT FOR GIRLS. Upon posting a photo on Instagram, a fellow Bondy, Mitchell Baker commented on it saying that he twice suffered an injury due to this sport. In a nutshell, I would like to say that netball is NOT A SPORT FOR GIRLS! Try saying this to girls and even Kiwis (New Zealanders) and they will give you a frown because they are World Champions of the sport. It takes a high amount of discipline to play such a sport often dubbed as the female and less aggressive sport to basketball. Therefore I dare challenge any male Bondy to try
and play the sport without having a referee blow the whistle at you for the various rules involved in the sport.
SPORTS Bond University leaps forward with sport strategy success Bond University has recently developed multiple sport facilities on their Gold Coast campus, sparking much discussion within the tertiary sector. Much of this development is owed to the pioneering vision of Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford and his approach to sport integration within the university.a Speaking at the AUS National Conference last week, Professor Brailsford outlined his vision for the university moving forward, where sport was a key component in the university’s central plan. His presentation was titled “The integration of sport as a core within Australian universities: the Holy Grail”. With clear and concise data, Professor Brailsford discussed the importance of sport in Australia (both financially and culturally) and showed the disparity in spending between universities and communities. Utilising AUS research into recent Olympic success, Professor Brailsford showed Australia’s university athletes had more success than their nonuniversity counterparts. This was also evidenced in recent British and American Olympic teams. Professor Brailsford concluded his
presentation with a thought provoking look at the traditional model of Australian sport in the university setting and how, with changes to the university framework, a more cohesive view of sport and its positive affect on the students and management alike could be achieved. It is clear that Professor Brailsford is a man who practices what he preaches. This is best evidenced by the strategy that has seen Bond University open their redeveloped sporting precinct in time for the 2013 rugby, Australian Rules Football and football seasons. The fields received a million dollar makeover and are now considered one of the best sporting facilities on the Gold Coast. The sporting precinct has brand new state of the art facilities including two refitted clubhouses which feature a full kitchen, meeting rooms, change rooms and offices. Outside of the clubhouse is a brand new Australian Rules Football field and a completely renovated rugby field.
people on the Australian Rules Football field and 1000 people on the rugby field. These high class facilities have already attracted sporting organisations from around the country and overseas. Both the Papua New Guinea and Australian Rugby Union under 20s sides have held their training camps at the precinct this year. Bond University has also hosted Super 15 Rugby teams including the Bulls and the Sharks prior to their games against the Queensland Reds. The upgraded facilities have also benefited the students who are now able to host their football and Australian Rules Football home games on home turf. With the Gold Coast set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games facilities of this standard are sure to come in handy for future use by eager sport participants
The new Australian Rules Football field has been built to the dimensions of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground and has been levelled and fenced complete with team and umpire boxes. On from grass roots locals to international the opposite side of the grounds the super stars. rugby field has also been levelled, topped The lights on the AFL Field and fenced. Both fields are constantly are now functioning!! The maintained and kept in peak playing Bond Bullsharks Soccer condition. Team will play the first In addition to the field renovations, home game under lights on grandstand seating from Metricon the AFL Field tonight. Head Stadium has been transported to Bond down at 7pm to watch Bond University to cater for approximately 400 take on Runaway Bay
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