COMUNIECO - MARCH 2009 THE O-WEEK EDITION OUR AFFLIATES:
ARTICLES & EXTRAS PRESIDENT’S WELCOME - “WHEN YOU WANT IT ALL” UNIVERSITY 101: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS: BSOC CAMP AND CRUSIE DETAILS! SPORTS CORNER EVENTS CALENDAR
CAREERS CORNER THE LOWDOWN MICRO PLANNING? & HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME AT CAREERS BARBEQUES LEARNING BUSINESS WITHIN THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS & SUMMER LOVIN’ (AT WORK) HAD ME A BLAST THOU SHALT BE EMPLOYABLE!
SPONSORS’ ARTICLES OUR MAJOR SPONSORS:
PwC: WHY CHOOSE A JOB WHEN YOU CAN CHOOSE A FUTURE? DELOITTE ANALYST INTERVIEW DELOITTE: DESIGNING YOUR CAREER WITH DELOITTE
COLUMNS ERIC LIAO: A WARM WELCOME BACK ERIC LIAO: LIFE THOUGHT INFILTRATOR: ON STAIRWAYS
PUBLICATIONS TEAM WRITERS CHRISTINA LU ERIC LIAO CAREERS CONTRIBUTORS ADA WONG JACK ZENG JAMES HU WENXI QIAN COVER DESIGN ZOE YANG
OUR THANKS GOES TO THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTORS: AXEL SUKIANTO - SPORTS CORNER ROBERT CHAN - GRAPHICS PUBLICATIONS DIRECTORS LARISSA DAVIS email@example.com LESLIE WONG firstname.lastname@example.org
President’s Welcome “When you want it all”
ll throughout your university degree, you frequently stop and ask yourself, what do I want from all of this? Sometimes you see a glimpse of your future as a brilliant company executive and other times, only at the pile of tutorial questions in front of you begging to be answered. Whether your answer to that nagging question leads you to thinking about your career, your studies or where the next hotspot to build your social network is, know that you are not alone in your thoughts. The UNSW Business Society is the largest and most diverse undergraduate student society in the Australian School of Business. In 2009, our goal is to push students’ professional development, personal accomplishments and networks to new heights. Our culture of encouraging student participation is stronger than ever this year with a bigger Industry Mentoring Program, a more competitive sports arena and a more explosive social scene. This year, we are embracing the diversity of our members who are studying in every Business discipline by working with the big accounting and finance corporate firms, commercial banks and government agencies to bring you firsthand information and advice on paving your professional future with your first internship and surmounting the most harrowing task of securing that graduate job in these tough economic times. So when you want it all in 2009, watch out for UNSW BSOC, we will be jumping onto the scene from day zero giving you all that you want from your university experience. I would like to use my first words to you to invite you to our year-round Careers, Sports and Social events but also to invite you get involved with the society itself, to get published in this fantastic publication or to see our events shaped by your ideas. Inspire. Engage. Empower. Yours truly, Alice Yang
UNIVER SITY 101
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The epitome of class, dressed in the newest fashion girls in their heels and guys in their new jeans they purchased at half price. This is the usual draught of the typical first year student. That is until realisation sends its pleasantries to the first year student who has to weigh the costs and benefits of buying the textbook they need for their exam or the jeans that go well with that top.
1. Forget to bring all stationary and ask the person next to you whether you can borrow theirs to begin a conversation.
Now to the dilemma of the first year student; you bought a new wardrobe with at least half the savings from working during the holidays; you have set aside two hundred dollars for textbooks (but realising that it costs closer to 500 when you reach the counter); you say you will balance your social life with your academic life by being up-to-date with your uni work (and getting behind after the second week of your first semester); and then realising that this sentence was too long or that some fourth year student just scared you into thinking that there is no social life at university. Just remember that every first year student is as intrigued, scared, confused and/or all of the aforementioned when they begin.
3. University is not all about the study. It is an experience (not like that incident that will happen at orientation camp; that incident is something you say didn’t happen) which will impress you wherever your life may lead.
TIPS (random and not in order)
2. If someone looks as lost as you are in a queue accidentally spill water onto them as a conversation starter (application of the water spilling may not be needed).
Excuses of how your dog ate your homework don’t work anymore LECTURES These are helpful in the sense that it reduces the possible reading that will be required. You can liken the lecture as a song on your iPod of the gentle swirls of the ocean (yes 2 hours a week worth of it). In the lecture room uni is not the same as high school when you realise your working space is not suitable for a massive backpack nor is it suitable for your massive pencil case holding your make-up pack to sex up your workbook/lecture notes
(when your stationary spills over the table and into the seat in front of you, you will know what this is about) TUTORIALS These function as a conditional surrender of 1 hour social time to 1 hour summarisation for the 2 hours you spent not listening in your lecture for the tutorial you are attending. In most courses, group work is required in which one is allowed the opportunity to see that you are not as strange compared to everyone else in first year. TEXTBOOKS These massive door stoppers for most of the semester will cost more than you think it is worth, but end up purchasing believing that it will be of use. It will not cost the original 200 that you so envisaged but are the possible 500 that you managed not to spend for your next bout of “socialising”. The best idea is not to buy all of them before the lectures but to attend the first week before purchasing to see whether the textbook would not be the overpriced door stopper aforementioned or manual iron for your work clothes. Cheaper handtext
alternatives to first books are through
textbookechange.com.au, the BSOC website’s textbook corner, or you can look out for them in the 2nd hand textbook shops on campus or the posters near the quad. Remember to check the condition of the books before you fork over your cash. You’d be surprised to learn that most people can’t highlight text to save themselves. TRANSPORT I’ve been living on the same bench for the last 2 weeks because I don’t know what bus to catch back home. The most convenient mode of transportation is by bus, so this section will concentrate primarily on bus transportation. There are two central bus pick up spots to UNSW. There is the more familiar bus route of 891 from Eddy Avenue at Central station or the less common 890 and 892 from Circular Quay station. To meet the coolest people at uni (yours truly) and by far the easiest to recognise is the snaking lines at Eddy Avenue due to its convenience. There are three main bus stops at High street which are perpendicular to Anzac Parade, Lower campus (closest to the ASB), Middle Campus (closest to the library) and Upper Campus (closest to the bus back to Central Station in case you had cold feet about uni). The return journey provides one with two options, Upper Campus waiting for the 891 which is more likely to come or the prominent bus stop at Anzac Parade. The one at Anzac Parade is route 895 which takes you straight to Central Station, all others buses such as the 393/5 are an imitation of this direct route. P.S. if you do happen to find yourself in dire straits landing a ride home, try the grass at the Science Lawn. At least you have a toilet nearby For those who are joining us from overseas, Traveltens or Travelpass tickets can be bought from a newsagency or 7-11 before you hop on the bus. Some express routes in Sydney only accept these forms of pre-paid tickets. Eddy Avenue, as you would have already probably found out from your commute to uni, is PACKED with students and buses in the early morning.
However, buses are usually available every 5-10 minutes after 10am. To be safe, arrive at Central station 30 minutes before your class. STU(DENT)DYING If you’re anything like me, people say you fluked your way into university because you spent most of your time [insert activity other than studying here] during high school. But if you really are like me, you and I both know that it’s all about studying smart not studying hard (and thus spending the rest of your time doing something more noteworthy, such as surfing bestofyoutube.com). But of course this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there’s a reason why there’s a facebook group called “NO ONE TOLD ME UNI IS TWO HSC’S IN A YEAR!!!”. Instead of being used to going through one chapter between 2-3 weeks, you’re going to have to get used to 2-3 chapters per week. So here’s what you’re going to do (apart from the obvious which is try to be prepared for your tutorials and/or lectures). LEECH. Use your connections (or make some) to find a friend of friend of a friend of a friend who’s a senior or who has already done your subject. Ask for tests, tutorial questions and answers, test papers, past exams, anything. If you haven’t already been doing this during high school then you better damn well get started. Secondly, spend a second to do your past exam papers. Don’t be a fool and think they might have a different syllabus, textbook or exam method. Don’t let the lecturers fool you either. Some past papers can be found on the library website, or through the method we discussed earlier. Lastly, if you’re going to cram and/or have tendencies to be nocturnal, there are computer rooms ar the quad that have 24 hour access, provided you’re a commerce student and have your student card handy to swipe yourself in. You’d be surprised at the number of random people that are there on a Sunday at 4am. GETTING INVOLVED One reality of university is unless a lot of people from your high school year
decided to do commerce together, you’re on your own. For those who want their independance, this is it. Why? Because you’re dealing with your own future and you might as well getas much help, experience and fun out of it as you can. Getting involved comes in a few parts. The first one is initiative. You’re going to have to be annoying and ask questions. How can I get involved? Who do I contact? Where do i enrol? Everyone has to start at the same place (well, that’s not true, if you’re reading this then you’re already getting a bit of help). If you don’t understand something ask the tutor, read another textbook, anything before it snowballs into an apocalyptic mass of destruction that explodes on your exam paper. The second part of getting involved is easy. One word: tours. Go on the damn tours. Meet someone new. Plan to enrol in the same tutorials, wave to them at lectures and add them on facebook. You already know that university is the time for making those connections (aka. friends). The third part is going to your lectures and tutorials. See and been seen is the best way to put it. If you’re not planning to go to your lecture and tutorials (which is the most primitive way of getting involved in university) then what the hell are you doing reading this section anyway. The fourth part is joining a society. Join the Business society (shameless plug)! Join us here at Comunieco! There are heaps of socieities on campus (or start your own and show them leadership skills). A list of the societies is available on the UNSW ARC website (google it). The fifth part is partying like hell. There’s the start of session party, the mid-session party the end of session party. Go to the Orientation Camp, BSOC Cruise and the Ball. Do lunchtime sports or other activities that are planned. Lastly, stay on the ball. Most events are advertised pretty heavily, but to stay informed about everything is going to take your own effort. Check the websites or notices of your societies. To subscribe to us visit the website and we’ll drop an email in your inbox when new editions come out.
ERIC LIAO A WARM WELCOME BACK Welcome back to another amazing year of university! I know everyone dreads another year of university, but there are many advantages and things which people overlook! For instance, you get to see all those people, who’s faces you recognise but never talk to outside of university. Or that particularly good looking guy/girl/thing in and around uni who you secretly pray to at night. Another year of university also means new friends, and new opportunities to accomplish the oh-so-many goals all you commerce students have. There is nothing quite like that feeling of bumping into someone who you don’t really know at all, and having the emptiest conversation ever. When that feeling comes back, you know your back at uni. If you feel that uni is starting to crush you, there is always help! Such as the university counsellors and psychologists around campus. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are a few nifty (and perhaps cheeky) things to do around uni which don’t cost you a thing! Sneak into one of the music rooms, or into one of the roundhouse rooms. There are pianos scattered throughout the uni for all you pianists. There is also a pool in the unigym!! Perfect for the current weather, although I’m pretty sure that would cost something, unless... You could also check out the cool as rocks in the biomedical complex, if nonmoving, inanimate and lumpy things are to your liking.
ERIC LIAO LIFE Humans are a funny race of creatures. We live, survive and then die. But in such a short period of time, we achieve things which we would never have dreamt of. We come into this world with nothing except the unconditional love from our parents (and most of the time, their parents). As we grow, we learn. We make mistakes but they are always reversible. We make friends, some which last for a lifetime and some of which don’t. They bring us the most memorable, touching and funny moments. We pursue career paths, and try different things. Take a few risks here and there. We all fall, but we always have the strength to get up. Shit happens and things change which drives us to tears. We get over it as we age and learn that it is a lesson that life teaches us. We fall in love, and make someone feel as special as they are to you as you to them.
COLUMNS Sometimes we break up, but we always end up finding each other again. This is life, it is precious. Let no one tell you otherwise.
THOUGHT INFILTRATOR ON STAIRWAYS You’re yahooing over the start of a glamorous period of life as so and so tell you. Now you want to go upper campus to continue your walk of stardom, but everywhere you turn you see stairs. So what’s in for you? Trudge. Trudge. Quad. Dynamic. 1st year old and lugging all their textbooks to the core of commerce classes, first thing you hear is Well, hello, hello all you lucky people. And you really are lucky because what awaits you are the 106 steps of UNSW just getting you to a few of your futuristic classes and apparent better life. A month or two to settle in and get acquainted with the set up; your included exhilarating Accounting classes, ingenious Quantitative method practices (Excuse me if you’re an actuarial student), sagacious Economic study of idealism along with two other electives straight off the first year department rack. However, as you move into your well planned university course of life, there is always one thing you just never get used to – the wonderful stairs that exist within the campus. There’s this clichéd quote that everything is done for a reason. Forget about UNSW being built on a hill or that the stairs are a choice of exercise after gobbling down a large fatty meal or two. Let’s face it; if you want to get to the upper campus, you HAVE to climb stairs. The architectures just want you to remember that uni ain’t going to be a piece of cake. Each arduous step you take equals to one memorable moment of your university life. It all depends on how you wish to divide your remarkable moments and if you sum up all the steps around, you know you have an intriguing story going on. Of course, you can take the elevators just like how you may take short cuts in your subjects like using maple to solve your matrices in QMA. However, the beauty of the architectural design is that even after all those quirky little tricks, it all comes down to you again having to put everything together – you still need to climb a few steps. As idiosyncratic young adults, you have your parties, exams, social studies and homework load to balance. As brilliant human beings, we love being able to efficiently multitask. Sometimes we just need the elevators to help us cruise through some difficulties in life. So help yourself and remember those wheelie suitcases if you’re lugging all your textbooks to uni.
s r e e r ca rner co welcome
A huge welcome from the UNSWBSOC Careers Team! We’re more ready than ever this year to deliver you the best events and opportunities to help you get to where you want in life. If you’re unsure where you want to go, then we’ll point you to the right places! So who are we and what do we do?
Graduate and Internship Information sessions UNSW Business Society will yet again host a large variety of firms in two information lunches. The first will be the graduate luncheon in the first semester, while the internship lunch will take place in the second semester. Make sure you don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to talk one-on-one with student recruitment representatives and ask questions that will be useful for you when writing applications
The ‘we’ of this year’s Careers Team are Jack Zeng, Mike Li and I. We will be organising various events throughout the year to help YOU get the best information so you can make informed careers directions and give yourself an advantage in the job market. But we’re only in first year. We don’t need to start thinking about this yet.
Graduate Information Lunch: 24th March
This is the mindset of most new students who haven’t sat down and thought about their future in Commerce. Finding a goal for yourself gives you something to work hard for. Not only that, but it will help you choose the correct subjects to take each semester. This means no wasted units and no unnecessary classes. It’s also never to early to start networking! With events such as Industry Peer Mentoring, Graduate and Meet an Lunches Internship we talks, Entrepreneur the provide students chances to meet industry professionals from some of the largest firms in Australia.
Industry mentoring program
In order to do this however – we need more than just the six arms and legs of the careers team. We need YOUR help to make the events run as smoothly as possible. We’re looking for proactive people who can get out there and get things done. Most importantly is that they are followed through in a timely and professional manner.
Internship Information Lunch: TBC Check www.unswbsoc.com regularly for updates and details!
The Industry Mentoring Program is an innovative personal development scheme with a primary focus on giving students a chance to get an in-depth perspective of the financial industry. As business students we study disciplines such as finance, accounting, economics, marketing and the law, but this study does not teach us the realities of working in the industry we are studying for. At its core this program is a chance for YOU to take a step ahead of the pack and find out what lies in your future. By meeting someone who is working in the area they are interested in YOU will be able to gain insight which can help YOU make more informed career choices. This program is designed to inspire, motivate and educate students about career opportunities in order to instill in them a proactive approach to their career.
If you want more information please Applications open early semester 1. visit www.unswbsoc.com or send Check www.unswbsoc.com regularly an email to either Jack (j,zeng@ for updates and details! unswbsoc.com), Mike (M.Li@unswbsoc. com) or myself (M.Mak@unswbsoc.com) Meet t he Entrepreneur If you are interested in joining the careers portfolio either email us or our two lovely HR directors Joseph Lam (email@example.com) and Justin Rassi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
professional and entrepreneurial experiences. This series is designed to challenge and extend your potential into unforeseen domains and to get the most out of your career and life. There will be 2 talks each semester so don’t miss out!!!
Annual Careers Guide The annual Careers Guide is the pinnacle of careers-related information for business students. For first years, it is helpful for deciding which major to do. For second and penultimate years, it is useful for defining career paths and finding out more about internships. For final years it is ideal for learning about professional development programs and organisations for graduates entering the workforce. The Careers Guide will feature company profiles, application details as well as suggestions and tips. If you would like to partake in the writing, designing and researching for the Careers Guide, please send your detail to j.zeng@ unswbsoc.com. All majors welcomed.
Online BSOC Careers Section This year the official BSOC website will continue its special Careers Section that will be frequently updated with information and alerts about upcoming BSOC careers, workshops, activities, tips, volunteering activities and related events both on and off campus. Visit www.unswbsoc.com
Comunieco Careers Section
A Careers Section such as this one will feature in each monthly edition of Comunieco featuring information about upcoming events, internship & graduate deadlines, firm info, tips and interviews will be present. You Looking for direction & inspiration? BSOC Careers presents a unique series can subscribe to Comunieco on the BSOC website www.unswbsoc.com of talks featuring high profile speakers from the business and political community to share their
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Learning business within the Bachelor of Business Students in the Australian School of Business (ASB) have a myriad of different ambitions for their career. Some are set on venturing into the world of banking and finance, despite the tough times besetting Wall Street and every other street in CBDs around the world. Others have their sights set on CPA or CA accreditation and work in the world of accounting. Still others study management, marketing, economics or other majors. However, as the global financial crisis bites and what will inevitably be long-term economic hurt sets in, virtually every company in every industry is cutting jobs, delaying projects or at least, very seriously contemplating it. This must be causing severe bouts of distress and anxiety for students who are about to enter a very unfriendly workforce. For those with an entrepreneurial flair or ambition, these are pessimistic times but also a reminder that true job security comes when you own your own destiny. Entrepreneurialism as a way of thinking and as an academic discourse is attracting increasing emphasis at the ASB. The recently established Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has spearheaded the surge, with STRE2010 Innovation & Entrepreneurship being an undergraduate general elective that teaches the basic principles and practices behind business start-ups and commercialisation. Business students who are unable to undertake electives within the ASB or are unable to fit extra electives into their academic plan should negotiate with their head of school to see whether they are able to undertake STRE2010 as a component of their Major. BSOC and our partner the CIE will also be holding a variety of events throughout this year to help stimulate young entrepreneurs and create networking opportunities. The Meet the Entrepreneur series of talks will introduce you to serial entrepreneurs from the Australian and international community who will enlighten and inspire you with the story of their success. Semester Two will also feature an Entrepreneurs Week highlighted by a business planning competition that will function as the lead up to the launch of the prestigious Peter Farrell Cup competition. Check www.unswbsoc.com regularly for updates and details!
Summer Lovin’ ( at work) Had me a Blast... Okay, so maybe for some of you, working your way at your retail/office job throughout the whole of summer isn’t exactly ideal. I agree – the 3 month hard earned holidays is much better spent slowly turning a different colour on the beach, helping to stimulate the Australian economy at your nearest Westfield, sleeping in, baking banana bread, learning how to surf, re-organising and colour co-ordinating semester 2’s notes....you follow my drift. Luckily for summer internships (depending on which service line or division you enter, as well as which firm, and depending upon whether the economy is in recession or not) these usually last from 5 -8 weeks and gives you enough spare time to actually enjoy the rest of your holidays and earn some rewarding industry experience – not to mention extra cash! Furthermore, it’s not 9-5 in the office 5 days a week – most firms have plenty of social activities with the rest of your summer vacationers organised so that you can meet people from all different parts of the business and have fun and celebrate at the same time. If you are in your penultimate (second last year) of your degree, applications generally open around July and stay open till around August. Stay tuned on our website – www.unswbsoc.com, as well as COMUNIECO for internship opening and closing dates. Some general hints and tips about applying * Check the opening and closing dates of the firms that you are interested in applying for through their websites. Some have no closing date – so be sure to send your application in early! * Attend university organised, or industry organised networking events and speak to representatives from the firm, ask questions, discover more about the firm and their culture, what they do, and the line of work that you are interested in applying for. This makes it much easier when you are being interviewed if you proceed beyond the written applications * Try to make your application stand out from the rest of the crowd – remember that HR read through thousands of answers that will sound typically the same. * Always attach a cover letter with your application, even if it may not ask for one.
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THOU SHALT BE EMPLOYABLE! FROM THE DESK OF A RECRUITMENT PERSONNEL – WENXI QIAN The tough part is knowing what recruiters look for in an employee – that way you may be better prepared to stand out from the rest. Here are some few commandments to guide you in the right direction: Commandment No. 1: Thou shalt not be late! This may be blatantly obvious, but your interviewer will be judging you within the first minute of meeting you. It is much better start the interview process on a good foot than to have to climb uphill for the next 40 minutes. (And not to mention if you are late then you’re going to have a fun time trying to convince them that you have good organisational skills.) Commandment No. 2: Thou shalt have confidence, not arrogance! A firm handshake and a strong voice along with eye contact will show that you are not just some baby coming out of high school (even if you are!). Communication makes business and ideas happen. So don’t shy away! Commandment No. 3: Thou shalt be flexible in the workplace! M’dears, repeat this to yourself: “I am a person who can make the impossible happen. Or at least try.” Done? And now you’re wondering why… The easiest way to put this is if you imagine the company as a set of clockwork cogs. Flexibility is the oil that helps the cogs run smoothly. If you are a person that is unable to adapt to change or continuously learn new things (such as technologies and ideas), then you could potentially make the working environment much more difficult, not only for yourself, but also for other people around you. Commandment No. 4: Thou shalt be faithful to thy employer and hath longevity! This is one piece of advice that doesn’t come up very often (as compared to things like confidence and what not), but it is something that most recruiters look for when they are interviewing. Good companies will invest a lot of resources into human capital. We’ve often heard the saying “Our employees are our greatest assets”, but few of us realise just how much companies could lose from a high turnover rate. Companies will invest both time and effort in teaching new personnel, and some even provide regular formal training programs to ensure that their employees are in tip top condition. So if you leave, then the company is losing all those years of resources invested in you. (And if you were in Research & Development, then this could lead to a loss of intellectual property as well!) So in other words, recruiters want to know if you are able to commit to them….kind of like a relationship. If your resume shows that you keep jumping from job to job without some sort of a decent explanation as to why you did so (e.g. internships or temp jobs), then they’re not going to be impressed. Commandment No. 5: Thou shalt be true to thyself! Whatever you do, don’t try to be someone you’re not. While I wouldn’t say that recruiters are never looking for a certain character type (sometimes they do, but there are good reasons for doing so), you are doing yourself a huge disfavour if you pretend to be a certain character type. This is because recruiters are usually prioritising qualities like relevant skills and experience and ability to communicate, organise and learn over things like whether you have a funnybone or not. And if they find inconsistencies in your character, then they could be raising the eyebrow at you. Remember, recruiters would much prefer an unfunny, but honest person, than an unfunny liar. Ultimately, recruiters are looking for stars. They’re not interested in hiring just any Average Joe off the streets to fill their company for a variety of reasons. Human capital is crucial to a company’s success and they want to be investing in the best. Let your resume show that you have what it takes to be the best, and let YOU (yes, the physical you) show them that you are the PERSON that they are looking for! 17
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SPORTS CORNER In 2009, bsoc will have an array of sporting events. ranging from a ski trips, interfaculty sport events, intervarsity sport days, to lunch time sports and event student vs staff sports day! participating in these events would have literally, change your uni life. its an easy way to have fun in the middle of all assignments, projects and exams. on a plus, its a much easier way to meet friends, and maybe to get to know that hot girl who always sits in the 3rd row of CLB 7 during your microeconomics lecture! Our intervarsity events would encompass other business faculties of major univeristies around sydney, and is an awesome way of casual networking with other business students from other universities. also, it is an opportunity to meet up with your high school friends who chose business at other universiites around sydney, and then brag about how awesome the business degree in unsw is! The ski trip would happen sometime in july/ august during the mid year break, so keep your eyes peeled for info! The student versus staff sports day is a chance to get some hoops in over your accounting lecturer or and a bit of trash talking to your marketing tutor! if you have never seen unsw business staff outside lecture halls and their new office in the asb building, then you should come along and play a friendly against the staff of the business faculty of unsw However, sports events promises to be bigger than ever 足 we plan to have more events this year, more than we actaully mention in this article. these events are still in the works, so keep checking the bsoc website and watch this space! Axel Sukianto
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