Schizophrenia

Writer: Tegan Dawson My heart pounded to the beat of the helicopter as it passed over my house in the dead of night. Throwing off my doona, I sped along the polished hardwood floors. I slammed into the laundry door, forcing it open. Scrambling on top of the washing machine, my feet barely touched the…

Congestion

Writer: Raquel Stevens Photographer: Daniel Bowen There is no breathing room. Everyone is standing forward in the direction we are moving. I wouldn’t know if the six people right next to me picked my pocket. If they did, they couldn’t get far. The man directly in front of me has a large bag, which I…

An Artistic End

Writer: Jake Addams Photographer: Ron Frazier   When the news of David Bowie’s passing broke, I was eating chicken schnitzel and scrolling through Twitter. A succinct death announcement had been posted on Bowie’s official Facebook page just minutes earlier. Someone had linked to it with a series of question and exclamation marks that encapsulated the initial…

Human Trafficking

Writer: Louise Purcell   For the adventurous first world types finding themselves on a humbling journey through the slums of India, or the working class Australians maximising their cash on the Indonesian coastline, it is hard to ignore the poverty stricken pathways. Small children begging past their bedtimes, youths born into an underground world where…

What Pride Means To Us

Writer: Olivia Bentley Photographer: Jessica Hopkins Recently, VU Pride and the VU Arts Society collaborated to hold a an art competition, asking artists, photographers and writers what pride meant to them. This photograph, accompanied by the below piece of writing, was the winning entry. Congratulations Jessica Hopkins and Olivia Bentley! The definition of pride is…

The Rise of the ‘Isms’

by Mitchell Frost Most of you will have read about the controversy of plans in Bendigo to erect a mosque. The debate started as a local one, but as the opposition became more heated and discriminatory, the entire nation started to watch these small town events unfold and provide their own commentary. The debate has…

Because I am an International Student…

Writer: Sally S.Y. Cheung People always focus on others’ achievements but forget the effort behind the scenes. There were many times when my friends said to me ‘You are having so much fun in Australia’, ‘I am so jealous that you can live by yourself’, and ‘You can have a lot of freedom overseas’. I…

Seen, Not Heard: Six Podcast To Diversify Your Summer Listening

Writer: Jai Moore I like podcasts. I listen to them while I’m cleaning my room, commuting to class, or on the occasional long walk. They keep my mind active and entertained while my hands are busy. The voices of presenters I listen to regularly bubble along in my earbuds like the chatter of an old…

New York: A Traveller’s Guide

New York: A Traveller’s Guide Writer: Larissa Werbiuk New York, ‘the city that never sleeps’, is full of new surprises and adventures at every turn. You can be casually window shopping through SOHO, then turn down a side street and find yourself in Chinatown or Little Italy. In Central Park, which is close to the…

Get Up, Get Active.

As Melbourne wakes from its icy slumber, and spring rolls around, many of us are ready to shake of our winter blues and get active. Spring is a great time to get out of the house and try something new, so if you’re looking for some interesting new ways to get active in Melbourne’s west,…