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,…

Parking Problems

Writer: Larissa Werbiuk   Picture this – you wake up at 7 am, you’re lying in bed mentally abusing your alarm and dreading your 9 am lecture. Then suddenly, you remember it’s going to take at least ten minutes to find a car park at the VU Footscray Park campus. Doing the math, you know…

Dumpster Diving for Dinner

By Mia Robinson   In the last few years, sustainable living and environmental awareness have become less for the tree-hugging hippy and more of a global trend. It is now cool to care. But how far will those hoping to make a change actually go? In many circles dumpster diving, or ‘freeganism’, is becoming as…

Do Grades Reflect Intelligence?

Writer: Raquel Stevens   University students struggle to balance assignments and studying with their lifestyle and work. It is not only our ability to juggle these obligations that determines our final results, we are influenced by our genes and our past, as well as our current lifestyle. In every class, there are those who will…

Back to the Grind

Writer: Nicole Haddad   Making my way to university after a long break, I noticed that the world around me was dull. It bellowed with dullness and I responded with the decision to colour it. How else but to start with a coffee? I made my way through campus to the Reading Room Café. “A…

Sleepless

Writer Jeffrey Bishara   They say sleep is the cousin of death –I’m not sure who they are –but how much do we really know about the effects of sleep deprivation? Not much is known about sleep, let alone sleeping disorders. There can be severe consequences for uneducated sleepless beings; fatal car accidents, low cognitive…

Fashion Needs No Gender

Writer: Angela Hryc   Have you ever wondered what it would be like if both genders wore the same style of clothing? Well now, this has become a reality in the world of fashion as certain retailers and fashion designers are slowly introducing unisex and gender neutral fashion to their racks and collections. Gender neutral…

Emerging Artist: Archie Konstantakis

Writer: Purdy Scuderi   What is the name of the course you are doing at VU and how far into it are you? The course that I’m studying at VU is a diploma of graphic design. It’s  always been my passion to design things that are creative and visually appealing. Ever since high school I…

Migrant Nation: Josephine’s Story

Writer: Alexander Nuccio   Imagine you’re just eleven years old. Imagine your parents telling you that you’re about to move to another country. A country which you have no knowledge of. A country where no one speaks the same language as you. A country on the other side of the world. A country with opposite…

Student Writing Mentors

Writer: Shelly Payne   It’s mid-semester, and assignments are piling up. You can always tell when those due dates are close by with the amount of students who fill every corner of the library, making it impossible to find a place to sit. This time is stressful for all students; writing essay after essay is…

Anxiety Management

Writer: Ella Salome   Anxiety is a common foe for one in four Australians, according to Beyond Blue. Anxiety can strike at varying levels of intensity, in times of hardship or when everything in your life seems to be fine. Although anxiety is often considered less serious than depression, one can lead to the other,…