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,…

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…