Vale Peter Horsfield

Our friend and colleague Peter Horsfield passed away on July 6. We send our deepest condolences to Peter’s family and loved ones. Peter worked tirelessly to support his fellow students at UWS as a member of the Penrith Student Campus Council, holding the Disability and Mature Age portfolio, and as a National Union Of Student […]

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The Shock of the Newstart

I came to the conclusion that I needed a break from the rollercoaster of financial stress and University study just before Christmas, when we single parents got wind of the changes to Parenting Payment Single.  You may have seen my rants before on the Facebook Page, Uni Family Support (UFS).  I am a single parent […]

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Let’s Get Loud: NSW abandons the right to silence and why you should care

You’ve all heard it before – the famous Hollywood line: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law”. Before March 20 this year, all police officers in NSW were required to give a similar caution. But that’s not quite the case […]

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Wrong place, wrong race: A look at blatant racial profiling

When the investigation of an innocent Saudi national’s apartment revealed no evidence that could implicate him in the tragic Boston marathon bombings, the media reported he was just “at the wrong place, at the wrong time”. The 20-year-old student was in fact a victim of the bombings, however, he was detained because he appeared to […]

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Campbelltown’s rainbow crossing

In the spirit of gay pride and following the lead of City of Sydney Council, my friends and I decided to make the residential college at Campbelltown a little more colourful one night by chalking the main apartment steps rainbow! To my surprise it seemed that nobody at all put in a complaint, tried to […]

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Does racism have a seat on the Australian bus?

As children we are taught to fear what is unknown to us. Do not speak to strangers, they told us. Do not run far away from the playground, they told us. Do not let go of my hand, they told us. And inherently, we feared what was “strange” to us. But as we grew, and […]

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Abortion: Is it any of your business ?

I recently went to my Great Uncle Dick’s funeral. He was a singular sort of guy. Intelligent, accomplished, a regular DaVinci amongst the poor, Lancastrian working class of the Northern Beaches of post-war Sydney. He lived alone for most of his life with the rest of the family kept, at his behest, at arm’s length. […]

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Where’s my iPad ?

With iPads coming into campus and lecturers and their units walking out, much controversy has surrounded decisions of senior UWS staff in the past eight months. Many have been furious at the cutting of units across several schools of the University, and their anger was not abated by the announcement of a thirty million dollar […]

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Welcome Back Students!

Welcome back students, teachers, incompetent UWS management staff and those of you who have no idea why you’re reading this. While you’re reading this article, I would firstly like to give big congratulations to each and every one of you here at UWS for surviving the fire and grim stone that was the end of […]

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Tarmon’s Tale

As the din of battle subsided, all that could be seen for miles were plumes of thick smoke from the wrecked and smouldering war machines, signifying for many of us what had been a fractious period rent with strife and mistrust and that no one was safe in their own world. We all had to […]

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