STRIKE WITH ENVIRO! 
WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

🌟Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations!🌟
Join UMSU People of Colour, Welfare, and Activities departments and the University of Melbourne Islamic Society and clubs for a day-long celebration 🎉 We’ll start off with a big group breakfast, followed by fun activities and guest speakers, and close off with a delicious and filling lunch! Friends and family welcome 💛
👉When: Saturday, the 15th of May at 11:00am to 5:00pm
👉Where: Woodward centre, Unimelb Law Building
👉What: Breakfast, activities, guest speakers, lunch

👉Who: This event is open to EVERYONE

Register here: http://bit.ly/UMSUeidalfitr
More Bands,🎸Bands,🎸Bands 🎸coming your way with UMSU Activities bringing you Goon Sax!🤩🎵🎧
🔥This indie pop trio from Brisbane were still in high school when they made their first album “Up to Anything” and are celebrated for their new brand of transcendent teenage guitar pop! 🔥
BYO your bevs 🍻, cook up a BBQ with your buddies and listen to some red hot tunes 🎶 in the comfort of your own home all weekend long! Available for FREE for 1 week only.⚡️
**Note: this show will be available on-demand ONLY and will not be livestreamed!**
💥When: 11 May @1pm
💥Sign up: bit.ly/BBBS121

🌹Up Next on Bands, Bevs and BBQ… RVG!🌹

Melbourne band RVG combine rock, punk and pop sounds to create raw, lush, cathartic tunes … the perfect mid-semester escape 🖤

Our excellent gigs are live streamed and available on-demand for a week with a semester pass.

▪️1pm, Tue 27th April
▪️Live: UMSU Activities Facebook Page
▪️Register to check them out on-demand: bit.ly/BBBS121 👉Important: you’ve got to grab your pass BEFORE 1pm on the day of the gig to have access to on-demand👈
▪️Check out their gorgeous track Alexandra: https://bit.ly/3u8e4ds

EVENT LINK HERE!

🌹Elizabeth submerges us into a shimmering underworld with her odes to heartache. 🌹

Surging with an ethereal emotional intensity, her other-worldly pop melodies will make you feel on the deep feels. This glamorous queer starlet’s first solo album was a glittering highlight of 2019. Elizabeth steps into the spot light for UniMelb Students Tuesday 13 April at 1pm.

Don’t miss your chance to see this intimate, free show!

Tuesday 13 April via zoom
RSVP your spot: http://bit.ly/BBBS121

EVENT LINK HERE!
Bands, Bevs and BBQs is back! 🔥
We’re kicking off 2021 with punk 3-piece stunners, Cable Ties 🎸 This fierce trio are known for their smouldering feminist anthems, and have supported huge acts like Joan Jett, The Kills, Camp Cope and Cash Savage. Tune in via the UMSU Activities page for a set of pulse pounding tunes!
WHEN?
⏰ 1-2pm on Tuesday 23 March
🎶 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.
👀 Get warmed up at the Cable Ties Youtube channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOadhWn1QBxReH4SzfVMCAQ
WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT CABLE TIES 👇🏽
Cable Ties are a fierce, tense rock’n’roll trio. They take the three minute punk burner and stretch it past breaking point to deliver smouldering feminist anthems. Post-punk and garage rock hammered together by a relentless rhythmic pulse. Jenny McKechnie channels her struggles into songs that resonate deeply, giving voice to feelings often buried in modern life. Shauna Boyle and Nick Brown are a rhythm section anchored in Stooges primitivism – relentlessly pounding out a bedrock for McKechnie’s guitar pyrotechnics and vocal wallop. Three friends summoning a rhythmic tide to deliver anthems that turn latent anxieties into a rallying cry.
Cable Ties released their second album Far Enough in March 2020 on Poison City in Australia/New Zealand and renowned US label Merge Records for the rest of the world. It has been covered by Rolling Stone US, Grammy.com, NPR, The Age, The Monthly and elsewhere. Far Enough won Best Rock/Punk Album at the 2020 Music Victoria Awards.
The band has been committed to an inclusive feminist and political outlook since its inception in 2015, exploring issues of gendered violence, colonialism and sexual assault. The band members have been involved in benefit shows, organised DIY festivals and volunteered with Girls Rock! Cable Ties are committed to their local community and independent networks, and to playing
diverse, inclusive shows.
📷 Cable Ties photo: Lisa Businovski

SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!

READ ON THROUGH THIS PAGE TO LEARN ABOUT:

  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021

 

Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)

 

25 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.

 

How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  

 

Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.

 

 

Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

 

Have you wrapped your ears around PRESS CLUB’s second album Wasted Energy –  released into the world last year?  Thanks to UMSU Activities you’ll get a chance to lap up awesome sounds from this delight, as well as their debut album, Late Teens.

 

WHEN?

⏰  From 1-2pm on Thursday 5 November

🎶  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

👀  Get warmed up at the Press Club Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQVbFNzlagKr_oAIG3eBzZw

 

WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PRESS CLUB 👇🏽
From conception in a garage in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, Press Club are the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way.

 Wasted Energy  landed at #4 in the AIR album chart and #15 on the ARIA Australian Album chart, Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzzaddled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the razor sharp guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, not to forget the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster.

Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. It is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. As seen in single, ‘THINKING ABOUT YOU’ which scored an addition at triple j and landed on a bevy of Spotify playlists (New Music Friday in the US, UK, Aus & NZ, amongst others).

Wasted Energy follows on from acclaimed debut album, Late Teens. Fuelled by debut single, the buzz-saw guitar laden, ‘HEADWRECK’, which received loyal attention from music lovers and radio alike – landing high rotation at Australia’s triple j and Fbi radio.

See out semester 2 with Bands, Bevs and BBQ and rock band Slowly Slowly 🔥  Known for their emotionally charged vocals and uplifting rifts, their live stream is going to be 💥

WHEN?

🍺  From 1-2pm on Tuesday 29th October.

🍔  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

🍺  Check out their track Alchemy – it’s a banger.

GET TO KNOW SLOWLY SLOWLY👇

There’s an unshakable sense of comfort and resonance that comes with listening to Slowly Slowly. Frontman Ben Stewart’s vivid lyricism and emotionally-charged vocals douse swirling guitars and soaring percussion and prove the band as nothing short of striking storytellers. At any moment fragile and raw to boisterous and belting the next, the four-piece – completed by Alex Quayle (bass), Albert Doan (guitar) and Patrick Murphy (drums) – effortlessly capture real life and turn it into a rock song.

In early 2020 Slowly Slowly released their acclaimed third album ‘Race Car Blues’ to a tidal wave of success. Beyond gracing magazine covers and claiming Feature Album slots from triple j, Tone Deaf and The Music, each single enjoyed a rinsing on national radio while leader ‘Jellyfish’ cracked #57 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019.

On the touring front the band also claim sold out Australian tours, festival invitations from Splendour In The Grass, Good Things and Groovin’ The Moo and support gigs alongside The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Amy Shark as just some of the notches on their belt.

With more music in the pipeline and mounting critical and fan rapture ensuing, Slowly Slowly continue to stake their claim as one of Australia’s most vital rock outputs of late.

 

 

 

Its Bands, Bevs and BBQs Week 11! We’re bringing you amazing female fronted act, Jess Locke. This indie pop artist is known for her narrative rich tracks, grungy guitars and gritty vocals.

WHEN?

🍺  From 1-2pm on Thursday 15th October.

🍔  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

🍺  Check out her dreamy track Universe

GET TO KNOW JESS LOCKE👇

Melbourne artist Jess Locke is known for penning indie pop tracks that are at times subtle and full of melancholy, at times delivered with an acerbic tongue, but always steeped heavily in narrative.

Her new track ‘Fool’ is simple and raw, partnering dirty grunge guitars, a fuzzy lead, gritty vocals and a punchy rhythm section. It’s been a patient wait for new music from the admired songwriter, ‘Fool’ follows on from 2018’s 7” My Body Is An Ecosystem / Nothing At All and 2017 LP Universe which debuted at #18 on the AIR Independent Label Album Chart, scored triple j Feature Album, landed in the Australian Music Prize nominations list and at #20 in Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2017.