Farrago Edition Three 2021 Launch

✨Farrago’s Edition 3 launch is right around the corner!✨

Farrago is the University of Melbourne’s official student publication! Our theme for our Third Edition of 2021 is 🌼Retro🌼 so come along to our launch party and get into the groove of the swinging 60s, flower power✌️era on the 26 May for a night of mingling, readings from the mag and FREE drinks and snacks to be had – who doesn’t love a bar tab?🍸 Whether you were involved or want to learn how to get involved, everyone is welcome to join!🤩

🌟When: 5-7pm, 26 May
🌟Where: Ida Bar, Level 1 Union House
🌟Register now! Spots are limited so get in quick!!

Journalism in Colour with Ayah Alkhars

The UMSU People of Colour x Media Collective is presenting its first Workshop: Journalism in Colour with guest speaker Ayah Alkhars 🤩
The experience of journalists varies depending on their racial background.
Join us as we explore the issues journalists of colour face in the news industry as opposed to their white peers. 🗞
There will be a presentation exploring the breadth of issues that JOCs face, followed by a game where you get to live as a journalist of colour for one week in around 10 minutes! 📝
Followed by a discussion on possible solutions and explore affordances and hindrances to their implementation.
This is a non-autonomous event and open to white allies
Facebook event here .
.UMSU PoC and UMSU Media acknowledge that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this events. We pay our respect to their elders past, present, emerging and we extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  

Thanks for coming to 2021 Speed Friending with The Host Program! 

Stay in touch by following our Facebook and Instagram to see what other great events we have on throughout the year. 


Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 


Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 


Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 


People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 


Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni. 


General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!   


The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 


Above Water Launch Party

Above Water is ready to emerge.

Chuck a costume on and join the Creative Arts and Media departments as we launch volume 16 of Above Water, the creative writing and art anthology of student works.

We will also be announcing the WINNERS from our written and visual art categories!


WHAT: Above Water Launch Party
WHEN: 6pm, Friday 30th October
DRESSCODE: Halloween but make it art


Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/86167890968…
Password: 576373


Art Credit: Anya Wong (@iamiokzi).

Logo Credit: original design by Clara Jose, adapted by Bethany Cherry.


Above Water and the Creative Arts and Media Offices acknowledge the True Custodians of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. We also extend our acknowledgement to the First Nations students in our community. Sovereignty was never ceded.

You’ve been wading through the motions of 2020.
You keep going with art and writing.
Should you dare to win a prize?
Participate in art and create?

Above Water 2020 is now open for submissions!

Above Water is the annual creative writing and illustration competition hosted by the Creative Arts and Media Departments of the University of Melbourne Student Union. Shortlisted submissions are published within the anthology, with prizes for winners in both categories.

Peel back the lilypads and submit artwork and written pieces to abovewater@farragomagazine.com by July 22nd, 11:59PM. You must be a current student at the University of Melbourne to enter. This deadline was extended from the 15th of July.

Written and Art Submission Guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/notes/above-water/2020-written-and-art-guidelines/3253827564637877/?av=734257526594906&eav=AfbmaCz3G-7yKv6GnCbcT9DBXjuQvezrXQf1p4tNZRdZaCJTdeUnl8owZ4Y5Kh4Ke10

Check out the Facebook event for reminders to submit and updates from the UMSU Creative Arts and Media departments.

We are waiting for your wonderings. Get ready.

Artwork: Kitman Yeung.
Above Water Logo: Bethany Cherry based on the original design by Clara Jose.

This competition runs as part of UMSU. UMSU, as well as the Creative Arts and Media Offices, are located on the Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present, and extend that respect to the First Nations students in this community. The land we are on and the lands we are working from were stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Are you a student of colour? Want to participate in student media? Come along to our joint fortnightly collective, where we’ll be catching up on all things media and helping one another get more involved across our departments! These events will be autonomous to students of colour.

Farrago Edition 1 Launch Party

Thursday, 28 February 2019
North Court, Union House

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We’re so excited to launch our first edition for 2019, and we want you to come celebrate with us! Whether you’re into cricket, doctors or drugs, Edition One has something for you—and if none of that appeals, there will be free food and drinks, and bops supplied by Radio Fodder!

If this is your first time at a Farrago event, or you just need a friend, feel free to message Carolyn, Katie, Ruby or Stephanie beforehand, and/or come find us at the party! We’d love to meet some new people (and also we spend so much time in the office we need to remember how to socialise, please you’d be doing us a favour).

This event is being held on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their elders—past, present and emerging—and acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Word(Game) Play

Wednesday, February 27
Media Space, Level 4, Union House

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Come get to know the Media department with some wordy games!

UMSU and the Media Department are located on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their elders—past, present and emerging—and acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Carnival Day 2019

Tuesday 26 February 2019,
South Lawn

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Carnival Day is the official opening to SummerFest and one heck of a welcome party for all new and returning students, staff and friends of the University of Melbourne community.

Say hello to UMSU (your student union) in style with giveaways, games, live entertainment and much more. There’s something for everyone, whether you’ve got energy to burn or just want to find a nice place to chill and read about the new life ahead of you.

Keep an eye out for Hooptopia at the Union House Theatre marquee. While you’re there, get a free 80s hair makeover from our friendly stylists. Once you’re looking fierce, stop by the Advocacy and Legal tent to find out more about these amazing services (and grab some happy snaps from their photobooth).

Visit UMSU Activities to find out the rad bands and parties they’ll be hosting throughout the semester and score some tickets to Union House Sleepover and Start of Uni Party. Still keen for more? Stop by UMSU International’s tent to grab a goodie bag and sign up for their fun adventure tours!

Munch on free fairy floss and win prizes with UMSU Welfare and wash it down with popcorn, shaved ice and rad chats with your UMSU Disabilities reps. Catch up with your UMSU Education representatives and learn about the important campaigns they’ll be running this year to make your time at uni an all-round better experience. Introduce yourselves to our lovely reps from UMSU People of Colour and win prizes with their carnival games – or just indulge in the free snacky things they have on offer.

Meet the fun folk from UMSU Queer, get some glitter for yo face and a zine to take home. Speaking of, don’t forget to stop by the UMSU Media stall to find out how you can be involved in Farrago Magazine, Radio Fodder and more!

Of course, take some time to visit the UMSU Clubs & Societies tent to grab a Clubs Guide and prepare yourself for the Clubs Expos later in the week!

Meet the UMSU Women’s department, get a rad tote bag and find out how they’ll be working hard for gender equality across the campus and in the wider community. Make sure you take some time to meet UMSU Enviro, nom some free rice paper rolls, enjoy a chai and find out how they can show you the door to sustainable thinking and effective activism.

North Beach

Had enough of the noise and sun? Come on up to North Court at Union House and enjoy the chill beach space. Yup, we’re trading bricks for sand to give you a nice quiet space to relax and decompress 🙂

Farrago Edition 5 Launch Party

Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The Ida Bar, Level 1, Union House
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Edition five is almost here in all her bright and colourful glory. Quash your WinterFest blues and come celebrate her birth at the Ida at 4:30pm on Tuesday, 17 May. There will be drinks, friendly faces and, of course, lots of copies of our new child.

Let one of us know if you are feeling a bit nervy about coming (Ashleigh, Esther, Jesse and Monique) or come say hi to us on the night.

Unfortunately, this event is 18+, but if you are underage, there will be plenty more events throughout the year for you to come along to such as wordplays and workshops to meet the team. Alternatively, feel free to pop by our office on level four of Union House and hang out in the media space with our other babies.