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Zine Launch

Come along to our Enviro Zine Launch in the Ida Bar for free drinks and chats. It’ll be a great event to meet new people and discuss the zine which includes a range of interesting articles written by students. It will also take place during the Twilight Festival in Union House so they’ll be a bunch of other activities to see before and afterwards.

The event will start at 4pm and go until 8pm in the Ida Bar.

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

Rally Against Sexual Violence at Universities

Wednesday 1 August
South Lawn

The 1st of August marks the one year anniversary of the Change the Course report on sexual assault and harassment at Australian universities.

Join us in calling on our universities to take action against sexual violence. Students from all over the country will be participating in a National Day of Action, and we will be hosting the Victorian action at Parkville. Come to South Lawn at 1pm for a BBQ to raise funds for End Rape on Campus. We will have speakers at 2pm.

Facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/147063436110586/

 

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SUMMERFEST 2017

You’ve heard of O Week, right? We figured that one little week isn’t enough to give everyone a proper welcome to campus for 2017. So, we cooked up SummerFest – two weeks of fun in the sun!

SummerFest is a kaleidoscopic celebration of student life, held over two exciting weeks at the end of February. Hosted by the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU), the bold array of things to see, do and eat will provide a fun and accessible introduction to life at university.

SummerFest is about making connections, discovering new things and finding your feet at the start of a grand adventure. We’re going to take all the anticipation and excitement that comes with starting a new semester and use it to transform our campus into a sprawling wonderland of diverse activities and experiences.

Open to young and old, new and returning students, join us for SummerFest 2017. Main events are:

      • Carnival Day – Tues 21 Feb: Say hello in style with our official welcome carnival featuring giveaways, games, live entertainment and more.
      • Clubs Day – Wed 22 Feb: Find your people with over 200 student clubs & societies to choose from!
      • Clubs Day – Thu 23 Feb: Day 2 of our massive clubs expo, come and meet your new best friends with a whole new list of clubs to join.
      • Volunteering Expo – Fri 24 Feb: Find out how rewarding and easy volunteering with UMSU can be!
      • Union House Sleepover – Fri 24 Feb: Party the night away in UMSU HQ with live music, open mic performances and more in every room!
      • Giant Waterslide – Monday 27 Feb: We’re bringing the beach vibes to Uni! Cool off while you get wet and wild.
      • Beers, Band & BBQ – Tues 28 Feb: The first of our famous gigs for 2017! Catch a live performance from Tkay Maidza while you score a free lunch and a cheeky beverage.
      • Market Place – Wed 1 Mar: Get ready to pop some tags (metaphorically) with our ultimate secondhand market for thrifty vintage shoppers!
      • Grrrls Rock! – Thu 2 Mar: Rock out with a killer lineup of bands fronted by amazing ladies.
      • More events in Week 1: Start Of Uni Party, Zumba, meditation, Yoga, Speed Friending, Green Screen, Free breakfast, Tours, Picnics, Collectives, Craft stations, Live radio broadcast, and more!

MAKE FRIENDS AT SUMMERFEST 2018
20 February – 1 March

Close Manus!
Close Nauru!
Bring Them Here!

Join the University of Melbourne Student Union and other community organisations this World Refugee Day to campaign for human refugee policy.

Detention on Manus has been declared illegal by PNG and the cruelty and despair on Nauru has led to two people setting themselves on fire. Come to a pre-election World Refugee Day protest to demand that politicians end offshore processing, free the refugees and BRING THEM HERE.

Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull have disgracefully tried to scapegoat refugees for their own failure to deliver on jobs. But we know whoever wins the election we will have a fight on our hands to Close Manus and Nauru. This rally can be an important signal that the fight for refugee rights will continue after the election.

We need to keep up the momentum of the LET THEM STAY campaign and deepen the movement for refugee rights to demand that Manus and Nauru together with all the detention camps are closed, and that the major parties end their support for the detention and punishment of refugees.

Speakers include:
Adam Bandt – Greens MP,
Mohammad Baqiri – refugee activist and Afghan refugee, speaker from Victorian Trades Hall Council
Louise Newman – Doctors for Refugees
Angelica Panopoulos – High school student

https://www.facebook.com/events/1718804361696026/

Come on down to South Lawn and enjoy some smooth beats, sick eats and comfy seats (read: delicious food, awesome tunes and beanbags!) while learning about the Education campaigns being run by UMSU and the National Tertiary Education Union.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/858366117592805/

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As part of UMSU’s Dis-orientation Week, UMSU Welfare is transforming the Grand Buffet Hall into one grand beanbag cinema. Kick back, relax and take the night off your readings as we present a fine film and some free popcorn too!

What’s the film you ask? All will be revealed soon…

CHECK OUT THE OTHER DISORIENTATION WEEK EVENTS HERE

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Join the NTEU University of Melbourne BranchUMSU Education and The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association as we present a screening of Ivory Tower, and discuss how we can campaign against Abbott and Pyne’s plan to Americanise our Universities.

This is a free screening open to all staff, students and community members, Light refreshments will be provided, so don’t forget to secure your ticket via the eventbrite link above.

About the Film:
In the US, as tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes US$1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?

From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State – among several others – Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the US, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, what price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionise university as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?

RSVP: Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/avUF3i                             Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/776617929117443/

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When a piece of legislation is announced that is seen as detrimental to students, students across the country protest simultaneously in a National Day of Action. These occur in every capital city, some regional cities and generally include a rally, the idea  being that students are much stronger if they act together.

This year, students may see the cost of their degree skyrocket to $100,000, under the Coalition Government’s plan to deregulate university fees, alongside a range of other, equally disastrous policies. Modelling has shown these plans to hit lower-income students and women hardest of all. Students will participate in National Days of Action throughout the year, to fight this legislation and campaign on accessible, quality, affordable education for all.

This legislation has been defeated twice in the Senate so far, but students and our allies need to ensure that deregulation and funding cuts are taken off the table permanently!

The first two National Days of Action for 2015 were on Wednesday 25th of March and Wednesday 20th of May, and each saw a cohort of Melbourne Uni students march from campus down to the State Library, where we met up with fellow students from around the state to protest these harmful reforms.

Join us in protest on Wednesday, 19 of August for our next National Day of Action against deregulation and funding cuts! We’ll hold a free BBQ from 12pm, before departing from South Lawn at 1:30pm, to march down to the State Library where we’ll join students from other campuses.

The Facebook event for the UMSU contingent to the NDA can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1447139232259545/

Student Forum: A New Union House?

The University of Melbourne has decided that Union House will soon be no more, and there will be a new home to student life somewhere else on this campus.

FAQ: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/student-forum-faqs

This location will also be home to the all-faculty student centre that will replace your current student centres, as well as home to most of your student services.

– Want to know what’s going on?
– Have some questions?
– Just have a lot of feelings?

UMSU is hosting an info session in Week 7 so we can bring you up to speed, and allow plenty of time for questions- no matter how big or small.

We’re going to be representing you to the University as it designs our new “student precinct”, so we want to know what YOU think. Invite your friends! We want to know what they think too.

We also invited a few members of the University Steering Group to this event, to whom you can direct some of your “what does this mean/why is this happening?” questions.

Can’t make it but have a lot of feelings? We want to hear them: UMSUnewunionhouse@gmail.com

P.S.Stick around afterwards for the UMSU Activities Campus Comedy Comp in the Union Lounge from 7pm (it’s free!)