The response from Thursday’s Student Services carnival has been awesomesauce!!!! A lot of promising jaffies in sight. All the best to these amazing students and a big welcome from us in UMSU International!!!

Friday’s Food Adventure was a tasty success and Saturday’s Melbourne Adventure was a race to the pinnacle of fun. Tomorrow is our Lounge Party, so drop by the Intl Lounge to meet friends, play games and eat some.



I am currently planning the third night of the Women’s Mentoring Networking Night! Please come along and put it in your diaries so you don’t forget!

Date: Monday 12th May
Time: 6pm-8pm

It’s a bit later this time but that’s okay because there will be an abundance of food to eat to keep you full and drinks to keep your throat lubricated!
Place: Graham Cornish A+ B on the Second Floor of Union house, next to the elevators.
Speaker : Our Next speaker is the Wonderful Yvonne Meng, a well accomplished architect and teaching Associate.

Yvonne studied her Bachelor of Architecture Design at RMIT then went on to do her Masters in Architecture and received her full professional registration last year. During her time at RMIT Yvonne went on exchange to Germany’s Technicshe Universitaet Berlin. Currently, Yvonne works at the City of Melbourne as an architect and at Monash University as a Teaching Associate in history and theory, communications and first year design.

Since 2012 Yvonne has also been the creative director of an event PROCESS, a once a month public lecture series about architecture, design and urbanism. She is also currently a regular guest critic on design studio panels at RMIT and Monash Previously Yvonne Co-chaired VYAG (Victorian Young Architects and Graduates, Victorian branch of a network for young architects that runs part of the Australian Institute of Architects) from 2012- 2013, was on the Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Council last year (through VYAG) and curated an exhibition for the work of young and emerging architects in Victoria at the Fracture Gallery at Fed Square to give exposure to the younger generation of architects and designers .

Yvonne has amazing professional and academic experience that I encourage everyone to come along and meet her and gain from her wisdom and experience.

It will be a great night to network with women from all fields. Feel free to bring your female/ women friends along.

Hope to see you then!

Donations welcome!

We are looking for donations of clothes, baked goods, nail polish and just all sorts of bric-a-brac to be sold at our Fair on Wednesday 7th of May. Come and drop your donations at the Wom*n’s Office (first flor, Union House). We will accept just about anything!

We will be reselling these goods to fundraise for NOWSA (the annual Women’s conference this year being held in Perth) which is a great opportunity for women to get involved, learn skills and network with women across Australia.

Note: Please only bring in baked goods on the day (Wednesday 7th of May).
Let us know if you are able to donate by emailing

Then make sure you come and bring your friends along to the fair! We will also teach people how to knit and paint nails (for a small donation).

When: Wednesday 7th of May
Time: 12-3pm
Where: North Court or second floor in Union House (TBC)
What: Yummy food, fancy nails, new skills to learn and lots of goods to buy!

When: 15 April at 17:10–19:10
Where: Joe Nap A and B, Second Floor of Union House

Hey All our Second Mentoring night is coming up next week.

We still need to confirm a few things but so far we have
Jeanette Hoorn the coordinator of the Gender Studies major, contact for Sexing the Canvas: 10 Works in the NGV and a well researched woman to tie nicely into Rad Sex and Consent week events as well.

Professor Hoorn is an art historian and curator who was educated at The University of New South Wales where she graduated with honours in Australian History in 1978
Professor Hoorn has published eight books and many articles in the fields of Eighteenth and Nineteenth British and French Academic painting; Gender and Orientalism; Darwinian theory in film and painting; Australian Pastoralisms; Australian Indigenous art; Gendering of Modernism in Australian art; Portraiture; Europe’s Civilising Mission in film.

We are hopefully having two speakers~! Will be confirmed soon.
This will be a DRY event (ie no alcohol) but there will be non-alcoholic drinks.
There will be food.

Afterwards I encourage everyone to go to Tsubu for Drinks for the Rad Sex and Consent week event. 🙂

Hey all

So we are a bit low on funds for NOWSA and so we are having a bake sale next week to try and raise some funds!!
If you are going to nowsa or thinking about it please donate some baked goods to the sale and feel free to come help us.

What is NOWSA? NOWSA is the Network of Women Students Australia and is an annual conference held at different locations each year.
It is open to anyone who identifies as a Woman, including trans.
For more info;

We are happy to store cupcakes and baked goods in our office until midday so you don’t have to carry them around fending off hungry friends in classes.

Please donate so we can raise funds for you!
The bake sale:


Words by Leonard Krasny
Illustrations by Clare Weber

MEDIA_fly_693x473According to the internet, you will eat around 10 spiders in your lifetime, mostly while sleeping. Whether or not this claim bugs you, it’s very likely that we’ll all be eating a lot more of our arthropod friends soon.

Edible insects are actually a well-established source of nourishment, regardless of the predictable ‘ew gross’ knee-jerk reaction of the Western world. Entomophagy, or insect eating, is currently a daily reality for around two billion people, mainly from South-East Asia, Africa, as well as Central and South America.

It turns out insects are an incredible source of high-quality protein, fats and minerals, and are far cheaper and resource-effective than raising conventional farmed animals. With overpopulation upon us, climate change looming, and uncertainty about future arable land, devouring those crickets, beetles and caterpillars might actually be a sustainable solution.

MEDIA_ant_596x399And now eating insects can be chic, too! Like a locust swarm of biblical proportions, bugs are literally sweeping the world’s hippest eateries, with top Danish restaurant Noma, various Parisian bistros, and a handful of trendy Sydney joints now serving up hearty insect fare. And they’re causing quite a buzz.

A friend of mine related the taste of a Mexican deep-fried cricket to—hold on to your seats—fried food. Who doesn’t like fried food? For one food critic, bee larvae were ‘sweet and gooey…like a melted lolly’, with another labelling a whole-roasted scorpion as ‘herbal, a bit musty, and pungent’. And with apparently 1,500 varieties of edible insects to choose from, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

MEDIA_beetle_548x687Personally, I would have no issue wolfing down roasted crickets with chilli, garlic and lime if it weren’t for one small issue: I’m a vegetarian.


As a vegetarian/lapsed vegan, eating animals poses a bit of an issue; and insects are most definitely animals. But if insects are a future food whose cultivation and consumption are so much more sustainable for an overworked planet, then who am I to say no? And if indeed insects feel no pain, then surely they are a delicacy both carnivores and herbivores can enjoy?

A vegan friend of mine won’t have a bar of it. She argues that the idea of organising animals, no matter what size, into a sort of hierarchy where chickens are a no-go zone but crickets are acceptable is how humans got into trouble in the first place.

It’s definitely a strong point, and one to which I can’t give you an answer.  Perhaps it’s something to reflect upon the next time you see a fly in your soup.