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Gatton Halls

With 2022 rolling in, many of us are looking forward to new beginnings and the UQ Gatton Halls of Residence are no exception. I began my time at Halls in the O’ Week of 2020, when the virus was a distant inconvenience. I don’t think I’ve ever partied as much as during that month-long bender: […]

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BEWARE THE BUNYIP

Something sinister lurks in the slimy, primordial UQ lakes. Strange bubbling, churning water and unexplained disappearances of students have caused alarm ever since the lakes were created. We investigate what ominous presence could be behind these events and why the university administration insists on covering it up. The UQ lakes were originally formed by damming […]

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In Difference

I remember the day it started in those first moments of true selves-awareness. It started with a conversation at the right time in the right mental space. My friend was having an identity crisis – her own awakening, and that awakening stirred something in me. I don’t remember what the words were that triggered the feeling, but I was left with a deep shock and a sense of terror.

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Larrikin Holiday Blues

I was filthy shit at coding, and I soon regretted my enrolment. Having failed my first assignment, I decided it would be best to drop the course before suffering academic penalty. Months remained, in the summer semester, and my parents were convinced I was still enrolled; each day I would get out of bed later, go to uni later, and come back home later. Guilt built up inside me.

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Australia needs more climate scientists

By Akanksha Singh With 100 of 140 climate scientists made redundant by CSIRO after budget cuts, and more CSIRO and NCCARF funds axed under the 2017 federal budget, it seems Australia’s climate scientists are in hot water (pun fully intended). The 2017 Australian Climate Science Capability Review by the Australian Academy of Science concluded that […]

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Sugar City

By Akanksha Singh   This is it. This is the end. Livy, the house, Mammy’s old Bible— everything’s gone. Every. Damned. Thing. I’ve never hated God or myself as much as I do now. Sheriff Walker puts a hand on my shoulder. He’s got that look in his eyes, the one that says ‘poor bastard.’ […]

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Changing consumer habits to adapt to the plastic bag ban

By Lauren Grimshaw   Each year, Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags and an estimated 3.76 billion bags are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia.  With the recent release of the ABC series War on Waste, these statistics have gained a great deal of attention.  Within the last few months, enormous pressure from environmental […]

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Is your* sunscreen destroying coral reef environments?

By Akanksha Singh   Sure, the title sounds click-baity, but it’s entirely possible. Don’t get me wrong, sun protection is important— especially if you live in a place where the ozone layer has a “moderate” sized hole (plot-twist: it’s not Australia). Regardless, ozone depletion is a global concern, and so is skin cancer. According to […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: UQ Union Response to National Sexual Assault Survey

Today we have seen confirmation of what students have been saying for decades. The rates of sexual assault and harassment at University campuses are staggeringly high. In 2015/16 1.1% of UQ students have been sexually assaulted in a University setting. 28% have been sexually harassed on university grounds – or during travel to and from […]

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