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The Mudder Duckers

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On the 14th of September 2013, the Mudder Duckers paid $140 each to run through mud, crawl through tunnels and under barbed wire, jump off planks, dive under ice, and get electrocuted for 20km. Why? To test their limits in the self-proclaimed “toughest event on the planet”: the Tough Mudder.

Tough Mudder is an obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces to test physical stamina and mental grit. So, as one might expect, I was nervous. I also didn’t fully realise what I’d signed up for until I received the course map – 18 obstacles scattered across 20km of Phillip Island. Minimal training, combined with my crippling fear of heights, meant that this would be one of the greatest challenges of my life thus far. Read More

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Start Me Up

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Talking innovation with ex-Ormondian Ed Hooper

Strolling across the vibrant, co-working space The York Butter Factory, it is clear that Ed Hooper has come far in the five short years since he bounded about Ormond’s corridors as a Computer Science major. Now CEO of the start-up 121Cast, he presented to us his latest creation with palpable enthusiasm.

Ed saw a problem that needed solving. Mainstream radio gives you news, music, weather and talk shows, all curated by networks who guess what it is you want to hear. But what if you love Hamish and Andy, but not the Top 40? Or want your NPR with heavy metal? Omny is the solution, in app form. Read More

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Not Your Usual Readings

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Zara La Roche: “Ethics: Taboo Genetics”

The article “Ethics: Taboo genetics”, featured in Nature, analyses the timelessly revisited Brave-New-World question of whether science should or shouldn’t meddle with human nature. The article focuses on the ethics of investigating the genetic origins of traits such as intelligence, race, violence and sexuality. Read More

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You Will Get Chlamydia, and Die…

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Despite the fact that chlamydia is the most common notifiable STI among young people in Australia (a disease that is required by law to be reported to government authorities), it is not a conversation topic that you’re as likely to happen upon in the Dining Hall as Foucauldian discourse.

Ormond gives us the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals in both social and academic settings and this is most evident at the dining table. But there is an inherent imbalance towards the subject material of Arts disciplines, and consequently, we lose the knowledge that could be added from other courses. Surely, if the Panopticon is relevant to our lives, then the nature of a prevalent disease, like chlamydia, should equally engage our attention. This begs the question: how do we as Biomed students offer more. Read More

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I Am Tegan Leach

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Are you a young woman? Do you have sex with men? Do you use contraception? If you fell pregnant tomorrow, would you deem yourself too young to be a parent? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you are Tegan Leach.

Are you a young man? Do you have sex with women? Do you use contraception? If your partner fell pregnant tomorrow, would you deem yourself too young to be a parent? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you are Sergie Brennan. Read More

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Planting the Seed

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Advocacy in the Heart of Melbourne

The first thing David Millar points out to us is the Mont Blanc store across the road from the Verandah Café in Collins Street. “I used to own four pens from there,” he says, as he beckons a waitress over. “The cheapest pen they sell is around six hundred dollars. And it’s made of plastic,” David adds. He likes having that store across the road to remind him of the ostentatious wealth that sits side by side with the disadvantage that riddles Melbourne’s CBD. Read More

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Luck, a Line, and a Lesson

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During an address from the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi, I took away a pretty profound message: it’s only luck that determines our quality of life. He explained that there was no tangible reason he grew up well fed and secure in Afghanistan while young boys his age rummaged through his family’s garbage every night for scraps of food. From his perspective, he was simply lucky to have been born on the fortunate side of his home’s wall. Read More

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Zoom Out

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The buzz subsided. Turf lost novelty. Laundry looms in large piles in the corners of your room.

Lectopia is your home page. The Spot is too far. The Age just went tabloid.

And everyone is so goddamn talented, except you.

What are you doing? Who said you could be here? That clear-cut career path is swamped by too many alternatives. Read More

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We Will Rebuild

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It was a quiet morning in the Ormond Academic Centre. I’d settled down into an enclave conveniently close to a powerpoint, headphones on, keyboard at the ready, about to smash through some study. Moisis was yelling incoherently about some cause we should all believe in, Lex Thompson quietly judging the Freshers laying garries in the corner; it was going to be a good day. Read More