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Just Google It

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I’ve wanted to write an Ormondian article since early on in semester one. BUT, if you’re going to write something worth reading, it’s best to be excited by what you’re writing – right?

So… Google “interesting discussion points.” Enter. Click. Read More

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Living Out

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Ormondians,

I used to be one of you. I used to tread these hallowed halls in an academic gown, and ugg boots or thongs, weather dependent. I used to ask Deepak for extra sweet corn. I used to banter with Abdul, leave brunch with scones in my pockets, and burn cheese in the grill.  I used to proudly wear my bumblebee at rugby matches and my pyjamas at breakfast. Read More

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The Winning Mentality

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We’re all winners. We’re high-achievers. We’re the fucking best by far, right? And we know it so well that we freely drop these phrases into conversation. I’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. I’ve said it. Anywhere else such egotism would be ridiculed. But of course, we say it with good reason. We are really good at what we do. It’s undeniable. Naturally, we feel these phrases are permissible. 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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Porn and Patriarchy

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Recently, I’ve dabbled in anti-porn feminism and pro-sex feminism, watched porn in a lecture theatre, witnessed the controversy surrounding Masterchef’s sexism, and enjoyed Four Letter Word’s fantastic production of In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). So, I thought I might share some thoughts on sexuality, gender and porn. Read More

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Agony Aunt

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 Dear Aunt,

We’re pretty lucky here at Ormond to have a fully-catered college. People cook our meals and clean up after us. That means that I can leave a plate with a half-finished meal anywhere around the college and it will just be dealt with. Isn’t that fantastic?

Spoiled Brat

Dear Spoiled Brat,

 

Here’s a simple questionnaire for you.

1. Are you over the age of ten?

2. Did you say something vaguely positive in your Ormond interview, in response to a question about communal living? Read More

Grammar 101 – me, myself, I?

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With Microsoft Word’s ‘Spelling and Grammar’ window only a click away, it’s easy to see why this most imporant subject is skimmed over in today’s school curriculum. Why endure tedious grammar exercises and learn the often obscure rules of the English language when the computer corrects your mistakes anyway?

This seems to be the prevailing attitude towards the teaching of grammar, but we sometimes run into difficulty when that familiar green line appears under a sentence and Word instructs us to consider revising our fragments. Read More

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Anzac Day Debate

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Should we embrace Anzac day as playing a formative role in Australian nationalism?

Military achievements are exalted above civilian ones; events overseas are given priority over Australian developments; slow and patient nation-building is eclipsed by the bloody drama of battle; action is exalted above contemplation.

What’s Wrong with Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History’, p.173

It’s important to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers past and present. But for me, ANZAC Day refers to the unique experience of male soldiers on the frontline, driven to extremes by force of war and survival. How can the figure of the ANZAC – a white, Anglo-Saxon male – be seen to represent what it means to be Australian in 2013, when this image excludes women and the diverse racial groups that make up contemporary Australian society? Read More

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The Power of Pants

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It’s eight pm on Wednesday 11 April, just moments before the start of A Scholars’ Affair. Visibly dishevelled, and bearing the undeniable fragrance of post-Pantry Service, I consult my wardrobe. Swiftly, I choose a pair of geometrically patterned, navy, silk pants; a seemingly inconsequential decision. Armed with a black top, red lipstick and shampoo I rush for the Picken A showers, subsequently arriving at A Scholars’ Affair fresh, clothed, and fashionably late. Read More

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It’s all in the small

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Recently, munching on some Indian spiced nuts at a free vegan dinner at North Court with an Ormond pal, I had it put to me, “Why would you spend that much on a college? You could take all that money and rent a penthouse!” While explaining the pros of College, I couldn’t help but feel what I was saying didn’t hit the spot. Read More