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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


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

Women, Work, Wisdom

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The Orma’am dinner a few weeks ago was a wonderful celebration of the female mentors who have shaped who we are or what we aspire to be. It was also an occasion for reflecting on what it means to grow up female and what work is still to be done in terms of gender equality in the twenty-first century. Around the table sat women from all different generations, ranging from grandmothers to mothers, sisters to close friends. Over the course of the evening, we shared stories about girlhood and university life, and listened to anecdotes about motherhood and the world of work. Read More


My Week of Terror

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Monday 9th September, 11.50pm

The soft rustle of paper on carpet rouses me from a meditative slumber. Immediately my senses sharpen. My fists clench with anticipation. My mouth dries with fear. My eyes dart across the room, quickly scanning my accumulated supplies of home brand Nutella and green tea. Check. Enough bottled water within the room for the next 48 hours? Check. My eyes flick down to the document surreptitiously slipped under my door. It just seems so easy, doesn’t it? To take a life? But how can you overcome your own demons and slay your target when the shadow of paranoia and desperation lurks at every corner, fear nipping at your heels? Read More


Give and Take

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“All the good causes are taken,” a student complained to her friend after they’d waited for twenty minutes in line to get a free sausage from the Refugee Rights Club barbeque during O-Week. Just about everyone had put their name down for something and the lists were looking pretty full (as were the bins full of wrappers of lollipops used as bribes). Read More


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


People’s Choice

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Tom Walsh speaks with publicly acclaimed sportsman Hugh Whelan, after the acknowledgement of his contribution to Ormond’s sporting life in the inaugural OCSC People’s Choice Sports Person of the Year award – ‘The Hugh Whelan Trophy.’

Tom: Hugh, congratulations on your success at the Sports Ball.

Hugh: Thanks Tom, but I really want to say right off the bat, that this isn’t my award to claim, I would be pretty beat without my support team of financial whizzes, political advisors and underage stylists, so big shouts out to them – you know who you are.

Tom: Bro, what does it mean to have an award named after you?

Hugh: Tonnes.

Tom: Cool. Care to elaborate?

Hugh: Sure thing T-Bow. Not to toot my own horn too much, but I do believe that my award has really catalysed a palpable change in the patriarchal Ormond sporting culture of yesteryear. Gone are the days when only the muscliest, scariest, liftiest bros dominated the sporting limelight, gone are the days when the quieter folk were swept under the fanfare of their Alpha bros, GONE ARE THE DAYS when you needed to play sport to win a sports award. And Tom, I’ll give it to you straight, I’m excited.

Tom: Yes Hugh, I was hoping to bring that up with you. Talk me through your season. How was your form going into Sunday night?

Hugh: Well Tom, as I’m sure you’d know, there was a lot of talk about my impressive year. After playing one half during mixed netball, my purchase of two sausages at the footy Grand Final and my vehement support of American John’s plight to have Sports Coaching recognised as a legitimate subject (decision pending), my fairly serious consideration of playing Magoos at least a couple of times, you could say, there was a storm brewing – and the storm was called the “Hugh Whelan Award of 2013.” The people have spoken.

Tom: Thanks a lot for taking the time to speak, Hugh.

Hugh: No worries bro, you want another line?



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