Oh Captain My Captain

Jordan Kallady is the captain that any Southern University Games (SUGS) basketball team would kill for. He’s not just driven on the court – off the court he’s hard working as well.

Jordan is studying a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Health Education Management. Jordan is in his fifth and final year. He will be graduating at the end of the year.

“Majority of my education has gone towards project management, as there are new advancements in the field through computer systems. On top of that, sorting out legal requirements around medical records, more funding for a hospital, clinical coding and program development.”

Even though Jordan is finishing his degree at the end of the year. It’s never too late to change your mind about what you want to do in life.

“I couldn’t imagine myself sitting behind a desk in the next 40 years. That is why I’m changing to Para-med next year, after I graduate.”

Jordan would be described as a very active person, who has ingrained leadership qualities. These strengths were utilised in this years SUGS when he was captain of the basketball team. “Captain Softie” the boys called him.

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“I’ve been on 4 SUGS so far and the 2016 SUGS was definitely the best by far. Everyone was close on SUGS and became even closer after.”

A message from Jordan to the 2016 Basketball team this year:

“I enjoyed being your captain so much because everyone on the team was a good person, as well as a great basketball player.”

Jordan may be playing again next year either on La Trobe’s team as captain again or maybe on another? I guess you’ll have to wait and see.

By Brianne Keogh

One of life’s choices and a sneaky tequila worm

Vasilios is a first year at La Trobe studying a Bachelor of Science Degree. Like every other University student though, he’s indecisive. He does not know if the degree he is doing is the right one for him. Many students face this problem towards midyear. Some drop out – others defer. Vas on the other hand is in the midst of changing his degree altogether.

Vas found, “science wasn’t for me, as much as it is interesting – I couldn’t see myself having a career in it in the future.”

Why be stuck in a degree that would give you future dissatisfaction?

He’s been researching what degree to change into and has settled on a Bachelor of Phycology. “It encompasses the science factor and also the human body. That is what I find fascinating. I also want to make a difference in society and I feel psychology can do that.” Vas is also interested in how people think, and what stimulates a person’s motive. “In psychology I believe I can research this.” Vas is one of those lucky people that change their mind about their degree. Some people after 5 years still don’t know what they want to do

He was also on Southern University Games (SUG) for LTU, playing basketball. Vas on SUG’s was known for offering everyone on the basketball team tequila worms on the first night. Some may think tequila worms are gummy worms soaked in tequila however, you are totally wrong. These are real dead worms soaked in tequila. Some teammates were in utter horror. Vas with a smile wouldn’t let them back out of it. Vas on SUGS nickname was Lazarus because he rose from the dead and played basketball after a massive night out.

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Overall Vas is one of those guys you can easily get along with around LTU. If you ever feel like changing degrees go to him for advice because he’s been through it all.

By Brianne Keogh

Hann, the modern day superwoman

Hann Mrakov is possibly one of the most individual people you’ll ever meet. She’s literally one of a kind.

Hann is 6 foot 2 and she skyscrapers over the whole of La Trobe University. Hann isn’t discouraged by her height – she embraces it, in more ways than one. One of those ways is by creating her own clothes for herself. Every outfit you will see Hann in at LTU she has handmade herself. One of the reasons she started remaking clothes from Savers was to improve our environment, as she is an activist for the Greens. She believes “recycling is key to sustain a better future.” Maybe she’s right? Hann is an example of the future role models we’ll need in our society.

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She not only is an activist for the Greens, she plays a key role in rallies for freeing refugees in our detention centres on Kangaroo Island. She was the key person in the march that happened last week in the CBD. Hann recites the chants and leads the rally with the megaphone.

Hann also fed the Homeless last Saturday night. Hann isn’t just an angel she did admit, “I went to Anyway after and then had kick on’s at revs till Sunday morning”. Hann is a Revs regular and believes “Revs is the place to be”. She is also a regular at Doofs.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with DOOFS – “slang term doof or bush doof refers to a type of outdoor dance party in Australia and New Zealand, generally held in a remote country area or just outside big cities in surrounding bush or rainforests and similar to raves or teknivals.”

Hann believes “Doofs are better than festivals because there’s a sense of community within them.”

Hann also is a vegan and is very active in her local community against animal cruelty. “I once saw a chick be slaughtered in a video and couldn’t eat chicken again after it.” Now Hann says that her only favourite take out food is hot chips from Macca’s and fake vegan Parma’s.

Ever had fake chicken?

Hann suggest you should try it, before you judge it !

By Brianne Keogh

The “Hot Asian” takes SUGS

Southern University Games (SUGS) – the pinnacle of greatness in sport – where some of the best athletes from different universities across the south side of Australia compete. “SUGS”, the term shortened by the athletes themselves, is not all about playing sport. Oh no, Angie describes it as being “schoolies on steroids”. The amount of alcohol these athletes consumed could flood La Trobe University’s moats.

Angie Wang-Hartman was nicknamed on SUGS by the hockey team as the “HOT ASIAN” and this is Angie’s story on how SUGS was for her.

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“I played basketball for La Trobe in the second team. Basically we played basketball, slept, went out and met some pretty cool people. This was repeated for 4 nights straight. The great thing about SUGS is that I’ve met some life long friends from La Trobe.”

Angie does want to advise some students about certain things on SUGS. “ We went to La Di Da and Brown Alley for clubbing. I advise everyone who does SUGS in Melbourne, that La Di Da is shit, no one should go there again.”

Highlights were: “Dinner was really good, at CQ (the club everyone goes to on a Friday) they supplied some good potato salad.” Angie gives her tick of approval.

“The dessert was pretty good – didn’t like how our teammates ditched us on the first night so we didn’t get to eat the dessert – not cool.”

“Do SUGS it’s fun, but not when you’re shit at basketball… don’t do it then.”

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That’s it from Angie Wang, SUGS 2017 campaign for basketball starts now!

By Brianne Keogh

Marshall: the Hawaiian shirt and purple tuxedo

Have you ever seen Marshall around the La Trobe University grounds?

Do you recognise him? I’m sure you do. If you don’t, he stands out – big time. Marshall is 6 foot 2 and he’s always wearing a Hawaiian shirt on Thursdays to university. The shirt reflects his personality in many aspects, I hope if you do see him that you say hi because truthfully he is one of the nicest guys I’ve met on campus.

“I’m Marshall and I’m studying media and communications majoring in journalism. I journalise sport, that’s right.”

I asked him to elaborate on that but he replied, “People understand what journalism is.”

Marshall attended the Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal Gala two weeks ago for his journalism class. “We went there for a couple of reasons, we went there to have some fun, eat good food, and meet nice people. It was a load of fun! But the main reason we went there was to get shots of the formal for our story for the Making Media subject. Also, we went to grab an interview with the head chair of our Making Media bulletin. Apart from that (which stressed us out), at the end of the night we all just wanted to get home.”

We heard on the rumour mill he wanted to make an appearance in his purple tuxedo, let’s see if it made the appearance.

“The rumour is true, however, sadly it didn’t make it up to where I live at the moment. I left it behind, but, I’m sure it’ll make appearance one day.”

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By Brianne Keogh

INSIDE SCOOP ON JMAC

Have you ever heard of the Journalism, Media and Communications Society, known to some as JMAC? Well this gorgeous face here is one of the executive members, more specifically, the Social Media Manager. His name is Kristian and he’s a second year student studying journalism. He will tell you more about JMAC.

“Yes, I’m apart of the JMAC leadership team. I am the social media manager; I’m one of two people, who are controlling JMAC’s social media sites. I like social media and I spend most of my time on it so I thought why not help them. I enjoy social media; especially sites like Twitter, and furthermore I thought I could help JMAC boost their social media presence. I realised, coming towards the end of the year, JMAC’S social media presence wasn’t as big compared to the start of the year. So this year we have kind of all gathered and formulated ideas on how to do this. We plan to create a greater social media presence within La Trobe’s Media Communications community and for more people to recognise our society.”

I also asked him if JMAC lets loose anytime.

He replied, “Every second or third week we will go to one of the bars down the 86 tram line. We’d get together, drink and have a chat. We’d keep it very casual, more importantly we only do these things like once a month.”

“More importantly, on the 20th of April we are running a seminar, where 3rd year journalists come and talk about how to get your idea published and how to pitch it to places.”

“JMAC aims to help you build a network and to build your portfolio”

Don’t be scared to ask Kristian questions if you see him around La Trobe for JMAC, because he’d be happy to help!

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By Brianne Keogh

The milkshake that crushed my dreams

My adventure to find the milkshake of my dreams started here, although it might not be a happily ever after for us.

Naughty Boy is an urban cafe located in Carlton. With its industrial interior and fresh vibes, Naughty Boy’s atmosphere doesn’t disappoint. It is one of those cafes that are made for Instagram with the art deco all over the walls, and the modern finishing touches, to simple details, like tables and chairs.

Now, why you ask? Why am I at Naughty Boy well for the famous milkshakes? These babies revolutionise the average day milkshake into a tower-topping treat. That stimulates anyone’s taste buds. The milkshake I bought was the Nutella chocolate fudge one. Once it arrived it blew my mind! How? By how marvellous it looked, I could only imagine how it tasted. So I’m waiting and waiting, day dreaming over how amazing this milkshake is going to be. Out of the corner of my eye, I see the waitress with the milkshakes, and my mouth starts salivating and I’m staring at it. The milkshake set in front of me was covered in nutella on the outside of the glass, with dried fruit, on the top whipped cream and a brownie. It looked divine.

Unfortunately the milkshake didn’t live up to my expectations. It was not flavoursome, but milky. The only thing that stood out was the brownie at the top of the milkshake. It was smooth and gooey. Just the way a brownie should be and also very rich in chocolate (they didn’t scum on chocolate on the brownie). I was very saddened by the actual milkshake. The only reason you’d go there is to get an Instagram photo of the milkshake and everyone’s jealous comments on the photo. I thought I’d write this blog to my fellow La Trobe students, as heads up before you go – to not have high hopes!

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By Brianne Keogh

 

 

New Adventures

For me the transition into university was like a whole new world; a new place I never knew.

Damon explains that the transition from high school to La Trobe University was actually a breeze. This is his take on the transition:

“It’s actually been pretty easy, I guess. I haven’t had to do as much work as what I did in year 12. It’s a whole different learning environment in contrast to teachers giving you work to do. It’s good to have the responsibility and the freedom to do what you want. I only go to university three days a week, it’s different to high school where you have to go five days a week, and there is so much less structure. If you’re someone who’s independent and enjoys freedom then you’ll love University.”

I asked Damon, “It couldn’t be at all that breezy for you?”

Damon replies, “I really haven’t had any issues so far, I’ve pretty much from day one felt at home with La Trobe. I haven’t got lost at all and everyone’s really friendly. It’s just like going to school, however, you’re with all different people and that is what makes it fun. It’s cool meeting people older than you and hearing their experiences. The thing I’ll miss about high school is having close relationships with students and the year 12 teachers; you can’t do that in university. Being in a lecture room full of people, you can’t make close relationships with teachers.”

“By the way I joined the BISA CLUB. I’m an executive member of it. It’s an Indonesian club. We practice the language and culture. We also have fun stalls where you can by food, and on the 14th of April we are having a movie night on campus. So everyone come along, we’d love to meet you all!”

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By Brianne Keogh

Bendigo to Bundoora

This is a fantastic tail of a young boy and his bag of chips. Just a small town boy, living in a lonely world, he takes the morning train going anywhere… well not anywhere (sorry, I was getting carried away); but he does take it to the La Trobe Bundoora Campus every Monday morning.

Callum studies Public Relations at the Bundoora Campus, however, he resides in Bendigo. He spends up to $40 dollars a day for travel.

“I wake up at a mates house, he starts work at 6:30am so he drives me to the Bendigo station. I catch the 6:08am train, which stops at all stations unfortunately. That arrives at Southern Cross station at 8ish, and then I wait for 20 minutes to catch either the Hurstbridge or Greensborough train. That takes half an hour to reach Macleod station. Then I catch the 5601 bus to the Bundoora campus and then I walk to my first class in the George Singer building.”

So you might all be wondering why doesn’t he just go to the Bendigo Campus? Well for this reason; “the Bendigo Campus doesn’t offer my course, like I stated in my complaints letter that I wrote to them. I talked to my grandfather about this and he says it doesn’t offer my course because Bendigo concentrates more on the nursing/dental side of university courses. When I look at the Agora in Bendigo it’s just full of nurses. They might also not want to pay for lecturers for other courses I guess.”

However, Callum does do his electives up in Bendigo. In the future he hopes that Bendigo may cater to his course more.

By Brianne Keogh

 

 

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My Journey – Vipul Vashisht

“In 2012 I completed my Bachelor of Computer Science in my hometown, Chandigarh. I then got placement with Wipro Technologies in Bangalore; Wipro ranks number three in India and has offices all over the world.

I have been living away from my family for the past 3 years in Bangalore, India. That is about 3,000 kilometres from my hometown. I moved out at the age of 22. I moved to Bangalore in October and did it all by myself. I had three friends in Bangalore so it wasn’t too bad.

I work in Bangalore as a Project Engineer; I develop applications for them and for the clients. After three years of service in the company they thought I needed more experience and opportunities. I thought I needed more opportunities for myself to better my skills in technology. So, I chose to study a Masters at La Trobe. I have taken long service leave from Wipro, meaning I’m still an employee there however I’ll be away in Australia for 2 years studying.

I chose La Trobe because it has a good structure for the course I’m doing in the IT field and it has the courses that suit my requirements (like business analytics) for the coming future.

After I complete my degree I hope to work at Wipro in Australia for work experience, as I believe it will help my career.

The thing is, I have learnt a lot from my previous experiences of living alone and I hope I can settle here in Australia as well.”

An interview by Brianne Keogh

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