24 March 2015

#March25NDA #BoardBBQ

Tomorrow is the National Day of Action (NDA), called by the National Union of Students for students around the country to protest against the damaging changes to higher education that have been proposed by the Federal Government – students will be rallying to demand increased funding into the education sector, not less, and a fairer student income support system.

As you might be aware, the 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors have stood firmly against the deregulation of university fees, which is at the crux of the Higher Education Research Reform bill that has failed to pass in the Senate twice now. Tomorrow’s action is in part a celebration of these victories – but the fight is not over.
Your USU Board protesting cuts to education

The Board stands against deregulation because we believe in accessible education for all, regardless of upbringing or socio-economic background. It shouldn’t matter whether you are the first in your family, or come from a long dynasty of University of Sydney graduates – you should be able to seek fair and affordable education, and be supported in doing so.

This policy is cooked – so the Board will be providing a cooked sausage to students that agree as part of the NDA festivities*

Come and celebrate the second defeat of fee deregulation, enjoy a free sausage with your choice of condiment (from basic choices like tomato and barbeque), and be part of the student movement!

Time and location: Botany Lawns from 11:30-12:30pm / any left overs will be taken to Fisher Library from 12:30-1pm

THE EXECUTIVE
USU BOARD OF DIRECTORS

*Available for the first 150 students

23 March 2015

WHY DIRECTORS ARE MARCHING IN THE NDA

The University of Sydney Union will be hosting a contingent at the National Union of Students' National Day of Action (NDA) this Wednesday 25 March. We’ll be meeting in front of Fisher Library and celebrating the (second!) failure of deregulation in the Senate and fighting against the ongoing attacks on higher education.
Here are just a few reasons Directors are marching:


"I’m marching because the fight isn’t over – while we’ve staved off deregulation for the meantime, TAFE students in NSW are facing some of the worst cuts to their education in the foreseeable past. A $140 air-conditioning diploma has ballooned out to over $1000 – it’s just not fair"
ALISHA AITKEN-RADBURN - BOARD DIRECTOR

"I'm marching because I'm fucking sick of students being the fall guy for budget savings - whether it is fee deregulation or cuts to income support payments, we are seeing one bad policy after another! We should be investing more into higher education and supporting our brightest minds to pursue their career goals - this is why we need to demand a better future!"
ROBBY MAGYAR - HONORARY TREASURER

"I'm marching because privilege shouldn't be the barrier between anyone and an education"
LIV RONAN - BOARD DIRECTOR

"I'm marching because if education is to be the 'great equaliser' it must be equally accessible by all"
TIM MATTHEWS - BOARD DIRECTOR

"I'm marching because education is our most precious resource and there is such thing as society Thatcher, soz darl!"
LIAM CARRIGAN - BOARD DIRECTOR/QUEER PORTFOLIO HOLDER

"I'm marching because Michael Spence continues to lobby for changes that students and the public have thoroughly rejected. He claims to speak on our behalf and I want to show the public and the Parliament that he does not" ED McMAHON - BOARD DIRECTOR/SUSTAINABILITY PORTFOLIO HOLDER

"I'm marching because Pyne makes me drown my sorrows in alcohol" 
EVE RADUNZ - HONORARY SECRETARY

"I'm marching because I believe in equality and justice, and education is the precursor to a society which supports and nurtures all."
TARA WANIGANAYAKA - PRESIDENT


"I'm marching because if Pyne increases university degrees to $100,000- the gender pay gap (which under this Government is the largest it has been in decades) means wom*n will be paying their HECS debt off for 17 years longer! This crisis in education has even further-reaching consequences than we imagined."
KATE BULLEN - BOARD DIRECTOR/WOM*N'S PORTFOLIO HOLDER



Will you join us?

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY UNION

20 March 2015

WHY WE NEED PRIDE WEEK

When I first came to university I knew nobody. From my graduating class I was the only student to accept an offer at the University of Sydney, making my initial few weeks on campus quite isolating. I have often told people I did not have any friends in first year, I would instead read a lot.

Despite this, I did join the ACCESS Program at my first OWeek, but I used my membership solely for discounts. I did not sign up to any clubs or societies, nor did I attend USU events  this did not happen until 2011 when on a whim I signed up to volunteer at OWeek. After that I propelled myself into the USU and into every aspect of campus life. That year I joined my first club, got involved in every program the USU had to offer, started a club, met one of my best friends who I would later direct OWeek with, got heavily involved in student politics and activism, and fell in love for the first time – with a dude. I know with utter certainty that it was the University of Sydney Union and the positive environment it creates for queer identifying and questioning students that gave me the confidence to tell my family and friends that I am bi-sexual - it helped me to accept and shape who I am.

I had always struggled with my sexuality; during high school I hid who I really was, and actively lied to everyone about who I had a crush on at any given time. I went to a very conservative school, and the only openly gay student was frequently bullied  he ended up dropping out because he was often beaten up. I feared my life mirroring his. Because of this I had no confidence in myself. I saw my sexuality as something to hide and be ashamed of.

Thankfully I no longer feel this way. But I am lucky - not everyone has had the opportunities I have been afforded. This is why events like the USU’s annual Pride Week are so important.
I am bi-sexual and proud!

Bringing Pride Week to as many students as possible is central to creating an inclusive community at this university, both for students who are queer identifying or queer questioning, but also for students who have never really thought about what it means to be queer. Now coming into its third year, the USU's Pride Week is an event that brings students together to discuss issues facing the queer community, come up with solutions, and celebrate the positive wins those before us achieved so that we might have equality and acceptance.  

From Tuesday next week you will see the campus transform for three days to showcase everything great about the queer community. From forums to swing dancing, panel discussions to queer beers - there is literally something for everyone.

For more information about the events held during Pride Week, head over to: http://usu.edu.au/Bars-Events/Festivals/Pride-Festival-(1).aspx

I stand by my push to make Pride Week an annual festival within the USU's calendar of events, and cannot wait for next week!

In Glitter,

ROBBY MAGYAR
HONORARY TREASURER
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