Medical Marvel by UNSW Professor

There’s big news on campus, or at least there should be. UNSW Conjoint Associate Professor Kumud Dhital performed a world first: two successful heart transplants using organs that had stopped beating prior to donation. Both patients are reported to feeling well. Read what UNSW newsroom had to say about the accomplishment, here

A proper student newspaper would report on this. It surely would not settle for a release from UNSW newsroom, although this is a good source for information in lieu of a satisfactory news outlet. What NewsforUNSW can do is report on these events. Ask important questions. Talk to Mr. Dhital and ask him the story behind this fascinating accomplishment. As an associate professor at UNSW, he is a part of the community and therefore a part of the news. What questions would you have asked Dhital? Comment below with your thoughts. 

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ARC Elections – Post Three

The elections are over and the results come are expected to come in Tuesday. According to both campaigns, it was the most highly contested elections in UNSW history. Hopefully that means many students came out and voted. In all likelihood, that means a small percentage of the student body voted as usual, but it was just slightly higher and tighter margins between parties’ candidates.

The good news is people turned out for the elections and are getting excited about it. What could make the UNSW ARC elections even better would be students being informed about the candidates. It should not come down to a pressure at the last minute – whimsical voting that determines big outcomes. A strong student newspaper can do that. NewsforUNSW is here to correct that. This year, we’re focusing on getting our name out there to see how people feel about student news. Next year, we hope to have a news team that can cover these elections and all things UNSW.

Here are two of the most recent Facebook posts from both campaigns regarding their respective campaigns.

 

ARC Elections – Post Two

ARC elections continued on Thursday. If you could not tell, you probably were not on campus – because it would be awfully difficult to find out what is going on without being in the middle of it all. NewsforUNSW is here to give you a small recap. If you have anything to add, comment below! Journalism is about the community getting involved, so get involved!

In brief:

Thursday Activate was back out on the campaign trail, after a one day suspension. They covered campus in an attempt to makeup for lost time, showing full force in numbers to rally back. Voice was also active on campus to persuade students to vote and vote their way. Most supporters of respective parties say their goal is to get people to vote. With turnout historically low, it is a game to see who can garner up the most new voters. Friday marks the last day for elections.

 

ARC Elections – Post One

Student government elections are this week and end Friday. Different positions are up for election on the ARC board. Students in green and red attire,  Activate and Voice, respectively, have been campaigning since Monday to raise awareness and sway voters. Here’s a short bit of what went on today, beside barbecues.

In brief:

Wednesday, Activate was banned from campaigning all day because of a violation. According to the ARC, Activate had a graduate, non-student, campaigning for them on campus, which is against the rules and could have resulted in disqualifications. Instead, the governing board ruled a one day suspension.

Activate posted on their Facebook page their frustration with the ruling, but their understand and therefore obliged to comply. The Facebook post referred to the sentence as a “harsh and unjust decision.” They added on a comment the reason for Activate’s public stance. “The Regulation is not directed at honest mistakes where a single student, unilaterally and under the misapprehension that they were allowed to campaign, puts on a shirt and talks to students.” They noted that in the interest of time, Activate will not further comment on that Facebook post, but would be willing to send their appeal to those interested. The Facebook post is as seen below.

Scroll through Tharunka’s website, they have yet to post anything about the student elections. This brief is barely a sample size of what would go on during election times with News for UNSW. The student-run, independent newspaper could operate as the lead reporting press on student elections. This is good not only for those who like to read, write and report on politics, but it is good for ARC and the UNSW community at whole. Student turnout for elections is notoriously weak. But these students do not have anywhere to go to learn about the candidates, beyond how many more free sausages and beers can red-shirted people give out over green-shirted people.

Reading about local politics builds community and engagement. The more people who know about the election, the better it will be. The election would become more democratic, with only the best and well-prepared candidates likely to run and able to win. The popularity contest would shrink and suddenly the issues these students are campaigning on would become front and center. This is important for UNSW and could easily form a stronger, tighter community at uni, regardless if you go to college or are on board with ARC.

UniGames and Sports Reporting

UniGames are officially over and the tallies are in from this year’s events held in Sydney: UNSW finished sixth overall, out of 41 participating schools, with three gold, eight silver and six bronze medals. UNSW defended their previous swimming and judo championships, once again taking home first place. They also took the top prize in table tennis. You can find the full results on UniSport here and a summary of UNSW’s performance on ARC here.

What’s missing in this post? A story. The tale of UNSW athletes competing week long, some looking to defend a title and some looking just to have a good time, but all of whom put in a great deal of time to prepare for the competition. Where is the story of the competition between USyd, who finished first overall, and UNSW?

Tharunka has not published any articles reporting on the event. And it happened in Sydney. There is no excuse for poor and lazy reporting. News for UNSW would fill in this gap. We would report not only on the politics of the school but also on sport, the arts and everything else that’s fit to print. A good student newspaper would help shape the local community, which Tharunka has not done. It would also prepare writers for the real world of journalism, such as a prospective sport journalist who needs practice reporting on games and the clips to show future employers.

ISIS Crisis: A needed response from UNSW

A few days ago in an anti-terrorism raid, cops detained 15 and arrested two people in Sydney. They were worried of a potential beheading in Martin Place, although that seems to be more of a rumor than fact. The raid has been questioned to its true purpose – placing a lot of heat on Prime Minister Tony Abbot – but it certainly has led to some fear among residents of Sydney. The city increased its police presence Friday, including at the Rugby League semi-final for the home team Roosters at Allianz Stadium — where a mere 18,000 plus fans showed up.

ISIS has already killed two American journalists and seem to be looking to harm others tied to the American counter terrorism threats. The school paper at University of Sydney, Honi Soit, interviewed former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who said America is a dangerous ally.

So far UNSW has not outwardly done anything to increase its security presence. It didn’t seem that campus was any quieter Friday than a typical Friday. But it’s tough to say if attendance was any lower.

The university should announce some type of response, for the safety and safe of mind of the students. Maybe the student body doesn’t have much concern. That’s tough to tell, too.

What can be told is the story of what students and faculty think about the situation. An independent student newspaper can fill in those blanks.

What do you think? Are you worried to commute to uni after the alleged planned attacks? Did you come to school on Friday? Should the uni have done anything to temper concerns?