Keep Kinley in Australia
Receiving permanent residency in Australia is an extremely strenuous process that involves submitting many documents and completing various language tests to finally receive an opportunity to just line up for a permanent residency status.
Imagine being the person who finally waits for the day when they are informed they may have a chance to stay in Australia, but is then informed that they will be unable to receive permanent residency due to a hearing disability and deported from Australia. To put forward disability as a reason to not grant someone their permanency residency is an extremely discriminative behaviour that we should oppose.
Kinley Wangchuck was a victim of such discrimination. I would like to think Australia is a fair country where everyone can be treated equally, and therefore we need to protect the weak by raising a voice.
SRC will be joining NUS Disabiility Officer in their initiative on Thursday 11th of April at 12pm outside the Department of Immigration office in Sydney to keep Kinley in Australia, as disability should beyond all doubt NOT be a cause for deportation. I encourage everyone to support the initiative and take a stance to help Kinley and his family.
SRC stands with Christchurch
Almost three weeks have passed ever since the Christchurch massacre happened on the 15th of March 2019, but the trauma and the pain from the tragedy have never faded away. As the SRC, we condemn the fascist behaviours and we send our most sincere condolence to the victims of the tragedy and their families, and we extend this condolence to the wider Muslim community who has played an extremely important role in Australia’s multiculturalism. This week, I will compose a letter to both the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre expressing the condolences and solidarity of the SRC on behalf of the student body at Sydney University. We strongly oppose islamophobia and stand against any forms of racism, bigotry and oppression.
SRC Pizza and Beer Party Overview
The SRC hosted a very successful pizza and beer party open to all undergraduate students on Thursday 28th of March. The event attracted the attendance of around 100 students across all faculties and disciplines, including both international and domestic. It was a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students, especially for first year students, to expand their network at the University. It was also very lovely to see our student office bearers actively engaging with other undergraduate students, getting to know their needs and feedbacks about the SRC. The SRC, in collaboration with Courtyard, was able to provide each one of our 100 students with a free beer. We also had a face-painting workshop set up for the students! Hereby I would like to thank the entire senior executive team, especially Caitlyn who has been responsible for organising the marketing and organising helpers for the event. I would also like to thank our international student officers Visspa, Ken, Janet and Jahanzaib for their works in preparing and setting up the event. I would also like to thank our caseworker Mel for providing safety advices that have allowed the event to proceed without any issues.
Enhancing Student’s University Experience
The university’s campus experience steering group is recently looking for students to participate in their study about student experience on campus. If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in being a part of the process, please visit our SRC Facebook page and scroll to the relevant section to register your details. Or you may also visit http://tiny.cc/campusx to register your interest.
Progress Update on Open Learning Environment
Readers of my report would have been aware that a particular issue that I have been focusing on ever since the beginning of the semester was Open Learning Environment. Through a meeting with Professor Peter McCallum, the
Chair the Board of Interdisciplinary Studies, we proposed a few preliminary solutions (non-finalised that would aim to potentially increase more six credit point OLE units options, make it possible to complete OLE units through overseas exchange programs, mitigate the extra workload that Dalyell Scholar students have to take on and provide additional support to students. These proposed changes will be raised in the subsequent Board of Interdisciplinary Studies Meeting, and if that is passed, will be reported to the UE Education Committee and Academic Board. If stakeholders and professors are satisfied, the earliest date of implementation will be from Semester 1 of 2020.
SRC Beer and Pizza Party
The SRC is hosting a party at Courtyard for ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS! The event will take place on Thursday the 28th of March and we anticipate to have approximately 100 undergraduate students attending. We have also invited a few undergraduate tutors from various disciplines to participate in event. We hope to provide our students with a relief from assessments and allow them to network and receive some study tips from the tutors.
You are not Alone!
As semester proceeds and increasing amounts of pressure from study kick in, students might find it increasingly difficult to keep up a healthy state of mind. Remember to engage in sporting activities, take plenty of short breaks so that you don’t become overly stressed and burn out before the end of the semester.
Climate Change Strike
On Friday 15th of March, hundreds of students, both international and domestic, took off on a strike to call for actions to stop global warming and raise a communal awareness towards climate change. The climate change march has landmark significance in showing how much the issue concerns our future generations. The council at SRC endorsed this progressive move so that companies and factories may understand how serious this issue is and begin implementing strategies to minimise carbon pollution. We sincerely hope that government and companies would hear our voice and take more progressive approaches to tackle climate change together.