Alexander Poirer, Franklin (Tengfei) Pan, Bridgitte Holden and Jie Lu – Intercampus Officers, 94th SRC
Week 3, Semester 2, 2022
I write this report slaying my way on the 428 bus from Martin Place to City Road after girlbossing to the street of banks from the majestical land of the Con. It is during this frantic rush to the Seymour Centre for my Philosophy of Music class that I remember the evergoing plight of all satellite campus students and their semi-Tolkienian journeys just to attend their tutorial. Once again, I am reminded of the necessity of a shuttle bus between the Con and Main Campus, and am reinvigorated in my continuous quest to get the University and its significant surplus of money to better support the nearly 1000 undergraduate students at the Con.
I (Alex) have been working on reforming the Inter-Campus Department, so that it can better reflect the current realities we face in 2022. On the off chance that you’ve read our first report from last semester, or perchance attended a USU Soapbox, you’ll know that a significant number of satellite campuses have closed or moved to the Main Campus, and the only major undergraduate campus is the Con. We’ve also had a bit of a pandemic, where a lot of teaching has moved online and a significant number of international students are stuck overseas. Our vision for the Inter-Campus Department is supporting the old amalgamated faculties (SCA moving to the Old Teachers’ College and losing more than half their space), supporting the new online campus, ensuring that all officers in this department are knowledgeable of the satellite campuses and issues facing them, and connecting more satellite students to their student union.
One of my fellow Inter-Campus Officers, and the President of the older student union known as the Conservatorium Students’ Association, Bridgitte, is writing a joint statement with other faculty society presidents in support of the NTEU strikes on 17 August. We’ve been leading the charge for a student contingent at the Con for the strikes, where we’ve seen a growing populous of support. If you’re wanting to join a super chill and vibey picket, we’ll be right out the front of the Con playing music and singing.
Week 10, Semester 1, 2022
Hi everyone, I’m sure you’re all quite eager to read about the work that your tireless (I’m actually quite fatigued) Inter-Campus Officers have been doing to better inter the campuses since our last report!
Recently we’ve been focusing a lot more on getting a larger Con presence within the activism of the SRC. We’ve put up a few resources (pamphlets, posters, and flyers) from the SRC and its collectives in the common room at the Con, and are hoping people will look through these and get involved. Recently we led a (small) Con contingent to the women’s collectives’ protest at Town Hall on the National Day of Action, after the findings of the NSSS. Currently we’re working on collaborating with the Con staff to get more Con students involved and supporting staff in the NTEU strikes, particularly important for the Con as the workloads for Con staff are some of the highest in the entire University.
All of this has been done alongside the Conservatorium Students’ Association (CSA), the student union for the Con (which is actually older than the SRC by 10 years!). This is a somewhat easy task as two of the Inter-Campus Officers, Bridgitte and Alex, are the President and Secretary of the CSA (the Con student/stupol hack venn diagram is quite small).
We’re hoping that you’ll start seeing the many concerts of the Con’s ensembles every week in the Gig Guide that Honi publishes. Alex has compiled a list of the remaining concerts for this semester (which you can find at “What’s On at the Con” on Google), so hopefully the editors include it (pls i beg). There’s such a large variety of ensembles ranging from large orchestras and choirs, to smaller jazz bands and experimental works. Every student at USyd can come for free to these concerts, they just need to show their student card at the box office.
We’ve also been investigating to write a report on the dire state of the Darlington side of Main Campus, particularly the Seymour Centre and the PNR Building. Avoiding falling elevators, leaping over flooding bathrooms and offices, and holding one’s breath from black mould are just some of the hurdles students face just to get to class; if we wanted to increase our athleticism we’d sign up to SUSF. We’re planning on submitting a motion regarding this to the council in June.
Week 4, Semester 1, 2022
You might be wondering exactly what the role of an Inter-Campus Officer is, especially since pretty much every satellite campus for study (not placement) has been closed or moved to Main Campus (the sole bastion satellite being the Con); we sometimes wonder the same thing. Now in my (Alex’s) second term of holding this Office, and with the recent revelation that the role is an autonomous position, we’ve decided to send out feelers to potentially create the Inter-Campus Collective. What is the purpose of the Collective? We’re not sure. If you have any ideas, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But in all seriousness, we hope that everyone had a fantastic time at Welcome Fest this year, and are getting into their studies back on campus smoothly. The beginning of this year saw a massive launch of the Welcome Fest at the Conservatorium’s usual Welcome Day on the Monday of the week, with a collaboration between the Con, CSA, USU, and SRC. The Council was quite visible there, holding a stall in the prime position in the foyer next to the main staircase where they could hand out year planners and chat with students. President Lauren was also there the entire day, speaking alongside USU President Prue and Honorary Secretary Belinda in the introductory talks to the new Con students, explaining their unions and how students can best benefit from them. We received a lot of feedback from students about how much they’ve appreciated the talks, and they feel a lot more connected to the rest of the Uni.
We’ve also placed posters around the Con about the SRC’s activism so students can get involved.
Now that we’re back on campus to study, that means a lot more running between classes; and for those at the Con it means a lot more public transport and extra opal card fees between classes. As part of the Welcome Fest, the USU organised for the Redfern-Fisher minibus to run between the Con and Main Campus thrice per day. We hope to continue this, after reviewing the successes and failings; but we are honestly super excited that we finally managed to get the bus after so long. Clearly it’s possible to do, and the University must continue it, to ensure Con students actually receive their benefits to paying SSAF.
Grace Hu, Kristina Sergi, Matthew Carter and Alexander Polirier, Intercampus Officers – 93rd SRC
Week 9, Semester 2, 2021
The Con has been quite a cynosure within the stupol scene in recent times, featuring prominently within the presidential debates.
In Semester 1, Matt Carter successfully motioned to the SRC to extend its FoodHub initiative to the Con, and on 20 April he drove to the Wentworth Building to pick up 30 boxes, bringing them to the Con, and with the assistance of the Conservatorium Students’ Association (CSA), have now distributed them to Con students. Because of the lockdown, Matt drove back to the Con to retrieve these boxes, to then post them from his house, with the cost of postage taken on by the CSA and SRC. This has meant that many Con students have been able to much more easily benefit from the initiative, without the need to travel all the way to Main Campus (something that takes in excess of 40 minutes on public transport).
Given this is only the second Inter-Campus report since 2015, we’re thinking it might be appropriate to give an update on the changes to the Satellite Campuses since then:
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) has seen a significant growth in student numbers, but has largely remained the same.
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) has now been moved from Lilyfield in Callan Park, to Main Campus within the Old Teacher’s College. It transitioned from being a seperate faculty into a department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Camden Campus (veterinary science and agriculture) has remained largely the same.
Cumberland Campus (health) was closed at the start of this year, and, along with other health disciplines, have moved into the Susan Wakil Health Building. The Cumberland Student Guild was also dissolved.
Westmead Precinct has added a new Westmead Hospital Block K.
Week 4, Semester 1, 2021
Given the dire state of student access to university services, the unhelpfulness of university administration in general and the subsequent detriment to student welfare and experience, we note that this effect is amplified for students at satellite campuses. Further, we note that students based in certain faculties or departments can also be adversely impacted in how they receive university services because of how that faculty interacts with the broader university administratively or geographically.
So far this year, we have flyered Welcome Day at the Con to raise awareness about the SRC services such as SRC Casework and the SRC Legal service. This is important because while Conservatorium students have equal needs for such services, they are less likely to be aware of them due to the relatively limited SRC presence usually, given that most of Council, the Executive and SRC services are based at Camperdown.
Going forward, we are working to build relationships with the student representative societies and faculty leadership of USYD’s satellite campuses so that we can accurately represent the needs of these students to Council. Further, given that the last time the campuses were mapped was in 2015, we will be remapping this to reflect changes to date and creating an address book to allow better interconnectivity between satellite campus students, satellite campus student representative societies and the SRC. We look forward to the first meeting of the Intercampus Committee for this year, which we are currently planning for.