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Is it time we dropped ‘balls’?

Is it time we dropped ‘balls’?

Caitlin Kendal doesn’t think testicles are a pre-requisite for courage.

Letter to the Editors: First world problems

Letter to the Editors: First world problems

Last week we published a story on the controversial Corporations Law exam. Now the Dean responds.

Reinventing the wheel: why philosophy still matters

Reinventing the wheel: why philosophy still matters

Giacomo Bianchino defends a besieged discipline

Who pays for dinner?

Who pays for dinner?

When you’re out on a date, who should get the bill?

There’s nothing impressive about a political hack

There’s nothing impressive about a political hack

Henry Innis is a political hack at Sydney University. He completely accepts how much of a fucking hypocrite he is right now.

United States Studies Centre academics respond to Tim Anderson

United States Studies Centre academics respond to Tim Anderson

USYD academics argue that the US Studies Centre encourages debate rather than indoctrination

Pretentious perspectives on politics

Pretentious perspectives on politics

Milly Ellen asks us to look beyond the walls of Sydney Uni and start a Bogan Revolution

Treason d’etre

Ben Brooks on the Rosenbergs, Manning and Snowden

Chasing enlightenment and inevitable disappointment

In this Opinion Competition-winning piece, Milly Ellen looks at how travel has changed

Reclaim the night, reclaim our rights

Reclaim the night, reclaim our rights

Ellen O’Brien argues for the significance of talking about and marching against gendered violence

Happily ever after?

Happily ever after?

Edwin Montoya Zorrilla refuses to forever hold his peace

USSC pushes Washington’s line

USSC pushes Washington’s line

Is the US Studies Centre too soft on American foreign policy?

Letters: Week Twelve

Letters: Week Twelve

  Correction Last week, we wrote that the USU had passed on “the personal details of members to the USUAF”. We have been informed that this is not true, rather, the USUAF sent the USU the email, which was then distributed on their behalf through the member mail. Honi Soit sincerely apologises for the mistake. […]

The Great American novelist

The Great American novelist

Grace Lin asks when women’s writing will be considered literature rather than ‘chic lit’

Letters to the Editors – Week 11

Letters to the Editors – Week 11

In defence of SULS Dear Honi, I write in response to last week’s article on SULS’ tax debt to clarify SULS’ position on some of the issues raised. SULS receives annual sponsorship from corporate law firms as its main source of income. We receive around $160 000 each year, rather than the $350 000 claimed […]

USYD and the administration of gender

The University needs to respect students’ rights to determine their own gender, writes Anonymous

Christopher Pyne, equity goals, and the p-word

Christopher Pyne, equity goals, and the p-word

As a student from a low-SES background, hearing Christopher Pyne effectively say I am “the poison that would undermine [universities’] reputations” stings

Pain and Honours

Pain and Honours

Is an Honours year the right choice?

Mental health and the law

Mental health and the law

Nick Gowland writes about the mental health issues facing a huge chunk of law students.

Rerouting the march of progress

Rerouting the march of progress

Achieving change doesn’t have to be a grand battle, argues Rebecca Wong

Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness should be ours

Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness should be ours

Alex Gillis reports on SUSF’s ongoing operational capacity

Women and uni elections

There was student elections over the past month, in case you didn’t notice. I wanted to reflect on the experiences of women in the election and propose some things for all of us to consider moving forward. What I think is an undeniable testament to the progressive nature of Sydney University political and feminist scenes, […]

Nobody reads poetry anymore

Nobody reads poetry anymore

In the words of Charles Bukowski (questionable figure, brilliant poet), ‘poetry is what happens when nothing else can.’

Ch-ch-changes to NSW crime laws

Ch-ch-changes to NSW crime laws

Rebecca Wong turns and faces the reality of legislative amendments by the O’Farrell government

Letters to the Editors – Week 10

Letters to the Editors – Week 10

What is the USU? The situation surrounding Tom Raue poses an interesting question for [USU] Board Directors: who do you represent? Funnily enough, the answer is not students, but the Union itself. Union Board Directors, upon being elected face a dual mandate; they have to represent the students who elected them, whilst concurrently running the […]

History will be kind to Julia and cruel to Kevin

History will be kind to Julia and cruel to Kevin

Zachary Thompson reflects on the former Labor leaders after Gillard’s interview with Anne Summers on Monday night

The philosophy of the donkey vote

The philosophy of the donkey vote

Giacomo Bianchino explains our responsibilities in a democracy

All hail the King: an analysis of Breaking Bad

All hail the King: an analysis of Breaking Bad

Andre Fenby bursts the Breaking Bad bubble

The Wallabies: Bring back Alan Jones

The Wallabies: Bring back Alan Jones

Tim Whelan tackles possible solutions to the Wallabies’ failing fortunes.

Silencing the science

Silencing the science

You can tell something isn’t right when a new Prime Minister starts their term by showing scientists the door

It’s not just Abbott

It’s not just Abbott

Abbott’s Cabinet isn’t the only place women are underrepresented: Coalition governments around the country have the same problem

Drones for sale

Drones for sale

The commercialisation of military drones means more than just a new Phoenix music video, writes Tom Joyner

Way out west

Way out west

Avani Dias explores class in the University community

What can Australians learn from the German elections?

What can Australians learn from the German elections?

Tom Joyner thinks Australia should take some cues from European politics

Student politics is just a circle jerk

Student politics is just a circle jerk

Adam Disney stands up to use his voice

Letters – Week 6, Semester 2

Letters – Week 6, Semester 2

Witness the sound and fury.

Department of Corrections – the conservative commentariat

Department of Corrections – the conservative commentariat

Where have the intelligent conservatives press-hacks gone?

When voting for the Sex Party, use protection

When voting for the Sex Party, use protection

Many of the people who turned out in support of the ASP are progressive, but the party itself isn’t inherently left wing.

The advantages of being an election swinger

The advantages of being an election swinger

Where you live will alter your power in determing the outcome of the 2013 election.

Like father, like daughter?

Like father, like daughter?

Matilda Surtees explores the dynamic between male politicians and their daughters as a vehicle for policy

Dangers of the ‘Nordic model’ for sex work

Dangers of the ‘Nordic model’ for sex work

Evan Van Zijl makes the case for fully decriminalising sex work

Reversing reverse racism

Reversing reverse racism

Ariel Castro-Martinez questions the notion of reverse racism

There’s nothing casual about racism

There’s nothing casual about racism

We should really stop joshing about racism, writes Ezreena Yahya

In defence of bogans

In defence of bogans

Chelsea Reed takes issue with the b-word

Mopping up Helen Razer’s Bile

Mopping up Helen Razer’s Bile

Astha Rajvanshi and Felix Donovan respond to ‘Candid Makeup-Free VaginaLiberalism with Added Rape’

Why we should not boycott the Sochi Olympics

Why we should not boycott the Sochi Olympics

Nick Richardson thinks a boycott misses the mark

Why we should boycott the Sochi Olympics

Why we should boycott the Sochi Olympics

Josh Tassell argues that Australia should denounce Russia’s homophobic laws

The vagina dialogues

The vagina dialogues

Eighteen vulvas. All belong to women of Sydney Uni. Why are they on the cover of Honi Soit? We are tired of society giving us a myriad of things to feel about our own bodies. We are tired of having to attach anxiety to our vaginas. We are tired of vaginas being either artificially sexualised […]

Sydney Uni comedians not all that funny

Sydney Uni comedians not all that funny

Comics stepped over the line, writes Rebecca Wong.

LifeChoice misses the bigger picture

LifeChoice misses the bigger picture

Ellen O’Brien looks at the choices facing student parents.

Letters – Week 4, Semester 2

Letters – Week 4, Semester 2

People wrote letters to the editors and here they are.

Would you like diabetes with that?

Would you like diabetes with that?

In April this year, I posted a status in celebration of my chronic illness’s 13th birthday. It went something like “This week marks my 13th year of living as a type 1 diabetic. I will now overindulge in chocolate as a big SCREW YOU to diabetes.” Most of the feedback was in ‘like’ form, no […]

Department of Corrections – The Daily Telegraph and partisanship

Department of Corrections – The Daily Telegraph and partisanship

It slipped silently onto doorstops and newsstands in the early hours of Monday morning. In hindsight we shouldn’t have been surprised. But its brashness caused quite the stir. “Finally, you now have the chance to  … KICK THIS MOB OUT.” It was The Daily Telegraph’s slap in the face to media objectivity, splashed across the […]

Week 3 Letters to the Editors

Week 3 Letters to the Editors

This week’s letters

The trouble with trigger warnings

The trouble with trigger warnings

Caitlin Still is not without her demons

Department of Corrections: Politifact

Department of Corrections: Politifact

Justin Pen explores the ‘politi’ in Politifact

Referendumb!

Referendumb!

Jackson Wherrett explains the referendum we’ve all heard of but don’t quite get

Open to a solution?

Open to a solution?

Nina Hallas doesn’t like borders, or Bob Carr

How to overcook a king

How to overcook a king

Ben Brooks examines what the royal baby means for the future of the British monarchy

Australian politics and marriage equality: ‘It’s Complicated’

Australian politics and  marriage equality: ‘It’s Complicated’

Caitlin Burns discusses the conscience behind the same-sex marriage debate in politics

Letters – Week 1, Semester 2

Letters – Week 1, Semester 2

Message of solidarity against USYD admin from Honduras   Tegucigalpa, Honduras 11 July 2013   To the university authorities of University of Sydney, Australia. In the honour of solidarity between the peoples of the world, from Honduras, we learnt of the abuses by police against university students and workers and other people who fight for […]

Da Fuq? — Libra Get Fresh Wipes

Da Fuq? — Libra Get Fresh Wipes

The advertising for Libra’s ‘Get Fresh’ wipes perpetuates sexist stereotypes, writes Lane Sainty.

I didn’t believe them either

I didn’t believe them either

Despite what we’d like to believe, the police force went too far at last week’s peaceful protest, writes Felix Donovan.

Letters – Stuvac edition pt. 2

Letters – Stuvac edition pt. 2

More. More letters.

Letters – Stuvac edition pt. 1

Letters – Stuvac edition pt. 1

Instead of studying, people wrote letters

Beyond coal and gas

“If you love this country, fight for it. This will be the biggest social movement this country has ever seen, and it will change this country forever.” – Drew Hutton, Lock the Gate Alliance President.  From Urban ASEN students to rural Knitting Nanas, 270 community campaigners from across Australia joined experienced activists, doctors and academics […]

Poking a stick at the ANZAC myth

Poking a stick at the ANZAC myth

Over beers last week, a few close friends and I found ourselves debating the way we talk about Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. “That’s un-Australian,” was the blubbered consensus. “How could you not be grateful for their sacrifice?” In spite of my usual reservations for a word like “un-Australian,” I’m curious to know what I’m […]

Letters – Week 12

Letters – Week 12

People had a lot on their minds this week

Tip of the hat, wag of the finger

Tip of the hat, wag of the finger

Riordan Lee explores racism in the Australian Football League

Letters – Week 11

Letters – Week 11

Our letters from this week, covering a broad range of topics, including the SRC, Ralph, objectivity, and trolls.

Women’s Report Week 11: Racism in poetry

It’s not okay to use racial slurs in poetry, writes Women’s Collective member Tabitha Prado Richardson

Why conservatives should support SSAF

Why conservatives should support SSAF

It isn’t surprising there is a strand of antipathy towards the Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF). Everyone hates paying fees. But the Union Board candidates most opposed to it – Will Dawes, Grace O’Brien, Kanika Batra, and Tom Russell – are all either Young Liberals or endorsed by the Liberal Club, and although they […]

This charming man (or: Morrissey is an asshole but whatever)

This charming man (or: Morrissey is an asshole but whatever)

Bryant Apolonio knows how Joan of Arc felt.

Why conservatives should support SSAF

Why conservatives should support SSAF

Rafi Alam plays devil’s advocate.

Spence ignores the truth

Spence ignores the truth

Nick Rowbotham critiques the Vice-Chancellor’s response to allegations of police violence at last week’s strike.

Creepy leather gloves

Creepy leather gloves

Edward McMahon describes his experience of police intimidation tactics.

A lazy conscience

A lazy conscience

The attack on our generation’s apathy is not entirely unfounded, writes Max Chalmers.

UniVerse: Quiet democracy

UniVerse: Quiet democracy

Student elections don’t have to be in-your-face awful, writes Sam Murray

Pranking Tharunka – is there a lesson to be learnt?

Pranking Tharunka – is there a lesson to be learnt?

The demonisation of Government lecturer Peter Chen has been largely misinformed and misleading, argues Ada Lee

Controversy surrounds Adelaide University Union’s online elections

Controversy surrounds Adelaide University Union’s online elections

Cameron Caccamo reports on cross-campus hackery

Drug discussions not as sweet as sugar

Drug discussions not as sweet as sugar

Lachlan Munro reports on a recent expert panel on drugs and alcohol

‘Pranking Tharunka’ assignment cancelled

‘Pranking Tharunka’ assignment cancelled

Sean O’Grady reports on the end of the infamous pranking Tharunka assignment.

My wonderful day

My wonderful day

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF ASSAULT. Tom Raue recounts his experiences with police at the strike on May 14.

USU Board candidates’ boulevard of broken promises

USU Board candidates’ boulevard of broken promises

Georgia Behrens thinks you should be skeptical when looking at a candidate’s policy.

NETIQUETTE: Sloth rape jokes deeply unfunny

NETIQUETTE: Sloth rape jokes deeply unfunny

Georgia Kriz pens a letter to all the people she deleted on Facebook

The goal is coal

The goal is coal

Cash-strapped Australian universities have begun turning to mining companies for financial support, with shrinking government funding inadequate in covering their operating costs.

USYD soccer players subject to homophobic attack

USYD soccer players subject to homophobic attack

Lane Sainty reports on violence in regional NSW

The Australian’s coverage of the BDS movement

Samantha Jonscher questions why The Australian’s eyes are on the SRC’s BDS motions

In tough times, University turns to philanthropy

Max Chalmers looks into why the University will be hitting you up for cash when you get a real job

Galilee Rising

Galilee Rising

Anyone who has visited a large coal mine will be familiar with the eerie silence that such a massive hole in the Earth visits upon their ears, that silent protest, submissive before humankind’s ability to dominate and transform nature.

Race-based activism on campus leaves much to be desired

Race-based activism on campus leaves much to be desired

Next week, you can pick up a copy of Women’s Honi, and the semester after, Queer Honi – there is no Honi autonomous to people of colour (POC). This is because in activist discourse, race and ethnicity are often absent. I was once told by a queer female to my brown, Muslim-heritage face that I’ve […]

Vote [1]: Inanimate Carbon Rod for NUS

Vote [1]: Inanimate Carbon Rod for NUS

The Australian National Union of Students (hereby referred to as ‘ANUS’) isn’t a particularly inspiring organisation, and students are less likely to know it than to care about it, but the UK variant is leaps ahead in distrust and distaste. Perhaps due to its considerable size – financially, organisationally, and its public persona – the […]

Students take to the streets against Gonski

Students take to the streets against Gonski

On Wednesda,y 16 April university students across Sydney protested the federal government’s $2.8 billion cuts to the higher education sector. The protest was part of the National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) National Day of Action, with rallies at UNSW, UTS and a subsequent demonstration amongst Sydney University students outside of Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek’s office. […]

Community campaigners save the Kimberley

Community campaigners save the Kimberley

“Waylay and delay. Educate and mobilise. Stop it.” Such were the objectives of the campaign won on Friday, April 12 with the withdrawal of Woodside Energy from the $45 billion Browse LNG gas project. The local community managed to stop the world’s second largest liquefied natural gas hub at James Price Point, near Broome. The […]

DA FUQ: “Mainstream” “Party”

DA FUQ: “Mainstream” “Party”

Some of the Mainstream Party’s policies are pretty sound, really. For instance, they advocate the implementation of a pneumatic mail service, with all manner of items being sent from address to address via tubes and compressed air.  Sadly, a pneumatic fast food service would mean you’d have to stack pizza slices and all the grease […]

Don’t be afraid to tax and spend

Don’t be afraid to tax and spend

There is a connection between corporate universities, the Labor government, and the Dalai Lama, argues Angus Reoch

President’s Report Week 7: Funding cuts to higher education

President’s Report Week 7: Funding cuts to higher education

David Pink reports on possible funding cuts to tertiary education

Why our SRC should support BDS

Why our SRC should support BDS

Tom Raue voices his support for the SRC’s decision to stand up for human rights.

The struggle for Recognition

The struggle for Recognition

Australia is unique in the post-colonial Western world for not acknowledging their indigenous population in their constitution. While the United States recognises the sovereignty of Native American tribes in trade and diplomacy, and the Canadians outline the various indigenous groups that lived and continue to live in the area, the extent of the Australian constitution […]

Celebrating the First Nations

Celebrating the First Nations

Darren Lesaguis reports back on the indigenous Pow Wow movement in Canada.

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