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The biggest scoops of 2018

Check out the biggest stories Honi uncovered this year


Popular USyd lecturer removed without explanation

by Lamya Rahman and Lena Wang

“In his last recorded lecture in Week 12, Chan cryptically admitted he was not sure whether he’d be able to teach for much longer. ‘I can’t explain entirely why, I’ll just tell you there’s some really evil people running around.’”

Over 50 uni fundraising staff sacked with one day’s notice

by Alison Xiao

“Another student employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said many workers were ‘distraught’ today.

‘Everyone was devastated…Nobody knew. The supervisors did not know. We did not know.’”

USU to develop USyd-themed Monopoly

by Janek Drevikovsky

“That’s right, the USU is developing a USyd-themed edition of everyone’s favourite board game. And by ‘favourite’ we mean ‘most likely to ruin a family holiday after your sister got to be banker and didn’t give you enough five-dollar notes’.”

USyd waived fees for FitzSimons’ Australian Republican event

by Liam Donohoe

“Documents have revealed that the University waived $5020.40 in booking fees for a private Gala Dinner attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The application for free hire of the Great Hall for the Republican Movement’s 25th Anniversary celebration in 2016 was supported by Peter FitzSimons in his capacity as Pro-Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the time.”

UNSW Found to Have Breached Privacy Act

by Andrew Rickert

“UNSW faced a similar complaint before the NCAT last year regarding the sharing of an employee’s personal details, but no breach was found to have occurred.”

Reboot in turmoil as Malavisi sends pro-college letter

by Janek Drevikovsky

“The letter, which promises a ‘brighter, safer future’ for the colleges, was an attempt to win over college voters to Labor’s SRC campaign.”

USyd tied to arms industry

by Lara Sonnenschein

“The University of Sydney also has links with weapon manufacturers in its own right. Our chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson, is the chairwoman of weapons company Thales Australia.”

Secret component of Broderick Review withheld from public

by Millie Roberts

“However, in an Academic Board meeting held on campus on Tuesday, Spence revealed that a third report containing first-person experiences was withheld from the public.”

Internal tension grips Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness

by Liam Donohoe

“Whatever his motivations, Flynn’s actions as president are causing real concern within SUSF. There’s a perception that Flynn is pushing a corporate agenda emphasising revenue raising schemes which see SUSF hiring out its venues to third parties.”

Wilson Security to provide USyd security services

by Alison Xiao

“The University of Sydney (USyd) has hired Wilson Security, the company that serviced Australia’s detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island from 2012 to 2017, to provide security services on campus.”

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