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FlindersStudents is an online student's community. It is in no way affiliated with Flinders University and is solely controlled by the students who participate in the community. FlindersStudents has been founded by a group of students from the Flinders University of South Australia and Type my paper company. So the intention of FlindersStudents is to facilitate communication between Flinders uni students across the whole of the Flinders uni campus. For the purpose of this facilitation FlindersStudents consists of an online message board and a news service. To use the message board you must sign up for an account and agree to our terms and conditions of use. The news service displays media articles that are related to higher education as well as articles written and of interest to Flinders uni students. If you would like to be involved in composing articles for FlindersStudents please join us on the message board.


Horror-scope September 2007

The stargazers have been examining the alignments yet again and the verdicts are in. The future looks bad for you. There is no way you can get around it, you are in for a surprise that is nasty. You had best check to see what horrible and disgusting events are destined to befall you.


Conspiracy Theory of the Week

fatherchrissmall.jpgSanta Clause is living as a Bum collecting cans to pay for all the presents he delivers.

It may be just me but I have been noticing a distinct lack of presents under what passes for a Christmas tree in my dingy little flat. Being the inquisitive and greedy little tyke I am I decided to research into this and see what I could see. What I discovered was a sad and sorry tale with only the slightest glimmer of hope. As it turns out Santa was going strong until the early 90’s when there was a bit of a scandal about ol’ Saint Nick, a telefraud scam and insider trading.


julytoilet7.jpgAugust Toilet Review: Small, cramped, and green.

It is unusual to find a toilet which installs the user with a true sense of peace and tranquillity. This latest toilet is truly no exception to the norm. While this facility is functional and conveniently placed in does not have any features that would endear itself to the end user.

From the moment I entered the pokey little hole that passes for a bathroom I felt claustrophobic to the point of nausea. The four walls of the room closed in as the smell of fresh urine invaded my respiratory system. I resisted the urged to find a better location to deposit my fluids and stepped up to the trough to complete the first part of my test.

Peak student body focuses on the Federal Election.

The National Union of Students (NUS) announced today that it's demand a better future campaign would be focusing on Higher Education in the lead up to the upcoming Federal election. The NUS has stated that they would be campaigning on four key issues. The Nus will be encouraging all parties to support.

  • No Full Fees
  • No HECS increases
  • No Student Poverty
  • No VSU

ford.jpgThings you should know about lectures and lecturers at our University

Introductory lectures are intended to give you an impression of what your course, the lectures, the topics etc. will be like for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, they’re often misused by lecturers to give a misleading impression in order to keep attendance up, or the class in fear. The following is a warning.


Flinders Uni to introduce internet monitoring and quota system.

Flinders University has announced to students and staff that it intends to phase in a internet usage monitoring and quota system in order to reduce the universities bandwidth costs which in 2007 is predicted to surpass half a million dollars..

Although the new system is being refereed to University wide Internet quota/accounting system', it appears to be primarily aimed at curtailing the usage of undergraduate students.

You can discuss more about this announcement on the Flinders University Student Forums in this topic


 Uni students demand a better future.

The National Union of Students (NUS) have declared that a national day of action will be held on May the 2nd to protest the federal government’s refusal to support university students. The day of action will be apart of the wider “Demand a Better Future” campaign.

NUS claim that since 1995 the federal government has reduced funding to tertiary education by 7%. This represents a decrease of $1550 for each and every university student.


Internet failure boosts Flinders Uni student productivity.

A recent failure of the university network today has had a dramatic and sudden affect on the productivity of students. Faced with the prospect of a lack of Google, Youtube Myspace and Freindster students suddenly found themselves with nothing to do except their work.

Flinders uni social sciences student, Melanie said, “I was sitting in the Flinders University Library When it first went down, I wasn’t sure...


Students struggling financially.

The Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (AVCC) has released a  report into the status of Australian university student’s finances during 2006. The report is based on the national survey of students conducted recently in Australia’s 37 public universities.

The report found that generally university students are poorer than they were in the year 2000,  and that this is adversely affecting their capacity to study effectively.

Paying your way through Tertiary Education

dollar.pngGoing to university can be an experience that is new, exciting, and bloody expensive. The cost of books, accommodation, parking, transportation and general living expenses are all facts of life for university students. In the interest of helping you get the balance right we have compiled a carefully constructed collection of the ten best tips for meeting the costs of a university education.


Why I skipped my Tute.

Ever skipped a tutorial and haven’t been able to come up with a good excuse for your tutor? If so, then we can help. Never again will you struggle for an excuse, simply use one of ours.

  1. That was the day I always wash my hair.
  2. I decided to engage in a period of self directed learning.
  3. I consider tutorial times to be oppressive.
  4. I had the bubonic plague last week and I didn’t want anyone else to catch it.
  5. My hermit crab died and I was observing a period of morning.

DVD Review: Cutie Honey

cutiecover.jpgDon’t be fooled by the front cover boast: “Starring ERIKO SATO (Japan’s top swimsuit model)”, as this film is much more than just a perve-fest. What I mean is, Sato’s lovely derriere is only one of the film’s many visual delights. Cutie Honey (Eriko Sato) is the heroic, alter-ego of a lowly office worker, Honey Kisaragi. What her colleagues don’t realise is that Cutie Honey is an android replica of Professor Kisaragi’s deceased daughter (ala Astro Boy). The film opens with Cutie Honey finding out that her Uncle has been kidnapped and she runs to his rescue.


Interest in activist organisations surging.

Leftwing and Antiwar groups are reporting that Australian University students have been joining their organisations in record numbers. Some activist groups are reporting that the number of students seeking to join has risen by at least twenty five percent since last year.

The rising interest in leftist and antiwar groups is directly attributed to the length of the American led war in Iraq and the unacceptably high rate of civilian casualties in that region. The antiwar and leftist groups are actively encouraging students to express their outrage at the war and the capitalist system which underpins it. Students are responding eagerly top these calls. Recently in Sydney students were active in confronting US Vice-President Dick Cheney when he briefly visited the city.

University Students Squeezed out of Rental Accommodation.

Across Australia the cost of rental accommodation has been rising dramatically over the last 6 months. In some areas the average cost of rental accommodation has risen by over 50%. Although Adelaide has significantly lower living costs than the eastern states it has not been insulated from the rises.


blacktownsmaller.jpgThe future of Australian film is here and it is in ultra-low budget filmmaking! Now that I have gotten my grand opening statement out of the way we can proceed. Kriv Stenders’ Blacktown takes place in the western Sydney suburb that lends the film its title. The suburb gained its official name from the colloquial term for it as it began as a settlement for Aboriginal education. The story is about two people and the love they find in one another.

Great spots on Campus.

 Flinders university arguably has the best grounds out of the South Australian Universities. Abundant in flora and fauna the Flinders campus has countless great spots for getting away from the pressures of classes and relaxing. The following great spots on campus have been submitted by Flinders University Students, we suggest that you seek out some of these spots and try some of them out for yourself.


National Union of Students welcomes Rudd’s revolution.

The national peak student body has welcome Kevin Rudd’s promise of a “revolution in education”. National Union of Students president, Michael Nguyen, stated “It is good to see the Australian Labor Party prioritising education… …the National Union of Students supports the ALP’s pledge to increase funding to the sector and awaits to see the details of the policy.”


Federal Government challenged to be honest with students.

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has challenged the federal government to be honest with students and reveal the exact amount that students contribute towards the cost of degrees. It is commonly claimed by the Howard government that students are only paying about 25 per cent of the cost of a degree.

 Horror-Scope for March 2007.

The alignment of the celestial objects in this month makes the divination of the future particularly difficult, although all signs indicate that despair, pain and suffering await nearly all. Don’t let this uncertain doom get you down, your friends (if you have any) will be in the same boat and will most likely need someone to sponge off.


DVD Review: Turkey shoot

turkeycoversmall.jpgWe used to make some amazing exploitation films in this country and Brian Trenchard-Smith’s shocker from 1980, Turkey Shoot, is no exception. In a dystopian future, Australia is ruled by a hard-line government that maintains its rule by sending anyone deemed to be a dissident to behaviour modification camps.


Book review: Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World

 Noam Chomsky teacher, academic, philosopher, economist, linguist or activist? It is hard to find a field in which Chomsky does not possess a measure of expertise. He is however probably best known for his disdain for authority and willingness to challenge established dogmata and conventions.This illuminating, and urgently needed collection of interviews conducted by radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing the wider implications of U.S. foreign policies in the unstable post-9/11 world.

March Toilet Review: A Sturt location with a Roman theme.

This delightful location features natural lighting, spacious cubicles, and striking tiled walls. Located on the third floor of the Sturt south building (just down from the Sturt library) this toilet is an ideal location for teachers, nurses and paramedics. However the distance from main campus makes it inconvenient for other students. This location could easily become one of the great toilet locations on campus with a few simple improvements and a little tender love.

Police use stun gun on student 

Police at the University of California at Los Angeles have used a taser stun gun on a student who refused to show them identification while using the campus library. It is reported that the student was repeatedly stunned after telling officers to fuck off and attempting to leave the library. Other students who approached the police officers involved were threatened with a stun gun.  The incident was witnessed by other students and portions of the altercation was videoed using a bystanders mobile phone.  More infomation and video footage of the incident can be found here


Students could pay more for education, physiotherapy and nursing degrees.

Australian vice-chancellors have stated that the federal government should either increase the amount of federal funding to universities or allow universities to charge students in education, physiotherapy and nursing degrees more.

Previously the government allowed universities to increase the fees they charged students by 25 percent. This increase did not apply to education, physiotherapy and nursing degrees they were deemed a national priority. The Australian vice-chancellors have emphasised that unequal distribution of government funding between different degrees has created a fiscal black hole in some disciplines and is forcing them to increase the burden on students.   


Kevin Rudd offers better support to University Students

The new Labor leader Kevin Rudd, has identified the level of national HECS debts as “out of control”. He accuses the Howard government of going backwards in  inverting in Australia’s educational future. Rudd confirmed that he would be soon releasing policy that would see a significant boost to the income support available to university students and a reduction to the burden of HECS debts.

Rudd claims that these changes would enable Australia to become “the best educated country in the world”, an achievement that would increase equality and improve the economy.

Flinders' Professor named 2006 Australian Uni Teacher of the Year

Professor Iain Hay, Head of the School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management at Flinders University has been announced as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for the Australian University Teacher of the Year.


Book review: It Can't Happen Here

/canthappensmall.jpgStudents have a long history of being active in political debates, and students from Flinders University are no exception. Former Flinders University Student’s Association education research officer, Graham Hastings explores the issues that Flinders University students and students around the nation have engaged with over the last four decades.


Number of international students studying in Australia rising.

The Federal government has released figures which show that the number of international students studying in Australian education institutions has risen by almost 40 thousand students or about 11%. Asia is the main source of international students with over one fifth of students all international students arriving from China. The majority of international students are studying at tertiary level at universities such as Flinders University.


Demand for Australian University places increases.

206,099 people have applied to study at public universities in 2007. This represents a 1.8% nationwide increase in demand from last year. South Australian and Northern Territory Universities experienced a 4.2% increase in demand for their courses.

American University provides free education to those who need it.

Arizona State University has announced that it will fully fund the US$13,000 annual cost of room, board, and tuition for students whose families earn less than US$25,000 per year. In providing this commitment to educate and advance students regardless of social background or ability to pay the Arizona State University is displaying an example that other higher education facilities should follow.

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