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What’s with universities and dogs?

Scroll through university social media for long enough and you will come across numerous dog posts. Whether it’s a pooch ‘getting ahead’ on his readings for the upcoming semester at UQ, or UWA law school’s resident sausage dog, Julius Caesar Juris Dogtor, ...

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Monash exhibits the humblest of objects

Could February be the month of lunchboxes? Last week, the ABC published an investigation of their contents in wealthier and poorer Melbourne suburbs. While, by comparing Oreos packed in Broadmeadows to carrot sticks lovingly placed in Brighton, it invited food-shaming, ...

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Should burkas be banned from university classrooms?

Why do you wear all black? Why are you even still alive? It isn’t fair to us. While Australian universities grapple with isolated Islamophobic attacks, like the above-quoted one on two female Indonesian students in Canberra earlier this month, ones ...

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You would believe what academics say

Is there a funnier university-related Twitter account than ‘Shit Academics Say‘? Sarcasm even seeps into its bio disclaimer: Retweets are not endorsements. They are performative engagement markers that intentionally confound direct alignment with ironic promotion, ambivalent reflection, or personal brand ...

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Details of Western civilisation degree published

The controversial Western Civilisation degree, currently homed at the University of Wollongong, has released its syllabus. It covers ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, and the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries through to today, via the lenses of ...

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