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Launch party unites students

Members enjoying themselves at the GJS launch

Members enjoying themselves at the GJS launch

GJS members Katie Woods and Jessica Grant
GJS members Katie Woods and Jessica Grant

The Griffith Journalism Society (GJS) celebrated its official launch party on Friday 1st May and gathered students from Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

GJS aims to unite students studying communications, particularly those pursuing careers in journalism and media.

President of GJS, Nathan Martyn started the group to get students used to the idea of networking not only to meet for social events but also allow students to share their interests and passions.

“Journalism is a field where you need to build network connections to talk to other people in the society and see what their angle on things is,” he said.

The launch party held at Barsoma Lounge Bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley provided the perfect atmosphere for social mingling and networking accompanied with delectable drinks and scrumptious nibbles.

If a bar tab and platters of gourmet food were not enough to entice students to attend, journalism internships were.

All members on the night went in the draw to win a variety of work experience positions.  Students saw this as an opportunity to get their ‘foot in the door.’

GJS committee member Katie Woods said she would like to see more events in the future that allowed for networking.

“Events where GJS members get to meet and network with industry professionals would be great,” she said.

Jessica Grant, a second year journalism student and GJS member thought the launch party was a great success.

“It was great meeting other people in my degree and the evening’s atmosphere made it fun,” she said.

On a serious note, members will write about international politics and global issues to contribute to the press gallery for the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC) held in Brisbane.

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Sport gives extra benefits

With obesity on the rise and busy uni schedules, students are being encouraged more than ever to get involved in social sport.

‘Blazen’ is a social basketball team that plays in a local competition and consists of uni students and adults.

For students playing team sports like basketball allow a break from study and a chance to mix with different people.

Sport, Recreation and Club Officer at Griffith University, Jessica Brown said students who play sport socially are more likely to release their inhibitions and become pro-active on campus.

“There is no pressure to perform when playing social sport and better friendships can be made,” she said.

“Many students who play in the same sports teams are friends at uni and help each other out with their studies.”

Blazen player Jason Lee (22) said he likes playing sport socially because it keeps him fit and helps him make new friends.

“Playing social basketball is really enjoyable,” he said.

“I’ve formed friendships with people that I wouldn’t have before.”

Fellow team mate and uni student Jon Wong (19) believes playing sport helps him maintain a good balance with his studies.

“For me, playing sport is a stress release and I always feel more energised after,” he said.

Being involved in a team sports opens the door for networking and incorporates the old saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’

Basketball team 'Blazen'

Basketball team 'Blazen'

Previous students have gained employment through sporting teams and the help of the student guild, Ms Brown being one of them.

“I started playing touch football for the uni and built strong relations with the sports recreation officer at the time,” she said.

“When she left, the uni offered me the job and I’ve been employed by Griffith ever since.”

Future looks bright for University based Church

Members celebrate Hope GCs 4 year anniversary

Members celebrate Hope GCs 4 year anniversary

Hope Gold Coast (HGC), a Christian church located in Southport celebrated its 4th anniversary on Sunday the 26th of April and there is excitement growing in Hope for its future.

The Gold Coast hosts a variety of non- denominational Christian churches but what defines HGC from others is the number of university students it attracts.

When HGC started, visionary Belinda Wolter hoped to establish a local church in Southport that would have a positive impact on the community. With Griffith University in close proximity there lay the perfect opportunity to establish a student based church.

“What makes Hope Gold Coast unique are its smaller numbers and the high number of students,” Belinda said in a recent interview.

“Multiculturalism is one of our strengths and is what sets us apart from other churches.”

The majority of HGC members are of Asian decent with a growing number of students from Africa, and Australia.

In reaching out into the community, HGC has helped international students find accommodation, has cooked meals for students and distributed pens during university exams.

“It’s a way we can bless others and provide for those who most need it,” said Liane Ng, a member of HGC.

Students who have attended HGC said they felt an immediate connection because of the atmosphere and social events.

“It’s good to go to a church where people are the same age because you can more easily relate to one another” Griffith student Barbara Finlay said  “the social events run by Hope Gold Coast are great because you get to meet new people and mingle with other students.”

In the future Hope Gold Coast is currently planning a new ministry called ‘iBless’ that will see the church go into the wider community like hospitals to help families in need.

Coffee a ‘necessity’ for students

University students are still willing to use their living expenses on coffee despite hard financial times.

Coffee is no longer considered a ‘luxury’ but rather a ‘necessity’ with students spending over $30 a week on coffee alone.

Megan Pope, a second year Communications student at Griffith said she spends an average of $6 on coffee at a time.

“I buy coffee at least 3 times a week at uni and also while I’m at work so a lot of my money is spent on coffee,” she said.

With winter fast approaching it will be likely that on-campus coffee shops are only going to get busier.

Inconsistent transport leaves students frustrated

Students rely heavily on local bus services © 2009 Kelsi Thomson
Students rely heavily on local bus services © 2009 Kelsi Thomson

PUBLIC transport on the Gold Coast continues to frustrate students with buses

constantly running behind schedule.

Many uni students rely heavily on the Gold Coast’s Surfside buslines, especially international students who do not own cars.

Some students who live locally prefer to catch the bus to save on petrol but find it a hassle due to buses being ‘unreliable’ and ‘inconsistent.’

Griffith University student Karina Harris lives in Southport says she has to change buses in order to get home which makes for a “painful ride.”

Additional services are needed in the Surfside bus system especially for uni students as many run on tight schedules.

Laugh fest soars through hard times

Californian comedian Arj Barker

Californian comedian Arj Barker © 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne Comedy Festival never fails to disappoint drawing huge crowds each year who gather to get their laughs from some of the worlds best comedians.

Despite the financial crisis, organisers of the festival believed people would still be willing to spend their money on a good laugh. And right they were.

According to this year’s ticket sales, Festival Director Susan Provan told the Melbourne Age “numbers were close to breaking previous attendance figures.”

Average ticket prices this year remained low with many people willing to try unknown artists rather than supporting their ususal favourites.

International acts such as Arj Barker, Janeane Garfalo and Danny Bhoy have been a huge success.

Students label university ‘money making giant’

University fees are expensive but even more so if you’re an international student studying in the Australian education system.

Griffith University, thrives off international fees with overseas students making up majority of the Griffith population, many of them here to seek better opportunities.

However, international students feel hard done by Griffith being left to struggle financially, paying three times more than Australian students in university fees.

Anesu Kambarami from Zimbabwe studies at Griffith and believes fees for international students are unreasonable.

“I pay $6,950 in fees a semester” he said.

Clearly Griffith’s dependence on international students is seen as ‘unfair’. Whether international fees will be lowered in the future or not is yet to be addressed.