Society & Culture

CSE The Good Life series: Aussie culture and slang

CSE The Good Life series: Aussie culture and slang

Wollongong’s Centre for Student Engagement (CSE) continues it’s series of workshops aimed at helping international students adjust more easily to living in Australia.  This weeks workshop focuses on identifying and understanding Australian slang and the cultural elements associated with our often mind-boggling use of words.  


Get involved in National Youth Week

Get involved in National Youth Week

‘Be Active, Be Happy, Be you,’ is theme for National Youth Week this year. The highly anticipated week kicks off with a Photographic Exhibition and features a Debate of the Ages and a Spiderman-themed book club. The week runs from 5-14 April with everything from obstacle courses, basketball games and laser skirmish to painting and […]


New branding project UOW and Council effort

New branding project UOW and Council effort

The University of Wollongong and Wollongong City Council are working together to discover how locals and those living outside the city perceive the area. They hope that by understanding the ‘Wollongong of today’ better preparations and plans can be made for the future of the city. Jessica Baxter, a PhD student at UOW’s Institute in […]


Buddha awash with birthday prayers

Buddha awash with birthday prayers

Birthdays are usually steeped in traditions with presents and cake being the main focus, for the Buddha however, the traditions are slightly different. This year marks the Buddha’s 2600th birthday and with his teachings being described as “timeless and universal”, it’s hard to deny the need to celebrate. Born on the 8th day of the […]


New students welcomed

New students welcomed

The ‘Welcome to Wollongong’ reception will take place tomorrow afternoon on Wollongong University’s duckpond lawn. The event in its fifth year aims at enhancing the experience of all first year tertiary students, who will study in the region. UOW’s Community Engagement Manager Leanne Newsham said, “the event aims to give students, both domestic and international, […]


Survey reveals sobering facts

Survey reveals sobering facts

By Sophie Harris When it comes to alcohol consumption, most Australians do not know how much is too much. New research shows that a large proportion of the population are unaware of safe drinking levels, with young people particularly drinking more than they should. In a survey conducted by the Centre for Alcohol Policy research, […]


The end is nigh?

The end is nigh?

If you’re planning a party, wedding or event for after October 21 this year, you might want to reconsider your plans. That’s according to Californian Christian radio broadcaster, Harold Camping. Based on a complex (or, depending on who you talk to, utterly ridiculous) set of mathematical equations, Camping has predicted that the Rapture, or Judgement […]


Graffiti action day

Graffiti action day

It’s not everyday you see a police officer stand idly by as a hooded adolescent spray paints the side of a public building. But that’s exactly the type of community interaction Wollongong City Council is encouraging as part of the Graffiti Action Day held at Berkley Neighbourhood Centre today. The statewide initiative runs in partnership […]


Serving time for the PCYC

Serving time for the PCYC

People are being locked up in Wollongong for all the right reasons today.  High profile local citizens and local employers are being put under lock and key as part of a PCYC fundraiser.  The Current and UOWTV’s Josh Mathews, Jessica McLean and Rebecca Davis have been at the scene of the ‘crime’ and have spoken […]


Youth Week sheds light on real issues

Youth Week sheds light on real issues

A youth-organised revelry will kick off National Youth Week festivities at Wollongong’s Youth Services club, MacCabe Park tonight. Around 100 people are expected to turn out with live musicians, body art, exhibitions, food and much more contributing to the festivities. “There’s a good vibe around the event. All members of the community are invited. I […]


Beating the bully

Beating the bully

The Department of Education and Training has today introduced a new ‘Safe Schools Framework Policy’. The program is part of the nationwide campaign throughout March to tackle schoolyard bullying. The Framework Policy aims to raise awareness of bullying and will allow students to address the issue one-on-one through a series of workshop activities and social […]


The burqa debate is a masquerade

The burqa debate is a masquerade

Banning the burqa is anti-democratic, argues Widyan Al Ubudy, an eighteen-year-old UOW student from Saudi Arabia. The backstage curtains have opened, shining the spotlight on the burqa, which yet again has taken centre stage on the political agenda. French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced to the French media his condemning view of the floor-length, face-covering, black […]


Special Olympics Closing Montage

Special Olympics Closing Montage

University of Wollongong journalism students combined forces with University of South Australian colleagues to cover the National Special Olympics in Adelaide April 19-23, 2010. UOW Bachelor of Journalism team: Emma Dunn, Andrew Gardner, Jordan Tredinnick, Natassia Apolloni


Go Green

Go Green

The University of Wollongong is the second biggest energy user in the region, and its students are calling for it to use more renewable energy. Andrew Moon reports. Andrew Moon, is a final year Bachelor of Journalism student, reporting for UOWTV


The tobacco control game

The tobacco control game

Smokers seem to be taking the new plans for even more graphic warnings on cigarette packs in their stride. Rachael Micallef reports. Daniel Moore’sfirst team colours were blue and white. It hasn’t always been the same emblem, but he’s been hooked on the game since he first laid eyes on it: 25 players, all in […]


iCruising: easy and close.

iCruising: easy and close.

Your new partner might be in the next street and a new GPS dating service makes him easy to find. Tamara Gasser investigates. Simon returns home to his flat following a night of drinks with friends. Before turning in for bed he checks in with his iPhone. Minutes later his shoes are back on and […]


I just want to help

I just want to help

Everyone from the board on down is a volunteer at the Special Olympics. Natassia Apolloni reports from Adelaide. Natassia Apolloni, a final year Bachelor of Journalism Student was part of the joint UOW, University of SA team which covered this year’s Special Olympics.