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No Surprises, Please

By Matthew Stone “Where does this comma come from,” she shouts, smacking the desk. “You didn’t proofread it at all. Fuck this. Fuck you.” A little upset shall we say? I don’t know who she’s talking to on the other end of the phone. Maybe it’s a group assignment. They often bring out altruism and goodwill in people. I wouldn’t consider myself the sort of person to start a screaming match in the library over sentence structure, but we each have our baggage to deal with. Grammar certainly is a point of contention from time to time. However, I never expected such elevated emotional tensions might stem from one’s stance on the Oxford Comma; yea or nay? Smacks the desk again, louder this time. “I trusted you,” she hisses down the phone. “This was important. I’m not smart. I’m not pretty. I don’t know where the fuck I’m going.” One or two people sheepishly steal a glance at her, but quickly resume whatever they’re doing on their computers. Nobody approaches. Nobody helps. No gentle pat on the back; “it’s not your …

The Right to Be Casual

By Danielle Thompson For some casual employees, asking for a Saturday off causes serious pangs of guilt. Knowing that they may not be rostered on for a while, it can be hard to pass up weekend rates. The average casual employee also often suffers cancelled shifts only hours before they are dressed and ready to head out the door for work. Frequently, a shift of mine has been cancelled with hour or less notice, crippling my plans and my weekly budget. As full-time work becomes harder to get a hold of and many of us find ourselves in casual jobs during and after our uni stint, it is important to know what, as a casual worker we are entitled to. Zana Bytheway, Executive Director at Job Watch, said that she has noticed casual employment growing for a number of years, particularly with young people and women. Amelia Murphy, a law student and chronic casual employee, has found herself at some time or another within the realms of retail or reception work, hospitality and even farming. …

Fuck the Culture of Tourism

Europe, or the inevitable ‘big trip’, is possibly the most daunting experience a young person can plan for. Next to moving out and sorting your shit at university, travelling the world is often high on the priorities list for many people straight out of high-school, or halfway through a degree.

I’m Not Racist, But…

Text by Liz Alderslade I was sitting at the Glenferrie station with my exchange roommate and her friends. It was a mix of American, Canadian, Indian students and me. We were joking and laughing, discussing where we should go to drink in the city. Our fun was brutally interrupted when my first encounter with open racism happened. It was a comment made by a drunken man, as he precariously stumbled around the yellow line on the platform.