From the Editor: It’s crunch time, baby…

The Jacarandas are out and it is half way through October, if you hadn’t noticed it’s almost the end of the year and it is time to get serious. This time of the year can get to some people and the pressures to do well can affect students deeply. Some students will be writing their last exams for their university career and others will be experiencing their first October crunch. We all deal with the stress differently, I like to hang around under the Jacaranda trees, hoping to get the flowers to hit my head and shower me with their legendary good luck. Stress really gets to me sometimes and during those times I always have to step back and tell myself that life goes on and that things will always be okay (I hope). There is always support though, we are all students and we all understand. Speak to your friends and family, but if you can’t, speak to student support on campus. Check out page 5 to see how you can find support on campus.

What is also important is letting your hair down once in a while, and we had the perfect opportunity for this at Oppi. This year’s Oppi was one of my favourites and I had the most fun. However, on paper, Oppi had many problems that might affect their numbers for future years. For one there are more than the usual reports of theft coming out after Oppi, which might be due to the day pass tickets they had this year. The organisation also left much to be desired as performers changed stages at the last minute. And then there was the mud… On a positive note, this year seemed to be the most transformed year that I have attended and that might be due to the diverse line-up that catered to all music tastes. The international acts were also amazing, hopefully next year will be better organised with another killer line-up.

Finally, Perdeby had our year end function where we gave out some awards to the best staff members of the year. I feel like every staff member deserves some award though, it has been a tough year and the way that everyone has been able to pull it all together and produce this paper every week is astounding. I’d like to thank all the staff, and our readers, for the year. I can’t wait for next year where you can see all the work we have been putting in to build on our 80 years of excellence.

The next edition will be our last for the year, so keep a lookout for copies of the last edition on campus next week.

Shaun Sproule


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