Stop and smell the forest – part 1: Indigenous presence

Facebook. Youtube. Google Calendar. Gmail. These information platforms may have most of your attention as you make your way to work, study, or even to have a coffee after arriving at either Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus.

But take a moment to look around – the forest that envelops Mount Gravatt and Nathan campuses, Toohey Forest, has a rich history. 

The natural area that encircles the bricks and mortar of both campuses was and is an important land area to a number of Aboriginal language/tribal groups.

In the past, the bushland around our first two campuses provided aboriginal tribes with timber from Stringybark trees (which can be found around the Eastern car park and Nathan student residences) – used to make canoes and huts. Wood from Ironbark trees (which are predominant along the northern part of Nathan’s Ring Road) were used by Aborigines to make weapons and as long-burning firewood.  

Mount Gravatt mountain (or Kaggur Madul in Indigenous Yugara dialect which means ‘echidna mountain’) is about 500 metres from the actual campus buildings and this area was once abundant in echidnas (spiny anteaters) which were used by First Australians as both a food source and for needles (the sharp quills) in sewing cloaks and other forms of clothing.

The Toohey Forest area was not just used by indigenous people for resources. The land was also extremely important for use in ceremonies and social interactions.

A twenty minute walk from Nathan campus through the bush (on the border with the suburb of Tarragindi) is the site of a Bora Ring where initiation ceremonies for Aboriginal boys were performed. This ‘rite of passage’ would see indigenous lads taught traditional songs, dances and the lore of their respective tribe.

The land around Mount Gravatt campus is believed to have been used in the past for Indigenous burial/funeral ceremonies. This included such practices as placing a deceased person in a tree hollow or placing selected bone from dead individuals into rock crevices, in caves or on cliffs.

Not only does Toohey Forest have a rich Indigenous presence, it is also rich in natural flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for Stop and Smell the Forest Parts 2 and 3 on these! Or check out the Griffith Archive website for more interesting information like this.

So next time you are making your way around Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus – look up from your device, and take a moment to stop and smell the forest.


What’s a makerspace?

3D printer

Have you heard of makerspaces?

Makerspaces are do-it-yourself community spaces where people can explore their creativity, collaborate, share knowledge and resources, and work on projects to develop ideas and ‘make stuff’. And we swear, they’re even more exciting than they sound!

Now, have you heard of The Edge?

Conceived as a model for the library of the future, The Edge is at the forefront of re-imagining libraries for the 21st century.

With a mandate to empower Queenslanders to explore creativity across art, science, technology, and enterprise, The Edge is a visionary space for ‘creating creatives’; a melting pot of ideas, capacity-building, experimentation and innovation.

It’s also located smack-bang in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD #convenient.

You guessed it – The Edge has a makerspace! Which is open to the public, for free.

The space is fit for all types of projects, assignments, prototypes, experiments, business ideas and any creation that needs space and/or access to professional equipment.

Along with the equipment and space, The Edge also also offers great minds! Whether it’s chatting to the experienced Lab staff to obtain a cleaner etch on the laser cutter, or troubleshooting a poor cast from a 3D printed model – they have great minds and like to share what they know.

Users have made some pretty cool things, such as dog tags and mega fauna.

So why not go along and check out the space, which includes a laser cutter, 3D printers (there are many and in different formats), sewing machines and overlockers, soldering stations, a tool shop and general work benches. You can find the opening times here.

Sounds fun, right?!


Five Netflix shows to binge-watch this break

Now that the trimester’s over, it’s time to relax. And that’s basically synonymous with binge-watching Netflix, right?

But – what should you watch? Hours can be wasted browsing Netflix titles and getting lost in indecision, unable to choose which show would be best for you to dedicate the next 10 (or more) hours of your life to. 

So we asked our library staff for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Freaks and Geeks
Recommended by Shelly Vidler, Library and Learning Services Team Member
James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segal – need I say more? Well I will anyway, because this show is brilliant. It’s set in 1980 at a Michigan high school, and centers around a group of misfits. You’ll love the dry humour, however finish the series feeling depressed that only one season was ever produced (why NBC, whyyyy?).

2. Terrace House
Recommended by Stephanie Ferguson, Library and Learning Services Team Member
Reality TV is better when it’s set in Japan. Think: a super tame version of Big Brother, where they can actually leave the house. And, no need to be sad once you’ve finished – just move on to Terrace House: Aloha State!

3. Girlboss
Recommended by Rhiannon Reid, Library and Learning Services Team Member
Watch when: quitting uni and starting your own semi-legit business with no preparation seems like a good idea. Spoiler alert: it’s not.

4. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Recommended by Rebekah Dimmery, Communications Officer
The show is based on a girl (Kimmy) kidnapped at age 14 and then rescued 15 years later. It’s a comedy about her coming to terms with the changed world.

5. Daredevil
Recommended by Anie Woskanian, Library and Learning Services Team Member
I’m really enjoying Netflix’s Daredevil at the moment. The story is about the rise of Matt Murdoc, a blind lawyer, as the superhero Daredevil protecting Hell’s Kitchen against the criminal underworld. The series is filled with charismatic villains, fights in dark alleyways, and ultimately questions the fine line between vengeance and justice.


4 things to do when you finish exams

Celebrate. Sleep. Netflix. Repeat. Duh!

Some things are just obvious, right? We don’t need to tell you to have fun, relax and catch up on all the things you couldn’t do (without guilt) during the trimester.

But just in case you are waiting for us to do just that: have that house party, take a nine-hour nana nap, and watch all the seasons of Game of Thrones (again).

Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the 4 things you should do AFTER all of that (because Trimester 2 starts in two short weeks).

1. Sell your books

Did you know that Griffith has a Textbook Exchange? It’s a free service provided by the Welfare & Student Liaison Office for students and staff of Griffith University to buy or sell their secondhand textbooks.

2. Get organised

Clean out your backpack, clear your study desk and file away your Trimester 1 paraphernalia (study notes, assignments, research papers etc). Remember, future you may find this stuff useful in the, um, future.

It’s also a good time to think about the year ahead. Add Important dates from the academic calendar to your planner, Google calendar or diary so you don’t get caught out.

3. Make improvements

No doubt you’re aware your grades for this Trimester are released on Wednesday 28 June.

If you have a sneaking suspicion that you didn’t achieve the levels of academic awesomeness that you’d hoped for, hatch a plan to fix this for next Trimester.

What can you do? Get feedback from your lecturers and tutors, find out how Student Services can support you, or attend a free Earlybird workshop offered by the library.

4. Update your social media

No, we don’t mean you should go crazy with your Facebook posts, Insta pics or Snapchat videos. Although, by all means, go for it.

We are talking about your professional accounts. Yes, it’s time to give a little love to your LinkedIn and use social media to sell yourself.

Did you complete an internship, join a professional association, win an academic award or score a casual job during T1? Tell potential employers by updating your LinkedIn profile.


Cyber security alert: bogus Griffith library emails

There has recently been a spate of fake library system notices sent to Griffith University staff and students which attempt to steal your username and password and potentially other personal information.

While there are a few variations of the email, most have the Subject: ‘Library Notifications’ and have a falsified From: address of ‘libraries@griffith.edu.au’.

The body of the email contains a claim that your library account access will expire soon due to ‘security precautions established to protect the University Libraries System’. It will tell you that you need to ‘renew your library account on a regular basis’ and to click on the given link.

Clicking on the link takes you to a malicious website, crafted to look exactly like Griffith’s Single Sign-On (SSO) Login page. This site is able to steal any username and passwords entered.

If you believe that you may have entered your login details on the fake login page, please change your Griffith password immediately.

Here are some tips on spotting bogus emails:

  • Does the address of the sender seem real?  Quite often phishing emails have a real looking name but the email address itself is a free email service rather than a Griffith address.
  • Is the email full of errors? While we all make the occasional spelling and grammatical errors, bogus emails tend to have a lot of errors in only a few sentences.
  • Does the email demand you click on a link and login to something immediately, otherwise you’ll lose access? They’re deliberately worded to make you curious or worried so you click on the link without thinking twice.
  • Is the email from a completely unexpected source? If you’ve not entered a lottery or competition, you cannot have won.

Please forward any suspicious emails to the Information Security team.


Fact or fabrication: how well do you know Griffith Uni?

Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury

How well do you really know Griffith University? 

The Griffith Archive have given us 10 statements about our uni – some are true, others are false. Reckon you can guess them all correctly? Give it a shot and let us know how you go!

1. Griffith University was the second university to open in Queensland.
2. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) was established by Griffith University in 1975.
3. The University’s namesake, Sir Samuel Griffith, was born in England before migrating to Australia.
4. Ms Leneen Forde, our former Griffith University Chancellor, was the first woman to be appointed Chancellor of an Australian University.
5. Sir Samuel Griffith was a founding father of a Federated Australia and the chief author of Australia’s constitution.
6. Sir Johannes “Joh” Bjelke-Petersen (former Queensland Premier) was appointed Griffith University’s first Vice Chancellor in 1973.
7. Griffith University’s Interim Council (later Griffith Council) began in 1971 with no women on the committee.
8. Former Australian winter Olympics and world champion speed skater Steven Bradbury was once a student of Griffith University.
9. Griffith University was originally a campus of the University of Queensland.
10. Former Griffith University Vice Chancellor Professor John Willett was a decorated navy pilot during the Second World War and played a part in the bombing and subsequent sinking of the famous German battleship, Bismarck.

Answers:
1. False 2. True 3. False 4. False 5. True 6. False 7. False 8. True 9. False 10. True 

For more interesting information on Griffith University and its history, check out the Griffith Archive website.


Stay connected with Griffith after you graduate

Photo of lady at graduation

Exam week is almost over!

If this is your final exam block at Griffith before you graduate: 1) Congratulations!, and 2) We’ll miss you!

But just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you have to leave the Griffith library behind.

You are eligible for an alumni membership which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loans. And, did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

And, if you really like the library (we do), why not join Friends of the Library while you’re at it? The network provides wonderful professional and social opportunities for those interested in supporting the library and its evolution in our rapidly changing education environment.

An annual membership is $25, and provides you: invitations to events featuring national and international guest speakers, Friends only networking opportunities, access to exhibitions and displays, special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events, and a regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.