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                                                                                                                                                    NOVEMBER 2012
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                                                                                                         Crafting the perfect moustache
                                                                                                         It’s that time of year again –    over 854,000 Mo Bros and
                                                                                                         when men across the world         Sistas around the world raised
                                                                                                         carefully tend to their upper     over $124 million for prostate

From Canberra to Washington
                                                                                                         lips all in the name of men’s     cancer and men’s mental
                                                                                                         health. A number of CIT staff     health.
                                                                                                         shaved off their facial hair on   Support our mo-stars by
It’s been a big few months         “It reminded me of my own          and formed Diversity ACT, with     31 October and will spend         visiting
for CIT student Ian Goudie         childhood. The persecution         the view to open a community       November carefully crafting       CITCanberra.
– from rubbing shoulders           you go through when you’re         service centre in Canberra so      their mo’s this year. In 2011,
with Brad Pitt and Barack          gay is huge – there’s just         that LGBIT people who are at
Obama to launching the             nowhere for you to go in           risk have somewhere to turn.
very first Canberra lesbian,       Canberra,” he says.                To get up and running, the
gay, bisexual, intersexual         Ian says the idea for the          group applied for government
and transgender (LGBIT)            community centre, “started         funding.
community service centre.          over a glass of chardonnay”.       “None of us had ever done a
But it’s a far cry from his life   He was talking with friends        written submission in our lives.
growing up.                        about their own experiences        So initially, we had to research
“I lived on the streets and        and the lack of support            how to write a submission,”
couch surfed. I was one of the     available for gay people.          he says.                            Martin Long                       Kevin Ruddock
kids that never thought they’d     “We were just sitting at           The group all took three            CIT Student Association           CIT Vocational College
get anywhere in life,” he says.    my house talking about             weeks off study or work to
It was this experience             what we went through, and          put together the submission,
that inspired Ian to study         wondering why there wasn’t an      and submitted it to the ACT
community welfare at CIT.          organisation or somewhere to       Government in July this year.
                                   go to,” he says.                   “The government really liked it,
During his time as owner of a
Canberra gay nightclub, Ian        “We figured we were all            and we were given a $100,000
saw a lot of underprivileged       intelligent people, so why don’t   start-up grant plus a place to
young people with nowhere to       we do something about it.”         work out of in Kambah,” he
                                                                      says.                               Jonny Apps                        Drew Newman
turn to, and was inspired to do    After getting advice, Ian put
                                                                                                          CIT Student Association           CIT Student Association
something.                         together a group of people         (Continued page 3)
 Canberra Institute of Technology – November 2012

Ian Copeland - Bachelor                                                                                                                          Sophie Blacker
of Photography                                                                                                                                   - Bachelor of

                                                          Creative industries students
                                                          shine at CIT Momentum 2012
                                                          Different pockets of Canberra       work of CIT photography             streetscape by the interior
                                                          will come alive with creativity     students will take over the foyer   design students, complete
                                                          when CIT Momentum 2012              of the High Court of Australia.     with street signs, graffiti, and
                                                          kicks off this November.            On display will be the major        trees. The exhibition will also
                                                          Spaced out over a month, the        projects from final year            include a series of animated
                                                          series of events will showcase      students, as well as a selection    film showreels.
                                                          this year’s graduating CIT          of work from first and second       Students have been involved
                                                          creative industries students        year students.                      in every step of organising
                                                          in photography, visual arts,        On 1 December, the designs          the events, from fundraising,
                                                          building design, interior design,   of the CIT graduating fashion       to securing venues and
                                                          graphic design, digital media       students will take to the catwalk   generating publicity.
                                                          and music.                          at Westfield Belconnen, in          22 - 23 November: MICfest
                                                          CIT Momentum 2012                   one of the biggest nights in        (Music Industry Centre,
                                                          kicks off with MICfest. On          Canberra’s fashion calendar.        J Block, CIT Woden)
                                                          22 November, the School             Finally from 5 - 12 December,       26 November - 7 December:
                                                          Stars Band Competition will         the work from final year            Photography Exhibition
                                                          launch a night of music, with       students in graphic design,         (High Court of Australia)
                                                          the MICfest CD launch and           digital media, interior design,     1 December: Fashion
                                                          music award ceremony. The           visual arts, building design and    Parade KINETIC ticketed
                                                          music continues on Friday 23        architectural drafting will be      event (7:30pm for 8:30pm,
                                                          November, with an evening of        on show in the unique Saraton       Westfield Belconnen)
                                                          entertainment from a string of      Building in the Civic Bus           5 - 12 December: Design
                                                          CIT student bands.                  Interchange. The space will         Exhibition (Saraton Building,
Morgan Hubbard - Bachelor    Suzan Dlouhy - Bachelor of   Starting on 26 November, the        be converted into a bustling        East Row, Civic)
of Design (Fashion Design)   Design (Fashion Design)
                                                          Sophisticated childishness
                                                                                                                                  Thompson, who is in his
                                 Tess Godkin - Bachelor                                                                           final year at CIT, encourages
                                 of Photography                                                                                   consumers to have fun with
                                                                                                                                  clothing and print.
                                                                                                                                  “I put colour into my garments
                                                                                                                                  so that people have more fun
                                                                                                                                  with everyday life,” he said.
                                                                                                                                  “There is a demographic
                                                                                                                                  of young men who want to
                                                                                                                                  express themselves through
                                                                                                                                  what they wear and listen to.”
                                                                                                                                  Thompson is also a DJ for Nite
                                                                                                                                  Society, which aims to sustain
                                                                                                                                  a culture for independent
                                                                                                                                  boutique artists.
                                                          As the only male Bachelor           “Children today seem less           Senior lecturer in fashion
                                                          of Design (Fashion Design)          childlike. Without a clear sense    and CIT’s only male fashion
                                                          student at CIT, Mitchell            of childhood, there can be          teacher, Steve Wright,
                                                          Thompson has an innovative                                              understands the challenges
                                                                                              not a distinct notion of adult
                                                          and unique way of translating                                           designers face to create
                                                                                              hood,” Thompson said.
                                                          children’s colourful drawings                                           innovative menswear.
                                                          into sophisticated menswear.        ‘Perpetually Five’ sets out         “Canberra men are not
                                                                                              to redefine menswear by             catered for in regard to unique
                                                          His childlike attitude to design
                                                          is an important part of the         constantly providing new            designs”.
                                                          philosophy behind his label,        approaches to fashion, thus         “It is a challenge for designers
                                                          ‘Perpetually Five’, which           building a cohesive bridge          to design for men, the most
                                                          endeavours to be conceptual,        between fun and smart, dressy       subtle changes can seem
                                                          but fun.                            and casual.                         revolutionary.”
                                                                                                                     Canberra Institute of Technology – November 2012

                                                                                                              Students bringing film
                                                                                                              festival to life
                                                                                                              A number of CIT creative           collaboration with CIT
                                                                                                              industries students will help      journalism students, will be
                                                                                                              bring the 2012 Canberra            gathering voxpops from
                                                                                                              International Film Festival        audience members about their
                                                                                                              (CIFF) to life.                    opinions after two of the film
                                                                                                              Now in its 16th year, the CIFF     screenings.
                                                                                                              celebrates cinema across           Sound students will also assist
                                                                                                              a 12-day program that              in running a series of Q and A
                                                                                                              showcases extraordinary films      sessions following screenings
                                                                                                              from around the globe.             with the director and actors,
                                                                                                              Media production students          where audience members can
                                                                                                              have created a range of            ask questions.
                                                                                                              video interviews of the festival   The Canberra International
                                                                                                              director talking about a           Film Festival runs until 11
                                                                                                              number of the films, with the      November.
                                                                                                              videos featuring on the film       For more visit
                                                                                                              festival’s website.      
                                                                                                              The same team, in

CIT produces a fine set of
green innovations
Sustainable practice has           CIT as a whole has also more          this innovative facility will be
become an integral part of         than halved its water usage           used to teach and inspire
the culture at CIT. CIT has        within five years, and reduced        students for years to come.
implemented a number of            its energy usage by 14%               The pioneering purpose-built
innovative energy, water and       within three years. Making            building will help industry,
waste management saving            simple but clever switches to         governments and communities
initiatives and continues          better capture natural energy         to meet the challenges of
to push the boundaries of          and conserve generated                climate change by providing
environmental sustainability       energy has made a stunning            workers with skills in
in a contemporary learning         difference to CIT’s carbon            sustainable practices.
environment.                       footprint. The installation of
                                                                         Taking sustainability even
CIT Bruce is 100% self-            solar panels on all campuses
                                                                         further, sustainable work
sufficient in terms of water
supply for irrigation needs,
                                   captures the natural energy
                                                                         practices are built into all study   From Canberra to Washington (cont’d)
                                   from the sun, and window film
and does not use a drop of                                               areas of CIT. CIT Fashion            To get up and running, the         he had lunch with the US
                                   on windows reduces heat gain
town water. All rainwater is                                             teacher Steve Wright brings          group held a ‘Coming Out’          President Barack Obama.
                                   and loss. Automatic timers            leading-edge sustainable
harvested from the rooftops                                                                                   gala to launch, which they         “It was nerve-wracking, but I
                                   and movement detectors in             techniques in fashion design
and collected in purpose-built                                                                                organised in just four weeks.      felt honoured,” he said.
                                   classrooms negate the need            into the classroom. Boldly
tanks, and the run-off from the    for the old reminder to ‘turn                                              “We had 720 people, including      Ian credits his success to
carpark, roads and grounds                                               challenging an industry              local and federal MPs.”
                                   the lights off’, and all lights are                                                                           the support he has received
is collected in a 5.2 ML dam                                             where fashion trends change                                             through CIT.
                                   eco-friendly varieties.               faster than the seasons, and         While organising the gala, Ian
and used for irrigation. Bore                                                                                                                    “I wouldn’t have been able to
                                   All of CIT’s sustainable              a culture that systemically          spoke with the United States
water is used for irrigation and                                                                                                                 do it without the teachers at
                                   initiatives are used together         exploits people and the              ambassador who put Ian in
as a back-up when dam and                                                                                                                        CIT. The encouragement they
                                   in CIT’s eco-building – the           environment along the design         contact with Centerlink, an
tank water is low. The need for                                                                                                                  give you is huge,” he said.
                                   CIT Sustainable Skills Training       process, Steve urges students        LGBIT organisation in the US.
irrigation has also been greatly
reduced by incorporating           Hub. Showcasing cutting-edge          to think about reducing              Through this connection,           Ian has now studied a
low-maintenance native plants      green technology, including           wastage by using the whole           Ian sent over a program that       swag of qualifications at
in the landscape design. The       solar and wind turbine                piece of fabric in a design, and     he developed as his major          CIT in community services,
Raiders’ oval is even kept         generators, grey and black            even creating designs that can       project for his Diploma of         youth studies, alcohol and
                                                                                                              Youth Studies at CIT, and          other drugs, mental health,
green using only bore water        water recycling, the harnessing       be unpicked and reformed into
                                                                                                                                                 child protection, as well
supplied from CIT Bruce.           of waste heat and much more,          something else.                      this program has now been
                                                                                                                                                 as the Advanced Diploma
                                                                                                              implemented by Centerlink.
                                                                                                                                                 of Community Sector
                                                                                                              Ian was also invited over to       Management.
                                                                                                              Centerlink’s conference in         He’s fast-tracked all of his
                                                                                                              Richmond, Virginia. He flew        study, achieving an average
                                                                                                              over in September, initially       of a high distinction the whole
                                                                                                              stopping in Los Angeles and        way through.
                                                                                                              visiting their LGBT centres.
                                                                                                                                                 “Not bad for a year 8 dropout,”
                                                                                                              Ian also found himself in the      he laughs.
                                                                                                              company of celebrity royalty,      “I just stuck my mind to it and
                                                                                                              when he came face-to-face          achieved it.”
                                                                                                              with Brad Pitt and Angelina
                                                                                                                                                 Ian will complete his studies
                                                                                                              Jolie at a stage production.
                                                                                                                                                 in November this year, the
                                                                                                              “Brad was a bit standoffish,       same time the new community
                                                                                                              but Angelina was really lovely –   centre and diversity hub is set
                                                                                                              she came over and introduced       to open.
                                                                                                              herself,” he says.                 “I’m just a humble student
                                                                                                              After presenting his program at    from CIT Woden and I’m
                                                                                                              the conference in Richmond,        quite ecstatic with what I’ve
                                                                                                              Ian flew to Washington, where      achieved and done.”
                         Canberra Institute of Technology – November 2012

                       CIT happenings
                        22 - 23 Nov 2012                              MICfest, CIT Music Industry Centre,
                                                                      J Block, CIT Woden

                        23 Nov 2012                                   Learning Options for Women

                        26 Nov - 7 Dec 2012                           CIT Momentum 2012 Photography
                                                                      Exhibition, High Court of Australia

                        1 Dec 2012                                    Fashion Parade KINETIC, 7:30pm,
                                                                      Westfield Belconnen (ticketed event)

                        5 - 12 Dec 2012                               Design Exhibition, Saraton Building,
                                                                      East Row, Civic Bus Interchange

                        11 Dec 2012                                   CIT International Graduation             Yoga classes at CIT Reid
                                                                                                               Improve your health and               6:15pm Sivananda - for the            receive discounted prices
                        14 Dec 2012                                   End of Semester 2, 2012
                                                                                                               wellbeing with yoga classes           fitter or yoga experienced. The       for classes.
                                                                                                               at CIT Reid.                          class is intended to tone and         Classes will be held in the
                        29 Jan 2013                                   Beginning of Semester 1, 2013            The classes run every                 strengthen all of the muscle          Squash Court 1st Floor E
                                                                                                               Wednesday evening until 12            groups of the body.                   Block (E129/E130 above the
                                                                                                               December, and are taught by           7:30pm Pavanamuktasana                learning centre), CIT Reid.
                                                                              CITSA’s John                     Natalie, who is a yoga Vidya          - for beginners. A gentle, non-       For more information contact
                                                                              Hunter recognised                teacher, chakra and prana             competitive class with flowing        Natalie on 0499 716 680 or
                                                                                                               healer.                               tiny movements connected to  or notify
                                                                              CIT Student Association’s                                              breathing.
                                                                                                               Choose from two different                                                   the CITSA Office at CIT Reid to
                                                                              John Hunter has received
                                                                                                               types of classes:                     CIT students and staff will           reserve your spot.
                                                                              the Outstanding Contribution
                                                                              to Australian Association of
                                                                              Campus Activities Award          The Regional and Remote Area Program pilot
                                                                              for his dedication to student
                                                                              events across the ACT.           In September, 13 CIT                  organisations, and explored           CIT student Margaret Power,
                                                                                                               community services students           different areas of the city           who is a qualified chef has
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