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Student invention goes commercial
by Margaret Lawson                                   It is also used by advertising agencies to      According to Commercial Monitors
                                                  monitor and verify the frequency and            director Mark Scatchard, his company would

             hen two QUT undergraduate            placement of their own and their competitors’   begin using the BLT this month.
             students agreed to design some       advertising.                                       “We were absolutely flabbergasted that the
             software for a final-year project,      “Currently, the only way of monitoring       results the students achieved were achieved
they never imagined their invention would         broadcasts is for someone to listen and keep    so quickly … the results surpassed all our
be a world-first – and potentially multi-         a record,” Mr Thambiratnam said.                expectations,” Mr Scatchard said.
million dollar – innovation.                         “However, this is time consuming and very       “This will take our business from being a
   Now Richard Mason and Kit                      expensive.”                                     small company to being a very large company
Thambiratnam, who have managed to create             So Mr Thambiratnam and Mr Mason              … the potential is there that it could increase
the first automated, high volume system to        designed a system called the BLT (Broadcast     our staff numbers by 500 to 600 per cent.”
track radio broadcasts, are coming to terms       Logging Tool) which allows computers, using        Mr Thambiratnam and Mr Mason have
with the fact their assignment is about to        speech recognition technology, to “listen in”   now both enrolled in PhDs at QUT, and
become a commercial reality.                      and log multiple radio stations, 24 hours a     were recently awarded the Siemen’s $5,000
   The project, which began just one year         day.                                            Queensland Prize for innovation for the BLT.
ago, was inspired when Melbourne company             “Our software works by identifying the          Though both are excited that QUT and
Commercial Monitors approached QUT’s              acoustic properties that make up a song, an     Commercial Monitors will work to
Research Concentration in Speech, Audio           ad or the other elements of radio,” Mr Mason    commercialise the product for the multi-
and Video Technology director Professor           said.                                           million dollar world market, they said the
Sridha Sridharan for help.                           “It segments the broadcast into its          best thing was just being involved in a real
   “They had looked all around the world          individual elements, and then compares each     project.
and not been able to find an automated            song or ad to a database of 100,000 elements       “We could not have achieved this success
solution that met their requirements for …        and logs each match.”                           without the research facilities and technical
monitoring radio broadcasts,” Professor              The pair, supervised by Professor            advice provided to us here,” Mr Mason said.
Sridharan said.                                   Sridharan, also designed a distributed             “Being able to use that to produce a
   Broadcast monitoring is essential for          computing system (a system where the power      complete product, and especially to invent
organisations such as record companies,           of many idle computers work together) so        something useable and take it from start to
which track how often songs are played to         that many radio stations could be monitored     finish as an undergraduate was a great            Kit Thambiratnam and Richard Mason designed the
calculate royalties.                              and processed in parallel.                      experience.”                                      “BLT”, which is about to be commercialised.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Lesnie visits QUT
                                                                                                                                     Dressed in thongs, King Gee shorts and             When he left school he had two jobs
                                                                                                                                     shirt and sipping coffee, Andrew Lesnie        – as a storeman/packer at an auto parts
                                                                                                                                     comes across as the quintessential Aussie      factory and making “s” hooks for
                                                                                                                                     bloke.                                         butchers in a machine shop – until he
                                                                                                                                         Friendly, joking and laid back, the only   got a place at a filmschool.
                                                                                                                                     hint he has won an Oscar for his work as           Another of his passions is the
                                                                                                                                     director of photography for The Lord of        sustainability of Australia’s filmmaking
                                                                                                                                     the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is       industry.
                                                                                                                                     when he says, “Do you wanna hold it?”              “People shouldn’t be lulled into a false
                                                                                                                                     as he passes over the golden trophy.           sense of confidence when Fox Studios
                                                                                                                                         He was special guest recently at the       in Sydney are absolutely chock-a-block
                                                                                                                                     QUT Cultural Precinct, Gardens                 ... and Warner Brothers in Queensland
                                                                                                                                     Theatre where he gave a personal insight       is going through the roof,” he said.
                                                                                                                                     into the making of the spectacular film.           “It’s great because it keeps the
                                                                                                                                         Sydney born and bred, Mr Lesnie said       industry buoyant and a lot of technicians
                                                                                                                                     it had been a tough road getting to where      in work but everyone needs to be aware
                                                                                                                                     he was today.                                  of the danger that if your indigenous
                                                                                                                                         “The film industry is very seasonal,       films don’t get funding then the voice
                                                                                                                                     there are slumps. Some people try to get       of the country is not being heard because
                                                                                                                                     into the industry because it’s fashionable     foreign films don’t reflect the concerns
                                                                                                                                     but when they get to a set and ... cart        or the culture of Australia.”
                                                                                                                                     stuff up a mountain all of a sudden it’s           Lesnie’s next project is The Lord of
                                                                                                                                     not glamorous any more,” he said.              the Rings: The Two Towers. After that?
                                                                                                                                         “Only the people who are passionate        He said, “Who knows?”
                                                                                                                                     about being in the business when the               Mr Lesnie was hosted in Brisbane by
                                                                                                                                     slumps happen hang in there.”                  the Australian Cinematographers
                                                                                                                                         And there’s no doubting Mr Lesnie’s        Society in association with QUT’s
Oscar-winning director of photography Andrew Lesnie visited QUT in April to share his thoughts on                                    passion – ever since he can remember           Creative Industries and QPIX.
filmmaking and the future of the Australian film industry.                                                                           he’s wanted to make movies.                                           – Toni Chambers

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                                                                                                                                                                        Inside QUT May 14 – July 15, 2002               Page 1
       A word from the Vice-Chancellor                                                       BEE Dean bids farewell
            Review provides a
          challenging opportunity                                                            after five years at QUT
 The appointment of a new
 Federal Minister often
                                                            universities has given our
                                                            nation a wonderful return,
                                                                                             A     fter five years as Dean of the Faculty
                                                                                                   of Built Environment and
                                                                                             Engineering Professor Weilin Chang is
 heralds a period of change in                              no matter how we choose          leaving QUT in July with mixed
 federal policy, as new                                     to measure it.                   feelings.
 Ministers,              quite                                  Perhaps our aim should          He is satisfied with the faculty’s
 understandably, will look at                               be to convince the taxpayer      achievements but is concerned about the
 their portfolios from a                                    that a bigger investment in      pressures facing higher education.
 different perspective to that                              universities will give them         Professor Chang said he was worried
 of their predecessors.                                     an even bigger return.           financial pressures would increase.
    The new Minister for                                        Consider, for example,          “Academic staff are quite over-
 Education, Science and                                     that over the decade the         stretched. Because of budget pressure
 Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, is no           number of graduates went up by nearly          we have not been able to maintain the
 exception to this, and since his             60 per cent, a striking improvement in         staff numbers we had when I joined
 appointment he has made it clear that        graduation rates.                              QUT. I hope the Government’s Higher
 he has a keen interest in rethinking            Despite this growth the world of work       Education Policy Review will address
 the way that we engage in higher             continued to employ our graduates at the       this issue because it’s a real worry.”
 education in Australia.                      same high levels and the transfer of              Professor Chang said he was also sad
    This new approach can be seen in          graduates to full-time employment and full     to be leaving Brisbane.
 two ways – as yet another, potentially       time study remains at nearly 90 per cent.         “My wife and I have made many good
 meaningless review, or as an exciting           The Nelson Higher Education                 friends and we have received a lot of
 and challenging opportunity to               Review is being guided by a 22 member          support at QUT.
 participate in a serious rethink of the      reference group, consisting of a cross            “Also, staff in my faculty are the most
 higher education sector after fourteen       section        of      vice-chancellors,       hard working and dedicated I have ever
 years of status quo.                         representatives from TAFE, business,           come across,” he said.
    Personally, I see it as the latter. I     industry and the academies, Indigenous            Later this year Professor Chang takes
 think its time to be positive, and to        representatives and one of our own             up the position of Dean of the College
 celebrate the great success of Australian    graduates, James Moody (Young                  of Technology at Ferris State University
 universities over the last decade and        Australian of the Year, 2001, Science          in Big Rapids, Michigan.
 the contributions that they have made        and Technology).                                  Professor Chang, who undertook his
 to Australia.                                   I have been invited to join this panel,     undergraduate studies in Taiwan and
    The review, and the intensive debate      and consider it a tremendous honour            his postgraduate qualifications in the
 that it will generate, is a real             and privilege to be able to contribute to      US, is an American citizen. He said
 opportunity to remind ourselves that         this important debate.                         family factors had featured strongly in
 the taxpayers investment in our                            – Professor Dennis Gibson        his decision to return to the US.
                                                                                                Of his time at QUT, he said the
                                                                                             consolidation of schools in the BEE

Prof Bill Caelli honoured                                                                    Faculty and reorganisation of the
                                                                                             management structure were important
                                                                                                                                            Professor Weilin Chang
                                                                                                                                                                                            He said the fee allocation structure at
                                                                                             achievements.                                  generic skills for professional discipline
with international award                                                                        “We have created many new courses,
                                                                                             such as five new Bachelor of Engineering
                                                                                                                                               “Australia is the only country in which
                                                                                                                                                                                         many Australian universities needed to be
                                                                                                                                                                                         re-examined in order to provide broader
QUT’s Professor Bill Caelli has become                                                       courses and we have also been successful       I have worked where engineering              and holistic education for students.
the first Australian to receive the                                                          in developing the Dean’s Scholars              students go directly into their                 Professor Chang, who has been living
prestigious Kristian Beckman Award in                                                        program,” he said.                             professional subjects.                       in Chapel Hill for the past five years,
recognition of his contribution to                                                              The development of minors for                  “Engineers need to communicate with       said his family would miss Brisbane, “it
information security.                                                                        undergraduate courses and the revision         their clients and understand community       has the best weather in the world”, but
   The award was made by the                                                                 of curricula to include more generic and       needs and they can only do this well if      he joked that this did not include chaotic
International        Federation        for                                                   professional skills was another important      they have a broad education,” Professor      Coronation Drive.
Information Processing (IFIP) at its                                                         milestone.                                     Chang said.                                     “The City Council has been working
Technical Committee conference in                                                               He received the Vice-Chancellor’s              “Australian universities need to see      on that road for two years but I have my
Cairo on May 9.                                                                              Management Excellence award in 1998            what’s going on in the real world.           doubts that the traffic will be any better
   Professor Caelli, who is head of the                                                      for having changed all faculty curricula       Generic skills will become increasingly      when it’s finished. Perhaps it’s a good
School of Software Engineering and                                                           to standard 12 credit points.                  important to graduates and that is why       example of how built environment and
Data Communications, has worked in                                                              He said he believed QUT and the             our faculty has been putting more            engineering designers and planners
QUT’s IT Faculty since 1988.                                                                 higher education sector in general had         emphasis on generic skills and               should listen more to the community.”
   IFIP Technical Committee 11                                                               to give more attention to developing           developing the minor system.”                                           – Colleen Clur
chairman Leon Strous said the award
aimed to recognise an individual who
had contributed significantly to
developing information security at an
international level.
   “Although the award can be granted
annually, the prestige of the award is        Professor Bill Caelli
illustrated by the fact that the strict          Before joining QUT he was a founder,
criteria have resulted in [the committee]     technical director, and managing
not selecting a winner every year during      director of ERACOM Pty Ltd, a major
the past decade,” Mr Strous said.             information technology security
   Professor Caelli joins a notable list of   company.
previous winners including the late              In 2000, Professor Caelli was chosen
Donald Davies, who pioneered the              to participate in an international reference
packet-switching technology which             group set up to advise the United States
makes the World Wide Web possible,            government on IT issues, and in 2001 he
and the late US educator, author and          received the Queensland Premier’s award
academic Harold Highland.                     for his contribution to IT.

Recognition for CISCO trainers
Two staff members from the School of          received Outstanding Performance
Software Engineering and Data                 Awards from the CISCO Networking
Communications have been recognised           Academy Conference for their work with
for their work with high school students      students from Afghanistan, El Salvador,
who come from war-torn countries.             Eritrea, Somalia and Yugoslavia.
   Associate lecturer Les Smith and              Mr Milford’s award was presented in
training support officer Mike Milford         recognition of the time and effort put
have supported students from Yeronga          into the Yeronga High School project
State High School studying the CISCO          while Mr Smith’s award was for the work
Systems Networking Academy Program            he has put in to introducing the program
(CNAP).                                       into a number of schools and other              From the Inside ...                                                                        by David Hawke
   In March, Mr Smith and Mr Milford          learning institutions.

Page 2      Inside QUT May 14 – July15, 2002                                                                     Visit for more details when you see this symbol IQ
Graduate Deborah
Mailman wins Logie
by Margaret Lawson                            itself here,” Ms Mailman said on Logie                “You could just look at her and see
                                              night.                                            she was a star,” Ms Eden recalled of Ms

A    cclaimed QUT acting graduate
      Deborah Mailman was named
Australia’s most outstanding actress at
                                                 “[Secret Life] is a really interesting piece
                                              of work, it’s a job I’m really proud of.”
                                                 Until landing the role of Kelly, Ms
                                                                                                Mailman in her student days.
                                                                                                    “She has an ability to make it real,
                                                                                                and brings a potency to the stage or, as
the annual TV Week Logie awards in            Mailman was best known for her work               it turns out, to the screen … we just fell
April.                                        in films including Radiance, for which            in love with her.”
   The 30-year-old actor, whose on-           she won the AFI best actress award, and               Ms Eden said while Ms Mailman
screen work has previously been               Rabbit-Proof Fence.                               always had a strong desire to win, she
recognised with Australian Film                  She has also appeared in a long list of        had never been “big-headed” about any
Industry and Film Critics’ Circle of          theatre productions, including the one-           of her successes.
Australia honours, won her latest award       woman show, The 7 Stages of Grieving,                 “She did what good QUT students
for her role in the hit show The Secret       for which she won a Matilda award in              should do: she came in and took what
Life of Us.                                   1995.                                             we had to offer, she did the work and
   Ms Mailman plays the infectious               According to Ms Mailman’s acting               was loved by everybody in her group,”
character Kelly Lewis who co-narrates         teacher, former QUT head of acting                Ms Eden said.
the show.                                     Dianne Eden, Ms Mailman’s success has                 QUT 1999 acting graduate Conrad
   She received the peer-voted award          not come as a surprise to those who               Coleby received a Logie nomination for
over veteran actor and dual Gold Logie        know her.                                         the Most Popular New Male Talent
winner Georgie Parker from All Saints            She said the former Mount Isa local,           category.
and her Secret Life co-star Claudia           who first took a high school drama                    Mr Coleby, who plays Scott Zinenko
Karvan.                                       course because she “didn’t want to do             in All Saints, has previously appeared in
   “When I won the AFI it was an              business principles”, was always a stand-         Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Down Under
overwhelming feeling and it’s repeating       out performer.                                    and the series Flat Chat.                    Australia’s most outstanding actress Deborah Mailman.

Uni opens new centre for                                                                                                                     Cows on campus for
postgrad research students                                                                                                                   Queensland week
A new centre at Gardens Point campus                                                                                                         by Toni Chambers                              coinciding with the foundation of
catering for the needs of postgraduate                                                                                                                                                     Queensland and the ubiquitous
research students opens its doors on                                                                                                         If you’re walking down Main Drive at          corrugated iron shack,” she said.
May 20.                                                                                                                                      Gardens Point campus in June and think            “Our rural heritage may seem distant
   The Research Students Centre,                                                                                                             you see a herd of cattle grazing on the       for those of us who live in Brisbane or
located in newly refurbished O Podium                                                                                                        Kidney Lawn, you could be forgiven for        in one of Queensland’s large country
(Level 3), will provide advice on                                                                                                            doing a double take.                          towns, but it was the courage and
scholarships, candidature and                                                                                                                   On closer examination you’ll see the       tenacity of those who first moved to
examination of postgraduate research                                                                                                         cows, though life-size, are made of           the country that opened up this great
students.                                                                                                                                    corrugated iron.                              state.”
   Centre staff will be involved in the                                                                                                         They have been sculpted by New                 Dr Wallace said it was fitting for the
admission and enrolment of all QUT’s                                                                                                         Zealand-born Jeff Thomson who cuts,           exhibition to be displayed on the lawn
doctoral and research masters students.                                                                                                      folds, forms, welds and decorates the         in front of Old Government House
   “The centre was established in                                                                                                            material more commonly used on                which is this year celebrating its 140th
response to feedback from postgraduate                                                                                                       Australian roofs.                             anniversary.
research students and after a careful                                                                                                           The cows have already graced the               “Old Government House and the site
review of the services we currently                                                                                                          pastures of Melbourne’s Heide Museum          it stands on was the birthplace of tertiary
provide,” said the director of Research       (From left) PhD students Nurcan Temel and Joshua Green get a                                   of Modern Art, and are making the trip        education in Queensland and
and Training, Professor Rod Wissler.          sneak preview of services to be offered by centre staff members                                to QUT to coincide with Queensland            Queensland Week provides a perfect
                                              Lyle Matheson and Ayesha Lawrence.                                                             Week from June 2 to 9.                        opportunity to celebrate this link,”
   Assistance will be offered with:
   q Admissions – prospective students        might have with their studies and will be         on Tuesday from 9am to 11am and at              QUT Cultural Precinct director Dr          she said.
will be able to access admission forms,       able to help them with a range of issues          Carseldine on Mondays from 1pm to            Sue-Anne Wallace said the exhibition              A range of activities are planned for
as well as expert assistance on               for example, helping them apply for               3pm. The Research Students Centre at         was a way of recognising and                  the Queensland Week Picnic in the Park
applications andcourses;                      grants to attend conferences; and                 Gardens Point will be open Monday to         celebrating Queensland’s rural                event on June 9, including tours of the
    q  Scholarships – students will be          q Examination – staff will work closely         Friday from 8am to 5pm.                      origins.                                      QUT Art Museum, a Big Brother tour
guided through the scholarship                with supervisors and other faculty staff            For further information visit                 “The cows are on one hand playful          of the Gardens Theatre, story-telling and
application process;                          to ensure theses are efficiently examined., email                and a lot of fun, but they are at the heart   face-painting for children, bands and a
    q  Candidature – centre staff will be        Centre staff will be available at Kelvin or call          of Queensland’s pastoral heritage and         dance performance.
a vailable to discuss any concerns students   Grove, on level 3 of the Library building         07 3864 4475.                                reminiscent of the nineteenth century –

                                                                             Griffith University
                                                                             honours QUT’s
                                                                             Dr Cherrell Hirst
                                                                             QUT Chancellor Dr Cherrell Hirst has been
                                                                             awarded an honorary doctorate by Griffith
                                                                             University in recognition of her distinguished
                                                                             service to the community through education and
                                                                                Her service has also been recognised by three
                                                                             other important awards.
                                                                                Dr Hirst was named Queenslander of the Year
                                                                             in 1995. She was the first Australian to receive the
                                                                             Jean Harris International Rotary Award for services
                                                                             to women in 1998 and in the same year was made
                                                                             an Officer of the Order of Australia General
                                                                                Dr Hirst (pictured here at a recent QUT
                                                                             graduation ceremony) was appointed to a second
                                                                             five-year term as QUT Chancellor in January
                                                                             2000. She was recently appointed to the Board of
                                                                             Suncorp Metway and was director of the Wesley
                                                                             Breast Clinic for almost 20 years.

                                                                                                                                                                              Inside QUT May 14 – July 15, 2002             Page 3
Mum of five earns excellence award
by Margaret Lawson                           the 2002 Faculty of Science Dean’s             thing”), has been a counsellor with the
                                             Award for Excellence, largely to the           Nursing Mothers’ Association and co-

P     hillipa Hancock laughs and wryly
      makes the biggest understatement
of the evening.
                                             support of her children, twins Anne and
                                             Megan (15), Claire (18), Tim (21) and
                                             Julie (23).
                                                                                            ordinator of a youth group, and regularly
                                                                                            donates her energy and enthusiasm to
                                                                                            the local high school.
   “Life is very full,” she says.               “When I first came back to QUT, it             She uses the skills from her degree
   Across the table, her five children are   was so different,” says Phillipa, who had      working twice weekly in the Wesley
in the process of serving six dinners,       previously studied at QIT in the 1970s.        Radiation Oncology Unit in Nambour.
baking a cake, studying music                   “Computers were a big problem. I               “The best thing about mum,” says
homework, passing around 18 pieces of        didn’t even know how to log on.                daughter Anne as Phillipa ducks out of
cutlery and carrying on several separate        “I would hit the wrong key and things       the room in mock embarrassment, “is
conversations.                               would vanish, and they (the children)          that she loves to share her knowledge
   Shep the dog is nosing at the door        really helped me through that,” she says.      and help us all.”
expectantly and Skipper the slightly            “In my first year, Tim once spent a            “And she always has time for
overweight black and white cat is darting    whole weekend on the computer, with            everyone,” says Megan whom, like the
about the room in excitement.                me dictating an assignment on ovarian          others, Phillipa has tutored in music,
   On the fridge, a rewritable calendar      cancer to him because it would have            maths and physics, among other subjects.
reveals that Phillipa appears to have        taken me weeks to type the thing out by           This could explain why Phillipa admits
something on every day from now until        myself at that stage.”                         it wasn’t easy to find time for her own
– it looks like 2003.                           Tim adds jokingly that it was one of        study, and why she smiles at the fact that
   Yet, she still maintains a slightly       the most frustrating times of his life,        30-minute computer “homework” shifts
bemused, yet serene composure about          because his mum’s computing skills were        and the idea of taking assignments on
it all.                                      “woeful” and she is such a perfectionist.      holidays are now memories.
   “I’ve told the children not to let me        “Good results are like a drug to me,”          “Life now is a lot more balanced,”
enrol in anything for a while,” Phillipa,    Phillipa agrees.                               she says.
a recent science graduate, says.                “Once I got the first sevens I tried to        “We can spend more time together,
   “I love to study, but I’m definitely      tell myself ‘a pass is fine’, but it didn’t    and I definitely think that over the years
taking a break, at least until Anne and      work. I believe if you’re capable you          I’ve had contented children because I’ve
Megan finish high school.”                   should give it your best shot – not just       been at home a lot with them.”
   The 48-year-old single mother of five     academically but with anything.”                  As the close-knit six finish their
could definitely use some respite, having       While focusing on her study and             dinners, retire to study and start working
just completed her QUT medical               helping her children with their                together on the clean-up, Phillipa quietly
radiation technology degree full-time        endeavours (they are all involved in           admits that maybe one day she would
with a near-perfect GPA of 6.7.              extra-curricular activities including sport    like to go back to study again.
   For the past three years she has          and music), Phillipa found little time            But for now, looking around at the
commuted from her home in Morayfield         for her other interests, which she is          cheerful activity surrounding her, she
to the Gardens Point campus, using her       relishing now she has “spare” time.            assures everyone that she is content to
long train trip to study.                       She plays the flute and piccolo in an       be a mum.                                    Award-winning graduate Phillipa Hancock (centre) credits her
   Phillipa says she credits her             orchestra, is a volunteer at a local piggery      “There’s really no better job than        academic success to her children (from back left) Claire, Tim, Julie,
outstanding results, which earned her        (“I hose out, keep records, that sort of       that,” she says.                             Anne and Megan, pictured with the family’s dog Shep.

                                                                                                                                         Caboolture campus
                                                                                                                                         officially opened
                                                                                                                                         Representatives from local, state and        Students were welcomed by
                                                                                                                                         federal governments, TAFE and QUT         Queensland’s Employment, Training
                                                                                                                                         gathered to welcome new students and      and Youth Minister Matt Foley, who
                                                                                                                                         officially open the Caboolture            released a volley of balloons into the air
                                                                                                                                         Community Campus on April 30.             to mark the campus’s official opening.
                                                                                                                                            The campus – Queensland’s first           QUT’s Director for Northern
                                                                                                                                         multi-partner community campus – is a     Campuses, Professor Ruth Matchett, said
                                                                                                                                         collaboration involving the university,   plans were underway for a mid-year intake.
                                                                                                                                         North Point Institute of TAFE and the        Pictured left are Rob Noble, Ruth
                                                                                                                                         Caboolture Shire Council.                 Matchett, Caboolture Mayor Joy
                                                                                                                                            It has attracted more than 200         Leishman, Minister Matt Foley,
                                                                                                                                         students to four courses, including 40    Director-General Ken Smith, Vice-
                                                                                                                                         to the QUT Business Information           Chancellor Professor Dennis Gibson,
                                                                                                                                         Management degree which was specially     QUT’s Dr Eve Fesl, and TAFE’s Kirsti
                                                                                                                                         developed for the campus.                 Kee and Darrell Butcher.

 Real Teaching Skills                                                                                                                                          Dream research
                                                                                                            Overseas                                           probes separation
     For Higher Education Professionals
                                                                                                          IT Students
                                                                                                                                                               A QUT researcher is investigating the dreams of recently
                                                                                                                                                               separated or divorced people to shed light on how dreaming
    Teaching at university level presents many challenges. QUT’s Faculty of
    Education offers the Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), a
                                                                                                                                                               might help them deal with emotional turmoil.
                                                                                                                                                                  Psychology PhD student Sandy Eugarde said research in
    qualification that is specifically designed to equip lecturers, tutors and research                  New Government Initiatives As of July 1, 2001
    supervisors with the knowledge and skills required to meet these challenges.                              you may apply for and be granted                 the US had shown separated people who dreamed frequently
    The course allows academics to enhance their qualifications with for mal studies                     permanent residence without leaving Australia.        about their spouses tended to recover sooner from depression.
    aimed at developing their teaching skills. Those interested in understanding                                    Time limitations apply.                       “I’m looking at how the dreams of married people differ
    contemporary teaching issues, becoming more reflective about their teaching                                                                                from people who have recently separated or been divorced,”
    practice, further developing their skills in research supervision or seeking career                                                                        Ms Eugarde said.
    progression will benefit from the course.                                                                                                                     She will try to assess whether separated people who dream
    The program takes a multi-disciplinary approach, allowing you to use your own                                                                              about their former partners adjust more quickly than those
    work environment and projects as part of your studies, and is relevant to those                                                                            who don’t have such dreams.
    teaching in all university faculties.                                                                                                                         Ms Eugarde said the aim of her research was to create a
    The course may be completed in one year of part-time study in open learning                                                                                better understanding of why people dream.
    mode and fully articulates into the Master of Education (Higher Education).                                                                                   “One of the theories is that we’re processing emotional
    Full-time and part-time staff employed in a teaching position at QUT during the                                                                            material in our dreams in order to help us adjust to life’s
    semester of study can apply for a Vice-Chancellor’s Bursar y to refund fees.                                                                               interpersonal challenges, and this is the theory that I’m
    Applications for July entry close on 14 June 2002.
    For further information phone the Faculty of Education
                                                                                                                  3361 0213                                    testing,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                  The study will take other aspects of adjustment into
                                                                                                                                                               account, such as stress, anxiety and life-satisfaction.
    on (07) 3864 3947, e-mail
    or fax (07) 3864 3949.
                                                                                                                                          Ms Eugarde is seeking more separated people to take part

                                                                                                                                                               in her research. Data will be recorded anonymously and all
                                                                                                          Registered Migration Agents 0004353 & 0100229        results will remain confidential.
                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone interested in taking part in the study can call
                                                                                                                                                               Sandy Eugarde on 07 3864 4685, or 0403 501 486 or email
                                                   Queensland University of Technology
                           Victoria Park Road Kelvin Grove QLD 4059 Website:

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Teacher stress      Business student takes on
hurts education    quest of universal proportions
                                                                                              Business student Sarah Davies almost didn’t

quality – research                                                                            enter the Miss Universe Australia quest
                                                                                              because she thought that, at 19, she was too
                                                                                              young and that she might like to wait a few
by Toni Chambers                                   Dr Duggan said unremitting                 years.
                                                curriculum changes, school leadership             However, a last-minute change of mind
                                                                                              paid off and now, just weeks later, Sarah is
T     he stress faced by teachers in south-
      east Queensland primary schools
can be detrimental to maintaining high-
                                                that failed to recognise the pressures on
                                                teaching staff, demands for increased use
                                                of technology in the classroom,
                                                                                              representing the nation in Puerto Rico at
                                                                                              the international Miss Universe pageant.
quality education for children, according       perceived lack of support for children            More than 600 million television viewers
to new QUT research.                            with behavioural problems, ever-              will tune in to the finals on May 29 but,
   Eva Duggan, who recently graduated           increasing workloads and negative             surprisingly, Sarah says she is not nervous
with a PhD in education, interviewed            parental attitudes were significant           about sharing that spotlight with 85 other
teachers from primary schools in                sources of stress.                            women from around the world.
Brisbane and found they were under a               “Teachers felt their effectiveness and         “I feel very excited – I’m not nervous,”
great deal of pressure as a result of factors   professional self-esteem eroded               she says.
within the education system and their           especially when dealing with children             “I know that I’ve made it this far and
own expectations.                               with behavioural problems,” she said.         when I get to Puerto Rico, I just want to
   She said while the topic of teacher             “They feel inadequate and isolated         have fun. Even if I don’t make it into the
stress had been extensively researched,         when they don’t think they’re getting         top six, I will have made so many contacts
her work sought to complement existing          the right results with these special-needs    and friends it won’t matter.”
statistics with descriptions of teachers’       children.                                         While she has had to put her study in
experiences.                                       “They also feel guilty that the majority   public relations on hold for this semester,
   “While teachers accept stress as an          of children in their class miss out because   Sarah is determined to finish her degree after
inevitable part of the professional role,       their energies are directed towards           her Miss Universe Australia commitments
they describe the experience of work-           problem students.”                            are over.
related stress as physically exhausting            She said teacher stress could be               Leading up to her departure on May 10,
and psychologically debilitating,” Dr           reduced by a commitment at all levels         Sarah has been putting in long days
Duggan said.                                    of the organisation to:                       preparing for the pageant, attending media
    “Many teachers question their choice           q effective school leadership;
                                                                                              training and Spanish lessons, and devoting
of career.                                         q teacher      stress management           time to studying for pageant interviews.
   “A significant number of teachers take       programs;                                         “I’ve divided my study into issues about
time off during school terms because               q support mechanisms within schools
                                                                                              myself and career, issues about Australia,
they are feeling stressed and need a day        to deal with children with behavioural        and world issues,” she says.
to clear their heads.                           problems;                                         “I also have to research a bit about Puerto
   “They have disturbed sleep, they get            q recognition of the negative impact
                                                                                              Rico – its exports and government and what
tension headaches, they feel generally          of stress on teachers; and                    it’s renowned for because the judges could
overwrought or they become short-                  q evaluation of the viability of changes   ask me anything about those topics.”
tempered in the classroom or at home.”          to curricula.                                     Another demand on her time has been
                                                                                              sourcing a huge range of outfits for the
                                                                                              numerous functions and photo shoots she
                                                                                              will be required to attend during her one-

Latin to know what’s
                                                                                              month stay on the Caribbean island.
                                                                                                  Miss Universe will win more than
                                                                                              $600,000 and will spend a year living in
     on at QUT? Go to
plug here
                                                                                              New York.
                                                                                                  Sarsh says the pageant will add value to
                                                                                              her degree as she is getting excellent            Public relations student Sarah Davies is travelling to Puerto
                                                                                              experience in dealing with the media,             Rico this month to take part in the international Miss
                                                                                              presentation and public speaking.                 Universe Pageant.

Prestigious award goes to choreographer
                                                                                  Standing on stage with an award for first prize in the First Milwaukee
                                                                                  International Choreographic Competition in his hand, choreographer John
                                                                                  Utans turned to one of his dancers for confirmation.                                                       Hiring Now
                                                                                     “This is the first prize, right?” he asked.
                                                                                     To which he heard,“ Yes, we made it…”
                                                                                     “I was really totally stunned. When the person who I thought would
                                                                                  win was announced as the second prize recipient I thought I had no
                                                                                  chance,” Mr Utans ( pictured left) said.
                                                                                                                                                                  Delivery Driver
                                                                                     There were almost 140 applications for the prestigious competition,          positions available
                                                                                  with just four chosen to choreograph a new work with dancers from the
                                                                                                                                                                  s   Need some extra money?
                                                                                  Milwaukee Ballet Company over five weeks.
                                                                                     Mr Utans, a contemporary dance lecturer at QUT, was the only                 s   Do you have some spare time in the evenings
                                                                                                                                                                      or weekends?
                                                                                  Australian among the finalists.
                                                                                     The judges included artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet John Neumier     s   Do you have a car?
                                                                                  and artistic director of American Ballet Theatre Kevin McKenzie.                If you have a car, have held your licence for a
                                                                                     The judges said that while the other works were structurally sound and       minimum of three months and are available most
                                                                                  had all the right ingredients, Mr Utans’ piece was conceptually strongest       week nights and weekends, you are eligible to
                                                                                                                                                                  become a Pizza Hut delivery driver.
                                                                                  and took them on a journey.
                                                                                     “Winning the award is an affirmation that my work is valued and of           Applications are open to all ages. Pizza Hut is an
                                                                                  interest to other people,” Mr Utans said.                                       equal opportunity employer.
                                                                                     “But it’s about more than the competition.                                   As one of our team members you also have the
                                                                                     “It’s about the experience of working with dancers who are mature,           opportunity to advance into a managerial position and
                                                                                  professional artists. When I give them instructions they put years of           obtain nationally recognised training in retail opera-
                                                                                                                                                                  tions with Australia’s no. 1 pizza restaurant company.
                                                                                  experience into it.
                                                                                     “This is different to working with students who have a rawness and an
                                                                                  energy that older dancers don’t have.”
                                                                                     As part of the prize, Mr Utans will return to Milwaukee next year to         Call into one of the follo wing stores:
                                                                                  create a major work for the Ballet Company repertoire.                          ALDERLEY – 30 South Pine Rd, ph 3856 4122
                                                                                     The music for Mr Utans’ work was composed by Brisbane-based                  CLAYFIELD – cnr Sandgate & Junction Rds,
                                                                                  composer and QUT graduate Susan Hawkins.                                        ph 3862 1101
                                                                                                                                                                  INDOOROOPILLY – Indooroopilly Central, Moggill Rd,
                                                                                     QUT head of dance Cheryl Stock said she was thrilled by Mr
                                                                                                                                                                  ph 3878 5591
                                                                                  Utans’ award.                                                                   ASPLEY – 1374 Gympie Rd (next to Nightowl),
                                                                                     “We congratulate John on this wonderful achievement,” she said.              ph 3263 9741
                                                                                     People interested in seeing some of Mr Utans’ choreography should            ASHGROVE – 218 Waterworks Rd, ph 3366 1549
                                                                                  attend the Dance Bytes season at the Garden’s Theatre from June 18 to 22,       NEWFARM – 660 Brunswick St, ph 3254 0349
                                                                                  where one of his new works will be performed.

                                                                                                                                                                      Inside QUT May 14 – July 15, 2002            Page 5
                                            Design head welcomes
                                            ‘openness and energy’
                                            F    or the new head of the School of
                                                 Design and Built Environment, a
                                            shift from the sandstone surrounds of
                                                                                               “I find it really exciting,” he said.
                                                                                               ”They’re all areas I’ve been interested
                                                                                            in but I’ve never been able to rub
                                                                                                                                                Professor Hockings says his co-
                                                                                                                                             location with design professionals from
                                                                                                                                             so many fields is having great benefits
                                            the University of Queensland to QUT’s           shoulders with people from those                 for his research work, which revolves
                                            Gardens Point campus has meant more             disciplines so closely.                          around his architecture practice.
                                            than just a change of scenery.                     “There once was a time when people               “Design is now recognised as research
                                               Architect Professor John Hockings            had skills across most of these disciplines      which means we can practise what we
                                            joined QUT earlier this year and says           but they all split up for professional           preach and also get brownie points for
                                            he has found “an incredible openness            reasons.                                         it,” he said.
                                            and energy that probably comes from                “It’s actually really nice to come back          “There was a time when you’d get
                                            the density of the campus and from              to circumstances where you’re not just           good designers on staff at a university
                                            being part of the city, and from not            working side-by-side with those people           but you’d then have to tell them ‘sorry
                                            being a sandstone institution”.                 – you can get back into their worlds.”           you’ve got to stop designing and start
                                               “Everybody here seems to have at the            Professor Hockings is adamant that            writing’ because that’s what’s involved
                                            forefront of their minds an agenda to get out   despite the amalgamation of these discipline     in being a researcher.”
                                            there and do things, to think provocative       areas into one school, they will remain intact      Professor Hockings continues to make
                                            thoughts, and do innovative things,” he said.   and have their own identities.                   major contributions to the local
                                               Professor Hockings’ move to QUT has             “The school is so big now that one of         architectural landscape, most recently
                                            also brought with it some new challenges,       the challenges is to construct some kind         with his co-participation in the design
                                            overseeing a school encompassing seven          of identity that doesn’t submerge any            for the Queen Street Mall refurbishment.
                                            disciplines including architecture, interior    one discipline,” he says.                           He also holds a position as chair of
                                            design, industrial design, landscape               “The last thing I want is for someone         the Brisbane City Council Urban Design
                                            architecture, surveying, and urban and          to try to start to construct a generic           Advisory Panel, a statutory committee
Professor John Hockings                     regional planning.                              ‘designer of the built environment’.”            set up to oversee major city projects.

                                                                                                                         Inter-faith seminars
                                                                                                                         foster understanding

                                                                                                                        The president of the Vedanta Centre in
                                                                                                                        Sydney, Swami Sridharananda, addressed the
                                                                                                                        first in a series of inter-faith seminars held at
                                                                                                                        QUT in April. Swami Sridharananda is a
                                                                                                                        member of the Hindu Ramakrishna monastic
                                                                                                                        order. The seminar series, hosted by QUT
                                                                                                                        Chaplaincy, aims to facilitate dialogue
                                                                                                                        between all major world living religions to
                                                                                                                        establish greater understanding.

                                                                                                                        QUT Carseldine to
                                                                                                                        hold Careers Week
                                                                                                                        QUT Carseldine is holding a Focus on Careers Week event
                                                                                                                        for students from May 14 to 16.
                                                                                                                           There will be information forums for students from the
                                                                                                                        schools of Humanities, Human Services and Psychology
                                                                                                                        and a range of other useful workshops.
                                                                                                                           Careers and Employment is conducting a range of
                                                                                                                        workshops, including a session for BA students undertaking
                                                                                                                        an internship in second semester.
                                                                                                                           There will also be workshops offering advice on
                                                                                                                        interviews, employment searches, and resume and letter
                                                                                                                           A resume-checking service is available for students who
                                                                                                                        would like to submit their resumes to Careers and
                                                                                                                        Employment staff for feedback.
                                                                                                                           For more information on the web, go to
                                                                                                               and see the full program under
                                                                                                                        “News Flash”.
                                                                                                                                                                    – Colleen Clur

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                                                                                         Sentencing is a question
                                                                                         of balance – researcher
                                                                                         by Carmen Myler

                                                                                         S    entencing is a difficult and often-
                                                                                              misunderstood process, says a senior
                                                                                         lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Dr
                                                                                         Geraldine Mackenzie.
                                                                                            Dr Mackenzie recently completed her
                                                                                         PhD at the University of New South
                                                                                         Wales on how judges make decisions
                                                                                         about sentencing.
                                                                                            Dr Mackenzie interviewed two-thirds
                                                                                         of judges from Queensland’s Supreme
                                                                                         and District Courts. Her doctoral study
                                                                                         was the first interview-based study of
                                                                                         judges and sentencing to have been
                                                                                         carried out successfully in Australia or
                                                                                         the UK.
                                                                                            “What          the     judges      said,
                                                                                         overwhelmingly, was that sentencing
                                                                                         was a question of balancing many things
                                                                                         – the different legal factors they are
                                                                                         obliged to take into account and other
                                                                                         factors such as the nature of the offence
                                                                                         and the circumstances of the offender,”
                                                                                         Dr Mackenzie said.
                                                                                                                                        Dr Geraldine McKenzie
                                                                                            She said that many judges saw
                                                                                         sentencing as one of the most difficult           “Firstly, we have our judicial system     guidelines judgments here.”
                                                                                         aspects of their job, and took the task        itself and what is called judicial              Dr Mackenzie said her research also
                                                                                         very seriously.                                discretion where the judge determines        explored the influence on sentencing
                                                                                            “They do have concern for the victim        the sentence based on the law,” she said.    of public opinion and community
                                                                                         and at times sentencing can be a very             “Secondly, we have the appellate          expectations, and ways in which this
                                                                                         stressful and emotional task for judges,       process where if either party is aggrieved   could be taken into account in
                                                                                         particularly in difficult cases.               by the decision they can appeal.             sentencing, where appropriate to do so.
                                                                                            “The relationship between the courts,          “What I concluded was that sentencing        The study concluded that public
Dr Douglas Kagi                                                                          the community and the media can be a           discretion should be left in the hands of    opinion and law and order
                                                                                         difficult one,” Dr Mackenzie said.             judges and shouldn’t be removed as was       considerations were assuming
Collector donates artworks to QUT                                                           “If sentencing isn’t fair and consistent,   done in the case of mandatory sentencing     prominence in the political process with
                                                                                         or if the public perceives that it’s not       in the NT,” she said.                        increasingly harsh sentencing structures
Melbourne-based scientist and art             including Sidney Nolan and Henry           fair and consistent, then they will lose          “There is room for more structuring       being put in place in comparable
collector Dr Douglas Kagi visited QUT         Moore, under the Federal Government’s      faith in the sentencing process.               of that discretion and a good example        jurisdictions to Queensland.
in May to launch an exhibition of             Cultural Gifts Program.                       “If too much emphasis in the media is       of that has been undertaken in NSW.              Dr Mackenzie said that improving
contemporary prints he donated to the           QUT Art Museum curator Stephen           put on extremely difficult cases where a          “In a dangerous driving case there,       communication between the courts and
university.                                   Rainbird said the gift represented an      low sentence may have been given – perhaps     the Court of Appeal judges took it upon      the community was of critical
   The Douglas Kagi Gift in Context –         important addition to QUT’s collection.    for a very good reason – then it’s easy and    themselves to lay down guidelines for        importance, and one way in which this
Contemporary        Australian      and         “It is difficult to access and acquire   probably understandable for the public to      sentencing and they’ve since done that       could be achieved would be the
International Prints, features 41 works       international art ... so this is a rare    feel that justice has not been done.”          in about five other cases.                   establishment of a sentencing
which were recently valued at more than       opportunity for QUT to expand and             Dr Mackenzie said it was essential             “Although the Queensland Court of         commission or council. Such a body
$100,000.                                     enhance our holdings,” he said.            that the public be assured that checks         Appeal has done that to a certain extent,    could undertake research into
   Mr Kagi donated the prints, including        The exhibition will run at the QUT       and balances existed to ensure sentencing      consideration should perhaps be given        sentencing, and play a role in educating
works by highly acclaimed artists             Art Museum until June 30.                  was being properly carried out.                to introducing the NSW system of             the public about the process.

Careers counsellor
                                                                  For experienced advice and
appointed to guide                                                representation in:
international students                                              ◗ migration law
QUT has become the first Queensland university to appoint
a careers counsellor dedicated to international students.           ◗ accident compensation
   Former head of student services at the University of
Southern Queensland Ellen Gibson took up the new                    ◗ family law
position in February.
   Careers and Employment head Col McCowan said the
                                                                    ◗ criminal law
position was established in response to increased demand            ◗ wills and estates
by international students for careers and employment
assistance, as well as a request from marketing and                 ◗ conveyancing
admissions staff and agents for more specialist information
on job prospects and support.
   Ms Gibson said international graduates had much to
offer when competing for jobs but often failed to capitalise
on their experiences in their resumés.
   “These students have got to cash in on everything they’ve
got and everything they’ve learned here – their languages,
their multicultural experience, the communication skills
they’ve acquired, and their knowledge of a different work
environment,” she said.
                                                                    Ruddy &
   “It doesn’t matter where they’re from, or whether they’re
applying for a job in Australia or off-shore, any multinational
company will be interested in those skills.”
   Ms Gibson is dividing her time between working with
students and liaising with overseas companies.
   “We want to make sure that companies recruiting off-
shore know that QUT has a good pool of graduates and
hopefully they’ll include them in the recruiting process
alongside local applicants,” she said.
                                                                    Level 1
   “At the same time, we’re making sure that our                    Bank of New South Wales Chambers
international students are as prepared for job-seeking as           33 Queen Street, Brisbane Q 4000
our domestic students.”
   Ms Gibson will initially target employers from Singapore,
                                                                    ◗ Tel: 3221 9722
Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.                                      ◗ Fax: 3221 9272
                                              – Carmen Myler        ◗ Email:
                                                                                                                                                                        Inside QUT May 14 – July 15, 2002           Page 7
                                                                                                                                                                                 Rugby seminar
Students, graduate go far on real TV                                                                                                                                             offers advice to
QUT graduates and a student have been
hitting the headlines in high-profile
                                                                                                                                                                                 parents, players
reality TV shows.
   Education student Damian Hoo
                                                                                                                                                                                 and coaches
made quite an impression as the first                                                                                                                                            Parents of young rugby players and
Queenslander to appear on Big Brother.                                                                                                                                           others involved in the sport can get the
His relentless pursuit of romance and                                                                                                                                            latest information about a range of rugby
his inexperience in share-house etiquette                                                                                                                                        issues at a QUT seminar program
saw him the first person evicted from                                                                                                                                            starting on May 14.
the house.                                                                                                                                                                          QUT’s Centre for Rugby Studies is
   According to the show’s official                                                                                                                                              running a public program called
website, within days of arriving Damian                                                                                                                                          “Principles of Rugby” to provide rugby-
was dubbed “dodgy Damo” by his fellow                                                                                                                                            specific information about topics
housemates for attempting to seduce a                                                                                                                                            including coaching, nutrition, touring,
couple of women on the show and for                                                                                                                                              being a rugby parent, injury prevention
eating more than his share of the rations.                                                                                                                                       and psychology.
   He has put his secondary teaching                                                                                                                                                Director of the Centre for Rugby
studies on hold for semester one while                                                                                                                                           Studies David Keating said the first series,
he fulfils his contract commitments.       Popstars finalist Julie                                                                                                               which runs over three weeks, will feature
   Another member of the QUT Strickland.                                                                                                                                         guest speakers including rugby broadcaster
community involved with the show is                                                                                                                                              Chris “Buddha” Handy and Queensland
arts graduate Melissa Fox who is an                                                                                                                                              Reds physiotherapist Chris Mallac.
associate producer/co-ordinator. Several                                                                                                                                            The seminars will be held on May
media communication graduates have                                                                                                                                               14, 21 and 28 at QUT’s Kelvin Grove
also been working behind the scenes as                                                                                                                                           campus and cost $140 for all three.
website monitors.                                                                                                                                                                   “The seminars are designed to support
   And on Popstars, visual arts graduate                                                                                                                                         rugby parents, players, coaches and
Julie Strickland and student Azaria beat                                                                                                                                         enthusiasts, mainly at the club level,”
stiff competition to make it to the final                                                                                                                                        Mr Keating said.
seven on the show.                                                                                                                                                                  “They will be an entertaining way for
   The pair, who are also cousins, have                                                                                                                                          people to get some advice from experts
performed as a duo and as members of a                                                                                                                                           in the game, meet other interested
number of bands in Brisbane.                                                                                                                                                     people, and draw on the experience of
   Although neither won, their profiles                                                                                                                                          QUT’s academics in the area of human
as performers were boosted through the                                                                                                                                           movement studies.”
popular show.                                                                                                                                                                       A second series, “Principles of Rugby
   Their        distinctly     different                                                                                                                                         2”, will follow in October featuring John
performances of the Stevie Wonder song,                                                                                                                                          Eales’ father, Jack, talking about his
Superstition – released on a bestselling                                                                                                                                         experience as a rugby dad.
CD featuring the seven finalists from                                                                                                                                               To enrol in one or both programs,
the TV show – will remain a record of                                                                                                                                            call Mr Keating on 07 3864 5854
their brush with reality television.                                                                                                                                             or email
                         – Carmen Myler Popstars finalist Azaria.               Big Brother evictee ... education student Damian Hoo.                   Photo: Network 10                             – Margaret Lawson

QUT performers revive cult concert                                                                                                                                       About Inside QUT
                                                                                                                                                              Inside QUT is published by QUT’s Corporate
Creative Industries performers will revamp a                                                                                                                  Communication Department. Our readership includes
cult concert as they perform the new rock                                                                                                                     staff, students and members of the QUT community. This
musical building THE WALL in the Gardens                                                                                                                      paper is also circulated to business, industry, government
Theatre later this month.                                                                                                                                     and the media.
   Set against the backdrop of Pink Floyd’s The                                                                                                                  Letters to the editor are welcome. Email
Wall, the production journeys through the                                                                                                            or mail Colleen Clur, Inside QUT, GPO
sounds and styles of a musical legend, uniting                                                                                                                Box 2434, Brisbane, Qld, 4001. Corporate
the graduating cast with musicians, one of whom                                                                                                               Communication is located at Room 501, Level 5, M
is a QUT student.                                                                                                                                             Block, at Gardens Point. Opinions expressed in Inside
   building THE WALL is conceived and                                                                                                                         QUT do not necessarily represent those of the university
directed by head of acting John O’Hare, whose                                                                                                                 or the editorial team.
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for the Sydney Theatre Company and Romeo &                                                                                                                    Toni Chambers                             07 3864 4494
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an intensive rehearsal process for the cast and                                                                                                               Advertising: Rachel Murray                07 3864 4408
crew, utilising exercises and improvisation.                                                                                                                  Photography: Tony Phillips                07 3864 5003
   “The rehearsal environment is about
collaborative ensemble work. Creating theatre
without a script allows the actors to build associative
narrative from the ground up,” Mr O’Hare said.            building THE WALL ... (clockwise from bottom left) music director Donald Hall                        SPECIAL DISCOUNT AIRFARES
   “It’s the music of Roger Waters that motivates         and students Craig Brown, Jason Zadkovich (co-musical director), Guy Edmonds,
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                                                                         Buchanan and                                                                           Fax:       (07) 3632 7450
                                                                         Leah Dowie.
                                                                         Also attending                                                                         E-mail:
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                                                                         wife, Sandy                                                                            Linking you to the world and beyond

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