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A Dropkick’s Guide To: American College Basketball

Ladies and gentlemen, now introducing to you an internationally televised, heavily sponsored, billion-dollar industry comprised exclusively of unpaid amateurs; in other words, College Basketball. In a faraway land known as the United States – where elections are vaguely interesting and extremely worrying – there comes a basketball tournament where students …

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Travel Tales: A Golden Temple Slumber Party

Remember slumber parties? Tucked away cosy and warm, surrounded by all your friends, gossiping your way into the early hours of the night because you’re too hyped up to sleep from all the candy you ate? This slumber party wasn’t exactly like that. It wasn’t warm, it wasn’t cosy, and …

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FASHION FOR FIRST YEARS

We all know what it’s like on the first day of uni, those dreaded thoughts running through your head. As you stand in the long queue on Eddy Avenue wondering; Am I going to make any friends? Will people be nice? Did I dress okay? DO I HAVE TO WAIT IN THIS …

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Travel Diaries: An Absolute Warzone

Before I tell this story it has come to my attention that some background information may be necessary. I recently attended a party that I was surprised to find was super-villain themed (I know right; don’t you wish you had my friends?) Seeing no better way to still look cool …

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Be Single, Not Lonely: Mating Math

Another fortnight has passed and your favourite casanova (read: desperado) is still as close as getting into a relationship as Kanye is to saying something reasonable. And for anyone who is about to defend Kanye, please ask yourself if producing esoteric music and selling overpriced clothes is ‘groundbreaking’ or ‘unique’. …

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Dear Agony Aunt…The Uni Party Edition

I’m new to UNSW and I’m considering going to my first Roundhouse party. I’ve heard that our generation can be really judgemental and I want to fit in and be cool. My mum says that’s very important.

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Exchange Diaries: Philly Meikle (University of Birmingham)

Blitz chatted with Philly Meikle who is on exchange at the University of Birmingham. She shared with us what it’s like living in a football-crazed country, where hot chips are basically a staple food. Why did you decide on Birmingham for exchange? Birmingham is the second largest city in the …

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Hashtag Not Even Cool, Bro: Snapchat

To the three people reading this, I say, ‘Welcome!’ Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, let me introduce to you a cathartic experience disguised as an article. In this potentially recurring segment on Blitz online, you will witness me introduce a trivial trend or topic – which has apparently been …

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IND-I-Y: The Big Deal With Newtown

You may have heard it; you may live under a rock. Newtown (or what my mum ironically calls ‘Old Town’), is an inner-west suburb sandwiched between Redfern and Ashfield. It has cultivated indie all-star cred among most of Sydney’s urbanised hipsters and has become such a big deal that even …

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Pop Into Some Pop-up Festivals This Semester

From the celebrated coastline of California to the bright lights of New York City, the USA is packed with famous sights and our friends over at STA Travel want to help you see them all and many more! Whether you want to explore a national park or hang out in …

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UNSW Rugby: No League of Their Own

Rugby League is an international sport. Dominated in most countries by its strategy-focused ‘older brother’ Rugby Union, Rugby League is only played in a handful of countries. In fact, the only country where Rugby League is more dominant than Rugby Union is ours. Australia is the biggest Rugby League nation …

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Travel Tales: Australia Day in India, Lost in Translation

Australia Day 2012 was an interesting day. Arguably the most interesting Australia Day thus far. The 26th of January just so happens to hold significance in India, too, as it is Republic Day: the day India celebrates her independence. Much like in Australia, this day is widely celebrated, meaning that, …

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A Guide For The Lazy: How to Look Active Without Trying

Couch potatoes, homies lacking motor skills and plainly unsporty peeps, I’ve got your  back. So what if you don’t have runners or razorback exercise tops and running tights? I’ll help you  fool the sporty crew that you’re the next Serena Williams or Bernard Tomic. The ‘Active’ Hair: Tying up your hair and tucking your fringe and loose ends away from your face  immediately makes you look more energetic and active. Leave the hair covering times  for another more apt occasion, like trying to avoid someone you hate. A Fitting Shirt: Avoid overly ­baggy tees because that will defeat all your deceiving efforts. Put away  that shirt that is two sizes too big, you wouldn’t want to look like the sack that keeps all  the couch potatoes. Neutral Colours: If you’re reading this, it should be safe to assume that sport isn’t your forte and you wouldn’t want to stand out among the active. So stay clear from brightly coloured  clothes, especially neon. This way you’ll look sporty without being forced by sportsenthusiasts to get sweaty. Avoid White Tees At All Cost: The deadly combination of sweat, water and white has been embarrassing people since the dawn of time Unless being the wet white shirt guy in Call Me Maybe is your  goal, please allow tees to fulfill their sole purpose of shielding you from stares at your  torso. Exercise Bottoms: Exchange expensive exercise bottoms with cheaper alternatives that you can find in  your wardrobe. Take sleeping shorts for example, they are comfortable for sure and you  don’t even have to change out of them once you get out of bed. Zero effort needed! Shoes  Runners, sneakers, loafers, whatever. The hard and fast rule is if it doesn’t bother you,  you’re doing it right. By Nadia Yeo  

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Vegan Chronicles: Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Peter Siddle spearheads Australia’s bowling. His trophy collection is bigger than most people’s houses and he’s done everything imaginable to reach those heights. Yet, there is something he will not do. Mac Danzig is a physical phenomenon. Having won the UFC, he credits his surge in form and fitness to …

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UNSW Eats: ‘Wiser’ Bars

‘WISER’ BARS VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 2 hours in the freezer Difficulty: Medium Serve: 6 to 7 slices Ingredients Cream layer 1 cup cashews, soaked 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp. rice malt syrup 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1/3 cup coconut cream ¼ lemon, juiced …

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A Dropkick’s Guide to University Sport: Touch Rugby

In contrast to last week’s Blitz sports article by Niko, who offered a thoroughly educational recap of all that was sport over the Summer, this week I will instead give a personal take on my first ever experience at participating in a uni sport. For the many of you who …

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Travel Tales: The Hell Train to Hampi

You know how Americans often tell you that frat parties are almost exactly the way they are depicted in movies? Well, the same goes for general class traveling by train in India, minus the people on the roof (in this case). None of the us had ever been on an …

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Travel Diaries: The One That (Nearly) Got Away

Let me start off by saying that as much as I love the water, I have never spent much time on boats. My father was a sailor, I quit lessons when I was 6 because the life jackets chafed. My uncle owned a pontoon boat, I fell off it and …

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Australian Fashion Designers Took on NYFW

New York Fashion Week (NYFW), is the beginning of the fashion calendar and sets the bar for the rest of the year in fashion. With designers showcasing AW16 collections, the pressure was on to deliver and our Australian designers came through! Tome left the audience in awe, capturing the hearts of …

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Interview: Run Forest, Run… (A Chat With RunSoc)

Blitz caught up with Daniel from RunSoc, UNSW’s Campus Runners, just in time for the Festival of Sport. Can you tell us about RunSoc? RunSoc started in 2015 when our founder Steven realised that a recreational running club didn’t exist after mistaking the Running Man Society (Korean Variety Show) for one. We want …

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Dear Agony Aunt…The Hipster Edition

According to the Bible of the Twenty-First Century, Urban Dictionary, a hipster is a subculture that values independent thinking, counter-culture, being progressive and rebellious, an appreciation of indie-rock and indie films, creativity, intelligence and witty banter.

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Be Single, Not Lonely: A Warm Welcome

When you think of a young, single male you can’t help but think of a casanova with his large harem of women and even larger list of suitors. Think Hank Moody in Californication; Entourage’s Vincent Chase; or Harvey Specter in Suits. Alas, I am all of the above, sans the …

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Eddie Eats: RivaReno Gelato

In January 2016, my family and I were taking a walking tour of Florence. I was hungry and couldn’t keep my eyes off the ice cream displays we passed. Mounds of ice cream were colourful with fruit and calling my name. When our guide saw me salivating, he turned and …

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How To Survive An Exercise Regime In The Summer Heat

Sun’s out thighs out. Summer has rolled in and that means some people are taking advantage of the warm weather to venture outside for a run, so that they can show off their stunning figures at the beach. Maybe you’re like me and struggling to keep an ongoing exercise regime this summer because …

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IND-I-Y: Is It Death Cab for Indie Music?

When I was just around the curb of 11 years old, I watched a movie called ‘Juno’ and it changed my life forever. That sounds dramatic come to think about it now, but there was something alluring about the main character. Not because she was 16 and pregnant, but because she …

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Summer of Sport – Things We Learned

Well, it’s been a crazy Summer of sport these past few months. Breaking news and big stories seemed to dominate Facebook feeds, evening news bulletins and newspaper stands everywhere (you kids still read those things, right?). Now, put any sport in front of me and I’ll be drawn to it …

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Travel Tales: On Top of the World With Mount Everest

Someone once told me there are two types of fun. Type 1 is the kind of fun where you get instant satisfaction, and look back on with even greater satisfaction. Type 2 is usually not as instantly rewarding. It’s the kind you have mixed feelings about during, yet look back …

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