Category Archives: Online

The Eyes of UTS

For someone who works in an unidentified room in the bowels of the UTS Tower, Security Systems Administrator Bob Hueston sees it all. Apart from looking after university PIN numbers, the maintenance and repair of the university’s electronic access systems and key ordering, he’s responsible for reviewing the university’s closed circuit television (CCTV) footage from incident reports to serve as relevant evidence to police. There is no place for faulty memories.


A Golden Eye for Docos

A Golden Eye for Docos

If you were going to shoot your very first documentary, would you self-fund a trip to the Middle East? What about entering a militarised conflict zone and risk being confronted by guns, protests and interrogations from Israeli police? 

Chantell Basiacik, together with crew members Alastair Wharton and Jack McAvoy, did. The final-yearmedia arts and production and international studies student was the director and producer of Not My Place, a 22-minute documentary exploring the lives of Israeli and Palestinian youths living amid the ongoing Middle East conflict. 

Published in November 2013 version of U:Magazine 

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

“The only thing I knew about Australia was Skippy the kangaroo,” reveals Michael Ascharsobi when first asked about the land he now calls home.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Master of Science in Internetworking graduate now works at Google. He started at the company in 2011 as an apps strategist, before moving into operations managing workflow processes. It’s a far cry from Ahwaz, the small Iranian town that borders Iraq, from which he fled at age 16.

“I follow a religion, Sabian Mandaean, which in Iran is different from the mainstream,” says Ascharsobi. “So growing up was a little difficult because I had to keep my religion in hiding.” He even had to lie about his religion to enter high school and was never sure if his secret would be discovered. It was.

Published in October 2013 version of U:Magazine.