Time to Open Your Mind at Murdoch University

August 6, 2012

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Abbe May

Prospective students and their families can spend the day exploring Murdoch University’s South Street Campus as part of its Open Your Mind Day on Sunday, August 19.

The free event, which runs from 10am until 4pm, will give those attending the chance to find out more about life as a Murdoch student with more than 100 activities, or ‘hotspots’, to showcase courses. Visitors will also get the opportunity to meet the University’s top teaching and research staff as well as current students.

You might want to take in a chemistry magic show courtesy of the School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences, or test your skill at pregnancy testing an artificial cow at the Vet School.

If you’re interested in getting into the media game, then make sure you attend the talk being given by Channel 7 sports journalist Ryan Daniels, a Murdoch Alumni. You can also learn how to deliver your own news flash in the University’s green screen multi-cam TV studio.

If law is your thing, you can take part in a mooting competition and learn how to debate the facts of a case. And if you have any sick plants or you’re wondering why nothing grows in your garden, bring some samples and our plant and soil experts will try to give you a diagnosis.

A series of general talks, information sessions, competitions and campus tours will also be running throughout the day, so ensure you pick up a program when you arrive. Attendees can also plan their day or download a program via a dedicated Open Your Mind Day website.

The day promises to be good fun too, with free entertainment, including live music from some of Perth’s hottest acts, fairground rides, giant board games and a travelling animal farm.

This is how the live music lines up:

•    1pm – 1.40pm Big Old Bears
A five-piece band of friends who combine traditional with contemporary music to create a foot-tapping sound. Utilising raw harmonies, an array of songwriters and many instruments, Big Old Bears were the 2012 West Australian Music Industry (WAMi) Award Nominees for Folk Act of the Year and Acoustic Roots Act of the Year.

•    2pm – 2.40pm Emperors
This rock act first made their mark on the Australian music landscape in 2010 when they were ‘Unearthed’ by Triple J shortly after forming. This led on to four national tours, a slot at the Big Day Out and support slots with Manic Street Preachers, Jebediah and many more. They were a 2012 WAMi Award Nominee for Rock Act of the Year.

•    3pm – 4pm Abbe May
A guitar slaying goddess with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy indie riff-rock, pyschedelia and blues, Abbe cleaned up at the 2012 WAMis, winning Most Popular Live Act, Most Popular Solo Artist, Female Vocalist of the Year, Rock Act of the Year and Blues Act of the Year.

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