Aqua Regia Issue 1

Well, the time of year has come and gone for the old regime of Scisoc to be hewn down to make room for the newest one. And guess what readers, the changeover has taken place. We’re very grateful not many people were there to see the horrid, gory scene as last year’s executive was murdered in their prime to make way for others. Because really last year’s top minds were taking far too long to take over the world.

Yes that’s right. The head honchos are being bold as brass about their future plans this time round. Not only do they intend to run the society well, they have an honesty policy so crystal clear you can even admire the depths of the cellars, perusing their magic scrolls of doom-inspiring spells, ancient tomes of devious war machines, and their Hello Kitty memorabilia. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t tear you limb from limb once the perusing is over.

So let’s go ahead and meet the team. This year’s President of the Science Society is Hari Bhrugubanda, a short fellow willing to cut people off at the knees if they turn out to be bigger than he is. He’s got a good forehand too, so don’t doubt he can do it. His right hand man is James Colley, the new VP, whose razor sharp beard can’t be shaved by any regular means. Only lasers. Ironically, those feature heavily in his plans. Shhhh, don’t tell him I know that.

Your Secretary for this year will be one Isaac Carney. He’s the stealth expert, so much so I haven’t seen him around yet, which isn’t exactly the best thing for a secretary who has to answer phones all day. What? Ninjas have jobs too you know. To temper the balance within the organisation they’ve positioned Tony Cai as this year’s Treasurer. For those of you who don’t know, Tony’s peg leg and parrot make him the perfect man to guard the wooden chests in HQ’s basement. Yep, the one full of Hello Kitty stuff. Don’t stray in the wrong direction when browsing or you’ll get a bellyful of blade.

The dynamic duo has also decided to step up and profess their evil plans this year. Samuel Jenkins and Adam Chalmers are our new Publicity Officers and their PDA (that’s Public Displays of Anarchy, BTW) will take this team to a whole new level of mischief making. Don’t ask me which of them is Batman and which is Robin though. They may just have to try on tights and see.

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz and Zachary Nicholson have unfortunately been left without their evil counterparts. Gid sits in one of the two broken-beer-bottle thrones of Social Coordinator and Zach is the male counterpart of the Interfaculty Sport creepy twins. And really, the empty throne next to Gid just makes him look a little depressed, and Zach isn’t as creepy lurking in the shadows all by himself.

Jarrod Kennedy however seems to be enjoying his position as First Year Officer. The maniacal laughter gets pretty annoying at night, though what is more concerning is the maniacal snoring when he falls asleep. He should go to a sleep deprivation clinic. And our Science Outreach Officer for the year, Jonathan (he doesn’t have a last name, which I find slightly menacing) has already been to a photographer for a few shots of himself crushing a globe in his hands. They’ll look good on his MySpace page, that’s for sure.

We’re currently still looking for a few positions on the executive though, and would greatly appreciate some volunteers. It’s worth a shot to anybody interested. Literally, executive members get injections for immunity to the gases that feature heavily in world domination plans XKCD-722 through SMBC-486. The positions that are open are for a second Social Coordinator, a female Interfaculty Sporting Officer, a Sponsorship Officer because we do need money to take over the world, and an IT Officer. Email us at if you’re interested in a position. God speed to you in the impending doom.

BuckyBall 2011: A Royal Affair

Kings, Queens, Princes & Princesses, Dukes & Dutchess, Barons & Baronesses, even the Court Jester… And peasants too I suppose; From King Arthur & Merlin to Prince William & Kate – If you can call it royal, then we want you to wear …

It’s that time of year again folks, where we dress up for the night of nights, the University of Sydney Science Society BuckyBall! Our traditional end of year formal is on again and we want you to be a part of it.

Tickets on sale from Wednesday Week 1 in the SciSoc Office!

When 7:00pm-12:00am, Wednesday, 20 August 2011
Where Dockside, Darling Harbour
Cost $85 Access/$100 Non-Access

Start of Semester Labcoat Pubcrawl!

If you missed out last time, here’s what you missed…. … …… Well, I can’t quite remember! But it sure was fun editing the drawings on my labcoat to make them more “PG” for lab the next week. Or maybe that’s just our Vice-President? Either way, what’s a better way to ring in the semester than to get drunk with science students that you don’t know but will probably be best friends with by the end of the night while simultaneously destroying their labcoat with your drunken artwork.

5pm, MANNING BAR. Be there.


We have MOVED! To the Carslaw lawns, as seen on your left as you walk from Carslaw to Wentworth.

As excited as we are to be back please keep in mind, SciSoc does not endorse leaping off the footbridge onto the grass beside Carslaw. The BBQ will still be there as you walk down the footbridge, alongside it and then under it.

When 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 25 July 2011
Where Behind Carslaw lawns
Cost Dressed in 2011 SciSoc T-shirt: FREE!
Otherwise: $2 Access/$5 Non-Access

Welcome Back!

Hopefully you have all had a wonderful Winter break and are psyched to get in to Semester 2. Or, you may have been like me and dropped a unit because I didn’t want to go to the 8am lecture this morning… Either way, just remember – it will soon be over and we can then spend 4 months frolicking in the sun. Until then, read on for the events SciSoc have in store to help you make it through semester!

Some of these events include:

– LabCoat Pubcrawl

– Fundraising Week

– BuckyBall: A Royal Affair

Week 9 BBQ, with a twist!

Meet and greet your science buddies at this week’s SciSoc all-you-can-eat BBQ – for FREE if you are dressed in the smoochingly stylish 2011 SciSoc T-shirt!

Enjoy yummy sausage sizzles with refreshing garden salads and tasty cheese fillings. As always, vegetarian-friendly options are available and extra-friendly service is guaranteed!

Also this week, SciSoc has combined forces with the EU to host a forum on Science and Faith. Come hear a few different perspectives from some guys and girls from both societies, followed by question time at the end.

When 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 02 May 2011
Where Front of Chemistry Building

BBQ Location Map

Cost Dressed in 2011 SciSoc T-shirt: FREE!
Otherwise: $2 Access/$5 Non-Access

Welcome to 2011

To our old members, welcome back. To our new ones, welcome!

I hope that the holidays have brought you some much needed down-time before another hectic year at University, alternately if you’re like me, then all you really want is for this semester to be over so you can be somewhere else other than University.  Either way, a warm hello and welcome to you all – it’s going to be a great semester (SciSoc wise anyway, I can’t promise this about anything else).

First on the agenda? BBQ of course! And wait, what’s this? A new event?! A pub-crawl? Of the lab coat persuasion? Tell you more? … I will, later on in this email 🙂

Are you excited yet? Me too! Scroll on for more news from our wonderful committee – until next time!

Love, The SciSoc Executive

Positions Vacant

There are still positions available on the SciSoc executive team!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of the executive of one of the biggest and most active science societies in the southern hemisphere? Nominate yourself now!

Available Positions

All positions are open to any science student who holds a valid 2010 Access Card.

Program Directors:

  • Directors – Careers Program (x1)


  • Publicity Officers (x1)
  • Bookstore Officer
  • SRC Officer