WHO ARE WE?
We are an Australian student-run media publication, who have been churning out quality content since 1969.
We have a reputation nationally as a premium student magazine, delivering quality features, interviews, and reviews through informative copy and slick design.
We operate five editorial departments—Art & Film, Music, Science & Technology, Politics & Economics & Student Lifestyle—to deliver a variety of content. We also have our Grok Feature section where we publish Poems, Short Stories, Essays, Memoirs & Visual Arts.
We publish regularly here and produce a glossy print edition each semester—which you can pick up at Guild outlets across campus or view online.
If you’re interested in contributing to Grok as a writer, editor, photographer, or designer, or if you have a scoop, contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORIGIN OF “GROK”
The term “grok” was coined by Robert A. Heinlin in the science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land.
Published in 1961, Stranger in a Strange Land was a proto-hippie novel—a celebration of free love and counter-cultural rebellion. It follows Valentine Michael Smith, a human born on Mars and raised by Martians who comes to Earth in early adulthood; it is through their eyes that humankind is denaturalised.
Heinlein coined “grok” to mean “to drink” in Martian. But, more specifically, it meant to take something in so thoroughly that it becomes a part of you. Grok was later incorporated into English-language dictionaries as a verb, used with object, “to understand thoroughly or intuitively”.
In 1972, then-Chief Editor Rod Cole adopted Grok as the title of the publication; it had been titled Aspect from 1969 to 1971.
MEET THE TEAM
“Hello there, I’m Ayo, a final year master’s student of Screen Arts. I have a love for good music (I can’t stop listening to Blaq Diamond) and the Netflix series The 100. In my spare time, I am either taking portraits of people or I’m in my bedroom producing DJ mixes. Grok has given me the opportunity to work with passionate and imaginative people, and boosted my confidence in sharing my art in this entertaining and creative world.”
— Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’, Chief Editor
“Hola! I’m Tess and I am the new Deputy Editor for Grok in 2021. I’m in my final year of studying a Professional Writing and Publishing, and Literary and Cultural Studies double major. (And, yes, I am aware that is a mouthful! So just think… writing!) I’m a yoga-enthusiast, regular music festival attendee and absolute dog fanatic. Grok has an inspiring and dedicated team behind the scenes, and I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of a powerful, student-run publication that enables those at Curtin to raise their voice.”
— Tess MacGregor, Deputy Editor
“Ahoy! My name’s Chelsea and I’m in my final year of studying Illustration Design and Creative Writing at Curtin. The only thing that rivals my love of the Arts is coffee. I can guarantee you’ll never see me without one on campus, especially if I’m sketching away before classes. Ten points to your Hogwarts house if you do! This is my first year with Grok and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the crew, surrounded by such talented and innovative people.”
— Chelsea Robins, Head of Design
“Hi, my name is Eliza and I recently completed a double major in Professional Writing and Publishing and Literary and Cultural Studies. I also did Honours, which was the excuse I needed to talk incessantly about film—one of my favourite things to do. This is my second year at Grok, and the time I’ve spent as a contributor and editor has been incredible! I love being more involved in Perth’s art scene and supporting the work of fellow writers and creatives.”
— Eliza McPhail, Art & Film Sub-Editor
“Hey! My name’s Aneeta and I’m a third-year Pharmacy student. I’m currently watching Sense8 on Netflix (and loving it!) whilst waiting for AOT to finish so I can binge it in one day (no spoilers, please). It is my second year with Grok and I’ve created some fond memories through this group, but my favourite will always be reading over the articles I’ve edited after they’re published.”
— Aneeta Bejoy, Science & Technology Sub-Editor
“Hey there! My name is Katelyn and I’m in my third year of a Professional Writing and Publishing, and International Business degree. You will often see me roaming around campus proudly showing off my collection of Australian band tee’s. This is a passion that I’ve transformed into my work here at Grok, where I get to share my love of all things local music.”
— Katelyn Clark, Music Sub-Editor
“Hi, I’m Charlene! I’m in my second year of a double major in Creative Writing, and Professional Writing and Publishing. As an ex-coffee addict who’s skipped one too many classes, it’s probably quite fitting that I’m the student life subeditor for Grok. I’m excited to develop my writing and editing this year as part of such a talented team!”
— Charlene van der Merwe, Student Life Sub-Editor
“Hello, I am Maggie and I’m studying Journalism and International Relations. At the moment I can’t put down Rupi Kaur, so if you see me on campus (sipping a coffee of course) I’ll probably be flicking through Milk and Honey. I love working with Grok because it’s a place where student voices are heard!”
— Maggie Leung, Politics & Economics Sub-Editor