News You Missed – Week 9

We’ve already reached week 9 of the semester! Even though we’re more confused about how we got here than an Economics student in a lecture theatre, we’ve still managed to keep on top of the weekly news. Here’s what you might have missed.


Inward Bound ended in the late hours of Saturday night, and after a bold navigational move the Division 1 Griffin Hall team beat Burton and Garran by just four minutes. Although final results have not been published, this will likely be the first time in 55 years that the Div 1 trophy will leave Daley road. Provisional results saw B&G win the overall Inward Bound Trophy with 114 points to Burgmann’s 109.

The University

The CECS cultural review outlined significant feelings of exclusion or alienation by women in the department, as well as a gender bias that affected coursework and assessment. The CECS disciplines, the CSSA and the CECS clubs have promised to undertake ‘unconscious bias management training’ next year, as well as strengthened student feedback mechanisms.

The ANU has promised $5 lunches in the redeveloped union court, which is significantly lower than the old $8 price point. You can reminisce over the old, more expensive union court here in 360°.

Student Associations

The ANUSA OGM saw minor changes to the constitution, which made the College Representative Committee subordinate to the Student Representative Committee. The CRC will have power to give recommendations to the SRC.

The Law Students Society election was won by Suchara Fernando.

The Debating society elections saw in Bobby Clark as the new President, to be supported by Toni Mathers as Vice President. The Debating society is one of the largest and most active societies on campus.

Most importantly, The ANU Observer AGM will be held on Monday, the 9th of October at 6pm in the Physics Link Building.

The ANU Observer has also released its survey results for semester 2. You can read about what you thought, and what we thought about what you thought here.


The World Solar Challenge starts on this week on Sunday, and the ANU team has passed all regulatory checks. They will be one of over 40 teams, and will compete against teams from many other countries, such as Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

The Lions Oratory Challenge was won by Daniel Griess, with Observer’s own Laura Farag as runner up. The competition is intended to give students the opportunity to excel in the art of oratory through a broad knowledge of subjects dealing with human values. This year, students were to speak on the topic of ‘the most important lesson of my life so far.’