News You Might Have Missed: Week 12

Buckle up your seatbelts, we’ve reached the end of week 12! If you’ve been too busy enjoying Lonely Planet’s third best city, here’s what you might have missed.

 

Union Court Redevelopment

Wallarroo residents protested dumping of clean fill earth at a building site in their area by redevelopment contractors. They claim the dumping to be illegal, but the University says the contractor has the required permissions to reuse the excavated earth at the site. Read more about the protest here.

The ANU naming committee is accepting submissions for the names of three streets in the redeveloped union court. To suggest a name, email [email protected].  

 

Campus

Momos and Tikka Stand opened this week, bringing Tibetan dumplings and Indian street food to the international culinary palate of the Pop- Up Village.

 

ANU Administration

The Pizza with Brian event was live blogged by the ANU Observer. The Vice-Chancellor was grilled on a number of issues, including the Wallaroo dumping protests. He apologised for the inconvenience caused by the trucks and asked residents to come forward if they had evidence of other materials being dumped. When asked about affordability, he ‘strongly recommended’ the co-op for an affordable lunch, and believes that achieving the goal of a $5 lunch could involve the Union more in the future. He later reported that the average income for an ANU student is higher than for a Harvard student. The VC also answered questions about accessibility and residence halls, as well as ones of a more personal nature. Schmidt said he has had pineapple on pizza before, and believes it to be ‘okay’.

Students also had opportunities this week to sample Vice Chancellor Schmidt’s pinot noir at a wine tasting evening hosted by the ANU Wine Society. Observer Editor Eliza Croft described the pinot as ‘better than goon’.

 

Staff

The NTEU and ANU have concluded bargaining for the 2017-2020 Enterprise Agreement, with staff voting in favour of the proposed changes. Superannuation will increase for fixed staff but not for casuals, and work hours will increase for IT and hospitality staff. Read more about it here.  

 

Student Associations

The ANUSA Special General Meeting failed to reach quorum. Planned constitutional changes and the 2018 provisional budget were not passed as a result.

Clubs and Societies

ANU Interhall Productions this week changed its name to ANU Musical Theatre Company, and is now open to all students, not just hall residents and Griffin Hall members.

Clubs Awards took place at the Clubs Ball, and the results were as follows:

Best New Club: ANU Dining Society

Best Overall Club: Australia-China Youth Association

Best Political Club: ANU Open Political Assembly

Best Arts and Performance Club: ANU Dance Club

Best Discipline Club: ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Students Society

Best Humanitarian, Social Justice and Advocacy Club: ANU Volunteering Society

Best Faith and Religion Club: ANU Buddhist Association

Best Special Interest Club:  ANU Maker Club

Best Event: Big Night Out

Best Production: Draw between ANU Women’s Revue and ANU Arts Revue

Best Volunteer: Bolwen Fu