News you Might Have Missed: O-Week 2020

By Hayley Hands

Whether you’ve been busy enjoying O-Week festivities or frantically searching online for PDFs of your assigned textbooks, here’s what you might have missed.


This week, ANUSA ran a number of O-Week events including campus tours, trivia, free movie nights and greyhound cuddle sessions. On Wednesday, a number of clubs and organisations, including Observer, ran stalls for Market Day.

The annual ANUSA Friday Night Party also took place at Fellows Oval. It featured artists Cub Sport, Holy Holy and Wafia. Observer has been informed that the toilet situation was better than in previous years.



On Saturday, ANU students marched from the ACT Legislative Assembly to Glebe Park as part of the Climate Crisis Rally contingent co-hosted by the ANU Environment Collective. According to the event shared on Facebook by the ANU Environment Collective, the protest was held as “a revival of student environmental protest”, and to build “on the student strikes and anti Scomo protests”. 



Last Saturday night, Unilodge residents experienced a 45-minute power outage after a power transformer caught alight during a thunderstorm. The power outage impacted most of Marcus Clarke Street, disabling a number of traffic lights. It also affected the northern part of campus. 

On Sunday last week, ANU announced on Facebook that Brian Schmidt had been reappointed as Vice-Chancellor, and will occupy that role until 2025. On Monday, Schmidt was one of the speakers at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony. If you missed it, you can catch our live stream of the event.


ANU Council

ANU Council passed a resolution which called for “urgent action to address the growing challenge of climate change”. They asserted that the recent hail, bushfire and smoke impacting Canberra has been “exacerbated by climate change”. According to ANU Chancellor Julie Bishop, these weather events “reflect a much broader national and global challenge”.


Halls of Residence

Wamburun Hall held their inaugural ‘WamBAM’ party on Wednesday Night. The event featured local DJs, and attendees were encouraged to wear a ‘pop of colour’ that represented their college. The event replaces the traditional Wednesday Burg Toga, which was cancelled after the college stated that financial risk had made the party unviable.


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