News You Might Have Missed: Week 1

PARSA's Big Day, Community Consultation, and a Farewell.

By Lottie Twyford

If you’re already busy catching up on missed lectures this week, here’s all the news you may have missed.


Content warning: sexual assault and sexual harassment

The Diploma of Languages is to be reinstated, with enrollments opening in 2021. The Diploma was discontinued in 2018 following cuts made by the Federal Government to university funding in December 2017. The one-year program gives students who cannot fit additional courses into their degree the opportunity to learn a language.

On Tuesday, the Respectful Relationships Unit ran its first 2020 community engagement session on the ANU Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy. This was the first of three planned sessions, the next of which is to be held on 20 March. The aim of these sessions is to consult ANU students and staff on the long-term action plan and initiatives for combating sexual violence on campus.


As part of its O-week, PARSA held their Big Day event on Saturday. The event was free, with activities such as art, music from Drum Assault, Los Chavos, Hit n Miss and Zackerbilks, along with activities for children. Free food was also provided by various university clubs and societies.

Free Semester 1 fitness classes for ANU students commenced this week through ANU Sport. Classes will be running from Monday to Thursday each week, as well as on Saturdays.

A bicycle shop is finally coming to Kambri, with PARSA Cycles opening for business at Joplin Lane on 4 March.


The Tenants’ Union ACT’s office closed its doors on 28 February after having been defunded by the ACT Government. According to a post on the organisation’s Facebook page,  the Union will continue “providing a voice for renters in the ACT” as a volunteer organisation.


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