ANU student society accused of lying about free food in order to lure college students


2nd year development studies major, Lucy Jones, has threatened to sue the ANU Tree Hugging society after none of the promised pizzas were delivered to last Wednesday’s meeting.

The meeting, which lasted over 2 hours, included discussion of the ethics of providing wood for the Forestry fire pit and a placard making session ahead of a climate change protest next Sunday.

“They promised they’d order Dominos on their Facebook post” Lucy told us, “I waited and waited and it never came.”

“This is why I have trust issues.”

Lucy, who is an active member of over 27 different clubs and societies at the ANU, claims that she is not the only one who has been adversely affected by this disgraceful behaviour. According to her, over 85% of all ANU students only attend extra-curricular events on the basis that food and alcohol will be provided. The inability of clubs and societies to provide such goods, she says, puts the very health of their members at risk.

Luke Richards, a fellow resident of Burton and Garran Hall, is also a student who has been left close to starvation, and even worse, sobriety, as a result of poor student society governance. When asked to comment on this story he told us about a traumatic guest lecture about the Amazonian tree frog he attended last semester, under the impression that wine and cheese would be provided. Unfortunately, the ANU Amphibian Spotting Society had “run out” before he’d arrived.

It’s the stories of students like Luke, Lucy says, that motivated her unrelenting quest for justice. That, and a fond memory of better times.

“Last semester, if I planned my week well,” she told us, with a dreamy look in her eyes, “I could spend under $5 a week on groceries.”

If you would like to stand up for the rights of college students everywhere, more information about Lucy’s campaign can be found at

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