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Woroni is looking for a second round of News Reporters to join our exceptional news team at ANU Student Media for the rest of Semester 1. The role of a News Reporter will be:
To write and content for the magazine and online, by responding to current events and issues on campus.
This can be overseeing a specific area of interest, or the role can encompass a wide array of topics and areas of university life. These areas can include: postgrad issues, ANU research, housing issues, low SES awareness, international students, ANUSA, clubs and societies, workplace issues, arts events, higher ed policies, university degree changes, funding changes.
To be aware of events and issues on campus for potential publication – you are the eyes and ears of the student body!
Reporters must be able to adhere to strict deadlines and to work as part of a large team, including other reporters, senior reporters and editors. They will be expected to attend weekly meetings and training sessions at the beginning of the semester. As a reporter you will be expected to write one article per week, which will be published in print and/or online. Reporters need to have a clear understanding of spelling, grammar and structure in writing, as there will be little oversight to your style of writing. Previous experience in publishing, editing or writing is an advantage, but by no means necessary. Ideal candidates will be a team player, a good planner but also good under pressure. Good communication skills are also essential as you will be conducting interviews face-to-face, on the phone and via email with varied stakeholders. Reporters can expect to receive an honorarium based on their commitment to the role at the end of Semester.
Woroni is looking for News Reporters to join our exceptional news team at ANU Student Media in Semester One 2019. These positions include 4-6 reporters and two Senior Reporters to guide our new recruits and source articles.
Woroni is looking for some fresh minds to help integrate the Print, Radio and Television platforms in Semester two 2018!
Woroni exists so students can cut their teeth in creativity, media, and journalistic expression. We produce content that is interesting, informative, accurate and relevant, and we provide students with opportunities to develop multimedia skills in journalism, design, writing, television, and radio.
If this sounds appealing to you, then keep reading!
We will be recruiting throughout the winter break. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, including some new positions. You don’t need to have prior experience – just be a team player and be willing to get involved and learn new skills.
We’ve compiled a list of all available positions below. Call it a “Woroni 101 Guide”, if you will. We’ll be listing every position, big or small, as they become available. Positions will be listed under the name of the relevant editor whom they will be responsible to. Please have a read through and see if anything takes your fancy. And don’t hold back, you can apply for more than one position!
The Editor-in-Chief is the spokesperson for ANUSM and responsible for overseeing and assisting the other Editors, as well as ensuring that the objects of the Association are upheld. The EIC is also responsible for organising events and workshops, managing employees, chairing meetings, dealing with conflicts and complaints, and assisting wherever needed. If you have any questions about anything Woroni-related, then flick Mia an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The distributor is responsible for picking up the newspaper from the printer fortnightly, distributing it to Woroni stands across campus and keeping these stands topped up throughout the print cycle. They must have a car and an ABN, and will be paid for their time.
For more information about the role, click here.
Applications will close on Friday 20 July at 11.59pm.
The Deputy Editor-in-Chief is responsible for creating and maintaining minutes, policy, procedure and records, as well as interpreting the Constitution. The Deputy EIC works closely with the Social Media, Instagram and Events Sub-Editors, managing Woroni’s online presence and administrative organisation. If you have any questions, you can contact Ben at email@example.com.
The purpose of Photography at ANUSM is to capture moments of student university life. In the past, Woroni Photographers have attended both formal and casual events, both on and off campus. For Semester two, photography sub-editors can expect to attend at least one ball. This year, photographers have also been involved in providing images to accompany News and Content stories, as well as publishing photo stories in the Woroni paper.
Photography Sub Editors are expected to have some experience in photography. After Photography Sub-Editors take photos at events they are required to edit and upload albums to Facebook with the Woroni Watermark.
Applications are open now and close on 13 July 2018. You can find more information and application details here.
The Managing Editor is responsible for creating and maintaining the books and financial records of the Association and managing ANUSM’s business relationships, as well as preparing, managing and regularly reporting on the budget. You can reach Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The team of management Sub-Editors are the energetic and driven individuals that assist with the day to day functions of Woroni. They work to create partnerships with other businesses, organise advertising across the ANU Student Media’s platforms, undertake market research and strategic planning, maintain social media platforms and manage the ANUSM website.
Applications are now open for a new Social Media Sub-Editor, Instagram Sub-Editor and Events Management Sub-Editor to join the rest of the team. You can find more information, full role descriptions and application details by clicking this link.
Applications are open now and close on 13 July 2018.
The Art Editor is responsible for the design and layout of, and the curation of art for the fortnightly newspaper, as well as the graphics and branding that Woroni uses in its online and on-campus presence. They manage and work closely with a team of art sub-editors. Sophie can answer any questions about contributing art for the newspaper or getting involved; you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or the entire Art Team at email@example.com.
Art Sub-Editors are responsible for laying out a quota of pages for each print edition. In example, they will be given additional responsibilities, including creating social media graphics, designing branding for Woroni Radio and TV, producing art for the newspaper or assisting the Art Editor in managing the logistics of the Art portfolio.
Applications are now open for Design Sub-Editor, Graphics Sub-Editor, Art Admin Sub-Editor, Senior Graphics Sub-Editor and Senior Design Sub-Editor. For more information about each of the roles, click here.
The TV Editor is primarily responsible for continuing the growth of Woroni TV. The purpose of Woroni TV is to engage with the student body by providing a new and interactive platform to deliver campus news, interviews with interesting students and people in Canberra, as well as fun how-to and creative content. You can contact William at firstname.lastname@example.org or the whole Television Team at email@example.com.
The Content Editor is responsible for the Woroni print content in the newspaper and online, producing interesting, informative and diverse content that is relevant to the ANU community. In addition to this, the Content Editor manages the Content Team and all that entails. Alisha can answer any questions about the newspaper and how best to contribute; you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or the entire Content Team at email@example.com.
The News Editor is responsible for managing the Woroni News team. They lead and support the news reporters to investigate and report campus news for the Woroni newspaper, both in print and online. If you have any questions about Woroni‘s news reporting or have a news tip, you can contact Noah at firstname.lastname@example.org or the entire News Team at email@example.com.
The Radio Editor is responsible for managing the Woroni Radio Team and community, supervising the content that goes on air, and monitoring content quality and distribution. If you have any questions, you can email Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Comments Off on As It Turns Out, ANU Student Pizza Orders Skyrocket During Exam Periods
Canberra City Dominos, located beneath Lena Karmel Lodge, has confirmed that pizza orders skyrocket during university exam periods.
“Although I can’t give you exact numbers, I can tell you my observations,” the manager of the franchise explains. “I’ve been here for four years. And every year, we are quieter in the holiday periods and we are monumentally crazier in exam time.”
“During the holidays we can actually get stuff done. At Christmas, when all the students are away, I can actually take a holiday and not feel guilty. The other stores can’t do that because they have customer demand all year round.”
But during exam times, the manager says that the restaurant often becomes both a food staple and social hub for sun-deprived studiers. “Students come down in their onesies, their bare feet and their bras and they’ll just eat… Just this morning, a guy came down in track pants and bare feet, even though it was cold. His hair looked like a cockatoo and he got an 11:00am pepperoni pizza for breakfast.”
It was also confirmed that the franchise receives more orders than any other store in the ACT. Although turnover works out to be roughly equal to other stores– thanks to the $21.95 minimum delivery fee – between ANU students and the various social events on campus, the actual number of pizza orders processed at the Canberra City store is much higher.
The manager explains, “we sell more pizzas and they [other Dominos stores] get higher prices. It’s just different customer patterns, because students love a good $5 pizza.”
When asked whether students can sometimes be a nuisance, the manager laughs. “For some reason, a lot of students like to sit on our tables. And I say to them, ‘If you put your bum on the place where your mother served food you would be in trouble.’ Please, just sit on one of the 60 seats I provide for you!”
“I wouldn’t change it though,” he says. “We actually like the involvement from the students.” He said they regularly get students coming in on the way to the clubs, “dressed to the nines” and that they are really “quite cute” despite their drunkenness. “We just get smashed, but we have a scream because they really are lovely people.”
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ANU has revealed that they will repeal the rules that require residential halls to have advisory committees, after Woroni reported that the university was legally required to implement them in ANU-owned colleges.
Addressing questions as to why these committees had not been created in the first place, a spokesperson for ANU cited “informal changes” that had moved the operation of residential halls closer in line with the policies and regulations of the university.
According to the statement, the Halls of Residence Rules 2005 will be repealed at some point this year, through the ANU Council.
The advisory committee would have acted as a regulatory body and link between hall administration and the university administration. It would advise the head of the relevant hall on matters of policy as well as the rights, privileges and obligations the hall has in relation to its residents. Between five and eight members would make up the body, up to four of whom can be elected residents of the relevant hall.
The advisory committee could also ask to be supplied with information it considers relevant so as to properly provide advice, a power that could potentially aid in establishing transparency within the administration. This power may, for instance, be used to demand the university release statistics and other documents relating to college sexual assault and harassment.
ANU’s full statement can be viewed below.
“The Halls of Residence at ANU (including Colleges and Lodges) have a firm commitment to the ANU students and the development of communities that support the well-being and academic development of our residents.
As a result of previous reviews, informal changes were made to the operation of residential halls to better align with University policies and regulations as well as providing the best possible service for our students. Initiatives were developed that ensured the best possible collaboration with students and academic staff such as the Residents Committee and Hall Fellows.
These new initiatives and aligning the hall operation with university policies and regulations, meant that the Hall of Residence Rules were not as relevant as they once were.ANU is currently in the process of repealing the Hall of Residence Rules through Council since more effective systems are in place. This will be occurring this year.”
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ANU and its residential halls may have been operating in violation of federal legislation created by the Council of the Australian National University, from the time the legislation came into force in 2005.
The Halls of Residence Rules 2005 makes clear the requirement for all university-administered residential halls to have an advisory committee — yet, not one of ANU’s residential halls has one. The halls that are obliged to have an advisory committee under the statute are Burton & Garran Hall, Fenner Hall, Ursula Hall and Bruce Hall, as well as Graduate House and Toad Hall.
The advisory committee acts as a regulatory body and link between hall administration and the university administration. It advises the head of the relevant hall on matters of policy as well as the rights, privileges and obligations the hall has in relation to its residents. It consists of between five and eight members, up to four of whom can be elected residents of the relevant hall.
The advisory committee can also ask to be supplied with information it considers relevant so as to properly provide advice, a power that could potentially aid in establishing transparency within the administration. This power may, for instance, be used to demand the university release statistics and other documents relating to college sexual assault and harassment.
The rules further provide for the position of a nominated officer, who is an officer of the university appointed by the vice-chancellor and is responsible for matters of accomodation. The nominated officer can advise the vice-chancellor to remove a head of hall, and can broadly direct the responsibilities of the head of hall.
Should there be an issue with the governance of the hall, the advisory committee can approach the nominated officer to discuss these concerns — providing a direct channel of communication between the student body of the relevant hall and the vice-chancellor.
The advisory committee can make recommendations to the vice-chancellor regarding who is appointed as head of their hall, in the event that the position becomes vacant.
The committee would meet at least four times a year, with at least one meeting per term. Operating as a comprehensive advisory body consisting of student, hall and university representatives, the advisory committee would act to ensure halls are being run to the expected standards of both the students and the university.
It appears that the requirement for an advisory committee was known by some members of various hall residents’ committees. Tom Dodds, the president of Fenner Hall’s residents’ committee, was made aware of the requirement by his predecessor during the handover. Writing to Woroni, Dodds said that he did not believe the status quo should change to reflect the legislation.
The purpose and abilities of the advisory committee, as set out in the relevant legislature, are indeed purely advisory — something which Dodds believes means the committee has “no substantial authority or power in regard to student interests”.
“In my opinion this does not seem like a body which can substantively achieve a significant amount within this role as at most they can ‘advise’ with no requirement to be listened to or action followed through with.”
In addition to this, Dodds believes this advisory function is provided for already through his role as president of Fenner’s residents committee.
“… within Fenner Hall I have weekly meetings with both the Head and Deputy Head of Hall to discuss issues raised by students. Furthermore all presidents meet with each other to discuss these issues and have the opportunity to raise issues with the head of the division of student life at monthly to fortnightly meetings or by direct email contact.”
Dodds points out that the creation of a hall’s advisory committee isn’t the responsibility of the hall administration or of the hall’s residents committee. Instead, this depends on the nominated officer appointing four non-resident representatives and, on the advice of the nominated officer, the vice-chancellor appointing a chair of the committee. Once this has occurred, elections for student representatives can then begin. As the vice-chancellor has not appointed a nominated officer, these subsequent tasks cannot be fulfilled.
Dodds further identifies that the relevant legislation doesn’t necessarily reflect the current structures of the university. In reference to Fenner Hall, the legislation speaks of junior and senior common rooms – a distinction that “was removed at the end of 2005”. Additionally, college policy is now centrally regulated by the university, as opposed to colleges being “able to freely make their own policy on topics and apply it”.
When contacted for a comment, Woroni was told by an ANU spokesperson that the matter was “vastly complex”, and that they would be unable to comment any further until the issue had been properly understood.
It is unclear why these advisory committees, and the position of a nominated officer, have not yet been created.
The presidents of Burton & Garran Hall, Ursula Hall, and Bruce Hall were contacted for comment.
Comments Off on Stop Letting Dodgy Businesses Operate At University, Unions Tell ANU
UnionsACT has today called on the ANU administration to take action against campus businesses that commit wage-theft and exploit workers.
In a media release, the peak body representing unions in the ACT said the ANU must “audit and report” businesses trading on the university’s campus against which accusations of underpayment and non-payment arise.
The organisation referred to an investigation, reported in Woroni and Junkee this week, which found that the franchisee of two Canberra Sumo Salad stores, one of which is located at the Lena Karmel Lodge on Childers St and is a tenant of the ANU, had repeatedly and systematically underpaid their employees.
In a statement, Alex White, secretary of Unions ACT, said that “[t]he ANU administration has a moral responsibility to take action against the illegal behaviour of businesses operating on ANU campus, who ANU takes money from, who employ ANU students, are breaking the law.”
“It is unacceptable that adult employers take advantage of young workers and international students,” he said. “It is even more unacceptable that the ANU administration turns a willful blind eye to the illegality and theft taking place on its property.”
As Woroni reported yesterday, a spokesperson from Sumo Salad head office said that the underpayments were due to a misunderstanding by the franchisee of the award rate. The franchisee had also failed to pay workers’ annual leave and superannuation entitlements. Woroni understands that current and former employees have now been back-paid or reimbursed unpaid wages.
UnionsACT noted that research conducted by Industry Super Australia shows that each year 45,000 Canberrans have an average of $3,400 of their superannuation stolen by employees through underpayments and non-payment. Their own research suggests that as many as 80% of workers aged under 25 have experienced wage-theft within the last twelve months.
A series of Fairfax reports over the last several months have shown how many Australian franchise businesses are under extreme financial stress, often due to intolerable costs and conditions imposed by franchisors such as Retail Food Group, Caltex, Domino’s Pizza (which also operates a franchise on ANU campus), and 7-11. Out of desperation or unscrupulousness, franchisees have been found to have repeatedly turned to wage-theft and other exploitative labour practices.
In February last year Sumo Salad announced that it was partnering with Caltex as part of its ‘The Foodary’ concept, which incorporates food franchises into Caltex locations. Then, in May, Caltex announced that it would establish a $20 million assistance fund to compensate workers who had been victims of wage theft by franchisees.
International students are particularly vulnerable to wage-theft and exploitation at work. In a large study conducted by researchers from UNSW Sydney and UTS, and published in November, it was found that “[a] quarter of all international students earn $12 per hour or less and 43% earn $15 or less in their lowest paid job.” In addition, it said that “workers from Asian countries including China, Taiwan and Vietnam receive lower wage rates than those from North America, Ireland and the UK. Chinese workers are also more likely to be paid in cash.” In 2016 over 60% of the ANU’s new enrolled international undergraduate students were of Chinese background.
Woroni contacted ANU Media for comment on this story, but it had not responded by time of publishing.
White appealed that “any student who believes that they have been the victim of wage theft should contact UnionsACT immediately.”
If you are concerned that you may have been exploited at work on the ANU’s campus, or if you are an ANU student concerned that you may have been exploited at work anywhere, you can contact Woroni’s news editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments Off on ANU Tutors Protest Job Uncertainty And Casualisation At Union Rally
ANU tutors have rallied alongside members of ACT Unions to fight back against the casualisation of the university workface, as part of Australian Unions’ national 12 days of action.
The rally was attended by members of the United Firefighters Union and National Tertiary Education Union, as well as nurses, teachers and public servants.
Other unions at the rally included Unions ACT, the Australian Education Union, United Voice, the Community and Public Sector Union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Australian Workers’ Union and Professionals Australia.
One of the key issues attendees were protesting was the increased casualisation of jobs limiting workers’ access to employee benefits, such as sick leave and paid parental leave, and their lack of job security.
ANU tutor and PHD candidate, Blair Williams, told Woroni “tutors have no guarantee of whether they will have work next semester” and that this semester she found out a week before classes started that she would be tutoring because there was an unanticipated level of enrolments in her course. Williams says that she has gone four to six weeks without receiving her pay from the ANU.
Today’s rally forms part of a nationwide campaign to “Change the Rules” of what the Australian Council of Trade Unions calls “the broken industrial system”. The aims of the campaign are to fight the casualisation of the workforce, allow more workers to take collective action to improve their conditions and address the gender pay gap.
While attendees were impressed with the turnout at today’s rally, when asked whether the government is listening a member of the ACTU Executive told Woroni that “they know where we stand on this and they know where they stand on it”. He stated that union membership is in decline because “smear campaigns have made people suspicious of the unions”.
According to Williams, uncertain working arrangements make it hard to plan for the future. She is fighting for the university to stop casualising the workforce and “have proper tenured jobs”.
Anyone employed by the ANU as a tutor is a casual seasonal academic.
Comments Off on Data Mined and Fined: Who Are the Real Losers?
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has saturated news in recent weeks. Just in case you’ve been living as a recluse, Cambridge Analytica is a British consulting and data mining company who recently made headlines for using the data of 50 million Facebook users to influence elections. Most notably, Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Trump campaign during the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit side during the 2016 UK referendum. They’re basically the bad guys making sure the worst possible outcome happens in every election, they might also be behind the break up of the Spice Girls (rumoured but unconfirmed).
So how did Cambridge Analytica become the Cruella De Vil of data?
Well, they were not actually doing anything wrong; they saw an opportunity to manipulate Facebook’s privacy regulations for their benefit and went with it. Through Facebook’s regulations, Cambridge Analytica was able to procure user data from a third party app. It may be logical that people who use this app by logging into Facebook assume their data may be used by that app for other means. As nowadays even grocery stores monitor what customers purchase and suggest specific items that may be desirable or on sale, it has become rather commonplace for our data to be used for purposes other than we initially intended.
In most cases, we, as consumers, find these occurrences quite useful – especially when advertisements are specifically directed. So, how is Cambridge Analytica using data for targeted advertising any different? A major issue arises when we consider how Cambridge Analytica got a hold of 50 million user profiles; while the app they used to procure the data only had 200, 000 users, Facebook’s regulations allowed the mining of not only those 200, 000 users but also their Facebook friends. While those 200, 000 users may have fathomed that their data would be used in some other way by the app, the Facebook friends who had their data mined certainly did not consent to it. When there is a player like Cambridge Analytica who is disrupting democratic systems through targeted and manipulative marketing techniques, one has to question whether their data is not only being used without consent, but further to bend their free will.
Facebook seems an altruistic player in the scandal, having exposed Cambridge Analytica once they discovered they had failed to delete the user data, but can we really trust a company that has stretched the lines of consent and thrived off the commodification of its consumers?
Comments Off on New ‘ANU Students For Ramsay Centre’ Facebook Page Run By Student Who Hosts Discussions On ‘Superfascism’
A new, pro-Ramsay Centre Facebook page has been created by a student who has shared articles about “superfascism” and the belief that women have “no soul”.
The Facebook page, named ANU Students for Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation, voices support for the developing partnership between ANU and the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation
Created last week, the page is administered by ANU student Jamie McHugh.
The page’s posts have been limited to links to the Ramsay Centre’s various sections on its website, as well as articles relating to the Centre from conservative media publications.
ANU and the Ramsay Centre are currently in negotiations regarding a potential degree program, with corresponding scholarship opportunities, which would be funded entirely by the Ramsay Centre. Such a partnership would see the hiring of 12 extra staff to facilitate a new degree focusing on western civilisation. This degree would feature 16 courses, 12 of which would be compulsory courses relating directly to the new degree, and see a cohort of 60 students; half of whom would receive full scholarships.
Executive officer of the Ramsay Centre Emma-Kate Bos said in a comment to Woroni that the Ramsay Centre is “100% in agreement” with ANU’s emphasis on the need to employ “smart and critical academics” to teach and present a comprehensive and critical analysis of Western Civilisation. In addition to this, CEO Simon Haines told the Sydney Morning Herald that universities “will retain their independence” in the rollout of the program.
Speaking to Woroni, ANU Students for Ramsay Centre founder McHugh said that he “and a number of other students […] felt that there was no student group speaking in favour of the ANU-Ramsay Centre collaboration on a new degree for Western Civilization.”
While some students have reacted to the Bachelor of Western Civilization degree with hostility, others have voiced support in online discussions and in-person forums.
A vocal critic of the current CASS/humanities syllabus, McHugh has stated that “the quality of higher education in Australia is abysmal.”
“It seems to me the Australian higher education system has become addicted to easy money from international students.”
The page has been promoted by a number of ANU students on ANU-related Facebook groups and pages. One Facebook group where the pro-Ramsay Centre page received popular reception was the ANU School of Traditionalism.
This group, also run by McHugh, includes links to and discussions about fascist and anti-Semitic publications, including articles advocating the thoughts of Julius Evola, a self-described “superfascist” Italian philosopher who also worked in the intelligence wing of the SS during World War 2.
One post linked to an article about Evola’s views on women, which included the belief that women have “no soul, or being.”
“Because humanities departments are dominated by this extreme left ideology, universities are failing to adequately educate students in their own culture, history and values,” McHugh said when asked to explain the ideological basis for ANU Students for Ramsay Centre.
Questioned on whether his new Facebook page shared any motives with the ‘ANU School of Traditionalism’, McHugh replied that both share “a desire to affirm rather than critique […] the culture, history and values of Western Civilisation.”
The ‘ANU School of Traditionalism’ describes itself as “Anti-progressive. Entirely reactionary” in an apparent reference to comments made about McHugh by a Young Liberal member following the collapse of their short-lived political alliance prior to the AGM of the ANU Men’s Network.
The Facebook page ‘ANU School of Traditionalism’ is not affiliated with the Australian National University. Nor is the page ‘ANU Students for the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilization’ affiliated with either the ANU or the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilization.
‘ANU Students for the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation’ currently has 29 likes.
An opposing Facebook page, ‘Keep Ramsay Out Of ANU‘, has 128 likes.
Comments Off on Theatre Shouldn’t Just Be For College Kids: ANU Musical Theatre Company Hopes For Big Year
The ANU Musical Theatre Company announced on Thursday that its major production for 2018 would be Benji Pasek and Justin Paul’s Dogfight. The production marks a big turning point for the campus society that wants to make theatre more accessible than it has been in the past.
“In terms of events and stuff that we’re putting on, in the past we’ve only really had the one musical production and if you haven’t made the cast or the orchestra or the production team, there hasn’t really been opportunities for people to engage otherwise,” ANU Musical Theatre Company president Nell Fraser told Woroni. “This year we’re really pushing to have more skills workshops, as well as social events.”
The musical production isn’t the only big change that has happened recently: at a special general meeting in October last year it was decided that the ANU Interhall Productions would have its name changed to the ANU Musical Theatre Company. This decision marked significant changes to the society’s inclusiveness and ability to engage with students.
Most notably, the aforementioned name-change allows off-campus students as well as well as on-campus students to participate in the society’s events and production. According to Fraser, the society’s executive considered the name change to be more indicative of their aim to involve as many people as possible, as well as of their professionalism.
The first of these events was a screening of the 1988 film, ‘Heathers’ in late February, which was met with much enthusiasm and participation. Another event was a musical theatre dance workshop held at the Canberra Dance Theatre in March, which attracted a number of attendees who did not previously possess skills in dance or musical theatre, but were fans of this art form and willing to try something new. Fraser spoke of the ability of such events to include students from all walks of life and the positivity with which many students have responded to the creation of the society:
“We’ve found already just through engagement at Market Day, and also at the first film screening that we had, that quite a few people who had signed up and attended that event mentioned that they were off-campus students that weren’t part of a residential hall. Without any push on our part, there’s kind of been an organic response to people off-campus joining in, which is great.”
Despite the ANU Musical Theatre Company’s early success, it will not be without its challenges in the coming year. The Kambri renovations have seen the demolition of the ANU Arts Centre, which the society has previously relied on as an ideal venue in which to host its annual production. This has forced the executive to source a venue off-campus that is both accessible and affordable.
Dogfight will run from the 15th to the 25th of August at the Belconnen Community Theatre.