A good dose of ''hard work, dedication and Mi Goreng
noodles'' will get Francisco Hernandez through what will be his
first O-Week as Otago University Students' Association
Mr Hernandez said he had worked during previous O-Weeks as
OUSA's welfare officer, but faced a much heavier work load as
''It's a stressful time, since there is a lot more I have to
keep track of and organise. It will definitely become a
He would also be participating as a volunteer at some events,
including with OUSA's ''Are You OK?'' team, which will help
students at OUSA's events who have had too much to drink.
Asked what would get him through the week, he responded: ''I
would say caffeine, but I don't drink coffee, so just hard
work, dedication . . . and Mi Goreng noodles.''
The effort he and other OUSA staff put in was worth it, he
said, with O-Week playing an important role in the life of
students in Dunedin. The week served as an introduction to
university life, to Dunedin and to OUSA. It also showed
Dunedin what OUSA and students were capable of, he said.
''We want to put on the ultimate experience for our members,
especially for the ones coming here the for the first time.
It's a showcase for OUSA to the students, who are our most
important asset,'' Mr Hernandez said.
Asked if the thought OUSA had organised the biggest schedule
of orientation events in the country, he said: ''I would say
In organising this year's O-Week, OUSA had been able to build
on the success of last year, which was the first time it held
events at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
It was also a major coup being able to pull in such a large
international act as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, he said.
OUSA communications co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston said the
organisation was still learning when it came to putting
together events so big.
''It's just about things we have never faced before, because
OUSA has never had gigs this big. We are still learning that
relationship with the stadium and DCC.''
OUSA would ''definitely'' look to attract a similar-sized
international act next year.
''We know there is demand . . . we just need better
contingencies for 8000 people if possible.''
All 5500 tickets for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert on
Thursday have sold out.