University O Week kicks off today

Jack Manning
Jack Manning
Orientation Week festivities are under way at the University of Otago and the message to students is to look out for each other.

Some students have returned, and others have arrived for the first time, ready to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

O Week, which begins today, includes a range of events for first-year students, from the traditional Toga Party to the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) Clubs Day, at which people can choose which, of many, clubs they want to join.

Between events for the University’s Academic Orientation and OUSA’s Ori ‘20, students are spoiled for choice.

Stadium concerts include one featuring Peking Duck, Drax Project and JessB and Jordi who will perform on Thursday, and QUIX, Montell2099, Confidence Man and CHAII, who will take the stage for Mardi Gras on Friday.

Other events for the week include a hypnotist show, rummage sale, tent city, and international food festival.

OUSA president Jack Manning said the organisation was excited to host students for a non-stop week, which would start their academic year off right.

"Orientation has a long and proud history for OUSA at the University of Otago and we are proud to be its torchbearers for 2020."

He also had a message for students.

"We encourage all students to get their mates together, take part in the festivities and look out for each other along the way."

The Fresher Comp - in which first-year students compete across a range of challenges to claim "glory" - would be reintroduced this year.

In previous years, the challenges included eating competitions and abseiling down university campus buildings.

A spokeswoman said the university or its proctor was unable to provide a comment on Orientation Week.

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