Dunedin businesses have received a boost from large numbers of students' parents visiting the city, but a city restaurant owner says more should be done to attract them at other times of the year.
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 president.
The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) is hailing this O-Week as the biggest yet, with tickets to the main drawcard - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - already sold out.
Students will be able to party until midnight at Forsyth Barr Stadium this Orientation Week after the Dunedin City Council agreed to change an earlier decision restricting events to an 11.30pm finish.
The Otago University Students' Association would think twice about holding Orientation Week events at Forsyth Barr Stadium if the Dunedin City Council sticks with an 11.30pm cut-off time.
The University of Otago is holding an Orientation event for the families of Dunedin students for the first time next month, with local parents and students given an opportunity to learn about life at the institution.
Orientation at the University of Otago is likely to include an academic component next year, as faculties become more involved in the introductory week for new students.
Leading New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter is on its way - as is a new album later this year. In that regard, it seems the band is living up to its name, writes Shane Gilchrist.
A large number of young people "partying up" in Dunedin on Saturday night, their ranks swelled by Forsyth Barr Stadium Orientation concert-goers, resulted in 15 arrests for assault or disorder offences.
This year's University of Otago Orientation was the biggest and best for a generation, Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) president Logan Edgar says.
As a wave of mobile learning begins to sweep through the University of Otago , Dr Jacques van der Meer is helping develop short educational video clips to be played on smartphones and other portable devices.
Tomorrow night's Shapeshifter concert is a sell-out, capping what has been a well-attended 2012 Orientadium.
About 2100 signatures have been added to a petition calling for an alternative to the proposal to extend Dunedin's central city liquor ban into student territory.
Hearty plates of hangi were a popular lunchtime choice among Otago University students and staff on campus yesterday.
Today's University of Otago fresher competition final will test the appetite of participants as they tackle a Velvet Burger eating competition.
Bringing the party to students during Orientadium at Forsyth Barr Stadium this week is all about providing the best possible set-up for the scheduled headlining artists, stage managers for the debut event say.
The Otago Daily Times is seeking student photographs to include in its daily Orientation Campus Camera section.
Renaissance rapier fencing, archery, killing as organised sport and Aussie rules rugby are among the extra-curricular pursuits of Otago University students.
Finding a flat can be difficult for Otago University students new to Dunedin, but at least one Orientation event is helping the homeless.
Krista Geerling (19), of Levin, and Nikita Quinn (18), of Ashburton, capture the moment as they head to the Forsyth Barr Colosseum last night for the 2012 University of Otago Students' Association Orientation toga party.