The annual clocktower race went off with a chime and a squeal of excitement at noon yesterday.
Angry George St retailers, who spent hours removing egg, blood, vomit and faeces from shop-fronts yesterday, are calling for the annual student toga parade in Dunedin to be cancelled and for the students association to pick up the cleaning bill.
A group of first-year university students who took part in Tuesday's toga parade say they tolerated violence from others during the event because they "thought it was the tradition and that it was exactly how it usually was".
Cancellation of the Cookathon did not stop about two hundred students lining up outside the Captain Cook Tavern's doors at 8.30am today - and many had already been drinking.
Participants in the annual toga parade left a trail of destruction through the main street of Dunedin early tonight, smashing windows and hurling rubbish bags in the city centre.
The weather gods did not smile on Dunedin students as they flocked into town for Orientation 2009, but that did not deter students from making the most of being back in town yesterday.
Students love free stuff, and they certainly would have appreciated the contents of free goody bags distributed by the Otago University Students' Association yesterday.
Constant rain may have contributed to a quiet weekend in Dunedin's student quarter, police say.
Primed to attack, three cardboard-clad first-year university students were unleashed upon each other to the delight of a crowd gathered in the union yesterday.
The new University of Otago year brings vitality and vibrancy to Dunedin.