ABC News and tonight’s 7:30 are covering the Canberra angle on the release today of a survey by the National Union of Students revealing the troubling extent of sexual violence and safety fears of students at Australian universities, including institutions in Canberra. The argument is that Canberra’s universities should do more to prevent it, with students stating alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour at university and college parties is the cause. Patrick McArdle of the Catholic University admits they can do more.
The question not being asked though is what students themselves, or at least student associations should be doing given their level of culpability?
ANU O-Week this year organised by ANUSA included:
- Mon: Speed dating at ANU Pub followed by official bar crawl to Mooseheads, Shooters and Uni Pub in Civic
- Tue: Caveman Party at Shooters Nightclub
- Wed: Pre Toga Party followed by Toga Party at Academy
- Thu: Sexuality Dept. Champagne Breakfast followed by ’79 18+ Beach Party
- And Fri: 60’s Timewarp Cocktail party followed by Rock and glamour 18+ Party finishing with a Miami Horror Afterparty at Mooseheads starting at 1am.
It’s not just O-Week, it’s every week. The law society cruise mid-term consists of pre drinks, followed by the party boat cruise then an official after party at Mooseheads about 1am.
The pattern is one of successive drinking events each night, usually a few per week. It fuels a culture of excessive, binge drinking and anti-social behaviour. It’s a student problem caused by students. So should Canberra’s Universities have to put out the flames while student associations pour more fuel on the fire?