From the President’s Desk

As we rapidly approach the crunch time that is the end of semester and exams, it’s good to take some time out while you can and enjoy the campus life of RMIT University.

Every week RUSU has free events on your campus, handing out free food and drink, putting on some live music, and kicking back with friends. Our many student clubs and societies also run regular events both on and off campus that are open to all students – jump on our website (su.rmit.edu.au) or come by a RUSU front counter to find a club to get involved with. There is always something going on.

To celebrate the diversity of RMIT and its students, our International Students Department has put together ‘World Week’, a cross-campus festival showcasing the variety of cultures that make up the RMIT community. With free food, entertainment and activities from every continent, every day of the week, it’s an event not to be missed. Pick yourself up a World Week Passport and start exploring the myriad of cultural experiences RMIT and its students have to offer!

There’s more to RUSU than fun and free food though – recently we’ve also run a ‘Your Rights At Work’ campaign. The campaign targets international students and students working casually or part time, helping them to understand their basic rights at work – award wages, break entitlements, safety and harassment in the workplace. The campaign is an initiative coming out of our Compass Drop-In Centre and students are able to drop in, get advice on any issues they might be having, and get information and referrals to other support services if necessary.

Finally, for anyone that’s sick of staring at concrete as they walk around RMIT, or who thinks a university should be a leader in sustainability and environmental awareness, our Environment Collective wants to meet you! Greening RMIT is a student-run project that’s recently sprouted from our incredibly successful Environment Collective. The project is all about establishing green spaces at RMIT – bringing living things back into the concrete and astro-turfed city campus. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in getting involved with, head to su.rmit.edu.au/enviro today and join the Environment Collective!

As always, remember that RUSU is here for you. We are your voice, your support network, and your life on campus. If you’ve got a gripe with the university, need someone to talk to, or you just want a bit more fun out of your university experience, join us! Membership is just $10 for the year.

James Michelmore

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