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UC Bike gives new life to UC’s abandoned bikes

Earlier this year, in collaboration with UC Security and the UC Sustainability Office, UC Bike repaired, recycled and sold bikes that had been abandoned on campus. “The goal was recycling bikes and putting more people in the university community on bikes rather than making money off already cash strapped students”, Zac Porter from UC Bike explained.

In total UC Security donated 18 bikes that had been left unattended for between 1 and 3 years. Using the UC Sustainability Office’s Dr Bike tools, Olly, Zac, Ben and Brad repaired as many of these as they could. “Of these 18, we managed to get 14 running and gave them all a service, recycling what we could of the bikes that were too broken. We had quite a few franken-bikes by the end!” One of the bikes had been stolen and was re-united with its original owner.

The bikes were then sold to current and past students at a fraction of what they were worth. In total, UC Bike made over $1300, which will be spent on holding events such as Mechanics Nights to further benefit the cycling community at UC. “On Mechanics Nights we teach the basics of bike maintenance, such as how to tune a derailleur, fix flat tires, adjust brakes or anything else the attendees may want to learn.” The next one will be in Term Two with the date yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the event notification on UC Bike’s Facebook page!

For this year all the recycled bikes have been sold but UC Bike plans to do this every year as an ongoing initiative.

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Diversity Week is back in 2017!

Given the huge amount of interest from students and staff, we are doing Diversity Week (DW) again beginning 31 July.

UCSA and the UC Foundation are funding the initiative, which will be coordinated by Student Success. But we need your help!

Please find it in your heart to give us some ideas on the best direction to go in. We’ve got a $30 voucher to give away to one lucky opinion.

Contribute your suggestions here:

Diversity WeekThe very talented UCSA Equity & Wellbeing Rep drew the picture. Feel free to contact him or the other DW crew directly with your ideas:

UC PGSA: Mid-Autumn BBQ

Free food anyone? When we surveyed postgraduate students at UC, the most popular feedback we received was for more regular social events. As the welcome BBQ during O’Week was such a success we have decided to add more regular grill-based meet-ups to our social calendar.

This coming Thursday (6th April) the UC PGSA, in association with the University of Canterbury Club, will be hosting our next BBQ! The BBQ will be held at the Ilam Homestead Gardens (at the University of Canterbury Club, formerly the Staff Club) from 4:00pm-7:30pm. Food provided will include vegetarian, halal, gluten- and dairy-free options.

All staff and students are invited to come celebrate and mingle with other members of the University. We’ll be drawing out the prize winners of our survey so make sure to come on down and check it out.

No RSVP needed, just turn up on the day. Koha welcome.