Festival of Fun Part I
The Guild Fun Day was an event planned by the Student Guild as an opportunity for new or returning students to relax and unwind on O Week. It was also an opportunity for students to learn what the Guild as whole provides, what events/nights are run etc. It also was an excellent opportunity for Student based groups to have a presence and raise their visibility with students on campus while running a fun activity. The event ran from 10am to 1pm and encompassed a variety of activities hosted by the Guild including; a ball pit, inflatable lounges and games, a photo booth etc. The Guild also provided a free lunch and slushies for attendees, and live music was provided by the Wharf Tavern.
Amnesty International USC was one of the many student clubs/groups and societies involved with the Student Guild’s Fun Day. All associated groups were asked to provide an activity for patrons to participate in. For Amnesty, we choose to run a rainbow photo booth to assist in promoting marriage equality, one of the organisations primary campaign focuses in Australia. We had purchased an Instagram Board the previous year and purchased a wide variety of rainbow clothes and objects for attendees to wear. We also ran petitions for Marriage Equality and had sign-up sheets available. This relaxed format worked more effectively for us personally. Rather than having to compete with the sheer size of Market Day, we could talk with students, gauge interests and discuss key campaign focuses relating to Amnesty. We were also able to plug further events and our weekly meetings, which has succeeded in raising awareness for Amnesty and its events around the university.
As a student attending the event, although busy, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The vibe was quite relaxed in comparison to the Market Day on the Tuesday. As someone who assisted with a range of O Week based events throughout the week I was happy to take a break and talk to other students. Although running a stall I could spend a lot of time talking to people about amnesty, their study areas and how they enjoyed campus which is something I had to avoid on Market Day due to the sheer volume of students coming to our stall. I also liked the fact that the guild provided a free lunch and slushies for students.
This atmosphere was something that the students enjoyed, the international students. For many of the international students who had arrived in the last week, Guild Day was the first opportunity for many of them to relax and just do nothing. They could talk with domestic students, chat with clubs and gauge interest, or just do nothing and sunbake a bit while relaxing on the inflatable couches. For many international students, this also gave them an insight into what the Student Guild provides as an entity and what events/etc. are run at the Uni Club during semester.