Big thanks for the grant we received for our bbq and minecraft. It was very successful and we've received a lot of new signups for the club because of this. Watch out for the Super Mario Smash Bros tournament that we will be running in semester 2.
MUARCC has been as strong as ever this year! We have been making weekly trips to Extreme Edge Panmure and occasionally Extreme Edge West to mix things up. Even as assignments have been picking up our members have proven to be faithful, new and old alike. We can’t stop climbing!
The Massey Futsal Fundraising Tournament was a great success for MAFC. There were 7 paying teams competing which resulted in over $300 net profit for the club. Massey students were involved in many of the teams, and the club members did a great job of organising and running the tournament.
The Futsal Team in the Wednesday league is looking good, we have introduced a lot of new blood to the team, with most of the more experienced players moving to other teams to make room. We are looking to capitalise this year on our new talent and build up these players and in the process spread this amazing sport to more students.
The club is playing regularly over at Tennis Northern each Wednesday. Our coach, Alex Shepherd, turns up each week and we're all getting quite a bit of individual coaching as numbers this semester have been quite low. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself over to the courts and join us. We are an all-weather sport as we have the option of playing indoors if it rains. We apply for grants to cover a large proportion of our costs, so you're only looking at a dollar or two to play! We even supply the racquets!
Thanks to the grant from round 3, the first welcome dinner for MUA Malaysian club was held at one of our member’s houses. Before the dinner, the committee came earlier to help out in the kitchen and prepare foods for the steamboat. 16 of us turned up for the dinner and we also had a few Malaysian students who graduated from our university last year joining the dinner. This has been a very successful event as it gave our members a great chance to know each other and socialise. During dinner, our club committee were introduced to the members so that the members could familiarise themselves with the committee. Unfortunately, some of our members had to leave early so Mafia games were only played by those who stayed after dinner. After the games, we took the chance to discuss about our further plan in setting up the night market stall on campus.
Once again, we hired in a climbing wall for Clubs Day and once again it was a great success for our club. We had many people have a go on our portable climbing wall! We were able to secure over 60 new sign ups and promote our sport and club. Thanks very much to the ASA and Massey for your support.
Using some of the grant from round 1 we were able to hold an introductory barbeque for new members of the Community Garden. This has been a very successful event as everyone enjoyed themselves and got to know each other, we even had a number of members from the wider community come along and get involved. The photos below were taken at the BBQ and show some of the food made from the garden produce as well as the number of people who came along. It was a great opportunity to show people the garden and talk about their ideas for the coming year. We have also been involved with clubs day which was very successful with 27 new members signing up and a large amount of interest in the garden and what activities we do. The community garden also ran a station as part of the Massey Amazing racing, where contestants needed to find and label four plants in the garden. This proved a bit of a challenge for some teams but was good fun for everyone involved. There was great support from club members for all of these events with a number of people helping out and running the activities.
The badminton club appreciates the support of ASA and Massey in providing them grants to subsidise the cost of the shuttlecocks used during training sessions. They have had lots of beginner players who have developed their skills and rhythm and club members with more experience have been happy to give guidance to the beginners so that everyone can improve their social and badminton skills together.
As a result of our previous grant the Club was able to maximise its effectiveness during Clubs Day. As a result we had 60 new members sign up and had a high level of involvement in members helping out at our table. Many of these new members have registered for the Massey outdoor men’s team which will soon compete in the Auckland Sunday Football Association League (ASFA). Offering this as an option would not have been possible without the grants we received last year for uniforms and the most recent grant to subsidise the entry fee. We have a friendly match against AUT scheduled for Sunday 20th March.
Below is a picture of our Wednesday Futsal Team wearing the new uniform purchased with a Grant from the ASA.
The Albany Massey Engineering Student Society (AMESS) welcomed their new first year Bachelor of Engineering students last week. The Albany Village campus orientation event included a number of team building activities to show the students around the campus, and introduce them to staff, concluding with an afternoon at Long Bay beach in the sun with members of AMESS, with members from every year participating, including post-graduate. Throughout the day the students were challenged with short-tasks, culminating with the task of protecting an egg that was to be fired from a three-man slingshot.
After the successful grant for new hard drives to replace the failing set inside the AMESS server, the new ones have been configured as a single redundant 30TB array which is able to offer resources to all of the AMESS members. The people configuring the server are very grateful for this ability and many new students in first year are very interested in being able to use this server once it has finished being set up. This will become a valuable resource throughout the year and future years to AMESS.
Members of the Massey Association for Communication Student (MACS) had a strong and enthusiastic presence at the Massey Albany clubs day encouraging everyone who passed by to get involved with our props, photo frame and chat to the executive team. After engaging a large number of students face-to-face and introducing our club to numerous fresh students we signed up 34 new communications students eager to be involved in future events with our industry speakers and study groups. Overall clubs day was a great success with everyone involved having a great time and a healthy number of signups which has led the club having a greater presence on campus.
At the end of 2015 AMESS restocked their supply of club t-shirts. The AMESS shirts have proven very popular, with over 100 sold so far. It is not uncommon for the shirts to be worn by students during their classes, allowing for AMESS as a club to be represented by its members daily. In order to deal with their popularity, the AMESS website has been upgraded to include a web store to enable registered AMESS members to purchase t-shirts, allowing for easier purchase, and management of inventory.
Yet another fabulous clubs' prize giving dinner and awards ceremony was held at the ASA lounge on Monday 19th October. Invitations were sent out to all of the club committees and there were about 80 students in attendance, many of whom came dressed in club attire, be they branded t-shirts or climbing harnesses.
The awards presented were:
Our first movie night for the year kicked off in the ASA longue and it had an enjoyable atmosphere. ‘Pay it Forward’ was a really touching and sad movie (a few people had watery ears by the end of it). Everyone really enjoyed watching it, as the story behind it is one of great motivation; a small idea can change the whole world. It was a very good representation of what a Social Innovation project aspires to. Hopefully we can get more people to come along to our upcoming events! We really want to get more students aware of how big of a difference small things can make.