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Hayley has recently graduated from UC with a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in Media and Communication. She is now working as a Communications Assistant in the Communication and Stakeholder Relations department at UC.

Feeling cold? Keep warm on campus

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With the cold weather beginning to settle in I’m sure many of you have had a taste of what winter will be like at your flat, and I bet you’re not excited about it. Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the halls and don’t have to worry about power bills, student life during a Christchurch winter can be tough.

If this sounds like you, have you considered spending more time at uni? Not only will you inevitably be more productive, but you’ll actually be in a warm, comfortable environment. There are a number of particularly good locations to accommodate you. Here are our top 6 warm spots:

  • Karl Popper student lounge
  • The Living Room
  • The Engine Room
  • Puaka-James Hight (and all the other libraries)
  • Erskine 001 and 010 (24/7 computer workrooms)
  • Kotuku (24/7 computer workrooms at Dovedale)

It’s important to be in a warm, dry environment in order to stay healthy during winter. If you do get a bit under the weather, make sure you’re doing everything you can to winter-proof your flat here. Leave us a comment with your favourite warm spot on campus!

Sam Johnson is heading to Nepal

Click to see Sam talk about what he hopes to achieve in Nepal
Click to see Sam talk about what he hopes to achieve in Nepal

Co-founder of the Student Volunteer Army Sam Johnson is travelling to Nepal tonight to help out in the disaster relief effort following the devastating 7.8 earthquake on Saturday. The tragedy has currently claimed the lives of over 4,200 people.

Sam will use his experience in managing youth community projects to engage with local youth groups in low-risk areas. He will be leading a team of people who will work alongside these youth groups to help facilitate effective responses in the relief effort.

Sam is passionate about encouraging youth to get involved in community projects, particularly disaster relief efforts. He believes young people such as students have valuable skills that are often overlooked but can be applied to achieve incredible things.

To hear more about his planned involvement in the Nepalese relief effort, click the image above to see the interview filmed with Sam today.

Sam also attended a meeting with the Christchurch Nepalese community on Sunday, where he helped launch the fundraising campaign #NZ4Nepal which the Student Volunteer Army is working hard to promote.

To read more, see this media release.

Ultimate: the new sport on the block

Click to watch the game in action
Click to watch the game in action

Canterbury uni students Keith Algar and Chris Carr are currently juggling studying and training for the Ultimate Frisbee world champs in London this July. They have both been selected for the NZ men’s u23 team, Kea. Keith is in his second year studying engineering and Chris, who is our Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr’s son, is in his fourth year studying engineering and biology.

Keith and Chris started playing Ultimate for similar reasons. Keith says “I joined the Ultimate club on campus (UCUC – University of Canterbury Ultimate Club) because I thought it would be fun and now I’m representing my country in it.” Chris started playing to meet new people during his first year at uni.

Officially known as Ultimate, the aim of the game is to catch the Frisbee in the other team’s end zone. For the championship tournament, the first team to reach 17 goals in 100 minutes wins. Ultimate is a high intensity sport that demands a lot of athleticism. Keith says that to meet these demands for the NZ team they are expected to train for 3+ hours a day!

According to Chris, the sport offers a great balance of social interaction and competitiveness, “It’s all self-refereed, which means that the players on the field are responsible for calling fouls. This means that players generally have more of a focus on playing fairly. The game has the benefit of attracting quite cool people and you make pretty good friends.”

Apart from the fun side of the sport, Keith says that the trip to London comes with a hefty price tag. “The cost of the trip is around $6500-$7000. I’m funding this through donations from generous business grants and working, as well as some family assistance.”

Chris and Keith say that getting into the top eight is their goal at the world champs, as the team finished 10th in 2013. If you want to see what the game looks like, click the image above to see the highlights reel from another championship in 2012.

Ultimate is a growing sport in NZ, and it sounds like heaps of fun! If you’re fit and looking for a new sport or a new way to meet people then you should consider Ultimate. Membership to the UCUC is free!