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Orientation has been awesome…and there’s still more to come!

It’s so great to have the campus feeling alive again after the summer break! And what a way to kick off the year with all the exciting Orientation events happening on campus.

Charlene and I from the Communications team had a great time chatting to our new students on Orientation Day – if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video with some of the people we talked to – we definitely had some characters joining us!

Orientation Day 2015

Orientation Day 2015

It was such a great day with the sun coming out in full force by lunch time – just in time for the Orientation market and free lunch in the big top (pictured above). The market was especially awesome – freebies galore! Watch this video to try and find yourself there! And if you’ve got the stomach for it – here’s a clip of one of the entertainers at the market doing a gross trick involving a hammer, a nail and her nose…watch it here!

Other highlights of the day were the warm welcomes from our Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel; as well as the comedian talk show and the college welcomes where students split into their college groups and did some classic ice-breaker activities. See this clip of the students getting to know each other.

As well as Orientation Day we’ve already had the Foundry opening, an outdoor movie on C block lawn, Colour my Toga and Under the Big Top.

Still to come are some of the biggest party events – Mardi Gras (that’s TONIGHT), the 90s Party on Feb 26 and Summerstein on Feb 28 (which was my favourite as a student).

In the non-party category there are more fun times ahead such as the Backyard Cricket tournament and free lunch on Feb 27 on Ilam Fields, and the Day Tramp on March 1.

And finally of course there are the must-attend Clubs Days on Feb 25 & 26 in the UCSA car park, where you can join clubs to satisfy your partying, political, religious, sporting and many other needs throughout the year.

To see the full events calendar for Orientation click here. And keep up to date with all things UC including photos and videos from events by liking the University of Canterbury Facebook page.

UC graduates prepare for gruelling GODzone Adventure Race

University of Canterbury economics graduates Tim Farrant and Elisha Nuttall are gearing themselves up for the ultimate endurance test – the GODZone Adventure Race, beginning February 28 in Wanaka.

The GODZone Adventure Race is the world’s largest adventure race, which runs non-stop for up to seven days.  The course includes up to eleven stages, involving kayaking, cycling, bush trekking and alpine trekking, over a course spanning 500 kilometres. This year the recipient charity of the race is Cure Kids.

Farrant, who is now a part-time postgraduate economics student, and Nuttall, recently employed at PWC, are members of the adventure racing team Next Generation. Others in the team are Emily Wilson and Hamish Fleming, both based in Wanaka, who have experience competing in multisport races around the world.

Farrant and Nuttall’s knowledge of economics is a great advantage in adventure racing. “There’s a lot of thinking outside the square and there’s a lot of problem-solving. So it actually uses a lot of the concepts of economics like game theory, optimisation, and trade-offs,” Farrant says.

The pair have a successful history of adventure racing together for several years. They participated in the first GODZone adventure race at Milford in 2012, where Nuttall was the youngest entrant in the race and their team was youngest overall.

In the 2014 GODZone race Farrant and Nuttall’s team was one of the youngest again, finishing eighth place overall and first in the youth category – taking out the Colt Trophy for the first-finishing under 25 team. They battled harsh conditions and exhaustion for five days to achieve this superb result.

Farrant says top five is the goal for this year’s race, as well as taking out the Colt Trophy again. They’re hoping to complete the course – which remains a secret until a few hours before the race – in three to five days.

Farrant and Nuttall have also both competed in the multisport Coast to Coast race in the past. Farrant took part in the most recent Coast to Coast on February 13, finishing 24th out of 110 in the men’s category with a time of 14 hours, 26 minutes and one second!

View the full interview with Farrant and Nuttall here.

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