World Press Photo Competition

After 56 years, the World Press Photo Exhibition is finally in Christchurch for the very first time and is proudly hosted by our university.

The exhibition is a product of  worldwide  contests in press photography that aims to recognise outstanding visual storytelling. There are 130 photographs on display this year that were selected from 90,000 submitted photographs by 5754 photographers across nine categories.

In case it has missed your eye (it’s hard to miss though) the exhibition is on Level 2 of the Central Library in between the two elevator wings.

The images capture various aspects of life, each with its own perspective that is open to varied interpretation.  It is a grey maze that mounts the photos and includes visuals of war, wildlife, iconic sports moments and then there are some that will have a lasting effect on you and make you walk away with a deep and profound thought.

The exhibition has been on display since the beginning of this month and is scheduled to close on 22 August 2014. So, there’s still a chance for you to see it if you haven’t already. Also, it’s free; there are no viewing fees. Now, who in their right mind misses out on free stuff?

Look after yourself, your mates (and call your mother some time)

Call your mother some time
Luke’s Dad.

There are some exciting improvements occurring around campus at the moment but as you’d expect, there’s more of a hazard risk with the increased mix of pedestrians, skateboarders, cyclists and moving vehicles. We want you to stay safe so please take extra care when moving about campus. We’ve also made a pretty good guess that your parents want you to stay safe too so you may notice some new signs appear by construction zones around campus (like the image displayed on the right). Take a look at these signs and see what other messages parents have for you.

What do you think of these signs? Leave us a comment.

The University Community Gardens

If you have a green thumb a great way to help out the local community, is through the University’s Community Gardens.

UC Community Gardens
UC Community Gardens

Community gardens have a few important benefits:
1. You don’t need gardening experience to be involved as the hands on work will teach you as you go.
2. These gardens reinforce a sense of community, and allow people to connect with other individuals in their area.
3. They promote physical activity and a connection with the environment.
4. The gardens give people who are involved access to healthy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. Mmm food…

What’s that you say? Enjoying the great outdoors, making new friends, and taking home healthy produce that you’ve grown yourself! Which you may or may not share with hungry flatmates…
It’s too good to be true. Ah but it isn’t, and anyone can become a volunteer! No wonder hippies are so happy!

There are two community gardens on the University campus needing your help. The first is Okeover Community Garden, located via the path leading from Engineering Rd, beside Okeover Stream. And don’t worry Dovedale, we didn’t forget about you guys this time! There is also a Community Garden on the Dovedale Campus via the road from Solway Avenue.

Check them out!