Emily Wade BA2
A week full of tactical chunders, jägerbombs and excitement, Freshers’ Week 2016 (or Seshers’ Week) was eventful to say the least. Georgia and Sufiyah set the standards very high with the first event, the launch party with a fantastic traditional ULIP spread of more baguettes and cheese than you could imagine. Tuesday saw a boozy sports day, an “Alcolympics” with childish sports and adult prizes. The following evening was what can only be described as “carnage”- a murder mystery bar crawl organised by myself and Mike Johnson. This started well, but ended less well. Tout le monde ended up so drunk that they forgot that it was a murder mystery game! A fantastic night with a lot of grueling challenges that were not kind to our livers. Following this we had a Freshers’ fair where the societies presented themselves and the newcomers signed up to sports, music and yet more drinking activities. A late one on Thursday night with the infamous Mix Club, where they played banger after banger and everyone absolutely loved the novelty of a slide. The crème de la crème finished the week, the Freshers’ Ball at Jammin’ Club near Châtelet. It was an amazing night with a great DJ and lots of alcohol (perhaps a little too much for some people, huh?). Overall, this was an incredible week jam-packed with memorable events, but none of it would have been possible without our events gals Georgia and Sufiyah, the team of Freshers’ helpers who helped with all the alcohol transportation and the rest of the SU helping clear up and organise everyone. We can’t wait for the next amazing ULIP event!
Emily Wade BA2
SU President Ross Moldon recounts last Saturday's open day, the Journée de rencontres.
So, it came round to that time of the year once again, the fateful day for the prospective students – the Journée de rencontres. “Will I like it? Will I have to speak French? Will there be lunch?” we hear them ask! And we say yes, not too much and (most importantly) yes!
Firstly, all of the prospective applicants, now excited at the prospect of a (free) lunch, gathered in the lecture theatre for a talk on finance, administration and accommodation ft. some current students. Useful and informative though it was (and we mean it! Student Services and Tim Gore (CEO) have been doing this whole ULIP thing for a while now so really do know all that you need to) the main point of the day (at least for us students) is to meet the prospective BA1s and for them to meet us. If I’m honest this year seemed to be another success, even the most nervous prospective student found someone to talk to, and it seemed like the informal chats to current students over coffee and OJ went swimmingly.
After this was an example lecture, which we can’t say much about, we weren’t allowed in/we didn’t ask to go – we have them every week. But we’re sure that the lecturers filled the young students minds with new and interesting stuff (as always).
The more student led part of the day was the icebreaker activity where the current students take the prospective students out and about around Paris, show them the sites, tell them some facts…share a drink…and then they all come back and give mini and informal presentations about what went on (just to put some peoples minds at ease, they weren’t any kind of entry test).
We were informed of some fun and, indeed, some dubious facts about their adventures, after which we retired to the basement where ULIP had kindly provided ‘Drinks and Nibbles’ to nourish the natterers while everyone shared life stories, anecdotes and the like. It really did seem to go down well – especially given that a few of the prospective BA1s (and in some cases their parents too – who said you were to old to party, right?) joined us out on the town, where we showed them the delights of a Scottish pub abroad, as to be quite honest we’d had all too much culture for one day.
On Thursday afternoon a group of BA and MA students walked across the Seine for a guided tour of the UK Ambassador’s Residence on the rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. We learnt a lot about the history of the building, photobombed the time-lapse photography documenting the cleaning of the chandeliers and – perhaps most importantly – had tea and biscuits at the end with ex-ULIP student Alex McKenna. It was a very interesting afternoon and will hopefully encourage more people to apply for jobs in the civil service.
A big thank you to Politics Society for joint-funding the trip and to the welcoming staff who made our visit so enjoyable!
Wednesday saw ULIP's annual University Challenge event take place. This year the student team comprised of Eliana Langoo, Tom Ibbotson, Kate Goodbody and Mike Johnson and the staff were Erica Burnham, Dr Keith Reader, Dr Catriona MacLeod and Claire Miller.
The students won! All proceeds from the event are going to MIND.
Tuesday night at ULIP acquired a literary theme thanks to the BA3 Prose class showcasing their creative writing projects in the Turner Room. With a wide range of works to peruse and several people reading out poetry it was a great evening. The event also raised money for both the Tower to Tower bike ride and CalAid.
Gastronomy Society hosted their second event last night in light of both Pancake and Valentine's Day. Nahida 'the feeder' Ullah was on top form and ensured everyone was happy by providing crêpes, a chocolate fountain and several rounds of Blind Date. It was a great event and certain people carried on the festivities to Café Oz and Mix Club.
Have a good reading week, see you all for the AGM on Thursday 25th February!
Refreshers Week is upon us and it kicked off in carnival style last night. With a candy floss machine (best investment ever), popcorn, beer pong, karaoke and all the picnic food, it was sufficiently carnival-esque. See you all on Wednesday evening for the bar crawl at Place Monge!
Term 2 at ULIP has got off to a good start with the Gastronomy/Hispanic Society collab event last night. As promised, the nachos, chili and sangria were on point, as was the Spanish music. A big thank you to Nahida Ullah for her great chili-cooking skills. We hope you all had a good time and are now excited for Refreshers Week which kicks off on Monday. More details on the ULIP Events Society Facebook page.
Have a good weekend!
After an eventful end of 2015, ULIP term two has begun. Hopefully you have all had a relaxing Christmas and are ready for whatever the New Year brings. BA1's have already completed their first term at uni, BA2's are half way through their degree and BA3's (cries) have one term left!
To get you through the January blues your SU has organised several events over the next few weeks:
Wednesday 20th Jan 17:30 Room 101
Visit from 'AFEV' (Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la Ville) for all those interested in volunteering in Paris.
Website: http://afev.fr/ and http://www.afev-iledefrance.org/afev-paris-75/
Thursday 21st Jan 17:30 ULIP Basement
Gastronomy and Hispanic Society joint event. Expect sangria, Spanish food, salsa (and other things potentially not beginning with 's', you'll have to come and see).
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/420329724825029/
Week commencing Monday 25th Jan
Refreshers week! More details to come very shortly, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Happy New Year!
Last Thursday Music Society organised its first Live Lounge event at ULIP. It was a great night with performances by Mike Johnson, Milo Horricks, Kyra Maddocks, Katharine Worley and Chika Alichukwu.
Check out the videos on the ULIP Radio YouTube channel now! See you at the LGBT/Karaoke lip-sync battle on Thursday night and the Swimming social on Friday.
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