Students go clubbing for fun, food and friendship

Massey students were treated to a host of stalls, performances and food yesterday at the university's biannual club day.

Associations ranging from the Young Farmers Club to the Anime Society turned out to share their interests and recruit new members.

Massey University Students' Association club development officer Gemma Lindegren said the occasion was a great opportunity to get people involved in community events. "We just want students to come through, see what's available and have fun."

Clubs did their best to draw in new members with a range of displays and activities.

The Massey Fire Club put on a display of fire-twirling skills while the youth group from Vision Church set up a big-kids bouncy castle.

Lindegren said the students could not resist the draw of free food.

"All intelligent clubs know the way to a student's heart is through their stomach," she said. "Never bring a packed lunch to club day."

Massey University has 57 associated clubs boasting more than 3000 registered members.

Lindegren said that despite falling enrolment rates, the clubs continued to grow steadily every year.

Some groups had grown to have more than 550 people but even the smaller groups, where membership was as low as 10, had their place.

"That one club of 10 could be just what a student needs to find a sense of homeliness."

Given the high number of international students and range of cultures, students often found communities in their clubs.

Manawatu Standard