Uni clubs aim to lure new students
With roller-skating, fire-breathing and stilt-walking to supplement their academic menu - it's a wonder Palmerston North's university students get any study done at all.
Students with a passion for animal welfare, or a penchant for anime drawing all found their niche catered for at Massey University's annual clubs day event, part of the Massey University Students' Association's Orientation Week festivities.
Students perused the options under a baking hot sun yesterday, with a wealth of groups offering membership, from the sports and religious groups, to the wackier pursuits - including the university fire club, and newcomer roller derby club.
However, it's not all fun and games. One veteran university business club has rebranded itself Enactus, part of a wider global network that aims to connect entrepreneurial students with philanthropic work.
Massey's Enactus Club president Nick Gain said the club was recruiting students with entrepreneurial chops to use their ideas to do "business for the greater good".
Last year the group implemented a financial literacy programme at St Peter's College. This year he hoped to get more schools on board and branch into environmental projects.
Although Palmerston North's tertiary student population went back to school this week, the parties aren't over yet. With the toga party done and dusted, O Week celebrations continue to dominate the social calendar, with a beach party this weekend before it's time for revellers to knuckle down into serious study mode for 2013. More pictures, page 2