Societies Blog | February Update
February has been an incredibly busy month for our societies and the Students’ Union alike (did somebody mention elections?) and the whole month has been jam packed with activities and socials. Socials have been well under way alongside, rehearsals, weekly meetings and so much more. Feel like you missed out on something? Here’s the monthly run down on what February had in store for societies.
African Caribbean Society
African Caribbean have been incredibly busy planning their first big event as a new society, and when we say big, we mean HUGE. They have been working with other sports and societies to plan a culture week, which will celebrate the university’s cultural diversity. Find out more on the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/762310097251577/
Big Band are busy with rehearsals and preparing for their annual Big Band Idol. Badminton, Singing Society and Musical Production Society have all confirmed they will sing, but they are still looking for a few more competitors. If you are a club or society looking to compete and sing, get practicing and get in contact!
Business Society have postponed their Business Dinner so have still been busy marketing and planning this over the last few weeks. It will be held at the Hilton with a DJ, three course meal and free entry to Kuda. They are also working with the students’ union to organise a beer festival which will be held in April and would love any other societies to help if they want to!
The Christian Union has officially welcomed its new committee. The new co-presidents include Becky Hammersley and Rachel Barran.
For the month ahead the Christian Union offers you a warm welcome to their upcoming event on Thursday 23rd March. The theme is top secret at the moment, but it promises to be a good one.
They look forward to the year ahead and all that it may bring.
Disney society have had a very busy February! They had their first trip to the Disney Store on Parliament Street and spoilt themselves. On Valentine’s Day, their society was blessed with a Valentines buffet party filled with Disney Couples music and a showing of Into the Woods. They are currently planning for our trip to see the new Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast in March.
Drama Society have been busy rehearsing for their Spring show Aladdin, which will be performed on 24th and 25th March in Theatre 1.
Feminist Society are busy planning for international women’s day (8th March), where they will have a stand in Holgate and a Celebratory Women’s Disco in the evening.
Geek Soc have been planning for their biggest event, the 24 hour event, which is coming up later in March and involves a full 24 hours of activities. They have also had a cocktail social and meal.
ISOC held their Believe and Do Good campaign over February, in which they compete in compassions between other ISOCs. They created packs for the homeless and went and had tea and coffee with some residents of a care home. They are now preparing for their Discover Islam week, to provide more information on Islam and hopefully clear misconceptions!
Some members of LGBTQ+ went to Student Pride in London this week and are already excited for next year. They also held their Genderbread Campaign, which raised money for Mermaids, a charity which supports trans and non-binary people. It also raised awareness of various types of gender outside the binary. They are now busy preparing for their drag race in May
Music Society has been getting going with putting new members into existing ensembles. University Choir is open to everyone and is unauditioned. They’re currently looking for instruments for international students to borrow so they can join in with ensembles too. Members also put together a Jazz combo to play in the SU foyer for the landlord awards.
Musical Production Society
MPS have been rehearsing hard throughout February for their show in May, Legally Blonde the Musical. They had a social, which was a film night where they watched Hairspray after a long day of rehearsals. For their Charity, York Mind, they spent the day Bag Packing in Morrisons and raised £247.95. They have supported and taken part in other sports charity events such as Family Fortunes and Lip Sync Battle (which they were fantastic in!). They are hosting their own Charity event, a 12hr Dance-a-thon on 3rd March in the SU atrium. They are looking for sports and societies to take part. Available slots are 30 minutes long, please contact email@example.com for more information and to get a slot. Come along for some fun, playing dance games such as Just Dance and Dance Central and raise money for York Mind.
Physio Society organised a charity pick and mix stall in fountains corridor to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust. They are also hosting a placement survival evening for their members, alongside a placement survival guide that has been published for their first years and first year masters students.
Radio Society have been expanding their broadcasting schedule again over the previous month, from covering more events to increasing their shows. They have recently started their first morning show on Wednesday mornings at 8:45-9:45 every week, covering a range ofcurrent affairs.
They have also covered both the Election Question time and Results night, as well as holding their own question time for each of the presidential candidates to go more in depth with the candidates. They also covered the first Varsity against James Collegeand supported all of teams throughout the day.
They have lots of big plans for the weeks coming up, to holding their AGM to looking to broadcast live within the SU on Archie’s day!
For any other sports, societies, students or staff that are interested in getting involved with the Radio society, please drop them an email at RadioSociety@yorksj.ac.uk or tune in here: http://www.internet-radio.com/station/saintsradioysj/
This month Square One released two new issues, with one being the first of 2017 and the second focusing on the SU elections and they’ll be starting to think about their seventh edition soon.
Student Minds Society
Student Minds Society have been meeting up regularly to plan and organise University Mental Health day on March 2nd. This years’ theme is active mental health. The whole day is free and involves stalls in Holgate & the SU atrium handing out smoothies. There is also a range of active sessions to get involved in including badminton and Thai boxing to name a few. It will be finishing with a screening of Forrest Gump in Fountains Lecture Theatre.
A big thank you
Elections week was a manic way to round of February but a big thank you to all members who voted, over 50% of society members in fact! A huge well done to some of our committee members who ran for presidential roles and chair of school roles, you did your societies and the SU proud.
- 8th March – FemSoc host International Women’s Day
- 11th March – YSJSU’s Big Fifa Tournament
- 11th March – Geek Soc’s 24 hour Geekathon
- 13th March – Business Soc’s Annual Dinner, The Hilton
- 20th – 26th March – African Caribbean Society’s Culture Week
- 24th March – Big Band Idol, Temple Hall, 7pm
- 24th – 25th March – Drama Society’s performance of Aladdin, Theatre 1
Newly Ratified Societies
Art, Design and Computer Science Society
Look out for
- Socialist Society
- Globetrotters Society
- Criminology Society