Week 2 – Surfing, Adelaide trip and Masked Murder on the Dancefloor Cruise

Dear Unimates members,

Hope everyone has had a great first week of classes and that you are now getting settled into uni life once again! Thanks to everyone who showed up for our first event of this semester, the Welcoming City Tour and to our first coffee and cakes. We really enjoyed getting to know some of our new members and hope you all found it fun and helpful for finding your way around Sydney.


Looking forward to experience one of Australia’s most popular sports and want to learn how catch some waves? Take this opportunity and join Unimates on a 2-hour surfing session at the beautiful Manly Beach. This will be a 2-hour session which includes everything you need (surfboards, wetsuits, and expert instruction). There are also changing rooms available.

* Important note *
Swimming ability : The beaches in general are very well patrolled so if you’re up for some fun swimming, that should be ok. Surfing participants however MUST be able to swim at least 50m. Australian beaches are unpredictable and much more challenging to swim in than swimming pools, so please sign up for surfing only if you are confident that you can swim at least 50m!

* Date: Saturday 17th March
* Time: 2-hour surfing lesson from 11:30am to 1:30pm
* Cost: Access: $35 / Non-Access: $39
**(However, these prices do not include transportation)
Ferry fares: Full adult price: $7.00 one way, $14.00 return / Concession: $3.50 one way, $7.00 return

* Payment times:
1. Monday 12 March 1.30 – 3pm at Unimates office, Level 4, Wentworth Building. (see map here) (Nikki : 0426 290 846)
2. Tuesday 13 March 11:30am – 1pm at Coffee & Cakes underneath the footbridge between the Biochemistry Building and Wentworth Building. (see map here) (Linda : 0424 067 171
3. Wednesday 14 March 3 – 5pm at Unimates office, Level 4, Wentworth Building. (Linda : 0424 067 171)

* Please Bring: Camera, money, sunscreen, towel, swimmers, sunglasses, hat, umbrella, water.”

Adelaide Trip (8-10th April, 2012)

What comes to mind when someone says ‘Adelaide’? Boredom? Emptiness? Wineries?

Apart from the last one, this semester’s Unimates Major Event hopes to change that stereotypical image in the eyes of our members! Our three-day trip will comprise of the world-renowned Kangaroo Island where we will walk in the wild with seals, sand-toboggan/sandboard at Vivonne Bay (voted best beach in Australia), and checkout the spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, a tour of Haigh’s Chocolate Factory (with free tasting), strawberry-picking at Beerenberg Farm, wine-tasting at an award-winning winery, the German town of Hahndorf (famous for its quaint and artistic atmosphere), a city tour covering Adelaide’s iconic attractions, and watching the sunset by the beach.

Further details are:
* Date: 8-10 April, 2012
* Price: $450-$480 (to be decided); discount available for ACCESS members!
* Payment times for this week : $250 for deposit
1) 13th Mar.Tue 11:30 am- 1:00 pm : at Coffee & Cakes under the footbridge between the Biochemistry Building and Wentworth Building. (See map here) (Jared : 0422 680 486)
2) 15th Mar, Thurs 3:oo pm- 5:00 pm: at Unimates Office, International Student Lounge, level 4, Wentworth Building. (See map here) (Dave : 0432 697 037)
3) 16th Mar, Fri 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm : at Unimates Office, International Student Lounge, level 4, Wentworth Building. (See map here) (Rui : 0402 522 087 )

We promise it’ll be a funfilled-adventure, complete with new friendships forged and memories to last a lifetime. As all arrangements for attraction tickets, accommodation and transport have been made, all you need to do is sign up now! There will be 20 places available for this trip, so make sure to register now if you are interested in joining us. To confirm your spot on the trip, please prepay $250 deposit for us to book your air-tiackes. (**Make sure you get the right receipt from us**).

Signups are to be made by the end of Week 2. Feel free to contact us should you require alternative booking times or more information.

Register your interest now !

*Please note that filling in the form or clicking “attending” on Facebook page does not reserve you a place. It merely gives us an idea of how many people we will be taking for now.

Masked Murder on the Dancefloor Cruise

On a cruise ship. In the middle of Sydney Harbour. Really, what can go wrong? There’s free flow of liquid refreshments, and raw, red food (sushi and pizzas). If you’re feeling edgy, you can dance the edge away on the dancefloor. While all these are taking place, there’ll be a murder mystery game occuring at the same time. It seems like we’re just asking for trouble, like those teenagers from Hollywood slasher films. But if you’re game, dress up in your best and board the ship of uncertainty. It’ll be a night you’ll never forget. Just don’t forget to wear your mask, for you’ll never know when to hide from someone…or a certain Jekyll. Whatever you do, don’t let your mask of sanity slip.

So mark the date in red, and countdown to the day where you can paint the ship red.

* Date: Thursday, 29th March
* Time: 6:30pm meet. (The ship leaves at 7:00pm. You don’t want to be late)
* Location: King Street Wharf 8
* Name of cruise: Southern Star
* Attire: Masquerade

* Ticket prices:
Early bird tickets: $34 (Access)/ $40 (Non-Access)
Normal tickets: $39 (Access)/ $45 (Non-Access)

Please note that you must be 18+ to attend.

To buy tickets, please contact:
VSA: Nhi (0431804787)/ secretary@vsausyd.org.au
Unimates: Thea (0430877320)/ usyd.unimates@gmail.com
SUAMS: Wei Ming (0433668930)/ weiming@suams.com
Wasabi: Jessica (0447045554)/ jlys1763@uni.sydney.edu.au
TCA: Sarah (0433124780)/ gaginang.usyd@gmail.com
KSA: Angela (0404456377)/ KSA.usyd@gmail.com

WE WILL BE SELLING TICKETS AT JFR PLAZA (NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE BRIDGE NEAR EASYWAY) from week 2 onwards, between 10am and 2pm each day =)

Coffee & Cake

Coffee and Cake this semester will be held at 11:30am- 1:00pm on Tuesday on the lawn across Butlin Avenue from the MerewetherBuilding, between Biochemistry and Wentworth Buildings. However, if it rains we will be under the Biochemistry footbridge. The two places are right next to each other so it shouldn’t be difficult to find us on the day!

So come and enjoy some yummy cakes and snacks with us or get your daily fill of coffee or tea between classes, while you meet up with new and old friends from Unimates.
From this semster, cakes and teas are sponsored by Yuga Cafe.

* When? Tuesday 11:30 am – 1:00pm
* Where? Biochemistry lawn (small grass areabetween Biochemistry and Wentworth buildings, across Butlin Ave from Merewether).Click here for the map.
* Cost? Free! 🙂

International week on 27th-29thMarch 2012

The international week is a brand new event organized by the USU. This three-day program aims at raising awareness of multiculturalism on campus and promoting different cultures. As part of the program, we are going to exhibit photos that are closely related to the internationalism theme (e.g. cityscapes/landscape/exotic places around the globe). We would appreciate it if you submit photos for the event.

1, Each participant can submit UNLIMITED amount of photos that feature anywhere OTHER THAN Australia.
2, When submitting the photos, please make sure to write down the participant’s name and place’s name. We’ll put them down in the corner of each photo.
3, PRIZE: The TWO best photographers will be awarded TWO movie tickets each.
4, Submission DEADLINE: 20th March 2012

In addition to photos, we are recruiting volunteers for the international week. Each volunteer will be rewarded for their work!
Anyone who is interested in submitting the photos or/and volunteering for the event, please send your photos or/and personal details (including your name, SID, email address and availabilities between 27th-29th) to internationalinterns@usu.usyd.edu.au

That’s it for this week!! Hope you all have great week, and looking forward to seeing you at one of our events! 🙂

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University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW 2006


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