29 August 18Sophie Tudor

August Club Stories

Our Clubs & Societies are always hosting fantastic events or creating new opportunities for their members, and we love to hear about their experiences. Check out the stories below!   

Sports Ball (Geelong) “Brownlow by the Bay”

Brownlow by the Bay was back bigger, better and classier in 2018. The Sports Ball was held at GMHBA stadium, fittingly, in the Brownlow Stand. The night was filled with glitz and glamour, as all guests pulled out all the stops to dress up as if it was the real Brownlow Medal Ceremony. The night was filled with dancing, singing and socialising and ended with an awards ceremony. Fitting into the footy theme, awards were handed out for the following categories:

- the Jake Stringer Award for the biggest pest

- the WAG Award for the best dressed female

- the Nat Fyfe Award for the best dressed male

- the Dangerwood Award for the best bromance

- The Brownlow for the best all-rounder

The Sport Society, Netball Club and Basketball Club would like to thank all in attendance, as well as Cats Hospitality and the Deck. We hope to see you next year!

Health Ball (Burwood)

This year the clubs involved in planning the Health Ball were the Food and Nutrition Society, Deakin University Psychology Society, Deakin University Sports Society, and Deakin Nursing and Midwifery Society. 

The event took place at San Remo Ballroom in Carlton on Thursday 2 August. The committee decided on the theme “carnivals” so we decorated with plenty of feathers and masks! For entertainment we had an acrobat duo perform and a tarot card reader available throughout the night. Overall it was a huge success and everyone had a wonderful time. 

Law Ball (Geelong)

The 2018 Deakin Law Students’ Society (DLSS) Ball, sponsored by Harwood Andrews, was the biggest and BEST yet! With a 300+ crowd of law students, their friends and partners, we partied the night away at GMHBA Stadium, which was a new venue for us this year. Set to the theme of ‘Saints and Sinners’, our Functions team did a tremendous job decorating the space with floor-to-ceiling fairy lights, angel wings suspended from the ceiling, and colour coordinated satin tablecloths with matching coloured candles and flowers. 

At the start of the event, the incredible Ben McCarthy performed an acoustic set as guests flocked to the Stadium. After mains were served, Adam from Bloom nightclub took over as DJ and got everyone up on the dancefloor. We’re so thankful for all the people who came together to make this event the incredible night it was, including our awesome photographer Pat, and especially the functions staff at GMHBA Stadium who were super supportive and helpful throughout the whole event planning process.

Our Functions team deserve a holiday for all the hard work they put into the event, but alas there’s no rest for the wicked! They’re not getting stuck into planning our next social event, a night out at Piano Bar on Friday 20 September.

Fairtrade Society (Geelong): University Scholars Leadership Symposium 

‘Inspiring confidence, inspire change’ are the words we were introduced to upon arriving at the 9thUniversity Scholars Leadership Symposium. 

The week-long conference was something we — three Deakin University students and Fair Trade Vision executives — had anticipated with both excitement and apprehension for months. So, upon arriving in the bustling, beautiful city of Bangkok we carried mixed expectations but a shared hope that the leadership experience would educate us further about sustainability and the ways in which we could tangibly effect change in our lifetime, globally and socially. 

Through a series of lectures by truly tremendous speakers and social justice leaders including Geraldine Cox, David Begbie and John Wood we gained a glimpse of the absolute passion, determination and courage it takes to make extraordinary changes within the world, upon people — among us. Greater yet we found that, between all 1057 delegates attending of 87 different countries , improving and implementing sustainability factors such as health, education, gender equality, water quality and zero hunger requires worldly initiative. For the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a model designed to achieve the greatest future for our planet and global community and an initiative dependent upon all people despite race, gender, sex or culture.

Our week in Bangkok rewarded us with the counsel needed to inspire ourselves and others. Through engaging with hundreds of different students and dedicated visionaries we developed valuable relationships with people whose values, interests and skills both differed and met with our own. On our service day, where we worked with local people to assist in cleaning waterways and refugee children from a nearby school, we learned of the ways in which our hands could clear paths and our simple kindness could help others. Finally, we left Bangkok more enriched than before, unequivocally thankful for the unique and monumental individuals and experiences we had the opportunity to engage with.