Welcome to the first official written post for UH ACS 2013/14. It has been a busy yet enjoyable month for us. Starting off with the Fresher’s Fair, we encouraged many university students to sign up to this year’s ACS and we are doing well with our number of paid members. If you have not done so already, please visit Hertfordshire.su.
The following week we held our Meet and Greet, featuring a number of guest speakers, namely the inspirational Nathan Ghann, who is renowned for his Key Note speech on ‘How to Get a First’. The crowd were moved and inspired to the extent that many members attended his official talk this evening. We kept the balance of work and play from debating controversial topics, to competitions where contestants of each descent went head-to-head and guessed as many countries as they could of the opposite culture. Winners went home with comical, but culture endorsing prizes: Bun & Cheese, a bottle of KA, an African broom and Indomie. We also had a cultural dance-off where our Sports Captain Sam performed a breath-taking routine. Our Arts Captain Renee gave us a taste of her poetical ability, which took the audience off their seats. Many thanks to our sponsors Mr Smooth EMT and MC Tino from The Syndicate who hosted the event. Our Media Captain Marvin will be uploading footage on our YouTube channel: UH ACS TV, by the end of the week.
Our first event ACS Hall Party celebrated Nigerian Independence at Ramada hotel, Hatfield. The whole committee dressed up in native attire, African and Caribbean cuisine was served on the night. We were blessed with a live performance by Afrobeats artist Dizzy, who performed his latest hit single Jekin Jekin as seen on BET’s 106 & Park. Hertfordshire’s finest DJs thoroughly entertained us with music on the night. These were the likes of DJ Afro B, DJ Jukess, DJ SK Wyla, DJ Scarfz and Mr Smooth EMT, who also hosted the evening with MC Snizz. Find fantastic photographs of the night by Risi B Photography on our Facebook page: UH ACS.
The society had a jam-packed week this week! We began with auditions for Mr and Mrs ACS UK, a national cultural pageant show which aims to uplift emerging designers, artists, producers, ideas from African and Caribbean students. Contestants are in the chance of winning a modelling contract, £1000 and being mentored. UH ACS has the privilege of hosting the finals next year. The second round of auditions will be held on 14th November.
The following day we held a Black History Month Movie Night where we showed the poignant action film ‘Django Unchained‘. Members were reminded of their roots and enjoyed refreshments funded by the ACS. Yesterday, members invested in their academia and attended the ‘How to Get a First’ talk and received invaluable advice from past First Class Degree graduates.
We are just getting started! Keep up with our upcoming events through our events page and follow us on Twitter for daily updates; @UHACS.
Written by Maria Ibitoye,
ACS President 2013/14
The academic year is now coming to an end and it’s that time again when a new ACS committee must be elected for the next academic year 2013/2014.
We the ACS of 2012/2013 would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us this year. Whether big or small we are tremendously grateful to you.
How to Apply:
E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a 100-200 word summary including the following:
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY 21ST APRIL 2013
President - Responsible for the society as a whole and general overseer. As president you are the face of the ACS, your team and society as a whole may look up to you for advice and leadership. A president must be diplomatic, fair while also being stern. It is your responsibility to ensure that each captain performs their tasks to the best of their ability and that communication within your society is effective. The president is also in charge of being the link between their society and the wider ACS network such as the ACS Project.
Vice-President- Also Responsible for society and overseas alongside president. As Vice President you act as the Presidents right hand man/woman and the link between the president and the team captains. You are there to support, advise and make cohesive decisions alongside the President. The team may also look up to you for advice and leadership e.g. in circumstance when the President is unavailable. Also responsible for communication between the society and the wider ACS Network such as the ACS Project.
Secretary – Responsible for society emails, documents and general admin. Arranges weekly meeting times, takes minutes from meetings for records. Also responsible for room and venue bookings for events.
Treasurer – Solely responsible for keeping records of the society’s finances as well as suggesting ideas on how to raise society funding, e.g company sponsorship, SU Society Funding.
Street/Marketing Captain – In control of increasing the society’s membership by being the mouth of the ACS. Constantly communicating with our audience as well as creating innovative ways to advertise and raise awareness.
Events Captain – Responsible for planning regular events with the most intricate details in mind. Also responsible in overseeing during events to make sure they are executed to the highest.
Arts Captain- Responsible for bringing the society alive with performances, workshops and anything that comes under the umbrella of The Arts, e.g. drama, dance, music ect
Media- Solely responsible for the youtube channel UHACS TV. In charge of film, photography, social media, radio, TV, Designing flyers, sound, lighting and technical equipment. Note: it is not a necessity that the Media Captain is able to do all this but they must recruit people onto their team or arrange photography and filming for events. However, it’s preferred if the Media captain can perform at least one or two of the duties themselves.
Sports Captain – Responsible for organising various sporting activities for both male and female students. Can also work alongside the Arts captain to put on dance workshops ect.
NOTE:: APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY 21st APRIL 2013
Written by Deborah Makinde
Which best describes the events of Friday 25th November, when the University of Hertfordshire (UH) beat Bedfordshire University in the second round of The Big Clash game show?
Perhaps this review of the night’s events will help you decide.
Starting off on a calm note, the event opened with hosts, Chaleboy and Kumi leading a moment of silence for Nabila Nanfuka and Danni Jackson who sadly died a couple of weeks ago at a rave in Northampton. For a minute both universities came together in unity to show respect.
This was until the games began…
An air of competition soon dominated the atmosphere as both universities were introduced on the stage. Bedfordshire came on stage to the sounds of popular Afrobeat ‘Bo wonsem ma me’. UH came on stage in style with entrance music that is true to our university – ‘All I do is win’ (by DJ Khaled & co.)
After introductions were made, the games officially kicked off starting with game number one – ‘Powder Face’. This game consisted of members from both universities’ teams competing to get vegetables out of a bowl full of powder – the catch was they weren’t allowed to use their hands. Both teams did well in this game and gained a score of one each.
Game two was called ‘Till the last drop’ and basically involved participants from each university being asked a series of random questions. If they got the answer to the question wrong they had to drink a concoction of an unpleasant drink. If they got the answer right they avoided the drink. Again here both universities drew with three points each.
‘Hip-Hop Karaoke’ was the name of the next game and involved members from both teams, as well as selected people from the audience, performing popular songs such as Rihanna ft. Drake – What’s my name? (Team UH) And Beyonce – Best thing I never had (Bedfordshire University). UH won this game.
Next, game number 4, ‘Play my tune’, involved DJ’s from both universities having to play a song to suit a particular situation that the audience came up with. Bedfordshire University won this game, 2:1. Nonetheless UH was back to wining in game number 5, ‘Dance like me’, where members from both teams had a dance off, dancing to three genres: Afrobeats, Bashment and Funky House.
For game number six, audience members from both universities were called upon to take part in a game called ‘Speak up, Break up, Make-up’. This game involved two guys from each university showing off their best lines for chatting up, breaking up and making up with a girl. There were some good lines (as well up some dodgy ones), from both teams in this game but again UH ended up winning because we have game!
For the last game of the event, the universities took part in The Big Clash’s very own version of ITV’s ‘Take me out’ dating game. This was just for fun and no points were involved. Love was in the air as a few of UH’s guys were matched up with some of Bedfordshire University’s ladies.
After this, the scores for both universities were calculated and it was revealed that UH had once again won at The Big Clash and were the overall winners of the game show, scoring twenty-eight, five points higher than Bedfordshire.
Overall, while it could be said that UH smashed Bedfordshire at the game show, I’d like to think that The Big Clash was more than simply a night about winning or losing. To me it was the coming together of two universities to enjoy a fun and entertaining night filled with light-hearted competition and on-point music.