Long queues in the baking sun and a “ridiculously hot” sports hall failed to spoil a hugely successful Bunfight on Highfield campus today.
Over 170 societies and 80 sports clubs – not to mention the thousands of patient students – attended the event, filling every available space on the concourse with multi-coloured stands and eye-catching gimmicks.
Thousands of committed freshers braved the intense heat as they shuffled through the crowds to get a glimpse of the opportunities available to them in the next three years.
Fellow media enthusiasts furthered the excitement with live broadcasts outside the Union.
Jamie Chadd of SUSUtv, said: “It’s really busy this year and it’s fantastic being out in the sun!”
I’m loving the bunfight!Dan MeakonCircus Society
Another purpose of the Bunfight is to raise awareness of the services that the Union offers students during their time at the university. Of all of the organisations at the event, Nightline stood out with its loveable bear mascot providing free hugs to the masses. Two of Nightline’s invaluable volunteers spoke to the Wessex Scene about what they do.
“We give advice about many situations,” they said. “You can call if you’re feeling lonely. Likewise, if you get lost in town and need a taxi number, we’re here. It’s completely confidential.”
“We are separated from the rest of the languages, so people might not be able to find us.”
However, you would struggle to miss them with their colourful attire and oversized sombreros! Their efforts had not gone amiss as the society’s representative added that the number of people signing up increased from last year.
“We recruit in Southampton, Solent, Portsmouth and Bournemouth,” said a member of the squadron. “It’s about making friends with people and taking part in outdoor activities and training. Anyone can join.”
Entry into the squadron is highly competitive and only approximately 30 out of 100 applications are successful.
When asked about their role on the day, the members said: “We’re signing up freshers to jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane for no good reason.”
The day was seemingly a great success. Societies were unrelenting in their mission to attract the freshers. The Wessex Films stand was even keen to reel in the Wessex Scene news team.
Nightline can be called from 8pm to 8am any term-time night on 02380 595236.