Minutes for the Welfare committee that discussed plans for both men’s day and women’s day show two different motivations behind the events. The minutes from the meeting that took place on Friday 5th February, chaired by VP Welfare and Societies Sophie Patterson, highlight why men’s day was such a success. However it also suggests why women’s day aggravated students, and shows that this can be attributed to more than just a poor poster design.
The minutes concerning men’s day read as followed:
61.1 Men’s Day – Ritvik Walia reported that he is arranging a Men’s Day on Tuesday 16th March. He is arranging a “very manly” day which will aim to raise awareness of Prostate and Testicular cancer. Everyman, research centre for Prostate and Testicular cancer will be sending information packs. The day will involve a hog roast and bbq selling “very spicy” sausages supplied by the butcher who attends the Monday market. There will be a charge for the hog roast and bbq with proceeds to Everyman. The Gadget Shop in Southampton will be having a stand and will be selling gadgets. American Football will be organising a press up competition. The rowing club will run a competition for best time on the rowing machine. Proceeds to charity. There will also be a stand giving out condoms and chlamydia checks.
Ritvik has emailed Dr Christian Jessen from Channel 4 programme Embarrassing Illnesses asking him to attend the day. He has also emailed Daz for a Boys v Girls quiz in the Bridge Bar with proceeds to charity.
It is hoped to screen Die Hard 4 on the Wednesday 17th March again with proceeds to charity. It was suggested that the DVD that Everyman will be sending is screened before the film.
The minutes concerning women’s day read as followed:
63 Women’s Day – Harriet Collins, Womens’ Officer is organising a Women’s Day on 9th March. Monday 8th March is International Womens’ Day. Amnesty International will be present.
Harriet has also been invited to attend talks between 11am-12.30pm with staff at University regarding experiences of women working in the University.
Ideas for the day are as followings:-
– Cheer leading team
– Shine hairdresser
– Masseuse Ethical Underwear supplier
– Having dance mats or sing star Self Defence Demonstrations.
– Sophie to speak to Kung Fu Club.
– Sweet company/cakes
– Cocktails in Stags Head
– Dress swap and vintage clothes stalls
– Candy floss
– Sign up for Women’s running group.
The minutes can be found in full here.