GAME ON! 2015 FIELD LAUNCH

by Sim Wan Yong

Featuring Team Sunway and… Team Sunway.

It is finally here and happening! With the SunGym up and running from the 30th of March and the first FIFA-certified astro turf football field in higher education in Malaysia, it is time to say hello to more sports events and a healthier lifestyle.

The field was officially launched on the 26th of March with friendly matches of football, basketball, tennis and netball between Sunway staff and students. Students kept their eyes on the players clad in blue while the staff cheered for their colleagues in red shirts. During the opening speech by Dr. Lee Weng Keng, he quoted Tan Sri Dato’ Jeffrey Cheah saying, “Get the medical care people on standby,” when the Sunway Education Group founder caught wind of the news that the Sunway staff will be playing, joking about the age of the staff.

Age was never a limiting factor so do not let the age gap fool you. While the student footballers and tennis players managed to score the first point for their games, the Sunway staff managed to get a better head start in basketball and netball! Were you there during the intense matches? As friendly as the matches went, it is undeniable that the games got the spectators on the edge of their seats as both teams tried to score points for their side.

Dr. Elizabeth Lee commented on the field launch saying, “This is all very exciting, having the Sunway community being involved in this friendly match. This field benefits both the staff and students. I find it very appropriate to hold a match between students and staff for the field opening. We’re bonding – the whole Sunway – university, college and staff.”

Furthermore, sports executive, Mr. Mok Chuang Chin, said that the launching of the field would allow space for many sports activities. He also hinted that there are plans to organize more games for the students, one of which will be the Sports Carnival that involves inter-programme matches. It is still in the planning stages, but it is expected to happen in September 2015.

Sports enthusiasts, get your game on!

“I’m here to watch the students kick lecturers’ asses. This is after all, a FIFA-certified football field that they’re having a match on, we just had to see it!”

  • Sharifah Aliah, Foundation in Arts

“I’m here to support the student football team. It’s so exciting and the field’s so pretty. It kind of feels like we’re in a sitcom on its first kick-off episode.”

  • Rishika Lazarus, A-levels

“You feel more like part of the university here at this field launch. Everyone is here. The students, lecturers, security guards, et cetera.”

  • Sasha Lim, BA (Hon) in Communications

Colourfest – Freshies’ Night 2015

By Sim Wan Yong

Oh. My. God. If you were not one of the students who went to the sold-out Freshies’ Night 2015, you missed out on a night of amazing performances by talented Sunway students. Organised by the Student Council and Student Action Team in collaboration with myBurgerLab and Red Bull (they came from Europe!), the show for the night started with Kelvin Ang’s acoustic guitar performance followed by Edmund Tan’s beatboxing that got the crowd cheering and fan(girl/boy)ing.

Credits to photographers

Credits to photographers

Featuring the latest hits such as Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’, the Music Club, Dance Club, Generation Y Band and other students’ performances got the crowd cheering to the point of getting sore throats the next day.

Were you aware of the fact that the Twitter tag #FRESHIESNIGHT became the 3rd hottest tag in Malaysia that night because of the live tweet feeds? Imagine the number of students who posted their photos and tweets with the tag during the whole course of the event that it became a trend on Twitter within approximately two hours!

Credits to photographers

Credits to photographers

Other than the performances and tweets, there were also some light refreshments as well as a free photo booth at the back of the hall. There, students used props to get their photos taken. Surely, no one would give up a chance of having their photos taken with a DSLR on the night all the participants dressed up so pretty now, would they?

In the midst of the singing and dancing, six students were selected to play a game in teams of three. They were instructed to drink water, flip the cup on the table before kicking the feather shuttlecock 5 times in a row, finish a can of coke and whistling afterwards. The team that successfully cleared all activities won limited edition Freshies’ Night T-shirts while the other team got badges.

Credits to photographers

Credits to photographers

The night ended with a rave session conducted by two DJs. The dance-off battle between several students kept the onlookers’ eyes glued on them while others raved to the beats dropped during in the song mixes. The party lasted all the way till midnight, with the participants tired, maybe a little sweaty, but definitely happy and their money was definitely well spent!

Books, Books and Information Everywhere

by: Chloe Kong

Following the launch of the New University Building, the library is now open! After months of watching its construction, the students excitedly flooded into the new three-storey library to check out what lies within the walls of the new campus building.

We asked a few questions of some students as we explored the magnificent library. The four questions asked about the new library were:

1) Their feedback regarding the library

2) What they liked about it

3) If they had any negative comments about it

4) If there was anything that they would like to see more of.

Below are the students’ answers:

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Interviewee 1: Liren, MUFY 2015

A1:  It is spacious and it has a nice atmosphere.

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Interviewee 2: Xin Yi, MUFY 2015

A1: The library is a bit cold.

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Interviewee 3: Chin Tze

A1: The place is big, very big and it is a better study area than before.

A2: Compared to the previous venue, this library has become less crowded.

A3. In my opinion, the only problem is that it is dark at certain parts of the library but other than that it is perfect.

A4: Perhaps setting up more lights to increase the brightness at some of the areas?

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Interviewee 4: Mathilda, A-Levels

A1: It is really impressive. The facilities of the library has improved tremendously.

A2: What I like about the current library is that there are more places for people to sit, especially during peak hours. The environment here is much better.

A3: Nothing. Not that I can think of.

A4: It would be great to have signs at the shelf area to allow easier search for books.

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Interviewee 5: Ashley, A-Levels

A1: The place is big and it is nice too. The environment here is very calming.

A2: The transport. The escalators and the elevators make it easier to move within the library.

A3: The collaborative zone. It cannot accommodate big discussion groups.

A4: Maybe set up a stall of food for easier access?