Society of Dramatic Arts – Interview with President Daniel Chedgzoy (Long version)

Photo by Daniel Chedgzoy

Describe your society in one sentence.

The Society of Dramatic Arts (SODA) is a place for anyone who has a passion for creating theatre and making work they can be proud of.

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

SODA was formed primarily to give opportunities to perform and explore theatre to students. We wanted to be able to offer an experience that wasn’t available from any other society. These opportunities have varied from play writing to performing to devising and most recently the opportunity to work with the drama Department in Producing Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe which some members will be heading up to Edinburgh this summer to do.

What are your main goals/plans for the future?

As of now SODA is still thinking about 2019-2020 but we still plan on offering amazing opportunities. We have a Theatre trip lined up for fresher’s week where we are going to see falsettos at The Other Palace. We also want to continue offering out performance opportunities, there will definitely be another play in the coming year and combined with that we also want to produce original work. I myself am a part of the playwriting course and have seen the great plays that get written, I’d love to have some of our creative writing students, or any student with a passion for writing to devise new work that can be performed. We also plan on growing our relationship with the drama department in hopes of securing acting opportunities for the shows that head up to Edinburgh. This past year we were offered the chance to apply for crew roles which was an amazing opportunity, but we’d like to expand that to performance opportunities.

What drives me personally as a president?

Honestly, this past year, being the V.P was one of the most exhausting things I’ve undertaken. It was so much bigger than what I originally thought, and there were times when I’d just want to shut out the world. Then I’d go to rehearsals and see the joy those sessions meant to all the members. At the end of the year, we performed a show. It honestly meant so much to me, seeing how happy it made all the members, When I would see someone at the beginning who was unsure of themselves, but by the end was so confident. When members would ask if we could keep rehearsing and we’d have to say no because the building was closing. It’s these things that make it worth it. I along with the other amazing committee take on the boring paperwork and organising bit, but we only do that because it brings us such joy and pride when we see all our members giving their all.

What do you love most about the society?

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but it’s genuinely the people. If I didn’t enjoy spending time with the members of the society, I would never have applied to be president. It’s the members that make the society, it’s the reason I was so proud we were nominated for Societies Community Award, a testament to the amazing community of people within SODA.

Who can join/what do your members look like?

Anyone and everyone! Any shape, size, race, religion, any person. All are welcome!

Is there a fee? If so, what is it used for?

There is! The fee going into 2019/20 is going to be £10, this is all given back to our members in the form of trips to plays (which we cover part of the ticket price), props and costume for shows along with all the other fees that come with putting on a show (we learnt last year, there is a lot of them!). We’re also in talks with Greenwich Theatre about setting up a ticket scheme that would involve us getting free tickets for our members!

SODA Instagram: @soda.uog

SODA Facebook: Uni of Greenwich – Society of Dramatic Arts

By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, part of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

LGBTQ+ at Greenwich – Interview with President Ryan Bryce

Photo by Greenwich Students Union

Describe your society in one sentence

“We are a safe, judgement-free network of people where you can freely be yourself.”

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

“The main goal is and has been since I took the reigns last year, to provide a community for LGBTQ+ students. Where that might sound like a very loose goal, homophobia – and all its different strands & branches – is still rife in the world and with Greenwich welcoming students from all walks of life, many students will have com from societies perhaps less welcoming than ours.”

What are your plans for the future (events, activities, working with other societies/organisations/the SU)?

“We have a couple of annual events but collaborations with other societies (and external businesses for that matter) build the bulk of our events. Annually, we have SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) week in tandem with FemSoc (Feminism Society) as well as the Annual Soho Bar Odyssey (ASBO) and LGBT History Month in February.”

What drives you personally as the president?

“I want to see the LGBTQ+ community at Greenwich thrive and I want other students to be able to find a home, much like I did.”

What do you love most about the society?

“I like the openness and honesty. I don’t think there is another society like it, that is so integrated with self-discovery and love. It makes it so much more of a positive experience.”

Who can join/what do your members look like?

“Anyone can join! I am more than happy to have allies within the society, so long as they are respectful and, on a political level, make sure they don’t speak over people who identify as being on the spectrum.”

Is there a fee and if so, what is it used for?

“I’m actually currently discussing scrapping the fee for joining. It’s unfair that anyone who is in any sort of financial jeopardy to not be able to join. On the other hand, I’m also considering using it much like creators do for Patreon – having it as a way for people to, if they’re able to, support the society financially so that we can run better events and make sure members have an even better time.”

LGBTQ+ at Greenwich on Facebook: LGBTQ+ at Greenwich

LGBTQ+ at Greenwich on Instagram: @lgbtqgre

By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, active member of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Feminism Society -Interview with President Nele Leitolf (Long version)

Photo by Nele Leitolf

Describe your society in one sentence

We are fighting for equality, defending women’s rights, having fun and making friends at the same time.

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

“That’s a tough one because obviously everyone who is a member of the society has different ideas of what […] feminism is. What I want to do with the society is creating a safe space […] for people who are interested in feminism and equality, a space where their ideas can be discussed because maybe in their spaces at home, they can’t discuss those things. We as a society try to not educate people on feminism, I’m not a lecturer or anything, but for example, terms like toxic masculinity or beauty standards, we are trying to have events where we explain and discuss and explore all these topics.” 

“There is fine line between educating someone and having a discussion with someone. I am willing to listen to people who are trying to challenge me on my ideas of feminism, but I am not willing to discuss with people if women are inferior to men, why we need feminism. Being a white woman, I come from a very privileged background, but I think it’s no women’s job to explain to someone why we need feminism. We can discuss the ideas behind feminism and how to fix them, but I am not going to discuss whether rape culture exists or if women are inferior to men. We are happy for people to come to our events and start a discussion, but I am not going to have the movement that I am so passionate about questioned by someone.”

What are your plans for the future (events, activities, working with other societies/organisations/the SU)?

“Last year our most popular event was SHAG week which we also won the best event award for at the society awards. A week-long series of events about sexual health and guidance. We got many different societies and sports teams in. Something that I want to keep on going as events are so much better when different societies work together because you have a different audience and it’s supporting us and it’s supporting the other society.”

“We are going to try and have a lot of academic talks and have guest speakers that are not necessarily from the university, for example the women’s equality party. We want to step away from the activism part a little bit and have more socials and get togethers. All our academic talks are kind of socials anyway, but also things like meet for a drink or a coffee and not take everything too serious all the time because I think that is important.”

What drives you personally as the president?

“I think it is kind of shocking how almost every woman I meet has a history of sexual assault. I knew about feminism from quite an early age on, but I never really thought it was my thing and I was kind of intimated by the movement. Obviously, if you are not so much in the topic as I am now, you kind of think: Oh it’s cool, women can vote, women can do the job they want, they can go to university but that does not mean we have equality. We have the big things like rape and sexual assault but also things like everyday sexism, sexism in film and advertisements, sexism on the street, being catcalled. I think it’s a very common misconception that just because we outwardly have equality does not mean we actually have equality in everyday life. I want it known to people that not only does it only seem like we have equality, but the women are still very, very disadvantaged at almost everything.”

“I am also very passionate about because I made a lot of friends last year through FemSoc which is why I think the friend-making part is so important because you are not going to be able to make a change alone whereas when you are a group you feel much more empowered.”

“There is misleading picture that society has of women that we tear each other down and are in constant competition. Women still get more judged on the way they look and the way they act, they get judged for everything and that is not okay.”

What do you love most about the society?

“What I love the most is that I always get super stressed out when I plan an event and then when you are at that event and people actually do turn up and people afterwards come to you and tell you how good it was, that is really, really rewarding. I am enjoying being at the events myself, but I also really enjoy providing events and spaces for students to come to and enjoy themselves.”

Who can join/what do your members look like?

“Everyone can join the society and I would love for everyone to join who wants to. It doesn’t matter if you have known feminism for years or if you just know the concept and are interested in it. There is absolutely no obligation to turn up to events, it is not signing a contract. The dream would be to have a big group of people who are interested in everything, but we are still students and still have private lives so that’s not going to happen. You don’t even have to be a woman to join, you can be a man, you can be non-binary, you can be identifying as whatever you want, everyone is welcome.”

Is there a fee and if so, what is it used for?

“There is no fee, but we will have an email-sign-sign-up at the welcome week.”

FemSoc on Instagram: @uogfemsoc

FemSoc on Facebook: University of Greenwich Feminism Society

FemSoc on Twitter: @femsocuog

By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, active member of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Society of Dramatic Arts – Interview with President Daniel Chedgzoy (Short version)

Photo by Daniel Chedgzoy

To read the full interview with Daniel and find out even more about the Society of Dramatic Arts, click here.

Describe your society in one sentence.

The Society of Dramatic Arts (SODA) is a place for anyone who has a passion for creating theatre and making work they can be proud of.

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

SODA was formed primarily to give opportunities to perform and explore theatre to students. These opportunities have varied from play writing to performing to devising and most recently the opportunity to work with the drama Department in Producing Theatre for Edinburgh Fringe which some members will be heading up to Edinburgh this summer to do.

What are your main goals/plans for the future?

As of now SODA is still thinking about 2019-2020 but we still plan on offering amazing opportunities. We have a Theatre trip lined up for fresher’s week where we are going to see falsettos at The Other Palace. We also want to continue offering out performance opportunities, there will definitely be another play in the coming year and combined with that we also want to produce original work. We also plan on growing our relationship with the drama department in hopes of securing acting opportunities for the shows that head up to Edinburgh. This past year we were offered the chance to apply for crew roles which was an amazing opportunity, but we’d like to expand that to performance opportunities.

What drives me personally as a president?

Honestly, this past year, being the V.P was one of the most exhausting things I’ve undertaken. Then I’d go to rehearsals and see the joy those sessions meant to all the members. At the end of the year, we performed a show. It honestly meant so much to me, seeing how happy it made all the members, When I would see someone at the beginning who was unsure of themselves, but by the end was so confident. It’s these things that make it worth it.

What do you love most about the society?

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but it’s genuinely the people. If I didn’t enjoy spending time with the members of the society, I would never have applied to be president.

Who can join/what do your members look like?

Anyone and everyone! Any shape, size, race, religion, any person. All are welcome!

Is there a fee? If so, what is it used for?

There is! The fee going into 2019/20 is going to be £10, this is all given back to our members in the form of trips to plays (which we cover part of the ticket price), props and costume for shows along with all the other fees that come with putting on a show (we learnt last year, there is a lot of them!). We’re also in talks with Greenwich Theatre about setting up a ticket scheme that would involve us getting free tickets for our members!

By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, active member of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

The Cheer Team- Interview with Chairlady, Coach and Events Sec

The Cheer Team is well established part of Team Greenwich. They have many members and are sociable with many other sports teams.

The Crow’s Nest interviewed Chairlady, Yoshie Reza Fuentes, Coach, Hannah Upton and Events Secretary, Danielle Lynn.

Here is what they had to say about their team!

Describe your team in one sentence.

‘Our sports team is very supportive of each other in and out of training.’ -Yoshie

‘I’d say our team had the perfect balance of passion for the sport, trust in the team, and a love for each other as individuals’ – Dani

‘Damn I can’t think of a good one now you’ve taken all the good ones’ – Hannah

Are you exclusive to female members?

‘The team the last few years has been all female but has been coed in the past. It all depends on who comes out for the team’- Yoshie

‘Heck no! We don’t care about gender, race, religion, clothing size or any other form of personla expression!’- Dani

‘Cheer is a universal sports for everyone and anyone! We’re all about inclusivity’- Hannah

Do you have any plans for event coming up in Freshers/ Welcome week?

‘We do! We will be attending BOTH Welcome Fairs. We will also be having our own meet-and-greet where we will be holding a ‘Make a cookie/ Make a Friend’ event! We will also be having a couple of socials and even some early team bonding events! Make sure to check out our Intsgaram for updates! (shameless plug)’ – Dani

What’s your favourite thing about Cheer at Greenwich?

‘Getting all glammed for competitions is really fun, seeing other teams and showing off the work we put in for the whole year is a great feeling’- Yoshie

‘My beautiful friends. There’s a bond that happens when you’re on the team. You have an entire group of people that will support you through everything. There’s a mutual love and respect.’ – Dani

‘It’s like a home away from home! The bond that you create not only on the mat in training, helping each other gain new skills and literally put your life in other’s hands in stunts; but also off the mat in socials!’ – Hannah

Is there a joining fee and what’s it used for?

‘As with all sports teams there is a joining fee, but this depends on what type of member you are. Competition memberships are £60, Varsity memberships are £40 and Social memberships are £20.’ – Yoshie

What makes you a competitive side? (How many competitions do you do? Where? When? etc)

‘We do 2-3 competitions a year. A couple in London at the Copperbox Areana (where we were crowned National Grand Champions), and nationals at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham (where we placed 2nd out of 22nd teams in our division this year).‘ – Yoshie

Where and when do you train?

‘We train in 2 different venues. On Mondays we train at Avery Hill campus 7-10pm, to allow us to use the mirrors in the dance studio to teach choreography, and on Tuesdays we train at Talent Central gym 8-10pm, to allow us to practice on a sprung floor!

You don’t need any prior experience to join the cheer squad’ – Hannah

Do you have a social scene?

‘Yes we do! Every Wednesday we have a team social before going out to Lower Deck (but we have so much more than that!) Even on non-social nights we have cheer out having fun! We like to support other teams by participating in each other’s events and supporting fundraising’ – Dani

As you can see, Greenwich Mermaids are an extremely close and talented group! Don’t hesitate to get involved as much as you want, as all are welcome!

Find their Instagram here: @uog_mermaids

“Can you imagine?”

Photograph by Society of Dramatic Arts

Where do I even start? Okay, hi, I’m Annie and I am (among other things) part of the Society of Dramatic Arts here at Greenwich. After about 6 months of hard work, all-nighters and endless snacks, we were very proud to present our interpretation of the play “Very Still and Hard to See” by Steve Yockey about three weeks ago, on the 12th April.

Why am I writing about this now? Well, because every one of you who wasn’t there definitely missed something and we decided to give you the chance to see it again, even if it will only be on a screen. We had the whole thing filmed and edited by the talented Amber Vassallo and are doing an official screening on the 22nd May in Stockwell Street (exact location to be confirmed). It will also be free of charge, so keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for more details.

Now, why should you come and see it? I might be a bit partial here, but I still have to say it: Because it’s pretty awesome! I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, nobody likes spoilers, but “Very Still and Hard to See” is a short play cycle that can be categorised in the mystery thriller department. It’s scary, funny, confusing, unreal and it will definitely keep you on your toes.

We as the society are very proud of the result because there was so much hard work, time and dedication put into the final product and it is something that is very close to our heart. So, if you want to support us (again, free of charge!) and also see an awesome play directed and produced by your fellow students, we would love to see you on the 22nd May!

By Anne Blombach

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

‘WOOOOOO’: Rimini Tour 2k19

Well.

As I crawl my way back into Daniel Defoe after a 22-hour coach journey that spanned 5 countries- my head shaven, my voice ruined, €700-poorer and my pink, zebra-print thong riding up my arse, only one thought runs through my mind, ‘I f**king love tour!’

However much I never want to see a Bacardi Breezer again, I can’t deny that it’s been an incredibly fun week. There’s been drinking, wrestling, drinking, dancing, drinking, pizza, drinking, damage costs and of course, drinking.

It’s been a hell of a scatty week to say the least, I just wish it could’ve gone on for longer. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on tour, and spending it with some of the loosest people I know definitely made it 10x better.

I can only speak from my own perspective, and only as a rugby fresher on tour. I can’t say too much as ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’, and I’d hate to ruin the experience for anyone else who will be in my position next year. The looming threat of being intoxicated for 5 days straight is enough to put someone off, but all I’ll say is, it is 100% worth it!

The last few days have been a perfect way for me to end my first year at Greenwich, and I’m glad I could spend it with some of, who I now believe to be, my closest friends.

Thank you to everyone who made my first tour so f**king wild, and I can’t wait to hit it harder than ever next year!

I suppose there’s only one thing left to say, ‘WOOOOOO!’

By Mr. Gruffalo 2.0

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Speakeasy with UGRFC @ Belushi’s: 29th March!

They’re going out with a bang! Paired with Belushi’s Greenwich, the University of Greenwich Rugby team (UGRFC) are hosting their final event of the year on Saturday 29th March. The theme- The Roaring 20s!

Oh, yes!

Break out your finery ladies and gentlemen, this ones going to be a big one. We’re talking anything from The Great Gatsby to Peaky Blinders. Everyone, it’s time to break out the flat-caps, feather boas and fanciest attire you’ve got for this final blowout of the year.

Image result for gatsby party

Obviously Belushi’s will be offering their usual deals including:

2-4-1 VKs, £2.50 single spirits & mix, £3 pints, £2.80 Corona and £2.50 bombs!

And, of course, we’d all love to do it like they did during the prohibition when booze was cheap, but unfortunately we live in London in 2019 and we’re all students- so champers is off the table for most of us! But what’s the next best thing?

PROSECCO

There will be a FREE glass of budget-bubbly waiting for anyone who purchases a ticket online. There will also be glasses behind the bar for £2.50 and they’ll also have some lovely staff wondering through the party with glasses to buy on trays for the same price (adding to the trays of jagers that float around and threaten to push the night downhill!)

I know it’s one I’ll definitely be going to so I hope to see you there! I’ll be the one in the waistcoat and the flat-cap!

By Nicholas Jones

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Pokemon Go Walk for Charity! 23/02/19

Listen up, everyone! It’s time to unleash your inner-child!

This Saturday there is a special Pokemon Go walk being done for charity, hosted by the Anime and Games Society.

The charity in question is ‘Special Effect Gaming’ which provides specialised games, controllers and equipment for those with disabilities, to allow them to game as easily as everyone else!

This charity walk is for a great cause and is a great opportunity to compete with your mates to see who is the ultimate Pokemon hunter! Whether you play the game regularly, used to play or have never played at all, don’t be shy! Download the app and get started right away! The game is free to download and play so the event will only cost you what you are generous enough to donate!

Here’s a message from Anime and Games,

The event will start at 10am outside the entrance for Dreadnought and will pass through East Greenwich, Blackheath Standard, Shooters Hill, Welling, Bexleyheath and will end at Avery Hill!

The walk can be done by anyone they don’t have to play Pokémon Go and they don’t have to do the full 20KM they can drop out at any point!

We ask for a small donation either via the JustGiving page which is linked in the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288004311882759/ or they can donate in person via the donation tub that we will have and all donations go to Special Effect Gaming Charity.’

I know I’ll be going, so I hope to see you all there!

By Nicholas Jones

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.

Yoga and a Hiit Workout for Charity!

Hi everyone!

The MA International Events Management students have organised a great event on the 19th of February for everyone to get involved with!

They are working alongside side a charity called ‘KEEN London’ which provides one-on-one sports coaching for children and young adults with special needs at no cost to their families.

The event offers exciting activities such as Yoga and a Hiit Workout- but if that’s not for you, then there’s also some helpful health tips and a raffle (so there’s no excuse not go and show your support!)

Find the Eventbrite link with more information and tickets here,

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lift-the-weight-tickets-55216851088?aff=eand&fbclid=IwAR16IwWarh11U81dGlHCVPM6bJvbNayRuhnSEw9Djxnrm5dUFk5btMXs-AA

and have a look at the the Facebook event here,

 https://www.facebook.com/events/361789054371877   .

Whether sports is your game or not, there’s no denying that it brings people together, aids in health and fitness, and can be incredibly fun and rewarding.

So why not come down for half and hour so to give something to those who haven’t had the greatest of luck, and aid in allowing them to get the coaching that KEEN London provides!

You might make someone’s day!

By Nicholas Jones

The Crow’s Nest is a Greenwich Students’ Union Student Media channel. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of GSU, its trustees, employees, officers or the University of Greenwich.