If you’re an INTI student, then there’s a huge likelihood that you’ve passed by the 3-days exhibition happening at the car porch and driveway which was organised by INTI’s very own Chinese Cultural Society. Lots of attractions and performances were on site to help entice the crowd to flood in.
Amazing performances from various of clubs, such as iChoir, INTI Dance Club and Civil Engineering Club, as well as INTI students, were presented throughout the exhibition with the purpose of captivating the audiences’ attentions (which definitely did their job, if I do say so myself).
The exhibition wouldn’t be complete without street vendors and food trucks, would it? Over 20 street vendors were on site to make the environment seem even more festive! Foods, drinks, apparel, accessories, you name it, it’s all there.
Leo Club IICS Metro recently pulled off a huge water balloon fight on the Block A plaza of our campus. Also if you were on campus yesterday, you might have run into the members of INTIMA who were dressed in traditional Chinese New Year costumes and handing out free oranges!
According to a Leo facilitator, preparation began as early as 2pm Wednesday, which includes briefing the helpers, facilitators, and game masters, dealing with last minute problems. Facilitators also had to prepare a pool and fill it up with several buckets of water balloons. You’d wish you were here!
Registrants receive food, entry, and an event t-shirt, all inclusive in the RM10 fee.
The event was named Science of The Stars, and the theme revolves around the constellations of horoscopes, each game station being a different constellation and horoscope with games presumably representing characteristics of each sign.
More than 120 students registered, and nearly a hundred participated in a night of bucket-dunking, ball-throwing, worm-handling, puzzle-solving, balloon-carrying, hide-and-seeking, charade-guessing, ice-breaking, blindfold-wearing, limb-twisting fun. Participants were split into teams via colored ribbons.
Their objective: to race around campus completing tasks that demand teamwork and coordination. Teams collect points from each station which are added to their total score.
With ten different game stations, teams raced against one another for points and also against the clock. Winners get a hamper and runner up gets passes to funtopia, while the last team would be splashed with ice cold water. Registration began at 6.30pm for participants, and the event began at 7.45 sharp.
The night begins with an ice-breaking session where participants get to know each other’s names, reinforced by ice cold water (better to call it an ice-dunking session). I nearly got hit too! After being soaked, teams immediately got dispatched towards their first game stations and the race is on. I followed team ‘Black Hole’ to see what the gamemasters had in store for them…
Weeks of preparation have gone underway as the clubs and societies of INTI Subang get ready for INTIMA Week. For freshies, INTIMA Week = clubs & societies week, aka kokurikulumfrom sekolah menengah again. Yes, those days of standing in the sun and pretending to have fun are gone. Time to choose a club and go clubbing*!
*This editor is fond of puns (READ: wordplay)
For the benefit of all you freshies, here are some essential things you should know before stepping into the fray tomorrow:
Choosing a club
Pick a club according to your interest (music, writing, travel, videography etc.)
Pick something you’d like to learn (dancing, public speaking, organizing events)
Speak to the club representatives at the booths (they will be there from 10am to 4pm)
Remember that even if there is no club to match your specific interest, you can still benefit by joining an active and fun community i.e. an established club or society.
Immediately decide that clubs are not for you before giving it a shot
Be shy (this is also an opportunity to meet people!)
Hesitate to ask questions
Think of forming your own club (it’s not that simple!)
There are procedures to forming your own club which are quite complicated, and there are numerous cases of clubs that were newly formed and have strong membership on paper, but die off due to inactivity. RIP band club.
Do remember that you can join more than one club!
You may also be selected for committee positions right away, if you show the right attitude and skills. Therefore, follow these steps after you have joined any club(s):
Take note of when and where the next meeting is taking place.
Take down the contact information of someone attending the meeting (perhaps one of the people at the booth)
Be there when the meeting happens!
Also, if you really ARE keen on forming your own club, make sure you join a club first in order to learn how paperwork* (yes, paperwork!*) and proposals work* for dealing with SSD, INTIMA, and vendors. You also need to learn how to get sponsorship for events, etc.
It takes a lot of HardWork™ to manage and run a club/society effectively. So learn from your seniors by being actively involved in the planning and execution stages of club events, participate, and don’t forget to think on your feet. In the classroom, you take notes. In events, you dive first and then learn how to breathe underwater.
So remember the steps, and if you’ve already forgotten them (you short-attention-span-millennial-you), here they are in a nutshell:
Choose a club according to your passion and interest.
Register at the booth.
Think on your feet.
That’s it for now! Until next time, tune in to Student Ink for updates and important information regarding student life in INTI Subang.
If you are interested to join our team, please contact Viktor at 0162320972 or visit the Mass Comms Society’ booth between 10am-4pm during INTIMA Week (17th – 19th January)!
Mass Communication Society (MCS) of INTI International College Subang Jaya (IICS) celebrated its 1st birthday, yesterday during the campus’s Clubs & Society Week.
The society was officially established on the 9th of September, 2014 with the intention to unify all the Mass Commers within IICS and with the objective to expose its members to the media industry and hands-on experience before venturing into the industry with the club’s specialisation in Radio (INTI FM), Tv Production (PITCHFORK), Event Management and PR skills (FLOORPLAN), and lastly – Journalistic Writing Skills (THE STUDENT INK).
According to Kevin Tan, President of MCS; he stated that IICS didn’t have a safe haven for all the Mass Commers during that period and the idea sprung out with the intention to get everyone together and at the same time, allows other students from various faculties to merge and connect.
“I had always wondered that how all these various schools and courses have their own unique and segmentised clubs where they can experience, experiment, and elaborate more about their studies specialisations and I earnestly wanted that for all Mass Commers: be it Diplomas or Degrees and of that sort,” he said.
In conjunction with that, this semester’s Clubs and Societies Week was organised by MCS with more than 20 participating Clubs and Society.
The president of MCS also expressed his gratitude that MCS was being chosen to organised such profound and exciting event of the semester as it’s always bright, vibrant, and filled with fun-packed performances.
“It is quite interesting to observe how we (clubs and societies) are still strong even without INTIMA on our side. Although it is not a big scale event, but being the organizer and having the chance to keep in touch with other clubs and societies made us feel closer to all of them. Personally, I feel each clubs and societies should take turns to organize this event. At least, we’ll get a taste of something new in every semester.”
MCS are always welcoming new members from all walks of courses and life. Interested individuals are encourage to drop by to their General Meeting. Details are provided below.
Why it is necessary to redefine extra-curricular activities.
“For us small clubs, we don’t even care about the awards, we face a major problem in just trying to survive.”
This was the heartbreaking response I received today from a club president, whose identity I prefer to remain anonymous. The conversation was triggered based on a simple discussion about extra-curricular matters in the college.
The statement questioned what I had believed in for a moment right there, about what joining clubs and societies should mean to students in college.
It challenged the conventional perception that clubs and societies should be an avenue for students to develop calibers of leadership, a platform for one to furnish one’s skills and expand one’s social network, because I for one truly believed — I am who I am today solely because engaging in extra-curricular activities has taught me the necessary values to strive in life.
My conviction was also founded upon simple observation towards people around me, how the clubs and societies have successfully changed them and further reinforcing a sense of maturity in their respective mindsets.
But while I, and other people like me were scrumptiously indulging in that fundamental proposition that clubs and societies make you a better person, what we’ve failed look beyond was in fact a bigger issue, a nightmare waiting to occur and prolong consistently.
The biggest leap of faith we took was to create a vibrant campus environment, one that would see a bombardment of activities and events in campus, to turn the college hype up 10 notches. The bigger the scale, the better it’d be. We encouraged collaborations, we pushed for as much activities as possible, we made it a part of the criterial standard a club should strive to fulfill as part of its initiative to win an award, that is if they were interested.
We bought the idea that the more colorful this campus atmosphere appeared dressed in activities and events, more student engagement could consequently be amalgamated.
True enough, our year saw a massive jump in the increase of activities and events, clubs were subsequently more active, and certain students, although not the entire campus, were at the very least awaken. They were there, present to participate in these events.
But the price we paid for establishing this simple system, this transitional policy was a dangerous phenomenon that eventually happened, a major monopoly of student participation, something that resonated political cronyism and nepotism.
It became very obvious by the end of our service, that all these club collaborations and activities were only existent among bigger clubs that had the resources, experience and manpower to organize such big events, not for the students to enjoy themselves and understand the objective of the event, but more rather as a form of a tool, to accumulate points and ultimately win awards.
We had created a superficial system that placed meritocratic values before intrinsic values, we began to forget that students should be joining activities to meet new friends and learn lessons one could never pick out of a lecturer’s slide from Blackboard or a soul-less academic textbook, not plotting strategies to win awards.
While we claimed that clubs were competing under fair and square conditions, our accumulative point systems had forgone the pretext that not all clubs and societies had the financial capabilities and necessary resources to reach for heights like major and established clubs do.
As much as I want to admit that we fought for that, the very concrete fact was that we didn’t do enough to fight for these smaller clubs.
The point of me writing this piece, is not to criticize the decision maker, its not to blame clubs and societies for being so realistic and meritocratic, neither is it to gain empathy or sympathy.
Its primary purpose is to remind students what it means to join a club, to redefine what it truly means to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Your semester has technically already started, and in light of the upcoming clubs and societies recruitment drive, when you stop by the exhibiting booths and decide where you should register your name, where do you belong? Keep one thing in mind.
“Its not the awards that matter, its not the certificate of participation that matters, its the friends you make and the lessons you learn that matter.”
As cliche and rhetoric it may sound, I will reiterate this — do your best, and the results will come your way. The outcome may not be presented in the form of an award, but if you ever realize that you were happy organizing an event, that was probably the result that you aimed to create.
The point about joining clubs and societies, is not about the physical recognition that you get. We need to stop saying “Because I joined this activity, because I was this event’s committee, because I was president, its going to make my resume look good”.
The point about joining clubs and societies, is its intrinsic value that you exclusively experience, only if you genuinely put your heart into it. The circumstances may seem unfair for now, but reformation has never been possible in a short period of time.
The democracy of student activism will attest in the long run, as long as the struggle continues, as long as you continue to believe in the intrinsic value of extra-curricular activities more than its functional value, one day, that perfect system of balance will come into place.
By Wong Yu Han, former public relations officer of the 38th INTIMA, INTI International College Subang.
PS: I apologize for harping on the past on and on again, but sometimes there are things I cannot suppress, I like writing, because its how I express my ideas, and my ideas are often inspirations from the past that I keep reflecting. If you find me annoying, I apologize once again.
SUBANG JAYA: Student based society Mass Communication Society (MCS) established in 2014 held their first ever three day fundraiser, running from the 2nd to the 4th of March, yesterday at Inti International College Subang Jaya (IICS) campus.
The three day affair was held as an initiative to raise funds for the society’s upcoming activities prepared for the next semester.
“Since the exams are around the corner, we’re going to cheer ’em up and make them feel a little “bubbly” and take the stress cap off of their head, even just for a little while – that’s why we’ve prepared various activities, merchandise, posters, badges and many more which revolves around the elements of laid back and take it easy,” President of MCS, Kevin Tan said.
The event management division, Floorplan, is led by division president, Loke J-Han and was the organizer behind the three day event.
Kevin also stated that besides the obvious financial benefits of the fundraiser, it was also another way of bridging the gap between all members and to give an opportunity to the event management team in MCS to showcase their capabilities.
The fundraiser included various activities and booths such as, a book booth, customized badges, a bubble booth, Tarot reading, song requests and a customized posters booth, to name a few.