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Campus News : March 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News March 2011 7 Students' happy hunting ground E S THE CLASS OF 2011 Embossed into the brown leather of the armchair was the brand B&B Italia. Founded in 1966, the award- winning European furnishing company now has flagship stores in Milan, London, Paris and Barcelona. It was perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find in a free home wares collection, but the quirky combination of stylised curves and a retro cut impressed the students who visited UOW's first Goodwill Hunting at the Movement Laboratory during Orientation Week. They were also delighted by the free household appliances, manchester and crockery on offer. The Wollongong Undergraduate Students Association (WUSA) was the lucky recipient of the sought after B&B Italia suite, one of many donated items in the free home wares giveaway for students. Goodwill Hunting, which was organised to help students set up home in Wollongong, saw UOW staff and supporters donate furniture, electrical appliances, dinner sets, cutlery, linen, towels and pots and pans. "When students are starting off they have enough out of pocket expenses paying for their fares, books and general fees and we thought they could use a hand," said Goodwill Hunting volunteer Sylvia Sutton, who is the wife of Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton. "It's fantastic, the things are virtually walking out and the smile on the faces of the students who walk out and say 'look what I've got, I needed this' is just great," she said. Goodwill Hunting's "customers" included postgraduate students with young families, new international students and bright-eyed first years, all sorting through the piles of bric-a-brac to find what they needed. Left: Students Clare Laurenson (Law/Journalism) and Chenier Moore (Creative Arts) with Goodwill Hunting volunteer Sylvia Sutton, who is the wife of Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton. Below: These stylish retro B&B Italia leather chairs were a popular feature at Goodwill Hunting. Bottom: Goodwill Hunting, with its hundreds of items of donated home wares, proved a hit with students looking to furnish their accommodation. Law student Clare Laurenson was thrilled with the treasure she had uncovered. "I managed to pick up a rose-patterned tea set today that I just didn't even expect to find," Claire said. "Coming in today I couldn't believe it was free. Places like Lifeline and Smith Family have things that are cheap but nowhere else is free," she said. Organisers plan to make Goodwill Hunting an annual event. MC Koala steals the show The claws were out -- on Barry that is -- as crowds moved in to pucker up and pat the temperamental marsupial during International Orientation Day festivities in February. International students were thrilled to meet the koala from Symbio Wildlife Park as they flashed SLR cameras and broad smiles. Flustered by the attention, Barry flailed in the arms of his keeper but his tantrums did little to dampen the crowd's enthusiasm for the star attraction. Friends Annie Zhou and Sarah Wang, from China, were impressed. "I think koalas are lovely, they are like big cats. Pandas are the closest thing we have to koalas back home," Ms Wang said. Ms Zhou, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, said she preferred koalas to the reptiles. "It's fantastic that we can see them on campus. They are very cute and a symbol of Australia," Ms Zhou said. Symbio staff also brought a baby alligator, diamond python, brush-tailed possum and bearded dragon to UOW for the day. MC Barry the koala meets students at the International Orientation Day.