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    As a few of you prospective students have been discussing what societies you may want to join next year I thought I ought to tell you we have just published the list of societies that have ratified with DSU for next year (the list on DSU Societies page is now a little out of date).

    Sorry to the person who wanted to join egg and spoon it seems they are no longer going (at least they have not re-ratified) but you will spot a few new scoieites not listed on the old list including the Neighbours society for discussing, debating and watching Durham's favourite Aussie soap. Pretty much all the student societies in Durham are affiliated to DSU with the notable exceptions of the Durham Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (DICCU) and the Durham Union Society (DUS - The debating society). Anyway heres the full list (QC means the society is based at Queens Campus all the others are based at Durham):

    Aerobics
    African Caribbean
    Aikido
    All Good Music
    Alternative Music
    Amnesty International
    Anglo-Japanese
    Anthropology (QC)
    Anti Sweatshop
    Applied Psychology (QC)
    Archaeology
    Arts
    Astronomy
    BALLADS
    Belly Dancing
    Boardriders Health & Safety
    Brass Band
    Catholic
    Change Ringers
    Charity Fashion Show
    Chemical
    Chinese
    Choral
    Christian Union (QC)
    Classics
    Computing
    Concert Band
    Conservative Future
    Creative Arts
    Dissent
    Duke of Edinburgh
    Economics
    Engineering
    Ethnographic Film
    Exhibition
    Fabian
    Film Making
    Freefall
    French
    Games
    Geographical
    German
    Heckling
    Hellenic
    Hill Orchestra
    Hill Walking
    History
    History of Art
    History of Music
    Hong Kong
    Improvised Comedy
    Instep Dancing
    Join Me
    Journalism
    Kendo
    Labour Club
    Liberal Democrats
    Light Opera Group
    Linguistic
    Mah-Jong
    Malaysian
    Mathematical
    Meditation
    MedSoc (QC)
    Methodist
    Motorsports
    Music
    Neighbours
    Network Gaming
    Nigerian
    Orchestral
    Pagan
    People and Planet
    Philosophical
    Photographic
    Physical
    Poker
    Red Cross
    Revelation Rock Gospel
    Rock
    Russian
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Scout and Guide
    Shakers (Cocktail)
    Shorinji Kempo
    Singapore
    Sociology
    Songwriters Collective
    Spanish
    SPEAK
    Stop AIDS
    Student Theatre
    Tentilini Travel
    Tough Guy
    Treasure Trap
    UNICEF
    Urban and Underground
    Welsh
    Wine Tasting
    Wing Chun Kung Fu
    Yoga
    Young Europeans

    Source: http://steering.dsu.org.uk/committee...4-06-23&type=M


    Kieren
    DSU Finance Committee

    p.s. if you have got this far then perhaps you should think about standing for one of the two places up for grabs on Finance Committee at the first DSU meeting of term on 21 October. Finance Committee oversees most of what goes on inside the Union building and student societies amongst other things; although the title is sounds boring it is really dead interesting!
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    ta very much!
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    Disclaimer: Was DSU Societies Officer in a previous life

    There will be a few stragglers who ratify when they realise their bank account is frozen or when they are charged extra for the Freshers' Fair. I am informed that the Assassins, while not on that list will definitly be re-ratifying.

    If anyone has ideas for a society not already in existance, simply speak to one of the Societies Officers and they will talk you through founding one.

    Most societies elect their exec at the end of the year, but some may have positions vacant.

    Please note there are some other "non-society" things that are not on the list, such as PurpleFM, the student radio station, Palatinate, the student newspaper, and Durham21 a news and articles website recognised by DSU. All have oportunities to get involved for Freshers.

    Sports clubs are under the auspices of DUAU, the Durham University Athletic Union.

    You can also get involved with the running of DSU, or your own JCR. Most will have some committee positions up for election in the first term.

    And finally, the colleges have their own sports clubs and societies too.
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Disclaimer: Was DSU Societies Officer in a previous life

    There will be a few stragglers who ratify when they realise their bank account is frozen or when they are charged extra for the Freshers' Fair. I am informed that the Assassins, while not on that list will definitly be re-ratifying.

    If anyone has ideas for a society not already in existance, simply speak to one of the Societies Officers and they will talk you through founding one.

    Most societies elect their exec at the end of the year, but some may have positions vacant.

    Please note there are some other "non-society" things that are not on the list, such as PurpleFM, the student radio station, Palatinate, the student newspaper, and Durham21 a news and articles website recognised by DSU. All have oportunities to get involved for Freshers.

    Sports clubs are under the auspices of DUAU, the Durham University Athletic Union.

    You can also get involved with the running of DSU, or your own JCR. Most will have some committee positions up for election in the first term.

    And finally, the colleges have their own sports clubs and societies too.
    Hi Dave, yes all you say is true, the opportunities to get involved in activities beyond your degree are huge. The reason for posting the list is that there has been some discussion on here of societies from the list on the main DSU website. Unfortunatly that does not include a handful of the newest societies that we have ratified and does include a few that have definately disapeered.

    Anyway another golden rule is not to hand over to much cash to join societies straight away in freshers week that you may well not have the time or inclination to actually attend the events. I have quite a few friends who paid £40 to join DUS and the number of times they have been in three years can be counted on one hand.
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    (Original post by Kieren)
    Hi Dave, yes all you say is true, the opportunities to get involved in activities beyond your degree are huge. The reason for posting the list is that there has been some discussion on here of societies from the list on the main DSU website. Unfortunatly that does not include a handful of the newest societies that we have ratified and does include a few that have definately disapeered.

    Anyway another golden rule is not to hand over to much cash to join societies straight away in freshers week that you may well not have the time or inclination to actually attend the events. I have quite a few friends who paid £40 to join DUS and the number of times they have been in three years can be counted on one hand.
    Agreed!

    As there is a minimum membership fee set from Finance Committee for nearly all the societies (do you still exempt the directly linked charity ones?) of £3.50 (Kieran please correct me if its changed since then) it adds up quite quickly.

    DUS is the Durham Union Society, and hosts regular debates on Friday nights, normally with very good speakers. If you enjoy that kind of thing, then its a great thing to join, and for some of the names they get to speak, well worth the money.
    However IT IS NOT THE STUDENT UNION! Many people get confused between DSU and DUS.

    DSU is the central student union.
    Its free
    It runs a Freshers' Ball
    It runs the commercial services you will come across, such as Kingsgate bar, Riverside Cafe, the Student Shop, "Planet of Sound" on a Friday and various Wednesday night ents
    It has the people to talk to with any problems in the Advice centre
    It represents the students to the University, and sends sabbatical officers to the University Council and Senate to put forward the students' opinions.

    DUS is the Debating Society
    It costs quite a lot of money to join
    It also runs balls.
    It runs Debates, speaches from various famous people etc.
    It runs debating workshops, and sends teams to inter-varsity debates.
    It also runs its own bar
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Agreed!

    As there is a minimum membership fee set from Finance Committee for nearly all the societies (do you still exempt the directly linked charity ones?) of £3.50 (Kieran please correct me if its changed since then) it adds up quite quickly.

    DUS is the Durham Union Society, and hosts regular debates on Friday nights, normally with very good speakers. If you enjoy that kind of thing, then its a great thing to join, and for some of the names they get to speak, well worth the money.
    However IT IS NOT THE STUDENT UNION! Many people get confused between DSU and DUS.

    DSU is the central student union.
    Its free
    It runs a Freshers' Ball
    It runs the commercial services you will come across, such as Kingsgate bar, Riverside Cafe, the Student Shop, "Planet of Sound" on a Friday and various Wednesday night ents
    It has the people to talk to with any problems in the Advice centre
    It represents the students to the University, and sends sabbatical officers to the University Council and Senate to put forward the students' opinions.

    DUS is the Debating Society
    It costs quite a lot of money to join
    It also runs balls.
    It runs Debates, speaches from various famous people etc.
    It runs debating workshops, and sends teams to inter-varsity debates.
    It also runs its own bar
    The only regulation we now have Dave is "There is a minimum membership fee for societies, set by Finance Committee. This is currently £3.50 for a year or £5 for life membership. You can set a higher membership fee than this if you wish. Some societies may be allowed to charge a lower membership fee at the discretion of Finance Committee; however this will decrease the maximum amount of money they are entitled to claim from the Societies budget."

    On a slightly seperate note DUS has come in for a great deal of criticism over a perceived decline in the quality of speakers and debates since Christmas. Hopefully they will get their act to gether next year.
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    (Original post by Kieren)
    The only regulation we now have Dave is "There is a minimum membership fee for societies, set by Finance Committee. This is currently £3.50 for a year or £5 for life membership. You can set a higher membership fee than this if you wish. Some societies may be allowed to charge a lower membership fee at the discretion of Finance Committee; however this will decrease the maximum amount of money they are entitled to claim from the Societies budget."

    On a slightly seperate note DUS has come in for a great deal of criticism over a perceived decline in the quality of speakers and debates since Christmas. Hopefully they will get their act to gether next year.
    That sounds the same as when I was Socs Officer.
    I'm intrigued by DUS falling in quality. When I last went to the debates, they had ministers, and shadow ministers debating. They had Peter Stringfellow give a talk.

    Run out of cash have they?
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    (Original post by dave134)
    That sounds the same as when I was Socs Officer.
    I'm intrigued by DUS falling in quality. When I last went to the debates, they had ministers, and shadow ministers debating. They had Peter Stringfellow give a talk.

    Run out of cash have they?
    The number of Ministers and well known people debating and speaking seems to have declined recently. I think the last minister to visit was Geoff Hoon in around November 2003. Lots has been written in Palatinate letters, opinion and editorials about this perceived decline. I'm not sure it is a money problem; I don't think they pay guests anyway just their travel and accomodation. It has been rumoured to be more to do with a split in the club that has seen Ben Heppenstall elected on a reform ticket for Epiphany 2005 and supposedly spilled over into the DUCF Presidential election where the first two candidate put up were RONed (This is all based on what I have read in Palatinate and been told. I'm not a member of DUS so can't vouch for its accuracy).
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    Thanks for posting that How cool, a Neighbours society yay!! The skiing society is gone though Or are they just disorganised and haven't gotten around to re-ratifiying it? Aww shilling will be upset that the egg and spoon society is no more!
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    (Original post by SweetSugar)
    Thanks for posting that How cool, a Neighbours society yay!! The skiing society is gone though Or are they just disorganised and haven't gotten around to re-ratifiying it? Aww shilling will be upset that the egg and spoon society is no more!
    Skiing is run by DUAU
    http://www.sportdurham.com/unisport/unisport.php?skiing
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    Wat is a reasonable max for sports and societies u can join and actually maintain? I want to join x-country and board riders but am also interested in doing some volleyball, frisbee and fencing. Di societies clash?
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    (Original post by Lydiamonds)
    Wat is a reasonable max for sports and societies u can join and actually maintain? I want to join x-country and board riders but am also interested in doing some volleyball, frisbee and fencing. Do societies clash?
    Yes they will normally clash. Wednesday afternoons are kept free for sport on a national basis, so you cannot be heavily involved with more than one sports team easily as they all compete/train on weds pm

    It may very well be easier to wait a little while before joining societies, but with sports clubs, just go down to Maiden Castle's freshers fair, and speak to people there. They will know far more than I do.
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Agreed!

    As there is a minimum membership fee set from Finance Committee for nearly all the societies (do you still exempt the directly linked charity ones?) of £3.50 (Kieran please correct me if its changed since then) it adds up quite quickly.

    DUS is the Durham Union Society, and hosts regular debates on Friday nights, normally with very good speakers. If you enjoy that kind of thing, then its a great thing to join, and for some of the names they get to speak, well worth the money.
    However IT IS NOT THE STUDENT UNION! Many people get confused between DSU and DUS.

    DSU is the central student union.
    Its free
    It runs a Freshers' Ball
    It runs the commercial services you will come across, such as Kingsgate bar, Riverside Cafe, the Student Shop, "Planet of Sound" on a Friday and various Wednesday night ents
    It has the people to talk to with any problems in the Advice centre
    It represents the students to the University, and sends sabbatical officers to the University Council and Senate to put forward the students' opinions.

    DUS is the Debating Society
    It costs quite a lot of money to join
    It also runs balls.
    It runs Debates, speaches from various famous people etc.
    It runs debating workshops, and sends teams to inter-varsity debates.
    It also runs its own bar
    And DUS mega rips you off big time!!
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    So are there any societies we should avoid?

    an as for societies clashing, is there a timetable with all of them on we can look at to see if they clash?
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    (Original post by Lydiamonds)
    So are there any societies we should avoid?
    Not that I know of. The only time I know about that a society has been forcibly closed was the Rock Society many many years back, as they were (allegedly) embezzling DSU funds. As all societies are structured democratically, you can change what you don't like.

    (Original post by Lydiamonds)

    an as for societies clashing, is there a timetable with all of them on we can look at to see if they clash?
    Afraid not. They are all seperate entities in their own right, and run themselves as they see fit. Some, like music groups have weekly rehearsals. Others will only meet occasionally, such as say the Politics Society will meet, as and when they have an external speaker arranged. Some, like assassins, only have a token number of meetings (3 per year if I recall correctly)
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    ill just float round`then and see what takes my fancy. I got given a guide by my 6th form about 'how to survive at uni'. It's actually really good as it gives random but useful advice. anyway, one of the things it suggested was to avoid the star trek/sci fi societies at all cost, as they have very strange people!

    It also said that wen u buy chicken breasts u shd wrap them individually in foil or they tend to get stuck together wen u freeze them.

    As u can see quality guide!
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    (Original post by Lydiamonds)
    avoid the star trek/sci fi societies at all cost, as they have very strange people!
    Ah yes. They are called the "Sci Fi and Fantasy" society at Durham. I've just looked on their website and realised I know their Treasurer! The other "Geek" societies are as follows.

    • Computer Society -- Supposedly an academic society for Computer Science. Seems to attract in equal measures true geeks, and people who just want the 500Mb free webspace
    • Game Society -- For those who still play Games Workshop stuff. More geeky than SciFi & Fantasy
    • Treasure Trap -- Where do I start! This is a combination of Games Workshop style rules along with Medeaval style role play. You will see the minstrel singing at Freshers Fair. If it was grounded in history then I could possibly understand them, but it gathers geeks who spend months building their own chainmail to fight "Dragons" etc.
    • Manga and Anime -- Apparently this is a ancient art form. Looks more like Japanese cartoon porn to me.


    Assassins used to be classed along with those above, but the anti-social geeks have been replaced with psychopathic alcoholics, so all is good!

    It also said that wen u buy chicken breasts u shd wrap them individually in foil or they tend to get stuck together wen u freeze them.
    Sound advice. They are going to be wet when you freeze them, so the ice will form between the breasts sticking them together
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Ah yes. They are called the "Sci Fi and Fantasy" society at Durham. I've just looked on their website and realised I know their Treasurer! The other "Geek" societies are as follows.
    tell me the website, im bored and could do with a laugh.. whats a games workshop by the way? :confused:
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    (Original post by dave134)
    Assassins used to be classed along with those above, but the anti-social geeks have been replaced with psychopathic alcoholics, so all is good!
    Ahh, now thats an improvement! Count me in!

    I have been known to construct more and more fiendish devices for inflicting pain at a distance out of rubber bands at work, and my mate there does the same... We then battle it out when the boss is out, or shoot each other when were on the phone to a supplier in the hopes that the other will cry out on the phone! Neither of us have succeded in that yet!

    The best one was made from 10 thick rubber bands made into a cat'o'nine'tales, although two thick rubber bands looped through each other to make an extra long one works really well at a distance.
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    why do all men in offices do that? what is it with rubber bands? my desk at work used to be between two departments at war with each other and so rubber bands would keep hitting me as they missed the opposition. i even put my hard hat on one afternoon i got so pissed off.
 
 
 
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