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Student LIfe: Pleasure With Friendships and Solidarity

by ASV Gay in Columns & Opinions , 20 April 2020

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In February, we celebrated our tenth anniversary extensively. Therefore, you might have thought that March would be a quiet month for A.S.V.Gay, but you’d be wrong.

The month of March was dominated by activities aimed at new members, the committees, former boards, social events, as well as the aftermath of our anniversary! The month had something for everyone.

February ended with our anniversary dinner with all of our former members of the A.S.V.Gay boards. With five courses in our stomachs we were ready for some drinks (at the Montmartre and of course the Amstel 54 bar). Former board members got reacquainted, and also got to know the latest board members. Thus, we ushered in the next period with another very successful evening.

At the beginning of March, we organized the annual Active Member Thanks Activity (ALBA) to thank all our committee members for their hard work. Those committee members fought each other in our pub quiz, with questions such as “Which committee member is always late” and “Which committee member never reads the minutes.” A fierce battle ensued, as all of our committees are simply very competitive. We took good care of our active members with plenty of beer and snacks, and it was a great activity. On to the next ALBA!

Michael and Bart
Then, as a throwback to our anniversary, our Lustrum weekend of March 6-8! The hilarious weekend with many old and new members saw many an intoxicated tale come to light. We played games, had original acts, and did a beer relay, of course. The older members clearly had a bit of an advantage here!
With A.S.V.Gay we are certainly very busy with drinks and parties, but we also still want to pay attention to the social side of our student’s union. On March 10, for example, we organized the People of Color event entitled “Dear White People” at CREA. Inclusiveness is important to our association, and that is why the focus of this event was on people of color and from other cultures who feel a connection with the GLBTQ+ community. The purpose of this event was to engage in a dialogue to see how we can ultimately make A.S.V.Gay a more inclusive place for everyone.

After the weekend it was time for the introduction week of A.S.V.Gay, which is organized every six months. During this week, new members end up in “families,” with whom they subsequently get to know the city, the GLBTQ scene, as well as A.S.V.Gay. With the time machine theme, we traveled back in time with our new members, and we had a Crazy 88 tour of the city. The introduction week committee had invented all sorts of crazy games to get to know each other.
Lotte, Boukje and Leo
The last thing of interest this month was the first open activity of our new group “Z.O.O.S.” Z.O.O.S focuses on the making of new and close friendships and strengthening the solidarity of members in the association. We still have to see what they will be organizing, but the group has many plans in place already!
Are you getting enthusiastic, but missed out on the introduction period? Don’t be afraid, you can always stop by at one of our open drinks! Every Wednesday from 21:00 onwards, we can be found at Amstel 54 to catch up with each other. Hope to see you there soon! Love.

Julia Zegeling
  Julia Zegeling is controller of the 10th board of the Student Association A.S.V.Gay.  See for more information.



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