Each year, the Zoology Department of the University of Otago organizes an Orientation event for its Postgraduate students. This is a perfect opportunity for students to get to know each other and Zoology staff in an informal way. This year, the Orientation event was held at the Unipol Recreation Center. After some introductory words from Mark (Head of Department), we had some vegetarian pizza. Soon after, Paul provided information about the rules of foosball and led us through a foosball quiz. The quiz was won by Finn, who can now choose one t-shirt for free from a range of different Zoology t-shirts.
We then started with the actual highlight of the Orientation event – the MonsterDYP foosball tournament. Well prepared due to the quiz, students and staff got excited to have a go at foosball. Each round, the partners and teams were drawn randomly by the Kickertool software. In total, 25 students and staff played a decent number of games on five Leonhard tables. After about two hours and a thrilling last game amongst players from the top of the ranking, the first three winners each received a reptile or marine science book.
According to the excited screams and cheering during the tournament, the students must have had a lot of fun. We hope to see some of them again at our weekly foosball practice and free play that happens each Friday night from 5.30 pm at the entrance area of the Unipol Recreation Center of the University of Otago.