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Aston freshers to get a taste of Birmingham culture

12th September 2002

Aston freshers to get a taste of Birmingham culture

WELCOMED by Aston's famous 'Aunties'*, new students to Aston University will be on a cocktail of sporting and recreational events, enlightening visits and sightseeing tours to some of Birmingham's top cultural centres during Fresher's Week, from 28th September to the 5th October.

The Freshers will be greeted by the Aunties on the 28th September and will be allowed the weekend to settle in before the sporting assault begins, with a world-cup five-a-side competition on Monday 30th September, followed by a pool and table football competition on Tuesday.

Next, on Wednesday, water is the theme, with a choice of taking a cruise on Birmingham's extensive canal waterways or an informative trip to the Sealife Centre.

Who needs Alton Towers when you've got Drayton Manor just down the road in Lichfield? The new students will take on the exhilarating experience on Thursday and will continue thrill seeking when they visit the Snowdome on Friday.

Alternatively, on Friday, students can experience the buzz of a rollercoaster, flying or racing cars in the IMAX 3D cinema at the nearby Millennium point.

Finally, on Friday night, the week will be rounded off with Freshers toasting each other to a happy and informative time at Aston, underneath massive inflatable superheroes at the Superheroes Fresher's Ball.

"The idea behind the whole week is to welcome new students to the university and the city, with the Aunties who have been in the same position a year or two previously," says President of the Students' Guild Shamir Patel. "And not only that, we also want to show the new visitors what the Student's guild has to offer and what a fun and cultural city Birmingham is these days."

ENDS

For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

Note to Editors:

*Aston Aunties are male or female students in the second or third year who spend Fresher's Week welcoming and guiding the Freshers around the university and the city.

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