[By Samanza Kishwar Parvez]
Colours burst as we stepped into the exciting Lakeside Bazaar at our very own Taylor’s University! The two-day event, which took place on the 11th and 12th of April, had many clubs of the university setting up some very entertaining stalls. The bazaar was a good place to unwind after class and just have a good time or to support friends at their respective stalls. One could purchase coupons costing RM10 each and use them for various things at the fair.
An interview with the student council allows us to get a behind-the-scenes view of the bazaar. The Taylor’s University Student Council (TUSC) believes that the funds raised from the bazaar will contribute to the growth of the clubs, which will benefit the campus community as a whole by enriching the university experience for students, both old and new. Campus integration member, Dominic Chan, says that he had hoped the bazaar would be more than just a means to raise funds, and that it would “be a platform for the clubs and societies to integrate themselves among their members, as as among the other clubs and societies”. A noble goal indeed!
However, according to Dominic, planning the event had been quite a chore. This is because communication between the TUSC and club presidents was rather difficult since different members have different schedules. Another problem was the lack of manpower due to the numerous events coming up soon. Hopefully more people will volunteer to help next time!
Despite these complications, Dominic assures us that the goals set by the student council have all been reached, and that they are pleased that the event took place without a hitch. Dominic feels elated recalling the moments when the whole event location was, in his words, “filled with people and loud screams, which expressed the ‘bazaar feel’ in campus”.
Did the volunteers gain more than just club funds from the event? Dominic thinks that the volunteers had had the opportunity to increase their entrepreneurship and interpersonal skills by working at the event. That is certainly true. Working in such an environment is bound to help people become more socially adept. However small the task, the continuous work must have assisted in building entrepreneurship skills. Thus, the volunteers can have a greater sense of accomplishment!
As for how the event could have been a better experience, the TUSC had some opinions. If a bigger area, more tables and other equipment had been available; more clubs would have been able to participate in the event. It was hard for the student council to turn down some of the clubs from having stalls in the fair — particularly since the occasion was for the sake of the clubs in the first place. However, the limitations were not the fault of the student council. I hope those that did not get an opportunity this time would not hold it against them.
Living up to its name, the bazaar itself was quite an experience! The different booths had many different attractions. Various kinds of drinks and food were available; some so spicy I cried. Cheesy nachos, chicken popcorn, sandwiches, lemonade, candies and snacks were a few of the delectable food options. A rather intriguing item was the layered pudding drink, which was too pretty to drink! (That didn’t stop me, though.)
Some booths had various games, which could be played for prizes. Taylor’s Society of Performing Arts (SPART) were doing freestyle plays, I believe. I actually stood by and watched one and their performance was terrific! I would definitely have gone back for an encore had I not finished every coupon I had on bookmarks and stickers.
The Book Club’s ‘blind date with a book’ was an ingenious idea and it really gave off a mysterious vibe. Not to mention, the books were super cheap! The stickers and temporary tattoos sold at our very own ETC. Magazine booth proved to be show-stealers with their amazingly low prices. Not even my amazing self-control could prevent me from buying a bunch of them! With that, the event came to a close. So with a heavy heart and a depressingly empty wallet, I bid farewell to the Lakeside Bazaar.