FROM food and music to dance and calligraphy to surfing and prophylactic sales Southern Cross University’s Fusion Festival was wild.
The festival was open to the public and aimed to build intercultural understanding and communal harmony through interaction and its theme – UNIty in diVERSITY: the coming together of cultures and communities.
Equity and Diversity head Rachel Calahan said everyone was invited to join in to celebrate the university’s diverse and multicultural community and the contribution it made to intercultural understanding both on campus and in the local area. Diploma of Sports Management (Surfing Studies) students Paul Hartley and Sunny Fassler said management of the Gold Coast campus’s surfing exhibition formed part of their studies.
“I’ve worked with Quiksilver and Billabong in retail but I wanted to go further and have a career by the beach,” Mr Hartley said.
“I’d like to possibly one day get a job helping to organise, advertise and market the Word Championship Tour but, at the moment, we’re just practising by promoting the course we’re studying.”
Mr Fassler said he was bored working for a billboard company in land-locked Switzerland, Googled SCU’s diploma and the rest was history.
“It will give me a lot of opportunities to travel and I want to be a part of the surf industry,” he said.
“I like to write, so hopefully I’ll one day write for a surfing magazine – that would be my dream.
“I’m going to do an internship in the media, and in the meantime I’m going to try for a placement at Firewire Surfboards in their advertising department.”
In typical Gold Coast style the only thing getting more attention than surfing was sex.
Nicolas Taurisson and Dylan Wooster did a great job turning heads with their university-created Green P***k Condoms, touted as “The most sustainable c**k around”.
Mr Wooster said the condoms were made in Thailand from tree sap latex which helped them to break down.
“We’ve only been running since July 10 and had 30 Facebook friends in the first couple of days then 150 in the last couple of weeks.
“We plan to sponsor uni events, we like to promote safe sex and, most of all, we’re environmentally friendly,” he said.