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Hundreds of Curtin students have celebrated the 50th birthday of their representation body with a spectacular grazing table of cupcakes.
Row upon row of traditional chocolate and gluten free vanilla cupcakes formed a giant “50” ending the semester on a sweet note for students who are weeks away from their exams.
Guild President Finlay Nolan said the 50th anniversary was an opportunity for the Curtin community to celebrate and reflect on the many achievements of WA’s most influential student organisation.
“We have planned a year of birthday themed events and special activities including one which has involved our café chefs baking 1000 donuts a day.”
As well, Ms Nolan said that a team of students has captured the history of the Guild and its leaders through a series of interviews and historic images sourced from the archives of the student publication Grok which was established at the same time as the Guild.
Curtin Student Guild was formed in 1969, two years after WAIT opened its doors to students, with a mission to foster a sense of community among then WAIT students.
Since then it’s estimated that Guild representatives have sat on 34,500 boards and committees, organised almost 300 rallies and petitions and written more than 14,500 reports.
Ms Nolan said that the Guild has ensured that Curtin University has a sense of community and vibrancy.
“While Curtin has services for students it is the Guild that is the voice of students,” she said.
“Curtin’s Student Guild has always been at the forefront of debates about delivering a fair higher education system that benefits all Australians,” she said.
“What is perhaps less known is our innovative approach to helping students. In the 1970s we campaigned to introduce student housing, we were the driving force in establishing childcare, health, and chaplaincy services at Curtin and we have always championed equal rights establishing departments to represent the interests of women, Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ students and those identifying with disabilities,” she said.