Refreshers Week Times and Details!

Durham Pride – Sunday 27th May

12pm onward

Those from Stockton head to Durham for about 12, where you will meet Mae (our wonderful rainbow rep and incoming charities officer!) and she will show you how it’s done at Durham Pride!
24 Hour Charity Match – Starting Sunday 27th May @ 6pm

This begins at 6pm on Sunday 27th May and ends at 6pm on Monday 28th May!

Whether you’re playing or just supporting, this is the event to be at! 24 hours of non-stop sporting from Stevo and John Snow all to raise money for charity, how can you say no!

Lightwater Valley – Monday 28th May

Meet at central no later than 9am

The return taxi will leave Lightwater at 4pm

Those with tickets, Monday is the time to ride the longest rollercoaster in Europe with your fav Stevo pals!

Central Chill – Monday 28th May (Evening)

6pm til late!

After the 24 hour match, come and chill in central, the bar will be open and there will be some free pizza – aren’t you lucky x

Redcar Races – Tuesday 29th May (Day)

12:30pm departure from Central – 5:30pm return.

If you’ve bought a ticket, get yourselves to Redcar with us. This is one of the best ReFreshers events going and I am so personally excited to watch the races.

Those from Durham grab the X12 for free and get to central for 12:30pm (no later) and join those living in Stockton to get the coaches and enjoy our day at the races!

International Food Festival – Tuesday 29th May (Evening)

Get here from 8:00pm to experience the wonderful culture we have at Stevo!

This is set to be a big one!
Everything from parmos to Turkish “cuisine” will be making an appearance.

There will also be husts for unfilled exec positions which is super exciting, come and see your candidates as well as enjoying the night.

Varsity – Wednesday 30th May (Day)

See the event here!

College Colours @ KU – Wednesday 30th May (Evening)

Doors open at 11pm

Does this need any introduction? If yes is the answer to that question, let me elaborate. This is the final KU and the final college colours with Snow, so it’s gonna be massive!

Sun, Snacks and Supersoakers! – Thursday 31st May (Day)

12pm til 3pm

We will also be giving you some Supersoakers and we are gonna have a legendary waterfight outside of central, feel free to shoot Joe with your Supersoakers all you want and this sounds like it could be one of the most memorable days in ReFreshers! There’s also a BUFFET included. I literally am so excited even writing this and I honestly can’t wait to shoot some water guns after a great night at KU!

Stevo on Tour: Newcastle – Thursday 31st May (Evening)

Get to central from 8pm as coaches leave at 8:30pm

Our final Stevo on Tour from Queens and we are headed to Skint @ Illegitimate to celebrate a sick day of supersoakers! This is set to be mindblowing as it’s our first trip to Newcastle this year.

Durham Orientation day

10am – 1pm in Hilton Cottage

This is gonna be such a great opportunity for those moving to Durham next year (and also those who live there now but don’t know it that well!) to get to know the wonderful city you will soon be calling home.

Craig and Jeff have prepared a great day for us with all the info you need and this will be unmissable if you really want to get the most out of living in the city! 

Go Karting – Friday 1st June

1pm departure from Hilton Cottage

After your Durham orientation, yourselves to Hilton Cottage on Friday of ReFreshers week, and enjoy a free taxi ride – or walk if the weather is nice – to the Go Karting track near Durham.

Handover Dinner – Friday 1st June (Evening)

6:30pm drinks reception

The Handover Dinner is honestly an unmissable event in the Stevo Calendar. Come and watch the outgoing exec handover to the incoming exec, and see lots of speeches from Presidents past, present and future (guess who??). As well as this, so many awards are given out on this night, from Half and Full colours, to Outstanding Services to the JCR and even Honorary Life Membership of the JCR!

Stevo Day – Saturday 2nd June

Ticket collection and final on the door ticket sales from 12-2pm

Free hog roast (and veggie alternative) and doughnuts, as well as music, entertainment and inflatables! We also just announced that Showhawk Duo of Radio 1 fame are headlining Stevo Day as if it couldn’t get any better.

 

Refreshers Breakdown – What’s going on?

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Pride – Sunday 27th May

This year Stevo will be making a trip to Durham Pride!

Pride celebrates the entire LGBT+ community. It is a chance to promote equal rights, visibility, a sense of community and just generally celebrate sexuality and gender variance within the world we live in. On top of this, Pride is the most wonderful place on earth and you will never find somewhere as accepting, open and diverse.

Durham Pride is such a good atmosphere and will be a such a nice way to celebrate the start of ReFreshers!

Must do’s:

  • Wear rainbow colours

24 Hour Charity Match – Starting Sunday 27th May @ 6pm

This iconic event in our charity calendar returns and is open to everyone! Anyone can play in the 24 hour matches, so it’s not just exclusive to teams. I may even be making a shock appearance in my sporting debut at the end of my final year!

This begins at 6pm on Sunday 27th May and ends at 6pm on Monday 28th May!

This is one of the best events in the calendar as it really captures the spirit and fun of both Stephenson and Snow and is such a nice day – I can attest.

Even if you’re not playing, if you’re around, please come to the Sport Centre and support our amazing players and donate some cash and/or time

Must do’s:

  • Fundraise!
  • Cheer for your pals
  • Have a great day

Lightwater Valley – Monday 28th May (Daytime)

This year we will be heading to the LEGENDARY Lightwater Valley! For those who don’t know, Lightwater Valley is a theme park in North Yorkshire and is a super sick destination for anyone looking for a thrill!

There’s everything from water rides, rollercoasters, food(!) and even mini golf, and with transport provided with your ticket purchased from the JCR you have everything you need to have the best day out!

Must do’s:

  • Ride Europe’s longest roller coaster – the Ultimate – at 1 and a half miles long
  • Be very old school and ride the carousel and teacups
  • Ride around on the lake on the swan boats!

Central Chill – Monday 28th May (Evening)

After a day of sport playing and rollercoaster riding, join us in central for a night of chill and relaxation feat. assorted movies and general banter!

This is only the beginning of ReFreshers so recharge your batteries while enjoying the bar being open and eating pizza to your hearts content (dependant on availability) x

We are also gonna give you a couple free pizzas to chow down on because Joe and Ails are just that nice!

Must do’s:

  • Chillax
  • Play Mario Kart
  • Eat pizza!

Redcar Races – Tuesday 29th May (Day)

Come dressed to 9’s and travel with us to Redcar to experience the exciting atmosphere of the Racecourse and watch the races! This has become a staple of our ReFreshers week and always goes down so well. Apart from Stevo Day, this is my personal favourite day in ReFreshers!

It’s so much fun to get a little bit dressed up and enjoy a day at the Racecourse with your friends! We will be in the grandstand enclosure and there’s nothing better than chowing down on a pork sandwich (or veggie/vegan alternative) and watching some races!

Must do’s:

  • Watch the races…
  • Meet the horses racing
  • Enjoy the sun
  • See the stables

International Food Festival – Tuesday 29th May (Evening)

This is a brand-new event for all of you lucky people, and it’s set to be huge! On this night, we celebrate our amazing international community, with free food, drink and music! It’s basically an international night dialled up to 100! In addition, we will have an open mic night, focusing on music from other cultures, all whilst we celebrate some of the world’s most famous delicacies – including Lancashire Hot Pot!!

I’m also excited to announce that we will have a Ceilidh Band at this night, and I cannot express how much fun a Ceilidh is! So, this should be sick.

Must do’s

  • Dance in the ceilidh
  • Try a veggie parmo
  • Sing some K-Pop

Varsity – Wednesday 30th May (Day)

Our final varsity on QC will be on Wednesday of ReFreshers! It’s gonna be the biggest and best one yet, and rumour has it some Stevo and Snow alumni may even be turning out to support their Colleges as we send off QC varsity in style! After the day’s matches on campus, we will be heading to Acklam Rugby Pitches on coaches for our Rugby and Football matches, where the bar will be open.

Stephenson won last year, so make sure you get down and cheer for our teams as we bid to retain our title.

Must do’s:

  • Support our teams
  • Pray for nice weather
  • Fish out the sunnies!

College Colours @ KU – Wednesday 30th May (Evening)

Does this need any introduction? If yes is the answer to that question, let me elaborate. This is the final KU and the final college colours with Snow, so it’s gonna be massive!

Join us one final time to show the other college who is the best and say goodbye to a place that has given us so many good memories one final time.

Must do’s:

  • Dress in red
  • Be as Stevo as possible

Sun, Snacks and Supersoakers! – Thursday 31st May (Day)

To me, this is one of the most exciting days in the whole of ReFreshers! Hopefully the sun will be shining down on us when we provide you with a wonderful buffet featuring some great food – HOUMOUS – and the bar will be open!

We will also be giving you some Supersoakers and we are gonna have a legendary waterfight outside of central, feel free to shoot Joe with your Supersoakers all you want and this sounds like it could be one of the most memorable days in ReFreshers! I literally am so excited even writing this and I honestly can’t wait to shoot some water guns after a great night at KU!

Must do’s:

  • Shoot Joe with a Supersoaker
  • Eat a buffet
  • Pray for some sun
  • Enjoy the day even if it rains
  • Have some HOUMOUS

Stevo on Tour: Newcastle – Thursday 31st May (Evening)

Our final Stevo on Tour from Queens and we are headed to Skint @ Illegitimate to celebrate a sick day of supersoakers! This is set to be mindblowing as it’s our first trip to Newcastle this year.

It’s time to paint Newcastle red for the first time this year! And it’s looking to be one to remember.

Must do’s:

  • Take lots of photos
  • Take a photo with Rhys specifically

Go Karting – Friday 1st June (Day)

Get yourselves to Hilton Cottage on Friday of ReFreshers week, and enjoy a free taxi ride – or walk if the weather is any good – to the Go Karting venue near Durham!

You can just pay for as  many laps as you want, so show everyone your sick driving skills and pls try not to crash!

Must do’s:

  • Take a photo on top of the podium
  • Try and beat Craig’s best ever time…

Handover Dinner – Friday 1st June (Evening)

The Handover Dinner is honestly an unmissable event in the Stevo Calendar. Come and watch the outgoing exec handover to the incoming exec, and see lots of speeches from Presidents past, present and future (guess who??). As well as this, so many awards are given out on this night, from Half and Full colours, to Outstanding Services to the JCR and even Honorary Life Membership of the JCR!

I can’t recommend this event enough especially considering that this is the last Handover Dinner on Queen’s! Come and say goodbye to Stockton with us on this night!

Must do’s:

  • Remember to sign up
  • Meet some old Stevo Presidents

Stevo Day – Saturday 2nd June

The best day of the year is here. While I’ve provided loads of info already, here’s a recap:

Free hog roast (and veggie alternative) and doughnuts, as well as music, entertainment and inflatables! We also just announced that Showhawk Duo of Radio 1 fame are headlining Stevo Day as if it couldn’t get any better.

Keep an eye out on the Facebook event for more announcements still to come!! This is honestly the biggest Stevo Day ever, and we are gonna finish ReFreshers week with the best ending you can imagine!

Must do’s

  • Watch the Showhawk Duo – they’re bloody incredible
  • Try a doughnut
  • Tell Rhys he’s the best Barman between 12 and 3pm
  • Try the bungee run
  • Knock someone off the gladiator fight

How to get tickets!

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9am until Friday at 5pm and can be ordered using a Google Form (the link will be emailed to Durham accounts and posted on JCR Facebook sites). The form has to be filled in individually as there is a data protection agreement at the top of the form. Once filled in, you will receive an email invoice with the cost of your tickets and  you must pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque by Friday at 5pm – or Joe will have to send you chase up emails and this is not fun for anyone. We hope this Google Form method will make everyone’s lives easier during the busy summative and exam season so please take the opportunity to sign up using this as it will give us our final numbers for events.

Stevo Day: Line Up Announcement!

Stevo Day 2018 is soon going to be upon us and this really is the biggest day in the calendar for Stevo Rangers and for anyone who has experienced a Stevo Day before I’m sure you will attest that it is a truly wonderful event. This is our final Stevo Day in Stockton and regardless of what you think about sunny Stockton on Tees, it has been a wonderful home for this College for 17 years and its only right to give it an unforgettable send off.

To achieve this we have lots going on but I wanted to use this post to focus on the performances we’re having throughout the day. Starting the afternoon off right we are psyched to announce we will have an incredible performance from the wonderful Phoenix Cheer. Off the back of their recent 3rd place finish at the College Cheer Competition, the team are ready to put in one more routine for the year to kick start our day in the best possible way!

After we’ve been wowed by Phoenix and you’ve all had an opportunity to drink the Shirliest of shakes, chow down on some free doughnuts (only the first 600 are free!) and enjoy the inflatables, Sing Soc will be ready to regale us once more with their dulcet tones. They have been ever-present throughout the year for our events and I can’t wait to see them hit the big stage and perform some incredible summer anthems for everyone.

As you can see we love to celebrate student success here at Stephenson and therefore could not pass up on the opportunity to have the Collingwood student band, The Lost Degree, back for their second Stephenson gig this year. If you don’t remember the name, these are the guys that rocked it at our Winter Ball in December and they are ready to go once more with their incredible sound. Expect anthems, pop and rock as well as a quirky twist with the brass-backing band!

Now, I know you must be thinking that The Lost Degree are our headline act and I don’t blame you because they are incredible. But this year we knew we had to go even bigger than before so we scoured the Internet looking for an act suitable and finally, after hours on end of searching, landed on a firm choice (especially after I took a trip to see them live and they rocked The Plug in Sheffield). Now, I’m sure some of you won’t have heard of them, but their credentials speak volumes – Edinburgh Festival veterans, viral on Facebook and played live in Radio 1’s Live Lounge. However, I think we should let their video do the talking, so, without further ado, I introduce you to our headline act for Stevo Day 2018, The Showhawk Duo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmOScE2AxMM

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What’s Occurring in Easter Term?

A five week holiday may seem like a luxury you want to never end and in many ways it is fantastic to have so much time to spend at home. With no lectures or seminars to fill your days I’m sure you are all enjoying a brief reprise from hardwork before embarking on your final push as you begin (or continue) your revision and final assignments of the year! However, whilst you may not be thinking of returning just yet, I thought I would whet your appetite for what is to come JCR wise next term. The article will highlight all of the things you have to look forward to and details of when these events will be held or where you can find out all the information you need to know for each event!

Husts (26th April)

Yes, they’re back! We have more Husts for you all to sink your teeth into on the first Thursday back and they’re going to be good. The previous two Elections have brought with them laughs and incredible campaigns and we cannot wait for another round.

These Husts will be hosted in Central so make sure you get down in plenty of time for a 7pm start to ensure you grab a seat (and get the pizza flavor you actually want!).

Exams

Yeah I know that you know these are looming but make sure you have prepared well and are ready for whatever may be thrown at you. There’s only a few weeks of hard work to go so give it your all and prepare for what’s to come afterwards!

Summer Ball (26th May)

Post QC Exams we kick off our end of year celebrations in style with our incredible Summer Ball. The event of the Stevo Calendar for many, this year promises to be even more spectacular as we have branched out to take our Enchanted Forrest themed ball to Slaley Hall in Hexham (see below for a picture!). With picturesque grounds for our drinks reception, an acclaimed wedding band to keep us entertained and a few surprises to keep you on your toes we really have gone all out this year and we cannot explain how stupidly excited we are for this one!

Re-Freshers’ Week (w/c 28th May) and Handover Dinner (1st June)

Re-Freshers’ Week is back for one last time in Stockton and I’m so excited for all of the incredible events we have going on. I’m not here to steal anyone’s thunder so I’ll allow Rhys to keep you updated on all things Re-Freshers’ Week on the event. Make sure you click going to get all of the information you will need!

The final Handover Dinner in the Waterside is bound to be tinged with sadness, however we have a wonderful evening planned for you with Sing Soc performances and plenty of awards to hand out, as well as taking some time to welcome the new Exec. Invites will be sent to those who are to receive awards or those who have been chosen for their excellent contribution to the College or JCR. It’s also a fantastic chance to have a final meal with your sports team before everyone leaves for the summer, so make sure you sign up quick when we go to general sale!

STEVO DAY (2nd June)

The biggest Stevo Day yet (well, I think so anyway) is here and it’s set to be a corker! Rhys has already started to dish out some of the exciting things we have going on during the day so be sure to watch this space by following the event.

As you can see, this term has so many incredible events planned for you and the only thing you need to do is make sure you try hard for your exams, buy your tickets when they go on sale and look out for event updates in your emails or the Facebook events/groups. Simples!

Stevo’s Snowy Days

As ‘The Beast from the East’ grips our island for its third consecutive day it is safe to say that the whole world seems to have stopped functioning. Sports and Societies photographs postponed, Asda deliveries cancelled, lectures postponed, Exec and Non-Exec husts postponed, Spensley’s postponed, Locomotion Dinner postponed. Some might say that we might as well lock the doors here at Stephenson and give up on this week! However we have more spirit than that here at Stephenson and weren’t prepared to let that stop us in still offering our students the best possible day we could with the limited services that we could offer.

With this in mind, Ailish, Craig and I put our winter coats and boots on and set off on our expedition all the way to Sainsbury’s. Leaving the protection of our residence buildings we made our way onto the main road. As we ambled, or should that be waded, past the Riverside College we remarked on the similarity to the apocalypse film 28 Days Later. Our hope was that we would eventually reach the hallowed ground of Sainsbury’s and even seeing John Snow was a relief in this cold.

As you may imagine it was a relief to make it back to Stevo and with bread, Nutella and Hot Chocolate in tow we were ready to greet all of our students who came through the door with toast and a hot chocolate. The day was a clear success with many students joining us – who knew free food and drink would make students want to come to events?

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Can you still complain if your free food is burnt?

As Stevo’s day in the snow has snowballed into a week we look forward to sharing with you the very best our students have to offer soon as they enter our snowman making competition!

 

UPDATE: Snowman Making Competition!

We had 3 entries to the competition to win 2 free pizzas and soft drinks behind the bar as you can see below:

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Photography skills on point!
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Buttons but no coat?

After plenty of tough deliberating and a decision as difficult as the X Factor final, the last of the above snowmen was crowned the winner due to its size and impressive fashion choices. Congratulations to Izzy and Kate!

 

We hope you enjoyed the snow and all Stevo had to offer during the ‘Beast from the East’!

Lumiere Invites Students to ‘Be Our Guest’

Hilton Cottage at capacity as Stevo students descend on light festival

Back in Durham for a fifth time, Lumiere lit up Durham in customary spectacular fashion once again last week. The four-day festival attracted in excess of 200,000 people to the City leaving manoeuvring around the narrow, cobbled streets more difficult than ever. But boy was it worth it! 29 illuminations and installations from artists across the world adorned the city’s landmarks ranging from suspended white lines above the River Wear, a mobile suspended from a crane adjacent to Elvet Bridge and an open air palace on Market Square to name but a few!

To mark the occasion of the UK’s largest light show heading to our historic Northeast city, and in true Stephenson fashion of providing free food and beverages, we hosted our very first hot chocolate and cake evening at our satellite site of Hilton Cottage. Cakes from our wonderful receptionist Rebecca were eagerly devoured by at least 40 visiting Rangers travelling from Queen’s Campus and our students based in Durham. The cakes were washed down with marshmallow and cream topped hot chocolates in our Stephenson branded travel mugs as students and staff alike wrapped up warm and headed out to explore the wonder of an illuminated Durham.

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Below are some of the photos of the light installations taken by one of our students, Lewis Connell (a member of the Durham University Photography Society).

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