Tamy's traditional Vappulakki Award was granted to Hirvitalo, Center of Contemporary Art Pispala in 2012. The award ceremony was held during a spring party, organized by Tamy and Tampereen tieteentekijät ry, at the University on 27 April 2012.
For the 31st time, the Student Union of the University of Tampere organizes the Women Culture Days – an event of feminist studies, art and activities. This year's event is called Rokitus – Rock it grrrl! As the name suggests, the event revolves around music, which is a means to interpret emotions as well as politics.
The traditional Downtown Orienteering is a fun, tongue-in-cheek competition that is arranged in the beginning of the autumn term. Downtown Orienteering usually takes place in mid-September. Teams start at the stone stairway outside the Pinni B building.
In Downtown Orienteering, freshman teams (more seasoned students may participate as well) collect points by finding control points marked in their maps and solving fun exercises (e.g. completing trick tracks, writing poems, doing woodwork or crafts, taking pictures – anything is possible). Control point organizers consist mainly of student associations and hobby associations, but other parties cooperating with Tamy and the University of Tampere also take part.
The team with the most points (i.e. the most first places among control point organizers) wins and is rewarded at the afterparty. Moreover, the teams with best costumes and with best attitude will be rewarded.
All in all, Downtown Orienteering is about going all-in and sporting a positive attitude. Dressing up in an original and individual way is highly encouraged! Teams also often come up with mottos for themselves. Very often it is not the perfect performance that wins but the most original team (or the team that bribes the control point organizers).
This year, Downtown Orienteering takes place on Tuesday 11 September 2012. An afterparty is thrown in the Viihdenmaailma Ilona in Verkatehtaankatu 3.
The first teams start at 4.30 p.m. and the afterparty in Ilona kicks off at 9 p.m. The team with the most points wins Tamy's Grand Prix Prize.
For the second time ever, orienteers and control point organizers alike can get a Downtown Orienteering badge for their overalls! The badge (on the right) costs €2 and is sold at the finish line. What could be a better souvenir from Downtown Orienteering?
The first teams start at 4.30 p.m. at the stone stairway outside the Pinni B building on main campus.
1. Assemble a team and name it. The ideal size for a team is five people, but it is alright to deviate from this a little. Come up with a motto for your team. Originality is a significant asset in Downtown Orienteering!
2. Registration for teams has closed. The time for your team's start will be emailed to the given address no later than Monday 10 September.
3. Arrive as a team to the announced starting location on time, about ten minutes before your announced starting time. At the starting location, you will receive a map with the control points marked on it. Please do not hesitate to approach the send-off officials, as they will provide you with your map and instructions and eventually send your team off.
4. Find and visit all the control points. Downtown Orienteering is not a speed race! The control points close at 8.30 p.m. at the latest. The main idea is to have fun. Keep in mind, however, that you represent all university students!
5. Be at Viihdemaailma Ilona (in Verkatehtaankatu 3) before 10 p.m.! Doors open at 9 p.m.
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As the name suggests, the Grand Opening Party is a party that kicks off the academic year. Usually thrown in the first week of September, the Grand Opening has traditionally been one of Tamy's most popular events.
The Grand Opening Party is held at Yo-talo and entry is free for Tamy's members. The party's programme includes music, competitions and a welcome speech for new students by the chair of Tamy's Executive Board.
Grand Opening in 2011
In 2011, the Grand Opening Party's concept was slightly altered: the party was a one-day event and it was thrown on Friday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday. The greatest change, however, was that all performances were by members of Tamy. An open application produced over 30 applicants among which Norsupoolo, Aarne Schmitt and Aikalaiset were chosen to perform. In addition to the band performances, DJ duo I Only Date DJ's played records. The Grand Opening was a soaring success: over 100 paid guests and 500 members of Tamy partied at Yo-talo!
The Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes over the University Main Building's lobby every year at the end of September. In the fair, associations, clubs and other organizations acting in cooperation with the University and the Student Union spread out in the lobby and introduce themselves to students. Come take a tour and see if you can find a new hobby for yourself!
For freshmen, the Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is an excellent way to start getting to know the communities in their new university and town.
This year Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is bigger than ever! Come and see what we're all about on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 10 a.m.-4 p.m!
Part of Tamy's Organization Week, Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes over the entire University Main Building, as organizations spread out in the main lobbies of all three floors and introduce themselves to students. Welcome!
The organizations presenting their activities (some websites in Finnish only):
In 1954, Elli and Niilo Jännes donated 100,000 Finnish marks to Tamy's predecessor, the Student Union of the Civic College to be used as the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund. The donation letter states that the resources must be used annually “to reward the most distinguished students in the poetry class of the Student Union's hobby competition. The award may first be given in the 1956 hobby competition. If the hobby competition is not arranged, that year's income from interest shall be added to the funds in total.”
The A.E. Jännes writing competition has been arranged countless times, and its topics have included everything from cabaret and sketches to good/evil and young poetry.
In 2011, Tamy organized the writing competition together with ELKI, the Association for the Enlivenment of Literature, with the title “Hundred words”. The genre of the competition was – as the competition's name suggests – a drabble, that is to say a short story of exactly 100 words. In addition to the actual text, writers were allowed to use a maximum of 15 words for the title and possible subtitles. The competition's theme was “A snippet from the Rector's diary”.
The competition was arranged 9 May–31 August 2011, and a total of 108 stories were handed in. A jury consisting of Teemu Manninen, poet, Maria Mäkelä, literature researcher, and Janne Räikkönen, chief editor of the culture magazine Satyyri, and Tamy's and ELKI's representatives selected the winners.
The best stories were awarded and read in Tamy's 86-year anniversary celebrations on 4 November 2011. The first prize was €250, the second prize €100 and the third prize €50. In addition, the best stories were published in the online culture magazine Satyyri.
A.E. Jännes writing competition's rules
The competition's rules, participation instructions and prizes are determined by the Student Union of the University of Tampere based on the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund's donation letter.
1. The Student Union of the University of Tampere, Tamy, shall arrange the Arvi Emil Jännes writing competition annually. The Student Union's Executive Board shall decide the name and theme of the competition each year.
2. Everyone who is living, working or studying in Finland and has not published a literary work may participate in the competition. An author's edition counts as a literary work. Publishing in an anthology is not an impediment to participating in the competition so long as the entered story has not been previously published.
3. The competition shall have a jury, whose members are chosen each year so that they have a connection with that year's theme. The jury shall not give reviews for single entries. An expert from outside the Student Union shall have the power of decision in the jury. If no stories worth rewarding enter the competition, that year's reward sum may be given out later.
4. The participant agrees to have his or her work published without separate recompense. Award-winning works shall be stored in the Student Union's archives. Works that do not win awards shall be stored for two years.
5. The competition is funded from the Arvi Emil Jännes Memorial Fund's resources that were donated to Tamy by Elli and Niilo Jännes in 1954. The competition has been arranged regularly since 1956.
Tamy's history project was started when the Green Party's council group proposed Tamy's history be written. A history working group was set up in 2009 to plan and coordinate writing the history. Ms Tiina Heikkilä, Tamy's Executive Board member, acted as the working group's chair from 2010 to 2013. Her predecessor was Ms Anna Ulvinen. Other members in the history working group were Ms Reetta Eiranen, Ms Anna Ulvinen and Ms Salla Heikkinen.
In 2009, the history working group put the history out for tender and chose the Department of History and Philosophy in the University of Tampere to execute the work. Mr Vesa Vartiainen and Mrs Mervi Kaarninen are the authors of the history and Heikki and Pirkko Koski act as its patrons.
The book, titled in Finnish as Elämää ja taistelua - Tampereen yliopiston ylioppilaskunta ja sen edeltäjät 1925-2010 was published in the spring of 2013. It is the first of its kind. In addition to studying the Student Union, the book discusses Tamy's forerunner. Tamy's annual reports, the student newspaper Aviisi and tradition serve as source material for the history.
The book is on sale at the Juvenes Campus store in the Main Building of the University (45 €).
Since 2001, the Vappulakki award has been given to a party that has promoted student culture in Tamy's May Day event. Tamy's Culture Section is responsible for picking the award winner.
The actual Vappulakki award is a rather large contraption that looks like a student cap. Because it is both big and fragile, it is best to present the cap to the award winner as a symbolic gesture in the ceremony and store it at Tamy for the rest of the year. This way it stays in one piece and won't get lost. A certificate of honour is given with the award.
ELKI – Association for the Enlivenment of Literature. ELKI was founded in spring 2009 by literature students in the University of Tampere. Its purpose is to enliven the culture of letters and to create alternatives to the commercialization and productization of literature.
Vastavalo Photography Club. Vastavalo is your route to the world of photography. Whether you occasionally snap a picture or devote yourself passionately to the values of aesthetics, we have a lot to offer!
Keri. Keri is a joint culture association for educational institutions in Tampere. It organizes inexpensive visits to theatres and concerts, nature trips, board game nights, bowling, floor ball, ultimate, miniature golf and other fun stuff.