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.
Downtown Orienteering is a light-hearted competition where freshman teams, accompanied by more seasoned students, explore their new home town by visiting control points run by different associations and organizations around downtown.
This year the famous Downtown Orienteering takes place on Wednesday 11 September when the teams take off from 4 p.m. onwards by the Amphitheatre near PinniB on the main campus.
The most successful teams will be handsomely rewarded at the after party in Ilona nightclub, where all teams and control point organizers get together for an unforgettable evening!
Downtown Orienteering is all about going all-in and sporting a positive attitude, so keep in mind that dressing up and bringing out the eccentric in you and your team is highly encouraged! Your team will also benefit from a punchy slogan to let the others know where you stand!
Often it's not the perfect performance that wins the game but the most creative team (or the one who bribes the control point organizers). Furthermore, at the afterparty prizes will be awarded to not only the best team, but also to the team with the most flamboyant costumes and the one with the best vibes!
WHAT: Student teams exploring Tampere, collecting orienteering points and having fun. The team with the most points wins Tamy's Grand Prix Prize!
WHEN: On Wednesday 11 September 2013. The first teams take off at 4:30 p.m. and the afterparty in Ilona starts at 9 p.m.
WHERE: Take-off is by the Amphitheatre near PinniB on the main campus, control points are located all around downtown (each team is handed a map to show which points to visit), and the afterparty is thrown in Ilona nightclub (Verkatehtaankatu 3).
AND: Orienteers and control point organizers alike can get a Downtown Orienteering badge for their overalls! The badge (see right) costs €2 and is sold at the finish line. It's the perfect memento from Downtown Orienteering!
Registration for teams is now open! Sign-up ends on Friday 6 September at 12 noon. Sign up using the online form.
The first 120 teams to sign up get a spot in the Orienteering (plus 10 standby teams in case of cancellation). The teams take off between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. by the Amphitheatre outside the Pinni B building on main campus.
1. Assemble a team consisting of ca. five people. Come up with a name and a slogan for your team. Originality is a significant asset in Downtown Orienteering! Keep in mind that at the afterparty not only the best team, but also to the team with the most flamboyant costumes and the one with the best vibes will be awarded!
2. Registration for teams is now open and it closes on Friday 6 September at 12 noon sharp. Sign up using the online form. Your team's take-off time will be emailed to the given address no later than Monday 9 September.
3. Make sure to be at the starting point about 10 mins before your appointed take-off time. At the starting location you will receive a map marked with your assigned control points. Please do not hesitate to approach the send-off officials, as they will provide you with the map, instructions, a stamp entitling you to free entry at the after party, and eventually they 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. Arrive at Ilona nightclub (Verkatehtaankatu 3) between 9 and 10 p.m. for the afterparty!
Queries and further information: Virve Valtonen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
This year, for the first time, Tamy organizes the Grand Opening Party in cooperation with the University, so it's going to be better than ever! The Grand Opening has also been extended to last the whole opening day, which means there's activities and performances available throughout the day. Our goal is to bring together the whole University and show a warm welcome to new students.
Grand Opening Party 3 September 2013, programme of the day:
12 - 2 p.m. Opening ceremony in the Main Auditorium of the Main Building
The opening ceremony traditionally opens the new academic year. All University students and staff are more than welcome to join the ceremony, you can find a more specific programme on the University web page. The ceremony is followed by sparkling wine service in the upper hall of the Main Building.
2 - 6 p.m. Various opening party activities in the Main Building, Pinni B and the courtyard:
Introducing different associations
Associations operating within the Student Union and the University, such as student associations, hobby associations and research groups, introduce themselves around the campus, including e.g. Fairtrade Finland, Regea Cell and Tissue Center and Institute of Biomedical Technology.
Tukkateatteri theatre performs songs of their coming play in Alakuppila café at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Between 4 and 8 p.m. you can try out disc golf with the sports clubs TYKKi and FreezeBees outside Pinni A building or take part in fun yard games - such as jump rope or mini Mölkky - organized by UtaSport in the courtyard of the main building.
You can also see a Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu -performance outside Pinni A from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a traditional japanese martial art based on nine different traditional martial art schools. Come see for yourself!
Brief lectures in Finnish on various topics such as global activity, motivation and employment, given in the Main Building lecture hall 1 and Pinni B room 1097. More info here.
A moment of prayer in Taivaankansi, the campus chapel (Pinni B 5th floor)
At 2-2:30 p.m. you can take part in a moment of prayer in the University chapel. Coffee and tee will be served after the service.
The service also features Piccolo chamber choir, who also performs at 4:30 p.m. in the entrance hall of the Main Building.
Musical performances in the Amphitheatre next to Pinni B (in case of rain the Main Auditorium):
3:30–4 p.m. Duo Jani Koskinen & Maiju Kari Duo Jani Koskinen & Maiju Kari plays new singer-songwriter music centered around Koskinen's skillfull lyrics and Kari's beautiful compositions for the harmonium, which together make their music an emotional experience.
4:15–4:45 p.m. Nicolas Kivilinna Nicolas Kivilinna with his rock band plays Beatlesque music in both English and Finnish, featuring both cover songs and original material.
5–5:30 p.m. "The School Band"
An unnamed group of musicians who usually perform at the events of the School of Education, often referred to as the School Band, plays a carefully selected set of top radio hits.
Whether you like good music or very good music doesn't matter, this rock'n'roll quintet will not leave you cold!
6:45–7:15 p.m. Valmistusvirhe & his Errors Valmistusvirhe & his Errors is a combination of the traditional rock'n'roll sound and something new and unexplored.
Touring the University campus
Guided tours around the University campus area, starting at Café Alakuppila at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Open rehearsal at the Department of Acting
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can observe the rehearsal of a Finnish play called Jerusalemin tanssi ("a Dance for Jerusalem"), directed by Yrjö Juhani Renvall. NB: Entrance only before 3 p.m., no exit until 4 p.m.
Freedom of Speech
Anyone can give a short speech on a topic to their liking in the main entrance hall between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Book your own floor time at taina.elina.repo[at]uta.fi.
At 4:30 p.m. in the main entrance hall Piccolo chamber choir performs popular music and other material with Lauri Tikkanen, piano, and Heikki Hinssa, conduction.
Open day at Tamy office
Welcome to the brand new Student Union office! Entrance information and more on Tamy's web page.
Radio Moreeni on air
Between noon and 2 p.m. Radio Moreeni broadcasts the Opening Ceremony live from the main auditorium, and from 2 to 4 p.m. the studio is open for interviews and live music in the main entrance hall. Come check out your local radio station!
Juvenes pop-up café in the courtyard
Juvenes opens a pop-up cafeteria in the courtyard where you can purchase snack and drinks (beer available between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.).
Sales at Juvenes bookstore
Juvenes bookstore offers a discount of 20% on all University products on the opening day!
6 - 8 p.m. Outdoor picnic in the courtyard of the Main Building (weather permitting)
Bring along your own barbecue and snacks and come celebrate the beginning of the academic year.
Café Alakuppila is open until 7 p.m., Juvenes pop-up café in the yard until 8 p.m.
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. The 2012 Grand Opening followed the same concept and was a soaring success. This year we'll make it even better with you!
The traditional Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair is part of Tamy's Organization Week and it takes over the University Main Building's lobby every year at the end of September. During 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 Idea Fair is an excellent way of getting to know different organizations at the University and in their new home town.
This year the Aatemarkkinat Idea Fair takes place on Wednesday 25 September 2013 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m!
The Fair takes place in the University main building; both in the main lobby and the second floor lobby in front of the main auditorium. There are altogether 45 different organizations on display, so plenty to see for any taste! See below for introductions of the displayers:
In the main lobby:
Tamy, student union of the University of Tampere Come take a look of everything your student union has to offer; Tamy's Executive Board will be there to answer any questions you might have about the student union. It's also a great opportunity to find out about the upcoming representative elections and reasons to stand as candidate and/or vote! Welcome!
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.