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The Canberra Business Society at UC (CBS) treated UC students to an evening of creative fun at their ‘paint and sip’ event in week 4. It was a well organised event, with an attendance rate to match. Students engaged creatively while chatting and sharing a drink with their peers.

The event was held in the UC Hub and the venue was easily filled with students eager to practice their painting skills. The challenge to attendees was to paint their favourite meme. This turned out to be the perfect theme; one that instantly sent a buzz of chatter around the bar as students shared their favourite funny online content and decided which to adapt.

I had come to the event alone and was seated at a table with two others who were in the same boat. The neighbour to my left quickly decided on painting Kermit the Frog while my right-hand neighbour took more time, chuckling away to himself and flicking through his phone. He eventually settled on the creepy looking CGI figure I have since learned is known as ‘Meme Man’. In this meme, Meme Man stands in front of a series of numerical figures labelled ‘stonks’. Such was the cheerful atmosphere of the event that I laughed even though I didn’t get the joke.

I decided to paint the disturbing green parrot that assures its owner it means her no harm before swooping in to bite her toes. As we manoeuvred our brushes through brightly coloured puddles on our paper plate palettes, we had a chance to chat and get to know each other. It turns out the things we find funny can be highly individual and say a lot about our character.

The success of the night must in part be due to the excellent value. CBS had somehow provided paint, brushes, canvases and easels and an open bar and pizza dinner for the non-member price of $7, or $5 for CBS members.

At the end of the night, the event organisers gave prizes to the paintings they judged to be the best:

1st place – Tired D.W.

2nd place – Elmo Rise

3rd place – Plankton Heart

Besides putting on great social events, the Canberra Business Society at UC helps its members to improve their employability skills and secure graduate jobs. Find CBS through the UCX website to become a member.


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