A Winter Celebration to Remember: Joint-Hall Gala Dinner / 冬日裡的溫暖慶典: 聯舍晚宴

(按此看中文版)

On Friday the 24th of February, the Student Residence was humming with excitement whilst preparing for their signature community event, the annual Joint-hall Gala Dinner. The theme for the year of 2017 is “Once Upon a City (小城大事). The organisers, Residents’ Associations (RAs) from our 10 undergraduate halls and the Student Residence Office (SRO), received an overwhelming sale response to the event from64 tables! As a result, a total of 770 people enjoyed and celebrated the event.

More than 770 students, staff, alumni and special guests gathered for a fun celebration of
More than 770 students, staff, alumni and special guests gathered for a fun celebration of “Once Upon a City”, Joint-hall Gala Dinner 2017. / 逾770名師生、校友和特別嘉賓參與了2017年聯舍晚宴《小城大事》。
The meaning behind the theme,
The meaning behind the theme, “Once Upon a City”, refers to all the great pieces of hall memories residents share together here in CityU, which will continue to inspire them for years to come. / 《小城大事》寓意宿舍生活中的點點滴滴在宿生的心目中永遠都有一片天,哪天回望過來,盡是美好的回憶。

When the evening rolled in, the Student Residence had been completely transformed. As you entered the residence, you could see the main stage set up to the left. When looking out from this point, rows upon rows of tables were scattered all around the area surrounding the Student Residence circle. Rainbow-like flags were hung up and flied in the wind. When the stunning bright lights were switched on, the Student Residence glowed in a kaleidoscope of colours. This was the setting of what would be a memorable night.

As most of us know, the Student Residence is situated on a hill, so during the winter season, the low temperature really tends to hit us hard. However, we were blessed that the rain stayed away from us. So even though an icy wind was sweeping across the Student Residence with great force, it seemed insignificant because wherever you turned, you were greeted with warm smiles from fellow students, alumni and special guests.

Students from all over the globe were invited as special guests to the eventful evening. / 來自不同地區和國家的同學們聚集在一起,共同歡渡聯舍晚宴。
Students from all over the globe were invited as special guests to the eventful evening. / 來自不同地區和國家的同學們聚集在一起,共同歡渡聯舍晚宴。
Our great MCs for the night (from L to R): Catherine WONG (Alumni Civility Hall), Issac HAN (Hall 11), Rose CHOW (Alumni Civility Hall), Walter WONG (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Sadhika NANDA (Hall 11), and Georgia IVERS (Lee Shau Kee Hall). / 色彩艷紅的一眾大會司儀(左起):黃靜(校友樂禮堂)、韓俊樂(舍堂十一)、周嘉怡(校友樂禮堂)、王瑞賢(李兆基堂)、Sadhika NANDA(舍堂十一)及Georgia IVERS(李兆基堂)。
Our great MCs for the night (from L to R): Catherine WONG (Alumni Civility Hall), Issac HAN (Hall 11), Rose CHOW (Alumni Civility Hall), Walter WONG (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Sadhika NANDA (Hall 11), and Georgia IVERS (Lee Shau Kee Hall). / 色彩艷紅的一眾大會司儀(左起):黃靜(校友樂禮堂)、韓俊樂(舍堂十一)、周嘉怡(校友樂禮堂)、王瑞賢(李兆基堂)、Sadhika NANDA(舍堂十一)及Georgia IVERS(李兆基堂)。

The event ran smoothly, thanks to the lively MCs from Hong Kong, India and Australia. The audience was constantly laughing, thanks to the entertaining “Best Costume Performance Competition”. For this, groups from the various halls came up with innovative ideas to stand out from the crowd – whether it was giant walking student IDs or singing kindergarten kids. In adddition, the student performances throughout the night were of the highest quality, ranging from the Korean dance group “URBANITE” to the Bollywood Fusion “DAZZLERS”. They all showcased how diversified and talented our residents are.

President Way KUO was impressed by the quality of the student performances. / 郭位校長對於同學們的演出讚不絕口。
President Way KUO was impressed by the quality of the student performances. / 郭位校長對於同學們的演出讚不絕口。





Hall performers, URBANITE, and DAZZLERS gave a series of dashing performances throughout, while C AllStar hit up the stage near the end of the night as the audience cheered in excitement. / 各大舍堂的表演好手施展渾身解數,盡情演出;韓舞團URBANITE及印度舞者DAZZLERS在台上發放萬丈光芒,魅力四射;到最後由表演嘉賓C AllStar將觀眾情緒推至高峰,聯舍晚宴終於完滿結束。

Here is what some people had to say about the event:

“It was really fun to be a part of one of the student performances. I danced with URBANITE and it was so exciting to be part of something big that everyone could enjoy. It was kind of nerve-wracking to look out into the audience but the response was great. There were certain dance steps that received more cheers and that’s how you know people are watching.”
– Julianne Nicole DIONISIO, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 3, Media and Communication

“I really loved to watch the performances because some of my friends were in them. It was nice to be able to support them and for others to see how talented they are!”
– JEONG Jiwon, Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 2, New Media

“I really appreciate the idea of such events that is inclusive to all residents from all halls, as it allows for the bringing of different people together.”
– Navakamol JAESIRI, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2, Business Economics

“First of all, I would like to thank all the organisers (including our Organising Committee [OC] and SRO) for all the efforts made towards ‘Once Upon a City’ in the past 2 months. We have never dreamed of hosting more than 60 tables. The day started off rough with a low temperature of 11°C and a strong wind. We were shivering in our OC hoodies, yet we managed to complete our rehearsals and venue set-up on time.  When I finally saw our 4 light boxes glowed on stage during the kick-off, it was worth all the hard work.”
– Yuki CHAN, Person-in-Charge of “Once Upon a City”, External Vice President of Six Noon Tong, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Chinese

(See full photo album here.)

Writer:   LIM Hanna Suchanya (Alumni Civility Hall)
Photographers:   Kelvin NG, Yikki LAM (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Emily JIA (Hall 11)

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2月24日星期五,學生宿舍氣氛一片熱烈,大家在為每年最重要的活動之一──聯舍晚宴做準備。今年的主題為「小城大事」。學生宿舍處和十大宿生會作為主辦方,獲得大家積極的支持,今年共有64桌,逾770人出席此次慶祝活動。

More than 770 students, staff, alumni and special guests gathered for a fun celebration of
More than 770 students, staff, alumni and special guests gathered for a fun celebration of “Once Upon a City”, Joint-hall Gala Dinner 2017. / 逾770名師生、校友和特別嘉賓參與了2017年聯舍晚宴《小城大事》。
The meaning behind the theme,
The meaning behind the theme, “Once Upon a City”, refers to all the great pieces of hall memories residents share together here in CityU, which will continue to inspire them for years to come. / 《小城大事》寓意宿舍生活中的點點滴滴在宿生的心目中永遠都有一片天,哪天回望過來,盡是美好的回憶。

夜幕降臨,所有準備已經就緒。當你踏入宿舍區,可以看見舞台設置在左手邊。從這個角度看過去,一排排的桌子依照圓形場地陳列,彩旗迎風飄舞,當炫目的燈光打開,周圍便仿佛萬花筒一般色彩奪目。這便是這個難忘的夜晚的背景了。

如我們所知,宿舍位於山上,所以到了冬天,氣溫格外低,幸運的是晚宴期間沒有下雨。雖然寒風瑟瑟、冰冷強勁,但無論你走到哪里,都會收到來自同學、校友和特別嘉賓的溫暖笑臉。

Students from all over the globe were invited as special guests to the eventful evening. / 來自不同地區和國家的同學們聚集在一起,共同歡渡聯舍晚宴。
Students from all over the globe were invited as special guests to the eventful evening. / 來自不同地區和國家的同學們聚集在一起,共同歡渡聯舍晚宴。
Our great MCs for the night (from L to R): Catherine WONG (Alumni Civility Hall), Issac HAN (Hall 11), Rose CHOW (Alumni Civility Hall), Walter WONG (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Sadhika NANDA (Hall 11), and Georgia IVERS (Lee Shau Kee Hall). / 色彩艷紅的一眾大會司儀(左起):黃靜(校友樂禮堂)、韓俊樂(舍堂十一)、周嘉怡(校友樂禮堂)、王瑞賢(李兆基堂)、Sadhika NANDA(舍堂十一)及Georgia IVERS(李兆基堂)。
Our great MCs for the night (from L to R): Catherine WONG (Alumni Civility Hall), Issac HAN (Hall 11), Rose CHOW (Alumni Civility Hall), Walter WONG (Lee Shau Kee Hall), Sadhika NANDA (Hall 11), and Georgia IVERS (Lee Shau Kee Hall). / 色彩艷紅的一眾大會司儀(左起):黃靜(校友樂禮堂)、韓俊樂(舍堂十一)、周嘉怡(校友樂禮堂)、王瑞賢(李兆基堂)、Sadhika NANDA(舍堂十一)及Georgia IVERS(李兆基堂)。

來自香港、印度和澳洲的五位主持人風趣幽默,調動全場氣氛;「最佳服裝表演」讓觀眾笑聲不斷,每座舍堂都想出新奇的裝扮點子── 從行走中的巨型學生證,到唱歌的幼稚園小朋友。宿生們也為大家呈上高質量的演出,從舞蹈組合URBANITE的K-pop韓舞, 到DAZZLERS的寶萊塢印度熱舞。他們展現出我們的宿生多麼多元和多才多藝。

President Way KUO was impressed by the quality of the student performances. / 郭位校長對於同學們的演出讚不絕口。
President Way KUO was impressed by the quality of the student performances. / 郭位校長對於同學們的演出讚不絕口。





Hall performers, URBANITE, and DAZZLERS gave a series of dashing performances throughout, while C AllStar hit up the stage near the end of the night as the audience cheered in excitement. / 各大舍堂的表演好手施展渾身解數,盡情演出;韓舞團URBANITE及印度舞者DAZZLERS在台上發放萬丈光芒,魅力四射;到最後由表演嘉賓C AllStar將觀眾情緒推至高峰,聯舍晚宴終於完滿結束。

下面是人們對這次活動的感受:

「給大家表演節目真的很有趣,我和URBANITE一起跳舞,在這樣的大型活動中被大家矚目很激動。面向觀眾的時候很緊張,但好在迴響還不錯。有些舞步得到大家的歡呼,你就知道大家其實都有在看。」

── Julianne Nicole DIONISIO(賽馬會敬賢堂 / 媒體與傳播系三年級)

「我全程都在欣賞表演,因為我的朋友也在演出者中。支持他們,為他們感到驕傲,也希望其他人看見他們的才藝。」

── JEONG Jiwon(賽馬會群智堂 / 新媒體系二年級)

「我很喜歡這種所有舍堂的人都共聚一堂的活動,所有不同的人有機會坐在一起交流。」

── Navakamol JAESIRI(李兆基堂 / 商業經濟系二年級)

「首先要多謝所有負責人(包括學生宿舍處及十大宿生會)長達兩個幾月的共同努力,創造出今年的『小城大事』。從來沒想過今年會做到突破60枱的圍數。一開始也很擔心,最記得當日上午只有攝氏十一度,風刮得很大,大家只穿著一件薄薄的練帽外套,還堅持做綵排和set場。幸好最後活動能夠順利進行,而當我看見開幕儀式中,台上『小城大事』個四個燈箱亮著的一刻,我覺得無論多辛苦也是值得的。」

── 陳竟瑜 (聯舍晚宴負責人 / 六結糖外務副主席 / 李兆基堂 / 中文系三年級)

(活動相簿請看:https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityu_sro/albums/72157680727362866

文:   LIM Hanna Suchanya (校友樂禮堂)
譯:   王琪 (舍堂十)
攝:   吳啟楓、林奕淇 (李兆基堂)、賈藝琛 (舍堂十一)

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