Nothing can stop us from creating the Wappu spirit - AYY organises Wappu remotely

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Nothing can stop us from creating the Wappu spirit and that is why the Aalto community will celebrate Wappu at the normal time of the year. AYY will organise Wappu remotely in a digital format and aims to follow Wappu traditions wherever possible. Wappu events will not be held later in the autumn.

AYY encourages the whole community to create ways to organise safe Wappu remotely. It is now very important that the entire Wappu concept is considered together in order to make Wappu as versatile as possible. AYY is currently compiling various tools and tips for organising remote events to help everyone. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

Keeping up the Wappu spirit remotely

AYY compiles Wappu events on the wappu.fi site, where the events are easily visible to our members. OUBS offers support for all video-related Wappu issues, such as streaming. Aalto University Archives document and collect Aalto members’ experiences on the remote life during the coronavirus pandemic and the national state of emergency in the spring of 2020. In addition, the Spring Radio of Wappu can be listened to on 27−30 Apr. More information on these issues and events is updated on www.wappu.fi.

You can submit your own event by filling in the event form. Please also publish your event in All to X app and you will be involved in creating the Aalto spirit and raising the charity pot for Save the Children.

AYY’s responsibility for the well-being of the community

AYY follows the instructions of the Government in the state of emergency. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be held until 13 May. Gatherings and events that require physical presence will not be organised until 29 Apr 2020. Gatherings and events with more than 500 people will not be organised until 31 May 2020.

Wappu is a unique celebration that consists of several events in the Aalto community. Some of these events are organised by AYY’s sections and committees and some are organised by associations. The time of the year when Wappu is held is also unique. As a whole, the transfer of events to another time while preserving the unique Wappu atmosphere is challenging. Some of the Wappu traditions, such as the distribution of student caps for engineering freshmen, are difficult to organise in the autumn.

The coping, safety and well-being of the community members are of utmost importance for AYY. The orientation week events and AYY10 anniversary events are already planned for the autumn. Many anniversaries and other major events in the community have also been postponed to the autumn. If Wappu should be postponed to the autumn, people would have difficulties to find energy for all events in early autumn. Events should be planned and prepared during the summer when our employees, volunteers and other community members should have the opportunity to rest and have a holiday. If the coronavirus situation permits, the summer is also full of events and many volunteers have summer jobs. AYY acts responsibly and encourages the community to develop safe and digital ways to create the sense of community and to celebrate Wappu remotely. 

Aalto community will find the ways

The Aalto community certainly has the skills to create the sense of community even without physical closeness. This year, Wappu will be different than ever before, but even more memorable. Whether you are thinking about a remote picnic, remote concert, remote quiz or any remote event, please let us know! If you need support in creating your event, please feel free to contact us. With matters regarding Wappu, please send email to [email protected]. We provide support for associations and members in the planning and preparation of Wappu events.

Best wishes for Wappu and your event arrangements!

 

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