LunarGCWYSIWYGThe Lunar New Year celebrations continued as NAS welcomed the Year of the Rooster at RMIT with lucky red envelopes, fortune cookies and a giant Caishen!

With a last-minute location change due to Melbourne’s unpredictable weather, the Year of the Rooster gave resilience to the NAS team as they relocated the NAS Lunar New Year celebrations to Swanston Street, opening the event to anyone passing the university to join the festivities.

A flourish of red lanterns lined the NAS marquee outside Building 8 and brought colour to the gloomy day but it was the giant Chinese God of Prosperity, Caishen, towering over students and staff with his jovial nature, welcoming selfies and wishing everyone a happy Lunar New Year that peaked curiosity.

Caishen wandered through the new ‘heart of the City campus’ situated in the almost-finished Hall space that will house RMIT Connect in Building 10, marvelling at the wide-open hangout space, the high ceilings, escalators to the new library, and Academic Street!

Lunar4GCWYSIWYGCaishen wasn’t the only prosperous element at the event – there were bundles of lucky red envelopes with NAS goodies inside, and NAS-branded fortune cookies prophesising the success of the new NAS spaces and the new scope of RMIT, such as new food outlets, the Media Precinct and Garden Building opening this year.

While students shared their fortunes with each other, there was also talk of the new spaces nearing completion. Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student, Maham Aziz is excited about the student hangout areas opening across the precinct, and the ‘high-tech’ digital screens in the new Connect area.

“Exploring the whole new space will be fun, even for the older students. I know the new students are going to be excited but for students who are returning, they’re gonna be like, ‘Ah! We didn’t know we had this!’”

Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) student, Jess Zibung is looking forward to seeing the campus transformed.

“These events are a great way to have a little fun on campus and be aware of what’s going on with NAS. I was just passing through and noticed the giant Caishen. The fortune cookies were a great touch – mine hinted there’s a NAS Valentine’s event next week.”

With RMIT and New Academic Street always dressed in red, RMIT is off to a lucky start to the Year of the Rooster!

Words: Nikki RussianLunar3GCWYSIWYG