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When New Year comes, we will have a rest

Date of material placement: 28-12-2012, 14:35.

North-Caucasus Federal University "got to skating". The first show in the university’s history called "NCFU-2012 Ice Extravaganza" gathered more than 500 spectators and participants at Mikhailovsk indoor skating-rink. Excitement atmosphere of festival anticipation made eyes shine, smiles beam and blood run faster in veins without regard to the cold.

Practically all pro-rectors of NCFU and directors of institutes came to participate in the festival. The event was opened by the Rector of the University, Alina Levitskaya:

- It's great that we see off the year of 2012 by means of such symbolic show. We are one team only for four months, but for this period of time we held 96 big events, enjoyed talents of our students. I think that today they will give us great pleasure. I congratulate you on upcoming New Year and wish you and your family and friends happiness, health and every success.

The show began with the competition "Relay race on ice". The aces of aces became parts of teams representing institutes. The students had to hand the baton to each other, pass between chips on ice without knocking them down, throw a hoop to the target and take a puck between chips. In the next round three winning teams had to skate knocking a tennis ball on a tennis racket and several times skate back and forth in a serpentine line step-by-step gathering all the team in a human chain. As a result the most agile and strong were students of Institute of Pedagogics.

Director of the institute Nadezhda Paliyeva said she was proud of her students and added that teachers, who teach children everything, should be able to do everything both in art and in sport and in life.

The second part of the show "NCFU-2012 Ice Extravaganza” was creative. It began with a performance of children’s groups, which were guests at the festival. To New Year's song accompaniment young pupils of figure skating coach of Stavropol CSK  (branch of Rostov center) Marina Tokova performed their short program including "toe loops" and "pirouettes". She also prepared all dance routines of the ice show:

- A month ago we considered pair skating as competition between institutes. Casting was very difficult, we chose students, who skated well, and together with them thought up acts. To tell the truth, finally pairs consisted of people who were not always from the same institute, and it became not a competition, but a creative program of 13 acts.

Indeed everything was fabulous: competition alternated with performances of vocal and choreographic groups of the university, but all of us were greatly impressed by the very real ice dancing, which made the audience stand still with delight more than once. Acts were funny and touching, elegant and romantic, vivid and memorable.

Guys did no pay their attention to anything, excepting their partners, steadily skated and performed absolutely breathtaking pas, including "lifts"!

It was difficult to believe that such a miracle was here, next to you, and those, who, like you, were now taking tests and exams, were on ice. And the most important feeling is a feeling of unity of all people under this dome, both students on ice and spectators, who supported performers with enthusiasm, hot-tempered shouts; sports "fifes" and  sound of feet.

There were 13 acts of a minute and a half in length to New Year's songs accompaniment, but so many positive emotions, so many victories over capricious ice, so much joy from what was done!

- We have became one "ice" family during training, - Alexey Gorban, fifth year student of Institute of Information Technologies and Telecommunications. Much energy was spent to prepare the show! First of all we got acquainted and then trained and fooled around on ice. Now we have very good relations and our coach is just wonderful!

Among participants and guests of the festival one could notice young people dressed in white windcheaters with the image of the Firebird, a symbol of NCFU student specialized volunteers group called "Special opinion" (headed by I.I. Lukyantseva). The members of the group served as sport volunteers, whose functions included accompaniment of students’ groups from NCFU institutes and lyceum, seating of fans’ groups at the stands, holding a tea-break for all guests, distribution of skates. This experience is not useless. It is useful for the work of prospective Olympic (sport) volunteers at Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Not only students are able to "get to skating". Pro-Rector for Administrative Work of NCFU, Nadezhda Akchurina and Head of Student Press Centre, Anna Ivershin demonstrated their skills brightly. They sang a song, the words of which became the leitmotif of the festival: "...when New Year comes, we will have a rest...". One could have a nice rest: funny, interesting, from the heart!

At the end of the event NCFU Rector, Alina Levitskaya and Pro-Rector for Administrative Work, Nadezhda Akchurina gave awards, diplomas and sweet gifts to more than 40 best students of NCFU.

"NCFU Ice Extravaganza” had charitable character: students of all institutes took part in the action called "Give happiness in New Year”, collection of toys, stationery and different things for inmates of children's homes in Stavropol region and for children, who were in Stavropol hospitals during those days before holiday.

The idea of universitywide student New Year event in an unusual format belongs to Department of Youth Policy, Student Organizations and Initiatives, which staff organized trainings for skaters-beginners since November. They practiced themselves and taught others skating.

Foundation of good and really young tradition was laid. Participants dream about continuation of such friendly competitions. And the audience thanks NCFU administration for such a wonderful holiday! 

Department for Information and Public Relations of NCFU

Photo: Julia Kravchenko, Edward Korniyenko, Alexander Gololobov

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