You had to ask didn't you! Well on the surface K.A.O.S.
is about injecting a bit of light hearted madness
into university life
. Our S.O.A.K.
say that running around shooting each other
with water pistols
and such, is juvenile
. Well if being straight laced
is being grown up
you can keep it. Students
have a reputation for wild antics
, crazy stunts
" behaviour. K.A.O.S.
is here to keep that sense of fun
Look a little deeper and K.A.O.S. is an exercise in surviving university life. Face it, Varsity can be a very big, fightening, stressful place, especially for first year students. K.A.O.S. teaches it's members a lot of useful survival skills, for example:
- Orientation- Participating in killing rounds, hunting down and tracking your quarry is a great way to get to know the campus, it's buildings and lecture theatres, it's department buildings, it's short-cuts, hiding places and secret tunnels.
- Making friends- Yep there's nothing like killing people (and laughing about it with them afterwards) as a way of making friends! How many of the people you end up sitting next to in lectures do you get to know? Do you even know their names? But K.A.O.S gives you a name, maybe a face, possibly even important details like their subjects, hobbies and interests and then sets you loose to track them down and "introduce yourself".
- Course choices- Choosing your university subjects can be tricky, the subject maybe interesting but are the lecturers any good? Does the subject cover the sort of material you're interested in? The best person to ask is someone who's done the subject already. Since K.A.O.S. members come from every department and are of all ages the chances are someone is or has done the subjects your interested in. They can tell you if it's total crap or a real bunny paper.
- A Stess outlet- Yeah, Varsity can be pretty stressful, so when it all becomes too much there's nothing like a little harmless killing. Then of course there are the parties! The closest things I've ever found to K.A.O.S. party are the kind that theatre people throw. All inhibitions down and all showmanship at full on.
And deeper than that, birds of a feather flock together
Most University clubs are based around some common interest or cause. K.A.O.S.'s only cause is fun. We don't care about your race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Everyone is welcome, and well, if it turns out that you like us and we like you (or can at least tolerate you) then you'll probably stick around and have yourself one hell of a good time.
-Belle (Dictator of K.A.O.S. 1989)