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Last of the Santucci brothers completes his Arts degree

Andrew Santucci

When Andrew Santucci leaves Warrane at the end of 2014 it will be the end of an era for his family and for the College. Andrew is the third of three Santucci brothers who have been residents at Warrane over the past 13 years and, like his brothers, he has made his mark on College life.

Also like his brothers, he will have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. Andrew majored in Politics and History, Nick Santucci studied History and Spanish and Philip Santucci studied English and Philosophy at the University of Sydney while residing at Warrane.

Andrew arrived at the College in 2012 after completing high school at Canberra Marist College where he was school captain. By coming to UNSW, he was carrying on another family tradition — his father, Gerald, a lawyer, studied at UNSW in the 1960s before Warrane opened its doors.

While at Warrane, Andrew has been a keen sportsman, but due to a serious shoulder injury from his school days his participation as a player was restricted to soccer and touch footy .

“I had a shoulder reconstruction after finishing school,” he explained, “and a second one at the end of 2013.”

But the injury did not stop him from having a big impact on Warrane’s sporting life. He took over as coach of the Rugby team, guiding the players to two undefeated premierships and one joint premiership in the InterCollege competition.

He also made a big contribution to College life as Warrane Sports Director in 2013 and was Treasurer of the InterCollege Sports Association.

Then there were Warrane’s community service programs. Andrew helped with the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home in Randwick and the St Vincent de Paul task-force in Redfern and Surry Hills.

Another highlight of Andrew’s residence at Warrane was his decision to join with a group of other Arts students to create Warrane’s first Arts faculty club, Maggie Soc.

“It meets weekly and has organised events for the College and hosted faculty dinners,” he said. “The club was really the first of its kind. Although there are other faculty clubs, we as a group were far more active, even creating a movie for the annual movie night — something we hope to repeat again this year. The group is something I am quite proud of.”

Andrew said one of the things he most enjoyed at Warrane was formal dinner on Wednesday nights.

“Formal dinner is always a lot of fun because you can see the often-concealed talents of people you have been living with. It is also the one time a week that as college we come together. It always makes for a lot of fun.

“The sport was also always a lot of fun, not only because we won it most of the time, but because everyone would come down from College, walking through the streets of Kingsford in their Warrane colours — often marching to the beat of a drum — and support the team.”

Andrew said he felt the College had something to offer everyone.

“Right from O-Week, the College encourages you to meet and live with people who are basically strangers,” he said. “It gives you the chance to get involved and lead certain aspects of college life through the Activities Committee, or, what I consider most important, the network you have created by the time you depart College.

“It is not only made up of the many friends you have lived with, but old boys, staff members, formal dinner guests and many other people who are involved with the college and who are concerned about the residents and their careers.”

Like his brothers, Andrew intends to follow up his BA with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and is in the process of applying at several Sydney universities.

“As for my career prospects,” he said, “I think they will become clearer as I continue to study. But I do not necessarily just want to be a lawyer.”

After completing the JD degree, Nick now works for the NSW State Government and Philip works for a law firm in Sydney.