More than 200 students receivedtheir undergraduate andgraduate degrees in a graduationceremony at the School of Psychotherapy and CounsellingPsychology last month.During the ceremony, CEOof Regent’s College ProfessorAldwyn Cooper addressed thegraduates, noting not only theirprogress, but also the progressthat Regent’s College has madein that time. “Eighteen monthsago, Regent’s College consistedof five very separate schools,”Cooper said. “Now there is muchmore collaboration amongst theschools.”Judith Ackroyd, Dean of theFaculty of HASS, also addressedgraduates, congratulating themon their efforts thus far. “You’vedone it.” Ackroyd said. “Themountain that seemed ever sohigh is now at your feet.”Graduates receiving specialawards and honours includedLeo Dolias, who received the HansW. Cohn Award for Excellence.Receiving Awards in Recognitionof Outstanding Achievementwere Vasileios Spyridonidis forOverall Distinction in the MA inPsychotherapy and Counselling,and Jonathon Rowell forOutstanding Achievement in theAdvanced Diploma in IntegrativePsychotherapy.After students had receivedtheir diplomas, ProfessorAldwyn Cooper conferred thetitle of Honorary Visiting Fellowupon Dr. Carla Willig. Dr. Willigaddressed the students onthe topic of The Challenge of Interpretation, and conveyedwhat she, as an alumnus, valuedabout Regent’s College.“The training you havereceived at Regent’s has preparedyou and readied you to carry onthe privilege of working in thefield of Psychotherapy,” Willigtold the graduates.
SPCP award degrees
by Rudy Allison Rodriguez
Miss Regent in controversial beauty pageant
Oksana Remez, 20, a second yearstudent at RBSL from Ukraine,recently competed in the finalsof the Miss University pageantat the Crystal Club, Marylebone,after winning the title of MissRegent in November 2008.The contest, now in its thirdyear, featured 13 finalists fromuniversities across London,including Regent’s College, theLSE, SOAS and Royal Holloway,chosen from over 600 applicantson the basis of their looks andinterviews. Susheel Bal, 20, a lawstudent at King’s College wonthe title this year.The idea of holding a beauty pageant for universitystudents drew protests fromcampus feminist groups, withabout 100 protesters outsidethe event, chanting, “We aresick of sexism,” and holding banners with slogans including‘We Object: we are not Objects’.The protesters rushed the stageand set off stink bombs, brieflyinterrupting the pageant.Tammy Schaaffe interviewedOksana for The Regent.
What did the contest consist of?
Only wearing evening gownsand answering questions.
What made you decide tocompete for Miss Regent’s?
What was your preparation like?
I did not really prepare much; I just decided to take part the day before the event.
What were your first thoughtswhen you found out that youhad won?
When you are so happy, youcannot control your thoughts.
What was the preparation likefor the March 2009 event?
We had three rehearsals overtwo weeks where the organizingpeople just showed us howwe needed to walk and how tostand
Was it difficult to juggle schooland all of the practice andtraining?
Of course not, it was such asimple contest, where youneeded just to walk and speak;it’s not a Miss World.
Were there people there tohelp in picking out dresses andtraining?
For the event in 2009, I did it all by myself, but for Miss Regent’sI had big support from theStudent Union and friends.
Obviously the protesters at thelast event caused quite a stir.What do you think about theirposition?
The contestants did not knowanything about the protestoutside, I just realized that therewas somebody against the eventwhen a strange women started tothrow away the papers on a stage, but that lasted probably fiveseconds…to tell the truth I thinkthey are just overly feminist andtrying to cause trouble.
Do you think you will competein Miss Regent’s again nextyear?
No, there are other nice girls thatcan represent our college.
Now that it is over, what canyou say you have taken awayfrom the experience?
I’ve improved my presentationand public speaking skills. It’salso a good opportunity to meetnew people and make friends.
Do you have any advice forother students who may wantto try competing in the future?
Try to transmit all your nervesand excitement into positiveenergy, and just smile.
by Tammy Schaaffe
Students at EBSL won prizes inthe UK Eighth Chinese BridgeCompetition at WestminsterUniversity in March. ClaireBlanchelande and PhilippLehner participated, withPhilipp winning the prize for best performance. The ChineseBridge competition tests Chineselanguage proficiency and is opento full-time students in highereducation institutions.This was the fourth timeEBLS students entered thecompetition, in which theycompete against studentsfrom universities includingCambridge and SOAS, and it isthe third time Regent’s studentshave won prizes. Nearly allother competitors are studentsfrom top British universitieswhose major is Chinese, makingthe performance of Regent’sstudents even more impressive.The competition includesa three-minute preparedpresentation on a topic of thestudent’s choice; a two-minuteknowledge quiz on Chineseculture and society, and a three-minute talent performance.
“The mountain thatseemed ever so highis now at your feet”
Students take away Chinese prizes
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