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The Regent Newspaper - Spring 2009

The Regent Newspaper - Spring 2009

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Student produced newspaper of Regent's College London.

Regent’s College is a centre of academic excellence in the heart of London, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Offering world-class university facilities for students and conference clients, the Regent’s College campus is home to five internationally respected learning institutions:

* European Business School London
* Regent's Business School London
* Regent's American College London
* Webster Graduate School London
* School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology
Student produced newspaper of Regent's College London.

Regent’s College is a centre of academic excellence in the heart of London, one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Offering world-class university facilities for students and conference clients, the Regent’s College campus is home to five internationally respected learning institutions:

* European Business School London
* Regent's Business School London
* Regent's American College London
* Webster Graduate School London
* School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology

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     T     H     E
Issue 3 Spring 2009
Changes in store for Regent’s College
Just 100 years after the ‘BedfordLadies College’ controversiallyestablished the first women’scollege on the Regent’s Collegesite, there are plans for anothertransformation that will be justas revolutionary.The vision of the currentCEO, Professor Aldwyn Cooper,and the college’s trustees, is todevelop Regent’s from a Collegeinto a University, with the powerto award its own degrees andvalidate its own courses.“We want to be a universityin our own right,” Prof Coopersaid. “In order to do that, thefirst stage is gaining our owndegree awarding powers. Thatmeans that in the future wewon’t have to rely on an externalorganisation to validate ourcourses and degrees.”Although this still remainsa future goal, Regent’s Collegeis now an accredited, partnerinstitution of the OpenUniversity. According to Prof Cooper, this accreditationmeans that the Open Universityhas recognised that the Collegehas all of the “systems, support,and quality assurance” that isrequired to offer higher degreeprogrammes. To achieve thisrecognition, Regent’s underwenta series of audits over thepast 18 months, during whichtime members of the OpenUniversity evaluated all theeducational, administrative,social, structural, and supportaspects of Regent’s College.In addition, Regent’s Collegeis now accredited by the BritishAccreditation Council andhas received Grade A statusawarded by the UK BordersAgency. The awarding of GradeA status is necessary to ensurethat students in non EuropeanUnion countries will have theopportunity to study at Regent’sand that the College can maintainthe diversity of its staff.
However, Cooper said thatthe new accreditation wouldnot produce any changes forstudents and staff membersof the college at this moment.Without taught degree awardingpowers, the courses of eachof the five colleges must bevalidated by other institutionsas they always have been.The Open University validatesprogrammes in EBS and RBS andthe University of Wales validatesthe courses offered in SPCP. Thecourses offered in RACL and theWebster Graduate School comefrom Webster University of St.Louis, Missouri - a highly rankedAmerican teachinguniversity with
 the same global
by Rudy Allison Rodriguez, additional reporting by Rosie DeLuca & Rockhill Focho
A team of students fromRegent’s College representedthe West African nation of Senegal at the Model UnitedNations Conference in NewYork in April. They participatedin a week of debates, speechesand policy making, which ismodelled on the work of thereal United Nations.This is the third year thatRegent’s has taken part in theModel UN, which attracts over2,000 students from differentdisciplines and schools aroundthe world. Led by YossiMekelberg, Webster ProgrammeDirector in InternationalRelations and Social Sciences,and Eric Chan, BAM SeniorLecturer in Management andOrganisational Behaviour, theteam of 13 undergraduateand post graduate students,including one from SOAS(School of Oriental and AfricanStudies) spent months beforethe conference learning aboutSenegal and the way that the UNconducts business.
The Model United Nationsserves as a fantastic arenafor students from all aroundthe world to come togetherand learn something aboutthe world that they live in.Students from all disciplinesand backgrounds participate,which gives the conference aspecial unity,rare in mostextra-curricular
at the UN
by Sabrina White
College offers help for disabilities
Freak snowstorm in February is just a March memory
In compliance with the QAACode of Practice for Studentswith Disabilities, all Regent’sCollege students have accessto assistance provided by theOffice of Student Disabilities.Since September of 2008,Philippa Goldsmith has takenon the role of Disability Officerat Regent’s College.According to Goldsmith,the purpose of the DisabilityOfficer includes a wide rangeof tasks to help facilitate theneeds of both disabled studentsand staff members. Disabilitieshandled by the office includephysical handicaps as wellas learning disabilities/difficulties such as dyslexiaor attention deficit disorders.Students and staff memberswho report any disabilitywith the office are then giventhe proper accommodations.Documentaion of disability froma suitably qualified professional,is required. Examples of theseaccommodations includeextended time on examsand assignments, and adviceconcerning personal tutoring.Programmes including JAWSand Read and Write Gold areavailable in the Tate Libraryfor students withvisual, hearing,or any learning
by Rudy Allison Rodriguez 
Travel 12>> Reviews 20>> College News 2>> Health 10>> Arts 6>>Sports 24>>
photos: (L) James Cole & (R) Katie Kimball
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?
My friends.
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
      T       h     e
Spring 2009
outlook as atRegent’s College.Gainingtaught degree awardingpowers would be beneficial inother ways, such as making iteasier to attract internationalstudents and staff, enablingeasier collaboration withinstitutions around the world,and providing opportunitiesto gain membership of representative bodies wherehaving degree awarding powersis a requirement.
To gain these powers,Regent’s College must beginan application process, whichconsists of an intense twelve-month inspection by the QualityAssurance Agency to ensure thatthe school not only meets 50necessary qualifications, but alsothat everybody works as a team.
“We’ve done an audit of these 50 criteria and I thinkwe’re doing very well but thereare still some areas that I feelneed improvement,” Coopersaid. “We probably won’t putin an application for aboutanother year. In this year wehave a project plan to rectifyany of the problem areaswe’ve identified. We haveno intention of putting in anapplication until we know wewill meet all criteria.”Reconstruction of thelibrary and general learningresources is one of theseimprovements that will bemade in the coming months.According to the CEO, plans arein process to convert the Jebb building and the Tate buildinginto a learning resources centrefor schools. Stage one of theplan, which will begin as earlyas July to be completed bythe start of the fall semester,will include restructuring theground floors of these two buildings to allow for morework space and converting thelibrary from one consisting of mostly course books to moreof a reference library. Plans toprovide required course booksas part of tuition fees are beingconsidered to compensate forthe loss of stored textbooks.Changes will also be made tomake the library entrance muchmore inviting.
Stage two of the plan willinclude improvements to theIT department, including theintroduction of a virtual learningenvironment. Media support at thecollege will also be restructuredand teaching equipment in allclassrooms will be standardised.
Although the currentfinancial crisis has had no effecton Regent’s College, which isenjoying record student numbersand a twenty percent increasein offers, budget changes have been made to facilitate the futurecosts involved in obtainingdegree awarding powers.The cost from the QAA toconduct their inspection is £50thousand; however, each yearapproximately £400 thousand isallocated for degree validatorsand accreditors. Once Regent’sCollege has obtained their owndegree awarding powers, coststo these institutions would besubstantially reduced.Plans to increase theenrolment at Regent’s Collegehave also been discussed.Current business plans projectan increase in the number of full time students to 3,400from 2,300 within the next fiveyears. To facilitate this rise, newcourses will be introduced andinvestments made for externalcommunications and increasedpublic relations material.
The CEO says that he hopesthe new plans for Regent’sCollege will, over all, improve itstatus, ultimately benefiting past,present and future students.Cooper said. “We want to bean institution that maintainsthe multicultural nature of ourstudent base as a part of its corset of values, We encourage allof our students to work withpeople from other nationalitiesto learn from them and theirperspectives of the world, andwhere possible for students tospend time studying elsewhere apart of their educational process.We want to be well knowneverywhere as having great linkto top universities throughoutthe world.”
Changes in store for Regent’s College
Regent’s College drama facultymember Anna Sullivan tookpart in a critically praised playreading last month of 
, a political drama byDavid Wilson and Anne Aylor.Written to raise money for theGaza Music School, which was bombed in the recent war inthe Middle East, and to supporta playwright whose own operaon terrorism landed him infinancial trouble, the play alsostarred Tim Pigott-Smith andCorin Redgrave.The play came about whenpress and events officer at Stopthe War Coalition David Wilsonwas asked to organise an artevent to raise money for the bombed Gaza Music School,while at the same time takingup the political issues raised by the Israeli bombardment. Atthe time Wilson was workingwith his partner, Anne Aylor,to develop exercises for theirplaywriting courses, one of which was how to take amundane and boring situationand make it exciting. Whatabout setting the exercises as acourt case, they thought.The court case in questionrecalls when Keith Burstein’sopera,
Manifest Destiny 
, wasperformed at the EdinburghFestival in 2005. The EveningStandard newspaper claimedthat it glorified terrorismand the composer took thenewspaper to court. The HighCourt found in his favour, butthis decision was reversed in theCourt of Appeal, which orderedBurstein to pay the legal costsof the Evening Standard, some£70,000. The composer was bankrupted and the OfficialReceiver seized possession of all Burstein’s works, including
Manifest Destiny 
.The opera tells the story of Leila, a young Palestinian whoconsiders becoming a suicide bomber, but who then renouncesviolence to find an alternativeway to fight oppression. Despitegiving up her intentions to harmothers, Leila is imprisoned, anddies in Guantanamo. A poem of hers is found, brought back toLondon and given to her lover,Daniel, a Jewish composer whosets the words to his new opera,
Manifest Destiny 
.The question for Wilson andAylot was how to tell the storyof the court case and keep theaudience interested. The answeris a multi-media 17-scene playwhich is set in a posh gym in the bowels of a Gentleman’s Club.The club is the type frequented by Court of Appeal judges, whowork out in the gym and aretrained by a young Palestinianwoman by the name of Leila.Punctuated with excerptsfrom the opera, news footagefrom Gaza and inane BreakfastTV chatter, the play notonly deals with the Burstein bankruptcy, but attacks theabsurdities of the UK terrorlaws and warns its audienceof the creep towards a policestate. And, it does all this withhumour.
Among the accolades itreceived, theatre director andformer C4 TV arts commissioner,Michael Kustow wrote, “Grippingdrama. A passionate and tellingcondemnation of an injusticemade possible by the anti-terrorism laws
Sullivan stars in Gaza play
by Leslie Viney 
photo: Alex Kardon
Regent’s is 100 percent committed to reducing its carbon footprint” 
How to make your college and home greener, p9
 Just over a year ago Regent’s College was shocked by the murder of RBSL student Martine Vik Magnussen” 
Martine case still stymied, p4

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