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The Stag - Issue 61

The Stag - Issue 61

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New year, new team.

Freshers' Issue with campus map.

Published by the University of Surrey Students' Union
New year, new team.

Freshers' Issue with campus map.

Published by the University of Surrey Students' Union

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Published by: The Stag on Nov 07, 2013
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Newspaper of the students of the University of SurreyIssue 61 - Saturday 28th September 2013Newspaper of the students of the University of SurreyIssue 61 - Saturday 28th September 2013
NEWSNUS president makes her mark
and calls on gov and universities to step up to the plate. More on
page 4
Arriva diesel spill grips campus. Read the story on page 6.Find Steve The Stag and enter Stag Media’s ultimate freshers giveaway.
FEATURESRichard Winstone spends a year in the USA.
Read his tale on
page 9OPINION & ANALYSISThe smoking ban six  year’s on
 get Sam West’s take on things -
Page 7SCIENCE & TECHHIV-like cure
in monkeys. Next step: humans. But how close are we? Find out on
Page 13MUSICFestival season has hit
The Stag’s writing team. FInd out what they got up to on
page 18SOCIETIESGetting in the mood for Freshers Fayre
page 28
Welcome to Surrey (Again)
The “8th best university in the UK” , the University of Surrey. The Alan Turing statue outside Austin Pearce building where freshers and applicants will be welcomed this year.
ordes of students will ock back
to campus today, following the international moving-in week, after what has been a quiet summer on Stag Hill. With a rise in applications this year on 33% and increases in departmental sizes, we can expect that the 15,000 student population will rise as campus begins to rustle
with the sound of rst years nding
their feet.
 The rst thing they
might notice is the large number of banners which have popped-up across campus. With Surrey climbing the university league tables, we are constantly reminded of our success: 8th in The Guardian Complete University Guide, 12th in The Times. Surrey is also home to the highest employment rate in the country, currently at near 97% of students secure full-time work in the six months following graduation. And Stag Hill itself was recently rated the 4th prettiest campus university in the UK. All of which have been shown, time after time, to make a difference to the open day experience. For returning students you may notice a few changes: Amigo has now become The Surrey Shop - although it is still owned by Compass Group, so to make
Campus is repopulated as students return
after the summer break.
Catch up on events over the summer and get
the Freshers week low-down.
Continued on page 3...
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By Alex Smith, Editor
SPORTSTour of Britain
 comes to guildford as Sir Bradley and Cavendish triumph. It’s on the
back page.
NEWS3The Stag | 28
 September 2013News Editor: Shunayna VaghelaEDITORIAL2The Stag | 28
 September 2013editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk
he new app, founded by computer science graduate
Fabrizio Dol, hopes to answer all
the sex questions that teenagers and young adults are too afraid to ask. My Sex Doctor is designed to address the full spectrum of issues concerning sex – from puberty to unhealthy relationships to sex itself, all the way to abortion, pregnancy and parenthood. Available in two versions; My Sex Doctor Lite, a free app aimed at those aged 13+, and My Sex Doctor, a paid app, (£1.49) which caters for everyone up to the age of 25 and includes more detailed information on sex.
Dol believes that Sex Ed
programmes in schools are grossly inadequate, thus the basis for this app. He maintains that “people are stuck discussing whether sex education programmes say too little or too much and fail to
realise that rst, sex is everywhere
- advertisements, TV shows, movies, music, ” and that “lack of adequate information about sex and sexuality has never stopped anyone from becoming sexually active and having a sex life... the unfortunate consequences of this approach are widespread and undeniable.” The answer, he says, is a  judgement free guide on hand whenever a query comes up, that is both private and informative. That is where My Sex Doctor, created with the help of high school and college students and structured in a way that follows the natural evolution that every young person goes through, comes in.
Dol is also quick to point out
that the app tries to be as gender neutral as possible, avoiding terms such ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’, instead using ‘partner’. He also stated; “homosexuality is just one of the various aspects of human sexuality and therefore
 you’ll nd it mixed with other
topics. So when we talk about sexual orientation we talk about homosexuality... When later we talk about sexual acts, we also cover how men have sex with men and women with women.”The ultimate purpose of the app is to offer young adults a new way to access reliable information about sex and sexuality. As young people mature, they should have easy access to reliable and easy to understand information about sex and sexuality to better understand the transformation they are going through and to be able to make informed choices about their sexual behaviours and ultimately their own sexual health.
Editor |
Alex Smith editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk
Editor-in-Chief |
Deputy Editor (Head of Design) |
Paul ARichmonddesign@thestagsurrey.co.ukDesign Team|Vacant
Deputy Editor (Marketing) |
Nicole Vassellmarketing@thestagsurrey.co.ukMarketing Team|Vacant
News Editor |
Shunayna Vaghelanews@thestagsurrey.co.uk
NewsTeam|Joe Trueman,Ellie Kerr-Smiley
Opinion & Analysis Editor | Sam West
opinion@thestagsurrey.co.ukOpinion & AnalysisTeam|Siobhan Harris,Josh Langley,Alice Lincoln
Features Editor |
Rebekkah Hughesfeatures@thestagsurrey.co.ukFeaturesTeam|SophieVickery,AmyVitoria,LilyPearson,SophieDyer, JasSmith,TillyTasker
Science and Technology Editor |
Siobhan Harrissciencetech@thestagsurrey.co.ukScience andTechnologyTeam|Melissa Raske,SamWest,FahmidChowdhury,Ankur Banerjee,
Societies Editor |
Alice Wilkinsonsocieties@thestagsurrey.co.uk
Dance and Theatre Editor |
Rebecca Tubridydancetheatre@thestagsurrey.co.ukDance andTheatre Team|AmyLe Rossignol,Rosa Manzi Reid,TiffanyStoneman,AmyMcGivern
Film Editor |
Sophia Field
FilmTeam|Beth Goss,Ankur Banerjee,Candice Ritchie,
Music Editor |
Candice Ritchiemusic@thestagsurrey.co.ukMusicTeam|Kyra Hanson,Rebecca Tubridy,Sophia Field,Aaran Coe,
Literature Editor |
Shiri Shahliterature@thestagsurrey.co.ukLiterature Team|Joeseph Harrison,SophieVickery,Ben Andrew-Allen
Sport Editor |
Vacantsport@thestagsurrey.co.ukSportTeam|Rebecca Tubridy,Alex Smith
Webmaster |
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things easier for this issue it will be referred to as ‘The shop formerly known as Amigo’, GU2 Radio have now rebranded to Stag Radio and all student media outlets are formally under the umbrella of Stag Media,The Union Shop has been reformatted and will enjoy longer opening hours than previously – expect to be able to get cheap evening confectionary. A diesel spill on campus has left the perimeter road covered in a white trail following last week’s clean-up operation. Arriva bus services are now running as normal.
The NUS Extra card now gets
 you 10% off at The Co-Operative stores across the UK, including our one south of campus on Madrid Road.Otherwise Surrey is much the same. Freshers Week begins today, with Stag Radio’s launch night in The Living Room and culminating in next Saturday’s appearance of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe. Flirt!, founded at Surrey and the UK’s biggest student night catering to 3,000 students every week, will return on Friday with a Paint vs Foam party in Rubix.
Continued from page 1...
“...sex is everywhere - advertisements, TV shows, movies, music” — Fabrizio DolphiLetter from the Editor
eaders who have stumbled upon this delightful newspaper, welcome back. If you’re reading this it’s likely that you one day opened your A-Level (or equivalent) results and superseding cries of delight or sighs of mourning, rushed back home to see if you were placed, and with no small amount
of luck you were nally on your way to
Surrey. Whether you’re a fresher or returning, undergraduate or postgrad, international or domestic, young or mature. We’re all students together and at this moment all part of the Surrey family. The Stag is a newspaper for all, but we have a clear mandate; we’re here to be the voice of Surrey students. Independent of the University and, apart from funding, from the Union too. We’re here for you. This year I want to promote the unsung work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ across campus. Whether
that’s the work of the International Ofce, the Centre for Wellbeing, Estates and facilities that are here to support
 your time here, actively or covertly. And of course from time to time I may have my own agenda. I’m a young, male, physics student, who’s entering my third year at The Stag and university. I’ve lived at Manor Park, off-campus, and on campus. I’ve joined student media, societies and sports clubs (I even got a membership). I’ve tried incredibly hard to experience
all the ofces that are here to support us and hopefully
this wonderful, volunteer-run, student newspaper
will reect that.
My Sex Doctor:
ByShunaynaVaghela, News Editor
The New Smartphone App
ey there Stag Readers! Welcome to a new year at Surrey, and welcome to your university
newspaper. I’m Nicole and I’m the Deputy Marketing Editor for The Stag – basically, I make sure
that the papers are in nice, visible places and try to make sure we spend our funds on sensible
things like...you know, PRINTING the paper. I’m a nal year English Literature student and when
I’m not pretending to read, I shop, watch Grey’s Anatomy reruns and learn Beyoncé and Lady Gaga routines in my bedroom. This is my third year on the Stag team, and I love it! Hope you all enjoy the exciting things we have planned for this year!
’m the deputy editor, and chief of design – Paul. That basically means I’m the one incharge of arranging the articles and pictures on the pages. That and coming up with tedious headline puns. This is my 3rd  year at The Stag, and all because of a steadily growing annoyance over the quality of student journalism. I’m not even doing a literature degree! I’m supposed to be doing music. But after working quietly in the background for 2 years, shaking my head at poorly aligned pictures and tutting at misused semicolons
I now feel it is my duty to take the helm, and ensure that this newspaper is lled with quality articles,
cringe-worthy headlines, and beautiful formatting. Aside from that, I like Bob Dylan, e.e.cummings and long walks on the beach.
iterature lovers of Surrey should be sure to keep their calendars marked for October 3rd, not just for National Poetry Day, but the release of the Love Book – a new app dedicated to sharing wise words on the ever-tricky topic of love. The Love Book allows users to not only hear profound loving words from great writers (as read by a cast of fantastic actors) but also record their own versions to share with loved ones, if they so please. The app is illustrated by renowned graphic designer Kate Moross, and features fantastic narration talent from the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory. The quotations themselves have been sourced from works of writers ranging from Shakespeare to Austen to Rowling.A range of big names in the literary world have already voiced their love for the Love Book, from Carol Ann Duffy to Benjamin Zephaniah. If that wasn’t enough, the general public already seem to have taken to it en masse, with a test version of the app having topped the App Store Books section chart in the UK. For £1.99 on National Poetry Day, it seems that this isn’t something you’d love to miss.
The Love Book
ByJoeTrueman, News Team
Have you got a unique writing style, a passion for news or an ear for a story/
Find us at Freshers fayre or send your name and prefered section(s) to
and get involved in student media.
...or have you always wondered if you’d make a good journalist?
Then work for us!
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The University of Surrey was rated the 4th most pretty university campus in the UK 
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Paul A RichmondNicole VassellAlex Smith
“The NUS extra card now gets you 10% off at The Co-Operative”
NEWS4The Stag | 28
 September 2013news@thestagsurrey.co.uk
resident of the NUS, Toni Pearce, has called for tougher guidance on apprenticeships and better enforcement of the minimum wage as research suggests that half of all university students have never been presented with the apprenticeship opportunities available to them. The NUS research, presented today and based on a study of 886 students of all age groups, found that 21% of apprentices had never received information from a careers advisor and 53% of university students had never been presented with the opportunities available to them.Speaking at a press conference at a two-day NUS-Amnesty International Student Media Summit in London, Pearce said:
“Education has changed, and the
old route that ends with a three  year full time undergraduate degree no longer needs to be the norm. The lack of proper careers advice about the available study options and pathways to work is failing young people. Students need the information and tools to thrive, whatever their learning  journey.“We need a no holds barred review of information, advice
and guidance to ensure it is t for purpose, t for the twenty rst century and t for the realities of
students’ lives.”Respondents to the survey who had sought careers advice found it to be of bad quality. Close to 50% reported that the advice received was less than acceptable.The government is trying to shift focus from the traditional university route to skills-based apprenticeship schemes. Between 2008 and 2012 the number of apprentices in the UK more than doubled from 225,000 to 520,000.Following a report, citing that 72% of employers found that apprenticeships improve their product or service quality, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Despite the tough economic climate we have prioritised funding for apprenticeships. With numbers increasing by more than 80% in the last two years we know they are a popular choice.“...apprenticeships boost the prospects for both young people and businesses.”However government research from the Low Pay Commission shows that many apprentices - up to a quarter in certain professions - work for less than the minimum wage, currently at £2.65 for apprentices, but rising by 3p in the autumn. Asked by The Stag if the NUS president would campaign for better policing of the apprenticeship minimum wage,
she responded: “It’s a very difcult
area to get them to take action on, partly because the government in general is trying to increase the number of apprenticeships which is brilliant and I’m very supportive of but I think in some ways that they are overlooking quality.We will be continuing to work with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to put pressure on them to better police this sector but at the moment I think there are some discrepancies.
“I nd it astonishing that the
government have produced this information themselves which shows that apprentice’s aren’t being paid the minimum wage and yet not taking any action on
it. I nd it absolutely astonishing.”
NUS President calls for tougher apprenticeship regulation
ByAlexSmith, Editor
The Stag at Conference
peaking at the Universities UK Conference, NUS President, Toni Pearce spoke out against Universities, claiming they need to do more to help students once they have graduated. She called for more action to help students with rising debts, poor access to postgraduate study and the scramble for unpaid internships. Pearce highlighted how under-employment in the UK is
extensive, with graduates nding it increasingly difcult to obtain
a foothold in full-time jobs. Toni stated; “don’t leave us hanging with a degree and nowhere to use it”, calling for more action from institutions to help students, and using their relationships with
major rms to tackle unpaid
internships and to open fairer and larger entry schemes. NUS also welcomed the new collaboration between Universities UK and students’ unions, stating that real
benet seems to be emerging from
this association. Pearce concluded her contribution with the statement; “great universities should not be ivory towers, but institutions for the people- driven by the peoples’ needs, concerns and civil rights.” Voicing the concerns of many students across the country, and providing an insight into the plight of students across the nation.
NUS President challenges Vice Chancellors
ByShunaynaVaghela, News Editor
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NUS President Toni Pearce
t the annual NUS – Amnesty International Student Media Summit, I was lucky enough to interview the delightful Vice President for Union Development, Rachael Mattey. She recently announced the 10% NUS extra discount at The Co-Operative across the UK. Here are the highlights of the interview:Q1. So in a nutshell, what does the nus do for students and what is union development?“It’s that representation, that voice of 7 million students. It’s how students can be active participants of their community, how they can shape the world around them. “Why I’m so excited about my  job, for me, I support local students’ union to be more democratic and how can unions engage more with students on their campus. It’s how can we work with sports societies, volunteering, media to capture some of that passion and excitement that people go to university and college for”Q2. There is a lack of international participation at students’ unions across the country, how can the NUS help international students sign up?“For us, it’s about supporting  you because what is really important is that we don’t see students as a homogenous group.
How can we reect your diverse
nature in your student union and support you to be able to engage as many students as possible. “…people praise nus for bringing people together to share their interests and their problems to come up with solutions together.Q3. Some people believe the NUS is somewhat important and has little political impact, what do  you have to say to these sceptics?“I think that we tackle big issues, and that’s absolutely the right thing to do, I don’t think we shy away from the problems. One thing that we are excited about this  year is that we aren’t just NUS who stands against things, but stands for things.“For example last year we saved two to three thousand students from being deported from London Met, that didn’t have little impact, that was huge, but I don’t think we don’t take the time out to shout about our success.”Q4. How does NUS extra help individual student unions?“Unlike other commercial
discount cards, the prot from NUS
extra is split between the NUS and the admin costs and funding part of the political and campaigning arm of the NUS, but £4-5 of every card sold goes straight back into that student union.
“People see it as a prot making
exercise but it’s something which goes back to fund why we exist, it’s the same with student unions. In the union bars, every pound spent at the till goes straight back into the students’ union. “Q5. Student media, do you see it as a good service or just a hangover from the glory days of the civil rights movement? “I don’t think we unlocked the potential of student media at the moment, and some unions can see it as threatening. And that’s why I’m really keen this year to make sure that student media and student unions can come to a point where we can really have the support and freedom you deserve to really have that informed membership.“Our volunteers are really phenomenal in our student media and it’s something I really champion even though I never got involved with it myself. It was phenomenal the passion and ideas people were coming up with. I
never got involved but I denitely supported it when I was an ofcer.”
15 minutes with NUS VP Union Development, Rachael Mattey
ByAlexSmith, Editor

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