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The Stag - Issue 12

The Stag - Issue 12

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Issue 12
Editor: Sara HadeldEditor-In-Chief: Elizabeth Simos
Produced in USSU,University of Surrey,
Guildford
Est. 2008
FREE 
by Ben Pook 
U
nions across the country have chosen toban a notorious student pub crawl, amid re-cent outrage following the news that studentPhilip Laing urinated on a war memorial. Excessivedrinking has become a norm among many stu-dents. Here in Guildford, pubs and bars freely pro-mote binge nights by enticing Surrey students withdeals of cheap drinks. And despite recent govern-ment campaigns to improve the situation, including ‘Drink Aware’, the general consensus to get ham-mered hasn’t changed.The company, which is responsible for arranging drinking events for an estimated 350,000 stu-dents in the UK, is being banned from a numberof universities in the 45 towns and cities in whichit operates. Student binge drinking has been in the
spotlight since 19-year-old Shefeld Hallam stu
-dent Philip Laing urinated on a wreath of poppiesat a war memorial. Laing has been found guilty by acourt, where he described the night as “the drunk-est I have ever been at uni”. He now faces a pos-sible jail sentence.Many stakeholders in student welfare have voiced their concerns about the organisation. Richard Bud-den, vice president of the NUS, said “There is anacute and real danger to students who get caughtup with these nights, not to mention the danger to members of the local population, and the harmdone to town and gown community relationships,”.“An increasing number of campuses want to see the end of these events and are doing all they can to stop them by prohibiting ticket sales and banning all publicity.” With this in mind, it seems the eventwill struggle to continue if all universities agree theorganisation is detrimental to the welfare of theirstudents. Budden went on to explain, “They take stu-dents on pub crawls that degrade the participants,put students’ welfare at risk and lead to antisocialbehaviour. They make their money and then disap-pear, leaving student unions, police, and sometimeseven the hospitals to pick up the pieces.”
The company, which cannot be identied, has re
-mained consistent with its policy on responsibledrinking. On its website, it states “At the forefront of our mindset is student safety”. This seemingly pro-fessional manner and attitude to responsibility isagain highlighted, where on the website it cites freesoft drinks are available at every venue and on-sitemedical services accompany each pub crawl.However, the NUS believe this still doesn’t consider the danger posed to students, with vice-presidentfor NUS Welfare, Ben Whittaker, suggesting “Any or-ganised bar crawl that has an ambulance following behind it clearly has something deeply wrong.”Some appear to have mixed feelings about howstudent representatives have handled the situa- tion. On one hand, some students here at Surreyquestion why universities have reacted badly to therecent news “Why should one idiot prevent thou-sands of other students from having a good time”said one student. Others believe binge drinking andpub crawls represent an expected environment oncampuses and in associated towns. The event inquestion simply provides a structure, which argu-ably would be organised by social groups if eventplanners weren’t available.There doesn’t seem to be anything stopping stu-dents from organising independent pub crawls ona similar scale. For example, student reps from theSchool of Management host a yearly event whichincludes visiting a number of pubs and bars, wherestudents are encouraged to play drinking gamesand wake up in the morning claiming a mild formof dementia. Do private student events cause bingedrinking and antisocial behaviour? Or, are they pro-viding a service and a structure to a culture or envi-ronment which is already there?
Continued Page 3.....
 Student Pub Crawl Faces Nationwide Ban
Issue 12 I 23rd November 2009 I www.ussu.co.uk/thestag 
This Issue:
NEW AgonyAunt!NEW Track of the Week!One Day in theLife of ....The VPsGuildford HeatSpotlight onChad McKnightThings MenDon’t TalkAbout...UpcomingAGMs: HaveYour Say!
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Editor’s Letter
In this issue...News
Pages 3 - 5
Features
Pages 7 - 21Fashion I Page 12Science I Pages 14 - 15Health I Page 17
Societies 
Pages 22 - 23
Arts
Pages 25 - 34Music I Pages 25 - 27Dance & Theatre I Pages 28 - 29Literature I Pages 30 - 32Film I Pages 32 - 34
Sports 
Pages 36 - 38
Editor I Sara Hadeld : ussu.thestag@surrey.ac.uk Deputy Editor (Design) I Steff Lever : ussu.thestag@surrey.ac.uk Deputy Editor (Marketing) I Jack McWaters : ussu.thestag@surrey.ac.uk News I Ben Pook : newsdeskstag@gmail.comFeatures I Mariam Nasir : featuresdeskstag@gmail.com Science I David Pugh : sciencedeskstag@gmail.com Societies I Bakita Kasadha : societiesdeskstag@gmail.comMusic I Mark Allen : musicdeskstag@gmail.comDance & Theatre I Rachel Gildea : dancedeskstag@gmail.comLiterature I Eunice Njagi : literaturedeskstag@gmail.comFilm I Ollie Sim : lmdeskstag@gmail.com Sports I David Holt : sportsdeskstag@gmail.comCopy Editor I Ankur Banerjee
The Stag is an editorially independent newspaper and is published bythe University of Surrey Students’ Union.The views expressed in the paper are those of individual authors and do not necessarilyrepresent the views of the editorial team, the Students’ Union or the University of Surrey.Printed by Surrey and Berkshire Media LimitedStoke Mill House, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1QAThe Stag reserves the right to edit submissions.Please direct all enquiries to the relevant section editors.
Hi all!Hope you’re doing well sincewe last spoke!
I would rst of all like to apologise
for this issue being late. We hadsome pretty lengthy technicalissues which I’m glad to reporthave now been resolved!So what’s happened in the pastfew weeks?For those of you who venturedout in the pouring rain to watch
 the University reworks, good
on you! I hope you all enjoyed them! I decided to enjoy themfrom a much warmer and
comer environment within the
Teaching Block.I hope you had a great time atLaser Quest! I’ve been to LaserQuest twice now and both times our group have had some pretty bad injuries frommisjudging an obstacle. But for some reason, it’s still so much fun! However, I do hopeyou all managed to get away injury – free!If you want to know what’s happening in the Union in the next few weeks make sure youpick up your copy of the Events Planner from the Students’ Union Foyer.For those of you who are eagerly awaiting Fetish ticket sales remember, they will be soldfrom the Students’ Union, not the University Bookshop so make sure you don’t make that mistake!I am pleased to report that I have been told that UniK will be re-opening after Christmasso we will all be able to cure our post midnight munchies once again!Christmas seems to be sneaking up on us very fast this year. You start to envy yourparents who have just broken the news to you that they began their Christmas shopping 
in May and have just about nished! Not really the sort of thing you want to hear but they
still seem to enjoy telling you every year, despite knowing this really gets on your nerves!Don’t worry they know we’ve got plenty of time they just do it to bug us!Well, I hope you all have a great couple of weeks and make sure you check out ourChristmas issue!
 Sa x 
 
by Ben Pook 
The Guildford bus network has come underattack by angry Surrey students who arefed up of the inconsistent service and theoccasionally rude driver. As winter sets in andcold frosty evenings become an expectedgreeting at the end of each day, the last thing commuting students want is to be ignored bybus drivers and have to wait 30 minutes for the next bus.Unfortunately, this has been the case forsome students here at the University. Oneoffered an account of her experience, in whichshe queued patiently at a bus stop only to be‘rudely ignored’ by the approaching driver.This resulted in a group of 33 students having  to wait over half an hour for the next bus –she was so bored she tallied the number of people waiting.Bus companies have been hit hard by the
economic downturn as rms are nding itdifcult due to the ‘nancial pressures’ in
 the industry. Counties surrounding Surrey,including Berkshire, have been noted inrecent press as withdrawing or reducing some routes and services. Is the poor servicequality in Guildford a reaction to the suffering  transport industry? Or, could there be a moresinister issue at play?Most individuals who haven’t experienceduniversity culture have a fairly poor opinionof students. We’re regularly perceived asunemployed binge-drinking louts, and while that might be the case for the majority of  the student population, it doesn’t explain the negative reaction some of us receive byhypocritical members of the public. Can thisprejudice explain the poor service receivedby students waiting at campus bus stopswhile on their commute home? Arguably, theroute via the Stag Hill campus is proving tomake our lives harder, rather than quickenour journey home from university.There are a number of solutions to thisproblem. I chose to live close enough tocampus to walk, whereas friends who livefurther away choose to cycle. Either way, thegeneral consensus among my peer groupis to avoid public transport at all costs. Thereason? We’re all price-conscious studentsno matter the quality in service.
 Students revolt against Guildford bus system
by Ben Pook 
The stag statue represents freedom and vigourfor the student community at the Universityof Surrey. However, for the second time inless than a year, vandals have sabotaged theunblemished structure by removing letters fromits base.Students have found the news upsetting, withsome asking for swift action in the university’sresponse. “I enjoyed having my photos taken
by the stag. I hope the university nd whoever
did this sooner rather than later,” said Matt
Barnard, a nal year undergraduate. “Now, with
some of the letters missing, I feel as if half of  the photograph is empty.”President of the Union, Elizabeth Simos, said that this occurence was ‘a great shame’;however, the University ‘acted swiftly’ to act on the incident and replaced the missing letters.The structure was installed at the start of  this year partly to identify the University’srecognition of its geographic surroundings.University of Surrey and the Cathedral arepositioned on Stag Hill, an area of high-landso called because the Kings of England used
 to hunt on its plains. “This magnicent new
creation will be a landmark for many years tocome,” said the University’s Chancellor. “It’s awonderful way to represent the university’s long connection with Stag Hill.”The 5-metre tall stag was created by acclaimedsculpture Allan Sly, who, at the opening ceremony, explained, “Every commission haschallenges and the main challenge with thiswas taking a small image the size of a postagestamp that is well known to everyone andmaking it so much bigger.”And while thevandalism willbe perceived bysome as minorand irrelevant, the University takes thematter veryseriously. CCTVimages havebeen recordedand theUniversity is in talks with thelocal police inan attempt to
nd a resolution
 to the matter.
Vandals sabotage the stag 
Continued from Page 1....
Furthermore, there is already a strong drinking cul- ture in many University sports clubs and societies,including Surrey. Only a few years ago, a numberof Surrey students faced permanent expulsion be-
cause of degrading and selsh acts, fuelled by alco
-hol and presumably peer pressure, while away onan organised sport trip. This strong stance on bingedrinking by both the University and the Union is anencouraging sign for students. The union is respon-sible for the actions of clubs and societies, whether these actions take place on trips or on campus,and the welfare of the students has to remain asa top priority.The general student consensus agrees with the NUS"There is an underlying tone at all of these events,which is to drink as much as possible, as quickly aspossible” said one student here at Surrey. He con- tinued, “As the event organiser, the company has to take responsibility for the actions of the students. If students are relieving themselves over memorials, then the organiser should take part of the blame.”This argument is echoed by the judge presiding over Laing’s case, who emphasised the duty of re-sponsibility required by the company “Some mightsay somebody should be standing alongside you this morning”. District Judge Anthony Browne con- tinued by identifying Laing’s actions as “disgusting and reprehensible”.Meanwhile, as we wait for the fate of the company to be decided by universities and not us students,don’t forget to look out for notices about studentpub crawls – organised by students – you’ll surely
nd yourself inundated with invitations.
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