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The Stag - Issue 13

The Stag - Issue 13

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tudent Parliament took place on Thursday 3rd December and a statement was givendetailing events that occurred at the Execu-tive meeting the night before. For those studentswho did not attend Student Parliament, this is whatwas stated:“Last night the union Executive met for its regular weekly meeting. At this meeting an item of discus-sion was raised by the Union Chair on a constitu-tional interpretation. The specific interpretation was‘that Student Parliament had the power to proposeand ratify policy and/or refer it to the Union Execu-tive’. The Union Chair had sought independent ad- vice from the National Union of Students. The Un-ion executive, through its constitutional authority,challenged the ruling and ultimately overturned itwith 5 votes to 4. As this was a contentious issue a member of theUnion Executive called publically for a motion of NoConfidence at midnight last night in the following officers: Lisa Shah, Chris Moffatt, Malcolm Hunt, Ashraf Khalifa, Hitesh Tekchandani and Nick En-twistle (who was not present at the meeting).Following discussion between Matthew Barker andMalcolm Hunt this public call for a vote of no con-fidence was detracted at 4:30 pm on Thursday 3rdDecember. As a result of the aforementioned ruling this Stu-dent Parliament will not proceed as advertised. Allpolicy ratified by this body today will not automati-cally become Union policy. Instead it will be recom-mended to the Executive, who will make the deci-sion on whether or not it will become policy. Those people who wish to know more about thecourse of yesterday’s executive meeting are invitedto view draft minutes of this meeting. The chair’s motion regarding the part time executiveeffectiveness will be withdrawn from the agenda.Hitesh Tekchandani has formally removed himself as the proposer of the guest ticket motion. I amprepared to open this motion to the floor.If you wish to be the proposer and talk for this mo-tion please approach the help desk.Questions on any of the aforementioned events canbe raised in this forum in Questions to the UnionExecutive”.
 Statement by Union Chair on behalf of the Unionat Student Parliament 
Issue 13Editor: Sara HadfieldEditor-In-Chief: Elizabeth SimosProduced in USSU,University of Surrey,GuildfordEst. 2008
Issue 13 I 7th December 2009 I www.ussu.co.uk/thestag 
In this issue:A Day in theLife of:Campus BoyIf Santa wasreal....Mentos VSCokeDrink Spiking- Be Aware! Worst Songsof the DecadeTen BestFilms of theDecadeGuildfordHeatSpotlight on:Mike Martin
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 A Vote of No Confidence
by Ben Pook, News Editor 
 The University’s Hospitality Catering Service has sadly chosen to ignore the interests of Surrey students by opening a second Starbucks coffee store on campus. The latest store, which opened last month at thenew Guildford School of Acting building, is a blatantrepresentation of the University’s poor judgment atimproving the quality of catering on campus.Not only is a second Starbucks store completely unnecessary, but yet again the Hospitality Catering Service has failed to deliver tasteful coffee tostudents looking for a worthy morning wake-up call or afternoon pick-me-up. However, the quality of coffeeisn’t the topic of this article. Instead, the University’sfailure to improve the choice of coffee available tostudents and prevent a caffeine-conglomerationrepresents a shocking misjudgement of studentwelfare. The partnership between the University andStarbucks has led to the announcement of plansfor yet another Starbucks coffee store. This thirdstore, which will be located at the new Surrey SportsPark, will “deliver precisely the same StarbucksExperience”. The press release also indicates thatthe store will consist of a “120-seat café area aswell as an outdoor seating area for an additional130 people”.
Continued Page 6.....
 Surreybucks Opens Second Coffee Store On Campus
 A ‘Vote of No Confidence’ is essentially a voteto determine whether the student population has confidence in an elected individual andtheir abilities to carry out their role.
Hi everyone! Well another year almost over and somuch to cram into the last couple of weeks of University!2009 was definitely an interesting year to say the least. If I had to choose oneof the best days of 2009 I think it wouldhave had to be a snow day.For those of you who weren’t at Surrey during the snow it was insane! TheUniversity completely closed and no onecould go anywhere! One of my friendsgot sent home from work with LOADSof food that they hadn’t been able tosell. So after a mass snowball fight,about twelve or so people crammedinto my tiny Guildford Court room andwe watched films and ate for absolutely ages.No doubt societies are organising Christmas meals and crazy themed bar crawls, likethe super hero one I’ll be attending this week – look out!If you were one of the lucky ones to get your hand on a Fetish ticket, despite the crazy queue that seemed to orchestrate itself around the Union, I hope you had a great time!It seemed the firemen and suspenders were out in full force – good work!So what’s coming up in the next few weeks? The Snow White Panto – guaranteed to make you laugh, probably cry and perhaps aplace where you can vent some of your deadline anger by yelling at the cast, soundslike fun doesn’t it?Of course it wouldn’t be the end of a year without the Christmas Party on Friday 18
 December so make sure you don’t miss out on that! Well it’s been a great year for us and I hope it has been for you too. I hope you have agreat Christmas and enjoy the count down to the New Year!Good luck with all your assignments and exams and we look forward to seeing you in2010!Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Editor’s Letter
In this issue...News
Pages 3 - 7
Pages 8 - 22Fashion I Pages 11 - 13Science I Pages 14 - 16Health I Page 19
Pages 25- 28
Pages 29 - 48Music I Pages 29 - 32Dance & Theatre I Pages 33 - 35Film I Pages 38 - 43Literature I Pages 44 - 48
Pages 50 - 55
Editor I Sara Hadfield : 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.comScience I David Pugh : sciencedeskstag@gmail.comSocieties 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 : filmdeskstag@gmail.comSports I David Holt : sportsdeskstag@gmail.comCopy Editor I Ankur Banerjee
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by Ben Pook 
 Anxious students at the University of Surrey have expressed their concernabout health and safety flaws at the union’s nightclub, Rubix. According to reports, students have grown apprehensive about the ‘packed out’dance floor and the inability to shake their stuff in front of the stage.On a busy night, the dance floor is rarely empty with students choosing to boogie rather than mingle around the bars. This segregation preventsmany students from dancing effectively due to the reduction in space. Apparently, many use this as an excuse for their awful dance techniques,although it’s common knowledge that most union-goers simply don’thave any rhythm. The lack of room causes a number of issues. Stray arms and overeager thrusting can be a hazard, while a more depressing issue - the preying eyes of naive men - is disturbing and unattractive.Most students believe the busy dance floor is simply a commonexperience in all clubs. On live events, including DJs, clubbers regularly migrate as close to the stage as possible. This is understandable withlive bands and skilled DJs, although why we decide to cram together and dance to mainstream hits is questionable.Reducing the overall capacity could be a solution. However, with theextreme demand for high profile nights, reducing the number of ticketsseems an inappropriate resolution. The issue isn’t the number of peoplein the union; rather, it’s the sheep-like mentality of its inhabitants tocrowd into a reduced space in front of the stage and to dance to thelatest Girls Aloud smash hit. The answer is common decency. Firstly, it’s the decency to appreciatenon-rhythmic dancers and allow space for the occasionally flung elbow.Secondly, if the dance floor is busy – don’t go straight to the front.Bring alcohol into the mix though and common decency is eradicatedbecause nobody really cares.
Crowded Dance Floor Causes Concern Among Union-goers
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