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Issue 913 - WeeklyFriday 26th September 1997
Entertainments Guide
Cinema and Arts
Union News
Notices & Personals
The Long Goodbye
n estimated 1600 firstyears moved intotheir residences lastSunday, leaving tearfulparents scattered about theUniversity’s car parks.They were assisted by anarmy of 170 helpers whoworked all day in the sun toensure that event ransmoothly.Sam Birmingham, respon-sible for co-ordinatingintro-week, was pleasedthat the day had gone sosmoothly. “A box of food,a red rug, and a brownsuede jacket have gonemissing, which isn’t badwhen you consider thenumber of van-loads of property involved” shesaid. Some unclaimedproperty remains atCathedral Court reception.Even Charles Rhodes, aBBC correspondent filmingthe arrival for the followingday’s Breakfast News,called the organisation onthe day “very impressive”.The TV feature, broadcastthe following morning,included a live interviewwith the Students’ UnionPresident, the Vice-Chancellor, and DanielEade, a first year musictechnology student.The afternoon brought thegreatest rush, with new stu-dents arriving by the dozenin taxis, hired vans, and -half asleep - in foreign-reg-istered cars. While somestudents arriving fromoverseas found themselveslimited by luggageallowances to just a coupleof bags, others seemed tohave packed more thor-oughly.One exhausted helper, whohad just helped to movenine trolley-loads and fivesuitcases to a room in thetop floor of a CathedralCourt house, said that bythe time the last boxes hadbeen stacked, she could seeno space left for a student.The calm organisation andwarm weather brought asense of relaxation forsome, one fresher leaningon his car for a quick ciga-rette before starting tounload the hundreds of cansof baked beans piled in theback. University securitystaff were observed early inthe day ominously carryingwheelclamps. It laterturned out that they werebeing removed from thebacks of vans, to makeroom for the tea and boxesof biscuits which weregiven out to helpers aroundcampus.(more pictures on page 2...)
Matt Pannell
Photo: Stuart Parker 
A First Year Student says her last goodbyes on SundayAn intro week helper getshis tea in on Sundaymorning
Photo: Stuart Parker 
2 NewsFriday 26th September 1997
urrey Police are appealing forwitnesses to come forwardafter a woman was attackedon Walnut Tree Close in the earlyhours of Saturday morning. Theyoung woman was dragged into analley at knife-point, but the attackerran off when she screamed.Although she escaped uninjured, theincident highlights the need for stu-dents to be extra vigilant whenwalking to and from campus, espe-cially with the dark winter eveningsfast approaching.Tony Watling, Head of UniversitySecurity, called the attack “verydisturbing”, and advised students tofollow personal safety advice care-fully. “It is important that studentsavoid unlit pedestrian routes to theUniversity, especially the footpathin the area of Yorkie’s Bridge,unless they are in groups”, he said.The Union and Security run a freeminibus from town to campus onpopular club nights, and studentsare strongly advised to make use of the service. Those walking back areencouraged to take advantage of thecheap attack alarms available at theStudent Fest this Saturday, or fromthe Security Office all year.Anybody with any information onthe attack should contact DetectiveConstable McIvor on Guildford531111. Students with any personalsafety queries should speak to theSecurity Office in the Senate HouseFoyer (ext 2002)
 Attacked at Knife-point 
Andy Gale
ice-Chancellors from universi-ties across Britain whole-heartedly endorsed the propos-al for tuition fees of up to £1,000 at last week’s confer-ence of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors andPrincipals (CVCP).The Vice-Chancellors proposed a new partnershipbetween themselves and students, offering wider accessto higher education, enhanced quality of education, anda new framework to guarantee educational standards.The CVCP chairman, Professor Martin Harris, stressedthat the partnership would only work if “thisGovernment honours its side of the deal and ensuresthat higher education has the resources it needs.”However, Vice-Chancellors are so far refusing to ruleout the possibility of introducing top-up fees - addition-al fees set by individual universities - preferring to keeptheir cards close to their chest until the Governmentannounces exactly how much of the £1,000 fees the uni-versities will receive.Somewhat disappointingly, the newpartnership does not seem to includeany significant public support from the Vice-Chancellors on the issue of student hardship. Althoughthey have acclaimed the fees quite openly in the media,they fail to make any mention of the planned abolitionof student maintenance grants by 1999.Despite seeming to have died down lately, the contro-versy over fees is set to come to a head before long withstudents’ unions organising protests as students returnto a new term. The National Union of Students remainsfirmly opposed to fees, in spite of the news from theVice Chancellors. Surrey students are to be encouragedto take part in a week of action over the changes, toinvolve a protest in either Brighton or Southampton, aswell as a campaign centred in Guildford.
kay, so last year the infa-mous Liz M sat in this hotseat, and now the privilegefalls to me to spend a year makingthe Editor’s life hell. But would Ido that to Matt, “top readers recom-mend him”, Pannell? Well why not- you’ve got to do something for alaugh!To introduce myself - very briefly -I’m a second year nutrition anddietetics student, who also happensto be secretary of the University’sCanoe Club.Officially Bare Facts Secretary, Ialso have the dubious titles of Advertising Manager, DeputyEditor and general Dogs Body!!I have a variety of aims for thisyear’s Bare Facts, one of the mostimportant being the social side of the paper. We have a number of fea-tures planned that involve going outand about in Guildford.So if you fancyyourself as a bit of a journalist or justwant to contributeoccasionally, dropin to theBare FactsNewsroom in theUnion.That’s all from mefor now, so I hopeyou like the newlook Bare Factsand any contribu-tions/ comments/lettersare always wel-come.
Sarah Gyles
Bare Facts Secretary 
Photo: Stuart Parker 
Andy Gale
his summer Ihad a prettygood time. Iwant to tell you a bit about it somaybe you might try somethingsimilar or at least find it interesting.For two and a half months I workedand travelled in Israel. Israel is apretty crazy place. People havebeen fighting over the land it occu-pies for thousands of years. Its quitea scary place too. While I was therethere were the double suicide bomb-ings in Jerusalem, an eighty shellrocket attack in the north fromLebanon and murders of tourists inEilat. Its not a very big place- top tobottom its about as far asSouthampton to Newcastle- but itcontains such contrasts in culturesand geography that its like a conti-nent in itself. I won’t go in to thehistory and the current problems of the middle-eastern situation. That isa volume on its own, and despitehaving read about it, having beenthere and having talked to people(including Israelis) about it, I onlyknow that I don’t really understandit.So, what I did.....Iworked on a kibbutzin the north of Israel (near theLebanese border) for two monthsthen travelled around Israel and theSinai desert (Egypt) for two and ahalf weeks.A kibbutz is a communal society inwhich everything is owned by thekibbutz and private property is lim-ited to personal possessions. “Thedesire to establish a just and egali-tarian society is the basic principalguiding kibbutz life, together with acommitment to undertake tasksimportant to the development of Israel. The first kibbutz was found-ed nearly eighty years ago and thereare now some three hundred kib-butzim” (Kibbutz Representativesinfo.) So, what this means: every-one gets up early, works for abouteight hours a day six days a week (with Shabbat- Saturday- off) andthe kibbutz gives them everythingthey need. Again, there is a lot to besaid about the kibbutz movement,how it started, where it is going, thegood and bad of the ideology andthe changes of it over the years, butnot here.So, this lifestyle, in some waysunique to Israel appealed to me, andas a Christian I thought it would beinteresting to see where the one whoI’ve given my life to actually livedwhile here on Earth.I was a builder/handyman on thekibbutz which was hard work.There was plenty of time though torelax by the pool and hang out withmy fellow volunteers. There wassuch a mix, all kinds of people from just about every country it seemed.That’s the main advantage of beinga volunteer, meeting and makingfriends with so many people fromall over the world in the strange sit-uation of the kibbutz.And getting a sun tan.I had such a good time there andmade some good friends - I haveoffers of accommodation all roundthe world which should come inhandy. Every kibbutz is differentthough and every person has a dif-ferent experience of it. It is no par-adise and as in everything there aregood and bad bits but, as in every-thing I think you can learn andbecome tougher.Then travelling. Just me my ruck-sack and God. If ever I needed a‘good shepherd’, a ‘friend’ and‘companion’ it was then. It wastougher than I had imagined tobegin with but once I got over theshock of living like dirt and havingno money everything was good. MyBible got well thumbed thoseweeks.I travelled all over, taking in the lushgreen beauty of the north, the Sea of Galilee, the crazy and ancientJerusalem, the floatacious DeadSea, the amazing southern desertregions, Dahab in Sinai where thesnorkling blew my mind and manyplaces around and between these.Overall the whole thing blew mymind and infected me with aun/healthy wanderlust. I can talk about the things I did and saw but nowords can really capture the vibeand the intense feelings I had travel-ling about that place on my own.The spectacular and diverse geogra-phy of the place, the history of it, sorelevant to my life and the sense of achievement of doing it made it thebest summer of my life.And the most full-on sun tan.
Check it out for your self and get  your ass kicked by adventure.Contact: Kibbutz Representatives,1A Accommodation Road, GoldersGreen, London, NW1 8ED
Features 3
Friday 26th September 1997
Kicked in the ass by adventure aChristian in Israel
Chris Brookes
o Spaghetti Bolognesewas a doddle and you feellike more of a challenge?Well, look no further. Thisweek’s recipes are based on theart of stir-frying, which has to bethe quickest, and probablyhealthiest way to cook. Puristswill say that stir-frying reallyrequires a wok, but if youhaven’t got one, or can’t borrowone from a kind final year, then alarge frying pan will do just aswell
The whole point of stir-frying is tocook things very quickly, so alwaysremember to use a high heat (and letthe pan warm up first) and to chopyour ingredients into roughly equalsize pieces (usually strips about thelength of a matchstick). It’s best toprepare everything beforehand, soyou can throw them all in at theright time. The key to stir-frying isto stir continuously, so nothing hasthe chance to burn.
Simple Turkey Stir-fry
What you’ll need:
Wok or largefrying pan, spatula.
Turkey steak (turkey isa lot cheaper than chicken and tastespretty much the same), red or greenpepper, carrot, onion, soy sauce,pinch of five-spice powder or a chi-nese oxo cube, vegetable oil.Thinly slice all the vegetables andthe turkey. Heat the wok and addabout a teaspoon of vegetable oil(don’t use olive oil, as it doesn’t gethot enough). When the oil starts tosmoke, add the turkey and stir con-tinuously until it’s cooked all theway through, adding about a table-spoon of soy sauce as you go. Whenthe turkey is cooked, remove it fromthe pan onto a plate, and add thevegetables and the five-spice pow-der or chinese oxo cube and stir-fryfor three minutes. Put the turkeyback in and add a little more soy-sauce and stir for another minute ortwo. Serve with rice or noodles.This recipe can be used as the basefor a number of dishes by addingone of the range of stir-fry saucesavailable. For vegetarians, try usingone or two more vegetables insteadof the turkey – beansprouts arealways good and cook very quickly.
Matty B’s Chow Mein
What you’ll need:
Wok or largefrying pan, spatula, saucepan,mug or measuring jug.
Stir-fry turkey,beansprouts, red or green pepper,onion, clove of garlic, chicken stock cube, soy sauce, vegetable oil, noo-dles.Chop the vegetables as before andfinely chop the garlic. Boil a kettleand make up chicken stock usingabout a mug/half pint of boilingwater. Heat the pan and add a smallamount of oil. Put the noodles in thesaucepan, add some salt, and coverwith boiling water. These will nowcook by themselves. Stir-fry theturkey and garlic, remove and stir-fry the vegetables for about threeminutes. Put the turkey back in thepan and add the chicken stock and atablespoon of soy sauce. Simmer foranother couple of minutes, stirringoften. Test the noodles and drainwhen cooked. Add the noodles tothe pan, if it’s big enough, and stireverything together, then serveimmediately. If the pan isn’t bigenough to add the noodles, then justput them on the plate and spoon therest over them.
This week’s column is dedicated tothe infamous Matty B, who in hisheyday would charm groups of up toten sexy French girls at a time bycooking them his chow mein, and then take them out to the Union, get drunk, and insult them all.
Helen Wright

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