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PAGES 12 &13
The University of Surrey Students’ Newspaper
Societies | Page 20 - barearts | Page 17 - Puzzles | Page 16 - pictures say it all | Page 8

22 October 2007
Published By The USSU
Comms. Office.
Issue Number 1113
FREE - Est. 1967

By theb a re fa c t s News Team

The Students’ Union has commissioned new designs for
a remodel and refurbishment of Youngs Kitchen from the
same architect who performed a similar task at Leeds
University Union. The plans for the Kitchen – more widely
known around campus as the HRB or the Helen Rose Bar
– aim to transform the area into a more social space.

Although the initial ideas envision a small bar where
the existing bar stands, the main idea behind the new
proposals, the Union claims, is to place less emphasis
on alcohol sales. Catering facilities would still be
available under the plans, and the current DJ booth
would be converted into a seating space with disabled
access, which would be available in the area for the
first time.

The architect’s plans have been modelled to mimic
a domestic living space and provide a homely
environment. The inner walls will be fitted with plasma
displays, and the outside walls with large glass sections
to let in natural light.

Students have been asked to voice their opinions
using the Union website. The plans are also on display
in the Union building, where any other information
about them can be retrieved. Alex Collins, President
of the Union, said about the new plans: “We’re trying
to use the space in the Students’ Union to provide a
flexible area for students to use, and one that will last
for years to come.”

By theb a re fa c t s News Team

Last week, fines totalling £240 were handed out to three 18-year-old University of Surrey students who admitted removing two road signs and damaging another in Walnut Tree Close at around 1.30am on September 26.

The three were issued with

Disorder incurring an £80 payment each for causing the criminal damage.

The students, who didn’t want to be

identified, said in an open letter: “We are Freshers, and… in our second week, we took part in a heavy pub crawl, visiting lots of bars and clubs around Guildford… unfortunately we took things one step too far and decided to take a few souvenirs of the evening to remember it by.”

The students were spotted taking the road signs by CCTV cameras around the town and were picked up in Walnut Tree Close by the police.

“We quickly sobered up and admitted what we had done and after prolonged police interrogation were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices of £240 in total”, they said.

The penalties have caused a dent in the students’ finances and resulted in short-term criminal records. Their actions could have ended up with them having a court appearance and exclusion from the University.

Cont Page 5
Extreme Makeover : HRB Edition
Police give students a detour
22 October 2007
barefacts is an editorially independent newspaper and is published by the University of Surrey
Students’ Union Communications Office.

The views expressed within the paper are those of individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Editor, the University of Surrey Students’ Union or the University of Surrey. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part, stored in any form, copied

or distributed, without the express permission of the publisher beforehand.
Printed by Surrey and Berkshire Media Limited
Stoke Mill House, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1QA
Submission is no guarantee of publication.b a re fa c t s reserves the right to edit
submissions. Please direct all equiries to the relevant section Editor.
editorial team

FOOD EDITOR| VERITY KIRKPATRUICK| b f . fo o d @ g m a i l . c o m
SCIENCE EDITOR| EMMA ROGULSKA|bf.science@gmail.com
FEATURES EDITOR| AMUL GURUNG| b f . fe a t u re s @ g m a i l . c o m
PG TIPS EDITOR| MARYYIP| M . Y i p @ s u rrey. a c . u k
ARTS EDITOR| JAKE SOUTH|bf.arts@gmail.com
SOCIETIES EDITOR| SIMON MOORE|bf.societies@gmail.com
PUZZLELORD| COLIN EVERETT| m a 4 1 c e @ s u rrey. a c . u k

MARKETINGCO-ORDINATOR| AARONSALINS| a . s a l i n s @ s u rrey. a c . u k
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | ALEX COLLINS |u s s u . p re s i d e n t @ s u rrey. a c . u k
editorial>Gareth Giles: Editor
editorial>Claire Worgan

Welcome to the new and (hopefully) improved, barefacts!
First, a quick introduction. I’m Gareth, and I’m a second year
Politics student. I have a few aims for barefacts this year, and
however much of a cliché this may be, I need your help to
achieve them.
Firstly, this is your paper – by the students, for the students.
This means you can change it. If you have any suggestions,
there are loads of ways to contact us. E-mail us, message
board us, write to us, or even drop into the Union and see us
– we’re there a lot of the time! We’re always happy to hear
feedback, good or bad.
Secondly, get involved! Anyone can take part in the student


We always need new articles, so take a look
through this issue and get inspired to write. Even if you
don’t want to write, your tip-offs about stories could be the
difference between the paper of the year and one no-one
reads. E-mail our Newsdesk!

Well, thanks for reading, anyway. I hope you’ll enjoy every
single copy of barefacts this year. If you do, I will be accepting
donations in the form of alcohol. If you don’t, I will be
accepting donations in the form of alcohol.

Deputy Editor (Design)

I’m Claire. I am the Deputy Editor, but I mostly focus on the
design part of the paper. I also have a team of people
who help me layup the paper. They are your section editors for
Science, Food and Features. I am in my final year of
study doing Culture, Media and
Communication BA Hons.
My aims for this paper are to make it visually
exciting, and to make sure there is
something for everyone!

I hope you enjoy the new lookb a re fa c t s!
22 October 2007
History of student led
demonstrations in Burma
Burmese students have played an enormous role in the
struggle for democracy in Burma.

On July 7 1962, students at Rangoon University protested
again Ne Win’s newly formed military regime. Ne Win ordered
troops to enter the building to end the protest. Over 100
students were killed and the student union building was
blown up.
In 1998, protests about the economic crisis were started by
Burma’s students. On the 13 March 1988, students protested
outside the Rangoon Institute of Technology and clashed with
the military.

A student was shot dead and his death triggered further
protests, with ordinary citizens and Burma’s monks joining
in. On 8 August 1988, hundreds of thousands of people took
part in protests across the country, calling for democracy. The
junta closed universities to prevent them becoming a rallying
point for the pro-democracy movement.

The monks may be the main focus of the current demonstrations in Burma

but students played a prominent role in the last major protests in the
country in 1988. Many are now prominent members of exile groups and are
pro-democracy activists, joining The National League for Democracy (NLP).
The NLP carried on in defiance of the crackdown until the Junta brought
the protests to a halt. The Junta shut universities down three weeks ago and
there are no reports to say they’re open again.

Activist death

Students and pro-democracy campaigners have been detained, tortured and
killed. Win Shwe, a prominent NLD acitivst was 23 in the ‘88 protests. He
was arrested on September 26 and tortured to death. The Junta refused
to return his body to his family and instead cremated it to remove any
evidence of torture.

Facebook protest movements

Johnny Chatterton, one of the organisers of the campaign against HSBC, was contacted by Alex Bookbinder, who founded the ‘Support the Monks Protest in Burma’ group. To make the group more effective, Johnny joined the Burma Campaign Group and played a prominent role in organising last week’s UK day of action, including the London protest.

What can be done?

It’s important to keep the pressure and spotlight on Burma. Talk to people
about it, write to your elected representatives. People can find out which
companies are investing in the country and email and phone them to
pressurise them to leave. Total and Chevron are two companies that have
been the focus of current protests. The next big event is on October 24,
with candle-lit vigils taking place around the world.

S t u de n t s D e m on s t r a t e f or
B ur m a
By Mike Blakeney
I pulled on my bright green “University of Surrey Students’ Union” emblazoned shirt, and red

jumper; red to signify blood, monks, and the Saffron Revolution. When I arrived at my destination, Pimlico Station, London, I could see the crowds amassing. Red, saffron, sanguine, coated the street, banners soaring through the air imploring everyone to listen and hear their cries for liberty.

I spoke to people - hardened veteran campaigners from the Free Burma Campaign, to first
timers; from the NUS, to Burmese refugees.

Then it began, winding through the streets of London. We chanted “Free Free, Burma Burma,” as we crossed the bridge towards parliament. “UK Government,” we chanted, “take action on Burma!” We turned and passed Downing Street, and were met by Buddhist monks, fresh from meeting Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On the stage at Trafalgar Square emerged a beautiful lady, in her 20’s, who recalled the story of how she was made a refugee from her own country. There were impassioned pleas from MEPs and parliamentarians. Stories of torture and cruelty, murder and death.

I tried to remember the pictures of monks, dead by the side of the Irrawaddy, the river that flows
through the Burmese capital, Rangoon, making it look more reminiscent of the Styx.

As the talks came to a close and the crowds dispersed, I could see the flag of South Africa, billowing in the breeze. Apartheid was overcome, through trial and toil, and so must the Junta in Burma be.

We did change the world that day. The UN Security Council released a statement saying it, “strongly deplores the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators” in Burma and calls on the Junta and all other parties “to work together toward a de-escalation of the situation and a peaceful solution.”

The organisers reported 10,000 turning up to chant, sing, and pray for the lives of the dead, dying
and forgotten, in Burmese prisons.
A step in the right direction, along a long march to freedom, for the Burmese people.
A beat for Burma, a song for Myanmar, as
London rocks to the sound of freedom

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