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The National Student - September 2008

The National Student - September 2008

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The NUS is starting t nwacadmic yar cloudd byallgations of racism witint union.Black studnts av it outat a sris of allgd racistincidnts tat occurrd atunion vnts ovr t summr.Bllavia Ribirio-Addy,
NUS Black Students’ Ofcer
the Guardian
 claiming ts incidnts wrnot dalt wit in an accptablway.Black studnts claim tatt latst incidnt took plac atan NUS training vnt at tUnivrsity of York in Augustinvolving Kings Collg LondonStudnts’ Union PrsidntCris Mullan and Nottingam
education ofcer Craig Cox.Cox allegedly held up a poster
saying “Bring Back Slavry”to ‘wind-up’ participants. It isalso allgd tat Mullan usdracist strotyps in a rol play
exercise at the same meeting.
Mullan is said to avqustiond wtr rcruitingblack studnts from dprivdnigbouroods was a goodida, givn tat problms witknif and gun crim migtattract ‘undsirabls’.Spaking to
the Guardian
,Ribirio-Addy said, “It isunaccptabl tat blackstudnts sould av toput up wit blatant raciststrotyps at NUS vnts. Itis unaccptabl tat slavrycan b tratd as a jok,” ssaid.“It is unaccptabl tatnoting was don about tis byt snior NUS NeC mmbrsprsnt, and it was only wn[I] was involvd tat actionwas takn. Tis only appndbcaus a distrssd blackstudnt wo flt it adn’tbn dalt wit immdiatlycontactd m.”“Tis wol procss tooknarly tr ours, andincludd m aving to contactt NUS prsidnt. Incidntsof racism sould b dalt witimmdiatly,” s addd.In a statmnt NUSPrsidnt, Ws Strting, said,“It gos witout saying tatNUS taks t issus of qualopportunitis and saf spacvry sriously and I am tusdtrmind tat t allgationsar andld proprly.”“A procss as bn undrwaysinc last wk (August 202008) to fully invstigatformal complaints rcivdtat follows our stablisdprocdurs and for obviousrasons I am unwilling to mak
a comment about the specics
of t complaints wilst tatprocss proprly complts. Any spculation or surroundingcommntary at tis tim is,I bliv, inappropriat andcountr-productiv.”Strting addd, “It isimportant in bot instancstat w do not tolrat racismor a failur to dal wit it; it isowvr also important tat wdo not pr-judg t outcom of any invstigation.“Wn ts procsss arcomplt I fully intnd tat tNeC b givn an opportunityto discuss our procsss andsafguards in rlation to tsissus in full.”NUS ar invstigating tincidnt alongsid Nort
 Yorkshire Police who conrmed
tat two studnts wr bingqustiond ovr allgations of racism at t training vnt.Ribirio-Addy addd tat it
is not the rst time that “the
nds and concrns of blackstudnts” ad bn ignord. A fw monts ago VicPrsidnt (Wlfar) AmaUzowuru was allgdly told byNUS Trasurr Dav Lwis tatr nam was not ‘mainstram’
enough to appear on NUS Extra
publicity. On r NUS blog,Uzowuru also accusd otr
NUS ofcers of racism for not
callnging t statmnt asty wr prsnt at t tim.It was latr rsolvd followingan apology and blog post byDav Lwis. It is allgd tat
Uzowuru also came under re
for complaining via r blog,ratr tan using intrnaldisciplinary procsss.Tr av also bnallgations tat at an vntarlir in t summr, Muslimstudnts ad to at tir dinnrbind a scrn, sparatdfrom otr dlgats, as a non-alcoolic vnu ad not bnprovidd.
Continued on page 2
nus racism
by Mary Stott
 R G A S L A  E  R
September 2008
Accused: Chris Mullan
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LiverpooL HopeUnsty has bn usas at f an ntntscam tagtng stunts nNga. An stmat 15 stuntsw snt fauulnt gff ltts utng tb fm th nsttutn. Alcants w thn askt ay a nn-funablacctanc f t bgusucatn an schlashagncs.Ll H was maawa f th scam whnsal stunts wh haa fs but ha nthngabut th cus gt ntuch. A skssn f thunsty wan alcants
to use only ofcially appointed
unsty agnts.Th unsty mnsct stunts thatalcatns f unstygamms a mathugh UCAS (Unstsan Cllgs Amssns
Service), or through ofcial
unsty alcatn fms,th nln  a.Th fausts catan a f authntcty byntng th ltts na that aa t
have the university’s ofcial
lttha.Thy als aa tha bn sgn by actualmmbs f unsty staff.on cls nsctn thmal ass  nth ltts s wng, an thenglsh us s y .Nancy Ck, ntnatnalcutmnt manag atLl H, tl thBBC: “A numb f stunts
contacted us at the ofce by
tlhn an mal askngus abut th amssns.”
“We were trying to nd
thm n th systm, tyng thl thm wth th nquy,but th numbs n’tmatch u, th nams n’tmatch u, th ats f bthn’t match an sm f thcuss wn’t tu th.”“Thn w t t gt mnfmatn fm thm. A numb f stunts snt thltt t us an w cul sthat t was fauulnt.”“Thy ha a mnyf th ltt t smn nNga.”Sh a, “i stnglyug alcants t slctth ucatnal cnsultant agnt y cafullyan, f ssbl, cntact th
university directly to nd outwho the ofcially appointed
agnts a.”“in Nga w wk wthGlbal eucatn StuyCnts an infz.”Bassy i ekanm, astunt fm Nga whal lgtmatly thughth unsty wbst, sa,“it’s a am cm tu fstunts t cm h t thUK t stuy.”“Mst f th scammstak aantag f ths am.Thy tak aantag f thfact that thy a satan ally want t mak thams cm tu.”Th stunts affct anw bng hl t -alythugh th cct channls.
Hope used in internet scam
 A CAMBridGe Unsty lctu has bn gna 12-mnth susn sn sntnc aft lcfun  1,000 ncnt mags f chln nhs cmuts.Nchlas Hammn, 45, a scalst n mnFnch that at Gnll an Caus Cllg,amtt makng, ssssng an stbutngngahc mags f chln ung th hangat Cambg Cwn Cut.Hs jal tm was susn f tw yas byJug Gath Hawkswth.Hammn nw has t sgn th sx ffnsgst f 10 yas an cmlt an ntnt sxffns tatmnt cus. H s als bann fmwkng wth chln un th ag f 16 an hast ay £1,000 cut csts.it s uncla f Hammn was sack byCambg Unsty fllwng hs sntncng.Th unsty ssu a statmnt sayngthat Hammn was “cuntly schag fmhs uts” an that “th stn” was bngw.
Cambridgelecturer sentencedfor child porn
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Fllwng th cmlants  th scunt ca, thNUS ag that all th unn’s NeC mmbs shulc cmulsy qualty tanng.rb-Ay has nw call f NUS nts t haa cla statmnt aganst acsm, an f sut f
black students who speak out against NUS ofcers who
mak acst cmmnts. Sh s als callng f n ntt b gans t th xclusn f Muslm stunts.
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Mad Cap’n Tom Scottwho wo the resiecy t York Uiversity Stuets’Uio i  lslievictory hs mitte it isirorite to remii irte chrcter t lltimes urig his time ioffice.Sekig to
The NationalStudent
the C’ si, “Ihve’t boe theirte erso etirely - it’sbeig sve for ‘ceremoiloccsios’. Whe you strtruig for electios, yousig  iece of er thtsys tht if electe, youbecome  trustee of theStuets’ Uio. Oe of the sie effects is tht Im require, leglly, toct i the best iterestsof the Stuets’ Uio tll times. a sly, thtoes’t iclue werig irte outfit whe I tlk toour Vice Chcellor.”Hvig cture cmusiterest by ressig tlkig like  irteScott ws electe fterthe highest turout ithe coutry for  stuetuio electio. But hiswiig the ost cuse immeite  ggressivebck-lsh from those feltstuets h ot tke thevote seriously.durig his cmig,Scott h stte tht hefelt stuet olitics wsuimortt. after the result, sekigto stuet ewser
the Eviromet Ethics Officer TomLgley lbele theelectorte “shllow,igort selfish  shortsighte,”  si: “I o’tthik I hve ever bee soshme to be  stuets I m t this time.”neem Kuwr, wholost the electio to Scott,tol
: “I thik it’s gootht he hs relise theirte thig wo’t reflectwell o the uio. I’m gltht he hs relise theUiversity shoul’t beme  lughig stock.”“He r o  gimmick, hewo. I thik most eolewill be hy tht he hsroe the ct,” Kuwre.Sekig of how eolewill reso to his chgeof irte-stce Scott si,“Some eole re goig tobe relieve by it, some regoig to be oye - but Isusect most re’t rellybothere t ll!”He hs ow chge hisoiio o the imortceof stuet olitics.Tlkig to
hesi, “It’s esy to getisillusioe by stuetolitics, becuse  lot of the thigs tht go o seemso smll  etty. Butoce you get i there relise tht there re llthese eole  ll thesecommittees ivolve, it is mssive uertkig toru ll this.”“The squbblig boutwho gets i ower  whohs this little bit over hereor tht little bit over there,I’m still isillusioe with.I thik everyoe is. Butthe rocess itself eesto he, there ees tobe eole to o it,” Scotte.desite him tkig hisrole more seriously, Scottsi the ircy will stillform rt of his resiecy,“It’s goig to be some kiof sliig scle. For theFreshers’ tlk, certily,I m goig to be i fullirte moe, t lest tthe strt. If I o’t ruow the stirs of CetrlHll with the theme tueto
 Pirates of the Caribbean
 lyig, the somethighs goe wrog.” a for office work hesys the irte will still bereset, “It’s mzig howwell  irte ht goes with suit. I susect I will besomewhere i betwee.”
Debt to cancel outgraduate salary gains
 an nUS reort climstht the higher slriesere by some grutesbecuse they hve egree will be ccelleout by the ebts they rcku t uiversity.The £3,000 ul co tuitio fees is execteto be lifte fter  reviewext yer.The reort estimtestht the vergegrute is likely to eu owig more th £25,000 i tuitio mitece fees. Theebt coul be £37,000 forthose tteig  leiguiversity i  exesivecity.
“It’s amazing howwell a pirate hatgoes with a suit.”
nUS HaVE ttckethe uiversity fuigsystem s ufir usustible, with themwrig tht either risigor liftig the c o tuitiofees woul mke it worse.The uio’s ew reort‘Broke  Broke’ sttestht tht  rrow focuso the c urig extyer’s le govermetreview of tuitio fees willot ress the curretfilures i the system.The reort sttes thtthe etire system is fulty hs my uiteeegtive cosequeces.
The nancial support
o offer is too cofusig the system mestht oorer stuets reexose to greter riskswhe tteig uiversity.The system esures thtthe richest istitutios
benet most in nancial
terms from filig to wierticitio, while thosetht tke o more stuetsfrom oor bckgrous loseout.It fils to esure thtthose who ejoy the gretest
nancial benet from
higher euctio cotributemore to its costs.The creit cruch’seffect o the rice of foo fuel mes tht theserisig costs coul mkemuch of the hel o offeriequte, the reortwrs.nUS resiet WesStreetig, tol
: “Mrket forceshve lrey cret ito ourhigher euctio system.”“More restigiousuiversities i the RussellGrou re ble to offeroorer stuets  vergeul bursry of £1,791,but less restigiousuiversities i the Millio+grou re oly ble to offer £680.”“There is clerly  mrketof restige t work, with
nancial support being
bse ot o how much youee it, but o where youstuy.”He e the situtiowoul worse if tuitiofees were rise to £7,000,levig stuets owig £40,000 o grutio.“This is  stggerigmout, which i somecses will ctully exceethe mout of moey theyc exect to gi fromtheir egree over the courseof their etire workiglife.”“politicl rties ee tosto buryig their hes ithe s over the issue of higher euctio fuig.We ee to hve  roerebte bout  vibleltertive to the curretsystem, which is crekiguer the ressure of mrket forces. We eeto llevite tht ressure,ot excerbte it bycotemltig risig thefees c.”The higher euctiomiister, Bill Rmmell,si: “The ew systemis workig, s isemostrte by recorlevels of lictios ccetces, u by 6% thisyer.”“Recor umbers of stuets from ll socilclsses re choosig togo ito higher euctio
and reap the benets this
brigs. This is t  timewhe the govermet hsbolishe u-frot fees, this yer two-thirs of 
students will benet from a
full or rtil grt of u to £2,835.”“We hve lwys sttetht we will meet ourcommitmet to hve ieeet review of the
rst three years of variable
fees. I woul ot like to
preempt the ndings of this
review - s this reort hsoe.”
NUS slam fees system
A fees protest march in Westminster - 2003
Kingston banned fromsatisfaction tables
THE pSYCHOLOGY ertmet t KigstoUiversity hs beebe from the uiversitystisfctio legue tbles,fter their chetig wsexose by the mei.The Higher EuctioFuig Coucil forEgl remove theertmet fter recorig of them coercigtheir stuets to lie cmeto light. O the recorig,Fio Brlow-Brow,psychology director of Stuy, coul be herecourgig stuetsto give higher rkigs
when lling in the nal-
yer ntiol StuetSurvey i  effort toboost the uiversity’sositio. Otherwise, shesi, emloyers woulthik their egree ws‘shit’.Followig theirreortig of the icietthe BBC were iutewith emils from stuetst other uiversitieswho highlighte similrcoercio where they restuyig.next issue,
TheNational Student
will lookt this  other issueswith the curret stte of higher euctio.Cotribute by emilig:
“Killing in name of 
religion is justifed”
 a COnTROVERSIaLreort hs fou tht lmost thir of British Muslimstuets thik killig ithe me of religio is
 a YouGov survey crrieout for the Cetre for SocilCohesio fou tht lmost qurter of Muslim stuetsi the UK i ot believeme  wome were equli the eyes of allh,  25%si they h little or oresect for homosexuls.nUS hs bre thereort ‘isgustig’, 
said it is ‘a reection of the
bises  rejuices of right wig thik tk – otthe views of stuets crossBriti’.
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