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The Stag - Issue 42

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Newspaper of the students of the University of SurreyIssue 42 Tuesday 21
February 2012
IBEX space-craft probesthe edges of theSolar system
resha music society has allegedthat Union security at the PreshaBass Music night on the 10
illegally ried through DJ and
customer bags in an argument over
grafti. Further allegations have also
been made about security aggression
and discrimination.
Members of Presha havedescribed how security staff discovered abusive commentsscrawled on the wall of the gents,causing the head bouncer to enter
the DJ booth area, where the night
organisers and other students were
keeping their belongings.
The bouncer is alleged to havethen started opening cases, bags and
coats “looking for a pen.”Presha Treasurer JP said:
“Someone wrote something againstthe security guards in the toilet andone of them started searching all thebags behind the desk… There werelots of rare records too – personal
“We haven’t had this sort of 
conict before, but they give us ahard time – treat us really badly.”
Society President Oli Barton-
Wood added: “I considered this
unacceptable and so stopped the
By Jack White, Editor
Continued on page 3...
Election campaigngets under way
DGL security staff, have been accused of illegal property searches and aggressive behaviour. This photo was taken last Friday, a week after the alleged property searches.” 
and illegal bag searches
wait to hurt someone tonight”
idea of what is to comein their manifesto.
 Students look intothe running of ourUnion prior to the 2012
recipe, the
woes of Valentine’s Day
and the exciting world of 
British fashion...
SOCIETIESIssues of censorship
andSurrey’s brand new
French Society...
is proved tobe more addictive thansmoking on
And reviews onthe best stage shows such
as The King’s Speech...
in sport and the
Liverpool-United match...
: Literature
Editor Alexanda Wilkslooks at the best of 
women’s jounalism...
Pg 21Pg 8
February2012 editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk
Jack White – Editor
his late on in the year,
would be so luckyas to have new contributors
coming forward... and yet
we have!This newspaper thrives on the abilities and drive of a whole host of different people and we met some more
of them at the recent Refreshers Fayre. We will no doubt
have some new perspectives for you over the coming
Hopefully you are all still thinking about the new
experiences you might have during your stay at Surrey.
Part of being a good student is learning to cope with work,
work, work and play. Try not to fall into too regular a
pattern – try new things and check out the list of societies
that have started up this year. Just the other week twonew societies were ratied by Societies Standing: Can You
Solve This? which aims to highlight a denial of educationto students by the Iranian Government; and UKIP Society,which adds to Surrey’s political societies (Labour, Lib-
Dem, Tory and United Anti-Capitalist) in favour of ananti-immigration, anti-EU and pro-prison Britain.
With the continuing battle against austerity and
recession comes a growing politicisation of the public.
Perhaps now is the time for us all to become more at homewith politics, instead of waiting until graduation, when alengthy list of cancelled graduate schemes and low-paid
 jobs may beckon.
Life is not always easy, so learning now to deal withthe hiccups and to confront head-on one’s problems and
(dare I say it?) one’s personal failings will mean a wholelot less pain later on.
Editor |
 Jack Whiteeditor@thestagsurrey.co.uk
Editor-in-Chief |
Bakita Kasadha
Hollie Rowe-Roberts
design@thestagsurrey.co.ukDesign Team | Ellie Brodie, Paul A Richmond, Hannah Roberts-Owen,Christina Morman, Louisa White and Alexandra Wilks
Tom Goulding
marketing@thestagsurrey.co.ukMarketing Team | Shervin Hejazi, Imogen Jones and Eleanor Pearson
Jyoti Rambhainews@thestagsurrey.co.ukNews Team | Bethany Goss, Sophie Howard, Geoffrey Pullen
and David Williams
FeaturesFeatures Editor |
Nicole Vassell
features@thestagsurrey.co.ukFeatures Team | Peter Bailey, Ellie Brodie, Chris Thomas, HannahWann, Becky Powell, Stephen Cartwright, Louisa White, Ellis Taylor
 and Sophie Vickery
Science and TechnologyScience and Technology Editor |
Nathanael Roome
sciencetech@thestagsurrey.co.ukScience and Technology Team | Lawrence Finn, Dave Holcombe,
Shourya Khanna, Kate McAtamney, Melissa Raske, Alex Smith and Ruth
SocietiesSocieties Editor |
Wait and see
Hannah Jellimandancetheatre@thestagsurrey.co.ukDance and Theatre Team | Emily Bourne, Sarah McDowell, BethHedges, Lucy Jarvis, Tiffany Stoneman and Lexi Sutton
Film Editor |
Tiffany Tucker
lm@thestagsurrey.co.ukFilm Team | Laura Howard, Caroline James, Kristie Marchant andChristina Maria Webb
Music Editor |
Sophia Field
music@thestagsurrey.co.ukMusic Team | James Campbell, Liam Conroy, Dan Davidson, Amy
McGivern, Tanya Noronhaand Elliot Tyres
Alexandra Wilks
literature@thestagsurrey.co.ukLiterature Team | Stephanie Davies, Tom Goulding, Candice Ritchie,
Emily Smart, Emma Thomas and Sophie Vickery
SportSport Editor |
Jordan Vinesport@thestagsurrey.co.ukSport Team | Douglas Elder, Arabella Gilby, George Gigney
 and Sam Limbert
Copy Editors |
Megan Barnacle, Michaela Fulton, Emma Giles, Candice
Ritchie and Louisa White
Webmaster |
Andrew Smith
The Stag
is a newspaper editorially dependent on and published by
the University of Surrey Students’ Union.
The views expressed in the paper are those of the individualauthors and do not necessarily represent the views of the educational
team, the whole Students’ Union or the University of Surrey.Trinity Mirror (South)
8 Tessa Road, ReadingRG1 8NS
The Stag
reserves the right to edit all submissions and the right to
decide which articles are published.
Even less diligent readers might have noticed a number of serious errors in the lastissue of 
The Stag
. We apologise for these mistakes. We can only hold our hands upand say that University work and family came rst.
The Stag
would specically like to apologise to Lucy Jarvis, author of 
Resolution! 2012
in the Dance & Theatre section for a poorly judged text edit. In referring to theMaxwell Dance Project’s
The B-Sides
, what we referred to as “dance hall moves”were specically “reggae dance hall moves”. We are moving to prevent this kind of mistake happening again.
P Societies Jake Willis has
suspended the Union fundsof a long list of societies due totheir non-attendance of SocietiesStanding, the regular meetingwhere general societies businessis discussed and new societies are
passed onto the books.
The halt is embarrassing forthe societies involved, showing alack of organisation and drawinginto question the ability of theiraccount signatories to run the
societies.Affected groups are:
Looking to stand in the
Sabbacal Elecons?
You can submit your nominaon forms during
Monday 13th February - Friday 9th March
Posions Available:
VP Educaon
VP Welfare
VP Sociees and Individual DevelopmentVP Sports and Recreaon
For more informaon visit:
Apologies and corrections
Big Band• DMS• Presha• Accounting
and Finance
• ChemEng• Sociology• Chess• Entrepreneurs• InvestSocJuggling andCircus Skills• Arabic• CSSA• Nepalese• Nigerian• Pakistani• Polish• Russian
• Tamil• ConservativeGo GreenSkeptic and
Nothing but the finest Surrey opinion, rumour and conjecture
  C   E   N  S  O   R   E   D
music to tell the audience what wasgoing on, only to be hauled away
from the DJ decks ve minutes laterby [Union bar staff].”
The allegations do not stop
there: Presha has also stated that
Mr Barton-Wood was initiallyrefused entry to the Living Room,because security believed he hadtaken drugs and was attempting to
bring drugs into the venue.
He was let in after a search, buthas said that this had also happenedon a previous occasion when he was
denied entry outright. Since then
he says he has been singled outby Union security, being heckled
“mushroom head” and “stoner.During the most recent
altercation Mr Barton-Wood alsoclaims to have heard a securityguard say to a colleague, “I can’t
wait to hurt someone tonight!” JP called the Union securityteam “warped” and said, “We
do a lot of work for free… this is
discrimination of a sort. It justgives a bad vibe.”Union Chief Executive Bob
Anderson responded by saying,“We are aware of this complaintand an internal investigation is
currently taking place. Once we
have the result of this we will moveto the next stage if any disciplinary
is required. This potentially wouldinvolve talking to DGL, our doorstaff provider.
“It is important that we lookat this complaint in a fair way andnot pre-judge the outcome and not
have trial by media.”
The Union has also raised theissue of student provocation of door staff, with tweets to the Unionrecent 24-hour Twitter marathonUSSU 24 reading, “#ussu24 hey
rubix bouncers, suck my PENISSSS”
and “#ussu24 so uneducated, yet
 you work at a university. Rubixbouncers, you know who you are!”
The allegations raiseserious questions around theprofessionalism of the Union door
staff. Other students who would
like to comment on security atRubix or the Living Room shouldcontact
The Stag
Union bouncers may have made illegal search
...Continued from front page
Royal Surrey Director sackedover ‘irregular transactions’
director at the Royal
Surrey County Hospital has
been sacked over allegations
of “irregular transactions”
involving large amounts of 
Peter Lewis was an Associate
Director of Informatics until
his suspension and eventual
dismissal last December for
gross misconduct, after thehospital carried out an internalinvestigation following claimsmade in November by an external
It is thought the allegationscentre on around £600,000spent within the Informatics
Department, including £200,000
of unbudgeted spend on one ITproject and £400,000 spent onprojects that the hospital hasnow placed on hold pending
further reviews.
The chief executive of thehospital, Nick Moberly, said thereasons for dismissing Mr Lewisincluded the breach of the Trust’sstandards of business conduct
policy and the standing nancialinstructions.
Mr Moberly also hinted thatthere would be a number of changes to the trust’s controls
and management processes.
A spokesman for Surrey
Police conrmed that they have
launched a fraud investigationafter the Trust reported the
matter to Police.
Mr Lewis’ wife, Sue, was
Chief Operating Ofcer andDeputy Chief Executive of the
hospital but resigned from her job on February 8
following the
dismissal of her husband.Peter Dunt, the Trust’sChairman, said the Executive
Board understood and acceptedMs Lewis’s reasons for steppingdown and paid tribute to her
“signicant” contribution to thehospital.
Mr Lewis was unable tobe reached to comment onhis dismissal, but reportedly
told the NHS magazine HealthService Journal that he was
considering taking the Trust to
an employment tribunal.
By Chris Sibthorpe, News Team
Research shows privatisation putUK railways to bottom of league
new research has revealedthat privatisation hasdumped UK railways at thebottom of the league with worseto come under McNulty rail
A report commissionedby rail union RMT from
research organisation Just
Economics has concluded thattwo decades of privatisation,alongside underinvestment ininfrastructure, has placed theUK’s railways as being the lowestquality when compared to mostof Europe, whilst still having
ever-soaring fares.
Research shows that on fourout of six key factors — fares,
electrication, high speed and
passengers to seats — the UK
comes last or next to last.
In other parts of Europe facingprivatisation similar to that of the UK, the system is currently 30to 40 per cent cheaper to operate,with predictions of privatisationleading to similar costly disasters
if the plans are to go ahead.
The UK’s railways also carry alarge social and economic cost forboth passengers and the public as
a whole.Calculations show that a
more affordable, comfortable andfaster railway could generate £324billion between now and 2050
(£9.2 billion) — the equivalent of £7 per average journey.
In terms of reducedcongestion, accidents and
emissions, Just Economics
estimate that the social,economic and environmental
benets of shifting the UK from
road to rail could potentially
reach £154.8 billion by 2050.
Report author, Eilis Lawlor
from Just Economics said: “Ourresearch puts gures on what
anyone who has been to Franceor Spain already knows; theUK’s railways are poor value for
money.“Instead of protability being
the primary measure of success,
the wider benets of the railwayneed greater consideration.
Government should act decisivelyand make an objective andtransparent assessment of thebest way to organise Britain’srailways so as to maximise social,environmental and economic
By Jyoti Rambhai, News Editor
n Wednesday 8
February,NUS President Liam Burnsspoke out over the blocking of the appointment of preferredcandidate, Professor Les Ebdon to
the post of Director of Ofce forFair Access.
The block was made by membersof the Business, Innovation and
Skills Select Committee.
The appointment of Mr Ebdon,
openly endorsed by ConservativeUniversities Minister David WilletsMP and Liberal Democrat BusinessSecretary Vince Cable MP, to the
post of director of the OFFA, was
blocked by Conservative members
of the Business, Innovation and
Skills Select Committee (BIS).
In a committee report, theystate that their actions were due toconcerns over his suitability for the
They argue that Mr Ebdon hasa lack of understanding of the rootcauses of the obstacles facing fair
access to university in the UK.
The report recommendedthat the department for BusinessInnovation and Skills begin a new
recruitment exercise.
Mr Ebdon had previously givenevidence to the committee duringwhich he declared that, as directorof the OFFA, he would be preparedto use the ‘nuclear option’ of preventing universities charginghigher fees if they did not meethis criteria for the fair selectionof students from lower income
Mr Ebdon has said that he isstill interested in the role despite
the outcome of the vote.
The National Union of Studentscondemned the move; NUS
President, Liam Burns said: “The
allegation that Professor Ebdon,the respected vice chancellor of a university with huge successof widening participation, lacksadequate knowledge of access
issues is so utterly bizarre and ill-founded that is almost laughable.
“In truth, this has nothing to dowith Professor Ebdon’s experienceof getting those from poorerbackgrounds into university andeverything to do with an old boysnetwork of elite vice-chancellorsthinking that they can pick their
own watchdog.
“How are students expected to
have condence in the Ofce for Fair
Access if the proper appointmentsprocess is undermined and thepreferred candidate of ministers isnobbled because university headsfear he might actually use his
powers to hold them to account?”
“After years of OFFA as atoothless watchdog…students’
condence in OFFA fullling its
crucial mission is now at breaking
The issue will now refer back to
David Willets and Vince Cable who
can still insist that Mr Ebdon takes
up the post.
NUS says blocking candidate for director ofOFFA could undermine students’ fair access
By John Kavangh, News Team
NUS favourite for the post of Director of the Ofce of Fair Access, Les Ebdon
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someone tonight!”
been left scattered.

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