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a fabulous example to freshers to show you just what power the student voice has. NUS have pressured HSBC into dropping their charges on graduate accounts.This U-turn comes just a day before the paper goes to print, so here is a little info on this summer campaign… So, a little background… HSBC, up until this year used to provide graduates with a £1,500 interest free overdraft for two years after they graduate.This gave graduates the chance to get out of their overdrafts over two years.This is depended upon by many students as the graduate market becomes highly competitive and students struggle to earn the average graduate salary. The facts: Students who have an account with HSBC will have to pay nearly 10 per cent interest on their overdraft from August 2007. For those with the maximum overdraft of £1,500, this will cost almost £12 a month. Wes Streeting (NUS VP Education) had the following to say: “The loss of interest free overdrafts for graduates is of concern to us as those who have recently
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ISSUE 1 SEPTEMBER 2007 FREE
Sunday 16th Monday 17th
Afternoon Taster Sessions @ Walsall and City Evening Promotional Club Night * Afternoon Welcome Evening Break the ice in Student Union Bar’s
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finished university often do not command great initial earnings. It tends to take them a couple of months at least, sometimes years, to get on their feet financially. In many cases they will do the same kind of low-paid work as they did as students for a significant period of time after graduating.” HSBC claims “This gets the message across that there is a cost to borrowing, and prepares graduates for the transition from student life to that of a young working professional." The news just in is that HSBC have dropped the charges after student power pushed them to do so. NUS VP Education, Wes Streeting said: HSBC's decision to reverse this policy is a victory for this NUS campaign and the individual action of students and graduates across the country.The fact that this U-turn has been forced is a testament to the role of unity and communication in empowering students and encouraging fair deals from student and graduate bank account providers." Excellent news! This is a prime example about how strong the national union of students can be on a national and personal level. Caroline Rose
Afternoon Athletic Union Trials @Walsall * Evening Cut loose @ City Boogie Nights @ Telford Captains Night @ Walsall
Afternoon Welcome to the West Midlands Day * Evening Comedy night @ City * Live music from ‘Montana’ @ Walsall
Afternoon ‘Give it a go’ @ City Alton Towers 4 all campuses ** Evening PJ party @ City and Walsall* Hollyoaks bad lad Justin Burton + DJ @ Walsall
Afternoon Surf’s Up beach Party @ Walsall Evening Wheatus @ City **
Evening Back to ‘Skool’ night @ Walsall and City * * Free transport from Telford to City only ** Free transport to venue
irstly, Welcome to the University of Wolverhampton, whether you’re a returner or this is all new to you, the Students’ Union has so much to offer you and this is just one way we hope you will engage with us. AND SO….
Welcome to Cry Wolf.
The Students’ Union magazine representing your views, opinions and thoughts. The whole of this magazine has been put together by students and following this; the years first edition; it is hoped that there will be a monthly edition of the magazine. In order for this to happen there needs to be something to put in which is where you come in. What do you think? Whether it’s politics, football, music, the University or the Student’s Union. Maybe you know someone famous or just want raise awareness. Simply write an article and we’ll try our hardest to publish it in the next available edition. Not only are you getting involved but it looks fantastic on your CV which, (as I’m sure you will here numerous times this year) it is vital to fill with as many extra-curricular activities as possible to ensure employers will be fighting over you. If you are interested getting involved then e-mail me @: President@wolvesunion.org Richard Longfils:- UWSU President
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WELCOME INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
iving and studying in a strange country can be a rather scary, but you have lots of people here to help make sure your experience is an enjoyable one.
to the Home Office for you and it can be returned quicker than if you were to send it yourself. Further information about the scheme is available on our website, from Students’ Union receptions or the Advice and Support Centre. The International Adviser takes appointments for the batch scheme during the first full week of every month and appointments must be made at least eight weeks before your visa expires. The Advice and Support Centre has a large number of leaflets in the service and in the Students’ Union receptions on Walsall and Telford campuses. Our website is www.wolvesunion.org or you can phone us on 01902 322038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you. Caroline Burke is the Students’ Union’s International and Finance Adviser, based in the Advice and Support Centre (ASC), MD Building, City Campus.
The International Office in the MB Block on City Campus may be able to assist you with many of your enquiries, but for everything else, the Advice and Support Centre is here. We have specialist advisers in housing, finance and international/immigration matters, and an academic adviser who can assist with courserelated issues. Aside from these areas, we give advice and refer students to other people who can assist with all manner of subjects including health, consumer, legal and employment issues. But you don’t just have to come to us because you have a problem – you might want to drop in for a chat with our friendly staff. The Advice and Support Centre runs a Postal Batch Scheme for students wishing to extend their visas. The International Adviser will send your application
n the city for the first time? I was a country girl when I came to Uni 4 years ago. Some might say that the countryside has more sexual antics than the city. Nevertheless, city and in particular student life can be overwhelming with the stereotypical perception of student life being sleeping around and “experiment- ing”. This can often be the case here and some guys- of whom I can happily point out to you, take home a different girl every Wednesday and Friday night. There are females alike, I guess they are just a little bit more discreet. There is a widely known phrase here known as “f**k a Fresher”. Personally I find it a cruel bullying antic! Boys, please have a little respect for these fresh ladies! On a serious note, if you are going to f**k around this freshers, please cover mr. lover and girls, please insist that no glove = no love. We will be having the Terrance Higgins Trust in over the year to educate us about safe sex. We also provide free condoms in our campaigns room and the advice and support centre. Later in the year we will also be having Chlamydia testing on campus. I don’t want to be a party pooper… it’s just my warning to the freshers! They are a horny bunch at this union!
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Yep, I like dressing up. Not in weird stuff. I mean whips and chains really aren’t my thing and I don’t have a magic changing room – not like Mr Benn. Nevertheless, I like dressing up. As a cowboy mostly, or a pirate, or as a Roman Gladiator. I have been a footballer, a devil and even Action Man (the greatest hero of them all!). This year I might dress up in my pyjamas, or maybe as a chav. Whatever I choose, I’ll be dressing up. I really can’t remember when it all started – nobody used to dress up when I was in my first year, except for at Halloween. But by the time I had reached my third year, dressing up was the cool thing to do. Oh – and yes, I am 22 years old! Every other Friday at City Campus there is a different dressing up theme and my gosh – some
people come with brilliant costumes. In the last year I have seen the teenage mutant ninja turtles, somebody dressed as a bakewell tart and even a pirate ship gracing the dance floor at our Students’ Union bar. The best thing about it is that so many people choose to dress up, that you look silly if you are in normal clothes. Whoever it was that thought of getting a load of 18-25 year olds to dress like they are off to a kid’s party was a genius. So – if you are headed to City Campus Students’ Union Bar on a Friday evening, watch out. You may bump into Superman, Captain Jack Sparrow, or even Darth Vader. Whoever you bump into, or dress up as, I look forward to seeing you in the middle of the dance floor – I know that is where I will be. Karl Stringer
involvement with the Students’ Union began in my second year when I began working behind the Telford Bar. I also applied to be a Freshers Volunteer and set out to give the Freshers the best week of their student lives.That week flew by and was tiredness soon kicked in! Alongside my curricular activities I joined the Union Council and Team Telford and finally realised what everyone was talking about when they said that the Union was run by the students! I was at the heart of making changes for students predominantly at Telford, I could see how much the students were loving my work. Simple things like introducing fortnightly dressing up night in the bar, or working out with the Sabbatical officer how to improve the experience of students living in Telford all made such an impact and definitely lit the spark of my interest in student democracy. I had heard about elections in UWSU during my first year but paid no attention because I thought it “didn’t affect me” but through my involvement in my second year I realised it affected much of my nonacademic experience at university. The election process was hard despite the fact I was unopposed, and it was even harder seeing people who really deserved to win fail to succeed. But with my new Executive Committee, as well as a new General Manager set to be in place it was going to be a year of exciting change and one I will never forget. My first year as a sabbatical officer was a steep learning curve, one where on-the-job training was the soup of the day! It was a year of change both personally and for the union itself. A staff restructure and democratic review meant that exciting new changes were going to make the union a stronger and more sustainable entity for the thousands of 5 CRY WOLF//SEPTEMBER 2007
students that cross our threshold every year. I decided to rerun for Sites and Democracy VicePresident. Election week was tiring and emotional but I was elected and was happy that I would be able to lay the foundations for the future of this new role. Of course it’s important to note that not everyone will follow this path, but even sitting on Union Council teaches you so many valuable skills that employers value highly like the ability to negotiate and debate issues. It also allows you to shape your University life. There are so many entries to involvement from being a School Rep and making real change within you school to being the chairperson of a Society and learning skills like event management and leadership skills. Involvement doesn’t have to take over your life but we do believe it can add to it dramatically, no matter how small you involvement is. Or if you fancy a larger role, consider running for an officer position. It’s part time voluntary work but you get to have the same decision making power as a sabbatical officer as part of the Executive Team. There is also an opportunity to get involved in the National Union of Students (NUS) by being elected as a NUS Conference Delegate where important student issues are debated and voted on by students like you. It’s a chance for you to hold the National Executive Committee to account. For more information please email me on email@example.com or call me on 01902 322216 for an informal chat. For more information on NUS please go to www.nusonline.co.uk Kira Stancliffe, Sites and Democracy Vice President 2007/2008
niversity is for the majority of students the first time they will have had to cook for themselves on a regular basis, and we know that it can be difficult on a student budget so Crywolf and Beyond Baked Beans (www.beyondbakedbeans.com) is here to help!
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First we have a couple of simple rules, on how to budget your student loan. 1. Plan your shopping trip, not rigidly just enough so that you have at least some idea of what you are going to cook, and take a list so you know roughly what you need. 2. It’s going to sound contradictory but don’t plan too far in advance, plans can change over the course of the week, so don’t plan for the week, plan for half a week and go shopping twice! This means you can vary what you eat and make changes should you want too. 3. Never shop hungry, that’s how your trolley or basket gets filled with chocolate, crisps and biscuits, We’re not saying you can’t have these yummy treats but have something to eat before doing your shopping and you wont blow your entire budget on them! The easiest recipe ever! This is an easy tomato sauce recipe, you can have it as a pasta sauce, or put it on chicken or fish, you could even use it on a French bread pizza. 2 tbsp of vegetable or olive oil 1 clove garlic (optional) peeled and crushed 1 tin of whole tomatoes Salt and Pepper to taste • Heat the oil in a frying pan or saucepan over a moderate heat • Add the garlic and stir • Add the tin of tomatoes and break them up with a fork or a spoon • Add salt and pepper to your own tastes • Easy peasy, pour over pasta or tomato or anything • You could add: o Herbs o Bacon o Mushrooms o Peppers o Olives Whatever you fancy really.
Welcome to Wolverhampton to all the first years, and welcome back to all of the returners.
My job is to represent all of your academic needs to the University or NUS anyone else who will care to listen to me. Basically that means if you have an opinion about something to do with your course – I am the guy to come and have a chat to. I can be found in the Advice and Support Centre on City campus, or you can contact me via phone or email if you prefer. This year I will be doing things to keep you aware of educational issues. First of all, I will be training all of the Student Representatives in late October and early November. Straight after that, I will be raising awareness of Academic Misconduct – so look out for that. Throughout the year I will be working with NUS to ensure that we get our moneys worth for the £41,000 that we pay to be a member and I will be representing our students at as many different University meetings and committees that I can possible go to! If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or I can be phoned on 01902 32 2117. Have a good first week. Karl
Welcome to the new and improved University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union. We’re bigger and better than ever before, providing the best in Advice and Support, Student Activities and the safest bars in town! So whether you’re a new student or a returner, we’re making sure that the Union works as hard as it can representing and delivering on your issues. The summer has been, in a word, hectic! From organising Freshers Week to engaging further with the National Union of Students, it has been a summer of training and getting to know my new team.
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My name is Sarah, as well as being your Diversity Officer 2007/2008, I am also Senior Residential Assistant for City Campus. As a non sabbatical officer, meaning I am only a part time officer, I do union stuff along side my academic course, which is History, I have not done very much over the summer period, I worked for Residential Services making sure that everyone who wanted a room got one, and I hope you are all settling in well, should you have any problems please get in touch. I am here to help! After the election, I helped along with other members of the executive to plan your fresher’s week. We also went on a team building day to a Pioneer Centre – two words, fun and terrifying! Over the summer I also gave blood for the second time (more details of which can be found later in the magazine), and worked with the National Blood Service to promote giving blood around the university, on all four campuses, the results of this shall be seen during October and November! I hope you are enjoying your fresher’s week, and your time here so far. If you see me come and say hi! And have a chat! Sarah x
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Please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01902 322216 Kira Stancliffe, Sites and Democracy Vice President People I’m Cheryl, your new Sports Officer for the Academic year of 2007/2008. I am so excited about this new position in OUR Students Union. Since the start of my University career i always wanted to be part of the University of Wolverhampton Union team. I would like to help build a better and improved Union for all of our current and new students. I want sport to be enjoyed by all of our students, and I would like people to have the same passion for sport that I have myself. I am well aware of the sports we offer in our Union and i am prepared to build upon these sports so that YOU the students have a vast opportunity to play and perform at either a high or recreational level. As i study and live on Walsall Campus that is where I will be situated for the majority of my year. But I have noticed that in previous years other campuses have failed to play in out Sports teams, so I will be working alongside the Sports and Societies Officer, Leigh French so we will be able to achieve all of OUR ideas and ALL of YOURS!! CRY WOLF//SEPTEMBER 2007
Over the course of the next year I will be fighting for equal treatment of all sites regardless of size, as well has making sure that YOU understand your democratic rights within the Students’ Union as well as on a National Level. I will be starting my assault with National Delegate and Bye-Elections and then moving onto finding suitable candiates for the main elections next year! Your involvement is key to the Union’s success, through socieities, sports and the bars.
I am Leigh French, your Sports and Societies Officer. So far the last few months have bought a few surprises. Since I have taken on this job I have been enjoying the training experiences and have been as far flung as St.Andrews (Scotland) for the BUSA conference in June as well as further NUS training at Bristol University. Through these training experiences I have forged good connections with local universities and through this on the 10th of October the university will be hosting one of the most exciting sporting event the competitive teams have seen in recent years. We will be hosting Birmingham College of Food and Technology in a VARSITY DAY. A total of 9 teams will be competing and whichever university wins most matches will be crowned champions. I have some exciting plans for the year ahead and intend to focus on discovering a way that Sports (both competitive and noncompetitive) can progress instead of just ticking over year on year.To do this I will be looking for the students to become more involved in the union as with out you and the increased participation, a change of student experience is not possible. I hope to see as many of you on the 18th of September at The Freshers Faye where you can sign up to the sports teams, find out about our non competitive sport as well as discover the societies that the union offer. In conjunction with Neil,The Societies and Activities Coordinator we have started to instate REACT as part of the Society programme. REACT will be a bridge between sport and societies where students will be able to experience activities such as climbing, snow sports and other outdoor activities in a non competitive fashion. Along the same vein since my training in Bristol I was made aware of a fantastic sport call Boccia http://www.cpsport.org/boccia/overview.shtml, I hope to integrate this into our university and therefore enabling disabled students to enjoy sport as much as I have whilst at University. Most importantly a major part of my job is to meet, greet and be harassed by you the students, I must remind you that if you have any issues please let us the union as a whole know. ‘FILL US IN’ card are available on all campus, let us know what you think Hope to see and speak to you all soon Cheers Leigh Sports and Societies (VP)
I am keen to work with the University to get medical provision on campus and campaign nationally with the NUS for free prescriptions for students. I am also looking at expanding the student voice to welfare positions such as halls reps and student housing reps. More info to come on that one… Other areas include student safety, sexual health, bursaries, housing and the re-launch of the safe shuttle. I will update you here on my progress! If you want to see me or talk to me, or get involved then contact me I would be happy to see anyone! I am really looking forward to the next year, good luck freshers and welcome back returners! Caz
I am Caz, your Welfare and Campaigns Vice President for the year. I am already having a great time in this role, achieving a part time students halls block in Compton as there was previously no provision for part time students. I have also secured a room in the city campus corridor for sabbaticals to run campaigns from and get in touch with the students. I have some exciting plans for the year ahead and I am totally in love with the whole executive team. We may be the strongest team this union has ever seen! So to my job, well I am here to help you campaign on issues important to you, I will also campaign on issues arising around student welfare, and promote NUS issues.
may have noticed that your next-door neighbour is the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers here on City Campus. It can be highly annoying when you are trying to have a Saturday lie in, or ASDA is packed full of an orange army. So instead of getting pissed off with it, embrace it! Over the past two years I have worked there for a while, and then become a fan! I have seen the wolves at home 5 times now and love every minute of it!
and I shall secretly inform you that the goalie Matt Murray is somewhat dishy! I was privileged enough to meet him a few weeks ago! You also learn the chants and have a fabulous time with a pie and a pint! Oh and I am not forgetting you folk who are not on city campus, you can support the wonderful Walsall FC at the Bank’ s stadium, the glorious Telford AFC at the New Bucks Head stadium or you could support my home town team of Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. It’s a great Saturday day out and you can use your NUS card for concession discount! Become a local supporter today! Caroline Rose
The locals come together in a mighty force of a 28,000 capacity to cheer on their boys. So what’s in it for you ladies who hate the footy?! Well, my recommendation is to go to a live match, so much better than the TV
Harry Emerson Fosdick once said ‘There are two kinds of “disabled” persons:Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.’ It seems that, as you have come to university, you are in the latter group. not making me stand out from the crowd in many of the situations, in fact, the only one I can think of is a few of the exams, where I have requested extra time, which was set as one of my special arrangements when I had my needs assessment at the start of the course. The Students Union also supports Students with Disabilities, and has links with the NUS’ s Disabled Students Campaign, working on campaigns such as lifing the cap on the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), which has allowed the grant for an individual to a potential increase of 60% in the DSA, which can be spent on equipment to help you throughout your course. If you wish to speak to our Welfare and Campaigns Vice President about support for your disability, feel free to email Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01902 322045 or extension 2045 from an internal phone. Remember – make yourself stand out, not your disability Fosdick quote: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ouch/200708 /10_favourite_disability_quotes.shtml Having just graduated myself, and about to embark on a Postgraduate course, I will take this opportunity to try and reassure any freshers that are disabled in any way that support for us disabled students is very good. All you have to do is get in touch with the Student Enabling Centre (phone 01902 321074), or your Special Needs Tutor if you are already registered as having a disability. For a list of current Special Needs Tutors, go to http://www.wlv.ac.uk/default.aspx?page=8080. The support offered by the university can differ greatly, is tailored to your individual needs, and varies from stickers for ‘considerate marking’ for students with Dyslexia, to Note Takers and Exam Scribes for people with more severe disabilities. During my time at uni, both my tutors and the support staff have aimed to make my experience as ‘normal’ as possible, whilst 8 CRY WOLF//SEPTEMBER 2007
UNION ANNUAL CONFERENCE S 0CIE TIES
REPRESENT UWSU AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE!
Running alongside the elections last year, many people might not have realised was the opportunity to represent our Student’s Union at the National Union of Student’s biggest annual event – Annual Conference. This is where all NUS policy comes from, voted by their members. So very early on the 27th March, seven members of the exec old and new, accompanied by one very intrepid SRC member left for Blackpool. As part of my manifesto I promised to write a review of conference for Crywolf, and here it is. We were in Blackpool for three days, helping create policy for each of NUS zones, based on already submitted motions, ranging from scrapping NUS Extra to making milk available in all Student Union Shops and University Refectories. There were long days on the conference floor, followed by what appeared to be for certain members of our delegation even longer nights of fun! We all had an excellent time, and we all felt proud to have been part of such an event. Wolverhampton alumnus Stephen Brown was reelected National Secretary with a massive majority, also re-elected were Gemma Tumelty, National President and Wes Streeting,Vice President Education. Dave Lewis was elected National Treasurer and Ama Uzowuru was elected Vice President Welfare. Conference passed lots of policy, but these are some of the most important: • One of the biggest problems NUS faces is complaints about not being fit for purpose, having too many officers, not enough officers and not representing the average student. Motion 701 Governance in NUS was ultimately passed with massive majority and support amongst delegates. This means a ‘no holds barred’ review of NUS size and make up, in which all members shall be involved. The results of which shall be reported back to Conference 2008. • Conference voted to change the methodology used to calculate the affiliation fee we pay to NUS to be a member of the National Union. Conference also rejected a motion making member unions responsible for booking their own conference accommodation, and being reimbursed, to avoid unoccupied rooms in many of the local hotels. • The No Platform policy was built into the constitution for the first time, an important development in the fight to secure freedom, both to speak and from harm for all delegates. • A motion to scrap NUS Extra was defeated with a massive majority. An article released after conference has shown that since the introduction of NUS Extra, the average student has saved £281 with a £10 Extra card. (Source: NUS Online, 2007) Should you be interested in representing UWSU at Annual Conference in April, please e-mail to our Sites and Democracy Vice President – Kira at: K.Stancliffe@wlv.ac.uk Sarah Keddie
Come see us in the Activities Centre and set up your own society, or join one that is already running. Are you involved in a specialist sport? Paintballing, Orienteering, Skateboarding, Ice Skating, Roller Hockey? Do you have a specific interest? Games, Music, Arts, Hobbies? We will be able to help you establish a society to further your involvement in these activities. The Student’s Union can assist with transport and help you with organising events for your group. As the Societies and Activities Co-ordinator, I will be able to give you all the information you need, pop in to the Activities Center, located on the bottom floor of the SU in wolverhampton, and see me. Neil Reading
Welcome, Freshers, to Walsall Campus, home to the School of Education, School of Sports, Performing Arts and Leisure, and School of Health, and often referred to as ‘The Friendly Campus’. For some of you reading this, the campus will be your new home for the next three or four years. So, let me introduce myself, I’m Rich, the Student’s Union Walsall Officer for 2007/08, I’m a Post Grad Student, studying PGCE Secondary ICT, I’ve studied at Wolverhampton for the past four years, studying Computing for Business as my Degree, and have lived on Walsall Campus for the past 12 months, and I’ve been actively involved in the Student Voice System and Students Union since my first year. Anyway, back to life on Walsall Campus, the second biggest of the four campuses. We’re just a stones throw from Walsall Town Centre and a bit further from Birmingham City Centre, both of which can be reached on the 51 bus when you need to escape for a bit. There’s also the free intercampus bus that will take you straight to City Campus. We have everything we need either on Campus, or a short walk away. There is a Sports Centre, Shop, Bar, and Learning Centre, full of resources for the courses delivered, on campus. Nearby shops, either at the end of Delves Road, or along the Broadway include a Co-op with a Cash Point, Post Office, IT Shop, Fish and Chip Shop, Chinese Takeaway, Bakery and Pharmacy, or for the larger shop, there are branches of Morrisons, Tesco and a 24 hour Asda. Walsall is also home to most of the sports teams at Wolverhampton, at both Competitive and Recreational levels, with something to look out for being the Varsity sports day, against Birmingham College of Food. Richard Viner
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the time you read this you will have arrived at Uni, maybe everything is new to you or maybe you are an old head and are back after a summer break, either way before you have trodden the ground of our campuses I would bet you have spent a few days or nights in pubs, clubs or bars and by now I would expect that you have got used to one of our governments most controversial decisions………………THE SMOKING BAN!
But what about the negative aspects? The ban means that you may go out with a few mates and not see them half of the night because the spend half of their time outside, and the smells. Pubs and clubs have never smelt as fresh as a daisy but now with no smoke to mask the smell it can be foul. ‘As a smoker we agree with the ban to a degree especially around children and people eating, however our own freedom of choice has been taken away.’ (Anon smoker.) ‘The smoking ban is going to make [going out] generally less exciting without us smokers, no where for us smokers to go will mean us not bothering. Also there has always been the people in there I don’t like………..now I have to smell them as well because my smoke wont cover the smell of pee and sweat!’ Harriet Dyer (Drama Student) Even Celebs as high profile as Simon Cowell have stated that they think the smoking ban is against the law in the sense that it restricts freedom of choice. I also think it’s a step in the right direction for health of non smokers who no longer have to breath in the harmful toxins and workers can earn a wage in a bar in a whole healthier atmosphere, smokers you can go outside and you still have the choice to smoke in the nice summer air or under those nifty heaters…………………but what about in a venue that there are no outside facilities do
you still have a choice. The Students’ Union are fighting an uphill battle with the university to ensure everyone has freedom of choice.Your executive have been working hard trying to persuade the powers that be within the union that students deserve the right to choice to smoke on a night out especially outside at no risk to non smokers. The universities current policy doesn’t allow smoking in the courtyard in Wolverhampton so its not looking good. We want to hear your views. Do you agree? Disagree? Maybe you can’t decide? Get in touch with us! Look up: If your on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2439723909 For national implications in SU’shttp://www.nussl.co.uk/Files/tn_magazine_aug.pdf OR alternatively visit you student union office to make your opinions suggestions of complaints know through our all new ‘Fill us in…..’ suggestion forms.
I would also wager that there is not one of you reading this that doesn’t possess an opinion, well I will tell you mine. As a sports fanatic you might expect that smoke has never entered my lungs however, unfortunately this is not the case. I am one of these people that try to convince myself and every one else that I am a non-smoker but when the ale starts to flow so do the ciggies. For this I have welcomed this ban and on my nights out since the ban I have not been tempted, so I say thank you! Here are some other views: ‘As a non smoker I’m very pleased with the ban,………but from a business perspective it’s a nightmare’ Rich Longfils (Wolverhampton Student Union President.) ‘As a person that likes to go out, I think the smoking ban is a good thing.’ Karl Stringer (Academic Vice President).
Cheers Leigh French
During our first week as sabbatical officers we decided to get on Alex’s love bus and take a tour of our 5 campuses. It was brilliant to see where you all study and play. We will be doing drop in sessions on all campuses once a term or more if we can make it. The best contact with us all is through www.wolvesunion.org. there you will find the latest info and our discussion forum. There are also suggestion boxes on all campuses. We also have a new sabbatical devoted to making sure that your voice is heard out at the sites.You can contact her on email@example.com Caroline Rose
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UKISC SUMMER 2007
So what did you do this summer?? I decided to travel 15 hours across the world, to work in the Western states of America and coach soccer to hundreds of children. This was the best summer of my life, dont get me wrong i enjoyed the girls holidays I had been on in previous years, but this was different. For the first time ever, while I was on holiday I was making a difference to hundreds of young childrens lives across America. In every camp i worked on all the children were mesmerised by how we played soccer and their parents were delighted with our coaching skills. The company I worked for offer families whose children are going to camp to take part in a short of exchange scheme, this is were you live with a family for seven days, and this could be anyone you dont meet them until the day before camp starts. I was lucky enough for the eight weeks that i worked in America, i stayed with outstanding families, their personalities and hospitality made the trip worthwhile. For my whole summer I was situated in California; what a great state it is! I travelled the length and breath of this state, coaching in different towns and cities. The places i visited were awesome, Rancho Cucamonga, Mission Viejo, Long Beach, Tehachapi, Santa Ynez, Paso Robles and finally Rancho Cucamonga again my favourite place in CA. Over
the summer I myself hit a few hick-ups, having to have dental surgery was depressing and then in Tehachapi I fainted because of the heat and humidity. A highlight of the summer was, being rewarded with tickets to the LA Galaxy v Chelsea FC, sitting by Jennifer Love Hewitt, the families totally spoil you its amazing. This is one of the best SOCCER experiences I have ever had, if you are interested in coaching get involved and have your coaching skills tested in another country. It truly is rewarding, making friends with people from all over England and they having American friends, were you will always be welcome. Cheryl McGivern
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CRY WOLF//SEPTEMBER 2007
CRY WOLF//SEPTEMBER 2007
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