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Student station
defies ad ban
A Belfast student radio station has
defied a ban on the broadcast of a
ASKING
FOR IT!
government climate change advert.
Queen’s Radio, the student radio station
at Queen’s University Belfast, was the
only licensed broadcaster in Northern
Ireland to broadcast the advert, which
was censured by Northern Ireland’s
Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson.
Wilson, a noted climate change sceptic,
used his ministerial powers to block
the Act on CO2 adverts being shown on
television in the province, dismissing them
as “insidious New Labour propaganda”,
One in three students
in a move which has caused widespread
outrage. believe that a woman is
The Democratic Unionist Party minister
said the adverts attempted to tell people
that simple measures like changing their
responsible for being
light bulbs and turning off TVs from
stand-by mode could help prevent them
raped if she is drunk
“wrecking the world”.
Although the adverts were not shown according to survey
on television in Northern Ireland, Queen’s
Radio decided to broadcast an audio
version of the advert throughout the week 27% thought that flirting of female students. commitments to better train
One in three students
of February 16. thinks that a woman is made a woman partially The survey also showed a lack those who work with victims.”
Keith Anderson, a spokesman for Queen’s responsible for being raped responsible for being raped, with of awareness of rape figures – “But these new findings still
Radio, said its decision to broadcast the if she is drunk, according 2% believing that it made her 50% of students did not know show that even among younger
ads was not about arguments over climate to research carried out for totally responsible. how many women are raped in people the view that women ‘ask
change. the London Student. Shockingly a staggering 44% the UK on average in a year, for it’ is stubbornly held. Such
Continued on page 8 The newspaper claims that thought that not clearly saying and 15% thought the figure was attitudes stop victims reporting
over a third of students believe ‘no’ to a man would make a rape under 500. in the first place, and lead to a
that a woman is totally or victim responsible, with 4% The figure was even higher low conviction rate when juries
partially responsible for being stating that it made her totally for students from London hear cases. They also create a
raped if she has had to much to responsible. universities, with 19% putting climate of impunity where men
drink and that nearly half say 5% of students believed a the figure at under 500. know they can get away with
she’s in some way responsible if woman was totally responsible The actual figure - according rape as people blame women
she’d failed to say ‘no’ clearly to for being raped if she is alone to the Fawcett society, who instead of blaming the rapist.”
a man. and walking in a dangerous or campaign for equality between “It has been consistently
The survey carried out by deserted area. men and women - is over 47,000. pointed out by campaigners like
Opinionpanel Research aimed However, the number of The Home Office recorded 11,648 members of the End Violence
to reveal students attitude to students holding the woman incidents of ‘rape of a female’ in Against Women campaign that
rape as part of an edition of the responsible for rape was lower 2007//08. the Government has failed
London Student focusing on in the case of them wearing Heather Harvey, Amnesty to develop a programme of
feminist issues. revealing or sexy clothing or if International UK’s Stop Violence prevention around violence
Participants were given six she had many sexual partners. Against Women Campaign against women - they can do
scenarios and asked whether According to the findings male Manager told the London seatbelts, smoking, obesity,
a woman would be totally students were on average more Student:, “Amnesty is horrified binge-drinking so why can’t
responsible, partially responsible likely to consider the woman in by the findings of London they start to tackle attitudes
or not at all responsible for being some way responsible for being Student’s survey of student like these which ignore violence
raped in each. raped, with the wearing of ‘sexy attitudes to rape.” against women or worse still
Some of the results show some or revealing clothes’ highlighting “A survey we commissioned blame women for it?”
shocking attitudes towards rape. the most obvious difference of three years ago showed similar Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang,
In terms of a rape victim being opinion. results for people across the UK LSE Students Union’s Education
drunk 31% thought she is partly 26% of male students said as a whole. Since then there has & Welfare Officer said: “I find the
responsible and a further 3% she’d be totally or partially been a Government publicity results of this survey extremely
state she is totally responsible responsible for being raped in campaign aimed at younger disturbing.”
Scandanavia’s new for being raped. that instance, compared to 14% men, and police and court Continued on page 9
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2 NEWS
The National Student
welcomes contributions.
Foreign
The National Student student not
works closely with
student publications repaying
loans
across the UK.

We are happy to accept


news, comment, As much as 70% of
features, and reviews students from the European
on any subject. Union are failing repay the
student loans they took out
Contact us at: to study in the UK.
The National Student The Student Loans
PO Box 7731 Company (SLC) says 1,580
Derby of the 2,240 who should
DE1 0RW have started repayments
are not accounted for.
or email: A Spanish student told
editor@ the BBC that she had heard

Making Whoopee
thenationalstudent.co.uk nothing since graduating
five years ago.
or phone: The Government says
0845 46 300 46 the SLC is doing what it
can to track people down.
The National Student is Take-up of the entitlement
the independent, monthy is growing fast, with 46,000
newspaper for higher An acoustics professor make them laugh. engineers have concentrate In the past, Professor
now having borrowed
education students in from the University of Salford Visitors are encouraged to on issues such as neighbour Cox has held the record for
£130m.
the UK. is asking the public to rate the donate to the appeal and can noise and concert hall owning the world’s largest
Students from EU
funniness of whoopee cushion watch short YouTube videos acoustics, it is about time whoopee cushion, as part
countries have been eligible
Published by sounds in order to advance revealing the secret science of we got to the bottom of some of his ambition to get more
for low interest loans from
Defender Newspapers, human understanding of whoopee cushions. more important fundamental people involved in science.
the British taxpayer to pay
PO Box 7731 faux flatulence and raise According to Professor issues.” “The whoopee cushion has
for their tuition fees since
Derby money for Comic Relief. Cox, who made worldwide “We’ve developed some much in common with the
2006.
DE1 0RW Professor Trevor Cox has headlines in 2007 with his theories about why one human voice and how wind
David Willetts MP,
designed a website which horrible sounds research, whoopee cushion sound is instruments work, so it is a
Shadow Secretary of State
© 2009 features twenty whoopee there are some solid scientific funnier than another, and to memorable way of portraying
for Innovation, Universities
All content is the copyright cushion sounds. Each visitor principles behind why we test these theories we need some important science.”
and Skills said that the
of Defender Newspapers hears six of these sounds, find different whoopee noises thousands of people to cast To take part in Prof
SLC is not doing enough to
unless otherwise stated and is asked to grade them funniest. their votes on the site before Cox’s experiment go to
track students down once
thenationalstudent.co.uk depending on how much they “For too long, acoustic Red Nose Day.” soundsfunny.org/
they leave the country.
The National Student, March 2009

NEWS 3

Gradeguru is latest site questioned by press and academics over allegations of encouraging plagarism
Cherwell
editors
forced to
resign over
Note-share site under fire
The media has again institutions’ approach
satirical turned its attention to the
issue of students using
to plagiarism and work
with the same plagiarism

edition online resources to cheat


on university work.
deterrent tools they use
– so we are doing exactly
Student press such as that. This partnership
As The National Oxford paper Cherwell will not only send a very
Student went to press it and national papers such strong signal that we are
emerged that the editors as the Daily Mail have serious about academic
of Oxford newspaper reported that students ethics, it will also give
Cherwell had resigned are selling their notes for the academic community
following complaints money to GradeGuru.com, the peace of mind of
a note sharing website, knowing that those very
received over a satirical
where other students can few students who might
edition that mocked the
then download the notes have considered trying to
Holocaust and compared pass other students’ work
for free.
former editors to The site, supported off as their own will now
paedophiles. by education publishers think twice, knowing they
The satirical edition McGraw Hill, has will get caught out,” she
called Lecher also contributors from 281 UK added.
referred to black people institutions and has so far GradeGuru have
in racist terms and paid out a sum of £7,847 to platform’ and ‘the web 2.0 may fare badly when “Not putting in the now entered in to a
had photographs of note-submitting ‘gurus’. version of a study group.’ they come to sit formal effort and just relying on partnership with TurnItIn
The site boasts Although the site states examinations,” she said. someone else’s notes was the main anti-plagiarism
students superimposed
contributors from it is a place where students Another source from the unfortunately happening service used by academic
on to porn images.
institutions such as can find ‘course notes’, university called the site well before GradeGuru. institutions. This move
Sian Cox-Brooker searching the site it is a ‘cheater’s charter’ and There will sadly probably sees the site taking a
Oxford, Nottingham and
and Michael Bennett, Manchester with the top possible to find examples of stated that they ‘look upon always be a minority of massive step towards
who took over as joint contributing university full essays including some this very seriously.’ students who try to game curbing concerns about
editors of Cherwell in presently being Durham. on William Shakespeare. But GradeGuru states the education system and plagiarism.
January, were forced It describes itself as There are concerns that “GradeGuru stands cheat themselves out of Katie Povejsil, of
to step down after “a platform for students that as the material on against plagiarism in all a valuable education. In TurnItIn, says “All
students and tutors to help each other with GradeGuru is free, there its potential forms”. fact, many academics GradeGuru content will
condemned the edition. coursework” which will is nothing to stop any Sawtell explained, give out all of their notes now be continuously added
encourage “all students student taking an essay “We are an ethical site as handouts anyway. The to the TurnItIn database
Despite only around
everywhere to achieve and claiming it as their trying to help students value of GradeGuru is not which reinforces the
50 copies of the spoof,
their best and to inspire own. help each other. I think in just getting someone community’s commitment
being handed out to the This makes it different it is important that these else’s notes as a substitute to preventing plagiarism.”
others to academic
editorial team during heights.” from other essay websites issues be raised and for your own, the value is As a result, if students
a social in November, By submitting work such as Oxbridge Essays addressed - it is critical to in seeing how someone else submit materials from
copies were leaked that to the site, contributors and UK Essays who our vision for GradeGuru interpreted a discussion GradeGuru as their own
lead to complaints from accrue points which can charge students for that we be recognised as and if their understanding for a course that uses
students and the issue then be exchanged for providing them with a legitimate educational was different to yours.” TurnItIn, that material
grabbing the attention cash or rewards such as written-to-order essays. tool. GradeGuru is She added that the site will be flagged as
of the press. restaurant and travel An undergraduate essay about collaboration, not has ‘multiple ways’ to stop unoriginal.”
vouchers. from Oxbridge Essays can collusion. It is about students cheating. Despite these moves
On one website,
GradeGuru founder cost around £1,000, and a offering alternative ideas, “The deterrents include some students have
the Oxford Gossip, a
Emily Sawtell told The full PhD dissertation could not easy answers. As our community standards admitted that they still
student described the National Student that the cost over £20,000. you will see on the site and the warning on our plagiarise. One student
newspaper as ‘abusive’ site is, “A community of GradeGuru provides homepage and in our homepage, but the policing told Cherwell that essay
and ‘horrific’. Another students who can rely on notes for free and in community standards, we part really comes into force sharing websites were not
said it contained ‘racist, each other for academic theory rewards pro-active do not tolerate plagiarism through our partnership the only places a student
sexist, obscene banter’. support - whether through scholars who help their of materials on our site.” with the anti-plagiarism could take material from if
In a joint statement comments, feedback on peers by providing notes “With our strong stance tool.” they wanted to cheat.
Cox and Bennett said, notes that they contribute through the site. against plagiarism and “We offer students free She said, “everyone has
“We understand that or the ability to download But academics are the tools to back-up academic advice on the their friends’ and other
other students’ notes for skeptical of the site. A our position, we think issue to ensure there peoples’ essays. I have
complaints have been
free, we are setting out spokesperson from the GradeGuru will is well can be no confusion, and lots, especially from people
received about a spoof
to build a network where University of Oxford told positioned to deter moreover, we are soon to who have graduated who I
newsletter, Lecher, students can collaborate Cherwell that websites unethical practices,” she announce our relationship know got firsts.”
produced in November and learn online in a like this are not helpful to added. with an anti-plagiarism “I’m not against essay
2008.” way that is specific to students in the long-run. But Sawtell tool provider. In our sharing websites in
“The tone and content their course at their “If students simply acknowledges that the site consultations with the principle, I would just
of Lecher was clearly university.” copy the work of others, can be used by students academic community, worry about the quality
intended to be satirical, She described the site they are missing part of looking to cheat on their it was clear we needed of the work that is being
and was received as as ‘a collective knowledge the learning process and coursework. to get on board with uploaded”.
such by its intended
recipients.”

Leeds sued over lizard poo


“We understand
There has been
that satire can be a dramatic rise
misconstrued, and as in applications
this term’s editors of for postgraduate
Leeds University lizard had disappeared his research in the total failure.” see that photographs
Cherwell we apologise courses as people
is being sued for from his desk. Philippines. “By the beginning of my daughter, my
for any offence which look to increase their
throwing out lizard Bennett spent five Bennett told of the third year of girlfriend and my
might have been qualifications for the
excrement collected years collecting samples the Times Higher my PhD, I knew more favourite lizards had
caused, and have now more competitive
by a PhD student for as part of his research Education: “The about lizard faeces been removed from the jobs market as the
resigned.”
his thesis. on the animal’s diet, Butaan is so reclusive than I had ever thought wall.” recession bites.
Daniel Bennett population size and that all attempts to possible.” “My personal effects Students are
was shocked when behaviour. He then study it using methods “Returning to Leeds had been carefully putting off applying
Full report online at
he returned from a won a scholarship at that have proved from fieldwork, I was stowed in boxes, but for jobs and are
thenationalstudent.
trip to find his 5st 7lb Leeds University and suitable for the Komodo surprised to find my there was no sign of looking to continue
co.uk studying to sit out the
collection of excrement spent two more years dragon and other large desk space occupied by my 35kg bag of lizard
from the rare Butaan being paid to continue lizards have ended in another student and to shit.” financial crisis.
The National Student, March 2009

4 NEWS
Union attacked in charity profits scandal

The Oxford Union are basing the £130 on is the by Marta Szczerba
Society has come under fire budget which was presented,
for misleading members not the account which gives
about the profits received an accurate reflection of how
from charity events held on much we took - this will be Union President Charlie
the premises. published on Monday.” Holt said, “the main point
“Charities and Cocktails” He denied that advertising was to raise awareness and
was held on February 10 had been misleading, “the I think that was made quite
in the Oxford Union, in whole point of the event was clear.” Union Secretary Anna
connection with Oxford Hub. to raise awareness of the Williams said that “the point
The advertisement for the charities that OxHub support of the evening is to not only
event in the Union term-card - it was never implied that make money for charity but Newport student Daryl Wood dressed
told members to “add a dash we would give money from also to engage students with as Batgirl to take part in a fun run from
of fellow-feeling and a pinch ticket sales to charity.” the member organisations of Caerleon to Cardiff as part of the Uni-
of generosity” and to “top up Students have attacked OxHub such as Jacari and versity’s rag week.
with Charity.” the way that the event was KEEN in order that they Wood has so far raised over £400 in
But none of the money marketed, stating that may give up some of their sponsorship for her chosen charity, the
from this term’s event went advertisements and publicity Beatrice Tate School for Children with
time to help them.”
Cerebral Palsy.
to charity. The proceeds circulated mislead members The events coordinator
Newport Student’s Union has set a
instead merely covered the into thinking profit from for OxHub, Laura Higgins,
target of £6,000 for all rag week ac-
costs incurred by the cheap their purchases would go to stated that OxHub would tivities to beat the amount raised at the
drinks deals and aimed to charity. not be receiving any profit last rag week.
raise awareness for charities One member said, “I’m from the event, claiming
represented. shocked to learn that the that the event was not “a
The Union have also ticket money isn’t going to profit-making venture, but
claimed that any profits that charity. I didn’t attend the merely concerned with cost-
had been made would have event but saw the advert in recovery.”
gone to the Oxford Hub, an the term card... I’d be really She said the aim of the
organisation that facilitates angry if I’d bought a ticket to event had been simply
charity work in Oxford, the event.” to “raise awareness of
who organised the event in Another first year student our member charities...to
collaboration with the Union. said, “This just makes the encourage more students to
Union Secretary Anna Union look really bad. It become involved in charitable
Williams said, “the profit of really annoys me that they’ve activities during their time
the event goes to OxHub, managed to get away with at university.”
the society we are doing the doing this.” She explained that the
event in collaboration with.” Union press officer Rebecca Union would take a proportion
The Union’s costs were Molyneux defended this of the ticket price to cover
estimated at £20-30. term’s event, saying, “I don’t “costs they have incurred
However, a budget for the think it was misleading at publicising and organizing
event shows instead a 50/50 all. In a way it was giving to the event from their end,”
split in the income, estimated charity. Raising awareness and that the “Oxford Hub
at £260, between the Union could be considered giving to portion equally goes to
and the Oxford Hub. charity.” cover the costs incurred in
Union President Charlie She confirmed that last running a sustainable events
Holt said, “the Union’s half term’s event did not donate programme.”
will go towards covering any money to charity either. She confirmed that profits
costs... We can only ever She said, “it was purely an from the bar would go to
guess how much we need to awareness-raising event. Thirst Lodge who provided
take out. In this case, 50% The money went towards the the drinks at a discounted
seemed reasonable. What you unlimited punch.” price.

Banker stole £50K to pay student loan


A bank worker stole He mixed up the names that no customers had lost
£50,000 to pay off his and addresses of existing money as the accounts were
student loan by setting up customers to take advantage fictitious.
fake bank accounts, a court of a student account offer. Defense solicitor
heard last month. But his scam was discovered Alexander Lafferty, said that
Greig Smith opened 66 when the bank carried out Smith had left university
fake student accounts at the a routine audit and found with large student loans
Bank of Scotland branch in Smith’s computer access and had been “living beyond
Edinburgh where he was code had been used an his means” when he carried
assistant manager over a unusually high amount of out the fraud. Smith is now
nine month period in 2006 times. unemployed and claiming
and 2007. An investigation was job seekers allowance while
He pled guilty to fraud at carried out and Smith was living with his mother and
Edinburgh Sheriff Court. dismissed from the bank. He has since been declared
Sentence was deferred. admitted the offences when bankrupt, the lawyer
Smith set up overdrafts on police interviewed him. added.
the accounts and withdrew Fiscal depute John Kirk, Smith will be sentenced
up to £1,000 from each. prosecuting, explained this month.
The National Student, March 2009

NEWS 5

Religious societies
have always had a prominent

British Humanist Association/Andrew West


position on campus with
groups for everyone from
Christians to Jedi Knights.
Now non-religious
students will have an
organisation to promote their
view-point with the launch
of the National Federation
of Atheist, Humanist and
Secular Student Societies.
The federation, which
launched on February 19,
aims to fight for the voices
of what it believes to be
the majority of students,
on campus and in wider
society.
Chloe Clifford-Frith, a
recent Oxford graduate
and press officer for the
Federation explained,
“[We aim to] promote non-
religious viewpoints in
universities by uniting
students, encouraging
the foundation of student
societies and helping them
with their work - including
helping them deal with
discrimination by student
unions.”

New national voice


“Also to increase the AHS President Norman Ralph with delighted members of his own Leeds Atheist Society and Richard Dawkins
amount of debating going
on between religious and
non-religious students. We
want to create a culture
of openness and enquiry,
encouraging students to take

for ‘anti-God squad’


an interest in how religion
pervades society and affects
the world. We also work to
improve understanding of
scientific and ethical issues
and ensure that the views of
non-religious students can
be heard nationally through
our campaigns,” she said.
New federation aims to represent the views of atheist, humanist and secular students in the UK
The federation is
planning campaigns and beliefs. This often springs Unions than you’d think) Prop 8 and the banning of No opinion should be awareness of spiritual
events across the country from well-meaning ideas of then we should be entitled to abortion in various states in protected from criticism things and put God on the
to protest against religious inclusiveness for people of say ‘don’t be ridiculous, there the USA. Sectarian violence. simply by virtue of being agenda.”
privilege and promote the all backgrounds.” are mountains of evidence to You name it,” she added. religiously held,” he said. Clifford-Frith added,
understanding of science. “While the AHS believes the contrary’ without being The group has the support The new federation is “We hope to increase the
The launch came four that everyone has the right accused of being ‘militant’ of some of the country’s affiliated to the British profile of secular, atheist
months after a campaign to believe what they want, or behaving indecently. This leading critics of religion: the Humanist Association. and humanist issues in
with 30 London buses their opinions should not lean towards protecting and scientist Richard Dawkins, Pod Bhogal, head of a number of ways in our
parading the slogan: automatically gain respect. privileging religious opinion, the philosopher AC Grayling, communications at the universities and beyond. We
“There’s probably no God. People deserve respect, but regardless of what it may be, and the Guardian columnist Universities and Colleges want more students to start
Now stop worrying and what they believe is their is quite recent and we wish Polly Toynbee. Christian Fellowship ‘coming out’ as atheists as
enjoy your life.” choice. If their beliefs involve to counter it.” Professor Richard (UCCF), said, “Universities we believe that atheists and
Clifford-Frith said, the subjugation of women or “If you want examples of Dawkins said public are a marketplace of ideas agnostics make up the silent
“Dangerous views, persecution of homosexuals the harm religion can cause, statements of non-belief were where concepts can be majority.”
religiously motivated, for example, we must stand they are endless. See my treated as “threatening” and exchanged. Anything that “We want to change the
have gained power in the up and say that this is quote in the press release, an “affront to the religious”. encourages intelligent and attitude to atheists and
last decade, and yet at the outrageous. If they believe and also more examples: “Beliefs that are meaningful discussion we to religious beliefs in this
moment there is a mood in the earth is 6,000 years old faith schools segregating unsupported, bigoted or see as positive. We are country by working with
society that it is wrong to (which is more common in communities, interference demand special privileges thankful for the atheist bus students and in the national
question or criticise religious UK University Christian with the embryology bill. should always be challenged. campaign because it raised and international press.”

Dangerous travel adaptors given away to students


The Electrical Safety is dangerous and poses a not suitable for use with “There are multiple
Council is warning students real threat of causing serious electrical appliances that problems with these
and recent graduates to injury and could even kill. require an earth connection, adaptors and they do pose
look out for potentially The Universal Travel despite claims made to the a very real threat of serious
lethal travel adaptors, Adaptor has three different contrary on packaging. injury and may even be
distributed at recruitment sets of plug pins, which can Steve Curtler, Campaign lethal. It’s important when
fairs. be moved in or out of the body Manager at the ESC said; disconnectingtheseadaptors,
Of particular concern is a of the adaptor independently “We ask anyone who thinks prior to disposing of them,
type of travel adaptor often of each other and locked into that they may be using a that people remember how
described as a compact all-in- position to make products Universal Travel Adaptor dangerous they are and so
one ‘universal travel adaptor’ compatible for use with UK, or who has seen one that handle them carefully.”
for worldwide use, and will European and most other matches this description in The Electrical Safety
look the same or similar international plug sockets. a friend’s room to stop using Council operates a telephone
to the example illustrated. However, investigations by it immediately and dispose and email helpline (tel:
The adaptor is available the ESC have found that live of it safely. Alternatively, 0870 040 0561 or email
in a range of colours and parts can easily be exposed contact your local Trading enquiries@esc.org.uk) for
may have the branding of a which could cause electric Standards for advice on the anyone concerned about this
particular institution on it. shock or electrocution. In most appropriate course of or any other electrical safety
This type of travel adaptor addition, the adaptors are action to take.” issue.
The National Student, March 2009

6 NEWS
structure and development the agency. A sense of a desire
goals of the agency were found to learn and self develop and a
to be a good fit against the lust for support from the wider
development goals within UK media world. The agency
university courses. is self-developing as best it

Image: Crossfire Media Ltd


The Supporting Voices can and refuses assistance
team from Crossfire Media from politically motivated
visited Iraq last autumn. organisations or funds. We
They engaged in research and formatted our development
evaluation of the immediate plan with the agencies
grass roots needs of the agency founder Zuhair al-Jezairy
and produced a development and his young team and have
plan that would utilise the committed ourselves to a
abilities of UK media and long term program of mutual
design students at all levels to support and training.”
assist the Iraqi team. Since this visit the team
“When we first landed in at Crossfire have produced a
Iraq the team were reserved media brochure in English,
about what we as students Arabic and Kurdish along with

Making waves in the workplace


could achieve in offering a news marketing film shot on
our help, with the support location in Northern Iraq.
of professionals in Iraq. Our Crossfire is now appealing
first night was spent gathered for support from students,
around a table in a safe house lecturers and organisations
A group of media students driven content to my own Ltd, Cornwall and Devon and students in immediate introducing ourselves and our to make this program a long-
in Cornwall have come studies, and as soon as I Media Ltd and M&C Saatchi post conflict countries. All of visions to the young editors term support mechanism and
together with a vision for a realised how effective it was in Sports and Entertainment. the work carried out by the and reporters. That night a basis for the development
globalisation of grass roots providing services to industry Green says, “The organisation in the UK directly we met a reporter called Ali of both overseas and UK
media training and support I developed this concept in to opportunities we can present contributes to this mechanism. from the city of Mosul. Ali students.
for emerging talent from UK a structure which could help in the UK provide a real chance In September 2008 the had reported for the New Green, would like to
universities. others.” for students to attract the eyes Supporting Voices program York Times during the severe install a Crossfire Media
This concept has been Crossfire Media has of potential employers whilst was launched following a fighting between US soldiers team at every UK university,
transformed into an innovative generated a network of still studying at university.” 6-month consultation and and insurgents and had been providing work experience,
student media organisation businesses, charities and The team have also research effort led by Green. the target of assassination student fundraising initiatives
called Crossfire Media, based supporting organisations that attracted support from The program partnered with attempts and constant death and direct support initiatives
at and supported by University provide students involved with foreign correspondents, news a young non-political news threats for writing the truth. for the Supporting Voices
College Falmouth. live project briefs, commercial producers, design agencies agency in northern Iraq. This His stories and the equally program.
The founder isBAjournalism filming, design, photography and business forums in its agency is called Aswat al-Iraq disturbing stories of other All those interested in the
student Chris Green. and copy writing. desire to assist UK students or The Voices of Iraq. young journalists that night project to contact the Crossfire
Green tells of his ambition The organisation has an understand the complexities of The agency was chosen cemented our motivation to Media team:
to assist other students, impressive client list including a modern working existence. as an appropriate partner help the agency as much as we svprogram@crossfiremedia.org.
“Crossfire was founded the Royal National Lifeboat Crossfire has developed due to its founding by the could.” uk
to create educationally Institution, the Maritime and a support mechanism for United Nations Development Green continued, “What we, crossfiremedia.org.uk
interesting and motivation Coast Guard Agency, Musto young media professionals Program Iraq in 2004. The found was a family spirit at falmouth.ac.uk
The National Student, March 2009

NEWS 7

Uni applications rise


Latest university
application figures show
that the number of people
by Laura Wild
September.
Nazi initiators suspended
applying to study is up by “Higher education still
Students at
7.3%. represents excellent value
the University of
The number of students for money. At UCLan
due to start university in the we have an attractive Gloucestershire have
autumn has hit a new high, portfolio of courses, world- been suspended after an
with more than 375,000 leading and internationally investigation into a ‘Nazi-
having won a degree place. recognised research together style’ initiation ceremony.
NUS appealed to with superb facilities and The university has not
the Government and a graduate employment named the students, nor
universities not to become record which is amongst the confirmed how many have
complacent, saying progress best in the UK. been suspended.
was still painfully slow. “The University is As The National Student
Wes Streeting, the strengthening its position
reported in October, a
president of the NUS, said: as a catalyst for wealth
video came to light showing
“We welcome the overall rise creation and jobs, and in
in people entering higher economically challenging victims paraded around,
education. However, the times these new figures are with carrier bags on their
incremental increase in the great news.” heads, by a student dressed
number of poorer students This late surge in in a Nazi-style uniform.
accepting university places university applicants is said The ‘Nazi officer’ walks
is not good enough.” to be putting extra pressure up and down the line while
It seems this year on sixth formers to achieve students are encouraged to
universities have top grades in their exams. drink and many are seen
experienced a sharp rise Wes Streeting, president vomiting.
in applications as school- of the National Students
In a statement University
leavers choose higher Union, said: “It is hugely
of Gloucestershire
education rather than encouraging to see a
fighting for jobs during the record-breaking number spokesman Paul Drake
recession. of applications to Britain’s stated, “The university has
concluded its investigation December when a second bus in Churchdown while A student who wished to
At the University of universities, but we remain
Central Lancashire (UCLan) concerned about the into initiation ceremonies.” alcohol-fueled initiation the driver cleaned up the remain anonymous said:
applications for 2009 entry number of places available “A number of students ceremony was exposed. mess. “Of course they are still
have soared by 15%. as a result of the cap on have been subject to A student vomited ‘Disciplinary action’ was going on, they’re an awful
Commenting on the numbers imposed by the university disciplinary over himself and on taken after the incident experience and many get
news UCLan’s Deputy Vice Government.” procedures and the matter the floor of a bus after explained Drake, but the out of control, the thing
Chancellor, Professor Patrick “While some had is now closed,” he added. a rugby club initiation University confirmed that is they are just now a lot
McGhee, said: “Places are speculated that demand ceremony. Passengers no students had been more underground than
The University suffered
still available on some of our would fall, applicants of all were forced to leave the expelled. before.”
further embarrassment in
combined honours courses ages are clearly making the
but we fully expect to meet correct assessment that it is
our recruitment targets once better to invest now in their
students start arriving in education and training.” Comment on the latest news at thenationalstudent.co.uk

Jewish students targetted at Manchester


Protests at the The Students’ Union Monitoring Committee’s
University of Manchester is also said to have working definition of anti-
against Israel’s recent received documents from Semitism, which defines
military campaign in Gaza an anonymous sender acts such as “claiming that
have taken a turn for the advocating a “fight against the existence of a State of
worse with Student Direct international Jewry”, Israel is a racist endeavour”
reporting several cases of describing US President and “drawing comparisons
alleged ‘anti-Semitism’ on Obama as a “Jewish puppet” of contemporary Israeli
campus since the start of and accusing the Jews of policy to that of the Nazis”
the new semester. “butcher[ing] 195 children as anti-Semitic.
University of Manchester and shell[ing] schools in Members of student
Students’ Union General Gaza”. society Action Palestine
Secretary Rob Pinfold, a Jew UMSU Anti-Racism expressed their disapproval
and Zionist, has received Secretary Oliver Worth for the motion by e-mailing
several emails questioning is convinced that he has Council members and
his support of Israel’s suffered discrimination holding a silent protest
aggression in Gaza. One because he is Jewish and outside the Students’ Union
email read, “You support claims he was spat at during Students and academics across the UK have joined protests against Israel’s military on the day the motion was
the continued bombing a pro-Palestine occupation campaign in Gaza to be discussed.
of innocent civilians in on campus. Talking to Student Direct
Gaza. Nearly 1,000 people He told Student Direct, Jake Whiteson posted the Palestinian occupation and to be Jewish, but the two Sarah Lashley, a third-year
dead and almost 10,000 “It’s a real cause for concern comment, “The incidents have not been spat on, as are not the same thing. As Criminology student, said:
wounded… Why would you that political feelings on described in this report are they oppose Israel’s racist mentioned above, many “The motion adopted a new
encourage the continuation this campus are manifesting not anti-Semitic, because treatment of Palestinians. Jews recognise that Israel definition of anti-Semitism
of this massacre?” themselves in intimidation the “victims” were not Minutes before Worth is an apartheid state. If that does nothing practical
Student Direct reported and violence,” he said. targeted because they were was spat on he gave an Worth was a Christian, on campus, it is basically
that the email sent by “I-Soc and Action Palestine Jewish but because they impassioned speech in Muslim or atheist, and held rhetoric. It locks out the
student Mabrouka Fagi- show no regard for the rabidly support Israel.” Academy 1 against adopting such a racist stance towards opinion of non-Jews on what
Hassan, went on to caution anti-Semitism that often “Pinfold supports the war the motion criticising Israel. the Palestinian people, he anti-Semitism is, whereas
Pinfold, “We wouldn’t want results from their actions on Gaza. He danced around He should not have been would still have been spat we wouldn’t lock ourselves
to have the wrong person on campus.” Albert Square last month in spat on for this, no one on,” he added. out of, for example,
sacked now would we.” But students posting support of the war. So how should face that for their In response Pinfold a discussion on what
Pinfold was also advised comments on the Student is emailing him to criticise political views. But don’t submitted a motion entitled homophobic oppression in
by police to keep his office Direct website questioned him for this an anti-Semitic say he was spat on because “Anti-Semitism on Campus” Iran is.”
locked after stickers reading whether the action against attack?” he is Jewish! He was spat at a Union Council meeting After a heated debate
‘Kill Israel’ we stuck to the SU officials was anti-Semitic “Many Jewish speakers on because he supports on February 3 resolving the motion passed with an
door in his absence. or politically motivated. have attended the pro- Israel; he also happens to adopt the European overwhelming majority.
The National Student, March 2009

8 NEWS
Queen’s boosts wave power research Wii Fit research to help
balance in the elderly
The search for large The team from Aquamarine by Jonathan Kennedy
scale energy generation will model several devices
from wave power has in the state-of-the-art wave
been given an important tanks in the university’s said: “I am delighted to
boost by academics from Civil Engineering announce Aquamarine’s by Kevin Guyan
Queen’s University Belfast. Department and at the continuing relationship with
Queen’s has agreed a Marine Biology Centre at Queens University’s world-
new five-year partnership Portaferry, Co Down. leading team. Professor is suitable for use by elderly
with Aquamarine Power, The Portaferry facility on Whittaker and his group people wishing to improve
a leading marine energy Strangford Lough will allow have tested and deployed their balance. The Wii Fit,
company, and will work the team to test groups of more devices in their time a balance board attachment
with the company to wave power devices that than any other research for the Wii gaming console,
develop the next generation can be deployed in large facility in the world. is several thousand pounds
hydro-electric wave power numbers to form off-shore This agreement creates cheaper than professional
converter. power stations. a fantastic opportunity alternatives and offers a
Already the partnership Professor Trevor on two fronts. Firstly it selection of gentle balancing
has created the Oyster Whittaker, head of the Wave provides Aquamarine with exercises.
hydro-electric wave power Power Research Group at access to world-class wave The problem of falling
device, which is designed Queen’s, said he was very power test facilities, and can be devastating for many
to capture the energy found pleased to strengthen ties it gives us access to the elderly people, with around
in amplified surge forces in with Aquamarine. brightest PhD students in Students from (physiology), and Mark 30% of those over the age of
nearshore waves. The first “It provides focus for this field.” Aberdeen University are Lawson, studying for a 65 believed to have fallen
prototype will be launched the work of our research The partnership will also hoping to improve the BSc in Sport and Exercise over the past year, with 6%
at sea for the first time this students, giving them an provide Aquamarine with balance of elderly people, Science. Both students of falls resulting in broken
summer off the coast of opportunity to participate access to a second, larger through gentle exercise were selected after tough bones.
Orkney. in cutting edge research wave tank due to open at on the latest gaming competition amongst the Dr Marie Fraser,
The latest partnership that will benefit society and the Portaferry facility. The technology. student body to be involved Specialist Registrar
will see Aquamarine the environment for current tank is being part-funded Aberdeen University and in the project. at Woodend Hospital,
work alongside the and future generations.” through the university’s NHS Grampian plan to Dr Alison Jenkinson, Aberdeen, highlighted the
Environmental Engineering Martin McAdam, chief Institute for a Sustainable conduct experiments into their University supervisor, impact of falling: “Falls
Research Centre at Queen’s. executive of Aquamarine World initiative. the benefits of exercise on said: “Our students are cause real problems both
the Nintendo Wii Fit in really looking forward to for the individual and for
But here’s a nation battered and bruised, on its arse only two years relation to the problem of helping with this study. our population as a whole.
poor balance amongst some Mark and Estelle will run As well as causing injury,
ago and now, with a bit of international scaffolding, back on the they can lead to loss of
elderly people. the Wii sessions which will
mend. What a great time to see it, before the tourists and sozzled The study, which will include a warm up and then confidence, a fear of falling,
backpackers arrive and turn it into another Costa Dell Vomito. The take place over a 12-week up to 30 minutes of simple reduced quality of life and
only thing that gets you now are the UN vehicles buzzing around period, will see a group of balance games, although even early death. They also
people over the age of 70 volunteers can do less if have a healthcare cost.”
with their sirens on - PAGE 15 undertaking weekly 30- they choose.” “However, NHS
minute exercise sessions “Participants will be Grampian’s Department
on the Wii. It is hoped trained by our students of Medicine for the
that gentle exercise on in the gentle moves that Elderly is working closely
the technology will help are required during their with colleagues at the
improve general balance sessions on the balance University of Aberdeen
and boost confidence in board. The pair will also be to explore and develop
their abilities, whilst on hand to help immediately innovative approaches to
reducing fears associated if any of our volunteers feel improving balance. We are
with falling. unsteady,” she explained. evaluating the efficacy of
The trial will be assisted It is hoped the study, computer-assisted exercise
by Aberdeen University funded by the British programmes to see if these
students Estelle Lowry, Geriatrics Society, will show are suitable and acceptable
studying for a BSc in whether popular computer- to the elderly population,”
Biomedical Sciences assisted exercise technology she added.

Continued from front page themselves is an atrocious Research was conducted by


gross misrepresentation of Opinionpanel Ltd between
“I am shocked and the facts.” February 11 and 12. The
appalled that so many “Government policy has sample consisted of 1,046
students will lay the blame continuously failed victims of interviews with students at
for such a horrendous act rape and sexual assault and 119 Higher Education (HE)
at the feet of a woman. The they now need to address institutions representative
concept that women ask the scale of public ignorance of the UK HE population in
for it to happen and that as well as appallingly low terms of gender, year group
men somehow cannot help conviction and university type.
The National Student, March 2009

NEWS 9

Third data blunder at Manchester


The University of harassment.
Manchester has come A second email
under fire after the informing the recipients
personal details from over of the mistake and asking
1,300 students leaked in them to delete it was sent
January. two hours later. However
This is the third time as the email was sent
since October that the to personal emails, the
Continued from front page university has accidentally university was not able
“The real issue here is free released students’ details to recall it by removing
speech and the right of viewers reported Student Direct. it from the system and
and listeners in Northern The blunder saw an cannot guarantee all
Ireland to see and hear these email containing detailed recipients deleted the
ads. We are not taking a stand information on students’ email when requested.
either way on the manmade disabilities, ethnicity and A spokesperson for
climate change debate,” he studies sent to residents the University said: “We
said. of a Manchester Halls of apologise to students
Queen’s student Emmy
Residence on January 26. affected by this recent
Quinn set up a Facebook group
calling for Wilson to resign as Instead of the intended case, which occurred
Environment Minister. The news bulletin on safety when a member of staff
group currently has over 2,000 and recent problems, the inadvertently sent an
members. attached spreadsheet incorrect attachment
The minister, who has contained detailed to fellow students at
earned a no-confidence vote information on 1,332 Whitworth Park.”
from the Northern Ireland students, including Talking to Student Uni’s incompetence in The University said systems, improving
Assembly’s Environment which houses they live Direct a student whose looking after students’ it was aware of the security and the
Committee, is on record as in and their Aexact room name appeared on the data. Students give problem: “Following a responsible use of data.”
being a sceptic of the theory of numbers, as well as their list but wished to remain this information up in number of incidents both “As part of the project,
manmade climate change.
email addresses. anonymous said, “It’s the faith that it will be at the University and at we plan to provide
In an interview with
the Belfast Telegraph last This leak has happened three times treated confidentially, organisations across the training and guidance for
December he said: “I think raised concerns that now, and they still haven’t but the University doesn’t country, the University our staff in order to reduce
in 20 years’ time we will look students might be put sorted the problem out.” seem to have any regard has already launched the risk of these incidents
back at this whole climate at an increased risk of “This just shows the for that.” a project looking at IT occurring.”
change debate and ask
ourselves how on earth were
we ever conned into spending In defiance of official progressive taxation on
the billions of pounds which NUS policy students from the rich and big business

Image: Fil Kaler


are going into this without any 20 universities marched not ordinary working class
kind of rigorous examination on London as part of an people.”
of the background, the international day of action “The NUS has abdicated
science, the implications of demanding free education its responsibility to
it all. Because there is now last month. members by giving up on
a degree of hysteria about it, Organisers have mass campaigning,” he
fairly unformed hysteria I’ve criticised the NUS stance added.
got to say.” that abolishing tuition Defending the union’s
Steven Agnew, a Queen’s fees is unfeasible. stance Wes Streeting said,
graduate and the Green Gathering at the School “The NUS is standing
Party’s candidate for the of Oriental and African alongside several other
European elections later this Studies (SOAS) protestors trade unions today to
year, said, “He has always marched to the Vice protest against 1.5 million
said he will support measures Chancellors organisation cuts in adult education

Fees march
which will encourage energy (Universities UK) and places.”
efficiency and these adverts then onwards to the head “If the student movement
are all about people supporting of Universities UK at gets campaigning tactics
measures which can help Kings College. (over fees) wrong in 2009

hits London
energy efficiency — whether Protestors called for the there will be no chance of
you agree with climate change cap on top-up fees not to stopping the lifting of the
or not. So Sammy is now be raised and the abolition cap. Some people say we
contradicting himself.” of all fees in higher and have small ambitions but a
by Jonathan Kennedy further education. They fundamental overhauling
also demanded a living including Bradford, said: “This is a grass roots election issue,” he said. of the way the system is
Meltwater Group, one of grant for every student SOAS, Cambridge and student movement that He added that it was funded isn’t small.”
Europe’s fastest growing IT over 16 of at least £150 Goldsmiths are supporting we hope will be the start ‘inspiring’ that student’s “We’ve made a bold and
companies is calling all Compu- per week, and a living the campaign. of a bigger campaign.” protesting the recent brave decision to focus on
ter Sciences students for a wage for nursing and other Rosie Isaac, a fourth- “As an immediate aim Israeli military action in how graduates contribute
Technical Teaching Fellow- students who have to work year medical student at we would be happy if we Gaza had some of their and eliminating the
ship at the the Meltwater Entre- as part of their course. Southampton University prevent the raising of the demands met. market rather than
preneurial School of Technology Students from and one of the march cap. The NUS’s policy is Ed Maltby, a final year getting rid of fees, which
(MEST), a non-profit school, universities, colleges and organisers, told the flawed logic – you don’t win student from Cambridge is unfeasible,” he said.
based in Accra, Ghana. Guardian: “Tuition fees concessions by trying to University and national
schools across Britain are He argued that it is
The program educates
joining to protest against rule out the possibility appease the government, secretary of the education unrealistic to push for the
Ghanaian students to become
tuition fees of more than of seriously expanding you need to put pressure not for sale campaign, abolition of tuition fees
technologically skilled entrepre-
£3,000 a year. access to universities, on them.” said: “For as long as in the current financial
neurs, with the ability to start
new software companies and The action was led by a force most students who “With the march, we you’ve got fees, the logic climate.
generate wealth locally. coalition of campaigners do get to university into want to put this on the of the system is to move to “It looks like cloud
Top computer science students and renegade student debt and push many into agenda and make sure a market. Merely asking cuckoo land. The fight
from the US and Europe will unions at from across the exploitative low-paid free education is talked government to keep the has got to be to ensure
support MEST faculty and men- country and is the first work.” about on every campus, cap isn’t a solution.” the market in fees doesn’t
tor Trainees for one academic national demonstration of Tom Wills, a second-year especially next term as “Higher education is a go further and to defend
under the Fellowship program. this nature organised by international relations the review raises the social good. A degree is not investment in universities
INTERESTED? Deadline students in ten years. student at Sussex temperature on the debate a matter of an individual and colleges. That’s a
13/04/2009 to start in August Student unions University and one of the around tuition fees. We ticket to a better-paid job. campaign we can win,” he
2009. Go to meltwater.org from 20 universities leaders of the campaign, need to make fees an Society should pay through said.
The National Student, March 2009

FEATURE 11

A Framework of Fear
Jane Westward
reflects on a recent
trip to Israel and her
new perspective on
the Middle East
conflict

W
hat would you say free from their history
if, out of the blue, of exclusion, persecution
someone offered and permanent minority
you an all-expenses- status. A visit to Yad
paid trip to Israel? Back Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust
in December, London’s museum, as well as
Union of Jewish Students meetings with a range of
did just that, and last academics, journalists and
month I flew to Tel Aviv civil servants conveyed
with seven students from a powerful sense - real,
across Britain for a trip imagined, or somewhere the state of Israel.’ So understanding the Israeli Israel and the Occupied to understand that
described, in rather poor in between - that the Jews too, do many others, side of the Middle East Territories, and gives talks many liberal Israelis are
taste, as an ‘election/ are not only a victimised but this last month’s conflict, failed to present across the world, in order uncomfortable with their
post-war special.’ Having people, but also one that elections nevertheless any detailed analysis of to share her story. She country’s actions, but that
never been offered a free has been let down time saw Israeli politics take a the other side of the story tells how, during a talk in they are also scared for the
trip in my life, my initial and again by governments, step to the right, in what - that of the Palestinians. the West Bank, a schoolgirl safety of their children. It’s
reaction to the invitation regimes and individuals most analysts see as a The anguish of losing once told her that her son a story that I’m incredibly
was one of suspicion, and that failed to protect disillusionment with the their land and their deserved to die. ‘She came glad I’ve heard. But I also
I immediately started them. There is a deep peace process. But Israel’s homes, the humiliation from a bereaved family,’ left feeling uncomfortable
searching for a hidden need to prove the country’s 20% Arab population, too, of years of occupation says Damelin. ‘I talked to at not even having visited
agenda, wondering what strength, and to never feels disillusioned, with and the desperation of her about it. I asked her an Arab-Israeli village,
line I might be expected to allow the Jewish people to most simply shrugging poverty were given little what colours her tears let alone the West Bank,
buy on a visit to a country become victims again. their shoulders when I consideration, and it would were. She got up in front of because it was deemed too
with such notoriously bad This, I discovered, is the asked how they’d use their have been easy to have the whole class and came ‘unsafe’ by the organisers.
PR. crux of the Israeli psyche. vote. come away feeling that the up and apologised. That That is surely the point.
The recent campaign It is within this framework We were scheduled to Palestinians are entirely took a lot of courage.’ It’s all very well for
by the Israeli Defence of fear that Israelis view meet three Palestinians to blame for their plight. Sceptical of those who Israel’s liberals to covet
Force in Gaza, which left Sderot - the town 1km promote ‘hummus and peace, but until both sides
between 900 and 1,300 to the north of Gaza, hugs’, Damelin has used are forced to confront not
Palestinians dead, has
led to worldwide protests,
battered by rockets for the
past eight years, and the
While rockets are fired her and Abu Awwad’s
shared pain as a starting
only their own feelings of
insecurity and fear, but
student campaigns and second intifada - the five- and walls are built, it is point for an exploration of
the nitty-gritty of politics,
also those of their ‘enemy’,
there can be little hope of
calls for a boycott, leaving year Palestinian uprising
many Israelis feeling that began after the ignorance and fear that war and peace, and she
now believes that ‘you have
the understanding that is
needed for peace.
frustrated at what they breakdown of peace talks
see at Europeans’ failure
to understand their need
in 2000 . The residents
of Jerusalem lived in
reign supreme to talk to everyone; even
Hamas.’ This sentiment
In a country where every
house has an in-built bomb
to defend their state. constant fear of suicide was echoed by Khaled Abu shelter, where Palestinians
Despite my reservations bombers who targeted Alia, the one Palestinian face the humiliation of
about going, however, I buses, cafes and bars. This we did manage to meet, daily checkpoint searches,
decided that seeing one sense of insecurity was but, tellingly, two of them It is for this reason that, who argues that Israel’s and where Jewish and
side, however potentially apparent in the run up to were unable to make it due for me, the most inspiring refusal to recognise the Muslim children attend
biased, was better than elections, in which right- to problems with permits voice of the trip was that democratically-elected different schools, it
seeing neither. I reassured winger Avigdor Lieberman and border crossings. On of Robi Damelin, who group ‘made them into remains too easy for Arabs
myself that I would take saw his popularity election day we visited is a member of Parents’ heroes.’ But those who and Israelis to dehumanise
everything presented to swell on the basis of a the controversial West Circle, a group that brings support such views are the threatening ‘other’,
me with a healthy dose of campaign that described Bank wall, designed to together Israelis and in the minority, as the blocking out their suffering
scepticism, whilst vowing the country’s Arab citizens prevent suicide bombers Palestinians whose family declared aim of Hamas’ and justifying actions
to keep an open mind. as an ‘internal terror but condemned by many members have been killed charter - the destruction taken against them.
I’m not sure what I threat.’ Demands that as an exercise in land- in the course of the conflict. of the state of Israel - Fear is a powerful
was expecting, but after Arabs prove their loyalty grabbing. There were no She usually works in a pair currently makes dialogue force, and despite projects
arriving in Israel I quickly to the country in order to Palestinians at the usually with Ali Abu Awwad, a out of the question for that try to bring the
found myself caught off retain their citizenship busy crossing point - Palestinian whose brother most. two sides together, most
guard. Yes, I met the struck a chord with voters, that day the West Bank was shot dead by an Israeli I came away from the Israelis have never met
caricature of the gung-ho and Lieberman’s Yisrael was closed, its residents settler, but he had unable trip with the feeling that a Palestinian, and vice
IDF man, full of bravado Beiteinu party achieved an forbidden from entering to cross into the West Bank I had, as expected, been versa. ‘Peace is possible
and machismo, and the unprecedented 15 seats in Israel - but during the five from Jordan. Damelin’s shown just one side of when we allow ourselves
cynical civil servant, tired Israel’s new parliament. minutes we stood there we son, David, a Master’s the story, but rather than to be vulnerable,’ declares
of European liberals who The Hebrew University’s watched an Israeli settler student who was active any anticipated crude a letter from Desmond
like to ‘play utopia.’ But Dr Gideon Rahat rejects speed across the boundary in the peace movement, propaganda, I was offered Tutu on the Parents’ Circle
I was also exposed to a these ultra-nationalist in his car. was called up by the IDF an intelligent, nuanced homepage. But, for the
series of thoughtful, liberal politics, describing I found it strange that as a reservist in 2002, exploration of the Israeli time being, while rockets
voices who presented a Lieberman a ‘threat to the trip, which placed and soon after was killed national consciousness, and are fired and walls are
compelling narrative of the Israeli society’ for ‘turning so much emphasis by a Palestinian sniper. the fears and insecurities built, it is ignorance and
Jewish struggle to break Israeli Arabs against on the importance of She now tours schools in of its citizens. I’ve come fear that reign supreme.
The National Student, March 2009

12 FEATURE
Oxford paper
Cherwell provides
an intimate
account of meeting
the stateless
residents of
Campsfield House,
Oxford’s local
immigration
removal centre
C
ampsfield House still being dismissed as
Immigration liars and criminals that
Removal Centre pose a danger to British
is an imposing concrete society. The Government
building. Situated in plays a very manipulative
Kidlington, just outside game with these men;
Oxford City, it is imprisoning them not
surrounded by electrified only physically, but with
gates and rabbit-proof, inflammatory jargon
20-foot-high fences which states that because
surmounted by barbed a person made the mistake
wire. The 216 men inside of coming to this country
are victims of relentless without the correct
UK legislation that is documents, or worked
systematically stripping once they got here, they
them of human rights, do not have the right to be
while hiding behind the listened to, or to be treated
facade of immigration as human beings. I intend
control. to explain what I have
Campsfield House discovered since speaking
opened in 1993 and to these men and those
serves as a waiting room who have dedicated their
for persons who have lives to helping them.
been refused asylum The majority of the men
in this country. UK in Campsfield and other
Border Control alleges detention centres have
that detention provides fled from persecution.
care for people while Many are forced to travel
they wait to be deported to England without a citizen of the country they money as well as being times, until the detainee time to settle and flourish.
or removed. Since its passport, and come by have left, either through a waste of innocent life. is moved to a different Except these people are
creation, however, the the misguided belief that lack of documentation Considering that the detention centre in a not bacteria and they are
treatment of those inside the UK is a safe place for or for political reasons. ‘crime’ most of these new city, where they not hurting anybody.
Campsfield has led to those in desperate need. Statelessness is a major men have committed is must start from scratch Bail for Immigration
numerous hunger strikes The standard sentence reason for detention lasting that they have worked again, building trust and Detainees (BID) provides
and suicide attempts - for someone arriving increasingly long and it illegally, there is surely a relationships with people a light at the end of the
some successful. in England without a has devastating effects on cheaper more effective and on the outside who are tunnel for thousands
Within 15 minutes of passport or someone who the physical and mental less dehumanising way to willing to help. This sets of detainees. BID is an
being inside Campsfield, is found to be working well being of the afflicted. deal with the problem at their chances back for independent charity
after being photographed, despite not being granted Essentially it means that hand. Some detainees are weeks, sometimes months that exists to challenge
fingerprinted and searched asylum or refugee status people are subjected to a allowed to work inside and hardly helps with the immigration detention
I am approached by an is 15 months. This is often never-ending limbo, not Campsfield. They are paid depression. This detention in the UK. They work
African man who lifts his not the case, however, knowing when they will be £5 for a 6 hour shift and centre ethos of ‘if they get with asylum seekers and
shirt and takes off his and many men who have able to leave, where they the waiting list is huge, too needy, move them migrants, in removal
shoes to show me a body acknowledged their will go, when they will giving you an insight into on’ demonstrates clearly centers and prisons to
which has been punctured crimes and served their see their families again or how mind-numbing life the disregard for these secure their release from
enough times to render sentences find themselves even if their families are at Campsfield is. Money peoples’ quality of life. detention. This happens
50 cent a cry baby. It is incarcerated indefinitely. managing to survive. which should be being Sickeningly it seems in the form of ‘bail
men like this who bear the ‘Stateless’ is a term It costs the taxpayer spent on the men’s physical they have adopted the applications’. If bail is
scars and sometimes even used to describe a person on average, £1000 per and mental needs isn’t, NHS scheme of shuffling granted to an individual,
the documents to prove who has not been granted person per week to detain with it being commonplace equipment in order to they are allowed to live
that they are not safe in status in the UK and is these ‘foreign criminals’. for psychiatric reviews to combat the superbug so outside of detention,
their homeland, and are also not recognised as a Detention is a waste of be postponed countless bacteria does not have the having to report back
The National Student, March 2009

FEATURE 13

determination to make new detention centre in opposite someone who


life better for others still Bicester which will be the had endured so much and
disappointed after so much largest one in Europe. was displaying all of the
work was overwhelming The Campaign to Close symptoms of being abused
and terrifying. Who will Campsfield holds a protest at the hands of the UK

Oxford’s
carry on fighting for these outside Campsfield on the Government. “No talking
forgotten people? And last Saturday of every can cure my problem”
where will they find such month. The mood at the he said with depressed
strength to do so? last one was focused agitation, “my problem is
Student Action for towards targeting the freedom. What have I done
Refugees (STAR) have Government and reversing that’s so wrong? These
geared their campaign the proposed building people are wasting my life.
towards raising awareness of Oxford’s second I’d rather take it myself
about Campsfield and Immigration Removal then let it be wasted any

Prison
visit regularly conducting Centre. Bill MacKeith, more”. All this, and only a
drama and poetry a loyal supporter of 30 minute bus ride away
workshops. Eleanor Close Campsfield said, from my room.
Mortimer, president of “you never win a battle I wish Campsfield was
STAR said, “the idea of unless you fight it - and as bad as it gets but it’s
detention without a trial this one can be won. We just the tip of the only
is a threat to our human are fighting against the ice-berg that doesn’t
rights, too. It’s too close barbaric anti-asylum seem to be melting. In
to home. That’s why I’m policies manifested by other places, children are

for the
It costs the taxpayer on average,
£1000 per person per week to detain
these ‘foreign criminals’. Detention
is a waste of money as well as being

Innocent
a waste of innocent life. Considering
that the ‘crime’ most of these men
have committed is that they have
worked illegally, there is surely a
cheaper more effective and less
dehumanising way to deal with the
problem at hand
so passionate about star, the UK Government”. detained under exactly
we need to fight for these The protesters sang ‘If I the same conditions,
people who are from our had a Hammer’ with faith causing unimaginable
generation, clever people and passion as they have trauma. But Guantanamo
who understand politics, done for many months. is closing and there we
who understand justice They peered through the have hope.
and have fought for those fences surrounding the There is no time to
things. That’s why they’re imprisoned immigrants, breathe a sigh of relief
going mad. They’re so shouting ‘freedom’ and for we have our own dirty
far from being allowed ‘migration is not a crime, secrets lurking literally in
to reach their potential.” close Campsfield’. A call our back garden. It is only
STAR is planning poster of ‘SOS’ echoed across the our continued pressure
and street-theatre tarmac in reply. and refusal to forget these
to the Home Office and personal statements were who has worked for BID campaigns as well as a As a privileged person, I people that will instigate
have their bail renewed hard). Where most will since the opening of the rally planned outside the feel a duty to be aware of change.
regularly. However, they feel inclined to appeal on a Oxford office in 2001. She Sheldonian on February those who haven’t had my It’s nothing radical, just
are not granted the right humanitarian level in this is 73 and has spent much to raise awareness luck. I have spent so many the prospect of treating
to work and live on food space, it is BID’s job to of her retirement helping about Campsfield hours trying to understand all humans with dignity
vouchers. BID aids people help detainees recognise immigrants abused by among students and and empathise with the regardless of where
in detention through the where their rights have our system. It quickly the local community. lonely desperation felt by they were born. As one
bail application process, been abused and use the became clear to me that Unfortunately, raising those who aren’t allowed detainee puts it “we are
helping them to understand space to clarify where not only does she provide awareness about the most basic human not asking you to love us
the legal system and find the law finds itself in information and advice for Campsfield is not the only rights. like your children but we
legal representatives, contravention of its own detainees, she provides objective as they are also Still, during my visit are simply asking you to
though most represent rules. them with support, care campaigning against the to Campsfield I was give us at least half the
themselves. They provide It is not uncommon for and hope that they will proposed building of a unprepared when sitting care you give your dogs.”
detainees with a life-line detainees to be refused bail find nowhere else. When
via their help in filling out 10 times in a row despite I ask her how much
bail related forms such
as ‘Reasons for Leaving’,
fresh evidence from
charities such as Medical
longer she will work for
BID she says, “I don’t
Read more news and features from
a paragraph sized box
allocated to detainees as
Justice who work to expose
and challenge medical
know how much longer
I can do it. It’s difficult
Cherwell at:
their only opportunity abuse in immigration seeing things being

cherwell.org
to appeal directly to the detention and will support made so much harder for
judge at the Asylum and immigrant claims of these people. It’s getting
Immigration Tribunal torture in their homeland. worse.” To see a woman
(and we thought our I spoke with Gill Baden, with Gill’s strength and
The National Student, March 2009

14 FEATURE
Rach Kirk - St Vincent College

I’m Rach Kirk (18), I did the 21 day Southern Sun


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Still can’t believe those views. Josh our tour leader
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FEATURE 15

A Traveller’s Tale
Continuing his epic (and crazy) journey
across the world on a postie bike Nathan
Millward fills us in on his tumultuous time
in East Timor

W
hat a month. I chickens and wooden about that buddy.’ Later,
expected to be in shacks, beyond the grotty armed with a penknife,
and out of East food stalls and teenagers I finally plucked up the
Timor within a day. Fly in, sat on kerbsides earning a courage to fly solo out of
pick up Dot Cotton and get living selling sim cards and the hostel’s front gate.
the hell out of there before just around the corner from What greeted me was
someone used a machete the dock where Dot would chaos; just hectic, traffic
to open up my coconut. finally arrive by boat. flowing, horn-beeping,
Except it didn’t work like The hostel was guarded men-shouting, chaos. I
that. From putting Dot by barb-wire and a huge clung to the shadows and
on the boat in Darwin to padlocked gate. It was a the reassurance of the UN
her arriving in the East fortress. At reception a vehicles streaming past
Timorese capital of Dili tiny local lady called Rita and wandered. First along
would take 6 days. In an showed me to an eight bed the waterfront where
ideal world I would have dorm decorated by decay dirty wooden drink stalls
waited on Priscilla’s pink and painted a putrid pink. were watched over by men
bus and flown in to East Welcome to hell I thought whose job it was to sit in
Timor at the very last as I abandoned my bags and the sun and sell Coke,
minute. Only I couldn’t do went out to meet the hostels and then into town where
that because my Aussie other guests. David, a old the fire-bombed buildings
visa was up. I had no choice walrus-looking Australian and piles of rubble hint
but to wait in the warzone. full of bullshit, Eddy, a at the destruction that’s
When I landed at the shaking Irishman part- been caused by the various
airport I was petrified. I pickled by all the alcohol invaders over in the town’s
had laptops and cameras he’d sank while working past.
swinging off both shoulders at sea, Matthew, a beard- The Portuguese were the
which meant the minute scratching yank doing first in the 1500s. Then,
I hit the arrivals lounge research on local tribes when they pulled out in
I was given the willies by and Ian, a backpacker from 1974, the Indonesians, who
all the taxi touts grinning Manchester with a big over the course of the next Now though the city’s They pull out next year so and posted a GPS tracker.
and jeering for me to get in shabby head of hair and a 25 years killed a quarter of calm, and the more I we’ll see what happens. The only thing is the post
their passenger door. I sat simpleness that suggested the one million population. walked around it’s ruined Probably the expensive office here can’t track the
for five minutes, swatting he was stupid but when It’d be nice to be neutral, walls the more I realised restaurants will make less tracker, so while they look
them off like flies while I you spoke to him he clearly but it does sound like the that someone’s been having money and Toyota will do I can do nothing but wait…
tried to fathom what the wasn’t. Indonesians were nasty us on. “Continual threat less trade but other than and wait… and wait. And
fuck I was doing here. In the afternoon David bastards, just wanting of tension and violence,” that you can’t see the place while I do that I meet more
Sydney to London on a and Eddy took me to the East Timor for the sake of say our Government on its going belly-up. backpackers who remind
moped. That was it. Indonesia embassy to it. Australia stood by and travel advisory website. But enough of those me just how far out of
Finally an Aussie lady arrange a tourist visa. watched, so did the rest “Don’t go,” they conclude. arseholes, because the my depth I am. They’re
called Jill rescued me from The man on the counter of the world, then, in 1999 And it’s bullshit. People country’s stunning. The all confident and stout
my nightmare and took to said I wouldn’t be able to a new Indonesian prime look and wonder what other day a few of the chested. I on the other
the town’s only backpacker take a bike into his county. minister came to power you’re doing; they’re guys from the hostel hired hand am twitchy and on-
joint. The Dili Smokehouse I panicked and said ‘no and offered the people of curious, but they don’t scooters for an adventure edge. If I was holding a gun
was on the main street sweat.’ What I really East Timor a referendum bother you and when they to Bacau, the country’s I would have blasted off
into town, past the caged meant was ‘yeah we’ll see on their independence. do it’s only to sell you a second city up the coast. my own foot before I even
Marvelous, or so it seemed. shonky tourist cap or a Dot Cotton had finally got it out the holster. It’s
To make sure they voted the bunch of bananas. But it’s arrived and after much just that I’ve never been so
other way - to stay part of expensive here, much more palaver at the dock we far out of my comfort zone.
Indonesia - the Indonesians so than the rest of Asia. blazed a trail out of Dili And the more I realise how
sponsored militia tried The hostel is $10 a night, where the scenery was like much further I have to ride
to rape, butcher and a meal $5, an hour on the nothing I’d seen before. out of it the more I think ‘O
brake the spirit of the internet $6 and a lady this Epic coastal roads with bugger.’
voters. They failed and in evening tried to scam me not another soul insight, But deep breath and
1999 East Timor won its $2 for a tomato. No way then across low-lying scrub chill out. It’ll be fine. Once
independence. lady. and on to dry dusty plains the package arrives we’re
Indonesia was extremely But here’s a nation that reminded us all of just going to cross into
pissed off by this and battered and bruised, on Africa. Then finally, just Indonesia, hop over to
murdered a few more its arse only two years before Bacau, lush tropical Singapore, saunter up to
thousand and ransacked ago and now, with a bit of rainforest with all these Thailand and then dither
the place before the UN international scaffolding, gorgeous wooden shacks all the way through central
finally stepped in and back on the mend. What kept dry under big flapping Asia before finally arriving
said sod off. In the years a great time to see it, green leaves. on my mother’s doorstep
since there’s been trouble, before the tourists and But that’s no bad thing with a big bag of dirty
both in 2002 and 2006. sozzled backpackers arrive because my man boobs laundry and a beard that’s
Everyone seems to have a and turn it into another are back from all the rice still not grown properly.
different explanation for Costa Dell Vomito. The and noodles and I really But until that point who
why, but my take on it is only thing that gets you need to get back in the knows what might happen.
that the army was by now now are the UN vehicles saddle and ride if I’m not But as long as there’s fuel
full soldiers from both buzzing around with their to break Dot Cotton’s back. in the tank and tread on
sides - the pro-independent sirens on. There must All I’m waiting for is a my Converse we’ll keep on
and pro-Indonesian. They be hundreds of them, all package from my parents. riding. All I’ve got to hope
didn’t like each other very bright-white four-wheel Understandably worried is they let me and Dot over
much and instead of sitting drivers going somewhere, about their son astride a the Indonesian boarder.
down and talking about it doing something. But what moped in the middle of
they shot each other. that is nobody really knows. nowhere, they’ve bought Fingers Crossed….
The National Student, March 2009

SPORT 17

Coe prepared to
go the distance
to achieve glory
in 2012

James Davies interviews the man in charge of organising the London games

L
ord Sebastian Coe launch of John Keddie’s along the way. You’re was rated third behind history with them. “The quality of our policing
will be remembered book Running the Race, also glad it’s over for the Madrid and favourites Olympics are the greatest or armed services. And
as one of the finest I was surprised to find moment, although you Paris. sporting event there is” yet we sometimes enter
athletes to represent him to be surprisingly soon get back into the But with the timing he said. Eliciting each a tunnel of despair
Great Britain, after reserved and a man who, mindset of wanting to be that he showed so often question with a short about it, which few other
winning four Olympic at this time, seemed a better runner next time in his illustrious running speech, he continued, countries actually do.”
medals and setting an happy to sit down and round.” career, Coe helped “They transcend sport. The newspaper
astounding eight world maintain a low profile. But it is not just on London produce the late There is no other non- headlines were inevitable
records in middle- Despite his willingness the track that Lord Coe charge that was required political gathering that after Britain’s Olympic
distance running. to keep himself to has excelled. In 1992 he to pip the French rivals. brings people together in success. ‘It’s great to be
Coe who studied himself, there was a became a Conservative His combination of such profusion and with British!’; ‘Britannia rules
economics and social certain air of authority MP, working alongside world record-holding such a wonderful vision. the Games!’ And who can
history at Loughborough and unquestionable William Hague, and now pedigree, political It’s not the panacea for blame them? It was, after
University, began his confidence that only the holds the prestigious experience, and his all human ills, but it all, a terrific summer full
running career at the most successful athletes position of Chairman general affability played sure goes a long way to of success for Team G.B,
age of 12 after joining possess. of the 2012 organising an undeniable part in the driving all sorts of values. with Great Britain firmly
Sheffield’s Hallamshire Back in his running committee, where bid’s success, giving it an Just look at the values of sat in fourth place in the
Harriers, and it was here, days he was one of arguably he won his air of authority that was both the Olympics and medals table. Coe proudly
between studies, that a athletics’ greatest middle greatest ever race by hard to ignore. It seemed Paralympics. The values boasts, “We’ve got a very
teenage Coe trained and distance runners. Not bringing the Olympic somewhat fitting that of respect, friendship, good funding programme
began to win county and only has he won two games to London. he played such a pivotal courage, determination at elite level now with
school championships at Olympic Gold medals, The London bid was role in persuading the and sheer will to more money going into
3,000m, 1,500m and cross but in 1979 he was voted overcome adversity. This elite level sport than ever
country. His father Peter, BBC Sports Personality is something only sport before.
who was also his coach, of the Year after breaking can manage.” Although money is
recognised his son’s three world records, in Despite Beijing’s important it’s not the sole
potential and furthered just forty-one days. meteoric success Lord part of the story. You need
the young Coe’s training When asked about Coe, assures me he is athletes with hunger and
with a lot of technical his accomplishments he not suffering sleepless commitment, as well as
and weights work. The replied with enthusiasm, nights over the awesome world class coaching and
extra work paid off, with “I trained and raced for responsibility. great administration to
Coe winning his first race 12 years before I made “I’ve broken 13 world win gold medals.”
in 1977, during an 800m an Olympic Games, records in my time. I Despite his obvious
event at the European so for me winning an don’t intend to break a confidence about success
Indoor Championships, Olympic gold was the fourteenth and be the both in the medals table
in the aptly named, San culmination of hundreds first organiser of an and in the running of the
Sebastian, Spain, setting of thousands of miles of Olympics to bring them 2012 games, Lord Coe
the pace for the rest of running, weight sessions in late. Of course we will certainly has a lot of work
his career. and coaching paying off. have a fantastic Games. to do over the next three
Now, as chairman But I suppose the first We have a wonderful years as Chairman of the
of the 2012 organising thing you feel finishing propensity in this country organising committee.
committee, Lord Coe is an event with a great to doubt our ability. We However, considering
once again the man at result is relief, because initially way off the International Olympic have fantastic examples the achievements of his
the centre of the world’s you don’t feel you’ve pace and when the five Committee (IOC) to award of excellence at every career to date, he seems
greatest sporting event. let down all the people candidate cities were London the 2012 Games level, whether it’s in like the perfect man for
Upon meeting Coe at the who’ve been helping you shortlisted, London as he has a wonderful the arts, sciences, in the the job.
The National Student, March 2009

18 SPORT

Epic clash sees Birmingham


edge past Edinburgh
BIRMINGHAM men’s opening half hour, but
football 1st XI has had a penetrating ball from
what some would see as Miles Hunter and some
a disappointing season. aggressive attacking from
They finished third in the Nick Williams earned a
BUCS Northern Premier crucial corner.
League, after winning the Dan Henton curled the
title last year and have ball high into the heart
experienced humbling of the Edinburgh box
defeats to Loughborough and defensive midfielder
and Leeds Met along the Alex Deeming rose
way. majestically to head the
However, two games ball into the top corner.
in the BUCS cup appear The home side had
to have turned their dominated possession,
Image: Jonny Price

season around. After a shown a far greater


highly impressive and desire to win and now
somewhat surprising they had their reward.
4-1 win away at Bath, Edinburgh were an
the track pitch and its imposing and physical
spectators witnessed side but the common
an almighty battle brutal response to going
Macpherson heading just Birmingham were more shot towards goal but saw a flurry of yellow cards.
between two strong and behind was lacking from
over from a dangerous than up for the fight. his shot smartly saved by This game had it all. We
competitive teams. the restart. They posed
corner. Winger Sammy Ross Edinburgh stopper Mark were into the second half
After 120 minutes Birmingham many
Home Coach Chris optimised much of the Tait, who impressed all in a flash of red and green
of blood, sweat and an problems when the sides
Wright had an easy half hosts fighting spirit with afternoon. and as both benches set
abundance of abusive met last year in this very
time team talk, keep it relentless running and an This attack was their watches, we were
language, Birmingham competition but this year
up boys, would surely impressive willingness in followed by the most only fifteen minutes from
triumphed and sealed a the away side lacked
have gotten the message the tackle, whilst upfront incredible goal mouth the agony of penalties.
place in the semi-finals a certain cutting edge
across, but what he did Hunter was finding more scramble. Williams found The teams were finally
where they will face going forward. Instead
not want to see is exactly and more space in which space on the edge of the tiring but with five
Loughborough. of an attacking retort,
what happened after the to unleash his lightening box and saw his shot minutes to go Hunter
As is often the case it was Birmingham
kick off for the second pace. saved, but the rebound found one final burst of
with games in a knockout who went back on the
half. Edinburgh finally span towards Hunter pace and won his side a
competition, the opening attack, Williams finding
A needless free- found a way behind who could only head free kick. Henton stood
exchanges were a tight a pocket of space to scuff
kick was conceded on the Birmingham back straight at the keeper, composed over the ball
and cagey affair. The a shot which deflected off
the left wing and was four but winger Dennis the ball falling at the feet before whipping in a
only moment of any an Edinburgh defender
promptly rocketed into Antons slashed his shot of Ross whose shot was cross which the likes of
interest was the injury to and landed at the feet
the Birmingham penalty wide. Brum bounced cleared off the line and Ashley Young would have
midfielder Rich Powell, of Hunter. With the
area. Rather than back thanks to the fell to Williams again been proud of. The ball
who had to limp off after a Edinburgh defence and
clearing the ball, the increasingly influential who saw his shot blocked ballooned agonisingly off
series of tough challenges bench screaming for
home defence appeared Hunter, who found space and cleared for a corner. the head of Edinburgh
which are slowly offside, Birmingham’s
to watch the ball go on the left of the penalty Cries of ‘unbelievable’ defender MacPherson
becoming a trademark number 10 span and
right across the box only area and fizzed a left from the visitors bench and looped into the net.
of his game. The home shot in one typically
to see it loop back over footed shot inches wide made me check Alan Birmingham had done
side were forced into a rapid movement, only
goalkeeper Chris Gray of the post. Hanson hadn’t arrived to it. Victory, in a truly
change of line-up after to see his effort spin
for Edinburgh winger Birmingham needed witness this epic battle monumental cup clash.
just twenty minutes but off the shoulder of the
Michael Dick to rise a catalyst to help them but thankfully he was Coach Wright was
they maintained their onrushing goalkeeper
highest and power home take control of the game, still at Morrisons. Just understandably delighted
shape and composure. before being cleared off
the equaliser. Game on. and it came in the form of as Birmingham sensed a praising his players
Indeed, solidarity all the the line. Hunter should
The goal gave the Jay Cordell. After giving last minute victory, the fitness and commitment
way through their team have made it 2-0.
visitors a much needed the ball away deep in full time whistle blew and before adding ‘I don’t
is a feature of their play The hosts were on
boost and unsurprisingly the opposition half, the we all prepared ourselves mind who we play now;
which opposition find top and in control with
served to deflate the right winger pursued for extra-time. the last few weeks I’ve
difficult to combat. even the Edinburgh
Birmingham bubble of his tackler and won back Things quickly became fancied our chances
Despite their tough coaches and supporters
optimism. The home team the ball with a superbly very heated. Late and so we’re ready for the
tackling nature, commentating on
now had to dig in and timed tackle which high challenges were semis’. This confidence
Birmingham were Birmingham’s impressive
battle to stop the team brought cheers from the flying, substitutes were will be needed when
arguably guilty of being commitment. Yet
from Scotland taking Brum support- cheers on the pitch willing Birmingham face the
too neat and fancy around moments before the half
control of the game. The which continued as the their team-mates on and footballing might of
the opposing penalty time whistle came the
game had moved back to ball was cleared and the Edinburgh coach Loughborough in March.
area. This pass happy warning that the away
the midfield dominated found Hunter on the edge was complaining at the It promises to be brilliant
play contributed to a lack team weren’t beaten
battle it had been in of the box. The forward referee suffering from match.
of attempts on goal in the yet, centre half Stuart
the opening stages, but spun his man and fired a amnesia as he handed out Report by Tom Clarke

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SPORT 19

Growing popularity sees


Korfball hit Sheffield
The upcoming BUCS of November last year and
Finals Weekend in Sheffield saw Nottingham, inspired by
is an important weekend England youth international
for many university sports Joe Bedford, come out as
teams but it will bear special surprise winners of the
importance for players of Northern half of the draw
Korfball. Originated in whilst, in the Southern
Check out next month’s sport section to read our ringside report on Matt Skelton’s Commen- Holland and now Britain’s section, Oxford and
fastest growing sport, Cambridge battled it out for
wealth title fight against Martin Rogan at the NIA in Birmingham. We will also have exclusive Korfball is the world’s only Varsity pride only for the
interviews with Olympic Gold medallist James Degale and we’ll be asking the latest Boxing codified mixed sex sport Cambridge to secure a top
wonderboy, Frankie Gavin, about his Olympic heartache and his hopes now he has turned and combines elements seed spot as they edged out
professional. of basketball, netball and their counterparts in a close
handball to form an exciting deciding match.
and dynamic alternative to The groups for the

Students earn place


mainsteam sport. Nationals sees Oxford, last
The inclusion of Korfball years runners up, come up
at only the second ever against defending champions
designated BUCS Finals Sheffield Hallam in a tough

at Rugby League club


event marks a great boost opening group with the
for a sport which, though physical St Andrews and the
popular in universities improving Kent. Nottingham
across the country, remains are forced to contend with
something of an enigma to UEA, who came fourth in the
the majority of students. The Southerns, and Manchester
For many students,
British Students Korfball whilst Birmingham, who
University and College
Assocation hope that the finished fourth in last
sport marks the end of publicity gained from year’s finals, face the ever-
a long journey playing competing in Sheffield will dangerous Leeds, Lancaster
the sport of their choice. aid the spread of Korfball to and Bristol. The fourth group
As degree work and the non-playing universities and is something of a ‘Group
battle to get a job take will increase the standard of of Death’ with Cambridge,
over, playing sport has professionalism that already four time winners Sheffield,
to be put to one side. For exists within the universities Cardiff and Edinburgh all
two students at Doncaster which already play. having a strong chance of
sports College however, Matt Warren, the BSKA qualifying for the second
Chairman, said: “These round.
higher education marked
are exciting times for The tournament will
the beginning of what will
korfball. With a reported compromise of two days
hopefully be a long career 3,000 spectators expected of competition over the
in professional sport. to attend, the tournament weekend of March 14-15 and
Aaron Rodwell and Alex provides a great opportunity will be held in the Graves
Palmer are the students for not only students but the Tennis Centre just outside
who are breaking the general public to gain an the Sheffield city centre.
mould and they have been understanding of what is a
snapped up by Doncaster great sport.” Check out next months
Dons Rugby League Club. Qualification for the National Student for a full
The duo have signed finals occurred at the end report on the tournament.
for the Co-operative
Championship club
Brunel face Bath as they prepare to fight for play-off spot
after impressing in the At time of going to press need to win their remaining
the Brunel Hurricanes were two matches against Team
College’s Rugby Academy
facing their biggest challenge Bath and Loughborough
programme, launched Partnerships, said: “We partnership with ‘The college have given
of the season as prepared to Lightning to be sure of a
last year in conjunction are extremely proud of Doncaster Dons enables the club great support battle it out with Team Bath place in the play-offs but
with the Dons. both Aaron and Alex. It is the young players to and are working with us at the Guildford Spectrum they could also still qualify
Rodwell is currently a good indication of what further develop their to achieve our aims. Alex stadium on the February 28. if they win just one match
studying the BTEC can be achieved when sporting skills alongside and Aaron have both Bath top the Co-operative or Leeds Carnegie who
National Certificate in young people are given their chosen educational shown great promise and Netball Superleague and lie in fifth place lose their
Sport while Palmer is sporting opportunities and training needs. We have great attitudes and remain unbeaten and remaining fixtures.
currently studying on the to progress and develop wish them and the club work rates. They’ll now Brunel’s recent slip ups Team Northumbria and
BTEC National Diploma their talents.” the very best of success have an opportunity to against Glasgow Wildcats Northern Thunder are
Sport and Exercise Hazelhurst was keen to for the future.” challenge themselves at and Team Northumbria still technically not out of
mean that have no option contention either depending
Science course. They stress how the college’s Dave Marshall, Dons this level.’
but to go all out for a win in on other team’s results,
signed for the club on the scheme enables students Chief Executive, backed Rodwell and Palmer are
order to make the playoffs. however Northumbria
pitch during the Dons’ to continue pursuing a up many of Hazelhurst‘s not the first success of still have yet to face
Brunel’s recent
recent home game with serious and competitive sentiments; “We’re the Academy programme disappointments and Bath’s Loughborough Lightning
Featherstone Rovers at interest in professional working hard to develop and they join fellow impressive form mean that and Mavericks this side of
the Keepmoat Stadium. sport whilst also keeping local players and links College sports student the fight for the fourth and the season and Thunder
Glenn Hazelhurst, up with their studies; such as this with the Scott Jones in the Dons final playoff place in the would need Brunel, Leeds
the College’s Director “Our collaborative rugby College are a key part of squad after he broke into league could go down to & Northumbria to lose all
of Community Sports league development this.’ the first team last year. the wire. The Hurricanes their remaining games.
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Williamson has upper hand in


BUCS battle of the breaknecks
The big story in British bodes well for the World
athletics at the moment Championships in August in
may well surround Dwain Berlin.
Chambers’ return to the Pickering, meanwhile,
team but it is the sub- could only come fifth in
plot evolving between two the final despite good form
university undergraduates which had seen him clock
which has got most people an impressive 6.57 seconds
talking. in the AVIVA International
Simeon Williamson of in Glasgow at the end of
Middlesex University and January. Pickering’s reaction
Bath undergraduate Craig to his performance in the final
Pickering both booked their said much for the fierceness
place on the three man of the rivalry between him
British sprint team alongside and Williamson. “This is
Chambers for the European just one race but it never
Indoor team championships helps when people you’re
in Turin this month and thus running against like Simeon
look set to continue the most gets a great time”, he said
intriguing track battle since afterwards. “Fair play to
Sebastian Coe and Steve him but he’s a rival. When
Cram. he runs well and I run badly
Williamson and Pickering it multiplies the anger and
contested their latest battle disappointment.”
in the 60m sprint last month Over the past five years,
at the NIA in Birmingham, Williamson and Pickering Simeon Williamson
which the Islington born have gone head to head on the
Williamson won. The world stage on a staggering in Bangkok, one of just two student. Such form led the the success of both athletes with over half of those
prestigious AVIVA Grand number of occasions. In 2005, British golds in any discipline powerfully built Williamson, is testament to the important competing being students
Prix meet, which also saw Crawley born Pickering in the past decade. They also seen as their heir to Marlon flexibility that university life or graduates, including all
University of Birmingham pipped Williamson in a one- traded medals at the BUCS Devonish, to be chosen gives to top class athletes nineteen members of the
middle distance runners two at the European Under Championships in Bedford before Pickering by the willing to study and train women’s rowing squad.
Hannah England and Ed 20 Indoor Championships in 2007 as Williamson won British Olympic Association simultaneously. Previous University, it seems could
Aston run well, turned out to in Lithuania, where the the 60m to which Pickering for a spot at Beijing in the Olympics have demonstrated be the key to nurturing the
be a successful day for Sports margin was just 0.01 responded by taking the summer. In the end, both the chance that university best talent in time for 2012,
Science student Williamson, seconds. Recently though, 100 metres gold and the athletes’ Games ended in gives top class athletes to something that Simeon
who ran two personal bests Williamson has assumed the Championship record in ignominy after Williamson train regularly and progress. Williamson and Craig
and produced a mature and upper hand, starting when 10.29 seconds. crashed out in the second In Athens in 2004, for Pickering are testament to.
powerful final performance he won the 100m crown at Pickering soon followed round whilst Pickering made example, seven of the gold They may be rivals on the
of 6.53 seconds which the World University Games this up with a new personal a mistake in the British medallists were current track when competing for
best of 10.14 seconds at relay baton change, causing university students or their respective universities
the 2007 European Under the team to be disqualified. graduates and thus had but together they arguably
23 Championships in Now 23-years-old and in benefited from the spare represent the future of
Debrecen, Hungary but it form, Williamson is being time that university allowed. British athletics.
was only enough for silver touted as the man to lead the Beijing too saw an increase
as Williamson again just charge in 2012. on the number of students by Ben Whitelaw
beat the Biomechanics Putting aside the rivalry, and graduates in the team,

Bath brush opponents aside on way to victory


University of Bath was top seed in the Crouch (Coach Education both sets, 7-5, 7-5.
were celebrating success women’s singles, and & Sports Development) Leahy also met Miller
on the tennis courts in secured the title in came second, helping in the men’s doubles final
February after their impressive fashion, to firmly establish but this match was far
tennis players completed without dropping a set. Bath superiority at the more straightforward.
a clean sweep of titles as Having worked her way tournament. Leahy and Jamie
the Barclays BUCS tennis trough to Sunday’s final, Leahy won last year’s Whiteford, a student at
challenge returned to the she overcame the number men’s singles title Ralph Allen School who
Sports Training Village. two seed, University of when he was a student trains at the University,
Kat Baker and Matt Bath Modern Languages at Exeter University, were top seeds with
Leahy both retained and European Studies but is now training at Loughborough’s Miller
their singles titles, while student Rodger 6-1, 6-2 the University of Bath. and Stuart Searle seeded
Baker partnered Kate to retain her title. Installed as top seed, he second. Both pairs
Rodger to victory in the The Bath pair then also retained his title reached the final without
women’s doubles and teamed up to win the without dropping a set. encountering too many
Leahy also teamed up round-robin women’s Victory was not as easy problems, where the
with Jamie Whiteford doubles competition. as it may sound as he was University of Bath pair
in a triumphant men’s Fellow University of Bath pushed closes by number secured an emphatic 6-1,
doubles partnership. pairing Steffi Colyer three seed Josh Miller 6-1 victory completing a
Baker, a sports (Sport and Exercise from Loughborough in the triumphant weekend for
Craig Pickering performance student, Science) and Lara final, eventually winning Bath.