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Issue No. 911 5th September 1997
Summer of chaos f r higher o
housands of students will begin University this month in a state of confusion over how the government’s funding proposals will affect them.
The proposals were announced after the publication in July of the report by Sir Ron Dearing’s committee which had been conducting a wide-ranging inquiry into higher education, of which student financial support was just one aspect. To ease the burden on the public purse, the report suggested that students should make a means-tested contribution to their course tuition fees. Dearing suggested a contribution of up to £1,000 to be paid by means of a low-interest loan which would only have to be paid back when a graduate’s income reached a certain level - similar to the current student loan. The Secretary of State for Education, David Blunkett, was quick to announce that the government would accept the committee’s recommendation on fees for students starting in 1998, arguing that it should not deter new students, since means-testing meant that students from low income families would pay little or nothing, and those that did pay would only have to re-pay their loans once they started seeing the financial benefits of their degree. However, the government delivered a second blow when it announced that was also to scrap the maintenance grant and replace it with 100% loans-based system. The value of the loan would be the same as the current grant and loan package, and would again be means tested so that parental contributions would still be expected. The proposal had been considered by the Dearing committee and firmly rejected in favour of a 50% grant and 50% loan package. The announcement of the plan had seemed clear, until ministers became bogged down in the detail: would students who had planned to take a year out would have to pay fees when they started in 1998? At first it seemed they would, and many admissions tutors advised applicants to cancel their year out. It was eventually announced that those planning to do a minimum amount of voluntary work might not be required to pay fees. As confusion grew over what was to be considered appropriate ‘voluntary work’, the government eventually backed down and decided that no applicant taking a year out would have to pay fees. But by then the damage was done - many had cancelled years out and reinstating them was not easy during the traditionally hectic period after A’ level results are published. As Douglas Trainer, President of the National Union of Studentsdescribed it, the government’s plans were still at the “back of a fag-packet stage”. As the new semester starts there are still many unresolved issues, and a bill has yet to be passed. The issue could reveal the first major split in the government as ‘Old Labour’ MP’s voice concerns over the plans. Another contentious point is that, despite the introduction of fees, Universities are unlikely to see any significant increase in funding since funds direct from the treasury are to be reduced in accordance with that generated from the introduction of fees. Also unclear is to what extent students will be able to hold to account their university for the quality of the education provided.
Having been quite quiet over the summer, the student opposition to the plans should soon become more obvious. Demonstrations and petitions are being planned now that students have returned for the new academic year. Andy Gale
ed loyalties and difficult decisions to take about who, and how loudly, to criticise. The indecision can only be harmful to universities, to industry, and to students. An end to the principle of free education may have been inevitable, but its effects have yet to be seen.Over the next month or so, as the dust begins to settle, Bare Facts will be bringing you its own coverage of events. You will be able to rely on your paper to bring you independent analysis, and to keep you updated on anything that may affect you. If anyone has information, press cuttings, or propaganda from any side in the funding row, send it to Bare Facts.
computers used for layup, right down to the new letterheads for advertisers, it looks as if everything is finally ready. Moving onto a new tabloid format has many benefits (you’ll be reading a real newspaper, for a start), but demands a great deal of change in the way the paper is produced. The need for contributors on the editorial side (writers, photographers, and reviewers) and on the production side (advertising, financial and computer people) is greater than ever, as the new format will work best if the content is spot-on. Editorial meetings are on Mondays at 6pm. Contributions (on disk if possible) can be posted into the Bare Facts box at any time. The first Tabloid issue will carry two weeks worth of news (this issue is for weeks 0 and 1, and has been dominated by the usual start-of-term informationand-notices-bonanza), and should get off to a great start. Like any student newspaper, though, it can only exist with the help of students....
B A R E FACTS: FUNDING MESS BIGGER, IS GETTING US BOLDER, NOWHERE BETTER he arguments over funding
the system of Higher Education that have been raging since the publication of the Dearing report in July still haven’t stopped
With any luck, this will be the last A4 edition of Bare Facts you will ever read. After weeks of ‘fixing’ everything, from the printing specification and the
What used to be separate issues have been blurred into one long row. Students are now worried: are they going to be hit by demands for money from the Exchequer, from their universities, from loans companies or their parents? Or all of them together? University Vice-Chancellors are also unhappy. Under current proposals, their students are soon to be paying tuition fees which look unlikely, for the first year at least, to be directed into University budgets. Even the government has managed to run with three different policies on HE funding during the month of August alone. The National Union of Students has been doubly confused: The Labour Party, to which they had pinned all their hopes, and which they have backed unquestioningly for the last two general elections, is not behaving quite as the NUS had hoped. Several senior NUS members, including the President, Douglas Trainer, are also members of the Labour Party, leaving them with divid-
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nce upon a time there was a Wednesday night. It was dark outside, cold, and with a slight twinge in the air. A small owl hooted in the background, and somewhere a baby cried. I found myself walking toowards an old building, crumbling on the edges, the name of which escapes me - but which the old women know and talk about as the ‘Union’. I crept inside, and it was dark and dingy. There was a purveying silence, and one of those bushes that you always see in westerns floated across the floor. I shivered and I could feel my goose bumps ris-
ing. What was this creepy place? Why was it so quiet? I could stand it no longer and I left.
Well, no longer is this the case! The SILLY NIGHT is here! Watch out the faint-hearted, Surrey sports clubs are out to play and they take no prisoners! However, if you want to come and laugh at them then you’d best join the queue now. I urgently need volunteers to partake in this mission of silliness. You will arrive at approx. 7:30 pm in time to make a headstart on the Happy Hour at 8pm where much cheapness will be available if adequate silliness is achieved. This mission is on a need-to-know basis. To find out more, arrive on Wed 10th Sept. Remember, there are no prizes for second place and the truth is out there.....
SKILLS DEVELPOMENT PROGRAMME
SEMESTER ONE PROGRAMME
he Skills Development Programme offers all students the opportunity to enhance their employability by taking chance in various skill workshops. Most of the sessions are open to all students and are ABSOLUTELY FREE!! The aim is for a skill to be developed through informal and interactive activities, and most of the workshops take place over 2-3 hours in the evening. A wide range of skills are offered with a variety of trainers and you can go to as many as you like. All those who take part receive a certificate of attendance, and it’s also a really good way to meet new people.
Tues Tues Tues Thurs Tues Tues Tues Thurs Tues Tues
16 Sept 6-8pm Presentation Skills 30 Sept 6-8:30pm Assertiveness 14 Oct 6-8pm Time Management 16 Oct 6-8pm Action Planning 21 Oct 6-8:30pm Stress Management 28 Oct 6-8pm Meeting Skills 4 Nov 6-8pm Revision Skills/Exam Techniques 6 Nov 6-8pm Teamwork 11 Nov 6-8pm Communication 18 Nov 6-8pm Interpersonal Skills
To sign up for a workshop or just to find out more information, contact Rodney Bates in Room 15, Educational Liaison Centre, 5th Floor, Senate House, or telephone ext 3177.
News The day of the Campus Card is coming....
his year sees the implementation of the all new campus card, combining your library card, building access card, Union Club card and NUS card all into one.
Phase 1: Information Services Staff, New Students and New Staff [by the end of intro week] Phase 2: Existing staff and students [department by department, hopefully completed by the end of the first semester] There will be two types of card - one for staff and one for students The Cardholder’s image will be captured by EMOS equipment. These digital images, stored on the MIS server, will replace the existing photos taken and stored for the Registry department by AVS
Initially all new students (undergrads and postgrads) will be issued with the card, then department by department all continuing students will swap their 4 cards for just 1. But watch out if you lose it - it’ll cost you £10 to replace!! The following relevant information has been extracted from the Requirements Document of the Campus Card produced by University Information Services, telling you - right from the horses mouth, what’s going on. Full copies of the document are available from the President of the Union:-
1. The management of the production of the Campus Card will be the responsibility of the Dean of Information Services. 2. For the day to day production of the Campus Card (outside peak periods of prodcution at the beginning of the Autumn semester) the equipment used to produce the cards will be operated by the Information Services staff and will be located in the Library at the Reception Desk. 3. Campus Cards will be produced in the Library within the normal opening times of the Library. The service will cease to be available 40 minutes before the close of the Library. 4. The Campus Cards will be introduced in three phases
The Union has met with the Dean of Information Services, Tom Crawshaw, to finalise all the details and is up to date on all happenings. We have (or will be) installing 2 card readers at the front door which are connected to University Security datafiles on all current, registered students at a cost of £981.06. We have to wait for Information Services to write a program for entry into the Union building and hopefully this should be completed by the end of Intro Week at best or by Christams at worst. So those of you who are no longer students and whose Union card hasn’t expired yet, beware go and get yourself life membership and there won’t be any problems.
Your Course Buddies need you!
es it’s that time of year again when your department nags at you to be a course rep. and you put up a futile resistance ‘cause it’s boring isn’t it?
Wrong! This time, it’s going to be fun. You’re all going to nominate yourselves and you’re all going to get shit loads out of it. The Union will be running a funky, new and improved course rep’s training session. We’ll eat nibbles, drink free drinks and come out of it feeling enthused, energetic and raring to go. Throughout the year we’ll ensure that there is a support network established for course reps. so that you can exchange ideas, back each other up if you’re getting grief and
ensure that everyone knows the low-down on what each department is up to. Any way, that’s some of our ideas about how to re-vamp the system. Now it’s down to you. Come along to the Union dancefloor for the ‘Ed Rep and Welfare Group’ at 1pm on Tuesdays. Then you can tell us what your suggestions are and want you out of your Course Reps. Remember the only way to get things done and make things happen is to do it yourself. Go on - Be a Course Rep. Be a Star! -Sam
What s New in 97
By Nevin Bob Moledina, Union President
am strongly of the mind that you should know what’s going on. Some would say No!, it’s only their Union, they wouldn’t want to know what’s going on, they’re not interested. But I’m fairly certain that the things I’m going to tell you about now you’ll want to know because they will affect you, in fact they will affect you everyday for the next year and may even have a profound impact on the rest of your lives.
can see General Meetings have gone replaced by the Student Representative Council that will meet once monthly (where all the democratic, voting stuff will go on). A greater emphasis will be placed on the Education, Representation and Welfare Group to answer any queries and let you know what’s going on about your education, your representation and your welfare whilst at the University of Surrey. The Group meets every Tuesday at 1pm in the Grant Mitchell room. If you wish to speak to anyone about any Union related issues, the following Union officers have been voted in at the end of last year to be responsible for specific aspects of your Union’s work. Internal Affairs Officer - Matthew Lefeuvre External Affairs Officer - Wendy France Treasurer - Tania Rocks
Stage Manager - Kevin Blain Rag Chairperson - Wendy Bowater Community Action Chairperson - Jo Austin Women’s Officer - Jacqueline Beer Entertainments Chairperson - Cerise Andrews PGA President - Kendra Professional Placement Officer Sophie Rocks Sports Standing Chairperson - Dan Taylor Your opinions are going to count! Suggestion slips are to be placed all around the Union, to be picked up with Bare Facts, given to you in your hand, placed under residences doors - your suggestions to make this place better will be actively sought and acted upon. Please put your name and address so that we can keep you informed and give you the
So what is going on? Well, in a nutshell - lots, and some things have changed too. Any activity is open to anyone. Many students are currently involved but we still need more. If you have a query about any of these activities just come to one of the relevant meetings. As you
opportunity to put these ideas into practice. I guarantee that all suggestions will be passed on to the relevant group or person and action will be taken. If it is something that we can deal with, we will. If it’s something that is going to take a bit more time and effort we will ask you to help - that’s fair enough isn’t it? The best suggestions of each semester will receive recognition at the Union Awards Evening. Oh yes that’s new too. The Union Awards Evening will take place at the end of each Semester the date for Semester 1 is Saturday 13th December, to give recognition to those people that have somehow helped make the Union better for it’s members - you. Everyone is welcome to attend and will be followed by a good long, hard S.H.A.G. till 2am. (At which point I hope you all turn into pizzas so I can eat you, ‘cos I always get hungry after a SHAG). So what else is new - an increased emphasis on the course rep system, the all new campus card (see other article too), a new tabloid version of Bare Facts (this is the last issue of this A4 format) and the resurrection of the Union Community Action Group. This group will build our reputation locally and nationally. It will represent our con-
cerns to the community about the escalating problem of student hardship particularly at this time of uncertainty over funding. The group will also aim to bring in external sources of finance and other resources for union activities, such as societies, technology, sport , etc from the community in which we live.
A great deal has also changed on the Union Club side. Every year the President tries to explain the difference between Union Club and the Students’ Union in about 300 words. I’m going to explain it in a large way because this is what probably affects you the most the bars, the food, the entertainment, the building, etc. etc. In essence, the Students’ Union houses two separate but linked organisations. The Union is funded by an annual block grant from the University (this year £384,566). The Union provides for all the clubs and societies; Sports; the free Ents; Bare Facts and other publications; Welfare and Advice Service; Sabbatical Officers; Union Officials; and representation at every level within the University. The sovereign body of the Union is the monthly Student Representative Council. All are welcome.
Club is the trading, commercial arm of the Students’ Union. It is a business and runs the bars, the restaurants, the entertainment, the photocopiers, the vending machines, the gaming machines, minibuses, building, etc. In order for the business to grow and develop a profit must be made and this is therefore ploughed back into the business. For example in 1995-1996 the surplus was 3.1%. I believe that the customers you the students are a top priority whilst also trying to achieve the business objectives of growth. The Union President is always Club Chairperson and Club is managed by Club Committee which comprises nine members, five of which are students. Club Committee meets every other Wednesday at 1.00 p.m. in the Grant Mitchell Room
Ventilation to the value of approx. £25000 will be installed, courtesy of the University to combat rising temperatures which were reaching up to 32 degrees during the recent hot weather. Building works and improvement of the premises is always continuous.
Services and Facilities
This year with an increased capacity of 1600 people and pressure to ensure that we keep everyone safe on big nights in the Union, we are hiring professional security stewards. Now wait, I’ve told some people about this already and they jump to conclusions like oh they’ll be all aggressive, they won’t care about the students, they are just doing it for the money, it won’t be so friendly, but listen first, and then make your judgements. We have looked into this very carefully as you’re right, it is a big move and we have to make sure that we maintain the friendly atmosphere while still ensuring the safety of people in the Union building. The company that we are hiring currently work for a number of places including the Guildford Civic Hall and have a very good reputation for being friendly yet professional and are quite clear that physical contact is the last resort. They will be working in partnership with our student stewards and so in essence we are going to have the best of both worlds with a higher standard of security who are better equipped to deal with situations and student stewards who there will always be more of maintain the friendly situation. a vital role in all major events taking place in the building.
Hari s Bar
£650 000 was given to the Students’ Union by the University and a further loan of £250 000 was taken out in order to refurbish and extend the building facilities. This capital has been used to refurbish the Helyn Rose Bar and Servery, the foyer area, the main stage and also build an extension to accommodate an extra 400 people. In this extension area, completed February 1997, is a bar and a small food preparation area. Known as Hari’s Bar, after our General Manager of 27 years, Hari Sutherland, who retired this summer, the service operates every weekday from Continued Over ....
The Lounge Bar is situated in the main part of the Union building. It will be open every weekday lunchtime from 12 - 2 also serving sandwiches, and every evening including the weekends, playing
11am-7pm with the bar open and serving snack food with a hint of continental flavour. This year it will also open on Saturday from 12pm-6pm, with MTV playing around the Union and access to pool, snooker and arcade facilities. Hari’s Bar will also be open on Friday and Saturday evenings. is responsible for the Club’s day to day operations and staff management. Hari Sutherland, our General Manager of 27 years retired over the summer and as of September the 1st we have a new General Manager - Mr. Adrian Fieldhouse. The Club also employs over 130 students in a casual capacity to work behind the bar, in Pizza+, for security and in many other areas. library fines if your ordinary loans go back late, and you can’t park on the gravel car park on Union Hill, as it is now a building site. Also, for those LIS students seen wandering folornly around AD block, your department has moved! You’re now in the Austin Pearce Building. So now you know exactly what’s going on and what’s changed. If you want to help in the Union in any way you are welcome and needed. Remember that your opinions count!
This used to be called the Can Bar or Temp Bar. This year every Friday night promotion will be held from this area e.g. this Friday there will be Red Citrus drink promotion. There will also be regular promotions on Wednesdays (mainline spirits - double and a mixer for £1) and Saturday (bottled drinks promotions)
Beware! you can now be charged
Careers - already!
’ve just got back. Its my last year . I can’t believe it. It’s just dawned on me that I haven’t got a clue what to do when I leave and I’m panicking. Can you help?!
Helyn Rose Bar and Servery
The Helyn Rose Bar and the Servery are situated in the basement of the Union building and this venue serves many purposes. During the day breakfast will be served from 8.30 - 10.30 then lunch from 12pm - 2pm. At night it becomes a venue for private hire to students or societies such as Unplugged, or entertainment such as cabaret, comedy, cocktail evenings, quiz nights, etc where just the bar is open. The bar is also open for all major Union events and now on Friday nights chips, burgers, hot dogs, etc will be available from 10.30pm - 1.30am.
I expect the thought of making the most of your last year here, getting a good degree and trying to decide what to do when you leave is pretty daunting. Let me say right away that you could delay the whole career thing until after you graduate. Last year quite a lot of graduates got their jobs after they’d left Surrey. I have to say, though, that there are good reasons for doing at least some of your thinking and preparation while you’re still here. For a start, you may not be near a careers service when you leave, and, in any case, seeing a careers adviser is usually more difficult when you visit other Universities. What’s more, there are loads of things going on at Surrey over the next few months which could be too good to miss.
For example, we have our annual Careers Fair on October 2nd. Then there’s a series of careers talks given by careers staff and invited speakers. You could come along to a seminar to sharpen up your interview technique or you could try a practice aptitude test. A browse round the Careers Library could prove useful. A great place to start would be to look at the file marked “Your degree ......what next?” which you’ll see as soon as you walk in through the door. You could even have a go on our “careers” computer. By the way, careers advisers and information staff are always around to help you should you need it. If you’d like to know more about any of these things - why not pick up a copy of our Job-Hunters Starter Pack next time you’re passing. In case you haven’t visited us before, we live next to the Accommodation Office in the Philip Marchant Building. Hope to see you. Russ Clark
This is the Union’s pizza takeaway and campus delivery service. This year the service will be opening earlier at 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the weekend access to Pizza+ will also be available through the Union, so there’s no need to leave the building now to get your pizza.
Union Club employs approximately 34 members of staff. The General Manager
U2, Wembley Stadium, Aug 22nd
hey’re old and knackered.They’re too big, and they’re only in it for the money. The spark has gone. U2 are a bunch of dinosaurs, and with so much new talent around, who would be mug enough to pay hard currency to go and watch them?
What if your mate had reserved two tickets, and then fallen out with his girlfriend? If you too were an opportunist who had no scruples and no problem with benefiting from someone else’s misfortune, then you’d have gone as well, wouldn’t you? In spite of being unable to read a newspaper (it was crushed into the barrier), life in the front row was not too bad. Today’s big venues are so obsessed with safety (“mind you don’t slip on the litter” said the announcer on the way in), that hundreds of doctors, deputy doctors, paramedics, nurses, and little men with stretchers scurry around bringing you drip-feeds if so much as cough. You could use these concerts as a way of skipping NHS waiting lists to get your ingrowing toenails fixed. As for the rest of the crowd - mostly die-hard
fans - they couldn’t wait. The support bands came and went (Audioweb - not much cop, and the Longpigs, who were much more spirited), and then on came U2, all glitz and lights and a superb sound. You forget, after the hype and glamour and the Zoo TV business, that the band can still play very well. All that money spent on lighting rigs, and sound so good that it hits you in the stomach as well as the ears, is not wasted. Pride was drummed along with the smooth authority and confidence that can only come from years of practice, as relevant and poignant today as it ever was. Discotheque sounds great in a stadium, and that song they did for the Batman film a little while ago, which is not a simple tune to play, reverberated around the stands without any slips or ragged edges. However reserved you are about watching bands - and you’re hardly going to scream with joy after your newspaper has been crushed - you can’t help but be impressed by an act like this. There’s no question about it: these people are professionals with a huge reserve of talent. It’s a shame that they are now better known for their huge reserves of money. Matt Pannell
Singles, Albums, Previews
Morrissey - Maladjusted (Island) HURRICANE #1 - Hurricane #1 (Creation) ore than ten years after the demise of the ormer Ride guitarist Andy Bell returns witha Smiths, Morrissey delivers yet another new band and a new sound, well, not exactly solo album that once again fails to new, but different for him. The new sound is, achieve the magic of his former band. to be honest, Oasis without the pretension.
I’m sure you know what Morrissey sounds like and this album offers nothing new, several mid-tempo songs and a couple of slower numbers, pretty much run-of-the-mill Morrissey. You would expect that Morrissey would deliver something better, something that is really magnificent, but he falls short of tose expectations with ‘Maladjusted’... until next time then. 6/10. Rob Winder
Earnest guitar music with sixties influences, but, sometimes, just a bit dull and uninspiring. The singles ‘Step Into My World’ and ‘Chain Reaction’ stand out, but the rest of the songs are all very workmanlike. Just like Oasis... but, with better songs, better production and a better attitude... It’s better, Man! 6/10
GROOP DOGDRILL - Lovely Skin (Mantra) Mighty hard rock’n’roll from the Doncastrer noisniks, coming on like and amphetamine fuelled Rocket From The Crypt. Grabs you by the collar and shakes you to your soul. As I said, mighty. 8/10 (released 15/9/97) Rob Winder. FINLAY QUAYE - Even After All (Epic) Laid back, smoked out, doped up dub sounding groove in a Burning Spear vein. The sound of summer reggae. 7/10. Rob Winder
Sunday Night Band
Preview - Cath Coffey - 14 September
The first of the Sunday Night Bands this year is Cath Coffey. Cath Coffey is, of course, a member of the Stereo MC’s, was a featured vocalist on Tricky’s ‘Nearly God’ album, and is just about to release her debut solo album, which features a blend of drum and bass with stylish pop. Cath Coffey is a major attraction to start this semester’s Sunday Nights of entertainment. Rob Winder
Tanya Donelly - Love Songs For Underdogs (4AD)
Tanya Donelly’s debut solo album, after the demise of Belly and her previous stints in The Breeders and Throwing Muses, is most enjoyable indeed. The overall sound is not far removed from that of Belly, but she still writes romantic pop songs and sings with her distinctive sound. This album is certainly her most ambitious and musically varied to date, with crashing guitars at times giving way to strings and mandolin. We must say Welcome Back to the original cooky girl. 7/10 (released 8/9/97) Rob Winder
more room in which to work as his character ‘Gerry Fletcher’ really is insane. A conspiracy obsessed New York cab driver, he constantly spouts his crackpot theories to the events of recent decades, such as the Space Shuttle causing earthquakes! Fletcher badgers Justice Department attorney (Roberts) with his theories and she reluctantly tolerates him, only because he once saved her from muggers. The story takes a twist when the C.I.A. become interested in one of these so-called theories and kidnap Fletcher. Twist after twist follow. After the appallingly bland Ransom, Gibson needed a good film to get him back on the tracks, as did Roberts who hasn’t had a noteworthy performance since...Pretty Woman (O.K. she was good in Woody Allen’s Everybody Says That I Love You, but most people missed that) and although this isn’t quite that film, it is better than average. Gibson plays the psychologically scarred nutter better than any of his acting counterparts and in this film he adds a freaky, stalker element. Roberts shows signs of her long lost talent whilst screaming the house down and Patrick “Star Trek” Stewart demonstrates a streak of pure evil as the sinister Dr Jonas. The only thing that really lets the film down is the number of possible endings (which I counted as 3!) O.K. it’s not the best film of the year, but it’s definitely not the worst - a good night’s entertainment. Mel Gibson slips easily into his familiar ‘two sandwiches short of a picnic’ personage, apart from this time, he is given 6/10. Bruce Chapman
Conspiracy Theory (15) Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart
Everything you know is wrong, or so you would believe after watching the latest collaboration between Mel Gibson and long time directing colleague Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon Trilogy and Maverick).
At the Odeon... Fri 5th - Thu 11th september
The Full Monty (15)
Fri-Sat 13:00, 15:30, 17:55, 20:15, 22,35 Sun-Thu 13:45, 14:10, 18:35, 21:00
Conspiracy Theory (15)
Fri-Sat 14:45, 18:35, 21:45 Sun-Thu 14:05, 17:10, 20:15
Men In Black (pg)
Fri-Sat 11:50, 14:30, 17:00, 19:30, 22:00 Sun-Thu 13:10, 15:40, 18:10, 20:40
Mrs Brown (pg)
Fri-Sat 13:25, 14:00, 18:35, 21:10 Sun-Thu 12:15, 14:50, 17:25, 20:00
Event Horizon (18)
Fri-Sat 17:45, 20:05, 22:30 Sun-Thu 18:30, 20:55
Fri-Sat 12:15, 14:35, 16:50, 19:05, 21:25 Sun-Thu 13:20, 15:40, 18:00, 20:20
Austin Powers (15)
Fri-Sat 12:50, 15:15, 17:40, 20:05, 22:30 Sun-Thu 13:15, 15:45, 18:15, 20:50
Romy & Michele s High School Reunion (12) (NOT WEDNESDAY) Fri-Sat 14:15, 16:30
Sun-Thu 12:45, 14:55
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (pg)
Fri-Sat 12:15, 15:00 Sun-Thu 12:15, 15:10
Night Falls On Manhattan (15)
Fri Sat 13:45, 14:30, 19:20, 22,10 Sun-Thu 12:15, 15:00, 17:45, 20:30
Speed 2: Cruise Control (pg)
NOT WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY Fri-Sat 18:50, 21:50 Sun-Thu 17:15, 20:20
Preview showing :Air Force One (5 1)
Thurs Only 18:00, 20:30
Lady & The Tramp (u)
Fri-Sat 12:30 Sun-Thu 12:15
Renaissance Cinema Kenneth Brannagh s Hamlet (pg) Wed 13:30, 1830
Bon journo mes amies!
he summer for me has been interesting to say the least. Expecting an easy ride in and restful days sunbathing, I was slightly taken aback by the amount of work that needed to be done and the lack of time to do it in. Still, unconcerned, I spent the first couple of days in the Isle of White - “networking” with some NUS types, who needed to be taught the finer points of lager drinking! I returned to unfortunately find Steve ‘THE HINT’ De-wint still here! (Just in case you haven’t been informed, he actually has done quite well for himself, and is the new Guildford Borough Sports Development Officer. Yep, a member of council, so congrats to you.)
est Sports Festival of your life occurs. Universities all round the country go and much carnage occurs. I am going anyway even if you miserable bunch don’t want to! If the interest is high I need to know soon so I can book us places. Take care -happy drinking and if anyone fancies helping me with the Sports Fair or indeed anything else it would be great! (Ext. 9981). CAZ xxx PS If we could all take a moment out of our, what I know to be busy (!) schedules, to laugh at a certain young man who picked Shearer for his fantasy football team, and we all know who it is, then I would be very grateful!
After a gruelling handover - which saw, as one can expect, many handbags at dawn and door slamming, ‘THE HINT’, Dan Taylor and I headed off to BUSA conference which was held in Sheffield this year (soon to be the new home of Des - so farewell and bon chance to you matey!) for some more networking! Having managed to get rid of ‘THE HINT’ Dan and I settled down for some heavy carnage and the rest is history! At the mo I am trying to get BUSA conference at Surrey next year - so I apologise to the residents of Guildford early for anything that may occur!
Dates for your Diary
SPORT & LEISURE FAIR on Friday 26th September 1.00 5.00 p.m. at the Varsity Centre. For further information collect a timetable and leaflets at the Campus Sports Centre.
UNIVERSITY SPORTS DAY at the Varsity Centre on Sunday 12th October - come and enter your teams for a fun packed day. Watch this space for more details!
LATIN AMERICAN EVENINGS at the Varsity Centre on Friday 17th October & Friday 28th November. Last time we sold out so book early to avoid disappointment! Price includes a Latin American Workshop, Mexican feast and a tequila - all for £7.00, £5.75 concs and ONLY £4.75 FOR STUDENTS.
The rest of the time has been spent on less interesting budgets, trying to settle sponsorship bids, fixtures, setting up kit and equipment deals, general planning for the next year and laughing over the footy lads’ e-mails. Anyway enough of my irrelevant ramblings. All that is left to say is welcome back and I hope you have a fantastic year. Oh yes, and remember - return coaches will only be supplied to those who bring me back huge trophies that I can impress the VC with. Just one more piece of info - the last couple of years has seen the multi sports tours which although much enjoyed have occurred at the absence of the hockey and football clubs. This year I hope to take you all to the Isle of Man where the great-
SPORTS STANDING MEETING 16th September 6pm LTE. Two representatives from each sports club must attend.
FRESHERS’ SPORTS FAIR 26th September 12-5pm in the Varsity Centre.
Any BUDDING SPORTING JOURNO TYPES out there? If you want to get involved in the sports side of life without actually having to get off your bum, then speak to Caz (Sports Officer) on ext 9981 or Matt (BF Editor) on ext 9275. You know you want to!
A win for Surrey in final of National golf Championship
ot since 1978 have Surrey University managed the long journey of success necessary to win the Golf National Finals.
This year’s finals were played at Linderick golf club in Worksop, a former venue for the Ryder cup, scene of the famous victory of Great Britain and Ireland. The semi-final event, also at Linderick, went The afternoon match was less impreseasily to Surrey who beat Ply- sive. As the weather closed in, St. Andrews started to come back and the mouth University 9-0.
St.Andrews , the favourites, beat Southampton 8-1 in their semi-finals. The actual final, Surrey Vs St.Andrews,
comprises of foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon. Surrey had the advantage of a good team spirit for the foursomes and the pairings worked well. All three pairings, comprising of; Mike Derry/Steve Slinger, Richard Emery/Adam Cockayne and Ryan Fenwick/Mike Cox, managed to beat the opposition and the collective aggregate for the team was six under par, a score the Ryder cup would have been proud of! Therefore, at lunch, Surrey’s team morale was high with a three point lead.
standard of golf from the Surrey team faltered. Ryan Fenwick went out first to head the Surrey team attack and eventually came through with a two and one
victory as well as receiving a well deserved man of the match award. However, the team looked beaten after the first twelve holes with St.Andrews being up in all the other matches. Two of Surrey’s hard campaigners, Mike Cox and Richard Emery were not playing their best and the standard of the opposition meant that they could not scrape through. Steve Slinger eventually sealed the victory for Surrey with a one up win down the last and this was further enforced by a strong comeback by Adam Cockayne. The final score was Surrey University 6 - St.Andrews 3. The victory represents a real improvement in the standard of golf at Surrey University. Mike Cox
AMPUSPORT welcomes you back - we hope you had a relaxing summer! We’re sure you are all bursting with energy now and ready to start the new term in full swing!
SPORTS & DANCE PROGRAMME
‘FIRST WEEK FREE’ - 29th September to 5th October. Brochures, with full details, available at the Campus Sports Centre. Sports & Dance Classes (most begin on 8th September)- no need to book, just turn up (free to Dosh & Combined Card holders). Here’s a taste of what’s on offer: Circuit Training, a variety of Aerobic Classes, Tap, Ballet, Jazz and even Sevillana Dance (Spanish). Sports & Dance Courses (most begin 29th September) - you do need to book up and pay in advance. The courses include Yoga, Tai Chi, Dry Skiing, Self Defence, Squash, Badminton, Street Jazz, and a new Latin American taster dance. Workshops - no need to register - free to Dosh & Combined card holders - so why not try Climbing, Basketball, Tennis and Fencing. And there are always the STUDENT CLUBS who offer a wide range of sports. For more details contact Caz at the Students Union Sports Office or ask at the Campus Sports Centre. You will need Campusport membership or an SRC card (available at Campus Sports Centre).
CAMPUSPORT can offer you a fantastic range of facilities and activities to suit everyone. The easiest way to take advantage of what we have on offer is to purchase a MEMBERSHIP CARD so you don’t have to pay every time and you also get the convenience of telephone bookings. The 1997/98 Student memberships are: COMBINED CARD* - £40.00 p.a., which gives free use of the Fitness Club, Squash, Badminton, Sport & Dance classes, Climbing, Tennis and use of the Varsity Centre Artificial Turf Pitch. You will also receive discounts on instructional Sport & Dance courses. DOSH CARD* - £30.00, all the above but not the Fitness Club. FITNESS CARD* - £30.00, if the only facility you want to use is the Gym. S.R.C. CARD - £5.00 (Insurance card to cover students taking part in Club activities only) (* Please note that the Combined, Dosh and Fitness memberships include compulsory student insurance).
hose unlucky chaps not part of the fantastic super highway message system run by the someone who consumes large quantities of Fray and Bentos, will not yet have read this. Although in my new position of responsibility I was concerned with remaining politically correct, refined and far removed from the irrelevant ramblings of Ginga, I was overcome by mirth when I read this, and so I apologise if it offends any Mancunians - but it’s your fault from coming from the grim up north in the first place! Much credit and a big hand to whoever wrote this. So here goes - happy reading!
100 METRES HURDLES
As above but with added obstacles (i.e. car bonnets, hedges, gardens, fences, walls etc.)
pick up litter on their way round the course.
Competitors will be thrown off the bridge over the ship canal. The first three survivors back, will decide the medals
Competitors in this event may choose the type of hammer they wish to use (claw , sledge etc.) the winner will be the one who can cause the most grievous bodily harm to members of the public within the time allowed.
MENS 50km WALK
Unfortunately this will have to be cancelled as the police cannot guarantee the safety of anyone walking the streets of Manchester.
Entrants will be asked to dispose of as much stolen silver and jewellery as possible in 5 mins.
THE CLOSING CEREMONY
Entertainment will include formation rave dancing by members of the Salford Health in the Community anti-drug campaigners, synchronised rock throwing and music by the Stockport Community Choir. The Olympic flame will be extinguished by someone dropping an old washing machine onto it from the top floor of the block of flats next to the stadium. The stadium will be then boarded up before the local athletes break into it and remove all the copper piping and the central heating boiler. TEE HEE HEE!! - Cazza
A strong challenge is expected from the local men in this event. the first target will be a moving police van. In the second round, competitors will aim at a post office clerk, bank teller or Securicor- style wages delivery man.
In an attempt to influence the members of the international Olympic committee on their choice of venue for the games in the year 2004, the organisers of Manchester’s bid have already drawn up an itinerary and schedule of events. A copy has been leaked and is reproduced below.
Entry to the boxing will be restricted to husband and wife teams, and will take place on a Friday night. The husband will be given 15 pints of lager while the wife will be told not to make him any tea when he gets home. The bout will then commence.
The Olympic flame will be ignited by a petrol bomb thrown by a native of the city (preferably from the Moss Side area), wearing the traditional balaclava. The flame will be contained in a large chip van situated on the roof of the stadium.
CYCLING TIME TRIALS
Competitors will be asked to break into the University bike shed and take an expensive mountain bike owned by some mummy’s boy from the country on his first trip away from home. All against the clock
In previous Olympic games, Manchester’s competitors have not been particularly successful. In order to redress the balance, some of the events have been altered slightly to the advantage of local ‘Manchester’ athletes.
he Club caters for the beginner to the Nationals!
As above but the bike will be owned by a visiting member of the Australian rugby team, who will witness the theft.
100 METRES SPRINT
Competitors will have to hold a video recorder and microwave oven (one in each arm) and on the sound of the starting pistol, a police dog will be released from a cage 10 yards behind the athletes.
Amended to include mugging, breaking and entering, flashing, joy riding and arson.
A safe route has yet to be decided , but the competitors will be issued with sharp sticks and bags with which to
A reminder that the Club session starts on Saturday 13th September with beginners shooting between 12.00 3.00 p.m. Do come to the Campus Sports Centre to also meet club member Gill Bell who has been getting back to national form this summer. She was placed third in the Gloucestershire County Championships; 2nd at the FITA Star Tournament and was placed a creditable 10th at the British National ranking event. Gill is a Guildford Borough Sports Bursary holder at the University of Surrey. Well done!
The longest day
UK Open Ironman Triathlon Championship
hen I arrived here at Surrey last September I’d had an enforced break from triathlon competition of almost 12 months and was determined to make best use of the time and facilities here, so began my 11 month build-up to the only Ironman distance triathlon to be held in England, the Longest Day, based in Wolverhampton.
For the uninitiated, triathlon is a swim followed by a cycle race and finishing up with a run. Usually the mildly deranged opt for the Olympic distance, 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run; being slightly more unhinged than most, I decided that after 5 years in the sport, it was time to do the big one; Ironman. 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and a classic 26.2 mile marathon. Steady pace was to be the order of the day, as 250 of us psychos got into the murky reservoir at 05:50AM ready for an 06:00 start; the water quality was not high and I’d lost my breakfast within 30 minutes, at 07:27 I emerged from the depths ready to throw in the towel, only to find two of the University runners, Simon Wraight and Ian Braithwaite, had appeared to cheer me on, so I couldn’t quit now. Following a swift kit change it was onto the bike for almost 6 hours in the saddle, fortunately in overcast conditions over ‘rolling countryside’. Although a little fatigued I returned to the transition area in good humour, having avoided any punctures and mechanical problems, also having consumed 14 bottles of carbo drink, 2 energy bars, 8 Leppin Squeezies and a
small plantation of bananas. I expected to finish in 13 or so hours and so settled in for a 5Hr 30 min marathon pace, but felt surprisingly good even though the sun had come out with a vengeance, and so stepped up the pace. With the exception of miles 20 to 22, when flat coke and malt loaf had to be taken on in vast quantities, I maintained my pace and put in a 3:51 marathon, to give me an overall time of 11:23 including transitions. And the good news was that it only took another 36 hours for me to be able
to walk properly again! I’d like to thank Simon, Ian and Simon’s mum & dad for turning out for what must have been a largely uninteresting day; to all those in the running club for their support and to those H&C students who wished me well. And if there’s anyone else out there who is short of common sense and fancies a go at triathlon over any distance, I can be contacted through the Running Club. Andy Dawson