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The University of Surrey Newspaper
SCIENCE & TECH p.13
Monday 27th September 2010
Editor-In-Chief: Chris Whitehead SPORTS p.29
Surrey Welcomes Freshers to University After ‘Annual Place Crisis’
The University of Surrey will welcome thousands of successful students this September, after the most competitive year for UK university places in over a decade.
Approximately 3,117 undergraduate students will enrol at Surrey for the 2010-2011 academic year, while 2,727 of those listed will study on campus. The Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences will receive the largest number of students, speculated at 753, while The Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences closely follows behind this with 703 prospective undergraduates. The news comes after an impressive 660,000 students applied to universities across the country, while 379,411
were guaranteed admission by A-level results day. This year saw the introduction of the A* grade in order to differentiate between the very top candidates. The Ofqual prediction that 7% of students would achieve this grade was surpassed, with 8.1% securing the highest marks available. The A-level pass rate rose for the 28th year to 97.6%, reigniting debate that the difficulty of the exams has decreased over the past three decades, while student ability has remained the same. The fierce scrabble for places that followed A-level results day on the 19th August is said to be an on-going symptom of the ‘annual places crisis’, a problem that has seen increasing numbers of bright, eligible students battle it out through clearing despite having the right qualifications.
The shortage of university places meant that a conservative estimate of 150,000 students failed to gain entrance this year, with 70,000 opting out of the system altogether in order to re-apply in 2011.
places next summer. He stated, “They are being encouraged by ministers to re-apply next year but can be offered no assurance in return that there will be a resolution to the annual places crisis.” In the meantime, Surrey was very enthusiastic in welcoming this year’s successful applicants, highlighting how their achievement would stand out in the current climate of uncertainty regarding higher education. A University spokesman told The Stag, “Getting into university is not easy, so we’re truly proud of the achievements of our new students and ready to welcome them wholeheartedly into the community that is the University of Surrey. At university you get out what you put in and we wish all our new students the very best for an enriching
university experience that makes the most of all the very high quality academic and cocurricular activities on offer at Surrey.”
New students will have the opportunity to register, explore and settle into the University during Welcome Week, beginning Monday 27th September 2010. The first semester will officially begin when teaching recommences on the 4th October 2010.
Nurses to visit Manor Park
There is great news for those of you living at Manor Park this year!
Starting 6th October Nurses from the Student Health Care service will be holding sessions from the Mentor Centre between 12 and 3pm, every Wednesday. They will be offering a range of support on issues such as: *Pregnancy testing and support *Chlamydia testing *Contraception advice (not prescriptions at this time) *Weight management (one-
to-one sessions and advice) *Drug and alcohol advice *Smoking cessation advice and support *Taking bookings for our courses/appointments *General health promotion advice *Sign posting service (pharmacy, GP, etc) *Advertisements of our services and leaflets. Georgie Hancock, your VP Welfare, made it one of her manifesto pledges to set-up health care provisions for Manor Park residents, as she felt that it wasn’t fair for people to have to get to campus for medical help and advice. Georgie adds, “I think this is really good start in making
Manor Park more accessible for students. By bringing health care to student’s front doors it should help in making students more aware of health issues without feeling they have to travel far. I want to say a massive thank you to Laura Ives and her team for making this possible, I think it will really help students and I hope that they use the service to its full potential!”
However, National Union of Students President Aaron Porter was critical, warning that students may find themselves fighting over an even more fleeting number of
The Science of Freshers’s Week
Issue 19 | The University of Surrey Students’ Union | thestagsurrey.co.uk
You’re in Surrey now and about to embark on the best journey of your life. If you freshers leave my uni, if you survive freshers week, and the rest of your degree, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of academia praying for a job. But until that day you are freshers. You are the lowest form of life on campus. You are not even human ******* beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic slackers! Because getting a degree is hard, you will not like it. The more you hate it the more you will learn. It is hard but it is fair. There is
no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on slackers, stoners, wops, or management students. Here you are all equally worthless. And the university intends to weed out all layabouts who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved institution. Do you maggots understand that?!? Ok that wasn’t anything original, that was a rip-off the motivational speech given by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman at the beginning of Full Metal. You’ve just got here, unpacked your stuff, paid £1 for that weird pink cable that makes the internet work in your room, paid an unholy amount to use the gym wandered round Guildford and had an awkward first night in Rubix... (Cont. page 13)
It feels good to be back and I feel excited for this upcoming year. Welcome to all the Freshers and welcome back to the returning students! I hope that everyone is geared up for this semester, making up all those resolutions that this time we will do all the work before the deadlines and start revision months before exams. Let me know how that goes, we are all in the same boat! With a good and certainly warm summer, I think we can all agree that these resolutions should be kept. This is the first edition of The Stag for this year and those of you who have seen it before will notice some design changes. The design team, lead by Bakita Kasadha, has been working really hard all summer to come up with this design and I hope that you guys like it. Let us know your thoughts!
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Editor | Mariam Nasir email@example.com Deputy Editor (Design) | Bakita Kasadha: firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy Editor (Marketing) | Eunice Njagi: marketing@the stagsurrey.ac.uk Design (Deputy) | Amrin Lokhandwalla Design ( 2nd Deputy) | Marketing (Deputy) | Utkarsh Sharma
As The Stag, we are here to provide news, information on events and essentially be at your disposal to express yourselves. We are here to provide a platform for your comments and opinions so get your voice heard – join student media! With a record number of freshers this year, I think that it is fair to expect some of you will be interested in designing, editing or writing for a newspaper so come to our EGM on Thursday 4th October at 6pm in the Union and join our team! A good way to immerse yourselves into the Guildford culture is by following the Gig Guide on page 27, this town is full of talent and going to these performances will surely enhance your student experience! If live music isn’t your thing, there is a list of events happening in the Dance section on page 23. Mariam
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Lastly, I would like to thank all the contributors for this edition, it wasn’t easy with everyone being busy in the summer but I think we did a pretty good job. Enjoy the issue and watch out for us at the Fresher’s Fayre!
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End of Year Show Success
Students across the University have expressed their approval for last year’s post-exam celebrations. The End of Year Show, an annual event that prides itself on guaranteeing an exciting three-day conclusion to the final semester, was host to a variety of contemporary acts and special summer themed events.
students partying on campus until dawn.
Despite initial criticism towards the £45 ticket price, students who invested in the Rubix events were treated to a whole range of London based R&B acts including DJ Ironik and Mr. Hudson on the Wednesday; an adrenaline-fuelled DJ set by Australian D&B outfit Pendulum on the Thursday; and Jaguar Skills whose innovative mash-up finished proceedings with a bang on the final night. The Lake Jam succeeded this: a tradition that sees hundreds of
The Wednesday night acts were considered a particular highlight, receiving praise when they stepped in to fill the breach after contemporaries N-Dubz cancelled their slot just days before they were due to perform. To justify their departure from the line-up, their manager stated, “Tulisa has been suffering from exhaustion and we’ve been instructed by her doctor to give her time off.” Surrey students had already anticipated the trio’s performance by creating ‘Chav Night’; a hugely popular tongue in cheek Facebook event that would have seen members of the crowd dress as controversial group icon Dappy. Disappointment was lifted when main act Mr. Hudson stunned the crowd with renditions of chart toppers Forever Young and Supernova; first year Dance undergraduate Jessica Lucy Richards told The Stag, “I had just come back from the Isle of Wight Festival and couldn’t believe how lucky I was to sing along with Mr. Hudson twice in one week!
Brilliant decision Surrey!”
Elsewhere, Drum & Bass fans were not disappointed when Presha delivered veteran DJ Nero to The Living Room, before invading Rubix to welcome Pendulum the following evening. The D&B society Presha, who hold regular alternative events below flirt! on Friday nights, received promising comments by students, with one fan claiming that the future of Dubstep would be “on the Rubix dancefloor”. Business studies student and electronica enthusiast Adam Hurrell’s expectations were beaten on both nights. He declared, “Nero was awesome, there’s no other way to describe the effect he had on the crowd. It’s good to see a well-recognised but different kind of act at our Union.” When asked by The Stag what students would like to see at the next End of Year Show, suggestions were vague but optimistic. “The Lake Party was a definite highlight, especially after the rain and England’s performance against Algeria beforehand,” offered one Surrey student who was packing
for the journey home, “More of the same for next year definitely. I can’t really think of any specifics to add right now, but I bet anything they missed out will be on the agenda for Fresher’s week.”
and current BBC Breakfast broadcaster Bill Turnbull.
Rising Drum & Bass stars Chase & Status have already been confirmed to a play a DJ set this coming Fresher’s week, which will be held between September 26th and October 3rd.
Guildford Book Festival Returns for 21st Annual Outing
Among the many events will be the hugely anticipated Girl’s Night, chaired by Jane Wenham Jones, featuring original Cosmopolitan agony aunt Irma Kurtz and Grumpy Old Women comedian Jenny Éclair. Elsewhere, Michael Wood will be delivering his fascinating historic account ‘The Story of England’ at the University of Surrey, and contemporary crime novelist Peter James will be introducing his new bestseller Dead Like You at the Electric Theatre.
The Guildford Book Festival will return for it’s twenty first year this October with a variety of special guests and speakers from all corners of the British literary world. The festival, set to take place between the 14th of 23rd of October will include such esteemed media personalities as designer and broadcaster Kevin McCloud, journalist Rachel Wood
Students and Surrey residents alike are also advised to book their tickets early for Reader’s Day, a highlight and staple of the festival that includes the chance to get up close and personal with celebrated novelists from around the UK. For more information concerning the Guildford Book Festival 2010, please pick up one of the many programmes available around campus this October, or visit www.guildfordbookfes tival. co.uk.
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larger picture fades into the background. concentrate on the issues that need to be addressed. The New Labour attitude towards higher education may have been flawed (increase the number of applicants but rake up top-up fees) but the coalition pledge seems little better: a graduate tax that could see students pay off their loans over a lifetime, is nothing more than an extortionate rebranding designed to increase the overall debt. With an estimated 160,000 students out of a University will owe £1,500 more than the 2009-10 undergraduates?
Demonstrating a Decline in Protest
For some years now the right of the British citizen to protest, whilst not always being acknowledged by government legislation, has fallen into disuse. The idea that a group of individuals should take to the streets in passionate defiance of what they believe in or what they want changed has become a trivial self-parody, lost somewhere in the irony of massproduced Che Guevara posters and grass-root hippies churning out a range of dairy products for a tidy profit.
Looking back at the legacy of the baby boomers, there’s no wonder that the importance of protest has been cheapened; songs such as Street Fighting Man or Give Peace A Chance seem disgustingly superficial when in hindsight we realize that the so called values they represented were so easily thrown out years later.
Infamously, the idea of protest has also become mixed up in another ugly stereotype. This of course is the rioting, looting and cowering bystanders that are always highlighted in the 6’O Clock news headlines. Do we remember the Poll Tax or G20 protests for the issues they brought to the table? Images of mounted police and the victimization of Ian Tomlinson will always remain prominent, whilst the
Yet with student protest at an all-time low, now is the moment to forget the hypocrisy of former generations and
place this year, what kind of message is the government sending to successful applicants who under the new tax
National demonstrations organized by the NUS and UCU are important in getting student voices heard; NUS President Aaron Porter will continue to address the “sinking ship of youth opportunity” as education cuts increase leaving pupils across the country out in the cold. Unfortunately, this may no longer be enough if our generation wishes to be taken seriously. Protesting may have a dodgy track record, but it remains a legitimate, predominately peaceful form of political expression; the negative publicity of recent years should not keep young people from influencing the agenda, especially when future of students hangs so precariously in the balance. Above all, any form of protest will speak volumes at a time when higher education is being sold down the river, pieceby-piece, policy-by-policy.
NUS and UCU announce National Demo for November
NUS and the University and College Union (UCU) are jointly organising a national demo, ‘Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts’ on Wednesday 10 November 2010, in central London. The demo is part of our
strategy to influence the Coalition Government. NUS and UCU firmly believe that education changes the lives of individuals, families and communities. Education and skills will also be key to our economic recovery. Staff and students in further and higher education are coming together to build an unprecedented coalition to fight against the cuts that have been imposed upon our communities, as well as to resist the prospect of higher fees and increasing privatisation in education.
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collaboration to address the UK’s engineering and manufacturing skills needs. It is essential that companies continue to invest in the skills of their people.” ternational scale. John Hayes, the minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning showed his full support for the company, adding, “The new Government is committed to developing a clear path for the acquisition of technical skills at the highest level. I commend BAE Systems for its work with a range of partners to ensure that the training we provide matches what businesses want.” The Skills 2020 launch is said to be the first in a series of pledge drives by BAE Systems to tackle waning engineering skills development in the UK.
bon-heavy needless journeys are being made proves that a service such as Uni Baggage is the cheaper and more environmentally friendly option.” However, the cost-effective alternative presented by UniBaggage prompts the argument that many parents enjoy the ritual of taking their children to university, considering it an experience themselves. One parent told The Stag, “The cost of fuel when driving your child to university seems irrelevant when compared to the huge step they’re taking into the next stage of life. It’s an emotional journey I’d gladly trade any Sunday afternoon to fulfill.”
“Talent pipeline must be maintained”, warns Engineering Chairman
The Chairman of global defence juggernaut BAE Systems, an employer of highranking Engineer graduates at the University of Surrey, has spoken out this summer in a pledge to increase academic interest and investment in engineering courses across the country.
Ash Cloud Volcano Emissions Eclipsed by Uni Parents
Dick Oliver, who was appointed Chairman of the company in 2004, issued his statement after findings made by the UK Skills Review were announced at the London Royal Academy of Engineering in July.
Mr. Oliver’s comments were released alongside the BAE Systems’ new ‘Skills 2020’ Strategy: an initiative that will ensure the development of the company’s UK business over the next decade. He went on to insist the importance of encouraging young people to choose a career in engineering from an early age, and that “through-career” training would help engage future and present UK employees. BAE System’s optimistic strategy has come at a time when student interest in science, maths and engineering degrees has started to slow; Mr. Oliver reiterated that the “talent pipeline must be maintained” if the UK skills market is to compete on an in-
Mr. Oliver stated, “Without action, the UK’s widening skills gap will have become an irreversible gulf. We need an informed debate and close
Did you know...The University of Surrey is a Fairtrade University?
Relying on Mum and Dad for help shifting your stuff to uni this year? You might want to think again. A study commissioned by UniBaggage, the UK’s low cost delivery service for students, has found that parents who move their children’s belongings to and from university annually emit 291,000 tonnes of CO2: double that of the Icelandic volcano which wreaked havoc for holidaymakers across Europe earlier this year.
In 2007, The University was given Fairtrade University status by the Fairtrade Foundation.
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UniBaggage surveyed 1,196 parents who currently have children studying at universities across the UK, asking whether they helped cart their sons and daughters’ possessions to and from student accommodation over a three-year course, the standard length of time it takes to acquire a degree.
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The study revealed that 89% of parents drove their children to and from university throughout the three years, whilst 72% completed the average four-hour journey of 180 miles. The number of parents, who had admitted to couriering their children’s belongings, was then multiplied by the average CO2 emission rate of 45,486 grams per journey, producing the final figure of 290,994 tonnes that are released into the atmosphere each year. UniBaggage was critical of the environmental implications this figure rose, also questioning the economic impact and 76.8 million man-hours wasted during the extensive trips along British roads. The company’s founder, Paul Stewart, condoned the findings, highlighting the “hidden” costs that the research had discovered. He stated, “As tuition fees are rising students will have to balance their money wisely and think of new ways they can save. The cost in terms of the amount parents spend on fuel is bad enough, but to know that so many car-
Mr. Stewart went on to admit that “most parents wouldn’t begrudge spending the time taking their child to university along with their baggage,” but was keen to reassert the unnecessary financial burden and consequential carbon footprint. “In these post-recession times, if we’re able to help cut costs, financially and with regards to the environment in any way, we’re happy to help. The fact that parents are emitting 2 days worth of volcanic pollution simply taking their children’s baggage to university is absolutely crazy!” The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjoell made headline news in April this year, after its eruption paved way for a gigantic ash cloud, the fine particles in which were deemed hazardous to aeroplane engines. This consequently coursed global disruption when flights all over Europe were suspended during the height of the Easter holidays.
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Ironically, the ash cloud prevented the estimated release of 2.8 million tonnes of CO2, with approximately 200,000 tonnes saved a day whilst flights remained grounded.
Did you know... Former students include the designer of Mini, Sir Alec Issigonis and the founder of Planet Hollywood, Robert Earl.
The Stag Well here’s the good news, not all of you need to bother. ting what you need out of campus services. on.
firstname.lastname@example.org So there you go. I’ll keep it short this week because I know it’s pretty busy. But go on, before I go I’d better actually let all you freshers know where the Union is...
Get to Know Your Sabbaticals 2010/2011
Right: Down to Business... Malcolm Hunt
So, it’s the start of the new academic year. Placement students come flocking back from the hectic lifestyle of working life and into the comfortable cosy surroundings of the Uni bubble, second years are confronted with the emerging realisation that they’re not the young ones anymore and freshers are hit with a tirade of information great enough to floor even the sternest of hippos.
So why, in the midst of all this excitement, should you listen to me?
After all, I’m only the head of the Students Union and we only deal with a few things to do with your experience here at Surrey. We provide some events and catering facilities so you keep refreshed and well fed as well and having a fun time with your friends. We also provide all sports and societies so you can follow your hobbies and interests as well as getting a bit competitive. We even give you development opportunities such as volunteering and training. Oh, and we also sell hoodies and other merchandise... and make sure your course is running up to scratch... and make sure you’re get-
So there you go, if you don’t like having fun, don’t have any friends, don’t eat or drink, don’t have any hobbies or interests, don’t want to develop yourself, don’t need any clothes and don’t do a course or visit campus... then the Students’ Union isn’t for you this year. Lost many of you? No? Excellent.
2. Go to Freshers Fair – your chance to sign up to loads of great stuff. 3. Avoid man eating lions – if you get eaten then you’ll miss out, and that’s rubbish. 4. Work out where the Union is – I’m not going to tell you, that’s just an excuse for you to be lazy.
So if you’re still reading and you want to take advantage of all this jazz what should you do? Well here’s a few suggestions...
wearing a sombrero.
What is your favourite drink? A warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. If you had to be an animal which you would be? Lion – a true Leo.
much all racket sports. What is your favourite film? The Matrix or Anchorman, depending what mood I’m in.
1. Pick up a Students’ Union events planner – that way you’ll know what’s going
Hi I’m Stef and I’m a 21 year old Dance graduate from Portsmouth.
Malcolm Hunt (President)
Hi I’m Malcolm and I’m the President this year. I studied Business & Management and I’m 23 years old. As President I’m responsible for everything the Union does. I’ll work with my team of Vice Presidents this year to make sure you have the best possible time at Surrey.
Where is your favourite holiday destination? Milan when I was 17 – the first holiday I arranged all myself!
Which Rubix night as been your favourite? 70s, 80s, 90s – any excuse for an afro... What is your musical taste? Anything with a cool riff and an awesome guitar solo. What are your hobbies and favourite sports? Football and pretty
What is your favourite food? Fajitas – eaten while
As your Vice-President Education I represent the academic issues of all students across the University. I can help with problems with your course, lecturers and general teaching & learning experiences. I also train the Academic Representatives who are the recognised voices of students on their course and become an effective channel for communicating information between staff and students. What is your favourite food? Strawberry cheesecake – well, any type of cheesecake
What is your favourite drink? Pineapple and cranberry juice If you had to be an animal which you would be? Tiger Where is your favourite holiday destination? Trip to New York City Which Rubix night as been your favourite?
5. If you see myself and my team about then come and say hi – we’re actually pretty friendly (unless you say you like Jedward, in which case I’ll probably ignore you).
Stand between the boat and the train. Don’t take the road past the spine and the golf ball, or the one that goes past Yorkies. Instead head up towards where One-Stop and the Laundrette used to be. It’s only a short distance up there. Just make sure you haven’t gone past Seasons, that way you’ll know you haven’t over shot. Didn’t understand? Ha. Better get out and meet some people then! Until the next issue...
Farmyard night – I dressed up as a scarecrow What is your musical taste? Ranging from Glee to Rage Against the Machine What are your hobbies and favourite sports? Dancing, including ballet, contemporary, tap. Also trampolining and running. What is your favourite film? Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom.
Stef Jones (VP Education)
Find all your Sabbaticals in the Union Offices above Chancellors
Hey, I’m Georgie, 21 years old and I have just graduated in Law.
My role as Vice-President Welfare is to look after student welfare both on and off campus and I tackle problems relating to accommodation, health, well-being and community issues as well as anything else that effects your time at Surrey, in a welfare context of course!! What is your favourite drink? Cranberry and lemonade What is your musical taste? I listen to anything really but probably mainly top 40!
What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite drink? Hilo Moor
If you had to be an animal which you would be? I would be a cat so I could sleep 22 hours a day!
Georgie Hancock (VP Welfare)
What is your favourite food? All you can eat Chinese and anything sweet!
Where is your favourite holiday destination? I love Ireland and have visited many places. Which Rubix night as been your favourite? Ulive when Tiffany Page came
What are your hobbies and favourite sports? I play lots of different types of sport but mainly hockey, netball and badminton What is your favourite film I love all films unless they have a higher rating than a 15!
Osama Salih (VP Societies & Individual Development)
If you had to be an animal which you would be? A dolphin
Hey, I’m Trung and was born and bred in Hackney. Some random facts: In 2005 I was boxed in and held in a road junction by riot police for over 6 hours; about 8 years ago, I was the boy throwing water in one of the BBC London News intro clips ago and I got got £100 quid for it.
Hi I am Osama Salih. I am 21 years old and I have just graduated from a Civil Engineering degree. I have made the most of my
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
As your Vice-President Sports & Recreation, my primary responsibility is to represent the sporting interests of students at our University. Amongst other things, I oversee the running of all our Sports Clubs as well as organise some of the great sports activities that happen throughout the year. What is your favourite drink? Cognac with ice If you had to be an animal which you would be? A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
What is your musical taste? I’ve got a wide range; my favourites are Jazz, Ska, 2 Tone, Old School UK Garage, Electronic and Dance Music
university experience and I urge you all to do the same. Surrey is like a big family, everyone knows each other and the environment is nice and peaceful. There are a lot of opportunities here at Surrey that you can get involved with and make a difference so why don’t you try them? I am the Vice-President of Societies and Individual Development. My role is to look after the societies and provide support and guidance to the students. I also try to find different opportunities for students to try and develop themselves and help blossom their
Barcelona is my favourite city, like the football club, the architecture I think Gaudi is amazing. Which Rubix night as been your favourite? International Night
What is your musical taste? RNB, Hip Hop & Latino
What are your hobbies and favourite sports?
Football, Tennis, Table tennis, Volley ball, Ju-jitsu, Swimming and Basketball. Cooking, watching movies/series, dancing, meeting new people, helping others and learning about engineering. What is your favourite film Scarface
Trung (VP Sports & Recreation)
What is your favourite food? Mama’s food
Where is your favourite holiday destination? Cycling holiday around Europe Which Rubix night as been your favourite? The nights Annie Mac & Zane Lowe came
What are your hobbies and favourite sports? Playing the guitar and saxophone, L’Art Du Deplacement/ Parkour/ Free-Running, Cycling, Squash, Volleyball, Football, Running and Swimming What is your favourite film The Lives of Others
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The Campus Activist: Who am I? What am I? Where am I?
MAD for Student Media
At some point this year, you might happen to walk past me, be living near me on campus or even see me dancing in Rubix. We may already be friends or become friends in the future. One thing you won’t realise is who I am and that the person you may already know or come to know is in fact The Campus Activist. I’ll never reveal myself so if anybody claims to be me, they’re not and a loser for doing so. My articles will be about the world around us; ranging from topics about our University, local controversies, injustices in the World and what the National Union of Students actually do for us, if they do anything at all?
The next article will be on the NUS & UCU National Demonstration which will take place in London, Wednesday 10th Nov 2010. “Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts!” is the motto. NUS seems to have become overly commercial since the days of ‘70s activism, especially with the NUS extra card being the only thing most students know about it. Will the National Demo live up to the successes of the ‘60s & ‘70s and will you be part of the united front of students across the UK? No, I’m not on drugs. Email me at Campus.Activist@gmail.com “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Amnesty International’s UK home in Shoreditch was the venue for the 2010 NUS Student Media Summit which brought together student media groups from up and down the UK to learn, share and network.
MAD TV’s Claire Wilkie, Frankie Boswell and Ben Harper joined me for the two day event aimed at budding journalists, sabbaticals and officers from various Universities. Aside from lunch, dinner and coffee a plenty, we were treated to talks from individuals coming from various walks of media life. Alistair Blunkall of Sky News, Jeremy Dear from the National Union of Journalists and Deborah Haynes- Defence Editor of The Times were just a few names on the experienced line-up. But highlights were moving talks from Nita May, Santhar Ang and James Mackay, all linked with reporting the
atrocities of the military dictatorship in Burma while putting their lives, freedom and human rights on the line. Their stories of bravery and strength were nothing short of emotional and inspirational, and put into context just how lucky we are to live in a relatively free speaking and democratic community. At the end of the two days we were all invited to join in with Amnesty’s work towards a better life for Burmese people, and formed a part of their campaign to release some of the 2200 plus political prisoners unlawfully held in Burma.
The positive and friendly atmosphere in the venue allowed attendees to freely debate and share ideas and inevitably left us with heads full of new ideas and contacts. A fantastic way to start the new academic year for student media at the University of Surrey!
My purpose is to basically open your eyes to the world we live in, be that our University world, through modern society or the parts of Earth we will never see. There is more to the world than what corporate companies & media have spoon fed us ever since we were children. Are we truly free in this democracy or are we actually enslaved by a small number of people who decide what our world is.
Take America; are you a Democrat or a Republican? You’ll have your vote but is it a real vote? Forget about any rigging, as an American Citizen your choice has been given to you; is it the blue pill or the red pill? Just as it was in ‘The Matrix’, which pill will you take? At my time at this university, I’ve found that we as a collective student body do very little in terms of fighting for ourselves. I do not mean the odd drunken fight; I mean fighting for what we believe in and for what is right. Why is this, is it because we do not know what’s happening or because we just turn a blind eye to it?
“Y’know what really grinds my gears...” Recycling in Guildford Borough
Part of me believes that they don’t really want us to recycle and it’s just because the rest of the UK has taken part that they feel obliged. I could handle the two separate bins – one purple, the other green – if it was just the simple fact that they wanted us to separate the paper from the plastics to make things easier for the bin men. But oh no, yesterday I found out that ‘plastic’ doesn’t include all plastic. So, when is plastic not plas-
tic? When it’s a plastic cover, plastic packaging; basically anything that isn’t a plastic bottle! I didn’t realise polyester could be such a philosophical issue.
MADTV is the Award winning Student run Television Station of the University of Surrey. We are a very active society releasing weekly programmes including campus news, comedy, arts, music and drama. You can get stuck into whatever area you’d like;
I guess it does explain why for a period of 3 or 4 weeks the bin men refused to collect our green bin. I resorted to chucking the rubbish to the big black
wheelie bin and now know for definite that my house’s waste is in a landfill waiting to decompose when my great, great, great, great grandchild has their child.
whether you’d prefer to present or edit you will receive training from both sides of the camera. If you get involved with MADTV you will gain experience in scriptwriting, directing, presenting, filming, editing and producing. You will be part of a
committed and fun team that together release MADTV’s projects. Whatever your forte we promise you will fit in well. Get creative. Get equipped. Get involved. wwwmadtvsurrey.co.uk in this recycling malarkey! If a house is going to recycle properly, they need a wheelie bin not cereal boxes. Now there’s a food bin, which makes me wonder: when’s food, not food? Oh dear... I swear I’m not a moany mare; it just really grinds my gears!
I resent those ‘Guildford is Recycling’ signs on random lampposts and bus shelters... and why are the bins so small? I’m telling you, their heart isn’t
Welcome to our Freshers Edition! We hope you all enjoyed the summer and are excited for the fantastic university year ahead. September is always a great month for fashion proving to be a transitional month, with many exciting events happening such as Vogue’s ‘Fashion’s Night Out’ held in London recently – it truly is a fabulous month for fashion. In this issue we bring you some exciting news from high street giant H and M and the top trends to get you at your fashion best for autumn/winter 2010. Get ready for chic lecture outfit ideas and fabulous outfits for nights out. Our ‘Student Buy of the Week’ section is also back with this week’s pick being a definite must! We hope you enjoy reading this issue and as ever if you have any comments, ideas or feedback we would love to hear from you! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Lanvin for H&M:
Any fashionista worth her salt will have been eagerly awaiting the next H&M collaboration. H and M is one of the best and most successful brands on the high street offering on trend, affordable fashion, and have had past exciting and impressive collaborations with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Viktor + Rolf, Comme des Garcons , Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo and Sonia Rykiel. After releasing a set of teaser videos the fashion world was abuzz with who would be announced as the next guest designer – guesses included Thomas Maier (Bottega Veneta), Carolina Herrera and Stefano Pilati (YSL). Recently news of the fashion house involved was released, sending fashionistas everywhere into a frenzy as the latest collaboration promises to be one of the most exciting and fashion forward yet. H and M have secured a collaboration with exThe first is a beige/ camel colour- which was one of the biggest colours seen on the A/W catwalks, such as the note worthy autumn/winter 2010 collection from English designer Phoebe Philo. Two trends in one make this a firm favourite of ours!
Top Trends for Autumn/ Winter 2010:
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3. The Aviator jacket 4. Red, Red, Red 6. Purple Power 10. Velvet 7. The Winter Maxi 11. Ruffles
In every issue we will explore one top trend for autumn/ winter 2010 with example student buys so you can achieve the look! To get you started we have compiled a list of the must have trends of A/W 2010: Key Accessory – The Satchel 1. Bag 2. Lace Accents
5. A touch of leopard print 8. Statement Military Jacket 9. Chic Camel Colours 12. A full A-Line mini skirt
quisite French design house Lanvin! The creation of this collection will be at the hands of the wonderful Alber Elbaz, director of Lanvin whilst the menswear collection will be created by designer Lucas Ossendrijver (creator of Lanvin’s Ready to Wear Menswear.) Elbaz commented, “When H&M approached us to do this collaboration, they asked if I could actually translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a bigger audience. It wasn’t a project about a dress for less. I think I loved the idea that H&M was going luxury, rather than Lanvin is going public. I thought it was a smart concept so I say “I do”.”
Lanvin’s high fashion creations are simply fabulous, offering timeless luxury and effortless glamour – truly sleek,
chic feminine fashion. A firm celebrity red carpet favourite, Lanvin’s designs seemed to be something we were destined to covet but thanks to H and M, Lanvin’s affordable luxury is right at our fingertips! The collection will debut on hm.com on November 2nd 2010, three weeks before the collection becomes available in 200 stores nationwide on November 23rd 2010. Excited is not the word to describe this launch as we definitely cannot wait to see what Lanvin create or to get our hands on the collection. So handbags at the ready girls, its every girl for herself – we predict a fashion war! See you there :) To watch the promotional video featuring Alber Elbaz go to: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1NmDqHq2QYU
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Here are a few examples of Lanvin’s stunning creations:
Student buy of the week!
The Satchel/ Messenger bag: The satchel/ messenger bag is the ‘it’ bag for autumn/winter 2010 and is a definite must have for any girl’s wardrobe as it will take you right through to spring! A key accessory seen in the catwalk shows of designers such as Proenza Schouler and Mulberry and on the arms of celebrities like Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson, there’s no doubting that this bag is taking the fashion world by storm. The satchel is not only the perfect lecture bag, ideal for achieving the preppy university look, but can also bring any outfit bang up to date, making it incredibly chic. Practical and stylish? Now that’s fashion we like to see! Thankfully we can all achieve similar designer looks for a fraction of the price thanks to the ever faithful high street.
Our favourite bags come from River Island, who sadly don’t offer student discount but they have the most reasonably priced satchel bags we’ve found at £36.99.
The River Island ‘distressed cross body satchel’ is the ideal way to indulge in this trend and comes complete with two versatile straps(one long, one short) for you to carry across you body or simply in your arm. The buckle and stud detail keep the bag sleek and stylish, whilst giving the trend a twist! As if that wasn’t enough the bag comes in three colours, so you’re definitely spoilt for choice!
If the beige is not for you the bag also come in a classic black colour!
Finally choose the tapestry satchel for an offbeat, more vintage nod to this trend! Snap up a satchel to guarantee a stylish start to the semester!
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When you arrive at uni, you will make a completely new set of friends and this means new memories and, sometimes, even new personalities. Try not to choose the latter. Out of this set of new friends, you will have these top 4 picks who will become
more important than you thought they would. In your first week you will realise that some people will come and knock on your door or leave you a small note. This person is your mentor – you lifeline at university. Every 1) Mentor
student in accommodation is allocated a mentor who will visit you throughout the year. Your mentor is someone you can trust, talk to freely, and go to for help. Once a month there will be events held by your mentors, which will help you meet people and essentially have fun! According to Residential Mentoring Officer Carol Clutton mentors “will be happy to try to help you resolve these. Your mentor will encourage you to first speak to the other person/people involved, and can help to talk through possible approaches with you. Your Mentor can also facilitate a flat meeting, giving everyone involved a fair chance to speak, and encouraging you to come to agreements to help you live happily with those around you.” Not able to make rent for this month? Do you have problems with your payment schedule? Want to find accommodation for next year? According to 2)Accommodation Office
Martin Cliburn, Deputy Director of Accommodation, you should familiarise yourself with Vishaka and Charlotte who “offer the first point of contact at the new Accommodation Office! Their role is to ensure that the new-look Office provides a more accessi-
issues such as weight management or contraception is important. This is why clinical nurse Laura Ives is here to provide a “team of specialist nurses in Student Health Care provide free, confidential advice for students, you can just pop down to chat to the team about sexual health, contraception, mental health, helping to control weight, concerns about drugs and alcohol or to help you quit smoking”. Broken fridge? Leaking shower? No worries, that is what court reception is for! 4) Court Reception
If you have any issues with your kitchen or room, please go and report to the court reception. The team of people working at each court’s reception strive to give the best help with everything and fix everything that is loose or leaky! SORTED: Now that life’s aspects are sorted and you know where to go for what, relax and enjoy your university experience. Any questions, why not just ask your mentor!
ble environment for students so they can derive maximum benefit from the services on offer and to give couples, families and staff any assistance they may need.” Most students moving into accommodation are living away from home for the first time. Having a place to go to for free advice and help on 3) Student Health Care
SPLASH is the Student Learning and Study Hub based in the Library. You can get help with improving your academic writing and study skills and its also a great place for group work and practicing presentations.
You can access video clips, tutorials, and workshop slides. You can also post questions on any aspect of study support for other students to help you with or you can contact a SPLASH Learning adviser for help. All you need to do to access this resource is to go to http://splashinteractive. ning.com and sign up. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ Skills/splash/students/students.htm
Settling in to Surrey Check out our new range of podcasts, in which current students how they got started here: www.surrey.ac.uk/skills/ splash/settling_in
Visit SPLASH and find out how to be your BEST Workshops for UGs and Master’s students Drop-in sessions with Academic Liaison Librarians Range of podcasts covering several key study skills at www.surrey.ac.uk/skills/ splash/podcasts
1:1 or small group sessions with a Learning Adviser
SPLASH for Taught Master’s students SPLASH INTERACTIVE is a virtual resource for all Taught Masters Students. Here you can find help about postgraduate level writing, presentations, and group work.
5 Things To Do At Uni
I love lists, so much so that I made two. Both will help you in some mild way, I hope. Just some simple stuff to help you on your way to being a Pokémon Master good student 1. Keep Focussed On Your Course
most of us the opportunity has never been there and in all likelihood it won’t be too easy (or cheap) to do after Uni, which is why you should get involved with something while you’re here. Don’t be shy, do what you want and do it straight away. You will have the most free time in your first year, so make the most of it. It’s a lot easier to get it done near the start of University. Everyone is new and relatively open-minded at the 3. Get Socialising!
then go to the clinic immediately, just in case there is a fresh burst of chlamydia going round. Guildford has a lot of excellent gigs, pubs and bars. The University has an interesting range of seminars, performances, and events. I won’t lecture you on where to go, but always be on the lookout for things that are off the beaten path. 5. Explore! 1. Go On About Your Old Friends To Your New Friends
5 Things Not To Do At Uni
Well, it depends actually. I’m all for free love and I actually think everyone should just sleep together and get it over with without any shame. However if you’re the type of person who might get awkward around someone later then just don’t do it unless you’re sure you can live with it. At Surrey everyone will bump into each other at some point and you can’t avoid anyone for too long. 2. Sleep With EVERYONE 3. Let Alcohol Be Your Personality If I were to sit and tell you not to indulge in alcoholic beverages I would be a drunken hypocrite. Just don’t confuse an ability/need to drink loads with being remotely fun or interesting. If it’s your only trick you get boring quickly.
football for you because I am a good Football Man! Day 5: Oh, and I’m younger than Lauren Blanc by many years, so why won’t you let me play the football for you? Day 6: Hi! If you want to call me to let me play then edit me a message and I will come and play. I even have my own shirt so you won’t have to buy me one. It is the one from the last season but I have white taped on some stripes and crossed out the wrong letters so my shirt will be like the shirt that you wear now so this will be easy, as you will not need to give me a new
Plus it is expensive, stealing drugs is a much better option. 4. Bugger Off Home Every Weekend For some reason a lot of people do this. I’m sure some have reason (ailing mother, homesick, can’t work a washing machine...) and occasionally it’s fine, but it’s lame to do it all the time. Cut the umbilical cord and learn to live on your own, you’re paying for your accommodation you know! This sounds so airy fairy, I know. But some people put on a bit of a show and it’s easy to see through, they just look like a d***. 5. Be Someone You Are Not
shirt. Day 7: Hi! It is me again and no-one has yet asked me to play. I can be your GOALS MAN! There could be a song: “GOALS MAN! GOALS MAN! He’s our man. If he can’t do it get another GOALS MAN! But he can do it because he’s GOALS MAN! If you need goals who are you gonna call GOALS MAN! If you’re on the pitch and you’re in a stitch then they say that GOALS MAN! is the one.
Remember the bullcrap you wrote on your personal statement to sound really keen on your course so that you could get into Uni? Well you need to back it up at times. There will be 101 things to distract you from your course while you are here. The art of getting the most out of University Life is to know which of those to get distracted by and how often. When you work it out, let me know. 2. Get Involved In A Society
When was the last chance you got to regularly pilot a glider, host your own radio show or DJ to hundreds of people? For
start of Uni. If you are usually shy then try this. Ask them their name, what they’re doing and then keeping asking questions and buying them drinks until they find you attractive and interesting. Boom, friend! 4. Use A Condom
How To Play For Manchester United
I support Manchester United because when I was a kid they won everything – and they still do now – so I’m still interested. There isn’t an insult I haven’t heard about it, so let’s move on. I would love to play for Manchester United even though I’m overweight, morbidly unfit and I’ve accepted that physical prowess just isn’t going to happen for me. But devoid of any footballing talent I decided that the best way to convince them was to go onto the official Manchester United fan page on Facebook and ask nicely every day with poor grammar so they take pity. Here is how to play for Manchester United:
Obvious. If you don’t do this
So your girlfriend was a flexible FHM model, your best mate is on the Arsenal Youth Team and your old crew knew how to have a good party. Great, I don’t give a toss. You’re with new people now, build relationships with them instead of harking on about your old ones.
Day 2: Seriously, can I play? I’m good! Better than Eric Djemba-Djemba by lots!
Day 1: GOOD NEWS! Hello Manchester United I am a football man player and I am new in town. I would like to play football for you and I think it would be benefit if I could play on your team as you do not really need Wes Brown as I am better at football than he is, so you should give me a place on the team please. Send me a message telling me when your next football game is and I will score a goals.
Day 3: Hi! I asked you earlier if I can play TWICE and I have not heard back. I feel rudely upset. If it keeps happening I might go and play for the Manchester City! But please let me play. I am really good Football Man and I can score a goals.
Day 4: Is this the real Manchester United or not a real one because the real one would’ve let me play by now because they are the dreaming theatres and they let people play so why don’t you let me come up to Manchester Trafford and let me play the
12 FEATURES 01 Manchester Trafford crowd can sing it lots if you let me play.
Day 8: Hi. When I play for the Manchester United, could I have GOALS MAN! on the back of my shirt? That is the name that I want everyone to call me and it is the name that everyone will want to call me
The Stag because I will be the GOALS MAN! on the team. Please ask me to play as I am good Football Man.
Day 9: Hi, this is Ryan Giggs. I left my key in Mexico and I was wondering if you could let me in so I can come and play some footballing matches for you. Also, I’m changing the
name on my shirt to GOALS MAN! I hope you don’t mind. Once again, this is really Ryan Giggs, to prove it to you I still want my shirt number to be 111. Thanks!
Day 10: Well done on the wins today. But why are you
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firstname.lastname@example.org still not letting me play? I MAN! than him. So maybe know you have Hernand3z next time you will let me play. and he is a goals man, but I am I have the telephone number GOALS MAN! He scored only 07865091877 so if the Manone goal today, I took my ball chester United could call me into my garden and I scored on the phone and ask me to 12. 12 is a bigger number play then I could score and be than 1 and as football is about the GOALS MAN! for you too. the most goals scored that means I am the better GOALS Holy crap! Turns out it worked!
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Science of Freshers’ Week
with your soon-to-be much valued housemates. Hopefully you’re feeling settled into your new environment. (Cont. from front page) At this very moment (provided this paper went to print on time) its Freshers’ Week, there’s a CU tent by the library – a great big tent opposite PATS and every night; the Rubix bat signal lights up like it’s on LSD. So you’re probably asking, is there really any science behind this? Really? The answer is a resounding YES! fore bed and I’m fine”. Before I got to uni was back in 2008 I didn’t get hangovers, but there I was, sitting in TB, head pounding, trying to understand the chemical rate laws when...uh oh I had to leave for personal reasons. It’s probably gonna happen to you too, if not in the first week, almost definitely the first year; if not even then, you have a liver comparable to Superman’s and I salute you! Hangovers occur because our body is missing a lot of vital ingredients. You will be dehydrated, and every 2 pints you drink removes 3 pints of liquid from your body, and with all that water goes essential sugars, sodium, potassium and other essenin the morning, although the caffeine may give you an initial buzz, it’s just gonna make you more dehydrated, At your age, I shouldn’t really need to mention sexually transmitted infections and the importance of taking precautions with sex, and I’m not talking about locking the door while you’re going at it! You’re all old enough and
with, so be smart kids, take things slow, and let the good times roll.
To finish off this science carousel, I’m gonna look ahead to your first Friday night at the union, your first flirt! Night and quite possibly your first experience of the foam. Foam parties, like Marmite, are things you either love or hate – and this will probably depend on how drunk you
Our first stop on this science rollercoaster is alcohol, booze, hooch and tipple. And this week a whopping 30,000 litres of the alcohol will probably be consumed on campus. The union alone (Rubix and Chancellors) will sell well over 10,000 litres, not to mention the ridiculous amounts you will consume in Flares, Bar Med, Casino, Wetherspoons, and Dusk on your pub crawls! Alcohol is, in essence ethanol C2H5OH a delightful substance that acts as an agonist (meaning it mimics) to your GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) receptors, in your brain. The GABA system is known to inhibit activity in your brain, causing memory loss. The more you drink, the less you will remember and have what we scientists like to call a ‘black out’. This is the reason that you wake up after a heavy night out, and in the 10 minutes between getting out of bed and checking Facebook, you have absolutely no idea what you did after leaving your flat! After consuming alcohol people have a reduced ability to evaluate the consequences of their behaviour. This leads to you running around, calling your bff at 3:00 am and getting off with the spotty weirdo in the flat upstairs. And after the night before... comes the morning after... ergh...head...ouch...meh. Yes, this happens, and don’t they the “oh I never get hangovers” or “glass of water be-
uid, the gas forms bubbles in the liquid which subdivides it, good foam, like the stuff you will soon experience, require surfactants to toughen the walls of the bubbles and prevent them from going all Fairy Liquid-ish. In your average club, foam concentrate (essentially, a soap like substance containing micelles, molecules that are hydrophobic head and a lipophobic tail) is diluted with water and pumped to the foam generator, which is suspended from the ceiling. Then it is sprayed in to a fabric bag, which then shoots out onto the dance floor. By adjusting the air volume from the blower, solution flow, and thread-count of the bag’s fabric, different foam consistencies can be achieved, ranging from a thick shaving cream texture to large bubbles. The distribution of foam can range from a blizzard-like effect of small bubbles to a thick mass of bubbles. The foam sprays out and you all get wet, science in action! Well that brings us to the end of our Freshers’ Week. It’s all essays and lab reports and seminars from here on it, but enjoy it, and welcome to the best 3 (or 4, or 5, or 6) years of your life!
tial nutrients. This happens because the ethanol that is now residing quite happily in your bloodstream is being converted to acetaldehyde, a nasty little bugger that, were you to use it in a lab, would be classes as very harmful, likely to cause irritation and there is research to suggest that it is also carcinogenic. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you drink alcohol. There is no way to prevent this; the only advice that I can give you is to drink lots of water before you go to bed, this will lower the alcohol concentration in your blood, and to have some toast, with some jam or honey, this will replace the sugars that your body will desperately need when the morning comes. Eating eggs will produce an enzyme called cysteine, this will do quite a lot to counteract acetaldehyde. It’s also well worth avoiding coffee
(hopefully) mature enough to appreciate that unprotected sex can lead to babies, diseases and all sorts – not the kind of thing you want to worry about when you’re revising for exams. The Student Health Centre (just down the hill from Chancellors) can give you advice, tests, and both preemptive and emergency contraception. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that anyone who wants to be in your pants within five minutes of meeting you really isn’t the kind of person you wanna be sharing this sort of thing
are at the time – but I’m not here to debate how awesome foam parties are, I’m here to make a valuable contribution to your scientific mind. The foam that gets sprayed out of the cannons in Rubix is about 95% gas and 5% liq-
Welcome to the University of Surrey from the Musical Theatre Society! MT Soc is a society dedicated to all aspects of musicals. We run trips to West End and amateur shows, and produce at least one large musical each year, as well as concerts and many social trips and nights out.
We are a relatively new society and are just entering our second year, but we have already produced a concert and two successful musicals: Jack the Ripper (a musical), and a compilation show of our own called You Can’t Put That in a Show! This year we will be working on the smash hit, Tony award winning musical RENT, so whether you can (or can’t!) dance, sing, act, want to work backstage or just want to have fun and make some new friends, this society is for you.
In the past we hosted Hairspray and Mamma Mia singa-longs with plans to put on more this year, as well as regular trips to the West End and local amateur and professional productions in the area. So if you fancy being part of a musical, a concert or just want to join us at local or West End productions, come and see us at the Freshers’ Fayre, or send us an email, and we’d be happy to tell you more. We meet every Monday and Thursday at 6.30 in the Teaching Block, so feel free to drop in. We’re here to have fun, so don’t be shy – anyone is welcome! Hope you have a fantastic year! The Musical Theatre Society ussu.musicaltheatre@surrey. ac.uk
We are the PR society. We are a fast emerging society in the union created by expresidents and committee members of other societies, so we have the expertise and we know what we are doing. Our main aim is to help other societies do their events (socials, cultural, sport, and educational, and all varieties of events). We will help you in making the event the way you would like and with the amount of help you would like from us (sponsor your event and do it from A to Z or just in specific part of the event and its planning) have
it your way, not forgetting we will publicise your event through our powerful means of communication. Of course in whichever way we help in
your event, we will always maintain and show the image and individuality of the society in the event. PLEASE remember US when you have Your Next EVENT. Yours sincerely, The Public Relations Society Ussu.email@example.com h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . com/pages/PR-Society/149740635046311 For More Information Contact: 07578302183 (Ramin)
GameSoc has been run-
ning for several years, during its course at the university it has often been aimed primarily towards role playing games. More recently, however, GameSoc has developed into much more than this and now has a catalogue of games that appeal to a much larger audience.
GameSoc is a place for friends to come together to play games, a place to meet new
people and share the fun of games that you like playing. At GameSoc we have spent the last year improving our repertoire of games to make GameSoc what it should be, a society for everyone. From roleplaying games to board games, card games to WarHammer, we cater for everyone. We’re set up so that our members can either play the games that we have or if they want to members frequently bring along games and
Since last year, the Ahlul Bayt Society has been set up at the university; our main aims are to promote the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and his holy Ahlulbayt and to promote interfaith harmony and the spirit of brotherhood taught to us by the Prophet (P.B.U.H). Throughout the academic year working along with the Student’s Union, we have regular weekly programmes (Kumayl & Nudba) on campus, programmes for various festivals (according to calendar) and we hold lectures covering a wide range of topics featuring famous speakers along with Q & A sessions. Apart from these events, the society occasionally arranges dinners and picnics.
Ahlul Bayt Society
Along with the mentioned events carried out last year, we will be organising a variety of events this year along with other societies to pro-
vide a platform to a much wider section of the union and will contribute in advancing everyone’s knowledge. We would be happy to welcome those who would like to contribute to our society in any kind of way and it would be great to have them as a part of our team. To register with us and to be updated, you can join our mailing list and receive information about events in the near future. For more information visit us at our website www. absurrey.wordpress.com and don’t forget to join us on our Facebook group “The University of Surrey Ahlul Bayt Society”. We would like to hear more from people, so feel free to email your suggestions to Ussu.Ahlulbayt@surrey.ac.uk .
Are you a mature student (i.e. an undergraduate aged 21 yrs or over)? Did you know that the University of Surrey has a Mature Students’ Society that you can join?
tions and focus groups. The Committee organised some informal gatherings but most of MatSoc’s inaugural year was spent raising the profile of the Society. MatSoc now has over 100 members.
get people involved in an even wider spread of games. As well as games that are widely available to the public we are also a part of testing group to try out new games; on top of this we have had members creating their own games and bringing those a long for testing. GameSoc is a great place to play, create and share games with a diverse group of like minded people.
MatSoc, the Mature Students’ Society, was reactivated by mature students in 2009. The society exists to provide support, facilitate integration, represent mature students and (perhaps most importantly?!) offer a social outlet.
The Ahlul Bayt Society welcomes all the freshers to the University and wishes them all the best.
Last year, MatSoc’s Committee members worked closely with the Students’ Union to bring about changes that would benefit mature students, e.g. encouraging faculties to issue preparatory reading before programme commencement and recruiting student volunteers to offer IT support to mature students. MatSoc also participated in University Open Days, departmental induc-
This year, MatSoc will be hosting an event (The Rendezvous) on Tuesday 28th September from 12.00 - 13.00 in Roots so that new undergraduates can meet like-minded students and relax with a tea or coffee. MatSoc will be represented at Freshers’ Fayre and then in week 3, mature students can benefit from ‘Return to Study Week’, which is a MatSoc initiative facilitated by SPLASH, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub. A cheese and wine night is also planned for early on in the semester so that new and current members can meet. The current MatSoc Committee members, all final year undergrads, need the support of other mature students so that further events can be organised. Cath Holman, the current President, recently said that participating in MatSoc was a lot of fun, a great way to meet people and looked great on your CV
in this competitive climate. Will Chalmers, the Vice President, explained that the only way that MatSoc could build on the achievements of last year was to get more people involved at a Committee level. Debbie Crossman, the Treasurer, hoped to hear from students with new ideas and different skills.
If you are interested in becoming a member of MatSoc for a nominal fee, want to join the Committee or feel that you can help in any other way, please email us at ussu. firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website www.ussu.co.uk/matsoc for further information and keep up to date by joining our Facebook group, Matsoc @ the University of Surrey.
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others, as well as fun trips to professional training days and events. - WINNING STUFF: Don’t like to brag, but we’ve got a decent record. Last year we were officially the Best Amenity at Surrey and were awarded with the Outstanding Contribution To The Student Community Award. Nationally we have been the UK’s Best Student Radio Station as well as having the 2nd Best Female and 3rd Best Male & Newcomer in UK Student Radio.
Most societies will use poor innuendos, bold claims and the word BANTER to get you involved with them. I only plan to do the first two. As I’m writing this late at night I can’t think of an innuendo at the moment so I’ll just stick rigidly to the bold claims.
GU2 Radio is the student radio station of The University Of Surrey, that fact is not debatable. It is also true that we broadcast 24/7 on 1350am and online at www.gu2.co.uk. We are here to provide student related entertainment, information and music every waking moment of your time her. It’s more exciting than it sounds, break away the jargon and that basically means we are there to keep you company and get the best out of your time at Surrey. Here’s a quick list of things we do. Things that you can listen to, join in with or even help us out with:
- BIG INTERVIEWS: Within one year you could be interviewing people like Faithless, We Are Scientists, Newton Faulkner and many more if you’re bold enough. I even met Slayer.
In many ways, MADSoc (Music And Drama Society) is still in its infancy, having only been brought out of dormancy 3 years ago. But since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, providing a wide variety of different Drama and Musical workshops each week, putting on sell-out productions and managing to scrape at least one award each year!
dation for every actor on how to perform for stage, screen, radio or otherwise, as well as many guest workshops led by professional actors.
- RADIO: It’s what we do. We have a diverse mix of entertainment and music based shows (but not entertaining music) that you can listen to live or listen back to online. - COMPETITIONS: This is where we give you stuff for free. Prizes have included retro games consoles, tickets to go see England play and tickets for all the Union’s biggest events.
- CAMPUS NEWS: There’s a lot of potentially confusing stuff about the University. We don’t pretend to be smarter than we are, so we try make it understandable for people aren’t going to sit through reams of ancient documents to understand Union voting policy etc. - FUN: Ultimately, that’s what we’re about. We have fun doing this, we hope you have fun with us too. Look out for us on campus, we have free bottle openers. Join us! No prior experience necessary for off or on-air roles. Find us at Freshers Fayre and come to our very informal meeting/pub crawl/party at 6pm at Wates House. Welcome to Surrey!
MADSoc provides what every good society does; a wide range of people, all of whom help give the society its life and energy. Our weekly workshops, Tuesdays for Drama and Fridays for Musical Theatre, help provide the society with a chance to get to know one another as well as tone and train their own dramatic skills through an assortment of games, improvisations, script sessions, vocal coaching, as well as building a foun-
Don’t worry if you’ve never performed before; MADSoc is always open to new talent, and we generally start from the beginning so even those who think they know everything can learn a thing or two! All our workshops are open and friendly, helping build team work and almost always ending with us going for a pint or two in the nearest pub or bar!
from. Speaking of productions, MADSoc also puts on at least 2 productions a year, which members can audition for and take part in. Each year we’ve won an award for our shows, all thanks to the fantastic commitments made by those involved, whether you’re looking for a starring role or wish to ease your way onto stage with a small part, we have something for everyone!
On top of these, we also arrange many fantastic theatre trips for reduced price, ranging from local theatre in Guildford up to productions with the National Theatre in London! All of these are great experiences, not just for entertainment but to learn
In 3 years, MADSoc has managed to become one of the most communal societies at the University, earning itself the Arts Society of the Year Award as well as Society of the Year for the 2009/10 run! With a brilliant pub crawl every few weeks (usually in fancy dress, or casual if you’re cool), group hoodies/T-shirts, and our weekly workshops providing a great stress-reliever after a hard day’s work, MADsoc is sociable, hilarious, a bit of hard work at times, but fun, and also just a little bit MAD! We’ve won awards, made fantastic friends and painted the town blue on more than one occasion, our workshops doors open on the 5th October
Listen to us on 1350am or www.gu2.co.uk
- EVENTS: Hopefully you have already enjoyed our Moving In Party on Saturday night and seen us around campus. Next is our Rock N’ Roll N’ Fun Party at The Backline on Thursday 30th Sept and then Say Something Live Music Night on 7th October. We’ll be all over campus all year. - TRIPS: We offer some cool trips to our members. In the last year we’ve gone to Radio 1, Capital FM, Heart and
Gospel choir supports local mental health charity
Calling all gospel fans! The gospel choir from the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is performing at Surrey University on Friday 24th September 2010 at 7:30pm. Tessa Macpherson
With the numbers of postgraduates unable to find jobs skyrocketing, some question the purpose of attending university. Surrey Entrepreneurs has a different view! There has never been a more opportune time in our lives than now to be enterprising. All our lives we have been educated so that we are capable of finding a good, secure job; we are told to work hard and work our way up, but at the Surrey Entrepreneurs we like
Having recorded with the likes of Michael Ball, Mika, Pixie Lott and JLS, the choir is sure to put on a fantastic performance. In addition to this amazing repertoire, they have also battled against 15 other choirs in the BBC’s Last Choir Standing.
to ask the question – why? Why, do we use our education to try to climb the corporate ladder instead of creating our own ladder? Surrey Entrepreneurs believe that the only way we can guarantee a more stable future for ourselves and the economy is to be at the forefront of innovation. We want to help students gain skills that will not only help you be successful in life but to give you the confidence to start your own
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cals. Their ages range from 17 up to 27, and Mark De Lisser, the choir’s director, describes them as “a new gospel sound”.
The choir comprises music students from the ACM, who study a variety of sounds, including drums, guitar and vo-
The supporting act will be Guildford County School Ukulele Ensemble. This concert is the first stop on the choir’s tour, and will raise vital funds for Oakleaf Enterprise, a Guildford-based char-
ity which helps people with mental health issues to return to work. Through training in horticulture, IT and upholstery, Oakleaf’s clients are able to gain the skills and confidence necessary to find full-time employment. Tickets cost £15 each and are available from Oakleaf Enterprise on 01483 303 649.
by experience. This is the only way that we can grow and become well-rounded individuals. With the help of our workshops and guest speakers as well as our mini-enterprises we know that we’ll be able to help you succeed in business and life.
For more information go to surreyentrepreneurs.com
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Pakistan Students Association
Pakistan Students Association at Surrey invites this year’s freshers to join us for some desi maza. Last year we hosted numerous successful events including the Chaand Raat, the boys cricket tournament, a horror Pakistani movie showing (Ziba Khana), and an end of year summer barbecue and sheesha afternoon by the lakeside. The PSA was also part of the IGala during the international awareness week at Surrey. Our bhangra performance, fashion show and pakhtoon dance was much appreciated by the audience as it showed culture and patriotism as we ended our show with the song “Jazba Junoon” waving our flag high up. After weeks
and Hamza Javaid (President of the Islamic society) an online fundraising link was established. A total amount of £5000 was raised. More fundraising is underway, so please donate generously.
I would like to take this chance to say goodbye to some key committee members from last year. Our expresident Usman Mumtaz, Sports co-ordinator Zain Abbas, Riaz Rahman and I-Gala manager Faheem Shahzad who have worked very hard all year round.
of rehearsal and spontaneous fun, members of the PSA managed to display their talent.
Alongside all the fun, the PSA and the Islamic Society have made a joint effort to raise funds to help ease the current plight in Pakistan. Hundreds
of thousands of people have been affected by the recent floods. Many have lost their families and homes and many haven’t even been reached out for aid yet. A very commendable member of the PSA, Riaz Rahman, along with the others organised a charity
cricket match to raise funds. Iftaris have been organised in collaboration with the Islamic society to raise funds for those depleted souls in our home country with no home to go back to. With a joint effort of Usman Mumtaz, Faheem Shahzad, Aftab Khan
Introducing the new committee, Zuhaib Akram (President), Saira Khan (Vice President) and Faha Zahid (Treasurer), we welcome you to join the PSA and make this year even better than the last by being active members. Bring fresh new ideas, make new friends for more fun and games this year and keep in touch with your culture. Saira Khan (Vice President, PSA)
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Surrey United Anti-Capitalists
Look, we know you’ve heard it all before. The BP on the Gulf. Bankers in the City. The US in Haiti. Mercenaries in Iraq. House demolitions in Palestine. Three-piece suits filling meeting halls. Greening hate. Pimping poverty. War is Peace. Because Holocaust accompanied by a smile is tolerance. Money is really our best friend.
but has only changed the bars. We pay in blood, sweat and tears to work someone else’s version of our own lives. However, we have our own proclamation to declare: Our humanity is not for sale. Our lives cannot be bought. We are not products but people.
us fight this storm.
Do you dare to try something different?
Among our divisions, we are united by the following. Our resistance originates from the same river of freedom. Our desires driven by solidarity. Our power drawn from community. The truth is capitalism is working against us. It is community’s blight; a systemic dehumanizing overdose. It is a literal and metaphoric forestfire; decimating the environment, dissolving our families and burning through our children’s lives. Capitalism preaches equal opportunity, but practices hierarchy. It proclaims the abolition of slavery,
The ruling class has declared war on the people of the world. They now come to us with the bill. The government wishes to inflict 20% VAT on everything we buy, raise tuition fees, axe thousands of jobs, and slash our bleeding healthcare budget. Will we let government take more than we are willing to give? Can we afford to allow this theft to go unchecked? Members of Surrey United Anti-Capitalists (SUAC) do not think so, and we are calling all community members to help
SUAC is a united group of students, workers, and unemployed people of all ages and from all walks of life. Our members include Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, Environmentalists, Peace campaigners and Humanists. What unites us is an understanding that capitalism is not working and we need to fight for a better future, free from the rule of profit, the threat of war, fascism, and environmental destruction. If you are interested in joining or hearing more about the activities of SUAC, join our Facebook group or email firstname.lastname@example.org Surrey United Anti-Capitalists http://suacs.wordpress.com/
Are you into Metal/ Rock/ Punk/ Ska -that sort of thing?
You’ll very likely fit in well with No Wave; Surrey Uni’s alternative music society.
No Wave is the alternative music society at The University of Surrey - the equivalent of RockSoc at other universities, but includes more genres than usual. It covers the above genres - plus far beyond and in between. No Wave has been an active society on campus for 35+ years and has no intentions of stopping yet. I have been a member of No Wave for around 3 years and have got involved with everything it has to offer. During term time we have DJ nights
In the past few years we have put on gigs which have included member’s bands, local bands, and even big name bands. No Wave has given many people a chance to play in front of all their friends on a stage with some other great musicians. If you’re a budding rock musician, it might just have a platform for you. With all this experience, we know where all the best local rock clubs are and organise regular outings to them. Examples include Conspiracy at the Boileroom in Guildford, and Schism in Woking. So if you want to get involved with one of the longest running and most successful RockSocs in the country, come along to our meetings. Everybody and anybody is welcome to attend. Every Tuesday in Roots at 7.30pm for No Wave discussion and drinking.
The Chemical Engineering Society 2010/11
If you’re studying Chemical Engineering then this year you’re bound to be involved with the society in one way or another. The new committee have already put some great plans into place, and a larger budget this year means bigger and better events! We welcome students from all disciplines and all years to get involved with the exciting range of activities that we offer. This year promises all the
events and opportunities of last year, including the pub crawls, the Frank Morton sports day, the thrash, skittles, the dinner & dance, and many other social events – plus some new events too, such as a trip to the Hogsback brewery.
If you want to join the society, attend an event, get on the mailing list, or just want some more information, please join our Facebook group (University of Surrey's Chemical Engineering). The Committee (Alex, Chris, Ed, Elliot, Scott, Simon).
The Law Society offers an exciting range of opportunities to its members throughout the year whether you are a law student or just interested in the legal profession. We organise trips and legal visits, guest speakers, social and networking events and our annual law ball which has on more than one occasion been nominated as the Best Society event of the year. Last year we had the prestigious Baroness Hale from the Supreme Court as our guest speaker. We have mooting (mock trial) competitions, client interviewing and negotiating competitions. Membership is only £10 if you join at the Fresher’s Fayre.
USSU Windband always needs wind players and percussionists. “GIVE IT A BLOW
Anyone can join, any standard of performance, from any course - there are no auditions, just turn up and join in! Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings 7:15pm till 9:30pm in AP3 The first Windband concert will be taking place in PATS Studio 1 on Monday December 13th - Admission FREE!
Any questions or to join the mailing list email Charlotte at ussu.windband@surrey. ac.uk “
Did you know... If it is your birthday during semester time, speak to Students’ Union reception and there is a chance you could get free Rubix entry or meal vouchers for Chancellors?
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Welcome back Dance and Theatre Junkies, and Hello Freshers! The Stag I hope you all had a wonderful summer break, and are ready to ride the waves of the Fresher Frenzy… email@example.com
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ment there was also something of the supernatural in her earthliness, the wind lifting her as she leapt, ran and span in dream-like motion, so slowly down towards us. Moments of tender contact with the cathedral’s tower were contrasted by her powerful leaps and escape from it. Her freeness and willing ness to fall and float was thought provoking for the trembling, gasping, risk-averse world below and a spectacle for all who were gathered to witness. Kate Lawrence has been a lecturer in Surrey’s dance department for 11 years. Sadly, she will be leaving her post in September 2010 to focus on her PhD but will be back from time to time in Surrey for research and to teach vertical dance so keep an eye up! She will be greatly missed in the department and her work at Surrey has been invaluable.
you a demonstration right now thank you very much. Number 2
The Descent of the Angel
This is a time of great excitement. I remember it well; willfully stuffing as much of your previous life as physically (and sometimes not even physically) possible into a poor unfortunate relative’s car, and making the journey to Surrey, in some contorted and compromising position, possibly with one bum cheek hanging off the car seat and a plant pot on your lap. As a former fresher of the ‘dance and culture studies’ variety, I remember being utterly perplexed in my first few weeks at university. This is of course not uncommon now; as I embark on my fourth and final year, however the vibrant merry-go-round-informationoverload-dizzying-heights that those first sumptuous tasters deliver are incomparable. So, I thought I would offer a few pearls of wisdom that might be useful as you are born unto Surrey dance student fresher-dom. Number 1
Where possible, try not to drink a skin-full the night before an early kathak class. Kathak spins do not work well whilst sweating alcohol, and the results will not be pretty. However if you rather like the feeling that your head is going to fall off and continue spinning across the room of its own accord then do feel free. For other classes this tip is not so essential; in fact, ballet classes on a hangover can prove rather soothing. Number 3
Try to avoid going to Channies during the break between tech rehearsal and group warm up for any show/exam. Ordering the ‘southern fried platter’ (basically just stuff deep fried into unrecognizable proportions) may sound like a good idea at the time, but when that pre-show nausea and stomach butterflies kick in... well you get where I’m going with this. Number 5 You will also probably spend much of your social time berating and verbally abusing the dance administration system with your fellow dancer peers over a shandy or two. This can be a) quite fun and b) a good way to let off steam, whilst you stay securely in the knowledge that provided the chance you would give the department a good once over (probably not but a bit of naivety never hurt anyone). This is of course all just good clean fun, and such things must never be uttered within a 5 metre radius of Nodus. Number 6 And finally, enjoy your time at Surrey. Make the most of being in the one place where you are completely surrounded by people of the same age and with the same interests (probably minus the leery-eyed drunkards in the union, unless pole dancing is your thing of course). It’s a funny old place and will begin to feel like home in no time at all!
Vertical Dance Performance by Kate Lawrence for Dance and Spectacle Conference July 2010.
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The crowed buzzed and swarmed, anticipating and excited in the setting sun. The cathedral stood bold and formidable – imposing against the endless blue skies. At the top, a figure appeared, she too was bold. The wind danced in her white costume and she looked outwards, like the golden angel beside her. Haunting piano notes played; the audience were hushed. The music was discordant at times, uncertain and shrill – in tune with the spectators’ disbelief as she fell from her stance. But it was not so much fall as flight as she swooped fearlessly down from her tower. This fallen angel, supposedly banished from heaven was very much of this earth, her vivid figure making contact and fleeing from the harsh amber bricks. In our amaze-
Did you know... In 2007, the University of Surrey became the first building in Britain to have a Synagogue, Muslim prayer hall, Gurdwara Chapel built separately under one roof.
‘If you dance, you dance because you have to. Every dancer hurts, you know.’ Katherine Dunham
Try not to get too discouraged by the look on individual’s faces (namely members of the opposite sex slurring at you in the union) when you tell them what degree you do. Their reactions will be one of two very specific but contrasting ‘oh’s. The first ‘oh’ spoken in a tone that might insinuate that you probably don’t have two brain cells to rub together, in which instance you must spout something about Nijinski or Siobhan Davies; it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make any sense, as long as it sounds clever. The second kind of ‘ooh’ will consequently spark the need for the two following consecutive answers; no we do not study the art of pole dancing on the course, and no we do not want to give
Make friends with other students within the same faculty. Film, theatre and music students are very useful people. If provided with care, attention and possibly some sort of sugary delicacy, they will do wonders for you. You may have to venture into the unknown to carry out this task; for example most music students can be found in small hidden corners of the ‘other side’ of PATS, which itself is akin to a musical rabbit warren. However emit the word ‘soundscape’ and they will love you forever. You will, sooner or later, feel the need to cut your trousers into cropped – trousers in a haphazard manner because they are either too long, it’s too hot or you just fancy a new wardrobe and have no loan left to actually buy a shorter pair. And of course you are far too busy to turn them up like normal people. Please, at this point I do urge you to think carefully. A pair of trousers cut to the length of cycling shorts does not make suitable dance attire. And - let’s be honest here – nobody looks good in cycling shorts. Number 4
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ment of Music and Sound Recording, David Burrowes. How Much: Free When: 7.30pm Wednesday 20 October: If That’s All There Is by Inspector Sands Where: PATS Dance Studio What: Transforming the ambience of Studio One for one night only, this event promises to be a little different and offers a rare opportunity to see this Australian-based ensemble in the UK. Expect improvisational activity and sounds from an exceptional group of improvisers and performers, directed by the highly regarded composerimproviser and research academic, Roger Dean. How Much: Free to University of Surrey Students Also this month… Why not liven up your lunchhour and try something new? Every Wednesday we hold free lunchtime concerts in the PATS Building, Studio One, between 1.10pm and 2pm. These concerts usually feature student performers from the Department of Music and Sound Recording. Feel free to pop down for as come lost and yet it diverted from the hustle bustle of a busy town centre and stood alone. However the outside location and free admission
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long as you like, the full hour or just ten minutes, as you may come and go between performances. Look Out For… Retina Dance Company will bring a stunning double bill, La Lutte & Antipode, to the University’s Dance venue on Wednesday 3rd November. In Antipode four young male dancers are joined by a double bass player as they perform a raw and exhilarating piece of athletic dance. Check out the event on our Facebook page to view some mesmerising preview clips.
What’s On? October 2010
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A big hello to all new Freshers and welcome back to returning students. We hope you all had a fantastic summer! Here you’ll be able to find out about a selection of performances and events taking place on campus each month and what not to miss. To keep up-to-date with our activities, leave comments and interact, join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/universityofsurreyarts Tuesday 5 October: Film Screening: The Vanishing of the Bees When: Where: PATS Dance Studio. In the building adjacent to the NatWest Bank 7.30pm
explore examples of the disturbed relationships between humans and other creatures. Essential for pollinating many of our crops, where have all the bees gone? This controversial film about colony collapse disorder points the finger for the rapidly declining number of honey bees at systemic pesticides, although it also explores and reveals along the way the long and complex history of the relationship between human society and honey bees. If you like eating come see this film. How Much: Wednesday 6 October: Lunchtime Recital featuring cellist David Burrowes When: 1.10pm Where: PATS Studio One other story. Free
What: Inspector Sands, winners of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize 2009, bring their theatre show If That’s All There Is to the PATS Studio. Top quality comedy theatre, on campus. For more information visit www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/theatre How Much: £5 students, £10 full, call: 01483 686876 Friday 22 October: austraLYSIS Concert When: 7.30pm Where: PATS Studio One
What: The first in our series of film documentaries that
What: Our first lunchtime concert of the new semester, featuring the superb cellist, and tutor within the DepartThe four dancers: three male, one female hold a sense of belonging to one another. As they stray from the house they explore their surrounding space, although this is resolved as they always seem to return home.
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plified as they fearlessly jump into the arms of support by way of a grand jete.
Motionhouse’s newly commissioned work Cascade was premiered earlier this month as part of the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. The company are now touring this new repertoire around the UK. Competing against the one-way traffic of a busy Guildford town centre, one of their venues included the pavement outside the Electric Theatre. A makeshift set prevails in the form of scaffolding, a wooden platform that resembles a roof, a bent street lamp, and an aerial. It seems as if there has been a flood prior to the piece as the performance area is lined by sandbags spaced out in a circle on the concrete floor. A broken home perhaps? Well yes, visually it does look quite broken and dishevelled; however the dancers tell an-
A windswept scene is set near the opening of the piece. Umbrellas and coats suggest an autumnal day as the dancers wrestle their way across the path whilst pre-recorded sound effects imply gushes of howling wind. This is realistic yet comical and certainly identifies a strong narrative for the piece. The dancing body for Motionhouse is strong, powerful, energetic. Their punches, high extensions of the leg, fast spins are acrobatic. Clear motivic hand gestures are repeated again as each dancer takes their hand to mouth, cheeks, stomach. Not only are they athletic, but also artistic as they convey feelings of sorrow. Some exciting and inventive partner work reinforces the strong connection between dancers. This becomes exem-
This piece seems to not be gender specific or gender sensitive, rather a uniting of men and women. As man lifts man, woman lifts man, and man lifts woman. There is however, one moment where the female dancer is passed between the three men to keep her out of the water - as if she is too delicate to make contact with the water. This moment appears as a replication of the previous passing of sandbags down a line of the dancers to the house. To which the expression to keep one’s head above water springs to mind. The female dancer is as strong as her male counterparts are; her sleeveless red top accentuates her athleticism.
increased the accessibility of Cascade, ensuring that the piece was a spectacle regardless of Motionhouse’s talent.
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There is also a sense of ownership over the house. An impressive headstand on the flimsy rooftop, chin-ups on the street lap, and climbing of the scaffolding give the dancer’s a clear possession over the dilapidated home. There was every chance that the performance would be-
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I have conversed at length with these four voices and it seems they are all in the same situation as myself - surrounded by their own four distinct voices but unable to move beyond a small boundary. However, none of the four voices I can hear can talk to each other and this puzzled me for some time until I questioned my four voices closer. It seems that every pair of the voices I can hear share a companion. This suggests to me that each individual person is arranged into a lattice within the earshot of only four others. My relationship to the voices beyond my four companions is a secondary one however it would seem that, via word of mouth, I can assume that this arrangement of blind immobile people continues forever – the infinity of
I am blind. I have always been blind, ever since I came into being. I am also immobile, which isn’t to say that I cannot achieve physical motion but that I am confined to a small space, about ten strides in any direction making my area what I believe to be a circle. In my boundaries food and facilities are plentiful to keep me in good health, but there are no other life forms. Or at least that is what I assume as I have never had physical contact with anything that can move under its own volition. I can however hear four distinct human voices - each corresponds to the four points of my internal compass.
increasingly distant relationships seems like a daunting but strong possibility.
Often I will hear tell of a movement to explore our condition via formalized communication; to attempt to solve the blindness that dogs us and even leave the compounds we are set within. However, these mutterings are sporadic and never come to anything; they are waves of impotent excitation that disperse quickly. Of late I have grown bored with the stagnant conversation of my companions, and with our languid diatribes on depression. I barely talk to them which leaves me in a bizarre solitude; I know the world is full of human life but I am totally cut off through a self inflicted communication embargo.
Book review: The Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest)
Stieg Larsson handed in three manuscripts to his publisher before he unfortunately died in 2005; they make up the Millennium trilogy. If you are reading the first you are definitely reading the rest.
the long lost Harriet Vagner. It’s during this first book that they grow on each other, and their adventures in this book that will establish Mikael’s devotion to Lisbeth for the next books. The other two books, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, deal mainly with Lisbeth’s storyline, they serve as a prequel on revealing why Lisbeth is the way she is and they also open up possibilities to her future.
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Larsson coins up an unusual pair to expose corruption in modern Swedish society; a grown-up – somewhat freakier – version of Pippi Longstockings who’s just as loveable to the reader and a financial journalist who tends to dig up dirt on filthy billionaires, a man that no woman can resist. Lisbeth Salander is weird; she stands in for all the marginalized individuals of the new millennium. She is the most original heroine to emerge from contemporary fiction.
Mikael Blomkvist is the writer’s alter ego, a man who doesn’t settle for anything less than justice. He is everything that is admirable in his profession. In the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist teams with Lisbeth to solve the mystery of
However Larsson’s real issue is women; their position in the 21st century and how they are received by men. He explicitly talks about men who hate women (this is actually the Swedish title of the first book), he writes about violence against women, physical and emotional, about trafficking and about discriminations against women. He chooses his characters carefully and even his side female characters are placed in positions of power – lawyer, editor, policewomen et al – depicting thus the discrimination that women still have to face.
Though in general placed under crime fiction, Larssons’ books are a tribute to feminism. They are praise to today’s woman who puts on her brave face every day to go out and take over the world. Mikael will become your best friend while Lisbeth will become your role model or vice versa. The Millenium trilogy is a must-read!
Would you give up your paperback?
It was the release of Amazon’s new Kindle that heated up the debate over e-readers. Faithful readers all over the world that have held up their fords (i.e. ‘real’ books) for so long, are now wondering whether the digital screen is really worth abandoning their printed pages for.
happens to your belovedold-falling-apart paperback that has accompanied you for years and years? Or to those lovely paperbacks waiting to be bought by you?
An e-reader sounds charming or hip at the very least. As the Internet is (or maybe it already has?) taking over our lives one must seriously consider the possibility of next reading his or her favorite classic on an electronic device on which you can turn a page or zoom in to adjust to your needs by a simple touch on the screen. Well that sounds nice. But what
‘A beautiful, haunting new Dickensian tale of growing up between two mothers and two motherlands, each making suffocating claims on a girl who I would have liked to call a friend.’ Catherine McKinley, author of The Book of Sarahs
The process of buying a book is one of the most exciting experiences for any bookworm. It is a ritual that has been a favorite pastime to so many modern men and women. Picture this: you go to your bookstore where salespeople know you by now, randomly pick up any book that attracts your eye, skim through the back-cover and sniff through the pages, after that you put it down and move on to the next. After you have aimlessly wondered all around the bookstore you go back to the one that has really caught your eye and just buy it. That sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
However what with the super-fast tempos of the 21st century and the middleclass’s general lack of money most people just don’t do that anymore.
Shopping online is the new trend but it’s also very practical. It saves you the trip downtown and a sack of money at the end of the day. So most readers nowadays type amazon.com or ebay. com or something like that on their laptops running on a fast ADSL line or on a wireless net and quickly search for what they want and in less than 5 minutes have completed a transaction that would have taken them an hour plus in the old traditional way. In that case though, doesn’t it make more sense to buy the electronic book anyhow? If you are skipping the ritual, mightn’t you just skip the pa-
Let’s think this through, an e-reader doesn’t cost all that much, it depends on the memory you want but overall it’s not that expensive. An ereader is so small that it can fit into your handbag and it can be carried around just like any old paperback.
Think about the possibility of just carrying your entire book collection with you at all times, you can do that with e-books, you just have them on your hard disk and they weigh next to nothing.
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by Precious Williams
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An e-book costs less online than the actual paperback and it doesn’t have to be shipped over. Then there’s the practical side of the thing. I dread moving out because of my books, it took endless boxes and a whole lot of money to ship my books back home after I finished the university, you can’t just leave your books behind can you? And though it’s always nice looking at your shelves packed with books it’s never nice cleaning them up, is it?
The whole thing sounds fun but what about the actual experience of reading a book. I am pretty sure that an e-book doesn’t have that wonderful intoxicating smell that old books have and I am vaguely certain that e-book pages will never turn yellow. We all know that there’s nothing like reading an old yellow smelly withered book. It just makes you feel happy.
But if writers have given up on pen and paper, if they have ceased to dot there (i)s and cross their (t)s in favor of a delete button shouldn’t we at least think about e-reading?
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‘Raw, honest, heartbreaking and heart-warming, Precious: A True Story will linger in your soul long after the book is closed, reminding us all that there is nothing more powerful on earth than the human spirit.’ Donna Hill, author of What Mother Never Told Me
A story of mothers and daughters, of a struggle with racial identity and a journey to find a sense of belonging.
The lucky applicants are a 57-year-old white woman and her daughter, who love babies, especially black babies. In fact my new foster mother has felt mesmerised by ‘coloured’ children ever since reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when she herself was a child.
‘Where are you from?’ is a question I always find hard to answer. 1971: an ad in Nursery World. Private foster parents required for a three-month-old baby – me.
Precious is the story of growing up black in a white community, of struggling to find an identity that fits amid conflicting messages, of deciphering a childhood full of secrets and dysfunction. Painfully honest, swerving from farce to tragedy, Precious has a spirit that refuses to be crushed.
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Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns is the band’s fourth studio release and marks a further departure from the rap/rock genre. The 15 song album, released 13 September through Warner Bros, is arguably the most polished offering from the American rockers but will inevitably divide opinion. Daniel Stevens
‘Waiting for the End’ and the stand-out ‘Iridescent’ may keep the attention of those who enjoyed Hybrid Theory, whilst fans of Chester Bennington are treated to an acoustic closer in ‘The Messenger’. With much media comparison with the group Public Enemy, Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns is a must for fans of politically-charged, experimental music. There is no doubt that Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin have produced a strong musical offering, however, if you didn’t enjoy the band’s previous release Minutes to Midnight, it is highly unlikely that you’ll praise this effort. 3/5
Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
Professor Green – Alive Till I’m Dead
1983 R&B classic
With heavy political overtones throughout, the band have used a number of samples – ‘Wretches and Kings’ (Mario Savio), ‘Wisdom, Justice, and Love’ (Martin Luther King, Jr.) – as well as a range of new instruments and techniques not heard on previous releases. Whilst this makes the album technically strong, it sounds very similar
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‘The Catalyst’, released as a single in August, is a perfect example of the experimental nature of this album, receiving criticism from the band’s hardcore fan-base following release. ‘Wretches and Kings’,
2010 has been a good year for London-based breakthrough acts. Since Tinie Tempah, whose hugely anticipated album Disc-Overy is due to be released this October, kick started the trend with massive club hit Pass Out in February, the charts have been dominated by such acts as Example, one-time soul superstar Plan B, Chase & Status, Roll Deep and esteemed producer/singer Labrinth. As perfect formulas go, it seems grime, D&B and British hip-hop make for a combinative force not to be reckoned with.
Just Be Good to Me and establishes Green with a cheeky boys-will-be-boys persona. Meanwhile, other songs on the album are hit and miss: at the best of times they offer a rich glimpse into the artist’s private life as on album concluder Goodnight, while at the worst the listener is left with a wannabe Slim Shady for the UK, whose sharpest lines are occasionally drowned out by an unnecessary bassline.
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Not surprising then that Professor Green has jumped on the bandwagon with Alive Till I’m Dead, a debut overflowing with catchy hooks, samples and collaborations. Its major selling point, the irresistible second single Just Be Good to Green featuring Lily Allen, is an innovative tribute to the
Tracks such as Monster and Oh My God are a prime example of collaborative overkill, and while some of the best tracks this year have been the result of unlikely cross-genre collaborations, Green begins to rely too heavily on others: frustrating when you realise his potential as a standalone artist. Rumours are already rife that Professor Green will be storming the music scene again early next year, let’s just hope a follow up album will be capable of matching his chart output.
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loads more. Price: £3 students, £5 non and for an exceptionally good price. Headlining will be Subsource, fresh from decimating crowds of thousands at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Blissfields and Secret Garden Party with their energetic dance/rock/dubpunk sound. These guys are a seriously exciting live band that were once described as making “Pendulum look like The Fucking Carpenters.” Very strong support line-up including A Stranger In Moscow’s beat infused rock and the fun folk-pop of Surrey’s own Bordeauxxx, plus more! This is one to show just how hard Surrey can party, don’t let the team down! Price: Free What: The Dirty Disco and more When: October 29th, 7:30pm2am Where: The Boileroom For four years The Boileroom has been an exciting and creative hub of musical and cultural activity in Guildford, as
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well as having great noodles. This night is their Halloween party, headlined by the freakish, perverse and irresistibly catchy Dirty Disco. Their electro-pop riot has been championed by Radio 1, 6music and anyone who is after something a little bit different but still really good! Price: £5 advance (from www.TheBoileroom.net), £6 on door
Guildford Gig Guide
Welcome to Guildford! Home of The Stranglers, Guilfest and The ACM. Also, Surrey is of course where Led Zeppelin played their first gig and still hosts big acts such as We Are Scientists, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Example. This town has a strong history with live music and as students here it is up to you to carry on supporting it. The local music scene is diverse, fun and has some artists of exceptional calibre. But wandering into a new town with new venues and new bands can be quite daunting, so to help you out we’ve picked out 5 gigs over the next month that are worth checking out. If you’re clever, you can do all of these for a total of £12 and you will be a better person for it! What: The Stanley Blacks, Waxhouse plus GU2 Radio Rock N’ Roll N’ Fun DJ sets
What: Jazz Morley and more
When: October 6th, 8:30pm11pm
Where: Fahrenheit 55
Price: £4 advance (from The Bookshop), £5 on door What: Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer and more
When: September 7:30pm-2:30am Where: The Backline
The Backline has recently been revamped and reopened. It’s built into the underside of a train bridge, has a vodka chandelier, and has a cool-but-not-wanker-y feel to it, it’s also the closest bar to campus that isn’t on campus. The Stanley Blacks are a tight Indie rock band who blend the stadium and the garage sound quite nicely and are very easy to get into. After the bands there will be 3 hours of Rock N’ Roll N’ Fun from GU2 Radio. This will be a period with lots of choruses (that you know,) jumping off the stage lots and singing all your favourite rock hits really loud. Expect Blink 182, Guns N’ Roses, The Libertines and
For more acoustic based music, Fahrenheit 55’s Strangers On A Train night is every Wednesday night and has artists from all over the world coming to play this unique little bar (it’s up an alleyway off the High Street.) This week will see the chilled and delightful sound of Jazz Morley. A beautiful Dorset based lass with a mass of support from the BBC behind her a repertoire of touching, playful and catchy songs to enjoy cocktails and tapas too. A very good place to take someone on a date. Price: Free What: Say Something Live Music Night - Subsource, A Stranger In Moscow, Bordeauxxx and more Where: The Students Union Surrey’s first big live music night of the year! The biggest stage, the best artists
When: October 13th, 8:30pm11pm Where: Fahrenheit 55
When: October 7th, 7pm11pm
Mr B aims to bring the Queen’s English to the musical genre of hip-hop. A white collar, upper class cad who plays his own brand of ‘chaphop’ with the flow of a master rapper and the tone of a true Gentleman. Look up Straight Outta Surrey on YouTube to see what I’m talking about or perhaps even his football World Cup song Let’s Just Get This Over And Done With, Then We’ll Get Back To The Cricket. A truly unique artist!
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likely to see all year. Physicality does the talking and the It is amazing to look at Pix- characters are ones that are ar’s track-record and wonder rife with heartbreak and comhow they accomplish as much passion. as they do. Well, look no further than Toy Story 3 which Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is fun, but at the forefront is (12A, *****) a touching, easily relatable story. What happens to those Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilthat are left behind when we grim, a throwaway dork who grow up? Even if it is not the falls in love with Ramona Flowbest of the Toy Story films, it ers. Ramona is a young woman no doubt completes one heck who has a history of dating the wrong people. of a trilogy. Marvellous. Toy Story 3 (U, *****)
The Last Exorcism (15, Daniel Stamm) ***** Produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), The Last Exorcism goes down the route of faux-documentary in order to tell a tale that is in the end, incredibly daft. Set in Louisiana, a priest is about to perform his final exorcism. The two cameramen are there to capture event even though they believe it to be a sham. Of course, you do not need to be smart to figure out what happens. It is more real than they thought. Thus begins the shaky camera Blair Witch-esque ‘authenticity’. The ne plus ultra for this
genre is, of course, The Exorcist – which was in my mind a film ‘of the time’. The problem is that now The Exorcist seems incredibly silly, so what do you do with a film about exorcism? Well, either play it straight but subtle (Requiem, for my money, is the best film on this subject), or go nuts with it like so many other B-Movies of the 60s or 70s. What The Last Exorcism does is go with the flow for the first hour or so, and then brutally scarpers it towards the end. A few creepy moments and an exceptional performance by Ashley Bell are just enough to give it some credit, but you might as well forget the last act.
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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (15, *****)
Werner Herzog returns with a more offbeat film than his previous bigger budgeted Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Here you have a madcap cast including Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier and Brad Dourif, all giving Klaus Kinski a run for his money. Supposedly based on true events, an eccentric man (Michael Shannon) contemplates murdering his mother. It is completely baffling and most of the time unavailing. Still, if you are willing to take a shot at it, you might find little things to contemplate.
Dinner for Schmucks (12A, Jay Roach)
***** As if Le Diner de Cons (which this is inspired by) was not really funny, then comes Dinner For Schmucks. The French original seems like a cavalcade of laughs in comparison. It’s a Movie for Schmucks. Dinner for Schmucks stars Paul Rudd as an executive who is invited to a dinner in which there is a competition for who can bring the kookiest guest. One day, his luck hits the jackpot when he ac-
cidentally hits Barry (Steve Carrell) with his car. After experiencing the eccentric behaviour of Barry first hand, he invites him to the dinner. And, er, that’s it.
Tamara Drewe (15, Stephen Frears) *****
Director Sylvain Chomet completes where Jacques Tati tried to get off the ground. The story of a magician meeting a delusional young woman in isolated Scotland is made even more sublime with some of the best animation you are The Illusionist (PG, *****)
In order for Scott to be Ramona’s boyfriend, he must defeat her Seven Evil Exes. Edgar Wright has a handle of the gimmicky side of Scott Pilgrim and it is certainly a blast to watch. Only if it were not quite so baggy, would it be more accomplished. However, it’s fun nonetheless.
There is obviously a masquerade of comedic talent on show including David Walliams, who looks like he has made a mistake. Also, you have Chris O’Dowd, Lucy Punch and Ron Livingston. The film itself neglects everything that these talents have to show. Instead, it is almost two hours of rip-offs of famous scenes, sex jokes and milking these ‘schmucks’ for all they are worth. It is quite simply a waste of time. And the cast should k n o w better.
Stephen Frears returns with a self-satisfied effort adapted from a newspaper comic strip (which, truth be told, I have never come across). Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) is an attractive journalist who has returned to her native Dorset from having a nose job. Almost instantly,
she has caught the interest of the entire village that fall head-over-heals for her. At the same time, we are introduced to line of characters that either despise each other or are quirkily trying to get along.
bluntly, I quite simply do not understand Tamara Drewe.
Tamara Drewe was played at the Cannes Film Festival to a rapturous and darling reception from the critics. So do forgive me when I say this after seeing it twice. To put it
First of all, I think it suffers from an identity crisis. As you see from the poster, it looks like an appealing romantic comedy with Gemma Arterton at the forefront. On the other hand, the film suggests it is quaint, sub-Hardy, madcap comedy. Then it becomes a darker, almost chaotic, and trying to be more than it is. Even some characters look out of place, particularly Dominic Cooper.
Not only does it seem a dumbfounded venture, but it also seemed to me to be very complacent. What makes the film watchable at times are the performances, especially by Tamsin Greig, Roger Allam and Jessica Barden who all pull their weight. Yes, it is amusing some times. Yes, it has some great performances. Is it an accomplished film? Well, I doubt it.
University of Surrey Netball Club
Jodie Schultz Whether you’re a serious netball player or someone who has never tried it before, University of Surrey Netball Club is for everyone. Our universal aim is to have fun, both on and off the court! Netball is a great way to meet new people and we can guarantee some
of your best memories will be made through this club.
Apart from this, we will be entering a third team, and if we have even more players wanting to compete, a fourth team will also be entered into a local Saturday morning league. All members will get the chance to train on a weekly basis in the brand new Surrey Sports Park. The sessions will range from general fitness to improving technique, and every practice will end with a fun game of netball.
with your friends
Netball at Surrey is changing this year and is going to be better than ever. We will have two competitive BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) teams who compete on a regular basis against other universities in a competitive league. These teams will have elite training sessions with Tamsin Greenway, Surrey Storm captain and England player.
We also socialise at home and the netball club like to meet up outside of training and there is plenty of opportunity for us to get dressed up, go out and have fun together at our weekly, themed socials. Our first social this year will be on Wednesday 29th September and we wel-
come everyone along.
Netball is going to be exciting this year, so if you want to be part of it or find out more, come and find us at Fresher’s Fayre or visit our minisite and Facebook page. We look forward to meeting and playing with you all!
Next year we plan to go on tour in April for a week in a nice hot country! It will be a week where you get to compete in a netball tournament, but also get to enjoy a great holiday socialising
Right, so it’s that time of year again when you have every single sports club and society hammering on about why they are the best and why you should join up with them.
this year it is back by popular demand! Hundreds of Snowsports enthusiasts will hit the streets of Guildford, to show the town the true way to party. Make sure that you are one of them!
dry slopes competitions against the other UK universities, you could be part of the team keeping them at the top. Get in touch with our captains: Oli Forbes (ski) or Erik Story (board), if you feel that you want to be part of the magic. The obvious main event for the club is the trip. This year it is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Firstly, we are going to
And the summer’s biggest loser is...
Not to sound biased (well maybe slightly!), but joining Surrey Snowsports will be the best decision of your life. And trust me – you do not need to be able to ski or snowboard to join the club. The social scene is definitely a large part of Snowsports’ charm. Nothing beats bonding in the Union, protecting your glass from golf balls, with a little bit of casual chanting thrown in. The Whiteout bar crawl last year was one of the best of the University calendar, and
And although alcohol is a fairly large factor of Snowsports socials it certainly doesn’t end there. At Surrey, Snowsports is not just a Winter sport. We have trips and activities all year round. From beginner lessons, to racing, to trips to Milton Keynes to perfect our skills before hitting the Alps on our Christmas trip. It is the biggest club on campus for a reason. There is something for everyone – regardless of what you are after.
If you’ve already mastered the basics, and count yourself as a bit of a pro, you definitely need to join the race team. Our skiers and boarders are known for dominating the slopes, and with year round
Val T which is renowned for having the sickest powder as well as being the biggest party resort in the Alps. You would be foolish to miss this. For as little as £359, you can experience what is guaranteed to be one of the best weeks of your life. Just picture it now...the friends that you will make, the nights that you probably won’t remember, the undoubtedly amazing fancy dress themes and the unbelievable snow. Get it booked now! Find out everything that you could ever want to know by joining our Facebook Group ‘Surrey Snowsports’ or going to our website – www.surreysnowsports.com. Come say hello at Fresher’s Fayre. Just get involved. You know you want to.
It seemed like Fabio Capello was going to be the summer’s biggest loser for so long. For all the excitement and hyperbole going in to the World Cup, Capello might as well have spent June and July knelt down in Westminster Abbey awaiting his knighthood. The country wasn’t just excited – it was expectant. Perhaps the most successful qualification campaign England had ever had could only be followed up by our most successful World Cup, right?
classy photograph of Capello’s head with donkey ears superimposed under the headline “Jackass”, simply for choosing not to pick a 17 year old who at that point has managed a hefty 4 Premiership appearances for Arsenal. Capello was to blame for the summer’s failure, and the only solution people could see was for Capello to move on.
Of course, that didn’t happen, and it seemed that in the eyes of the nation’s journalists that one man was more to blame than others. The media fell over themselves trying to insult the manager, even though the fact that people were shocked at all that England lost to Germany in the second round was surely a testament to how Capello had turned the team around in his two years in charge, with this “disastrous campaign” coming less than three years after England completely failed to qualify for the European Championships altogether. As the World Cup came and went the criticisms continued to flow, culminating with the
Of course, this notion that a lack of instant success should lead to instant dismissal ignores that some of the more successful managers in British history seemed to be failing before things turned around (even after 3 seasons in the Manchester United hot seat Alex Ferguson still only managed to scrape 11th, whilst Brian Clough’s first season at Derby actually saw them finish lower than the season before). But alas, Capello had failed, he was ridiculed, and he then stated his intention to leave in 2012. So it seemed, Fabio was the real loser of the summer. But ward Rooney’s alleged affair with a prostitute led the country to once again fall over themselves with shock that a young, athletic, millionaire footballer might then step forWayne Rooney.
sleep with a woman left everyone on Fleet Street going wild around the allegations of the biggest shock of the year, seemingly forgetting that Rooney’s team mates Ashley Cole, John Terry and Peter Crouch have all been caught allegedly “playing away” already in 2010. I bet Crouchy can’t believe his luck that Rooney has taken the attention off his indiscretions.
whilst writing detailed specifics about the encounter in a nationally sold newspaper?
They can’t have it both ways and neither can we – if we buy the paper on the back of these sorts of stories then they we’ll have to continue hearing about them. Capello can retire having earned £6 million a year with England. Wayne Rooney is paid in excess of £100,000 a week. The wives will probably get a career out of their raised profile. The journalists are getting the scoops that keep them in their job. Yet we pay to read about it. Sadly, THAT makes the Great British public the biggest losers of the summer.
The problem is, and it’s a strange thought I know, but does any of this matter? Could anyone really care less what Messrs Rooney, Crouch et al do during their own time? Do we really need the newspapers offering thousands of pounds to some girl willing to sell her story about how a man wanted to have sex with her? If a footballer produces the goods on the pitch (which Rooney did
in the recent qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland) does it matter what they get up to in their private life? If people are left feeling betrayed because someone they look up to has acted in such a way they should probably question why they turned to a footballer for moral guidance in the first place. So if these stories are of little concern, surely the big los-
ers in this whole mess are the journalists, dedicating eight pages to the latest non-story of footballer smut? You know; those same people who tried with all their might to portray Capello as a useless, bumbling idiot, trying to undermine his ability to do his job? The same people who fail to see the hypocrisy in berating Wayne Rooney for putting his wife through such a public scandal
Except the journalists aren’t losing at all, are they? The only reason these stories even make the front pages is that people buy the papers to find out about them. If people didn’t read the papers with this sort of sensationalist that they wouldn’t print them in the first place. We can’t complain in the same way Colleen and Abby can’t argue about intrusion in to their private life after happily selling their wedding photos to OK! and Hello.
Ultimate Frisbee: Get Involved!
Dave Halls, So, it’s your first week at University and you’ve not quite met enough friends, or drunk enough. Or perhaps you’ve made too many friends and you’re still hungover from Sunday night.
Sports Park on the American Football field 1000-1300 on Saturdays; as well as indoors on Sundays 1330-1500 and Tuesday evenings 20002100. We even have a Great Britain international who takes our training sessions occasionally! We also have very strong links with local club Guildford Ultimate; with many Surrey players going on to represent Guildford at National level.
The Surrey Spartans Hockey Club is a brand new hockey club open to all ages and abilities. Formed for the 2010/11 season, our aim is to provide a vibrant and friendly sports club that has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a competitive or social environment, the Surrey Spartans might just be what you have been waiting for. With evening training sessions during the week, matches on the weekend and a calendar full of events we will be making getting active enjoyable!
In any case, if you feel you want to get a bit more active over the coming weeks, get muddy, have a laugh and then get stuck into a few pints (or white wine spritzers) at the pub to replace lost fluids – then the Ultimate Frisbee Club is for you! The Surrey Scorpions represent the University in the fast paced, exciting and unique sport of Ultimate Frisbee. The game itself is a mix of American Football and Netball. You can’t run with the
That Doesn’t Matter! Our coaches are here to teach you all you need to know and with 4 Men’s Teams, 1 Ladies Team and a Social Mixed Side you can get involved whatever your level. It’s never too late to give it a try so why not pop along and see if you like it. With our new home at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford we are easy to find so why not get in touch with us today by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.surreyspartans.com.
Frisbee and you must ‘pivot’ when you do have it like in Netball. Your receivers run about in the same way you do in American Football and you score by catching the Frisbee in an end-zone. It’s a non-contact sport by the way, but a little bit is expected. Ultimate is unique in the way it’s refereed. The game is selfofficiated, based on a set of rules that promote fair play and respect between players. Even at an international level there aren’t any referees (yes, there *is* international Ultimate Frisbee!). We play indoors, outdoors or on the beach; in open, women’s or mixed divisions, so there really is something for everyone. We train outdoors at Surrey
Last year, we became UK Mixed Indoor Division 2 Champions; and we’re also the UK Outdoor Division 2 Champions. We’re looking to improve on that and get some freshers into a National competition.
The tournaments are the best part of Frisbee. We go to another University on a Saturday morning, play hard all day, hit the mandatory fancy dress party, drink three pints from the back of a Frisbee (yes, it does fit!) in the quickest time, wake up, play hard all day Sunday and then struggle home.
So if you’re interested in this fast-paced, exciting and inclusive sport, even if you’ve never even thrown a disc before, come see us at training or find us on Facebook: “University of Surrey Ultimate Frisbee - Surrey Scorpions” See you there!
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