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UNIVERSITY FAILS ‘OUT OF HOURS’ FRESHERS?
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Dismay and confusion were experienced by a number of students during ‘Moving In Week end’ 2010/11, who had to find their own way around campus late at night. Several Freshers who arrived out of office hours were greeted with closed Court Receptions and limited security guards, and they had to rely on fellow students for directions, or attempt to find their own accommodation in the dark.
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A Postgraduate student (who prefers to remain anonymous) arrived from Japan and stated that she was “confused and lost” due to the lack of help. After finding no security guards at the entrance or exit of campus, she was stranded with several suitcases, “It was really messed up, I didn’t know where to go or what to do”.

This Postgraduate arrived on campus at approximately 1:30 am Sunday morning and had to rely on the help of two English students who accompanied her to Senate House, Austin Pearce and eventually her own accommodation. The duration of their journey was increased by the students having to make the trip to Austin Pearce twice, having initially found it empty and returned to Senate House. Arriving at the AP building for a second time they met four other students in a similar situation, and one security guard distributing keys and directing students using a map of the campus. David Dickinson (Director of Student Care Services) spoke with The Stag and described the Postgraduate’s experience as, “doubly disappointing” and added, “We take this really seriously”. He went on to say that “2005 [was the] first year they put into place a lot more support for stu-

dents”, including the ‘Meet and Greet’ Airport Scheme. Mr Dickinson also explained that early Sunday morning there was an “incident” which left Security stretched and added, “The gap between what they experience and what the majority of people get is much bigger...” Sue Webb, the International Student Support Manager, added that, “we do the best we can with the resources we have”. She described how volunteers had left at 6 am that morning to greet Inter

national Students, “Over 450 students at the airport, a huge logistical project”. Sue Webb’s informed The Stag, “...someone was employed all night [last year]... after it was reviewed and no one turned up late.” However Mr Dickinson reasoned, “I have to make the call...at what point do we say, ok we’ve been here for 18 (Cont. page 6)

Las Vegas – The Beauty Behind The Sin
Fran White “Sin City”, this name will not particularly surprise you when you enter Las Vegas. It’s a fantasy that will never let you down. The city is home to extraordinary, exquisite and eccentric hotels and glamorous casinos. I stayed over at the Belagio .On entering, the first thing I noticed was this huge mosaic, larger than John Lennon’s and it pretty much fills the lobby. It was a sight to behold with hundreds of tourists all cramming in to
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“The Student Body is the Number One Priority of the University”
Mariam Nasir and Tom Goulding
His favourite film is Gladiator, he used to play bass guitar badly, and he’s willing to give the Harry Potter books a second chance. How much do you know about your Vice Chancellor?
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In Las Vegas all you need is a room on the 28th floor or higher, to have a panoramic view of the strip. The best part of the city is that all you have to do is step out of your hotel and you’re slap bang in the middle of the action. There is so much to do, so many astounding shows to see that you could spend almost a week there and still not have seen them all. The shows (cont. page 9 )

Criss-crossing campus from lecture to lecture, many students remain blissfully unaware as to what happens on the eighth floor of Senate House. Towering above

the lecture theatres, this is where many of the administrative decisions that shape everyday life at the university take place. Responsibility for overseeing this process lies with Professor Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive for the University of Surrey.

October has been an uncertain month for universities nationwide. With spending review plans for the next four years due in less than a week, rumours are rife that some institutions could see

teaching and research opportunities cut by 70%. The projected cuts will coincide with an upheaval of the current financial system for higher education, with an increase in tuition fees provided as the most likely alternative. (cont. p.age 4)

Editor’s Note

Your Stag Team
This week has been quite hectic for all of us at The Stag. Not only did we get a new team elected in at our epic EGM on Monday, but we had to put this issue together within a week.

Comms Officer | Chris Whitehead ussu.communications@surrey.ac.uk. Editor | Mariam Nasir editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk Deputy Editor (Design) | Bakita Kasadha design@thestagsurrey.co.uk Design Team | Zoe Kitchener, Amrin Lokhandwalla, Jack White & Charlotte Clarke Deputy Editor (Marketing) | Eunice Njag marketing@the stagsurrey.co.uk Marketing Officers | Imogen Jones & Kristel Tchamba News Team News Editor | Tom Goulding news@thestagsurrey.co.uk (Email editor to join the team) Features Team Features Editor | Jyoti Rambhai features@thestagsurrey.co.uk

Everyone has done a great job and I feel very proud of the brilliant new team! Our headline, “University Fails Freshers?” is one which touches on important issues which concerns arriving on campus as a Fresher. We all know that it can be hard but having someone to direct and help you is a plus point. In this case, we looked at Freshers arriving from outside of the UK, who form a large population of the student body, onto this campus for the first time. If you have any comments or would like to share your thoughts on this, please write to editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk On a lighter note, did you know that the Vice Chancellor used to be in a band and played the base guitar? No? I didn’t think so; have a look at the front page and page 6 for the full interview and his thoughts on tuition fees as well as Lord of the Rings. Until next time, Mariam Nasir

Hope you enjoy this issue, it has been put together with much love. If not, do let us know!

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Potential £10,000 in Tuition Fees for Students faced with Free Market Policy
Tom Goulding
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Students are likely to see an increase of up to £7000 in tuition fees, if the cap is lifted under recent government proposals. The recommendations, made by former BP chief executive Lord Browne, suggest a free market whereby universities would be allowed to keep income from tuition fees up to and in excess of £10,000 per year.

signed a pledge opposing an increase in higher education fees, would vote against such measures, despite their position in the new coalition government.

If the plans go ahead, students attending top universities from middle class families could be faced with £80,000 in debt at the end of their degree course. Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable, a member of the Liberal Democrats, is reportedly in favour of such developments, but only if placed alongside progressive policies to benefit poorer families. It remains unclear whether the Liberal Democrats, who

Lord Browne’s proposals have been met with considerable backlash from senior members of the Liberal Democrats and the National Union of Students. NUS President, Aaron Porter, spoke of the division that these measures would bring, stating, “Browne’s attempt to deliver a free market in higher education is proof that he is seeking to price out the poorer students. The average debt already is in excess of £25,000.” Others have responded with similar concerns, arguing that Browne has defied public opinion. Chair of a university thinktank, Professor Les Ebdon, warned that if such a policy came to fruition, a two-tier system of universities based on the model abolished before the creation of polytechnics would be the likely outcome, “one set of universities for the rich, one set of universities for the poor – one set of university expe-

riences for the rich and one set of u n ive r s i t y experiences for the poor.” The Sutton Trust, an education charity, has also investigated the effects of lifting the cap on tuition fees. They found that at the most prestigious universities, non-EU undergraduates already

Browne’s proposals, warning that undergraduate fees could “rapidly increase, particularly for those universities with the highest academic reputations and particularly for degree courses, such as business, with the highest returns.”

pay five times that of the fees owed by UK undergraduates in higher education. This variation between prices serves as an indication as to what could happen under

However, Director General of the Russell Group Wendy Piatt argued in favour of Browne’s recommendations, dismissing The Sutton Trust’s expectations as unrealistic, “The current system is not sustainable, particularly if we are facing further damaging cuts. We simply cannot continue to provide the high quality education that our students need – never mind take on higher numbers of students as the Sutton Trust urges – without asking them to make a larger financial contribution.” The Russell Group is a collection of prestigious universities. It accounts for just 40,000 of the two million students studying in the UK.

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Love Food Hate Waste Campaign Hits Guildford
Tom Goulding
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Dreading that next big food shop? They say you have to be at university to appreciate just how invaluable the Tesco Value range is, but even then students are often left with that one painful decision as they reluctantly shuffle through the isles: starvation or inebriation? Fortunately, hapless undergraduates may not have to settle for the latter with the launch of Love Food Hate Waste, a new scheme developed by the Surrey waste partnership. The campaign sets out to challenge the alarming rate at which Surrey residents throw away food, after a survey prepared by ICM Government & Social Research found that 20% of UK household food waste is attributed to the residents of

Surrey: equal to over 100,000 tonnes every year.

The Love Food Hate Waste team, led by chef Shirlee Posner, took to the Guildford town farmer’s market earlier this month in order to show people how they could be creative with their leftovers. As well as serving up a variety of inspiring dishes, Ms Posner also advised shoppers how they could cut down on their food bill, “I would say making sure I use what’s in my cupboards before I go off and start more shopping probably saves at least £20 a week.”

food that then goes off. This is a common problem amongst the student population, who will buy a takeaway or attend a pre-drinks party after they have already opened food in preparation for an evening meal. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign suggested that freezing is the best way to keep food fresh for months on end, as there is no given time limit that food can be safely frozen for. They also told Guildford shoppers that checking out the Love Food Surrey website for portion planning advice and further tips on leftover recipes would “benefit people in their wallets as well as the kitchen.” For more information on cost cutting, eco-friendly ways to save on your food bill, visit www.lovefoodsurrey.com.

NUS slams “short-sighted” cap on student visas
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The Surrey waste partnership argue that there are a number of reasons as to why people throw away so much food. Overlooking the use-by date was blamed as a major contributing factor to food wastage, with people changing their plans and neglecting

The National Union of Students (NUS) today warned a cap on international students would damage the UK’s economy and society, after Immigration Minister, Damien Green, said that he would tackle international student immigration.

Harper puts Casino on Market following Licence Row
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Aaron Porter, NUS President said, “To suggest that the levels of those coming to the UK to study is too high, is a politically motivated misinterpretation of the huge contribution which international students make to our colleges, universities and the economy. The Government should be proud that students choose to study in this country creating an education industry worth £12.5billion a year to the British economy.” “Damian Green has clearly failed to recognise that our home students also benefit from sharing an experience with colleagues and friends

from abroad. One week, Mr. Green is accompanying the Prime Minister to India - at considerable tax-payers expense - and encouraging international students to the UK and the next, he is talking about capping their numbers.”

Casino has been put on the market following a bitter row with Guildford Borough Council over their ‘no-casino’ policy. The popular nightclub, situated on Onslow Street in Guildford town centre and owned by Surrey entrepreneur Michel Harper, is on lease for £125,000 a year. Mr. Harper’s move to sell the club has prompt-

ed some to speculate that Casino is in financial trouble, but Mr. Harper denied the rumours. He stated, “The Casino nightclub and its associated businesses are as popular as ever and we’re looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary next year.” Casino has received several complaints from residents over the past 12 months, with many objecting to the noise and light pollution, as well as its irresponsible encourage-

ment of gambling. Guildford Borough Council have already forced Mr. Harper to remove many of the “overpowering” lights outside the venue, but their refusal to grant him a gambling licence may have been the final straw. Although permission was given for three adult gaming centres to be established, including the house machines found in the sports bar adjacent to Casino, any further development has been strict-

ly prohibited by the Council, and reinforced by an election mandate from the public. Sheridan Westlake, The Chairman of Guildford Borough Council’s licencing committee, was evidently opposed to Mr. Harper’s plans for the town centre in a statement he gave to Get Surrey. He said, “In my personal opinion, the massive expansion in pubs and clubs accumulated along

“The problem of the UK Borders Agency’s failure to correctly administer visas and ensure that entry conditions are adhered to and the government’s failure to fully eradicate bogus colleges that exploit students, will not be solved by wielding the blunt instrument of an arbitrary cap on student visas. A cap will inevitably drive valuable students away from UK universities, taking with them billions of pounds of vital funds and denying our universities the breadth of knowledge that places them among the best in the world.”
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Harper had previously planned to construct an eight-storey casino complex on the site. It is unclear who will take over Casino, as viewing arrangements are strictly confidential.

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2001, while 179 troops have lost their lives in Iraq. graduate tax or free market policy are likely models for the future. Willetts went on to argue that

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moted for research work or for administering their department rather than for excellent teaching. That has to change.”

University Scholarships awarded for the “Ultimate Sacrifice”
Tom Goulding
News Editor

Children of those who have given their lives serving in the armed forces over the last 20 years, will receive an £8,200 scholarship for university places, it was revealed earlier this month. The scheme, which will cost the government £800,000 a year, implies that less than 100 students are likely to gain access to the award.

David Willetts, the universities minister, announced the scheme to the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, declaring that the scholarships would be “a small way of recognising the ultimate sacrifice they have made”. The latest figures show that 339 British forces and MoD workers have died in Afghanistan since the invasion in

The coalition are already funding ex-servicemen and women who leave the forces to gain new qualifications, hoping this will encourage them to settle back into civilian life. This incentive has also been awarded to those medically discharged from the forces, and may be extended to other ex-service personnel if the Treasury permits it. In its first year, government investment in the scheme benefited 64 people. The news comes at a time when universities are already oversubscribed, and the government are under heavy scrutiny to deliver an improved financial system for higher education; the Browne review suggests that either a

Dear Mr. Clegg, Forget Us At Your Own Peril
To say politics is a dangerous game, would be an understatement. You don’t have to sit down and watch Have I Got News For You? Or The Thick Of It, to appreciate the cynicism many voters feel towards the underhanded mechanics of government. Politicians will say one thing when they mean another, avoid di-

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paign around a pledge that remains so important to core supporters, not even Alastair Campbell could sweep it under the rug.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who made one such pledge at the NUS Annual Conference earlier this year, was faced with a very delicate decision when the findings of Lord Browne’s review are published last week. If he decides to support an increase

backbench and amongst influential senior figures such as Sir Menzies Campbell and Charles Kennedy. Under the present circumstances it seems hard to believe that less than six months ago, Clegg was modelled as the perfect candidate for the student population. As a result, the Liberal Democrats benefited enormously from the turnout of young voters in May, claiming many of the constituencies that would have otherwise clinched an overall majority for either of the two larger parties. It seems appropriate that they should now return the favour. To acknowledge this impending crisis, the coalition government stated, “If the response of the government to Lord Browne’s report is one that Liberal Democrats cannot accept, then arrangements will be made to enable Liberal Democrat MPs to abstain in any vote.” Is an abstention an acceptable alternative? When Clegg, Cable and 55 other Lib Dem MPs signed the NUS pledge,

they were signing a declaration of war against tuition fees. There was to be no compromise when it came to the crunch; Clegg went so far as to propose the abolishment of

Wiping out student debt is an idealistic notion at best, but at least it was an ideal many voters in our generation could get behind. If Clegg bows to Conservative consen-

rect questions and openly lie in front of millions, if it means shielding their career from scandal. Yet sometimes it isn’t possible to tread lightly or skirt the issue, especially if you’ve based an election cam-

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in tuition fees, thus strengthening his ties with the Conservatives, he runs the risk of isolating not just the student vote, but also the more principled members of the Liberal Democrats, both on the

fees altogether. At this stage even abstaining from the vote would look hypocritical, and at worst, show that the party is completely devoid of principles. In hindsight, it is easy to see how the Lib Dem manifesto could not realistically live up to the promises it offered.

sus in favour of retaining his sphere of “influence”, there will be no sympathy when his party finds itself at the bottom of the ladder once again. If the Liberal Democrats have any doubt of this, they should remember that coalitions are fragile, and voters can be easily swayed.

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hours... Let’s call it a day”.

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Sunday. I’m sure the night time moving in experience will be a key point for review this year.’ Adding to that, the Postgraduate Student commented, “after that [evening] it was ok in the morning, everybody was helpful”. The Stag would like to offer some of it’s own ideas on what could be done to improve next year. Ideally, more staff would be employed so that students are shown to their accommodation. Realistically, The University may not be able to employ more security guards purely for Freshers’ Weekend, but it should strongly advise their future students that arriving out of office hours could mean looking for their accommodation alone. It has to be appreciated, that next year, some students again will be unable to arrive on campus during the suggested hours. Arguably, she should not have arrived on campus so late, however, for many International Students there is no alternative. One student, who travelled from Cyprus, commented that, ‘there are
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only two airplanes I can get to the UK, and neither of them arrive here during working hours’. The Postgraduate’s message to David Dickinson ) is to ‘make provisions for after hours’.

University Fails ‘Out of Hours’ Freshers’?
The Stag suggested introducing spotlights on maps around campus to highlight them in the dark and the paper is pleased to say that the representatives of the University said they “we will add that as an idea.” Sue Webb suggested “...Could there be a small group of night time angels...night owls who don’t mind being up? If you’re feeling really jet lagged a friendly face is better than anything.”

Students’ Union President, Malcolm Hunt commented, “every year the moving in process is reviewed and improved upon. For example just a couple of years back there wasn’t any provision for people moving in on Saturday. Now people arriving on Saturday receive the same service as those arriving on

It should be recognised that many thought moving in Weekend was a great success, with one parent emailing to say, ‘...a brief note to extend my appreciation for all the support offered to my son and us...’ It should also be recognised that a small minority faced these problems. Although the Postgraduate said that, “they [Security] were quite confused... communication was quite unclear” she went on to add that the reminder of her Freshers’ Week was a success and people the following day were “very helpful”.

This is not so much a failure on the University’s part, but highlights that more provisions are needed for next year. The University of Surrey may be one of the best for Meet and Greets and welcoming International Students, but that is not to say the process cannot be improved. Hopefully, the measures being put in place by the University will make Moving in Weekend an even greater success next year. If you would like to comment please email editor@thestagsurrey.co.uk

Students spend £7.9 billion on living costs most of which goes into the local economy? More than 8 outof 10 students said they were satisfied with their course in the most recent National Students’ Survey Two thirds of the student population are mature students?

16% of all University staff are from overseas and more than 15% of students?

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“The Student Body is the Number One Priority of the University”
Professor Snowden was apprehensive towards what this could mean for the student body. “I can look back to a time when fees weren’t an issue. It’s a great shame because I fundamentally believe everyone has the ability to pursue higher education.” However, on the second viable alternative of a graduate tax Professor Snowden had his own reservations, “I’d be very cautious about how you’d implement a graduate tax for a number of reasons. For instance, how will the government tax graduates who move abroad to find work? Have they fully considered the repercussions such a debt would have on a UK citizen for the whole of their working career? These are the questions people should be asking.” (cont. from front page) Professor Snowden seemed eager to expand on what the university had accomplished, rather than dwell on the concerns that have yet to be resolved. “Due to our extensive research opportunities we have the highest endowment income of any university in the country. We’ve invested in areas such as music and the performing arts, we’ve recently been recruiting professors across the university and we don’t have a redundancy programme.” With having experienced student life at Leeds University where he obtained a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Professor Snowden understands why students should have high expectations of the ‘university experience’. Societies are a particularly important aspect of getting the most out of a degree course, “I joined the rally club, parachuting and orienteering societies”, he reminisced, “I must have joined about eight or nine societies in my first year, and like most students thoroughly enjoyed them.” He also gained the position of Social Secretary, as well as President for his halls during his Professor Snowden persisted that the use of student media, such as The Stag, GU2 and MADTV, was the best method of communication across the university, proving invaluable to student experience and an effective way of maximising time outside lectures. “Student media provides fantastic experience and a good training ground, as well as making students aware of different aspects of the student’s union and university.” When asked if the Vice Chancellor would like to communicate his own message to the students at the University of Surrey, he told The Stag, “The student body is the number one priority of the university. The interests of our students really are our priority, and we want everyone to truly enjoy themselves whilst at university to get the absolute maximum out of their time here. I want them to be as successful as possible and at the same time get the most they can out of life at Surrey.” VC’s Favourites: Places to eat on Campus: Starbucks and Hillside. Word: Trust. Book: Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre. Music: Classical and Rock. Favourite Band: Talking Heads/ Simple Minds. TV Show: The Apprentice Movie: Gladiator

VC’s Choices: Austin Pearce or Austin Powers? “Definitely Austin Powers, he’s more amusing.” Lakeside or Hillside? “Lakeside, because the food they cook there is brilliant.” Channies or Wate’s House? “Channies.” Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? “Well that’s a tough one. I’ve read both and I like both, Lord of the Rings I find is a heavy read. If I had to start again from scratch I’d probably read Harry Potter actually because it’s got a bit more humour in it.”

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Sickly Students
Rachel Lismore-Burns and Emma Cooper
Science and Technology Team

Take hundreds of people descending on one place from all over the globe; add poor diets, tiredness, ‘moderate’ alcohol consumption and high levels of stress and you have the recipe for disaster. Or at least for fevers, sore throats, headaches and so on. If you do get ill, don’t panic. For Freshers, getting ill for the first time away from home can be stressful because suddenly you have to take care of yourself! Rest will help most symptoms; by ignoring your ill-health and continuing under a heavy work-load you won’t do yourself any favours. If your symptoms are serious though, don’t endanger yourself and others by not getting

treatment, there is a Health Centre on campus and it is better to register now than to wait until you get ill!

symptoms.

Burn After Reading
Helen Finn Ask any university student what their most important learning resource (or maybe social networking tool!) is and the answer would be a laptop. But this technological necessity can cause second degree burns.
Science & Tech Editor

The two most prevalent viruses at university are the cold and flu viruses. For the cold, something that you will experience many times during your university life (not to be confused with the hangover), there really is not a lot you can do. It is known as a selflimiting viral infection meaning that it needs to get better on its own and there is no treatment. The old favourites – drinking fluids, taking paracetamol and keeping warm – are really the best things you can do. The flu is also treatable at home; antibiotics are not prescribed because they do not work against viruses. It is recommendable to have plenty of bed rest and take paracetamol to help ease the the optical drive, the battery, or the computer’s ventilation fan. Erythema ab igne is a rash resembling lacework or a fishing net. Prolonged and repeated exposure causes a marked redness and colouring of the skin (hyper- or hypo-pigmentation). The skin and underlying tissue may start to thin (atrophy) and on rare occasions sores or blisters may develop.

The sore-throat is another common virus at university. Most will go away after a few days, and soluble pain killers and throat lozenges can alleviate pain. However, some sore-throats can lead to a more serious infection. Typically if you have white spots on your tonsils then this is a sign that your infection can be fought with antibiotics, so see your GP. If your sorethroat is combined with a fever, headache, ear pain or trouble swallowing, then this may be a sign of tonsillitis. If symptoms persist for more than a week or a sore-throat makes swallowing difficult, then consult your GP. As some of you may be aware, because you’re clever and read your university emails, Surrey was having a mumps epidemic! Mumps is a viral disease which if you haven’t been vaccinated can make

you very unwell. Mumps is also infectious so in a student environment watch out! Symptoms to look out for include swelling of the salivary glands which are located on either side of the face just below the ears, giving one the ‘desirable’ look of a hamster. As well as this swelling, other symptoms include headaches, nausea, mild abdominal pain, fatigue and a high temperature. For good measure here is also a small outline of some sexually transmitted diseases to watch out for! Crabs or pubic lice are characterised by itching of the pubic hair you may also notice specks of black dust in your underwear; this is another sign they are living down below. They can also live in the eyebrows so keep your eyes peeled... Chlamydia unlike a lot of sex-

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ually transmitted infections often does not have many symptoms to be looking out for. In women, watch out for pain whilst urinating and bleeding during sex. If you have had unprotected sex, always go to the health centre on campus or GUM clinic in Surrey. And always use a condom! Happy healthcare! From your new science and technology team.

Temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius have been recorded. When laptops are rested on bare legs, a skin reaction called erythema ab igne (also known as “Fire stains,” and “Toasted skin syndrome”) can occur. This is

caused by chronic exposure to infrared radiation in the

Several cases have been reported where users were on laptops for long periods of time with their thighs uncovered, however a layer of clothing is not necessarily enough to protect you. In 2002 in Sweden, a man developed blisters on his penis after 1 hour of his laptop resting on his lap. But it’s not all bad news, the condition will resolve itself fairly quickly, with no long term consequences.

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This week... information overload and Skynet
Students’ Union President

Sunday 17th October @ Surrey Sports Park From 1.00pm

Malcolm Hunt

Let’s take a show of hands here. Who’s ever skipped over tens and hundreds of spam emails in their Uni email account? That special daily deal from Lakeside? The informative presentation about something you have no interest in? Another plonker who lost their phone at the previous night’s Flirt?
Vice President Sports and Recreation

That’s the problem with email. It’s now so easy to send all sorts of people all sorts of things they really don’t want to receive. There must be a better alternative? Well, this is where the Students’ Union rides in on a gleaming white horse of communication innovation,

saving the day with project ‘Skynet’ (any Terminator fans?). Skynet is a massive new website and communications system designed to give people what they want, when they want it. Not only will it mean the current ‘ussu. co.uk’ gets a massive visual re-vamp but it’ll also mean you stop receiving all that pointless spam and start receiving things you actually want to read. After all, if you’re a fresher engineer you really don’t want to be hearing about the latest talk from PWC on accounting jobs. Likewise being told about a small change to the Lakeside menu is not going to be appreciated by someone who doesn’t eat at Lakeside and does need to find an urgent message from their tutor. So, with all these great things coming up how long are we going to have to wait? Project Skynet is now entering a period of intense research and design before it’s finally built, refined and implemented. It’s looking likely this groundbreaking project will be in place at some point between Easter and the end of this academic year – hopefully just about in time for this year’s student cohort to see the benefits!

Come with your housemates, come with your Court Life mentors, Come along and meet new people. It’s all free!!

Activities & & & & & & & & Dodgeball Climbing Table Tennis Rounders Ultimate Frisbee Tug of War Mixed Netball and Many Others!!

Get into sports
Trung Hey there, hope you’ve had great first weeks at Surrey. The Sabbatical Team start their handover mid July and we officially started on the 1st August. So how did I feel in the first few weeks? I think I settled in fast and went straight into updating the Sport section of the Union website. This was because when I was a new student, I went to the website looking for what sports clubs Surrey had, then to realise they didn’t have the ones I wanted to join when I finally arrived. VP Sports Challenge – This year I’m going to attempt to give all of our sports clubs a try. I want to do this is because it would give me greater insight into all the sports, would give me a chance to meet the committees and members as well as help me understand how all our sports clubs run. You will be able to see my progress via the chart on my office wall.

As well providing a variety of activities, the emphasis is on meeting new people and having FUN! A raffle will take place with a prize-giving presentation in the Sports Park bar. To register your team of 6-10 People, please email your names to: k.glassborow@surrey.ac.uk by Friday 15th October.

Kara, as well as alongside the Surrey Sports Park. The idea behind it was that a student could come along and try out all the different sports in one evening and by the end of the day see which one they liked. For the first ever event, I think it was a success and an event I’m sure will stay for years to come.

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Active Freshers’ Fayre – So Active Freshers’ Fayre was on Wednesday 6th October. It was a new event idea for Surrey that I came up with. It was organised with the help of the Students’ Union Staff, namely the new Activities Administrator,

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Sports Standing & the Sports Executive Committee - Sports Standing is were all the Sports Clubs meet up and discuss sporting issues. The Sports Executive are elected by the Sports Standing to represent them on their positions. In past years the Sports Executive has been made up of positions which are supposed to represent a category of sports. But in my experience the categories were a bit obscure. For example the “Small Ball Officer” (yes that was what it was called) would look after clubs such as Squash, Hockey, Tennis, Golf but how is Golf anything like Squash apart from the size of the ball? So this year I made a wholerestructuring, giving an area of interest in sport behind the different positions to make the Sports Executive Team more representable.Anyways I hope you have a fun year! Get into SPORTS!

I am glad to say that Freshers’ Fair has been very successful, a lot bigger and better than the ones we have had in the past. It was very good to see a lot of societies and sports clubs involved as well as the local service providers in Guildford. I am sad to see our lovely activities coordinator, Joanne Hodgson leave us but we shall all wish her better a good time at Portsmouth University where she is appointed the role of activities manager. A new activities coordinator will be appointed shortly we have had a lot of applicants.

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good to see our international students wanting to get involved and representing their cultures and heritage. On another note the process of joining a society will be through our website: www.ussu.co.uk/signup. SOCIAL SPORTS DAY is on Sunday 17th October at Surrey Sports Park, if you would like to volunteer and help with the organisation of the event contact me on ussu. societies@surrey.ac.uk.

And that’s not it! The Students’ Union is constantly looking at new ways to improve the lives of people at Surrey so if you have any comments or suggestions feel free to talk to me in person or send me an email (ussu.president@surrey.ac.uk). I look forward to hearing from you! Until next week...

In society world, our first Society standing was held on Monday 11 October where the societies Executives have been elected. It is good to see some interest in setting up new societies such as the Spanish Society and the Lithuanian Society. It is

The day is aimed for fun and a day out where you can socialise with other students at the university. If you would like to get involved then you should register your team. Teams are to be 6-10 players and should be registered by Friday 15th October to k.glassborow@ surrey.ac.uk. There will be a lot of prizes to win so don’t miss out.

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Labelling sexuality and identity
“Y’know what really grinds my gears...” Security Guards!
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Has their profession resulted in them being unable to see the best in people? For instance, I’ll walk into a certain cosmetic store, planning to exchange money for goods and hopefully a pleasant service, but no! The cashier will be lovely and so will the employee on the store floor directing me to the location of my desired item, but none of this makes up for the fact that as soon as I’d arrived the security guard had been on to me like a hawk! To all security guards: follow me around by all means, but please don’t step on my shadow and pretend that you’re being subtle. Sometimes (when I’m feeling particularly cocky) I find myself turning around, facing the security guard straight on and saying (through a glance), ‘I can see you, check out my monies, I’m going to pay’. And yes, this can all be communicated with a stare. It’s made much easier when I ‘subtly’ pull out my purse. Moving onto bouncers (but let’s be politically correct and call them ‘doormen’); I look young – fact. This is why I

Students as residents
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Just moved off-campus? Not sure what to do now? Read on...

This helpful guide contains vital information to help

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Whilst you’re off-campus you are a part of the wider community where you’ll have to deal with certain situations that wouldn’t have concerned you in halls such as bills, landlords and neighbours.

carry an ID and I don’t try to pass off my NUS card as ID, I have a provisional license. It’s the whole reason why I bought it; I have no intention of driving anytime soon! I don’t understand why after one doorman has studied (fair enough, he/she are doing their job) does his doorperson friend feel the need to say, ‘Mate, make sure you’re looking at that properly.’ He complies, checks gain, but this doesn’t matter because the doorperson’s friend still intends to study my ID and rest his troubled conscience. He studies, looks at my face, the provisional passes that purple laser light test thing – it’s not a fake – and yet he still feels the need to check my date of birth again. Now I’m standing there thinking, ‘Dear, there’s no way that the year 1989 is going to make everyone else 20/21 and me 17.’ If I didn’t think I would be refused entry for being too feisty, I’d tell them what happened in the year of 1989 – The Berlin wall came down, I was born... I swear I’m not a moany mare; it just really grinds my gears!

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When it comes to sexuality and gender, I started off having a very narrow minded viewpoint and my progress in this area was both slow and deceptive.

Although I had no problem with homosexuality, I preferred it if it wasn’t practiced anywhere near me; an attitude that may have something to do with boarding school, where a common taunt when changing was “if you look, you’re gay”. Looking back on this I can see how bad it looks and only hope that readers don’t judge me today because of it. I was changed for the better when I was shown that sex and gender are not the same thing.

when there is already one that works fine? My second breakthrough in this regard came when I thought of a friend who considers him/ herself 50% male and 50% female and I realised then why pansexual is useful as a label; it allows for a greater understanding of love and attraction shared between people around the world.

When I first heard the label “pansexual” I dismissed it. It sounded like another way of saying bisexual and why would I use a term

you make the most of your time off campus as well as useful hints and tips about deposits, recycling, staying safe and breaking the ice with your new, most likely non-student, neighbours. If you don’t know your recycling box from your letterbox; want some quick

Finally, whilst they can be useful, labels can only get people so far. On one past occasion a friend of mine fooled around with a guy and enjoyed it. Under conventional labels this would make him bisexual at least, yet this is a term that he does not associate with himself. He now considers himself straight. Indeed, he is engaged to a woman and professes to no longer have any interest in exploring his sexuality outside of that. His fiancé thinks of him as bisexual and she is entitled to that belief,

tips on how to save energy and reduce your bills (pay for that extra shot!), or just want some handy contacts to keep safe this is the guide for YOU. The all NEW off-campus Moving In Guide is now available from the Students’ Union. Grab your copy now!

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but again this does not mean that the label is correct, or helpful in understanding what/who he is. What I am trying to get at is if two almost entirely contradictory labels about this person can have some form of truth to them the labels themselves cannot be said to have true objective meaning. This all leads me to my point in writing this; yes labels can be useful in helping us to define identities and to understand each other but there comes a point where even the best labels can become irrelevant or even contradictory when trying to understand and connect with another person. The moment we start labelling people, we lose what made them usefulin the first place and thelabels become irrelevant and at times, wrong.

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...range from music to drama to acrobatics. There are free ones of course; Treasure Island for example has almost three shows a night. And who can forget the famous Belagio Fountains? These go off almost three times a night, and they still captivate their audiences and you can almost see and hear them from anywhere on the strip. During the day the sights of Las Vegas are mainly the

Health class 101
With Fresher’s week over, the pressure is on for everyone to knuckle down and work hard, particularly if you are in your second or final year. And part of living away from home is that you have to do everything yourself apart from your studies and more often this leaves you feeling exhausted, stressed or even purely run down (hung-over does not count – you got yourself there in the first place). First tip, head for Surrey Sports Park and do the ‘Body Balance’ – seriously, it’s a great work out.

hotels and if however you want some time away from the city, venture out to Red Rock Canyon which takes about forty minutes by road. This canyon is well worth visiting. The contrast between the artificial neon glow of Las Vegas and the remarkable natural forces of the Canyon can’t be expressed in words. The thirteen mile one way scenic route allows visitors to drive past some of the area’s most striking features, you could either hike or rock climb, or you could simply sit back in your car.

The nightlife is one wild ride and as the saying goes, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. In Vegas fate is decided by the spin of the roulette wheel. The poor feel rich and the rich lose millions. This city is a desert oasis and it is far from civilization. You are free to reinvent yourself a hundred times and it’s the ultimate escape - time is nothing. Give Vegas a few days and it will give you the world. However for this place you’ll need a change of pace! Lace their palms with silver baby and oh yeah, they'll rock your world.

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vinspired and win a holiday!
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Chris Whitehead and ColaLife. Experts will be on hand giving advice on how you can find a volunteering opportunity that suits you and how you can use it to expand your CV and personal skills. Careers specialists Bright Futures will also be there, giving advice on job hunting and interviews in a tough economic climate. You will be able to find the bus outside Chancellors on the day. Get yourself onto www. vinspired.com right now to be in with a chance to win a two week, all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica. For more information on v, vinspired or the bigvbus then either visit the website above or email Becky Robinson, Community Officer (ussu.community@surrey.ac.uk) or Emma Beauclair, Training and Volunteering Coordinator (e.beauclair@surrey. ac.uk).

On October 26th 2010 the team from vinspired will be spending the day on campus in their double-decker bigvbus as a part of their national tour of universities and FE colleges, giving you the chance to win a two-week trip to Costa Rica! v, The National Young Volunteers Service, creates a wide range of volunteering and social action opportunities for 14-25 year olds with an aim to improve lives, communities and the planet. The Students’ Union has a close link with v and provides many opportunities with them, through our Training and Volunteering Coordinator Emma Beauclair. The bigvbus will be bringing workshops from leading brands and companies such as Red Bull, Pestival, Lattitude
networking sites actually cut you off from quality time with the people you really care about. This is why research tells us how

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However, most people deprive themselves when they are studying or revising for an exam of the four main antidotes: sleep, exercise, fresh air and healthy food. In time, when you have these symptoms constantly over a period of time, everything will be in the low mode: your mood, energy and even your sex drive. So here are six remedies, which should help you lead a healthy life: 1. Exercise – Regular exercise can help improve brain chemistry and helps to ward off depression. Many of you will be too cold or too tired to even consider going to the gym. But it is doable. Walk to university instead of taking the bus. You can fit exercise somewhere into your timetable and aim to do this at least three

times a week. And come on, the Surrey Sports Park is just round the corner. If you do not like the gym, you could join the sports clubs. You’ll see the results pretty quickly. 2. Eat healthy food - Beans on toast and microwave meals do not count. Aim to eat food that has no synthetic, hydrogenated fats and nothing refined. Consume healthy food like lean proteins and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also drink plenty of water, this will keep you

hydrated (your kidneys will be ever so grateful and it will show on your skin too). Tea and coffee does not count too, so try reducing them . Don’t binge drink and get smashed. It can damage the brain and the liver cells and of course contribute problems such as lack of sleep. 3. Get some natural light – Spending your time in your dorms with the curtains shut with no natural light, come on, you are just asking for it. It will lower your mood and will also make you feel negative. Take advantage of the sun-

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ny days (they are rare), but still take a breath of fresh air when you get the chance. Low levels of Vitamin D can lead to depression. But don’t let that affect you. Take a supplement if needed and expose yourself (fully clothed by the way) to the sun! 4. Connect with Others – Not on facebook! Social

the use of the internet and depression are generally interconnected. Do yourself a favour and meet up with the people who really mean a lot to you. 5. Sleep – Sleep helps you to relax and restore your energy for the next working day. You should aim to sleep a minimum of eight hours a day. And if you don’t, it can lead to you eventually having sleep inducing medication such as sleeping pills, sugary foods and of course coffee to

counterbalance the sleep lost. This in future will take its toll and may lead to health related problems such as obesity, diabetes and loss of coordination and cognitive errors. 6. Relax! – We are all busy at university, but you owe it to yourself to create time to basically unwind, relax and loosen up. Overall, if you are eating, sleeping and exercising well and giving yourself time to relax and refresh, you should be doing just fine!

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Surrey University’s Got Talent: Storyboard
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Last Friday was Freshers’ Fayre and to get first years (and all other levels who wanted freebies for another year) to find their inner writer, The Stag team went around asking people to add to their Story Board. One story started with, ‘There once was a boy...’ and the other, ‘Once upon a time a

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Once upon a time a small girl, wearing a purple hoodie, was setting up a stall with a massive hangover... then she realised that the stall was the wrong one so she... got naked and joined the netball team... and then got barkered!.. Then, feeling hung over and unsatisfied, she got drunk some more!!.. ‘why not?’ she thought, as she recruited some freshers to get drunk with her... but then she thought ‘hang on, I’ll join the ultimate Frisbee team at stall 137’... but then she realised that student media is amazing... after that she decided to see Victor Bamigboye... she was disgusted by his

small girl, wearing a purple hoodie, was setting up a stall with a massive hangover...’ for those who accepted it, the challenge was to add only one line to make one long University of Surrey narrative. Check out these stories, it seems there were a few promotional teams in there!
massive... disgusting dirty... face... but then he covered it with a... mask... which scared the crap out of her and made her want to cry... but all is well because the Rugby Club came and saved the day!.. But knowing the rugby boys are all mean perverts, the rugby girls came and saved the young girl from a fate worse than death... then she joined Do>More... ‘I hope you like carrots’... said the filthy nurse... then she paid her deposit on the Disneyland trip and got her tickets for awesome events in Rubix. ~ The End ~ shaven goat was doing next to him... when a bearded camel came up... and advised him of his ill mental health. Psychosis is a dangerous thing. With this new found love of camels he... shouted... ‘I’m a horrible man... with short man’s syndrome... and this was the best thing about me’... then we had an orgy with many women who had short women’s syndrome but big tits! And then we went and skanked hard at PRESHA!!.. we took a dip in the School of Management fountain before security chased us away!.. then we drawzed some peng freshers for a 2 hour tingzing session. YEEEEAAAAHHH!!! ~ The End ~

There once was a boy... who was wearing an orange tshirt... and went to the union with a pen... he had many jagerbombs... and gave lots of girls his number... the boy managed to do this because he came on stamina... and ran a marathon... although he loved using his legs, he decided to jump on... a bus to uni, although he was athletic he was also lazy! On the bus he saw... a burger from McDonalds. And then... a snowman from North America! But... MADTV recorded the WHOLE thing, so... GU2 could out do them and report it live!... MADTV said NEVER!! Joint report – damn straight!... The next morning, when the boy woke up... he realised he wasn’t in his own bed!.. and was wondering what the

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My Freshers’ Week
Wristbands on display, alcohol flowing through my body, a thousand and one hangover cures, bring it on! Fran White Next on the list, Tinie Tempah, oh yes! The excitement had been building from the beginning of the week, the same chant repeated by almost everyone in the flat, “we can do this till we pass out” just kept the enthusiasm going. In my case, it did slightly relate to the guy who had passed out the night before and woken up the next day with an eyebrow missing. I think he might start locking his door now, no matter how drunk. Tinie Tempah’s passion on stage grabbed the crowd’s attention effortlessly, his performance, absolutely electric! He would most definitely be welcomed back. Freshers’ at Surrey offered more than just nights out, there were daily meetings and talks giving useful advice, if you were awake enough to listen and more importantly if you weren’t busy looking for the closest exit to run to. The Freshers’ Fayre really impressed me and even though the rain came down hard that day, those running the stalls made a very warm and lasting impression and also provided me with some unique opportunities.

The fact that Freshers’ week isn’t promoted in any information sent to your home address had just been explained to me this past week. I feel Freshers’ week is completely miss-titled, since I for one did not spend too many days feeling fresh, more the feeling of a churning stomach, hangover sweats and a pounding head. I presume that there are others reading this who can relate. Besides these messy days, the nights were a great introduction to uni life. I asked my flatmates to sum up Freshers’ week in one word, the responses being “sick, hilarious, great etc.” The consensus was that people threw themselves into antics, some quite literally on certain nights.

From the first day we had the itinerary of events firmly pinned on the kitchen wall, along with, fittingly, the chunder chart! Still the boys managed to gain more strikes than the girls.

Dick and Dom, or “T-shirt night”, as we renamed it, brought about a great night, including all the comical phrases scribble on to the t-shirts, such as “Call an ambulance, failing that my mummy”, the night gave us a chance to express our personalities and get to know each other better. Of course spaces were left for others to leave their mark i.e. their name and number. Chase and Status definitely brought Rubix to life, the place was almost bouncing from the second we walked in. The music encouraged everyone to let go. The main floor was packed to maximum and it was a case of keep your hands in the air and bounce as high as you could go.

There was almost no point in showering for the Foam Party! I can safely say the night was a lot of fun, but I have definitely seen and swallowed enough foam to last me a life time. Dancing in foam, takes a certain skill, one which I did not have, I appeared to spend more time on the floor than dancing. Fresher’s brought a new experience: it proved Surrey isn’t the quiet country area I had been told about. Evidently Freshers’ Week can be done year on year. I am sure that I will definitely be returning next year and the year after that. Just a shame I won’t actually be a real fresher.

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Receive a Freshers Pack - We welcome all new freshers and have a special freshers pack (while stock lasts). This pack includes a Surrey ISOC Diary, Dawah Material on Islam, The Holy Qur’aan with English translation, the Surrey Islamic Society Pen and much more!!!

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Surrey Islamic Society would like to give a big
Why Are We Here? Promotion of peace, love and unity... What Are Our Objectives? • • • • Increase unity for both Muslim and nonMuslim students Maintain a suitable Islamic environment for students Educate both Muslims and Non-Muslims about Islam Preserve the Muslim interests on campus

warm welcome to all the new joiners at University of Surrey and all of those who are returning back for another year.

There is an IPC on campus where daily prayers and Jummah (Friday) prayers are held. The IPC is located on the ground floor in the AA building and depending on the circumstances, Jummah prayers are held either at the Oak House & Hall Complex, the Students Union Hall or the Quiet Centre. Upcoming Events There are many upcoming events to look forward to. These include the ISOC Social & Dinner, Islam in Focus Week, Charity events, Tajweed (Qur'aan) classes, various lectures and much more, so don’t be the one to miss out!!! If you want to make a difference and reap the benefits of being part of Surrey Islamic Society, join by visiting our website or join our Facebook group page 'University of Surrey Islamic Society'. Contact Us If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. The executive committee details are as follows: President: Esam Alnahdi Esam.isoc@gmail.com Vice President (Brothers): Yusuf Ahmet vpsurreyisoc@gmail.com Vice President (Sisters): Shyma Alkhateeb shalkhateeb@gmail.com Treasurer: Moazam Maqsood Moazam.isoc@gmail.com So join now – it’s free! ☺

Why Should You Join? Come and join the biggest society on the campus… Surrey Islamic Society. Top reasons why: • • Receive free information on Islam and support throughout the year. Get all the latest news about the society by joining our mailing list. This includes upcoming trips, prayer times & locations, debates & dialogues and special offers. Discounts on future events.

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Calling the Indian Within You
Namaste!

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Indian Student’s Association (ISA) likes to welcome you to University of Surrey! ISA is a society which primarily endeavours to support students from India and facilitates in making their transition to living in Surrey an enjoyable one. As the University houses students from diverse regions of India, ISA aims at eliminating the barriers of religion, caste and language between us and building a support system to provide Indian students with any help and advice that they might need. Our objective is to make international students of India feel that they are at home away from home. This extends to all other students who are interested in

Pakistan Students’ Association
the guests about the work PSA in association with Islamic Society did for the flood victims of Pakistan raising £9000 through various activities. Earlier NUPSA’s President Sara Aslam and VP Faizan Rana introduced NUPSA at the event giving a brief history and outlining NUPSA’s activities and vision, working along with Pakistani students for a better and progressive Pakistan. NUPSA also outlined the activities it has been doing for the flood victims of Pakistan. Many people were impressed by the role NUPSA is playing and opted to join hands towards a better future. The evening was concluded at

In addition to celebrating popular festivals/events such as Diwali, Holi and Republic Day, this year we aim to introduce and discuss issues faced by International students at great lengths by drawing out the experiences of all the society members. We also strive to preserve and promote the amazingly diverse culture of India by increasing awareness of Indian culture and traditions throughout the campus. This could only be

learning more about the Indian culture, traditions and/ or crave for Indian food.

possible if we have the active support and participation of all the Indian students in ISA events. So get involved by attending any social events, festivals, or contribute to the

efforts of the team.

Being at the University for a few years, I have observed a general pattern that prevails amongst Indian students, which is that they like to in-

vest their leisure time by getting involved in part-time work to earn extra cash to meet their living expenses. This seldom steals from them other opportunities which could have h e l p e d them in developing their overall personality and networking skills. This is essentially the most important factor when it comes to finding a

job is challenging enough to utilise the highest level of qualification attained. Otherwise, the implicit purpose of spending so much time and money is defeated. This year with the support of students from India and everywhere around the world, we hope to organise a few events which would emphasise on career development. We therefore extend a warm invitation to anyone interested in getting involved with us. And you do not have to be an Indian national to join us! We would love to hear from students of all nationalities, so please feel free to send in your queries and/or suggestions to isa.surrey@gmail. com. You can also follow us on Facebook by joining the group “India Student’s Association”, but until then -Keep it Desi!

permanent job after finishing the degree. Working full-time in a particular organisation on a permanent basis does not necessarily equate to being successful in a career unless the day-to-day work in one’s

dinner with the Talat Hussain and Kashif Abbassi along with NUPSA and PSA’s executive committee, where PSA donated £600 towards the Aaj Relief Fund. PSA would like to thank NUPSA without whom this event would not have been possible, and all the PSA members and volunteers that helped to make this event a success.

Riaz Rahman
Pakistan Students’ Association kick started its events calendar with one of the most prolific events held at the University of Surrey on 25th Sept 2010 in collaboration with National Union of Pakistani Students and Alumni (NUPSA). “A Talk with Talat Hussain and

Kashif Abbasi: Pakistan - Flood and After” presented by two of the most renowned journalists in Pakistan who have taken the initiative of setting up an “Aaj Relief Fund” for the flood victims of Pakistan. The event was to cast a light on the ground realities and the progress made so far. Both journalists, who were here for a relief fund campaign in London, were kind enough to take time out to present a clearer picture on the flood is-

sues to the concerned students and alumni present. PSA would like to thank Talat Hussain and Kashif Abbasi for giving their brief time discussing these concerns and taking up questions. The evening was hosted by the most intellectual person of PSA Hassaan Touheed which later was followed by open floor questions. Taking up this opportunity PSA’s Adnan Nadeem briefed the audiences and

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The People and Planet Society are part of the People and Planet organisation, a national network of students taking action on the environment, global poverty, and human rights. The national network has had huge successes in the past - it has contact with key figures in government, has a huge influence within the NUS, and the P&P Green League of the country’s universities gets published in the Times every year - to name just a few! As well as this, P&P groups up and down the country have steadily been making their own institutions and communities greener and more ethical. Here at Surrey, our actions range from promoting sustainable living on campus, to lobbying the university to ensure their procurement strategy protects the human rights

of the workers who make our stuff ! This can involve film screenings, workshops, debates and discussions, protests and demonstrations, and other ‘funner’ things like recycled jewellery making and ethical cookery sessions!

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Bag yourself a bargain!
The University Bookshop is the place to come for all of your course texts and many other books too. We sell all of the Students’ Union event tickets, stationery, greetings cards, university branded clothing & souvenirs, Fairtrade gifts as well as a range of meal deals, snacks and soft drinks. Student Book Card Duo - just arrived! Parents/ friends can put money onto the Top Up Card. Then you, the student, can spend it on books. Simple. The Bookshop is run by your Students’ Union and the University. We always strive to bring you the cheapest deals and best products possible.

But really, we are an inclusive society, where everyone pitches in - everything is democratic, and there is no hierarchy dictating the society. You can just come along and suggest something we should be doing, and we’ll try and do it! We meet every Thursday in 75MS02 - come along! For more info, email ussu. peopleandplanet@surrey. ac.uk For more info on the national network, visit peopleandplanet.org

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18 ARTS: Dance & Theatre

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Sian Goldby

Welcome to thought night, a brand new feature for the arts pages in which I reflect on anything that has got me thinking within the past two weeks. I warn you now, this ‘anything’ does pretty much have the virtue of being just that; so in the depths of exams I may well go a bit nuts and start spouting about hats, baked beans, or anything else totally unrelated. But let’s just hope that doesn’t happen.

Thought –night : In search of style ...it’s closer than you Brave new dance in think London correspond with my current of making and moving, as to
studies. Marshall spoke about his ideals of making work on himself and then transferring this onto his dancer’s bodies. This does admittedly seem very old hat, and I personally thought we had travelled away from the time when this way of making was fashionable, and have started to understand that all dancing bodies move differently and so an exact replica of movement is impossible. However, he did also make the very valid point that having the dancers create the main movement material, which the choreographers then just ‘mould’, could have a reducing affect towards the choreographer’s ‘unique voice’ and movement style coming through. I have always felt that having a specific ‘choreographic voice’ was not necessarily a good thing. As dance students we are encouraged to expand our movement vocabulary and experiment with different ways him from the group. s not get stuck in that dreaded ‘choreography rut’. However, after starting to work on an autobiographical piece, the focus shifted towards the understanding of our own personal choreographic style. Once you acknowledge the inevitability of actually having a style, you then acquire the ability to move away from it (or back to it) if and when you wish. A key promoter of this kind of thinking is American choreographer Tere O’Connor. He speaks about ‘getting rid of the authorities in your brain’, or taboos if you like, when you enter the choreographic space. This works to get rid of any rebellion that you may be feeling against your own ‘style’ or how you believe your work is perceived by the ‘authorities’, therefore creating a sense of freedom. I think style, whatever it is, and not just choreographically either, but in a wider sense of the word, needs to be some-

– Dance Umbrella 2010 (5-30th October) Rachel Gildea

thing that comes naturally, otherwise it can’t possibly be yours. And it is something that is owned and acknowledged, but therefore flexible.

Dance Editor

Vertical Road
Lucy Al-Zoghbi

This time, I am considering choreography, and how important (or not so) it is to have a ‘choreographic voice’. After having attended a talk by world renowned Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall, which was based on his own style of making dance; through a complex politic of traditional Yiddish hand gestures, folk music and Israeli historical taboos, something started to

It was Quentin Crisp who once said ‘If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.’ Think about it. (Demetri Martin)

Dance Umbrella, a London based dance festival is currently in full swing over the next month.

Since 1978 the festival has been bringing new dance to England’s capital. Thriving on dynamism, diversity and championing the art form the festival opens the dance experience to everyone by presenting a range of affordable, and sometimes free events such as performances, talks, films and learning opportunities. With a vision ‘to become the world’s most exciting programmer of new dance’ you’d be foolish to not take advantage of this extraordinary festival right on our doorstep…

Akram Khan Company Sadler’s Wells Thursday 2010
Akram Khan’s latest choreographic offering is Vertical Road, a full-scale company piece set to a score by longstanding collaborator Nitin Sawhney. Khan’s tour of Vertical Road encompasses a wealth of journeys with a collective of eight dancers, male and female from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As darkness descends on stage, seven figures appear on the floor: covered in chalk dust, crouching, and waiting. Another figure is upstage behind a translucent sheath, he frantically circles and jabs his arms at the material that separates

An extensive section of unison dominates the beginning of the piece. Bright white light out-

of the Terracotta Army. In this first section Khan facilitates repetition as the main choreographic tool. Despite being a risky decision, Khan success-

Broken, contorted lines in the body portray a neglected, even fragile soul. For once the dancers are not just figures drifting around the stage with a miscellaneous character, they are raw, exposed and identifiable. Khan’s choreographic style is one that has become so identifiable and unique within contemporary dance theatre. His dancers move with speed and agility, their turns are razor sharp, their movement is grounded. Uniformity is reiterated again and again as male and female dancers alike are virile, dynamic and powerful. Vertical Road is epic and atmospherical - a journey that I would happily experience time and time again.

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October

Dancers are the athletes of God (Einstein) Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another (anonymous) When in doubt... dance! (anonymous) Quitters never win and winners never quite

Dance isn’t a form, it’s a way of life (anonymous)

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lines the company’s movement in harsh exposure. There is a real sense of uniformity and territory as they brush off their shoulders, hit their torsos and trudge through the floor on their forearms. At times they evoke images

fully uses the same motivic ideas to emphasise this unity within the group.

Whilst the majority of the company maintain the unity, brief solos and duets appear as isolated moments in time.

The Swan Lake Opera was fashioned from a Russian Folk tales as well as acient German Legend? Did you Know...

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Christina Maria Webb
Literature Editor

Guildford Book Festival

Guildford Book Festival is an annual 10 day event that takes place around the town every autumn, its Festival Patrons including Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. Many events are free and are held all over Guildford - from the Electric Theatre to campus. The festival offers workshops on writing skills such as how to structure of a novel and how to write a bestseller. There are chances to meet the writers themselves and readings from authors such as crime writer Peter James and historical writer Carol Brown.

Red Roses
Literature Editor

A series called ‘Storyworld’ is being exhibited in the Lewis Elton Gallery on campus in which the author has created sets of ‘tell-your-own-story cards’. The cards’ designs have been created by some of Britain’s leading book illustrators and are intended as a ‘toolkit for the imagination.’ They depict images (comparable to tarot cards) intended to inspire writers in creating imaginative stories. Philip

Pullman stated ‘I’ve seldom seen so many attractive and intriguing starting points so well presented.’ The cards come with a beautifully illustrated guide called ‘The Storytelling Book’ which gives detailed descriptions of the cards. For example, one reads: ‘The Spindle of Loss - I am the busy spindle that can unravel anything. If you should prick your finger upon me or try to stop me spinning, you will lose what you once had...’ As a writer, you are continuously challenged and inspired. These cards are a great tool for young writers, but can also be helpful to older authors, stuck for a story.

campus, is where author Michael Wood will be presenting his novel ‘The Story of England.’ The novel has been adapted into a BBC sixpart series which is currently showing on television. Wood has attempted, rather successfully, to tell the history of England by looking at one small place called Kibworth and its inhabitants. The story spans from Roman times through to the Black Death, The Great Famine and both World Wars, showing just how each of these landmark events affect the culture of Britain and the people of this small town in the centre of England. The story is told using a narrative, as well as documents such as diaries, tax rolls and archaeological artefacts. It is this element of reality that gives the novel a sense of intimacy with the people. The history of England is brilliantly told, characterizing the effects of the past and questioning exactly how our British culture has been created.

Interview with Pamela Thomas Deputy Director for the Guildford Book Festival
Christina Maria Webb
Which events in particular at the festival would you recommend as most suitable/enjoyable for students?
Literature Editor

Christina Maria Webb
The shade of lipstick I wore matched your suit But we’re both leading separate lives Misleading memories were whispered in haste When we know only honesty survives When I painted your faithful deceit I was wishing my fairytale ending The finishing touch was left far behind Our links to the past surely can’t last when Commitments of the future cease to meet

The roses you bought were lacking fine thought Is the answer true love or just fiction?

Another exhibition, which is being held at the Management School on

In all, there is something that appeals to everyone. More information on each of the events can be found online or in the programmes scattered around Guildford.

Marching Powder
Miranda Sullivan
Literature Team

They may enjoy the Firestation on Tour Bookswop, Arthur Smith, Arabella Weir... all these are fun. Literature students - poet Mario Petrucci, Jonathan Coe & David Nobbs, Michael & Rebecca Frayn. Crime fans may like Peter James. A Touch of the Supernatural event features Andrew Taylor (The American Boy, Bleeding Heart Square) and Tariq Goddard who was a lecturer at the University of Surrey. If [students are] keen on cycling then the Robert Pen event. GSA students may find listening to Steven Berkoff and Ron Moody of interest. Could you give me a little history about the festival and its past successes? Guildford Book Festival was Shervin Hejazi hits me:

established in 1989. The festival is now in its twenty first year. It attracts high profile authors and discerning audiences. Over the years Guildford Book Festival has played host to a diverse range of authors and poets from many different backgrounds. Authors who have appeared at past Festivals include William Dalrymple, Richard Holmes, Jeremy Paxman, Clive James, Gerald Scarfe, Fay Weldon, David Starkey, Jacqueline Wilson, Ray Mears, Michael Rosen, Rick Wakeman, Jenni Murray, Ian Rankin, Kate Mosse and Chris Patten. Could you describe the general atmosphere and/or level of formality of the events? Events are usually very informal and [it] really depends on the speaker. It’s not ‘academic lectures.’ Nearly all events last an hour including Q&A. There’s a buzz from events. What event would you say stands out this year? We have Jenny Lord holding a knitting class on Saturday 23 October at 11am at the Electric Theatre. Wool and needles provided - if any students are keen to learn how to knit or if they want to learn new patterns [they should come along].It should be a fun event. In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) Hung upside down for two months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. None of the 116,000 visitors had noticed?

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But you recited the wrong lines in mind Romeo and Juliet’s scripted words This consistent formality in opposition Leaves nothing but pure contradiction

Were inscribed in our blood due to find

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Marching Powder is the biography of Thomas Mcfadden, a young Briton arrested in Bolivia and sent to San Pedro prison. The book is an account of life in one of the most bizarre and corrupt prisons in the world, where inmates are required to purchase their own cell, and even pay an entry fee. The rich are able to maintain extravagant lifestyles, while the poor are simply left to die. At the centre of this crazy world lie two central forces: money and drugs. Inmates can buy and sell their cells in the same way as the housing market, going through the prison equivalent of estate agents who also take their cut. Everyone has their price, particularly the guards, and money has to be in circulation to fund San Pedro’s big-

By Rusty Young

gest export – cocaine.

The book is at once humorous and harrowing, and there are times at which a reader may easily forget that they are not reading fiction. While Thomas’s genuine sense of desperation and loneliness throughout the book is deeply moving, it is at times hard to sympathise with a character whose actions are often morally questionable. However, this by no means detracts from this fascinating story, which will have you hooked in minutes!

Epiphany

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On the empty space between My heart and absolution. Is there anything we To justify a life won’t do?

I’m drowning in a chase, A maze, to place a face

And just like that, it

than bordering beautiful.

more rich with all-things futile

20 ARTS: Music

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acclaim as a person; not just a singer. tion to climb your way to the top, the craving for respect

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amongst the millions of others who care as much for music petitive beat; songs they most likely never wrote.

FAME FOR FREE – POP CULTURE
Lorna Salmon Music Editor
One of the more disappointing aspects of today’s society in relation to ‘Pop Music’ is that children and teenagers are growing up believing that to have a good life they need to get famous; and what better way to do this than to become a solo artist? So long as you have the moves, the right attitude and most importantly the looks, you can make it in the brutal world of pop music. The ‘cult of celebrity’ has slowly taken over not only the UK, but the world. People are obsessed with the lives of those in the music industry. For some this has been a blessing, providing much needed publicity. Artists found their albums were selling faster as they gained more This idealisation of artists soon became a hindrance, with artists such as Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse cracking under the pressure of coping with their home-life. Failed marriages, neglected newborns and serious addictions to drugs were just some of the issues highlighted shamelessly by the press. Pop music was given a whole new look this decade.

BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE
Philycia

As mentioned before, teenagers are under the delusion that they can make their way in life by becoming famous. The media has never played a larger part in the evolution of pop music, and essentially an army of ‘wannabes’ has been created. What is so damaging is that these children don’t care about the music: they care about the money. They

want to be on television, in magazines, and for everyone to know their name. What is being lost now is the devotion; the sheer will and determinashow with someone they hoped to start a relationship with, to particularly enjoy the song and really listen to the words. What was good about the venue? The small venue was made for an intimate and more personal setting. This allowed everyone, even those that were standing at the back of the venue to enjoy the artist’s performance. What band would you like to see next? Without a doubt: Muse. I’ve heard that they’re the best live band, and with their creativity and musical talent they’re always sure to put on a great performance for their audience.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t use music as a tool to get millions. You don’t need the ‘The X-Factor’ you just need an acoustic guitar and some passion. Fifty years ago music wasn’t about making money; it was about the heart and soul behind the music: writing your own lyrics, picking up a guitar and sharing it with the people you love. In this current economic climate I believe this generation would do well to reflect this, rather than focusing on being the next big thing.

Album Review
Hurts – ‘Happiness’ Liam Conroy

as they do; these true lovers of real music are being driven down by the factory-built superstars of tomorrow, droning out simplistic lyrics with a rewith more depth than your average Lady Gaga single and a sense of style that feels in no way contrived. If you are looking for fast paced dance-floor fillers this is definitely not the album you need.

Lorna Salmon -Interviewing Clarke. Music Editor

Venue: UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich, Norfolk. What was your favourite song? ‘Tyrant’. The best way to enjoy

Hurts’ aim for ‘Happiness’ was to create an epic record full of grandiose imagery and heartshuddering beats, and at times it really works. The clock ticking in the background of ‘Better than Love’ creates an imminent sense of foreboding, whilst the pleading to remain together on ‘Stay’ and the sultry tones of ‘Illuminated’ produce hooks that will haunt you for days.

5-A-DAY
a song is watching the artist show the meaning behind the song and putting in real effort. The lead singer (Ryan Tedder) put an original spin on the song as opposed to sticking to the album version. It made the performance seem more tailored to our particular audience. What was your favourite moment? Before performing ‘All This Time’, the lead singer explained that he wanted couples and even people who came to the

Lorna Salmon
1. ‘Nightbook’- Ludovico Einaudi (Nightbook) 2. ‘Obstacle 1’ – Interpol (Turn On the Bright Lights) 3. ‘Get A Move On!’ – Mr. Scruff (Keep It Unreal) 4. ‘Barbra Streisand’ – Duck Sauce (Album T.B.A.) 5. ‘In One Ear’ – Cage the Elephant (Cage the Elephant)

Every fortnight, I’m going to interview someone about their best live music experience. From Rusko to Radiohead, Foals to Funeral for a Friend, Seasick Steve to Sigur Rós- I want to know about it and spread the word. In the last issue, there will be the final top 5 as voted by the readers. Band: One Republic

However, there are elements of the record that lack the intensity of the other tracks. ‘Evelyn’ is almost suffocating in its self-indulgence and shaky lyrics (“Stay with me Evelyn/Don’t leave me with the medicine”). It is fair to say that Hurts could be accused of creating overblown tracks that fall short in their quest to be epic, but critics cannot deny that the production of each track is completed with finesse.

The recent obsession with the 80s that has gripped the country for the last few years has seen an influx of denim jackets, ‘Back To The Future’ back in the cinema, a renewed appreciation of ‘The Breakfast Club’, guitar bands “experimenting” with synth-sounds and a Rick Astley revival; so it makes sense that a band who completely embodies the 80s should arrive.

The flashes of brilliance on the album are the previously released singles: ‘Better Than Love’ and ‘Wonderful Life’. Two brilliantly produced pop songs

‘Happiness’ is not an imitation of the music that defined the 80s; it is a tribute to the bands that inspired this Manchester duo. The stylistic similarities with The Pet Shop Boys are obvious, beats reminiscent of Depeche Mode are clear; it is a true celebration of an edgy, ground breaking decade of pop. Hurts have carved their own niche in the pop music industry, creating a sound like no other band around at the moment and ‘Happiness’ is their declaration that they have arrived.

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I am a final year English Literature student. I love Surrey and feel very proud to be here. I enjoy reading, hence the literature degree. My favourite word is ambiguous since there is always room for different interpretations.

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I’m studying English Lit with Creative Writing but I don’t like reading. Favourite word: Epiphany

My name is Amrin S Lokhandwalla and I am 19 years old. I am currently a 2nd year student studying Sociology. Favourite word: Onomatopoeia. Design Team

This is my second year on The Stag team, expect only bigger and better things! Hey guys! My name is Zoe and I am a new recruit of The Stag Design Team. I study English Literature and am currently in my second year. Design Team Bakita Kasadha, Deputy Editor (Design)

“Hi my name is Eunice Njagi and I’m calling from The Stag, the Surrey University Students’ Newspaper...” I’m still really glad I became Marketing Editor, despite how many times I’ve said that sentence. I love films, although I’ll probably spend most of my free time this year reading (thank you level 2 English Literature), and my main goal for this year is to have a stronger relationship with God by the end of it.

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I’m into the relentless advancement of humanity. That’s probably why I’m studying Space Tech and Planetary Exploration. It’s likely that I’m the only person here who has made chainmail out of paperclips and has a small obsession with the Faroe Islands. The Beatles suck! “Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt!” Favourite word: Lexicon Jack White, Design Team My favourite word is ‘expressionism’. Thought I might as well keep it relevant to my ‘freedom of the press’ attitude. Tom Goulding, News Editor

Eunice Njagi, Deputy Editor (Marketing)

A bit about myself. Well, there is so much to be said. i love travels, reading, cooking, and all the team sport which are considered as peculiar to men. I believe in getting the jobdone in style and flair. Favorite word is: Simplicity Kritel Tchamba

Hi, I’m Imogen Jones and I’ve just joined the Stag team as a marketing assistant. I’m 20, from London and currently a second year studing English Literature! Favorite word: custard. Imogen Jones, Marketing Team

When Mariam told me that I had been elected the new features editor, I was surprised, but at the same time so glad to be a part of the new Stage team. I’m a second year student studying English Literature with Creative Writing. On top of my love for writing, l like my sports and music and can play a couple of instruments. Favourite word: Bubbles. Jyoti Rambhai, Features Editor

Those who know me will know that I am passionate about films. The Stag is one of those outlets and those who contribute always encourage me. This is my third year running and I am always looking for people to voice their opinions as well as provide knowledge on the subject Ollie Sim, Film Editor

Favourite Word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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Hi my name is Rachel Gildea, I’m a second year dance student. Being a part of the Stag has been one of the best experiences of my time at Surrey and I’m really looking forward to all the exciting stuff we have planned for the paper this year! Favourite word:

Rachel Gildea, Dance & Theatre Editor

Hi I’m Emma, and will be a copy editor for The Stag this year! Im a 2nd year Media Studies Student, and hope to bring fresh ideas to the paper this year. I’m very excited in exploring what the paper has to offer and how we can make it better; for you. Emma Armitage, copy editor

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I’m Christina, new Literature Editor and very excited to be a part of the Stag newspaper team! I’mstudying English Literature in my second year and love life at Surrey. I hope you enjoy reading the literature section. Favourite word: Piccolo Christina Maria Webb, Literature Editor

From New Delhi, I am rather popularly known to my peers for my unorthodox interest in business, finance and travelling. Love to play squash and talking about the business of global politics and financial markets over drinks. I’m Lorna, and as my new flatmates will probably tell you I can’t stand silence. I’m into brutal honesty, trust, mental hair, and most ciders. Currently I’m living by the phrase: ‘Love where you are, but fight for where you want to be’. I can already tell writing for ‘The Stag’ is just part of the fight, so bring it on. Favourite word: Quintessence Lorna Salmon, Music Editor Utkarsh Sharma , Societies Editor

Hello folks, a bit about myself - I’ll be doing masters in mobile and satellite communications in the department of Electronics Engineering at the University starting this year. I’m from India and the UK has so far been awesome and I have met some really nice and interesting people here at the University. I am really looking forward to working with the Stag and hope I can play a part in making the Stag an enjoyable read! Favourite word: mother Vijay Bhaskar, Copy Edior

Hi I’m Helen. Second year Biochemist. Favourite enzyme: hexokinase. Primary habitat: in front of the TV. Helen Finn, Science & Tech Editor

Hi, I’m Yemi! I’m a second year English Lit and Creative Writing student. I love writing and eating (usually at the same time) and I can’t stand pigeons. My favourite word is: Eccentric. Yemi Dipeolu, Copy Editor

I’m a first year English Literature with Creative Writing student...When I’m not checking articles for spelling mistakes, I love listening to music and watching trashy TV! Favourite word: Abysmal Nicole Vassell, Copy Editor

As a cost-cutting measure, The Stag has offshored 50% of its IT workforce this year. Ankur Banerjee is our (non)resident web administrator currently based out of Singapore, where he lives in constant peril of leprechaun attacks and sickly sweet ‘black’ coffee. He studies electronics & computer engineering in his spare time. Favourite word: Belgium Ankur Banerjee, Web Master & Administrator

Hi, I’m Naomi a second year English with Creative Writing student, and I will be your photographic editor for The Stag this year. I have a passion for photography and a great deal of experience which I hope to use to brighten up the pages of The Stag. Favourite word: Serendipity Naomi, Picture Editor
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