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The University of Surrey Newspaper’s World AIDS Day Issue
“...we will not tolerate politicians’ broken promises.” p.4
Tuesday 23rd November 2010
Do aliens exitst? p.18
50,000 turnout for Student Demo in London
NEWS p. 3
Film reviews p. 26
Editor-In-Chief: Chris Whitehead
SCIENCE & TECH p.18
Courtesy of Malcolm Hunt
To Job or not to Job?
aving a job at University often has a split opinion, some people don’t feel they need one, in other words they can’t be bothered to get one, some others rely solely on Student Loans and others feel it’s too time consuming.
An estimated 52,000 students from across the UK have participated in the largest student led protest for a generation. The Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts demonstration was organized jointly by the National Union of Students and University and College Union, and received backing from both youth organisations and celebrity icons such as Stewart Lee. (cont. on page 5)
Fashion in Music
However from personal experience it’s far too expensive to live down here minus a job, so one of the first things I did was to go out and get one. It was a pretty simple process, fill in some forms and wait for an e-mail, so far not really over ruling my university work, although I suppose at this point
I didn’t really have too much, as I should point out I am a first year.
So I found a job, started
with a small two hour shift and after that it increased, but only by the amount of hours I was willing to work. (Cont. on page 10)
ashion has played a massive role alongside Pop Music for years now, and in many cases defines what the artist’s music it about; it accompanies their music and reflects the singer’s attitudes and values: their style is their music represented physically, it is a promotional tool essentially, and inspires fans to be like their favourite singer. One of the key ways for a singer to survive is to realise that in the harsh industry that is Pop Music, it isn’t just your music that must change with the times; your style must too, and few artists have managed this fine chameleon-esque art.
One singer that I believe has mastered the art of fashion in music more than any other would be Madonna. Throughout her many years as a performance artist, she has always managed to stay on trend, and inspire others to follow her fashionista ways. Madonna’s look and manner of dress became highly influential among young girls and women. Essentially, her look was defined by lace tops, skirts over Capri pants, fishnet stockings, jewellery bearing the Christian cross, and shocking bleach blonde hair which became a huge trend... (Cont. on page 28)
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This edition of The Stag focuses on two very important and unrelated issues – NUS DEMO and World AIDS Day. The Stag team is proud to report on the happenings of the actual day as well as the aftermath of such a historical protest. Being at the protest was an amazing experience as we got to be part of something much bigger than we had initially anticipated. Have a look at the centre page spread for a better idea of how it was. As you might have noticed, The Stag has gone red! And it is for an excellent cause – World AIDS Day! We are giving away tickets to Citrus for 1st December and you can be one of the lucky winners by completing the word search on page 15
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New Tuition Fees, We Will Remember Them... Same Old Politics. Until They Need Our Help
n the light of Remembrance Sunday, PM David Cameron has received much criticism surrounding the widows of servicemen and injured soldiers who face losing hundreds of thousands of pounds from their pensions. The announcement in the coalition’s first Budget of cuts to public sector pensions means that middle aged widows of fallen soldiers will be up to £750,000 worse off than in previous years. Injured soldiers will miss out on about £500,000 in pension and benefit-related payments, according to the ‘Forces Pension Society’. It was announced that the Prime Minister laid a wreath on the cenotaph, in recognition of the great sac-
Nick Clegg (Deputy PM) and David Cameron (PM)
he student protest that ended in violence after a small minority of protesters attacked Conservative HQ last week has been widely reported. However, the contents of a Lib Dem document revealed this week leads one to think that if protesters had known the full story it would have been the Lib Dem HQ that came under attack. This document is contained in a new book on the coalition negotiations by Rob Wilson, a Conservative MP. It reveals that a month before Clegg pledged to oppose the rise in tuition fees, his ‘coalition negotiation team’ decided that in the event of a hung parliament the party would not defend its manifesto pledge to abolish university tuition fees. The document, marked “confidential” and dated 16 March, is quoted as stating that “On tuition fees we should seek agreement on parttime students and leave the rest. We will have clear yellow water with the other [parties] on raising the tuition fee cap, so let us not cause ourselves more headaches.” As raised by Harriet Harman in Parliament last week, since Clegg was clear before the election that increasing tuition fees to £7,000 a year would be a disaster, “What word would he use to describe fees of £9,000?” The document is likely to cause outrage amongst students, who prior to the election looked up to Clegg as a symbol of hope for
the educational prospects of the young. This new information is sure to further undermine Clegg’s dwindling image of ‘New Politics’. In the election debates Clegg promised that, to him, National Interest took precedence over party interest. The picture is looking very different now. Much criticism has been fuelled by the National Union of Students, as much of the party’s success is attributed to the student vote, who believed his resolute stance on student fees to be sound. Many will remember Clegg in the pre-election period, trumpeting the pledges being signed by his candidates to stand against any rise in fees. In April he said at the NUS conference: “You’ve got people leaving university with this dead weight of debt, around £24,000, round their neck. One of the things I want us [Liberal Democrats] to do is to join forces with you and make it plain that we’ve got to turn things round in a big way to provide the fairness, the optimism, the opportunity that you deserve”. Clegg has certainly turned things around in a big way, to the dismay of his student voters. This complete Uturn has damaged the chances of the Liberal Democrats in subsequent General Elections, as the image of their credibility and honesty has been lost. Clegg’s ‘New Politics’ looks more and more like simply the tactics of a politician willing to say anything to get a foot in Government.
rifices made by the soldiers of Great Britain. It is easy for Mr Cameron to commend the armed forces, but there is little credibility in the Prime Minister’s expressions of sympathy and admiration this weekend if servicemen are to have their pensions cut. It must be appreciated that the Government are having difficulty with the fiscal challenges that the country is facing. However much as one may have some sympathy with the Government’s dilemma, it is arguable that a special case should be made for the Armed Forces and their partners as they are more likely to be widowed at a much younger age and there is considerably more risk for servicemen than for
other Government employees. One cannot imagine postal workers or librarians claiming similar dangers in their occupations. Then again if the armed forces were to be exempt from the cuts, then where does that leave public services such as the fire service? Or the police? Although not embroiled in an ongoing conflict, it must be acknowledged that these people work in dangerous situations on a daily basis. Should these services then receive the same exclusion from the pension cuts? Although these services may not be glorified as much as the armed forces, their job is surely just as important as they ensure the public’s immediate safety on a day to day
That all Union transactions are transparent? You can see how and where money is spent. Just come to Activities for more information. To make one kilo of honey bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth?
That you can get a pastry and hot drink from Chancellors for only £1.50?
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There are about 100,000 bacteria in one litre of drinking water?
50,000 Turnout for Student Demo in London
rotestors gathered at Horse Guards Avenue in Westminster London throughout the morning, brandishing flags and placards that made such statements as ‘Dear Nick, we found this in our backs [indicating picture of a knife] we believe it belongs to you” and “Students must not pay for wars and bankers bonuses”. Some students even came dressed up for the occasion, with costumes ranging from Edward Scissorhands to Spiderman, who climbed above the march with a megaphone to denounce fees. At 12.30pm The NUS and UCU representatives at made speeches to the crowd, with UCU President Alan Whittaker calling the proposals for higher education reform “appalling” and an example of “economic illiteracy”. In his address to the demo, the NUS Vice-President declared, “I do not just see students, lecturers and sixth form students, I see 20,000 activists united. It’s about the millions of students left behind.” (Cont. from front page) The University of Surrey’s Student Union had designated two coaches for the trip to London, which were due to leave at 9.30am. However only 128 students from the university attended the demonstration, a relatively poor turnout in com-
On Wedensday 1st December it will be World AIDS Day. To raise awareness of this, there will be flash dances around campus (make sure you spot them), a charity drink, called Red Ribbon, in Chancellors and the Union is encouraging you to wear red when you go to Citrus. Incase you didn’t realise, that’s why The Stag has a red theme for this issue!
parison to the 6 coaches that Cambridge University filled for the event. Criticism was directed towards the union for not informing Surrey students or advertising the relevant details in advance of the demo, and one union representative consented, admitting mistakes had been made, “Surrey’s turnout was acceptable, but could have been better. Had the Students’ Union and the University worked a little quicker and offered more support to those Students unite to march against rise in fees who wanted to attend then maybe more people would have signed up.” Those from Surrey who did attend were enthusiastic about the march. One student told The Stag, “More people should’ve bothered to get out of bed for this. The atmosphere is incredible, and every person who marches makes a difference, as hard as that is to believe sometimes.” A student union representative waiting in anticipation for the demonstration to begin said, “It shows that we have solidarity as a union. At the end of the day, we’re all in the same boat together.” As students proceeded down Whitehall towards the Houses of Parliament, Harriet Harman led a Labour assault on Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg’s during Prime Minister’s Question Time, over his decision to break the Lib Dem pledge and support an increase in tuition fees. She rounded off her attack with an analogy of the coalition partnership, stating “Mr. Speaker we all know what it’s like, you’re at Fresher’s Week, you meet up with a dodgy bloke and you do things you regret” prompting laughter from both sides of the chamber. The route was disrupted for many students however, when a fracture group of protestors deviated from the march in order to occupy 30 Millbank, mounting the roof of the Conservative party headquarters. Violent scenes erupted when riot police clashed with demonstrators, leading to the arrest of thirty-five people while fourteen were injured. Criticism was leveled at a number of institutions, including the Metropolitan police who did not dispatch the number of officers needed to handle the protest and the national media that provided a distorted view of the day’s events. NUS President Aaron Porter condemned the violence as “despicable”, but still addressed those who culminated outside Tate Britain at the end of the protest. He told the crowd, “ “I will tell you today that we will not tolerate politicians’ broken promises. We will not tolerate them pulling up the drawbridge on the next, denying our brothers and sisters the opportunity to study at college or university.” couraging further integration. He said, “In the past, we have pushed up the fees on overseas students as a way of keeping them down for domestic students.”
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World AIDS Awareness week starts Monday 29th November 2010 so remember to wear red!
“Yes, foreign students will still pay a significant amount of money, but we should be able to bring that growth under control.” “We won’t go on increasing so fast the fees of the overseas students.”
Student demonstrations have been planned on a national scale for 24th November. In Manchester, 60 students have taken part in a three-hour sitin, demanding access to university accounts to see how current undergraduates could be affected.
Protestor wears his heart on his sleeve
Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron was on a diplomatic visit to China, where he announced that increasing fees for British students would unburden the debt owed by international students, en-
The receptionist in Activities Area is called Leonie? Maybe next time say, “Good morning, Leonie. Can I collect my NUS card, please?” rather than, “Can I have my NUS card?”
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Thousands Gather to Cheer Destruction of Tory HQ
n 10th November the demonstration against increases to tuition fees and cuts in university budgets developed from an angry but orderly march into a riotous confrontation between demonstrators, police and the Conservative Party.
After passing the Houses of Parliament, a few thousand of the 50,000 protesters made a detour from the planned marching route and congregated outside the doors of the Millbank Tower, which houses Conservative Party headquarters. The building was open for business and many protesters just walked in as the march went past. As more people passed the front door, the opportunity must have seemed irresistible. The protest had already seen an unprecedented level of venom directed towards the Coalition Government over their education policy.
pitch when students started to throw rubbish at the police. Several protesters bypassed the police line by breaking through the glass front of the building.
As riot police started to arrive on the scene, large numbers of protesters were exiting the building onto the roof to wave banners and shout to the crowd below. The atmosphere was electric and those still outside the building roared their approval to those on the roof.
The elation did not last long. Rows of riot police had now ejected most of the students from the building foyer and were now lining up with their batons and shields at the ready. With feeling towards the cuts and fees as high as it is, the demonstrators were not about to back down and for the next four hours riot police vainly tried to hold back the massive number of people confronting them.
Within minutes a bonfire had been started and protesters had begun to enter the building to vent their anger on the Conservative Party. For over an hour, a small group of police tried to guard the front door, but they were unable either to prevent the protesters entering or to calm them. The scene began to reach fever-
he youth branch of the Green Party has condemned increasing the cap on tuition fees it was announced earlier this month.
The Young Greens is the only youth branch of a national party listed as a supporter organisation of the Fund Our Future: Stop the Education Cuts march, who attended the student demonstration on 10th November in London. Young Greens Co-Chair Sam Coates challenged Liberal Youth, the youth wing of the
Young Greens Join Fight Against Raising Tuition Fees
Liberal Democrats, before the march, to honour their manifesto pledge. He stated, “The Young Greens will be marching for free education and to show our opposition to the Coalition’s cuts. If Liberal Youth are against these rises in tuition fees they should march with us on Wednesday and make sure their MPs and ministers stick to their promise of supporting free education”, before adding, “Only through the removal of tuition fees can we expect young people to enter university without the thought of massive student debt on graduation on their minds, and with the jobs market so tough for young people, a degree is looking more and more essential.” Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas suggested an alternative to taxing students, “A more progressive policy to address the challenge of funding our higher education would be a business education tax levied on the top 4% of UK companies, which would generate enough annually to abolish tuition fees and take our public investment in higher education up to the average in other comparable countries.” The Greens remain one of the few political parties that now support free education for all. In the 2010 General Election
It was at this stage that the real low point of the day occurred, when one of the protesters threw a fire extinguisher from the roof – as many as ten stories up. While the extinguisher did not hit anyone, it landed within two feet of a policeman who was very lucky indeed not to be killed.
As daylight faded, the police became far more aggressive, resorting to outright beating to try and move the protesters on. Many students will have spent the last week with cuts and bruises. But with the light went much of the students’ enthusiasm for the event and the crowd began to disperse. It is testament to the strength of feeling against the Government’s proposed fee increases that the riot developed in the first place. Challenged on the legitimacy of the riot, Clare Solomon, President of the University of London Union said, “I don’t understand what peo-
Students set off flares outside the Conservatives’ HQ
ple expect students to do when they remove 100% funding from the Arts, 80% from teaching.”
However, not all students are happy about the level of aggression on display at Millbank Tower. NUS President, Aaron Porter disavowed his fellow students saying, “If some people think it’s appropriate to use violence… it’s an utter disgrace”. Porter himself has come under fire both from students who agreed with the protest at Millbank, and those who did not. Right-wing blogger Tory Bear they won their first national victory, when Lucas won the Brighton Pavilion Seat. Their proportion of the vote in non-
wrote, “He was in charge, and as soon as it went wrong he did a runner, sending a mere tweet, spinning that it was just a couple of bad eggs. The truth is there were thousands of students he could not control.” For the NUS it may be too little, too late. The protesters at Millbank have stolen a march on those who walked past. The incident has provoked a flurry of activity in newsrooms and on the Internet, as people inside and outside of education discuss the proposed cuts and fees, and argue over how far it is acceptable to go to defend your position.
target seats, where no candidate ran in 2005, increased from 1.0% to 1.5%.
Young Greens - the youth branch of the Green Party
NUS Condemns Violent Actions of “rogue protestors” for Undermining the Message of 50,000
he NUS has condemned the violent actions of “rogue protestors” who have undermined an otherwise peaceful protest with NUS President Aaron Porter calling the scenes “despicable”. Around 50,000 students, lecturers and members of the general public took part in what is being labeled as the biggest student demonstration in a generation, jointly organised by NUS and the University and College Union (UCU).
outside the Tate Britain where protestors heard from UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt, NUS president Aaron Porter and TUC deputy general secretary Frances O’Grady. At a rally on Milbank outside the Tate Britain, protestors heard from UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt, NUS president Aaron Porter and TUC deputy general secretary Frances O’Grady. UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, told demonstrators: “I am here today to send a mes-
sage to the politicians at Westminster. It isn’t fair to make our public universities the most expensive in the world. It isn’t progressive to discourage young people from going to college. And it isn’t just to ask the next generation to pay for others’ mistakes. Over the next four years while college grants are cut and tuition fees triple, big business will get £8bn in tax giveaways from the government. “Some in our government seem to think they can spin their way out of their election commitments. So far they’ve called the increase in the cost of university everything but what it
The march covered a route pre-approved by police from Horse Guards Avenue to a rally
Aaron Porter, NUS President, out marhing with students
is. They’ve called it a fee, a tax, a loan and now a contribution. But the simple truth is it’s not any of those things. It’s a debt. A civilised society recognises the importance of education. It’s time for politicians to recognise that education is an investment in all our futures not a millstone around our necks.”
“I will tell you today that we will not tolerate politicians’ broken promises. We will not tolerate them pulling up the drawbridge on the next, denying our brothers and sisters the opportunity to study at college or university.”
Aaron Porter told the crowd: “We have taken to the streets of London in unprecedented numbers today on the biggest student demonstration this century to tell politicians that enough is enough. We will not tolerate the previous generation passing on its debts to the next, nor will we pick up an eye-watering bill to access a college and university education that was funded for them.
“This Government is abdicating its responsibility to fund the education and skills provision we desperately need just as every other country is investing in its future. We cannot and will not accept that miserable vision for our future. These short-sighted and selfdefeating cuts to colleges and universities must be resisted, they will be resisted, and that resistance begins today.” To see photos of the demo go to www.demo2010.org
minent assassination, but this time it’s by the hands of gamers across the world. Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the latest first person shooter in a franchise of COD games that accounts for about 96%* of anti-social behaviour on campus, sees players step back into The Cold War, where they must foil communist plots to overthrow the West via the usual tactics of blowing stuff up first and not bothering to ask questions later. One mission however, involves chasing down a virtual young Castro, whilst systematically wiping out the population of Cuba as you go about it. The nation has condemned the game, stating that it glorifies the 638 real-life attempts made on Castro’s life by the CIA, and teaches American adolescents intolerance towards different ideologies.
n this issue, espionage turns ruthless in Moscow, there’s video game controversy in Cuba and Sarkozy attempts to take history into his own hands…
Just when it seemed that decent spy stories (what with the recession-enforced decommission of James Bond and the cringe-worthy rogue agent dilemma of Spooks Series 9) were confined to the well-thumbed John le Carre paperbacks of yesteryear, the Kremlin has reportedly hired a contract killer to assassinate
a double agent accused of betraying ten undercover spies. The traitor has been identified as Colonel Shcherbakov and has been condemned by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who menacingly implied “It always ends badly for traitors”. One exposed agent was Anna Chapman, the femme fatale masquerading as a suburban housewife who had remained in the United State for years under deep cover. Russia is traditionally hostile to
those who betray her. Although not officially carrying out an assassination since 1959, two denied hits have been made against dissidents in London: In 1978 Georgi Markov was famously shot by a poison-pellet firing umbrella on Waterloo Bridge, while more recently Alexander Litvinenko died of radiation poisoning in 2006. Gripping stuff. Elsewhere, former Cuban President Fidel Castro is also once again under threat of im-
Treading precariously on the thin line between objective, factually informed news and Tom’s-thought-of-the-day as usual, personally I’d be flattered to be immortalised in a computer game, even if my role was to stand there while fourteen-year-olds gunned me down in a haze of blood and bullets. Given the fact that the majority of consumer driven teenagers probably don’t even know what the Cold War is, and those who do gained their overview through a late night showing of Red Dawn on ITV4, Cuba should stop worrying about what this game says about their culture. Given the fast-paced nature of the game,
French President Nicholas Sarkozy on the other hand, is a man who apparently can’t get enough of people knowing his name, after announcing plans to build a national history museum that will honour his cultural legacy. French historians are in an uproar, staging a sit-in at the National Archives (France? Protests? Really?) near where Sarkozy plans to found his creation. They accuse Sarkozy of perverting history, pushing his own rightwing ideologies and anti-immigration policies as reflective of the nation’s identity as a whole. Could the President be experiencing delusions of grandeur on a Napoleonic scale? In this day and age, the trend for eccentric political nuts is to publish a memoir, the price of which is inevitably reduced by 20% in the WHSmiths Christmas sale once it’s clear that a) no one particularly cares or b) they haven’t revealed anything remotely interesting such as why they conducted an illegal war. That’s all for this issue of Off Campus!, make sure you pick up The Stag next time for another slanted view on world affairs. *Official statistics based on picking a number between 1 and 100.
I doubt anyone would stop to notice whether they’d mown down Mother Teresa or Princess Diana, let alone a political dictator.
50% of kids between the ages of 3 and 10, carry on whole conversations during the night? Did you know University Court is as deep as it is tall?
That the Exec meetings every Tuesday are open to all students? They start at 5:45 PM.
There are about 50 unclaimed NUS cards behind the reception desk in Activities located in the Students’ Union?
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And now for something completely different...
ello and welcome to another week. This time round I thought I’d give you something a bit different.
As President of the Students’ Union it’s my job to be very measured, diplomatic and sensitive. I have long meetings discussing retention, finance and various other things that are very important but make rubbish conversation in the pub later. Each week I try and make these things a bit more relevant and sexy in my articles. This week I’m having a week off. Instead I’m going to have a totally unconstructive, unrepresentative rant about nothing. Enjoy.
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bar crawl. In fact I know one of them very well. He’s the only man I know to go to Tesco, drop his food back home, and then be found five minutes later loudly abusing his fridge for not containing enough food. It gets worse though. The National Demo had 52,000 people. That’s a lot of people. Consequently there was massive potential for something extremely idiotic to happen... and it did.
Many years ago villages had a village idiot; one man or woman to be the focal point for stupidness for everyone else. Back in these times villages were made up of 50 or so people. That’s one idiot for every 50 people.
“Guys, I’ve got a great way to make people take students seriously. How about I throw a fire extinguisher off a roof into a crowd of people”. Prat. But you’ve heard enough about the National Demo already. Let’s see what’s happening this week.
your ‘too cool for school’ to turn up in fancy dress? Now, I know all about the pressures of life. Sometimes you don’t have time to put hours into a costume. This is fine. What is not fine is turning up having clearly spend 14 trillion years perfecting your Toni & Guy haircut and elegant neck scarf. If you can spend that much time then you can spend it on fancy dress. In the time it’s taken me to write this I’ve had to call the Sports Park. Of course this means the dreaded ‘hold’ music as you wait for someone to answer your call. Great.
o the main news at the moment is the violence that took place on Wednesday 10th November at the National Demo. Aside from that the Demo was an incredible experience and the case was made that students aren’t happy with the rise in tuition fees or the cuts to Higher Education. What does this mean for welfare though? The spending review will change the outlook of universities forever as well as the nation from housing to benefits and crime but indirectly universities will be looking to claw back funds, most likely from the accommodation and support support services. A Student Disability Action Forum has recently been set up, which met for the first time in early November. The group's aim is to give students who recognise that they have a disability, or students that are passionate about helping such people to come and discuss the issues faced around campus, and to action these points. Issues about mobility around campus were highlighted in the first meeting. If you would like to be involved then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Surrey has 16,000 people. By my maths that means we have 320 idiots. Easily enough for a good
Of course it was Fetish night on Friday, one of the biggest fancy dress events in the Rubix calendar. Wait a sec, let’s highlight a point in that last line... “ FANCY DRESS EVENTS”. Are you one of these people that thinks
Academic Reps and Your Views on UniS
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the views of their colleagues. One of the main concerns last year for the Reps was how they make themselves noticeable. We have made business cards for each rep with a text number and an email address. This enables students to send their concerns instantly and the Reps have the ability to reply. For all you students out there the Academic Reps are your channel of communication between staff and yourselves. The Reps have the opportunity to sit on meetings with the academic staff and raise concerns and highlight best practice. If you want to get in contact with the Reps in your faculty then visit www.ussu. co.uk/rep.
Today a polite lady started telling me my call was important before being cut off by another polite lady... who also told me my call was important. This was annoying. It did not make me feel important. Play ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’ by AC/DC. Then I’ll feel important. This year we will be holding Academic Rep Assemblies. This is a chance for Academic Reps from across the faculties to give feedback, raise concerns and share ideas. Having problems and concerns direct from students will really influence the work I do. So if there is anything you would like to be discussed feel free to contact your Academic Rep or myself.
On the 2nd November I presented a paper to the University Equality and Diversity Committee on running a campaign off the back of the NUS research paper Hidden Marks which looked into the 2,058 women students’ experiences of harassment, financial control, control over their choices of course and institution, stalking, violence, and sexual assault. My campaign will be focused on some positive things that people can do to foster new relationships as well as make sure that women especially are aware of how to keep themselves safe. I am looking into running some self defence classes. If anyone read the Surrey Advertiser last week and looked very carefully you might have spotted my name. I made a speech at the reception for LGBT Surrey. It was a privilege to be invited to talk about support offered at the University for LGBT students and also our successful LGBT society who run TEASE night in Rubix, on the first Saturday of each month as well as a range of activities.
graduate.org/survey or check your university emails and click the link. Remember there is a £2 Starbucks voucher and a chance to win £1,000 when you complete the survey. Last but not least, The National Demo. I want you all to ignore the acts of violence that were shown on the news. The vast majority of the students there were not a part of it. We were there for a peaceful protest and to voice our opinions about funding cuts and tuition fees. I had a great day. It was my first protest and I have come back without my voice. I spent a lot of the day trying to find the best banner, the man with the sign that said ‘tuition fees make kittens sad’ was the winner in my eyes!
his year over 300 Reps were enrolled on the database, which means every course will have at least one student representing
Have you heard about the The Surrey Barometer - a survey the Union has been conducting? We have had a great response to our online student survey since it launched on the 1st November. So a big thank you to all who have completed it, but we still need more responses. If you haven’t done it, you can access it at www.i-
A lot of the work that I am doing at the moment is dealing with the amount of Arriva Bus complaints that I have received. I am continuing to have meetings with Arriva and working on making sure students are getting a bus service that they deserve, one that runs on time and is a comfortable journey. If you do have a complaint please don’t hesitate to pass on any information to: email@example.com
all done by a certain time while the others work through the night doing it all in the last minute. So juggling a job with university work is something that admittedly does take some organisation and planning but it can be done. The obvious purpose of the job is for the money, my student loan doesn’t even cover the cost of my accommodation so the job is the partly for paying the rest of my accommodation fees. Of course it goes towards nights out, shopping and any extra things that may come up. The cost of living at any university is high and the job just helps me to know that I have that weekly income, making it easier to manage my budget. And now we have David Cameron, wanting to triple the tuition fees – if the cost of living is high now, imagine what it will be for students paying £9,000.
(cont. from front page) At the beginning of each week I would e-mail them the hours for the following week during which I was willing to work and wait for an e-mail with the rota. Obviously some jobs are more demanding and the intensity of your course will depend on how much work you can take on. Juggling a job with the work load is something that is more personal, it depends on how you work, some people love to be ultra organised and have it
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Managing the job with the workload is something I’m used to. Even for those who aren’t, it’s not difficult, it just makes you actually do your work at a certain time and I would say it keeps you more focused. And it helps with life experience; juggling different tasks is something that will continue to be common throughout the life and this is just practice.
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ake a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering where people all over the country take part in a one-off volunteering project in the community. This year, Surrey Students went out into the community to have a go at gardening for local residents. The Students’ Union, working alongside Guildford Borough Council and Surrey Vinvolved, helped to arrange the day which was a great success.
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he other day I was with an elderly lady in the library who inquired about how I was finding my course. She then went on to talk about the ‘golden days’, when students went to university not only to gain education but also to give the world something out of it. A classic example was how all research papers and dissertations were published but nowadays only a selected few are published. Does this mean that in the past almost all the papers published were of a higher standard, and that research papers written by the present students are not of much essence with exceptions to a few? She commented on ‘you’ as in us, young ones tend to have shorter term times, “We
used to have more term time that enabled us to think on what we had learnt and build knowledge upon that.” Now it seems to be a case of cramming as much knowledge and passing the year with a good grade. It is more of a rat race rather than a hunger for knowledge. Three months of summer vacation may leave students with free time but not everyone can manage to get a summer job, go on trips, etc – so would having more time in education give us n opportunity to put more thought into what we have learnt thus enabling better research and development? And, are we making the best use of the brain we have, or are we just exercising on an average? On the other hand given more
time with less vacation, would we make the most of it?
On a personal note I like the fact that in our department we complete certain modules at the end of the first semester and are pre-requisites for those in the second semester. Plus, it is a relaxed atmosphere and I do not see a need to be stressed out and on top of that it gives me time to engage in other activities apart from the course and to develop my interpersonal skills. My point in writing this article is this: what are we all really looking for at University? Are we here just to get a first class degree or to make a difference? What was your reason for entering the higher education system?
The Rugby Club worked tirelessly to clear a local resident’s garden within the Westborough area and did a fantastic job; we were very grateful they gave up their time to be involved in such a great project. The impact of their hard work did not go unnoticed and when asked what the residents thought of the teams efforts they said “[it was] the best thing that had happened to them all year.’’ Also giving up their time to lend a hand within the local community were the Mountaineering Club and other willing volunteers, who helped to clear parts of the Westborough Woods to enable better use of
the area by members of the public. One volunteer, Megan Scott had this to say about the day: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt a real sense of achievement when we looked back on the space that we had cleared, it was clear that we had made a difference. It was a lot of fun and has encouraged me to take part in future volunteering projects.” All together the day was a great achievement and everyone who was involved should be commended for their efforts; volunteering shows students in a different light whilst also making a difference to somebody’s life. The Rugby Club, Mountaineering Club and other volunteers did an amazing job on the day and put in a lot of time and effort to help out in the community. If you would like more information about volunteering in the local community or if you have any ideas or opportunities for future projects please contact Becky Robinson, your Students’ Union Community Officer, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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the University and the general public. From previous interviews Lani Thomas (Events officer of Marketing Developments, University of Surrey) was aware tickets would be in high demand, “we arranged to stream the interview in another room because when we held ‘Jim Meets… the Archbishop of Canterbury’ there was an unprecedented demand for tickets”. guests that arrived to listen to Sir David Attenborough.
the beginning of a new show starting, Friday 5th November entitled “First Life” and a forthcoming show for next year set in Madagascar with the possibility of 3D footage. Even at the age of 84 it seems Sir David Attenborough’s 60 year career is not enough. Further interviews to look out for with dates to be confirmed are Brian Cox (“Wonders of the Solar System”) and Dara O’Briain (Mock the Week”).
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he purpose of this year’s theme is to highlight that HIV is still an issue for people in the UK , no matter what age, and encourages everyone to commit to actions that will help improve understanding about HIV in the UK, prevent HIV transmissions and stop HIV prejudice. Through learning the facts about HIV and making a commitment to promote awareness and understanding through our own actions everyone can play a part in increasing knowledge about HIV here in the UK, preventing the spread of HIV, and ending prejudice toward people affected by HIV. The number of people living with HIV in the UK has trebled in the last ten years More than 85,000 people are living with HIV in the UK Over a quarter of people with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed • Over half of all people living with HIV are aged between 30 and 44, but there are significant numbers both of young people and older people now living with HIV The two groups most affected remain gay and bisexual men and black African heterosexuals. Three quarters of people diagnosed on 2008 were among these two groups. There are 33.4 million people living with HIV worldwide
ir David Attenborough, renowned for his long running BBC nature documentaries “Zoo Quest” and “Life” honored the University of Surrey with a private interview and insight into his personal life with Jim Al-Khalili
(Professor of Public Engagement and BBC television presenter) on Wednesday 27th October 2010.
The interview titled “Jim Meets…” is just one of many in the series marketed to both
It is considered that through marketing in the local paper, via the radio and also online at thisislondon.co.uk that the profile of the University itself is considerably raised. When reputable speakers are interviewed the audience is extremely privileged to gain a ticket. With tickets ranging in price from a minute £7.50 to £10 the opportunity to listen to such a great scholar was not dismissed by the near 400
Members of the audience when questioned after the event were full of praise for Sir Attenborough and admitted that he “fully lived up to their expectations”. As a member of the audience myself I can only reiterate this and describe him as highly witty and a humble person. When questioned about what part of his career he perceived to be his ultimate highlight his response was full of gratitude, “I am fantastically lucky, I haven’t planned it. My life on Earth series is in 13 parts and I have learnt so much… I am very lucky”. His career within the BBC as a presenter started as he details, as a publisher, and landing quite accidentally presenting covering someone off sick. Although a great anthropologist by name, he considers himself to be a television man.
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Have we got your attention? Want to do something to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS? Well Student Health Care have organised an event for you to get involved in.
Sir David Attenborough evidently has an enviable career, he discussed countries visited for work such as South Africa, Ghana and Madagascar, to name a few, he is clearly well traveled and his career is far from closure. Introduced within the interview was
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Remember, the best way to stay safe and healthy is to use a CONDOM! If you are worried about sex, your sexual health or STI’s including HIV then you can access a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service either here at the Uni in Student Health Care or you can go to Farnham Road Hospital where they have regular clinics. HIV testing is available along with screening of all STI’s. Call Farnham Road on 01483 573852 for more information.
All students and staff are invited to come and express their views and feelings on HIV/AIDS by writing, drawing, painting (or whatever else takes your fancy!) on a canvas. This is not just any canvas, we want to display your work as a community here at the University for everyone to see. Budding artists to novices are welcome. This fantastic piece will be kept here at the University forever so make your legacy known!!! Come along to the Lecture Theatre Block on 29th November for a fun time and help your University to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the UK and around the world. For more information contact Student Health Care on 01483 689051 or email email@example.com
Beginning on the 29th November 2010 Please wear RED clothing on Tueday 30th November and Wednesday 1st of December to help support us.
All profits go to Children’s HIV Association
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Hi guys, welcome to our second issue of the year. In this issue we bring you our pick for best dressed of the week. This time we have chosen the forever stylish Lauren Conrad whose dazzling outfit in a recent magazine spread is so trendy, we can’t even begin to tell you how much we love it. Plus, for those who haven’t already, get our first look at the much awaited Lanvin for H&M collection; it might just be our favourite designer collaboration for H&M so far. Carry on reading to see what we mean, it’s simply magic! If you have any comments, ideas or feedback we would love to hear from you so please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Christie and Nisha
x-Hills star and current author Lauren Conrad recently did a stunning magazine spread for ‘Women’s Health.’ Our favourite picture is this one is the one where Lauren beautifully models a strapless mini dress with a masculine blazer and sleek ponytail. We absolutely love this look and don’t know where to begin as it encompasses so many current trends, but is chic and simple and stays true to Lauren’s effortless style. This look embodies femininity with a touch of masculinity; the cut of the blazer toughens it up and gives it a bit of an edge! The blazer is simply fabulous nailing three trends in one: its’ purple (key colour this season), it’s made from the ‘it’ material (velvet) this season, and is tailored. s most of you know H&M’s newest designer collaboration is with none other than exquisite French design house Lanvin. Well the collection has finally made its debut online and all we can say is if you were excited before, you haven’t seen anything yet as the collection has surpassed all our expectations. Both the menswear and the womenswear collection have been perfectly crafted to echo the style ideals of both the brands. The use of silk and satin materials in rich colours and the unmistakable cuts and tailoring of the clothes are all tell tale signs of classic Lanvin, but the more whimsical colours and playful details are the embodiment of H&M. The womenswear collection is elegant and timeless, with stunning silhouettes, gorgeous cocktail dresses perfect for
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Velvet has taken the fashion scene by storm in the last few months but can be a difficult fabric to pull off, where too much can simply kill an outfit. Lauren’s sophisticated blazer is the perfect way to indulge in the trend and compliments her smudge print dress (another hit trend for autumn) by keeping in tone with the colours and not overpowering the look. Lauren’s outfit is the perfect mix of high and low, whilst the blazer and accessories keep the outfit simple but stylish, the dress has the right amount of sparkle for a fabulous night out. To try this casual look yourself, all you need is a simple pair of your favourite skinny jeans, a t-shirt with a standout velvet blazer, throw on a pair of ballet flats or heels and you’re good to go. Luxurious and lovely!
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Christmas, must have style staple; plus the trench coat and adorable structured skirts with ruffle detail. However, the men’s collection by Lucas Ossendrijver alternates between suave and preppy to casual cool and there is definitely a little bit of Lanvin for everyone. And as if that wasn’t enough the collection will also contain limited edition lipsticks which are worth checking out as this is the first time Lanvin have ever presented a cosmetics line. The lipsticks come in four lovely, wearable colours (see below for a sneak peek).
November 23rd and online at 7am the same day – so set your alarms and start saving your pennies; this is one collection you won’t want to miss. Here are some of our favourite pieces from the collection. Make sure to check out the rest of the collection online at: www.hm.com/gb – including fabulous accessories and shoes. You can also watch videos of interviews with Alber Elbaz, a catwalk show and promotional videos starring models Natasha Poly, Tati Cotliar, and Hannelore Knuts having a fashion face off with the coveted collection.
Hats off to Alber Elbaz who truly lived up to his statement of H&M ‘going luxury’, the collection is certainly not a poor imitation of a couture label, it is instead beautifully fashionable but at the same time accessible and affordable. The collection debuts in stores on
11 Tips for a Successful House Party
2. Create a playlist in advance and try avoid using songs that have long bits of silence at the start or end. If you can’t find one, download AUDACITY and edit it out yourself. 3. Make sure ‘BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS’ is on the invitation. 4. Only invite those you know and don’t let random people in if you don’t know them – think of your security deposit.
1. Have a Theme – whether this be Circus, Disney or anything else, it makes the party seem more interesting, but make sure it is something people will want to do.
Re. “You’ll be Cooking for Yourself Soon”
5. Lock all valuables away and lock your doors – if you can’t lock your door from the outside, here’s a nice trick. Get some rope and tie it tightly to the door-handles of two adjacent rooms (only works if the doors open into the room). 6. You MUST have a dance floor / area and it is dark. 7. Make sure there is PLENTY of TOILET PAPER in the loo. 8. Cover your carpet with a plastic sheet, which you can buy at B&Q (again this is for the safety of your security deposit). 9. Don’t go out the night before – you’ll regret it!
magine a scene: ten young people gathered in a kitchen. It’s early evening, it’s winter, and it’s dark outside, but inside this kitchen it is warm and bright with a relaxed and bubbly atmosphere with all sorts of things going on, laughter and jokes being enjoyed, and conversations being made. Some of the young people are at the table, and the others are in groups, gathered around the two ovens in this kitchen and cooking dinner. Come down to my Halls of Residence, and you no longer have to imagine that scene – this is an average evening for us.
10. To get people to leave, act incredibly tired (the dance floor is a good place for this) and if that doesn’t work, turn the music off. 11. And finally, don’t forget to drink, dance and have fun.
I was appalled at the article in the last edition of The Stag, which implied that the majority of students have an “I can’t be bothered” attitude to cooking, and that we are all resorting to Tesco ready meals or eating out at the locations on campus. Aside from the fact that this can’t possibly contain true figures, but even if it does, this is shocking.
I can’t deny that we haven’t been tempted by the occasional trip to Pizzaman, or perhaps a Tesco Lighter Choices Chicken Korma (365 calories for £1? – bargain). If I did, I would be lying. I do, however, disagree with the concept that only three of our meals are cooked fresh each week. Our kitchen is our social area, especially since we rarely see one another during the day with us all on different courses, and naturally – cooking goes handin-hand with this. Putting a jacket potato and some beans in the microwave for 10 minutes is hardly as social and as rewarding as cooking a full meal from scratch for, let’s say, an hour. I admit I am no stranger to cookery. When I finished my A-Levels I used to cook for my mum most nights so that she had a dinner when she finished her eight-hour stint at the local orthopaedic ward – and I think that’s fair, considering that she cooked me a dinner every night for eighteen years.
This is however irrelevant. There are so many benefits of cooking (and learning to cook) from scratch, and I wouldn’t want to compromise on any of them for a ready meal, or even a decent curry delivered hot to my door (and anyone who knows me will concur I could probably live off a Madras from the “Spicy Cottage”). Aside from the fact (as I have now discovered) it is impossible to cook for one person, the social aspect is pretty good and what better way to make friends than to cook for them? I’m sure that doesn’t count as ‘bribery’ – although, being a law student, it is something I should check. The sharing of food, recipes and cookery-gone-wrong is surely what University life is about? Just last week one of our flatmates made us all Chocolate Mousse (thank you Alex) and another left us a tin of homemade Chocolate-Oat-FlapjackThings (thanks to Lizzy), and even though I almost set off the fire alarms by overcooking my Wiener schnitzel last Thursday – I have heard that my Pasta Bake recipe has spread to the other Halls.
Are we really going to make a conscious effort to start cooking every night from fresh? Why shouldn’t we? Why should we let Tesco do all the work? I’m sure they’re busy enough monopolising everything else, why let them rule our dining habits too? Laziness and lack of interest should not be an excuse. Stuck for ideas on where to get started? Try a “Come Dine with Me” themed week – get cooking for each other, and rate the dishes. Your mate from down the corridor has had a bad day? Can’t beat a homemade shepherd’s pie (replace mince for haggis and it’s absolutely gorgeous) to cheer them up. The girl on your course has just been dumped by her nonuniversity-goer-and-doesn’tunderstand boyfriend. Offer to go round and have a girly night, making homemade pizza, and cooking chocolate cornflake cakes. The possibilities with cooking are endless, give it a go and discover that cooking at home is the new form of fine dining.
© Alexi Kostibas 2009
n November 11th, the UK Student Radio Awards were held at The Indigo2 in London. Hosted by Radio 1 DJs Greg James and Fearne Cotton, this has been a stepping stone for a large percentage of the current UK radio industry. Including Greg himself whose 2005 win propelled him to the attention of Radio 1 bosses.
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The award winning piece of audio will be up on our website (www.gu2.co.uk) for you to check out!
Students Raise £44k for Sports Relief
ack in March this year 1,200 people took part in the Guildford Sport Relief Mile right here on the University campus and just under two weeks ago the organising team were informed of their phenomenal fundraising total a little under £44,000! The 1,200 participants, plus families and friends, came to Stag Hill for the one-, three- and six-mile challenge to raise money for disadvantaged people across the world, including here in the UK. A small selection of stalls were also set up, with games and raffles being run by a team of hard-working volunteers, and raised £500 towards the total.
GU2 Radio had three nominations, the first for Richard Blackburn in the Best Newcomer category following his tireless efforts in our music department and on air during his freshman year. The other two were both in the Best Interview category, first Andy Vale's interview with Chesney Hawkes before his Boileroom performance earlier in the year. But that was irrelevant as our other nomination in that category was James Alexander, who interviewed Lib Dem candidate for Guildford, Sue Doughty during the 2010 election. This stellar piece of speech radio was awarded the gold prize against some stiff competition and puts GU2 Radio up on a level with the best student radio stations in the country. It was our first gold prize in eight years.
We were also one of the most active radio stations in the country while covering the recent demo. For the students that couldn't make it we broadcast a special four-hour show covering the march. We had eight reporters at the demo relaying the scene live to the studio. Meanwhile our Twitter page (@Gu2Radio) was providing minute by minute commentary, stories and pictures throughout the day. Contrary to the amount of destruction that was on televised on the primary news channels, we tried to give a fair reflection to the events that were going on and our reporters who were spread out across the event told of a loud but good spirited atmosphere throughout most of the demo. We are still taking on new members, if you are interested in joining GU2 Radio either onair or off then email manager@ gu2.co.uk. No prior experience is necessary and all training is provided.
Surrey Students Win Volunteering Awards
ecky Robinson and Francesca Oh have been named the winners of the prestigious regional ‘Vinspired’ volunteering awards for the South East – Becky for the ‘Legend’ Leadership Award, and Francesca in the ‘Shout’ campaigning category.
Becky is the Student Union’s elected Community Officer and her ‘Legend’ award recognises her contribution to volunteering through leadership. Becky’s enthusiasm for her elected volunteer role at the Students’ Union has led the way for improved relations between the local community and the student population.
Becky is a fantastic role model for anyone interested in volunteering, as within the space of a year Becky has involved herself with every volunteering opportunity she can, from volunteering with Age Concern on their GO50 Health Walks, working on health campaigns with the Student Health Centre, working as the Charities Officer on the RAG (Raising and Giving) Committee, helping at a National Autistic Society Youth Club and being on the Guildford Sport Relief Mile Management Team. Becky had this to say about her success: “Throughout, the last year I have seen the differ-
ence that volunteering efforts can make and I've been lucky enough to work on some amazing projects with some great people! Winning the ‘Legend’ Award for the South East Region means a lot to me and I'm very grateful to be recognised; especially as I've already got so much out of volunteering, I feel this is an incredible bonus.” Francesca’s Shout award for voluntary campaigning recognises her commitment to the Guildford Mukono-Link project which twins local primary schools with their counterparts in Mukono, Uganda. Francesca has passionately raised awareness and funds for the project, and volunteered in Mukono herself. The funds raised have
Project Manager Georgie Hancock reflects on the event and its success - “looking back at having organised the Mile I didn’t realise how much hard work we had put into it but hearing how much has been raised has made the entire experience worthwhile. It really will make a big difference to so many people’s lives and it is an honour to have been part of it.”
been used to build a library for children. Francesca was also a founder member of the Student Union’s Volunteering Society which continues to go from strength to strength and encourages new volunteers to join community projects. Vinspired is a national young volunteers’ service, an independent charity dedicated to helping young people to volunteer in ways that matter to them. The awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of young people in the voluntary sector. Both students have now been entered as regional winners into the competition for the National Awards to be announced in the New Year.
This news comes as a welcome relief for the eight-strong team of students, many of whom have gone on to form parts of the Union Executive team. Georgie and fellow Project Manager Chris Whitehead are fulfilling the roles of VP Welfare and Communications Officer, while Ang Sherpa is now our International Officer. Becky Robinson, Sport Relief team member and now Community Officer, had this to say about her involvement in the project: “Sport relief was one of the first big projects I worked on but also one of the most enjoyable! The team worked really well together and that definitely shows from the success of the day and the amazing final total! I feel proud to have worked alongside some fantastically talented people and to have helped raise an incredible amount of money
for a deserving and worthwhile cause.”
Emma Beauclair, Volunteering and Training Coordinator, added that “taking the lead on events, like the Guildford Mile, gives students the opportunity to gain skills and experience that are invaluable when it comes to applying for jobs in the future, as well as (and most importantly) have a lot of fun and meet new people. The team should be really proud of what they achieved and I hope that the memories will stay with them for years to come. It was a real pleasure to work with a team of such dedicated and enthusiastic students.” For information on how you can get involved in such rewarding projects contact Emma via email (e.beauclair@ surrey.ac.uk).
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Violence Has Put Us in a Bad Situation
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nger and Violence are never the answer to any solution' as I was always told by my parents, teachers and my religion. That is why I was a bit taken back by the news of violence and law breaking actions by some students down in London in the demonstration which was meant to be a peaceful one by students. On Wednesday, 10th November 2010, thousands of students and lecturers from across England, Wales and Scotland were gathered in the streets of London to demonstrate against the plan to raise university tuition fees by 40% i.e. up to about £9000 yearly by 2012. The National Union of Students (NUS) said that about 50000 people participated in the demonstration which is a very good turnout. Majority of students exhibited a successful protest in a sensible manner. But they were forced to cut the protest short due to the cause of riot by a small number of protestors near Milbank at the Conservatives’ London Headquarters. When I saw the video of the riot, I was upset to see them smashing windows and burning effigies and to me it looked like they were having fun. This violence has put us students in a bad situation as our reason for the protest has been distracted and questioned. Due to the cause of riot, I think further demonstrations will be difficult to organise as along with increase of security, there
would also be an increase in riots and violence. ‘Violence begets violence.’
It seems like Prime Minister David Cameron is not going to budge from his decision of increasing the tuition fees to develop national income for the future, but what about the present? To tell you the truth, I have never been interested in or understood Politics. So I don’t know if what Mr. Cameron is doing, is right for the nation or not. But one thing is for sure and that is it will surely make an effect in my life. Especially as I was planning to do a post-graduate programme after finishing my undergraduate study but when I heard about the news of tuition fee hike, I am having second thoughts already. By the time I start working, if I find one, I’d be so burdened by debt. And they keep saying you don’t have to pay any money back if you don’t have a job. Do they think we are studying just to do nothing? I don’t understand why they have to increase it by 40%. We would have allowed some increase in the fees rate if it’s better for the nation but 40%, that’s just too much to handle. That’s totally unfair in my opinion. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see what steps the government takes for the betterment of not only the future but present as well.
Aggression is a Tool to Be Used Judiciously
hose who pay the slightest attention to the Internet cannot have helped but notice the outpouring of emotion over the rioting during the NUS march two weeks ago.
whatever it takes to win. The ethical key is to be judicious in your use of violence, not to deny it outright.
Perhaps it is not too surprising that the Prime Minister should condemn the protesters, since they attacked his party’s headquarters. The right-wing papers obviously chimed in too, but Cameron has even been joined by the President of the NUS, Aaron Porter, who called the rioters “a tiny minority”. But are these condemnations telling the whole story? Certainly not! While it is true that the rioters were a minority, it was not a tiny minority (5%-10%). Large numbers of students took part in and cheered the entry to Tory HQ. Still more made supportive comments to the media. Lecturers at Goldsmiths in London have even gone so far as to make a public declaration of support for the rioters and the use of aggression in fighting the Tory/Liberal coalition.
It is understandable however, that people shy away from this level of aggression. We are blessed to live in a country where riots and mass street violence are not commonplace. But this makes it all the more important that when things do get ugly, we realise that there is a very good reason for it and act in sympathy. The levels of budget cuts and fee increases proposed by the Government are criminal. It is immoral and demeaning for people to be forced to take on massive debt in order to function in life, to get an education and to achieve their potential.
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History has shown that when governments make an ideological attack on their public, the only way to defeat it is to force it back. The popular vote, the eight-hour day and countless other freedoms each of us take for granted have only been won because people were willing to do
Many students and lecturers would rather force the issue than allow the Government any chance of getting these proposals through Parliament. None of us wants these proposals to be legitimised. You do not have to be comfortable with rioting yourself in order to defend your fellow students and support the sacrifices they make for all of us. But the most important thing is for students, lecturers and our supporters to stand together. We cannot allow our campaign to be split. Indeed “Divide and Conquer” is the oldest political tool in the book, and the Coalition will now be looking to capitalise on any division.
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Mini Big Bang
Science & Tech Editor
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he Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It is essentially what its name suggests: a large collider of hadrons – a hadron is a collective term for the particles which make up atoms, including protons and neutrons. However, large may be an understatement; it lies in an underground tunnel 17 miles in circumference, and weighs more than 38,000 tonnes. It does not just end at the tunnel; the Large Hadron Collider project also contains detectors, which sit in four huge chambers at points around the Large Hadron Collider tunnel and the GRID, which is a global network of computers and software essential to processing the data recorded by the LHC’s detectors. The aim of the Large Hadron Collider is to smash protons moving at 99.999999% of the speed of light into each other to recreate conditions a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. The project is run by CERN, the European Organization
for Nuclear Research. CERN originally stood for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (European Council for Nuclear Research). The tunnel is buried around 50 to 175 m underground. It straddles the Swiss and French borders on
This experiment is called ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment). Lead ions are collided to recreate conditions just after the Big Bang, under laboratory conditions. This allows physicists to study a state of matter known as quark-gluon
times the temperature at the centre of the Sun? • Why do protons and neutrons weigh 100 times more than the quarks they are made of? • Can the quarks inside the protons and neutrons be freed? So what does this mean? The atom, once believed to be the smallest particle, is a basic
gluons. This incredibly strong bond means that isolated quarks have never been found. By studying the plasma, physicists hope to learn more about the strong force that binds the nuclei of atoms together and that is responsible for 98% of their mass.
the outskirts of Geneva.
ith anti-aging skin care products selling like hotcakes and celebrities swearing by Botox and collagen fillers, it is not surprising how much of a special emphasis is put on aging research today. Not only do we want to look young, we want to feel young and stay this way for as long as we can. Tempting idea; but is it possible?
On 7th November, CERN scientists finally achieved a mini-Big Bang by colliding lead ions together instead of protons. This created temperatures over 10 trillion degrees, 1 million times hotter than the Sun!
of tissue) showing almost a linear relationship between these two factors.
plasma, which is believed to have existed soon after the Big Bang.
that the vast majority of human cells can only divide a finite number of times.
The ALICE experiment aims to answer these fundamental questions: • What happens to matter when it is heated to 100,000
An increasingly rising proportion of the older population alone drives more interest in research on aging. Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise globally, affecting nearly 27 million people worldwide, and the incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age, with many of the neoplasm (an abnormal mass
Cells are fascinating. Full stop. From our conception till the very last seconds of our lives, our cells are like busy bees, undergoing division and keeping us alive. This is the basis for the ultimate ‘Cell Doctrine’: the only way to make new cells is
by cell division of those already existing. This process, however, is not limitless. Indeed, nearly 50 years ago, it was first noted
This is called the Hayflick Limit, discovery of which was, and still is, a groundbreaking find in the world of anti-aging hypotheses. The exact molecular mechanisms of this internal ‘clock’ were not elucidated until 1990, when the attention had been drawn to the non-coding and protective ‘caps’ on chromosomes telomeres, a chunk of which is lost every time the cell divides (meaning that daughter cells will have shorter DNA strands overall than their parents). Eventually, after 50 or so divisions, telomeres are lost, DNA strands supposedly fuse and the blueprint material is degraded, rendering the cell unable to divide and, hence, survive. Exceptions exist, and, as usual,
they prove the rule. Certain socalled ‘immortal’ cell lines never reach the Hayflick limit. The majority of these are derived from tumors, including HeLa
unit of matter which makes up the entire universe. Each atom contains a nucleus which is made up of protons and neutrons, surrounded by a cloud of electrons. Protons and neutrons are in turn made of quarks which are bound together by other particles called
When ALICE is finished, the Large Hadron Collider will continue to smash protons together. This could help find the God particle – the Higgs boson – a hypothetical, massive subatomic particle with zero electric charge whose existence would explain the masses of the elementary particles. This would complete the standard model of particle physics. The LHC could also find new physical laws, such as a framework called supersymmetry. This is a concept of string theory that proposes each particle has a related particle called a superpartner. A new connection exists between these two fundamentally different types of particles, bosons and fermions. This mini-Big Bang could help scientists see back to the very start of creation, 13.7 billion years ago, but it may be years until we actually find out anything useful. For now, just be relieved that the LHC hasn’t sucked us into a black hole. Yet!
cells, which have been continuously dividing in culture since being isolated from the malignant tumor in 1951. In fact, the link between the telomere length and cancer cells, famous for their ability to ‘trick’ death and divide an infinite number of times, has been studied extensively. Hayflick limit provides a possible explanation to the nature of the biological senescence. It, however, also raises an almost
philosophical speculation: it points to the cell as a miniature prototype of the whole body that possesses an encoded ‘schedule’ which sets its internal ‘clock’ to a defined countdown. This means we begin our ageing process when this ‘stopwatch’ is first set, that is, at the moment of our birth. Whether aging is a purely ‘physiological’ rather then ‘pathological’ process remains a matter of controversy. However, regardless of the way one views it, it is no longer possible to ignore it. Aging affects all of us, personally and professionally, and considering the statistics, it’s important that we not only attempt to unravel the mystery behind aging, but also adapt economically, socially and psychologically to this new dynamic in the world population. This way, no matter what, ‘when I’m sixtyfour’; it will always feel ‘forever young’.
The i-rip Off?
n April this year, Apple released their latest in a long line of technological superpowers – the iPad. Selling over 3 million devices in only 80 days, the iPad may seem to have run Apple’s competition into the ground once and for all, but is this really the case?
with your emails, view your photos, watch your movies and read your books, all whilst on the move. However, my problem is that I
£500 to be able to do all this? The only difference is that it’s all brought together on one device. There are also flaws with the iPad. They may not be numerous, but for that much mon-
itself on bringing multiple technologies together in one device, this seems like a pretty essential feature to be overlooked. The iPad also does not have a camera so you will still need to buy one of those and the touch keyboard has been criticised for being awkward to use. Lastly the iPad does not have Flash, which is needed for many websites and is crucial for video streaming.
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• Screen size: 7” • Camera: Yes, front and back • Weight: 380 g • Battery life: 7 hours • Extra details: Supports Flash Archos 9 PC Tablet: • Price: £266 • Screen size: £8.9” • Camera: No • Weight: 800g • Battery life: 5 hours • Extra details: Webcam, supports Flash
Weighing in at just 700 grams the iPad encompasses a 9.7” touch screen, LCD display and up to 10 hours of battery life (pretty impressive considering the average laptop battery life is 2 hours). However, with prices starting at £429 (and add an extra hundred pounds if you want 3G) you’re going to want to be sure that it’s worth it. What the iPad does offer you is a sleekly designed way to surf the web, keep up to date
The iPad is a clever device; however, there are other devices out there that, which, as they don’t carry the Apple logo, are a little more forgiving on the bank balance: Viewsonic Viewpad 7: • Price: £350 • Screen size: 7” • Camera: Yes, front and back • Weight: 375g • Battery life: 4-6 hours • Extra details: Phone capabilities. Samsung Galaxy Tab: • Price: £499
Frontiers of the Mind
Elina Lipina hallenges don’t go much bigger than unravelling mysteries of the human mind. Being considered the most complex structure in the known universe, it has fascinated the world’s brightest scientists for centuries. But how close can we get to understanding how the human brain works? Thanks to advances in neuroscience, we are gradually getting closer to the heart of the mystery. the notion of consciousness is much more convoluted than we thought, challenging its existing definitions. Evidence for additional states of consciousness was discovered in the murky twilight between consciousness and coma, when researchers found a way into the sealed off mind of vegetative state patients. Such patients maintain essential functions like breathing and heartbeat, but seem entirely unaware of their environment. Unexpectedly, it was recently discovered that some of them do possess a certain degree of consciousness. The researchers were able to communicate with a woman in a vegetative state by asking her to imagine certain actions. When asked to visualise moving around her house while lying in the brain scanner, increased activity in the patient’s parahippocampal gyrus, which is responsible for spatial locations, was detected.
can surf the internet, check my emails and view my photos on my laptop, I can watch movies on my TV and I can read a book, well, anywhere I like. Why would I cough up over
ey I’d want them to be pretty much non-existent. Firstly, you can forget multi-tasking on the iPad. IM and email? No. Twitter and browsing the internet? No. For a device that prides Enhanced neural activity in a different brain region – the supplementary motor area concerned with movements – was detected when the patient was asked to imagine playing tennis. The test demonstrated that the patient was able to co-
Blackberry PlayBook (to be launched early 2011): • Price: TBC • Screen size: 7” • Camera: Yes, front and back • Weight: 400g • Battery life: TBC (estimated to be around 6 hours)
The puzzle of consciousness has always been of profound interest to scientists, psychologists and philosophers. How does the brain produce such rich and complex conscious experiences, combining analytical thoughts, sensory information and emotions? You might think that consciousness works like a light switch, being either on or off. And indeed, it was previously thought that only three possible states of consciousness existed – being awake, non-dream sleep and dream sleep – until recently. Current findings show that
operate with the experiment by adjusting her brain activity, thus she must be conscious to some extent. Considering that someone who seems completely unaware of the surrounding environment is able to communicate in this way challenges existing medical definitions of consciousness. It also raises further questions of how many states of conscious-
Secondary consciousness, on the other hand, is thought to be unique to humans. It involves additional components which are absent in primary consciousness – reflective self-awareness, the ability to make judgements, and reasoning. When we dream, we lack certain aspects of reflective, rational consciousness we possess when we are awake. In a dream, bizarre and outrageous events
It appears that consciousness is rather like a ladder than a light switch, having several states and levels rather than just being on or off. A piece of puzzle of consciousness may lie just within everyone’s grasp – in dreaming. It is thought that primary consciousness, the term coined by Gerald Edelman, is concerned with subjective sensory and emotional perception typical for most animals. Ursula Voss at the University of Frankfurt in Germany interprets this state as “just being; feeling; floating”.
ness there actually are – something researchers are not yet certain about.
seem perfectly rational, and it is only when we wake up that we notice that something in the dream was actually strange. For this reason, it is considered that dreams are similar to Edelman’s definition of primary consciousness. This means that exploring and comparing the dream state with the waking state in terms of neural activity can bring us one step closer to finding the answer to the million dollar question of how the human brain generates higher states of consciousness – a discovery that would undoubtedly revolutionise our understanding of the brain. Brain is a wonderful creation of Nature. The conscious experience – composed of all the various thoughts, emotions and sensory perceptions processed separately in different parts of the brain into a single unified experience – constitutes what we perceive as “the present”. Ironically, this makes consciousness the most familiar yet the most puzzling aspect of our lives. Given the complexity of the human mind, we may never be able to solve all of its mysteries, but do stay positive – let’s hope the brain can understand the brain.
So, perhaps think twice before you rush off and spend your loan on a shiny iPad. Instead, like me, just look fondly and lovingly at them as you walk past the Apple store.
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Do Aliens Exist?
Emma Cooper he earth is 1 of 7 planets, in one of millions of solar systems in the Milky Way which is only 1 of billions of galaxies. So could aliens really exist? on Earth. Taking a clue from this, European scientists, using ultra cold orbiting telescopes, have discovered unimaginable volumes of water in inter-stellar space. This discovery raises questions about life elsewhere of liquid water. Volcanic activity on the moon could provide life-supporting heat, as well as important chemicals needed by living organisms. Microbial life could potentially survive near hydrothermal vents on
According to Stephen Hawking, who can be considered one of the greatest minds of science, of course they could. Hawking recently declared that we are not alone; and added that humans better not make contact and be prepared if extraterrestrials ever did make contact. The warning comes as a shock to most humans who have certain nostalgic images of E.T in their minds. Hawking suggests, however, that these extraterrestrials would have such immense brain power to end up at Earth that the only reason they would arrive would be to harvest our planet for oil and other natural resources. Basically, they would annihilate us.
in the universe. Scientists were astounded to find water in the freezing atmosphere of Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn (and its moon Titan). They have even identified a cloud of water, less than a light year across, in the constellation Orion. And we know that water equals life! The most likely places in our solar system where life could be or develop:
Europa, as it does on Earth.
of solar system planets, with a comparatively similar size and temperature range as our own planet. Large bodies of water ice lie on Mars’ poles, and there’s a reasonable chance of liquid water beneath the surface. The puny atmosphere on the planet is not strong enough to shield the planet against lethal solar radiation, though microbes could potentially exist beneath the surface. Evidence also suggests that Mars may have been even more habitable in the past. Geologic features imply that liquid water once flowed across the surface, and volcanic activity, now dead, once flourished, recycling chemicals and minerals between the surface and the interior. On a closing note, let’s see how realistic the blockbuster alien movies are... E.T A small child finds a wrinkly alien and befriends him. Everyone remembers the iconic
scene of E.T on a bicycle riding into the sky. Quite unlikely that they would be so friendly and a single alien would arrive on earth but we can all live in hope!
The Coneheads A quirky movie following the lives of the Coneheads who are aliens far away from their home land and become wholly American even enrolling their daughter Connie Conehead in an American high school. Could possibly exist; their extra brain capacity would make it likely for them to produce technology that enabled them to reach Earth.
Mars As far as planets go, by far the front-runner for life is our nextdoor neighbour, Mars. The red planet is the most Earth-like
Men in Black For all you Will Smith fans at Surrey, I’m sure you are not interested in how accurate their portrayal is but for everyone else; the concept of MI6 and CIA being aware of alien existence is quite interesting. Keeping them employed and documented surely is the way of the future?
Putting it all in context, it does seem rather unlikely that Earth is the only planet in the whole universe capable of supporting life; after all there are 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. What makes Earth such a hub of life then? Water is the main source of life
Enceladus The sixth largest moon of Saturn has been called the most promising bet for life thanks to its welcoming temperature and the likely presence of water and simple organic molecules. The surface of the icy moon is thought to be about 99 percent water ice, with a good chance of liquid water beneath. Observations from the Cassini probe’s 2005 flyby of Enceladus suggest the presence of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen; these are organic molecules thought necessary to develop life. And the moon seems to have a boiling core of molten rock that could heat the world to the toasty temperatures needed to give rise to life. Europa Jupiter’s moon Europa also seems a possible stomping ground for E.T. due to its potential water and volcanic activity. Though the surface seems to be frozen, many suspect that buried underneath is an ocean
Let’s get talking about HIV/AIDS
Student health Care
make your voice heard and get
Lecture theatre block concourse Tuesday 30 November 2010
WORLD AIDS DAY
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The event will be from 10am till 3pm for all staff and students.
Societies Executive Team
he vote for the new Societies Executive Team was held on Monday 8th November, and the following people make up the new Societies Executive. Societies Chair : Trudy Shearer Societies Secretary : Francisco Andrade Arts Officer: Daniel Manthorpe International Officer: Ramin Torabi Departmental Officer: Adam Spindler Special Interest Officer: Daniel Jenkins SSS & SRS Officer: James Wilkinson
Keen Greens Screen Green Scenes and Demand Clean Schemes
The position for Faith and Religious officer is still open and will be voted at the next Societies Standing. If you’d like any more information, please contact me. Trudy Shearer email@example.com.
Patrick O’ Shea
fter the shambolic global climate change talks in Copenhagen this time last year, our beady eyes turn to Cancun in Mexico for December’s crucial follow up negotiations - how will the world’s leaders stop faffing and fighting, and finally unify around a strong, ambitious and fair deal to avert the natural disasters ahead? Simple - by listening to the Surrey People and Planet Society, of course! A couple of weeks ago, Surrey P&P-ers hooked up with other local Guildfordians to lobby Anne Milton MP as part of the Big Climate Connection organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. All over the country, individuals and community groups took synchronised action to urge their MPs to take strong leadership on climate change. For the Mexico talks, they called on the UK government to commit to sufficiently help developing countries adapt to climate change and protect their rainforests - a major stumbling block in the Copenhagen deadlock. On a national
level, they requested that the government backs legislation to make homes more energy efficient, and encourage renewables and cleaner energy production.
But we can’t just rely on politicians to get us out of this mess - we have to take action of our own! People and Planet have some increasingly ambitious projects lined up over the year, to kick-start the transition to a sustainable society. To get the ball rolling, we will be holding the “People and Planet (mini) Film Festival”! From Tuesday 30th November to Thursday 2nd of December, we will show a different film each night, including the soaring visual spectacular of ‘Home’ (just watch the trailer!) and the hilarious ‘Yes Men Fix The World’ (again - watch the trailer!). There will of course be a chance to have a natter over refreshments afterwards, and hear about our plans for the year! For more details, email ussu. peopleandplanet@surrey. ac.uk
Kriti Christoforiduo Thomas Rey
22 ARTS: Dance & Theatre
Awakenings Tour - Rambert Dance Company
ambert Dance Company is currently gracing performance venues across the UK with its Awakenings tour. As part of the run at Sadler’s Wells, Christopher Bruce’s award-winning Hush opens tonight’s show. This is a carefully crafted tale of family life told with a light, bouncy and explorative nature.
11th November 2010
Rambert Dance Company Awakenings Tour Sadler’s Wells
ing dialogue between dance and music in this work. Hush is clever in the sense that it is imaginative; particularly with the sweetly supportive soundtrack from Bobby McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma’s album of the same name. Bruce makes use of every motivic idea in the score through an exchange of the aural and the visual which leads to sheer co-existence. A charming father-daughter duet is performed to Hush Little Baby. Piggy-back rides and gallops establish trust between parent and child.
aching, tiring body. Domestic gestures frequent the movement: vigorous scrubbing of
ily with their backs turned to the audience. A man crouches to represent the little boy, the youngest daughter jumps onto her father’s back, and the
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Laugh in the Face of Horror
This heart-warming story is portrayed by stylised movement that includes flexed feet, spiral turns and partner work. Bruce develops an intrigu-
11/12/13th November 2010
Peacemakers PATS Studio
alking into a dark room and finding a man tied to a chair, a bag covering his head and live electric cables running from him to a car battery, isn’t exactly what I’d call a day to day occurrence at Surrey University. This shocking and puzzling scene was in fact what awaited audience members of ‘Peacemakers’ – Menagerie Theatre’s new touring production.
from Menagerie, who present a double bill of plays – opening with the haunting production of ‘Tongues’ by Fraser Grace and closing with the comical, yet beautifully poignant portrayal of Richard Fredman’s debut play ‘Four for Jericho’. Each bite size play chooses to tackle the ever present theme of war and conflict in a very different yet equally effective way. The first, ‘Tongues’, chooses a sombre and very touching use of human emotion to highlight the effects war has on individuals rather than the masses. It shows Kay, a middle aged conflict journalist who, whilst on the search for a story during the Balkan conflict in the mid 90s, comes face to face with
The youngest of the sons bursts onto the stage energetically. He appears to be trying to catch an insect of some kind as he frantically jumps, leaps, runs - this way, that way to an aptly chosen track: Flight of the Wasps. The elder brother and father join in to create a scene of complete chaos, which comes to an abrupt end when the little sister swallows it. By complete contrast a deep, thoughtful solo portrays the mother of the family. Bruce juxtaposes effortless extensions of the leg and balances, with exaggerated walks and stiff torso to show the mother’s
the floor, laborious stirring of the pot. ‘A woman’s work is never done’. As the piece draws to a close, there is a line-up of the fam-
mother warmly places her arm around her husband. Hush is an endearing portrayal of the essence of family: strong, close-knit and loving.
the ‘enemy’. What follows is a brutally honest portrayal of a woman, completely at a loss with herself and the situation she is faced with.
The graphic opening scene was only the beginning of a whirlwind two hour performance
In contrast, the second act brings a lighter but arguably more touching performance through ‘Four for Jericho’, a fast paced physical comedy that takes the audience on a journey from Heathrow airport to a mine field in the West Bank desert. The heart warming comedy follows Michael (Andrew Pembrooke), a sandal wearing church goer, who embarks on a quest to film religious landmarks for his Sunday school pupils. Michael’s endearing innocence and naiveté allows the audience to laugh, cry and
learn alongside him. Despite dealing with a very controversial subject matter, the well placed and sensitive comedy throughout the piece helps to highlight and emphasise the overall message and heart wrenching ending. Is it in fact
laughter that keeps people going in terrible times?
Leaving the theatre with both a smile on my face and a lump in my throat, I couldn’t agree with him more…
8th November 2010
ARTS: Dance & Theatre 23
Alan Ayckbourn Yvonne Arnauld Theatre
like to be prepared. I like to know that what I’m going to see at the theatre. I like to know I’ll enjoy it. However, going to see ‘Bedroom Farce’ was a different experience. I knew nothing about it - no prepared opinions, no expectations.
The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre appeals to an older generation. As I walked through the foyer not only did I feel like the youngest, but also like an outsider to the regulars who had gathered excitedly. I wondered why I was the youngest.
"Propeller proves again the value of a true ensemble and a director who treats Shakespeare's plays as if they'd just been written" THE GUARDIAN The internationally acclaimed company, Propeller, is renowned for combining an accurate approach to the text, with unique and thrilling physical aesthetics to engage its audience’s imagination and in bringing a whole new understanding to classic plays. Performed interestingly by an all-male cast, the blood-spattered closing of the historical War of the Roses plays is finalised in this play. Richard murders his way to the throne and through his cruel wit and dark humour, the diabolical adventure looks to be entertaining as well as gruesome, journeying alongside a tale of probably Shakespeare’s most villainous character’s descent into darkness. Dates & Performances Tuesday – Thursday: 7.45pm Friday & Saturday evening: 8pm Thursday & Saturday matinee: 2.30pm Tickets: from £13.00 Book tickets online at: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk Post show Q&A with the cast on Tue 23 November Running time approx 2hr 45mins including interval Friends of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre can book two for one tickets for the Saturday matinee performance. Directed by Edward Hall Tue 23 - Sat 27 November
But the stage was set and ready: split into 3 bedrooms, each differently designed, presumably to indicate to the audience the type of people that lived there. This was a little obviously done and stereotypical of the characters but nevertheless contributing well to the play. The script was a little old for myself, maybe if I was ten years older I would have found the jokes more funny - howling with laughter as the ladies across the aisle from me were. The play followed the lives of four couples, how they each affect the other’s lives, how they are intertwined and how they react to each other. Bruce Montague and Juliet Mills, who played the older couple, Ernest and Delia, had impeccable timing and brilliant stage chemistry; their scenes were definitely the highlight of the play for me. The young married couple, Kate and Malcolm, played by Julia Mallam and Ayden Callaghan had realistic chemistry and portrayed their characters very well. They were both very talented actors with great timing and inspiring to watch. Pe-
ter Hall’s direction was clearly seen and Hall’s sleek and elegant attention to detail was clearly noted. The script is well written and has Ayckbourn’s imagination and creativity splashed throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed this performance although it would have been nice not to have been one of the youngest in the audience (by a long shot). However, the mature audience
added to the feel of the play. I believe that a lot of younger people would have enjoyed this. If you like theatre try and see what is performed at your local venues.
I didn’t base going to see this on what I had read up on and it hadn’t been recommended to me but I really enjoyed the performance and maybe for future theatre visits I will go in confidently a little more open minded and less informed.
26 ARTS: Film
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (12A, ) ANOTHER YEAR (12A, ) THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (15, ) INTO ETERNITY (NR, ) WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (18, )
Let Me In (15, Matt Reeves)
Chico and Rita
his Anglo-Spanish animated production is a delightfully broad and colourful depiction of the Latin Jazz boom in the 1940s and 50s. The film
(15, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba)
What Chico and Rita embark upon is a journey through the glamour and gloom of fame and music. The first act that takes place in Havana is more playfully structured than the second, which is typically bio-
he much anticipated, completely unnecessary English-language remake of Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In. The main difference being that instead of Sweden, it is now set in New Mexico. Apart from that the story is exactly the same.
whelmingly positive and commercially, it has flopped both sides of the Atlantic. Could this be a rare example of the wider audience having more sense than the critical community? It is looking that way, and I will tell you why.
The story is that Owen (Kodi Smit-Mcphee) is a constantly bullied, adolescent boy who comes across a mystical girl named Abby (Chloe Moretz) in his apartment complex. Owen develops a kindred relationship with Abby and realises there is more to Abby than what the outside world sees. Perhaps, vampire related.
begins in Havana and an aging jazz songwriter, Chico, who recalls through objects his relationship with jazz singer, Rita. The relationship then sours when Rita signs a recording contract in New York. Chico chases after her then makes a big mistake by falling for another woman.
For me, it has been impalpable to understand the kind of reception Let Me In has received. Critically, it has been overgraphical. What tries to make up for these insubstantial elements is the music and the animation. Both are electric in their own way. It is a slight shame that the second half does not quite propel itself as much as the first. Still, there are moments that sizzle.
On the one hand, I will concede to this. I was expecting the worse and to be perfectly honest, it was slightly better than what was been expected. At least the message about the pains of being an outsider is met halfway and it is fairly well shot with a different colour scheme. Also, the performances are credible and I am always conceded when Elias Koteas is given work. However, and I really mean ‘however’, it does not escape from what English-language remakes usually do. That is to take something perfectly fine
(in fact, the best film of 2009) and ratchet several striking aspects up ten notches and therefore making them visceral. I would not go too far as to say Let Me In is an example of Hollywood imperialistic attitudes towards art, but there is a superficial echo of humanity that could only come from that general west coast direction. I could go on a rant, but the simple response would just be common sense. Let the Right One In is on DVD and is the best fantasy-realist film of the last decade. Audiences are already saying no and are smart enough to know that there is an all round better film out there. It is about time that people start reading subtitles. Let the Right One In would be a great start. It has mystery, wonder and a compelling, idiosyncratic mix of emotions that cannot be duplicated.
You can use your campus card to swipe into The Living Room and use it as a common room? No? Not many Surrey students do!
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he sits at a smoky bar, as a light against the dark background, Drinking a yellow cocktail through vividly red lipstick, With a knife tucked into her leather boot. james castle
ARTS: Literature 25
A Femme Fatale
I sit in the gloom – a million miles away from her in actuality – Staring at her blonde hair, large womanly breasts and deep eyes. She looks at everyone over her shoulder, She bites her lip to the world and exhorts in the gifts her very presence brings.
To approach her shining aura, legs tremble and lip quivers, I steady myself and stand beside her. She turns to me, flexing her slender neck, And smiles radiantly. I gaze deeply before offering her a drink. Another? Why not? Buy me something exquisite. I cannot refuse, so I throw my money at the barmaid, That dull soulless frump who does what I tell her. Handing my angel her cocktail, she brushes her supple hand against my arm. Time stops, I feel every motion; I feel her hand across my skin. A ripple of excitation I can barely control, I may have peaked too early. Back to time, I see her gently lift her glass by its stem And drink slowly, erotically, and suggestively. Again she catches me in her eye and, in a subtle voice, asks What I want from her. I do not know, I cannot answer So I stand dumbly mumbling. She laughs a fey laugh and turns away. I am left here dejected and ignored, used and alone. She is a light too bright to enter my world, But some would say I escaped; Escaped from a life of vile debauchery, living to serve, existing to please. I disagree, Instead I caught a glimpse of what she offers; She offers a perfect petite mort and the completion of my spirit.
I am diminished in her light. A worm against the bird in flight. I wish to stand and walk to her, excite a smile from her sharply detailed face By whatever means. Death surrounds her beauty; carrion birds hover and I am one of them, Waiting for her little death so I can gain sustenance. But I am vicarious, I look at her like I look at a movie: One old and black and white, with bold characters and fast talk. I look at something beyond myself, outside of my reality, But so desirable and enchanting I would leave my very being to grasp it. Despite my normal shyness I gather courage and leave my dark table
lease fasten your seatbelt and do not undo them until the sign is switched off,’ the faceless man over the speakers commanded in a friendly but authoritative tone.
She was wondering if she would feel different after it as she gazed, to her right, at Henry sleeping beside her. Despite the blue neck pillow, she could tell that he would have a cramped neck when he awoke in a few hours. She envied him. Seeing Henry sleep peacefully through the journey, dribble and all, troubled her. Why don’t they have to change their name, she thought to herself. ‘Miller, Miller, Miller,’ she mut-
Here’s to staying the same
tered softly underneath her breath, ‘my name is Joanne Miller. Jo Miller. Well at least it beats Jo Bunion.’ Her signature would have to be different too. From a week today no man would chat her up. The band on her left hand would make sure of it. If that was seen as nothing more than a piece of jewellery, the ball and chain before her name etched onto her Mastercard would alleviate all doubt. Wait… it will be an American Express then, she realised. No, she would have to settle for a few minutes of flirting and sexual tension as she bought her Special K. Then she realised, there would be people to do that for her now. Everything had changed, it was not just a name, it
was everything. Juliet was wrong; a rose would not have smelt as sweet with a different name.
She sat with the window shutter lazily half up to her left; her seat was upright as she stared almost wanting a reaction from the inanimate object. Realising it would be unfair to take the Captain down with her; she gave up wondering how much force it would take to break the thick plastic transparent sheets.
Her mother’s words: ‘He’s from a good family, Joanne. Think about the long term, that Simon couldn’t have catered to your needs. He lacked class, Joanne.’ Joanne remembered these words as she turned back to the dribbling man beside her.
Q: Two chavs jump off a cliff. Who wins? A: Society
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eering above the dirty and decomposing bodies around me I can see the doctor slowly approaching wearing his protective mask (to keep out the stench of the sick). He looks like a wiry raven and stops to stoop here and there, proclaiming the dead and bleeding the living. His keen blade slices the wrists of barely sentient diseased forms and the doctor’s shorter counterpart collects their blood in a filthy bucket. He is growing ever closer to me and I consider my position. If I try to move away and escape he will surely spot me and his blade will ruin my flesh. If I stay where I am my bleeding legions will also give me away and bring me to his cutting scrutiny. My face is Miranda Sullivan
covered in open sores and my neck feels tight and acutely painful. I think maybe if I roll over and cover my face in the dirt and detritus around me, that stalking raven will pay me no attention. With great effort I writhe and coil until my face is in the mud and, awaiting the doctor’s judgement, I can’t help but wonder why our whole village has become so afflicted. We are good honest people; we work hard and live by the law of God. Why should I live to see everyone I know either dead
“All these are dead. Cover them in lime and earth and then we shall move on to the next village, there is nothing more to be done here,” he calls in a sharp voice. I realise in that moment that not only is everyone I know dead but I shall shortly be dead too and, resigned to my fate, I would prefer to die in the earth with my friends than be let like a kosher pig – squealing to a bitter end. I elect a quiet end, here with those I know,
of the doctor before the lime is fetched. His eyes are dark glass windows and inside his hood, an animal coldness dwells; he has seen this before. Maybe he even made this all happen to us - as revenge for his dead heart, as punish-
Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? A: His lips are moving. Q: Why don’t elephants smoke A: Because they can’t fit their butts in the ashtrays Q: Where do cows go to have fun? A: To the moooovies
ment to the world for his avian form with its evil quality and endless suffering. I pity him, but I curse him
est-selling book publishing company Random House has acquired the multi-national rights to publish the memoir of revered author Salman Rushdie. In one of the most far reaching deals by one publisher for a single title, the deal encompasses hardcover, paperback, audio and e-book rights for English, German and Spanish editions of the memoir, which will be published in 17 countries worldwide.
Random House Worldwide to publish Salman Rushdie Memoir
Mr. Rushdie, who is currently working on a film version of his novel Midnight’s Children, declared, “I’m absolutely delighted that Random House… has agreed to publish my memoir in the Englishlanguage world, as well as in Spanish, and for the first time i n The book will chart Rushdie’s personal life as well as his career as a prize winning author, which includes his controversial years in hiding following the release of The Satanic Verses in 1988, in which remarks against the Qur’an led to the issue of a death warrant against the author and his publishers. Mr Markus Dohle, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Random House worldwide, stated, “It is a privilege for Random House to publish this remarkable memoir by Salman Rushdie, whose courage and commitment to freedom of expression is matched only by his unsurpassed importance as a writer.” The manuscript is expected to be completed by the end of next year, ready for publication in 2012.
or dying? Grotesque images of petulance fill my mind as I become aware that the doctor is hovering above me.
in the very village I grew up in. I steal a view
Q: What is black, white and red A: The Stag!
The Choice Effect – Are believes a Choister? you research this interesting topic, too many options and
Hanane Zahrouni he Choice Effect explores the radically different ways that today’s men and women approach life and love. We argue about having too many choices that impacts our desires and leads us to sidestep traditional time lines. At the heart of our theory is a term, which I have recently come across, known as “choister”, which best describes our inexplicable little generation. A choister is a person who is inundated with choices and the world is his or her oyster and basically wants to do everything when they wake up in the morning and has the problem of choosing. ‘When it comes to choice, opportunity and expectation, choisters are wealthy beyond their wildest dreams’. We, as a generation, got that last part from our parents and commercials, who taught us to rely and believe that we could be and do anything if we put our minds to it. But as a writer and using a variety of resources to
German. I have waited a long time to write this memoir, until I felt I was ready to do it. I'm ready now."
I found out that the last part was from Shakespeare, who introduced the winning “world is my oyster” phrase in The Merry Wives o f W i n ds o r (2:2): "Why then, the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open”.
If you had the time and patience, you could overanalyze Shakespeare’s intended meaning of that metaphor, but generally speaking, it’s come to represent the belief that the world is yours for the taking. Now I admit I am a choister myself and never suspected and considered it to be a bad thing. Consequently, if you are one then you are not alone. It is common grounds
for us to try and fill our timetable with everything. After all, life is going to pass us so rapidly that sooner or later, we will be graduating tomorrow.
Choisters feel compelled to examine and scrutinize all of their options in an effort to get everything right thus, making a bucket list of life experiences. And, if life’s options have confused you, do not ignore them or be worried. Just look on the bright side and trust your instincts.
the crowd dancing This Week’s - BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE and keptvery end. There was until the
Isle of Wight Festival – Main Stage Basement Jaxx Interviewing: Oliver Bradley
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What was your favourite song? Rendez-vu – I’m a big fan of the single and to see it performed live so flawlessly made my day. The band were masters of entertainment – the pur-
he chances are, if you’ve borne witness to a live performance of
on YouTube), is an artist who sits comfortably at the forefront of looping technology. His live performances consist predominantly of what you could
pose of one band member was to dance and it electrified the whole show, her moves were contagious and the crowd responded with such an uplifting enthusiasm.
Bloc Party’s ‘Mercury’, or KT Tunstall’s ‘Black Horse and a Cherry Tree’, then you may have witnessed a prime example of looping technology utilised to enhance a performance and showcase the musical and rhythmic prowess of the performers. Looping consists basically of recording a sound and then playing it on a loop throughout the song via a trigger – an audio delight and, when watched in a live performance, an entrancing addition to a song. Beardyman, a master beat-boxer and creator of some highly entertaining viral videos showcasing his talents (such as the ‘Beat-box Recipe’ video found
only expect from a beatboxer – his mouth and a microphone. Unless you are a beat-box fanatic, then perhaps standing through a full hour or so of beatboxing could offer only a limited amount of originality before you find yourself meandering to the back of the crowd gagging for more melodies and less beats. Throw in some looping technology, however, with a talent as vast as Beardyman’s, you have yourself a limitless well of original sounds that you could watch for days-on-end. Beardyman’s performance, in one of Sheffield’s most popular underground music events at the Sheffield University
This week’s number one is hot off the press from Dubstep giants ‘Chase & Status’. A night out isn’t complete without a knock-out track from these guys, and it goes without saying that we’re all impatiently waiting for the release of their new album ‘No More Idols’ in 2011. 1. ‘HYPEST HYPE’ – CHASE & STATUS, FEAT. TEMPA T (NO MORE IDOLS) 2. ‘BURIAL’ – ALEXISONFIRE (OLD CROWS YOUNG CARDINALS) 3. ‘WHAT’D I SAY’ – RAY CHARLES (45 CLASSIC SONGS) 4. ‘HIGH AND DRY’ – RADIOHEAD (THE BEST OF) 5. ‘GO DO’ – JΟNSI (GO DO)
Student’s Union (‘The Tuesday Club’), was met with due enthusiasm, selling out within a matter of days – with only a portion of those tickets sold to students. Having never heard of the performer before, I found myself dazed as I watched him conjure from nowhere but his own head a myriad of mindblowing melodies reminiscent of what you could only call a musical recipe. Starting out with some epic baselines and simple drum ‘n’ bass beats (sprung purely from his own voice box and mouth), the looping technology seemed to fit the bill perfectly for maintaining a steady and original underground dance track we’d expect to hear from a typical ‘Tuesday Club’ night. However, Beardyman is not a DJ. He made sure to emphasise this point halfway through his performance; quoting a doubter accusing him of relying too heavily on his technology and not enough on pure adlibbing, he struck back with a five to ten minute stretch of raw beatboxing to outright disprove the sceptics.
What was your favourite moment? They were the second to last band and so occupied the last few minutes of daylight before it started getting dark. As it did, the vibrant colours of their set illuminated their performance
a period of respite when they performed their acoustic version of Romeo, which was perfectly placed and allowed you to fully appreciate the vocal prowess of the lead singers.
He needn’t have even pulled out an improvised beat-box to prove to his doting audience the sheer innovation behind his music. What sets Beardyman apart from your typical ‘Tuesday Club’ DJ was his perpetual stream of creativity. He could devise a sound and throw it into the ‘mixing bowl’, pepper the loops with breaks and drops to produce a track that drove his audience to ecstatic distraction – the continual cheering after every apparent alteration in his raging torrent of a set, a constant reminder of how he had us en-
What was good about the venue? With it being a festival, it was spacious and the atmosphere was euphoric. Anybody in your vicinity was your best friend and the weather was perfect.
The open air worked so well with the music and it was neither too sweaty nor too cold as the evening approached. The stage was flawlessly laid out and the light show was so exciting and vibrant. What band would you like to see next? I’m certainly not alone in hoping I’ll get the opportunity to see The Gorillaz perform live. Lorna Salmon interviewing
noises he spat so effortlessly into his microphone, increasing the pitch, the tempo and the volume whilst seamlessly mixing with a steadily-swelling library of sounds with which he’d begun the musical excursion. Beardyman is a paradigmatic example of music as an art-form, and will have you wrapped around his little finger should you decide to see his set. At the very least, he is worthy of a YouTube search. But, of course, as impressive as his videos are they pale in
tranced and entirely absorbed in his oral ingenuity. Upon a projected screen to his right was an overhead recording of his hands as they went about their work manipulating the
comparison to his live performances and to everyone I’d recommend Beardyman a hundred times over.
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The Rise of the Acoustic Artist
n Pop music today, the acoustic genre has become more apparent; predominantly due to its beautiful simplicity. These men and women make use of just a guitar and their handwritten words to portray their feelings, emotions, and most importantly tell a story. Over the past decade there has been a massive rise in the popularity of acoustic artists, and they have gradually worked their way into the charts. This proves you don’t need high production values and expensive equipment to achieve fame and success in the music industry, you merely need the spirit, the drive, and the raw talent to get by. lorna Salmon
on his three string ‘Trance Wonder’. After that show, his popularity exploded, and he explained in an interview, “I can’t believe it, all of the sudden I’m like the cat’s meow!” It’s statements like this that make Wold so endearing, and his gritty, real music reflects the troubles he has endured in his life.
Fashion in Music
(cont. from front page) ...in the 1980s. Madonna’s first number one, ‘Like a Virgin’ sold 12 million copies worldwide, and she performed the song at the first MTV Video Music Awards, wearing her then-trademark ‘Boy Toy’ belt. To this day, Madonna has always remained high in the fashion stakes, and in January 2009, Madonna collaborated with fashion photographer Steven Meisel for the 2009 Louis Vuitton S/S collection. Creative Director Marc Jacobs, contacted Madonna to do the print advertising campaign after seeing a performance of her Sticky & Sweet Tour in Paris. Madonna has also recently teamed up with designer Ed Hardy (who focuses on tattoo art) to launch another fashion collection of her own. It is apparent that the way you look has a knock-on effect on your career as a singer. Another singer that has taken advantage of the fashion industry to fuel her career as a solo artist most recently is Lady Gaga. Gaga has made a clear and profound use of both her style and personality to gain further acclaim in the Pop Music world, taking it upon herself to portray this arrogant, blunt, materialistic persona whilst being interviewed on her music. Gaga has made use of not only fashion via clothing, but also with the use of ‘props’ in an attempt to add to her already unusual demeanour. As
with her interview with Jonathon Ross, to accompany her on stage she had a dainty cup and saucer. What makes Lady Gaga so popular aren’t just her strikingly catchy songs, but the fact that she intrigues you; you want to know more about this woman, why she is how she is, where she grew up; you simply want to know the real woman behind the bleached hair and make-up. Lady Gaga may seem like a ditsy blonde, but she knows exactly what she is doing; she is manipulating the tools she has at hand, using both fashion and personality to push her further forward in the music scene. In the 21st century, you need more than musical talent to truly achieve in the Pop Music world.
One man that epitomises the classic rags to riches tale is ‘Seasick Steve’. Steven Gene Wold is an American bluesman, though he refers to himself as a ‘song and dance man’. He plays his customised guitars and sings mostly about his early life living rough on the streets. What makes Wold so successful is the amazing stories he tells about his life: he literally came from rock bottom. Wold left home at the young age of 13 to escape abuse from his step father, and spent most of his life travelling to find work, living his life on the streets. Wold once stated, ‘Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three’. Wold achieved his breakthrough on New Year’s Eve 2006, when he made his first UK television appearance on Jools Holland’s ‘Annual Hootenanny’ BBC TV show. He performed a live rendition of ‘Dog House Boogie’
Acoustic artists are still on the rise in 2010; with John Mayer recently completing another US tour following on from his latest album release ‘Battle Studies’, Newton Faulkner hitting the top ten in the Australian charts with a cover of ‘I Hate Mondays’, and even Lemmy of Motörhead is in on the act, performing an acoustic version of the classic ‘Ace of Spades’ in a recent advert. It’s undeniable: the acoustic genre is continuing to grow, evolve, and won’t be backing down any time soon.
People like music that they can relate to, and all acoustic artists can hit this nail on the head. Another man that has achieved this would be Newton Faulkner, who through punchy, witty and heartbreaking lyrics can reach every listener. One notable song would be ‘Uncomfortably Slow’, one of my personal favourites. The song details Faulkner’s daily struggle, and represents the same stress and monotony every day people encounter. The song’s overall tone is summed up by the lyric: ‘I don’t get the jokes, but I just need to laugh’, a lyric that most can directly relate to, because we have all had that feeling of sheer desperation; that feeling when you know nobody can help you, but you wish someone would simply try.
Tennis The Paris masters have finally finished, with the world number 5 Soderling grabbing victory from France’s Gael Monfils. The men’s number 14 against all odds swept through Roger Federer and Andy Murray to get to the final. Unfortunately another Swiss got the better of him in 2 sets, even though the last one was taken to a tie-breaker.
Sam Smith ell, here we are again, another few weeks of great sport and plenty of results to tell you about, including a maiden championship, a victory in Paris and a new golfing number one. only managing 2 points from the last 2 games and Chelsea with 3 points in as many games. This leaves the top of the table open to contenders such as Arsenal, Manchester City or maybe even Bolton. Formula 1 Football Lots of things happening behind the scenes in football recently. Ray Wilkins, the long term assistant manager of Chelsea has not been offered a renewal on his contract, leaving the club to look internally for a replacement. Media hype, as well as some disparaging comments from the leader of the Russian bid, has given England’s football World cup bid an extra hurdle as FIFA make a decision as to who the 2018 host will be on December 2nd. Some surprising results have littered the Premier League recently, with Stoke firing in a brace of goals against Liverpool and Sunderland netting 3 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The two leaders of the top league haven’t had a great run recently, the Red Devils
Schumacher, only managed a 9th place finish (two behind his team-mate Rosberg) in the overall championship, but I’m convinced that given the time and correct car he can once again prove to be a dangerous opponent on the track.
Battle Commences for 2012 Legacy
Sam Limbert With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than two years away, thoughts have already turned to who will use the Olympic stadium afterwards. As soon as plans for the stadium in East London were revealed, rumours flew around as to how it would leave a legacy, and many different sports teams were linked with moving into the arena; Middlesex CCC and Saracens rugby club to name a few. However, the shortlist of preferred bidders for the stadium has been announced, and it features two football teams. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have both submitted bids for the stadium as relegated from the Premier League. With the team currently struggling in the division, doubts would surface as to if they could regularly fill the stadium and sustain it financially. The application from Tottenham Hotspur is arguably more multi-functional as their bid is in collaboration with AEG, whose other well known venue is the O2 Arena. They’d make the stadium an 80,000 capacity one and could host other non-sporting events. Currently at White Hart Lane in North London, Tottenham would be making a more drastic move than West Ham, with it possibly proving unpopular with fans, whilst taking an edge off their North London rivalry with Arsenal. However, Tottenham might see the move
After a fantastic championship the final Grand Prix was played out last Sunday in Abu Dhabi and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel came out on top with his first ever F1 title. With such poor finishes from the two drivers who were ahead of him in the standings (Webber in 8th and Alonso 7th) it allowed Vettel to get a pole to finish with the race under his belt. The all-British McLaren team, despite finishing 2nd and 3rd, could only get championship finishes of 4th and 5th, though I wish them all the best in the 2011 season, due to start in mid-March in Bahrain. The one everyone was watching,
Rugby There have been some spectacular international results in the past few weeks, including a 49-3 drumming of the Scots by the all-blacks and a great victory for the English against Australia of 35-18. South Africa grabbed a 4 point advantage against Wales in Cardiff, with a final result of 25-29. The Welsh were pilling on the pressure right until the final whistle, giving the springboks
every reason to be proud of their second half performance even against the might of the Welsh determination.
Golf Here would be the time for the announcement of a new number one, who is English! Lee Westwood snatches the top spot from Tiger Woods, whose overall record of holding the spot was an impressive 623 weeks, 292 more than the second place record holder, Australia’s Greg Norman. Westwood is the first European to be number one since Nick Faldo held it in 1994. Snooker The biggest story here has to be the return of John Higgins.
Cricket The Ashes. Australia takes on England. One of the biggest events in English cricket is coming our way on the 25th of November. Some good news for the English will be that the Australian warm-up matches have not been going too well, losing to India and Pakistan in their one day internationals. There are also a number of key players with form and fitness problems which could prove an issue for the management when it comes to picking a squad, so I know I will be definitely listening out for the Ashes, eager for England to bring that all important trophy home for the second year running.
After having been banned for 6 months from professional snooker in May 2010, due to match fixing allegations and receiving a £75,000 fine, he managed a fantastic comeback victory in the European championship, beating Shaun Murphy 4 games to 2. His absence has unfortunately lost him 3 places in the world rankings but I have no doubt that the three time world champion has it in him to regain his number one place.
as necessary, with plans to rebuild White Hart Lane that are already being delayed. The Olympic Park Legacy Company is in charge of choosing whether West Ham or Tottenham move into the stadium and hope to have a decision before summer 2011.
they look to have a ground with a capacity to match Premier League rivals such as Arsenal and Manchester United.
West Ham’s application, in collaboration with Newham Council, will see the capac-
ity of the stadium drop down to 60,000. Given their current close proximity to the Olympic stadium, many West Ham fans would be likely to support the move from their current Upton Park ground. A problem could develop should West Ham get
The Ashes - Sporting Rivalry Reinvented, Everytime!
882. August 29th. The inventors of Cricket lost their first match to Australia in their own backyard. It shouldn’t have been a big deal, for it wasn’t the first time England had lost a match, but the loss at their home-ground indicated the decline in the team’s supremacy. The following day, The Sporting Times, published an obituary to English cricket which concluded that: “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia”. A few weeks later, the English team under the captaincy of Hon Ivo Bligh (later Lord Darnley), toured The Down Under to play three test matches and a few social matches with a resolution to bring back the ashes. After one such match, at the Rupertswood Estate outside Melbourne on the eve of Christmas, Darnley was conferred a terracotta urn as a symbol of the ashes that he had resolved to retrieve.
Bligh always considered it to be a personal gift and it remained in his house until it was presented to the MCC by his widow. In 1990s, MCC after
Today, The Ashes stands as one of the most celebrated and popular test series. Though, due to England’s failure to regain it for 16 years since 1989, there loomed clouds of unpopularity but the recent wins in 2005 and then in 2009, will ensure an intense interest and anticipation of the upcoming tournament starting 25th November to be played in Australia.
he world of surf mourns the untimely and unexpected death of one of its most charismatic and talented champions, Andy Irons. He was found dead on November 2nd at the age of 32 in a Dallas hotel room and the causes of death remain unknown although he was reportedly suffering from Dengue fever and had seen his condition deteriorate before he could fly back to his native land, Hawaii. Following his
Legends Never Die
death, memorial paddle-outs were organised all over the world and on Sunday the 14th, surfers gathered in Hanalei, Kauai for Andy’s funeral and to celebrate his life. Irons was three consecutive times world champion (2002, 2003 and 2004) and was also well-known for his supposed rivalry with the now ten times world champion Kelly Slater. Mahalo AI for inspiring a generation.
Marisa Guerreiro Da Costa
Whacky Sports: Extreme Ironing
discussions with the England & Wales Cricket Board, commissioned the tournament between England and Australia as “The Ashes”, a bilateral series played alternately in the two countries. The winners are presented with an urn-shaped Waterford Crystal trophy, a replica of the urn presented to Darnley.
For the record, Australia stands an inch ahead with 31 series victories in comparison to England’s 29. But every time these two teams step on the pitch, the history falls apart, the records break and the rivalry reincarnates. This time, England’s Andrew Strauss is favoured to hold the trophy aloft, considering their team’s recent form and Australia’s fall but only a fool would disregard Ponting’s army. Watch out guys for one of the most exciting and jubilating rivalries in the world of Sports! extreme ironing as a foolish tongue-in-cheek global craze, it’s important that we acknowledge the first Extreme Ironing World Championship held in Munich 2002. Different categories included: urban (involving a car), forest (e.g. ironing on top of a tree) and freestyle (where anything goes). Competitors came from around the world including countries such as Austria and Chile and were judged on their creativity and of course on the quality of ironing. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been another Championship since 2002, although organisers soon hope to organise another one. So if you find ironing a bit of a chore and perhaps fancy making the housework a bit more exciting – then extreme ironing could be the sport for you!
t’s dangerous... it’s adrenaline-pumping... it’s exciting. YES, that’s right - it’s EXTREME IRONING!
Latoya Andrèe Kessie
– it’s basically ironing with a twist – popular options include ironing with scuba-diving, ironing with sky-diving and finally ironing with mountainclimbing.
Some of you are probably thinking to yourself - what on earth is this malarkey?
According to the official website (www.extremeironing. com) – Extreme Ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.” The rules are pretty simple
The whole concept of extreme ironing was actually founded during 1997 in Leicester, England (wha-hey – we don’t just do footie!). It apparently started in Phillip Shaw’s (a.k.a. Steam’s) back garden after a tiring day from work when he decided to go out for a mountain climb but had to do the ironing and thought it would be easier to combine the two. After that there was no looking back! In 1999, Steam embarked on a tour to make sure the sport went global and it certainly has. Extreme Ironing is not just found in the UK, it is popular in places like Germany, Australia and even Japan. Before, you decide to dismiss
Key Surrey Lose Surey Win Surrey Draws Ranking
Surrey Sports Results
Academic Week 4
Gold Silver Bronze
Taekwondo Dan Griffin Nick Rose Roman Howes Julie Renard Ultimate Frisbee 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
Dorset Taekwondo Championships Male +95kg NC Male 80kg NC Male 80kg AC Female 57kg NC Student Graduate Non‐Student Non‐Student
Result Silver Gold Silver Gold Result 2nd 21st 16th
Academic Week 6 Sport
Badminton (M1) Badminton (M2) Badminton (W1) Basketball (M1) Basketball (W1) Fencing (M1) Fencing (M2) Football (M1) Football (M4) Football (M5) Football (W1) Hockey (M1) Hockey (W1) Jiu Jitsu Jiu Jitsu Netball (1) Netball (2) Rugby Union (M1) Rugby Union (W1) Squash (M1) Tennis (M1) Tennis (M2) Volleyball (M1)
Opposition Hertfordshire 2 St George's 1 Uni of East London 1 Brunel 2 Middlesex 1 Portsmouth Brunel Imperial 1 Chichester 5 Regents College Chichester 2 (CUP) UCL 1 Kingston 1 National Uni Champs National Atemi Champs Chichester 2 St Mary's 3 Sussex 1 Reading 1 Sussex 1 Royal Holloway 1 Bucks 1 Brunel 1
Comp H/A Result BUCS H W 7‐1 BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS SESSA CUP BUCS BUCS A W 1‐7 H W 8‐0 H W 78‐54 A L 35‐33
South East University Open Indoor Regionals Qualified for Indoor Nationals Division 1
H W 135‐75 H L 104‐135 A A A W 1‐3 D 2‐2 P‐P
Academic Week 5 Sport
Basketball (W1) Fencing (M1) Football (M1) Football (M2) Football (M4) Hockey (M1) Hockey (M2) Hockey (W1) Hockey (W2) Netball (1) Rugby Union (M1) Squash (M1) Squash (M2) Ultimate Frisbee
Opposition Imperial 1 Royal Holloway 1 Portsmouth 2 UCL 4 Roehampton 1 UCL 2 Portsmouth 2 Royal Free 2 Sussex 1 Southbank 1 St George's UCL 1 Imperial 4 Regional Comp
Comp H/A Result CUP H L 32‐33 BUCS CUP BUCS CUP CUP CUP CUP CUP CUP CUP BUCS CUP REG A W 35‐135
H D 2‐2
H L 2‐4 A D 1‐1
H W 1‐0 A A A W 1‐3 L 1‐5 W 0‐5
BUCS N/A 3rd (Bronze) NAT N/A 5th Place BUCS BUCS BUCS CUP BUCS BUCS BUCS BUCS A A W 32‐35 W 16‐38
H L 0‐4 H W 7‐0 A L Forfeited H W 43‐8 A L 7‐27
H L 10‐32 A A W 7‐12 W 0‐5
H W 12‐0 A L 8‐4
H W 3‐0
H W 4‐1 A W 1‐2
Academic 6 individual results BUCS National University Championships Jiu Jitsu Purple Grade Neville Boon
Result Gold Silver Result Gold
N/A 4th Place
Gilbert Cassar Jiu Jitsu Neville Boon
Orange Grade National Atemi Championships Purple Grade
Surrey Stags’ success
Latoya Andrèe Kessie who have demonstrated nothing but good play this season. the Brunel team. After a weak performance from the Brunel team, the second quarter was where signs of annoyance were made clear from the opposing team and their coach. Brunel didn’t want to lose and made it clear with a fast catchup on points but it still wasn’t good enough for the Stags who ended the second quarter 35 – 20. The third quarter proved to be the most exciting and nailbiting session of the game as Brunel were turning their signs of annoyance into motivation and still believed a win was possible after being so close in baskets with the Stags. The third quarter had the most fouls from both teams and also saw the dismissal of one Brunel team player after their total amount of fouls had been
used up. Despite high tensions, Surrey Stags still led the way.
In the final quarter, Brunel had lost hope but their relaxed approach allowed them to score more baskets than any other quarter in the game. The Surrey Stags stormed through with many close up shots and finished with a total of 78.
As a whole, Surrey Stags demonstrated positivity throughout the match and good communication during play. Despite high tension during the game, both teams demonstrated good sportsmanship by shaking hands.
fter covering the Surrey Stags Women’s team in the last two issues of the Stag, we thought it was about time we paid homage to the Surrey Stag Men’s basketball team,
Surrey Stags (Men’s) ..........…78 Brunel University...................54
The game played against Brunel proved to be more than an easy walkover, though tensions were pretty high and intense on both sides.
Surrey women’s rugby team makes history
The first quarter demonstrated a strong male team as the Surrey Stags were points ahead of
Final Score: Reading 7 - Surrey 12
Man of the Match chosen by Surrey - Marisa Guerreiro Da Costa he University of Surrey Women’s Rugby team travelled to Reading University on Wednesday 10th November to play in the first round of the BUCS South East Conference Cup. Of the 18 players that travelled, 11 were rugby freshers, many who had never touched a rugby ball until October 2nd when they attended the Introduction to Rugby day following the previous day’s Freshers’ Fayre. Many of the players were blissfully unaware of the enormity of the game, in that Reading were runners up in the league and had reached the semi-finals of the cup last season. Not only that; the Sur-
rey women’s rugby team was formed two years before the record against Reading stood as Played 4, Lost 4. The game looked fairly evenly
and putting Shel Fudge into space to score in the corner. The conversion proved too difficult and as the half time whistle was blown Surrey led 5-0.
injury, Surrey had a momentary lapse of concentration, allowing the Reading centre to seize the opportunity to not only cross the try line but run 20 meters in field to score un-
Man of the Match chosen by Reading – Dom Roe
team must have sensed this as they continued to attack in the narrow channels around the rucks. Eventually however, Surrey’s tackling paid off as Reading spilled the ball allowing Surrey to get the ball out to Dom Roe who found the narrowest of spaces on the right hand side of the pitch and ran around three defenders to score under the posts. Cassie Carnwright successfully converted to make the score 7 - 12 to Surrey. The last 10 minutes were a continuation of what had happened previously with Reading using their experienced players to try and break through the Surrey defence around the fringes and continually recycling the ball. However, the Surrey Women’s Rugby team is made of strong stuff and stood up well, refusing to give an inch of ground!
matched from the outset with both sides proving to be very strong in defence. However, eventually the Surrey backs managed to link up and get the ball from one side of the pitch to the other with Miki Osiadacz drawing the last defender
The second half proved to be a true battle with the more experienced Reading team attacking and recycling the ball in an attempt to draw in the Surrey defence. Then with 20 minutes left to play as Shel Fudge left the pitch for a blood
This Surrey team, as everyone that has watched them will testify, does not give up! A very well-drilled Reading
der the posts. With the easy conversion, this took the score to 7 - 5 to Reading.
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