With Musicians like Deez...

▐ Nico Bryant
The 2010 release of Darwin Deez's self entitled album caused a significant ripple in alternative music circles and on Tuesday night I had my first opportunity to see the band in the flesh. After support bands Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Rams Pocket Radio, two bands of varying style and quality, Darwin Deez emerged to the stage amidst great anticipation and excitement. They swiftly opened the set with the excellent Up in the clouds which showcases Darwin Deez's most prominent musical attributes; simplicity, witty lyrics, encapsulating beats and a twangy guitar rift. The bands’ array of talents and diversity is evident in their wide range of songs, which include classic indie tracks such as Constellations and Radar Detector as well as the cynically brilliant Bad Day. The band play with a refreshingly relaxed attitude, this is particularly enjoyable in an era in which musicians take themselves very seriously and are burdened with the obligation to sell a large amount of records and related merchandise. As gratifying as this is, it is also the downfall of the group who fail to take their live performances seriously enough to fulfil their potential. It is important to remember that the band are touring their first album and are more than entitled to enjoy the experiences and elation that it accompanies. It is crucial that the band retain their boyish charm, however when they do return to the studio they will begin to realise how successful and noteworthy they can become. One can only hope that the pressures of living up to such an outstanding debut album don't harm their development as musicians and that further albums continue to produce such brilliance.

‘Hindugate’ Oh UEA is wonderful!
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Gig Revieview: Darwin Deez
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Norwich v Preston
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Issue 1

Thursday 10 March 2011

▐ The student viewspaper team Hello readers of the first edition. We’re here to make a splash! A group of students writing for all of you out there! We hope to be engaging and exciting about life here at UEA. What do you want to shout about? We’re not here to tell you the news. We want to go beyond that. We want to provide a platform for you, your opinions and your voice. So get involved and get in touch!

The Great Tuition fees Rip-off
▐ Dan Pirozzolo Far too many students are being bundled into universities and forced to incur a lifetime of debt in return for an altogether unsatisfactory education with many students getting less than 10 hours in contact time a week and lucky to get a one-to-one with their lecturers. The university demands over £3200 off us and then, once they have secured that money off us, seemingly tells us to all go home and read our books. Most students are being ripped off as it is so God help those future students who’ll be even more in tuition fees for what will probably be the same standard of education. Last year MPs voted to raise tuition fees to £6000 from 2012, with institutions allowed to charge £9000 in “exceptional circumstances". David Image: James Wilson Willetts, the Minister for Universities, spends his days promising that “very few universities would be justified in charging £9000 a year” and yet there’s growing evidence that many universities will be able to charge the maximum rate. Continued on page 3

▐ Nicholas Stevens

Hoolahan Howler Costs Norwich
when Russell Martin's effort on goal was blocked by the hand of Billy Jones resulting in a penalty to the home side. Wes Hoolahan arrogantly stepped up to take the penalty but, despite having scored at home to Sheffield United, his chipped penalty kick down the centre was saved by Turner who was able to recover having already dived. Such a rash decision given the time and context of the game is unforgivable, as Norwich were piling on the pressure to earn three points that the form table suggests they should have obtained. This caused great frustration; Lambert kicked a water bottle in disgust at the penalty, the players began to argue, Hoolahan's head dropped and the crowd became restless. Despite his undoubted footballing ability and excellent vision, Hoolahan's inexplicable and often mystifying decision making is probably the reason he has yet to convince Premiership clubs that he is talent worth risking millions of pounds on. Despite an effort from Hoolahan that Turner parried and an injury time shot from substitute Aaron Wilbraham that ended up in the side netting, the home side we unable to score a winning goal even when Preston were forced to play the final minutes with ten men due to an injury to right back David Gray. A frustrating game for Norwich, but with fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest all losing, a point in the grand scheme of things isn't necessarily a poor result.

Norwich missed the chance to move to third in the table as they were held to a draw in a match which they dominated against a Preston North End side ten points adrift at the bottom of the Championship. The home side opened brightly without creating any clear cut opportunities, yet it was Preston who took the lead on the hour mark when Chris Brown, who'd been on the pitch less than two minutes, expertly controlled a free kick before volleying the strugglers ahead. There was much dispute about the award of the free kick in the first place which could have been given to the home side; their grievance was increased further as Canary defenders were adamant that Brown was offside when the free kick was taken. Norwich responded immediately as Grant Holt side footed in after Iain Turner failed to hold Andrew Surman's shot. It seemed that the momentum was with the yellows, roared on by a crowd of over 25, 500. Iain Hume's cross shot in the 67th minute did rattle the home sides' bar, yet Norwich were setting the tempo with the help of the ever influential Andrew Crofts. The break through appeared to arrive

Unpopular NUS President Shown the Door
▐ James Wilson News came in last week that Aaron Porter will not be standing for a second term as the President of the National Union of Students. He is the first to do so since Trevor Fisk effectively resigned in 1969 after attracting a wealth of criticism from his peers and student body when he openly condemned the protests against the Vietnam War. Sadly the cyclical nature of history has brought us another unrepresentative leader. Admittedly he’s had to helm the union during a tempestuous period, and in a wave of renewed student activism. This was a time which calling for a strong leader, one able to understand the demands of the student population and communicate this on a national level. To their credit Porter and the NUS did part fund and organise the first national protest in London, now notorious for the attack on Milbank. This was the turning point in Porter’s grip on the support of the student population. His swift condemnation was quoted in the news that day and plastered over the papers the next morning, leaving many feeling angered and betrayed. His remarks came so

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swiftly that, as he released his statement, tens of thousands of students were still peacefully marching in the streets of London. The NUS also cut off their support for the next three demonstrations in London while they were going on, thus isolating much of the country who relied on the NUS travel subsidies to London. This in turn strangled future protests from garnering the mass support of the first protest.

With anti-NUS flyers circulating throughout the protests and Porter’s name appearing amongst Clegg and Cameron’s on the placards, it was on the streets of London and amongst the ashes of the bonfire’s, that Porter’s popularity and respect were swept away. The role of President of the NUS had become a meaningless title. Porter adopted the position under a Labour government, and was able to coast along without much challenge to his leadership role, but under the assault on public spending and proposals to treble tuition fees, students for the first time in a generation turned to the leader of the NUS for direction, support and leadership only to find that a cold shoulder and distance was the reply. Concrete said it “believes that history will look kindly on his tenure” and the Communications officer of the Union here at UEA, Tom Dolton... Continued on page 3

Multi-faith disgrace at
UEA Chaplaincy
▐ Adam Hofmeister & Guy Wilson
At UEA we can rightly pride ourselves for our multicultural and ‘multi-faith’ community. In its mission statement the UEA Chaplaincy "exists to enable all members of the University community to explore their own beliefs and find space within an atmosphere of security, mutual respect and tolerance, for the wellbeing of all." Unless of course, you are a Hindu. The UEA Chaplaincy offers representatives from seven Christian denominations along with Islam, Judaism and Buddhism…but not a guru in sight. Yes, the elephant in the room (no, not Ganesha) is that the 150+ Hindu Community on campus are being excluded from our Chaplaincy on suspect grounds. This is despite Hinduism being the world's oldest religion, and the third largest with approximately 1

Image: Alex Maciag

billion members worldwide. There is one ideology that the Chaplaincy faiths share, and that is the belief that there is only one God (monotheism). However Hinduism has many gods (Polytheism) which are often represented by statutes or idols. Are there more grounds for this discrimination than just the banal excuse that there is not enough room in the Chaplaincy? Well, the wall lighting in the Chaplaincy explicitly takes the form of the Chrisfar as ‚fun and exciting but there is a lot of work‛, and even though there is work work work, a night out at the LCR should fix you up -hether you’re dressing up for a Tuesday or just going for a bit of entertainment on a Saturday!

tian cross. Hindus are denied prayer space because they use traditional cushions, instead of the glory and sophistication of the chair! One student, a prominent member of the UEA Hindu Society, revealed the details of the scandal at a recent council meeting. He was told that he could not keep a statue in the Chaplaincy on the basis that it may offend other faiths. Hindus consider their icons and statues sacred as they depict their Gods. He has therefore been forced to store his idol in his room. A UEA cleaner then proceeded to tell him that it was a ‘fire hazard‘ - a fire hazard that he has to keep in his wardrobe. So, at this very moment, his God is being stored in a cupboard.

The Rip-Off continued...
The University of Exeter, a university that isn’t even part of the Russell Group which represents Oxford and Cambridge, has recently announced it will be charging £9000 a year and the NUS expects virtually all the universities in London to charge the maximum rate too. Yes even the University of East London and London South Bank who are ranked 107th and 115th in the Sunday Times University League Tables respectably, with the former with a student satisfaction rating of just 111/250! Aaron Porter – President of the NUS – has said, from his behind-the-scenes talks with universities, that he suspects ‚that 50%, 60%, 70% are going to charge £9000‛. Backing this up a report carried out by ‘The Times’ has revealed several new universities and former polytechnics are set to charge an ‚average of £7,500‛! When the tuition fee changes came in the government said that for universities to charge more than £6000 they would have to show support for widening access to students from poor backgrounds to the Office

for Fair Access (Offa) watchdog. They said will set a target for how many students from state schools or poorer backgrounds they should submit and will be reviewed each year. Now the government are attempting to reassure us all that the tuition fee rises won’t kill off social mobility by giving Offa the power to revoke the right for universities to charge more than £6000 a year in tuition fees and to impose a fine of up to £500,000 if the access agreement is broken. What the government hopes you never find out is that universities will put forward the targets for admitting poorer students themselves rather than such social mobility targets being imposed on them! It will also probably happen to forget to mention how Offa has had similar powers since it was set up in 2004 and has never used them! So with such a system of near self-regulation and a cap that is now ludicrously high, actually became a student hate figure forcing him to be escorted away by police up in Manchester recently for his own protection!

what can we do? Turn to the NUS, an organisation that is routinely ignored? Turn to the streets and find the media using that to help give us a bad name? Turn to the Labour party who were the ones to appoint Mandelson’s mate Lord Browne to head the ‚independent‛ Review into Higher Education Funding along with two university ViceChancellors, the civil servant who advised the Labour government to introduce tuition fees originally, and no student representation whatsoever? The current tuition fee rate is not value for money and it looks like things are set to get much worse for students applying in just over a year's time with poor efforts to offset the trebled tuition fees cap and a stupid system of near self-regulation. This Government should be ashamed of itself!

David Willetts (prick!)

Oh UEA wonderful!
▐ Nnamdi Ujah

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UEA attained the 3rd highest student satisfaction within the UK. UEA has so far managed to exceed itself in my eyes - there is so much to do Whether it is the quirky 1960s designed ziggurats, good nightlife and/or summer barbecues next to the campus lake. Why wouldn’t you love it here? The university is great place to be from the Square where everyone sits, to the LCR for the best nights. As a student at UEA I know that this university would wipe the floor with any other in terms of satisfaction. I like UEA because of the different things happening on and off campus, from just drinking to being in the bar watching football or just being with your mates! This university is all about the fun and action. During the day, there’s loads of great places to relax and you can just enjoy having a coffee, sitting in the sun or meeting up with people. The nightlife here is also electric, there is always somewhere to go and enjoy yourself. One student from first year pharmacy at UEA described their experience so

There are so many positives to ‚studying‛ at UEA

It doesn’t even have to be on campus there is plenty to see and do in Norw i c h . FRESHER’S WEEK, DRINKING GAMES, D R U N K E N NIGHTS IN HALLS ...and FIRE ALARMS; these are the things to look forward to as a UEA student! When asking a student where they
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would go on a typical weekday night they might reply ‚Lola’s‛ / ‛Mercy‛ / ‚Knowhere‛ Vodka Revs‛ but even the new club called Project looks promising and it could well become even more popular than anywhere else! And who can never forget those famous chants of ‚Oh UEA is wonderful‛ on the bus followed by ‚there were [insert number] on the back seat of the bus...‛ There are so many positives to ‚studying‛ at UEA and there is definitely something here for everyone, which realistically is probably the reason why UEA has such incredibly high student satisfaction! Here’s hoping it gets EVEN better!

Aaron Porter jumps ship continued...
said ‚the increase in activism by students is something to celebrate‛ to imply that it was due to Aaron Porter’s ability to lead, enthuse and inspire whereas, in the real world, it seems the opposite is true. In reality the level of activism was in spite of Aaron Porter. Tom Dolton also claimed there had been great changes in the NUS despite many criticising how Aaron Porter risked making NUS ‘irrelevant’, and Aaron Porter doing such a bad job to represent students that he

Angered and betrayed

Commenting on his own decision, Porter claims that it is because he ‚believes‛ there needs to be a new President to lead into the next phase of its campaign. But we all know the real reason he is leaving is because he knows he won’t win if he goes for re-

election, rather than there being some sort of moral principle under pinning his decision like he is desperately trying to imply. I’m not campaigning for a radical leader or for some extremist to head the NUS. I am calling for a leader with a back bone, a president of the NUS who will fight vehemently against the increase in tuition fees and refuse to alienate those he represents; the sort of leader we need and deserve!

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