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Sex-filled
club night
condemned
A student club night in Oxford
featuring naked wrestling in
KY jelly, topless girls and a
‘fetish snake show’ has sparked
an investigation by police.
Astonished revellers were
confronted with a virtual sex show
laid on as entertainment at Kukui
nightclub on October 29.
Students who attended the event
billed as ‘one of the naughtiest
nights of the year’ have condemned
the sexual shenanigans on show.
One student told the Cherwell
how she entered the venue and
found herself surrounded by
raunchy performers, “There were
girls covered in jelly and wrestling
with each other. They were only
wearing small t-shirts, which they
then ripped off and continued
as good as naked except for tiny
thongs.”

CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

DAY OF ACTION
SAYS ‘NO TO FEES’
Voices of dissent could be In Lincoln a joint protest fees alone. know how difficult it is on the
Page 5 heard across the country as between the University of Lincoln Davina Robinson, Vice President current system and so understand
students took to the streets and Bishop Grosseteste University Democracy and Education at the issues future students would
to protest the crippling College students’ union’s created Bishop Grosseteste said, Students have to deal with.”
debts they have to incur to a ‘Wall of Debt’ along the city’s involved in the protest were not Anglia Ruskin University
gain a degree. High Street. protesting for themselves, though Students’ Union, Cambridge
Hundreds of students turned Tuition fees are currently they are in a great deal of debt University Students’ Union
out as part of the NUS organised fixed at £3,145 a year, but the from the current 3,000 cap on and University of East Anglia
‘Students in the Red’ Day of Action Government is proposing to tuition, they are protesting for Students’ Union held not one,
on November 5. The action is part change this so that universities future generations who could be but two demonstrations in
of the union’s education funding can charge whatever they want. in more than double the amount Cambridge.
campaign, which will see them This could see some student debts of debt than they are in. Students
lobby for a fairer funding system. rising to in more than £21,000 for feel a great deal of injustice, they CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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2 UK NEWS
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UK NEWS 3

News
in brief
College
coursework
Mullan Sacked
The Kings College,
London Students’ Union
clear him of racism.
A recent debate on free
Streeting, for overseeing
‘institutional racism’ by
fine criticised president at the centre of
an ongoing NUS racism row
education at SOAS saw
protesters disrupt the event
concluding that Mullan was
not a racist.
A college has been has been sacked. and demand the resignation Mullan is now appealing
criticised for introducing Chris Mullan was of NUS President Wes against the decision.
a fine of £33 for students informed by letter of the
who hand in coursework sacking late last month
late three times. following a row over Craig Cox, the other student at the centre of the NUS
Lecturers at Worcester allegedly racist comments racism row has been banned from union events after
College of Technology came holding up a poster which read ‘Bring Back Slavery’.
he made at an NUS training
up with the scheme to force
event. Cox will no longer be able to attend non-
their 800 undergraduates
to properly organise their The decision was made by democratic meetings of the NUS.
studies. the trustee board - made up An NUS investigation found him in “a serious
Now they are made to of eight students (including breach of the NUS Equal Opportunities Policy”.
pay a £5 fine when they the sabbatical team) and The University of Nottingham Students’ Union
miss a deadline for the four university staff – who
Education Officer has apologised and said he
first time. A second offence concluded that Mullan had with respect to the decision has raised issues regarding
leads to a penalty of £6, but made a “genuine mistake”.
broken the trustee Code of the disciplinary panel KCLSU’s independence.
if they are late for a third of Conduct and should until the appeal is heard. It has been alleged that
In a statement, he said: “I did not write the
time it prompts a hefty £20 placard in question, I did not intentionally hold
subsequently be removed Chris has now lodged an King’s College had been
charge. it up and I have never defended the placard’s
from his post. appeal. putting pressure on the
The money-making
The KCLSU Afro- “Once the appeal is heard students’ union sabbatical contents.
scheme has been criticised
by the NUS. Caribbean Society were also the board will consider Chris’ team to kick Mullan “As someone who has consistently fought against
planning to bring a vote of trustee position, reviewing out, in particular the discrimination, I found the sign’s contents to be
no-confidence via a petition

Freshers
his actions against, amongst communication department deeply distasteful and offensive so I understand
for a general meeting. other things, the trustee following negative press how this mistake has offended people.
Mullan had previously Code of Conduct which he
army ban
coverage of the comments “I would like to again unreservedly apologise.”
been cleared of making and all other trustees have made.
A statement issued by University of Nottingham
racist comments in an NUS signed.” The comments made in
Students Union said: “We are sending a clear
inquiry. Although some students August have caused outrage
Nort h umbr i a message that we do not accept racism at our
KCLSU released a are happy of Mullan’s amongst some student
University’s student’s university.”
statement today saying: “As removal, the fact that a groups, with the NUS Black
union banned the army’s The Nottingham union are now deciding
Chris has the right to appeal college board and not the Students’ Officer Bellavia
officer training corps whether to take further action against Cox.
you will appreciate that we student union, or student Ribeiro-Addy refusing to
from recruiting at their
cannot make any comments body, made the decision accept the NUS decision to
freshers’ week.

Fingerprinting starts for foreign students


The union would not
say why they banned the
organisation, but pointed
out it was a democratic
decision.
The University Officer
Training Corps recruits
Uni heads raise concerns that tighter rules could deter foreign students
at all other institutions in
the North East. Fingerprinting of being from outside the colleges have been
N o r t h u m b r i a foreign students begins European Union, are now uncovered in the last
University’s commanding later this month. an important source of three years.
officer, Colonel David The first students income for universities as From next March,
Madden, said: “It is really required to provide they pay higher fees than overseas students will
unfortunate. I understand fingerprints will be UK students. need to be sponsored by
why they want to do it, but those applying for visa The university a college or university
I think they are misguided extensions from November watchdog, the Quality holding a licence from the
in the Student Union. They 25. Assurance Agency, said UK Border Agency.
misunderstand what the As part of tougher earlier this year that some From next autumn,
OTC is and what we do. immigration rules universities were now there will be a further
We are a university club designed to tackle bogus financially dependent on tightening of the rules,
in exactly the same way colleges, foreign students overseas students. in which universities and
that there is a climbing coming to the UK will There are concerns colleges will use a “sponsor
club and a diving club.” require biometric identity amongst university management system” to
Northumbria University cards. heads that these tighter inform the UK Border
Student Union president The government says immigration controls, Agency if students are
David Wright said its overseas students pay including compulsory failing to attend courses.
policy did not prevent tuition fees worth £2.5bn fingerprinting, might “This new route for
them from advertising at per year. reduce applications from students will ensure
other times throughout Set out earlier this foreign students. we know exactly who is
the year. year, the Home Office’s University chiefs have coming here to study and
“Student Council tightening of border warned that the process stamp out bogus colleges
is an elected body to controls will include the needs to be a simple and which facilitate the
represent and pass policy requirement that “we check efficient one. times - and an absence colleges within the UK, lawbreakers,” says Border
as determined by our and record the fingerprints The higher education of any way of booking an colleges will now need and Immigration Minister
members. The Students’ of any applicants applying representative body, appointment. a licence from the UK Phil Woolas.
Union elected officers like for a student visa”. Universities UK, has Universities UK chief Border Agency. There But he noted that
myself to work for and on “All students allowed warned that there are executive Diana Warwick have been concerns that international students
behalf of all students and to come here will need to only six centres around said that “despite repeated in some cases these bogus contribute £2.5bn to the
it is our duty to ensure obtain a biometric identity the UK where biometric requests for information colleges have acted as a UK economy in tuition
that policy decisions are card, so we know exactly information can be on whether there will be front for people to enter fees alone”. The Home
implemented.” who they are and what collected - which will mean a booking process we have the country without Office suggests that these
“Our job is to support they are entitled to do.” long journeys for some not so far received this ever studying for any students are worth £8.5bn
our members and stand by Overseas students, students. There are also information.” qualifications. to the wider economy.
democratic decisions that those classified as concerns about queuing In targeting bogus Nearly 300 bogus by Mary Stott
have been made,” he said.
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4 UK NEWS
Cookie killed in bus
collision tragedy
UCLAN STUDENT DIES AFTER BEING TRAPPED UNDER BUS
A Chinese student was
tragically killed in a bus
collision in Preston last
month.
Xuan Wei, 21, otherwise
known as Cookie, was
cycling to the University of
Central Lanchashire from
her student accommodation,
when the accident happened
at a bus stop.
Gary Hua, a second year
design student and friend
of Cookie’s, said “She was a
beautiful, lovely girl.”
Cookie was cycling across
the road when she was hit by
the number 35 double decker
Preston bus and became
trapped underneath.
Heavy lifting equipment
Cookie
was used to free her but she
was pronounced dead at the
scene by Lancashire Police. “Last Christmas, Cookie and prayers are with them
She had been in the UK had been part of a Chinese at this sad time,” he added.
for just over a year, after choir that sang carols in Amy Clark, a second-
leaving her home in Jiangxi Mandarin and her lovely year Sports Studies student
Province, China to study smile shone out as she sang. at UCLan, was across the
for a Masters in Human Cookie was an intelligent road in her accommodation
Resource Management. and beautiful young woman, when the crash happened.
Reverend Geoff William, with a wonderfully bubbly “I opened my curtains and
a senior pastor of King’s personality. She brought joy saw all these police cars,
Church, Penwortham, told to all those around her and ambulances and fire engines.
how she was a committed her Chinese student friends There was a huge tent and
green sheet around the bus
stop; I didn’t even know what
‘She was a beautiful, had happened at first.There
were no rushing, lights or

lovely girl.’
sirens going off,” she said.
A tribute of flowers have
been tied to a lamppost close
to the bus stop, where the
Christian and member of and church family are accident took place.
the Free Methodist church. stunned by her death.” One accompanying
He said: “She was involved “We understand that her message said: “You are with
in many of the church’s family in China have been Jesus now. You are safe and
activities and through her contacted and are making in no pain”.
friendship she helped provide arrangements to come over to Another read: “Be happy
support to many of the England as soon as possible. in heaven, our hearts will
Chinese students arriving in We are so deeply sorry for always be with you.”
the town.” their loss and our thoughts by Lauren Oldland

‘Sexist’ Tory poster causes a stir


Oxford University attractiveness,” she told past - apparently not for the
Conservative Association Cherwell. Conservative Party,” she
(OUCA) has come under “In a country where the added.
fire after displaying number of female MPs Former Shadow Home
stands at a shockingly low Secretary and current
allegedly sexist material at
19%, I think it’s time for Conservative MP Ann
a Freshers’ Fair. political groups to stop Widdecombe played down
Controversy erupted when using women as models and the dispute calling it a
the association displayed a start promoting them as role “load of politically correct
poster featuring an attractive models.” nonsense”.
young woman above the Henny Ziai, Treasurer “I might find the joke
caption “Life is better under of the Oxford University coarse, but I don’t find it
a Conservative.” Liberal Democrats, agreed sexist,” she added.
The poster caused a saying that she was totally “The poster is not sexist
stir with one disgruntled disgusted with the poster in any way,” said the
student even confronting and astonished that it had Conservative Association’s
the association members been used. President Ernest Bell.
manning the stall. “I was shocked that OUCA, “In the course of the
Rachel Cummings, as supposed representatives Freshers’ Fair, we received
OUSU’s Vice-President for of David Cameron’s new and no complaints about the
Women, was outraged by progressive Conservative poster. The only complaint
the use of sex for political Party, would attempt to we did have came while we
purposes. use sex to sell conservatism were clearing up afterwards,
“It’s disappointing that and, in doing so, would so and that was from the
OUCA use female sexuality unashamedly promote and Liberal Democrats in the
to publicise themselves,” help perpetuate the sexual stall opposite.”
she said. “It undermines objectification of women,” “Why is it always
the significant impact she said. political activists who take
women have had on the “I was under the politics (and consequently
Conservative movement impression that as far as themselves) so seriously?
and politics more widely; party politics is concerned In OUCA, we admit to
because of their intelligence such blatant cultural occasional irreverence,” he
and competence, not their sexism was a thing of the added.
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UK NEWS 5

“There were girls covered in jelly and


wrestling with each other. They were
only wearing small t-shirts, which they
then ripped off and continued as good
as naked except for tiny thongs.”

for “fucked up Halloween of Halloween fetish show.”


CONT. FROM FRONT PAGE shit,” with promises of “KY “It wasn’t all centred
Jelly Wrestling ‘Naked’” around the KY Jelly
She added that there had and “Fetish snake shows wrestling, although obviously
also been a topless woman involving a 12 foot albino this is something that we
only partially covered by a python.” gave a lot of publicity to as
12 foot long snake she was Condemning the night it is a big student thing,” he
carrying, whilst others put Rachel Cummings, Oxford explained.
on performances of topless University Students’ Union A spokesperson for the
fire-eating. Vice-President for Women Licensing Authority of Oxford
Another shocked reveller said, “It’s unacceptable City Council confirmed that
explained how she was for club organizers to use an investigation into the
appalled by the nudity on women in this way. Such legality of the performances Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr delivered his first public lec-
show. acts demean women in a had been conducted in ture as Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Salford.
“There was a group around city where they have fought conjunction with officers Over 1,000 students and members of the public listened to the
the girls that seemed to for their rights to be taken from Thames Valley Police. musician lecture about outsiders in the music industry – argu-
think it was great, but my seriously as intelligent, He said however that ing that “in an age of stifling conservatism, outsiders need to
be cherished.”
friends and I were really autonomous individuals.” officials were now satisfied
Marr performed with The Smiths at the University’s Maxwell
embarrassed. The whole “It’s accounts like this that that no crime had been
Hall in 1986, with the crowd getting so excited the speakers
thing just descended into prove the need for continuing committed.
had to be tied down.
something that was really campaigns on gender “As the law stands at the John Sweeney from the University’s School of Media, Music
vile and made a lot of people equality,” she said. moment there is nothing to & Performance said: “Johnny is the most influential guitarist
feel a bit uncomfortable.” Spokesperson for Five stop them extending their of the last 25 years and it was a real privilege to welcome him
On Facebook partygoers Star Entz, the Oxford based current license for dancing back for this lecture. It was a really special event.”
were told to adopt a “scary” company which organised the and putting on pole-dancers
dress code and prepare night, described it as “a kind and the like.”

- NUS launch a campaign August 2007: Bowing to student pressure


Reversing the Charges: against the decision and set up HSBC cave and announce that they are
How the campaign unfolded a Facebook group in protest ‘freezing’ interest in overdrafts for new graduates.
- Summer 2007: HSBC announce - Almost 7,000 students join the
group putting pressure on the
plans to charge new graduates
bank. Further action is planned for
interest on overdraft facilities September.

NUS CAMPAIGN
UP FOR AWARD
HSBC interest charges campaign given the thumbs-up
The NUS campaign that progress. Uzowuru and myself in
forced HSBC to change NUS President Wes the campaign. I think
its decision to charge new Streeting said, “This is that this is a great
graduates interest on fantastic news for NUS achievement, and shows
their overdrafts has been and shows how much how officers can work
nominated for an award. we have improved and together on campaigns to
The union have been developed in recent achieve great things.”
shortlisted in the digital times.” “It is a testament to
media category of the “It’s great to have our how far NUS has come
Third Sector Excellence good work recognised by over the recent years, and
Award for their use an external organisation shows that when we use
of Facebook to unite and hopefully more of our innovative campaigning
students to put pressure campaign successes will methods, and have
on the bank and generate receive similar recognition clear objectives we can
interest from the press. over the coming year.” effectively defend and
The awards recognise “I would like to extend students’ rights,”
and celebrate the work congratulate all those he added.
that voluntary sector involved in the project, The winners will be
organisations do, such and especially those announced on November
as drawing attention to staff who supported Vice 18 at the awards ceremony
injustice and demanding President (Welfare) Ama in London.
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6 UK NEWS

Unis to target Facebook cheats


Universities are Varsity, found 49%
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In the North West, Liverpool


Guild of Students, Liverpool
looking into their of undergraduates who John Moores Students’ Union
plagiarism policies to anonymously took part and Liverpool Hope University
tackle students who use in their poll confessed Students’ Union joined forces for
Facebook to cheat. to passing off other their protest.
Plagiarism experts people’s work as their Their campaign bus transported
have warned universities own. local councillors and students’
and colleges to be aware Law students were union representatives to a school
of students copying the most likely to sixth form in the city to discuss the
from each other when plagiarise, with 62% issues facing them in the future.
discussing coursework saying they had broken Members of the community were
on social networking university rules. also engaged in the campaign and
sites. 82% of the cheats said were asked to send postcards to
Gill Rowell, from the they has used Wikipedia their local MP.
consultancy Plagiarism in their own work. The University of
Advice, said that One anonymous Wolverhampton Students’ Union’s
although universities student said: event saw students writing their
debt on a tag and tying it to a
helium balloon. The balloons were
Almost half of the students then released by the University
Vice-Chancellor, Professor
polled in Cambridge have Caroline Gipps, and members
of the University’s In Leeds, as
admitted to cheating part of Leeds University Union’s
World Class Funding Campaign,
students marched through the
city to Millennium Square,
were taking cheating “Sometimes, when I am accompanied by a giant globe and
seriously enough they really fed up, I Google professor in Biological be surprised if Oxford do not fully understand helium balloons.
needed to rework the essay title, copy and Anthropology at King’s was not near the what constitutes In the North East, students from
plagiarism polices with throw everything on to College, Cambridge, bottom of national and plagiarism. We take Durham, Northumbria, Teesside
“internet working in a blank word document said, “It is a depressing world rankings for the educating them about and Newcastle universities erected
mind”. and jiggle the order a set of statistics.” incidence of plagiarism, these issues extremely a banner on the Millennium
A renewed focus on bit. They usually end up A spokesperson for thanks to the measure seriously,” she said. Bridge in Gateshead, spelling out
plagiarism comes after being the best essays.” Oxford University of care taken with both Universities UK will the average student debt.
almost half of 1,000 Just 5% of the confessed that there is a teaching and examining discuss cheating with At the end of the Day of Action
Cambridge students students admitted they similar level of cheating at Oxford, we are not university plagiarism Kent University’s students’ Union
polled admitted to had been caught. there. complacent.” experts on November hosted a night of ‘Fireworks and
cheating. Robert Foley, a “Whilst we would “Students sometimes 19. Funding’. University buildings
were illuminated in red providing
the back drop for speeches and
Pole-dancing interviews with students.
National Union of Students
blocked in Leeds (NUS) president Wes Streeting
said: “Students are making a
stand today because the current
Leeds University Union (LUU) has system is completely unfair. All
blocked a proposal to start a pole-dancing students have to pay £3,145 a
society at the university. year in top-up fees, but they face a
Plans for the society were rejected by the postcode lottery when it comes to
LUU Activities Assembly by one deciding financial support.”
vote. “We want a national bursary
scheme, so that poorer students
One member of the assembly also
get financial support based on how
branded the committee of the proposed
much they need it, not on where
society “inappropriate role models for they study,” he added.
running a society”.
The decision was made even after the
society received overwhelming support in
a previous straw poll.
The poll, which took place during
fresher’s week, is estimated to received
around 600 votes to 50 in favour of the new
society.
Barry Mcguire, Activities Assembly
Chair who made the casting vote, said: “I
chose to vote against the formation as the
committee seem to be inappropriate role
models for running a society, especially of
this nature. “
Emma Hooson, President of the proposed
society, said: “I’m really disappointed
about the result. I feel as if the poll was
pointless if they didn’t take into account
the demand for the society, which there
obviously is.”
LUU Equality and Diversity Officer
Maryam Ahmad said: “The potential
dangers that could be presented to
students in a city like Leeds, which has
one of the highest number of pole and lap-
dancing clubs in the UK and a growing
sex-trafficking problem, suggest that a
membership organisation like LUU should
not have a pole dancing society.” Newcastle
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UK NEWS 7

STUDENTS
Lincoln
IN THE RED
National Day of Action - Wednesday November 5, 2008

NUS President Wes Streeting at the Leeds protest

Cambridge

Cambridge Wolverhampton
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8 UK NEWS
Warwick buys body parts
The University of
Warwick has bought body
parts for £400,000 from
the controversial professor
Gunther von Hagens.
The 200 body parts which
have been preserved using
Prof. von Hagens’s patented
plastination technique are to
be used by medical students
to study anatomy.
The controversial professor
hit the headlines in 2002 when
he televised the UK’s first
public autopsy since 1830.
He was warned he would
be breaking the law although
no charges were brought but
more than 100 complaints Gunther von Hagens
were registered with
independent broadcasting polymer. plastination technique is
regulator Ofcom. The University of Warwick the most effective and his
Prof von Hagens is also said it had bought the body specimens are of the highest
famous for his popular Body parts using a £1.1m grant quality,” he said.
Worlds exhibitions in which from the county’s strategic “Our students can use these
preserved corpses, stripped of health authority. The money specimens again and again
flesh and exposing muscle and was intended to help develop to understand how the body
sinew, are exhibited in natural its medical department as works. They will be a unique
human poses. The exhibition a centre of excellence in and invaluable tool for the
has been slammed by some as anatomical surgical study. training of doctors,” he added.
being in bad taste but hailed Prof Peter Abrahams, The university’s
by others as merging science Warwick Medical School’s consignment of body parts
and art. chairman of clinical anatomy, arrived in London on 24 and
Prof von Hagens’s method said the specimens were is now on display at the Body
involves removing fat and essential for anatomy Worlds exhibition at the O2

UCLAN SOLDIER AWARDED


water from body parts and teaching. arena before moving to the
impregnating them with a “Gunther von Hagens’s university.

FOR ‘COURAGE
AND COMPASSION’
AN ARMY soldier An explosion happened, comrade that demands
studying at the University throwing the vehicle into formal recognition,” the
of Central Lancashire the air, on to its side. senior officer added.
has been awarded for his He inflicted a major Brigadier Mike Griffiths,
bravery, after he risked trauma to his right leg Commander 42, North
his own life whilst serving from the blast, which was West Brigade, presented
in Afghanistan. later amputated above his him the award during a
Danny Riley, 23, foot. Preston Military Show at
Blackburn, was With severe Fulwood Barracks.
given a certificate of disorientation and The Territorial Army
commendation for whiplash, Riley dragged (TA) soldier, who used
‘distinguished service in himself from the wreckage to attend Our Lady and
support’ for giving first- to aid the fellow comrade St John High School,
aid in the battlefield to a from going into shock. is now based at Moss
severely injured comrade. A senior officer said: Street, Blackburn, with
Lance Corporal Riley “Despite his age and the B Company Fourth
said: “I am honoured comparative inexperience, Battalion, The Duke of
to get the award but I Riley’s composure was Lancaster’s Regiment.
do think that there are remarkable and it The commendation for
people who’ve done braver sustained his comrade from ‘distinguished service
things than me. It sounds further deterioration.” in support of Operation
a cliché, but your training “Riley is a young soldier. Herrick’ is the full title,
just kicks in.” Despite his own injuries Operation Herrick being
LCpl Riley, who studies and the savage shock of the name given to the
Outdoor Leadership and the attack, he maintained British military operation
has previously served his presence of mind and in Afghanistan.
in Iraq, was serving in acted with decisiveness The injured soldier, who
the Yorkshire Regiment, and a selfless disregard cannot be identified for
second Battalion, when for his own safety that is legal reasons, continues
the incident happened absolutely striking.” to make a recovery and
last November. “Riley demonstrated hopes to return to active
Whilst on a patrol, he a courage, single services.
was driving a land rover mindedness, composure
when it struck a mine. and compassion for his by Lauren Oldland

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UK NEWS 9

Toilet Talk
Manchester students air their views on controversial non-gender toilets
Toilets remain the the facilities. change. people “who have been in more scared of you than you to stress that these were
hot topic on campus in Last issue, The National During the debate society for - forever really” are of them,” she said. not uniquely “trans toilets”
Manchester as a debate was Student reported how Women’s Officer Jennie and the problems which The false reporting as has been misconstrued in
held to discuss new non- signage on two toilets Killip spoke with dismay they face. “There is still in some media that all the media, citing the benefits
gender facilities. had been altered to suit that some of the objections bigotry, there is still hatred, toilets on campus would be for students with children
Approximately 40 transgender people with to the change had lead to but things are changing,” subjected to the change also and disabled students
students attended ‘The them changing to read destructive actions claiming, she said. came under fire from officers with care-assistants of the
Big Debate: Toilets and ‘toilets’ and ‘toilets with “signs have been ripped off Trans rep from the NUS speaking at the forum. opposite sex.
the Union’ hosted by the urinals’ rather than the these safe places.” Women’s Committee, Ruth “There are and always “We’ve now got an extra
University of Manchester more traditional ‘ladies’ and The tackling of these Pearce, told the assembled will remain gender toilets toilet if there is a queue,”
Students’ Union (UMSU) ‘gents’. ‘transphobic attitudes’ students that non-gender for those who prefer to use she added.
which gave students the The UMSU move came were at the top of agenda toilets would not pose a them,” assured Natalie National press were
chance to voice their under fire for not consulting at the discussion, and threat to other toilet users. Heppenstall from the banned from the event and
opinions on the new toilets. the student body in the Rebecca Dittman from The “We’re not a threat to University of Manchester’s a crew from the BBC’s The
None of the panel speakers decision and many students Gender Trust highlighted women – trans people are LGBT Society. One Show were also denied
on the day argued against did not agree with the the history of transgender a bit like spiders. They’re Heppenstall was also keen access.

Female preacher at Oxford


causes Islamic protests
A professor visiting not allowed, the Qu’ran Dr. Taj Hargey,
Oxford sparked protests is not the sole basis upon Chairman of the Muslim
from many members of which Islamic law is Educational Centre
the Muslim community based upon. Oxford (MECO), who
after she became the first “Muslims extract law invited Amina Wadud
woman in Britain to lead not only from the Holy to lead the prayers,
an Islamic prayer service Qu’ran, but also from the said there should be no
last month. teachings of the Prophet gender inequality in who
Amina Wadud and his progeny,” he leads prayers.
performed a service before said. Mokhtar Badri, the
a mixed congregation “Islam venerates vice-president of the
of men and women at women, whether they Muslim Association of
Wolfson College, Oxford. be mothers or policy Britain, told Cherwell,
The event marked the makers” and “promotes “With all respect to
start of a conference scholarship, as evident Sister Amina, prayer is
on Islam and feminism by the female academics something we perform
at the college and has in Islam at Al Azhar in accordance to the
provoked mosques University.” teachings of our Lord.”
throughout the country However, he added that “It has nothing to do
to join the debate. there is “no historical with position of women
A Muslim student at or theological basis to in society. It is not to
Oxford who opposed the women leading mixed degrade them or because
event, told Cherwell, “It congregational prayer.” we don’t think they are
is clearly stipulated in Professor Wadud up to it.”
law, with agreement from first delivered a Friday Nawaz Ahmad,
the majority of Islamic sermon in South Africa President of the Oxford
schools of thought, that in August 1994 and, after University Islamic
amongst the main factors leading a service in New Society, explained that
in choosing an imam, York three years ago, some schools of thought
or leader of prayer, are received death threats believe “the reason
being male, just, and from some extremists. for the prohibition for
having a good command Traditionally, only women to lead prayers
of the Arabic language.” male Imams hold mixed is based on a statement
He explained that service. Women are of the prophet that men
though there is no allowed to lead the are to stand in front of
direct reference in the prayer for other women, women, and the imam
Qu’ran to suggest that traditionally men have (prayer leader) must
a woman leading the to lead the prayer for a stand in front of the
congregational prayer is mixed congregation. congregation.”
The National Student, November 2008

10 UK NEWS

Toxic foam hives outbreak


Clubbers hit by ‘gruesome’ skin condition after foam party
Revellers health by security, her friends cannons lay with an outside said.
has been put at risk at foam struggled to bring her events company. “We ran out of this kind
parties in two separate back to consciousness. She “We are very sorry to hear on the night however, so we
incidents during the last eventually woke up, and that students developed had to switch to the other
month. had no serious injuries. mild skin reactions after type, which is much more
Clubbers in Oxford were The party was held as the foam party,” it said. watery and hasn’t been used
treated for the gruesome an official welcome event. “NiteGlo FX, an outside by us for about a year.”
skin condition, hives According to eye-witnesses events company who ran He said that they had
after raving all night in a while some students were the foam cannons for us, been notified by the Health
dancefloor covered in foam trying to rub the foam out believe their suppliers used Authority the day after
fired from cannons at the of their eyes – with their a different type of foam the foam party that some
Coven nightclub. already foamy hands – without informing them on people had suffered allergic
Many students awoke the others were swallowing the night of the event.” reactions.
next day to find themselves what has been called ‘toxic “There was no way “We immediately stopped
covered in skin welts foam’ while attempting to in which we could have using the second type of
and itchy red blotches. breathe in some air. foreseen this problem, but foam and cancelled a party
Hives, or Urticaria as it is First year business we will make every effort to that we had been booked to
officially known, is a skin student Vendela ensure it does not happen use it at that day. We’ve also
condition commonly caused Brannstrom said that she again. Keeping the students given a bottle of the foam to
by an allergic reaction, ‘started coughing as soon who come to our nights safe the Health Authority for
with sufferers developing as the generators began and happy, while they have testing. This may well be
itchy red welts all over pumping the foam.’ a great time, is our top just one dodgy batch, but
their bodies. After a large A statement released priority,” it added. we can’t tell for sure,” he
number of students from by Pulse, the company NiteGlo FX said that the added.
many Oxford colleges responsible for organising problem may have been Hart also added that the
complained of the condition the Oxford party on behalf caused by a last minute problem may have been
the Thames Valley Health of the Oxford University change in the chemical used caused by clubbers not
Unit was called in to deal Students’ Union, confirmed in the foam for the Coven following the health and
with the problem. that several students had event. safety advice on display at
In a separate incident in suffered skin rashes after David Hart, owner of the venue.
Birmingham a first year attending the Coven party, NiteGlo FX, said, ““There “According to the Health
student fainted as a result but distanced themselves are two different types of Authority, it could also
of getting to much foam from the outbreak foam that we use - one has have possibly come down
in her face. After being by pointing out that a much thicker consistency, to some people going home afterwards,” he said. exactly caused the outbreak
carried out of the venue responsibility for the foam a bit like shaving foam,” he and not having a shower An enquiry into what is still ongoing.
The National Student, November 2008

FEATURE 11

News
and torches for a “disgrace- The Guardian took a less your bare hands, then poking a not reprimanding the many
fully foul so-called joke” in a sensationalist and more fis- rabbit’s eye out with a pen for other comics purveying offen-
repeated episode of Mock The cally aware approach pointing good measure.” He bore equal sive material within the corpo-
Week first broadcast eighteen out that Ross’ “controversial incredulity to their plentiful ration. Tatchell seemed almost
months earlier. three-year deal with the use of asterisks (for fear of ashamed that he “would not
BBC - estimated to be worth offence); “perhaps next week have said those things” himself
Live On The Scene between £16.9m and £18m - is it will produce a free sheet of and that’s because “boringly,

Juice
“I’ve just seen someone going understood to include produc- asterisk stickers for readers to I am not inclined to risqué
into the building with sand- tion fees, which are payments plaster over their own genitals, ribaldry.”
wiches” scooped James Shaw for his company making the lest they catch sight of them in “Oh please!” exclaimed Tatch-
for 5 Live (12:52 30/10/08), show.” Continuing to disregard a mirror and indignantly vomit ell on the matter of “burlesque
their reporter live on the scene the outrageously overpaid themselves into a coma.” dancer” Baillie’s “claims” that
outside the lengthy crisis solo contract approach they “Brand’s jokes have damaged
meeting between BBC Director added that “around 30 staff are Me, Me, Me… her public image”.
General Mark Thompson and employed by Ross’s indepen- The Daily Mail… Yes them Charlie Brooker put matters
the BBC Trust Editorial dent production company, again, gave Richard Littlejohn into context for the Guardian:
Affairs committee. Hot Sauce, to make his BBC1 the opportunity to outline how “if it’s OK to be retrospectively
Freshly squeezed media chatshow Friday Night with the Beeb should be done: “I’d enraged, why stop at April?
Sobbing To The Sun Jonathan Ross” along with give the BBC enough money Be ambitious! Keep going!
Global financial meltdown couldn’t do it… The US election Channel 4 News There’s an endless list
didn’t stand a chance… Even a Timelord resignation wasn’t pointed out that; of comedy shows that
able to take this story off the front pages! Frankly it was a “Georgina Baillie, would qualify for the
rather bizarre news week that brought the morals of comedy a performer in the Mail’s hall of shame.
to the forefront of public debate and saw the BBC under Satanic Sluts group How about Monty
was today performing Python, which in 1970
scrutiny once more. The tabloids raged, complaints flooded
for The Sun”. included a gloriously
in and the host of Newsnight grilled her boss about mocking
In the London tasteless sketch about
the Queen’s “pussy”! Evening Standard, a man eating his
News Juice boldly sifted through the rage and the bile to Andrew Gilligan, who mother’s corpse, then
bring you selected titbits from the tabloids and beyond… knows a BBC scandal puking the remains
when he sees one, into a grave?”
Disgust Jack Straw wrote in his noted that Georgina
Andrew Gilligan called it column for the Lancashire Baillie was displaying Gone, But Not
“delinquent” and “ugly” in the Telegraph that he “thought “synthetic anguish” Forgotten… Or
Evening Standard. perhaps that the newspapers but had “found com- Gone.
Also in the London Evening had exaggerated what had fort in a six-figure deal The BBC Russell
Standard, Matthew Norman happened,” but no, “in many with a red-top news- Brand blackout
dubbed it “brazen idiocy, sea- ways it’s worse than I imag- paper which has also, meant that his pre-
soned by a dash of arrogance ined”. He insisted that if local no doubt, out of pure recorded appearance
and garnished with a flake of radio presenters, “BBC Radio solidarity, reprinted as guest team captain
indistinct, puerile nastiness.” Lancashire, for example,” had her extensive topless on Never Mind The
The Mail called Russell behaved in this way “they’d modelling portfolio.” Buzzcocks was hastily
Brand a “lewd braggart” who have been given their P45 removed from the
was “wild-haired and foul- before you could say ‘Jack Rob- Complaints schedules and re-
mouthed”. inson’”. News Juice notes that Culture placed by an episode
The Express announced Brand ‘Jack Straw’ would have been Andrew Gilligan with James Corden
and Ross’ “grovelling apologies” even quicker to say. wrote for the Evening in the role. He hadn’t
following their “vile remarks” Standard comment- been excised from our
“I’d like to give him a smack” It Doesn’t Stop Here ing that he’d once screens altogether
exclaimed Georgina Baillie’s Never one to waste an opportu- researched exactly though; his new
“pro-wrestler ex-boyfriend” in nity, Richard Littlejohn filled “how many indignant series of Ponderland
the Star about the “crude sex- a page in the Daily Mail with callers it takes to coincidentally begun
calls” and “stupid antics”. ease asking many questions achieve that staple that very night on
Baillie’s dad called Russell of the BBC and beyond: “why measure of public Channel 4. London’s
Brand a “weirdo” in the Mirror should we put up with being outrage, jamming the Evening Standard
while Baillie herself was “hor- charged billions for a National BBC switchboard”, displayed concern
rified”. Health Service” he cried… And the results of his enquiries “Ross’s Saturday Radio 2 show to run Radio 4 and maybe for the man: “Just when you
what’s more; “why should we revealed that it’s “about 14.” “I and topical BBC1 film review two television channels” he thought it couldn’t get any
Doh! pay for a police ‘service’” he was never able to take tabloid- programme Film 2008.” declared. Being of sound mind worse for Russell Brand... he’s
Delving into Brand’s My Booky demanded... Littlejohn doesn’t created BBC taste’n’decency he recognised that absolutely on TV tonight with a video of a
Wook, as many journos did just speak for the little people, horrors quite so seriously Quest For Truth everybody shares his particular woman who has sex with her
during that week, London’s he also hates them: “why again” he disclosed. The Mail chastised BBC News views and tastes stating; “No- pet dog.”
Evening Standard pointed out should we finance a vast elf ‘n’ for presenting a “heavily one would be disadvantaged if Radio Times could not possibly
the irony of the situation; “In safety industry” he went on to Money sanitised, jokey version of the Radios 1 and 2 were sold off”. have predicted the furore and
the darkest days of his heroin ask!! “The Joke Is On Us” squealed obscene calls”, damning them Anyone wanting to have “puer- highlighted Ponderland as
addiction, Russell Brand wrote Proving that it’s never too late the Daily Express’ front-page for featuring “the briefest and ile trash” he stated, could “pay their “Comedy Of The Week”
down a number of goals he to take offence, the Daily Mail (before Ross’ suspension least offensive sections”. In for that themselves”… News and they chatted briefly to
hoped to achieve if he could also began highlighting their without pay) as they bemoaned order to show “the truly vile Juice notes that Mail readers Brand on their Today’s Choices
get off drugs. ‘Keep radio show’ outrage at BBC comedy con- the fact that “Jonathan Ross is nature of the material”, “lest set a great example in doing page; “Has he any regrets over
was one. ‘Don’t f**** [sic] tent stretching back to April by to be handed £16,000 a day of we forget”, they printed “the just that on a daily basis! mocking the Jonas Brothers?”
up jobs I have’ was another.” printing extracts from various your money for doing nothing”, entire transcript” and also they asked… Their preview of
They learnedly recognised that programmes with the obliga- readers wishing to waste more helpfully included a section of Sex Ponderland pointed out that
Brand had “flirted with an old tory apology to “readers who of their own cash were invited the show that was never broad- The Sun who once named it contains “gleefully filthy
enemy, self-harm.” may be offended”. But a one to vote upon whether Ross cast. Being caring souls at the Brand “shagger of the year” moments” and that Brand is a
week time-delay for outrage should resign by calling one of Daily Mail, ever conscious of splashed across their 30/10/08 “compelling figure”.
Sack ‘em simply wasn’t enough; they their premium rate phone lines their delicate followers, they front page the news that
“Can someone please explain to also dusted off the pitchforks printed on page 2. apologised “to readers who “Disgraced Russell Brand had Pay Attention!
me why Jonathan Ross may be offended by the explicit yelled ‘Qué?’ as he romped with The previous day Andrew
hasn’t been fired yet?” and disturbing language used” the granddaughter of Manuel Sachs was widely quoted that
pleaded Piers Morgan but they reckoned “it is impor- actor Andrew Sachs”… But… he was “not out for revenge”,
in the Daily Mail… tant to know exactly the sort “Georgina Baillie, 23, said that so naturally the Independent
However Brand was of material these presenters despite his ladies’ man reputa- chose to run with “Manuel’s
much less of a concern thought so funny.” News Juice tion, he was a ‘disappointment’ Revenge” on their front page.
to him; he regarded the was left frantically searching in bed.”
comic as “just a sex- its mental obscenity data-bank One Rule For Us…
obsessed ex-junkie, a to work out what “m********e Be Fair! Richard Littlejohn was still
pre-Raphaelite version him” meant! “Stop witch-hunting Ross and angry in the Daily Mail, and
of Bernard Manning.” In response to the Daily Brand” pleaded rent-a-gay for good reason, he had noticed
Worse still, seemingly Mail’s informative transcript, Peter Tatchell in the Guardian that there was a body of people
ignorant of his own Charlie Brooker pointed out who believed the situation had out there who had taken to
past, Piers Morgan said in the Guardian that “this become a “storm in a tea-cup” “finding out what we like to do
Brand will do “literally was like making a point about and that singling out Brand and then devising ways to stop
anything to make a the cruelty of fox-hunting by and Ross made “the BBC top us” – yeah, you give ‘em hell
cheap tabloid headline”. ripping a live fox apart with brass look like hypocrites” for Richard!
The National Student, November 2008

12 FEATURE

All Change,
Please,
All Change
As Barack Obama prepares to enter the White House The
National Student’s Elizabeth Davies looks back over this
historic US election; how Obama became the first black
President and what his election means for the future.


I intend to win this evaluation of his choice, CNN The Issues
election,” announced exit polls showed a majority of Despite the unusual
Barack Obama to the Republican voters asserting attention paid to foreign policy
84,000 delegates, journalists, that neither of the VP for much of the campaign – a
and lucky ticket-holders candidates were qualified to focus which helped McCain
gathered in Denver’s Invesco act as President if necessary. on many occasions, not least
Field (along with the then- Joe Biden, officially placed when Obama unfortunately
record 38 million watching on the ticket via text message found himself on holiday to them (energy, healthcare, Perhaps the most creative voice hisses over the top ‘He’s
it on television at home) on August 23rd, was chosen during the Russia-Georgia Iraq and terrorism) were were those online during the the biggest celebrity in the
on the final night of his to counteract perceptions of conflict – in the end it came chosen by any more than early stages (who remembers world…but – is he ready to
party’s convention. Not to Obama as inexperienced. down to what it always does; 10%. Obama Girl, with her crush lead?’ Perhaps more notable
be outdone, John McCain Biden’s position as Chair of the economy, stupid. It was Sarah Palin who on Barack Obama?) – but for the hilarious response it
provided his own assurances the Senate Foreign Relations Obama began to moderate tried to cash in most on they had little measurable prompted from Paris Hilton
a week later that “let there be Committee reinforced his tone on foreign policy Democrats’ traditional tax- impact during the primaries, (who wants America to know
no doubt…we’re going to win Obama’s commitment to a over the course of the general and-spend image, painting and nothing equivalent that she’s ‘totally ready
this election” – and managed sensible foreign policy, as election campaign, and it is Obama as a socialist, a emerged during the general to lead’, even if Obama’s
to snag himself almost 39 well as later burnishing his telling that, for a candidate hilarious characterisation for election fight. Where were not), the ad was successful
million viewers. But ignore common-man credentials whose initial appeal was those in countries with actual the Swift Boats of this year, because it struck at a deep
the Nielsen ratings. In with a humble all-American founded almost entirely on left-wing movements. It was or the flip-flop windsurfing concern many Americans,
reality, the whole world was upbringing in Scranton, his opposition to the Iraq here that Joe the Plumber John Kerry? even supporters, had about
watching; and they were still Pennsylvania – a state War, it hardly seemed to (who turned out to be neither One which appears to Obama. The President is
rapt on November 4th, when which came to matter a matter. Now more concrete a real plumber, nor actually have stuck in people’s minds supposed to be the everyman,
only one man could live up great deal when the Wall things, like the speculation called Joe) became the figure is known as ‘Celebrity’, a yet one who’s displayed
to the bold statements of his Street crash upturned the that Robert Gates will be of the campaign, claiming McCain ad which compares competence. Not only were
speech. But how did Obama election. Biden was not a bad asked to stay on as Secretary that Obama’s tax plan would Obama to Paris Hilton and voters worried about Obama’s
do it, and rise to become the choice, but neither was he of Defense, seem to solidify mean he could no longer start Britney Spears. Splicing lack of experience, but many
first black President-elect of earth-shattering, and kept a this tempering. Rhetorically his own business. Despite together footage from Obama’s were also horrified by the
the United States? reasonably low profile after American foreign policy may each campaign seizing on speech in Berlin, a woman’s almost cultish devotion of
the conventions. become less bombastic, and him as a rhetorical device
The Running Mates While Biden’s lack of there may indeed be more during the final debate (and

BYE GEORGE!
Never has a position with ‘celebrity’ was certainly a attention paid to Pakistan regardless of the fact Joe’s
so little power or purpose necessity for the Obama and Afghanistan – but in financial calculations actually
been so highly sought after campaign, McCain needed reality there are likely to be turned out to be incorrect),
and speculated about. The something a little different to few spectacular turnarounds. little appeared to rattle As many American’s rejoice in the election of
only duty vested in the Vice get himself out of the ‘more Obama may not have got voters. Interestingly, CNN Obama, journalists, comedians and satarists
President by the Constitution of the same’ mould. That the country into the mess exit polls found a majority mourn the end of a presidency that wrote
is to succeed to the Presidency something was, of course, it is now in, but in a mess it of voters forecasting tax their material for them....
should the President die Governor Sarah Palin of remains; and one where the increases regardless of who
– and to cast the deciding Alaska, who may well have path to cleaning up becomes won the Presidency. So clearly We don’t think Obama’s speeches will contain
vote in the Senate in the been the biggest casualty far less obvious once you concrete economic policy was little gems like these.....
case of a tie. Under the of the 2008 campaign. actually have to do it. not the determining factor for
new markedly Democratic Preliminary they may be, There were worries that many here, but the hope that
“One of the great things about books is sometimes there
Congress the second situation but polls are already showing 2008 would turn into a repeat bringing a new party into the
are some fantastic pictures.” - January 3, 2000
is extremely unlikely except that voters see the future of of 2004, with candidates White House would increase
in the most controversial of the Republican party as lying preying on fears of another the likelihood of the situation
improving. “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” -
circumstances, and despite with the unsuccessful Mitt terrorist attack, but voters
McCain’s age, most expert Romney or Mike Huckabee turned out to have something January 27, 2000
assessments had him lasting instead of Palin. The self- much more pressing on their The Ads
out a two-term Presidency. styled hockey mom tried minds. The economy had One feature of American “They misunderestimated me.” - Nov. 6, 2000
Of course, these are only to claim allegiance with been a crucial issue for many elections which either
duties which exist once the ordinary Americans, but in voters, particularly those makes them fascinating, “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier,
successful duo have taken the end became a divisive in Rust Belt regions losing or deplorable examples of just so long as I’m the dictator.” - December 19, 2000
office. Prior to that, the role figure within the Republican their jobs, but it became the capitalist democracy running
of a campaign running mate party whose increasingly issue on everyone’s mind riot, depending on your point “I’m honoured to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen
is even more uncertain. uncontrollable campaign when Wall Street crashed of view, is the persistent
who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.” - May 25,
Usually they are selected to message ended up alienating in late September and the barrage of campaign
2004
either reinforce the campaign more than it won over; and, government was suddenly advertisements; some so
theme or to compensate for of course, providing great faced with the imminent iconic they become enshrined
in the public imagination and “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are
something seen to be lacking. material for comedians, not collapse of some of the
In 2008 both candidates went least Tina Fey. Palin’s future country’s biggest banks. An trotted out for comparisons we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm
for the latter, which worked is uncertain, but her immense Associated Press exit poll every four years. Yet for an our country and our people, and neither do we.” - August
rather more successfully for popularity in her home state found six in ten voters citing election claimed to be of such 5, 2004
Obama and may have proved of Alaska means that she is the economy as the most momentousness, there was
a critical factor in McCain’s not short of options for the important election issue; none a distinct lack of memorable More Bushisms at: thenationalstudent/Bushisms
downfall. In a rather damning time being. of the other options offered commercials this time around.
The National Student, November 2008

FEATURE 13

reinforcing his was a bold


move by Barack Obama,
whose extraordinary
charisma and compelling
polls had predicted – a result
which did not augur well for
McCain’s overall strategy.
Florida was somewhere
of each other, and the
state’s Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill
been an extremely vocal
has
Election Glossary
Joe The Plumber Vice-President) is proud of
life story are likely to feature McCain had hoped to win; Obama supporter from the Joe the plumber asked Barack his coal-mining, working class
as points of reference in it is, after all, full of a lot of primaries onwards. Obama some tricky questions background in Scranton. But
Yet the very fact that about tax plans during a walka- his grandfather was a min-
campaigns for decades to older voters and its Cuban- ing engineer not a miner, and
bout in Toledo. Joe is actually
come. American population is the results of these last called Samuel and is not a his family moved to Delaware
generally more right-wing two swing states did licensed plumber. when Biden was 10 because
The Key States than Hispanic voters not matter for Obama’s his dad got a job in a car deal-
Theyarewherethepunditry nationally. However, rhe overall victory exemplifies My Friends ership. Joe Biden is one of the
class focus with hawk-like Clintons have a large exactly how successful the Everybody John McCain ever least wealthy members of the
speaks to. Senate; his lake-front house is
vision, memorising the ins and vocal following in the Democrat was at shaking worth only around $3 million…
and outs of their electoral Sunshine State, and it was up the electoral map. Economy which may be why he spends
history and geography to lay perhaps their vigorous As well as triumphing A major talking point of the so much time in Home Depot.
out the grand strategies each campaigning on behalf of in these various states election build-up. The economy
candidate must pull off to win. Obama which eventually designated as ‘tossups’, he is in crisis, John McCain Pitbull
Everybody knows about the brought over those Jewish also swung over three of stopped everything to try and Mouthy lipstick wearing hockey
fix it – he knows a lot about mom.
perennial favourites of Ohio grandmothers so sceptical the Western frontier states economy; Obama’s campaign
and Florida; the states whose of Obama in the media. The – New Mexico, Nevada cost twice as much as his. Healthcare
mention prompts a gasp of key area of Florida to win is and Colorado (having the Something everybody should
terror from journalists at the known as the I-4 corridor, Democratic convention Joe Six-Pack have access to, just as long as
thought of having to cover between Tampa and Orlando, there clearly paid off) – as More likely to be seen drinking everybody doesn’t have to pay
well as Iowa and Virginia, a a six-pack than working out to for everybody elses.
torturous electoral procedures where about twenty percent of
achieve one. Joe Six-Pack is
in both yet again. But this the state’s unaffiliated voters former Old South member also known as Regular Joe, Gaffe
year’s electoral climate was live, and who have been whose progressively more Average Joe and Joe Schmo. Disappointingly rare moment of
far removed from those of hit particularly hard by job Democratic politics (its Closely related to Hockey verbal idiocy mostly supplied
2000 and 2004, not only losses and home foreclosures. last two Governors have Mom. by vice-presidential candi-
because of Obama’s attempts Obama did not sweep the been Democrats, along dates. For example: Joe Biden
Hockey Mom calling for a wheelchair bound
to reach across party lines area, and the statewide result with the most recently- senator to stand up during a
Doesn’t play hockey but will
– the economic crisis and was extremely close, but in elected Senators) has now happily watch it with Joe Six- campaign rally.
record disapproval ratings of the counties he did carry he solidified into Presidential Pack by her side. Often seen
the country’s direction made won by a wide margin, and support. With these results delivering offspring to hockey G.I. Joe
many areas far more disposed in those he did not McCain in, CNN’s John King could practice. Everyone loves a man in
to abandoning traditional was only narrowly clinging to envisage no scenario on uniform, but none more than
War Hero Joe Biden and Sarah Palin who
preferences than ever before. victory. their Magic Map which led John McCain is one of these. proudly reminded us, whenever
his followers – and the When it came down to it, A surprise swing state this to a McCain victory. Should He spent years as a P.O.W. they could, that their sons were
campaign’s rising to it. The Obama simply had a more year was Indiana, which is the Democrats solidify thus making him particularly being deployed to fight in Iraq
Berlin speech was one such flexible path to victory than normally one of the reddest their hold on these states, worthy of high office. during the election. Which is
example, but the debate was McCain. and also has a tradition of Republicans face an uphill great timing that unfortunately
struggle in Presidential Main Street didn’t work out for John Mc-
ignited once more when ABC Ohio and Florida did still preferring balanced politics
Just like a high street, suffering Cain who’s sons had either just
News gained preview footage matter, of course. It was when – it was thought that voters elections to come. because of Wall Street. got back from the war-zone or
of the Romanesque stage the networks called Ohio, might be wary of a Democratic hadn’t yet qualified.
being constructed for Obama with its twenty electoral White House working with an The Future American Dream
ahead of his convention college votes, that most saw overwhelmingly Democratic All the candidates were Promise of opportunity made President Bush
acceptance speech. an impending Obama victory. Congress. Yet once again promising change in this by wealthy yanks in order to White House incumbent who
make the poor people work no-one wanted to associate
Of course, the Obama No Republican in a modern economic concerns won out, election, but it was Barack harder. themselves with, whether they
campaign ran their share Presidential campaign has in conjunction with Obama’s Obama who created a were Republican or not. Bush
of negative ads as well. ever won without it (in extremely effective campaign movement based around it Votes spent only 12 minutes with
But the one whose impact fact, the last to do so was in the state, exemplified in and whose future it most Voters are required to queue McCain during his 20-month
is likely to be still being Obama’s compatriot from places like Madison County, depends on. He was, after for hours to make their votes; campaign.
assessed years from today is Illinois, the ‘Land of Lincoln’; near Indianapolis, where all, asking voters to take this is apparently a sign of a
great democracy. Votes don’t Real America
their pre-election 30-minute Lincoln himself), and as an Obama managed to turn an a leap of faith over his need to be counted however, Republican voters… Military
‘infomercial’, which ran on industrial state hit heavily almost 20-point Republican lack of high-level political as most states were able to focussed… Definitely scared…
three major networks and by the country’s economic lead in 2004 into a Democratic experience because he ‘call’ their results the moment Possibly racist.
got a larger viewership than problems, it was going to be victory. would really deliver ‘change that polling closed.
the final game of baseball’s crucial in 2008. Republicans In North Carolina the we can believe in’; and now Primaries
Joe ‘Lunch- Potential candidates
World Series. Obama’s ad had hoped that as in 2000 results were still being it needs to materialise. Yet
Pail’ Biden get a chance to
evoked the political use of and 2004 they could win the processed two days after the difficulties faced by Barack abuse and discredit
television of the past, before strong blue collar vote here, the election, showing the the United States are so Obama’s members of
the cost of advertising and perhaps made easier by the closeness of the race, but acute he may find it harder running their own party
the advent of the soundbite fact that Hillary Clinton was indicators appeared to to keep voters believing, mate before moving
pushed candidates into so overwhelmingly favoured suggest an Obama win – despite his support from (and on to the
opposition.
two-minute snipes at by these voters in the particularly after the state’s an overwhelmingly
each other; although it is Democratic primary. The last long-serving Republican Democratic Congress. Of
certainly unprecedented for a poll before the election had Senator, Elizabeth Dole, was course,hehasacknowledged
campaign to have the money Ohio as the very definition of trounced by her Democratic the difficulties, and
left at the end of a campaign ‘tossup’, with support running challenger. As in Indiana, presumably hopes that
to spend on something 50-50, but Obama ultimately a Democratic win here personal adulation and
so lavish. The spot opens triumphed with 51% of the illustrates just how much legislative cooperation can
with lush, open cornfields, vote. The campaign now the electoral landscape has carry him through. But
recalling not only America’s claims that they never had changed this year, since North when the 2012 Presidential
wide open spaces but also any anxiety about getting the Carolina was traditionally election starts in earnest
Iowa, where the power of votes of Clinton supporters. part of the Republicans’ only a couple of years from
Obama’s campaign was first In recent weeks McCain Southern stronghold. The now, who can say whether
seen. Throughout Obama had been pouring money into Obama campaign’s attention belief will be enough.
introduces ‘American stories’ Pennsylvania, another Rust to detail and in increasing
to reinforce that he’s patriotic Belt state, in an attempt to African American voter But all this is still to
enough to be President; and, disprove the conventional registration and turnout come. Cynical assessment
of course, that despite his wisdom that extensive appears to have paid off, and forecasting should be
legions of celebrity supporters political canvassing is not with areas like Wake County put aside while we take the
and snazzy slogans, he’s cost-effective and show that round Raleigh shifting from opportunity to contemplate
still in touch with ordinary Obama’s consistent lead was the Republican column in the huge shift which has
supporters. It’s the kind in fact ephemeral. It was, 2004 into giving Obama a 15- taken place in American
of move which is unlikely after all, rural Pennsylvania point lead. politics. In the past eight
to have won over anyone Obama had been referring Missouri, another state years they may have
hovering in the ‘undecided’ to when he talked to a room whose results are still being become the whipping-boys
column because of their of San Francisco fundraisers processed, looks set to become of almost every nation on
concerns about his tendency during the primaries about the only swing state to break earth, but can Americans
towards overstatement. But those who are ‘bitter’ and for McCain, but it will be show they realise this and
American campaigns are ‘cling to their guns and their a hollow victory. In this have a desperate desire
always constructed around religion’. Yet blue-collar traditional Republican state for something better? Yes,
a powerful narrative, and voters were Obama-blue, polls should not normally be they can.
devoting a full half-hour to and he won by more than the within a percentage point
The National Student, November 2008

FEATURE 17

A Traveller’s Tale
How much difference a month makes! We
rejoin Nathan Millward on his Aussie
adventure with his relationship in tatters
and coming face-to-face with a celebrity
from childhood past...

H
ow quickly things the eyes and replies, “That’s be a handy thing to know.
change. Just because I was Brett Stark You see, we all make plans
last month the from Neighbours.” and have ambitions about
relationship with the No way! A famous face what we’re going to do when
Wrecking Ball was going from my childhood, and university finally spits us
swell, I was happy to be now, nearly fifteen years out into the real world. It
in Australia and marriage later, he’s stood fingering might be travelling, or post-
had been very seriously some backpacker’s dirty grad, or working solidly until
mentioned. And now, this sheets no more than a you can retire comfortably
month, I’ve been relegated meter away. Even putting it at the age of 35.
to a youth hostel after being kindly that’s one mighty fall Whatever it is, we, and ‘no thanks’. So her reason grad scheme you always over the road. People from
kicked out the house by that from grace. One blossoming especially our parents, for being in Australia no dreamed of. Likewise, you all walks of life with stories
same lady. career down the drain. Of would like to think our longer exists. Her original may never own that red to tell and advice you learn
Not permanently I hope, course I don’t say that. future is as simple as picking plan has failed. But already Ferrari or impregnate that only to take with a pinch of
just long enough for her Instead, I just enquire what some ambitious point on she’s moved on and found supermodel you always salt. Like mine.
blood to stop boiling after brings him to Sydney and the horizon and marching other things, like a job and frothed over. But there will And at the heart of my
an argument we had about nod encouragingly while merrily along until we get a new man she likes more always be other things, working world is Spiros
something or other that I’d all the while wanting very there. But things change; than the one who turned other options, other jobs, the Greek, my boss and a
better not tell you in case much to ask him where it ambitions change, options her down. A new direction, courses, cars and other short man who swears a lot.
she reads this and murders all went wrong. change, and it sounds kinda a new adventure, just like women, that spring from Think Danny DeVito with
me as a result. Needless to that. nowhere and whisk us off Gordon Ramsay’s mouth.
say, I’m in the dog house. Or It’s the same for me. to brighter, sunnier places The customers love him,
rather in a dorm with seven ‘I spot the same man on When I left university that we couldn’t possibly the staff, not so much. He
strange men who snore. But I anticipated finding a have imagined as we sit makes you feel nervous and
there has been one good reception. “This might sound graduate position with one wondering ‘where do I go incompetent of doing even
thing come of it… stupid,” I begin cautiously, of those faceless employers from here’ on graduation the most basic things, even
who advertise in Prospects. day. Things don’t always buttering bread. “You’ve put
The other day I was sat in “But has anyone ever said Instead, I panicked, took work out the way we want too much on and next time
the communal lounge when you look like Brett Stark from a management trainee job them to; Brett Stark in a scrape from the left first,”
a member of staff walked with a car rental company hostel, me in a café and he’ll scream as customers
past. ‘He looks familiar,’ I Neighbours”. He stops, looks then quit because all it Pube Head in Australia. stand there thinking you
think to myself. Ten minutes me square in the eyes and really meant was that I wore But things come good in the must be a bit thick. But
later he walked back the a suit to clean cars in the end. So stop worrying if you that’s his tact and he’ll
other way. ‘Yup, I definitely replies, “That’s because I was rain. “Never turn a job offer are. never change. Unlike Brett
know him.’ But where from?
I mull it over for a minute.
Brett Stark from Neighbours.’ down,” the careers advisor This time next year I’d Stark, who clearly has.
told me. It was the worst like to think I’ll have no
Then it hits me. Brett Stark advice I ever took. So from more visa issues and be Neither a flop, a dud or
from Neighbours. Back in there I went to work for the settled down with Wrecking a nobody, he’s a musician
the nineties he was brother Leaving Neighbours in corny, but so do people. And council, then back to uni to Ball. Whether it’ll happen now, with his own songs and
of Danni, son of Cheryl 1996, no doubt he imagined that means we don‘t always do a post-grad and on from or not I don’t really know, album that me and him sit
and owner of a bird called his next step would be end up at the place we were there to PR. I hated that but in the meantime I and listen to the next time I
Dahl. Nah, it can’t be. Not cracking Hollywood, or aiming for. Just like Brett with a passion so I jumped can’t complain. I just stand see him in reception. What
working here in this hostel, doing naff adverts alongside Stark. Just like me. Just the fence to journalism behind my sandwich counter a genuinely nice chap who
surely not. So I go back to Holly Valance. Either way, like Pube Head. where I found I enjoyed talking rubbish to friendly should feel no humiliation
my book and think no more he probably thought he As previously mentioned writing about cars and after folk like Vic and Joe, two for no longer living on
about it. was on the up. A smoking Pube Head is the girl who enough perseverance landed local builders who everyday Ramsay Street. One day
A few days later, on my honcho with the world, and flew to Australia with a job doing just that. Now try and explain how they I’ll ask him about the last
way out to meet a friend a couple of horny groupies, the hope of resurrecting I’m in Australia making get cranes to the top of sky- twelve years and find out
for a beer, I spot the same gyrating at his feet. Now a relationship with a guy sandwiches for Spiros the scrapers and back down what twists of fate occurred
man on reception. “This look at him. A flop, a dud, she’d been seeing back in Greek. How the hell did again, which I can never for him to end up here
might sound stupid,” I begin a nobody. Someone with England. Well that plan that all happen? quite fathom. Or Alex, who in this hostel. But in the
cautiously, “But has anyone ambition and a grand plan failed when he proved What I’m trying to say is was once someone special in meantime, I’m off to win the
ever said you look like Brett that never quite came off. himself to be a total cock don’t panic if things don’t go the London opera scene, but Wrecking Ball back. Well,
Stark from Neighbours”. He And that, for anyone on for not having the balls to to plan. You might not get who now sells men’s suits at least that’s the plan.
stops, looks me square in the cusp of graduation, could return her calls and say that job, or place on the post in the department store

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18 SPORT
Barrington and
Birmingham left
counting the cost of
no sponsor
Ben Whitelaw asks how can one of the most successful
sporting clubs at university level not be playing this year?
Imagine David Beckham attempting to persuade chilling thought that UNITE
being told he didn’t have a the university to support so easily relinquished
team to play football for. Or and endorse their plans. the responsibility for the
that Andy Murray no longer The university are thought Birmingham team after
was able to play tennis to have helped acquiring deciding that handing over
competitively. Imagine a top planning permission on the necessary money was
class team ceasing to exist some land but were reluctant unjustified from a business
just prior to the start of the to support the project any perspective. What is most
new season, leaving players more strongly than that. frightening though is that
of international calibre However, Kate Meakin, any sports team, including
facing the bombshell that UNITE’s sponsorship Birmingham, can be so
the sport they dedicated representative, dismissed dependent on their sponsor
their lives to and trained the idea and insisted that to a point that, irrelevant of
for was in danger of being their sponsorship of the their recent success, they
ripped from them through team for the last three now cease to exist. The
no fault of their own. years is the standard way in which UNITE have
This is the harsh reality amount of time that many dealt with the matter has
that faces Joey Barrington, sponsors support a team certainly made it seem that
the squash world number for, including UNITE. Birmingham Squash was
26. The son of squash ‘We’ve been delighted with always secondary to the
legend Jonah Barrington the progress and growth financial implications of
played last year for the of the club. However, we the deal.
Birmingham UNITE Squash have a portfolio of student Jenni Anderson, Head
team made up of University accommodation in 23 towns of Communications at
of Birmingham alumni and from Aberdeen to Plymouth BUCS, believed cases of
current students. Based at and have a policy of re- this nature are extreme:
the university, they have evaluating opportunities ‘Sport is operating in a
had great success over regularly to make sure tough climate, but we
the last three years which we have a balance of believe that the funds are
continued last season when sponsorship throughout the out there for any team
they earnt themselves country’. willing to work smarter
a semi-final spot before Birmingham team coach and show a little initiative
losing to eventual winners Jon Tate was disappointed in pitching to a potential
Surrey. but philosophical about sponsor. Clubs and teams
Fast forward just a few the outcome of UNITE’s should be reiterating and
months and Birmingham decision. ‘The club demonstrating the benefits
are no more, having had welcomed UNITE’s and rewards of sponsorship
South African’s get settled to pull out of this season’s support and we had a good to existing and potential
on Welsh ground competition after UNITE,
the student accommodation
relationship with them
throughout the time of our
sponsors.’
Tate remains positive
As they geared up for the clash with Wales provider and their sponsor, longstanding partnership. about the chances of having
on Saturday November 8, the South African pulled out at the last We understand the reasons a Birmingham team in
rugby team had been taking advantage of moment. They failed for their withdrawal though the future, the need to
the top sports facilities at the University of to give Birmingham a it doesn’t prevent us being be competitive and the
Glamorgan. decision on whether they frustrated that we didn’t importance of attracting
The Springboks squad had been conducting would continue to pay the know about the decision more students to future
their daily training sessions on the University’s money necessary to sustain earlier’. Knowing full well games. The club have begun
playing fields at Tyn y Wern in Treforest. the team until after the Birmingham’s commitment building for a return to the
Sports and Business Development deadline set by the Premier to letting the league know Premier League and talks
Manager Steve Savage was delighted to Squash League. by the start of August, it are ongoing with Edgbaston
have Brian Habana and co.; “It is great to be It left the team with no is startling that UNITE Priory, one of the country’s
able to welcome a team like South Africa to time to find a replacement failed to let the club know largest racket clubs, of a
Glamorgan. We are proud of the first class
sporting facilities we have here and hope that College student and they had no choice
but to pull out a mere
beforehand, reportedly
declaring that they needed
joint venture between the
two sites.
an AGM before deciding on The moral of this story
we can continue to work with such high profile
teams.” to face Irish stars month before the season
was due to start. Luckily, whether to continue their is that, whilst money has
Barrington has been able verbal agreement to fund the the ability to enhance
to find another team in the club. What makes the issue sport, it also has the
Scottish University to host Hartpury College student and
rugby academy fly half, Matt Evans, has shape of fellow Premier even more uncomfortable is potential to transcend it
the news that UNITE have in terms of importance
Championships been named in the Canada squad to face League side Duffield. Other
members of the UNITE since signed up to sponsor and subsequently derail
Ireland at Thomond Park on Saturday 8th
November. Uncapped Evans will be hoping team, such as scholar University Business, a it. Birmingham Squash is
The University of Aberdeen has
to make his full international debut against Alastair Mutch, were not website dedicated to the an omen of the financial
been selected to host the 2009 British
a strong Ireland side filled with top class so lucky and have been left business of higher education troubles that may lie ahead
Universities & Colleges Sport Cross Country
players. The match will be Canada’s second without a Premier Squash that has contacts with a as clubs find it harder to
Championships.
of their four game test match series, which League side to play for. vast number of businesses obtain a level of financial
Around 1000 runners, including some of the
will see Evans and Canada line up against The reasons as to why and universities around the support that is not available
UK’s most promising athletes, are expected
UNITE withdrew are country. in the business sector.
to travel to Balgownie Playing Fields on 7 Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
somewhat complicated Coach Tate, however, Luckily for Becks and Andy,
February for what will be the first time the Hartpury director of rugby, Allan Lewis
though it seems to centre was quick to recognise the mainstream sports
University will have held the event. said on hearing the news;
on a lack of progress in that the harsh nature of such as football and tennis
GB Olympian Steph Twell is likely to “Matt is a very hard-working and
their plans for a large such financial decisions will be the last to go. Until
compete in the event and attempt to retain dedicated young player who has come
accommodation site in was a ‘reality’ that had to then spare a thought for
the title she won in Swansea earlier this year. on leaps and bounds during his time at
Birmingham. It is thought be accepted. ‘In an ideal University of Birmingham
Twell also ran the 1500m in the 2008 Beijing Hartpury and has developed into a very
that the sponsorship of world we would have found Squash because for now
Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the semi- mature rugby player.”
Birmingham’s squash out in June or July but they can only watch from
finals.
side was the first stage in these things happen’. It is a the sidelines.
The National Student, November 2008

SPORT 19

Baseball becomes big


hitter in university sport
Sport Editor Tom Clarke sees how the formation of a new rivals Southampton in
the first semi-final, and
reward for Adam Brown
the man who founded the

association and recent championships have helped throw found themselves staring
down the barrel after
University of Nottingham
baseball club back in 2005;
“I had played very little
Baseball into the spotlight digging themselves a 4-0
hole in the first inning, baseball before university -
punctuated by a three but after visiting the states,
run shot from Mustangs I had started to get into
outfielder Lin. A superb watching it on Channel 5,
relief performance from and, being a decent enough
Nottingham head coach cricketer, I fancied giving
Tatsuya Yogo, quietened it a go. Sadly when I got to
the Mustang bats however, Nottingham I found there
giving the Thieves the was no club in place, but I
chance to claw their was fortunate to randomly
way back into the game, meet another guy who was
leaving it delicately poised interested in playing. For
6-6 with two innings to go. some obscure reason, we
But the impasse didn’t last decided to start our own
as long balls from Adam club, despite neither of
Brown and Craig Sinclair us having any experience
soon broke the deadlock, of coaching before. I can
leaving Nottingham the look back now, and see
eventual 12-6 winners. it was one of the best
The biggest shock at decisions of my life’ Brown
Grove Farm came with added ‘Baseball is such an
a remarkable result over awesome sport, I would
in the second semi-final recommend anyone who
where a much improved has an interest in playing
performance from the to start their own club. It
UEA offense saw them is much easier than you
gain revenge for their first would think”
round drubbing by the John Irving, Director
Kings. The Blue Sox tore of Finance for BUBA is
into the Oxford pitching delighted with the progress
with 13 base-hits, seeing the sport has made in
them hold off several Britain; ‘University
The start of the Durham, Oxford, Lincoln, in 2007, becoming the first and the University of Oxford comebacks to sneak baseball has made great
university sporting Brighton and Leeds, and team to take the trophy off Nottingham Thieves. through 14-11 with Zach strides forward this year,
calendar in October was are said to have had interest the Mustangs. The Thieves The Thieves, hoping Garlitos picking up the win and the formation of an
a special and momentous at several more. In order then repeated their success to make it three straight for the Blue Sox. accountable governing
occasion for one sport that to help the progression of in March 2008, again university competitions It was fitting then that body has a lot to do with
is not a familiar sight on university Baseball, BUBA defeating the Mustangs in in a row, breezed through in the final it was two of that. Rather than each
British campuses. October are working in conjunction a tense final at UEA. the first round of matches, the founding members, university club simply
18 and 19 saw the inaugural with the British Baseball None of these qualifying for the semi- the Thieves and the Blue supporting decisions
British University Baseball Federation in running tournaments were strictly finals with two comfortable Sox, who were to battle it that favour themselves
championships. several “taster sessions” student-only and so it victories. There they were out for a place in history. foremost, we attempt to
Held at Nottingham’s at universities around the was decided to form an joined by the Kings, who It all looked over as the come to an agreement
Grove Farm it was the first country. organising body and were showing why, along Thieves strolled out to a that puts the interest
student-only tournament The running of three begin a student-only with the Thieves, they 7-1 advantage after only of university baseball
after several events being separate events helps to two innings, but, perhaps first. Although entirely
run on and off over the spread the word and give distracted by the idea of voluntary, we are working
students the opportunity to celebrations around the hard trying to progress
past ten years. The event
was a significant mile- get a ‘taste’ of the sport. A
‘University baseball has made BBQ, complacency crept in, the league, and we have
and Nottingham mistakes ambitious, but hopefully
stone for the newly formed league and playoff system great strides forward this allowed UEA to come back realistic plans for the
British University Baseball is run from February to
Association (BUBA). June along with a weekend year, and the formation of an strong to take a 9-8 lead future: we would like to
Formed in 2007 as a tournament in October, going into the final inning. add 4 university teams
collaboration between and a tournament called accountable governing body has The thought of throwing it every six months for the
the three main university “The Drunken Cup” at all away must have helped next 2 years, at least.’
teams at that point: Easter which features both a lot to do with that. the Thieves clear their Irving believes that there is
Nottingham, Southampton BBF (amateur) clubs and heads and they rallied no reason why baseball at
and UEA, BUBA has gone universities. with a five-run inning, and this level cannot push on to
from strength to strength. Before the formation tournament and league were joint favourites shut down the UEA offense gain even more recognition
Adam Brown, director of BUBA a university for the increasing number by dismantling UEA in to record a famous victory and success; ‘We have
of development says that tournament had been in of university teams to the opening game of the by 14 runs to nine. Oxford an eight team league
their goal is ‘to promote place since 2005 with the participate in. tournament, before star gained some consolation scheduled for spring 2009,
university baseball within Southampton Mustangs And so the first BUBA pitcher Thomas O’Ban in the plate final by and we wish to increase
the country and assist in hosting the tournament championships took place threw a no-hitter against ousting the University of this number to 16 teams in
the development of new for the first three years in October with five teams the University of Durham. Durham 15-5, with home 2010 and 24 teams in 2011.
teams whilst also running beginning in October competing. The University A 5-5 tie in the final group runs from Tom Williams, The British University
a successful student league 2005 when they defeated of Durham Bishops and game saw the Mustangs Dan Semelsberger, and American Football League
and cup program each the UEA Blue Sox. They the University of Oxford and the Blue Sox gain a grandslam from Paul has over 40 teams, and
year.’ repeated their success in Kings joined the older the point needed to pip Boland leading the way. we see no reason why a
Along with the initial 2006 against newcomers stalwarts the UEA Blue Durham into the semi- The success of the well-organised baseball
three university teams the Nottingham Thieves, Sox, the University of finals. championships and win for league should be any less
BUBA have added clubs at who then had their revenge Southampton Mustangs The Thieves faced bitter Nottingham was a fitting successful’
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BATH BATTLE
THROUGH
TeamBath have reached the first
round proper of the FA Cup for the third
time in seven seasons after defeating
Salisbury City 1-0 in the fourth round
qualifying tie.
The win was thanks largely to
substitute Shaun Benison’s first goal in
TeamBath colours which proved enough
to earn his side a home tie in the FA Cup
first round where they will face Forest
Green of the Blue Square Premier. The
game will be played on Sunday 9th
November.
Benison calmly converted for the
University of Bath side after Mike Perrott
had fed Rob Hobbs and he had selflessly
squared to the unmarked Benison,
making only his second TeamBath
appearance from the bench.
Perrott went close to giving TeamBath
the lead on 58 minutes, but his shot from
an acute angle following Steve Abbott’s
pass was just deflected wide by Salisbury
keeper James Bittner.
And Matt Lock was on hand to clear
the ball from the TeamBath line from
Liam Feeney’s header just three minutes
before Benison broke the deadlock.
Josh Llewellyn’s pace caused Salisbury
problems all afternoon and twice late on
he pressurised the Salisbury keeper into
serious errors on clearances.
Team Bath will be hoping the likes of

T H 1
Llewellyn will be on top form to cause

B A
problems for a Forest Green side who are

E A M
struggling in the Blue Square Premier.

T
With just sixteen points from seventeen
games, Jim Harvey’s men sit fourth from

SALISBUR
bottom and having won just once in the
last thirteen games, this must be a great

Y CI
chance for TeamBath to progress to the

TY 0 second round and the prospect of facing a


Premiership side.
Afterwards TeamBath head coach
Andy Tillson said: “We’re chuffed to bits.
This is a very young club with young
players, and this sort of thing is what the
FA Cup is all about.”

Oxford and Cambridge


gear up for Varsity Clash
Oxford and Cambridge who will surely have the suffered a 59-15 defeat
gear up for one of the biggest confidence going into this to the same opposition.
clashes in university sport colossal battle. At the time All the talk will soon be
next month when they of going to print they had over and past results will
come face to face at the won all seven of their games become irrelevant as the
127th Varsity Rugby match this season amassing an teams take to the field.
at Twickenham. impressive 241 points in Last month we reported
The match which takes the process. that there were doubts
place on December 11 has In comparison, as to whether the match
been held at Twickenham Cambridge have currently would go ahead with it
since 1921 , and has been won just two of their five facing financial uncertainty been resolved with the help acquired businesses said With the financial
won by Oxford 52 times games played. The most following the collapse of of Nomura, the pre-eminent “We’re delighted to be situation resolved, the two
and by Cambridge 59 telling fact to come from the main sponsor Lehman Asia-based investment building on our existing sides can now focus on
times, including in 2005, examining recent results is Brothers. The sponsors bank. The match will be relationships with two of their preparation over the
2006 and 2007. that the boys from Oxford were two years into a now be known as The the world’s top universities coming weeks for what is
Both sides have been have recorded an impressive four-year deal before their Nomura Varsity Match. and look forward to sure to be a thrilling and
performing well so far this 32-24 victory over Saracens bankruptcy. Sadeq Sayeed, Chief continuing this in the compelling clash.
season but it is Oxford when the Cambridge side The situation has now Executive of Nomura’s future.”