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Student risks life for third world research OPINION In or out of the EU? P11 Tazz Gault NEWS EDITOR A student has returned alive after what is reckoned to be the most risky work placement ever carried out by someone from Bournemouth University. Just 20 minutes after he set foot in Somaliland, a self-declared independent state next to Somalia in Africa, Owen Evans was stopped by an armed guard. “It was in the middle of the desert on the only road on a five hour trip to the capital, Hargeisa. This guard had a piece of rope and was using it to stop cars – I didn’t know who this guy was. I was told to keep quiet in the back of the car,” said Owen, after he returned from next to one of the deadliest trouble spots in the world. “Even though the windows were blackened, the guard indicated to wind the window down. As I did this, he looked at me and pointed an AK47 rifle in my face. There was a bit of confusion and my fixers ended up saying that I was a Somali-Greek returning to visit my family. This seemed to work as he let us go.” Guards were frequently seen carrying the AK47 rifles patrolling the streets of Somaliland OWEN EVANS Continued on page 3 Oral sex risks hard to swallow Emily Connah Cancer caused by oral sex could become an epidemic, according to Dr Tony Pigott, Chairman of cancer charity About Face. Medical research has estimated that mouth cancer will be more prevalent than cervical cancer in ten years time, partly down to people’s lack of knowledge and awareness of the way in which the HPV virus can spread. The Human Papilloma Virus is a common sexually transmitted disease, which can also affect the throat and mouth via oral sex. “I was shocked at the lack of knowledge that some students showed towards the causes of mouth cancer,” said Dr Pigott. “Cancer caused by oral sex is an epidemic in the making.” About Face found that just 38% of students knew that oral sex could cause HPV related cancer. The charity visited Bournemouth University last November for four days to help raise awareness of the link between oral sex and mouth cancer, but also to help encourage students to have regular dental check ups - something that many students admitted to rarely doing. “As a charity, we do not give advice, but we suggested that people look up HPV. People do what they want to do but they should be aware of the risks incurred by these things,” said the chairman. Adam Davis, 19, a student at Bournemouth University, was just one of the students unaware of this dangerous link. “Not only did I not know this, but so many others aren’t aware as well. More projects that help raise awareness of this issue would certainly help increase students’ knowledge, meaning they might be more careful in the future,” he said. Bournemouth University business students have teamed up with the charity to help raise awareness, as well as with the Student Union, to help highlight the risks. “We have worked with the Student Union for three years now,” said Ian Catley, Chief Executive of About Face. FEATURES The future of augmented reality P18 SPORT EXCLUSIVE Stuart Pearce interview P32

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