2012/13 Week 22 Issue 607
The Guild President is banned from the RAM bar after an alleged verbal assault against a student. News conduct in-depth analysis into the controversial sacking of University lecturers, while Comment bid farewell to departing Exeposé editors. The reviews sections have everything you need to know about cultural goings on in Exeter.
St Luke’s or Streatham, RAM or Library... What does Exeter mean to you? The outgoing Exeposé team looks back on their favourite Exeter moments, pages 7-9 The University of Exeter’s Independent Student Newspaper Tuesday 19 March 2013 • Issue 607 • www.exepose.ex.ac.uk • Twitter: @Exepose • www.facebook.com/Exepose Since 1987 Free Photo: Exeter Pride “I am truly sorry to those I offended” • Guild President barred from RAM for 10 days following “verbal assault” • Students rally to support Davies Ellie Steafel Deputy Editor STUDENTS’ GUILD President Nick ‘Welshy’ Davies was barred from the RAM bar for ten days after an altercation with a student journalist, Exeposé learnt last week. The student who issued the complaint against Davies told online news site The Tab: “Nick Davies verbally assaulted me. His behaviour was disgusting, intimidating and so inappropriate it is hard to put into words. “I’m very upset with the ‘punishment’ that has been handed out, but the Guild has taken steps to listen to me and is working on ensuring that the right action is taken, which I’m pleased about.” Guild representatives recommended at a hearing last week that Davies send a written apology to the student. Davies apologised for his actions via Twitter, saying: “Recently, during a social night out, a student journalist was pressing me for my opinion on a story. As I was out celebrating in a social capacity, I was drinking and did not anticipate being asked questions relating to my Presidency role. “My reaction, in which I swore at the student journalist was not necessary and I am truly sorry to those I offended. I understand that I fell short on the responsibilities that go with being President and action has been taken.” Hugh Blackstaffe, a third year Film student, told Exeposé he was surprised by the news: “Welshy is an outstanding individual and phenomenal President who would never have reacted in this way without extensive provocation. We all have moments where we get angry and react impulsively.” Exeposé can confirm that none of its journalists were involved in the incident. The Guild has stated that it cannot offer any further comment since the complaints procedure is still ongoing. music : Be who you are: Pride 2013 Sport: Gets set for the Hockey Varsity - PAGE 48 PAGE 2 Lifestyle: Feels the force on its date with the Dark Side - PAGE 20 Interview with indie-folk purveyors Stornoway - PAGE 24 www.Exepose.ex.ac.uk FIND US ONLINE AT Exeposé THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER 2 MAKING THE HEADLINES Y E A R S 25 Exeposé is the University of Exeter’s editorially independent newspaper, produced entirely by and for students Contact us Exeposé, Devonshire House, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4PZ E-mail: email@example.com Call: (01392) 263513 Staff take on students in annual charity football match Hazel Morgan XPRESSION FM held their second annual Charity Football Match on Sunday 17 March, at the Rubber Crumb at the Sports Park in aid of The Adam Stansfield Foundation. The Match saw XpressionFM sports pundits go head-to-head with the “Barbarians”, a team of University staff. In addition to the match, there was a raffle, cake sale and a spectator penalty shootout on the day. Ben Warden, Head of Sport at XpressionFM, said: “The team at XpressionFM is so excited about the event, not least to raise money for a fantastic cause. The Xpression Sports Team is determined to beat our lecturers and staff this year too so expect a competitive game!” The Adam Stansfield Foundation was set up in 2010 after the Exeter City FC Striker died of Bowel Cancer at the age of 31. After Adam’s death, his wife Marie and his immediate family were stunned by the amount of support Adam received from the public. The foundation is now committed to providing charitable funds for young people and youth football teams across Devon, Herefordshire and Somerset by providing grants and facilities for playing football. News News www.exepose.ex.ac.uk 19 MARCH 2013 | NEWS EDITOR Exeposé Beccy Smyth firstname.lastname@example.org JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP Exeposé News FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @ExeposeNews Photo: XpressionFM Editorial team Editors Zoe Bulaitis & Tom Payne email@example.com Deputy Editors Ben Murphie & Ellie Steafel firstname.lastname@example.org News Editor Beccy Smyth email@example.com Features Editors James Crouch & Megan Drewett firstname.lastname@example.org Lifestyle Editors Thomas Ling & Alex Tindall email@example.com Music Editors Callum McLean & Anthony Prodromou firstname.lastname@example.org Screen Editors Louis Doré & Owen Keating email@example.com Books Editors Tom Bond & Emily Lunn firstname.lastname@example.org Arts Editors Clara Plackett & Emily Tanner email@example.com Games Editors Marcus Beard & Jonathan Jenner firstname.lastname@example.org Sport Editors Will Kelleher & Mike Stanton email@example.com Photography Joshua Irwandi firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Proofreaders Elli Christie, Megan Furborough & William O’Rourke “The Xpression FM Sports Team is determined to to beat our lecturers and staff this year, so expect a competitive game!” Ben Warden, Head of Sport at XpressionFM Shaun Parkin from the foundation, told Exeposé: “We are always pleased when people want to raise money in Adam’s name, but when we met the organisers of this charity football match Andrea and I were taken a back with the enthusiasm that was shown. “When we sat down with Adam’s parents to watch the promotional video, Adam’s mum couldn’t believe so many people would go to so much trouble in her son’s name. We are truly humbled by what the Exeter students are doing.” To donate money, and help the Xpression team reach their £1000 target, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/xpressionfmsportsteam. Exeter flies the flag for Pride Photo: Katherine Fyfe Ellie Steafel Deputy Editor THE Pride flag will be flying in the Forum all week in celebration of Exeter Pride. Now in its fifth year, Pride has returned to Exeter with events on campus and in the city centre throughout the next two weeks. The celebrations kicked off on Saturday 16 with a Pride Lemmy and will culminate on Sunday 24 with a candlelit vigil at the Exeter Phoenix. There will be events on campus all week, with the intention to celebrate diversity, combat homophobia and build a sense of “pride” amongst the student community. Online www.exepose.ex.ac.uk Site Managers Craig Browne & Ellie Swingewood email@example.com @Exepose facebook.com/exepose issuu.com/exepose Advertising Ross Trant R.Trant@exeter.ac.uk (01392) 722432 The opinions expressed in Exeposé are not necessarily those of the Exeposé Editors nor the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. While every care is taken to ensure that the information in this publication is correct and accurate, the Publisher can accept no liability for any consequential loss or damage, however caused, arising as a result of using the information printed. The Publisher cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to artwork or material submitted. The contents of this, unless stated otherwise, are copyright of the Publisher. Reproduction in any form requires the prior consent of the Publisher. “Pride is a huge issue for all of us. The key message on campus is BE WHO YOU ARE” Sara Bennett, A&V Manager Second year Geography student Mike Stanton said: “In our modern and diverse society no one should feel the need to hide their identity. “People should be accepted for who they are, so it’s important that students feel they are supported on campus.” On Thursday March 21, Director of Campus Services Geoff Pringle and Guild Chief Executive James Hutchinson will be cutting a ribbon in the Forum to officially launch Exeter Pride. Thursday’s events will also include a series of lectures on homophobic hate crime, the Equality Act and sexuality as a protected characteristic and blood transfusion policy. On Saturday March 23 - the official Pride Day - students and staff will join locals on Exeter high street for the annual Rainbow Flag Parade. Exeter will play host to a festival of music, dance and debate, with stalls set up in the city centre offering advice on LGBT issues. Now in its fifth year, the festival welcomes everyone - whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight - to come and celebrate the LGBT community. Activities and Volunteering Manager Sara Bennett talked about the key message of Pride week: “Pride is a huge issue for all of us. The key message for Pride on campus is BE WHO YOU ARE.” Exeposé “Culture of fear” | Week TWENTY-TWO www.exepose.ex.ac.uk NEWS 3 University U-Turns on staff dismissal Tom Payne Editor THE University courted controversy last week, after senior management u-turned on a decision to fire a creative writing academic. The news comes days after the release of a report stating that staff suffer from “undue stress”, “bullying”, sexism and a “loss of voice” in a damning internal report. department, we successfully meet.” Mr. North’s dismissal led to an outpouring of support from staff, students and alumni. A Facebook group called ‘Save Our Sam’ attracted 150 likes in just three days. One student said: “As far as I’m concerned, people like Sam are there to inspire and encourage creativity, not bring in the dough! Well done to everyone who got this overturned!” Philip Hensher, who left the department in January in a dispute over how it was run, stated on the Facebook group that those responsible for North’s dismissal should “face dismissal for gross misconduct.” Hensher added on the group: “Sam is a fantastic colleague who should never have been submitted to this degree of harassment, bullying and finally dismissed unjustifiably.” The person responsible for this has damaged Exeter’s reputation immensely as a place for creative writing - something which Sam as well as I spent years building up. I had to leave in January because I could not stand the atmosphere any longer.” After an outpouring of support and sympathy for Mr. North, the University then made the decision to re-employ him. A University spokesman confirmed: “We have discussed the issues raised by Sam North and offered him a job as a Senior Lecturer (Education and Scholarship) in the English department. It has simply been a question of finding the right job for his talents, which we believe we have been able to do.” Speaking to The Independent on Sunday, Philip Hensher said: “There’s a bullying culture. I couldn’t stand the total lack of respect for creative writing there. It’s a pretty troubled institution.” Among other complaints, a recent report re-produced by Times Higher Education highlighted that staff said they suffered from “undue stress”, “bullying”, sexism and a “loss of voice”. The report, which was based on 288 responses from the University’s 3,900 staff, found “some alarming reports of bullying, manipulative and unpleasant behaviour” from some senior managers. Some claimed that the university is “a self-perpetuating male-dominated culture”, adding that some policies such as maternity leave were not taken seriously. The report details how: “There are reports of men making casual sexist remarks…referring to women as ‘girls’, promoting men over women (despite the women having equal or better CVs).” Analysis: How are Universities responding to change? gains in the global job market. The new system, according to Sir Steve Smith, former president of the vice-chancellors’ umbrella group Universities UK, and vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter, will benefit the brightest students in terms of economic value for their qualifications. Talking to the Times Higher Education supplement, he argued, “those students become like gold dust for [the universities’] reputation. […] They [the universities] are going to have to work out if they start ‘buying’ AAB students”. This suggestion complicates the idea that students are the only consumers in the system and reveals that students equally become commodified in the complex market, to be bargained for in exchange for value added to institutional statistics in the future. The Browne Report cheerfully recommends that “HEIs must persuade students that they should ‘pay more’ in order to ‘get more’” and that, quite simply “[t]he money will follow the student.”. According to The Browne Report students are solely interested in what can be gained from a degree in its value outside of the university system. This can be seen as a problem for subject within the humanities, as unlike STEM subjects (Science Technology Economics Mathematics) there is not always a direct product or discovery to be made. The humanities are a qualitative discipline, and therefore conformity to Research Assessment Exercise’s (RAEs) can be an awkward fit. The humanities cannot always equate to direct economic profit and instead speak to different values. “I failed, after five years to bring in any research grant income” Sam North, Creative Writing Lecturer Sam North, an award-winning author, was dismissed last Wednesday afternoon. The Independent reported that North alleged that that management foster a “culture of fear” in the department. It has been confirmed that Mr. North was fired because he failed to gain enough research grants, which is part of his contractual obligation. In a statement seen by Exeposé, North confirmed: “I failed, after five whole years, to bring in any research grant income […] Exeter sets a very high bar in this regard, as in every other. I failed to reach that bar, and the box remained unticked.” Dr Jo Gill, Director of Education for English explained to Exeposé that within the English Department in which Creative Writing sits “as active researchers, we do need to apply for external research funding.” This is absolutely part of the role in this and many other top-class English departments; it’s a challenge that, as a “It has simply been a question of finding the right job for his talents, which we believe we have been able to do” An University spokesperson A wider staff survey published in 2012 found that 36 per cent of staff felt unduly stressed, compared with a higher national benchmark of 28 per cent. The University spokesman has said that only a small amount of staff have reported instances of bullying: “There were 14 official complaints of bullying/ harassment from our 3,900 staff in the last academic year […] The Vice-Chancellor recently held open forums with 1,200 staff and bullying was not raised as an issue.” Vice-Chancellor Sir Steve Smith told Times Higher Education that senior management were working to respond to the concerns identified by the group, and in many cases had already instigated changes. ON 12 October 2010, the Independent Review of Higher Education and Student Finance, commonly known as The Browne Report, closed the debate surrounding the future financing of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom. Privatization of the university system and the construction of an inter-university competitive market with a subsequent raise in student’s tuition fees became an unavoidable reality facing HEI’s in the UK. The changes implemented by the policy makers make permanent adjustments to the future of financing higher education. Competitiveness undeniably plays a major role in the new university system and The Browne Report makes no attempt to conceal this. Competition is one of the report’s proudest “benefits” as it explains: “there will be more investment available for the HEIs that are able to convince students that it is worthwhile”. Students become consumers of knowledge and universities must compete through quantitative indicators of success. Higher league table rankings and research incomes attract the most valuable (AAB+ grade or equivalent) students towards an institution. Students have high expectations of what universities should provide and seek to graduate with the power to succeed in making significant economic 4 NEWS www.exepose.ex.ac.uk 19 MARCH 2013 | Exeposé Tributes paid to Business School lecturer Jenny Wren STAFF and students have paid tribute to Jenny Wren, a lecturer in the Business School, who unexpectedly passed away last week. The Business School confirmed on its website: “Jenny sadly passed away on 11 March 2013. This was terribly sad, especially for Jenny’s family, her many friends and colleagues, and the students that she taught and engaged with. Teaching was Jenny’s passion and she will be much missed by all those who knew her.” Jenny was a prominent lecturer and mentor to many students. She also championed the University’s ‘Students as Change Agent’ initiative. The University wished to stress that support is available from the Student Support team, the University Well-Being team (online at http:// www.exeter.ac.uk/wellbeing/) and the University chaplaincy service (online at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/chaplaincy/ ourchaplains/). Exeposé extends its deepest sympathies to Jenny’s family, friends, colleagues and students. Students sign petition against “unfair”Timepiece bouncers Beccy Smyth News Editor AN ONLINE petition against allegedly “autocratic” and “unfair” Timepiece door staff received over 100 signatures on the website iPetitions.com last week. Exeposé contacted Andrew Webber, a Local Policing Inspector from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, to discuss the petition’s allegations. Webber told Exeposé: “The Police are occasionally involved with complaints of assaults, both on the door staff, and by the door staff, who are SIA approved. We have prosecuted door staff, but then we have also prosecuted the complainant for public order offences.” Webber explained that complaints about aggressive door staff are uncommon, “other than when the door staff carries out their lawful duties, which are against an individual’s wishes.” Webber cited high consumption of alcohol as the root cause, and said that complaints usually involve intoxicated individuals: “Incidents usually only occur when intoxication levels are higher, which tends to be later on in the evening. When intoxication levels are low then there are generally fewer problems, if any.” Webber said that it is important to remember that door staff “may use reasonable force to seek compliance” as part of their lawful duties. However, he admitted that this can be subjective to the circumstances. “Students may make complaints of assault. Any police investigation would have to explore the incident as a whole and CCTV is often used, which tells a story which is often different to the recollection of an individual’s account.” John Harvey, the City Manager who co-chairs the Exeter Night-time Economy Forum with the Commander of Police, told Exeposé that he had not received any direct complaints from members of the public regarding the issue of aggressive door staff. Photo: Josh Irwandi However, Harvey agreed with Webber that excessive alcohol consumption in the city centre at night was the real problem underlying the complaints against aggressive bouncers: “The root cause of many of the issues that crop up, including complaints about door staff and crime, is the level of alcohol that people consume.” “Incidents usually only occur when intoxication levels are higher, which tends to be later on in the evening. When intoxication levels are low then there are generally fewer problems, if any” John Harvey, City Manager of Exeter He commented: “The over-arching aim of the Night-time Economy Forum is to make sure that the High Street is vibrant and attractive to as large a range of people as possible, and to ensure that everyone feels safe.” He explained that in his opinion, it is unwise to rely on drinks deals, which aim “to get people as drunk as possible”, as a means of attracting a large crowd into local pubs and clubs. He added that it was time “to reverse this trend.” Exeposé contacted Timepiece for comment, but received no response at the time of going to press. Cup for Life: Guild launches green scheme THE STUDENTS’ GUILD is offering a Cup for Life scheme to help reduce landfill waste. From Thursday 21 March, the cups will be sold at £5.99 each. The aim is to reduce the 2.5 billion cups that are thrown away each year. The cups have screw lids and are in the blue University colour. Every time you reuse your coffee mug in The Ram, The Kitchen Cafe and The Kitchen Deli, The Students’ Guild will reward you with ten per cent off your drink. The Guild urges all students to do their bit for becoming greener in 2013, whilst saving money too. IKEA gets green light for Exeter store in Sandy Park Maxine Vining SWEDISH furniture giant IKEA has chosen a site in Exeter to open a new store, which could open as soon as 2015. The company has confirmed that it will build on land in Sandy Park, opposite Tesco, following discussions with Exeter City Council. Formal planning permission applications are expected within weeks, and the retailer plans to open its doors in 2015. would be further evidence that Exeter is bucking the trend in this recession.” Famed for its affordable, student-friendly range of homewares and furniture, IKEA is set to prove popular with students. Jasmine Bennett, a first year Mathematics student, said: “IKEA in Exeter will be extremely convenient for students moving in to housing. Their student-friendly prices will make shopping for university essentials much easier, and more convenient.” The retailer, which has over 150 stores in 29 countries, opened its first UK store in 1987. It has been estimated that IKEA’s Exeter store could contribute 300 jobs to the local economy. Keep calm it’s Relax Week STRESSED-OUT students are set to benefit from Relax Week, a programme of events organised by Voice. Relax Week takes place from Monday 18 March to Friday 22 March and is organised by Voice, the university nightlife and information service. Relax Week features a number of free events happening on campus intended to “give everyone a chance to relax”, including acupressure massages in the Forum, a Yoga and knitting taster sessions and a pub quiz. Students can pick up a feel-good bag with freebies from the Forum with treats to have a stress-free week! “I know many people would love to see IKEA here. It would be further evidence that Exeter is bucking the trend in this recession ” Pete Edwards, Exeter City Council leader Pete Edwards, leader of Exeter City Council, stated that: “I know there are many people who would love to see an IKEA store here, and the arrival of such a popular retailer Exeposé | Week TWENTY-TWO www.exepose.ex.ac.uk NEWS 5 Adverse weather conditions force RAG to cancel hitch hike Tom Payne Editor ADVERSE weather conditions forced RAG to cancel its charity hitch hike to Berlin last week. After reviewing the weather conditions on the continent, it was deemed unsafe for students to hitch given the outside air temperature. It was originally thought that a coach trip to Berlin could replace the hitch, but given the cost, and the drop-out rate, coach travel was deemed unfeasible. The proceeds from the RAG hitch would have been donated to four of RAGs nominated charities. A spokesman for RAG said: “It is a great shame to cancel what was set to be a great event raising money for RAG’s charities. However, given the weather in Northern Europe at the moment it would not have been safe for our team of hitch-hikers. “The two boys who organised the event are incredibly disappointed after all the hard work they put in but accept that it would be unsafe given the circumstances. The Guild’s primary concern is with student welfare, in this instance the safety of students could not be guaranteed. “Those that signed up to the hitchhike will be able to get a full refund from RAG and we thank them for the fundraising efforts they have put in already. Fortunately there are plenty of RAG events to get involved in over the next few days for disappointed hitchers. “We are running a whole host of Comic Relief events finishing with Friday night’s comedy cabaret at Hole in the Wall. On Saturday we have the brilliant Lukie’s ‘Take Me Out’ in CrossKeys.”. Exeter Chiefs’ home ground long-listed for 2015 World Cup Raj Kular Senior Reporter EXETER CHIEFS’ home ground, Sandy Park, has been long-listed as a potential venue for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. It has been included on a list of 17 venues by England Rugby 2015, the tournament’s organising body. Sandy Park is one of only four rugby venues on the list of stadiums, which include famous grounds such as Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium. National Student News Sexist heckles at Uni debate Jon Jenner Games Editor THE finals of a debate championship between Britain’s oldest universities was blighted by sexist heckles from members of the Glasgow University Union (GUU). Rebecca Meredith, of King’s College, and debating partner Marlena Valles, of Edinburgh University, were subjected to frequent examples of misogynistic abuse during the final of the annual competition. Numerous members of the GUU, hosting the event, were openly commenting on the competitors’ bust size and attractiveness, and consistently booed them “because they were women.” Kitty Parker-Brooks, judging the competiton, was called a “frigid bitch” after asking for an end to the heckling. The GUU has since offered formal apologies to the speakers and insists that the offending members will be dealt with. Cambridge University Society has stated that it will boycott any events in Glasgow until the behaviour is rectified, alongside female students at Glasgow already boycotting GUU events. Photo: Josh Irwandi “We are privileged to play our annual Varsity match at Sandy Park, and the expansion of the capacity would both be exciting for EURFC, but more importantly for the Chiefs team” Bertie Haskins, EURFC Captain The current 10,744 capacity ground, which has permission to expand up to 20,000, shall increase to 12,000 by the time the tournament comes to take place. England Rugby 2015 chief executive, Debbie Jevans, stated: “We are finalising venues and the match schedule in conjunction with Rugby World Cup Limited and will publish the final list in the next few weeks.” Bertie Haskins, Club Captain of the University of Exeter Rugby Club, stated: “I think it would be fantastic if Sandy Park hosts some of the 2015 World Cup games. I am very hopeful that this will Gorilla tactics on campus Photo: ITV Westcountry materialise into reality! There is a fantastic link between EURFC and Exeter Chiefs with many University Students having exposure to professional coaching provided by the Chiefs. “Sandy Park is already a fantastic venue. We are privileged to play our an- nual Varsity match on the grounds, and the expansion of the capacity would both be exciting for Varsity, but more importantly for the Chiefs team whose support can only increase with the increased capacity.” Men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone face trial in Exeter Salonee Kakodkar THE trial of two men accused of scheming a murder plot against Devon-based singer Joss Stone will begin in Exeter next week. Junior Bradshaw, 31, and Kevin Liverpool, 34, are accused of conspiring to kill Stone, whose mother owns Exeter nightspot Mama Stone’s, last year. The pair are also accused of conspiracy to commit severe bodily harm and conspiracy to rob. They deny all charges, which relate to an alleged incident at Stone’s home in Devon in June last year. The two initially were arrested in Cullompton on “possession of offensive weapons and being equipped to steal” after being seen driving in the area around the village of Langford in a Fiat Punto, several miles from the singer’s home near Ashill. Once arrested, they were reportedly found in possession of swords, forensic-style overalls, plans of Stone’s house and a body bag. Police say the singer was aware of the arrests. Judge Francis Gilbert QC adjourned proceedings last year in order to permit the defence team more time to explore further medical evidence relating to the case. It was unclear as to whether Stone was at home at the time of the incident. The trial is due to start on Wednesday at Exeter Crown Court. Zoe Bulaitis Editor THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER has signed up to sponsor a unique piece of three-dimensional public art – a lifesize model gorilla. Numerous life-size gorillas will be sponsored by businesses and charities across Exeter and Torbay. “The Great Gorillas” will be invading the streets of Exeter from Saturday 3rd August until Sunday 13th October 2013. The project is an opportunity to showcase the wealth of artistic talent, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild gorillas and how the local business community can make a difference. The University is looking to create a unique Gorilla to contribute to the project, and are asking students to design the sculpture. Entries must be submitted through a specific gorilla shaped form online or picked up from a stand in the Forum Street from 25 March until 10 April, or from the Student Information Desk in the Forum. “I cannot wait to have a life-size gorilla on campus looking forward to getting up close and personal” Ben Murphie, Fourth Year English and Spanish Student The winning design will receive a cash prize, alongside the honour of seeing their design being painted and lacquered onto the Great Gorilla. The winning design will be carefully applied by a local artist, in advance of the summer display. Deadline for entries is 10th May. Fourth year English and Spanish student Ben Murphie said “Having seen live gorillas in Rwanda, I welcome the idea of getting up close and personal with a artistic one!” >> The Giant Gorillas are coming to Exeter this August EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS • EXPERIENCE NEW CULTURES • ENHANCE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE Study abroad study in China this summer International Exeter scholarships worth £800 are available for Exeter students to travel to one of China’s most prestigious universities this summer. Peking University, Beijing Study in English at Peking University’s International Summer School (8 July – 2 August) Deadline for applications: Tuesday 26 March For more information and an application form please contact the outbound Study Abroad team: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/ summerschoolscholarshipfund/ Eligibility requirements apply. 7 Comment SEND US YOUR LETTERS: email@example.com COMMENT www.exepose.ex.ac.uk 19 MARCH 2013 | EDITORS DEPUTY EDITORS Exeposé Zoe Bulaitis & Tom Payne Ben Murphie & Ellie Steafel Exeposé est. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @ExeposeComment JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP Exeposé Comment 1987 Sex, Drugs and the year of writing dangerously Ben Murphie Deputy Editor I was excited and nervous on the day I was elected Co-Deputy Editor of Exeposé. On the sweaty flight over from Madrid I had been worried that the new editorial team would see through me as I sat rehearsing my speech and trying not to look too jumpy. Perhaps it was a poor choice of expression for a plane in mid-flight, but in the end the day was won and I could return from my year abroad excited to work with so many passionate people. We hit the ground running with a picture of the Queen herself opening the Forum on our very first front page. With our blood up we ran headlong into our second edition with the ground-breaking news that…one of the revolving doors in the Forum had broken down. If we wanted to remain attention grabbing, we would have to go out and find worthwhile stories ourselves, or simply pray that Her Majesty might drop into the RAM for a Cider and Black. This year certainly didn’t disappoint. With investigations into the university accepting suspect donations, the illegal distribution of the RAM-blowjob video and cocaine on campus, I found myself part of a team with a savage appetite for investigative journalism. Our work was not easy however. I personally feel that it was made infinitely more difficult by having to engage with the leaky and rusty machinery of the Student’s Guild. Of course, our team are not yet professional journalists and our work should be checked lest anything accidentally libellous slips through. It is the hard work of unsung hero Orlando Murrish, Guild employee and diligent individual that made sure we always stayed on the path least fraught with lawsuit. Yet I find it a reason for sadness that I came up against an outdated system that I felt was determined to view attempts at investigative journalism as a personal affront to its employees, and I feel had few qualms about intimidating a student newspaper under the guise of pseudo-officialdom. Yet as Exeposé clashed with the Guild, the student news website The Tab was launched upon an unsuspecting University. With their irreverent and comedic style, they dragged tabloid reporting kicking and screaming into student life. Online journalism is here to stay and I feel that The Tab have been able to go some places Exeposé Thank you and goodbye AS we come to the end of our editorship, it is only natural to feel reflective on what has been one of the busiest news years in this paper's history. It's safe to say that Exeposé has had a exciting and controversial year. A visit from Her Majesty, a Safer Sex Ball we will never forget, a shocking investigation into cocaine on campus and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Exeposé are but a few memorable stories among many. With such varied stories and scandals, each week has turned up new challenges and new opportunities for engaging student journalism. At the start of our editorship we set out with a decisive vision for Exeposé. Conscious of the fact that before this year, Exeposé's news output wasn't nearly as exciting as a student newspaper should be, we were determined to bring a strong investigative agenda to the paper. founded only this year, and the new editorial team will work on nurturing the site into a fully-formed online news hub. Collaborations with media brethren Xpression FM and XTV have flourished within the sections and this is something we hope will continue to expand. We place total confidence in next years team who are more than capable of continuing the hard work that we have begun this year. “I personally and wholeheartedly urge every aspiring student journalist to write with character and to face down angry institutions” was not allowed in projecting the ironies of University living. People may complain about sexist, elitist, ignorant writing from them, but I would rather give them enough rope to hang themselves than snigger from behind a façade of “approved” student reportage. University is the place where we dip our toe into the uncertain and daunting sea of employment that lies ahead of us (fingers crossed). The fact that students get the chance to flex their journalistic muscles whether through Exeposé or The Tab is surely a worthwhile opportunity that should not be hindered by the establishment around them. It was John Stuart Mill, liberal philosopher and key figure in shaping social and political thought in this country who said “one whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam-engine has character.” I personally and wholeheartedly urge every aspiring student journalist to write with character, to face down angry institutions when they believe that there are questions that need to be asked and to not be threatened by those who would stifle your views. I walk away from Exeter and Exeposé after a stressful year but one where I have learned that your personal opinion is always worth expressing and a free student press is absolutely worth fighting for. “This student paper is not the product of any one person’s ideas or work but the tireless dedication of our editors and writers” Editing Exeposé this year has brought highs and lows, however at the end of our editorship we feel proud about what we have achieved and feel that the long hours spent in the office on a Friday night were all definitely worth it in the end. It's been a difficult news year for the Students' Guild, and we are thankful to Exeposé's staff support team, who have assisted us with many of our stories. Whilst the stories we have broken will be how we are remembered in years to come, it is the personal experience of Exeposé which we will take away with us forever. Our gratitude goes out to the section editors who have not only filled pages with content, but filled the office with fun and friendship week in week out. This student paper is not the product of any one person's ideas or work. The tireless dedication of our editors and writers is what makes Exeposé the strong publication that it is. We now leave you in the more than capable hands of the new editorial team. It's been fun, but all good things must come to an end. Thank you, and goodbye. Tom & Zoe Editors 2012 - 13 “At the start of our editorship we set out with a decisive vision for Exeposé. Conscious of the fact that before this year, Exeposé’s news output wasn’t nearly as exciting as a student newspaper should be ” The Safer Sex Ball has proved to have been one of our biggest stories this year. We reported on accusations of racism over the 'Tribal' theme, and we found and broke the news that Students' Guild staff leaked explicit CCTV footage from the RAM bar. Finding hard-hitting and interesting stories that matter to students every fortnight proved no mean feat in this sleepy city where we live. Nonetheless, our crack-team of editors and writers have produced some of the most shocking, serious and downright scandalous front pages in this paper's long history. There are many things that we have not finished exploring. Our website was “Government targets and the charging of tuition fees have moved the goalposts so far away from the beliefs and passions of grass roots teachers” Claire Smy In response to the recent sacking and reinstatement of English Department Lecturer Sam North, I write to voice my concern for the wider issue I feel surrounds the events of the last week. As a teacher of English to secondary and A-Level students I have seen, over the course of the last several years, the limitations that have been placed on teachers by ‘managers’ who see themselves as running businesses rather than centres for education. Government targets and the charging of tuition fees have moved the goalposts so far away from the beliefs and passions of grass roots teachers, that many now find themselves in a position where they are teaching to exams, setting targets that are unattainable purely for the sake of setting targets, and spending much of the