LSE Students' Union Guide 2009
The ultimate guide to student life at LSE.
THE SCHOOL 03 WELCOME TO LSE Welcome to LSE and the LSE Students' Union - the organisation that exists solely to make your university experience the best it can possibly be! Based on the success of last year's And welcome also to your LSE Students' Union Guide 2009/10 - your one-stop shop to find out everything about LSE. This Guide was a response to students feeling completely overwhelmed when they get to LSE - the bright lights of London, the big wigs of the academic departments, the crazy, non-stop action of this, the most active of campuses in the world. This really is the most comprehensive guide out there about this unique university, Students' Union and city, and should answer most of your burning questions. At the same time, the Students' Union is Every LSE student is a member of the Students' Union - from the freshest Fresher to your Average Joe PhD. We exist to represent you to the School, campaign on your issues, provide activities on campus and ensure the welfare of the whole student body. We're proud to be probably the most active Students' Union out there. Whether you're here for one year, three years or more, you can make a lasting impact and have loads of fun at the same time. In the most international university in the world, your Students' Union will provide the space for you to meet people from all over the world, but it's an opportunity you only have once - grab it with both hands. We've also just been granted a new �25million building by the School - which will be ready in 2012 - and will house bigger and better versions of our current venue, bars, cafes, shops, gym, Advice and Counselling Centre, Activities Centre, Media Centre and more! It may seem like a long time away, but we'll be designing it this year - and we'll be looking to make sure that students are fully involved in its creation. expanding. We have just entered into an innovative collaboration with another, nearby Students' Union - the Students' Union of the University of the Arts London. This means we now employ more staff at LSESU than ever before to support societies, sports, campaigns and welfare. Students' Union Festival, the LSE are undertaking the first ever Orientation to improve your arrival at LSE, and we in the Students' Union will be running the Orientation Festival. It will mean a smoother transition into LSE life than ever before, a fun first two weeks backed full of events, as well as a introduction to the amazing things you can experience in London. The Orientation Festival will showcase what is best about the LSE - its students. You'll have to chance to mix and try out new things through daytime and evening events that cater to the diversity of the LSE community. You're arriving at LSE at an exciting time. The School and the Students' Union are, as ever, changing. from Aled Dilwyn Fisher, LSE Students' Union General Secretary All that said, you've probably got a thousand questions about what to expect from LSE. We hope this guide will answer all of them, and maybe even get you a little bit excited about your time at university. My advice is try everything at least once - join societies, play sports, make your voice heard and enjoy the show at the UGM every Thursday at 1pm in the Old Theatre, be active in the wider London community, and, above all, have fun and make the most of your time at LSE! Pompous introductions aside - on with the show. I have a feeling you're going to love it here... ALED DILWYN FISHER LSE STUDENTS' UNION GENERAL SECRETARY 2009/10 LSE STUDENTS' UNION GUIDE 2009/10 EDITORS Rob Low Dan Sheldon James Bacon John Bloomfield CONTRIBUTORS Lizzie Fison Louise Robinson Aled Dilwyn Fisher Ayushman Sen Zoe Cooke Wil Barber Ruby Buckley Daisy Mitchell-Forster Jessica Brayne Sophie De La Hunt Tom Jackson Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang Joseph Brown Lizzie Merrow Ossie Fikret Shanti Keleman Suraj Girijshanker Hero Austin Scott MacDonald Fidela Corbin Jarleth O'Hara Martin Laws Geogre Wetz Carlottle Gerada Sanjiv Nanwani Rob Charnock Mark Richardson Sean Baker Luke Moore Vladimir Unkovski-Korica Andrew Wright Paul Harmon Jessie Robinson Hazel Lucian Katy Cushen DESIGNER Daniel Camacho ILLUSTRATION Jamie Phillips CARTOGRAPHY Mina Moshkeri PHOTOGRAPHY Nigel Stead Liam Chambers Alex Teytelboym SPECIAL THANKS LSE Design Unit Cath Baldwin O'Donnell & Tuomey Architects PRINT MWL Print Group, Pontypool This guide is printed on FSC approved paper from sustainable forests. ECF, EMAS, ISO14001 Approved PUBLISHER LSE Students' Union East Building, Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE This guide was produced by the LSE Students' Union, an organisation independent of the LSE. The views expressed within do not necessarily reflect those of the School. The LSE Students' Union is not responsible for any harm or loss that may result from the information within this guide, or websites referred to. ALL YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STUDENT LIFE AT LSE. 05 STUDENT LIFE WHAT IS THE SU, SOCIETIES, SPORTS, RAG, MEDIA, VOLUNTEERING 42 GET INVOLVED CAMPAIGNS, UGM, EXECUTIVE, ELECTIONS 54 THE SCHOOL WHAT IS LSE, HISTORY, GETTING AROUND, BIG WIGS 64 STUDYING YOUR DEGREE, TEACHING, ASSESMENT, PLAGIARISM, HELP AND SUPPORT 80 9.000 STUDENTS, 1 LSE INTERNATIONAL, VISAS, TIMELESS, EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY, LIBERATION 98 DON'T PANIC ADVICE AND COUNSELLING, WORK, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, SAFETY, FUN STUFF 116 LONDON LIVING WELCOME TO LONDON, IDIOT'S GUIDE TO LIVING ON YOUR OWN, WHERE TO GO. STUDENT LIFE What is the SU, Societies, Sports, RAG, Media, Volunteering 06 STUDENT LIFE WHAT IS THE STUDENTS' UNION? THE STUDENTS' UNION IS, FUNDAMENTALLY, YOU! Every LSE student is automatically a member � it's totally free � and with that membership comes the ability to get involved in all aspects of the Students' Union. In essence, we care about every aspect of your student experience. RUN BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS Students' Unions are, shockingly, run by students. Every year, there are two rounds of elections (on in the first term, one in the second term) that elect representatives to the Students' Union Executive Committee and School committees. co-operation. You can join these clubs during Freshers' Fayre (Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th September this year!). We support and train volunteers involved in these activities, and provide tonnes of opportunities for getting involved. If you're interested in being part of the most active campus in the world, check out the `Student Life' section of this Guide! REPRESENTING YOU AND CAMPAIGNING ON YOUR ISSUES Our primary aim is to represent you to the School and involve students in campaigns to improve our education and wider societal issues. We campaign on core academic issues like fees, teaching, and library quality; we run welfare campaigns on things like safety, quality of Halls of Residence and provision of School services such as the Nursery; and we also have campaigns around specific issues like environment and ethics, anti-racism, women's rights, postgraduate students, LGBT students, mature and part-time students, disabled students, and more. We seek to involve as many students as possible in these campaigns � and if there's an issue you care about, we want to help you make a difference. This sometimes involves waving placards, gathering petitions, putting papers to School committees, and generally ensuring the student voice is always heard. We also seek to engage students in wider political and social issues, and have campaigned widely in the past on social justice, environmental sustainability and internationalism, such as living wages for School staff and others in the local community (see page 43 for more). The Executive Committee is made up of four full-time paid Sabbatical Officers (who take a year out of their study, or after their final year, to work for the Students' Union). These run the organization day-to-day with the help of a professional, permanent staff team. The rest of the Executive is made up of Volunteer Officers representing key sections of the student body. You can hold your elected Officers to account and make sure they're representing you on the issues you care most about at our weekly Union General Meeting (UGM), the only one of its kind in the country. It happens every Thursday at 1pm in the Old Theatre, and every student can come along, vote and get involved. WELFARE The combination of living in London and studying at a world class institution can be stressful and confusing. Our professional Advice and Counselling Centre (ACC) is here to offer advice on a range of issues, be on hand to help you out if things go wrong and also offers hardship funds to support students in financial difficulty. Whether it's problems with a course or a landlord, our counsellor, and advisers, who specialise in immigration, housing and academic issues, offer free and confidential advice and support whenever you need it. SERVICES One of the most visible aspects of the Students' Union is its commercial services and entertainments � our bars, caf�, shops, gym, club nights, copy shop and so on. These services are here for two reasons: to provide every one of our members with cheap, friendly and convenient services and, most importantly, to generate additional money to reinvest in the wide range of welfare services we provide that aim to help and support you through your time at LSE. Enjoy! STUDENT ACTIVITIES: SOCIETIES, SPORTS, MEDIA GROUP RAG , Your Students' Union funds and supports over 170 societies, 30 sports clubs, a weekly newspaper (The Beaver), a radio station, a TV station, a journal, a charity fundraising through Raising and Giving (RAG), and a Dialogue Commission to foster greater understanding and STUDENT LIFE 07 HISTORY OF THE SUDENT'S UNION ESTABLISHED IN 1897 LSE Students' Union was founded in 1897 � two years after LSE itself � under the name of the `Economic Students' Union'. From the outset, it was characterised by vigorous political debate at its fortnightly meetings (referred to as the `Clare Market Parliament'). By the start of the new century, the Students' Union was also running dinner dances, concerts and other social events. In 1905, the Students' Union started publishing a journal, the Clare Market Review, which continued to be published regularly until 1973 before its recent revival in 2008. The Review included contributions from prominent academics at the School, celebrities and, of course, students. During the years after the First World War, the Students' Union started to organise sports clubs and other student societies, and was particularly encouraged in this by the then Director, Beveridge, who was also instrumental in obtaining the use of the sports ground in Berrylands in 1922. The Communist Party were banned from using School rooms in 1933 and the School expelled and deported American Communist Frank Meyer, then Students' Union President. The Students' Union secured its own premises for the first time in 1937, when the School purchased a building that had up until then been a public house � the Three Tuns. The location of today's Three Tuns was originally a car park in the ground floor of the Clare Market building. By the mid 1940s, the Athletics Union (AU) had been established as part of the Students' Union. In 1949, the Clare Market Review was Raising and Giving (RAG) activities were developed in 1980 by Tim Barnett (now an MP in New Zealand). The motto of the Students' Union was "Arms the Workers and the Students � Education is a Right, Not a Privilege". There was an occupation of the Library in 1983 which secured the LSE Nursery. The title of `President' was changed to The Students' Union sprang to international prominence during the period from 1967 to 1971, when protests at the appointment of Walter Adams as Director and then against his handling of those protests led to riots. Adams had been accused of racist policies in his time as a Principal in white-dominated Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The Director closed the School and erected security gates, which were pulled down by students, and also tried to expel the President of the Students' Union. There were numerous sit-ins involving literally thousands of students during this period. These actions secured student representation on committees and groups throughout the School's structure. Recently, the number of societies, sports and activities in the Students' Union have expanded rapidly. Controversy has never been far away, however. In 2005, the AU's annual `Barrel' event � consisting of drinking barrels dry and doing a ` fun run' around campus through lecture theatres and classrooms � got out of hand, leading to some students trashing Kings College, causing �30,000 worth of damage and leading to negative media attention. In 1989, the LSE Students' Union hit the headlines again when it elected Winston Silcott, then serving a life sentence for the murder of a policemen during a riot, as its Honorary President in order to highlight a perceived miscarriage of justice � leading human rights charities suggested the arrest was racially motivated. After a backlash which saw LSE splashed across newspaper front pages, the Students' Union General Secretary, Amanda Hart, received death threats and was forced to go into hiding. The following year, Silcott was cleared of any wrongdoing. joined by a weekly campus newspaper, The Beaver. `General Secretary' to show solidarity with striking miners. 08 STUDENT LIFE OUR BUILDING & THE NEW STUDENTS CENTRE The next year will be a critical one: we will be consulting all students to see what they want from our amazing new building. We need to know what you want from your Students' Union, so watch this space for ways to feed into it! OUR CURRENT HOME If you're in either the East Building or the Clare Market building, then its more than likely you're in a part of the Students' AT THE HEART OF LSE STUDENT LIFE, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE The Students' Union is based in the East Building and Clare Market Building, right at the heart of campus and just off the bustle and activity of Houghton Street. It's getting a bit old, but we're giving it a new lick of paint and refurbishment over the summer and, soon, we will have a brand new building... art New Students' Centre, to be built by 2012. It will be a cutting edge new home for the Students' Union, with far more space and opportunities for students than our present buildings, including a new Student Activities Centre, a much bigger and better gym, an expanded, hi-tech Media Centre, and a huge venue. It will also house the Accommodation Office, the Chaplaincy and the Muslim Prayer Rooms. It will be built on the site of the St. Philips buildings, which itself is the site of a former mortuary! Union. If elsewhere on campus then the service is run by the school. Our building is an historic one, full of character and commonly described as "lived in" (owing, in no small part, to the popularity of our services!). The East Building and Clare Market are reaching the end of their lifespan, and are earmarked for redevelopment. In the meantime, we are giving our facilities a lovely new refurbishment over the summer � so, by the time you arrive, it will look even better! NEW STUDENTS' CENTRE THE NEW HOME OF THE STUDENTS' UNION LSE is investing �25m in a state of the STUDENT LIFE 09 SOCIETIES Societies are a big deal at LSE. For many students, societies form a major part of their university experience (in between applying for internships and drowning your revision sorrows at the Three Tuns Pub). Societies are groups of students with a common interest. Simple as that. They are organised through the Students' Union, which has over 160 societies on its books - an extraordinary number considering our size - covering everything from Salsa to Spanish Diversity and Politics to Poker. Past society events have included brewery tours with Lager and Real Ale Society to the Drama Society's frequent performances. In the unlikely event that there isn't a society for you, then it is incredibly easy to set one up! to join the Food Appreciation society The most fun you can have in an LSE classroom. or belatedly realise your burning desire then don't despair. You can join any of the 150+ societies at the Students' Union Help Desk in the East Building at any point during the year. The Students' Union foots the bill for societies so the majority of society events are a lot cheaper than similar ones in London. In addition to this, you're guaranteed that there will be people there who share your Econ B woes or to whom you can moan about your roommates'lack of hygiene.. Not only are societies a lot of fun, but for the more career minded amongst you, getting involved can give your C.V. that extra oomph to make you stand out from other job applicants. Chances to organise events or expand your skills are to be found throughout all the societies. You never know, maybe whoever interviews you at Citigroup used to be on the committee of the Hummous society at the LSE. Leadership, interpersonal and team working skills are just some of the things you can cut and paste on to your job applications after sitting on a society committee. Surprisingly, it is actually true: societies will teach you far more about time management, organisation and communication than a lifetime of economics lectures ever could. There are three main positions on society committees: President (Chair), Treasurer and Secretary. However societies also have countless other positions that are specific to their society: fancy being the Sheep Officer for Knitting Society? Societies are a great way to get involved with the Students' Union and it is advisable for at least one member from each society attend the UGM, as there often issues discussed which directly effect societies. In short, societies are the best thing at LSE and the more you get involved, the better societies are and the more new friends you'll find. Sign up to as many as you can at Freshers' Fayre - give it a go! SOCIETIES: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION � Societies cost from just �1 to join and are open to all LSE students. � You can sign up to societies at Freshers' Fayre in Michaelmas Term and throughout the year at the Students' Union Help Desk. � Societies are democratic organisations: any member can stand for any committee position, and every member is entitled to vote. � If you have any queries about societies, contact Societies Officer, Chris Westgarth (email@example.com) � Society budgets are decided by F&S committee based on their size and purposes. "CHANCES TO ORGANISE EVENTS OR EXPAND YOUR SKILLS ARE TO BE FOUND THROUGHOUT ALL THE SOCIETIES" Societies help provide the cultural, political and social side of LSE. They put on events, host parties and hold workshops. There are roles within societies to suit everyone, whether your skills lie with organising parties, squeezing money out of investment banks or putting posters up on Houghton Street at 7am, societies need you! Societies are useful to meet people with similar interests to you, or just to scam free stuff at Freshers' Fayre: hair products, vodka and USB sticks to name a few. If you miss Fresher's Fayre 10 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES ABACUS SU.SOC.ABACUS@LSE.AC.UK Social networking society for Chinese, British Chinese and all other LSE students alike providing Chinese/Asian orientated events, nightlife and entertainment through out the year ending with an annual overseas trip organised each year. ACCOUNTING SU.SOC.ACCOUNTING@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Accounting Society is to introduce our members to various job opportunities as well as to the exciting future prospect of life as an accountant. Services provided by our society also includes interview skills, CV checks, and tutorials for AC100 students. ACTURIAL SU.SOC.ACTURIAL@LSE.AC.UK The Actuarial Society provides a first-hand insight into this highly-respectable yet unheard-of industry. We organise careers talks, business games and skills sessions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, WatsonWyatt, Mercer, etc. Social events such as the annual society dinner are also not to be missed! Students from all types of academic backgrounds are welcome! AFGANISTAN DEVELOPMENT AIESEC SU.SOC.AIESEC@LSE.AC.UK AIESEC is a global organisation that develops students into leaders by running and participating in an international exchange program. We give members opportunities to run exchange and leadership conferences, make new friends from all across the UK in national conferences and reach their own potential for personal development. ALBANIAN SU.SOC.ALBANIAN@LSE.AC.UK Awarded "Best Overall Society" at LSE for the academic year 2007-2008 for its high achievements throughout the year in LSE campus and beyond, LSE SU Albanian Society is a campus based society established in 2005 which aims to promote a better understanding of Albanian culture, tradition, history and current affairs. For more information also visit www.lsealbanians.org A secular, politically independent society serving as a forum for the discussion and analysis of the economic, social, and cultural development effort in Afghanistan as well as the role of the international community in Afghanistan and the wider region. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LSESU ANIME ANTHROPOLOGY Amnesty International LSESU is the largest human rights group at the LSE. It brings together students with a common interest and concern for the protection of human rights, organising interesting speaker events, on campus and off campus actions and fundraisers to support the work of Amnesty International and take action on human rights abuses in general. A place for all things ani-manga! Weekly screenings, manga news, anime expo trips and lots more! Anthropology has been taught at the LSE since 1904. The society endeavours to promote the discipline's virtues to all students. We welcomes anyone interested in our plant's vast sociocultural complexities. We combine both highprofile academic events with one of the most successful live `world music` nights on campus. STUDENT LIFE 11 ARABIC SU.SOC.ARABIC@LSE.AC.UK The Arabic Society is a predominantly cultural based society at the LSE. It is a society grounded in aspects of the term "Arabic". The society hosts social events, dancing classes, Arabic conversational classes and will invite guest speakers. The Society aims to foster a strong camaraderie within the student body based on a mutual interest for all that is "Arabic". ASIAN CAREERS SU.SOC.ASIAN-CAREERS@LSE.AC.UK A must-join society if you would like to pursue a career not only in the London but also in the Asia-Pacific region! Banking, law, consultancy, accountancy, alternative careers - you name it, we get it. ATHIEST AND HUMANIST The Atheist and Humanist Society aims to allow a platform for open-minded debate and discussion surrounding religion, atheism and humanism. It will provide the chance for members to meet other non-believers at the LSE and to engage in lively discussions with (hopefully!) some eminent speakers. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND AUSTRIAN SU.SOC.AUSTIRAN@LSE.AC.UK The Austrian Society is aimed at uniting Austrians at the LSE as well as celebrating the rich Austrian culture with enthusiasts. Our very successful events include, among many other things: the Austrian Ball in London - including free waltz-dancing lessons, the Gl�hwein and Punsch stall, trips to Red Bull Racing, Goldman Sachs and Skiing trips! Everyone is welcome to join! BACCHUS SU.SOC.BACCHUS@LSE.AC.UK The Bacchus Friends Wine Appreciation Society is committed to developing a theoretical understanding and practical appreciation of wine and the industry surrounding it. Through organized events, tutored tastings and educational and insightful guest presenters, our aim is to provide events which are interesting, educational, edifying, and most importantly, enjoyable for those involved. Bringing together Australians, New Zealanders, and anybody else who wishes to join in order to enjoy various aspects of Australian and New Zealand culture. We run various events throughout the year, including social events, career-related events, and special speaker events. BALTIC SU.SOC.BALTIC@LSE.AC.UK The Baltic Society brings together LSE students either coming from the Baltics or having a deep-rooted interested in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Our aim is to organise networking events with politicians, academics, businesses, and other societies who share our passion for deeper understanding and development of the Baltic region. BANGLEDESH SU.SOC.BANGLEDESH@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Bangladesh society is one of the warmest and most active cultural societies on campus. We host a wide variety of events -- from social gatherings and cultural shows, to prestigious speaker events and more formal dos. We welcome students from all different backgrounds, religions and cultures. BORNFREE SU.SOC.BORNFREE@LSE.AC.UK We represent the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animals suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. 12 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES BRAZILIAN SU.SOC.BRAZILIAN@LSE.AC.UK If you're interested in getting in touch with Brazilian issues and way of life, this is your society. Loving this beautiful country is all it takes to join us, regardless of your nationality. Brazil is well known for its hospitality and diversity! BRIDGE SU.SOC.BRIDGE@LSE.AC.UK Bridge Society will teach you the art of concentrating, analysing opponent play, and taking calculated risks in the dynamic and highly intelligent game of Bridge. That said its not all Hearts and Spades. Besides professionally taught classes, and competitions; the social side of BridgeSoc has brought many their best LSE memories. BRUMMIES UTD SU.SOC.BRUMMIES@LSE.AC.UK To promote Brummie culture to LSE students (Baltis, Chocolate, Reggae, Ska and new romantic music). To bring Brummies at LSE closer together. To assist homesick Brummies in adapting to life in the capital. To provide diction classes to those Brummies who wish to rid themselves of a stigmatised accent. BULGARIAN SU.SOC.BULGARIAN@LSE.AC.UK LSESU BULGARIAN SOCIETY aims to enrich the society's portfolio through representing Bulgarian and other nationalities from the Balkans. Our purpose is to promote Bulgarian culture and traditions together with enhancing the understanding of the above mentioned to anyone who feels close to Bulgaria. BUSINESS SU.SOC.BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK Founded in 1996, the Business Society has developed into the largest and best-established society on campus. We are the first society at the LSE to have organised "Banking for Beginners" and "Leaders of M&A" series as well as annual careers trips to New York and Dubai. Visit us at www.businesssociety.co.uk CATALAN SU.SOC.CATALAN@LSE.AC.UK The Catalan Society brings together LSE students that share an interest for Catalunya, rise awareness about Catalunya and promote its culture amongst the LSE community. CELTIC SU.SOC.CELTIC@LSE.AC.UK The Celtic Society is for all Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Bretagne Celts and for anybody else who wants to have a good time with people who know how. The society offers an alternative to the standard career-orientated focus of most other societies and is chance to let your hair down, for which we have a fast growing reputation. CHESS SU.SOC.CHESS@LSE.AC.UK The Chess Society aims to improve our members' chess playing abilities in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have tournaments throughout the year and run coaching sessions every week for players of all levels. Advanced players may wish to try out for the team, which competes in the ULU League. CHINA DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.CHINADEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK China Development Society aims to be at the forefront to promote a global understanding of China's economic, political and social development by organizing lectures for which we invite a wide range of speakers. CDS was awarded LSESU Highly Commended Best Overall Society, Best Society Event, Best Society Website 2006/2007 and had Best Series of Events 2007/2008. STUDENT LIFE 13 CHRISTIAN UNION SU.SOC.CHRISTIAN-UNION@LSE.AC.UK Tired of religion? So are we. The Christian Union is a group of Christ-followers on campus who are passionate about knowing Jesus and introducing him to others. We want to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about Jesus and his radical message through various events including, talks, weekly gatherings, and small groups. COLUMBIAN SO.SOC.COLUMBIAN@LSE.AC.UK The Society that has brought you La Fiesta Latina, the best LSE party every year; the academic conferences in March with world renowned speakers; a trip to Cambridge with the Cambridge Colombian Society and more. Join us, it doesn't matter whether you are Colombian or not. You'll realise that Colombia is a marvellous country, full of unexplored secrets, beautiful landscapes, amazing food and really friendly people. CONSERVATIVE SU.SOC.CONSERVATIVE@LSE.AC.UK The society supports the Conservative Party of the UK and has strong links to the Party organisation as well as elected Conservatives around the UK, in Parliament, Councils and other authorities.The society hosts many frontbench spokespeople, assists in practical campaigning and works with other university Conservative societies. CONSULTANCY SU.SOC.CONSULTANCY@LSE.AC.UK LSE SU Consultancy Society was established with the aims to promote consultancy as a career choice, provide students with more opportunities to touch base with consultancy firms and deepen their understanding of the consulting industry by holding a series of events such as company presentations, skill development workshops and lectures. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CSSA SU.SOC.CSSA@LSE.AC.UK The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is one of the most prominent actors in bringing closer the 2 great nations of China and the UK. We organize social events for Chinese students and scholars studying in the UK, and also hosts lectures that enhance your knowledge of China and Chinese culture. Our society aims to demonstrate the impact and importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in all fields including law, business and economics. Through events such as forums and panel discussions we highlight a range of CSR issues such as green investment and CSR in developing countries. We also organise events to help those interested in a career in CSR. CYPRIOT SU.SOC.CYPRIOT@LSE.AC.UK The society aims in bringing Cypriot students together, organising events and activities that allow foreign students to become acquainted with the Cypriot tradition and culture. CZECH AND SLOVAK SU.SOC.CZECH-SLOVAK@LSE.AC.UK The Czech and Slovak Society is a dynamic society aimed at celebrating the very best of the Central European Culture. World-famous Czech and Slovak beers, fascinating classical music by Dvorak and Smetana as well as highpaying jobs in countries where a pint costs less than a pound await YOU! DANCE SU.SOC.DANCE@LSE.AC.UK Everybody dances. With a general genuine interest that anybody can connect with, we offer a variety of dances, social activities, competitions and an annual Dance Show. Dance is a costless way to socialise, keep fit and have fun, that's why we are the largest hobby-related society in LSE. 14 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES DEBATE SU.SOC.DEBATE@LSE.AC.UK The Debate Society is a citadel of argumentation. A bastion of rhetorical sparring. We represent LSE at inter-varsity competitions throughout Britain, Europe and the World. We hold weekly practice sessions,and organise tournaments that attract competitors from around the world. We travel, compete and win... usually. DEVELOPMENT SU.SOC.DEVELOPMENT@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Development Society aims to broaden the student`s horizon by raising awareness of important developmental issues through the creation of a dialogue between students and experts as well as by showing means of active involvement. The Society organizes talks, seminars, discussion groups, fundraisers, movie screenings and essay (and other) competitions to raise awareness on issues faced by developing countries around the world. DRAMA SU.SOC.DRAMA@LSE.AC.UK The Drama Society is a welcome artistic outlet for students at the LSE, putting on an average of five productions a year. The society is one of the most active on campus and was winner of Best Overall Society and Best Event at the 2009 Student's Union Awards. DUBAI SU.SOC.DUBAI@LSE.AC.UK Founded in 2008, The London School of Economics' Student Union's Dubai Society is one of the most active national societies on campus. Through their participation our members are able to learn more about the Arab culture and job opportunities within the region. They will also get the chance to visit the beautiful city and witness the massive developments by joining us on the Dubai Careers Trip. ECONOMICS SU.SOC.ECONOMICS@LSE.AC.UK We are one of the fastest growing societies at the LSE with an events range which is diverse and unique to the LSE. Our events range from speaker events to Economics help sessions which are endorsed by the Economics Department, so you are guaranteed quality when joining the society. ENTREPENEURS SU.SOC.ENTREPENEURS@LSE.AC.UK LSESU Entrepreneurs society is committed to foster entrepreneurial skills of creativity, initiative and problem solving that will enable students to run their own companies and to promote student enterprises at the LSE by encouraging a community of entrepreneurial spirit. Our events look to spark as well as develop these elements among our participants. ENVIRONMENT EUROPEAN SU.SOC.EUROPEAN@LSE.AC.UK The European Society aims to create opportunities for students to engage with all aspects of Europe: its culture(s), its people, and its politics (in particular those of the European Union). We organize a variety of public lectures and social events every year, including a trip to a European capital. FASHION The LSE SU Environment Society aims to educate and inform the LSE student community about environmental issues. We provide a non-partisan platform for forging partnerships and creating networks which share knowledge and values. A newly established society, we aim to make knowledge about fashion and its various aspects � haute couture, pr�ta-porter, ethical fashion etc � more accessible to the LSE population through a series of fashion-related information and sharing sessions, talks, and shopping trips. STUDENT LIFE 15 FEMINIST SU.SOC.FEMINIST@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Feminist society is to promote gender equality on campus and beyond through awareness raising and campaigning about and against gender discrimination. We strive to provide social space for the development of feminist ideas and strategies as well as responding to sexism with effective protest. FIGHT RACISM FIGHT IMPERIALISM FILIPINO SU.SOC.FILIPINO@LSE.AC.UK The Filipino Society aims to promote the Filipino culture to both Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, as well as encourage multi-culturalism and diversity in this rapidly globalising world. It aims to provide its members with opportunities that are unique and wide-ranging through presentations, seminars, social gatherings, partnerships with other societies, businesses and governments, employer drop in sessions and the like. This society campaigns against discrimination and exploitation in all its forms. We hold regular educational meetings, demonstrations and solidarity actions against the occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, in defense of the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions, and against racist attacks and repression of asylum seekers in Britain, among other issues. FILM SU.SOC.FILM@LSE.AC.UK The Film society is one of the fastest growing societies on campus!! We show 2 films a week and usually have one joint event with another society once a week. With outdoor screenings and film trips, we are the most active non-career society on campus, so visit our booth! FINANCE SU.SOC.FINANCE@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Finance Society has 2,000 members and is seen as the most active on campus. Our aims are to educate our members about finance and aid them in their career pursuits. We partner with 30 industry giants in the finance, professional services, consulting and legal sectors to provide seminars. FINNISH SU.SOC.FINNISH@LSE.AC.UK We aim to actively promote Finnish culture on campus and create cultural, careers-related and social activities for Finnish students and others interested, by arranging recruitment and networking events, meetings with and lectures by prominent Finns and various social gatherings and outings, as well as partaking in the intercultural activities on campus. FOOD APPRECIATION FRENCH SU.SOC.FRENCH@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the French Society is to promote French culture at the LSE by enabling students to familiarize with French politics, films, food, wine, music and more... The French society also provides a contact point for French Students and welcomes international students who wish to learn about France, its culture and language. GEOGRAPHY SU.SOC.GEOGRAPHY Without Geography we would be lost. The society aims to promote the advancement of Geography as an academic and non-academic discipline. Supported by the Royal Geographical Society. For anyone who appreciates good food and is up for an array of exciting events dedicated to pleasing your palates while you enjoy the company of fellow foodies. Voted the best new society for 2008/2009, the food appreciation society aims to continue spreading the joy with good times and great food! 16 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES GERMAN SU.SOC.GERMAN@LSE.AC.UK The German Society is one of the largest and the most active cultural societies on campus with more than 300 members, aiming to promote an interest in Germany's language, culture and societal life on campus. Our annual German Symposium brings a diverse line-up of high profile German speakers to LSE for a week. Traditionally the week is rounded off by the (in)famous Oktoberfest... GRIMSHAW SU.SOC.GRIMSHAW@LSE.AC.UK The Grimshaw Club is the student society affiliated to the LSE International Relations Department and, established in 1923, it is the oldest student society of the School. The Club welcomes all students interested in current affairs while also providing an important social forum for student and staff members of the Department. HAYEK SU.SOC.HAYEK@LSE.AC.UK The aim of this LSE-based student organisation is to defend classical liberalism and free market economics. It is a society for the mutual exchange of ideas, and is named in honour of Nobel Laureate Freidrich August von Hayek, who lectured at the London School of Economics from 1931 until 1950. HEDGEFUND SU.SOC.HEDGEFUND@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Hedge Fund Society is the one and only specialised student society in this area in the UK, with over 600 current members. Our aim is to introduce to students the world of hedge funds as well as the alternative investment industry. We welcome students from all disciplines. HELLENIC SU.SOC.HELLENIC@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Hellenic Society is to promote Greek culture in LSE's multicultural environment. We try to do so by organizing events with Greek music and Greek dance. Furthermore, we try to encourage discussion about Greece and anything of Greek interest among LSE students by organising discussion sessions. HINDU SU.SOC.HINDU@LSE.AC.UK What is Hinduism and what is its core message? The Hindu Society explores these questions through a series of religious, educational, charitable and social events, including pujas, study classes, public lectures and interfaith events. It is a vibrant, fun and inspiring society will blend religion smoothly into your student life. HISTORY SU.SOC.HISTORY@LSE.AC.UK The History Society is a popular and active society, with around 150 members, including both students of history and those with a general interest in the subject. We host lectures from distinguished academic speakers, put on film nights and socials, and organise trips to museums and art galleries. HK PASS SU.SOC.HKPASS@LSE.AC.UK While we promise exciting Public Affairs and Social Service opportunities and ongoing support throughout the year, we also deliver a series of social events for our members � from a feast in China Town to a day at Thorpe Park to an adventure in Cophenhagen. Register to join the family! HUMMOUS SU.SOC.HUMMOUS@LSE.AC.UK Love indulging? The Hummous society at LSE is here to satisfy your wildest hummous desires. Second year running, events included a chick hummous-tasting evening with over 40 types of hummous, a tour-de-force of a middle-eastern kitchen, hummous-making master-class, summer picnic and scrumptious evenings out. For that exotic touch our events feature henna painting and sheesha. STUDENT LIFE 17 INDONESIAN-BRUNEIAN SU.SOC.INDONESIAN-BRUNEIAN@LSE.AC.UK For all Indonesian and Bruneian students, and all those affiliated with us! Join to be part of our small but rapidly expanding network of Indonesian and Bruneian students at the LSE. INNS OF COURT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT The Inns of Court Society (IOC) is devoted to helping students to become first class lawyers and barristers. We organize various activities and events including; Trips to the Inns and the Courts, Debates and moots, Advocacy training, Lecture series, Socials, and Seminars on qualification. See our website for more details. The International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN) is an international network that brings together university students interested in the ICC and international criminal justice, and serves as a forum for discussion and information dissemination on issues of international criminal law and the Court itself INVESTMENT SU.SOC.INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK The Investment Society is one of the largest and most active societies at the LSE. The main focus our society is to build the knowledge and skills of our members, enabling them to realise their potentials and career ambitions in the areas of investment and finance. ISLAMIC SU.SOC.ISLAMIC@LSE.AC.UK The award winning LSESU Islamic Society - one of the most active and diverse societies - offers a wide variety of services for both Muslims and Non-Muslims; from talks, interfaith and charity events to mentoring and socials. A forum is provided to gain greater knowledge on this much-discussed global faith. ITALIAN SU.SOC.ITALIAN@LSE.AC.UK Both for Italians and non-Italians, our Society organizes social events (e.g. parties, food tasting) and academic public lectures with guest speakers. Our mission is to promote Italian culture on campus and involve our members in outstanding activities. ITCHY FEET SU.SOC.ITCHYFEET@LSE.AC.UK Itchy Feet is the Travel and Backpacking Society of the LSESU. We promote travel on campus around a global citizen theme and sport a number of different activities. We will in 2009/10 be seeking enthusiastic Freshers to join the committee � do ask at our Freshers' Fair stall. JAPAN SU.SOC.JAPAN@LSE.AC.UK Japan Society is one of the most popular and diverse national societies in LSE (80% of its 250 members are non-Japanese). We actively organise cultural events (e.g. welcome parties, Asian Food Fair, calligraphy workshop), career events, language classes and joint events (e.g. Sushi&Film Night with FilmSoc, clubbing events with ULJS). JEWISH SU.SOC.JEWISH@LSE.AC.UK The Jewish Society at LSE is an active and vibrant society. We run all sorts of social and educational events ranging from Friday night Shabbat meals to `Booze for Jews' to weekly Lunch and Learn sessions. We are non-denominational and cross communal so no matter how affiliated you are, there will be something for you. 18 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES KENYAN SU.SOC.KENYAN@LSE.AC.UK The Kenyan society is meant to unite all kenyans at the LSE. The major aim is to get students together at social events and to find ways to raise funds for charities in Kenya. KNITTING SU.SOC.KNITTING@LSE.AC.UK Newbies/Pro's are more than welcome! We have weekly workshops for you to learn and we do loads of events, some for charity, some for fun, many for drinking. It's not as complicated as you think, we'll easily have you in a home made scarf by christmas! KOREAN The Korean Society was established in 1999 and has been growing ever since. It aims to provide a first hand experience to those interested in Korea and our culture and supports the Korean students at LSE in every way possible through a variety of cultural and social events. LABOUR SU.SOC.LABOUR@LSE.AC.UK The LSE Labour Society exists to promote progressive values on the LSE campus, as well as supporting Labour Party policies off campus. LARA SU.SOC.LARA@LSE.AC.UK LARA-- the bare-breasted figurehead on the prow of the good ship LSESU. The muse of good times, her aim is to educate as well as inebriate. LAW SU.SOC.LAW@LSE.AC.UK The Law Society is one of the largest and most active societies, with over 550 members last year. We organise many outside speaker events, prospective employment presentations, workshops, competitions and great socials! Whether you want to join the legal profession or are just interested in law, membership is a must! LEBANESE SU.SOC.LEBANESE@LSE.AC.UK The Lebanese society at LSE aims to promote Lebanese culture and arts to the students of LSE. LGBT SU.SOC.LGBT@LSE.AC.UK The society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students and their friends at LSE. We put on a wide range of event throughout the year from careers sessions to tea parties, theatre trips and campaigning - and our amazing monthly night in the Undergeround bar, Mind the Gap. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SU.SOC.LIBERALDEMOCRATS@LSE.AC.UK LSE SU Liberal Democrats exist to promote the liberal values of the Liberal Democrats through talks, debates and socials. We regularly attract high profile speakers. We fight on issues that matter to students and campaign across London with MPs, Councillors and AMs. For more information, visit our facebook group (tinyurl.com/lselibdems). STUDENT LIFE 19 LINGUISTICS LITERATURE SU.SOC.LITERATURE@LSE.AC.UK The LSE SU Literature Society is here to promote arts and especially literature at the LSE. We do a large range of events throughout the entire year, including book clubs, writers groups, theatre trips, film and poetry nights and much more! LIVE MUSIC SU.SOC.LIVEMUSIC@LSE.AC.UK Fresh year and a fresh start for the legend that is the Live Music Society. This year is promised to be even bigger, even louder and a whole lot more fun. Yes, Open Mic is back, and we would very much like to see all of you there! Singing, jamming, playing instruments and rocking our resident hangout like they've never seen it before. Learn different languages and find out how they work, or even create your own! Discover the Mycenaean Linear B script, find a language with 85 consonants but just 2 vowels, unearth how Hindi and English are actually cousins, see how languages change over time, and more! MALAYSIA SINGAPORE MALAYSIAN SU.SOC.MALAYSIA-CLUB@LSE.AC.UK As the resident club to Malaysians studying in the LSE, we aim to act as a platform to bring all Malaysian students together as a community, be it celebrating a festival or to engage in intellectual discourse. Moreover, we actively promote the Malaysian culture amongst the international student community in the LSE. MARITIME SU.SOC.MARITIME@LSE.AC.UK The London School of Economics' Student Union's Maritime Society is founded in 2009 to create and empower the network of students who are involved in the shipping industry, in order to provide a forum for one of the most international sector of the world economy.If you want to become the captain of the world economy, join us !!! The aim of this society is to unite the Malaysians and Singaporeans in LSE. We would like to help our members adapt to the lifestyle and culture of the UK. Besides that, we hope to be able to help our members develop their career skills. MATHS AND STATS SU.SOC.MATHS&STATS@LSE.AC.UK Intrigued by the intricacies of Gaussian Elimination... or just plain confused? Then no worries, your Maths and Stats Society are here to help. We offer weekly homework help sessions under the guidance of 2nd and 3rd years, as well as numerous social events to meet your fellow students. MEXICAN SU.SOC.MEXICAN@LSE.AC.UK One of the biggest national societies in LSE. Last year (2008-09) consisting of 305 members of which the majority where not mexican! Why? Because this is an open society that also throws the best parties (Yes..tequila, but much more!), has great food (as our continuous success at the International Food Fair shows) and holds high level academic and political events. MICROFINANCE SU.SOC.MICROFINANCE@LSE.AC.UK The LSE SU Microfinance Society seeks to expand horizons. We strive to be a platform of debate and exchange on microfinance and social business issues, as well as a link between microfinance institutions and dedicated individuals at the London School of Economics. 20 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES MUSIC SU.SOC.MUSIC@LSE.AC.UK This is the place at LSE where all the musicians meet and enjoy playing a variety of music. Activities include the orchestra, choir, jazz band and chamber music. Members also get an access to the Music Practice Room. Join us to make music with us! NORTHERNERS SU.SOC.NORTHERNERS@LSE.AC.UK Last year we got off to a crackin' start with a debate with Tim Leunig (look him up!) and a victorious Tug of War for RAG being highlights. This year we hope to reach banterous new heights and spread the Northern word, as well as kickin some more southern arse. OIKOS SU.SOC.OIKOSLONDON@LSE.AC.UK Oikos International is a student organisation for sustainable economics and management. If you are interested in practical solutions to problems such as energy and climate change, through panel discussions, simulation games and trips to zero-energy development sites, Oikos London is the society for you! OPERA SU.SOC.OPERA@LSE.AC.UK The Opera Society is a place where students interested in opera and ballet can come together. We organise discounted tickets for performances at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, London Symphony Orchestra and more! We also plan social events for our members to get to know each other. Whether new to opera or obsessed with it, this is the place for you! PALESTINE SU.SOC.PALESTINE@LSE.AC.UK One of the most active and high profile societies on campus which exists to promote the ideal of justice for the people of Palestine. PEOPLE AND PLANET SU.SOC.PEOPLEANDPLANET@LSE.AC.UK People & Planet is the largest, student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. LSESU P&P is a large, active and friendly group, working on numerous campaigns through lobbying, discussion, inviting speakers, fundraising and entertaining social events including our annual `Global Dinner'. POKER SU.SOC.POKER@LSE.AC.UK Poker Society promotes the game of Poker which is competition in the purest sense - person to person where you can bet your skills against the skills of another person. POLITICS SU.SOC.POLITICS@LSE.AC.UK The Politics society provides a forum for students who share a common interest in all things political. Whether you are red, green, or blue; party political or not, if you have an opinion then we want you to join our society! Events include guest speakers, debates, and regular trips to Westminster. POST INSANE We are the Rolling Stones of LSE's intellectual scene. Both its youngest and boldest society, founded in the Spirit of the Radicals of 1789, we seek to critique the contemporary state of the human existence. Is your dream come true an internship at Goldman Sachs? This society ain't for you. STUDENT LIFE 21 PRIVATE EQUITY SU.SOC.PRIVATEEQUITY@LSE.AC.UK The Private Equity Society is one of the most dynamic and interactive student societies at the LSE, organizing the world's largest student conference on Private Equity and Hedge Funds, the Alternative Investments Conference. We are a passionate group of students and young professionals focused on deepening our knowledge of some of the most interesting areas of finance, including leveraged buyouts and venture capital. PROPERTY INVESTMENT SU.SOC.PROPERTY INVESTMENT@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Property Investment society is the LSE's only dedicated gateway into real estate. It provides a combination of extensive educational and networking opportunities enabling career orientated students to gain exposure to the industry. RUSSIAN BUSINESS We organise recruiting events with Western and Russian companies to distinguish and promote highly educated Russian speaking students from the top UK Universities. We also organise Business and Economic oriented lectures, presentations and receptions in order to give students, media and academics a first-hand insight into Russia. The society allows for networking, to broaden the links and contacts for our members. SALSA SU.SOC.SALSA@LSE.AC.UK Do you feel the rhythm in your veins? The need to accompany it with a little bit of salsa? We will get you dancing. With weekly classes, parties, workshops, and nights out, the year promises to be one of excitement. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome. EVERYONE has a right to dance! SCANDINAVIAN SU.SOC.SCANDINAVIAN@LSE.AC.UK The Scandinavian Society is notoriously recognized for successfully promoting tradition and culture through some of the wildest parties known to LSE having attracted such famous faces as Howard Davies himself. We are hoping to come out bigger and better than ever with new exciting events and interesting speakers lined up. SCHEME SU.SOC.SCHEME@LSE.AC.UK A new society who's aim is to bring a community spirit to LSE. If you've got ideas for events, schemes or just generally how to bring a smile to peoples faces then join up now! SERBIAN SIKH-PUNJAB SU.SOC.SIKH-PUNJAB@LSE.AC.UK Coming from relative obscurity, the LSE Sikh-Punjab Soc has grown to be one of LSE's most dynamic, vibrant, happening societies. Time after time, bringing you the most exciting and talked about events at the LSE, constantly pushing the boundaries of possibility to reach unimaginable heights. SINGAPORE SU.SOC.SINGAPORE@LSE.AC.UK The LSESU Singapore Society's vision is to facilitate the expression of a unique national identity and to ease the introduction of members into a foreign environment. With a strong foundation of 150 members, events are well received and provide an extremely good opportunity for fellow Singaporeans to interact. In addition, non-Singaporeans are also highly encouraged to join and soak up the culture. We seek to inform and familiarise students as well as the wider public about Serbia; its past, present and future. Through panels, debates, and our famous yearly trip to Serbia, the Society offers an insight into this Western Balkan country and the current issues that it faces. 22 STUDENT LIFE SOCIETIES SLOVENIAN SU.SOC.SLOVENIAN@LSE.AC.UK Slovenian Society brings together Slovenians at the LSE, their friends and anyone else that is interested in Slovenia. The society organises various events, from more formal events, such as for example the Slovenian Cultural Day in February, film nights, recitals and guest speakers, to more informal social meetings. If you have any further questions please fell free to contact us. SOCIAL POLICY SU.SOC.SOCIALPOLICY@LSE.AC.UK SPS aims to engage students on important social policy issues through a variety of social, networking, educational, policy forums, and career-focused events and activities. SPS offers regular opportunities for students to learn, connect, and discuss, including Social Policy Week during Lent Term. Open to students of all departments. SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTORS Socially Responsible Investing is a rapidly growing trend in today's financial environment. The society's aim is to help those interested to learn more about SRI and get the opportunity to meet professionals in the sector. This year we will set up a socially responsible investment fund, so get involved! SPICE SU.SOC.SPICE@LSE.AC.UK SPICE celebrates every festival in the Indian Subcontinent, hosts Bollywood movie nights, holds special dinners and Chaat stalls, organises educational talks and debates with high-profile speakers and much more! With SPICE, you are assured to spend a brilliant time at the LSE, because the Indian culture can always take a new flavour. SPICE up your lives! SRI LANKAN SU.SOC.SRILANKAN@LSE.AC.UK Sri Lankan Society is the cultural society representing all the Sri Lankan students in LSE. The society aims to bring together students from diverse backgrounds, promote the Sri Lankan culture and organize various events for the student body of LSE in general. Regular socials are organized and "Sri Lankan Dance" is always a big highlight of Timeless. STOP THE WAR COALITION Stop the War Coalition was formed in September 2001 to stop the war declared by the US and its allies against `terrorism'. As a broad and radical network, STWC has become the biggest mass movement in British political history. We raise awareness and advocate civil disobedience to achieve our aims. STUDENT ACTION FOR REFUGEES SWSS TAIWAN SU.SOC.TAIWAN@LSE.AC.UK The Taiwanese Society aims to promote greater understanding of the rich culture and history of Taiwan, as well as foster a friendly and intimate community among our members. To this end, we organize cultural and social events such as lectures, theatre trips, dinner outings, and parties throughout the year. For further information contact: su.soc.taiwan@lse. ac.uk A society for students concerned with the situation of refugees in Britain. SWSS agitates for socialist ideas on campus and is part of united campaigns against fascism, racism, climate change and oppression. At LSE we were involved in the occupation of the Old Theatre against the Israeli attack on Gaza and we are involved with the LSE Not for Profit campaign STUDENT LIFE 23 THAI SU.SOC.THAI@LSE.AC.UK The Thai society seeks to engage members with various activities throughout the year ranging from the traditional Thai `rub nong' (freshers welcome), annual Thai Night Shows, and concerts held by Thai contemporary artists all the way from Bangkok. Non-Thais may experience a year of free Thai lessons and Thai food. THE WORLD KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY TURKISH SU.SOC.TURKISH@LSE.AC.UK The aim of the Turkish Society is to bring the Turkish speaking community together and to contribute to the truly international environment of LSE by introducing Turkish culture, politics, economics and current affairs through a number of events. One of LSE Union's newest and most promising Societies! World Knowledge Society is a nexus between members and professionals from international organisations, NGOs, thinktanks and global initiatives. It is a forum for discussion, education and networking, with seminars involving representatives from some of most important global organisations throughout the year! UKRAINIAN SU.SOC.UKRAINIAN@LSE.AC.UK Our society aims to promote Ukraine at the LSE and in the U.K., provide a forum for Ukrainians and those interested in Ukraine at the LSE and foster academic, political, business and cultural contacts between the UK and Ukraine. UNITED NATIONS SU.SOC.UNSOCIETY@LSE.AC.UK The United Nations Society promotes the values and aims of the United Nations at LSE. We organise UN-related debates and lectures, the UN Careers evening, and Model UN delegations around the world. If you believe in the UN, enjoy travelling and care about current international issues, the UN Society is for you. VEGETARIAN SU.SOC.VEG@LSE.AC.UK Veg Soc was formed in October 2008. Its objectives are to: campaign for vegetarian and vegan related issues on campus, provide a platform for vegetarians and vegans to meet each other through social events, cookery events, provide a support system for any individuals at LSE wanting to turn vegetarian or vegan, raise awareness about health and dietary issues faced by vegetarians and vegans. VIETNAM SU.SOC.VIETNAM@LSE.AC.UK The LSE-Vietnam Society (VNLSE) has a membership base of Vietnamese and international students who are currently studying at the School. Our main mission is to introduce and diffuse Vietnamese culture, faciliate understanding and promote her rich cultural heritage to international friends. Each year,we put up various events, including the annual cultural show, Christmas trip, etc. VISUAL ARTS SU.SOC.VISUALARTS@LSE.AC.UK The Visual Arts Society is very active, creative and fun. We have weekly life drawing sessions, freestyle sessions with all types of art including painting, sculpture, cartoon etc; regular gallery outings to galleries with DISCOUNT tickets. Finally our Student Art Exhibition is THE major art event at LSE! WOMEN IN BUSINESS SU.SOC.WOMEN-IN-BUSINESS@LSE.AC.UK WiB's long term vision is to generate strong positioning for its members by establishing a much-needed forum for business networking, education and the discussion of pressing issues surrounding women in business. We aim to help our members address the above three issues early on in their careers so that they are well positioned to achieve their goals and aspirations in the future. 24 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS From rugby to boxing, volleyball to ultimate frisbee, novice to national champion, the LSE Athletics Union (AU) caters for everyone. With 42 sports clubs and over 2000 members, you're sure to find something that suits. Whether you are looking to compete in the national finals with basketball, get fit with the aerobics club, try something new with one of our martial arts clubs or just to find some drinking buddies, then the AU won't disappoint! However, ULU isn't only useful for a bit of local rivalry, it also allows LSE students to nationally for all levels of players. Many of our teams also compete in the University of London Union (ULU) league, allowing us to show the other London universities, and particularly our dear neighbours King's College (more commonly known as Strand Poly) that not only are we good at economics, but we can also beat them at netball, hockey and taekwondo. participate in sports that aren't practical to run at college level, for example swimming, athletics and fencing. These sports are a great way to make friends with a range of students across London as the teams are formed from all London Universities. FACILITIES Whilst providing an on-campus ski-slope may be beyond our means, you will find squash courts, badminton courts and a gymnasium on site. A short train ride away, in a picturesque setting just outside London, lies Berrylands Sports Ground, known as `the fortress' to its regulars. With seven pitches for footballers and rugby players and a multisport area for netball, tennis and 5-a-side, it is the place to be on a Wednesday afternoon. The on site bar provides the perfect place to enjoy a beer, some food and socialise with friends (and foes!) post-match. Although the journey can put people off, ask any of our teams and they will tell you it's vital in really building up relationships within your team, going over game plans or usually just catching up on the week's antics! Most sports matches are played on a Wednesday afternoon -a time which the School has agreed to keep free for sports and other enrichment activities. However, the AU and Students' Union have become aware of lectures and seminars scheduled during this time and undergraduate lectures will now finish at midday at the latest. If you have any trouble just let the AU Exec know and they can see what they can do. "THESE SPORTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A RANGE OF STUDENTS ACROSS LONDON" For a central London university, we have a very impressive participation rate in sport with students of all standards, nationalities and levels of study getting involved. With seven netball, eight football and four rugby teams the LSE stands out amongst its academic peers in being able to offer everyone a chance to represent their university. Although securing a place in the first team may be very competitive, many clubs predominantly recruit from those who have never been involved in the sport before (capoiera anyone?!), so ability comes second to a sense of enthusiasm! COMPETITIONS All competitive clubs are affiliated with the British University College of Sport (BUCS, previously known as BUSA), who organise and run inter-university leagues STUDENT LIFE 25 AU NIGHTS It's all about the banter... The AU is renowned in LSE not only for its sporting prowess but also for its love of all things fancy dress, snakebite and 90's cheese. If you want to meet like minded people, keep fit and avoid becoming a library hermit then look no further than the AU! Like all universities, Wednesday night is sports night and is legendary within the AU. Win, lose or draw there is always cause for a celebration. The night starts at our spiritual home, the Three Tuns where your captains will greet you and make sure you are suitably `looked after'. Join in the drinking games, belt out a love-song on the karaoke or simply catch up with your friends - you're always guaranteed a fun and `interesting' night! Expect to think of nothing else when asked "what are you doing Wednesday?" We have plenty of events planned for this year- starting with a `Party in the Park'. You will be taken by coach to `fortress Berrylands' where you will be greeted by a well stocked bar and beer tent, music, BBQ, bouncy castle and the opportunity to join in a number of different sports taster sessions. Before you get AU party withdrawal symptoms, we are having an official welcome party just two weeks after. Next up is the AU Carol held at Christmas (unsurprisingly), probably the funniest and definitely the messiest event you'll have ever experienced. Hardcore fans of this will sign up with gusto for the Calella `tour' in Easter � five days of similar mayhem, five times the fun! The AU Colours Ball is held at the end of Lent term and the AU has a chance to get rid of their sweaty sports kit and don their finest suits and dresses. Don't be fooled by the black tie as there is even more fun to be had than a usual Wednesday night (cue eating dessert with no hands) Plato once said, "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." We take this seriously at the AU, with many believing personal development comes in the form of a Wednesday night - not a Thursday morning lecture. Sign up for clubs will take place at Freshers' Fayre with all other societies � look out for us and come join in the best part of LSE! in the foyer of the East Building where you can find information on the AU Staff Members, Executive Committee, Club contacts, Class timetables and training information. "LIKE ALL UNIVERSITIES, WEDNESDAY NIGHT IS SPORTS NIGHT AND IS LEGENDARY WITHIN THE AU. WIN, LOSE OR DRAW THERE IS ALWAYS CAUSE FOR A CELEBRATION" All clubs come together to celebrate each other's successes, as Colours awards are handed out alongside other prizes including Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year. It doesn't end there. To give you that extra bit of hope and support to get through the perilous exam period, you can look forward to our old school style Sports Day at Berrylands and kick start that Summer feeling! THE BORING STUFF This will be held in traditional AU fashion: fancy dress, drinks deals and the football club trying to prove they are better than rugby (tug of war anyone?!) All clubs cost �10 for one academic year's membership. In addition, some clubs also charge a nominal class fee. There is an Athletics Union Noticeboard 26 STUDENT LIFE SPORTS CLUBS AEROBICS In shape? Want to get in shape? We want all shapes! BADMINTON Join the club. Book a court whenever it suits you. Enjoy. Also provides the opportunity for competitive fixtures against other universities BASKETBALL MEN'S AND WOMEN S The most successful club in the recent history of the AU, the Men's Basketball team is known to go whole seasons undefeated. With a committed Women's team as well come and join the dynasty? CAPOEIRA Come enjoy this Brazilian martial art for yourself, with its mix of music, dancing and fighting it ticks all the boxes! CRICKET Enjoy the glorious sound of leather on willow? Join LSE's esteemed Cricket Club, a decision you will not regret. FLOORBALL A new addition to the AU and looking for new recruits of any level. Great for those who like the sport but not the British Weather! FOOTBALL MEN'S Seven teams, a proud history of silverware, the largest and loudest contingent out on a Wednesday night � the LSEFC is the cornerstone of all that is AU. FOOTBALL WOMEN'S As if we'd let the boys have all the fun! LSE's Women's Football team is committed both on the pitch and the `playground'! GOLF Fore! Join the Golf Club � a perfect excuse to escape the city and enjoy a peaceful (or not so peaceful) back 9. HOCKEY (MEN'S AND WOMEN S) With plenty of opportunities for both men and women, hockey is certainly well provided for at their own Fortress Battersea! HORSE RIDING Does what it says on the Tin! New and very popular club, come and get on board! JITSU Whether novice or seasoned pro, the large and successful Jitsu Club provides excellent facilities for training, learning and the perfect platform for competition. KARATE Wax-on, wax-off! You can be your very own Danny LaRusso by joining the ranks of LSE's well-regarded Karate Club. KITESURF The LSE kiters are taking the world by storm. Coming soon to a beach near you... LACROSSE Thought Chris Ostreicher was a sissy for choosing the jazz choir? Then join the Lacrosse team � where doo-wop tunes are strictly prohibited. STUDENT LIFE 27 MMA Fancy yourself as the next Chuck Liddell? Or perhaps you think you could take Kim-bo Slice? Either way, you'll want to join the Mixed Martial Arts club. NETBALL Another AU heavyweight, these Ladies are determined to enjoy their sport and their social life. From school level to pro, the Netball Club has seven teams that span all abilities. Don't miss out! POOL Whether you consider yourself a good player or a bad player, join the Pool Club and you'll become an awesome player. ROCK CLIMBING Tired of hanging around LSE all the time? Why not do it literally? ROWING Proud owners of a rather natty boathouse on the banks of the Thames, the Rowing Club have an enviable environment to push themselves to the limit. RUGBY MEN'S With their idiosyncratic combination of mingling with muscle-bound mules of men on the rugby pitch and the finest young fillies London's nightlife has to offer, the LSERFC welcomes all. RUGBY WOMEN'S Acknowledged to have the best proportional turnout on Wednesday nights of any club, join the Women's Rugby club to enjoy top quality rugby and a great social diary. RUNNING Fit? Unfit? Fast? Slow? We welcome allcomers! SAILING Britannia rules the waves, so where better to enjoy some fresh sea air and a little competitive sailing? SKI Unfortunately for us, London boasts no Dubai-style mega indoor ski slope. Not to worry, though, since there are two well-attended ski trips a year to make up for it. SQUASH With a dedicated online website providing a squash `ladder' to allow players to find others of similar ability, the Squash Club is one of the largest and most popular clubs on campus TABLE TENNIS Penhold or Shakehand? Flipper or Smasher? Join the Table Tennis Club to find out! TAE KWON DO The Tae Kwon Do Club regularly competes at national competitions, holds regular training sessions and tutorials and is thus the perfect place to develop your abilities. SURF Live the dream, ride the wave! Join us on our frequent expeditions at home and abroad to catch the best barrels Europe has to offer. YOGA Who doesn't want to be more flexible? Whether a lotus-veteran or someone who hasn't been able to touch their toes for years; there are classes to suit all abilities. 28 STUDENT LIFE GYM Work off that freshers' flab The Students' Union offers an on site gym, conveniently located on the 1st floor of the East Building. It is a fully equipped facility, with: � 19 Technogym CV Machines � 14 Technogym Resistance Machines � Extended Free-weights Area � Plasma Screen TVs � Full air conditioning The Gym is fully staffed with qualified professionals, so if you have any questions or problems, don't hesitate to ask. It is also incredibly good value! Extras include body fat testing (�2) and personal training (�15 per hour). Also, check out the noticeboard for information on classes. OPENING TIMES Monday - Friday: 8am � 9pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am � 6pm MEMBERSHIP RATES Membership is capped each year, so join early to avoid disappointment! The joining fee is �5, or �2.50 for AU members. All rates include FREE membership to the Aerobics Society STUDENTS ALUMNI Anual Month Daily �100 �22.50 �3 �210 �105 �45 �3.50 4 Months �50 STAFF �150 �75 �35 �3.50 CONTACT E180, 1ST FLOOR, EAST BUILDING M.C.MCCLELLAND@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6002 STUDENT LIFE 29 RAISING AND GIVING Come and get your RAG on!!... Almost every Uni has a Raising and Giving society (RAG) which relies on talented, cheeky and persuasive students like yourselves - to squeeze every penny you can from the general public, and your fellow LSE-goers; all for obviously a very good cause. Last year we all decided on the three charities of Cancer Research UK, Hope for Children and Action Against Hunger and we put on some pretty damn successful events to raise a massive �40,000! We did everything from putting on a sexy, classy and glamorous Freshers' Ball, to waxing some very fit LSE hunks, and gathering a huge number of keen explorers to hitchhike to Amsterdam...not spending one little penny to get there.. all in the name of charity! RAIDS Apart from all of the fun events that we put on throughout the year, we also embark on possibly one of the biggest challenges in trying to raise cash for charity � getting your ma n' pa to sponsor you to bungee jump (which is something else we organise to raise money too by the way!) is one thing, and getting your fellow rugby mates to sponsor you getting your hairy chest waxed is another... but imagine dressing up like a bit of a fool.. for example, as a Smurf, or a pirate, or a Lego-man, to then go and wander the busy streets of London or some similarly massive city to raise money on the streets!.. Well, yep, we do that too! We love, love, LOVE to raid London and beyond with other Uni's RAGs, and often there is lots of competitions, prizes, sweets and pizza involved! Now, raiding isn't for the faint-hearted; so if you think you can handle the challenge, we'd love to see your bargaining and persuasive skills! get there 1st! The Hitch Hike is definitely for those of you with itchy feet, a sense of adventure...oh, and the gift of the gab! RAG WEEK Just when you thought RAG events couldn't be more fun, more diverse and more gripping, you experience an intense, immense and irregular week of hundreds of events one after the other, after the other after the other... by Saturday morning you quite possibly feel as if a train of excitement, energy and electricity has steamed through your body, and it takes the whole weekend to recover! FOR FUN.. Not only do your fellow RAG members care about the world and other people, they also know how to party!! We love to kick-start the year with an unbeatable, hilarious and sociable Pub Crawl, which has been a massive success in the past couple of years � last year we got over 120 students involved in Pub Golf on the 1st Friday of Freshers' week, hitting the local pubs, to pot the last hole in the mental first club (Crush) night on campus. And don't worry... RAG isn't just about having a giggle during Freshers' time, we keep that party momentum going on throughout the year, with live music nights, waxing events, Christmas parties and end-of-year balls... actually, it's pretty hard to keep up with us! "EXPERIENCE AN INTENSE, IMMENSE AND IRREGULAR WEEK OF HUNDREDS OF EVENTS ONE AFTER THE OTHER" During this one, special week, we get the HITCH HIKE Ok, so Raiding is an enormous challenge in itself, but how about getting from London to Amsterdam in 24 hours, without using 1 penny to get you there... think it's impossible? Well, think again because we had around 50 people sneak across the borders and manage to get themselves all the way to `Dam to party it up in celebration! At the end of Lent Term we sling-on our backpacks and defiantly plan our non-expenditure-route to our chosen destination, and have a lot of damn fun in the process. And standard of course, prizes are awarded to those brave, dedicated souls who manage to whole SU, all societies and all students involved in raising as much money as possible, by cramming in huge amounts of diverse events... from people auctions (where you can buy yourself a delicious LSE student, or Howard Davies for the evening!), to giant tug-of-wars on campus, to live gigs, to yummy global food sales, to merchandise flogging, to fashion shows, to pub crawls, to Silent Discos... `Where next?!' you may ask... well, that is entirely up to you new students to decide! Anyone can get involved in organising an event, and everyone's ideas are needed and appreciated; so watch out for this mental week during the middle 30 STUDENT LIFE RAISING AND GIVING jobs and experiences out there, in the Third (Charitable) Sector. Last year we got speakers from Hope for Children to come in and do talks about volunteering abroad, and we have several RAGgers going to Zambia this summer to work in schools and hospitals. We intend to bring more speakers, charities and events coordinators to come in and talk for you guys � to inform you of possible careers and to give you a helping-hand in organising that all important work experience during holidays... FOR YOUR CV Finally, as many of you may have realised... although coming to the prestigious LSE easily racks up the brownie points on your CV in preparation for your future, sadly, taking a degree generally isn't enough in these competitive, cutthroat days. You need to prove that you are dedicated, ambitious and driven, and what better way to prove it by organising your own event for RAG, proving your altruism by raiding the streets of London, or flouting your persuasive, PR skills by raking in some sponsorship for us?! of Lent Term � and make sure you save some energy (and cash) especially for that week!! tonne of cash and a lot of awareness... so we want to hear from you. We'll be having our own Induction meeting during the Freshers' weeks, to listen to you and to start organising some bigger and better events, that are gunna get us beating other London Uni's RAGs! We also want to take some big steps in diversifying our RAG � our RAG is not just about raising money and having a lot of fun in the process... it is also about informing you guys of the amazing CONTACT CHARLOTTE GERADA RAG PRESIDENT SU.RAG@LSE.AC.UK If you think you have a strong personality, and a voice that gets you heard... then give RAG a go.. and with some great RAG committee position elections coming up at the beginning of Michaelmas term, you can have your go and shining out above other LSE students... So... come and get your RAG on!! NEXT YEAR? LSE's RAG is incredibly young in comparison to other Uni's, which is why your input is absolutely essential. Last year we managed to double the figure we raised for our chosen charities, and we want to top it again!... We are calling on all Freshers' to imagine-up some unique, intriguing and incredibly profitable events to raise a STUDENT LIFE 31 THE BEAVER WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? Yes, it's a stupid name. You can blame George Bernard Shaw for that. He was the one who christened The Beaver for its first issue on 5 May 1949. To the people who don't like its unique brand of fearlessly objective reporting, The Beaver has been one of the dirtiest words in student journalism ever since. But it's also been one of the most respected. As soon as you open your first issue of LSE's weekly student newspaper, you'll see why there's no better voice for the LSE student community. The Beaver has played a big part in LSE history. If you go to the Library archives, you'll be able to find the past issues that charted the famous mini-revolution of 1968 when students occupied the School, or the huge protests that erupted almost forty years later against top-up fees and the Iraq war. In those pages you'll see the first flowering of countless political, business and journalistic careers that have gone on to change the world. If you join us during your time at LSE, you'll probably make it there too. ness and the stakes in loving detail. But we're also second to none in our reporting of the School's daily life -academic appointments, society scandals, drunken rampages by the Athletics Union. The conversation continues in the Comment, Features, Social and Sports sections, where LSE's amazing international diversity shines through. Meanwhile, Part B, our separate arts and culture supplement shows a side of LSE that many people too often pass over. We have also added a Photo section for the visually inclined, and have embraced the onslaught of new media through the use of Twitter and our website at www.TheBeaverOnline.co.uk. Actually, perhaps it's not such a Our flagship News section is nationally renowned for its reporting of the big student political issues of the moment. Henry Kissinger once said that student politics is so vicious because the stakes are so small. Well, we cover the viciousridiculous name after all. Beavers are supposed to be industrious animals with social habits. We are completely open to writing contributions from the student body - the only qualification you need to get your name into print is to be an Somewhere between the Morning Star and The Daily Mail... and some say The Guardian! LSE student. But if you want to get more involved in The Beaver during your time at LSE, you'll certainly need to be industrious. The paper is run by student volunteers who edit and write during their time of study; undergraduates and postgraduates contribute roughly equally. For the brave hearts, you can run for election to our editorial board at our democratic collective meetings � we only expect a strong passion for journalism (with no prior experience required)! You won't regret it. That's where the social habits come in. You'll be exposed to an unparalleled world of exclusive opportunities, and you'll have a terrific time being part of the lovely Beaver family. Can it possibly get any better? CONTACT E204, EAST BUILDING THEBEAVER.EDITOR@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6705 "THE BEAVER HAS PLAYED A BIG PART IN LSE HISTORY" 32 STUDENT LIFE PULSE RADIO Pulse Radio is the voice of the LSE's Students' Union, broadcasting 24-hours a day to bring you the latest student news, intense debate (a.k.a. gossip) and, of course, the phattest and freshest music out there! Sound too good to be true?! Well that's why we need you... quality content and entertainment. So if you're after pre-release CDs and free tickets to review gigs, festivals and shows get in with the music team. If you want to interview world or business leaders join our news team. Or if you have an ear for a jingling jingle and tasty background beats then give our uber-cool production team a shout. However without our "Off Air" team Pulse. Those with a creative eye or if you're going to be the next apprentice then check in at our marketing and business teams. For those of you with the rarest skill of all, technical, we love you! Please come chat to our tech and web teams! There is something for everyone at Pulse Radio - even if its just a wild social life! So come along during Freshers' Fair, have a chat, sign up for free and get yourself to our welcome party (the first of many) where we'll show you what unversity life is really about! Oh also, YOU HAVE TO listen to our Freshers' Podcast at www.pulse.dj, it's an absolute essential guide to starting your LSE life! SO, HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? WELL... Radio shows need radio djs. It's not that scary! You'll be trained by the pros and after we're done with you, you may well end up representing LSE at national student media awards (hosted by Radio 1)! But that's just the beginning. Our "On Air" team works to provide the highest CONTACT PULSE STUDIO, E203, EAST BUILDING WWW.PULSE.DJ INFO@PULSE.DJ STUDENT LIFE 33 LOOSE TV LSE's Award Winning Student TV Network the School Annual Fund. The network produces regular programmes and in the past years has provided comprehensive coverage of Students' Union elections, including a live Election Night special that streamed online during the election count. Aspiring journalists can show their talents by producing documentaries and newsreels; covering breaking news events in the LSE, such as student protests, as well as making documentaries that discuss controversial issues involving the student body and academic staff. On the lighter side, the "Loose TV Sketch Show" was formed in the last academic year. Writing and filming new material on a weekly basis it offers opportunities for aspiring actors, editors, writers and producers regardless of previous experience. Filmmaking has been a cornerstone of LooSE. From fiction films to comedy LooSE TV is the official television network of the Students' Union. Broadcasting online, LooSE offers a wide variety of quality student-made programming. LooSE TV represents a network of filmmakers with vibrant ideas, and a network of friends working to realise those ideas. It's a society where a filmmaker can pitch his or her idea and find other members interested in helping on their project, or simply book out network equipment to make their own ideas a reality. In this sense LooSE TV is a highly flexible society and provides the perfect platform to gain valuable experience towards a career in Media, or simply a LooSE TV offers the opportunity in training and experience for its members in the use of filming equipment, editing software and in filmmaking technique. LooSE utilises impressive, professional camera equipment and editing software, purchased using donations from CONTACT LOOSE TV STUDIO, E203, EAST BUILDING WWW.LOOSETV.CO.UK LOOSE.TV@LSE.AC.UK great way of making new friends and having a bit of a chuckle along the way. shorts, the network welcomes all filmmakers and their ideas. Each year we host RAG Reels � a film making competition, this year judged by the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI). LooSE participates in the National Student Television Association conference and has previously won in the Light Entertainment category. With so much to offer and a rich, diverse array of opportunities and members, LooSE TV is a must-join society "FROM FICTION FILMS TO COMEDY SHORTS, THE NETWORK WELCOMES ALL FILMMAKERS AND THEIR IDEAS 34 STUDENT LIFE CLARE MARKET REVIEW Fluff, trash, chewing gum for the mind, horoscopes, Hollyoaks and whore-gazing -from pop-bitch to hot-pix our student media landscape is littered with tabloid fare that many of us routinely use to provide pleasurable punctuation to our busy lives. But when we look to our media for honest reflections of our own intelligence, to quell for a moment its writhing libido and sticky demands for consumption and really talk to us, it suddenly becomes elusive, rolling over without a word. The Clare Market Review is both a journal and a review, and in these guises has been produced at LSE since 1905. In the early days Beatrice and Sidney Webbs systemic appraisals of governance would sit next to Bernard Shaw's rolling accounts of the arts. Later, ribald It functions as a journal in its contribution to academic thought, providing a platform for LSE students to be published alongside globally recognised academics, its relevance is checked by a peerreview board of senior LSE academics. It is also a review, where art and culture mingle, an intervention in the tabloid landscape of student media, providing debate and commentary, original artIf it is held that Clare is the home of quality writing at the LSE Students' Union, the question is begged, what kind of home is it? It may be cosy, but the doors are always open, strangers in the living room, friends in the kitchen, past pot-heads converse with future captains of industry in the hall. As much as it is the salon, stools drawn around, reclining pr�cieuses and rarified discourse, it is the activist squat, pamphlets and paper wraps, the charged atmosphere of doing something that matters. Most of all it is definably LSE, a globalised perspective, unashamedly smart, students and staff creating media worthy of one of the world's foremost intellectual institutions. Take a step into our wonderful world. cartoons by Spike Milligan would face off against Bertrand Russell's geopolitics. Throughout its life, low and high writing cultures would be routinely collapsed, while the values of wit and incision were always upheld. Relaunched last academic year after a three-decade vacation, Clare looks to provide more of the same, in a marketplace where more of the same is something appetizingly different. Clare exists materially in both paper and electronic forms. Unlike most other paper media Clare will not find its pages balled up and strewn around the Quad like postindustrial tumbleweed. Termlypublished books, perfect-bound and lovingly crafted, heavily designed with original artworks -if students could afford bookshelves Clare would sit proudly upon them. The electronic edition exists in a content-generative relationship with the paper edition. Adumbrations and playful experiments grow from here into fully-formed articles. work and graphics, surrounding us with the liveliest and most listenable voices of our generation. CONTACT WWW.CLAREMARKETREVIEW.COM SU.CLAREMARKETREVIEW@LSE.AC.UK STUDENT LIFE 35 VOLUNTEERING ting involved in the community through employee-volunteering schemes. In fact, 22 million adults take part in formal volunteering each year and volunteering is estimated to generate about �40 billion a year for the UK economy! You can volunteer regularly or simply get involved in one-off projects when you have the time. There are a wide range of things that you can do, from helping witnesses in court, visiting the elderly and those in hospital, to tutoring at after-school clubs and working with refugees. HOW? The SU is looking to recruit volunteers to work in the community and will try to find you a project or even encourage and help you to set up your own. Whatever it is that you would like to do, whoever you would like to work with, get in touch and we'll help you get involved. Or you can simply go to the Volunteer Centre website to register as a volunteer. You will then be kept informed about upcoming projects. Next step is to choose which volunteering opportunity you want to go for, then contact them directly. If you want to develop your skills, meet new people, have fun and make a difference in the local community, then volunteering is for you. You can give as much time as you like, when you like. skills and experience for your CV, whilst making a real difference to people's lives. Volunteering can also help you to find your dream job. Employers want to see evidence of how you cope in situations that may arise in your working life. As a result of his volunteering one LSE student volunteer has been offered a summer internship at the charity where he volunteers. Big companies are also getCONTACT JARLATH O'HARA STUDENT ACTIVITIES MANAGER J.O'HARA@LSE.AC.UK CONTACT VOLUNTEER CENTRE, CAREERS SERVICE, 6TH FLOOR, TOWER 3. WWW.LSE.AC.UK/COLLECTIONS/ VOLUNTEERCENTRE VOLUNTEER@LSE.AC.UK 020 7955 6519 WHY? Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, have fun and discover London. You will also gain valuable 36 STUDENT LIFE THE LSESU DIALOGUE COMMISSION "One of the most promising developments on campus this year" � The Beaver, Editorial 22 April 2009 OVERVIEW The Dialogue Commission seeks to foster greater understanding and co-operation between various elements within the student body, most notably as represented by political, religious and national Students' Union societies. Dialogues are conducted under a strict confidentiality agreement with mediators from the student body, and transcribed by our secretaries for the Commission's archives. Dialogues can also be published and/or presented in a public format, similar to a mediated panel discussion, should the participants wish to do so. Both the format and the topics discussed are flexible, and depend largely on the wishes of the participants. Dialogue series ongoing from the past year include Palestine-Israel and Tibet-China. The Commission is eager to hear from students and student societies interested in opening talks on other subjects; we are also actively seeking to expand our network to other universities, both in the UK and abroad. with the ICCSN, where representatives of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor engaged students in a three-hour dialogue on current developments in international criminal justice and the role of the Court in international society. � Legal, technical and secretarial support staff (training available) � Website, publications and PR staff � Mediators (professional training/ certificate courses are available) � Liaison officers to the public, NGOs and other universities SPEAKING EVENTS In addition to our mediation work, the Commission is committed to promoting dialogue and the `dialogic ethic' on campus through various channels. Last year, public speakers hosted by the Commission included the Jerusalem Peacemakers, a grassroots interfaith network based in Israel and the West Bank; we also co-sponsored an event TEAM DC WANTS YOU! The Dialogue Commission is looking for energetic and committed individuals to fill a variety of roles: CONTACT JOIN US ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: LSESU DIALOGUE E-MAIL US: SU.DIALOGUE@LSE.AC.UK STUDENT LIFE 37 UNION AWARDS The Students' Union simply wouldn't exist without the people who devote huge amounts of their spare time to Union activities and make LSE a more enjoyable place to be. There are three major awards for individuals which are presented at The Union Awards in Summer Term. These awards are as follows: made by any student and are judged by the Union Awards panel. DEV CROPPER AWARDS John Devenand Cropper was a final year student of Government at LSE when he died suddenly in London on March 25th 1998. During his three years at LSE, Dev was intensely involved in the community life of the School and beyond. He was actively engaged in the political life of the student body and served on the Students' Union Executive. He often contributed to The Beaver, and he was involved in other public interest causes including Students Against Racism and the GMB. As a way of commemorating Dev's exemplary service to the student community at the LSE, the Students' Union Executive Committee has decided to offer an annual award to a student starting their final year in 2010/2011 academic year. This award, of �2,500, will be made to the recipient on a termly basis through the LSE Scholarships Office. Fellow students or other members of the school community will nominate candidates for the award. The principle criterion for consideration for the award is involvement in and contribution to student life during the nominee's first five terms at the LSE. AU COLOURS The AU Summer Ball is the highlight of the AU social calendar and in between the banter, the Colours presentation ceremony takes place. Awarded by the AU Executive, these awards recognise serious commitment to sport at LSE. HONORARY STUDENTSHIPS The highest award the Students' Union can bestow upon a LSE student and means that the individual is given lifetime membership of the Students' Union. This award is granted to those who have displayed continuous outstanding achievement across a broad range of Union Activities. ULU LAURELS If you ran an organization as irrelevant and ineffective as ULU (The University of London Union) you wouldn't think they'd be much to celebrate...and you'd be right. Inspite of this the only event that ULU still actually seems to run is an annual award ceremony called ULU Laurels. Given that only five people in London actually know what ULU is this is probably the easiest chance you'll ever get to win �20 in unmarked Waterstone vouchers. Nominations traditionally open in April OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD This award is to reward those who have devoted an enormous amount of their time over the past academic year it to Union activities. SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION AWARD This award seeks to reward all those who have made a significant contribution to a society (or societies) in their time at LSE. with the award ceremony taking place in May. See the ULU website for more details: www.ulu.co.uk POET LAUREATE Much like its national counterpart, the Students' Union Poet Laureate is completely within the gift of the government or, in our case, the Sabbatical Officers. This will be the first time a poet laureate will be ordained at the LSE, but it is hoped that he or she will make an immeasurable contribution to the cultural life of the School. Contact Emmanuel on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. In the event of two or more nominees being judged to have made an equally outstanding contribution to the corporate life of the student body, the panel will make the award to the student felt to be in greatest financial need. The Union is indebted not only to Dev, but also to his family. The Award is a fitting tribute to the irreplaceable contribution Dev made to the LSE community. SOCIETIES AWARDS The vast number of hours put into the smooth running of our 160 plus societies would certainly never go unrecognised. The Societies Awards reward the societies that have had the biggest positive impact on campus over the course of the academic year. Nominations can be 38 STUDENT LIFE UNION AWARDS MEDIA GROUP AWARDS The MGAs reward contribution to the LSE Media Group through its constituent bodies: Pulse Radio, The Beaver, LooSE TV and the Clare Market Review. Judged by the Media Group heads, the Communications Officer and various professional journalists, these awards are the culmination of a year's hard work for the Students' Union publications, and are awarded at a "lavish" ceremony in central London. The Award is financed by LSE alumni and friends of Bernard, and is managed by the Students' Union. The objective of the competition is to encourage the quality of student journalism within LSE, and to celebrate a distinguished graduate of LSE, Bernard Levin (1948-52). Bernard is considered by his contemporaries as one of the greatest and most admired journalists the School has produced. Bernard was a brilliant debater in the Student's Union, a brilliant performer in the annual Student Review in the Old Theatre, and contributed to the Clare Market Review and The Beaver while he studied at LSE. He was awarded the CBE for his work as a journalist. The Times contributed internships for the first two Awards, and The Daily Mail is Register your interest in participating for the Award NOW, with the Students' Union Treasurer: email@example.com, and you will be sent an entry form, a booklet about the Award, with samples of previous winners' entries, and examples of Bernard Levin's own special writing style. The final date for entries is the end of Lent Term 2010. For more information on awards, see www.lsesu.com providing the internship for the 2009 winner. All students at LSE are eligible to enter. They must write a column of up to 1,000 words on some aspect of their experience of being a student at the School, related to the character of the School and its campus, situated as it is in the centre of London. BERNARD LEVIN AWARD FOR STUDENT JOURNALISM This is the fourth year that this award has offered the winner an internship within a national media organisation, �500, plus a `Bernard Levin' night out at the theatre and dinner for two in Covent Garden. STUDENT LIFE 39 WHAT'S ON? Answer: lots ENTERTAINMENTS The LSE Students' Union has three of its own dedicated entertainments venues: the Three Tuns, Quad and Underground. Club nights, society events, stand up comedy - our venues see it all, week in, week out. With a capacity of over 1,200, comfortable seating and three well stocked bars you can be sure of having a good night out at the Students' Union. And you'll probably still have change from �20 at the end of it. Every Friday night we open our doors for Crush - London's best student night. Great tunes, cheap drinks and all your friends. What better way to end a hard week at LSE? The main room is the Quad, where a packed dance floor full of beautiful people (and LSE students) gyrate to the latest hits and classic tunes. The Underground Bar is the specialist room where every week you can sample some of the best music from around the world. This is THE essential night out. Wednesday night is AU night. Fresh from their weekly matches, our sports teams venture into the Three Tuns for a little light refreshment, before venturing onto a West End discoth�que. The members of the Athletics Union then retire to their respective bedrooms before waking up bright and early for their 9AM lectures.* Once a month Mind the Gap, the LGBT Society club night, packs in a mixed crowd for a night of pop, cheese and dance before heading off to Soho for even more fun. Public lectures are free lectures given by academics and public figures in Societies put on thousands of events each year: from debates to food fayres, charity auctions to pantomimes. Most are free, some cost a few pounds. Sign up to societies at Freshers' Fayre, and watch out for posters around campus in term time. Halls and departments throw their own parties, and the various parts of the Students' Union will doubtless invite you to an endless stream of meetings, parties and awards ceremonies. Consider this an excuse to buy some more outfits! CONTACT KATY CUSHEN EVENTS COORDINATOR K.CUSHEN@LSE.AC.UK / 020 7955 7158 www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEPublicLecturesandevents/ Some lectures are followed by receptions full of free booze and snacks. EVENTS You will never be bored at LSE. In fact, you will probably start to get annoyed at how many things are going on: there's just not enough hours in the day. the evenings at LSE. Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Alan Greenspan are just some of the high profile speakers we've had over the past few years. Most are un-ticketed: just show up a few minutes beforehand and you'll get a seat. The more popular lectures are ticketed: students can pick up theirs at the Students' Union reception: first come, first served. If you miss out on a ticket, fear not: a queue for returns is usually available, but get there early and be prepared to wait! 40 STUDENT LIFE ARTS & LITERATURE Some people believe that LSE is a bland, inhospitable, alien place, devoid of all artistic expression where people only care about economics and politics. In fact, although LSE does not have any arts courses (apart from a few anomalous literature courses!) it does have a vibrant and thriving arts scene with many students taking part in everything from painting to film making. Regular exhibitions are held in the Atrium of the Old Building and there are free music concerts in the Shaw Library, an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors and various film, art and photographic competitions and exhibitions around the School as well as an artist-in-residence. The School's Director, Howard Davies, was Chair of the 2007 Man Booker prize judges. He is also a regular fiction reviewer for the Times and launched LSE's Reading For The Future at the Hay Festival in May 2007. Around campus you will notice a number of sculptures. There are 11 in total and were donated to the school by Louis Odette, an alumnus of the 1944 General Course. Every year an anthology of LSE's best creative writing is collected and published by the Students' Union Literature Society in a publication know as The Muse. It is always very well received and definitely worth picking up a copy. The School has an Arts Advisory Group which meets termly to discuss issues relating to the Arts at LSE, as well as considering proposals and distributing funding for artistic projects and ventures. A number of initiatives take place throughout the week including exhibitions and interactive art. Arts Week is hosted with the aim that it will highlight the opportunities that are available, encourage students to get more involved, and bring a little more creativity to the campus. LSE Literary Festival 2010 - Thursday 11- Saturday 13 February If you are planning a project, exhibition or musical event in a public place at LSE you need to submit a proposal the AAG. For further information please send your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. LSE LITERARY FESTIVAL LSE's first ever Literary Festival, exploring the links between the arts and social sciences, and drawing on LSE's Shavian foundations, was held in the New Academic Building last year to great acclaim. Speakers included Antony Gormley, Will Self, Professor Lord Giddens, Victoria Glendinning, Ben Okri, Jo Shapcott, Mohsin Hamid and Michael Holroyd. All events were free and open to all, with tickets set aside specially for LSE students at the SU reception. This year's promises to be bigger and better, and student involvement is being actively encouraged. So, if you would like to see how literature can enrich your social science experience put the dates in your diary now! If you have any inspired ideas for the festival, or would like to be involved in some way, please contact Louise Gaskell, Literary Festival Co-Ordinator, at email@example.com. Even better, encourage the societies you join to take part. For podcasts and videos of last year's Literary Weekend, and to join the mailing list for this year's, please visit www.lse.ac.uk/spaceforthought or www.lse.ac.uk/events. ARTS WEEK Arts Week is a venture initiated by the LSE Students' Union Arts Forum in order to raise awareness of art at LSE and to further enhance the arts culture of LSE. Arts Week involves a collaboration of a number of societies including the Business for Arts, Dance, Drama, Literature, Live Music, Music, Photography, Swing Dance, Urban Music, and the Visual Arts Society. GET INVOLVED The Students' Union, campaigning, politics, election... GET INVOLVED 43 CAMPAIGNS Campaigns aren't just about waving placards and chanting, but they are about getting as many students as possible involved in shaping their own education and future. Whether you suffer from poor teaching, a lack of resources on your course, a dodgy landlord or unfair wages, the Students' Union is there to take on your issue and unite all our members to make positive change. Ultimately, when we unite together, we are stronger � and that's the reason why Students' Unions exist. One of our most successful recent campaigns is over teaching, and led to the Teaching Taskforce � a project that the Students' Union worked on with the School, and has seen �2m invested in proposals to improve LSE teaching. These proposals came from the study body via the Students' Union, and we are looking forward to making sure they continue to be implemented. We also lobbied the School to open the Library 24 hours at key times � and, from this year, the Library will be open-all-hours from the beginning of Lent Term (second term) until the end of exams! Last year, when the future of the LSE Nursery was threatened, the Students' Union united parents and non-parents to fight any potential closure, and improve the service. The Nursery was saved and is now a more effective and efficient operation. Traditionally, we have also represented our students as citizens of wider society � and, at an international place like LSE, as global citizens. We have always camHistorically, it was the Students' Union that fought to have Houghton Street pedestrianised through mass sit-ins after a student was injured by a car. Many facilities of the Library were also improved paigned on political and social issues in wider society to win progressive changes that benefit students and their local communities, whether that means lobbying the Mayor for cheaper transport, winning a Living Wage for cleaners at LSE, or lobbying the School to adopt an ethical investment policy to ensure that we don't spend LSE's money on war, human rights abuses or environmental destruction. We have always believed that these issues are not only important in their own right, but also that as students with talent, energy and passion, we can really make a difference. That's why our societies' campaigning spirit and initiatives like Raising and Giving (RAG) are so effective and rewarding. Improving our education, changing the world by lobbying from the Students' Union. The Students' Union has also traditionally been at the forefront of the fight against higher fees, and was a focal point for protests against wars in Vietnam and later Iraq, when over 1000 LSE staff and students held sit-ins and joined a two million strong demonstration in London. "WE ARE A MEMBER OF NUS, WHO CAMPAIGN NATIONALLY AND LOBBY THE GOVERNMENT" We don't just campaign alone � we are a member of NUS, who campaign nationally and lobby the government. We are also part of the London Citizens network, who unite Schools, trade unions, community groups and even religious congregations to campaign across the capital for things like a Living Wage, an amnesty for asylum seekers, and more. 44 THE SCHOOL UGM The weekly Union General Meeting (UGM) is unique to the LSE Students' Union � we are the ONLY Students' Union in the country that still has a weekly meeting where any student can propose, speak on and vote for (or against!) improving the policy that shapes the Union's campaigns and ultimately the School. The UGM has been the scene of fierce debate for decades on everything from the standard of teaching and the standard of sports facilities to the situation in Iraq � and even the situation in Neighbours! People of every political persuasion get up and speak and you'll be entertained by some of the top debaters in the country going at it. Heckling, jokes and banter are strongly encouraged! But the UGM does make a difference; policies passed at the UGM become the campaigns run by the Union, and ultimately shape the way the School is run. When the Union passed policies to campaign for better teaching standards, Union officers took those ideas to the School, which eventually became a major part of the Teaching Taskforce that has seen �2 million invested in improving teaching and learning. After a UGM policy calling for a Living Wage for all LSE employees, the Union took that campaign to the School and after protests, detailed policy papers and lobbying, we won a Living Wage for LSE cleaners that will mean they are lifted out of poverty. The UGM begins with reports from the Students' Union Officers so that students can ask questions and Thursdays 1PM, Old Theatre Part pantomime, part debating chamber SPECIAL GUESTS Howard Davies, LSE's Director, speaks to the UGM every term about what the School is up to, and then answers questions from LSE students. He's had a grilling in the past from students on teaching, facilities and accommodation, and he's even composed and sung songs to the crowd! The NUS President, Wes Streeting, will also address students once a year, allowing us to hold the leader of the national organisation that speaks on our behalf to account. See p63 for dates of Wes and Howard's appearances. TYPES OF MOTION Business Motions � normal policy motion. Financial Motions � any motion requiring spending of Union funds. Discussed in its 2nd week on the order paper. Amendments to the Codes of Practice � edit the main governing body of the union. Discussed in its 5th week on the order paper. make comments on what we're doing. Following questions to all Students' Union Officers, The Beaver, Pulse, Loose and School Committee Representatives have their reports and then we go into the debate on policy. Emergency Motions � motions on a situation that arises after 5pm on the Monday. Must be submitted to the General Secretary by 1pm on the Thursday (so just before the UGM), who will decide whether it is genuinely an emergency! Amendments � these amend the motions put forward. You can submit them to the UGM Chair on paper by the end of the first speech against a motion, after which the amendment will be debated and voted upon. If it passes, it becomes part of the main motion. CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR The UGM has a Chair and Vice-Chair elected at the start of term � the jobs are often compared to everything from UN Peacekeeping to being a school teacher! The Chair makes sure the meeting runs smoothly, and the Vice-Chair takes minutes. THE SCHOOL 45 C&S, F&S, NUS & ULU .. and other confusing acronyms C&S The Constitutional and Steering Committee (C&S) sounds like a bore � but it's actually quite important, honest! C&S oversees the Students' Union Constitution and Codes of Practice, and makes sure everything we do is procedurally correct. This means checking motions before they get to UGM to see that they're not illegal or against equal opportunities; advising the Executive Committee on constitutional matters; and helping the UGM Chair conduct the meeting. There are 7 members of C&S. They are often affectionately called the Seven Dwarves, but they do a pretty hard job! is currently also the An-Najah University F&S The Finance and Serices Committee (F&S) is made up of all the Sabbatical Officers, the Societies Officer, the Environment & Ethics Officer as well as four lay members elected in the Lent Term elections. Its key responsibilities are to approve and amend societies' budgets as well as keep a close eye on the accounts of all of the Union's commercial services. Essentially, if you're a society treasurer these are the people you've got to charm if you want the benjamins. NUS The LSE Students' Union is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). NUS is the national voice of students, and campaigns nationally as the voice of over 7 million students. NUS campaigns to fight for fairer funding for higher education, improve student welfare, and strengthen Students' Unions through training and support. The NUS also has autonomous Liberation Campaigns such as the Women's Campaign. For just �10, you can buy an NUS Extra Card in the Quad during your first week, which gives you student-only discounts at loads of top stores. And that �10 goes partly back to our local Students' Union and partly to the National Union to fund campaigns and work to support students throughout the UK. CONTACT C&S: SU.CONSTITUTION@LSE.AC.UK F&S: SU.TREASURER@LSE.AC.UK ULU: WWW.ULU.CO.UK NUS: WWW.NUS.ORG.UK Twinning Taskforce to develop the links between our twin university in Palestine. ULU As LSE is a member of the University of London, the Students' Union is automatically a member of the University of London Union (ULU). The future of the University of London is uncertain, ergo so is the future of ULU. LSE has recently gained its own degree awarding powers, loosening the ties with UL even further. For the time being, ULU is based in Malet Street in Bloomsbury. It provides sports and societies for interests that can only be catered for by pooling resources across London, as well as UL-wide sports leagues. The LSE Students' Union also develops links with other universities and colleges in both further and higher education across London that are not part of the University of London. TASK FORCES Students' Union Taskforces exist to involve as many students as possible in the running and planning of some really important events or campaigns that we run. Taskforces can be created by students through UGM motions, and are usually elected at UGM. See p47. Our amazing Global Week has a task-force, convened by the Communications Officer. There 46 THE SCHOOL COMMITTEES PROGRAMME REPS Programme Representatives represent students on particular courses to their departments, and sit on Staff-Student Liaison Committees. Each department's structure is different, with some Programme Reps elected in large lecture theatres, and others elected via email. Either way, they provide a valuable service by giving students a say in how a Department and course is run, and they feed in concerns from the student body as they arrive. Look out for information from your department at the start of your first term if you think this is a role for you. Your Students' Union will be supporting Programme Reps with training, advice and meetings throughout the year. If you think this is something you'd be interested in, and are interested in developing your skills through being a Course Rep, let us know! Every year, five students are elected in the Michaelmas Term Elections to join the General Secretary on the Court. These are then Student Governors and have the full rights of other Governors � so it's a big deal! One of those elected to Court will also sit with the General Secretary on Council, LSE's highest decision-making body. Nothing happens at the School in any department or area without it being approved by Council first. Student representatives on Court and Council have successfully put forward the quality of teaching, ethical investment, a Living Wage and much more in recent times. A paper presented by the Students' Union this year has led to improvements on timetabling to keep more of Wednesday afternoons free for sports and other activities, and to the School prioritising the Orientation period at the start of the year. Students Governors give students a voice at the Lay Governors (alumni or distinguished figures who are not directly employed by the School but help decide its future). Current Governors include Cherie Booth QC (better known as Cherie Blair, wife of Tony!), Shami Chakrabarti (Chair of Liberty), Stelios Haji-Ioannou (founder of Easyjet), Baroness Virginia Bottomley (former Conservative minister), Lord Frank Judd (former Labour Minister, as well as former LSE Students' Union Executive member!) and Will Hutton (former Editor of The Observer). The Chairman is currently Peter Sutherland (Chair of BP and Goldman Sachs). Interesting fact: the School even has a `Wine Selection Committee'! highest level of School policy. If you think you can put forward the student pointof-view against the heavyweights of the political, legal and financial world, then run for Court! ACADEMIC BOARD The highest academic committee in the School, Academic Board is the most important body in the School regarding issues to do with courses, teaching, learning and academic standards. The Committee is chaired by the School's Director, Howard Davies, and in theory all permanent academic staff can attend and vote � it is the UGM of academia! The General Secretary, Education and Welfare Officer and Postgraduate Students' Officer of the Students' Union sit on the committee along with 3 students elected in the Michaelmas Term Elections, one of whom must be a postgraduate. Academic Board approved the Teaching Taskforce, a process initiated by the Students' Union and which proposed a number of policies to affect teaching on which the Students' Union had campaigned after UGM motions. The Academic Board agreed with every single one of the recommendations, and now �2 million will be put into improving your teaching! That alone should tell you how important the Board is � so do consider running in your first term if you have a passion for improving teaching and learning for your fellow students! SCHOOL REPS Students are represented on a number of committees throughout the School. These positions are elected in the Students' Union Michaelmas Term Elections. Any student can stand and get the chance to represent students at the highest levels of School decision-making. See p52 COURT OF GOVERNORS Court of Governors is where, funnily enough, the Governors of the School meet and discuss key strategic matters and policy areas. Members of Court include the Senior Management of the School, Academic Governors and THE SCHOOL 47 ELECTIONS Have a say, get involved and make a difference. � National Union of Students (5 Delegates) LENT ELECTIONS � Paid Sabbatical Officers (General Secretary, Treasurer, Education and Welfare, and Communications) � Part-time Executive Officers � Constitutional and Steering Committee (C&S) � Finance and Services Committee (F&S) Elections matter. The Students' Union has rules about campaigning, budgets, posters, etc to make sure the process is fair. There's also a "Results Night" party to celcbrate all the hard work and announce the winners. Think LSE is perfect in every conceivable way? Fine - don't vote. But if you think the School and the Students' Union has room for improvement, elections are your Elections at LSE are many things to many people. For some, it's a way to get involved with the Students' Union and improve LSE. For others, it might be the start of a career in politics. Elections provide an opportunity for students to make their voices heard and express views on how the school and Students' Union should be run. If nothing else, LSESU Elections are an amusing spectacle. For two days each term, Houghton Street turns into a swarm of budding politicians offering leaflets, begging for votes, wearing costumes, holding signs, and pledging to improve your student experience. You'll see There are two rounds of Students' Union Elections � the Michaelmas Term Elections in Week 4 of Michaelmas Term and the Lent Term Elections in Week 8 of Lent Term. Hustings at the UGM and in Halls and posters all over campus. Not everything about elections is old-fashioned, though; students can find information about candidate's positions online and cast votes online. chance to have a say. Students need to have a legitimate and strong voice to the School and the more people who vote, the louder and more united that voice can be. Your representatives ultimately speak for you, so you have an incentive to make sure the ones you want get elected! The Students' Union can only thrive with participation in its elections at every level � from Fresher to PhD student. See you on Houghton Street! MICHAELMAS ELECTIONS � Postgraduate Students' Officer � General Course Representative � Court of Governors (5 Student Representatives) � Academic Board (3 Representatives) CONTACT SHANTI KELEMEN RETURNING OFFICER SU.RETURNINGOFFICER@LSE.AC.UK 48 THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT & ETHICS Are you passionate about the environment? Want a fairer world? Care about human rights? In this year's People and Planet Green League, LSE was awarded a first class award for environmental performance and was ranked second overall. This is fantastic progress from last year and a reflection of the commitment of the student body to environmental and ethical activism. That said, the single biggest thing that prevented us from being first in the league was the green status of the Students' Union itself - that is why this year a large part of the focus will be on Greening the Union by expanding recycling, creating a proper environmental policy, changing who we bank with and much more. � Living Wage Campaign for cleaning staff � Sustaining and expanding LSE's status as a Fair Trade University � 100% Renewable Energy Campaign � Plastic Free LSE � Ethical Investment policy- the subject of much controversy last year which saw the LSE Not for Profit campaign highlight the issue. � Climate Change Action week , a number of events and workshops, followed by participation in the annual National Climate Change demonstrations in December � Environment and Ethics week , a number of events and workshops, often organised by societies, in Week 2 of Lent Term � Fair Trade Fortnight , campaigning for fair trade, and run by People and Planet Society � Ethical Christmas Market � Sustainable Consulting Student Group, which runs sustainability projects in coordination with the School Projects in collaboration with the School In halls, students sometimes run their own E&E campaigns to make a difference to include: � Reuse Sale of items left in Halls at the their residences. This is often done via the Sustainable Champions and Environment Officers on your Hall Committees. Please contact your Hall Committee or the E&E Officer if you want to get involved in your hall- it's one of the best ways to make a big difference. Moreover, the School has a number of beginning of term � come and get your stationery cheaply! � Environmental Management at the Students' Union � implementation of an Environmental Management System, in order to make Green the norm. CAMPAIGNS & PROJECTS On-going campaigns and Projects include: other brilliant projects, especially: � Reuse Scheme � donating unwanted items at the end of term to charities, especially in halls. � Zero Waste Project � phasing out plastic bottles and increasing recycling. � The School has a comprehensive Environmental Policy at www.lse.ac.uk/ collections/environment, and strives to become more energy and