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THE REGENT The student newspaper for all schools in Regent’s College Ash strands students & staff More than a few desks were left empty at Regent’s College last week when students and staff were stranded around the globe by the ash fallout from Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. But that didn’t necessarily mean a break from classes for some of those displaced. At the time of printing The Regent had tracked stranded students and faculty from Egypt to San Diego. “Still stranded in Cairo,” e-mailed EBS student Nadim StubJensen Shawarby on Wednesday. On Friday night, after the skies had opened to flights again, he again texted, “I have just landed in Vienna and bound for Copenhagen. From there I will travel to London on Monday morning. “ Eric Chan, program director for the RBS Management Program was with five graduate students in the middle of the annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition in San Diego when they got news that the European and UK airspace were shut. Originally due to return on 19 April, Chan was told that it might be take months to get back. “The first 48 hours where I could not book any flight were the most challenging. I took the time to think and re-strategise on our options, which included the possibilities of cruise ship, train and coach travel plus travelling via Spain as suggested by the media. Additionally, I had Issue 5 Summer 2010 Olé! It’s International Week to monitor the news constantly on the internet as there was not much coverage from the American TV channels in San Diego. “The students were anxious but my first priority was the safety and well being of all. I made sure that the students stayed in contact and updated their families,” Chan said. While he stayed in close contact with his line manager, the Dean of RBS and the CEO of the college, Chan also arranged with the University of San Diego to allow Regent’s students access to their premises and libraries. Chan says that the students coped very well under 5>> Torches in the snow blaze for Martine photo: Andy Ives Folklore de México Mestizo kicked off this year’s International Week with a flamoyant display of Mestizo dance in the college quad. Five new Arts degrees to launch in September by Max Kaplan photo Jason Pittock Family and friends of murder victim Martine Vik Magnussen gathered outside Herringham Hall on 10 February for a torch-lit walk to remember the RBS student and to demand justice. At a short memorial service, Martine’s father Odd Petter Magnussen, the family’s priest and Regent’s College CEO Aldwyn Cooper announced that the college will plant a tree in her memory. Martine’s father responded to this announcement by saying: “That is the second reason I would come back to London. The first one is, of course, if I can ever see a trial case.” Suspect Farouk Abdulhak remains in Yemen, which does not have an extradition treaty with the United Kingdom. This autumn marks the first semester of Regent’s College’s London School of Film, Media & Performance (LSFMP), and Head of School David Hanson isn’t breaking a sweat. After all, since joining Regent’s College in October 2008 to assist in the creation of LSFMP, Hanson has seen four degrees he created approved, with the final two to be approved by May. “It takes quite a long time to get a degree approved - normally about 18 months to two years for one degree,” he said, meaning that by industry standards LSFMP is far ahead of schedule. LSFMP is the sixth school under the 4>> Inside Regent’s first ArtSpace festival; young entrepreneurs and volunteers: going for gold and Gdànsk ArtSpace Fashion >> 9 >> 6 Volunteers >> 16 College News >>5 Features >> 3 Travel >> 8

The Regent - Issue 7 Summer 2011

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