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Natasha Cox Editor in Chief
Designs of the Time
90s Look Today
Modern Loughborough Sport: A Timeline
Evolution of the Supermodel
Cut Out and Keeps
Lisa Lynch Tribute
Andy Borrie Interview
Grace Meritt Editor Ana Curbelo Art Director George Mostyn Online Content Editor Broderick Suthlerland Deputy Editor Greg Carter Head of Illustration Carolyn Brown Head of Photography Jan Baykara Design Assistant Meghan McCabe Vignette O’Bryan News Editors Cathryn Antoniadis Laura Smith Features Editors Dan Nicholson Ella Stanbrook Music Editors
Beth Baker-Wyse Joanna Donnelly Culture Editors
Famous Faces of Loughborough
Direction of Shopping
Anna Birtwistle Chloé Fallon Style Editors Chloe Hemmings Rebecca Oldham Sport Editors Peter Woolley Webmaster Maxine Cheyney Head of Events and Marketing
Cover image by Ana Curbelo
Disclaimer: Label is the publication of Loughborough Students’ Union. The opinions contained are those of individual contributors, not of Loughborough Students’ Union, the editorial team, or any other officer of the union unless otherwise stated.
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From the Editor We’ve decided to mix things up with this issue of Label, which is dedicated to celebrating fifteen academic years of this very publication. So for the first time ever, we have no sections, none of our regular features, and more pages dedicated purely to pictures and designs. You may have also noticed that the paper this issue is printed on is different to our normal gloss print, making it a lot more sturdy if you decide to take advantage of our rip out ‘Loughborough Bucket List’ and cut out pages (p.18, 20-21 and 24).
Label Magazine, your Fortnightly Fix of all things Loughborough.
Label first began as a replacement to Loughborough’s previous publication, ‘The Newspaper’. As a magazine should be, its tone was much more light-hearted and gave more students the chance to write about what they wanted. I like to think that this year more than ever, we have carried on that light-hearted tone, and that whether you read the entire magazine cover to cover, or usually just flick to the totty spotter or lufbra overheard pages, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. Label may not always break student journalism boundaries or report on the most serious topics, but it’s meant to be a fun publication, that also allows for as many students as possible to get involved. This issue in my eyes is the culmination of that, focusing mainly on Loughborough as a whole, which is what makes our publication unique, and providing more interactive content than any issue before it. Here’s to the next fifteen years of Label, long may it continue. Until next time, Grace Meritt
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A News Countdown In order to celebrate some of the years that Label has been in publication, Label News Editor Vignette O’Bryan has put together a collection of the biggest, quirkiest and strangest news stories to rock Loughborough over the past 15 years. Vignette O’Bryan News Editor
1998 2000 2001 This year saw Loughborough College of Art and Design merge with the University, whilst the search for what makes the perfect bra was tackled by Loughborough’s mechanical engineer John Tyrer. Now, with Loughborough renouned for its engineering abilities I’m sure there were some outstanding findings. However, I think I speak for all girls in saying that a bra is most definitely not comparable to an ‘engine pod’, as John Tyrer put it.
A year in which most expected computers and technology to take a turn for the worse, with the Y2K Bug, actually saw Loughborough University advance. This was the year that high speed internet access was introduced to all halls across campus!
The art world experienced the work of Loughborough born artist Mike Nelson, who was shortlisted for the Tate Britain’s £20,000 Turner Prize. Nelson’s work consisted of using “apparently discarded everyday materials... to create haunting environments,” unfortunately Nelson wasn’t succesful in his campaign to win the coveted Turner Prize!
Loughborough’s sporting star Georgina Harland was also named Sunday Times’ Student Sportswoman of the Year. The Gold and Bronze medal winning pentathlete was in her final year when she received this distinguished award.
2003 2004 2006 2007 Loughborough Campus Radio celebrated its ‘official’ 30th birthday. Prior to LCR being established there was an illegal pirate broadcasting station called Radio Mule, which in 1973 went live on-air as LCR. Remember Robot Wars? Well, in 2003 Loughborough won the very first robot wars University Challenge with the robot Tiberius 111!
In this year an innovative two-day summer school was set up in order to encourage more girls to study engineering. The camp aimed to show that engineering is a fun and interesting subject that isn’t only for boys. The summer school was a success and was fully booked out. To smoke, or not to smoke? This was definitely the question on the Union’s lips in 2004 after they implemented a smoking ban in The Piazza until six o’clock in the evening, after which it became permissible again.
Loughborough joined the esteemed and highly respected 1994 group in August of 2006, the same year that celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its University Charter in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. These events further cemented Loughborough as a leading University in the UK and Worldwide. Calling all eBay enthusiasts. In this year, Student Dave Budden was sold on eBay as a joke. Now, what’s worse than getting sold to a randomer, or only getting bought for £10… ouch!
Nights out can sometimes end in lads kicking off and you might even catch a glimpse of a fight, but on March 11, 2007, a member of LSU venue staff was shot at a hip hop music event open to the public at the Union. The incident shocked the community as well as the University and Union. We all know how important blood doners are, but did you know pet blood doners are just as sought after. In 2007 Allegra, a Cane Corso, became Loughborough’s pioneer blood doner for the Pet Blood Bank UK.
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2008 2009 2010 2012 Vice Chancellor, Shirley Pearce, was named ‘Woman of the Year’ at the prestigious Women of Achievement Awards 2008, which celebrates the achievements of remarkable women in the Leicestershire area.
Who could forget the Loughborough break-dancing Legend that was Fred Bowers, who was somewhat of a regular attendee at Loughborough’s nightclubs. 2009 saw him make it all the way through to the 4th round of the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, impressive work for a man of 74 at the time!
Sockman, we’ve all seen him, is an iconic image of Loughborough and has over the years been the centre of flash mobs. But in 2010, he officially became ‘The New Face of Loughborough,’ in order to try to entice shoppers to buy locally, not bad for a statue!
THE OLYMPICS… If you haven’t heard about Loughborough’s input into the celebration of worldwide sport, that took place last year, then shame on you! The build up to the 2012 Olympics was massive and Loughborough was behind the event all the way, with our University grounds being the training base of Team GB. The Olympic Torch, something that not everyone will see in their lifetime, came to Loughborough last year and passed through the grounds on a beautifully sunny 3rd of July. 2012 was truly an exceptional year for Loughborough and will never be forgotten!
Design by Lewis Allum
Loughborough University celebrated its 100th birthday in June of 2009. The Centenary Open Day was a celebration to mark the hundred years since the establishment of Loughborough Technical Institute, the University’s predecessor.
Loughborough Woolworths was said goodbye to in 2009, but in 2010 Tescos took its place. The Tesco store in The Rushes shopping centre was officially opened by 13 year old Lois Peacock, a patient at the Rainbow’s Hospice in town on Febraury 15, 2010.
Designs of the Time Label Magazine has constantly evolved since its inception, thanks to an influx of fresh blood every year from various editors and design teams (composed of illustrators, photographers and graphic designers). But perhaps most noticeably, it has evolved by the design trends and technologies of the time. Flipping through the pages of an archived September 2001 issue, most people are struck by the flamboyant, flashy (some might even say garish) look of a Label magazine that quite clearly had a ridiculously enthusiastic and in-the-moment design staff. None of which is to say Label looked relatively bad in the modern eye. Only reflective of a design team filled with ideas and enthusiasm for what they imagined graphic design to encompass at the time, and with tools at their disposal that left more than something to be desired. When the first issue of Label left the printshop, Photoshop was still in its infancy, and InDesign, Label’s current layout software of choice and an industry standard, was only released two years later. It is only in the last decade or so that the tools we now take for granted and rely on almost entirely, have been made accessible, improving fantastically in that decade for the benefit of everyone.
Each year of Label is conveniently marked by a visual redesign of the magazine, some changes discreet, some glaring. Rather than due to the mental instability of some permanent Union staffer, these changes are the result of Label’s next incoming Art Director, pouring varying amounts of heart and soul into a redesign, each summer holiday. Once the new academic year begins, a large amount of effort is also put in by volunteer designers, helping to shape the layouts that go into the issue with minimal design restrictions or, for that matter, time, culminating in a mad rush every other Monday and Tuesday. In the words of Ana Curbelo, current Art Director, this issue “must be perfect,” but thinking ahead, I can imagine the editorial staff of a hypothetical 30th Anniversary Label issue, holding more or less the same opinions of 2012-13 as we do of those first issues onwards. And it’s only fitting; I consider Label very much an extended student project, and what comes off the print every other week for delivery is a snapshot of Loughborough’s students, and their perspective on design and journalism. Jan Baykara Label Design Assistant
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A 90s look today
When Label was first born, the 90’s were in full swing! Here we look back at this iconic era of fashion and how recently our favourite iconic garments from the 90’s have started to appear again in high street stores. Most of us will be 90’s kids, which means we grew up watching fashion icons such as Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince and The Spice girls. Fashion then was known for its fun loving attitude, think posh spice pre-Becks crop tops, pigtails and denim. Today all you have to do is add a bit of grunge and your own personality and you have the new nineties now trend.
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Round Glasses Go round and oversized. Pick styles from Cat eye shapes to John Lennon esq-circles.
tie-dyed, plain or bright coloured crops go with anything high waisted so be brave and flash a little bit of flesh.
from short to long, denim to floral this trend has something for everyone. To modernise it for s/s13 look for the modernised pinafore version.
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Modern Loughborough Sport:
A Timeline IMS
Through its injection as a departmental tournament in 19561957, the league has moved to promote competition between Loughboroughâ€™s halls. It is now the most extensive intramural competition within the UK, boasting 60 events per week.
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New for the 2012 academic year, Powerbase is one of the largest strength and conditioning gyms in the UK. Itâ€™s added to the long list of world class facilities open to all the staff and students at Loughborough.
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One of only two UK Athletics performance centres in the UK, the High Performance Athletics Centre was opened by David Moorcroft in 2003.
20 Recreational sport 1 1 developments
Sport England awarded a substantial amount of money to the university in order to develop the recreational sporting opportunities available on campus, as it was identified in the Player Pathways model, that this area of participation needed significantly developing.
centre 20 National for sports and 14 excersize medicine
20 The Stadium 12
The new stadium, predominantly used for Football, is one of the most recent builds. Opened in 2012, the stadium played host to the Barbarians rugby game as well as a football match against Spurs U18.
As part of the 2012 Olympic legacy the centre will offer a unique opportunity in the East Midlands to study the effects of exercise on chronic disease and disease prevention. This is in cooperation with Leicester and Nottingham Universities.
Olympic Preparation camp
Illustration by Lauren Leftley
Loughborough University played host as Team GB descended upon the campus for their preparation camp. Plenty of medal makers from the university and town were able to showcase the faultless organisation of the university.
Design by Eloise Adler
Loughborough AU has now won 32 consecutive BUCs trophies in 2012, and is likely to add to this as the strength of the facilities and coaching continues to push the boundaries of University Sport.
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TheEvolution Illustration by Greg Carter
s the first issue of Label hit the racks, a new wave of exotic-looking models took over the runway from the blonde, blue-eyed supermodels who had been reigning over the catwalks since the 1930s. From Elle Macpherson to Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum, the 1990s marked the era of the “marketing supernova”. It was the decade when supermodels were paid astronomical figures to appear on talk shows, gossip columns, and Hollywood blockbusters.
The supermodels’ rise to multibillion enterprises and pop culture queens was cut short in the early 2000s when the iconic Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, began showcasing more and more celebrities on the magazine’s front covers instead of supermodels. As the fashion industry moved away from glamour and luxury towards grunge and street style, supermodels were overlooked in favour of less attractive models in order to put more focus on clothing and design.
This was not only a defining moment for models but also for popular culture. The combination of power, beauty and influence made these supermodels celebrities almost overnight. But how did this domination of supermodels in popular western culture come about?
The new millennium also saw the rise of the likes of Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen. Although their status as supermodels has been disputed, these unconventional beauties were some of the highest paid models, and stars of countless ad campaigns.
It all started in 1936 when Swedish dance teacher Lisa Fonssagrives appeared on the front cover of Vogue. Up until the 1950s Fonssagrives appeared on over 200 Vogue covers and claimed that she was just “a good clothes hanger”. Soon afterwards fashion models steadily started to become a prominent part of the pop culture of the day. From the stick-thin, androgynous frames of Twiggy and Gia in the 1960s/70s, to the athletic and healthy physiques of Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Heidi Klum in the 1980s.
The ever-changing fashion world is notorious for instantly making and breaking those in the industry. Today, models are not regarded with as much wonderment as in the 1980s and 1990s. Although the media often refer to models as “genetic anomalies” and “exquisite freaks”, there is hope that with the rise of popularity of wholesome models, such as Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley, the time of the supermodel will rise again.
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Lisa, This Isn’t an Obituary Head of Label Marketing, Maxine Cheyney, spoke to Dr Dominic Wring, a lecturer for Communications and Media Studies, and Toby Jones, a former Editor of Label Magazine (1998-99) and a close friend of Lisa Lynch, a writer whose journey began at Loughborough University and whom passed away in March of this year. Whether or not you have heard of Lisa Lynch, it’s about time you did. If we’ve anything to celebrate after 15 years of Label, it’s journalists like Lisa. Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 28, when she started her blog AlrightTit (www. alrighttit.com), an entertaining and emotional journey through ‘The Bullshit’ as she so rightly called it. Her blog and her subsequent book, ‘The C-Word’, are intense, darkly entertaining and honest insights into Lisa’s fight against cancer and well worth a read. According to The Guardian, Stephen Fry summed up her wit and strength: ‘I don’t think she’d mind me calling her the web’s No.1 cancer bitch’. She kept the title, adding: ‘But not, I hasten to add, cancer’s bitch’. She doesn’t hold anything back, and for her following of cancer patients, friends, family and the public alike, as well others fighting cancer, and to all the young women who are aspiring journalists, she became something of an inspiration. Her Label links go back to 1997, where Lisa began writing for Label in her first year under editor Claire Tomlinson, whilst Toby was Arts Editor. Label was just beginning, following a troubled move from newspaper to magazine. Lisa proceeded to gain an MA at Goldsmiths College following her completion of her B.Sc. in Communications and Media Studies. She then got a job with Hotcourses and soon after got a staff position at Real Homes magazine and moved up the
ladder very quickly, becoming editor aged just 26. One might think, when news came that she had cancer, that she would slow down or give up, but Lisa continued to work as the editor of Real Homes for as long as she could. Her cancer went into remission in 2009, and with that break in the clouds, she started her own company doing editorial work, as well as working as a freelancer for Fabric Magazine. Toby explained that following this, Lisa made plans to write two more books, as well as build her own business. Then in October of 2011, her cancer returned to her bones and brain and this time, it was incurable. She continued to work, blog and write alongside her treatment, before passing away on March 11, 2013. Toby stated, ‘her work ethic was humbling and terrifying’, not surprising given how much she managed to achieve in her life. Toby reminisced about Label during his time saying, ‘one thing that is different that strikes me now is the engagement between the academic courses and Label – it just didn’t exist back then. We didn’t have that respect’. He also said that what was great about Label was ‘the stuff I got to write about, the scope to write what you wanted for Label, you don’t ever really get that freedom again’. Toby went on to say that it really was Label that made the difference to his university experience and career.
Dominic Wring added, ‘a lot of people will end up going into public relations but, this is the only time they will really write properly, as journalists.’ This is true of so many students from Media and English-related courses and for those who now write for Label. This shows just how much of an opportunity Label Magazine really is to any students who are interested in these fields.
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The parallels between Lisa and Label are pure serendipity. Lisa was a part of Label’s beginnings, and with her incredible journalistic legacy over the past 15 years, Lisa Lynch remains a symbol of where strength and perseverance can take you, even when the stakes are against you. As Toby said, ‘Lisa was always going to be a writer’, and for that, Label should take time to celebrate all those alumni who have continued the road into journalism and have gone above and beyond. Lisa is just one of many, but with an incredible story. For all of us at Label, especially finalists, it’s good to know that our Label labours may some day add up to something, even in the face of adversity.
Lisa on the front cover of Label, 2000
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with Andy Borrie
Andy Borrie is the Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University. I spoke to him about the role that sport plays in Loughborough’s identity, how things have changed in his time here and what is likely to change in the future.
How important do you think it is to the rest of the university for Loughborough to be delivering top end performance?
The students who are in those programs get a phenomenal experience of what it’s like to be a performance athlete. I think that’s a life-changing experience. In those sports where we have a performance squad in the club, I think that influences the culture of the club and the way the club approaches its performance. I think it’s incredibly important to a sense of student pride in the university – that we can walk around with a bit of arrogant swagger because we’ve won BUCS for the last thirty-odd years. It is a part of what the rest of the world – not just the UK – sees about Loughborough. I think that has an impact back into the community, back into student life; as well as a big impact on the external face of the university and people’s perceptions of what we’re about.
Personally, what would you say is your favourite sporting facility on campus? It’s one of three. I’m a hockey player, so for me, all of those days I’ve spent watching hockey teams play at the water-based pitch, I’ve really enjoyed that. I’d have said two things. You walk past Powerbase, which is the best training and condition gym in the country by a country mile, and looks phenomenal; that is an amazing facility. And then you walk past Ballpark, which is open to any student to come and play sport whenever. Those two things just say so much about what Loughborough’s about.
This is the 15th anniversary edition of Label, but there’s also a big anniversary coming up for you as well, as it’s almost ten years that you’ve been in this job. What would you look back at as your proudest moment, what has been your biggest achievement in the job? Every single student has their own Olympics. It might be the Olympics themselves, it might be swimming in a quartet that break a British record which you never believed you could have done before you got here. If I left in two months’ time, I’d be able to look back and say ‘I was part of an organisation that had the right ethos and culture’, and we must have changed so many lives for the better in the last ten years. So I’d say that’s the proudest part of being here; it isn’t a medal and it isn’t an actual sporting achievement but it’s the way we go about our business.
With professionalism being so huge in sport now, a lot of teams are wanting to get performance athletes training and competing full-time earlier on. How much of a challenge is it to keep encouraging these athletes to come here for further education?
I think if you’re going to see another big facility development at Loughborough, it will be because a partner comes along and says: ‘We’d really like to partner with you.’ And that means to me that it’s going to be something big, if it happens. For the next four or five years, I see us consolidating more and spending more time thinking about the quality of what goes on in the facilities.
It is a challenge, and we’re seeing that increasingly. Let’s take the example of netball. We’ve been in the Super League from the start to now. When we started, the idea of anyone getting paid to play the game was ridiculous. Now? All the top teams are paying reasonable money for players. So the world changes around us, and sometimes you have to accept that you’re not going to go and compete with that.
In terms of the coaching and the sport on offer here, I genuinely think that we’re going to ramp it up a notch again. I think what we’re going to focus on is that concept of coaching; which is kind of coming right back to our roots. We were brilliant at coaching. Since then, we’ve been good at coaching, and we’ve done lots of stuff to the physical environment, and now I think it’s time to get back to being really brilliant at coaching. If I was a betting man, I’d say we are going to really fly over the next five years or so in terms of investing heavily in making our people better.
Our draw has got to be the quality of the coaching experience, the quality of the environment, that makes young adults at the age of 18 say, ‘You know what, I’d like to go there because that’s going to be a life-changing experience, and I’ll forego the money somewhere else for the quality of that life-changing experience.’ But you’re absolutely right, in some sports it will be a challenge, and we have to decide whether we will continue to fight the trend, or whether we invest somewhere else.
What do you think are likely to be the biggest developments over the next five or ten years, in terms of physical facilities or in internal aspects such as performance coaching?
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Design by Sally Wood
Photography by Matt Dent
The views ofLocals’
It is undeniable that Loughborough University students have made an effort to support the local and wider community. Since fresher year, students have been encouraged to raise money for charities and do volunteer work in town and on campus. However, in terms of the relationship between Loughborough locals and us students, how friendly do they perceive it to be? To address the social aspect, I first spoke to Katy Voss, manager of The Orange Tree, a pub that is as old as Label magazine. She says that the University has generally had a positive impact on the community. The pub ‘originally opened specifically for students’ however, over the past 15 years there has been changes in the trends of students’ activities in town. With the increase of the Union’s and societies’ events, there have been less and less students coming to The Orange Tree and more heading to the cheaper pubs. However, this doesn’t mean that the pub has lost out. She rejoices in the fact that as a result of this change, The Orange Tree has contributed to the community by offering a place where people of all sorts can enjoy a drink or a meal.
Speaking to Elaine Hobby, Head of the English and Drama department who has been working at Loughborough University for the past 25 years, I got an insight to the level of motivation and purpose students at Loughborough have. She firstly pointed out that Loughborough University’s student body has stayed consistent in that it has been ‘fantastic with Action and Rag events, students have cared a lot about the community.’ However, she also points out that over the years there have been a few students who give the rest a bad name, by getting too wild on nights out and then ‘behaving like idiots in town.’ She believes that about five years ago it was quite bad, ‘but the union has made an effort since then to improve the behavior of students in town.’
Voss also explains how ‘the relationship between the students and the locals is still segregated...there was slightly more friction 15 years ago between the locals and the students,’ mainly because the locals felt that the students were prioritized. Now, The Orange Tree and other pubs cater the same way for everyone, which may have contributed to a thaw in their relationship. The student nightlife has changed in that it has become a more low-key option for evenings out, as well as a non-prejudice service as both students and locals receive the same offers; ‘You’ll now have a local solicitor sitting next to a student.’
Hobby also commented on Loughborough University’s presence on a cyber level in that she believes the growth of social media including Facebook and Twitter, has contributed and benefitted the university to communicate and organize events at a faster pace. She also expressed her concern as to the dangers of how students use media such as Twitter to express what they would say in a private conversation without realizing the impact of it being published on a public source. Gordon Davies, the man who sells Loughborough Echo newspapers in town, filled me in on how Loughborough has
The relationship between the students and the locals is still segregated... changed over the past 60 years. He says that ‘Loughborough University, and its students have brought a lot of economic profit and business to the town.’ He happily told me all about his time working as a taxi driver and how he loved meeting students from all around the world. Socially, Loughborough University has brought a sense of international culture, which is welcomed by locals such as Davies. He commented that over the years, the relationship between the locals and the students had been quite difficult but that it has gotten better. ‘I think if you’re friendly with them and you have no resentments, they’ll respond well.’ In terms of noise level and behavior of the students, he doesn’t believe that it’s bad at all. ‘I have neighbors who are students and I’ve never had a problem with them, they may be loud in the busier areas but it is expected!’ Davies doesn’t believe that the student’s are prioritized as he receives more benefits from his pensions than students would, including a free bus pass and television. Over the past 15 years prices have gone up in the union, so there’s more business in town as a result. All in all, the attitude of the town towards Loughborough University students seems to have improved over the years. The relationship between the locals and the students might still be considered anti-social to an extent, but it is not as aggressive as it might have been before. Dominique Eguren
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Let’s do the
Time Warp again...
In a world of live news, BBC iplayer and social networks, there’s something that lurks around the corner, that no-one can ever completely understand: the past. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good Facebook stalk and a random tweet, but I do wonder about the students before us, who ran to lectures, stumbled home from Hey Ewe’s, and walked the exact same steps we do today. What was different between their Loughborough experience and ours? From looking just at the adverts in old Label magazines, I found a host of lost gems... For example, potentially my favourite night out, especially with the lie-in the next morning, Stupid Tuesday. Our logo now is a very vibrant, very happy sphere with a quiff. The old one looked more like a queasy student with a stick coming out of its head and wobbly eyes. While the old one might be slightly more true to what
happens after a night out, the new one is great at summing up how fun Stupid Tuesday actually is, if it’s not too ‘stupid’. Ever heard of the term sharking? There’s a possibility that it’s older than you actually thought. FND’s logo used to be a grinning purple shark that actually looks kind of evil when
you see it properly. There’s no way to tell for sure, but perhaps the slang term we all use nowadays to describe a girl or guy that’s looking out for someone to hit on, came from this very logo. Another thing any watchers of The Voice will find interesting is that the singer, Cleo Higgins reported to have ‘the fastest chair turn around ever’ played at FND in 2004. Other acts you’d probably recognise include Bob Sinclair vocalist Steve Edwards (‘feed the love generation’), Scouting for Girls (who sang the unbelievably catchy ‘She’s so Lovely’) in 2008 and the alternative Pendulum and Bloc Party in 2006. It’s not only the events that have changed. Drinks and entry prices have too. STuesday’s entry is now £2, with drink deals of £1 for VKs and shots of Sourz, Tequila and Sambuka. In 2002- 2006 entry was free and in 2008 it was £1.95 for a VK and shots of Vodka/Sourz/Sambuka. Hey Ewe used to be £1 with a card in 2002 and all drinks were £1 in 2003 and 2004. FND cost £2.50 from 9 pm to 10 pm, in 2002 and £3.50 in 2004, showing us just how inflation has hit students as much as anyone else! Lufbra’s union and its record student experience has been built up over the years. It had to start from somewhere. Maybe while we’re enjoying a night out or when we’re a little bit more sober, we should think about what came before and who knows, maybe we can even come up with some better ideas for a night out in the future... Cathryn Antoniadis Features Editor
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Famous Faces of Loughborough Loughborough is known for churning out the very best in the world of Sport. From international Rugby players, a couple of extraordinary athletes and of course the champions of the pool. However it has also seen notable non-sporty famous faces walk through its doors. Below, Label takes a look at some of the most prominent alumni figures Loughborough University has seen:
ing 16 medals, which included 11 Golds and no less than 30 world records. Although known for her achievements in wheelchair racing, her participation in the wheelchair basketball event in Seoul provides her all round athletic ability. Since her retirement in 2007, GreyThompson has gone on to provide commentary for the BBC and is heavily involved in the organisation of sport.
Baron Sebastian Coe: Most people will recognise him for his work heading the London 2012 Olympics committee (LOCOG) but did you know Lord Coe is double Olympic Gold medallist from the 1980 and 1984 Summer Games and eight times world record holder? His most famous rivals include the likes of middle distance stars Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.
At Loughborough Baroness GreyThompson graduated in 1991 with a degree in Politics and Social Administration.
Sebastian Coe’s link to Loughborough is that he holds an undergraduate degree at the University in Economics and Social Science from which he graduated in 1979, and he was also made Honorary Doctor of Technology by Loughborough in 1985. He has recently been appointed a pro-chancellor of the University and appears in Loughborough’s walk of fame.
Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson:
Arguably the most successful Paralympic athlete of all time finishing her career with a stagger-
Sir Clive Woodward: He is famed for taking England to World Cup glory in 2003, but Sir Clive Woodward spent his degree in PE and Sports Science captaining Loughborough’s rugby team. Instead of moving into teaching he forged a very successful professional rugby career with Harlequins and Leicester, winning 21 England caps and touring with the Lions squad twice. Since his victory as head coach of England, Loughborough bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Technology upon him in 2004 before his move to Southampton FC as the director of Football. He is now a fully qualified UEFA coach demonstrating his ability to excel in numerous sports at such a high level.
Diane Farr: American actress and
writer Diane Farr studied drama at both New York’s Stony Brook University and here at Loughborough University. She has written two books, The Girl Code and Kissing Outside , published in 2001 and 2011 respectively, and is currently writing for a number of American magazines. Farr is most renowned for her starring role as FBI agent Megan Reeves on the CBS crime drama Numb3rs.
She has however had previous roles in American series’s The Job, Like Family, Rescue Me and Roswell. And guest-star roles in Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.
Illustration byDeepesh Patel
Lisa Rogers: Lisa Rogers is a Welsh
television presenter and part-time actress, and also studied drama at Loughborough University. Her television career began with various research jobs on shows such as The Fall Guy, The Girlie Show, Absolutely Animals and Light Lunch. Her first on screen role came in the form of Channel 4’s Big Breakfast in June 2000. Following this came presenting the reality television show The Block and acting in 2000 mini-series Lock, Stock. Rogers longest television role was from 2002-2008 when she co-presented the Channel 4 engineering game show Scrapheap Challenge, with Robert Llewellyn.
Her most recent television appearances have included ITV documentary series Mistresses, Loose Women, Sunshine, Vroom Vroom and Carpool.
Abi Griffiths: British television
presenter Abi Griffiths makes up the last of our list of notable alumni of Loughborough University. Currently presenting Driving Wars on Dave, she has established herself as a prominent sports presenter. After obtaining a 2:1 BA Honours degree at Loughborough, Griffiths travelled to Australia prior to the Sydney Olympics to start her television journey.
In Australia she presented lifestyle reports on The Weather Channel as well as receiving small acting roles in Home and Away. From there she has presented all range of sports shows including the FIA European Drag Racing Championship for Channel 5, and Channel 4’s Formula Ford Championship. More recently she has been seen presenting various rugby programmes, including O2Inside Line with Austin Healey and the live screen entertainment at Twickenham for the Emirates Rugby Sevens. Rebecca Oldham Sports Editor Ella Stanbrook Music Editor
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VS. YOUR SEAT In a recent column for The Telegraph, retail expert Mary Portas backed the role of the high street in Loughborough, maintaining that “The internet can never truly replace the sociability and reward you get from doing business with real people.” On the day Mary visited Loughborough, Style editor Chloé Fallon and Culture editor Beth Baker-Wyse hit our small town to find out local retailers’ opinion on the grant, provoking debate over whether online shopping will eventually take over our high streets.
THE DIRECTION OF SHOPPING IN LOUGHBOROUGH For expanding into new realms of style – Beth.
For Keeping the Culture of the High Street Alive – Chloé
It’s no use denying it, there’s somethingto be said for the high-street. A fantastic opportunity to get to grips with style in a social setting, we should be glad of its presence in the community. However, as we move into an ever evolving world of technology, ‘just popping down to the shops’ may be more an effort than you’d like.
Now don’t me wrong, I’ve been known to have many ASOS packages delivered right to my door. It’s convenient; there is choice, but online shopping lacks, well, spirit.
Design by Caroline Smith
Photography by Carolyn Brown
In an interview with fashion news site Fashionista, style icon Victoria Becham promoted the power of the internet, providing what she believes to be an exclusive shopping experience in that “it’s total freedom and privacy”. Products can be delivered to try on in your own time with whatever best suits in your wardrobe, avoiding the hassle of guess work you often get in a shop. With a vast variety of fashion at your fingertips, you can shop, style, and learn from those who are experts in the industry. Many online retail sites offer features such as ‘wear with’ and ‘stylist’s pick’, allowing you to gain advice in the comfort of your own home. Going online also allows you to open multiple tabs, meaning you can effectively be in 10 shops at once. Doing so also lets you compare pieces quickly make a more informed decision, hence becoming a wiser shopper! Many retailers are now bypassing a store and setting up shop online, giving us even more to choose from. With most online websites offering free returns policies, any feel or fitting errors can often be corrected too. Speaking with the store manager of Dorothy Perkins in town, it became clear that online had always been the way to go. Believing that owning a high street store is often “very tough competition”, she was aware that these days everyone in the street is fighting for business. Spotting around seven different coffee shops in the course of our conversation, it soon became clear that in an age when “it’s not too difficult at all to set up a small website”; the business of style really is open to anybody.
Shopping is a past time of women across the globe. A way to spend an afternoon with some quality time with your friends or with the other half whilst he holds your bags as you explore what is in the shop. You can’t do that if you’re sat in front of a computer. Portas told The Telegraph, following her visit that people realised ‘that tomorrow’s high streets will be anchored not only by shops, but by new social and cultural experiences that people simply can’t get elsewhere.’ I completely agree. An online shop might give you a 10% of discount from time to time, but we’re students - we get that on the high street too. An online site might suggest things based on your last purchases, but sales assistants will give you suggestions based on what you’re holding in your hand. On a more serious note, if the high street starts losing business to e-tailers, then that’s a lot of people who are going to lose their jobs and businesses. In this current economic situation, no job is safe. Boutique and vintage stores are less likely to survive than a chain high street retailer. It is these shops that are a vital part of keeping the high street alive. They don’t always have an extra online site, but in a way that makes the shopping experience just a little more special. Talking to an assistant at Pink she told us that it also allows them to build a much more personal relationship with their buyers and customers. It gives the shop a unique quality; you won’t run into someone wearing the same outfit as you. Getting to know the sales assistants in your favourite shops has its perks. They know which pieces are new in and are more willing to help you - it’s like having a personal stylist for free!
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