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THE MOANY ISSUE BAD INTERNET / POOR ORGANISATION LOUD DEMANDS SATISFACTION


THE WAY WE ALL REGISTER TO VOTE IS CHANGING

Studying away from home? You need to make sure that you’re on the updated register, or you might not be able to vote in future. As a student you can register at both your term time address and at the address you live at outside of term time.

YOUR VOTE MATTERS MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN

For more information go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

Electoral Services Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2BQ Tel: 01582 510380 Email: electoral_services@luton.gov.uk Web: www.luton.gov.uk


Issue #8 December 2014

Whether you’re a journalism student, interested in writing or just looking for a way to flex your creative muscles, we’re always on the look out for contributors. Got a story? Stumbled on something you think we should be covering? Let us know about it and it could make a future issue!

facebook.com/bedssu twitter.com/bedsloud loud@beds.ac.uk Edited by -----Gregg Sullivan Mark Kirwan Student Contributors -----Carl Turner Sam Darlaston Sarah Wright Joshua Scott

4 The Ethics of Ethics. In breaking news, a student has been reported cheating on their coursework. 8 Why Are We Waiting? Students speak out on the agonising queue times during registration. 10 Interview: Tallulah Rendall. LOUD speak with one of the stars of our new Tuesday Coffee House Sessions. 14 Why, Fi? LOUD demands answers on the poor WiFi network at UoB. 18 Confessions Of A Swiftie. Why it’s okay to be a die hard fan girl (just don’t annoy your housemates!) 16 My Year With The Bulls Captain of the football team, Joshua Scott, takes us through his time in sport.

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The University of Bedfordshire journalism department has been embroiled in a cheating scandal, after it has emerged that a student was planning to cheat on – of all things – their ethics essay... The unknown perpetrator was found to have uploaded the question and marking criteria to a website which deals specifically in counterfeit essays. The first sign that something was amiss was when lecturers found a business card for an essays-for-cash company in one of the journalism classrooms. Whilst the university trusts that it wasn’t a group effort, all students were warned via email to ignore such companies and resist the temptation. A few weeks later however a student researching their third year ethics essay online came across the exact essay question and the exact assessment brief from BREO. It was reprinted word for word on an essays-forcash website. The company was touting for business, offering similar essays to anyone willing to pay. That student promptly alerted lecturers. Journalism lecturer Kate Ironside, who teaches Ethics & Journalism, said: “This is absolutely outrageous behaviour. Somebody with access to the BREO site has

new pieces of information had come to light that have narrowed down the hunt. If caught, the student in question will be reported and risks jeopardising their degree. Sam Cox, a third year journalism student said: “I

clearly approached the company asking for help with

first heard about it after being told by my lecturers. My

this assessment. What is heartbreaking is that I know

first thought was ‘how ironic, someone attempting to

that 47 out of the 48 students on the unit are honest,

cheat on an ethics essay’”

hardworking people. It speaks volumes however for the

Cheating in essays is certainly not limited to

integrity of the overwhelming majority of our students

Bedfordshire. It is a problem in every university both in

that it was a student who first tipped us off about this, it

the UK and across the world. These companies operate

has been marvellous to see the way in which so many of

online targeting students in multiple countries.

the students on that unit are now actively helping us to track down the cheat. “ Tough new measures have been put in place to

Alexis Weedon, Director of the Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance and Head of Journalism and Communications, was unfortunately unable

preserve the integrity of the assessment which, as part

to comment at the time of print. However LOUD would

of a third year unit, can have an impact on a degree’s

imagine she is rather irked.

classification. At the time of going to print, several key

All of us here at LOUD implore you to resist the temptation to cheat and if you hear about anything like this happening, report it immediately. Stay vigilant Bedfordshire! Words by Gregg Sullivan

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IF CAUGHT, THE STUDENT IN QUESTION WILL BE REPORTED AND RISKS JEOPARDISING THEIR DEGREE. 7


Why are we waiting? Situations get dire during this years course registration...

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TUDENTS studying at the University of

students who wanted to purchase books related to their

Bedfordshire have been left feeling bored

new courses. Barkans went onto explain:

and frustrated after a tiresome and gruelling registration experience. Some waited up to

“We couldn’t get our Aspire cards until we were registered, and with all the confusion with registration it

four hours as hundreds attempted to register for their

meant that I couldn’t get my text books, I had wanted to

respective courses at similar times. This only increased

read up on parts of my course before I started but I was

the backlog and waiting times for those involved.

unable to get that opportunity.”

Dan Steel; a 19-year-old psychology undergraduate

It is unfortunately not totally clear what caused the

explained the trouble that it caused and said that the

delays, but Tommy Fung, 23, studying animation, thinks

entire registration process was a pain to deal with and

it could be down to a lack of communication and just

that in his opinion it took too long.

sheer numbers of students all trying to enroll into their

Other students that were interviewed said that they thought that the process could have been a lot sim-

next academic year. “Frankly, it was just really unorganized” he said.

pler for them if they had taken the time to pre-register

“In the queue there was a member of the registration

online. This highlights the importance of conveying this

team signing things on our sheets. This caused a lot of

message efficiently across the whole of the student body.

confusion further down the line as students who were

The University does send out all-student-emails days before the registration dates, urging new and returning students to complete the online pre-registra-

trying to enroll were not told where they were supposed to be, and were not informed what was going on. “When I got to the final stage of registration which

tion stages in order to avoid queues on the day. However,

was to pick up my new student card, a man from regis-

many that LOUD spoke to said that they either did not

tration sent lots of people to the wrong point, so I ended

have the time to check their student emails on account

up waiting in the wrong place for ages.”

of work, or that they had no access to internet services

Things were not all bad, however: “The finance peo-

shortly after moving into new accommodation, and that

ple were really nice and a lot of the other students were

perhaps another alternative is needed.

really friendly and open, that meant that the wait wasn’t

Katie Barkans, 18, a psychology student, said: “If

as bad as it otherwise could have been.”

I’m honest I thought it would be quite a simple process

Words by Carl Turner

because I had already pre-registered online and [the

Were you outraged by the long wait at registration? Why

University registration team] said that doing that would

not vent your rage to us @bedsloud on Twitter and

make it much quicker on the day.

/bedssu on Facebook!

“In fact, what actually happened was that we had to come back three days in a row because people were coming at times they weren’t meant to, which ultimately meant that we couldn’t register.” The problems at registration not only caused long delays for students but also created a backlog for Actually this is the queue for course registration. You need the finance queue. It starts 10km that way.

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Dancing in the moonlight and singing in The Lounge. LOUD talks to the the brilliant Tallulah Rendall...


the word ‘quirky’ is thrown about all too often these days. look no further than a teen wearing lens-less nerd glasses, a charity shop jumper and a pair of jeans that don’t quite cover their ankles and you will hear the expression muttered unreservedly. Whilst LOUD is, of course, here to promote all types of expression, it’s worth noting the wonderful words of the late, great Margaret Mead: “Always remember that you are completely unique; Just like everybody else...”

T

he actual dictionary definition (or at least the Urban Dictionary definition) describes quirky as ‘unconventional, surprising and odd but in a good way’ and we can think of

no better way to describe one of our latest Coffee House alumni, Tallulah Rendall. LOUD sat down with the multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter before her acoustic gig in The Lounge for a quick chat. Through the course of the interview, she spoke of her adventures chasing the full moon through the streets of Berlin and middle of nowhere to record her album during a snowstorm. (That’s a little bit odd, no?) LOUD thought it would be best to kick things off at the beginning by asking her how it all started.

Tallulah Rendall

her isolation in an island cottage in the

“I first started singing when I was 5” when I was around 14 or 15. Then I started in bands when I was around 18, when I went to Manchester University, which was quite late to come into it. But when it came to the point of [asking myself] “do I want to go to a performing arts school?” it just felt like it really wasn’t the right thing for me. It was time for me to go and explore, explore ISBN: 978-0-9563856-2-8

different countries, different places in the

The Banshee And The Moon

says Tallulah. “I first started writing songs

world, explore myself and grow. I didn’t have a lot to write about when I was 18!” The age-old dilemma, which many stu9 780956 385628 dents will have debated, is whether or not to

go traveling. For Tallulah, experiences across the globe paved her way to a unique path in the music industry that led her to success — LOUD is mighty glad that she opted to set the jets. Currently, she is working along12


there’s nobody else i know that has independantly crowd funded three albums.

side the infamous Danton Supple; who has collaborated with everyone from the likes of Coldplay to Morrissey.

“It was amazing. Danton is one of the

coolest people I have ever met, and is just so great at making you feel completely at ease. Some producers can be really intimidating, but he was just so encouraging and he’s just such a talented engineer as well, from working with such amazing artists.

Tallulah is the epitome of quirkiness

and LOUD wonders if she knows anyone else in the music industry who is on quite the same wavelength she is.

“No (laughs), no I genuinely don’t!

There’s nobody that I know that has independently crowd-funded three albums, or that’s got the vision I have to present their albums as books. I’ve never come across anyone else who’s doing what I’m doing. I did play all the music for my album independently too, so I am a complete control freak, as well as being slightly weird!”

With such a unique approach to the

music industry, it’s no wonder that Tallulah is already attracting attention from big names, including high praise from the great Dame Shirley Bassey, who complemented Tallulahs “wonderful voice.”

“She’s an extraordinary, amazing wom-

an. I did a gig in London which she came to, and she gave me two presents; a really beautiful candle and a silver candle holder. She said “good luck on your journey” and I was just like “wooooow.” For her 70th she had this big birthday bash and I was the only person to sing and it was amazing. Except I genuinely feel that the five hundred people there would have much preferred to hear her sing!”

Tallulah gives new meaning to the phrase ‘indie.’ She’s a veritable one-man band and needs all the help she can get. “It’s just me! The more you help me and shout

— tallulah

about it [the more I can do.] I’m really grateful for any support anyone can give!” Words by Sam Darlaston Visit Tallulahs website — tallulahrendall.com — to find all her music and make sure to follow her on Twitter @TallulahRendall Coffee House Sessions takes place every

Tallulahs album The Banshee and the Moon is available as a limited edition CD and book combination. Get it now from her website: tallulahrendall.com

Tuesday at the Luton Campus from 12:30pm. Join us in The Lounge for a coffee and a live acoustic set from a new artist every week. 13


WHY, FI? LOUD ASKS THE HARD HITTING QUESTION: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE INTERNET, MAN?

T

HOSE THAT STUDY at the Uni-

to function without the access to websites and emails, is

versity of Bedfordshire will know

beyond any kind of reasoning that I can hope to conjure

that the highly ambiguous phrase

in my, obviously, primitive mind. How else are students

“student experience” is recapitulated

supposed to get information from Wikipedia reputable

and regurgitated so much that it’s

website sources?

lost all meaning. In their continuing

While LOUD appreciates that the maintenance

campaign to max out our fun metre, we are subjected

of a multi building, campus wide Wi-Fi service can be

to mass clichés and delicate idioms, manifested in the

anything but simple, the irony of informing the student

ideology of what it is to enjoy ourselves at university.

body that the internet was down by sending an all-stu-

However, in their grand ambition to ensure that we all have a rip-roaringly jolly time, the powers that be at the University of Bedfordshire can sometimes overlook

dent email, appeared to be lost on the I.T department. Just to clarify; you need Internet to access your emails. More recently, the university has declared that

the most basic of student needs. Sure, it’s awesome that

after a teething period during its introduction, Eduro-

money is being invested in new buildings, facilities and

am is now fully functioning. As I write this article and

other grand and exciting projects, but it’s difficult to

periodically glance at the spinning Wi-Fi ‘search’ icon at

rave about the student experience when we’re unable

the top of my screen desperately seeking a connection,

to access the most quintessential and fundamental of

I resign myself to the knowledge that its futile spin will

research tools: the internet.

continue forever more. With great remorse, I can assure

The University intranet, atypically named

you; Eduroam is not working.

‘eduroam,’ is — without sounding harsh — a cataclysm of uselessness. Why? It doesn’t work. How a higher education institute of any size, shape or form can hope

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“if the internet doesn’t wor how are we supposed to


Please wait...

rk,

o?”

The bitter pill of frustration is a taste that has been felt across the University of

the same problem. On our recent jaunt for SU on tour, the

Bedfordshire. LOUD spoke to numerous stu-

majority of responses to the question ‘what

dents and staff who are similarly disheart-

can we improve?’ was in relation to the uni-

ened and disillusioned, powerless without

versity’s Internet access. I think that speaks

the resources they require. Ben Wiginton, a

for itself, it’s definitely an issue which needs

student located in Luton said: “It’s a joke. In-

addressing.”

ternet is one of the most vital things around

LOUD reached out to a representative

university, especially when there are not

from UoB for comment on the increasingly

enough PC’s provided for all students and

frustrating Internet crisis. At the time of

you have to use your laptop. If the internet

print, no official response had been received;

doesn’t work, how are we supposed to?”

we imagine they’re still waiting to get a con-

VP of Activities and Engagement for

nection to Eduroam before they can send us

Beds SU, Angelo Kavelas, said: “Four years

their reply.

ago I remember working with, the then pres-

Words by Mark Kirwan

ident, John Perkins. At that time, he had to

Have you also been angered by the intermit-

deal with the problems associated with the

tent internet access on campus? Share in our

University Wi-Fi. Four years later and we’ve

rage! Let us know on Twitter @bedsloud or on

come full circle, and we’re now dealing with

Facebook at facebook.com/bedssu

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I

was a little late to the Taylor Swift party, but as they say; better late than never. My love affiar began — unsurprisingly — around the time my ex and I broke up. As clichéd as this sounds, her music really helped me through a tough patch in my life. Despite being an award winning, multi-millionaire

mega star, she’s still a girl just like me and — as we’re all abundantly aware — she’s been through her fair share of heartbreaks. At the point of writing, it has been just over two weeks since Taylor’s fifth album 1989 was released. As I’m sure my housemates (non-Swifties) will confirm; I have not stopped listening to it. As with Taylor’s previous album Red, I was apprehensive for the release of 1989. The first time I heard We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together in 2012, like most, I was less than enthused. Though the song eventually became the soundtrack to those painful years of my life, it was anything but love at first listen. Taylor herself has admitted that her label was

IT’S DEFINITELY BETTER THAN THE DITZY, MANUFACTURED AND GENERIC DRIVEL OF OTHER CURRENT ARTISTS.

unsure about her recent radical left turn into strictly pop music territory. As in most media, a radical change

It’s easy to dismiss Taylor Swift as a cheesy pop star,

in genre is rarely a wise move. But like any true artist,

rising to the heights of fame with generic, pre-teen

she believed in her work and was determined that 1989

targeted tunes. While the much repeated theme of “You

would be a huge hit. Was it the hit she’d hoped for? The

dumped me, I hate you” is always a sure winner with the

sales speak for themselves.

Facebook generation, credit needs to be given where it’s

1989 has been the biggest selling album of 2014,

due. Every song featured on Swift’s albums are written

with 1.287 million copies sold in its first week alone. June

by her, each emanating from personal experience in her

2002 was the last time a record sold as many copies in

own life; from heartbreaks and heartaches to fierce (and

one week, putting Taylor Swift in the same league as

kind of passive aggresive) retaliations to fellow artists.

rap God, Eminem. (Editor’s note: we checked and double

Whilst Taylor would never smear another artist publicly,

checked. This actually seems to be the case.)

she wont hesitate to pen her true feelings in a song,

Though the first time I heard it (and the second and

though subtlty is not often her strong suit. The message

third) I wasn’t convinced, the first song released from

is pretty clear, Katy Perry; “If you’re coming my way, just

1989, Shake It Off, has quickly become one of my favour-

don’t.” Someone call the burn unit!

ite dance anthems.

Swift proclaims that 1989 is different from any album she has released and — in this Swifties opinion — it’s her best work yet. Taylor has not just strayed from

THE MUCH REPEATED THEME OF “YOU DUMPED ME, I HATE YOU” IS ALWAYS A SURE WINNER WITH THE FACEBOOK GENERATION.

her country music roots; she’s dumped them entirely (which is pretty ironic) and has entered full pop mode; a transition that has earned her wide spread success. Taylor Swift gets a lot of stick (like, seriously, a lot) but is it justified? Is she perfect? No, but she’s not trying to be. She just chooses to express herself and her music in the most honest way; writing about what she knows and what her legions of fans can relate to. It’s definitely better than the ditzy, manufactured and generic drivel of other current artists, relying on their other ‘assets’ to sell their music (and I use that word loosely.) Taylor Swift is on another level and she’s doing it fully clothed. You stay classy, Taylor! Words by Sarah Wright Are you a Swiftie? Or are you the housemate thats subjected to others terrible taste in music? LET US KNOW! @bedsloud on Twitter and /bedssu on Facebook. 19


M Y / Y WITH/ B U L L J O S H S C O T


E A R THE L S / H U A T T /

WHEN I’M ASKED ABOUT MY FAVOURITE PART OF UNIVERSITY, I ANSWER ALMOST INSTINCTIVELY; JOINING THE FOOTBALL TEAM WAS BY FAR THE BEST THING I EVER DID. FROM THE RELIEF OF MAKING IT THROUGH THE TRIALLING EXPERIENCE TO THE BLOW OF THE FINAL WHISTLE IN THE LAST GAME, I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MY TIME AS A BEDFORDSHIRE BULL...

/the path

to becoming a

university footballer is by no means an easy one and the hardest step is the first. As a new player, you are subjected to three gruelling days of trials, fighting and grafting to land your name on the final team sheets. No one gets through unscathed, but the delight of being accepted into a sport community makes it entirely worthwhile. You have the opportunity to make new friends and integrate with a selection of students you ordinarily wouldn’t have the chance to meet. As a Bedfordshire Bull, you are made to feel welcome and involved from the very start. It comes as no surprise that the majority of students involved with sport regard Wednesday as their favourite day of the week. This is game day; better known at UoB as ‘Winday.’ The majority of teams at University play their games midweek, often followed by social events for each sport in the evening. 21


/Whether

it’s the creature

comforts of a home game or a long trip away to likes of University of Lincoln or University of Wales, Newport, each Wednesday is approached in the same professional manner. We are all instilled to wear the Bedfordshire Bulls jersey with pride, and this passion is expressed in each and every game, no matter the result. The sense of camaraderie amongst the team is seldom found in any other part of life and (trust me on this) you take a great deal of satisfaction in representing your University. With the match settled, the injuries iced and pitch-side squabbles defused, it’s finally time for the social excursions; from fancy dress to fancy drinking, the social side of a Wednesday is how you create a team ethos. All the players get together for a Shandy or two, a good deal of food (thanks Yates!) and to have a good time being together as a club. Some of the best nights I have enjoyed at University were had on Wednesday nights, making my decision to play for the team all the better. It must be said however that Wednesday nights in our very own sub2 are of course inclusive to all, and without the participation from all the students at this University we as a football club wouldn’t have had half the fun we did. Despite an average season, we always make sure to enjoy every Wednesday and as the something that I will ensure continues into this year — especially since I was successful in my application to become team captain. I’m hoping to relish the extra responsibility and to lead by example, bringing my team to a higher finish and hopefully onto winning a trophy. Either way, I plan to give all the guys playing alongside me a year to remember.

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WHEN I’ ASKED F A DVIC E E N J OY I N UNI, I AN INSTINC JOIN A S TEAM OR SOCIE T Y


M FOR ON NG NSWER C T I V E LY ; SPORTS R Y.

YOU TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF SATISFACTION IN REPRESENTING YOUR UNIVERSITY.

/with

the good there is always

bad, and the task of telling certain players that they hadn’t made the cut was the most difficult part of my job — sadly it’s a task that has to be done. But just like myself last year, the new crop of players need inducting into the team and our help to settle in. We’re already well on our way to doing this for them, both on and off the pitch. This year, our new club captains Samuel Taylor and Ben Wiginton plan to make the club more organised, creating a more enjoyable experience for all. We believe that more enjoyment and teamwork off the pitch will improve the performance on the pitch, transcending into better results for all the teams. We want to give every player the chance to shine and to take pleasure in playing for the university football team. When I’m asked for advice on enjoying university, I answer almost instinctively; join a sports team or society — be a part of Beds SU and enjoy everything it brings. Whether or not you have been involved in anything like it before is irrelevant. There are over a hundred sports teams and societies to join across the campuses, and even if there’s nothing that takes your fancy, Beds SU are there to help you start something new. Representing the Bulls is by far the best thing I have done at UoB. Words by Joshua Scott For more information on sports teams and societies, visit www.bedssu.co.uk 23


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