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How to Chrimbo responsibly Abby Gray teaches us how to Christmas sustainably - celebrating the festive season whilst not damaging our environment.
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4 December Issue
By Christina Demetriou, Tao warburton, Brooke Pilbeam
A 'SABBTASTIC' CHRISTMAS
Christina Demetriou Vice President Student Involvement
'Tis the season to be generous…and I am proud to say that our members have really embraced their fundraising festive side this past month.
Brooke Pilbeam Vice President Education and Welfare
Tao Warburton President From big nights out to the big sleep out – what a month for raising money at Bucks Students' Union.
Well done to all the students that have been involved in RAG Week consisted of some all-time favourites which fundraising for our local charities, we have raised a lot and helped raised a total of £611 towards our two charities. I know the charities will be very thankful for our donation Netball’s Raffle was a huge success again with some and everyone’s hard work. If you haven’t been involved amazing prizes from local businesses. yet then that's no problem, we have many opportunities For the first time, an International Men’s Day campaign that you can get involved with before and after Christmas, just come down to the Student’s Union on the ground floor was set up across our campuses to shed light on the of north wing to find out more. Or, visit the volunteering male mental health and celebrate the positive male section of our website and keep an eye on social media as role models in our lives. we have new opportunities coming up every week. Our societies and clubs joined forces and took With Christmas coming, I know that I’m starting to think part in the Big Sleep Out, helping raise money and about home and what to do over the holidays, apart from awareness for Wycombe Homeless Connection. eat the holidays away. So whatever you decide to do, I wish It was such an honour to get involved alongside the everyone a very merry Christmas, a happy new year and 37 students, where we powered through the cold and happy holidays. You have so much to look forward to when the rain and ultimately raised £2530 for the charity. you get back; more singing lessons and skills that you can The month of giving was all rounded off by the be qualified in during the run up to our home varsity in first Takeover of the year where both our RAG April, and you might even see a few more flashmobs from and Movember ambassadors hosted a night full of our talented teams and clubs. games and performances where all profits went to I hope you all have a lovely holiday and if you have any both charities. Thank you and congrats to everyone that gave back throughout this month and wishing questions about anything, my door is always open. you all Happy Holidays!
How is it nearly Christmas?! I can’t believe we are at this time of year once again. It’s came around so quickly and somehow we all have survived the first term of Uni! Looking back on this last few months I am so proud of the things we have achieved. From an amazing fresher’s fortnight that lead to good engagement in our campaigns and a great Rep Con I am so grateful for how hard all of our students and staff have worked. I hope that everyone has worked hard during this term but most importantly spent time doing something they enjoy! This could be from a sports team, society or volunteering. Don’t forget it’s not too late to get involved! Make sure you enjoy the few weeks you all have off. Make some time for yourself to do what you love, from seeing friends and family, eating loads or just relaxing – remember it’s the most wonderful time of the year! I will be spending Christmas with my loved ones and getting ready to see what 2020 has in store for us all. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your VPEW.
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Welcome to this 'edit'ion! Joanna Bouzegzi
↑ Hi, I’m Joanna - one half of your editors of the newspaper. As a first year University student, I’m happy to say that the first term went really well and I can only hope the second term goes by just as well! Although time flew by rather quickly, this term allowed me to meet new people, establish different friendships, meet my course tutors and grasp the basic concepts of my course. At the beginning of the academic year, I became a member of the Bucks Student paper. So far, we as a collective team have published two editions, working on the third and I’m looking forward to working on more. During my time on the paper, I’ve really enjoyed reading the diverse articles on events that have happened in and out of Bucks, sports teams and so much more. Recently, as well as joining the team behind the newspaper, I’ve become a Bucks Student Ambassador. This is a team that I’m happy to be part of and a role I’m looking forward to perform.
However, for others who don’t celebrate Christmas - like me - this half-term may just involve lots of lazy days, a family holiday in or out of the country or just choosing this time to catch up on assignments. During this break, I plan on completing all my assignments before spending my time out of the house - hopefully in another country altogether! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is important to complete university work, rest as much as possible and try to remain in a stress free environment. In the next edition, I’d like to see a lot more of life outside University. For those who have explored the Wycombe, Uxbridge or Aylesbury area a lot more, write an article about a good place students can visit for a day out especially for those who have moved to Bucks far from home. The Bucks paper doesn’t limit what you can write about - within reason of course - so don’t be afraid to write just because it may not be about the university. Send an email along to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily review it. If you’d like to know more, come along to our newsgroup meetings that occur roughly once every fortnight and pitch in your ideas.
As we close in on November and December approaches us, half-term is also around the corner. For some of you, this means it’s the beginning of the holiday celebrations - Christmas is coming soon, New Years following rather quickly. Many of you may choose We look forward to hearing from you to return home for the holidays, whereas and have a Merry Christmas and a others may choose to remain in Halls, Happy New Year! have family come up to Bucks or just spend it with friends.
Hi, I’m Athena, one of your Editors of the newspaper. It is coming up to the end of our first term of this academic year and for a lot of us that means it is almost time to go home and celebrate Xmas/The Holidays. Most people go home for the break; however, some people do stay in halls, either way it is a great time to relax and make memories with friends or family. For me, I have always gone back home every year since I’ve come to university. It does feel strange when my family come to pick me up and drive me home as I haven’t seen them for so long. It feels odd when I drive back into my town as I haven’t been there for a while and I have been caught up in uni life. At times university life can become intense especially as each year progresses, it is important to have some time off during this period to relax and enjoy being away from uni life. Even though you may have work to do, it is important to find some time to just enjoy this break and spend time with people you haven’t seen in a long time. The three things I love about Christmas is spending time with family, food and watching all the Christmas specials on TV. This year I am especially looking forward to watching the Gavin and Stacy Christmas special, and Christmas wouldn’t be complete without watching A Christmas Carol. This year there is going to be a new adaptation of
this festive classic, which has its own unique spin this looks really interesting compared with other adaptations. For me and my family, it is a tradition to watch the Doctor Who special together since 2005, we never miss it and this year in particular I am very excited to watch it on News Years Day. I love getting to spend time with my family during this break, especially getting to see my siblings as they are much younger than me. Christmas for me is all about being with people who you care about and who care about you whether that is family or friends. However, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without amazing food. I always get together on Boxing Day with my whole family and we eat leftovers from the main day and have a catch up. This is the essence of Christmas for me, eating lots and lots of good food (most of which is always unhealthy) whilst being in good company. I know a few people who stay in halls over this break and they have a great time celebrating in their own way or just relaxing. Whether you are staying in halls or going home, this period is a good excuse to have a break, relax, eat good food and prepare for the next term of university. I hope you all have a great time off and I look forward to what 2020 has in store for us all ↓
If you still want to sign up and write for the newspaper you still can! Send us an email email@example.com and come along to one of our newsgroup meetings. We are always looking for people to write articles - these articles don’t have to be just about university life, they can be about anything you are passionate about. If you see either of us on campus, please come and say hello! We've enjoyed the first few papers this year, and hope to see you writing for the next.
By Joanna Bouzegzi, Athena Pickering
6 December Issue
By Christina Demetriou
'Home Alone' for Christmas
Christmas. A time where we can all be thankful to have a couple of weeks off and spend some quality time back at home with our loved ones. For some students though, non-UK in particular, going home for the holidays is not a realistic option, meaning that they have to spend their time on campus. With flight prices significantly rising over the holidays and the lack of maintenance loan, it is no surprise that more and more students opt to stay on campus. However speaking from personal experience, this does not have to put a downer on their festive spirits. This is a great opportunity to explore other options and experience Christmas in a new light. As with every country, England has its very own Christmas culture and traditions, and it is fair to say that they do not take this holiday lightly. So if you happen to be staying on campus this year, no need to feel left behind, this is a chance to immerse yourself in some new festivities. If you haven’t ever had the pleasure of viewing London in its full Christmas glory, then hop onto a short train ride to Marylebone and plan a full day of festive fun! Whether you go with friends or alone, you will not be disappointed and the best part is that you don’t have to break the bank while doing so.
A personal favourite of mine and a must-see is Liberty London, which is just a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus station. While this gorgeous Tudorrevived building is famous for housing high-end luxury brands, there is no one stopping you from having a look around the beautifully decorated floors. Thankfully, the decorations are as eccentric as the prices, so you will feel like you have stepped into Santa’s mansion for a quick stroll and cheeky snap. Another great thing about London is the fact that there is a Christmas market around pretty much every single corner. The sweet smell of candy floss lingering in the air will lead you straight to the pop up stalls which are filled with all sorts of tasty treats and twinkling trinkets for you to take back with you. In addition to experiencing the London way of Christmas, not going home could end up being a practically great decision both academically and financially. I personally found it really hard to focus and get any uni work done whenever I was home for the holidays, and to be fair the last thing you would want to do is cracking the books when you could be spending time with family. So if you are staying on campus this year, make the most the most of by getting a head start with any assignments and take
full advantage of a mellower Library than usual. On the other hand, there are so many local businesses that look for additional staff over the holidays and almost every one of them will pay double on Boxing Day or New Years! These may seem like slightly less exciting ideas on ways to spend Christmas away from home, but you would be starting the New Year with some extra money and your assessments well prepared for. If none of the above quite satisfy your festive spirit then why not volunteer your time in helping the less fortunate? Nothing says Christmas as much as giving back to those around us, so try something different this year and help out at a local charity; if you need any suggestions just pop into the SU and we will be happy to help. May this Christmas be filled with beautiful moments to cherish for all of you, whether you are home or not, you all carry the magic of the holidays within you.
I love Christmas – for me, it is a time to reflect on everything I have achieved, and to think over what more I wish to achieve in the following year. My family gets a meat order from a farm for Christmas – having roast bird, etc as a good opportunity to eat as a family (something that doesn’t happen often!).
I had long grown out of crackers before we finally stopped buying any more. The cheap Chinese-made toys are not great, and the jokes are just too familiar and corny. Although the tape measure and compass are good, I guess. I would save the ‘carnage’ for doing art, but even so, they seem to be a waste.
But… a sustainable Christmas?
You could make your own – make a rough rectangle out of paper, put something funny or meaningful (maybe a clementine segment!) inside it, then paper-tape it up across the length, and secure the top and bottom by twisting it and tying jute around, then pull them with your family. No plastic, no waste. No silly hat, either!
Make your own mince pies and Christmas cake or pudding – they are very easy and delicious to do. As for the main event, try and buy locally – especially if you can get it straight from a farm. (Veganism isn’t the answer – the land needs animal droppings and trampling for it to be fertile which would not happen if the whole world went vegan. Plus, you have pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are contaminating our rivers and the sea, resulting in ‘dead zones’ from crops being grown – stay tuned for the next article on this.)
Christmas tree Try to use what you have and then reuse or upcycle second hand when you can.
Source the carrots, parsnips and potatoes locally – or so they are from the UK, as they are in season.
Getting an actual tree isn’t any better than buying a new plastic one – importation is just ridiculous and I dread to Presents think of the problems created by monoculturing en masse Ask for money – or donation to a chosen charity. loads of Christmas trees, even if they are grown in the Or make some yourself! I liked getting second United Kingdom. hand books for many years – maximising Use what you have and reuse any that you can get my allocation of £20 with lots of presents! upcycled from Freecycle or charity shops or ‘used’ Avoid giving chocolates – unless they on eBay or Amazon. are by the 'Theo' brand. Advent calendar We made these as kids – find a nice piece of material (e.g. a rosy orange or pink) and find pieces of nice material (e.g. tartan) and cut small squares out of these, varying them a bit. Glue or sew the small squares in a row on the main material, so that you only have one opening at the top; i.e. pockets. Decorate as you wish. Number each in order with pen, and there you have it!
References and more information: The Guardian: theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/25/veganism-intensively-farmed-meat-dairy-soya-maize BBC food: bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/traditional_christmas_38771 bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1813664/mince-pies My website: graymoose.com/abby Theo Chocolate: theochocolate.com
By Abby Gray
Sustainability at Christmas
8 December Issue
General Election information
'Party' season has begun
By Tao Warburton, Ellie Freeman
The General Election takes place on Thursday 12 December and the University is hosting a hustings for candidates for the Wycombe constituency in the Gateway Lecture Theatre from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday 3 December. The hustings is organised by the Bucks Free Press newspaper. You must register your attendance at bit.ly/2OoUk2R. Come along to ask questions and become more knowledgable to make informed decisions. Below are the top national priorities for each of the parties, photos of our Wycombe candidates, and the local priorities in Wycombe for the two Independent candidates.
Leader: Boris Johnson
Leader: Jonathan Bartley & Siân Berry
Your Wycombe candidate: Steve Baker
Your Wycombe candidate: Peter Sims
Top Priorities: Deliver Brexit on the deal agreed with the EU £2.7 billion for 6 new hospitals and plans for 34 more £7.1 billion a year more for schools in England by 2022-23
Top Priorities: £100 billion a year for a decade to tackle climate change Create more than a million new jobs through green investment
20,000 more police officers over the next 3 years in England and Wales
Pursue a “green new deal” including a “structural transformation” of the way the economy works
Raise the threshold at which individuals pay National Insurance to £9,500 in the first Budget and, later, to £12,500
Opposed to Brexit, committed to another referendum on membership and will campaign to Remain in that vote.
Leader: Jeremy Corbyn
Leader: Jo Swinson
Your Wycombe candidate: Councillor Khalil Ahmed
Your Wycombe candidate: Toni Brodelle
Hold another referendum on Brexit
£130 billion investment in infrastructure
£10-an-hour minimum wage for all workers
£20billion a year for 5 years to tackle climate change
Free full fibre broadband for every home and business in the UK by 2030
Stop Brexit, which the party argues will release money to be spent on public services over the next 5 years
£75bn for 100,000 new council homes a year by 2024 and 50,000 affordable homes a year through Housing Associations
1p rise in income tax to raise £7.8 billion a year extra for health and social care
£400bn national transformation fund, including £250bn for energy, transport and the environment, and £150bn for schools, hospitals and housing
Recruit 20,000 more teachers and increase schools funding by £10.6 billion a year by 2024/25
UKIP Make Brexit Happen
Edmund Gemmell, Independent For Wycombe specifically, he wants to propose an ambitious climate change reversal policy by treating the issue as a real emergency.
Leader: Kirstan Herriot (chairman) Your Wycombe candidate: Vijay Srao
Top Priorities: Leave the EU immediately with no deal Cut immigration to low, sustainable levels End "politically correct" policing and support freedom of speech Reverse the introduction of LGBT-inclusive and sex and relationship education
Even after the elections he will continue to talk to MPs in every constituency about climate change, as well as hold conferences at schools and continue with his organisation, Believers Against Climate Change, which is “an opportunity for everyone to come together in something we all believe in”.
Julia Wassel, Wycombe Independents Wassel has a top priority to be a ‘strong and independent voice’ for the area, prioritising the NHS and social care, and will be tough on violent crime. She would recruit a youth task force to improve every community in our area, removing graffiti, banishing litter and flytipping and making improvements. Wassell is concerned about climate change and supports the 2030 deadline for carbon neutrality.
By Louise Harvey
Samaritans at Christmas
Bucks Students’ Union for all Christmas isn't easy
Samaritans offers a safe place for you to share your feelings. You can tell us anything. We won’t pass judgement or share what you say outside the charity. The caller is the most important person so we don’t talk about ourselves. We don’t give advice, we just listen to you. Being a Samaritan volunteer can be challenging but being there to support people at the most difficult times in their lives is a real privilege.
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Yes, some of the things our callers share are very sad but it’s rewarding when someone tells you that you’ve helped them in that moment. Just giving someone the chance to be properly listened to can help them to explore what their options might be.
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10 December Issue
Every year during Christmas we can see thousands of lights above the streets. - wrapping buildings, storefronts and street lights. Shops are full of Christmas food and everywhere you can hear Christmas songs. Carnaby is lit up with sea creatures made from recyclable plastic. Huge whales are "floating" above the street next to jellyfishes, vampire squids or crabs. Everywhere are seahorses and pearls. It is so easy to forget about a busy and noisy city. One minute from Carnaby is Regent Street where big angels
and lights are shimmering in the sky like stars during snowy nights. People are running from one shopping window to another looking for a gift for a loved one. Nobody is checking the time. Huge Christmas trees are decorated with Christmas markets next to the booth with mulled wine and fresh cinnamon rolls. It smells so good! Coffee shops are full of people wearing winter coats and scarves. Local musicians are playing songs and children are dancing next to them. Strangers are smiling and starting a
conversation like they know you. Everybody is enjoying this single moment. So, if you want time to stop - just go to London, sit on a bench and just be a part of it. So, I wish you that. Make time to stop for a moment and let the lights bring joy in your heart. Oh, and if you are looking for mistletoe, go to Covent Garden you won't be disappointed. Merry Christmas everyone!
By Zuzanna Majewska
12 December Issue
How can nurses get involved?
How can nurses
By Lisa Connell
Get involved? My name is Lisa Connell and I'm a second year student nurse. Last year I was a student rep for my class, but other than that I joined a few societies and didn't do too much. Coming into my second year, I knew I wanted to do a bit more but wasn't sure where to start. It's only when Ellie emailed me in August about the School Officer role, that I started thinking about how I wanted my Student Union engagement to work this year. I can now add a whole bunch of other things to my CV to help make me stand out from the crowd of student nurses who will be graduating alongside me in 2021. It may sound sentimental, but I can well and truly thank Ellie's direct email to me for giving me that push in the right direction. Student Representation This year I'm heavily involved with student representation. I am a returning student rep for my class this year, gathering feedback and reporting back to the Representation team any issues that my tutor group have. It's a role I'm comfortable with, having done it last year, I feel I'm able to help guide our newer reps with feeling more settled in the role. I am also the School Officer for Nursing and Allied Health for this academic year, meaning that I liaise with student reps in my school so I can find out the issues that are affecting our school. This means I'm the student voice of Nursing and Allied Health, so everything I'm doing will ensure we are heard. Through this role, I've had the chance to help develop RepCon, advocate for my fellow student nurses and I'm even delivering a session a RepCon. Everything I am learning from both roles will give me the tools and resources to become a powerful advocate for my patients and my colleagues once I enter the working world. From my developing organisational skills to my public speaking skills, I've already gone so far in just a semester. I highly recommend you go for student rep at least once during your course, and if you feel you want to apply for School Officer, don't be afraid to do it. Societies I am much more involved with societies than I have been before, which I'm eternally grateful for as I've made so many great friends. This year I've joined First Aid Society and Baking Society, and have plans to try and get the Nursing Society off the ground this year too. I've also taken on the elected position of Welfare Liaison for the First Aid Society.
Getting involved with societies are the balance to the high impact of a nursing course. Last year I'd go home feeling like I wasn't having much fun and sometimes feeling quite stressed after being on placement too. This year, I wasn't allowing it. I was going to get involved, have fun and learn new skills.
I'm happy to report that I'm feeling a lot more fulfilled and rounded as a student. As a result, I'm having a much more fulfilling time at university. You should consider joining a society and making the time to attend sessions. Whether it's bringing your baked goods to a Baking Society session, playing sports with our various sports teams or learning some First Aid skills with First Aid Society, there is a society for everyone. However, if you feel like there isn't, the Students Union will help support you to set one up. Volunteering Last but not least, volunteering is something else I've also been more involved in this year. Student Nurses should at least try to volunteer somewhere once, you'll feel good about what you do and you can even get bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificate for completing volunteering hours. When the constitutional referendum was out, I was getting the word out around campus to make sure Uxbridge students were voting, whatever way they chose to. Now we're going to be better represented, given that we'll have our very own dedicated Student Trustee looking out for our campus. I've also become a student volunteer for St John Ambulance this year, beginning my training at the end of November. I was only able to apply because I'm a First Aid Society member, and I'm one of six new volunteers from Bucks. Additionally, I'm also a CapitalNurse student ambassador, meaning I'm a credible student nursing voice for our university at a London level. Last year my volunteering hours were a grand total of zero, this year I'm aiming to meet fifty hours minimum and if I get more than that, then it's a bonus. And finally... To sum it up, you'll make new friends, gain more skills, have some fun and you'll be a more rounded person for it. If that doesn't sway you, then think about that nursing job you really want when you leave because if there's only one position, you're putting more things on your CV to stand out.
Minds @ work Minds@Work Careers and Volunteering Fair, which Bucks New University has hosted for the fifth year this November 2019, is an event designed to connect students with different volunteering opportunities across Wycombe and the surrounding areas.
As a student who has never had a ‘reading week’ or an equivalent of one before, having a ‘development week’ this year was a refreshing change to my university schedule. During this week there were no normal teaching hours, the week instead allowing us to work on projects with a few workshops scattered throughout the week. Third year art and design students were invited to a ‘Stress Management’ and a ‘Resilience and Growth Mindset’ workshop on the Tuesday of that week. Whilst I was initially hesitant about attending the workshops because of the deadlines that I had fast approaching the following week, I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the workshop to see everyone already laughing and smiling. The guest lecturer provided a fun set of workshops which many students left raving about. The workshops focused on the concept of learning through play, something which many stressed third years thoroughly enjoyed. The main things I learnt through these sessions was not to restrict your brain, your brain is always learning and improving and having a fixed mindset can be extremely detrimental to your day to day life. Overall this session was educational, informative but also engaging, for many people in my class, it provided a well needed break from their coursework. I personally came out with a much deeper appreciation
for sleep schedules and have been continually applying ideas from this session into my everyday routine. Alongside the workshops there was also a free coach trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum for Second and Third year art and design students. Whilst the coach dropped off and picked up students at the V&A, students were free to explore London. The V&A had many exciting artefacts and exhibitions, I visited most of the free exhibits with other members of my class and I particularly enjoyed the glass room which was filled with various glass installations. I also made a brief visit to the Natural History Museum to explore The Human Body exhibit and the Museum of the Moon, both of which were an interesting experience. Whilst students enjoyed the V&A visit, for future trips, some students have recommended exploring alternative galleries to help expand their visual knowledge. As a whole, development week was a good addition to the art and design timetables, I found the workshops and trips very valuable and having a week without teaching hours allowed me more time to work on my projects and dissertation. It would definitely be something that I would recommend for the department to do in future years as I think it’s definitely of value to art and design students.
One of the Placement opportunities offered by the Volunteering Fair was the Department of Defense - Human Behaviour Group:
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory ensures that innovative science and technology contribute to the defence and security of the UK, Volunteering Fair supplying specialist services to the The week begins with the Careers and Ministry of Defence and the wider Volunteering Fair where students across government. various psychology based programmes Careers Workshops can interact with organisations who are looking for volunteers, interns or Across the week there were many employees with specific skills or workshops for students to enjoy. training in many different fields. A workshop was run exploring the The main aims of the Volunteering routes and pathways into working with Fair are to encourage students to get children in many backgrounds such involved in volunteering and find as education, clinical and therapeutic. work experience placements in order For those interested in Teaching for them to gain valuable experience and Education it was explored how in areas of work they wish to pursue a Psychology degree can provide a after graduation, whilst at the same good skills foundation for specialist time providing a great opportunity for career paths in education. For anybody organisations to find enthusiastic and interested in Forensics, various knowledgeable volunteers, interns or workshops were put on to explore how employees! The previous four events you can apply the experiences and skills were a huge success with students that you learn at University to a specific taking advantage of placements and job application and reach specific career volunteering opportunities. goals. As well as this, relevant forensics work experience was discussed and One of the Volunteering opportunities the different CV building volunteering offered at the Volunteering Fair was: opportunities offered by the Psychology SLV Global a mental health organisation department were explained in more who are providing the opportunity for detail to students. A Public Speaking individuals to travel abroad to gain Level Two workshop was run to help experience and an education in global people develop their skills when mental health. Current placements are presenting and in an interview setting. being run in India, Europe, Bali and The session ‘Snakes and Ladders of Indonesia. a Psychological Career’ discussed Another opportunity was; Hightown potential obstacles that are faced by Housing a charitable housing students when starting a journey into a association operating in Herts, Berks Psychology career. and Bucks. They provide excellent A great aspect of the Minds at Work housing and support to a diverse range week is that it allowed many students of client groups, including people with who may not be sure how to get into the learning disabilities, mental health relevant career that they are interested problems, young people and adults in, a way to establish connections with experiencing homelessness and women potential future employers. Furthermore, who have survived domestic violence. for those who are not sure what sort For more information about working of career they may be interested in, an with Hightown Housing, please contact opportunity was created to explore the them on 01442 292300 or fill in a vast routes that a Psychology degree can website application at lead you to. hightownha.org.uk/contact-us Minds at Work week had an opportunity for everyone, regardless of what Psychology career they may be interested in.
By Natasha Neal, Becky Thick
Development week report
14 December Issue
By Emily West
'Tis the season to do
FREE activities Only 3 weeks to go until the end of term, but still time to make the most of all the FREE activities coming up before the holiday break! We have something for everyone planned in this next month including activities to get you in the holiday spirit! Coming up this month we have all these great opportunities for you… Winter Wonderland – Transport included Join in the festive spirit and take a trip to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland this December with FREE transport provided. There is plenty to keep you busy and feeling festive; sing-a-long with the bands, indulge in some traditional winter foods and get dizzy on the fairground rides! Winter Wonderland is the red nose to your reindeer, the mistletoe to your wine, the Santa to your sleigh and the tinsel to your tree – it truly is the classic Christmas activity not to be missed!
Autism Awareness This FREE course can help whatever your chosen career route, and is designed for those with no prior knowledge of autism, although is especially recommended for all those looking to work in the health sector. This session will help you learn how to manage any variation in communication and how to understand any behavioural difficulties the condition can cause.
Christmas Crafts sessions We have two FREE Christmas crafts sessions running this December, one in Uxbridge and one in High Wycombe to help you get in the festive mood and using recycled goods! There will be multiple options of crafts for you to try your hand at so come down and make something festive or design a Christmas gift.
Christmas Tree Decorating Join us at All Saints Church where we have bought a tree ready for you to decorate for FREE. Why not bring along your decorations made at the Christmas crafts session to hang on the tree or bring your own to make the best looking tree in the hall!
Sport Massage Get your free one hour massage from one of our sports therapy students! We have two full days of sessions available to book onto and you can specify at the appointment if you have specific requirements.
You can book onto any activity through our website, so keep an eye out on the Bucks SU ‘What’s On’ page. Don’t miss out by not reserving your place early on! If you need any support to enhance your academic experience, pop into one of the Students’ Union offices and we will be more than happy to help. Maybe you have something different in mind? If you have an activity or skills session that you would like to take part in, don't hesitate to get in touch! We love hearing your ideas and providing opportunities that you want! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in and see us in one of the Student’s Union offices.
16 December Issue
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BUCKS STUDENTS' UNION IS OPEN SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK. IF YOU DO NOT SEE AN EVENT LISTED BELOW, CHECK ONLINE NEARER THE TIME!
10 Dec - 15 Dec Tuesday 10
18 Dec - 17 Jan
VISIT BUCKSSTUDENTSUNION.ORG/WHATSON OR SEARCH: BUCKS STUDENTS' UNION ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The venue is open seven days a week and sometimes it is difficult to decide which nights to go to - you may end up missing out on something amazing! Here are my recommendations for the next few weeks for those of you who like to experience something a bit different!
Unfolds – fresh off their European tour. The band are High Wycombe born and bred, so will be bringing the energy back to their hometown, before Crash DJs take you all the way to 3am with all the alternative anthems.
Term might be coming to a close, but we’re not done with you yet. Rusty has a few recommendations for you this festive season – to make sure you end this year with a bang. But first, we want to take a moment as an events team to thank you. That’s right, you! Thank you for coming along to our events and making each one bigger and better than the last. We’ve got some big events on the horizon and can’t wait to see you at them. So without further ado, here is what Rusty recommends… You’ve heard of FestiBall but get ready for FestiveBall. We’ve taken Festiball, frozen it, added some baubles and made it jingle all the way – expect a fully transformed Christmas 'ice' themed venue and more festive puns than you can fit in your stocking. Festiveball will also be home to the infamous Bingo Lingo event sweeping the nation. Bingo Lingo have taken the game of bingo, shaken all the dust out and turned it into one exhilarating, party, raving, mad
bingo night! It has quickly become a phenomenon, now touring across UK venues. Prepare yourself for an unrivalled experience of dance-offs, twerking, joke prizes and on-stage mischief. It’s an unmissable night of bingo mayhem! Bingo Lingo will be kicking off at 11pm on Friday 6 December, but you can get down to The Venue from 10pm to ensure you get a table and your favourite Bingo pen. As always, entry is free for Bucks Students, or £10 advance tickets for non-students can be found on Eventbrite. (£15 on the door) If that wasn’t enough for one night, fear not. FestiveBall will be continuing on into the night until 3am, so you can ding dong merrily on high all night long. If FestiveBall isn’t your thing, or you manage to recover for the next night – we also have two huge CRASH nights coming your way. The first on Saturday 7 December, featuring As Everything
We’ll let you have a quick break for Christmas then, but not before coming back with another CRASH event on Saturday 11 January, with the CRASH! Headphone Party. We’ll have two alternative DJs all in one room, pumping alternative anthems so you can choose between Mr. Brightside or a whole Seven Nation Army! This night will be big, so you won’t want to miss it. Here at Bucks, we think some nights are so good, that you have to have them twice. So it will be no surprise that NYE again! Will be returning in style. Whether you missed your Uni mates over New Year’s, or it was just so good you want to do it again, come along and have the countdown and all the festivities over again. Get ready to be picking confetti out of your hair as balloons drop to the sweet sounds of DJOneF all the way to 3am again on Sunday 12 January. And that’s all we can tell you for now! Keep an eye on our socials and website to keep up to date with all of our events, and we’ll always update you in the paper and on posters too. So until next time, have a great break and we hope to see you at the upcoming events.
20 December Issue
By Mark Sweeney, Ellie Freeman
Bucks Students pass important changes Over the last month or so, you will have seen the Students’ Union promoting its ‘Constitutional Referendum’. It might sound a bit dry and you might have wondered what is was all about but we think the changes were really important, because they stood to make us more efficient and to ensure our practices much more reflective of the whole of our modern membership!
Abolishing the AGM and replace it with an online process – students had stopped attending the AGM and it was seen by many as outdated. With so many students studying away from the High Wycombe campus, we also wanted to make sure that as many students as possible get to hear the most important information about our work, plans and finances by moving the process to a brand new online event.
Retain the Executive Committee of the Students’ Union as an entity in its own right but with flexibility Reserving a student trustee position for an Uxbridge for each President to determine whether it meets as student – Uxbridge is such a large and important part a committee – our Executive Committee is formed of our student body and we wanted to make sure that by a range of part-time officers, together with the your voice was heard at our most senior committee. sabbaticals to support the work of the organisation Introduce greater specificity over the process for and represent particular groups of students (for permitting associate membership – alumni, staff and instance BME, part-time and postgraduate). We certain other groups of non-students are permitted wanted to give flexibility each year to the President to gain associate membership and participate in some to lead the work of this group in away that makes the clubs and societies. We wanted to make the rules biggest possible impact for our members. around this much clearer so that we can ensure that Abolish the Appointments Committee for lay our resources are being allocated in the best trustees – now to be carried out by members of interests of students. Governance Committee – we were duplicating work by establishing a separate committee to appoint our external trustees. By giving the responsibility to Governance Committee it gives us more time to deliver great things for our members. The changes included:
In order for these changes to be adopted we needed 5% of our 13,685 strong student body to turn out and vote by a two-thirds majority. In total 753 students voted, above the 684 needed and the totals were as follows:
731 students voted YES 19 students voted NO 3 students ABSTAINED Bucks Students’ Union is therefore delighted to announce that its Constitutional Referendum has passed with an overwhelming majority and will see these amendments take place with immediate effect in order to ‘make life better for students at Bucks’. You can find a copy of our latest Constitution on our website. If you have any questions regarding our Referendum or these changes, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Representation team at email@example.com.
Bucks Acapella? Acca-believe it!
Acapella, in its simplest form is synchronised nerd singing and if you think it’s lame – that’s cool because Becca thought it was lame too and who led the Barden Bellas to victory at Worlds? She did! Bucks Acapella has been running for 3 years now achieving outstanding society status in all 3 years - not bad for the synchronised nerd singers if you ask me. It’s not just singing we do as a group, we also take part in volunteering opportunities, external performances and extra activities – like being the only society to go on tour last year. Teaming up with Netball for an 80s themed takeover last year was one of our highlights and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve got coming your way in the next few months – but first of all what have we done since September so far? Meeting our newest members of Acapella was exciting for us, and the group have gelled so well – both in their vocal abilities and friendships that have been formed thus-far. Since then we have performed twice, with 4 more performances in the pipeline before the Christmas season is out – keep an eye on our social media to see what we’re working on and try and figure out what songs you can expect to hear in the coming weeks! Taking part in Students Union campaigns and projects has always been of importance to us, with this year already having partaken in Wear it Pink and Movember, we encourage all of our members to partake in the activities and projects run by the SU.
Though our sessions mainly consist of us working on our newest arrangements in preparation for performances, we also go on our annual theatre trip which allows us to relax and socialise as a group – as well as see different performance techniques we can implement within the group and improve on in the future! In past years we have seen School of Rock, Matilda and Waitress as voted on by our members, and we can’t wait to see what they pick this year! if theatre isn’t your thing, we also organise a range of activities just to relax and take a step back from the singing from time to time, if you have any suggestions on what we could do just let us know! If you missed us at the freshers fair, it’s not too late to join us and to come see if you want to be a part of our group – you don’t have to be the best singer, and you don’t have to want to sing solo as we have plenty of ensemble and rhythm parts. There’s no limit on the number of people that can sing acapella, everyone is welcome to see how we work! We meet every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm till 8.30pm in The Room at the bottom of South Wing. If you want to know more about the society feel free to contact us through any of our social media below.
Facebook: Bucks Acapella Society Instagram: @bucksacapella Twitter: @bucksacapella
By Tyler-Louise Griffiths
22 December Issue
By Bea Barefield, Mona Gundacker, Scarlett Thomas
Our favourite festive food Lebkuchen
Bea Barefield says; "Lebkuchen are my favourite Christmassy food! Because they’re German biscuits that taste of Christmas spices, and my Grandma is Swiss and grew up near the German border so we always eat them when together, and they remind me of her"
• 200g runny honey
• Preheat the oven to 200C, line two baking trays with baking paper.
The word 'Lebkcuhen' has a few literal translations in the English language. 'Kuchen' means cake - but the stem of 'leb-' translates into a few things; 'Leben', meaning life, or love, 'lieb-', meaning favourite and 'leib', meaning body. Our favourite is to imagine these as 'love cakes' - because we sure love these cakes!
• 85g butter • 200g plain flour • 100g ground almonds • 1 tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground allspice or mixed spice, ½ tsp ground nutmeg • ½ unwaxed orange, finely grated zest and juice • pinch sea salt
Mona Gundacker says; "Raclette is one of my favourite things to have on christmas because everyone gets to add what they want which can be meat, fish, vegetables and so much cheese! It's just something that everyone loves and reminds me of Christmas times with family."
• Raclette cheese, sliced
• A Raclette has no method as such - you can do as much or as little as you'd like, for as many or as few people as you'd like.
Raclette itself refers to the cheese used on the grill, you can really add anything you want to the grill - choose your favourites, make some combos and go wild with the flavours.
• Onion, sliced
• Assorted seasoning
• To this warm grill you can add, the sliced potatoes, bacon, steak, peppers and cheese to melt them, cook them and be social whilst you cook and eat your Raclette!
Scarlett Thomas says; "I am just obsessed with Jamie Oliver's roast potato recipe! It's a classic method and they come out almost perfect every time."
• 1.5 kg Maris Piper potatoes
• Preheat the oven to 190C.
• 1 Bulb of garlic
• Peel the potatoes, and cut to even size.
• Red wine vinegar
• Wash the potatoes in cold water to get rid of any starch then tip into a large pot, parboil for 7 minutes, then drain in a colander and leave to steam dry for 3 minutes.
• Peppers, sliced • Steak strips • Bacon strips • Cold cuts of meat, sliced
• 3tbsp Olive oil (option 1) • 1 Bunch of fresh rosemary (option 1) • 50g Unsalted butter (option 2) • 1 bunch of fresh sage (option 2) • 1 clementine (option 2) • 2tbsp Goose fat (option 3) • 1 Bunch of fresh thyme (option 3) • 2 Fresh bay leaves (option 3)
• Sieve in the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. (The mixture will be sticky.) Put in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely cold. • With damp hands, break off pieces of the dough and roll into balls. • Transfer to baking trays and flatten slightly, leaving space between each lebkuchen, bake for 15 minutes. • Mix the icing sugar and water in a bowl and dip the Lebkuchen.
• New potatoes, chopped
• Heat the honey and butter in a small saucepan until melted. Tip into a large mixing bowl and cool.
• The most important part is to keep your Raclette grill (a small grill for the table) warm.
• Give the colander a bit of a shake to help chuff up the potatoes. • Choose your flavour option - tip the potatoes into a large tray in one layer, and add the fat – olive oil, butter or goose fat.
• Toss the potatoes in the fat then roast for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and three quarters cooked. • Gently squash each potato with a masher to increase the surface area. • Add your chosen flavour combo to the potatoes and give the pan a good shake, then pop back in the hot oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until gnarly, crispy, bubbly and delicious. • Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain off some of the excess fat, then tuck in!
The real meaning
of Christmas? To those who arrived this year to Bucks, we hope you are having a great experience. And for those who already got used to this journey, receive our sincere “well done”. We are a Christian Union society who get together every Thursday, at 7pm in the room N1.10 to read and talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have great fellow with our students. So, come join the family! Christmas is at the door and we are very excited to share with all of you about what Christmas really means to us. Christmas for us is more than just having the town and our homes full of beautiful lights or receiving presents and being with family. That’s great as well, what a time of the year,right? But, firstly, did you know that the actual word of Christmas means birth? We one day were born and each one of us has their own date of birth. Also, when we hear about Christmas, being religious or not, who is a very special person that ticks our mind? YES, Jesus Christ! But did you also know that we don’t have a certainty that this is the actual date he was born. It’s not just a special date, it’s more than that to us and we will tell you. On the gospel of Luke it already makes us know that Jesus was our Saviour: “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Jesus Christ.” Chap.2:10-12
He once came to this world as a baby, became a child and then, a man. So, we do not celebrate a baby Jesus, because He grew up, died on the cross for not just us Christians, but for all of us, He resurrected on the third day and do you what? He is alive! Yes, we believe in a God that is alive and loves us. Our Christmas reflects Jesus’s birth and not only for one day. He came to this world to save our lives and gives us Salvation. When Jesus was on earth, he had a mother named Mary and she was very used, as well as other people in the bible. So, our focus on this day is not the way Jesus was born, or whom he had with him. Christmas is special to us, because on that “day” the Saviour was born and the whole City knew. So, to resume, Christmas is not only once, for us, its every day. The real meaning of Christmas is that Jesus is alive in our hearts. He is the present we receive in our lives every day. Not many people give that a relevance. But we do. Jesus was one day born, died and resurrected so that we could have the right of Salvation. Happy Christmas everyone!
By Raquel Campiao Rilho
The real meaning of Christmas
24 December Issue
By Sarah Jackson, Claire Farrar, Laura Williams, Joshua Flood, Kia Wing, Mona Gundacker
Leadership Academy Congratulations to our First 27 members
As one of the leading Students’ Unions in the country, Bucks Students’ Union has employed many Bucks graduates on its management and wider staff team. One of our key strategic priorities for the coming years is ‘Developing Work Ready Graduates’ and to assist us in achieving this we have created The Leadership Academy to recognise the value of developing future leaders early on. This invaluable new initiative is all completely free of charge to the selected students all courtesy of The Big Deal! We are excited to announce that we have now recruited our first cohort of 27 future leaders who will be starting their development plans shortly. This cohort includes: Anita Pascoe
Through tailored development plans involving one to one sessions to create a clear programme and then monitor progress, workshops to help leadership styles and self-awareness, training courses specific to the desired career path, employability sessions and networking opportunities, this Academy will help our successful candidates leave university ready for their chosen career path. “Being chosen to take part in the “I feel excited and extremely honoured to “I’m Josh, a 3rd Year Film and TV leadership programme meant a lot have been accepted onto the Leadership Production Student. I’m very happy to be accepted onto the leadership to me, firstly being recommended Academy. I cannot wait to learn new Academy and am hopeful it will make by my personal tutor and secondly skills that I can add on to my CV and me more employable when I leave being accepted came as a surprise. apply to my future career endeavours, university and go into the industry. At my first meeting we went over what I hope to become more assertive and My initial meeting was already very career progression thoughts I had and gain confidence in leading rather than promising, talking about film and TV discussed ways the leadership academy just contributing. Even after my first networking events and skills courses to could help support this process for me. development plan meeting, I have help build upon my cv. I love the fact the After a very in-depth meeting I left with discovered services I did not realise were available to me previously such academy is very personalised and are a detailed personalised development as My Bucks Career, which is helping very supportive, trying to help me reach plan that offered me training in areas me understand myself better after my full potential. I’m excited to see what that I am not comfortable with, such completing some of the questionnaires the future will bring.” as; public speaking and training in on there. I am looking forward to seeing topics that are of interest to me such Joshua Flood where this leads.“ as; mental health. I feel that with my regular meetings with the academy and through commitment of my own to Laura Williams attend the available opportunities they have offered I have a much clearer idea of how to progress If you are interested in being part of the 2020-21 my career following finishing Leadership Academy Cohort, please contact sutraining@ my degree next year.” Claire Farrar
bucks.ac.uk and we can ensure you receive information when it is available.
“The leadership academy is just another thing that Bucks is doing right. Alongside providing me with specially picked skills sessions, a mentor and an individual development plan, it’s celebrating the talent the university has to offer.” Kia Wing “Being accepted into the program has made me feel calmer that I will have a plan for when I finish my degree and that I will know where I want to go and how I can get there. I am very excited and optimistic after the first meeting because I already feel so supported and ready to reach my goals.“ Mona Gundacker
There's music, there's theatre...
Since the start of the academic year, the Musical Theater Society has been pleasantly busy! Kicking it off with both Uxbridge and High Wycombe Freshers Fair. We had a massive amount of new students sign up to join our team this year and an amazing turn out in our first session. Since then we have been getting involved with lots of exciting projects including Wear it Pink, Movemeber and Alcohol Awareness Week.
The main project we have been working on during our sessions is the High Wycombe’s Christmas Light Switch On Performance. This is the second year we have been invited to perform at this event so we couldn't wait to get started with rehearsals! Christmas Lights took place on Thursday 21st November and was such a great experience to be a part of. “I really enjoyed being a part of Christmas Lights as it is our first project of the year and gets us all excited for what the rest of the year has to bring” Aaron G. This year’s Christmas Lights was a really successful performance
for our society. We performed a 10 minute musical theatre medley that went through all the musicals through the ages - Showcasing things like Wizard of Oz to Frozen. We have some more Christmas performances coming up in December, such as The Christmas dinner and a bucket collection at Marylebone station. We have had a jam packed first term but are so excited to see what the rest of the year has to bring! A very Merry Christmas from Musical Theatre.
By Honor Fletcher
26 December Issue
First Aid Society
By Amy Leverton
Come and join... First Aid society Have you ever felt that you’ve wanted to do more in an emergency and didn’t know how? Then come and join BNU’s very own First Aid Society! Based at Uxbridge, we currently meet every week on Tuesdays at 6.30pm and each week we focus on different first aid techniques and life saving skills to help give you the confidence to deal with any emergency you may come across.
sessions at Brunel University each week too. We also have the chance to develop the first aid skills we have learned over the semester and put them into practice at the December ‘York Street Takeover’a big mass casualty scenario event with all the other First Aid Societies across West London.
aider to be available. This all contributes towards volunteering hours by the way! Tim, our secretary, already has his Bronze and Silver volunteering awards so far.
You don’t have to be studying a healthcare related subject to come and join us, the society is open to all students at the University who want to come and However, it’s not just about first aid, we learn vital first aid skills and join in on also like to have fun too! From pizza socials the wider activities that are put on by We are fortunate enough to be able to to the St John Ambulance London and St John Ambulance London and South partner with St John Ambulance, the South Student Volunteering Winter Ball, Student Volunteering team. If you have nation’s leading first aid charity. This our society gives you the chance to meet any questions or would like any further means you have the chance to apply to new people and make lifelong friends. information about the society, you can become student volunteers and become contact us via our social media pages or As a student volunteer first aider, you fully trained up as a volunteer first aider. you can always email our Chair at can volunteer at smaller events such as Six of our members, including our Welfare firstname.lastname@example.org. school fetes and sports competitions or Liaison, have all been successful at the last larger events, including New Years Eve Sessions take place Tuesdays at 6.30pm, assessment day and will be undergoing in London, Notting Hill Carnival and the in room 3.08 at the Uxbridge campus. Get training in November and December to London Marathon. In fact, this year our the 5.45pm campus link bus to get there become the newest student volunteer members have already carried out an on time. first aiders – giving up their time to incredible 1122 hours of volunteering keep people safe! with St John Ambulance! Facebook: /BNUFASoc We give you the chance to practice skills The wider university community will Instagram: @BucksFirstAid learnt during our sessions in a safe and also benefit from having trained student supportive environment. We also have Twitter: @BNUFASoc volunteer first aiders for events such as student volunteers from other universities Varsity, sports team matches and other coming to assist us with delivering society events that may require a first sessions and Amy, our chair, helps deliver
Everybody was 'karate' fighting...
Karate Why did we decide to join the karate society?
“It’s a great way to learn self-defence and improves our cardiovascular endurance. The society allows you to meet new people from different year groups and courses.” Naomi Hopkins “I joined karate because I wanted to learn a new skill and improve my physical and mental wellbeing. I also really enjoy grading’s and earning new belts because it has shown that I have improved throughout my 3 years of training at university.” Emma Hatcher “I joined the karate society to continue to train in karate so I didn’t have to give up with the sport when I came to university. It was also a great way to meet new people and make amazing friends.” Yazmin Pelling As a society, we practice in Shotokan Karate a Japanese form of martial arts which was first introduced to Japan in 1922 by Gichin Funakoshi. We welcome those who are from other forms of karate, as well as giving all of us a chance to learn about the different types and try to improve our basic skills. We are open for all genders of all ages and experiences. We will be training throughout the year (all for free) with some students working towards earning new belts, training for competitions or just to learn new skills and make new friends. In our committee, we have our Captain (Robert Hams), our Chair (Emma Hatcher), our Secretary (Naomi Hopkins) and our Treasurer and Welfare Associate (Katie Rujikan), with Richard Jones as instructor.
Karate teaches you a range of different life skills, including self-control, memory, goal-setting and confidence. It is also a great stress reliever!
So far, we have come together and fundraised for Movember by doing a session where we drew moustaches on our faces, as well as having a number of socials where we can all get to know each other. As during the sessions, there is a higher focus on training and learning karate. We are making plans to go on karate based trips, helping out the community, doing charitable events and having even more socials. We train twice a week on a Tuesday in Dance Studio 2, 6-7.30pm and a Thursday in Dance Studio 3, 6-7.30pm. If you would like to join our society or even just have a go, come along to one of the sessions and experience it for yourself. You can find out more information about our society through our Facebook page: Bucks New University (BNU) Karate Club 2019-2020.
By Emma Hatcher, Naomi Hopkins, Yazmin Pelling
28 December Issue
Terminator: Dark fates
By Athena Pickering
Terminator: Dark Fate is the latest edition to the Terminator franchise. The past few films haven’t had the best reception. This film has famous elements from the first two films, both of which have had the most success, mixed with some new actors and twists. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as Terminator but his character has developed in a way no one expected. The Terminator franchise is huge and this is now its sixth film. Termination: Dark Fate is co-produced by its original creator; James Cameron and he also co-wrote this story. What this film does is give this franchise a new lick of paint by using a younger cast and updating the social world that the film is set in whilst acknowledging the classic films. However, what this film does, is keep the door open for future films which might not be the best opinion considering these films can be hit or miss. This film is set in Mexico, close to the Texas border and we meet Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes) who is being hunted by a terrifying humanoid-robotic figure also known as Terminator but a more advanced version played by Gabriel Luna. He has a constant stern expression and it is clear that he is extremely strong and powerful and not to be messed with. Grace (Mackenzie Davis) falls to earth just like the new Terminator whose mission is to kill Dani, however, Grace is on Dani's side. She is the female equivalent of Kyle Reese from the first film. Also, the famous figure of Sarah Connor appears to help Dani as well, played by Linda Hamilton. Grace and Sarah are on Dani's side. It doesn’t take long until the original Terminator (Schwarzenegger) makes an appearance. It appears this Terminator has been living incognito and pretending to be a curtain fitter called Carl who also has a family. It is intriguing to see this another side to Schwarzenegger's iconic character, yet it isn't as exciting to see him as we knew he was going to appear as the trailer gave too much information away. In case you haven’t worked it out or new to the Terminator franchise but Dani is someone who is destined to be someone of great importance to the humans' resistance uprising against
the future oppression by the Skynet reign of terror. This future is the new future since Sarah Connor changed the original future from the oppression from the machines called Legion in the first few Terminator films. Even though we got to see Schwarzenegger reprise his iconic character, his character is now nice thus he doesn’t have the same effect when on screen. Sarah Connor (Hamilton) is also brought back and it is very obvious she still has anger towards Schwarzenegger’s character. However, Hamilton's performance is questionable, Connor is so angry throughout the film as a result some of her lines don't have much of an impact as she always has the same emotion. At the end of the film, that is the only time we get to see another emotion from Hamilton which is quite moving. With that being said, it feels like some of Hamilton's lines fall a bit short, small lines she says are said for an affect either a laugh or to sound tough yet it just doesn’t work. This film is very one tone, in a sense where it is all about the action and the fear. There are only two parts where the pace of the film changes and the tone changes. Dark Fate is a very fast paced film so as a viewer you are always engaged in what is happening but after a while all the action gets boring and you want to see more from these characters. Dani tries to make speeches which should come across as strong and fierce yet really, they were weak. Overall, the writing feels weak and it could have been a lot stronger. There is so much repetition and a lot of the
scenes feel repeated from earlier on in the film just in a different location. Terminator: Dark Fate, isn’t a bad film and one of the better Terminator films to come out. The action sequences are very complex, involve a lot of CGI and at times are just a blur. The overuse of slow motion is annoying at times and really isn’t needed. We don’t need a slow-motion action shot of Schwarzenegger firing two bullets to blow the doors off the aeroplane, it doesn’t add anything and is pointless. Characters from the Terminator's past and new, Dark Fate isn't a bad film, performances were good but it feels like the writing could have been stronger. This truly an action film as there is a range of different fight sequences from the beginning to the end of this film. With that being said, the ending of this film leaves the door open for more films but it feels as if there aren’t any more ways to tell the same story after this film, otherwise we'll just keep going around in circles and the quality of the films won’t be as good.
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By Sarah Jackson
30 December Issue
By Jordan Penning
What is the Bucks Aviation Society?
Whether you are a student in one of the amazing aviation courses or you just have an interest in aviation, the Bucks aviation society, the most popular at Bucks New University, is the society for you! At the Bucks aviation society, we attend many different aviation events going on throughout the whole year, some examples are trips to British Airways HQ, EasyJet HQ, ATC towers, Simulator visits, Royal Aeronautical society talks, RAF visits and much more. We will also have plenty of guest speakers from all over the aviation industry who come to the university to give talks about their roles. This is the best society to meet industry professionals, network and just be a plane geek. New to this year, Jordan Penning the chair of the Aviation Society and Air League Panel member, has managed to agree a deal for all aviation society members to receive a free Air League membership. So, what are the benefits of having a free Air League membership and how do I subscribe?
What has the Aviation Society completed so far?
What is happening in the future?
In only a couple of months the Aviation society has already done so much!
We have many more events coming up, including a trip to the AAIB , VA and CAE Simulators, talks by many aviation professional and in December as a huge Christmas present, probably one of the best months, a trip to EasyJet HQ in Luton and a talk by the one and only Captain Joe, more details to come very soon.
Our first event was to British Airways HQ, we had a tour of the Waterside building as well as the heritage centre, BAs museum with so many interesting stories and artefacts. We also listened to a talk about the graduate programs and internship opportunities. Then the group went to the Heathrow T5 CRC (crew report centre), where we got to sit through pilot briefings, cabin crew briefings and understand the daily roles of crew and how the operations work within an airline. Our second event of the year was a talk about RAF Bomber command by Stuart Green, this talk was extremely fascinating and went into depth about the great escape and the role his father played within the bomber command during the Second World War. This story had so much history. If you missed this, the lecture will be happening again with the Air League soon! Then on the 11th of November the committee attend the Air League Alex Cruz talk on BA 100 and the future at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. This event was amazing for networking and representing Bucks New University amongst aviation professionals. Also in November we have even more events, trips to RAF Northolt and a talk by the head of IAG sustainably in partnership with the Green Society.
Just by being a member you automatically receive a free membership – the membership number has been posted on the Facebook page, or message one of the committee members to find out more. The benefits: • The chance to apply for 9 different aviation scholarships including a 12 hour flying scholarship • Free Access to many networking and important aviation events • Career guidance and training advice • Free or discounted ticket rates to air shows
This is a very exciting time to be part of the Bucks Aviation Society, so don’t miss out, join the society today. For all the information on our events join the Facebook page today: Bucks Aviation Society 19/20, or follow our Instagram: Bucksavsoc. Remember to sign up on the Bucks SU website as well!
Just keep swimming On November 6th, I and three others: Lily Pearson, Alina Taran, and Oktawia Lewandowska drove down to the first Regional swimming gala of the year which took place at Surrey Sports Park. We had already discussed, because we were nowhere near a full team as we were the smallest team competing, that we had to manage our expectations. Hence we agreed that this event would be our warmup for the rest of the season, to see what the competition is like and that it would be a good experience as myself and Lily had not competed in a gala for several years. As an all-girls team, we tried to cover as many events as we could by doing roughly two individual swims each and then we also all took part in the relay events, however that meant that we had minimal rest time between each event. The afternoon started with Lily taking centre stage in taking on her two individual races back to back which was the 100M Individual Medley and 50M Freestyle. We then had a break as the other teams, which consisted of the University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of Essex, University of Brighton, University of Portsmouth and our rival varsity team the University of Roehampton sent forward their male individuals for the 4x50M Medley relay. We then went up for our Medley relay, there was then a short break for us to recalibrate before the individual events continued. Alina had the first of her Butterfly events which was the 50M and I had the first of my Backstroke events which was the 100M. It was then onto the second team relay which
was 4x50M Freestyle, again after this event there was a short break for us to come together as a team and talk about what happened before, we took to our last individual events. Alina on 100M Fly, myself on 50M Back and then to finish it off Oktawia had 100M Free. Just when we thought it was over, one of the organizers came up to us and asked whether we wanted to join together with four other boys to compete in the final event which was 8x50M Mixed Free Relay. Knackered, we looked at each other and nodded to each other as we thought we might as well. As a joint university team, we took to the pool for one last event before getting ready and going upstairs to the bar to socialise with the other teams and to receive the results. Not surprisingly we did come last, but we have not taken it personally, we were proud of what the four of us achieved in the afternoon and this gala has now given us something to work towards as a team for future events and especially with Varsity on the horizon. If anyone is interested in joining, everyone is welcome! We train every Tuesday up at Wycombe Leisure Centre from 9-10 pm. Transport is laid on by the university up to the centre by the campus link bus, which picks us up opposite the hospital at 8:45 pm, you can also make your way up there if you have your transportation. To get back we have some swimmers with cars who drop us back, if not we share a taxi between us. Hopefully, look forward to seeing you there!
By Emily Crawshaw
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