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Academic Year 2011-2012

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CONTENTS PAGE President Speech

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Committee Members

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Achievements - Cypriots can be protagonists

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Cyprus Basic Information - Everyone knows Greek

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Artistic Section - Upcoming Events in Leicester

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Page of Honour - Sir Alec John Jeffrey’s Interview

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Chronicle Apocalypse Survey

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Cultural Section - Cyprus Cuisine

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Science Section - Crossword

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Sports Section - Football & Volleyball teams

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Our year through the camera lens

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Special thanks from the editor

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Dear Friends, As the president of the Hellenic-Cypriot Society, I would like to welcome you back and wish you all the best for 2012! The previous year was difficult but also had enjoyable moments for everyone. However, as students we manage to be united and we have learnt to work as a small community by being members of the Hellenic-Cypriot Society. In my opinion, this is what enables us to face and overcome any difficulties we may face. This yearbook is an innovative way to make all these memories and experiences unforgettable; this proves how much we can achieve through cooperation and by being creative. Within the agony of lectures, seminars and exams, we have managed, as a whole, to remain positive and conquer all of our fears. These years of our lives, as students, are the most interesting and challenging, so we have found a way to keep them vivid forever. I hope that our effort will be successful and will offer to each one of you a smile while flipping the pages. With great pleasure I congratulate the production team and everyone who was involved in all of the events which took place. I would also like to thank you for your time and effort spent, as well as the interest you have shown; without you none of this would be possible. On top of that, I would like to thank the Student's Union, for the guidance and support that has never stopped providing to us. Consequently, it has given us the strength to realize everything that we have envisioned. Fellow students, To conclude, I would like to wish you every success and happiness! Remember you're not alone, we are effectively and practically by your side in order to help you accomplish all the goals you desire.

Constantinos Zenonos President

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS HELLENIC CYPRIOT SOCIETY 2011/2012

ZENONOS COSTAS - PRESIDENT

THEOPHANOUS NICHOLAS - VICE PRESIDENT

MANOLI ATHINA - SECRETARY

PAPACHRISTODOULOU MARIOS - TREASURER

HADJISTYLLIS ANDREAS - PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

CHARALAMPIDES ANDREAS - SPORTS OFFICER

KONTOS ANDREAS - EVENTS OFFICER

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CYPRIOTS CAN BE PROTAGONISTS

ACHIEVEMENTS (prepared by Athina Manoli)

ALEXANDROS ALEXANDROU (2nd year LLB Law) Alexandros was a member of the Aiwakai England Squas which took part in the 38th FEW European Karate Championships (2123 Oct 2011) in Lisbon, Portugal. He managed to take the first place in the team events and came fourth in the individual events. ELENA PANAGIOTOU (3rd year BSc Computer Science) MARIOS PAPASOFOKLIS (3rd year BSc Computer Science) Elena and Marios with Luana Teodora Fagarasan, Matthew Radoja, Hua Huang, Si Wan Lam, Timothy Hughes, took part in the SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GROUP PROJECT of their course. After a great cooperation with the other members of their group, they won the BAE SYSTEMS PRIZE FOR THE BEST SOFTWARE ENGINEERING GROUP PROJECT in June of 2011. MARINA THEODOROU (3rd year LLB Law) - Vice president for marketing MICHALIS MICHAELIDES (2rd year LLB Law) – Director for Seminars and Conferences VALENTINA DIMITRIOU (3rd year LLB Law) - Vice president for academic activities Marina, Michalis and Valentina are active members of ELSA (European Law Students Association), which is the biggest independent law student international organization including 42 countries and national groups worldwide, more than 200 local groups and in total over 30.000 members. The newly established local group of ELSA LEICESTER is the biggest local network in ELSA UK. As part of the international network ELSA LEICESTER has taken an active role in organizing and promoting local, national and international events and competitions, sending local members as delegates for ELSA International to UN Committees in New York and Vienna, opening doors to the participation in various seminars and conferences, internships, traineeships and competitions throughout Europe. What makes ELSA LEICESTER special is ALEC (Advanced Legal Education Credits). ELSA LEICESTER in collaboration with the School of Law and the Center for European Law and Internationalisation produces a recognized certificate. For every event participated, members get credits which are added up at the end of the year and receive the recognized certificate listing the events, their type and the total amount of credits accumulated. Such a certificate looks great on any CV! For further information or to join contact: info@elsa-leicester.org. NECTARIOS CHRISTODOULIDES ( 2nd year LLB Law ) Nectarios was one of the Cyprus representatives in the conference, organised by the members of English Parliament, in December, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day - titled – ‘’Human Rights: The Case of Cyprus’’. Nectarios talked about missing people and the violation of human rights. SIMOS SIMOU (3rd year LLB LAW) Simos has represented the UN Society in the Leicester University Debating Alliance in March 2011 when he was the lead speaker and among various societies, his team reached the final. After winning the internal University of Leicester UN competition on international cooperation, Simos represented our university in MOSTIMUN, an international United Nations conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the end of the conference, Simos gained the 'Best Delegate Award' and the University published an article on his accomplishment.(http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ press/press-releases/2011/may/accolades-for-leicester-at-model-un-conference) NICOS AGAPIOU (2nd year LLB Law) VALENTINA DIMITRIOU (3rd year LLB Law) Valentina and Nicos with Dumbleton Simone, Siddharth Fresa and their coach Dr. Paolo Vargiu will represent Leicester in the "5th FrankfurtInvestmentArbitrationMootCourt"anarbitration,whichtakesplaceinFrankfurt,Germany,from12/03/2012-16/03/2012. The arbitration is organised from the “Wilhelm Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order" with up to 40 counties participated. 3


Do you speak Greek by accident?!!

‘The language of people is a shining jewel that indicates both its culture and civilization’ said by R. H. Robins in his report ‘History of Linguistics’, and this is true as it is totally acceptable that countries with an enormous history and civilization, have managed to develop their language in relation to arts, sciences, and so many other fields. The contribution of Greek culture and more specific Greek language in the rest of the world is undeniable. Do you know how many Greek words do you use in your everyday life without even knowing that are Greek? To start with, if you are a student in a science field such as Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology, you should Lampidona Spyrou know that the majority of the sciences have Greek roots. For example words such as “protein” and “enzyme” are derived from the corresponding Greek words “proteini” and “enzymo”. Also, Chemistry in general is divided in “Organic” and “Inorganic” which their equaivalents in Greek are: “Organiki’’, “Anorgani”. In addition, sciences such as Physics or Computer Science use Greek letters like ε, δ, Σ, β and λ in their equations. The resonance of Greek language is extended in human studies as well. Since Politics is based on democracy which was born in Ancient Greece, a lot of Greek words are used. The same thing happens in historic studies which include a module called “Sparta and Greek World”. It is not symptomatic that the basic notions Basic, crisis, dialogue, enthusiasm, geography, of thought and expression in English magic, method, organisation, pathos, problem, are purely Greek words: strategic, technology, telephone In conclusion, nobody can doubt that the Greek language is the ‘mother’ of many English words that people use every day. These examples of Greek words used in the English language is only a small sample of the great contribution that our language had made to the evolution of humanity. 1

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ARTISTIC SECTION

Christiana Georgiou 2nd Year S tudent Fin e Art (BA) De Montfo rt x_ri5_tian University a@hotma il.com

Leicester Leisure & Culture Artistic Upcoming Events in Leicester

Recom m Maggie Scott: Negotiations/Art Exhibition ended 7th April – 20th May 2012 (New Walk Museum & Art Gallery) Tensions and contradictions of Black British identity in newly commissioned work as part of the national crafts initiating the shape of things.

The Moving Image/Film Exhibition On now until 28th April 2012 (New Walk Museum & Art Gallery) Contemporary artist films from across the globe. Chien-Wei Chang: Don’t Look Back! I Told You So/Art Exhibition 11th February – 25th March 2012 (New Walk Museum & Art Gallery) British Taiwanese artist crafts initiative the shape of things. Rising by Aakash Odedra/Dance Recommended 20 – 21st March 2012 (Embrace Arts at the RA Centre) Rising is a new evening of work performed by Aakash Odedra, exploring different processes and aesthetics to create a new personal character. Play Without Words /Musical 29th June - 7th July 2012 (Embrace Arts at the RA Centre) Inspired by the 1963 film The Servant, this enthralling event is delightfully comic, scandalous and witty.

Furthermore, students and tutors of the DMU Art and Design Faculty; organise exhibitions of their work during and at the end of the academic year in June and July at the Fletcher building and in private galleries in Leicester. Moreover, the DMU Fine Art Course invites famous artMellow Baku and Friends/Music ists to talk about their artworks. It will be an Friday 30th March 2012 (Music at the Arts Bar) Soul stories against a jazz backdrop. Mellow Baku on vocals honour for us to see you in our events!!! and guitar, with Mike Sole (keys) and Michael Brome aka SureShot (poetry and percussion). 5


INTERVIEW – PAGE OF HONOUR

Written by Conducted by Nectarios Christodoulides Nectarios Christodoulides MarinaStavrou Stavrou Marina

Sir Alec John Jeffreys is a British geneticist, who developed techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling which are now used all over the globe in forensic science to assist police detective work, and also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. He is professor in the biological department of our university since 1977. In order to realise how privileged we are for having him; we need to take a closer look, from the starting point of his career. Sir Jeffreys had an “eureka moment” in his lab in Leicester after looking at the X-ray film image of a DNA experiment in 1984, which unexpectedly showed both similarities and differences between the DNA of different members of his technician’s family. Within about half an hour, he realized the possible scope of DNA fingerprinting, which uses variations in the genetic code to identify individuals. The method can be applied to non-human species, for example in wildlife population genetics studies. Before his methods were commercialised in 1987 his laboratory was the only centre carrying out DNA fingerprinting in the world, and during this period of about two or three years it was very busy, receiving inquiries from all over the globe. After finishing his PhD, he moved to the University of Amsterdam, and then moved on to the University of Leicester in 1977, where he found an academically stimulating and helpful environment. However, each glorious career, eventually comes to an end, Sir Jeffreys is retiring in the end of this academic year. Due to his retirement, we decided to dedicate this page on him.

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What was your inspiration for developing new techniques for DNA fingerprinting? It was an accident, a complete accident! A very brief history: I did post-doc in Amsterdam which gave me the opportunity to develop some of the first methods of actually looking directly the genes in Human DNA. I came to Leicester in 1977,and used the same technology to identify variation between people, and the exact DNA. This lab was actually responseful on the first description, of variation at the level of DNA, which everyone has forgotten about, I am very proud about that! Then in 1980, we felt that within the enormous methods of Human DNA there had to be bits of DNA that were a lot more variable. Then that led, completely by accident, to the very first DNA fingerprints in1984 and only when we got that DNA fingerprints, then we spotted that we had opened the door to an entirely new world, that of the DNA based identification. So it really was a complete accident!

‘…It was by accident, a complete accident!’

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While studying your biography we couldn’t help but notice that your techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling, are now used all over the globe in forensic science to assist police detective work and also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes. This leads us to the conclusion that not only your achievements brought development in your field, but also, contributed to the development of a number of other fields at social levels and many more. Our field, which is law, was also affected by your work, in terms of collecting essential evidence in order to resolve disputes. How do you feel about that? Did you foresee that your discoveries would provide for the world to this extent? Well, we could see within the first few minutes if we could get the technology working well, we could see where this might go. So we could resolve paternity, we could see resolution of immigration disputes, we could see other applications for example identical twins: ‘Are these twins really identical or not?’ The technology for solving that is the DNA fingerprinting. We showed all that at our very first experiments; we had a whole series of non human species on there, so we could see things like wild life, crime, pedigree testing. In fact, DNA fingerprint open up a brand new branch of science, called ‘blank neurogology’, which is when you go out to the wild, you use DNA fingerprinting to establish relationships between animals, birds, or whatever


‘There is no question whatsoever that I would go back in time and be a better father!’ in the wild, and that is fundamentally important because if you do not know the main structure of population, you cannot understand the population’s dynamics, their diversity or evolution. So did we see it having this impact? No. We thought that this would be a technology of last resort. Whenever the police investigation fails, then you bring out DNA into force. It is now a technology of police report: at the scene of a crime you can get DNA samples or you can find DNA evidence. In terms of forensic investigation; ‘how many people have been tested world wide?’ – well, nobody is counting! I would guess that the figure has got to be probably on the 20 millions.

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That’s a really tough question! There is no question that my father was an inventor. It was a train that ran in the family. Had my father not introduced me to the world of chemistry and microscope, would my life be different? Certainly yes! I have no idea where I would wound up.

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I am quiet sure that you spend thousand of hours in the laboratory. What is the motive that keeps you concentrated for so long? Oh, it’s my hobby! I started with a fantastic chemistry set with a microscope when I was 10 years old doing experiments at home. It was a present from my father. By 13 - 14 years old, in organic chemistry, I could not even pronounce the name of the chemicals, but I knew the index. My real pleasure now, is getting rid off the boring administration and getting out there and wrestle with the Mother Nature. It’s huge fun, a big privilege and in terms of focus, if you have a passion with it, ofcourse you focus on it, it is not difficult!

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That’s a really good question! The answer is sadly yes. DNA fingerprinting first appeared by accident in 1984 when we had our younger daughter at the age of 1 year old and the older was 5. The pressure for the next few years, and there is no question whatsoever that I would go back In time and be a better father. I don’t think that I totally neglected them, but there was major work to be getting well with normal family life. I indirectly put pressure on my wife as well.

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Have you ever visited Cyprus or Greece? If yes, what are your impressions? No, i will visit next month(February) Cyprus, Limassol. My wife will be coming on as well! We will have a little holiday there! Did you have the opportunity to develop friendship or cooperation with Cypriots or Greeks? I have had a PHD student who is Greek-Cypriot, Maria Panayi, who was very very good. In fact, she ended up in clinical genetics and diagnostics. I also have a very distinguished colleague here, Professor Charalambos Kyriakou who is a very distinguished scientist. He is Greek-cypriot and I’ve known him for many years.

You have two daughters. Do you feel that they are keen on your fields of science as well? It is hard to have a real legend on genetics for a father and not be influenced.

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What advice would u give to young Cypriot students taken up biological sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate level? You have to treat it as a hobby. If you treat it as a job, it will not take you where you want to go. The pressure at the moment is very much on research; in other words, research is directing wealth. You have to keep that at the back of your mind. The best research is driven by curiosity. A very good example of that would be the DNA fingerprint that was born purely of curiosity! Basically young people should work hard, be focused, try making science your hobby and believing in curiosity driving research and question absolutely everything. And good luck!!.

One may reasonably assume that what you do demands long hours of studying and full dedication among others. Having achieved what you have until today, do you think that at some point of your journey you neglected your family for the sake of science?

Well, I have two daughters and they have both faced this problem at school, meaning that the fact that Jeffreys is their father, they should be able to understand everything. My daughters are autonomous individuals, and it is completely irrelevant, and the only thing I have ever wished for them, is happiness in life. In fact, they both followed very different fields. One is now an ecologist and the other is a hairdresser. They are doing really well.

Do you believe that the young people today, have the same perseverance and desire to continue the research in other scientific fields? Yes, the passion for science is still out there. If you look at most of the scientist’s careers, the best work they do tends to be somewhere between 20s and 30s. That is when everything is sparking away and the ideas are fresh. So I think the passion is there. You see, to do science you need not only passion and good education and imagination; you need money! Funding is a real issue now! The best will always arise through, but the ‘second best’ in all circumstances wouldn’t be encouraged to carry on with science, they will find it hard.

Impact on criminal investigation: huge! Impact on the courts: enormous! It has major impact on family law, major impact on criminal law; it has even resulted in change of legislation, in at least one occasion, the Immigration Act 1999. So the impact has been totally amazing, way beyond what was predicted.

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Based on your biography, I assume that your father was the one who gave you the boost, from a really young age to get involved with this science. Is it true? And if yes, do you believe that, if your father had acted in a different way, you would still have got involved with this?

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As we assume, you have an intensive daily schedule how do you spend your limited free time? Do you have any hobbies or special interests? Well actually, I have never been one of these 18 hours a day workers. For the reason that as you get tired, you make mistakes and it is not fun anymore! But when I do work, I work very intensively! I spent my spare time with my family, or with all the range of hobbies that I have, which are not being published for security reasons. We have a second home, near the best surfing beaches of England, so I do a little bit of surfing down there as well! So yes, I have a lot of interests outside the laboratory!

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CULTURAL SECTION

yprus Cuisine - Our stomachs are never empty Once upon a time, someone said that civilization starts on the table, which therefore makes Cyprus amongst the most civilized countries in the Mediterranean! Food is an essential element of every social occasion in Cyprus. Our cuisine is based on a mixture of Mediterranean, Southern European and Middle Eastern culture. Like in all Mediterranean cultures, Greek and Italian food plays a central role in Cypriot life. Dishes are depended on meat, salad and fruit. One of the most favourite ingredients in Cypriot cuisine is meat. Years ago, meat was eaten only rarely on special occasions, like weddings, and especially in weekends. Popular meat dishes are afelia (pork marinated with coriander), kleftiko ( lamb simmered in foil), souvlakia ( grilled meat kebabs), and stifado ( beef or rabbit stew prepared with onions). At family gatherings and special occasions, Cypriots cook souvla ( pork, chicken or lamb roasted on a spit). Sometimes meat is served and as appetizer, like lountza and pastourmas.

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Another favourite category of food for Cypriots are vegetables, pulses and legumes. Two or three times a week, Cypriots have the habit to eat dried pulses and legumes, especially during winter time. The most popular is black-eyed peas (louvi), served with lemon juice and olive oil. Also, fasolada, is cooked in a rich tomato-bases sauce in the oven and lentils (faki), cooked with rice and onions.

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When people visit a restaurant or tavern in Cyprus, they usually order mezedes, a large variation of appetizers and foods. Mezedes start with black and green olives, tahini ( sesame sauce with lemon and garlic) and tzatziki all served with fresh bread and salad. Then continues with grilled halloumi cheese, keftedes (fried meatballs), sheftalia (grilled saucage made of ground meat) and souvlakia and pilafi ( rice with tomato sauce).

Soutzoukos If you visit Cyprus, you have to discover the big variety of unique desserts. Cyprus’ desserts satisfy every sweet tooth, like palouzes (a kind of pudding made from grape juice and flour; it is the basis for soutzoukos ) and soutzoukos is a long chain of almonds strung together, dunked in palouses and then dried. The taste adventure continues with glyko tou koutaliou- ‘spoon sweet’ (fruit or walnuts marinated in syrup and served with a glass of water), loukoumades (deep-fried balls of choux pastry served in syrup) and pourekkia (deep-fried pastry stuffed with anari, sugar and cinnamon). Cypriot cuisine is an adventure that you have to try!! 9


SCIENCE SECTION

CHEMISTRY IN OUR LIVES CROSSWORD

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SPORTS SECTION Andreas Charalampides Law LLB

SOCIETY FOOTBALL TEAM TEAM SQUAD NAME POSITION Nicholas Lambrou Goalkeeper Cleanthis Cleanthous Goalkeeper Andreas Hadjithoma Right Back Nearchos Stylianides Right Back Spyros Varoudakis Left Back Ivan Kovalenko Centre Back Michellis Philippou Centre Back Nicholas Theofanous Centre Back Andreas Demetriou Centre Back Costas Zenonos Defensive Midfielder Christos Eracleous Defensive Midfielder Andreas Charalambous Right Winger Marios Constantinou Left Winger Andreas Charalambides Attacking Midfielder Platwnas Eliades Striker

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In last year’s Spring Intramural eleven -a- side tournament the Hellenic - Football team had an exceptional run of results by winning four consecutive matches. The team reached the semi- finals where it faced the GMS Hall team. The game finished 5-2 for the GMS Hall team. The team’s training takes place at a regular basis every Wednesday noon at Victoria Park Playing Fields. The spirit amongst the members of the team is great and cooperation between the players is at the highest level. Football connects people and longstanding friendships have developed in the team. The Hellenic football team is taking part in this year’s spring tournament with the hope to surprise everyone again by playing beautiful football, always within the FAIR PLAY rules and principles.

University Of Leicester Volleyball Club (ULVC) Upon arriving at the University of Leicester one cannot help but notice the many people walking around in sports clothes and attires. They are all part of ‘Team Leicester’, an umbrella under which all sport societies are accommodated and is the name under which the University of Leicester is represented in different competitions. From Rugby to Badminton, from Tae Kwon Do to Chess, from Hockey to Football, everyone’s Marios Papachristodoulou desire for athletics can be accustomed in the University of Leicester. President of ULVC Higher Education Volleyball Officer Coming to the University, 3 years ago, I have been looking for a volleyball team to train with. Due to my previous years of experience as an active Volleyball player (Anorthosis Famagusta Volleyball, National Guard Volleyball), I was really thrilled to find out that there was a Volleyball Club in the University. During the first practises though, I realised that I would need to work very hard to establish myself within the team. Three years down the line, and I have managed to climb up the ranks and become the President of the Volleyball Club, as well as the Higher Education Volleyball Officer (HEVO) for the University. I have held these positions for 2 consecutive years, of which I have so far celebrated 1 Championship (Leicestershire) and this year we are competing in top level BUCS League and Student Cup Finals in East Anglia. Sports in Leicester are not just about training and competition. It’s more about socialising, and meeting new groups of people, speak to people you never thought you would talk to. It’s a way to interact, reach out and expand your horizons. More than that, you get to see a part of student life that few students get to experience. 11


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SPECIAL THANKS FROM THE EDITOR CHRONICLE was an idea made up, under the actions of the Hellenic Cypriot Society University of Leicester, in which all the committee members agreed to create and publish a magazine for

2011/2012. An invitation for the first meeting was sent to all the members of the society, asking for voluntary contribution to the magazine. The first meeting with the “Miracle Contribution Team” was on 8/12/2011. All of us came along with a range of creative ideas and full of energy for work! Responsibilities were assigned and topics were decided, under the model illustrated in the Students Union Magazine of the University of Leicester. A deadline on 22/01/2012 was given for ATHINA MANOLI submitting all the material and meetings with each member were arranged for the last discussion, PSYCHOLOGY BSc check and correction (26/01/2012). The CHRONICLE then moved for design and publishing! From my side, it was a truly pleasure to cooperate with such creative people and I would like to thank all of them for their time, during Christmas vacations and exam period. In addition, I am really pleased because all of them were disciplined and well-organised!!! The communication within the team was a really important factor as well. Especially, I want to say thanks to Simos Simou for his support, important advice and guidelines. I strongly believe that it was really worthwhile! The result was excessively satisfactory and all the process was an unforgettable experience for all of us. tivity

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Miracle Contribution Team Andreas Charalampides - Sports Section Contributor Andreas Hadjistyllis - Publishing & Technicalities Athina Manoli - Editor Christiana Georgiou - Art Section Contributor Eftychios Manoli - Science Section Contributor Lampidona Spyrou - Research & Linguistic Influence Section Contributor Maria Hangoudi - Cultural Section Contributor Marina Stavrou - Interview Section Contributor Marios Papachristodoulou - Sports Section Contributor Nastazia Christofi - Chronicle Designer Nectarios Christodoulides - Interview Section Contributor Raphaella Pissidou - Photo Contributor Simos Simou - Guidelines & Supervision Vasilis Charalambous - Surveyor - Contributor


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