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Student Eye Award winning college magazine

Summer 08 Issue 17

Goodbye Wally Brown! Also inside: • Online games • Make up for dark skin • Creative writing • Student finance

Matt Milburn, ex-Hollyoaks hunk!

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Editor’s Letter

College News p3 Interview with Wally Brown p4-5 Love your skin tone! p6 Creative Writing - A Fly p7 Rice Lane City Farm p8-9 Interview with Matt Milburn p10-11 Poem - Cry for Help p11 The Clarence St crossing p12-13 Band Interviews Elliot Minor p14 Connecting Flight p15 Student Finance for Dummies p16-17 Migraines p18 Reader’s Letter p19 Online Games p19 Summer Jobs p20

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Eye Editor Jonathan Smith. In this issue we’ve got articles on a new range of subjects including: Summer jobs, finance for dummies, the Clarence Street crossing and a report on the Citizenship Awards. We’ve given some interesting recommendations in our articles on make up for dark skin and free games which will keep you entertained for hours. Thanks for picking up this terms issue!

Jonathan Smith Student Eye team: Editor: Jonathan Smith Writers: Joseph Smith,Liam Miles,Leila Oueslati,Elizabeth Keating,Tim Wright,Jamaan Deng,Megan Gantley,Jenny Crowther,Danni White, Production and Design: Laura Roche,Alison Cottenham

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European Cup which created a great deal of excitement! All the teams were all able to have their photo taken with the trophy.

18 year old Carmen Gedling, a runner who studies on the National Diploma in Sport represented Great Britain in the 400 metres at the Loughborough International recently. Gedling ran a great race against more experienced rivals to finish a credible second in 55.27 seconds. She is now aiming for two major global events this summer, the England Athletics Under-20 Championships and World Junior Trials. She also has high hopes of competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India in Oct. Carmen states, “Things are going really well for me at the moment. I’ve made a good start to the season but now I need to build on that.”

We were then into the matches which were hard fought & very competitive affairs! The top two teams from each group progressed to the knockout stages. It was at this point that the eventual winners ‘United Nations’ really started to show their class & after a very exciting final came out on top as champions. The final was watched by our principal Wally Brown who then conducted the presentation ceremony in which the losing semi-finalists & finalists received their medals & certificates. Then came the champagne moment for the champions who were presented with gold medals, individual trophies & the winners shield.

College Football Tournament

The Anthony Walker Memorial Shield, college’s annual football tournament took place at the end of May this year & was a great success! Over 70 learners from all centres split into 10 teams took part. The tournament continued its promotion of anti-racism & anti-bullying campaigns & its partnership with the Walker Foundation. Bill Bygroves of Liverpool Football Club came & officially opened the tournament by giving a short presentation about the importance of standing up to racism & bullying in sport. He also brought with him the

Well done to everybody who took part & contributed the making the tournament a success in standing up to racism & bullying in sport!


An interview with Wally Brown CBE by Jonathan Smith

continue improving and developing all areas of the college each year. He also commented that, ‘It is rewarding to see a good standard of education for learners of all ages’. ‘Seeing the high commitment from staff’ was also great to see. Wally reiterated that, ‘the constant commitment from staff, to offer a high level of education was something he felt was a strength in the college.’

Wally Brown CBE,

Liverpool Community College’s Principal, will retire at the end of this academic year, so I met up with him at Clarence Street to ask him a few questions and get the final thoughts of our honored Principal. How did you become Principal at Liverpool Community College? ‘I wanted to move up and work my way up the ladder, so when a new opportunities appeared, I applied for them’. Wally worked in the education system in both Manchester and London but saw the opportunity to work as a Principal, in the city he was born, as too good to miss out on. Wally told me that,‘being in the position gave him much pride’. What have you enjoyed about your time at the college? ‘Yes, I feel lucky to have spent these sixteen years at the college.’ Wally commented that his time at the college was enjoyable and one of his favourite aspects was the challenge to


How has the college changed whilst you have been here? Wally commented that the college has changed physically, with new buildings developed. The college buildings were mainly disused schools and hospitals not always built for purpose, or those that had gone into disrepair. Wally commented that one of the major developments is that the college has new purpose built buildings. Wally also commented that, ‘the change in the age of students, with the college now educating a large number of sixteen to eighteen year olds, is a significant change.’ What do you see for the future of Liverpool Community College? ‘With the excellent staff and management, I believe the college will continue to grow and improve.’ Wally also commented that the current Vice Principal, Maureen Mellor, who has been appointed Principal will continue to take the college from strength to strength. You are on the board for a number of businesses and authorities around

Liverpool, what do you contribute? ‘I contribute the skills I have learnt from my experiences to help in developing communities’ Two of the organisations Wally is involved with are the Liverpool Biennial and Kingsley Community School, Toxteth. Wally commented that he is proud that he can contribute and help the organisations develop and improve.

homage to young people who have helped change their communities in the Northwest at their Foundation for Citizenship Awards, presented by Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Brown and Chair of the Foundation Professor David Alton. Among the winners was Andy Griffin, an LCC learner who studied full time on a Motor Vehicle Engineering course. Andy works voluntarily as an instructor at Allerton Towers, an outdoors activity centre which aims to introduce young people to a range of different activities they wouldn’t otherwise experience.

What plans do you have for the future? ‘I currently enjoy walking and gardening’ said Wally, ‘I would like to travel and see America, Canada and the Far East.’. Wally told me that he has made no plans but is hoping to spend time doing a variety of things and possibly learn a new language and maybe write his memoirs.

After realising that no specialist sailing activities existed for young people, Andy got together with some friends to set up ‘Youth Afloat’. Using his links with Liverpool sailing club, Andy was able to apply for a Lottery grant to help buy equipment for the youth group. Thanks to Andy’s efforts the grant was eventually obtained, providing the youth of Merseyside with a fun pastime as well as the opportunity to learn boating skills.

Through out his time at the college, Wally has dedicated himself to help the college to improve, develop, grow and gain recognition from different organisations across the UK. His contribution has been recognised nationally, as seen by his CBE, awarded for contribution to Further Education. We at Student Eye would like to thank the Principal for his ommitment to the all aspects of the college and for making it what it is today.

Andy still leads the Youth Afloat youth group. He states: “Recognition from the Royal Yachting Society could help give us storage for our boats and access to the river.” Andy added that he was extremely proud to be accepting his award.

Citizenship Awards Liverpool Community College is proud to announce that one of its learners has been awarded in recognition of his outstanding voluntary work. Liverpool John Moores University paid


By Joseph Smith

Love your skin tone! By Leila Oueslati Why is it so hard to find the right make -up for medium-dark skin?? We have all made the mistake of borrowing our “bezzie” mates foundation when we have run out and it just looking dreadful in comparison to how amazing she looks! Lucky for us, we can still wear exactly the same amount of make-up as fair haired Jane, but we have to make sure we are wearing the right colours and shades to suit us! Over the years of growing up with olive skin, I have realised that its not just about popping into Boots and grabbing the latest Maybelline foundation powder in any shade, just because it says the words “flawless skin” on the advert! If I repeat one thing, it will be that it’s all about that right shades to suit your individual colouring. So before I rush off to Boots again I think its best for all of us if I choose carefully! Dark skin tones should use a creamy or liquid foundation as close to your skin colour as possible, this is easy if you test it first on the back of your palm. If it means blending two colours for that perfect result, go for it! That’s what I do!It’s worth spending a little more on a brand that caters specifically for dark skin. I personally use the Mac range. Blusher- coral rose and deep oranges work wonders on the cheeks,however avoid peachy 6

colours, they may be nice in the packaging but not on your face! For the eyes, dark skin tones suit dark purple and blues! Also, SMOKY EYES! My favourite! This is pretty tricky but there are hundreds of links on, that give step by step tips on how to achieve this look! I use “carbon” and “knight divine” eyeshadows from Mac!( yes ok… so I had a little help myself)! Just enter kim kardashiansmokey eyes by julieg 713 into the youtube search function, this has simple step by step instructions that are really easy to follow! Last but not least, lipstick! Bright pinks and reds are a no no! Blackberry,caramel,purples and nudes are all compliments to the lips! I always apply a layer of foundation beforehand, for even coverage and then apply L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in ‘nude’, because I’m worth it! Well I hope my little beauty tips have helped and remember its all about the right shades to suit you! Don’t forget to check out how to get the smoky eye look on youtube! Your mates will be amazed!

A Fly

Lou scrunched up his fifteenth sheet of paper, launching it over his right shoulder to join the other fourteen which lay in disorder around the waste paper basket. He momentarily buried his face in his hands, before his frustration brought him to his feet, pacing the room in an impatient manner. The dwelling was poorly lit by a single bulb, which seemed to swing with Lou’s iterations across the room. The orange artificial light gave form to a chair, a desk, a laptop, four walls and an abundance of scrap paper which now littered the floor. It was 3am at a guess, and Lou was suffering from writer’s block. He scrunched up his face as he paced. He closed his eyes. He opened them. He tip- toed. He stamped. He stared down at his hands and articulated wildly, desperately in search of an outward idea, a beacon, a sign, anything to breathe life into his neutral

surroundings. Devoid of a reaction, Lou returned to his seat and slumped in despair. He closed his eyes and let his head fall back, expecting to fall asleep instantly… But there was a noise. There was a noise he hadn’t noticed before; had that light always buzzed? His eyes opened on the swinging bulb, and he noticed a small black dot, a traveller in orbit. The fly made clumsy loops about the room, before coming to rest on the wide landscape of Lou’s forearm. Lou’s guest stared coldly from its spectator’s seat. In a state of such exhausted contemplation, Lou could see the fly in an enhanced perspective. He took note of the few widely spaced hairs on its humped back; the veined translucent wings strewn across; the way it rubbed its hands together as if in mock anticipation. But most striking were the eyes, those huge red


eyes that globed round like doomed planets, the millions of little optics staring in envy or anger or sorrow or cruel humiliation. The eyes remained unchanged as the pressure of Lou’s thumb crushed the creature’s abdomen and swept the carcass cleanly away. Funny he thought, how those same eyes that expressed such vacancy, could also be screaming. Lou wondered if the creature he had just squashed had ever felt anything. Are Flies ever happy? Do these winged animals that vomit over each meal and bury their eggs in the gaping wounds of murder victims, do they ever feel horror? Probably not, he thought. Probably as likely as him ever caring. Millions are born and millions die, such is the wrath of God. By Joseph Smith

Rice Lane City Farm

I have always wondered what the term ‘a home away from home’ meant. Through Rice Lane City Farm, Liverpool offers you that. Growing up partly in a savannah/ tropical country, where green forests and wide open grasslands help to provide a clear decent breeze of wind continually, Rice Lane City Farm gives you that. Indeed good things happen in unexpected places. Its location in the north of Liverpool, away from the rush and choked up town, gives it a silent atmosphere that is decidedly splendid. Here, one gets time to meditate and listen to the songs of the birds up in the trees. The smell of fresh manure from the livestock on the farm brings flashbacks of my childhood, when my father used to wake me early in those chilly mornings to go and clean the stables. Hence, a twinge of a smile on my face. Here organic foods, are produced straight from the farm and distributed or sold to the local community.

The vicinity has so much history that it gives a deep sense of belonging. Having been used as a graveyard for the poor ‘scousers’ who died in work houses and were later brought down for burial, from both Walton and Brownlow hospitals. It was later refurbished in the late 70s and reopened as a youth centre. It has become a home to young people who share a common adversity of marginalisation. For instance, scared and angry children from broken families, underprivileged young people and refugees. All of their lives upon coming to this wonderful place have been transformed into fashioning opportunities upon realising their diverse potentials. In this place, there is an infectious enthusiasm to succeed. For instance, eager children and young men and women have become great dancers and DJs and have proceeded to perform in big events like the Street Waves. The practical experience both formal and informal has helped some to go and join various institutions. Others under the patronage of Rice Lane City Farm have formed organisations such as the Liverpool Young Promoters, a group of young people who organise non - alcoholic events to provide young upcoming artists safe environments for performances.

The kind people in this place nullify the mundane idea that a family should only be blood deep. They welcome you with open arms regardless of ones ethnicity and background. What is more amazing is the fact that it is within a widely white community, but they have pushed so hard to work with other communities, something they do with an unyielding spirit that shows no The communal family dinners that sign of wilting. 8 bring everyone together, provide

a sense of family values. There is a high regard in respecting one’s cultural and religious values. For example, the Muslims, for whom it is against their religion to eat pork are catered for by making sure that alternative food is prepared for them.

They arrange residentials, and trips to faraway places, for those that would never have a chance to finance a holiday. This can be seen in the photographs of children on holidays as they exude love and pride as they beam into the camera.

The euphoria surrounding Rice Lane Farm football team is another aspect to be reckoned with. There is a mixture of players from different nationalities with a sense of brotherhood. It’s a team on a pinnacle of great performances. They play with flair and courage, producing moments that freeze the blood of their oppositions. No wonder they keep winning trophies and filling up the trophy room to a point where no space is left!

And now that it is on the brink of closure, there is mixed feeling of what Liverpool will offer the underprivileged, local communities and refugees.

The wider community thrives on this farm. Not only does it give a safe haven to young and old, but it has been used as a social venue for local events and as a counselling and meeting place, even before the bureaucratic social services was set up. Both the Voluntary and Youth Workers, do what they do with a smile on their faces. They are so thoughtful, not moody, helpful but not bossy, they possess an endearing love of young people who need icons and guardians to steer them in the right directions. They set out values and opinions that percolate to every way of life one may intend to follow.


What will happen to the children and people who have looked to this place as a remarkable triumph over any form of adversity! That is to say, the wonderful dinners, DJ lessons, the wonderful football team, and voluntary workers plus those on the brink of losing their jobs. If you are talking about the effectiveness of community integration and respect, getting children off streets that would have resorted to crime, Rice Lane Farm stands out as the best place to fully achieve this. For me, it has sealed my lips on my aches and pains. Indeed it is a home away from home. By Jamaan Deng

and a half years, I wanted a bit of a change and to challenge myself a bit more How did you get into acting? How did you get the part on Hollyoaks? Hollyoaks was my first acting job. I was with a modelling agency for a few years and was just about to join the fire and rescue service and then out of the blue they contacted me with an audition for Hollyoaks...

Matt Milburn is most commonly

known for playing Joe Spencer in Hollyoaks from 2003-2006. He left the show after his character died in a fire. Currently on set for his new film, he has kindly taken the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions about his recent work with charity ‘The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’, Hollyoaks and his new film, ‘Snappers’. You were in Hollyoaks for a good 3 years before leaving, what was the best part about working on the show? Why did you decide to leave? I loved everything about being on Hollyoaks, the cast and crew, storylines, the challenges. It was my first acting job so everyday was an exciting challenge which constantly tested my abilities. I’m still really good friends with all of the cast I worked with and really enjoyed the experience but after 3

What was the hardest storyline for you as an actor to perform? Well one of the weirdest storylines I have had to do was in Hollyoaks and I let a cow lick my head as I thought it was a miracle cure for baldness. Joe (my character) thought he was going bald! I find emotional storylines hard as they are more of a challenge, but the harder they are the more I enjoy them as I really enjoy challenging myself. Have we been correctly informed when we say you are currently working on a new film? What can you tell us about it? I am involved in a film called Snappers, which I am currently filming. It is a romantic comedy and basically gives a bit of an inside look of what it is like to work within the press, with a commercial and bit of a romantic slant to it I play a character called Kevin, who is the guy that gets the girl!!! The cast line

up is great, working with Caroline Quentin, Mark Benton, Joss Stone and Kate Winslet How has the experience been? I am really enjoying it and the cast are great to work with, this is my first role in a film, so it is all very new to me but It is a fantastic experience Where do you feel your next step as an actor will be? Do you plan to go back into soaps or try out the film business? I love acting so whether it be in films or in soaps I am not too sure yet, but I am also in talks with the British Shakespeare Company about going on tour with them in the summer You've had some involvement with 'The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation'. Can you tell us a bit about the organization and how you got involved? I support the work the RCF and try to support them in any way I can. I attend fundraising events and campaigns that they are running in order to raise awareness of the problem of lung cancer and make sure young people are aware of the dangers of tobacco. Would you like to volunteer or fundraise for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation? There are so many ways that you

can get involved and volunteering or fundraising are both great ways to learn new skills, gain confidence, make new friends and try new experiences. Getting involved with The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is really easy and for more information just call Matt Boyle on 0151 794 8820 or email By Megan Gantley and Jenny Crowther

Cry For Help... by Elizabeth Keating

day after day. hour after hour. i sit here and think to myself. am i going to make it? in this world! i do not know! i spend my time. thinking about my life. days run away without me. i never know where i am. every sound i hear i jump out of my skin. i know i am a frightened person. inside i am not so strong. i am crying for help.


Clarence Street Crossing

By Joseph Smith

When a new student starts a course here at Liverpool Community College, he or she faces many new challenges; the pressures of socialising in a new learning environment; a heightened responsibility and freedom towards their education; the study of more difficult and diverse subjects; but surely our students shouldn’t have to add to this list of worries ‘the ability to survive the walk to the college building’. Any student or member of staff who works or studies in the Clarence Street Centre (and doesn’t generally enjoy being crushed by a ton of metal) will tell you of the dangers of crossing the over congested roads on the way there.

As the bulk of the rush hour traffic from North Liverpool forces its way down London Road towards the city centre, a diversion is made onto Clarence Street, to avoid the standstill of buses in Queens Square. This endless line of traffic condenses as it meets two other busy roads, at Brownlow Hill and Mt. Pleasant, our Clarence Street Centre being sandwiched in the middle. Despite there also being a university building and a primary school both within fifty yards, amazingly there exists no pedestrian crossing system on this small stretch of road. On a busy Monday morning it seems there’s no other method of getting across, other than taking your chances and

running in the three seconds it takes for the lights to change. Although fortunately, there have been no casualties as of yet, perhaps the urgency of this problem is portrayed by the fact that the last lollipop man appointed by the primary school, after having one too many close calls, decided on an early retirement rather than an early grave (I kid you not!). Thanks to the tireless campaigning of our Student Governor, John Cain, and Learning Council Leader, Cat Powall, a meeting had been arranged with some local counsellors to address the problem. I was lucky enough to be invited along. It was early in May that a small group assembled to await the arrival of the councillors outside college, so that they could get a good look at the situation. The party consisted of myself; John Cain and Cat Powall; Principal Wally Brown and a host of different representatives from the surrounding schools and universities. Finally, Councillors Andy Barr and Christine Wray arrived, and after a brief observation of the dangerous crossings, I was able to question them about what they planned to do about the problem. I was surprised to hear that work was planned for a crossing system on Brownlow Hill a lot earlier than I had thought. I was assured by Christine that work on the new


crossing will be underway as early as January ’09. I was fortunate enough to witness a set of plans for this project which will be partially funded by John Moores University. The fate of students coming to college via the Mt. Pleasant side is far less certain. Councillor Andy Barr explained that the culture fund had only allocated £200,000 to building new crossings, so roads must score high on a list of priorities. This particular stretch of road has not been surveyed in recent years, but will be nearer September/October. This survey will not only take into account the frequency of traffic, but also the age of pedestrians crossing it (in this case young children and students). Ideally, if this does appear high in the priorities list, work should be underway after the new tax year (April ’09). In some ways, it’s encouraging to hear that the council has taken notice of the student voice, but at this point we should be far from contented with the vague promises of ‘priorities’, especially with the low amount of money reserved for road maintenance by the Capital of Culture fund. In the meantime, it seems we shall all keep dodging traffic.

Elliot Minor

burst onto the scene with their haunting yet catchy single ‘Parallel Worlds’. They’re slowly forming a path with their unique sound; a mixture of up-tempo pop-rock and classical influences. We caught up with the band in Birmingham. What made you decide being in this band was going to be your career? Ed: Well, me and Alex just picked up a guitar when we where about 14 and started jamming together, playing acoustic songs covering a lot of our favourite bands like New Found Glory and Yellow Card at school in front of all our friends, that’s when we thought it would be pretty cool to be in a band. We then built our own little studio and started recording loads of demos and sending them out, eventually we got signed. What do you think of the fans? Ed: The fans are seriously incredible, we really would be nowhere without them, this is so cheesy everyone

says that. But we do have a really dedicated fan base and we love them for it. Are there any bands you’d like to mirror the success of? Ed: Mirror the success of oh yes loads Dan: Muse Ed: Yeah Muse, if you’re talking about success they are probably one of the most successful.

You decided to release 4 singles and even re-release parallel worlds before releasing a debut album, why is this? Ed: ‘Cause we never became big enough to release an album Dan: So we just kept on touring for a while and it was the labels choice Ed: Yeah, its not really our choice they’re the ones making all the money from the c.d’s so they’re gonna know the right time to sell.

Can you give us any information on the album? Ed: Don’t expect all the songs to be like the singles, cause the singles are quite upbeat, you know pop-rocky songs. But a lot of songs in there have a lot of depth, hopefully most people will appreciate it. Some fans thought the arena tour with Mcfly wasn’t really a good move, did you think it was a positive or negative thing for the band? Ed: Well we kind of knew some people where gonna think that, but Mcfly’s another band, they’re good as well and we’re playing in front of 10,000 people every night. What band would ever give up that opportunity? What advice would give to aspiring musicians? Dan: Keep going and don’t give up Ed: Don’t be cliché! I’d say the thing that really got us going was MySpace Dan: That’s cliché Ed: That’s not cliché……is that cliché? Ok maybe iit is. By Megan Gantley and Danni White



We caught up with the band just before their gig at Liverpool Barfly on the 9th May with Fighting with Wire. So are we right in saying you are recording some tracks and are hoping to release an album? John: Eventually, I’ve got a few tracks to mix on the album ‘cause I’m part producing it. And then Chris Sheldon who has produced half the album is mixing one more track so we are just waiting for that to be done and then the album is finished. We’re then going to ship it off to various labels who may be interested in putting it out. So what can we expect from the album? John: We’ve got 12 tracks and a bonus track, out of that there’s probably about 9 upbeat loud ones and

there’s a few artsy experimental ones, ambient sort of things going on that we don’t play live very often cause they’re too long. Are you only doing support at the moment? Or do you have any headliners planned? John: We do headliners but at small venues, we prefer to so support though. We did ‘Oceansize’ and ‘Fighting with Wire’ who are both quite big bands that we really love. Who would you say your biggest influences are? Rob: Motley Crew John: Rob is kind of on a different level to the rest of us Dave: More like an 80’s throwback John: With the rest of us, we’re all kind of into ‘At the Drive In’ and ‘Oceansize’ are really big influences. A few of us are into ‘Your Code Name is Milo’ and the obvious bands like ‘The Beatles’. All of these are the kind of bands that use 3 guitars, cause we have 3 guitars and flare things up which is why they are probably a few of our biggest influences.

You’ve mentioned ‘Oceansize’ are a big influence and that you’ve supported them, how does is feel to support such a strong influence? John: Yeah, well they’re probably our biggest influence to be honest, so yeah, it’s great. Obviously we were nervous but they were nice. What’s your favourite thing about performing? John: It’s hard to say really, everything about it, I like being able to rock out and play our songs. Dave: It’s the buzz you get from playing in front of crowds. John: There’s no single thing really, I just like performing and being involved in the music, it’s better than sitting in an office.

For more information on the band visit www.myspace. com/connectingflight By Megan Gantley and Jenny Crowther

Student Finance for Dummies By Joesph Smith It’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, exams are in, and some of us are packing our bags in hope of being whisked away to the distant higher education facilities of our dreams. The only thing which stands in the way of our would be traveller and the student life is his/her dreaded exam results and one intimidatingly hefty-looking pile of red tape. The purpose of this article is to help you fill out the tedious and unnecessarily long monument of bureaucracy that is the student finance PN1 form. If you’re anything like me, and your brain seems to drift off to a better place when the word ‘finance’ is mentioned in a tutorial session, this will hopefully help you prepare before you try and take on the form.

The PN1 form itself is a whopping 28 pages in total (though you will only be required to fill out the relevant pages) and can be retrieved online, or from a council “One Stop Shop”. There are several of these dotted around the city, the closest to the centre being on Dale Street (this was under renovation last time I checked). Personally, I recommend printing out the form from studentfinance, that way you can reprint any pages you make a mistake on, which is bound to happen. The first couple of pages will help you figure out which pages of the form apply to you, depending on your circumstances and which loans and grants you wish to apply for. Below I have listed a few things you may want to keep handy

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• A black ball point pen (Ok pretty obvious, but it does say for dummies, dummy), remember to write in block capitals. • A passport or birth certificate if it can be obtained: details like your nationality and town/village of birth should be written exactly as they appear on one of these. If you have any finance queries • National Insurance Number and relating to college & student life ART number (if you have one). email: • The details of your UCAS application including the course and university codes, you might want to go online for these. Good Mourning • Proof of identity: a part of the By Joseph Smith form must be filled out by a A lot of men get teary eyed person of authority to prove it’s And reminisce in middle age you, this could be a shop keeper or Of times they didn’t move so slow, a policeman who knows you, but Their feeble bodies now their cage. your best bet is a teacher or tutor. • Last but not least a parent or Some others choose to mourn the guardian if you are financially dead dependant, part of the form must To drink the lives of loved ones passed, be filled out by them. To spend their last remaining days Enthralled in memories of the past. The standard tuition fee for this year is £3,125 and you will not be expected to pay any of it back until you earn £15,000 a year. In addition to this loan,you can also apply for a maintenance grant which can vary in amount according to your situation, i.e. if you’re a single parent, if you are financially independent or if you have a disability. In the event that a mistake has been made on your freshly filled

Nostalgia never moved me much, For what does man know of the dead? And what’s to miss but memories? I miss the things you never said! “It’s not the dead or gone or lost Or anything that leaves a ghost The things that never even were The things I really miss the most.”


Migraines A migraine is often described as a very severel type of headache. People who suffer from migraines can also suffer from nausea, increased sensitivity and visual problems. There are two different kinds of migraine, classical, where the headache follows a series of symptoms known as ‘aura’ and common, without aura symptoms. Migraines are more common in women, affecting about one in every four. Some people experience migraine attacks regularly, while others can go for years with no attacks at all.

Environmental factors such as bright lights, loud noises, lack of fresh air and flickering screens. Treatments The most common treatment of all is over the counter painkillers - tablets such as Aspirin and Paracetamol. Anti-sickness medication can also be prescribed by your GP and stronger painkillers if the over the counter tablets do not work. There are also combination tablets which combine a painkiller and anti-sickness ingredients.

What causes migraines? There are many causes of migraines, and everyone who suffers from them will get them in different ways.

Some people find that complementary therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy help with migraines. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to show the effectiveness of such treatment methods.

Hormones - Some scientists believe they are closely linked to the causes of migraines.

For more information, check out:

Emotional factors such as stress and tension,shock and depression.

By Liam Miles

Physical factors such as tiredness, poor sleep quality and travelling for long periods of time. Dietary factors, for instance lack of food (mainly through dieting), irregular meals, dehydration and caffeine products. There are also specific foods which can trigger a migraine, such as chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese.


Free Games! Readers Letter I am writing in response to the article on ‘Meningitis’ in Student Eye magazine, issue 15. I developed a form of viral Meningitis after brain surgery. I experienced vomiting, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights (Photophobia). My Mum contacted the GP by telephone, as I was very unwell and too ill to go there. I was referred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where Meningitis was confirmed. I was later transferred to a different hospital because of my underlying conditions. I was treated with antibiotics. It took a long time for me to recover. It is important to remember that if you or a friend develop any of these symptoms, or those mentioned in the Student Eye issue 15, you must contact your GP and clearly explain what has happened. If your GP is unavailable, go to an A and E department straightaway. Angela Wang

As deadlines start to loom, many students will be spending more time at the computer, typing assignments or revising for tests. So when work seems to be getting too hard, or just too boring why not take a break and play some internet games? Top recommended games in this issue are: Blast Billards 2008, Trick Hoops Challenge and Hungry Fish, all of which can be found on www.RobotTechnology. If you have more time to spare, try Trial Bike 2 and work on your balance; all the fun of trial biking without the risk of falling! Remember: all work and no play, makes time pass slowly and adds dullness to your day!

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Summer Jobs by Jonathan Smith What is a summer job? A summer job is one that lasts for the summer period between gaps of study. There are many different types of summer jobs and it often depends on what you want to do in the summer,before deciding which job will suit you best. What are the different types of summer jobs? There are three main types of summer jobs: Volunteering, Activity and Standard. A volunteering job is much the same as volunteering for an event. You will work for an organisation, helping them to either operate or to raise money. This is a morally ewarding in my opinion, but is often unpaid. This is a great way to gain experience and will improve your CV. Look on or for details of possible placements. An activity based job ( which may be voluntary or paid ) is based around one activity such a football coaching, archery or water sports. If you enjoy the activity, this job can be very exciting and enjoyable, but remember, you will probably be involved in the preparation for the activities. So you won’t just be playing football all day, you will be carrying the footballs, arranging the teams, setting up the pitches. In some cases this will be a paid job but you will often need some

level of qualification to prove your competency. A standard job is a paid job. This is the most common for people as they have set working hours and will earn money. This is not the most exciting option but it will give you some money to spend on clothes, music, gigs or whatever you want. This can give you valuable experience for university or future employment. How do I get a job? To get a job you will need to apply. You can apply online for some companies, through a paper application. For others, you will need to give them a CV. I recommend that you prepare one, just in case you’re asked for it. A CV, (Curriculum Vitae), is two sides of paper about you, your qualifications and your experience. This can often be what ‘sells’ you to employers, so make sure you tell them everything brilliant about you.!You should include your interests and hobbies and also a paragraph about your positive personal qualities, such as ‘organised’ or ‘reliable’. Minimum wage Make sure you are paid the right amount. The minimum wage for under eighteen’s is £3.40, for eighteen to twenty-one year olds it is £4.60 and for for over twenty-two year olds it is £5.52. Finding a job Try these places and websites for jobs listing or more information:, companies websites,, the Job Centre and Learner Services.


Student Eye  

Liverpool Community College magazine written and designed by students and the Enrichment Team

Student Eye  

Liverpool Community College magazine written and designed by students and the Enrichment Team