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Spring 2013

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Editor’s Note



Rowling into Town We’ve got you covered on the biggest event at Bath Lit Fest. by Laura Bentley



Bath Spa, You’re Having a Laugh Come one, come all and step right up to the Comedy Cavern. by Andy Farquhar


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5 Reasons to Visit Bristol by Greg Henley

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Long Distance Relationships


You’ve Graduated! What Now?


Stress-free Student Housing

The good, the bad and the ugly of the dreaded LDR. by Joele Forrester

by Luke Taylor

How to find the best house without the hassle. by Jem Gunnell



A History of Bond A breakdown of the spy that charmed the world. by Nicky Cooper






A Guide to the Oscars


Album Review: 18 Months

by Jenny Banks

by Chelsea Hopson



Book Review: A Possible Life by Andrew Strutt


What is Article 4?


Update: Student Protests


In which we ask who, what, where, when and -- most importantly -- why? by Cecily Mumby

by Chelsea Hopson

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Andrew Strutt Andy Farquhar Cecily Mumby Chelsea Hopson Greg Henley Jem Gunnell Jenny Banks Juna Abrams Joele Forrester Laura Bentley Luke Taylor Nicky Cooper


appy spring, SpaLife Mag readers! Once again it’s that time of year where I find myself knee-deep in textbooks with an ever present list of deadlines looming just over the horizon. The only thing that keeps me going (besides the extortionate tuition fees of course) is the thought that perhaps someday you -- yes, YOU -- will pick up this magazine and get a kick out of the stuff we write, edit and design every term. That’s why I’d just like to say in this, the penultimate magazine I’ll edit here at Bath Spa, that I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the magazine as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. Good luck to all on your deadlines and I’ll see you on the other side of summer term.

Juna Abrams Head Editor

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o Town by Laura Bentley


Potter Fever raged with a new enegy and the new faces of the franchise: Daniel Radcliff, Ruper Grint and Emma Watson were instant stars.

Image: JK Rowling will be in Bath for this event, 8 March.

e all know her to be the author of possibly the world’s most loved book series and the creator of the world famous wizard Harry Potter. Rowling first came into the public eye in 1995 when she released her first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; it goes without saying that that the book was an instant hit with children and adults the world over. The newly dubbed Potter Fever only increased some three years later when in 1998 she published

the second novel in the

series of seven, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Seeing such global success the movie rights were rapidly snapped up and in 2001, a year after the release of Rowling’s fourth Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the first in a line of eight Potter movies were released. The world went wild. Potter Fever raged with a new energy and the new faces of



for adults; The Casual Vacancy. Two months following its release in September 2012 Rowling hinted at the possibility of the novel being turned into a BBC drama. Is this the first sign of potentially another global hit for the author? We will just have to wait and see. This is an amazing opportunity to meet possibly the world’s best known author, a true once in a life time opportunity, and a must for any Potter fans. Following the talk Rowling will also be on hand to sign copies of her new novel, The Casual Vacancy.

Rowling hinted at the possibility of the novel being turned into a BBC drama.

the franchise: Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were instant stars with millions of fans all over the world; not back for three children barely in their teens. Over the next ten years the franchise worth in excess of £7 billion went from strength to strength, until in July 2011 with the release of the final Potter movie and to the distress of Potter fans all over the world the series reached its conclusion. Just six years on from the release of the last instalment of the Harry Potter series J K Rowling is back on Friday 8th March here in Bath for the Bath Literature Festival. Rowling will be talking about her first novel since Harry Potter and her first novel

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Bath Spa, You’re Having a

LAUGH by Andy Farquhar

As a result of living with two second year drama students, both of whom participate in the optional ‘Stand-up Comedy’ module, I found myself sitting in Comedy Cavern at Burdall’s Yard on January 31st preparing for an evening of pure hilarity.

The performance featured comedian Jonny Awsum.

The fifteen comedians you see throughout the duration of the evening will have you in stitches.


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‘Ten Acts in Ten Minutes’ is a fast-paced act enabling ten of Bath Spa’s finest to show off their wit in an intense timed performance.


s part of the evening’s line-up which included BBC’s ‘Funny Business’ star Geoff Whiting, the students studying Stand-up are given the opportunity to perform as part of an ensemble entitled ‘Ten Acts in Ten Minutes’. This is a fast-paced act enabling ten of Bath Spa’s finest to show off their wit in an intense timed performance, the winner of which gets a five minute slot at the next Comedy Cavern. Geoff Whiting, as compere for the evening, was incredibly funny, with his use of audience participation leading to my instant regret at sitting near the front. Comedians from all over the world, from Wales to the United States, come across to perform at these events, and at only £5 for a ticket with a Bath Spa Student ID, the fifteen comedians you see throughout the duration of the evening will have you in stitches! Casey Breeden, who has participated twice in ‘Ten Acts in Ten Minutes’ and even reached the final two in his debut performance,

gave a brief comment on the monthly event; “The opportunity that was presented to me through this module has enabled me to pursue a passion I didn’t even know I really had until September! I love seeing all my class mates perform, they never fail to amuse me with the new material they come up with every week.” Joe Munday, who has previously done stand-up gigs in his home county of Cornwall but was performing for the first time in Bath said, “It’s always a daunting experience, but the feeling you get when being applauded and laughed with is definitely worth it. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to mix with professional comedians.” The winner of this month’s competition, Dan Luck, will be filling a five minute slot in the next Comedy Cavern, alongside Kevin Shepherd, William Peck, Zahra Barri, Carl Jones and Jack Brown, as well as long time MC, Geoff Whiting. Who knows, the next Michael McIntyre may be there!


5 Reasons to Visit

BRISTOL by Greg Henley

A city sometimes overlooked by Bath Spa students, Bristol is easy to get to and is very student-friendly. From hunting for bargains at St Nicholas Market, to visiting the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, to catching some of the hottest bands at Thekla or experiencing experimental performances at the Bierkeller Theatre, the attractions are as diverse as the city’s inhabitants. Here are the top 5 reasons for exploring Bath’s neighbouring metropolitan.

The South West’s biggest city is host to an eclectic and diverse range of nightclubs and live music venues.


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Primark at Broadmead. Photo credit: Gusset


Cheaper Shops

With a variety of shops to accommodate wallets both bulging and beggared, Bristol is a great place to splash your cash even on a student budget. The Horsefair shopping street is home to places such as Primark and Cex, so definitely the place to explore for affordable fashion and entertainment.

Club goers on a night out. Photo credit: /northern/git


The Nightlife

The South West’s biggest city is host to an eclectic and diverse range of nightclubs and live music venues. The Syndicate nightclub can be found on Nelson Street and caters for more than 2000 party animals every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Wednesday is student night), playing today’s pop anthems, while Thekla (East Mud Dock) and Bierkeller (All Saints’ Street) provides a more alternative and heavier scene.



See Great Art, For Free!

Both M Shed on Wapping Road and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road charge nothing for admission. Plus, anybody can take the Banksy walking tour and see the work of one of the most respected artists in the world. His art is dotted all over the city, which can make exploring Bristol even more fun!


Have lunch at Za Za Bazzaar

Only a fool, student or otherwise, would say no to an all-you-can-buffet with pizza, pasta, noodles, nachos, burgers, ice cream and cake on offer. Za Za Bazzaar can be found on Canon’s Road, which is a 15 minute walk from Bristol Bus Station. Lunch costs £9.99 on weekdays before 5 p.m. Mmm...

Banksy in Bristol. Photo credit: Heatheronhertravels

Only a fool, student or otherwise, would say no to an all-you-can-buffet with pizza, pasta, noodles, nachos, burgers, ice cream and cake.


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Bristol Harbourside. Photo credit: James Clay


Explore With Your Phone

If you have the iTreasure app on your smartphone, you can play Bristol’s version of the game (otherwise, it cost £1.99 to download). You can also follow the Harbourside Smartphone Trails and discover more about the city’s history, an app set up by Show of Strength Theatre Company.

Bristol does a great job of accommodating for student budgets.


reat Stuff, But How to Get There?

By train: there are frequent services from Bath Spa and Oldfield Park to Bristol Temple Meads. A return ticket costs £4.45 with a 16-25 railcard (£6.70 without). By bus: the X39/339 service departs from Bath Bus Station regularly and travels through Newbridge and Newton St Loe (outside The Globe) before arriving in Bristol. A South West day rider ticket costs £5.90.



o, you’ve left most of your old life behind to start the exciting adventure of university. But the one thing on your mind is your partner who wants anything else but for you to leave. Parents and friends often say ‘why go to university in a relationship? Think of all the people you will meet’ and ‘you won’t see each other so it won’t work out. ’However, regardless of what manypeople say, a long distance relationship can work. It’s natural for a flood of emotions to come pouring out as it’s a big decision and commitment to make. Long distances are going to intensify the good and the bad but it’s a true test for both of you. It all depends on you as a couple as you are the only people who can make it work. But here’s some tips to help you along :



As easy as it sounds, talking is essential. Communication is important in any relationship and even more so when you will be spending weeks apart from each other. So if you miss them why not let them know? Speak honestly about how you feel as they will appreciate it and feel reassured that you miss them too. Speaking on the phone could get expensive, so Facebook and free Skype calls can be the cheaper option. There is nothing nicer than being able to see each other on screen and hearing a friendly voice makes everything that little bit better.

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It can be difficult making time to see each other when you are both busy. Therefore try to plan your journeys in advance so you can manage your work and you’re not overloaded when they come to stay. As costs might be expensive, take it in turns to visit each other and once you commit, don’t let them down. Investing in a railcard will save up to a 1/3rd off train journeys and you could both put a little bit of money aside each month to help cover travel costs. Also, booking train tickets in advance will be much cheaper than buying them on the day. When you do see each other try and make the most out of it by exploring places, cooking to gether and meeting up with friends.


Keep the effort up - even if it’s a text every evening to tell them something interesting about your day because then they won’t feel excluded. Work with your timetables to set a dedicated time for Skype calls every couple of days so you won’t be waiting around; it also keeps things consistent. Why not be an old romantic and send a nostalgic postcard or letter to tell them anything – from how you feel, to what you’re having for dinner or how much you miss them? Or go one step further and send a present in the post, whether it’s their favourite sweets or some clothing, a surprise is always good.

Every relationship is different, as is every university experience, so it really depends on how committed you are to each other that will determine whether it will last. But don’t be afraid to be honest and communicate. But, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. By Joele Forrester


You’ve GRADUATED!... Now What? B

ath Spa is known for its diversity and creativity! Many believe that studyingcreative degree is a cop out and your future is forever doomed. But there is work out there, and despite haters of the creators, the underlying fact is that first impressions and the way you present yourself is what really matters when entering any industry. You may have all the skills in the world, from performing like Anne Hathaway to creating music like Mozart, but sometimes you are still unable to find work. For many it is the constant battle with nerves, but for most it is the fear of rejection. They key to getting all the boxes ticked is preparation and self-belief, and with a little bit of optimism life becomes much easier.


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The most impressive attribute when going for an interview is proof of research. Don’t just go for a job at Aardman animations because you love Gromit, go because you have done your research and you know what the position and company is all about.


For some is becomes clear how important it is to build up an iPhone of contacts whilst studying, and not just names for the guest list at the BOMB, but contacts of industry experts. Making a first impression happens to everyone almost every day, and it is that image which will remain in the minds of those you approach. Building up your social capital is one the most beneficial facts about coming to university. You meet so many interesting and talented people, and it is them who you will benefit from in the long run; it’s not what you know, it’s who!


Struggling with confidence and presentation is something we all experience. What many fail to realise is the help that is out there at the click of a finger. If you are graduating this year you still have time to find your voice, prepare for interviews and become a name people remember. You can find more information on confidence and interview techniques at careerhub. by reading information on the website or booking an appointment to speak with a careers advisor at Newton Park library.

With a guide to confidence, you’ll slip straight into the industry of your desire before you know it! Remember, you have that one chance and you need to make sure you shine!

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There are thousands of companies and websites and post-grad courses. Focus on what you find meaningful, what you enjoy, and what you’re good at.


Contact Bath Spa Careers ( to explore your options.


(It is estimated that) 70% of jobs aren’t advertised. Use Google to search for organisations and make personal, direct approaches to employers.


Read about the trends, and the who’s who. Write down people’s name and make a personal, direct approach


Connect online (Facebook/LinkedIn/Google +) with everyone you’ve known well at university and at home. You’ll all have great jobs one day and could use each other’s networks.


Presentation is important. What shape is your CV in? How often do you smile at interviews? Is your Facebook page photo appropriate? It seems obvious: first impressions count.


Don’t forget, if they like you there’s a higher chance you’ll get hired. Trust, listening, motivation, discipline, caring, authenticity, and ‘inter-personal skills’ are all in short supply today. You’ll have an edge over the competition if you embody these qualities. By Luke Taylor


STUDENT HOUSING How to find the best house, stress-free. To all of you first year students who were lucky enough to get places in Waterside, Charlton or on campus housing, the time has come to spread your wings and experience true university independence!

But before you get to experience any of this, you need to get your house sorted. This is sometimes easier said then done, but hopefully this riveting article I’m writing will be able to help you.

Independent housing comes with a lot of responsibility, and there will times when you feel stressed and you might often wish for the chance to return to Waterside or Charlton. The other side to this is that it will probably lead to some of the best times you’ll have at Uni, you’ll do a lot of growing up and your housemates will quickly become like your own weird little family.

When it comes to finding a house in Bath there are several estate agencies that are used to dealing with students, for example Roman City, Apple, and Tangerine, there are also many private landlords to choose from. Some people are reluctant to go private but having done so myself I can vouch for it, (Shout out to R&G Lettings). You get a much more personal relationship with your landlord which it makes it much easier to get things sorted if anything goes wrong. It’s important to pick as many places as you can, and make sure you view them ALL, take pictures, ask the current tenants questions, find out as much as possible. Where are the nearest shops, pubs, bus stops? How far from town? The last thing you want is a 45-minute walk home after a night out!

Moving into your own house means you and the group you choose to live with will be responsible for sorting out your own bills, setting up internet, gas, electricity, and even TV (yes, unfortunately you will need a TV license). This does at first seem daunting, but it does effectively mean that you can be in control of what you’re paying for, and if you want SKY or Virgin then you can get it.

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After you’ve picked your house and you come sign the contracts don’t be worried if your deposit is a crazy amount (£350+) this is normal, you’re not being scammed (or at least hopefully not). If you take care of the place you’ll get it back at the end of your contract.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy it, and try not to trash it.

Houses in Bath go quick especially the nice ones, if you find a house that you and the group you’re living with like then go for it, at the end of the day the house is what you make of it. Look for a nice sized living room, with a decent sofas, you’ll find that you’ll spend most of your time at home in there. If you can find a house with a washing machine and tumble dryer, even better.

By Jem Gunnell



hen Ian Fleming first lavishly entertained British readers, way back in 1953 with his adventure novel ‘Casino Royale’, the first to feature MI6’s finest, he was not to know that he was creating a worldwide icon. During Fleming’s service in the Naval Intelligence Division he planned to become an author. It is documented that he once said to a friend, “I am going to write the spy story to end all spy stories” and how right he was. He wrote ‘Casino Royale’ at his aptly-named estate, Goldeneye. Over his life he wrote fourteen more action-packed novels with the last two being published after his death in 1964. Although Fleming was never to know, having only seen the release of two Bond films, the


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legacy he left behind was to be the birth of a legend and the longest running film franchise of all time. So loved were these novels that despite the passing of their author, Bond was to continue saving the world. No longer from the pages of a book however but on the silver screen. A couple of years before Fleming’s death the first feature-length film was released by Eon Productions in 1962 with ‘Dr No’ and a Bond we would all be more familiar with was coming together. It introduced us to many of the series staples: the fast cars, fantastical gadgets and maniacal villains. Sean Connery famously portrayed Bond to high praise; others too have played him over the following years and each brought a new dynamic to this complex character. Whilst Connery’s Bond was rugged and powerful, Roger Moore would later depict a more debonair type of super spy. Over the series seven actors have portrayed the character and ensured it as one of the longest running film series to date. And it’s still going strong.


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t’s that time of year again. Awards Season has firmly set in, celebrating the most commendable films that have been released over the past year, which culminate in the 85th Annual Academy Awards to be held on February 24th. Contenders from twenty four categories have been announced, with the films looking most likely to win awards including Steven Spielberg’s historical biopic Lincoln, Iranian hostage film Argo and comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook. Lincoln, the story of Abraham Lincoln’s fight to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing slavery, has been nominated in twelve categories including Best Film. Following Argo’s unexpected success at the Screen Actors and Producers Guild Awards, Ben Affleck’s film could prove to be the dark horse of the awards. Other films nominated include musical Les Miserables, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Life of Pi, based on the Man Booker Prize winning novel of the same name. Daniel Day-Lewis is widely tipped to win Best Actor as Abraham Lincoln, alongside other nominees including Hugh Jackman for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.

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The Best Actress award is more difficult to judge, and this year’s nominees comprise a diverse list of acting talent featuring both the oldest and the youngest ever nominees. The two biggest challengers for the award appear to be Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of a troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook and Jessica Chastain, as a CIA operative in Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the capture of bin Laden that has caused much controversy so far for its alleged pro-torture stance and access to classified information. Another coveted award, Best Director, could go to Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, or Ang Lee for Life of Pi, a magic realist film featuring brilliant digital effects. Other awards include Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Music

By Jenny Banks

Pi, a magic realist film featuring brilliant digital effects.

(Original Song) which sees Adele nominated for Bond theme song, ‘Skyfall’. This year’s Oscars will feature a special Bond tribute to mark fifty years of James Bond. Hosted by actress Emma Stone and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, this year’s Oscars will honour an eclectic list of films that rise from the dominant franchises of 2012, celebrating box office smashes and smaller screen gems.

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CALVIN HARRIS ‘18 MONTHS’ by Chelsea Hopson

Features stars such as Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Kelis which are all songs to get the party going.


fter a while of being off the music scene whilst touring around the world, Calvin Harris finally released his long awaited third album, 18 Months. With Bounce and Feel So Close both being released in the summer of 2011, it took a year for another song to be released. It was during this time away that Calvin featured on the smash hit and widely (some could consider over) played We Found Love with American pop star Rihanna. It was from there that the world seemed to notice Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, and this formula seemed to

work and stick. On his new album Calvin features stars such as Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Kelis which are all songs to get the party going, but the songs which are just Calvin rarely have any singing and feel more like fillers in the album, a real shame when compared to the Ready For The Weekend album. Overall, I would definitely recommend 18 Months as an album, especially before a night out. It left me with 74p for the week when I bought it, and I definitely don’t regret it!




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A Possible Life - a guaranteed success by Andrew Strutt

Sebastian Faulks, author of the best selling novel Birdsong, has produced another stunning read in A Possible Life, his fifteenth novel to date.


he five short stories that make up the novel cover a range of topics including: A World War Two spy searching for love, the trials of a young housekeeper in nineteenth century France and the story of a scientist in a futuristic Italy. They focus on the feelings and emotions that span across the centuries and link every human being together. The overriding themes of love and separation are apparent throughout and, due to the different perspectives, give a unique account of life and the way we view it.

Each story is so interesting and engaging that it could easily stand alone. The depth at which, not only the characters actions, but their thoughts and feelings are described, makes this such an enjoyable book. It zigzags through time and the historical settings add a further layer of authenticity to the stories. Faulks shows a new side of himself by writing about a not too distant future but fans will be pleased to hear that he is as good as ever. Overall, it’s a brilliant read for those familiar or new to his works.



WHAT IS ARTIC ‘Article 4’ is a planning policy that’s been issued by Bath Council which proposes to reduce the number of “houses of multiple occupancy”. A “house of multiple occupancy” (often known as a HMO) is a house where three or more unrelated people live together. The main issue facing us students is that the majority of our student houses fit under this bracket. In short, if the policy was to be proposed it would result in fewer student houses in a city where students are already having to compete for good quality accommodation. Bath Spa student and part-time house hunter, Patrick Lawler said that “‘Article 4’ doesn’t make sense, students make up a big part of Bath’s economy and we need a place to live as much as the next person.”


ne of the arguments in favor of ‘Article 4’ is that it will hopefully reduce the density of student housing within small areas of the city, which some people believe is one of the main causes of antisocial behaviour in Bath. Official crime statistics however, have shown that Oldfield Park has lower crime rates than other parts of Bath, which are not known for having a high student population. The ‘Complete University Guide’ has even gone as far as asserting that Bath is Britain’s safest major university city.

Bath is Britain’s safest major university city!

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Opinions, Fact and News Extracts

CLE 4 ?

By Cecily Mumby

Emma Weskin, Vice President Welfare and Campaigns at Bath Spa, explained to Spa Life about how Bath Spa and The University of Bath’s Students’ Unions have joined forces – “We have written articles and had stalls in the SU to help make students aware of the matter.” They have also lobbied the Universities and attended council meetings where they voiced their opinions regarding their opposing views concerning ‘Article 4.’ Weskin also added – “We have also started up a petition against ‘Article 4.’” In March last year, the council announced that they were to make a decision regarding ‘Article 4’ within a year. So, if you feel that this is an issue that concerns you, your friends or even people that attend your University in general, then why not join the Students Union and oppose ‘Article 4’?

You can sign their petition at


We’re cold, We’re wet, We don’t want student debt! I

n November of last year, Bath Spa students braved the cold and wet weather to head off to London, demonstrating for student rights. Led by our Student Union team, our mixture of all years and all courses joined the hordes of people in London to scream, shout and let it all out with our placards and chants. A personal favourite of mine was “we’re cold, we’re wet, we don’t want student debt!” which summed up our day entirely. “You’ve had your education systematically attacked across the board by the coalition. And even if you get to the other end, what have you got to look forward to?” Spurred on by the words of the NUS President, Mr. Burns, people gathered in the SU to make signs and placards, a show of the unity we all desperately need when it comes to student rights.


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The posters around the SU shouted out to question why others should be treated differently based on ethnicity, age or even gender; whether you’re paying £3,000 a year or £9,000, at the end of our degrees we all want to be treated equally, preferably without thousands of pounds of debt!

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Unfortunately I am yet to hear of any more news on student fees and rights, but that does not mean that we will not carry on the fight! As long as within a University people continue to work together for unity, and as a country we show the prevalence of students within today’s society then with any luck our hopes will not end up as dampened as my feet were by the end of the day!


SU News...Tweeted!

Short, sweet and to the point. compiled by Juna Abrams

Check out your housing reps Supporting young women in creative industries... cherrykites. Do you want to be a trustee of a charity? Control a ÂŁ1million turnover? Lead the SU? Nominate yourself for election: Re-design our logo! Our current one is rubbish... and you could win ÂŁ100! Third years! Have you filled in the National Student Survey yet?! SU Pres: Totally made it into the Guardian!! Marching at #demo2012


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Vp Activities: Us sabbs now have regular Thursday morning office hours in the bungalow at Sion Hill, come say hi!

Us sabbs now have regular Thursday morning office hours in the bungalow at Sion Hill, #comesayhi!

We now have Housing Reps, in every halls including independent housing – If you are in halls, remember to say hi to your rep.

Bath Spa does ‘Take Me Out’ Wednesday 13th March, 8pm at the SU, #lettheladyseethegaga

Third years! Have you filled in the National Student Survey yet?! #GETINVOLVED

Keep your eye out for Bath Spa’s 1st Multicultural festival #diver-city

Just saw a full bus drive past a load of Bath Uni students. At least it’s not just us!! #whatjokes


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TRYING by Juna Abrams


he most exciting thing I’ve ever done is sneak out past curfew with my cousin during a family reunion. I was ten and she was seventeen. Our family high-tailed it to Colorado every once in a while to say, ‘How have you been?’ a million times over the course of three days. I think the point of the thing was to talk to each other – to sit in a circle and reveal, one by

in my towel, knocking on the first door I could reach, and saying to the twenty-something who answered, ‘Hi, can I use your shower?’ With a glance at the Budweiser in his hand, I added: ‘We’re related.’ The lodge we stayed in was woodsy. The buildings were made of the trees that once stood in their place and were cleverly titled

We saw a group of our uncles peeing on Oak Centre and we thought it was so funny that we tried to pee on the Cedar Guest Services building.

one, the family’s newest accomplishments. I don’t remember sharing my ambitions with the Mormon side of the family, but I do remember taking all of my clothes off to take a shower, only to find the tub filled with ice and beer. I ended up running down the hallway


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things like Oak Centre and Pine Dining Hall. My mom and dad never came to family reunions because they had to work, so they sent me as a representative of the Silverman branch. This is why I spent so much time with my much older cousin, Brenda, playing checkers in Oak Centre












You have to handle your shit. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a little buzzed. I mean it.

and eating in Pine Dining Hall. I stayed with her family, all five of us crammed into one room with two bunks and some blankets. We had free reign of the lodge; the only rule was that we had to be in at 11:00. My cousin didn’t particularly hate curfews and she didn’t particularly hate her parents, but she loved Jeremy Hanson, a distant cousin of ours who was her age. My memory is fuzzy as far as who brought the beer and who tried to light the sanitary napkins on fire. All I know is that by the time Jeremy decided to go in, it was so far past 11:00 that we thought we were in deep enough trouble, we might as well make a night of it. We went as many places as we could think of, jumping at noises in the dark and falling over each other. We saw a group of our uncles peeing on Oak Centre and we thought it was so funny that we tried to pee on the Cedar Guest Services building. We couldn’t aim very well, as it turns out. I couldn’t say at what time we finally sat down in front of our dorm building, and didn’t go in. My cousin narrowly escaped plopping down into a puddle of pee – outdoor urination was a huge fad in our family,

apparently – and I accidentally stepped on a Miller can. The crack echoed into a thousand cracks, a thousand cracks echoed into one million cracks, and so on until not another wave of sound could squeeze itself between our ears. We both looked at the empty can for a moment, sure that we were busted. Then, when the trees rustled and the distant sound of urination filled the air, she picked up the can, almost reverently, and set it upright against the wall of the building. I wanted to sleep and so did she, so she lit a cigarette to keep herself awake. ‘Jeremy’s an idiot,’ she said, referring back to the secret he had told us as we had watched the napkin burn. Brenda made a halfhearted attempt to blow rings. ‘If you screw up and get pregnant, you should deal with it. You can’t kill a baby just because you didn’t plan it. And you can’t leave a girl just because she has your baby.’ I didn’t know what to say. Someone in the forest laughed. ‘Melanie,’ she continued, ‘you have to handle your shit. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a little buzzed. I mean it.’ I told her she didn’t need to worry


about me, mostly because I was tired and wanted humorous company. We went inside after that. The sky was beginning to lighten and my grandpa was getting coffee from the machine in the lounge. He waved at us and then reached for an unlabelled amber bottle wedged discreetly behind the machine with the same hand.


he next year, my cousin planned to go to UC Davis. She wanted to be a veterinarian. Her dad was so excited – he told everyone who would listen that his daughter planned to go to college. She was going to be the first college graduate in our entire family. She had finished high school the previous month, with a diploma and everything. My grandparents took her to Hawaii for two weeks to celebrate. When they came back, she was pregnant and had a tattoo.

Brenda doesn’t know how to take care of a baby. She hates babies.


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he named her baby JosephBrian, spelled just like that, without a hyphen or a space. His daddy was Filipino and he stuck around. Everyone was mad at them for a while during the pregnancy, but he stuck around. Even now, he can always say that – he can always say he stayed. She quit drinking and smoking cold

I guess some people are just destined for failure.

turkey after Hawaii. She didn’t bleach her hair

the entire time she was pregnant, so by the time the baby was born, she had more brown hair than blond. She quit the drugs, too. No one told me, but I’m sure she quit the drugs, too. Her dad said he wanted to be a grandpa as long as he was sober. Once, an empty shot glass in hand, he told me: ‘Brenda doesn’t know how to take care of a baby. She hates babies.’ I didn’t know what to say. ‘She never wanted to go to UC Davis, either. She never applied.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but –’ and he shushed me. He poured a shot and offered it to me. Without waiting for a response, he downed it












and laughed. I went into the kitchen, where my grandma was cooking. She took one look at me and told me to sit down with her. In the dining room, I made a pyramid out of wine glasses. My grandma came in with two bottles: one wine, one sparkling cider. Sticking her tongue out, she took two glasses from the pyramid and poured wine for herself and cider for me. I grabbed the glass; I needed something sweet. I took a giant swig. Grandma said, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with you.’ I said she could give me more cider. She laughed, but the smile quickly dropped from her face. ‘You know you’re the last one. You have to make something of yourself now that Brenda threw her life away.’ I stopped drinking, the glass on my lips.

her father’s mistakes, but I guess some people are just destined for failure,’ she said. ‘And that baby, he hasn’t got a chance in the world.’ With sparkling cider an inch away from my mouth, and my breath fogging up the wine glass, I thought of Brenda. I thought of how fat she got when she was pregnant and how brown her hair was, I thought of the cigarettes she didn’t smoke and the beer she didn’t drink, I thought of her boyfriend who stuck around. I thought about Jeremy Hanson laughing to us that he narrowly escaped parenthood. I thought about the rum in my grandpa’s coffee and the wine in my grandma’s stomach and the sparkling cider in my hand and I couldn’t stop myself from saying: ‘But Grandma, she handled her shit.’ She blinked at me, a scowl forming. ‘Who taught you that?’ she demanded. ‘You

should never say things like that.’

‘You’d think she’d have learned from

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