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Issue 80 17 May 2011
The Newspaper of the Students of De Montfort University
New look for Level 1 Victoria Coffey and Naomi Marcus News Editors
Level One is getting a revamp! The second room of the student venue based in De Montfort Students' Union in the Campus Centre is getting an entirely new look in time for the new academic year. This will become the main room for club nights, sporting a fresh look that Commercial Services Manager at DSU, William Greasley, hopes students will love. He said: " The essence of the plan to refurbish the back room, is to turn this area into the core night club space for DSU. This will create an ideal club event destination, with the existing front room becoming the secondary space and the area used when stage facilities are required for acts and comedy for example. "The plans for this room are very exciting and the implementation will mean that the Students' Union will
become the place to be." The proposed designs include a VIP room, which can be booked for birthday parties, special occasions, meetings, or even a karaoke bar. The current front room will be predominantly for daytime use, such as live sport and hot food, but will be opened at nights if the extra space is required. DMU student Emma Donovan said the plans would bring a welcome change to university nights out, she added: “I’m really excited to see it when it’s finished, I think it’s great that the second room will finally be used properly.” The pictures shown are proposed designs as nothing is finalised yet, but we think you’ll agree they look fantastic, and we can’t wait to see the venue when it is unveiled, ready for our new freshers in September.
News in Brief DMU Switch Off De Montfort University students who live at New Wharf Halls of Residence have won the Student Switch Off Competition. They managed to save the most energy per resident in a competition between New Wharf and Bede Halls. New Wharf residents were rewarded with a party at DSU. The Switch Off campaign has encouraged students not to overfill kettles, switch lights off in empty rooms amongst other energy-saving ideas. Over this academic year energy usage in halls reduced by 6.57% compared to the average of the last few years. Together, DMU students have reduced carbon emissions by 13.57 tonnes which is equivalent to making 785,540 cups of tea or making 151 individual return flights from Manchester to London. In March, the campaign won the Best Energy Saving Idea at the People and Environment Achievement Awards.
Researchers develop flexible smartphone
Proposed designs for Level 1 show a new TV room and a plush seating area
Canadian researchers have created a prototype flexible smartphone complete with all the capabilities of current smartphones. Taking on similar technology to the Amazon Kindle e-book reader, Dr Vertegaal said: “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.” He added: “Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.”
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PlayStation hackers stole users’ personal data Stuart Blythe
Hackers attacked the Sony Playstation 3 which left 77 million Playstation owners worldwide with their personal information stolen and compromised, leading to one of the biggest data thefts of all time. This included name, date of birth, address, email address, PSN (Playstation Network) login password and purchase history. Many users were scared that their credit card details were also stolen but Sony eventually confirmed that credit card information was encrypted unlike the personal details. PSN users were left confused why the PSN service was taken offline on the 20th April and were left in the dark until 7 days later where they finally released a statement to the public informing them of the hack. The delay of letting users know that their personal details were lost led to an angry response from PSN users including from one twitter user geddesmond2 who said: “It wouldn't be as bad if we got an ETA of when it will be back up and running but instead we are greeted with one update on the situation a day all saying it will be back
up soon.” Sony is already facing a law suit from Kristopher Johns from Alabama because they did not take ‘reasonable care to protect, encrypt and secure the private and sensitive data of its users’. This will be the first of many law suits. Prior to the law suit filing Sony responded to claims that they were too slow to respond to the hack and issued a statement and said: “It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach. We then shared that information with our consumers and announced it publicly yesterday evening.” Currently Sony are slowly working on putting the PSN back on online by the beginning of May with new security software which has been implemented to help defend against new attacks, and improved detection software brought in to aid in their identification. They have also promised users a welcome back package which includes a free 30 day subscription to their premium Playstation Plus Service and other free downloads. Sony however will not escape scrutiny for a while after receiving the fourth largest hack in history it will
take a long time to retain the trust of their loyal PSN users. They will have to remain vigilant from telephone and email scams which has led to The Information Commissioner's Office investigating the matter in the UK. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos told the BBC News and said: “The PlayStation Network is a real consumer product. It is in lots of homes all over the world. The impact of this could be much greater than your typical internet hack. Some people will use the same passwords on other sites. “If I was a hacker right now, I would be taking those e-mail addresses and trying those passwords.”
Ominous thumbs: Could this be the hacker? Our sources say no.
Raised tuition fees may damage UK city economies Victoria Coffey News Editor
A report released by think-tank, Centre for Cities, says the increase in university tuition fees could be dangerous for the economies of university towns and cities. The decision to raise fees to a maximum of £9,000 from 2012 may have left students and their parents fearing the worst for their finances but the report warns that university towns and cities should prepare for a decrease in their finances as well. The think-tank said that student spending can account for up to 10 per cent of total economic activity in some of Britain’s cities. Of the country’s cities, the research states that Cambridge, Plymouth, Coventry, Oxford and Dundee are the top five that have the highest proportion of undergraduate spending compared to total output.
Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Authority and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the report warns that: “the main impact of a university on its city economy is through the attraction of students as consumer and through their levels of employment in a city economy.” Centre for Cities analyst, Paul Swinney warned “universities, and the cities they are based in, face some challenging times ahead.” He added: “In this age os austerity, universities have needed to revise their fee structures, but it is important that cities understand that decisions made by universities about fees, students and staff will have implications for local economies. It is likely that places like Oxford and Cambridge will fare better than others. Demand for places is unlikely to slip, so the large contribution that students make to the economies of these cities
through their spending habits is unlikely to change significantly. But other universities are likely to find it more difficult to attract students. And this is likely to have a negative impact, not just on the university itself, but on the wider city economy.” De Montfort is one of the many UK universities that has announced its plans to charge students £9,000 a year. Vice-chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard said of the rise: “The proposed tuition fee level will mean De Montfort can achieve a strong financial future while strengthening our commitment to widening participation, rewarding academic excellence and further boosting employability for our students.” Mr Shellard added that the university had plans in place to help students from poorer backgrounds as well as plans to set aside £20 million over the next three years.
Independent universities must undergo same checks as public institutions Victoria Coffey News Editor
A new report has warned private universities should be subject to the same scrutiny as public universities. The report, by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has said the private university regulatory system must be more “coherent.” In recent weeks, Universities Minister, David Willetts has said that independent universities would be rewarded for offering degree courses at lower prices. He added that students attending a private university would see their loans nearly double, a rise to £6,000 a year in Governmentbacked loans from 2012, the same year the higher fees will be introduced. It is hoped that this move will bring more competition into higher education, but the HEPI report has revealed that there must be a “clear definition of a reputable private provider and an agreed designation of acceptability” in order for independent universities to attract students. The report added that the current regulations for private providers were too scattered to have any real meaning to prospective students. With private institutions expected to rise as international trends influence the UK higher education system, HEPI director, Bahram Bekhradnia said there needed to be one legislation to cover all requirements for both public and private universities. Chief executive of private university, BPP University College, Carl Lygo, said introducing a single legislation would level the playing field. He added: “We welcome a strong, independent regulatory framework that will help to maintain consistent high standards for all students — regardless of the organisation.” In the UK currently, there are five independent institutions with degree courses, including Buckingham University, who offer a large range of degree courses. The report also looked at data from the USA which showed evidence that students attending private institutions were more likely to drop out or be offered low quality courses.
The report warned that there was growing concern of “the existence of some private institutions of questionable legitimacy or very poor quality”, the same concerns that have arisen in the USA over private institutions. General secretary of the University and College Union, Sally Hunt, argued that degrees from private universities would not be of the same quality as a degree from a public institution. She said: “We urgently need tougher regulation of for-profit companies if we are to protect quality and standards in our higher education system. “As events in America have shown the for-profit model is fraught with danger for students and taxpayers alike and it is essential that our government rethinks its decision to embrace it. As [this] report shows, in its study of for-profits in America, publicly-funded education delivered by established providers offers a better quality of education.” Ministers will be considering the regulations for private institutions as, with the increase in fees, there will certainly be more scrutiny placed on the quality of degree courses in the coming years. A spokesman from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “We welcome this detailed report from HEPI. The future regulatory regime for all providers of higher education is a key issue in the forthcoming White Paper, which will lead to a Higher Education Bill in 2012. “The government wants to encourage a diverse and dynamic higher education sector with a range of providers offering high quality and innovative teaching, wider choice and good value for students.”
The report warns private universities may not offer the quality of education that public institutions do
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Graduates: Persevere in job search Victoria Coffey News Editor
As UK graduates prepare to enter the world of work, the level of UK unemployment remains below prerecession levels. The jobless rate, currently sitting at 7.8 per cent, a total of 2.48 million people, has fallen by 0.1 per cent when compared with the last quarter. However, experts have warned that the figure is likely to rise again. Chief UK economist at IHS Global Insight, Howard Archer, said: “We suspect that likely below-trend growth will mean that the private sector will be unable to fully compensate for the increasing job losses in the public sector that will result from the fiscal squeeze that is now really kicking in. We believe that private sector companies will become increasingly careful in their employment plans in the face of a struggling economy and elevated input costs.” With a forecast of unemployment figures continuing to rise to 2.67 million by the end of 2011, and continuing to a peak of 2.75 million mid 2012, the chances of employment may look bleak for UK graduates. Recent figures have predicted that graduate employment should increase by 9.4 per cent this year, but the level of graduate unemployment still remains high. Deputy chair of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies, Uzair Bawany, said the levels of graduate employment could cause serious problems for employers in the future: “Many of us in the IT, engineering and finance sectors are
experiencing skills shortages already. With a further skills gap at the current graduate level, our jobs could become extremely difficult over the next ten years. This is why we need to play a part in attempting to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.” It seems that gaining an ever expensive university degree is just not enough anymore, the current fragile jobs market calls for more. Mr Bawany says that the best option for companies would be to introduce “specific pre-graduate internships which are prerequisites for employment”, forcing students to consider their career choices earlier in their academic career, as well as considering the companies they want to work for. There are however some graduates who have struggled to find success with internships. Adam Osborne, a former mechanical engineering student at Queen’s University, has been struggling to find work since
graduating last year: “I have applied for about 20 or so engineering jobs and each one of them came back with the same response, ‘we are looking for someone with more experience’. The only experience they are interested in is years of working in an engineering carer, which I can’t get if they won’t give me a job. The solution is an unpaid placement in a company, for which the government has set up the Graduate Acceleration Programme (GAP). It sounds perfect, but in order to get onto the GAP and get a placement, you must sign on to, and receive job seekers allowance for a minimum of 13 weeks. I posed a simple question to the GAP team: ‘Why?’, to which they replied, ‘we don’t know’. It’s not a very helpful process.” While internships may prove more beneficial to some, the programme remains a struggle for other graduates to get involved in. Another option that it seems that many graduates
A familiar sight for many graduates
are overlooking, is the prospect of work experience at small businesses, concerning their aspirations only with the bigger names in business. While work experience at a well-known company may provide a small boost for a graduate’s CV, participating at a small business may prove to offer more benefits. Working at a smaller business can mean more opportunities for graduates as employers offer more responsibilities. Al Brown, founder and co-director of Champions Life Academy, a company with just nine employees, told the Guardian: “We are often pleasantly surprised at the degree of responsibility many of our interns can take on. A small business, even if stretched, can get a lot from interns and vice versa.” Another option for struggling graduates may be to look further afield. There may be geographical opportunities that have not presented themselves previously. In the current UK financial climate, it may be useful for graduates to consider workplaces outside their proximity. The overall figures relating to graduate unemployment may appear grim but perseverance may prove vital to graduates straining for a first step into their chosen career. Times may be hard for UK graduates, with more students beginning to worry over their post-graduation plans, if there is a lesson to be learned in this bleak economic climate, current students should consider their future employment plans sooner, rather than later.
Portugal granted £70bn bailout request Victoria Coffey News Editor
Jumping on the bail-out bandwagon, Portugal has become the third country in the Eurozone, following Greece and Ireland, to accept emergency aid from the European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The debt laden country has received confirmation that their €78bn (£70bn) rescue request will be distributed quarterly over a three-year period, the cost to the UK will be £4.4 billion, an estimated £180 per household. The bailout will allow Portugal more time to reach its target to reduce the country’s deficit, to 5.9 per cent of GDP this year from 4.6 per cent, 4.5 per cent in 2012, and 3 per cent in 2013.
While caretaker Prime Minister, José Sócrates and his government, have secured guarantees to ensure public sector wages and the retirement age will be protected, economic analysts believe other measures of the agreement will only hamper financial growth in Portugal. Chief European economist at Capital Economics told the Telegraph: “Against this background, while the confirmation of the bailout should provide some reassurance that Portugal will be able to meet its upcoming bond redemptions, it won’t put an end to speculation that — alone with Greece and perhaps others — it will sooner or later need to undertake some form of debt restructuring.” Portugal’s finance minister,
Fernando Teixeira dos Santos warned the country’s economy would move fall into a recession in 2011 and 2012 under the terms of the rescue deal, with austerity measures includng raising the sales tax on some items, cutting pensions over €1,500, and introducing public spending cuts, a move that has prompted protests across the country. He admitted the measures were “tough” but “necessary and fair”, he added: “These are major structural reforms that are aimed at fostering competitiveness.” While the UK will offer a total of £4.4 billion, the money given is said to be a loan with associated interest, however the interest level has not yet been set. This repayment level will be set at a meeting of EU finance ministers on
May 16. There is a growing concern however, that this loan will not be repaid. Daniel Hannah, Conservative MEP for South East England said: “That’s what we were told about Greece, which is now openly negotiating a default. In Portugal, as in Greece, debt is growing faster than GDP, making a default more or less inevitable.” As Britain’s financial market remains fragile, the Portugal bailout is of great interest. Clacton MP, Douglas Carswell said the move was “outrageous”, he added: “It is going to put Portugal further into debt. We should not be doing this. We are having to cut back public services in Britain. We are being forced to live within our means to subsidise a country that has failed to live within its means.”
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Events 1 May 1707 - Great Britain was formed from a union between England and Scotland. The union included Wales which had already been part of England since the 1500's. 4 May 1494 - Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica. 12 May 1937 - George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. King George reigned until his death in 1952. He was succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth, the current reigning monarch. 20 May 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She departed Newfoundland, Canada, at 7 p.m. and landed near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, completing a 2,026mile flight in about 13 hours. Five years later, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, she disappeared while trying to fly her twin-engine plane around the equator. 26 May 1878 - Interpretive dancer Isadora Duncan (18781927) was born in San Francisco. She revolutionized the entire concept of dance by developing a free-form style and rebelled against tradition, performing barefoot in a loose fitting tunic. She experienced worldwide acclaim as well as personal tragedy. Her two children drowned, her marriage failed, and she met a bizarre death in 1927 when a scarf she was wearing caught in the wheel of the open car in which she was riding, strangling her. 31 May 1991 - Minnie Munro, 102, weds a man young enough to be her son. Dudley Reid, 83, married Minnie in Australia, making them the oldest couple to legally get married.
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A bright future for DMU? Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard shares his vision with The Demon Brett Leppard Politics Editor
Let’s not beat around the bush, the future of higher education, or education in general for that matter, looks worrying. Last month, De Montfort University announced its intention to charge £9000 in tuition fees for the next academic year, joining an ever growing list of universities. It would seem, however, that all is not lost; to offset the crippling high fees a “generous” £20 million scholarship and bursary package has been put together. But why charge so much? Whether we like it or not there’s a correlation between charge and people’s perception of quality. We’re quite ambitious as an institution, we want to move well beyond this notion that we’re a post-92 university. It was a reflection of our ambition.” The Vice-Chancellor revealed that due to the government spending cuts it will cost “£8,350 per student to educate them”, he went on to say that there have been cuts to the capital grant, essential for “new facilities and for renovation and upkeep of our buildings”. Rumours had spread around the university campus that a figure of £8,500 would be proposed, although it would seem that the difference between the two “is in the noise”. While many universities have proposed to charge £9000, the government has been quick to announce that it would be up to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) as to
Bursary blunder Earlier this year the decision was taken to increase the attainment threshold required for students to qualify for the £1000 and £2000 scholarship scheme, from 60% to 65%. A decision which triggered some backlash from students along with subsequent lobbying from the Students’ Union, The Demon can reveal that the bursary package at the time was costing £8 million. The main source of anger from students has been because the change in policy has taken place mid-year, after some assignments had already been submitted for marking. In the interview, the Vice-Chancellor explained that
what universities charge, something which the Vice-Chancellor referred to as “tub thumping.” There is some speculation as to what might happen if the majority of universities charge £9000, supposedly £9000 was supposed to be the exception and not the rule to the fee hike. The government can either cut
Better than Oxford and Cambridge? A key question which is being asked of many universities is how can they charge the same amount for a course when one of, arguably, greater quality and worth is being offered by the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. The Vice-Chancellor seemed very passionate about casting off the supposed shackles of public perception and of being a post-92 university, “I’m in a good position to do that because I got two degrees from Oxford.” He went on to list numerous pioneering projects at De Montfort University, such as the artificial pancreas, affirming that “in every faculty we’ve got universities’ grants again or cut the number of students that can be recruited, “either possibilities are very unpalatable for universities.” Speaking about the support package the Vice-Chancellor mentioned that De Montfort University would be using “up to as a component of the “cost controls” taking place across the university, the decision was taken to reduce costs while being in line with the university’s new mission of “quality and distinctiveness”. “To be paying people who might decrease in terms of achievement, was not the academic signal I wanted to give out.” A compromise has been struck with the Students' Union, a transition fund has been set up which aids students who do not achieve 65% this year, which is at the discretion of the Students' Union. “The students themselves are in the best position to judge who they felt needed the money.”
31%” of its additional income to fund the package, significantly higher than the recommendation by the OFFA. “We’ve got to balance between financial sustainability and driving up our quality. I’m confident we’ve got the right balance.” What was also revealed was the introduction of a graduate
tough decision” Marketisation of Higher Education a part of the university’s One possible result of the tuition fee increase “fierce cost and subsequent diversity of tuition fees between control.” universities is the more likely creation of a market While the Vice-Chancellor within the higher education system. An outcome pointed out the could be that some universities drop unpopular courses, or those which it does not perform so well savings being in, leading to the creation of specialised institutions. made he was evidence of world class research.” keen to indicate Professor Shellard gave a reassuring response, “I don’t Half the battle is public perception that in order to see any areas we are really bad at. Higher education of the university, the other half is retain quality goes in ebbs and flows,” although he did admit the staff and students affirming at De Montfort “nothing is invulnerable, the downside to the tuition that De Montfort University is a University fee regime is that we are much more exposed to good university. “League tables tell there will also market forces.” you one story, and we’re moving be investment, up the league tables, I want us he did admit that he’s “got to be “it can’t just to have a series of projects where conscious of what is going to attract be a policy of cut, cut, cut.” The people at the university feel proud a student in 2012”. It has been university is currently set to begin that our English department is disclosed that the funding for the construction on a new £8 million rated as highly as Cambridge’s.” sports centre next year. There has been sports centre has come from the He described the university as sale of three pieces of land, “we’re some debate amongst students as to “a campus of best kept secrets, not raiding money that we could whether the money would be better and that’s just got to change. If be using.” Currently, De Montfort spent elsewhere, when I put this to people want to use a date they can University has no sports fields of the Vice-Chancellor he spoke of a use 1870 when the School of Art “new student was founded.” While listing the covenant” achievements of the university, which will he was quick to acknowledge that Arts and Humanities - merging? demonstrate he had not become complacent a quantifiable citing the need for investment and Some of the most worrying news circulating the experience as improvement in some areas. campus of late is that the Art and Design, and a result of the Humanities faculties are to be merged together. The rise in tuition Vice-Chancellor confirmed this and blamed the fees. Speaking government stating “the funding for art and design, internship scheme in 2012, offering about humanities and social sciences has been withdrawn 400 internships at De Montfort continuing from the government completely.” Combining both University, the Vice-Chancellor went to invest in faculties allows for a “critical mass”, allowing for on to cite that the university would be the campus, “more collaboration”. He went on to say that “there working with a FTSE- 100 company Professor won’t be any damage to the student experience.” allowing for “seamless passage from Shellard our university directly into their spoke of company." pedestrianising The past months have been riddled Mill Lane, which to speak, the Vice-Chancellor with student protests and calls from turning it into a “green area”, and put forward the case that the universities to the government to fix in the longer term constructing a university needs a flagship sporting the funding hole, it has amounted new building for Art and Design centre. (at least superficially) to almost a tug provision. The one thing that can be taken of war between the government and Referring to the increased away from this interview is that universities. The Vice-Chancellor feels marketisation of higher education, while the current funding crisis is that “we’re very unnerving, our Vice-Chancellor, in a bit of a Vice-Chancellor’s pay Dominic Shellard, appears to have phoney war... some very good ideas about how De we’ve got a Another hot topic has been around the amount Montfort University can come out responsibility Vice-Chancellors are paid, when questioned over the other side of this fiasco smelling to play whether or not he thought Vice-Chancellors are paid almost of roses. our part in too much, Professor Shellard disclosed that he earns Yes, there are some tough decisions reducing the £190,000, down from the previous Vice-Chancellor’s to be made, but, a pragmatic stance deficit.” It salary of £217,000. He described his salary as “very must be taken regardless of what we was revealed generous” and as being “in the bottom 20%”, ideally want. that under going on to show support towards Will Hutton’s The future of De Montfort a voluntary proposal to make 10% of Vice-Chancellors’ salaries University looks bright, but it will severance performance based. “I like to think I work hard for only be bright if staff and students scheme the money, but I think it’s for my staff and students believe it can be, and work hard roughly 150 to judge." towards making it so. staff will be leaving, “a
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Leicester turns red as Labour lambasts opponents in elections Brett Leppard Politics Editor
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, some of you might have noticed a series of elections taking place in Leicester. A grand total of four elections were held in Leicester on 5th May: a referendum on the Alternative
Left: Ed Miliband; Right: Jon Ashworth - Labour Party leader Ed Miliband joins Leicester South candidate for a spot of canvassing.
Voting system, local council elections, a by-election in the Leicester South constituency, and last but by no means least the Leicester Mayoral election. On 5th May 52 councillors, 1 MP, and Leicester’s first elected mayor were all chosen from the Labour Party to govern Leicester, leaving the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats with only one councillor each. To give an idea of the colossal gains made by the Labour Party, the previous 2007 council election results were as follows: Labour 38, Conservatives 8, Liberal Democrats 6, Greens 2. The results in Leicester are representative of what happened across the UK, with the exception of Scotland where everyone except the SNP were decimated. What we have witnessed has been a great deal of anger and protest towards the Liberal Democrats’ role in the coalition government, with former Lib Dem voters turning to Labour giving them a massive boost. This has been most evident in (former) Lib Dem heartlands such as Sheffield, home of Nick Clegg’s constituency of Sheffield Hallam. Indeed, in Leicester
Lib Dem mayoral candidate and long time councillor, Gary Hunt, was unseated in the election, greatly emphasising the extent of the losses the Lib Dems have suffered. As for the Leicester South by-election, the prize went to Labour’s Jon Ashworth with a staggering 58% of the vote, compared to the Lib Dem’s Zuffar Haq who came second receiving 23% of the vote from a turnout of 44%. Over the campaign period Ashworth had much support from the members of the Labour Party, with the likes of Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband visiting Leicester South, most notably De Montfort University. A key focus of the Labour campaign was the focus on Nick Clegg’s speech at De Montfort University, which he gave little over a year ago pledging to scrap tuition fees. Both Ashworth and Balls both gave speeches under what is known as the ‘Clegg tree’, or as Labour have dubbed it: the site of Nick Clegg’s great betrayal, located just outside of the Hugh Aston building. The day after Ashworth was selected to be Labour’s PPC I interviewed him
asking what he would do if he were elected, one area he mentioned was unemployment, stating: "we have a very high unemployment rate in Leicester South. I want to work with the mayor, the city council and the universities to try and get jobs and investment into this area."
We're AV'ing none of that
Centre: Newly elected Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby with his cabinet
To add to list of problems that currently face the Lib Dems, not only were they decimated in the local, mayoral and constituency elections, they were resoundingly defeated in the referendum on whether or not to adopt the Alternative Voting system. In Leicester with turnout of 40.95%, 57.15% voted 'No', while 42.85% voted 'Yes'.
The most powerful man in Leicester? OK, so Sir Peter Soulsby did not
win a Mr Leicester prize, but he probably should. Having probably occupied every conceivable elected position in Leicester, on 5th May he won the election to become Leicester's first elected mayor, becoming the most powerful directly-elected politician in Britain after London mayor Boris Johnson. The former MP for Leicester South managed to win 55% of the vote, with the Conservative candidate Ross Grant trailing behind with only 11%. It was indeed a very good day for Labour, and hopefully for Leicester.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls speaks to The Demon You keep on stating your opposition to the coalition’s increase in tuition fees, does that mean that you will now pledge to reduce tuition fees if you are elected? “I went to university in the ‘80s, I went for free, my sister left school at 16 and she paid tax all the way through. I think it was fair for us to say, when we were expanding higher education so much, 25% rise in the funding, a third of a million more students. I think it was fair to say that a contribution from students is OK, so long as it is done in a fair way, after you’ve graduated, and in a way that doesn’t stop young people going to university. I think what they’ve done is much too far and too fast, it’s going to stop people going to university and I would rather that they were looking at the graduate tax idea. We are three or four years from an election, it is very hard for me in a responsible way, to come along and say: ‘I can make promises now before I know what is going to happen in three or four years to the public finances, but also to tuition fees.’ I think what we should be doing
is joining you now and saying to the coalition: ‘you don’t have to go ahead with this; you don’t have to undermine our education’. I think we should win the argument now. We’ll make our decisions when we see the detail a bit further on, but have no doubt that unlike Nick Clegg who now has a reputation for making pledges and breaking them, we’ll keep our promises. We’ll do things in a proper way, we want to stop our higher education being undermined in this way.” But, how do we know that would be true? You introduced tuition fees after saying you wouldn’t. I refuse to make a promise to you that I can’t keep. I want to see the details before we make a decision about what we can do. What I can say to you is that what they have done is profoundly unfair, deeply short-sighted, will cost our country dearly, and we will do what it takes to stop them doing it. In the end you’ve got to make the decision as to whether or not you trust us, but, I didn’t say: ‘stop the VAT bombshell’.
During 2008 Labour argued that it was possible to grow our way out of recession, without the need for spending cuts. This was dropped in favour of an, arguably, neoliberal economic policy to cut public spending. There has yet to be a credible economic argument for public spending cuts. “The three elements are spending, tax and growth and jobs. The big mistake the coalition is making is underestimating how important the growth and jobs argument is.” Are the Labour Party not merely arguing over semantics with the coalition regarding, how far, how fast, what and when to cut? “It’s not just semantics. If they this wrong and they go too far and too fast, if they try and get rid of the deficit in one parliament that could be disastrous, that could have longterm damage. I was at university in the early mid1980s, what happened to youth unemployment scarred our country for a whole generation. Thatcher came in ‘79/’80, there was a revolution in the Middle-East
deposing the Shah, the world oil price went up, she said: ‘I’ve got to get the deficit down’, and she put up VAT, inflation went up. The result Jack Siddons was the deepest Left: Jon Ashworth; Right: Ed Balls - Labour Party recession since Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls visits De Montfort the Second University to begin Jon Ashworth's election World War and campaign for Leicester South. unemployment went up for it’s quite important that we actually young people for five years, and we deliver for people and get into power. lost three million manufacturing jobs. You’ve got to be credible and trusted.” Most people would say: ‘actually that’s pretty catastrophic’, there would have So your argument is it’s more been a better way to get inflation and important to be elected than to have the deficit down. I don’t think we are the correct argument? credible if we say there are no places we can make savings on spending.” “No, my argument is that the public are actually rather more smart What I would like to see is a and discerning than you give them move back to the Labour Party that credit for. Actually they know people disappeared during Thatcher. who are not making the sums add up, and we’ve got to be credible and clear, “It’s also important to remember but that doesn’t mean we can’t set a that Labour...kept losing elections and very clear alternative.”
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Is the royal wedding Cameron's 'Falklands' moment? action amongst the front benches of the cabinet, they do form part of the vocal groundswell of popular reaction and worry at the course the government is taking. Yet here in lies the issue. Cameron’s wielding of the Conservative PR sword is impressive; his commitment to public sector job losses and cuts is popular with the majority of British voters. He extols the British stiff upper lip and an allied ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ tradition sublimely, and his insistence that the country needs to swallow his austerity medicine quickly if it is ever to recover from the previous Government’s financial wreckage, rings a certain bell with the majority of voters and commentators. In the way Thatcher captured the nation’s imagination after the Falklands war, Cameron is successfully making it “feel good to be British”, with the country apparently willing to accept the long held traditions of power held by a small elite, which have been further emphasised by the royal wedding. Kate and Will’s marriage, a procession that has been a
metaphorical ray of sunshine breaking through the austerity storm cloud, it has not marred the interest of the general public. Although middle-class Middleton has roots that can be traced back to the coal mines of Durham, which can only be a step forward, we are still subdued by an event that has the tyrannical King of Swaziland and the Bahraini Crown Prince (both accused of “grievous human rights abuses”) on its guest list. The wedding has been a breath of fresh air to the recently troubled and unpopular David Cameron and previous Bullingdon club colleagues George Osborne and Boris Johnson, all probably looked forward to the
recent 5th May election and the latter’s mayoral election campaign. You only have to scratch beneath the media contorted surface and the gloomy figures become a reality. In the next few years it is estimated that 200,000 more children will be in relative poverty, 36,000 less students will be in university, and thousands more young people will be out of work. The wedding could become the placebo that voters took in 1983 that allowed Thatcher another 4 years of government. Cameron and his government can’t be given the same opportunity, unless people want Cameron’s Thatcherite legacy to continue.
objective morality, we cannot fully condemn Among the many fascinating such atrocities that are lectures that took place during committed by people Cultural Exchange week, was a who genuinely believe debate titled “Does God Exist?” what they are doing On the side of Islam was the glorifies God. Muslim International Public If we did not have Speaker and Researcher Hamza God as an objective Tortzis and on the side of Atheism, base, who in their was the Philosopher and editor of right mind would see the Philosophy magazine “Think“, a baby and decide he and senior lecturer at Heythrop needs circumcising? If College in the University of London Jack Siddons we did not have God Left: Hamza Tortzis; Right: Dr Stephen Law Dr Stephan Law. as an objective base, A great downside to the event was spoke. Needless to say, as an Atheist, where would suicide bombing fit that the makeup of the audience this was deeply irritating. into our world view? Why would we was not representative of society, but One of his points that I took issue shoot abortion doctors? Who would rather of Islam. This, understandably, with and that I'd like to argue here, condemn another human for falling is problematic in a debate which is was the subject of objective morality. in love with someone of the same sex? disputing the religion of the majority It is widely used by the religious God as an objective base for morality, of the audience; it has the effect of community. Tortzis claimed that one is a rather dubious base. making one view seem far more can only have a sense of objective The reliance on a God for the popular than another. morality through God. I find that basis of objective morality, is actually I do not want to review the debate claim to be ludicrous. subjective because one cannot prove, in too much detail, except to say that Tortzis said: “My point was that if nor come anywhere close to proving from mine, and everyone else's point we take social pressure as a foundation the existence of God, and so one of view, Tortzis won. Dr Law was a for objective morality then we cannot cannot prove, nor come close to terrible public speaker and did not proving the existence of objective fully condemn such atrocities which pick up on any of the extremely weak were the result of social pressure.” morality. I have just as much evidence points that Tortzis raised to thunders It is a misleading statement, because to say that my God is a man with of 195 claps and cheers every time he if we take religion as a foundation for three heads and talks to me when I
am asleep, and has told me that it is morally acceptable to kill all men with ginger hair. If we are to take the theist argument, then this three headed God who annoys me in my sleep, is my new basis for objective morality. You can be as absurd as you wish, and claim that particular absurdity provides you with a foundation of objective morality, without offering any proof into the existence of the very thing that apparently gave you the morals in the first place. Moral objectivism is contradictory, because it updates itself when new evidence is presented to the contrary. So it is subjective by nature. Maybe moral conservatism is a better term. If we are to follow the “objective morality” of the Old Testament, we must surely be arguing the case for slavery? Have the moral objectivists succumbed to what they accuse us Atheists of living by, i.e.; “social pressure”? Was the “objective morality” of the Old Testament simply “objective morality” within the context of the time period? In which case, it isn’t objective at all. If we are to accept that the foundations of objective morality come from God, then why worry
about anything that He has created? Humans living in parts of the world that are largely uninhabitable, just ignore it? The fact that we have natural disasters that aren’t in anyway the fault of humanity, it’s all part of God’s plan? Why care? Do we have to care for the sake of reward in an afterlife, or fear of punishment? Is that moral? If my boss is saying to me “you either come to work, or you stay at home, but if you stay at home I will sack you”…then morality suddenly has a context factor introduced, which means that a decision does not rest on human morality; i.e – I am going to work, because if I don’t, I will be punished. That is not moral. But it is a great way to control people. There are actually no amoral primate social groups anywhere in the world. Even baboons have codes of conduct. The biologist Edward Wilson describes instances where chimps jump into water to save drowning mates. He suggests this is a primitive version of morality. Morality has evolved alongside humanity, The abstraction of “God” is a product of that evolution. “If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities” — Voltaire.
It was in the aftermath of the successful Falklands war that Thatcher won the 1983 General Election, blowing the Labour party and SDP/Liberal Party out of the electoral water on a wave of patriotic fervour. This single conflict seemingly made Britons forget about the early Thatcher years, when in 1980 her job approval rating was a woeful 23 percent. The parallels between the Iron Lady’s premiership and Cameron’s are numerous; you only have to delve lightly into the list of policies they introduced at the start of their respective terms, and it is not long before you find similarities. She was the first Oxford-educated post-war prime minister not to be awarded an honorary doctorate by her old alma mater, following much student and staff backed protest and petition after her steep cuts in higher education spending. Factoring in the present day, according to the Times Higher Education online website, Cameron’s cuts could be up to “twice as
severe” as his much-admired female predecessor, a worrying sign and one that looms ever more sinisterly as Cambridge University admits that the tuition fee rise will deter state school pupils. Fiscally, Thatcher’s and Cameron’s approaches are very similar. Then, as now, there were threats to, and subsequent losses of, public sector jobs. The dogmatic Conservative belief in privatisation was increasingly challenged by a mass of angry and emotional protesters that made up the ‘usual suspects’ from the left-inclined side of society. Are there signs that the tide of general public opinion is shifting against the government, as it did when the infamous poll tax tried and failed to squeeze its way into law? The issue of student fees recently brought religious figures into the political arena; last year the then Bishop of Lincoln (John Saxbee) espoused a faith-driven argument against the rise in tuition fees, and the Bishop of Grantham has made a plea for the government to do more to eradicate child poverty. Although these figures may not stir up much
Left: Cameron; Right: Thatcher - Two of a kind?
Atheism vs. Islam - Agree to disagree? Jamie Smith
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Liam Burns elected as NUS President An insight into this year's NUS annual conference Kristina Cook
On the 12th-14th April, 650 students arrived in Gateshead, Newcastle to attend the National Union of Students Annual Conference, delegates from universities and institutions turned out to elect the new President and Vice Presidents for the NUS, along with passing very important policies on what the NUS should be looking at working on in the coming year. As a first year Media Production student, and communications officer, I was elected to go to the conference on behalf of the students at De Montfort. Not being particularly politically minded but open to the prospects of the conference, and having been on the March in London against tuition fees, I was intrigued to find out what was to come. Arriving at the huge glass, caterpillar like building that is the Sage in Gateshead, I was greeted by a pleasant man who told me where to go to register and leave my bags
President elect, Liam Burns speaks at the NUS conference
to collect at the end of the day. Once registered I then had a nice grey bag filled with the policy, manifesto, reports and order paper documents, a bottle of water, and a small bag of jelly beans (obviously to keep us going). The first session of the conference started quickly, and despite confusion at first, the chairing by Ben Whittaker, current Vice President Welfare made things a lot more
A message from the politics editor As this is the last issue of The Demon for the academic year, I'd just like to take the chance to say thank you to all of the contributors to the Politics Section. This section (and the paper) would be nothing without the people who take the time to sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard to be more apt). I'd especially like to say thanks to Sean Moore and Jamie Smith for their consistently good, thought provoking contributions, and the Politics Society for organising so many political events here at DMU. I would also like thank Jack Siddons who has provided fantastic photographic coverage of many political events and interviews. Enjoy the Summer!
bearable, despite being a very long session. After the first session of meetings and greetings from staff, and general health and safety, it was onto the first business to find that Durham University was now re-affiliated with the NUS, and to hear the reports from all the different zones within the NUS. All reports were approved and some important campaigns had been started and continued by the current
members of staff in each zone. Despite fringe meetings being on and the presidential hustings, as a first time delegate and after such a long day retiring to the hotel was my first choice, however, for any future conferences I think the fringe events on hot topics of the student movement would definitely be worth going to. Although quite tedious at times, eyes and ears had to be kept peeled in order to make sure that votes were cast correctly for policies which we thought best reflected the needs and opinions of the majority of our students. From a running total that I took note of in the back of my proposals document, the total number of policies passed came to 57. 11 policies fell and 26 were passed onto the National Executive Council (NEC). There were so many policies to look at in all the different zones, in some areas such as the Further and Higher Education zones, the guillotine in terms how much time we had to spend on this zone fell before all were
completed, in all zones where policies were not looked at, a procedural motion was passed for the NEC to look at them individually and decide as a governing body rather than conference. After three rounds of voting, the election resulted in the new NUS president elect being Liam Burns, most likely due to Liam appealing to extremists on the one side but slightly more centred on the other. Those also elected included Toni Pearce (VP Further Education), Usman Ali was re-elected as VP Higher Education, Ed Marsh was also reelected as VP Union Development, Dannie Grufferty (VP Society and Citizenship) and Pete Mercer for VP Welfare. I thought all the candidates worked really hard and I wish them luck for next year, and as for next year’s conference, if I were to go again, I will sleep all day the day before, and take plenty of food and supplies, as it is very long, but necessary, and you learn a lot!
A moment with Emma McClarkin Brett Leppard Politics Editor
On 16th January 2011 Roger Helmer MEP tweeted: "Why is it OK for a surgeon to perform a sex-change operation, but not OK for a psychiatrist to try to "turn" a consenting homosexual?" Given your former position as Political Advisor to Roger Helmer MEP, what are thoughts regarding his statement? Does this show that the Conservative Party has still yet to expel the homophobic tendencies within the party? "David Cameron has advanced the equality agenda a long way since becoming leader of the party. If you want to see where the Conservative Party stands in relation to these issues you only need to read the equalities manifesto that it produced at the last election. My colleague Roger Helmer does not set equalities policy for the party nor does he claim to speak for it on the matter. You'll notice that his tweet was a question rather than a statement but I can see why some people took offence and I felt his comments were unnecessary." In the Q&A you mentioned that you thought multiculturalism has
failed. Do you not think that it was insensitive of David Cameron to not be aware of the events taking place on the day of his speech (the EDL protest), as well as the subtext of his location (Munich, previous Merkel comments on multiculturalism) and the singling out of Islam regarding extremism and national security/ terrorism? Do you not feel worried when the speech given by David Cameron is supported by both the BNP and the EDL? "Regarding David Cameron's speech on multiculturalism, I actually feel that the timing of his speech was correct. The last government categorically failed to promote good race relations in this country and the result we have seen has been the very worrying rise of the BNP (including the election of two MEPs) and the very disturbing EDL march. We need our mainstream leaders to tackle the race relations and immigration issues that our country faces in an open and honest way, otherwise we will continue to see extremists from the far-left and farright filling the vacuum." Should the UK be given a
Picture: Jack Siddons
Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin
referendum on whether or not we should be in the EU? If we elect representatives to represent and lead us, should we not let them do so? "I think we should continue to have a debate about the benefits and costs of UK membership of the EU. You are right that we elect people to make decisions on our behalf but if those politicians are planning to hand over significant swathes of powers and competences - as was the case with the Lisbon Treaty - they should directly seek the approval of the people first. It was shameful that Labour denied the British people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and I am confident that the coalition's EU Bill will ensure that such a betrayal of trust can never happen again."
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Features Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have? Rebecca Collins
Reading magazines nowadays, there are numerous girls who happily sell their stories of how they slept with someone else’s husband, trying to plead innocence whilst posing in their underwear. But in real life, when the ‘love rat’ isn’t a premiership footballer, the girl he cheated with usually isn’t a wannabe glamour model. I always wonder how many people have been cheated on and out of those, how many forgive their other half and take out all their anger on the outside party. You may brand her a tart or worse, which is fair enough to do so as you try to deal with the betrayal, however these ‘home wreckers’ who go with people in relationships can be as trapped as you are in the situation. I’d like to tell you my story, about finding a guy who, to the day, hasn’t got bored of me or my annoying ways, but is in a long term relationship with another girl. I’ve always thought of myself as an honest girl, honourable perhaps. I’d never cheat, even though I’ve never been in the situation for me to
completely support that. So how can I, repeatedly, do it to another girl? I never intend to, my moral conscience always has me telling him, ‘you’ve got a girlfriend’ but when you’re a single, vulnerable girl and a charming, affectionate boy tells you all the things you want to hear, you start to tell yourself, I’m not the one in the wrong. Sound pathetic? It may be. Some will read this and just think of me as a weak, pitiable, little girl. And they may be right. Others may have been in the same position, feeling trapped between head and heart, between right and wrong. It’s been a year now. A tall, handsome stranger walks into the pub I was working in and starts asking me to go for a drink. I told him where to go, not even finding him attractive at first, telling him my imaginary boyfriend wouldn’t approve, but he persisted and eventually we did. Unexpectedly, we got on well and I found myself in smitten mode again, checking my phone, smiling and singing to myself. He told me he’d never really had a girlfriend, so I felt a connection, I was also a 19 year old singleton with a lack of any
substantial relationship. No more than a week after meeting, I then I get told, ‘I’m so sorry; I’ve just got back with my girlfriend’. How could he lie to me? Looking back, he lied from the start, so what made me think all that he ever said from then on wasn’t a lie as well? After I’d found out, I never once thought I’d continue to speak to him, I told myself he was another one for the scrap heap and to always double check when boys say they have no girlfriend. But these boys can be so manipulative, they know exactly the right thing to say to make you go weak at the knees and have you in the palm of his hand. No matter how much your conscience is telling you you’re a stupid cow for believing anything he says, when you’re feeling low, your heart starts to overrule, believing that he may be telling the truth. So many promises, he told me I was his best friend; he told me he loved me. I latched on to the best friend idea as I could do that, I’m always the friend. But I couldn’t believe he loved me because I didn’t want to believe it, I didn’t understand how someone could love two people. But somehow,
I don’t like to admit, I think I did love him even though I wasn’t sure ‘what love is’. It may not have been ‘in love’ love, but the way I would speak to him, and how often we did, how at times I just wanted to hear his voice or wanted him to be there to comfort me, I felt like he was my boyfriend. Then I remembered her. I constantly told him; you can’t do this to her, you can’t do this to me. And he agreed. Although that’s what made it worse, he agreed. He knew he was doing wrong, but continued to do so. Holding on to the idea that we were ‘best friends’ wasn’t helpful as I wanted him to do things best friends do, which I told him included not flirting, but he couldn’t see me as just a friend, I was out of his reach, the thrill that males seem to thrive on. For some reason, I still like to think that one day he may actually do something for me, keep his promises perhaps, do things that friends do. Except he’d only ever want to see me when he’s away from home, he agrees with me that he doesn’t know what to do with his life but doesn’t actually do anything about it and he tells me he
loves me but never actually shows it. And then he tells me he knows I feel like I’m being taken for a ride. He’s so scared of being caught, that seems to be more important than my feelings. But I wonder what would happen if she ever found out about me? He’d tell her ‘she meant nothing to me’, which means he’d be lying to one of us, and I’d be left feeling so so used. He loves her but wants me. He’s not happy but has been with her so long, it’s become routine or perhaps, doesn’t want to leave her in fear of being alone. Not once did I ever tell him to leave her for me, as I wasn’t sure we could even ever be together, but he told me he would. As a friend, I always advised him to leave her because of how unhappy he sounded. But it can’t look like that when you know that as soon as he’s single, talking to him won’t be wrong anymore and he wouldn’t be forbidden anymore, there would be the possibility of something happening for us. Even if it’s just for one day, that one day wouldn’t be wrong. All I’ve ever wanted from him was to not feel like I’m a dirty little secret but, I think, that’s all I’ll ever be.
Is Twitter the new Facebook? Shaun Wheatcroft
A few years ago the craze that is ‘Facebook’ had ‘Twitter’ in its back pocket, but are times changing? Does Twitter now have the edge in this social-networking war? You don’t have to know the name of the blue twitter bird in the company logo to see why Twitter has become so popular over the last five years since its launch in 2006. With more than 200 million users sharing over 100 million messages or ‘tweets’ a day, many have been affected by ‘tweetaholism’. Twitter was largely involved in the recent resignation of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, with many protestors and anti-government groups choosing to use the micro-blogging site in order to arouse support for the former president to step down. But in 2008 Egyptian youths used Facebook rather than Twitter when organising a rally of support for striking textile workers. Why has the tide now changed to Twitter rather than Facebook? In mass-media reports e.g. those of the Middle East crisis, and in broadcasting in general Twitter is becoming much more of trend. In fact every day it does just that in publishing ‘trends’ in the UK and
USA. These are hash tags at the end of ‘tweets’ which may define a topic or add humour e.g. #BlueMonday. Twitter doesn’t give away as much personal information as Facebook of course, many protests and other anti-government rallies organised via Facebook have resulted in the culprits being located or demonstrations intervened. Twitter on the other hand is much more undercover, more than 60% of its users use English. Therefore ‘tweeters’ that are not using English are very much cloak and dagger. It even has its own language, though not literally; the site does offer many words that the average non-tweeterer wouldn’t understand. A ‘Twoosh’ for instance is a ‘tweet’ containing the maximum 140 characters allowed. Expressing yourself in only 140 characters also gives Twitter another edge on Facebook, meaning ‘tweeple’ who are ‘tweeting’ have to do so with some wittiness. From the Mumbai attacks in 2008 to the recent earthquake in Japan, Twitter was there first to lead the media and blogosphere in breaking news. Companies are also making millions of pounds from Twitter. Not so long ago Facebook was the best
way for companies to advertise their business, however now Twitter is making a splash too. Computer brand ‘Dell’ claims that Twitter helps it sell millions of pounds of gear every year via promoted tweets and trends. And I haven’t even mentioned celebrities yet! Because that is what Twitter is all about isn’t it? Yeah, right. For the celeb-stalkers out there wanting to ‘follow’ their favourite celebrity there is a whole array of A-Z list celebrities to shake your sticks at, from Stephen Fry to Lady Gaga. And if you’re lucky they might even ‘Retweet’ your ‘tweet’ so you get a ‘mention’. Footballer Ryan Babel was fined recently for criticising a Premier League referee on Twitter – Proof that even the Football Association think Twitter is twit-tastic! And who can forget Charlie Sheen? His demise and drug addiction has been well documented through the site with him breaking the world record of ‘the fastest person to reach a million followers’. He did so in just one day. Twitter not only played a huge part in the Anti-government protests in Egypt but also those of Tunisia which began the initial
surge within Egypt. Within months it has become an integral weapon as the Middle East dominoes into uproar. Libya could be next then maybe Bahrain and Twitter is playing a bigger part than many politicians might think. Obviously many people can and will argue that Facebook has features that Twitter doesn’t but visa-versa. Why ‘like’ something when you can ‘trend’ something? Why waste all your time going on all your friends
‘walls’ to see their latest updates you may have missed when you can create a RSS feed or ‘list’ to see just those ‘tweets’ of your friends and family. Why have only 5000 friends when you can have unlimited? Twitter is the next big thing, the real big society, and a bloggers dream. Why tag people in photos when you can tag the world in a revolution? Spread and learn news the quicker way and get trending. Join the twittersphere!
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Katie says... Around the world in 80 days... Three months worth of spare time over the summer break from university, is a whole lot of time to see a whole lot of stuff. The amount of free time is something that one may not have once the burden of a full time job eventually starts and entrance to that thing we call the "real world" begins. So a summer plan is something that should be truly ingrained on the to do list. Money is obviously the biggest hurdle to having a summer full of world travel and memories to feed the grandchildren. But with the right the planning everyone can come back to university in September feeling refreshed and enlightened. The money you would spend on one hot holiday with the your mates that consists of booze, more booze and little sleep - something most do during term time - can be invested into a once in a life time adventure. With low budget flights and hostels the world is your oyster, well almost. Its not all about spontaneously travelling the world in our time off, as this time is invaluable and there is a need for other things too, preparation for the following academic year, work experience, catching up with friends and family and taking some well deserved rest bite! But with this being one of the only times in your life where you will have a sufficient amount of spare time, my advice would be use it wisely.
Yasmin says... As exams end, a student’s summer begins. A summer full of sunbathing, music festivals and road trips. Oh and not forgetting preparation for the fast approaching arrival of next year at University. Other than enjoying the warm weather over the next few months, both Kate and I are partaking in weeks of work experience and book reading ready for third year. During the week building up to the Royal bonanza, when Prince William and Kate tied the knot, we both worked at national newspapers to improve our experience in the journalism industry. As well as viewing the Royal kiss at Buckingham Palace, the two of us managed to gain a by-line in the newspapers we worked at. As you can imagine, we could not have been more pleased with what we gained from our time in London. Our pestering of editors finally paid off! Without blowing our own trumpets, we both came out with amazing references, unforgettable experiences and more importantly, our foot in the door of the journalism industry. So now what? Now, we’re getting ready for the big one: third year. Which means one thing. That word that haunts every university student... Dissertation. So yes, we too, will be soaking up the sun this summer. But whilst doing so, we will be reading book after book to get ready for what lies ahead in September. Without the danger of sounding like your parents, we advise you to do the same. Make the most of a lecture free summer bursting with sunshine, Pimms and friends. But amid all the fun, remember to pack a book...or two, next to your tanning oil, sexy swimwear and shades. Don’t worry, you can thank us later!
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Name: Amy Seabrook Age: 22 Position: Vice President Media and Communications Single/Taken: Taken Plans for Summer: After a two week Italian cruise with friends, and festival, just working (hopefully!) What does the future hold for Miss Seabrook: Hoping to head down to London for a job, and travelling is something I'm desperate to do! Name: Ross Harrison Age: 32 Position: Sports and Recreation Manager Single/Taken: Taken Plans for Summer: Just got back from the Dominican Republic; going to Isle of White Festival; working at Champions League Final at Wembley; spending time on the beach in Torquay, where I'm from! What does the future hold for Mr Harrison: Improving my golfing game because at the moment I'm absolutely rubbish!
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Bow Down To Milano From London to Paris to Milan... David Broomfield gives us his take on the timeless Italian 'style' and explains just why they're still heads above the rest. If I were to try and capture the essence of the destinations of the European show season in just a few words, London might be described as home of youthfulness, excitement and bravado while the Paris collections on the other hand may simplistically be generalised as the home sex and intoxication; the aristocratic wild child of the night. The collections from these two cities are often very of the moment, they are the setter of trends, and the centre of seasonal fashionableness, the buzz of these cities is what gives fashion its electric charge. Milan, largely, could be said to occupy a less frantic role. Milanese fashion exudes an aura of timelessness and tradition. There is a reassuring contentment and confidence in the eternal drive to just make women look extremely chic. There are perhaps many reasons why the Italian’s seem to do ‘style’ rather then ‘fashion’ better then anybody else, but one of these is surely the confidence that comes with being the natural custodian of a
house’s legacy. There is a striking feature amongst many of the headlining labels that show during fashion week, at its core are names such as Muccia, Angela, Donatella, Domencio and Stefano, Georgio and Roberto, you might not know it, but they all responsible for some of the most powerful and recognisable brands on the planet. Their better known surnames complete the story; Prada, Missoni, Versace, Dolce and Gabanna, Armani and Cavalli. Each of these houses and many more in Italy continue to take their creative and business directions from a generation of the founding families or in some cases the very founders themselves, TODs, Marni and Cucinelli are amongst the Italian brands that could be added to this list. Designer fashion is bigger business now more than ever, it is one of the few industries that has remained buoyant and even grew during the global recession. Obviously, this presents an opportunity to make huge profits, and where you find piles of cash
Versus Autumn/ Winter 2011 catwalk collection at Milan Fashion Week.
you’re sure to find the suited and booted world of investment funds, conglomerates, mergers and acquisitions and even the odd hostile takeover. With the high stakes that come with million and even billion dollar investments comes the pressure to create as much buzz as quickly as possible and then capitalise on it by churning out as many collections and handbags as a fashionista’s bursting wardrobe will allow. This has turned fashion in to an industry that moves at the kind of speed that would make a speeding bullet feel like an obese tortoise. The uncertainty of the job of a designer at helm of a large fashion corporation makes being the manager of a premiership football team look like a job for life! A football manager is given at least two or three games to prove themselves before finding themselves unemployed, but it can take just one poorly received collection before a hitherto design ‘genius’ suddenly becomes tainted as talentless, embarrassing…and jobless.
This frenetic pace has not always been a part of fashion, in fact the era of haute couture around the middle of the last century was considered the complete antithesis of the era ‘It bag’ and high street collaborations; couture master Cristobal Balenciaga was said to have even been disgusted by the idea of high end ready-to-wear collections (serious snobbery when you consider that a modern day ready-to-wear dress from the house would set you back at least £1000). In Paris, ‘Hermes’ is celebrated and treasured as one of the last remaining large scale fashion houses which maintains a consistency in style, a commitment to artisanal craftsmanship and most importantly remains family controlled. By this measure Milan is home to a numerous ‘Hermes-esque’ fashion houses, and with this seems to come a confidence in resisting the temptation to pander to the editorial demands of fashion press which perpetually desire the avant-garde and the futuristic; clothes that while lend themselves perfectly to creative and challenging fashion
A lilac and pastel theme dominated the Autumn/ Winter 2011 Missoni collection this year.
spreads, are completely unrelated to the reality of the average consumer. When done well, as it is by many labels shown in Milan, it can result in collections that exude quality, heritage and luxury, while also evolving with the contemporary woman, these clothes are as ‘designed’ as what you will find in any fashion capital but it is done with a sense of control and restraint. These qualities are transferred through the garments and find themselves manifested in the woman herself. She is the not the kind of woman to wake up in a different strangers bed day after day, she can’t! She has a board meeting to host, a museum to curate or an interior to design, make no mistake she is hot, and she knows it, but her clothes frame and restrain her sexuality in a way that makes her even more seductive then if she were to let it all hang out with abandon. Adept both at making deals and breaking hearts and she’ll continue to be influential this season and the next and the next…
The Fendi collection at Milan Fashion Week was full of layering, fur, ruffles and Mary Janes.
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What's so special about Kate? Sofia Farelli questions whether Kate Middleton will actually have an impact on the British Fashion industry, and asks if so, will it be for the right reasons? The hills were most certainly alive with the sound of Royal Wedding buzz, not for me, but seemingly for the rest of the country. However, I saw this wedding from a completely different angle to most of those around me. I was completely indifferent to the festivities because it was a union of two people who I don’t know and will never know. I was grateful for the extra day off, don’t get me wrong, but generally I think the whole concept of the Royal Family is incredibly outdated and they sound mental, so they don’t particularly hold my interest. However, Catherine Middleton has caught my eye in the sense that she is now being pegged as a ‘boost for British fashion’. I was aware of how seemingly popular her £400 Issa engagement dress was, the blue wrap around number, and high street stores were very quick to rip that one off. Why though? Just to clarify it was a COBALT BLUE WRAP AROUND DRESS. This is nothing new; in fact they’ve been gracing catwalks for years. It is a stylish garment that rarely goes out of fashion, particularly in Autumn/Winter season. Since I didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about I looked in to it a little further. And I didn’t like what I found. Middleton, I am sure, is a lovely girl and I do feel for her in the sense that she under immense pressure to appear a certain way and to perform her princess duties. Not to the extent that her ‘journey’ needs to be compared to a girl who died performing bomb disposal in the army, like one vile national newspaper did. (Hint: it rhymes with Haley Fail). But, she is under intense public scrutiny, everything from her weight to her hair will be dissected and I certainly don’t find it a desirable way to live. Niceties out of the way, I was horrified to discover that Middleton has had three wedding dresses done just in case the design got leaked to the press before the big day. Yeah, god forbid, what a travesty to justice that would be. Further to this I found a quote from Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, which I thought was rather interesting. He said "She [Middleton] will have a huge impact on the British fashion industry. I'm confident she will
support it - not deliberately - but purely through her own taste." I gather from this that she will have an impact by wearing clothes? Simple as that? Aren’t we all doing that? I found it particularly intriguing because this was not long after I had read an article blasting Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha Cameron, for having the so called audacity to wear a £750 designer dress to a conference. It was said that her choice of dress in a time when families are struggling through a recession was ‘insensitive’. I would almost understand this point but let’s be honest, she is the Prime Minister’s wife and she’s hardly about to stand behind her husband wearing Primark’s finest is she? And the funnier thing is that the very same papers slating her for being insensitive would most likely be the first to criticise her for wearing cheap clothing given her position. Further to this, Samantha Cameron is an unpaid ambassador for the British Fashion Council. I consider that quite a massive direct contribution to British fashion and I don’t understand why she got a hard time for daring to wear a designer dress but Kate Middleton is praised to high heaven for wearing a £200 blouse from Whistles. It’s a plain and simple bitchy double standard as I don’t believe either of these women are representing our current society and that is simply because they are privileged. In fact, you would have to be pretty naïve to think they wouldn’t be spending more on their clothes than those who cannot afford. Can you honestly say that if you came in to their kinds of money you’d favour New Look over Reiss? I highly doubt it. If you think your spending habits wouldn’t change than, frankly, you’re a liar. Now, let me just be clear that I am not a Conservative and I think her husband is a deplorable human being and he has the kind of face that makes me want to take up boxing, but I do have a certain amount of respect for Samantha Cameron for her various charity work and, of course, her impressive fashion and style sense. She may not represent my political beliefs but I feel she is a much more encouraging and stronger role model than Middleton. If I had a little girl I would much rather she aspire to be a powerful,
hard working, self proficient and confident woman much like Samantha Cameron. I would be more likely to encourage her to vote Labour (and not waste your vote on Liberal Democrats) but it’s certainly a better aspiration than to be a princess. I’m sure Kate will start her charity endeavours soon enough but I can’t help but think it’s more of a status obligation rather than a genuine yearning to help save the world. I’m not saying she’s a terrible person or anything like that, I’m just not too quick to false for this false idealisation of Kate Middleton being a saint for marrying a prince. I wish her the best of luck, and again, thanks for that day off.
Right: Kate in her £400 Issa engagement dress, which has been in high demand on the High Street.
Below: In the stunning Alexander McQueen wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton.
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Grab your wellies, Katie Bowley Music Editor
Summer’s here again, which means only one thing, the music festivities begin. There are hundreds of festivals all over the UK this summer, and here are some of the most anticipated of the lot. Hopefully you will be going to at least one of these festivals, if not...get your tickets now, if you can!
Festivals of Note
20 – 21st August, Essex & Staffordshire
Over the years, V Festival has changed some say for better some say for worse but the line up this year is bound to bring some joy to your ears. Known as a festival of a commercial nature, V does receive criticism for the price of tickets for two days and the level of merchandise being sold for extortionate prices. However, starting in 1996 Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker thought it would be great to play two outdoor festivals in two days, alas formed the V Festival. Over time, the festival has played Foo Fighters, Travis, Suede and Moby. Held over two Best known for its contemporary style and one of the most mixed genre festival, parks in Essex and Staffordshire, V sells tickets to almost 150,000 people. It Glastonbury is one of the oldest UK festivals still in progress. Costing just £1 can’t be that bad. back in 1970 including free milk from the farm, you can safely say inflation has had its toll! Held in Somerset, Glastonbury 2011 will hold around 140,000 people and around 500 performers, some of the best this year. Unfortunately, the Eminem tickets have sold out for Glastonbury 2011, but it’s a must watch on TV. And if you have got one, see you there!
22nd – 26th June, Somerset
Creamfields 27-28th August, Cheshire One of the world’s most famous dance festivals, Creamfields has played host to the likes of David Guetta, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia and Tiesto attracting crowds by themselves of 25,000. Creamfields started in 1998 with a headline from Paul Oakenfold, Daft Punk and Run DMC, with a crowd of 25,000. This year it will hold around 40,000 clubbers and a set from Skrillex, Tiesto, Steve Angello, Fake Blood, Andy C and Amin Van Buren. There are still tickets left so hurry and buy!
Isle of Wight Festival U2
10th–13th, Isle of Wight
Starting in 1968, Isle of Wight has always been known for its top performers from Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. After a 30 year gap, Isle of Wight came back in 2001 with a performance from The Charlatans. Based around a carnival theme, Isle of Wight is always one of the top festivals to see of the years gone by. This year we are sure to see some class acts, I hope to get down there next year.
Top acts including; Plan B, Two Door Cinema Club, Morrissey, Katy B, White Lies, Chemical Brothers, Cee Lo Green, Mona, Yuck, Ke$ha, Magnetic Man, Annie Mac, Fatboy Slim, Nero, Tinie Tempah, Laura Marling & Paulo Nutini
Other acts include;
The Script, Dizzee Rascal, The Courteeners, Rihan na, Hurts, Olly Murs, N-Dubz, Jessie j, Ellie Goulding, The Wanted, You Me at Six, Kele, The Wombats, Glasvegas, Duran Duran and Good Charl otte
Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Kasabian
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it's festival time!
Festivals of Note Reading and Leeds Weekend 26-28th August, Reading & Leeds
Download Festival 10 – 12th June, Derby
Global Gathering 28th – 30th July, Str
atford upon Avon
One of my most favourite festivals attending the last two years, I believe this year I have missed out. Reading and Leeds started up in 1972 as a Jazz and Blues Rock festival, not holding any big names until a few years after. Reading Annual Dru m and Bass/Dance music festival, Glo & Leeds was originally just Reading, called Reading Rock in 1978, headlini bal Gathering is on ng the most known in its genre. e of Global Gathering The Jam and Status Quo. Following years after were Nirvana, Bjork, Stone including Ukraine, ha s 10 festivals worldwi Po lan d an de d Tu rk Roses and Oasis. Reading and Leeds is always the final bank holiday weekend in 2001, G ey always exceedin lobal has seen acts g expectations. Star su ch ting as of August, and it usually rains. This year is expected to hold between 70,000 Sasha, Eric Prydz, and Orbital. Globa Judge Jules, Prodigy l Gathering tickets and 80,000 in each site. Watch it on TV, or buy some of the last tickets but ha ve not sold out, so renowned electron don’t miss such a ic music festival su whatever you do, don’t miss it. ch as this.
Heavy metal and rock festival weekend, Download is known for its shocking headliners and exquisite line ups. In 1980, the festival was named Monsters of Rock festival and changed its name in the "naughties", as downloading was dirty for the music industry back then. Holding some of the most heavy metal bands in history such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, HIM, Motorhead and Kiss.
Chase and Status The Strokes
My Chemical Romance
Def Leppard, System of a Down, Linkin Park Other acts include; The Darkness, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Disturbed, Thin Lizzy, Skunk Anasie, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Korn, Young Guns, Funeral for a Friend, Modestep, Skeletal Damage, Suicide Silence, Anti-Flag and Pendulum
Other top acts include: Elbow, Pulp, Madness, The Offspring, Enter Shika ri, 30 Seconds to Mars, Seasick Steve, Frank Turner, Beady Eye, The Kills, Chapel Club, Funeral Party, Sub Focus, Devlin, The Horrors, Pete Doherty, Panic at the Disco and Crystal Castles
Other top acts include; o, Boy Better Know, Zinc, Ms Beardyman, Yasmin, Dirty South, Rusk llex, Eskimo Twins and Tempa T Dynamite, Doorly, High Contrast, Skri
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Hottest star of the fortnight Charlie Brennan skims through the industries most worthy "Hottest Star's" and takes a shining to singer/ songwriter Ellie Goulding
Full Name: Ellie Goulding Date of Birth: 30/12/1986 Over the past month or so there has been a lot of speculation over the smallest aspects of the recent Royal Wedding. Millions were wondering which designer Kate Middleton would choose to create a wedding dress that will inevitably become one of the most famous and copied pieces of clothing in history, there was also wide spread interest aimed towards the content of Prince Harry’s best man speech! One of the other issues that received a lot of curiosity was the matter of whom would be chosen by the couple to perform at the evening reception. Many artists were linked with this honour such as Beyoncé and Adele, however the act that was finally chosen
was the English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. It is believed that both William and Kate personally requested her through a joint decision and that Ellie was caught completely unaware by the invite, but of course quickly accepted. After each member of her band had been background checked and police screened, it was then all systems go for the big night. The singer who hails from Hertfordshire, performed several songs including her hits The Writer and Starry-Eyed whilst also performing her version of the Elton John classic, Your Song, for the newlyweds first dance. Pretty nervewracking considering Elton himself was amongst the guests! Ellie has had an unprecedented rise to fame considering in 2009 she was an unknown singer trying to get a break, yet this year has her sights firmly set on breaking the USA. Last year she made a huge impact on the British music scene with a debut number one album and several top ten singles, along with also winning the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards in 2010, making her a household name across the country. With recent appearances on American television including Jimmy Kimmel and even being chosen
to be the musical act on the much celebrated 700th Saturday Night Live (SNL) show, it looks like she will definitely be making her mark stateside as well. Outside of music, Ellie is also a keen runner and has incorporated this into her travels whilst touring. She aims to run six miles every day, whilst on tour and her runs are publicised, sometimes also made possible for fans to join in and run alongside with her. Specials runs are also organised that include a performance either before or after the excursion and sometimes even meet and greets take place at these too. She is in partnership with Nike to make these runs as high profile and successful as possible as well as using them as a platform to advertise for sponsorships when running marathons for charity. Within two years, this talented 24 year old has proved that anything is possible. She has performed for the monarchy at a historic event, become a household name in record time, bagged herself a successful Radio 1 DJ boyfriend in the form of Greg James and even managed to turn her hobby into an event that requires sponsorship from a huge global brand. Not bad for a couple of years work!
Unsigned band profile Katie Bowley - Music Editor
The Bracknall Location: Essex Genre: Alternative Influences: Libertines, Stone
The hit TV programme is not the only success to emerge so recently in the 21st century. Essex is renowned for its unsigned bands and here is just a prime example of the talent. Jamie T or Billy Bragg or simply just themselves The Bracknall are set to burst into the music scene. Often you come across an unsigned band to whom you could not tell one from the other, yet The Bracknall seem to take their own unique path, with inspiration from Jamie T. Jack is the bands frontman, with a scrappy and disjointed tone that is immediately distinguishing to their own sound. Jack portrays such a dyanamic tendency to English rock it is almost
impossible to stop listening. Alike, the bands lead Guitarist Arran is talent in all aspects. His riffs are depicted with such enthusiasm you would imagine years of professional playing, which is not the case. Listen to the bands demo “Remember the Times”. The rhythm is upbeat and original kept by Dan on Drums and the bassist Luke, both representing pure Essex talent. The catchy bridge will make you put the song on repeat and hope for some more demos. I imagine their debut at Glastonbury’s Introducing stage is not far off. Prepare yourself for a great listen and visit The Bracknall’s Myspace.
Bottom: The band at their first live gig in Brentwood, Essex
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The Demon meets... Film Editor Sam Nicholson looks at the life and career of Jack Nicholson. Born John Joseph Nicholson in 1937, Jack Nicholson spent the first years of his life believing his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister. He was born in St Vincent's Hospital to showgirl June Frances Nicholson a.k.a. June Nilson, but raised by his grandparents John Joseph and Ethel May Rhodes. Nicholson found out the truth about his family in 1974, when a Time Magazine journalist doing a feature on him, told him the fact. Nicholson claims he never knew his father, and after the deaths of his mother in 1963 and grandmother in 1970, he decided not to pursue it. It is rumoured his father was a bigamist and 'quickie' marriage man, Italian American showman Donald Furcillo. Nicholson's first break in Hollywood was as a gofer for legendary animation team Hanna Barbera at MGM Cartoon Studios. He was offered a starting level position as an animation artist, but turned it down to pursue his career as an actor. He made his film debut in 1958 in the teen drama The Cry Baby Killers. In future years Nicholson would collaborate with the films director Roger Corman on other projects such as Little Shop of Horror and The Raven.
However, his acting career did not take off. With this in mind Nicholson resigned himself to a career as a writer/director. His first writing success was The Trip (1967). However in 1969, Nicholson was offered a part in Easy Rider, after actor Rip Torn withdrew from the part. The next year Nicholson received a best actor nomination for his role in Five Easy Pieces (1970). He was the nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Last Detail (1973) and Chinatown (1974). He became great friends with Roman Polanski, director of Chinatown, and helped to support him through the death of his wife Sharon Tate at the hands of Charles Manson. It is rumoured that after the trial Nicholson started to sleep with a hammer under his pillow. Nicholson's first Best Actor Oscar came from his role in 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. After this he took on stranger roles such as a tiny role opposite Robert De Niro in The Last Tycoon, as well as co-directing Goin' South, before going on in 1971 to direct his own film "Drive, He Said." Nicholson's most memorable role to date is for his role in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining (1980). While he won no awards for it, it remains his most significant role. His next Oscar came for his role in Terms
of Endearment (1983). He continued to work throughout the 80's on high profile Hollywood films such as The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). His next lucrative role came in the form of Tim Burton's Batman in 1989. Taking on the role of the Joker, Nicholson took home a whopping $60 million through a lucrative percentage deal. It remains another one of his fans favourite roles. He collaborated with Burton again on Mars Attacks (1996) playing two characters simultaneously. Not all of Nicholson's work is so well received. He has been nominated for two Razzies awards for Worst Actor, for his work on Man Trouble (1992) and Hoffa (1992). Interestingly, Hoffa also received a Golden Globe nomination. In recent years, Nicholson has taken a back seat to acting, but has still appeared in high profile films such as Rob Reiner's The Bucket List, (2007) opposite Morgan Freeman. Throughout his career, Nicholson has won 13 awards including three Academy Awards, three BAFTA's, six Golden Globes and one Cannes Film Festival Award. He has been nominated for 38 in total. In his personal life, Nicholson has been linked to numerous actresses and models including Michelle Phelps.
His longest relationship was with Anjelica Huston, daughter of director Above: Nicholson in the iconic scene from thriller The Shining John Huston. (1980), and below in his role as Their sixteen-year relationship the Joker in Batman (1989). ended when Nicholson fathered a child with model Rebecca Broussard. Broussard had two child with Nicholson, Lorraine (1990) and Raymond (1992). Nicholson has two other children, Jennifer (1963) and Honey (1981). Actress Susan Anspach also claims her son Caleb (1970), is Nicholson's son. The star is also a fan of the New York Yankees and the LA Lakers. He has been a Lakers season ticket holder since 1970, and has held ringside seats for over 25 years. Supposedly, his work schedule is planned around Lakers home games, which he refuses to miss.
X-Men: First Class doesn't disappoint fans Tia Pennant-Lewis
After months of hype from classic fans, the newest fifth installment in the X-Men film series is soon to be released. One of the most anticipated films of 2011, X-Men: First Class is the prequel to the first film, X-Men. The film stars the immensely talented James McAvoy (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Last King of Scotland) as the young Professor X and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, 300) as the young Magneto. After three X-Men films, the saga has begun the origins of X-Men, focusing on the individual characters and their lives before the primary film series. After the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine released in 2009, First Class has been long awaited and is set
to be a huge success. The film follows the young Professor X and Magneto, known then as Charles and Erik. Set in 1963, in the midst of the Cold War, the film shows how each created their own team of followers, focusing on the two sides. On one side, Charles Xavier starts up a school and builds his team of X-Men, for those he calls, ‘humans with superhuman abilities’. On the other side, Magneto creates the Brotherhood of Mutants. X-Men: First Class explores these developments and how from them, the two best friends become archenemies. Other familiar faces will make a return for this movie, including Hank McCoy/Beast who will be played by Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy, Skins) and Raven Darkholme/Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence.
Also set to make an appearance is Alex Summers/Havok played by Lucas Till, who possesses a similar power to his brother, Scott Summers/ Cyclops. Emma Frost/White Queen who appeared briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will also appear played by January Jones (The Boat That Rocked, Unknown). Fans of the comics will also appreciate the appearance of some new characters, including Riptide, Azazel, Darwin, Banshee and Angel Salvadore. One of the most popular characters in the X-Men franchise, Wolverine, will for the first time, not appear in this particular film. It will be interesting to see how successful it will be without him, and other popular characters such as Cyclops. However, the plot line of the film, especially set at the time of Cuban Missile Crisis, is certainly a
refreshing take on the franchise as it will reveal a secret history of famous global events. It is bound to wow audiences. Each film in the series has had a different director. Matthew Vaughn (producer of Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass) is taking the reins this time; the
end result will be interesting to see. It has been said that Fox envisions X-Men: First Class as the first film of a new trilogy so it seems as though this franchise is far from over. Due for U.K release on 30 May, for any X-Men fans, this is a movie not to be missed.
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Film Editor's Choice Column
Do you like scary movies? Samantha Nicholson Film Editor
This issue Chris has taken a little break, so it's my choice for films you might have missed. BubbaHo-Tep (2002) is one of the most random films in existence, and possibly one of the worst ever made. Now does this detract from the fantastically idiotic story line? Nope. Here's how it goes: Elvis (Bruce Campbell) is alive and well. He is living in a rest home in Texas with Jack, a black man who claims he really is JFK (as the story goes he was shot, saved, dyed black and abandoned here). Suddenly an Egyptian Mummy starts to terrorise the residents of the rest home and it's up to Elvis & JFK to save the day. The production values are terrible, the plot is laughable, the jokes are corny and the acting is abysmal. But all this bad combined, makes for one hysterical movie. Well worth finding on DVD, or at least watch the trailer. Trust me, BubbaHo-Tep is a laugh a minute, and with a sequel Bubba Nosferatu due out next year, you'll need to be clued up on our hapless unlikely duo.
With the recent release of Scream 4, as a fan of the series I sat back to watch all three of the previous films, ahead of watching number four. It's been 11 years since Scream 3 hit cinemas, and 15 since the original Scream and that faithful phone call "Do you like scary movies?" It's 1996, and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is at the centre of a media circus. Her classmates are being killed off. Just one year previous, Sidney's mother Maureen Prescott was murdered and it was Sidney's testimony that helped to convict her mother's younger lover Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber). Reporter Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) is the ringleader of the media circus, questioning Sidney on whether she is sure about her mother's killer.
Local Deputy Dewey Riley (David Arquette) is caught up in the middle of all this: He wants to help Sidney as she's his sisters best friend, but he has a crush on Gale Weathers. The two strike up an unlikely bond as the bumbling but sweet deputy feeds Gale some information. As with all horror films, the killer is the person you least expect it to be (I won't tell you who just in case you want to watch it yourself ) but highlights include Sidney's geeky friend Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy) laying out the "rules" of a horror film, especially slasher films. Rule one the hero never dies so there can be a sequel. Que Scream 2 (1997). Sidney's gone off to college, found herself a new boyfriend and made some new friends. You knew it wouldn't last forever when a film based on the Woodsboro killings is released, Stab, and people die in the cinema.
Drew Barrymore aka Casey Becker, the first victim in the original Scream film (1996)
The latest killings bring Dewey to Windows Colelge to help protect Sidney. Not far behind is Gale Weathers trying to get some more profit out of a bad situation. Randy is back with more rules of a horror film, including rule four which is that the murders get more elaborate and wide spread. While Gale and Dewey succumb to their attractions, Sidney's fears and suspicians spread to her new boyfriend Derek (Jerry O'Connel), and the recently let out of jail The latest teaser poster for Scream 4 (2011) Cotton Weary. Sadly in this one we lose some well Woodsboro, and actors begin to die loved characters, and a rather random in the order they died in the film scrip killer is revealled (watch the film and with Stab 3 cast member Sarah (Jenny find out who). But once again rule McCarthy) first to go. one comes into play, the hero must There's some exceptionally survive for a sequel to be released. Eastenders style story going on We always knew it as going to be at with this film, with random family least a trilogy. Scream 3 (2000) shows members, secret lives and underage Sidney living a quiet life away from orgy parties in secret rooms of houses. everyone. But when murders begin It was the most 'out there' Scream on the set of Stab 3, Sidney decides yet, and the ending makes you believe to face her demons and return to it is actually all over. Rule one wins LA to aid Detective Kincaid (Patrick again, the hero has to survive for a Demnsey) in finding the killer. Dewey sequel to happen. and Gale are no longer an item as Scream 4 was released April 2011 she couldn't stand the quiet life in and is in cinemas now.
65th Edinburgh International Film Festival
One of the highlights of this years festival Perfect Sense starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green
With the 65th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival almost upon us, we look into the initial line up as announced early May. The first film in 20 years to be directed by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Hare (The Hours and The Reader) and a sci-fi thriller starring transpotting alumni Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bermner are already amoungst the highlights. Hare's film is the political rollercoaster 'Page Eight', showcasing an allstar british cast including Michael Gambon and Ralf Fiennes.
The McGregor/Bremnar mix comes in the form of 'Perfect Sense'. Directed by David Mackenzie, a regular at the festival with 'Young Adam' and 'Hallam Foe'. Other films which are expected to exceed expectations are Niall MacCormick's coming of age drrama Albatoss, starring Sebastian Koch and Julia Ormond, as well as Karl Golden's comedy drama about the 90's Ibiza club scene starring Skins actor Jack O'Connell. Festival Director James Mullinghan said: "The EIFF has long been regarded as the ideal launch pad for important new British cinema and the place at which UK emerging talent is nurtured. The films announced here confirm that those traditions continue into 2011. Of the 3,000 submitted films, 58 were British feature fiction films."
Top 10 films from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 10. Unmade Beds Director Alexis Dos Santos 9. Modern Love Is Automatic Director Zach Clark 8. Pontypool Director Bruce McDonald 7. Humpday Director Lynn Shelton 6. Stella Director Sylvie Vergeyde 5. Moon Director Duncan Jones 4. Easiesr with Practice Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez 3. The First Day of the Rest of Your Life Director Remi Bezancon 2. Mary and Max Director Adam Elliot 1. Fish Tank Director Andrea Arnold
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Coming soon to cinemas The Whistleblower
Based on the true story of a sextrafficking scandal which took place in war-torn Bosnia in the mid-nineties, 'The Whistleblower' by first-time director Larysa Kondracki is everything but light entertainment. The cast includes academy award winner Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, and Danish talent Nikolaj Lie Kaas. Once again, Weisz shines in the role of a strong-minded woman, Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac, who travels to Bosnia to work as United Nations officer, and takes it upon herself
to investigate the part played by local and international law enforcement organisations in a sex-trafficking ring she discovers. The actress collaborated with the real Bolkovac to prepare for the role. Kondracki does not compromise on intensity in the dramatisation of these true, disturbing and repellent events. She is undeniably successful in sending a strong message about human trafficking to the audience. As directorial debuts go this is particularly bold.
Tree of Life
to embody Jack, a lost soul brought up in the 1950s who has witnessed the loss of innocence. His parents, Mr and Mrs O’Brien, (played by Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) represent two different ways through life, triggering adult Jack’s existential crisis. The director’s unwavering attention to detail has resulted in striking elemental imagery developed in collaboration with NASA. This only adds to the air of mystery surrounding the release of 'The Tree of Life', making this transcendental cinematic poem a must-see this month.
The acclaimed director of classics such as 'Days of Heaven' and 'The Thin Red Line' Terrence Malick has finally decided to grace the big screen with another piece of stunning cinematography. Out in cinemas this month, The Tree of Life is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and quite rightly so. As well as being Malick’s first film since Pocahontas epic The New World in 2005, the trailers for this impressionistic drama clearly establish that it is nothing short of a masterpiece. Sean Penn reunites with the unconventional director
Priest (3D) Sam Nicholson
Paul Bettany and Scott Charles Stewart (Legion) team up once again for another action thriller with a fantasy twist. Adapted from South Korean artist Min-Woo Hyung's graphic novel series, Priest is set in a world where humans and vampires have been at war for generations. Following the last great Vampire War, Bettany's outcast character lives a quiet life inside one of the last walled cities, owned by a church. He is forced to take action when his niece is kidnapped by vampires. Teaming up with her wasteland sherrif boyfriend Black Hat (Cam Gigandet) and a former priestess (Maggie Q), he breaks his
vows in order to retrieve her. This is a homage to the classic John Ford westerns, and uses amazing CGI technology to create several varieties of distinctive digital vampires. Armed with these digital beasts, and some fantastic co-stars in Lily Collins and Christopher Plummer, Priest is a new take on an old legend. This time the vampires are mean (think 30 Days of Night but digital and intelligant) , combined with the post apocolyptic styles of 28 Days Later, and with a little bit of Blade and Van Helsing thrown in there. It's an excellent mix which could have gone so wrong, but sounds like it is just right.
Out Now at Cinemas
Thor 3D/2D (12A)
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba and Natalie Portman
Water for Elephants (12A)
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Hal Holbrook
Something Borrowed (12A)
To top it off, it's 3D! Could this film get any better?
This is a classic Disney tale taken and put on it's head. Beastly is a modern take on 'Beauty and The Beast', with a New York teenager turned into a hideous monster in order so that he can find true love. Kyle Kingston (Alex Pettyfer) is just like the original prince: he is arrogant, vain and the son of a wealthy and equally arrogant new anchor Rob Kingston. (Peter Krause). When Kyle wins student body President, he takes it out on the eccentric girl Kendra for being ugly and strange. At the after party, Kendra decides to get her revenge by turning Kyle into a bald, scarred shell of his former shelf. He is told he has until next spring to find love and turn himself back. His father takes him away to a private condo, promising to support him, however he gradually withdraws, unable to look at him. Kyle finds himself infatuated with Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a girl from his former school. He forces her to move in with him for her own safety, as he saves her from being mugged in the street. Furious at being forced to hide, she takes her anger out him, saying he is a self wallowing idiot, that he is not the ugliest thing she has seen. Now calling himself Hunter, the two warm to each other. Is it just another classic fairy tale? It sounds like it. Could it be better than it sounds? With the new sexy look of Disney tween Vanessa Hudgens: YES!
Message from the Editor: I would just like to thank everyone for all their help this year, with The Demon Film Section, please keep contributing next year! Thanks - Current Film editor Sam Nicholson.
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett
13 Assassins (15)
Starring: Koji akusho, Takayuki Yamada and Goro Inagaki
Everywhere and Nowhere (15)
Starring: James Floyd, Alyy Khan, Adam Deacon and Simon Webbe
Attack The Block (15)
Starring: Nick Frost, Jodie Wittaker and Luke Treadaway
Fast & Furious 5
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesal, and Dwayne Johnson
Starring: Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer and Mary Kate Olsen
Scream 4 (15) Starring: Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox
Your Highness (15)
Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel
Starring: James Marsden, Russell Brand, Hugh Laurie and Gary Cole
Starring: Patrick Wilson
12 | Tuesday 17 May 2011
Travel Kyoto: The ancient landmark of Japan Making travel an investment in memory. Kayla Mulcahy
Japan's unofficial naional flower - the Cherry blossom
Kyoto speaks of many traditions and idyllic visions, with the beauty of the Geisha and tranquillity of temples; the three days spent here felt like time had stood still. Bounded by mountains over ancient landscapes, this was once the countries capital spared by the attack of WWII due to its historic value. We took the Bullet train down the east coast from Hakone to Kyoto at a great speed and arrived at our final destination within two hours. Stepping onto Kyoto Station I was surprised to see sleek, modern steel glass architecture constructed like a cathedral. This futuristic vision of Kyoto is bold, and is an exciting contrast to the traditions that surround the countryside. The Cube is the stations underground shopping centre loaded with Japanese designer labels and a wide range of delicacies from all cuisines including Italian Pizzeria's. The Shijo-Omiya Toyoko Inn, is of the same hotel chain where we stayed in Tokyo, located in the centre of the city of Kyoto. With our luggage waiting for us like we had arranged I was shocked that their postal system
was fast, safe and efficient. Breakfast was to the same high standard, and to my surprise I was happy to see a choice of rice cakes again. With so many stunning landscapes and temples to explore we were smart to plan our itinerary on the Bullet Train as time appeared to have caught up with us. Beginning the last leg of our journey at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, also known as the Red Posts, my eyes were open to the wonders of ancient Japan. This shrine is only a ten minute journey from Kyoto Station and takes you from modern Kyoto to historic structures. As one of the oldest Inari Shrines, the Red Posts is the most remarkable with over 10,000 pillar box red torii (shrine gates). These gates line various paths across the hill tops taking you through traditional towns and luscious landscapes. From my personal experience, and burning blisters, and I would urge you to wear a comfortable pair of walking boots rather than flip-flops as completing the trail takes around two hours; but is worth all the stunning scenes in the end. High on our list of places to see was the Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the
stall, including sakura (cherry blossom) and green tea flavoured ice cream. Our last day in Kyoto was spent shopping in The Cube, with a final stop at the Imperial Palace. Taking the bus from the Station took a little under forty minutes and was a simple route to take. The Palace grounds are a spacious oasis in the heart of the city consumed by pebble trails and a fortress of trees. Some of the buildings are open to the public but have to be booked in advance, and after a full week of exploring we were happy enough to roam around taking in our last sights of Japan with the air perfumed in the sweet scent of cherry
Golden Pavilion). This is one of the blossoms. top tourist attractions in Kyoto and is Our tour of Japan was the trip known to be busy any time of year, so of a lifetime, and as a full time setting off early is beneficial for those undergraduate you'll be surprised to mesmerising views. Despite planning know this is not what my loan was to be a part of the first crowd there, spent on. Taking into account we the grounds were full of visitors and a line was formed at the entrance. After a thirty minute wait we finally entered the golden legacy of medieval Japan. The Zen Buddhist Temple is covered in shimmering gold leaf topped with a bronze phoenix surrounded by a pond filled with beautiful koi fish. After the long walk around the temple there is the option to refuel with refreshments Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto from the cafe
travelled across Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto, while staying in high quality hotels with breakfast included, our holiday was only £600. I'll give you a moment to blink and re-read if you thought you were mistaken, but yes we managed one hell of an adventure well under a grand. This price does not include international flights, however if you book in advance you can get them cheap, we booked ours at £479 return. Our tour package included all transport costs between destinations, hotels, breakfast, and a PASMO card (the Japanese version of the British Oyster Card) with 2500 yen credit for railway transport and vending machines across Japan. In addition, the agency we booked through helped us make the most of our journey by booking us tickets for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo and gave us help and advice when needed. Many students feel restricted by their debt that they often settle for a cheap holiday in Europe. While relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun is never a bad thing, the world is a big place with many different cultures and rich heritages to explore. There are plenty options available to those with tight finances who wish to get the most out of their travels. This is just one example of a typically expensive holiday made possible on a student budget. For more information on budget holidays to Japan please visit: www.insidejapantours.com
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The decline of the gap year Why people are missing out on the trip of a lifetime. James King Travel Editor
With tuition fees practically tripling next year, there is a massive rush of students coming to university in September. Quite a few of those will probably be missing out on a gap year that they had possibly been planning for a while. It’s estimated by Projects Abroad that almost ten thousand have opted for coming to university early over taking the trip of a lifetime. This is a big shame. There is nothing quite like having a gap year. If I hadn’t had one I probably wouldn’t be who I am now which would be a big loss for everyone. Also I wouldn’t have been able to write all of these wonderful travel pieces every fortnight, which I know is the main reason most of you pick up this paper, (sarcasm intended. You pick it up because it’s free). It’s thought that more people will now take this year out after graduation. So where should you go? Kayla has already pitched her argument for Japan on a shoestring (see previous story). One thing I would not recommend is the Interrail. Its cheap yes, but a lot of European cities are pretty similar. You’d be sitting on trains most of the time just to look at the same thing over and over again. If you want to do Europe, do it with Ryan Air and go for long weekends to one place at a time. You won’t get as bored and you won’t become one of those pretentious idiots who sew a badge of every place they’ve ever been
on to their bag. Work for half a year and save every penny, then make it a once in a lifetime trip to the other side of the world, to a country that is truly different. Thailand is the obvious choice. It has been the number one destination for travelers for years. It’s got some of the best beaches in the world, and the biggest parties in the world. Every month at the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, 30,000 lots of inhibitions get thrown out the window. For less adventurous people, North America is a good choice. They still speak English (sort of ) and there is so much to see. One of the best companies to organize a trip through is Trek America. For a decent price they’ll The beach at Koh Phanagan, home of the full moon party organize all your hotels and travel on a specified route across dryer and generally more racist, job interviews. With the current job America. You’ll be in a group with then Australia is always a popular market as it is, it could get you ahead several other people and everyone choice. It’s quite easy to get a working of the competition according to chips in a few dollars a day for food, holiday visa, and you can spend a recent surveys. Canada has a working and it’s all very sociable. This doesn’t year travelling about and working in holiday visa too, and there’s a two give you very much freedom to just bars and cafes whilst making decent year visa which combines Australia, go wherever you fancy, but if the money. Canada and New Zealand. route takes you to the places you want It also looks good on your CV, If you don’t go travelling, you to see then it doesn’t really matter, and showing how you’re not fazed by will be sitting around watching This all the interesting and most popular being out of your comfort zone and Morning every day, which just isn’t places are on most of the routes. taking challenges head on and all as good since Fern left, so what’s the If you’d prefer somewhere hotter, the other crap you need to say in point?
Gap Year Memories: Moments that make it worthwhile Jacob Curtis
Hermosa Beach, California. Technically still part of Los Angeles but far away from the grime and
dirt of the city. There’s a great little hostel called the Surf City, who will rent bikes and body boards very cheaply to its guests. And there’s a very wide range of bars and restaurants to choose from, most of which are very cheap but also very good. The body boards provide hours of entertainment as there are some great waves and the beach has been officially voted one of the best in America, but the most
memorable part of staying there was the day we spent cycling along the sea front. There is a specially built bike path through the sand that goes all the way from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica fifteen miles further up the cost. The bike path never strays more than thirty meters from the water, and it takes you through glamorous harbors and through the famous beaches such as Manhattan Beach, and Venice Beach which I don’t think is as stylish as I was expecting. The bike path ended at Santa Monica Pier, which O.C fans will now as the home of the Bait Shop. We were brave and ventured out onto the freeway and carried on up towards
Malibu. The cycle back was just as amazing, if not more so because of the sunset making everything more beautiful. And the fact it was forty miles on rusty old one speeds made it very memorable.
And as this issue is the one that will still be in the stands when freshers arrive in September, I’d like to make an appeal to any of you who have been on a gap year. If you have any articles or stories you’d like to write, please contact me. I’m running out of places I’ve been that I can write about. Simply send me an email. James King - firstname.lastname@example.org. ac.uk.
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Not too Modern, not too British, but definitely Sculpture. Daniel Goodwin
"Early One Morning", Anthony Caro, 1962
This colossal show of British sculptures at the Royal Academy attempts to develop a discussion regarding the history and development of British sculpture. It begins with the old and ends with the new with each gallery featuring work that deals with specific problems faced by sculptors at specific points in art history. The first few galleries deal with problems experienced by early 20th century artists, including Edwin Lutyen and Jacob Epstein. The exhibition follows the development of sculpture from the choice between ‘Abstraction and Figuration’ towards collected ideas of truth in sculpture, the influences of tradition and the “Establishment of Figure” all the way
through to the final gallery “Value Systems”. The amount of sculpture in this show was astounding, I struggle to remember it all, but being as I am I was drawn towards the more modern sculpture and due to the chronological arrangement of the show I abandoned any hope of understanding the order and development of the earlier sculpture on show. I hurried my way through the galleries containing Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure” and Barbara Hepworth’s “Single Form” which I learn now, in review, were discussing the notion of public sculpture and sculpture in the landscape. This discussion concluded by Anthony
"Let's Eat Outdoors Today", Damien Hirst, 1990-91
Caro’s Work “Early one Morning”, a work that embraces the horizontal elements of the landscape, commanding a respect and central focus in the large space that it inhabits. I came to a stop at the gallery labelled “The Persistence of the British Landscape”. Sculptures in this part of the exhibition start to challenge old notions of sculpture inhabiting a space by representing works with photographs and video. Work from Richard Long and Keith Arnatt featured here, to whom the landscape and the ground became very important. Keith Arnatt’s work “self burial” dealt with the earth on a very basic level, as a material itself. From this point on the exhibition is obviously ‘Modern’ with the inclusion of young British artists, such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons’s iconic “the ball’, this work marks a change in the Image of what was then contemporary sculpture. Damien
"Portable Smoking Area", Sarah Lucas, 1996
Hirst’s “Lets Eat Outdoors Today” undoubtedly British art work, in appears influenced by the consumerist particular Gustav Metzger’s vast habitat and is a comment on class and collection of the SUN’s Page 3 pinned perhaps the negative aspects of the to the wall, defines a very clear world we lived in. representation of modern culture. This gallery was by far the most It has been noted throughout the exciting one, although the image and duration of this show that many of presentation of such modern work is the artists included were not British often striking, and the collection of themselves – a lot of American these works in a relatively small space sculpture was present and perhaps seemed distracting. this is why the show itself lacked the The next gallery was titled “In excitement and possibility that its title search of the ordinary”. This exhibit suggested. included the work of Richard It was definitely a good day out for Wentworth, Stuart Brisley and Len the public who may not ‘get art’ and Lye. This work is of the ‘everyday’ and would take comfort in the succinct introduces everyday objects as art and timeline, but for those of us immersed slowly moves away from the crafted in the culture already it failed to bring sculptures of the past. They are quite anything juicy to the table. clearly influenced by the advances of the YBA’s work presented in the "Modern British previous gallery. Sculpture" ran My rushing around finally came from 22 January - 7 to an end in the last space, “Value Systems”, an abrupt end to a very April 2011 at the large exhibition. The work in this Royal Academy of smaller gallery featured Sarah Lucas, Arts, London Gustav Metzger and John Latham. Very British artists and
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Arts Is this the fate of Leicester's art scene? Anoushka Wroblewski reviews a slightly less than creative evening. It’s a warm Thursday night in May and we are on our way to the Exchange Bar on Rutland Street for a private view featuring work from Leicester's new Attic studio. The show is set up in the bar’s downstairs bit and it’s packed with students, last year’s graduates and even a DMU technician! Doesn’t this sound promising? A DJ has been booked for the evening, and I eye his Mac Book with suspicion, but then notice it is, in fact, his iPod that is providing the deafening level of indie-electro garbage. Are we off to a good start? Ten minutes have gone by before I actually realise that there’s any artwork on display. The work, which consists of paintings, some framed photographs and an inauspicious insulation foam sculpture, is propped on alcoves in the bar’s (rather fascinating) old brickwork and leaned
against the walls. Oh, right, OK, then. This is interesting. Two slightly larger paintings by Diana Tiernan are actually on the floor leaning against a pillar that my partner accidently knocks when he pulls his chair back. I am shocked at the lack of sense whoever curated this show has! “Is this supposed to be an exhibition?” I ask a colleague of mine. “It’s a showcase, I think” he replies. Before we can launch into a discussion about this we are suddenly bombarded by loud, squealing hipsters quaffing beer and having anything they say that’s remotely intelligent be discredited simultaneously by the fact they are wearing fake glasses. What is going on? What am I supposed to be attending? To my right was DJ Mackintosh, who had just commandeered a couple of a chairs in the already sparsely furnished, crowded room, to sit his
two enormous speakers on whilst everyone subsequently leaned in even closer to the person they couldn’t hear and then, to my left, a group of young people were fondling each other’s film cameras as if they might be the only people in the room who might have ever come in contact with such retro technology and were the only trained experts in the field. All this, topped off with a tubby, middle-aged drunk who was still unashamedly trying to get a good look at my tattoo even though I’d expressed my displeasure at this, had me dumbfounded. What a menagerie of idiots I had submerged myself in! Please don’t tell me this is Leicester’s art scene! I am sad to say I was thoroughly unimpressed with the evening – the studio failed to get me excited at the prospect of independent galleries and studios popping up in this culturally derelict city. It wasn’t clear what this
The Exchange Bar, opposite Curve Theatre
studio were about. If they want to work as a collective and want to put on group shows, then they are going to have to buck up their ideas. This is not to suggest, however, that the individuals involved are not talented, competent artists, I am merely suggesting that a student night-esque piss-up is not the best way to debut your studio or give credit to your endeavours in this,
as just mentioned, lacklustre city’s wavering art scene. Then again, this venture is still wet behind the ears and people often say that things get better with age. I can only hope that The Attic studio crew take away from this event and have noted how amateurish it was and come back again with something aweinspiring. Or at least hang the work properly next time.
Fine Art flourishes at DMU Kristina Cook
On the evening of the 10 May, first and wonderful pieces were on display year Fine Art students at DMU and it was really interesting to see showcased their artwork in the important issues being raised through studios of the Fletcher building, the art installations. Kristina Cook went along to It was good to see so many people support a fellow student and to see also taking the opportunity to view some of the work produced. the work on display. Unfortunately, Upon arrival we are greeted by the showcase was just the one evening, two students who offer red or white but when the first years of next year wine, or fruit juice, I take the juice have their showcase, I’d definitely and begin to wander around the vast recommend you go down! number of studio spaces. Perusing the studio spaces some really interesting pieces were on display, from artwork produced from all the stuff you would find thrown into the dustbin, to a play on the idea of having animals heads on the walls and bear fur rugs, by having human sculptures on the wall and a ‘human skin’ mat. Some pieces were especially hard hitting such as one students experiences with an ex-boyfriend to those pin pointing very serious matters such as genetic modification, represented as a glass heart, that lit up to the timing of a steady heartbeat, but with plants growing out of. One of the pieces featured by a DMU Despite the diversity of first year student the showcase, some really weird
16 | Tuesday 17 May 2011
What's on at DMU: This Summer Throughout May 12th- 20th
Let’s Dance Festival PACE Building 20 May, 11am FREE Pina Bausch –Phoenix Sq. 14 May, 8.15pm £5.40 conc.
A week-long dance festival in Leicester that celebrates International Dance Day through performances, dance on films, master classes and debates.
Throughout the festival a variety of interesting films will be shown including stalls, a cafe, swapshop and much more.
Amplified Local Food. Part of a series of monthly talks and conversations at Phoenix Square organised by Amplified Leicester and De Montfort University.
UK Green Festival The Curve Theatre and The Phoenix Arts Centre
Amplified Leicester Talk Phoenix Arts Centre, 7-8pm
Ride your bike alongside hundred others to encourage green living.
Celebrate us and throw a birthday AmnesTea! All you need is a few hours, some friends, a big birthday tea pot. Find the link on FB: DSU The Demon Listings.
Friday 15th- 17th July
Critical Mass Ride Outside the Curve Theatre 6pm
Hold a 50th birthday AmnesTea
For more information please visit: ukgreenfilmfestival.org/
Throughout June and July 4th- 5th
Coping with Cancer Riverside festival Bede Park , 12 - 8 on the 4th & 12 - 5 on the 5th
Music from bands like Charlie & The Martyrs. Lots of arts, stalls, plus a green field this year.
Examination and Module marks
Demon Belles Do Decades at Level 1, DSU
It's a timeline! It's going to be the final burlesque show of the year by the society, tickets are £5.
For undergraduate students at DMU, today results should be available on MyDMU.
Provisional marks should be there for you to check that all of your work has been marked.
It is a mere 4/12 miles family walk to celebrate Dads past and present. £5.00 adults. Book: www.c-w-c.org.uk
Throughout August and September Friday 12th
Help out at Rock on the RecVolunteers needed. Symingtons Rec, Market Harborough.
They are looking for young people to be involved in setting up the event for next year as part of Enable Youth. This event is a free music festival for young people by young people. Includes performing, marshalling, comparing & announcing the acts etc.
Are you a Student or Graduate looking for work? De Montfort University is offering you the opportunity to take part in a paid* internship for up to 8 weeks! Undergraduates will be paid £1500 for an eight week project
26th- 28th August
Strawberry Fields FestivalSeeks stewards. Cattows Farm, Heather, Leicestershire.
Leicester Pride Leicester City Centre
For more information visit: http://www.leicestergaypride.co.uk/
A progressive music and arts festival providing new, emerging and established artists in a picturesque rural setting. Free camping is available to all staff.
One Leicester Day Leicester Market
A number of stalls and stands including a stage for drama, music and singing groups. With local bands and street players and a “Speakers’ Corner” for local orators.
(Summer Project). Graduates will be paid £1500 for a six week project (Graduate2Employment). Research/PhD students will be paid £1500 for a five week project. Once you have registered, you will be kept up to date with vacancies from organisations that have registered on the scheme. You will be required to apply for any jobs that you are interested in. We will then inform you if you have been selected
for interview. Internships range from: Design, Marketing, Business, IT, Engineering etc *if placed, you will be paid a training allowance of up to £1500 which is free from tax and national insurance contributions. For more information visit www.dmu.ac.uk/ internships To register, email your CV to email@example.com
Arts Exchange – Workshop Leaders Needed! Throughout the week commencing the 30th May DSU will be running a number of workshops for children and young people aged 10 and above in Leicester. DSU are looking for students from
GothlaUK Y Theatre, 2pm on the 15th to 5.30 on the 17th. 5th fabulous year, starring Morgana and the Excalibur Dance Company from Madrid, Spain, and Sashi from Los Angeles CA, and Sera Solstice from NYC in her *only* European appearance this year! For more info: www.gothla.co.uk
Become a Freshers' Festival manager. Applications are open for students to work for DSU as a Freshers Rep or manager. This year the Freshers Week programme includes events and activities, designed, planned and delivered by students. A volunteer placement is available for an enthusiastic, organised and motivated student to become a Freshers' Festival manager requiring 10-12 hours per week JuneSeptember. De Montfort University with an interest in dance, drama or music to lead two 2 hour workshops each. The leader roles will be voluntary places but will be an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to gain experience in arts management, teaching, mentoring, dance, drama or music for their CV's. For more information please email Victoria Hossack at vhossack@dmu. ac.uk
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The Demon – Credits
My final farewell DMU Summer is just around the corner, so let's look forward to sunshine, holidays, graduation and for some, saying goodbye.
Editor-in-chief – Amy Seabrook firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy EditorMichael Somerville email@example.com Sub-Editor – Andrew Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org Creative Editor – Stanley Ashton email@example.com
It seems like such a long time ago that I was writing last issue’s editorial, and now I’m sad to say that this will be my last ever.
Picture Editor – Rachel Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
As many of you are finishing exams and heading home for summer at the moment, it’s scary to think that in just a few weeks time I’ll be leaving too, packing up my desk and heading to who knows where to begin the next stage of my life.
News Editors– Victoria Coffey and Naomi Marcus email@example.com
This time of year is always strange for people at university, you’re either packing up your bedroom and parting ways with some of your best friends for months, or for many, possibly leaving Leicester and moving away from some of those friends for good.
Politics Editors – Anna Rog & Brett Leppard firstname.lastname@example.org Features Editor – Andy Brady email@example.com
I remember always being so excited about summer when I was studying, and don’t get me wrong, I’m just as excited about the prospect of sunshine, holidays, beer gardens and festivals this year, except this year I don’t know what I’m doing!
Arts Editor – Anoushka Wroblewski firstname.lastname@example.org
The summers you have whilst at university will be the best of your life, so please make sure you enjoy every minute of it. I’ve decided to dedicate our Diablo front cover to summer this issue to get you all excited about your plans whether it’s travelling, hitting up all the festivals possible or even just working to save up some money! Have a read and hopefully it’ll get you in the mood for summer, rather than feeling upset about leaving like I am.
Travel Editor – James King email@example.com
I’ve had such a fantastic year at DSU and there are so many people I’d like to thank for that but if I did this whole page would be full of names! So instead, I’m just going to say thank you to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this year, I’m sure you know who you are. This has been such a great year for The Demon too and I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of our editorial team who have been fantastic, all of our wonderful contributors, and of course you for picking up a copy and reading what DMU students have to say. Anyway, enough from me, all that’s left to say is, I hope you all have a lovely summer, and for those of you who are graduating this year, I wish you all the best of luck.
Music Editor – Katie Bowley firstname.lastname@example.org Film Editor – Samantha Nicholson No1_dingbat@hotmail.com Sports Editor – Ian Cockerill Iancockerill89@hotmail.co.uk Listings Editor – Nico Lehmann email@example.com
Take care DMU!
Proof Editor – Leonie Sturman
Amy Seabrook Editor-in-Chief
Contributors: Thank you to everyone who has contributed writing and photographs for this issue.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/amyseabrook
If you are interested in contributing to The Demon or joining a section team, please email aseabrook@ dmu.ac.uk or pop in to the Students’ Union.
The SECS Clinic is looking for new volunteers! The SECS Clinic has been running since November 2007. The aim of the SECS Clinic is to raise awareness of sexual health and to provide confidential drop-ins for students. Students can access up to 20 free condoms a month. The service is provided by student volunteers on a Thursday in the DSU Students Union at 10-12 and 1-3pm. All volunteers will be fully trained locally to distribute condoms, pregnancy testing and Chlamydia tests, and advice on issues surrounding sexual health and relationships.
Fashion Editor – Holly Smith Hollyvsmith@me.com
This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in and you are fully supported by the DSU staff. Additional training opportunities are available and placements with local sexual health organisations. A regular commitment of 1 hour per fortnight on rota basis is required. To find out more about how to volunteer for the SECS Clinic and gain access to training contact email@example.com or you can pop along to the DSU Volunteering office (room 1.30). There is also a Choice nurse available (term time only) for consultation from 11.30-2.30pm in
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DMU equestrian victory Sian Lovatt
DMU Equestrian Team made history by showing Leicester University how exactly you should compete at university level at the annual varsity competition. The competition was held at Witham Villa Riding School, by kind permission of Verity Saul the Riding Schools owner. DMU arrived at the Riding Schools reception to be greeted by the whole of the Witham Villa staff and a large banner saying “Go Demons”. Many supporters came along to witness this momentous occasion for DMU. After a tough season of competition it was a brilliant way to round of the year. Both Leicester University and De Montfort had an A and B team representing their university. The DMU A Team saw Captain of the A Team and Chairperson Sian Lovatt, treasurer Amy Pearce, Hannah Slinn and Eleanor Ferry
represent the university in what turned out to be an epic battle. The B team representatives were Nathalie De Saint Steban, Ella McCahill, Abbie Newman and Chloe Raso. After the first round – Dressage, DMU A Team were in the lead by just two points, with Leicester’s B team following close behind. DMU’s B Team followed in fourth after Leicester’s A team slotted into third place. Whilst everyone had lunch, it was a very tense time for DMU’s A team as they knew if they won this it would help get the Equestrian more widely known within the university. Chairperson and A Team Captain, Sian Lovatt had worked out the A Team had to all go round clear for them to stay in the lead, and needless to say, this really put the pressure on. She said: “I sat down with the results from the mornings Dressage round and worked out what we needed to stay in the lead.
“Straight away I could tell we needed to at least go clear or we would almost lose our position straight away and to have came this far, we weren’t going to let it go easily.” The teams were set to jump in the show jumping field for the second round of the competition, but due to heavy rain during lunch it meant the competition had to be put on hold whilst the staff at Witham Villa moved the jumps back up to the arena after the judge declared the ground in the field unsafe to ride on. Once everyone who needed to be was mounted, the second round of the competition started and the tension began to increase between the two universities. As each person went clear from each teams, cheers erupted and it soon became clear the competition was on. After all of DMU’s A Team went clear and Leicester���s B Team had one down, DMU knew they were in with a chance of winning this year’s
Sian Lovatt jumps with 'Ben' on the way to DMU's victory
Varsity. Amy Pearce said: “We had an aim this year that we would get the Equestrian Team more widely known within university. Often people have asked me ‘What’s equestrian?’ and thought it was swimming. “It really frustrated me that although we competed for our university we were rarely known. We
knew that if we won varsity it would give us a chance to get our name out there” As the competition came to a close it was a tense moment for DMU. Would they or wouldn’t they be crowned Varsity winners 2011? They would! With just two points more than Leicester, DMU were the Varsity winners of 2011.
Varsity day results 2011 Badminton Men's First Team - Drew 4-4 (UoL win 10-9 on games) Men's Second Team Lost 2-6
Second Team - Lost by 74 Runs
Equestrian DMU Victory
Men's Third- Lost 0-2 Men's Fourth- 1-1 (DMU win on pens)
1- DMU A
Men's Team - Lost 2-4
Women's Team- Lost 1-7
2- UoL B
Women's Team - Lost 3-7
Mixed Team - Lost 2-6
3- UoL A
Mixed Team - Won 3-1
Basketball Men's Team - Won 75-69 Women's Team - Lost 50-68
Cricket First Team - Won by 15 Runs
4- DMU B
Football Women's Team - Lost 0-3
Football cont. Men's Firsts - Lost 0-2 Men's Second - Drew 3-3 (UoL win on pens
Mountaineering UoL win - 178-80
Netball First Team - Won 38-29 Second Team - Lost 1747 Third Team - Lost 10-52
Rowing UoL win - 6-3
Rugby Union Men's First Team - Lost 12-49 Men's Second Team Won 15-10 Women's Team - Lost 10-29
Ski & Snowboarding UoL win - 5-1
Squash Men's Team - Lost 2-5
Women's Team - Lost 0-1
Swimming (Men & Women's) UoL win - 76-36
Tennis Men's First Team - Lost 0-12 Men's Second Team Lost 1-11 Women's Team - Lost 4-8
Ultimate Frisbee UoL win - 12-8
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Varsity day picture special
Men's Basketball won 75-69 to give DMU a rare varsity victory.
Women's Hockey suffered a 7-3 mauling by their varsity rivals.
DMU row hard, but ultimately lose 6-3 to Leicester.
Photo: Sophie Lewis
Photo: Sophie Lewis
Women's Basketball weren't so lucky, suffering an 18pt, 68-50 loss.
The men lost 4-2, but the mixed match saved the day with a 3-1 win.
DMU mixed Rowing team steam to victory over UoL mixed Rowing team.
Photo: Sophie Lewis
Photo: Sophie Lewis
Photo: Stanley Ashton
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Men blitzed in rugby rout Matt Stott
Photo: Michael Zemanek
Ardent Leicester supporters would point DMU loyalists to the De Montfort University Rugby top-flight Midlands 1A Division, Mens’ were unable to reclaim the where DMU firsts reside in last coveted Varsity trophy as arch place (8th) with 14 defeats from 14 rivals Leicester University ran and a minus goal difference of 701. out convincing 49-12 winners at Conversely, Leicester lie sixth with Welford Road. five wins and seven losses, totalling In the eagerly-anticipated clash, 17 points. seven Leicester tries went unanswered In spite of that, DMU could as kicker Adam Frost kept DMU in retort with the very close and hardthe game for as long as he could, but fought last match between the two in truth Leicester never looked like sides in the league, with Leicester relinquishing the lead they established only just prevailing 15-12 having after 20 minutes. earlier in the season demolished With pulsating clashes in recent DMU 57-5. years, including DMU’s incredible So the red side of Leicester had last-kick victory two years ago, this presumably improved, and started year’s encounter seemed to fizzle out the match in fine form. They as Leicester romped to victory in took the lead three minutes into occasionally eye-catching style. the contest after a potent attack A resolute defence harmonized garnered a penalty 22 metres out, with a lethal attack painted a pretty to which DMU’s number 10 Adam picture at times for Leicester, most Frost took full advantage of. notably on the hour mark when Vuvuzelas and drums Leicester swept through the field reverberated around the Crumbie in one flowing, clinical move, with Stand, creating a vociferous winger Richard Wills providing the atmosphere as both sets of players finishing surge. responded to the crowd’s cajoling DMU, despite their valiant efforts and bawling. to the desperate end, were outplayed But it was Leicester who became across the pitch for substantial the crowd pleasers, as they levelled periods of the game. A porous the contest with a penalty of defence, susceptible to the countertheir own just two minutes after Fly-Half Adam Frost kicked points for DMU, but couldn't prevent a Leicester try-fest to see them victorious attack, facilitated their disappointing falling behind. Outside centre demise. Edward Morden was fouled, allowing Over 3,500 boisterous fans from Jonathan Knowles to kick his first holders, who set the precedent of their way through the middle, and after a points, but again fly-half Knowles both universities perennially displayed three points of the night. defensive performance with a gutsy knock-on the referee brought back could not get the two. their keen support at the home of the Fly-half Frost and Number 8 Ben resolve. play for an earlier high tackle. Frost After impressive defending on the Leicester Tigers, but few would have Monsey both attempted to penetrate But they were to fall victim to a struck again, earning a 6-3 advantage cusp of their own try line, restricted predicted such a one-sided affair in Leicester’s defence quickly after the powerful DMU charge in the 10th for his side. DMU to a penalty four minutes later, such a high spirited, one-off occasion. restart. It was an early test for the minute. David Judge bulldozed his Knowles twice squandered penalties to which was fired wide to the left. equalize within five minutes, as intrepid Then disaster for DMU. If there tackles laced the opening 15 minutes. was a turning point, and arguably Leicester’s blindside flanker Thomas there was, it came five minutes from Roche was then yellow carded for the end of the half. A horrendous an apparent headbutt in the middle error by Monsey gifted Leicester a of a maul. The intimation of a fight run-away try through the middle incited the crowd, with fists flung into from the half-way line. Inside centre the air in contempt, but a time-out Johnny Pryce intercepted the floated for an injury allayed the fractious pass and was left in the clear, with environment. DMU out of sight. A line-out just inside DMU’s half Knowles converted, making it 20-6. for Leicester was expertly controlled It was a schoolboy blunder. It was in the 22nd minute, with the ball a telling point in the game, and one passed across field with ease between that proved to be too much for DMU a litany of players. Full-back Callum to recover from. Howard released right winger Aaron Frost's two penalties and one from Boland for the first try. It was not Knowles made the score 23-12 before converted, but put Leicester 8-6 in a Morden flew in for the first of a pair lead they would not surrender. of tries for Leicester in the second On the half hour mark, Leicester half. got their second. After DMU were After Wills applied the finishing penalised for not releasing the touches to the best move of the night; ball in their own half, the holders Howard and Morden hammered huddled up over the ball, and with down the final nails in the coffin with immense pressure too strong for their additional tries on a night to forget opponents, forced the ball over the for DMU, and one never to forget for Photo: Michael Zemanek Both teams prepare for a crucial scrum in the battle for honours. line. Hooker Hugh Kelly got the five Leicester.
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Women's rugby effort not enough
Lucy Monaghan was the thorn in Leicester's side all game, but despite her best efforts, DMU still went down 29-10 in a scrappy battle for university pride. Ian Cockerill Sports Editor
The DMU women’s rugby team lost 29-10 to Leicester on varsity evening at Welford Road. After losing 29-5 the last year, following a 62-0 thrashing in 2009, DMU were looking to close the gap further on their rivals, but made the worst possible start just two minutes in, with Leicester’s skipper and outside-centre Leah Thompson running 60 metres to the line, opening the scoring. Thompson’s try seemed to be what DMU needed to wake them up, and they responded with great pressure of their own, only stopped from levelling straight away from some great
Leicester defence. In the eighth minute though they broke through the Leicester barriers, with number eight Del Townsend finding the space to go over and level the match at 5-5. The game was in danger of turning into a ‘you score, we score’ match as Leicester responded to the try with pressure of their own, and Thompson nearly added a second try, but was brilliantly tackled into touch before the line. DMU’s resolute defence was needed again, as their number eight was foiled from the scrum. DMU were playing well, with lock Lucy Monaghan having a fantastic game, constantly worrying Leicester. LU began to exert their dominance
on the match, and DMU were being pinned in their own half. In the 17th minute only a superb tackle from Jasmine Heard prevented another Leicester advance. But DMU wilted, and it was their number 13, Thompson, who went under the posts to give Leicester a 12-5. They extended the lead soon after, despite a great tackle by Jennifer Rushworth, Leicester ran in for their third try of the half, making it 17-5. DMU responded right on half time, but the ball was turned over, leaving them with a mountain to climb. The second half got off to the worst possible start, with Leicester scoring in the right-hand corner to make it 22-5, and virtually seal their victory.
Leicester continued to dominate the game, though they struggled to get through DMU’s defences despite several great opportunities. They broke through twice more, but knocked-on to scupper their chances to further extend the lead. Leah Thompson again ran through for the bottom right corner, but was stopped by a good tackle, as the pace and quality of Leicester slowed, and DMU more than held their own. But they couldn’t prevent one final try for Leicester, through their own number eight Fiona Fletcher, breaking several tackles to get in for the try. In a final flourish, DMU’s Abi Mullen made a great break for the line, but came up short. They continued to pile on the last minute
Photo: Michael Zemanek
pressure, and with time over, and DMU right on the line, it was Lucy Monaghan who went over for a scrappy try, and end the match 29-10. DMU were soundly beaten by Leicester, but were stubborn in defence and had several phases of play which troubled their rivals. The scoreline reflected the match, but next year might be a different story.
Further Inside: Equestrian victory, varsity results and pictures from other matches played.
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Men's football fail to retain honours Midlands 3B Division champions. As it was, Leicester, with seven De Montfort University Football wins from 10, (the same as DMU Mens’ were unable to defend plus one draw) finished top by one their bragging rights as Leicester point and superior goal difference University registered their first to DMU. In a way, winning Varsity Varsity success in four years in a gave them a league and cup double. hard-fought 2-0 win at the Walkers It could easily have been DMU’s stadium. pair of trophies, and in opening Leicester defender James Topping passage of play could have won a opened the scoring early in the second penalty, but claims of a handball half with a powerful header and were brushed away by the referee. striker Jordan Weaver secured victory Leicester counter-attacked and five minutes from time with a superb claimed a free-kick in dangerous strike that burst the net. territory. Captain Callum Convey, It also burst the heart of all DMU ever threatening with set-pieces, players and followers, who were floated it in and sparked bedlam. beginning to associate the annual Hearne advanced but could not trip to Leicester City’s home ground get clean contact as the ball darted with trophy hoisting and champagne around the box before hacked off the guzzling with three straight conquests. line and sent clear. But juxtaposed to last year’s It was soon crossed in again, and last minute of mayhem, when Sid Topping heralded his goal with a Mohammed dramatically clinched routine header for Hearne to latch the win with virtually the last kick onto. of the game, was the more sobering With the ever-present Jake Smith defeat that really could have swung in missing from midfield for the reds, DMU’s favour another day such were right-back Cyril ‘CJ’ Davies provided the performances of equal merit. a combative edge to stimulate the For Leicester, it was sweet revenge. DMU faithful. His precision in the Having already beaten DMU twice tackle and smart turn of foot more 2-0, who was to say they could not than baulked Leicester, subduing left repeat the feat for a third time? winger Alex Braterman. DMU couldn't handle Leicester at times, and paid the price with a third defeat this season. Photo: Michael Zemanek Admittedly, in both games they were In the 10th minute DMU’s fortunate to score early on, with attacking midfielder tried his luck Nathan Jackson, who flummoxed Leicester goalkeeper Dom Lander But Leicester had seen off DMU’s the setting sun and a serendipitous from range with his own free-kick, his man into submission with quick with a facile catch. barrage of assaults, and now appeared deflection causing chaos for keeper but watched it sail over, high and feet, but saw his own hopeful pass A minute later, DMU were back hungry for their own onslaughts at Lewis Hearne. wide. Still, the game had settled, and headered away from the centre of the on the attack. A poor clearance from outset of the second half. It was a cruel way to end the season DMU were proving their worth. box. a Mohammed cross fell to Kole. With Five minutes in, a floated corner However, plenty of time, he struck his left by Convey was headed down with Hearne had through the ball from 30 yards but force by Topping, who had deserted to remain it whistled through the chilly air and his marker. It was a sucker-punch of a alert to over the keeper’s jumping reach, and goal, and DMU gave the impression Convey and into the stand. the wind had been taken out of their his free-kick Moments later and halfway through stride. attempts. the half, DMU earned themselves Hearne heroically kept his side in This time, another corner. Thaker, a constant the game a minute later with a wellhe palmed menace for left-back Jamie Finn to timed dive at a striker’s feet. He stayed away a contend with, picked out Reeves, who down for many minutes, soaking up decent effort could guide his header over the bar. the pain as his team-mates soaked up headed for As soon as it appeared DMU had the situation of suddenly being a goal the toptaken a stranglehold of proceedings, down. right corner Leicester searched for Mensah down They gave a positive response, but with aplomb the right channel. Left-back Michael Leicester had shored up their defence to reassure O’Grady could not prevent the cross, and made life difficult for DMU with his defence. but was pleased to see Olly English plenty of men back behind the ball. CJ, head wide. In the 85th minute, a moment of playerYet back came DMU as the class truly separated the two teams. manager match continued to ebb and flow. Weaver collected a pinpoint crossKole Methodical build-up play between field pass from Convey, forged ahead Ogundipe Jackson, Kole and Reeves was to the edge of the box and outfoxed and Thaker certainly eye-pleasing. the DMU defence with a Cruyff linked up Then, the best chance of the half turn. As the defenders slipped, he well down fell to Thaker on the stroke of halflaunched an unstoppable strike that the right time. Kole delivered an exquisite ball cannoned in off the underside of the Spirit was high before the match, but that couldn't overcome Leicester Uni. Photo: Michael Zemanek wing, over the defence and the right-winger crossbar. procuring a was one-on-one with the keeper. Leicester fans were awash with joy. for DMU. Had they avoided just The tricky trickster Ross Thaker corner after some smart, quick passes. With the ball bouncing, he decided DMU will have to wash their hands one defeat in the two they lost in the beat his Leicester marker down the Centre-back and skipper Curtis Watts to lift it over the onrushing Lander. of the defeat, and return next year, league, they, rather than Leicester, right flank, whipping in a perilous rose highest, but could not direct his Unfortunately for DMU, it landed eager to redress the balance of power. would have been crowned the BUCS cross. It found newcomer to the side header towards the corner, supplying just wide, bouncing away to the right. Matt Stott
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DMU women given the Shakes Ian Cockerill Sports Editor
DMU women suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of their biggest rivals at football varsity. In a match played before the showpiece men’s game, the women struggled to contain the flamboyant players of Leicester Uni, who showed their class throughout the match. Their victory came thanks to an outstanding performance by their number 10, and hat-trick hero, Roschelle Shakes. Leicester began the 20 minute per half match strongly, winning a corner inside the first 20 seconds. Just three minutes later Shakes started and finished a move which saw her head the ball just wide of the target. DMU were under constant pressure, and in the seventh minute it was Shakes again who found herself through on goal, but keeper Laura Phillips made a fantastic low save to keep her out. Just four minutes later though the pressure told, with Shakes ghosting past several of the DMU players before finishing in the bottom corner, to give Leicester a deserved lead. The pressure on DMU didn’t relent, and it didn’t take long before another chance came Leicester’s way. This time a shot across goal was collected by the outstanding Phillips, who made yet another stop just before half time from Alice Forfar, using her feet to make the save.
Leicester Uni's Roschelle Shakes finishes cooly as she single-handedly tears into DMU on her way to a hat-trick in the 3-0 win.
By half time DMU were struggling to get out of their own half, and couldn’t contain Leicester’s play, most of which was going through Roschelle Shakes. The second half continued much
Dogged committment couldn't prevent a dominant Leicester win.
Photo: Michael Zemanek
like the first, with Leicester creating ended the match as a contest. DMU calmly to make it 3-0. chances, but being foiled by DMU’s began to contain their rivals a bit better Laura Phillips had the final say brilliant goalkeeper. Phillips made after the second goal, but struggled to though, making a superb last ditch two great saves early on, after the ball create any chances for themselves, with save from the Leicester attacker. ran through to the LU winger, and the game petering out. But despite the heroics of DMU’s later as she stopped It wasn’t until the last minute of goalkeeper, the constant threat of Shakes. the game that Shakes troubled the Shakes was too much for our women, By now it was DMU defence, but when she did it who can be proud of their efforts turning into the was deadly, as she found herself in against an organised and dominant Laura Phillips on goal after a through ball, finishing Leicester side. show; firstly saving from a corner, and then again using her knees to make the same from Shakes, as Leicester pressed for the second goal. Eventually Leicester got their second goal, to kill the game off. An unstoppable Photo: Michael Zemanek 20 yard effort DMU Women just couldn't get the better of UoL's Shakes. Photo: Michael Zemanek from Shakes
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DMU deflated at varsity
DMU's Ross Thaker cuts a dejected figure on the Walkers Stadium, summing up the mood of most DMU sports team after being beaten at varsity by Leicester. Ian Cockerill & Matt Stott
This year’s varsity proved to be a miserable experience for DMU, as Leicester came out on top in the battle of the uni’s. DMU, who were also beaten heavily last year, came away with just seven varsity victories, as opposed to Leicester University’s 26 triumphs, including wins in the showpiece football and rugby varsity matches. Men’s football couldn’t match the last gasp victory from last year, going down 2-0 despite a battling performance, while the women were
soundly beaten 3-0 in the first match at the Walkers Stadium. Speaking after the 2-0 Varsity defeat to bitter rivals Leicester University, Kole Ogundipe, DMU first-team player-manager, said: “I just think that the first goal was totally significant, especially in a game like varsity where clear-cut chances are hard to come by. “I remember we could have scored when the ball was bouncing around the six yard box shortly before they took the lead. But yet another setpiece un-did us.” “Story of two halves really, very
pleased with the team at half time. Very good even game. Enjoyable to play in as well. But then the second half was a bit more frustrating. When heads go down that's when it looks like people put in less effort.” “The preparation is all part of it. Everyone is that excited to play that the preparation is not too much of a burden. We all know that it comes down to the day where anything can happen. “Also Sid Mohammed going off injured really hurt us and that shouldn't be underestimated.” In the rugby at Welford Road, the women put on a brave battle, going
down 29-10, with tries from Lucy Monaghan and Del Townsend, but the men suffered at the hands of Leicester, going down 49-12. The rugby seconds salvaged some pride for DMU, with a 15-10 victory against the enemy. Basketball provided DMU’s highest profile victory, with the men beating Leicester 75-69. Wins in cricket (by 15 runs), Equestrian and Men’s football fourths all contributed to the DMU final varsity tally. A 3-1 success in the mixed Hockey and a brilliant 38-29 win in the Netball firsts meant that Leicester
Photo: Michael Zemanek
didn’t have it all their own way, and contributed to the final DMU varsity tally. The Demon has this years varsity covered, with the results from all the varsity matches, plus the match reports from the showpiece events at the Walkers and Welford. There's also a picture special, rounding up the best of the action in the other events which took place in late March. The convincing victory for Leicester means they retain the varsity crown once again, but there’s always next year to take it back.