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Photo: Sabine  Schneider  

In this issue:

• The Alumni  Network   • Epiphany  Term  2011   • Union  Society  Socials  

• Debating • 24  North  Bailey  Club   • Meet  the  Freshers  

The Alumni Network The Durham  Union  Society  has  had   over   100,000   alumni   members   since  its  establishment  in  1842  and   it  is  therefore  the  aim  of  our  newly   founded  alumni  project  to  maintain   a  relationship  with  all  life  members.   Our   vision   is   ambitious   and   we   soon   hope   to   have   a   fully   functioning  network  of  alumni  who   have   the   chance   to   read   termly   newsletters   and   attend   alumni   events.   This   network   has   been   created  to  keep  you  up-­‐to-­‐date  with   the   daily   running   of   the   Union   society  as  well  as  support  and  look  

• Second Chance  Project   • Sponsorship   • Easter  2011  

www.dus.org.uk/alumni

Katharine Thane Secretary

to the  Union’s  future  success.     As   a   Durham   student   and   Union   member,   the   Union   remains   a   hub   of   one's   University   life   –   and   we   hope   to   convey   this   to   you   in   our  newsletters.   Through   your   increased   involvement,   we   hope   to   establish   strong   links   between   you   as  alumni  and  the  current  students.   This  will  ensure  your  awareness  of   Union   events,   whilst   at   the   same   time   ensuring   current   students   learn   how   your   time   in   the   Union   may   have   had   an   impact   on   your  

life and  career  choice  including  the   opportunities   it   may   have   given   you.     This   newsletter,   we   hope   is   a   first   step   to   providing   a   way   to   once   more   become   involved   with   the   Union   Society,   and   as   such   we   extend   to   you   our   warmest   invitation  to  any  of  our  Friday  night   debates  and  addresses.     For   further   information   and   answers   to   your   questions:   please   email  info@dus.org.uk.  


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Epiphany Term 2011

Rishi Mansigani President This term   at   the   Union   we   will   be   exploring   some   fascinating   topics   from   Politics,   to   Religion   and   even   Reality   Television.     We   will   be   listening   to   some   world-­‐renowned   speakers,   drinking   some   fine   wine   and   dancing   with   Itchy   Feet   until   the  early  hours.     Our  first  debate  of  the  term  looked   at   the   success   of   the   Coalition   Government.   The   motion   was   opposed  by  former  Union  President   Robert   Buckland   MP   who   strongly   countered   the   points   put   forward   by   the   Labour   MPs   proposing   the   ‘no   confidence   motion.’   However   for   the   students   that   packed   the   chamber   students   the   fear   of   the   impact   of   tuition   fee   hikes   and   budgetary   cuts   was   enough   to   provide   the   proposers   with   a   solid   victory.     The   following   week   Lt   Gen.   Brims,   who   inspired   and   led   the   coalition   troops   into   Iraq,   led   his   proposing   side   to   a   very   successful   victory   in  

the Queen   and   Country   Debate.     Students   in   the   chamber   voted   to   pass   the   motion   and   would   take   it   as  their  duty  to  fight  for  Queen  and   Country.   In  addition  to  our  usual  programme   of   Friday   Night   Debates,   this   term   the   Union   has   at   least   eight   high   profile   addresses   scheduled   with   speakers   including   ex-­‐secret   service   agents,   former   extremists,   historians,   Olympic   athletes,   diplomats   and   even   the   ex-­‐head   of   the   Army.     Our   first   address   from   Norman  Benotman  a  former  Islamic   extremist,   who   now   works   to   disband   extremist   groups,   was   open   to   everyone   at   the   University   and   very   well   received   by   the   fascinated   audience   who   asked   the   speaker   some   very   challenging   questions  to  uncover  the  true  depth   of   the   issue   of   Islamic   Extremism   that  confronts  us  in  Britain.       One  of  my  key  aims  for  the  term  is   to  start  an  alumni  network  that  will   be   mutually   beneficial   to   all  

involved, whether  you  want  to  stay   in   touch   with   old   friends,   keep   in   touch   with   current   news   at   the   Society   or   if   you   simply   want   to   visit   Durham   and   need   somewhere   to   stay   we   want   to   be   able   to   provide  you  with  this.     Union   Members   and   Officers   often   go   on   to   have   very   successful   and   interesting   careers   in   varied   fields   and   current  students  are  always  keen   to   hear   about   the   profession   their  predecessors  have  entered.     Membership  of  the  Union  Society  is   for   Life   and   your   affiliation   to   the   Union   does   not   need   to   end   once   you’ve   adorned   your   gown   and   graduated   from   Durham.     I   was   very   pleased   to   welcome   former   Union   Members   and   Officers   to   dinner   on   the   first   Friday   night   of   term  and  I  really  do  look  forward  to   hosting  you  at  one  of  our  events  in   the  future  or  seeing  you  back  at  24   North  Bailey  Club.  


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Union Society Socials

The Union   promotes   thought-­‐provoking   debate   to   all   its   members,   no   matter   how   or   to   what   degree   they   want   to   become   involved.  So  after  the  intellectual  rigours  of   Friday  night  debates,  novice  workshops  or   intermediate   and   advanced   competition   training,   an   opportunity   to   relax   over   a   drink   at   24   North   Bailey   Club   is   much   deserved.  As  Social  Secretary  it  is  my  job  to   organise   such   opportunities   on   a   wider   scale,   facilitating   our   members   to   get   to   know   each   other   at   exciting   festivities   modelled   on   calendar   events   and   the   inventions   of   the   President   and   Social   Committee’s  collective  imagination.       So   far   this   academic   year   we’ve   enticed   members   to   24   with   the   seductively   titled   “Night  of  Devilish  Sin”,  lavishing  them  with   chocolate   fountains,   fine   wines   and   all   manners   of   decadent   delights.   A   less   extravagant   but   certainly   engaging   “Think   and   Drink”   session   was   also   held,   before   members   donned   all   manner   of   ghoulish   outfits   to   answer   the   Halloween   summonings   of   the   reading   room.   However,  none  of  these  great  events  could   hold   a   candle   to   the   spectacular   Venetian   Ball,   courtesy   of   the   elegant   Michaelmas   term   President   Anna   Holt   and   previous   Social   Secretary,   the   effusive   Chessie   Kettle.   Their   hard   work   paid   off   wonderfully,   featuring   a   champagne   reception,  lavish  three-­‐course  meal,  ceilidh   dance   and   quick-­‐witted   magician   at   the  

magnificent venue   of   Lumley   castle.   I   couldn’t   decide   whether   it   felt   more   like   being   a   member   of   Italian   royalty   or   a   Harry  Potter  novel.       The   term   ended   with   a   suitably   intimate   “XXXmas  Social”,  where  copious  quantities   of   winter   Pimm's   and   mulled   wine   were   served   alongside   seasonal   snacks   in   the   comfortable   location   of   the   reading   room.   The   fumes   generated   while   brewing   the   libations   were   dangerously   close   to   incapacitating   those   working   in   the   kitchen   and   shuttling   pitchers   back   and   forth,   but   the   event   came   to   a   successful   end.   Comically   costume-­‐clad   lads   dressed   up  as  Christmas  presents  attempted  to  get   unwrapped,   and   a   handful   of   super-­‐keen   freshers,  of  whom  I  was  one,  were  tricked   into   performing   a   Thatcher-­‐themed   dance   routine   on   the   balcony.   It   was   a   light-­‐ hearted   end   to   many   new   members’   first   phase   of   Durham   life   and   attracted   large   numbers,  consolidating  the  Union  as  one  of   the   focal   points   of   the   student   social   sphere.     Members  returned  from  the  holidays  to  be   treated   to   a   wine   tasting   session,   training   their   noses   and   palettes   in   the   art   of   sniffing   out   a   refined   bouquet   and   relishing   the   vintage   itself.   Tickets   are   currently   selling   well   for   the   Epiphany   Ball,   which   will   feature   another   champagne   reception   and   delectable   feast  

Nick Freeman Social Secretary at Durham’s   Victorian   Town   hall,   before   continuing   to   the   Market   Vaults   for   jazz-­‐ house   entertainment   from   the   renowned   Itchy   Feet   DJ.   I   was   elected   at   the   first   General   Committee   of   term   after   Chessie   decided   to   retire   in   order   to   focus   on   her   degree,   and   am   making   the   finishing   touches   to   tonight’s   Free   Members’   Social   as   I   write.   I   can’t   stress   enough   how   excellent   and   encouraging   a   Social   Secretary   Chessie   has   been   -­‐   it   will   be   a   difficult  legacy  to  live  up  to.  The  theme  for   tonight   is   “Cocktails   from   around   the   World”,   and   will   exhibit   Cosmopolitans,   Moscow  Mules,  Pimm’s,  Siam  Sunrises  and   Cuba   Libres   among   others,   not   to   forget   the  ever-­‐popular  debater-­‐drink  of  Yakka,  a   lemony   South   African   cocktail   infamous   from  numerous  World  University  Debating   Championships  that  currently  sits  brewing   at  an  undisclosed  location  in  24.       Union   Socials   provide   the   context   for   relationships  to  be  forged  that  often  last  a   lifetime,  and  are  always  remembered  with   fond   nostalgia   after   graduation.   We   are   very   lucky   to   be   able   to   host   them.   Furthermore  we  count  ourselves  as  one  of   the  most  fortunate  societies  in  Durham  for   being   able   to   offer   both   the   challenges   of   an  education  in  analytical  discourse  as  well   as   a   place   to   discuss   the   outcome   of   debates   in   well-­‐attended   receptions   with   welcoming  atmospheres.  


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Debating

Guy Miscampbell Director of Debating

Durham Debating  is  in  a  good  place   and  on  the  up,  continuing  the  climb   we’ve  been  on  for  a  few  years.  Last   year’s  European  rankings  placed  us   4th,   below   only   Oxford,   Cambridge   and   TCD,   and   ahead   by   a   large   amount   compared   to   the   next   institutions.   This   year   we’ve   been   building   on   our   competitive   successes,   with   teams   in   the   finals   of  the  Oxford  IV  and  the  Cambridge   IV,   as   well   as   having   the   top-­‐ breaking   team   and   reaching   semi-­‐ finals   at   the   SOAS   IV,   making   the   semi-­‐finals   of   the   ESU   Mace,   and   having   additional   teams   reach   the   quarter-­‐finals   of   the   Trinity   IV   and   the  Cambridge  IV.     Success   has   also   come   to   our   Freshers   squad,   with   a   team   in   the   final   of   the   NAMDA   Novices   competition,   and   in   the   semi-­‐finals   of  the  Scottish  Novices  competition.   This   success   was   continued   at   Worlds   in   Botswana   this   year,   where   we   broke   our   first   team   3   years,  and  had  our  speakers  placed   14th,   23rd,   41st   and   69th   respectively.   On   the   judging   front,   our   members   have   also   been   building   up   a   reputation   for  

Congratulations to   Guy   Miscampbell   (St   Cuthbert’s   Society)   and   Pam   Cohn   (University   College)   for   breaking   9th   at   the   World   Universities   Debating   Championship   2011   and   to   Jonathan   Worgan   (University  College)  who  broke  as  a  judge  and  judged  a  main  semi-­‐ final  of  the  WUDC.     The  Durham  Union  Society  continues  to  be  among  the  top-­‐ranking   debating   societies   in   the   world,   with   Guy   ranking   14th   individual   speaker   in   the   world,   Pam   ranking   23rd,   Fletch   Williams   (St   Mary’s)   st th   ranking  41  and  Peter  Doughton  (Trevelyan)  ranking  69 .  

themselves, including   Jonathan   Worgan   judging   a   Worlds’   semi-­‐ final   and   leading   the   dissent   on   a   4-­‐ 3  split  for  Cambridge  A.     In   terms   of   competitions,   the   Durham  IV  ran  with  Newcastle  this   year   smoothly,   and   had   over   40   teams.  The  annual  Durham  Schools   competition   is   filling   up   fast,   and   looks  set  to  be  one  of  the  highlights   of  the  schools  debating  calendar  as   always   and   the   preparations   for   one  of  the  most  competitive  events   on   the   current   British   circuit,   the   Durham   Open   in   Easter   term   are   full  under  way.     We’re   confident   to   build   upon   our   current   successes,   and   move   forward   with   competitions   such   as   Warwick,   Leeds,   York,   LSE   Open,   and   many   more   coming   up,   and   hopefully  further  advances  at  Euros   in  Galway  this  summer.  Alumni  are   always   welcome   to   get   involved   with   Durham   Debating   –   with   our   adjudication   team   for   Durham   Schools   being   almost   entirely   reliant  upon  our  past  members.  

Photo: Pam  Cohn  


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24 North Bailey Club

Mhairi Campbell Custodian 24 North  Bailey  Club  continues  to  be  a   key   feature   of   Durham’s   social   life,   living   up   to   its   university-­‐wide   reputation   as   a   welcoming,   friendly   bar,   situated   perfectly   for   escaping   college  life.  Students  often  comment  on   the   unique   atmosphere   in   24,   the   result   of   a   close-­‐knit   and   enthusiastic   team  of  bar  staff,  and  the  fact  that  24  is   still   just   that   bit   different   from   any   other   bar   in   Durham.   One   of   the   big   draws   for   students   frequenting   24   is   the   wide   range   of   cocktails   and   shooters,  wider,  in  fact,  than  any  other   bar   in   Durham,   as   well   as   the   recently   introduced   later   opening   hours,   meaning   the   bar   remains   active   until   gone   12am   at   weekends.   During   the   summer   weeks   after   exams,   24   becomes   THE   destination   for   Pimm’s   and   relaxation   in   the   beer   garden.   Bar   crawls   still   enjoy   the   traditional   Jelly   Baby,   while   students   looking   for   somewhere   quiet   to   have   a   drink   and   chat   frequently   end   up   at   24   because   it   provides   somewhere   distinct   from   the   standard  college  bar.     The  bar  staff  in  24  are  well  known  for   being   among   the   happiest   and   friendliest   in   the   university,   and   it’s   true   that   part   of   what   makes   24   continue  to  be  so  distinctive  is  the  fact   that   a   job   behind   the   bar   isn’t   just   seen   as  a  money-­‐maker,  but  is  just  as  much,   if   not   more   so,   a   social   activity.   Despite   a   high   turnover   of   staff   at   the   beginning   of   Michaelmas   2010   due   to  

so many   staff   graduating   in   the   summer,   the   new   employees   have   maintained   this   ethos,   and   it’s   testament   to   the   fun   atmosphere   that   so   many   staff   stay   working   their   entire   three   or   four   years   of   study.   Additional   to   this,   the   appointment   of   a   full-­‐time   employed   bar   manager   two   years   ago   has   also   greatly   benefitted   not   only   how   effectively   the   bar   is   run,   but   has   also  provided  the  Union  Society  with  a   very   popular   bar   manager,   Gordon   Wright.     Since   24   North   Bailey   Club   is   not   just   a   bar,   the   Union   Society   is   constantly   seeking   new   ways   to   use   the   unique   facilities   it   enjoys,   for   DUS   socials   and   themed-­‐bar   nights   -­‐   from   utilising   the   Reading   Room   for   intellectual   discussions   of   current   affairs   to   turning   the   entire   building   into   a   Haunted   House   for   Halloween.   These   events   are   consistently   popular   and   increase   the   reputation   of   24   and   the   DUS.   A   successful   Snooker   Tournament   during   2010   drew   many   members   to   24   who   had   not   known   previously   of   the   facility   and   who   continue   to   use   the   room.   Open   Mike   Nights   have   also   proved   popular,   and   have   established   links   with   Durham   performance   groups   such   as   the   Durham   Revue,   as   well   as   individual   performers.     The  Reading  Room  and  the  bar  are  also   used   as   a   very   popular   venue   for  

society events,   being   used   not   just   for   socials,   but   also   debates   and   for   guest   speakers.  It  has  also  become  a  popular   place   for   new   society’s   to   hold   launch   party   events,   such   as   the   recent   launch   of   the   Durham   University   Travel   Society.   This   benefits   not   just   the   Union   Society’s   bar,   but   also   helps   new   society’s   gather   members   and   gain   momentum.       The   student   rooms   in   24   continue   to   be   highly   popular   and   sought   after,   with   many   more   application   letters   than   rooms   every   year.   As   well   as   providing   the   same   very   reasonably   priced   accommodation   as   ever,   the   house  remains  a  very  sociable  place  to   live;   a   focus   for   the   social   side   of   the   Union   Society   where   people   can   drop   by  the  kitchen  for  a  cup  of  coffee,  or  to   hang  out  in  the  evening.     Many   freshers   comment   on   their   very   positive  first  experiences  of  finding  24   after   the   usual   Freshers’   Week   focus   on   their   college   bars,   and   continue   to   frequent   the   bar   throughout   their   university   career.   Maintaining   publicity   about   the   bar,   as   well   as   working   to   retain   the   aspects   that   make   it   unique   is   a   priority   for   the   Union   Society,   but   it   is   no   surprise   that   when   it   pays   off,   24   NBC   remains   one   of   the   most   popular   destinations   for   students  in  Durham.  


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Photo: Ursula  Ambrose-­‐Simpson  

Meet the Freshers

As a  fresher,  I  have  been  lucky  enough   to   have   taken   part   in   the   big   three   activities   that   go   on   in   the   Union:   Friday   Nights,   Competitive   Debating   and  Socials.     The   Durham   Union   Society’s   Friday   nights   are   somewhere   you   go   after   a   long   week   full   of   work,   stress   and   drinking,   they   are   somewhere   you   go   where   you   know   you   don’t   have   to   read   emails   or   trawl   through   endless   case   studies   or   try   and   make   sense   of   complex   ideas   that   your   lecturer   has   decided   it’s   the   right   time   to   teach   you.   Yes,  the  life  of  a  Fresher  is  hard,  but  it   is   made   better   by   the   Friday   nights,   because  it  reminds  you  that  no  matter   how   silly   your   ideas   are,   there   is   always  some  crazy  speaker  who  makes   you   seem   like   Albert   Einstein,   or   a   first-­‐time   floor   speaker   who’s   had   a   bit   too   much   Dutch   courage.   It   is   an   almost  unique  place  that  way,  because   you   never   know   exactly   what   is   going   to  happen,  who  is  going  to  extend  that   running   joke   or   who   is   going   to   embarrass   the   speakers   most.   To   give   you   an   example,   the   running   joke   of   calling  for  a  division  finally  came  to  its   conclusion   thanks   to   a   tipsy   Rules   Committee   and   a   traditionalist   speaker.   If   we   have   anything   to   show   from   that   Friday   it’s   the   inclusiveness     of   Union   jokes;   they   begin   at   the   start  

of every   meeting   with   the   regular   chorus   of   ‘noes’   ringing   from   the   benches   when   asked   if   we’d   like   to   take   the   minutes   as   read,   this   goes   on   all   year,   from   the   first   meeting   to   the   last,   letting   everyone   in   on   a   private   joke.   As   for   the   speakers   themselves,   we’ve   had   some   truly   spectacular   arguments,   to   name   but   one,   the   Secretary   General   of   the   Communist   Party   of   Great   Britain   (Marxist-­‐ Leninist)   brought   us   the   hypothesis   that   democracy   should   not   be   imposed   by   the   West   because   Capitalism   is   evil   and   everything   is   owned   by   monopolies!   That   really   says   it   all,   the   quality   of   speakers   is   good,   and   the   inevitable   appearances   of   Tom   Ball   help   to   enliven   what   might   have   been   some  distinctly  average  debates.       As   for   competitive   debating,   from   a   fresher’s   perspective   there   is   a   lot   to   say.  From  the  first  Monday  of  term,  we   had  novice  practice,  going  through  the   basics  of  competitive  debate  and  some   skeleton   arguments.   The   novice   trainers   were   experienced,   engaging   and   had   the   patience   of   saints;   they   needed   it.   On   the   following   Sunday,   some   of   us   were   trialled   for   more   advanced  practice,  being  lucky  enough   to  have  debated  at  school  I  managed  to   find   myself   in   IDP   (the   intermediate   group).   Thanks   to   this,   I   spent   every  

Edward Hauschild St John’s College weekend of   Michaelmas   term   (bar   two)   out   on   competitions,   as   close   as   York   and   as   far   away   as   Cambridge,   managing   to   break   to   the   final   of   a   novice   competition   (my   best   result   so   far).  This  term  has  slowed  down  a  little   (despite   the   impromptu   four-­‐day   holiday   in   the   middle   of   term   to   go   to   Trinity   College   Dublin)   but   the   competitions   are   mounting   up   slowly.   As   a   competitive   debater   I   have   had   the  odd  experience  of  debating  against   post-­‐graduates,   world’s   winners   and   finalists   and   the   even   stranger   experience   of   coming   back   to   Durham   and  assisting  to  coach  and  judge  other   freshers  in  the  novice  group.     Finally   the   Socials,   all   I   can   say   about   these   from   a   fresher’s   perspective   is   this.   Until   I   got   to   Durham,   I   didn’t   realise   that   something   that   tasted   like   bitter   lemonade   could   be   so   very   alcoholic;  that  is  the  curse  of  Yakka.  In   seriousness,  I  have  enjoyed  the  socials   no   end;   performing   in   a   raunchy   freshers   dance   at   the   XXX-­‐Mas   social   (we   were   told   it   was   traditional),   making   cocktails,   snagging   the   free   pizza  and  going  along  to  balls,  all  have   become   part   of   my   everyday   life   at   Durham,  and  in  the  Union  Society.  I  can   say   I’ve   had   the   full   fresher’s   experience;  it’s  still  great.    


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The Second Chance Project

Mei Leng Yew Photo: Mei  Leng  Yew  

The fourth   Second   Chance   debate   was   held   on   Friday   3rd   December   2010   and   was   the   result   of   eight   weeks   of   hard  work  from  participants,  staff  and   volunteers.   The   project   has   now   run   for   four   years   and   is   an   ongoing   partnership   between   Team   Durham,   the   Durham   Union   Society   and   the   Cyrenians.     Hosted   by   the   Durham   Union   Society   in  their  debating  chamber,  the  topic  of   the   debate   was   “This   House   would   re-­‐ introduce   National   Service”.   All   the   participants   had   been   homeless   and   had   joined   the   project   to   improve   their   self-­‐confidence  and  to  learn  new  skills.  

Sponsorship Danny Langley Sponsorship Secretary Although the  Union  Society  gets  a  large   amount   of   money   from   membership,   we   rely   heavily   on   our   corporate   sponsors   to   make   sure   we   have   sufficient   funds   to   continue   running     high-­‐quality  events  for  our  members.  

Over an   eight   week   period,   students   from   the   University’s   debating   society   led   the   workshops   and   through   a   combination   of   games   and   exercises,   participants   were   encouraged   to   voice   their   opinions   loudly,   clearly   and   logically.     By   the   end   of   the   course,   eight   participants   volunteered   to   form   the   Proposition   and   Opposition   teams   for   the   final   debate   while   others   chose   to   make   floor   speeches   after   the   debate.   The   event   was   well-­‐attended   by   university  students  and  by  members  of   the   public,   many   of   whom   praised   the   participants   for   their   courage   for  

speaking before  such  a  large  audience.     The   debate   was   preceded   by   a   black-­‐ tie  reception  and  four  course  dinner  in   Durham   Castle,   kindly   hosted   by   University   College.   Following   the   workshop,   the   successful   participants   were   presented   with   a   certificate   of   achievement,   a   written   reference   and   photographs.     The   Second   Chance   debating   course   runs   every   year   from   October   to   December   and   students   are   welcome   to  volunteer.  

Information Currently   we   enjoy   a   number   of   strong   relationships   with   a   variety   of   organisations,   but   we   are   always   on   the  look  out  for  new  opportunities.     If   you   have   any   relevant   contacts   or   know   of   any   organisation   that   may   be   interested  in  sponsoring  the  society,  or   if   you   are   interested   in   discussing   ways   in   which   you   can   support   the   Union   Society   as   an   individual,   please   don't   hesitate   to   get   in   touch   at   sponsorship@dus.org.uk.  

Newsletter produced   by   Sabine   Schneider,   Katharine   Thane,   Rishi   Mansigani,   Alexander   Mellis   and   Robert   Botcherby.   Photos   reproduced   by   kind   permission   of   Michael   Plygawko   except   where   otherwise   indicated.     The  Durham  Union  Society   Pemberton  Buildings   Palace  Green   Durham   DH1  3EP   Telephone:  0191  3843724  


Easter 2011 Ben Lewis President-Elect Easter is  always  a  challenging  term   to  prepare  for  at  the  Union  Society,   but   I  like   to   think   what   I   am   planning   strikes   a   healthy   balance   between   serious   debate   and   comedy.       I   plan   debates   on   motions   such   as   ‘THBT   America’s   time   has   passed’,   ‘THW   legalise   assisted   dying’,   ‘TH   never   wanted   to   go   to   Oxbridge   anyway’   and   ‘THBT   Wales   is   just   a   little  piece  of  England’.       Confirmed   speakers   include   the   Rt.   Hon.   The   Lord   Hurd   of   Westwell,   who   (as   Douglas   Hurd)   is   a   former   Foreign   Secretary   in   Thatcher’s   government.       A   forum   shall   be   held   on   the   Alternative   Vote,   one   of   the   more   pressing  political  issues  currently.       Socials   are   planned   for   the   Royal   Wedding,   our   annual   Garden   Party   and  a  ‘Pimm’s  O’clock’  free  social.  

Alumni Newsletter Issue 1  

The first issue of the Durham Union Society Alumni Newsletter, for Epiphany Term 2011

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