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ISSUE 920 APRIL 19 2010

ELECTION SPECIAL

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Prospective student murdered in home Emma McFarnon News Editor Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a prospective Cardiff University law student. 17-year-old Aamir Siddiqi was stabbed to death at his home in Ninian Road, Roath, last Sunday, after two masked men forced their way into the house after he answered the door. The attack took place in the early afternoon, while just 100 yards away dozens of families and students enjoyed the sunshine in Roath Park.

Police said Aamir was administered first aid by officers while paramedics were en route to the house. He was then taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, where he later died. Police have not yet established a motive for the attack. Detectives say one theory is that it was a case of mistaken identity. Police launched a manhunt after two Asian men were seen running from the scene heading towards Shirley Road. Two male suspects, aged 35 and 39, were arrested in the Broadway area of Roath on Wednesday. The local newsagent, T & A’s, on

Salisbury Road, has been cordoned off since Tuesday evening for forensic investigation. It is understood that CCTV from the shop has been taken away and is being examined by officers. Local shopkeepers say they have heard rumours that the suspects tried to purchase gloves in the newsagent shortly before the attack. Police say neither the shop nor its occupants were “in any way” directly involved in Aamir’s death. Aamir had secured a place to study law at Cardiff University, commencing in September. Professor Gillian Douglas, Head of Cardiff Law School, said: “The Law School was shocked to hear

of this appalling event. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of Aamir Siddiqi, and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time”. Aamir had been a student at Cardiff Academy, an independent college for 14 to 18-year-olds, and was a member of the Cardiff Gymkhana Cricket Club. In a statement, his family said: “Aamir was passionate about sport and especially cricket, American football and football. He liked to commentate as well as participate. He was keen on current events and politics. “He was like his dad – he was a gentleman, kind and sensitive and re-

ally funny. He was a unique character always ready to help anybody at anytime, he was devoted to his family and friends.” More than 1,000 people have joined Facebook groups in tribute of Aamir, and friends are said to be distraught at the news of his death. Aamir’s neighbour said: “I couldn’t believe it. It was just the middle of a summery day, loads of families were enjoying the weather in the park. All of a sudden there were police with machine guns everywhere. It’s just so shocking.” continued on page 5 >>


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EDITOR Emma Jones DEPUTY EDITOR Simon Lucey CO-ORDINATOR Elaine Morgan SUB EDITOR Sarah Powell NEWS Ceri Isfryn Gareth Ludkin Emma McFarnon Jamie Thunder FEATURES Daniella Graham Robin Morgan OPINION Paul Stollery Oli Franklin POLITICS Damian Fantato ELECTIONS SPECIAL Paul Stollery Oli Franklin Damian Fantato COLUMNISTS Tim Hart Oli Franklin LISTINGS Ed Bovingdon TAF-OD Nia Gwawr Williams Branwen Mathias Cadi Mai SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT Amy Hall Priya Raj JOBS & MONEY Katie Greenway SPORT Jon Evans James Hinks Adam Horne Lucy Morgan Robbie Wells CONTRIBUTORS Jonathon Bird Alex Bywater Tomos Clarke Cweirydd Ioan Ellie Jackson Chaitanya Marpakwar Adrian Naik Jack Perkins Lucy Sherriff George Talboys Jody Tozer Jake Yorath

Election Results: All the results from the 2010 Cardiff student elections. Relive the moment here.

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Stop the War Coalition stages protest against Israeli Ambassador Gareth Ludkin News Editor Cardiff’s Stop the War Coalition staged a protest outside the University Main Building last Wednesday. The protest was against the Keynote speech made by Israeli Ambassador, Ron Proser at a Cardiff University debating society event. The event attracted criticism from the Stop the War Coalition, who condemned the society for hosting a onesided presentation without attempting to invite a Palestinian representative for an open and frank debate. Ron Proser, former Israeli Defence Force officer, and now Israeli Ambassador to Britain, came to Cardiff University last Wednesday to deliver a keynote speech to students and society members. A sizeble crowd was also present at the event to protest for Palestinian hu-

man rights and freedom. The event, which was advertised on Facebook, stated that a question and answer session would follow the speech, providing stimulating discussion and debate. Protesters were angered by the assertion that the visit constituted a debate, when there was no Palestinian voice represented at the event. Adam Johannes, from the Cardiff Stop the War Coalition, said: “If the Debating Society were hosting an actual debate on the Middle East with representatives from the people under military occupation and siege speaking alongside a spokesperson for the State of Israel it might be one thing, but inviting an apologist for war crimes, ethnic cleansing and racism to deliver a “keynote speech”, marks a serious error of judgement.” Ben Rutherford, a politics student at Cardiff University, was also frustrated by the debating societies’ decision to host this speech. He lambasted

the event as an “absolute disgrace”. Chris Norris, a philosophy lecturer at Cardiff University, attended the protest to argue for better human rights and freedom for Palestinians. He too raised his concerns over the structure of the debate. He described the speech as a “one-sided presentation” which did not address the crucial issues. “If there was ever a cause in need of debate, this is it,” he said. Victoria Jones who responded to criticism of the debate by defending the societies’ decision to host the keynote speech. She told the : “The society is committed to the development of students and education about free speech and world issues. “When we were approached by the Israeli Embassy to help organise an event at which the ambassador could speak to an audience, we considered it an invaluable opportunity to bring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into an education arena in a unique way.

“Our sole goal is to the benefit and education of our members and not to take sides in global conflict or to say that anyone’s personal opinions are invalid. “The format of this event is a ‘key notes speech’ as advertised, and not a traditional debate by which we are usually known.” With such a high profile political figure attending the University, security staff were in attendance, alongside the police. There were only 80 tickets avaliable for the event. Identities had to be checked on entrance, and bags were also searched. Despite fears over security, the protest passed off without incident. However, many people heckled during the speech, and a slanging match quickly ensued.

survey also celebrated other Welsh university locations such as Swansea and Aberystwyth. Speaking on the accolade, Students’ Union President, Ed Carey, said: “[Cardiff] is relatively cheap, students coming from all over find accommodation fairly reasonable and nights out are not too expensive. “It has everything you would expect on your doorstep.”

With a student population of over 30,000, appealing to university goers is important for the area in terms of financial stability. Freda Salway, Education and Lifelong Learning Councillor for Cardiff Council, said: “Student life is very important for the economy of Cardiff. Students do a lot for the city”. Cardiff was rated above average for it’s nightlife and vast shopping choic-

es. Steven Madeley, director of the St David’s Centre, said: “Several stores have held student lock-in events after hours with special offers and entertainment for students only. The city's ease to get in and out of has been praised. It's on the M4 so it’s reasonably easy for anyone to come.” Salway also praised the live music scene, calling the city centre “a hub with lots going on”.

Read an interview with the Israeli Ambassador on page 12

Survey rates Cardiff second best place to study in UK Morgan Applegarth Reporter Cardiff students have championed the Welsh capital as being the second best place to study in the UK, according to a survey by accommodationforstudents.com. The city was rated on its social aspects, transport links, shops, public facilities and sense of community. The

We asked students what they love about the city...

Jess Wort, 2nd year Journalism, Film and Media:

Rachel Stephens, 4th year City and Regional Planning:

Chomba Mugo, 2nd year law:

Liam McLagan, 1st year Journalism, Film and Media:

“There’s nothing you can’t get or do that isn’t in walking distance! It has a really good union and great nightlife. I feel really safe here when walking around on my own.”

“I like the city, it’s small and everyone’s really friendly! The atmosphere in the centre when you watch the rugby is great! I’m enjoying my course, I think everyone is really helpful and friendly.”

“I read that statistically it was the cheapest city to live in, in the UK. The people are so friendly especially when compared to other cities I’ve been too. There’s a real sense of community here. In terms of educational facilities, it’s five-star.”

“Apart from my course, I chose Cardiff because of the rugby! I love it! Watching it the centre has been great fun. Cardiff is well connected, you can get anywhere from here!”

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Meet the newly elected exec gair rhydd introduces the officers elected in the recent elections Athletic Union President

President

Olly Birrell

Jack Perkins How did it feel to be elected again? I’m looking forward to spending another year here at the Union, but I’ve still got work left to do as AU President! Hopefully I can utilise my experience to ensure that this year's handover process is as beneficial as possible to next year's team.

Did you enjoy campaigning in the elections? The whole week was crazy fun. There were highs and lows but the highlight had to be at the end of the week when I took off that outfit for the very last time! It feels great to have won. The competition was so tough for AU President so I didn't expect to win. Snog, marry or avoid - how would you rate your future colleagues? I'd snog Darryl just for a laugh, I couldn't choose between the lovely ladies for marriage, and I'd pick Darryl for avoid as well because it could be a bit awkward aftter the snog...

Who would you snog, marry or avoid of the other officers? I'd snog Oli because I want to stroke those guns! I'd marry Sarah Ingram because she's a barrister, and they're always handy! I'd avoid Jack if only to let him do his job! The AU's a tough thing to let go of...

Academic and University Affairs Officer

Head of Student Media

What's the first thing you want to do? I'm hoping to spend plenty of time at the 24 hour library over the next few months whilst I'm still a student to see how much it is used and to assess whether we need more libraries like this.

What's first on the agenda for student media next year? I'll be working over the summer to make sure that the website is sexy, and I'll be putting together a campus-wide survey which will give students the chance to let us know what they want from Student Media.

Pick three of your fellow sabbs to snog, marry or avoid! I'd probably snog Oli Luton - he spent most of his time campaigning at the Heath so he still has a mysterious air about him! Jack was always ready to help others put their banners up at the Union so I'd marry him and avoid Sarah because it would probably get in the paper!

Who would you choose to snog, marry or avoid? I'd snog Oli Luton because he's fit, basically. Olly Birrell would make a good husband because he's President and could give me what I want. Sorry Darryl, but I'm just not sure about that bling so I'll have to avoid.

Welfare, Campaigns and Communications Officer

Finance and Commercial Officer

Sarah Ingram

Rose Savage

Sarah Powell

Darryl Light

What's your first target going to be? I want to try and make Cathays a nicer and more respectable place to go home to after studying by carrying on the work of the current team and developing further initiavtives with Cardiff Council. I'm genuinely so pleased that I'll be staying at the University, in a setting I love and in a job that will be challenging, fun and rewarding.

How did it feel when you found out that you'd won? I was in total shock as the other candidates were all really strong. I was just ecstatic that Cardiff students chose me to lead the Union's commercial side. I plan to make this year's Freshers' week the biggest and best ever to persuade students that the Union is the place to be! Which of the other sabbs would be snogged, married or avoided? I'd snog Cos if he wore the wig, marry Jack because his outfit was irresistable and avoid Olly Birrell because he's tried to lick my beard at The Lash enough times this year already!

Snog, marry or avoid the other officers? Who could resist snogging Jack in his pirate costume? I'd marry Cosimo, 'cos' he's worth it' and I'd avoid Darryl because I know he won't mind!

Societies, Events and Activities Officer

Healthcare Integration Officer

What was the best bit about campaigning? I'd say getting dressed in and playing the guitar in Talybont. We sang a reggae version of Happy Birthday for a group of first years!

What did winning feel like for you? It feels great to be honest. I heard RON was a pretty funny guy so I'm glad to have just sinched it... seriously though I can't wait to start next year. We've got a great team and a whole summer together to get things set up for next year.

Cosimo Montagu

Who would you choose to snog, marry or avoid? I'd snog Sarah Powell for agreeing to put a societies page in gair rhydd, marry Darryl to try and improve the societies budget and avoid Oli/ Jack/ Olly because my liver might want me to avoid a few nights out with them!

Oli Luton

Which of the officers would you snog, marry and avoid? I'd snog Sarah POW- what a name. I'd marry Sarah Ingram - what an angel! And I'd avoid Darryl - you should never trust a man in gold chains.

Meet the non-sabbatical officers who'll be representing you Women's Officer, Victoria Jones Student Council Chair, Jennifer Lay Ethical and Environmental Officer, Sam Coates LGBT Officer, Mark Anderson Mature Students' Officer, Kelly Marlow

Postgraduate Officer, Edward Mason


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CUTV triumphs Jody Tozer Reporter Cardiff Union Television (CUTV) won two awards at the National Student Television Association (NaSTA) awards last month. The station walked away with the awards for best music video and best comedy video, and also received two 'Highly Commended' awards for best drama and best animation. The 38th annual awards included a whole weekend of workshops, and the ceremony itself was held on March 26. There were 18 categories in the awards, held in a grand church, and up to 22 universities battled it out for the prizes in each category. Although CUTV is only three years

old, it saw off competition from other more established stations to pick up the awards. CUTV Station Manager James Temperton said: "Winning the awards is great because there were a lot of stations who've been around for a lot longer, so for quite a small station to win in two fairly big categories is excellent. "It can kick-start a lot of enthusiasm - we are producing stuff worthy of national awards, and that's testament to the hard work of everyone involved." The winning entries for CUTV were its coverage of Swn Festival for best music video, and 'Ethnic Diversity and You' for best comedy video. Go to www.cardiffunion.tv to watch them.

VICTORY: Jody Tozer and Ollie Mumby celebrate

Extended exam period library opening hours announced Tomos Clarke Reporter

Cardiff Uni students intern at Power2010 Chaitanya Marpakwar Reporter Four Master's students at the school of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) have bagged internships at Power2010, a UKwide political reform group. The Political Communication students will work for the organisation's Welsh campaign for two months. Power2010, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust is not linked to any political party. It calls itself a unique campaign to let common people have a say in democracy and reform the country’s politics. The campaign is now in its most crucial phase and getting as many people to sign the Power2010 Pledge

will be the focus of the new interns. Giving the newly-recruited interns a chance to display their talent, Power2010 has assigned key roles to these interns as part of their campaign team in Wales. Media relations, campaign management, social networking, creating support\er base and street work are some of the key areas in which these interns would be operating. “It’s a campaign that I believe in, and working here has been a great opportunity and the experience will definitely look good on my CV�, said Malcolm Leeman, one of the interns. "The interns have really hit the ground running and made an immediate impact. They will be hitting the streets across Wales to gather even more support,� concluded Iestyn Davies, Power2010’s campaign coordinator in Wales.

With the final exam period of the year looming large, the University has announced that library opening hours will be extended over the coming examination period. In addition to the usual opening hours the Trevithick library will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights between Tuesday April 20 and Thursday June 10. Opening hours of the ASSL and Law libraries on Sundays will be extended to 12.00-21.30 on April 25 and then 10.00-21.30 from May 6 until June 6. The Aberconway and Bute libraries will also open 12.00-21.30 on Sundays from April 18 until June 6. Michaela Neild, Academic Affairs Officer at Cardiff Students’ Union, said: “Securing extended opening hours is a huge victory for us. “If take up is as good as we predict there'll be a case for the University extending them outside of exam times,� she added.

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Students enticed by booze promos Jonathan Bird Reporter A study at Cardiff University found that two thirds of students base decisions about where to go on a night out on what drink offers a bar or club has. The study, carried out by an undergraduate student at the University, revealed that over 66% of students choose where to spend a night out based on the promotions on offer. Enticed by glossy advertisements and cut-price alcohol promotions, the research concludes that students are being encouraged to drink more. The study also revealed that a staggering 28% of students had their first alcoholic drink before they were 13, and that freshers were most likely to binge drink. It is thought that many rely on alcohol to help them bond with new friends. Third-year student at Swansea University, Natasha Peets, said: “For many first-year students, it is their first time away from home and they are making the most out of their new found freedom. The majority of first years have only recently turned 18 and they take advantage of being able to purchase alcohol legally and going

into clubs. “Finding yourself living and studying with complete strangers can be a surreal experience and drinking together for many is the easiest and quickest way to bond.” Campaigners have long called for a crack down on the marketing of alcohol. Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh Secretary of the British Medical Association, said: “We have called for a complete ban on alcohol advertising, including sponsorship and promotional deals like happy hours, two-forone purchases and ladies’ free entry nights. “The alcohol industry uses its considerable marketing skills and massive budgets to promote positive images about alcohol. “It is no surprise that young people are drawn to drinking when £800m is spent promoting alcohol every year, and when advertising and sponsorship links it with cultural icons on the rugby or football pitch and at music festivals – and when its often cheaper to buy than bottled water. “Politicians showed courage before by not bowing to the tobacco industry, and as a result here has been a cultural change for the better. “This now needs to happen with alcohol – our politicians need to take

the tough decisions about alcohol that might not please the drinks industry but will protect health, save lives and safeguard responsible drinkers.” Some UK universities are perceived to condone heavy drinking sessions by arranging bonding sessions that centre on alcohol as the sole source of entertainment. Pub crawls, organised by Students’ Unions, are also common and encourage students to have a drink in every bar along a designated route. Government advisers have recently said university sports clubs and societies which encourage alcohol-fuelled initiations should have their funding withdrawn. However, a study by Dr Fiona Davies of Cardiff Business School found that banning sports sponsorship would have little impact on young peoples’ drinking habits. The study found no statistically significant link between sponsorship and alcohol use. National initiatives are being introduced to educate young people about alcohol. Alcohol Concern Cymru has recently launched a new website, which has a calculator to allow people to count the the units and calories of the drinks commonly drunk on a night out.

a BA in Journalism, Film and Media, recently entered a competition for budding entrepreneurs called . The programme, hosted by the BBC and filmed by Maverick Productions, selects members of the public who have innovative ideas and brands. It then gives the entrepreneurs the opportunity to be filmed in a seven-part series presented by Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis. The pair beat thousands of other applicants, after presenting their pitch to ten buyers from the pharmacy chain, Boots. The buyers were particularly impressed by the healthcare aspect of the product, which offers men a practical way to tackle personal hygiene, as opposed to deodorants and sprays which simply mask bad odours. Ellie Ankutse, editor of the national male grooming blog, www. apetogentlemen.com, said: “Unlike deodorants, wipes actually remove the

source of the smell rather than masking it. If this is done properly, priced right, and positioned in the right outlets, male orientated wipes will do extremely well. “I think there could be a couple of reasons why we haven’t seen a product like this for men. Either that men have been doing what those new to male grooming tend to do: which is use their partners wipes or buy female product equivalents. Or that quite simply, no one has come up with the idea before.” Wingman designer, Stuart Jolley, said: “Maverick productions have already been round to film at my house, interviewing my mum and brother, and they'll follow us during the next few months on this journey. The whole process was filmed for the programme - from interviews beforehand, to the actual pitch and then waiting to be called in to hear the verdict.”

BARGAIN HUNTING: Students look for cheap deals

Cardiff Uni's intimate wipe Teenager stabbed to creators appear in BBC show death in own home

Emma McFarnon News Editor Two Cardiff University graduates who created the men’s intimate wipe, Wingman, will be appearing in a BBC series presented by Theo Paphitis. Stuart Jolley and William Butterworth designed the Wingman wipes, which can be used at music festivals, work or at home, after graduating last year. The pair won a Student Enterprise competition with their innovative design whilst studying at the University, and their product has been backed by numerous sexual health charities. The wipes have since been redesigned, and can now be used for allover male body deodorising, as well as intimate cleaning. The pair, who both graduated with

TRAGEDY: (From left) Murder scene; flowers laid in Aamir's honour

The incident has also horrified the student community. Third year medical student, Josie Phizacklea, said: “You just don't expect to hear about such a distressing incident in the middle of the day, in the safety of a house and so close to where we all live. Especially when news articles on the internet were saying the murderers hadn't been caught and were seen heading down Shirley Road. It’s weird to think we could have walked past the murderers in the street and never known.” Dafydd Ap Emyr, also a third year medical student living near Ninian road, said: “Every time we’ve left the house since Sunday we have had to tell the police our names and confirm where we lived. We couldn’t drive down the road for days because it was

blocked off.” Robin Morgan, a third year Modern History and Politics student who went to the school that Aamir attended for two years, said: “It makes it horribly more real when there's a link to you, you don't expect it to ever happen to someone who went to your school or just lived round the corner.” Aamir’s parents, who were seriously injured as they tried to protect him, were discharged from hospital following treatment on Tuesday. Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent, Stuart McKenzie said: “Despite these arrests we are still very much appealing for information. I would urge anyone who has information of the tragic death of Aamir to contact the incident room at Cardiff Central Police Station on 02920 571530 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


06 NEWS Cardiff make data storage Charlotte Buffton Reporter

Cardiff University is carrying out a pilot study into data storage in the hope of making it more energy efficient. The University's Information Services Directorate has been allocated £50,000 by the Joint Information Systems Commitee (JISC) to conduct the research. The study, Planet Filestore, aims to

of holding data so that it needs less physical space, with the hope of making it more sustainable. The study hopes eventually to establish a system that automatically

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Green Gown recognition for Cardiff University sustainability Amy Hall Reporter Cardiff University's Students in Free Enterprise and the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) have been shortlisted for the final stage of the prestigious Green Gown Awards which recognise the work of the UK's most sustainable universities and col-

leges. SIFE has been short listed for the Your Uni Fruit and Veg Co-op project in the Student Initiatives & Campaigns section. The fruit and veg co-operative has been running for two years in Cardiff's Students' Union. Run on a voluntary basis, the co-operative promotes healthy eating by selling bags of fruit and vegetables to students and people working around the university. They have raised £450 for the Riverside Community Project which runs

a similar scheme, selling produce to poor families. “We are really proud of SIFE and the Co-Op,” said Lucy Hiscox, Your Uni Co-Ops Co President. “Everyone involved has worked really hard over the last two years to make an environmentally friendly and affordable scheme that is very popular within both the Union and the University.” The BRASS Centre has been shortlisted in the Research & Development category for its project Micro Factory Retailing (MFR), a sustainable busi-

ness model for the car industry. The BRASS Centre aims to understand and promote sustainability, accountability and social responsibility through research into business relationships. Micro Factory Retailing was originally developed at Cardiff University's Business School by Paul Niuwenhuis and Peter Wells in the 1990s. The Green Gown winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in June which take place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

and moves them into green storage, which uses high-density disks that require less power. All data will still be instantly available for users. The project is due to be completed in December 2010 and will be applicable to both the further and the higher education sectors. Project leader and the University's Information Services' Principal Consultant Engineer, Paul Rock, said: “Not only is this pilot project a great opportunity for Information Services

sector, bringing wide-ranging lessons and a solid demonstration of what the more sustainable technology can achieve.” Rob Bristow, JISC Programme Manager, added: “In the context of the UK higher education sector, which is estimated to hold one and a half million computers and spend around £116m on ICT related electricity per year, it is vital to consider the sustainability of the services we provide.”

FRUIT AND VEG CO-OP: Promting sustainability and healthy eating

Computer virus infects halls of residence Gareth Ludkin News Editor Cardiff University’s Information Services (INSRV) have urged students to use their computers “more carefully” after a major virus outbreak on the Residences Network (RESLAN) infected 120 students’ computers. The virus, which goes under the name of CONFIKER, occurred shortly before the Easter break. A very convincing ‘My Computer’ window would pop up onscreen, saying: ‘you have a virus – get rid of it now’. The virus disabled students' internet even if anti-virus software had been installed. whose computers are registered on the residences network which provides open access to the internet. Students

affected had their computer taken off the network, and they were advised to have their computer software rebuilt, at a cost of £40. INSRV ensured that the virus was no longer replicating itself on the RESLAN network; however, they also recognised that it was impossible to completely eradicate the risk of future computer virus infection. “It is impossible for INSRV to stop students, who demand open internet access in RESLAN, from visiting websites where these viruses are distributed by malicious people. Particularly in the new age of social computing,” said Tom Wiersma, assistant director of INSRV. biology student who was affected by this virus, has been advised to pay the £40 to re-build his computer. He described it as a “pain in the arse”, but was lucky that he didn’t lose any assignments. He said: “I regularly back

“It was a pain not being able to get onto Blackboard and the MWE email. I ended up missing a tutor meeting a couple of days later. The University just gave me a sheet of paper with a list of inbefore handing my computer into the IT clinic.” In an email explaining the issue, Tom Wiersma stressed that the INSRV system had a low rate of infection: “We can not stop students from visiting malicious websites and the direct relation between open access and security must always be remembered; the more open the access the greater the chances of virus attack.” INSRV mobilised as many staff as possible to deal with the ‘major’ clean up activity, and continued to offer their assistance in dealing with internet problems.

INFECTED: 120 students were affected


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You'll never guess what...

Smile like you mean it

Shrek-sy

Research based on dead baseball players claims that life expectancy can be judged by your smile Tomos Clarke Reporter

Producers of children’s movie Shrek have been left embarrassed after they arranged a saucy photoshoot with an American men's magazine. The publicity stunt, in association with magazine, features characters from the movie's fourth instalment posing with barely-clothed models. One particularly shocking example sees Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy, in a suggestive scene with a part-naked couple. “While we do respect 's creative vision, the shoot did not turn out the way originally envisioned when the idea was first presented by the magazine," said a Paramount spokesman. "In hindsight, we would have declined to include the Shrek characters in such a magazine spread."

It’s official; a sunny, smiley disposition will lead to a longer life. A recent study has suggested that the width of your grin and the depth of your laughter lines seem to have a direct effect on when you kick the bucket, perhaps due to the positive mental attitude these features represent. Anecdotal evidence has long pointed at a link between mental attitude and life expectancy, but a study published in Psychological Science by researchers at Wayne University in Michigan, America, claims to finally have scientific evidence to prove the

fact. The method used seems slightly unorthodox at first glance, as the study group for the research was the 1952 Sporting News baseball register. The ball-players were chosen as a sample group because detailed life statistics are available for all the players. Ernest L. Abel and Michael L. Kruger studied photos of all 230 Major League Baseball players

in the register; each photo came with a listing of the player’s life statistics, including height, weight, age and marital status. They then arranged the players by the width of their smiles and depth of their laughter lines into three categories: no smile, partial smile or full Duchenne smiles. A Duchenne smile is when all the involuntary muscles in the face tense, resulting in a genuine smile that cannot be faked. The resulting list was compared to the age of

A near-Deutsch experience

Marmot is a road hog A Montana motorway has a new resident – a cuddly marmot. The tiny creature, a type of squirrel, was spotted by a keen-eyed photographer. “When the car got almost on top of it, the marmot seemed to just melt into the road,” said photographer Zack Clothier. It is thought the furry critter is using the road as part of its den, though quite why it likes the peace and serenity of the crawler lane is anyone’s guess.

the players upon their death. 184 players had died at the time of the trial. Of these, those from the “no smile” section lived on average 72.9 years and the “partial smile” to 75. The happiest baseball players of all lived to 79.9 years on average, a whopping 7 years longer than their grumpy comrades. In the course of the research the team noticed that putting on a smile for show was not enough to get the benefit. Players without deep laughter lines lived significantly shorter than their wrinkly counterparts. The researchers concluded that happy individuals who are likely to smile spontaneously are more likely to benefit from the effects of positive thinking. The evidence is apparently “written all over our faces”.

SNAKES ON A, ER, BALCONY: Scales of justice SPEAKING IN TONGUES: Coma victim starts speaking German

Gareth Ludkin News Editor A Croatian teenager has miraculously awoken from a coma speaking fluent German. The 13-year-old girl from Knin in southern Croatia awoke from her 24hour coma able to speak German, although a downside to this is that so far she is unable to speak Croatian, her native tongue. This incredible occurrence has baffled doctors at Split's KB Hospital. Various experts have examined the girl as they try to find out what triggered the unusual change. Hospital director Dujomir Marasovic said: “You never know when recovering from such a trauma how the brain will react. Obviously we have some theories although at the moment we are limited in what we can say because we have to respect the privacy

of the patient.” The young teenager had only just started studying German at school and had been reading German books and watching German TV to improve her linguistic skills, however, according to her parents she was by no means fluent. Whether being able to speak German and not Croatian is an advantage or not remains to be seen. Doctors and psychiatrists hope that she will regain her native tongue before long. Psychiatric expert Dr Mijo Milas, who is continuing with tests to establish the cause of this dramatic event, added: “In earlier times this would have been referred to as a miracle, we prefer to think that there must be a logical explanation – its just that we haven't found it yet. “At the moment though any speculation would remain just that – speculation – so it's better to continue tests until we actually know something.”

Criminal hisstory Jamie Thunder News Editor A man has been arrested in South Carolina after apparently assaulting another guest with a python. Tony Smith, 29, was staying at the Executive Inn in Rock Hill when another guest asked him to turn down his music. The guest, 47-year-old Jeffery Culp, had work the next morning, and said Smith and his friends had also been racing down the corridor on chairs. The pair argued after Culp asked them to stop at around 9pm. He alleges that Smith later came up to him, tapped him on the shoulder, and thrust the four-foot snake in his face. Local police records list the type of weapon used as ‘other’.

According to Culp, his attacker knew of his fear of snakes before the incident. “He [had been] out there running up and down the sidewalk with it,” Culp told his local newspaper. “I told him I don’t do snakes. I’m deathly afraid of them.” When his and his wife went onto the motel balcony for a cigarette, Culp says, Smith came up to him and tapped him on the shoulder. “He said, ‘here look at this,’” Culp said. “He had the snake’s head squeezed so its mouth was open. He ran it across my face and it tried to crawl in my mouth.” He called the police, who found Smith on the balcony and arrested him on suspicion of assault and battery. Culp was left with some minor cuts, but did not require medical treatment. Smith has now been released on bail.


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Dychmygwch fyd â dim ond un math o gwrw, un math o glwb nos ac un math o berson. Dychmygwch fyd â dim ond un math o ffôn symudol, un math o frechdan ac un math o gerddoriaeth. Pa fath o fyd fyddai hwn? Sefydlwyd Cell Prifysgol Caerdydd ym mis Ionawr eleni, er mwyn adfer sefyllfa’r iaith yn ein dinas a chynyddu’r statws a’r defnydd o’r Gymraeg o fewn ein hundeb a’n cymdeithasau.

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Ond beth yw gwir bwrpas ymgyrchu? Pwy sy’n gweld ymhell dros y gorwel? Yn ddiweddar fe ddychwelodd tri aelod o’r Gell o gynhadledd byd eang ym Mrwsel ar ieithoedd lleiafrifol a gafodd ei gyfiaethu am y tro cyntaf erioed yn fyw i’r Gymraeg yn Ewrop. Yn gwmni iddynt yr oedd cynrychiolwyr o bedwar ban Ewrop, o Gatalonia i bellafoedd dwyrain Ewrop, pob gwlad dan hael. Nid Cymry yn unig oedd yn y gynhadledd hon, ond cynrychiolwyr o lawer o wledydd Ewrop, yn cynnwys Catalonia, Estonia a Corsica. Yr un oedd y neges i bawb, bod

yr hawl i bob unigolyn ddefnyddio ei iaith ei hun afel Undeb Ewropeaidd, mae rhaid i ni fod yn falch o’n hieithoedd bychain a’r cyfansoddiad diddorol hynny sy’n gwneud Ewrop a’r byd yn le lliwgar ac yn baled llawn lliw. Yr hyn nad yw pobl yn sylweddoli yw nad ein hiaith a’n hunaniaeth ni yn unig sydd yn cael ei drafod yma, nid rhywbeth hunanol ac agos i adref yn unig yw'r frwydr dros iaith ond rhywbeth rhyngwladol sy’n bwrpasol i bob unigolyn sydd yn y byd. Pe collir un iaith lefrifol, ym mha bynnag le fo hynny, nid y wlad sydd yn colli rhan ohoni, ond y byd sydd yn colli un o’r

lliwiau hynny ar ei faled. Fe ddwedodd aelod o Gatalonia; “What would the world be like if a bird only had one song?” Beth petai hynny’n wir? Mae iaith llawer yn fwy na rhywbeth personol, llawen yn fwy na rhywbeth a siaredir bob dydd, llawer mwy na rhywbeth Cymreig neu Fasgedd. Ni wel dyn lwyr werth iaith, tan ei fod wedi mynd. O safbwynt Ewrop y mae’r Gymraeg yn iaith swyddogol yng Nghymru. Ond rhyfedd yw dweud o safbwynt Prydain a Llundain, nid yw’r iaith yn bodoli. Mae Ewrop yn cydnabod pwysigrwydd y Gymraeg. A yw

Prydain? Neu’n bwysicach, a yw y Cymru? Nid Cymru, neu Gatalonia sy’n buddio o ddiogeli iaith ei iaith leafrifol. Ewrop a’r byd sy’n buddio. Ehangwch eich gweledigaeth. A hoffech chi weld fwy o Gymraeg yn eich undeb? Dewch i Gyfarfod Sefydlu Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd ar Nos Fercher yr 21ain o Ebrill am 7y.h yn Ystafell Aneurin Bevan er mwyn cefnogi'r ymgais ac i ddysgu mwy! Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch â cellprifysgolcaerdydd@hotmail.com


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Building hope from the ashes Why disasters bring out the best in us astronauts (Swigert died in 1982) and members of the command team on the ground got together and shared memories with gathered reporters. "You don't say how slim your odds are but rather how you can improve them," explained Lovell. His often misquoted words (“Houston, we’ve had a problem,”) immediately set the tone for the journey ahead – they are serious, workmanlike. They let little emotion cloud the judgement.

The point that was intended, I presume, is that it was not the disaster but the reaction that was so fine an hour. The intellectual effort required to bring the stricken craft back to earth, with its three inhabitants safe and well, is gargantuan. These gentlemen did not have Yahoo! Answers to get Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise back to earth. It took a human effort I, as a simpleton, cannot fathom. Don’t even begin to think you can either, unless you are Jeremy Paxman, Stephen Fry or HAL. In all seriousness, I salute those gentlemen (for they were mostly men) for their endeavours and I believe it proves that adversity brings out the best in humanity. The anniversary of the mission’s launch was just about a week ago and was marked by a small gathering in the States. The two surviving

It's curious how we can ignore an entire continent at its knees, yet rush to a country in the same position Sometimes, though, emotion is what brings people to a collective effort. Dunkirk was, in every sense, a military disaster. But in terms of humanity, it is one of the greatest triumphs. After the German army had cornered thousands of British, French and Belgian troops at the Battle of Dunkirk, thousands of British ships rushed to their rescue. Civilian boats worked together with military ships to evacuate more than 300,000 troops. The spirit gained from the victory helped win the Allies the war. When Austrian racing driver Niki

Lauda crashed his Ferrari at the fearsome Nordschleife in 1976, a gentleman called Guy Edwards (a Brit, of course) took it upon himself not to simply stand and watch but stop his race car and drag the stricken champion from the wreckage. His deed would seem a little less brave had Lauda simply stopped by the track. It would seem silly, in fact, to stop had there been no problem. Natural disasters are, I’m almost certain, shit. Haiti went from being a fairly poor but quite attractive place for a holiday to the centre of a crisis. But the reaction by the public channelled global Dunkirk spirit to bring scores of people to offer their money or themselves to help bring the country back to its feet again. Everyday, thousands of people die in Africa because they have no food or medicine and yet one event can bring an instant injection of humanity. It’s curious how we can ignore a continent on its knees (or at least, large parts of it) week in, week out, but if a country is brought to its knees, we trip over ourselves to help. Ironic when you consider that the western world pushed Africa to its knees but a natural disaster is just that – natural. Think about that... But back to the original point. Apollo 13 was, in my opinion, NASA’s finest hour because they turned an almost certain disaster into a huge triumph. Bravo gentlemen. Bravo.

Thou shalt not touch kids

Arrest may be too far, but the Papal office must be held to account can’s hands by arresting him during his journey to Britain in September. They justify this arrest attempt under allegations of the Pontiff ‘aiding and abetting sex with minors’ – which on a large scale becomes a crime against humanity, recognised by the International Criminal Court.

The Pope is not going to be doing laps of the exercise yard any time soon Among exaggerated claims that the Pope should consider resigning, a group of British Human Rights lawyers are investigating the possibility of taking the decision out of The Vati-

A particularly interesting development is the public support of this campaign by Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, two of the world’s most prominent atheists. Those backing the Pope have retaliated by accusing atheists of using the recent media

attention as an excuse to attack religion. This is absolutely absurd. Believe it or not, we atheists have a level of morals comparable to those of any other human being and at the concept of abused children, the disgusted majority of us think primarily of the fight for justice rather than the possibility of an anti-theist rant. This is also true for the louder and less tolerant Mr. Dawkins. It is these morals that stimulate me in wanting some real changes to the Catholic Church, to prevent these allegations from recurring. Realistically, the Pope is not going to be doing laps of the exercise yard at your local prison any time soon; the implications of such an arrest are culturally and politically volatile, with some suggesting that it would significantly alienate British Catholics, insinuating that their leader and therefore their views are not welcome.

A more likely hindrance is the legal implications; much debate concerns whether The Vatican is considered to be a state by international law – if it is, then the Pope, as head of state, is given diplomatic immunity.

We need to pursue truth and justice, with the firm mindset that the Pope is a man My personal view of the Catholic Church is rarely pleasant. Its views on homosexuality and life-saving contraceptives are enough for me to hang my head in shame at our species, but arresting the leader of one of the world’s most prominent religions is not going to solve the problem. At the end of the day, the Church gains its power from

its worldwide support of millions of members. More than anything, these members – along with the rest of the public, regardless of religion – should retaliate in disgust at the actions of both the responsible priests and their respective leaders. I’m sure many do, but there are still those who view his actions as being taken out of proportion and resort to denouncing Richard Dawkins rather than their own religious leaders. Vitally, we need to pursue truth and justice with the firm mindset that the Pope is a man. It is perhaps all too easy for an atheist to sit here and argue with the views of an established religion, but we must accept that he is capable of making mistakes, regardless of any ties with God that he may or may not have. No amount of religious or political power is justification for sexually abusing children. It’s as simple as that.


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10 ELECTION 2010

On May 6, the nation will vote to decide the future of the country. So who should you vote for? This week, the major parties have all revealed their manifestos and set out on the campaign trail in the run up to election day. For many, this election could be the biggest in a generation - our country is embroiled in two wars, emerging from the sharpest recession in recent history, and saddled with astronomical government debt. To help you make the right choice, gair rhydd breaks down the policies of each of the major parties in three crucial areas: the economy, education, and political reform.

The Labour Party Damian Fantato Entitled ‘A future fair for all’, Labour’s manifesto is their vision of what needs to be done in order to “rebuild our economy”, “reform and protect our public services” and “renew our politics”. Economically, Labour’s priority is to secure the recovery – only once the recovery is secured will they begin their pledge to halve the deficit by 2014. Banks will be forced to keep more capital and create “living wills” to stop their failure spreading. The government will break up banks in which it has a controlling stake to increase competition and a new UK Finance for Growth Fund will supply £4billion of capital for growing businesses. Infrastructure will be modernised, with the building of High Speed Rail, the creation of a Green Investment Bank and broadband access for all. To fight unemployment, young people out of work for six months will be given a job or a training place through the £1billion Future Jobs Fund, which will support 200,000 jobs. Controversially, National Insurance contributions will be raised by one percent. Additionally, in a move that will benefit nine out of ten first-time buyers, Labour will exempt properties below £250,000 from stamp duty for two years, paid for by increasing stamp duty on homes worth more than

£1million. In education, Labour pledge to increase spending on frontline Sure Start (which gives access to free nursery education and parenting advice), childcare, schools and 16-19 learning. The manifesto guarantees a choice of good schools in every area and, where parents aren’t satisfied, the power to bring in new school leadership teams. Every young person will be guaranteed education or training until the age of 18 and 75 percent will go on to higher education by the age of 30. Universities will be forced to widen participation and boost social mobility. Labour guarantee support and mentoring for higher education applications for all low-income pupils. Foundation degrees and part-time study will be expanded. In terms of political reform, Labour offer improved citizenship education for young people coupled with a free vote in Parliament on reducing the voting age to 16. Fixed term parliaments will be introduced and an All Party Commission will look into a Written Constitution. Referenda will be held, on the same day, on a change to the voting system and an elected House of Lords. A statutory register of lobbyists will be created local democracy will be expanded.

The Conservatives Paul Stollery The Tories are hoping their manifesto will help them regain office after 13 years in opposition. The focus is on ‘big society’, rather than ‘big government’, and they are asking the electorate to help change the country. In terms of the economy, the Conservatives are promising an emergency budget within 50 days of taking office, in order to “set out a credible plan for eliminating the bulk of the structural current budget deficit over a Parliament.” The manifesto rules out Labour's proposed rise in National Insurance, which was announced in the budget several weeks ago. The Tories believe they can find an extra £12billion via cutting spending on IT,

renegotiating contracts and limiting public sector recruitment – £6billion of which will go to cover the freeze in National Insurance, with the other £6billion going towards cutting the deficit. In education, the Tories have pledged to raise the standards of teaching. Additionally, the party want to raise entry requirements for new primary school teachers so that graduates must have at least a 2:2. The proposed school reform that will make the biggest splash, however, are the plans to allow parents to take over failing schools and run them for themselves. Under these plans, parents, charities and other community groups will be able to apply for money from the government and either take over existing schools, or open up new ones completely. This has already proved an unpopular plan within the education sector – just 24 hours after this plan was announced, 50 head teachers wrote an open letter to the Guardian, attacking the plans and saying they feared “across-the-board cuts”. The Tories are also proposing political reform in a bid to boost public confidence after the recent expense scandal. One of the plans is to publish all items of spending over £25,000 online, along with the salaries of all senior servants in central government. They also plan to cut the number of MPs by ten percent, ban ex-ministers from lobbying for two years after leaving office, and give more power to backbenchers.

The Liberal Democrats Oliver Franklin The Liberal Democrats have produced a simple, clear manifesto based around prioritising four key policies. Economic changes come under two of these. The first, “Fair taxes that put money back in your pocket,” outlines major changes in the tax system. The Lib Dems would raise the income tax threshold to £10,000 – a move they claim would see “3.6 million low earners [such as University students] and pensioners freed from income

taxes completely.” This spending will be covered by closing tax loopholes on the wealthy and the biggest polluters and a one percent ‘mansion tax’ on properties over £2million. The second aspect of their economic reform comes under “A fair future: creating jobs by making Britain greener.” At the centre of this is banking reform – breaking up the banks’ investment and retail arms and imposing a levy on excessive profits, and establishing a UK Infrastructure bank to invest in key industries and green business. In terms of reducing the deficit, Vince Cable and his team have identified £15billion of immediate cuts, including abolishing ID cards and not renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent In education, the Lib Dems pledge “a fair chance for every child.” They will replace the national curriculum with a ‘minimum curriculum entitlement’, giving teachers and schools more power. £2.5billion of funding will be targeted at disadvantaged schools, which could bring average class sizes down to 20 pupils. The biggest changes come in higher education – the Lib Dems aim to phase out tuition fees over six years, with finalyear fees abolished immediately. Labour’s target of 50 percent of people going to university will be scrapped, and the Lib Dems will instead introduce viable alternatives for those not wishing to pursue a degree, such as apprenticeships. In terms of political reform, the Lib Dems have promised “A fair deal, by cleaning up politics,” a title which belies the most radical approach of the major parties. These include replacing the House of Lords with a smaller, elected upper chamber, establishing a written constitution, introducing a single transferable vote system, and introducing fixed-term parliaments. The voting age will be cut to 16, and the electorate will have the right to sack MPs who breach rules. The manifesto also outlines plans to curb the political power of lobbyists and give more power to the Welsh and Scottish governments.

Election Factfile

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WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?: On 6 May, yo spirits on the campaign trail. Below left


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our vote will choose which one of these men will be the next Prime Minister. Above: Gordon Brown in cheerful t: David Cameron is ahead in the polls. Below Right: Nick Clegg leading the charge for the Lib Dems

And the also-rans... There aren't just three parties to choose from

The Green Party

UKIP

The sustainable choice, the Green Party are aiming to secure their first seats in parliament. As well as their environmental policies, the Green party have campaigned against irresponsible banks, and aim to set up a High Pay Commision to regulate excessive city bonuses. Economically, the party are pledging a £44billion package of stimulus measures aimed at creating green jobs and reducing the deficit. They also promise to increase the minimum wage to 60 percent of the national average - to around £8.10 an hour. Other campaign priorities include the NHS, where the Greens have pledged the abolition of prescriptions, and housing, where they have pledged free insulation for four million homes a year to help the elderly and reduce emissions.

According to the UK Independence Party, leaving the European Union will give Britain back three essential freedoms: the freedom of action, the freedom of resources and the freedom of the people. UKIP want to give power back to the people through the use of binding national and local referenda and more effective locally elected representatives. Proportional representation will also be introduced. The EU, they claim, costs around £120billion a year (however much of this is claimed back). UKIP will also alter everyone’s tax by introducing a flat rate tax at 31 percent. The tax threshold will be raised to £11,500 to remove tax from the minimum wage. One million new skilled jobs will be created through public and private investment.

The BNP

Plaid Cymru

The British National Party claim that 'immigration isn’t working'. By their calculations, in sixty years the indigenous British people will become an ethnic minority in Britain. To solve this problem, the BNP will deport the two million people who are here illegally and those who commit crimes and whose nationality is not originally British. All new immigration will be stopped. To help the economy, the BNP will nurture and encourage new British industries and protect them from “unfair” foreign imports. They will also increase taxes on companies that outsource work abroad. To save money the BNP will end the £9billion foreign aid budget and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Plaid's manifesto is one that is focused on getting a better deal for Wales and those who live here. They pledge to increase funding for Wales and hold a referendum for more powers for the Welsh Assembly Government. "[We will] try and seek the best possible deal for Wales" it says. The manifesto, however, also looks at national issues. Plaid pledge to scrap the Trident missile programme, as well as the ever-unpopular ID card scheme in a bid to ease the national debt. Despite looking to lower the debt, Plaid want to protect "vulnerable and front line services." The party also proposes a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as more support for ex-service personal.

Quote of the week "The proposals from the Conservatives for tax breaks for marriage are patronising drivel that belong in the Edwardian age." Nick Clegg tells it like it is, bitch.

Tweet of the week @ericpickles: my shits are from M&S. Conservative party chairman Eric Pickles shares a little too much.


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Labour under the spotlight

In the run up to May 6, gair rhydd will look at the case for each of the major parties. This week, Gareth Ludkin looks at Labour

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espite their many foibles and obvious room for improvement, I believe that we should be backing the Labour party on May 6. The Labour party still have the policies that will invest in the skills and jobs of the future. A green economy, green jobs and welfare state which takes care of the elderly and most vulnerable. Labour will stand for families on modest and middle incomes and they offer the experience and expertise necessary to deal with the eco-

One of Labour’s major achievements has been the transformation of the education system, which in 1997 was under performing and under invested. Huge investment in schools, training and teaching has helped drive up educational standards across the board. 200 new school academies are now open and £6,350 is spent on every pupil in the country; an increase from £3,030 in 1997. The Conservative party’s squeaky clean, airbrushed image of “modern” conservatism does not wash. The

Supporting small businesses, providing jobs, and keeping unemployment low are key principles of this Labour government, and their record over the past 13 years speaks for itself. More people are in employment under Labour, and the introduction of the minimum wage, the founding of Sure Start, more apprentices and investment in Higher Education has provided students, teenagers and young children with the best possible start in life and the best prospects for the future. Continued modernisation with the production of a more adaptable, technological and green society is the greatest aim of this Labour party. Under the Labour party, Britain has led the way on climate change, makments toward a global deal. Gordon Brown and Ed Milliband led the way on securing a $100billion annual fund for supporting the poorest countries through the effects of climate change, and they also helped set a unilateral two degree climate cap. Although perhaps only a small step, Britain showed unequivocal leadership on climate change.

GORDON BROWN: "It's like a baguette"

Conservatives will threaten our fragile recovery and their tax cuts are nonsensical. They do not have the policies to back up their promises, and their economic policies put Britain’s recovery at risk of falling into a double dip lus too early will be disastrous for our economy, but this is exactly what will happen under the Conservatives. Proposed Conservative tax cuts will cost the public £18.15billion at a time when both Vince Cable and Alistair Darling have questioned the credibil-

ity of the Conservatives spending cuts which remain disingenuous and deceptive. Alistair Darling has already highlighted a £34billion funding credibility gap and Osbourne looked out of place and inexperienced during the recent economic debate on Channel 4. At every turn we have seen the pupOsbourne’s every move. The “modern” Conservative party has no substance or backbone; they have misled the British public into thinking that the Conservatives pro-

vide real change. Coining a phrase from Obama’s handbook will not win over the British public. Trepidation over choosing the Connarrowing polls. At the time of writing, the Conservatives only lead Labour by three points, and while you may advisably take such polls with a pinch of salt, they do indicate uneasiness within an electorate unsure of whether the Conservatives will actually be able to deliver on their promises. I must however point out that this article was by no means easy to write. I am not without criticism of this Labour Government who must prove to the electorate that it is not stale and that is engaged and invigorated with the dreams, passions and local concerns of people around the country. Labour must re-engage with the values and principles upon which the Labour party stands. While the founding values remain true within the party, a blurring of political boundaries and a constant battle for the middle ground and the emerging middle class has damaged Labour’s credibility. People want to know what the Labour party stands for and this is the time that Gordon Brown and the Labour party must stand up and show the party exactly what they have to offer. Without this, the Labour party cannot, and will not win, and if the Labour party fails to bleed red, I fear for a country left in the hands of an inexperienced, disingenuous, and regressive Conservative government which will threaten growth, and leave us at risk of a deeper and more painful recession.

ELECTIONWATCH...THE BEST OF THE ELECTIONS SO FAR From the messageboards... "Is it me or does Cherie Blair remind you of Zippy from rainbow? basha, Birmingham (Daily Mail) "We must not forget that Cameron is an anagram of Romance" JEG (The Sun) "Labour - enough said" Simples, Plot 42, EUSSR (Daily Mail) "Y do lib dems both? u aint ever gonna get in power...UKIP is future" Deano91 (The Sun)

SATIRE: Possibly the best piece of campaigning so far, surprisingly, comes from the Lib Dems. Complete with a website and a manifesto, the Labservatives represent, in case you haven't guessed, a combination of Labour and the Conservatives.

"Free beer and tanks on the streets. That's what I'd have in my manifesto" Tony (BBC)


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Mr Ambassador, you spoil us

This world, Damian Fantato talks with the Israeli Ambassador this week about peace, Palestine and Israeli settlements Would you consider Palestine to be a serious partner? Well yes, I would consider the Palestinian Authority under Fayyad to be a serious partner. We have our differences, but we can talk. I don't see Hamas as a partner. I don't see someone who wants to throw me into the sea as a partner. What would we talk about? My funeral arrangements? But surely the decision to keep building settlements in East Jerusalem hints that Israel might not be taking the talks seriously? Let's examine that. I have a big issue with Jerusalem being defined as a settlement. I don't think King David defined Jerusalem as a settlement and I don't think you'd like it if I defined London as a settlement. At Camp David there were talks about how we could find a solution for Jerusalem, but branding the eternal capital of the Jews a settlement is not right. We took the settlements out of Gaza, out of the West Bank. No-one can say the settlements are the cause of anything. RON PROSOR: Israeli Ambassador

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on Prosor has been the Israeli Ambassador to the UK since 2007. Prior to this he was Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been a diplomat in Washington, London and Bonn and was Counsellor for Political Affairs throughout the Camp David talks. So why are you in Cardiff today? I was here for two reasons. Firstly, because we were privileged to open the first Israeli Honorary Consulate in Wales.We are trying to enhance the co-operation between Wales and the state of Israel. Secondly, I was at the University, trying to tell them what happens in the Middle East and giving them answers about what is happening. If they are willing to listen. How do you think your speech went? That, others should judge, but I think that it is important that people are open to discourse, to dialogue. I feel that in more and more places people come to shout out slogans that are far from reality. It is important that in an academic institution there is a free flow of ideas. If this doesn't happen then we all lose out. Your presence here has been criticised. How do you feel about this? Just think about this: what do they criticise? They criticise the fact that people, the state of Israel, the Israeli

Ambassador and others have the right to present their case. These so-called big liberals want to shut down debate. These people tell everybody to respect rights but don't do it themselves. It's sad. They should cherish their freedom. Should there have been a Palestinian representative present? Firstly, the room was full of Palestinian students. Secondly, a Palestinian representative can come tomorrow, next week, whenever. We could appear together, but when that happens it doesn't tend to be constructive. Could you briefly summarize your speech? I was talking about the asymmetric nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. At the moment there is a clash within the Muslim world, between Sunni and Shia, between pragmatic and extremist countries. Israel has nothing to do with some of these conflicts. It's partly territorial, partly religious, and it's only going to get tougher. But surely it's naive to ignore the impact Israel's presence has? Of course. Israel has a huge impact. The fact that we present Western democratic culture in what is perceived as an Islamic world creates a lot of antagonism. A lot of people don't recognise Israel's right to exist, but when we have a serious partner we are willing to make territorial concession, as we have done with Egypt.

It's not hard to see Israel's decision to keep building settlements as contemptuous of the recent peace talks. It's a fair question, but let's examine the facts. This Israeli government is the first one to acknowledge the need for a two-state solution. It is the first government to freeze settlements. The settlers are crying out loud! But about this settlement: first, it's not a new settlement, second, it's in North Jerusalem, not East Jerusalem. It's a place with 20,000 orthodox Jews and anyway you shape it it's going to be in Israel. This issue has been spun against us because of the horrible timing. I agree on the timing, but not on the issue. Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish people. It's not a settlement. Compromises need to be made on both sides. So how much is Israel prepared to compromise? Well let me show you tangibles. The Israeli Government, headed by Netanyahu, returned all territories to Egypt, down to the last centimetre. With King Hussein of Jordan not only did we do every territorial concession but we gave them water from the Lake of Tiberias when we needed it. We made the decision to disengage out of Gaza. We withdrew from Lebanon and we're still being shot with missiles. People always focus on Israel because it is an open society. We are up against a fundamentalist, Islamist, extremist society. We can't afford to lose once. The risks Israel takes are enormous. In terms of how asymmetric the

conflict is, some might claim that it is Israel that has the advantage with the USA as its financial backer. It's a valid point, but let me explain why it's not as important as some claim. First of all, the US supports Israel because it's a democratic country. Secondly, if you look at the oil revenues of the Arab world, they are saturated in petrol dollars. The situations is that you, here in Cardiff, in Berlin, in Paris, are contributing to the Palestinian Authority. So, yes, we have the United States with us, and this is important, but at the end of the day we have to rely on ourselves. So actions speak louder than words. Why does Israel keep bombing Gaza? Let me explain to you. If there is not going to be quiet in Israel there is not going to be quiet in Gaza. We left Gaza. It is no longer an occupied territory. If you were sitting in Cardiff and someone kept lobbing missiles into Cardiff every day, and we're talking 8,000 over a three year period, do you think that you'd sit idly by and let it happen? Israel has a right to defend itself on its undisputed borders. I can promise you one thing: if missiles will fall on Sderot and Ashkelon, Gaza will not be quiet and tranquil. Israel will defend itself. This is our right, and every democractic government is responsible for its citizens. I have absolutely no problems with fighting against an organisation that abuses its own citizens. Many would question the proportionality of Israel's bombings. Ok. So what do you suggest? That they shoot us with missiles into highly populated areas and we send them back in exactly the same proportion? I don't think democratic countries can work this way. Look at the UK: during the Second World War the casualties inflicted on Nazi Germany just during the bombing of Dresden were 20 times those inflicted on the UK. Was it proportionate? No. Was it right? Yes. It's often the case that Palestinians are treated unfairly. The road blocks are often given as an example of this. Agreed, but give us credit also. The reason for the road blocks was security. Now that the West Bank is beginning to assume control of security things are getting better. And give us some credit for this too.

Next week's section will feature a reply to this article on behalf of the Cardiff Stop the War Coalition.

Say what now?

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he interim leader of Kyrgyzstan claims that the ousted President Bakiyev, pictured, should stand trial. Bakiyev was swept out of power this month following a violent uprising which left dozens of people dead. The violence was caused by discontent over rising prices and endemic corruption. Bakiyev became President in 2005 following the Tulip Revolution when he promised to tackle corruption and poverty. He was re-elected in 2009 but the election was widely criticised as unfair.

Going nuclear

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he leaders of 47 countries have agreed to secure all vulnerable nuclear material within four years. The plan, agreed on at a summit in Washington, is supposed to safeguard nuclear stocks and keep material out of terrorist's hands. Barack Obama, who is behind the efforts to secure the 34 tonnes of nuclear material that is spread between these countries, stated that this is "real progress in building a safer world".

Fight that law!

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imbabwe has made a dramatic U-turn by shelving a controversial law. The bill would have forced companies to be majority-owned by "indigenous" people, effectively prohibiting ownership on the part of white Zimbabweans. The law, which further weakened the country's economy, was repeatedly criticised by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, calling into question the value of the power-sharing agreement.


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Mephedrone: beh

Mcat, mephedrone, meow meow... Whatever you wan headlines lately. This week, Features considers your o MEPHEDRONE: WHAT DO YOU THINK? Were the Government right to ban mephedrone? Or is this an example of politicians bowing to media hype? Features asks you for your opinions...

Anthony Ruston, 4th Year Chemistry- "I think that it is absolutely ridiculous that the Government are willing to push through a ban on a substance without due consultation and review by the ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.) What is the point in having an advisory board if the Government decide not to even bother to use them? It seems the media hold more clout with the government than the scientific community and personally I think that is ridiculous."

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Anonymous Cardiff Graduate- "Mephedrone has been relatively safe to use as it is legal – it is cheap but still profitable so dealers do not have to cut it with anything. The usual rubbish you get in MDMA doesn't need to be put in. Criminalising mephedrone will send it the way of other similar drugs - you never know what you are getting when you buy. I expect recorded casualties of the drug to increase with the drug becoming illegal, as it won't necessarily be mcat users are taking."

Jack Green, 2nd Year History- "The only reason mephedrone is being made illegal is because of the run-up to the election – parties want to appear strong and quick-acting to the electorate. The persons who have regrettably died are also being used wrongfully by the government as martyrs for the government’s own ends; it has not been proven to date that anyone has died solely because of mephedrone. All the people that have died so far used other substances in conjunction with Mephedrone, including one case where the far more dangerous drug Methadone, a very powerful painkiller, was used."

Lucy Sherriff Features Writer Type ‘buy mephedrone’ into Google and you will get 320,000 results. The top two websites are both ‘closed for maintenance’. The third repeatedly states that the plant fertiliser is ‘NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION’ and that the buyer must be at least 18 years of age. However, one simply needs to tick the ‘I am over 18 years of age box’ to confirm this. Enter details, card number and quantity wanted and that very same day you can be in possession of as many kilograms of ‘mcat’ or 'meow meow’ as you want.

In 2009, mephedrone became the fourth most popular street drug Another website, plantfoodpalace.co.uk states that “It is with great shame that we announce that due to increasing media pressure...The Plant Food Palace will be closing until further notice.” They also add that “All orders already placed will be honoured” and then go on to refer you to another website. In 2009, mephedrone became the fourth most popular street drug in the United Kingdom after marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. The drug that is currently taking the student population by storm costs around £5 a gram, compared to the £40-£50 per gram that coke will set you back. Most websites claim their mephedrone is 99.8 percent pure but that their ‘high quality uncut product will not be available for much longer.’ One argument against keeping the drug legal is that, once mephedrone is

banned, the only way to buy it will be from dodgy dealers, so it is likely that the white powder will be mixed with other substances such as ketamine, ecstasy and even rat poison. The government cannot ignore this problem. In March, 24-year-old Lois Waters from Norton, North Yorkshire became the latest person to die after taking the drug. Her death followed those of Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, in Scunthorpe. Many other deaths are also rumoured to be linked with this latest party drug. One close friend of mine, who started university in September, became addicted to mephedrone. She went on three week binges, lost three stone in less than a term and cut off her hair whilst she was experiencing a particularly bad ‘comedown’. She is now living back at home, under the very strict supervision of her parents after being kicked out of university. If mephedrone had been illegal, I am almost 100 percent sure she would not have gone within a mile of it. At the time of writing this article, a seventh member of the government’s official drugs watchdog had just resigned over the mephedrone debate. Eric Carlin quit his job shortly after the council advised the Home Office to make mephedrone a Class B drug, on the grounds that there had been no full discussion about the conseque.0nces of banning the drug. Senior drugs advisor, Polly Taylor, also recently resigned after airing her views that mephedrone should stay legal as there had not been extensive research into its effects. This view has been echoed by several other figures who have complained that the government are bowing to media pressure. At present, there are over 25 deaths that have been linked to the drug. But why shouldn’t the government take heed of the media’s warning? After all, without the media highlighting the dangers of the drug, the deaths apparently caused by taking it would still have gone unnoticed.


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hind the headlines

nt to call it, this drug has certainly been hitting the opinions on the drug and the related controversy... WHY THE CONTROVERSY? Features takes a look at the debate surrounding mephedrone, including its controversial classification as a Class B drug in the UK. The role of the media: A recent article in the Independent slandered the recent media activity regarding the uproar that has hit the headlines. The article commented that "everything you have heard about the drug 'meow-meow', is fake – including its name."

Arguably, this drug should have been banned sooner. Speedier action by the government could have saved precious lives. Recently, Professor David Nutt, the government advisor who was sacked over his claims that ecstasy was just as safe as horse riding, said that handing out mephedrone in nightclubs would be safer than forcing people to buy it from dealers. No one is ‘forcing’ people to take drugs – it is completely their own choice, and I personally am not condemning anyone that does. I am all for having a good time, but I think it is completely ridiculous that there are still people buying mephedrone because they think it is legal, even after all the media hype.

A close friend was kicked out of university after becoming addicted I have friends who have never touched drugs – even cigarettes – in their lives who are now regular mephedrone users. They seem to think it is all right as it is legal. Certainly, it is fine if you’re off to sprinkle it on your cultivated garden, but I’m certain lining it up and snorting it through a fiver is definitely not okay. Chemically, the drug is closely related to amphetamine, so even without ‘extensive research’, I think it is fairly obvious that it isn’t some innocent high, but is, in fact, extremely danger-

ous. It is categorised as an ‘entactogen drug’- a class of psychoactive drugs that produce distinctive emotional and social effects, similar to those of ecstasy. Mephedrone induces temporary improvements in mental and/or physical functions, but can also affect the central nervous system and be physically and psychologically addictive when used too much. A recent survey for the dance magazine Mixmag found that 67 percent of mephedrone users reported excess sweating; 51 percent headaches; 43 percent heart palpitations; 27 percent nausea and 15 percent cold or blue fingers. Most of those side effects are common with other stimulants like ecstasy and cocaine. Other anecdotal reports suggest heavy use can lead to paranoia, hallucinations and serious panic attacks. Similar psychotic effects have been linked with heavy amphetamine use. How can this ‘mkat,’ ‘meow meow’ or ‘bubbles’ (as it is also known), possibly be safe? Les King, who was leading research into mephedrone for the government before he resigned, was recently quoted saying: "Chemically it is closely related to amphetamine and ecstasy but doesn't seem to be as potent." "On the surface that would make it less harmful but any benefit could be negated because users are taking larger amounts to get the same effect." "So all we can say is [mephedrone] is probably as harmful as ecstasy and amphetamines and wait until we have some better scientific evidence to support that."

Other friends have said they would never ever touch cocaine or ecstasy but yet they are open to trying mephedrone, merely because of its assumed ‘legal’ status. Banning the drug will not only be a deterrent, it will send the message out to young people that it is not an alternative to alcohol. If people still want to buy it after it is banned, then they can’t say they haven’t been warned.

"Chemically [mephedrone] is closely related to amphetamine and ecstasy" Many other illegal drugs, including amphetamines and ecstasy, were first developed as medicines. It means scientists have conducted tests and have some idea of the harm they can cause. Mephedrone does not have that scientific background and was developed in backstreet laboratories with no human testing, so the long term effects are unknown. The government should take responsibility and start protecting the UK against this assumed ‘legal’ drug.They are worried that banning mephedrone will criminalise young people, but this is a risk they will have to take. It is already starting to be sold by street dealers alongside cocaine and ecstasy. How long will it be before they start mixing it with rat poison?

Professor David Nutt

The speed of classification: Since the reports of mephedrone hit the papers, the government was under huge pressure to act against the drug that was seemingly causing so much damage. Despite the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the legislation was seemingly rushed through, ignoring the advice of the panel. The government advisor: Eric Carlin, an advisor on the ACMD, quit his role on the panel because of the decision to classify mephedrone as a Class B drug. Carlin said the decision was a quick fix so that the Home Secretary could be seen to be acting tough on drugs before an election. His resignation was the seventh to occur from the ACMD following the sacking of Professor David Nutt (pictured). The possible effects: The effects of the drug have arguably been hyped due to the demand of some sectors of the public. The long term effects are unknown at this point in time, although users have been said to experience hallucinations, headaches and nosebleeds, to name but a few. However, these effects are often experienced while using mephedrone with other drugs. The reported fatalities: Again, the cases of death in relation to mephedrone use have been accused of being blown out of proportion due to users having also taken different drugs simultaneously. However, the deaths of 17 people in Britain have been linked to the drug, although there are no confirmed reports that mephedrone directly caused these fatalities. The sharp rise in usage: In 2009 it was reported in Mixmag that one in three readers have used the drug, and became the fourth most popular drug in the UK, behind marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine. The ease of usage was due to the fact that it was available to buy freely online for anyone with access to a credit card. More controversy was raised because of the fact it was being sold as 'plant food', and 'not designed for human consumption'.


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gairrhydd | JOBS@GAIRRHYDD.COM MONDAY APRIL 19 2010

About to graduate? Think carefully about your future Everyone wants to earn lots of money, but high-flying jobs are not necessarily for everyone. Jobs & Money offer some advice... Katie Greenway Jobs & Money Editor I really don't want regrets. I am 22 years old, yet I find myself questioning my entire life; my prospects and expectations. I suppose coming from a state school background in a little town in South Wales, getting to University seemed to be all I could think of in those bleak few weeks surrounding A Level finals. In the months running up to my degree finals last summer, all I could allow myself to think about, other

than the law of Trusts of course, was securing my 2:1 and making sure I got myself into the best possible position for my future. I have a place, which I deferred, on a postgraduate course at Cardiff University which is due to commence in September 2010. I deferred because it would costs me tens of thousands of pounds and to be quite honest I couldn't be sure that it was what I wanted to do. I therefore convinced myself that a year in industry would allow the fog to clear on my blinkered perspective, and then I would know. It is April, and I am just over half way through my year out, and more confused and frustrated than ever. I

find myself trying to make decisions about my future and analysing my value system. I am considering whether my youth - a life with all my friends and family in it - is more important to me than money, social status, and mine and my family's expectations. I have many friends who are either trying to make the same decisions as me or have already had to make them. I know that there are hundreds of you weighing up the exact same things right now and, believe me, you are not alone; you are not alone in your confusion or frustration. Perhaps like me you are sick to death of even talking or thinking about it - yet you are unable to escape the

constant absent daze that we all adopt when we are without reason or answer because, without choice or option, we cannot stop thinking. However, I am slowly coming to terms with the notion that I may never know what is the right choice for me. How dull would life be if we never made mistakes? There would be no adventure, no stories to share, no widsom to pass on. Although we feel the pressure of third parties weighing down on us, pushing us to jump on the requisite bandwagon of our chosen educational paths, I emplore you to take a step back and to make your own decision. There is no wrong job, unless it is

not right for you as an individual of course. Do not feel pressured to do what is expected of you as opposed to something that you actually want to do. It may not hold the same level of respect as certain other jobs, but your happiness hangs in the balance. Approval fades, but self-respect, happiness and integrity will keep you going forever. I truly believe that as long as you are motivated and interested you will be successful in anything that you do. The money, the status and the respect will come from the success; the difficulty is finding it.

LIVING THE HIGH LIFE: Don't get swept away in the Big Smoke


rhydd | OPINION@GAIRRHYDD.COM MONDAY APRIL 19 2010

'Second division' – I know that feeling

Okay so that last bit might not be true, but to be honest, with all the hot air these politicians are blowing at the moment, somebody might have said it for all we know. Promises, rhetoric and spin. That is how you could sum up the weeks leading up to any election and I, for one, can’t stand it. Since the day Gordon Brown made the trip to Buckingham Palace to ask Queeny if she would dissolve Parliament and let us have an election, and she said yes, there has been non-stop coverage and I was sick of it within half a day.

I wonder what would happen if the Queen said no. Would it tear a hole in the Universe which would suck the world in to a black abyss leaving just Osama Bin Laden in his hiding place (he’s one hell of a hide-and-seeker)? Probably not. In fact it’s just some stupid tradition and ceremonial crap, which means the Prime Minister has to ask the Queen. I would have loved it if dear old Liz, when asked by Brown, told him to dance like a monkey for her. If I was in her position, I bloody would. Toy with the buffoon before giving him something he really doesn’t want anyway. Anyway, I digress. To surmise so far, I have had it up to my neck with the election circus. However, there has been one thing that has made me chuckle. It was poor Yvette Cooper who was caught with her pants down at a press conference the other week. The Work and Pensions Secretary had scribbled down on a piece of paper, “presumably that’s why we’re al-

lowed to do this?” It was in reference to the press consaw as “second division” journalists. Unbeknown to her, that note was posed second tier of journalistic prowess. This rare moment of vulnerability was a clear gaffe by Cooper and fellow minister, Liam Byrne, (the Chief Secretary to the Treasury) who replied to her note saying it was “sort of like being allowed to play in the sand pit”. You’re a fool if you think you can keep anything secret in a world of TV. Then again, it is these fools that can bring a smile to your face on a Monday morning. To be fair on Cooper, it’s not the worst thing a politician has ever done and God knows we have all felt “second division” at some point. A couple of weeks ago I was on the most dull work placement I have ever known. I was given nigh on nothing

to do over two weeks and whenever I asked if there something I could do or if I suggested an idea, all I would get in response was “no, not at the moment”, “don’t worry, somebody’s already on that” or “no thanks, there’s no need”. So I spent most of the time opening the post and refreshing my email and Twitter feed. This was agonisingly boring and the only journalistic things I got to do were menial tasks. It hurt; I’m used to doing so much more but I was left on the bench. The only chance I had of doing anything meaningful or challenging was if somebody called in sick or suddenly dropped dead. I know exactly how Cooper feels even if she is a bit of a swot and the Head Girl type. I mean, she is a minister under the age of 40 and is married to Brown’s right hand man, the Schools Secretary Ed Balls. Until this point, it had been hard to like Cooper, but I can warm to her now. Nobody likes to be sidelined (as I may have

already pointed out) and on this occasion she was pushed over the limit. When we’re left to play in the sand pit we probably should just stay quiet. We will get our day in the Sun one day when they’re short staffed or when old

shouting your head off in frustration or just writing a simple note can sometimes be too hard to resist. Cooper, subsequently, will not have been the A* pupil she has probably been all her life. She was scribbling notes during her husband’s speech after all. Even so, I can now relate to Cooper, somebody I once perceived as just another typical politician. In a world of rehearsed sound bites and robotic perfection, how refreshing it is to see the human side of an MP. If there was more of that during the pandemonium that is this wretched election then perhaps it would be just that bit more bearable.


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About to graduate? Think carefully about your future Katie Greenway Jobs & Money Editor I really don't want regrets. I am 22 years old, yet I find myself questioning my entire life; my prospects and expectations. I suppose coming from a state school background in a little town in South Wales, getting to University seemed to be all I could think of in those bleak few weeks surrounding A Level finals. In the months running up to my degree finals last summer, all I could allow myself to think about, other

than the law of Trusts of course, was securing my 2:1 and making sure I got myself into the best possible position for my future. I have a place, which I deferred, on a postgraduate course at Cardiff University which is due to commence in September 2010. I deferred because it would costs me tens of thousands of pounds and to be quite honest I couldn't be sure that it was what I wanted to do. I therefore convinced myself that a year in industry would allow the fog to clear on my blinkered perspective, and then I would know. It is April, and I am just over half way through my year out, and more confused and frustrated than ever. I

find myself trying to make decisions about my future and analysing my value system. I am considering whether my youth - a life with all my friends and family in it - is more important to me than money, social status, and mine and my family's expectations. I have many friends who are either trying to make the same decisions as me or have already had to make them. I know that there are hundreds of you weighing up the exact same things right now and, believe me, you are not alone; you are not alone in your confusion or frustration. Perhaps like me you are sick to death of even talking or thinking about it - yet you are unable to escape the

constant absent daze that we all adopt when we are without reason or answer because, without choice or option, we cannot stop thinking. However, I am slowly coming to terms with the notion that I may never know what is the right choice for me. How dull would life be if we never made mistakes? There would be no adventure, no stories to share, no widsom to pass on. Although we feel the pressure of third parties weighing down on us, pushing us to jump on the requisite bandwagon of our chosen educational paths, I emplore you to take a step back and to make your own decision. There is no wrong job, unless it is

not right for you as an individual of course. Do not feel pressured to do what is expected of you as opposed to something that you actually want to do. It may not hold the same level of respect as certain other jobs, but your happiness hangs in the balance. Approval fades, but self-respect, happiness and integrity will keep you going forever. I truly believe that as long as you are motivated and interested you will be successful in anything that you do. The money, the status and the respect will come from the success; the difficulty is finding it.

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the Comments from the week’s news, opinion, features and sport at www.gairrhydd.com Lost in translation Anonymous Just a quick comment to point out one error in this article. Megon’s slogan was correct in some of the manifesto’s I saw and therefore it must have been amended in the new print run. Lianne Wilson Isn’t it normally “scymraeg”? Anyway, Tom Clarke, who is quoted above, is wrong. If you want something translated professionally then you can’t just give it to volunteer bilingual students to do for you. Translation isn’t just about knowing more than one language, it is a skill that not everyone has. The Net is full of bad translations done by amateur bilinguals. Of course, that said, the translation company used here sound as if they were hardly professional about it either. Poor show. Ceri Lianne, I think what Tom was getting at was to get a student translator who actually gets what the elections are about and could therefore translate the posters etc. accordingly. I disagree with you – if you are able to speak more than one language, you should be able to translate perfectly well. The Welsh translations in question were shocking to say the least, and had an amateur bilingual with an understanding of student elections’ culture done them, I imagine they would have been a whole lot better. Jamie Ceri – the idea that someone who’s bilingual can automatically translate between those languages just doesn’t hold up when you look at

the literature. They could probably have done a better job, though. And Anonymous – I’ve seen copies from both print runs that include the mistake. Yet to see any at all that include Meg’s slogan (not to say they don’t exist). Ceri Jamie – with regards to any literature or not, any Welsh speaker can translate into English just because of the way kids in Wales are taught – they are taught both alongside each other so that you are able to translate freely between them. Lianne Wilson Ceri: For this level, fine, student politics hardly require the most polished of translations. But for professional translations you do need a professional translator. There’s no bones about it; anyone worth their salt will tell you the same. Translation is a skill. Admittedly, probably a skill which bilingual Welsh people have more of than most, but a skill nonetheless. As a professional translator, I should know. Damian “For this level, fine, student politics hardly require the most polished of translations.” But surely that’s Tom Clarke’s point? As far as I can glean from the article, he’s not assuming that the Welsh Assembly ask students to translate for them, but merely that this particular job (translating posters for a student election) might have been done better (and cheaper) by bilingual students. I’d also hesitate before deifying professional translators. I’m fluent in two languages and have seen plenty of shockers in my time (though I’m sure Lianne is one of the best translators

money can get). Lianne Wilson Damian: Oh, I’m certainly not deifying them. I’ve seen some shockers in my time too. There’s a difference between professional meaning ‘makes a living from’ and professional meaning ‘with skill and conforming to professional standards’. :P Incidentally, I’m certainly not “one of the best”. I’d hardly say that after only a few years on the job. But, whilst there’s plenty of room for improvement, I do damn well know where the goals are. :) Ceri Lianne, the discussion as far as I can see has just bee about translation within student politics here, not professional full time translation. I was by no means suggesting that a fourteen year old from Rhondda could translate the bible… Oli I think Tom and Ceri are right on the money – if designers were called for from within the student body, then why not translators? Particularly when bilingual Welsh speakers (such as the two lovely people mentioned about) often know the campaigners or are better placed to get the message across than someone at an agency putting little thought or contextual information into it. Still, from what I’ve heard it was a cracking election, shame about the minor IT problems. Did anyone get final voter tally? Jamie Ceri – actually, just had a bit more

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of a think about what the literature actually says and I’m wrong. It’s interpretation, not translation, that you absolutely always need trained interpreters (or else you can lose an awful lot of meaning by its rushed nature – for translation there’s more time so yeah, a bilingual should be able to do a reasonable job).

The nuke kid on the block Jonathan Generally an excellent article, without the “anti-imperialist” idealogy of many. However the Iranians have hardened many of their nuclear facilities. Buliding one secret bomb factory under a mountain. To destory such factories would require tactical nuclear weapons. The low yield bunker buster warheads, president Bush jr commissioned would have been desgned for it. Unfortunatley, as nuclear warheads they would obivously have produced fallout and radiation. In thier case worst than usuall fallout and dampened radiation. the greater fallout cause by burrowing under ground before exploding. The detination would lift millions of tonnes of soil and rock into the fireball and spread in over a vast area. The metals and other heavy elements in the soil would have longe half lifes. The radiation would be dampened because the earth would absorbe much of the direct gamma radiation. david JEWS ARE THE CHOSEN RACE!!! We (Jews) control most of the media and banking systems in the western world. We have huge numbers of our people in the judicial systems also. We commit killing in the Westbank and Gaza on a routine basis but stop the news getting to the west. We will ultimately control the western world.

THIS IS OUR DESTINY!! Jonathan Just a claricification: I’m not surgesting droping tactical nuclear bombs on Iran. I’m just correcting the tec error in the article. A military strike that took out the surface nuclear facilties would be a weekends work. However, that would leave the protected underground works. A few, perhaps serval years delay to Irans bomb programme, but not a termination. The Jornalist Amos Harrel and coleagues at liberal israeli newspaper Haaretz have covered this story in detail. www.Haaretz.com jonathan Correction: a Massive ordinance Penetator, the largest conventional warhead in the world is being developed, by Boeing. It might do the Job, without the use of Nuclear warheads. Paul TO JONATHAN: You must have a very empty life if you take the time to comment on article that only a handful of people will ever read. How sad. Paul jonathan Really? This sory could effect us all Paul. Yet you aren’t intrested in it. How sad Paul. Paul TO JONATHAN: You are obviously a nobody who feels it necessary to make comments on articles that virtually no-one reads. I assume this is your way of making you feel important. Get a life.

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Dychmygwch fyd â dim ond un math o gwrw, un math o glwb nos ac un math o berson. Dychmygwch fyd â dim ond un math o ffôn symudol, un math o frechdan ac un math o gerddoriaeth. Pa fath o fyd fyddai hwn? Sefydlwyd Cell Prifysgol Caerdydd ym mis Ionawr eleni, er mwyn adfer sefyllfa’r iaith yn ein dinas a chynyddu’r statws a’r defnydd o’r Gymraeg o fewn ein hundeb a’n cymdeithasau.

Ond beth yw gwir bwrpas ymgyrchu? Pwy sy’n gweld ymhell dros y gorwel? Yn ddiweddar fe ddychwelodd tri aelod o’r Gell o gynhadledd byd eang ym Mrwsel ar ieithoedd lleiafrifol a gafodd ei gyfiaethu am y tro cyntaf erioed yn fyw i’r Gymraeg yn Ewrop. Yn gwmni iddynt yr oedd cynrychiolwyr o bedwar ban Ewrop, o Gatalonia i bellafoedd dwyrain Ewrop, pob gwlad dan hael. Nid Cymry yn unig oedd yn y gynhadledd hon, ond cynrychiolwyr o lawer o wledydd Ewrop, yn cynnwys Catalonia, Estonia a Corsica. Yr un oedd y neges i bawb, bod

yr hawl i bob unigolyn ddefnyddio ei iaith ei hun afel Undeb Ewropeaidd, mae rhaid i ni fod yn falch o’n hieithoedd bychain a’r cyfansoddiad diddorol hynny sy’n gwneud Ewrop a’r byd yn le lliwgar ac yn baled llawn lliw. Yr hyn nad yw pobl yn sylweddoli yw nad ein hiaith a’n hunaniaeth ni yn unig sydd yn cael ei drafod yma, nid rhywbeth hunanol ac agos i adref yn unig yw'r frwydr dros iaith ond rhywbeth rhyngwladol sy’n bwrpasol i bob unigolyn sydd yn y byd. Pe collir un iaith lefrifol, ym mha bynnag le fo hynny, nid y wlad sydd yn colli rhan ohoni, ond y byd sydd yn colli un o’r

lliwiau hynny ar ei faled. Fe ddwedodd aelod o Gatalonia; “What would the world be like if a bird only had one song?” Beth petai hynny’n wir? Mae iaith llawer yn fwy na rhywbeth personol, llawen yn fwy na rhywbeth a siaredir bob dydd, llawer mwy na rhywbeth Cymreig neu Fasgedd. Ni wel dyn lwyr werth iaith, tan ei fod wedi mynd. O safbwynt Ewrop y mae’r Gymraeg yn iaith swyddogol yng Nghymru. Ond rhyfedd yw dweud o safbwynt Prydain a Llundain, nid yw’r iaith yn bodoli. Mae Ewrop yn cydnabod pwysigrwydd y Gymraeg. A yw

Prydain? Neu’n bwysicach, a yw y Cymru? Nid Cymru, neu Gatalonia sy’n buddio o ddiogeli iaith ei iaith leafrifol. Ewrop a’r byd sy’n buddio. Ehangwch eich gweledigaeth. A hoffech chi weld fwy o Gymraeg yn eich undeb? Dewch i Gyfarfod Sefydlu Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Caerdydd ar Nos Fercher yr 21ain o Ebrill am 7y.h yn Ystafell Aneurin Bevan er mwyn cefnogi'r ymgais ac i ddysgu mwy! Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch â cellprifysgolcaerdydd@hotmail.com


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Adrian Naik talks to George Monbiot about the threat of climate change and what Wales can do Adrian Naik Science Writer The tickets for the inaugural Pierhead Sessions, celebrating the reopening of the Welsh National Assembly’s iconic red building in Cardiff Bay last month, were snapped up within days and none as quickly for the keynote spaker, environmental activist George Monbiot. This is no surprise given the media’s growing obsession with the burning monster that is climate change. But while it is up there in the news alongside terrorism and the economy, unlike those two heavyweights, it features much less prominently on the government’s agenda something Mr Monbiot is obviously keen to change. This is a man who has been beaten up by military police, stung into a poisoned coma by hornets and pronounced clinically dead: quite the CV for an environmental campaigner. In person, Monbiot is friendly and charming, equipped with a warm smile and a corduroy stride; a man who cares passionately about the environment and is very well informed on the subject. Despite his ability to talk so confidently and eloquently on stage, in a small group of people he seems quite shy and reserved. His on stage persona is one of a wise high school teacher giving an informal chat to his students: he remained seated for his speech and laid back in his armchair the entirety of the session. One of the most outspoken critics of December's Copenhagen climate change summit, he wasted no time laying into what he described as a “total wipeout”. With so many climate sceptics just waiting to pounce onto any mention of doubt or conspiracy, evidence that suggested possible manipulation of data by scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit was exactly what they had been waiting for.

Monbiot wasted no time laying into Copenhagen as a "total wipeout" 'Climategate' broke just before the conference started and the undermining of the credibility of the scientists who are fighting to convince the sceptics was just the precursor to the disastrous mediation. Monbiot rightly pointed out the hypocrisy behind the western nations' attempts at the summit to curb emissions in developing nations, such as China, and the inevitable “circle of blame” which follows. Why should

they prohibit their own growth and industry when countries like the UK and the USA have already had the op-

UK; what about the USA, whose energy waste and emission levels are shameful in comparison?

THE PIERHEAD BUILDING: Open and ready for action portunity and essentially put us in the position we are today? Why should they self-impose punitive restrictions for the sins of their ideological enemies? Without more of a sacrifice by the west, their demands on the rest of the world seem to have another agenda besides the environment. At the centre of Monbiot’s session were the two magic numbers. The first being that if the global temperature were to rise by just two degrees centigrade above pre-industrial level, we would see radical changes around the world. While some Britons laugh at the thought of a slightly warmer winter, for countries that already have trouble with droughts, this will be devastating: even less food for countries in Africa that already require immense amounts of aid from first-world countries, they will be paying back the massive debt they owe with the consequential death of their people. A bit dramatic you may think, but with so many people disregarding what they hear from the media and people like Monbiot, perhaps what we all need is a bit of scare. Even more daunting was the second number: 60 percent - the amount by which Monbiot claims we must cut emissions by the year 2030 to prevent the two degree rise. Many people will be able to tell you just how impractical this is, and the government’s actual aim is to cut emissions by 60 percent by 2050. And that is just the

But Monbiot is not just a harbinger of doom or a prophet of ultimate destruction. He is also a man with solutions. By far the most profound statement he made reflected one of the main purposes of the Pierhead Sessions: to promote Welsh pride. What he said definitely managed just that: the entire world should be led in

MONBIOT: Wales should lead battle against climate change its fight against energy waste and fossil fuel use by … wait for it … Wales! A ringing silence follows. But hear him out. Consider Wales’ history: its involvement in providing the coal that powered the industrial revolution and (as it was then) the modern world. The image of the Welsh was, and

to some extent still is, the humble choir-singing miner with be-sodden attire and a thing for leeks. But with this iconic perception of the Welsh, who better to set the example for the world? If a country that relies so much on the coal underneath its earth for industry were to, “leave it in the ground” and focus on making use of its potential to make, “ambient energy” by tidal, wave and wind farming, Wales could be the first in the world to produce more energy than it uses. It could also be the first to export its energy: selling it and making a profit from the very elements themselves! This is quite a romantic idea, and around the room, faces generally showed a certain incredulity, but maybe he is on to something. Maybe Wales could show the world how much money could be made from the wind that blows over its territory and the waves that beat against its shores. Money for nothing, get your chicks for free.

The entire world should be led in its fight against energy waste by Wales Looking around the room, I see one suit. The rest are all anoraks, corduroy trousers, long hair and bricksized mobile phones. What Mr Monbiot needed was some Blackberrys in the audience; business men who suddenly get a canoe in their pocket the minute the words ‘profit’ and ‘favourable margins’ are mentioned. It is all well and good approaching tzatziki toting tree-huggers to propose the future of energy provision, but it is the businesses and corporations who sway consumers and the politicians they vote for. Monbiot is wise, however to the “uncomfortable truth” that the main culprits for the lack of change are us. “The governments are ahead of the people” in their action on climate change, he said. Unfortunately, ‘the people’ are far more concerned with more selfish needs. His speech was quickly followed by a party political broadcast by Jane Davidson AM who went on to claim that her party, Labour, were already doing much for the environment, and would do their best to fulfill Monbiot’s wishes. It undermined the entire eloquent speech of Monbiot and, unfortunately, they are both preaching to the converted... it’s the heathens out there who need it. The full Pierhead session, as well as a complementary interview by Cardiff University’s Reeta Toivanen, is available on www.pierheadsessions.org.

Organ donation mistake An independent review has been called into how 800,000 people on the UK organ donor register may have had their organ donation choices wrongly recorded. Donations from these people, who registered through their driving licence applications, have now been temporarily halted. 21 cases where organs have already been wrongly taken from donors have been confirmed by he NHS transplant authority. The NHS has apologised and said that new systems are now in place to prevent further errors. America cuts climate aid America will cut climate aid to countries who refuse to sign the Copenhagen Accord drawn up at the UN climate talks in December. These countries include Bolivia, which was due to receive $3million, and Ecuador, due to get $2.5million, reports. Todd Stern, America's Special Envoy for Climate Change, has said that the decision is not 'categorical' meaning that other opposing countries may still receive aid. Conflict between poorer countries and those in the industrial world was one of the main stumbling blocks at Copenhagen and there is concern that this move will only make tensions worse Eating sushi transfers genes Eating sushi wrapped in seaweed could mean that its enzyme coding genes are transferred to the human gut. Research, published in the journal, , says that scientists have discovered a substance in marine bacteria that breaks seaweed down. When eaten, these bacteria, as well as the genes, are transferred. The study by a team at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris studied a red algae called Porphyra. This algae included nori, usually used in sushi rolls. The researchers say that digesting these genes could be beneficial and could allow humans to extract nutrition they would not otherwise be able to digest Ecocide could be tried by UN A British lawyer is campaigning to get the UN to recognise 'ecocide' as a fifth 'crime against peace' to be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), along with crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and crimes of aggression. Polly Higgins said many environmental crimes lead to resource depletion and in turn war; therefore ecocide is a crime against peace. Prosecutions under the ecocide law would be against individuals, like company directors. The campaign is being launched through the website www.thisisecocide.com, where the public are being asked to pressure governments to vote for the law if it is proposed by the UN Law Commission.


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About to graduate? Think carefully about your future Katie Greenway Jobs & Money Editor

I really don't want regrets. I am 22 years old, yet I find myself questioning my entire life; my prospects and expectations. I suppose coming from a state school background in a little town in South Wales, getting to University seemed to be all I could think of in those bleak few weeks surrounding A Level finals. In the months running up to my degree finals last summer, all I could allow myself to think about, other

than the law of Trusts of course, was securing my 2:1 and making sure I got myself into the best possible position for my future. I have a place, which I deferred, on a postgraduate course at Cardiff University which is due to commence in September 2010. I deferred because it would costs me tens of thousands of pounds and to be quite honest I couldn't be sure that it was what I wanted to do. I therefore convinced myself that a year in industry would allow the fog to clear on my blinkered perspective, and then I would know. It is April, and I am just over half way through my year out, and more confused and frustrated than ever. I

find myself trying to make decisions about my future and analysing my value system. I am considering whether my youth - a life with all my friends and family in it - is more important to me than money, social status, and mine and my family's expectations. I have many friends who are either trying to make the same decisions as me or have already had to make them. I know that there are hundreds of you weighing up the exact same things right now and, believe me, you are not alone; you are not alone in your confusion or frustration. Perhaps like me you are sick to death of even talking or thinking about it - yet you are unable to escape the

constant absent daze that we all adopt when we are without reason or answer because, without choice or option, we cannot stop thinking. However, I am slowly coming to terms with the notion that I may never know what is the right choice for me. How dull would life be if we never made mistakes? There would be no adventure, no stories to share, no widsom to pass on. Although we feel the pressure of third parties weighing down on us, pushing us to jump on the requisite bandwagon of our chosen educational paths, I emplore you to take a step back and to make your own decision. There is no wrong job, unless it is

not right for you as an individual of course. Do not feel pressured to do what is expected of you as opposed to something that you actually want to do. It may not hold the same level of respect as certain other jobs, but your happiness hangs in the balance. Approval fades, but self-respect, happiness and integrity will keep you going forever. I truly believe that as long as you are motivated and interested you will be successful in anything that you do. The money, the status and the respect will come from the success; the difficulty is finding it.

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Listings welcomes you back!

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YOUR INDEPENDENT LISTINGS GUIDE Monday 19th April FEEDER, MMH, £20

Welcome back to Cardiff for the final semester of the year! Hopefully everyone is suitably refreshed and has (probably) been robbed for all your money by 's. Anyway, loans are in, essays are a little bit away, so this is a great week to meet up with friends that you haven't seen for three weeks and spending all your money. Ricky Gervais hits town with two dates in the CAI. Anyone who knows of him can appreciate the quality you will be getting if you wish to pitch up. will be there to catch his latest topic - Science.

Formed in 1992, 's heavy guitars and sugarsweet melodies have made a lasting impression on the UK's rock scene and finally gained deserved chart success in 2001 with the single 'Buck Rogers' (followed by numerous others). Despite the tragic death of drummer Jon Lee in January 2002, the band have managed to stay together and the 'Comfort In Sound' album cemented them as one of the UK's brightest indie rock groups for many a year.

MAIN STREET SINGERS, St Davids, FREE Under the direction of Mark Andrew Shaull, the Main Street Singers are inspired by a commitment to excellence, performing in over a hundred concerts annually. The ensemble has found success in artistic expression through their strong sense of devotion to group goals and continual search for personal and ensemble growth. DERREN BROWN, St Davids, SOLD OUT Mind reader, magician and possibly the closest our galaxy can boast to a Jedi Master! He has had his own show on and in autumn 2003 played Russian Roulette live on television. By using your own mind reading powers, I'm sure you'll know that I'm going to tell you that he survived...

Tuesday

Wednesday

FLUX:RAD, CAI, FREE are a London trio with so many ideas it’s a wonder how they manage to cram them all into their two minute ramshackle masterpieces.

NO SWEAT!, CAI, FREE Stokes William absolutely blew us away at the No Sweat launch night, so we’ve got them back again, with their folksy friends in tow.

20th April

DAN LE SAC + SCROOBIUS PIP, Barfly, SOLD OUT The hip-hop/electro duo whose name has been on the tip of everyone's tongues, since the release of their 2007 single Thou Shalt Always Kill. Sounding like a head on collision between , and Vs manage to mix coolness, humour and wry commentry with some highly original material. IDLEWILD, Clwb, SOLD OUT Scottish alt-rockers whose huge Stateside success finally (and deservedly) transferred to their home shores in 2002, as the singles 'You Held The World In Your Arms' and 'American English' stormed the charts. Passionate rock'n'roll, brimming with restrained aggression. RICKY GERVAIS, CAI, LIMITED A darkly brilliant comedian: someone who has made a career out of saying the most embarrassing and cringeworthy thing in the vain attempt to impress. As writer and star of BBC2's outstanding fake docu-soap 'The Office', Ricky - and his character David Brent - have achieved worldwide acclaim resulting in the winning of two Golden Globe Awards in 2004.

21st April

LISTEN UP, Clwb, £3 has become an institution within an institution. Everybody loves Clwb. Everybody loves . Playing a mix of Motown, Funk, Indie and Pop amoung 3 floors of cheap bars and trendy kids, this is the place to be every Wednesday. THE LASH, Solus, £3.50 The Lash is back. Which is great news. For everybody. So get your society, sports team or just some mates and earn cash for the aforementioned societies, or just go get fun. Obviously, as everyone should know, cheap drinks and standard music that includes every type of music that is popular. Enjoy this without me. BOGOF, Cinemas, 2-4-1 With great films such as Clash Of The Titans, Kick Ass and the strangely sold-out-everywhere Dear John this is a perfect excuse to take your rugby mates, you close friends or your girlfriend to a film and save yourself a frew quid. Kick Ass is super (apparently).

If laughing isn't your thing, yet getting slightly freaked out by the ever-so-clever-and-heknows-it Derren Brown is here at exactly the same time in St Davids. So go along there if you fancy it. If not, you will have to have tickets for Dan Le Sac or Idlewild already as they are sold out. We recommend taking advantage of the stunning weather and staying outdoors. out. Students’ Union, Park Place, 02920 387421 www.cardiffstudents.com ◆ IV Lounge, Neuadd Meirionydd, Heath Park 02920 744948 ◆ Clwb Ifor Bach ros, Bakers Row 02920 399939 www.clubmetropolitan.com ◆ Dempseys, Castle Street 02920 252024 ◆ Move, 7 Mill Lane 02920 225592 ◆ Jazz, 21 St. Mary Street 02920 387026 www.cafejazzcardiff.com ◆ The Riverbank Hotel, Despenser Street www.riverbankjazz.co.uk ◆ St. David’s Hall, Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay 0870 0402000 www.wmc.org.uk ◆ The New Theatre, Park Place 02920 878889 www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk ◆ The Cardiff International Arena, Mary Ann Street 02920 224488 ◆ The Millennium Stadium Can’t miss it. www.millenniumstadium.com ◆ Tiger Tiger


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Friday

Saturday

23rd April

24th April

BETHAN ELFIN, Buffalo, £3 Branding themselves as kid-folk and offering their previous EP in a hand knitted case, The Momeraths are an exciting and innovative band who, with the likes of Slow Club and Peggy Sue, are really bringing a freshness to the indie folk sound.

SWN AND DIG!, CAI, £3 Dig! and SWN reunite for a night of two halves. Live performances from Three Trapped Tigers and Talons – who destroyed SWN 2009. Then the DIG! DJs take to the decks for a rollicking four-hour sesh of good-time/bad-time heavy psychdrenched 45.

THE CURTAIN CALL, Reardon Smith Theatre, £8/5 Acrt One presents a charity showcase with all the delights from music, drama and comedy. This is going to be a great night and should be securely placed in your student calendar. All proceeds go to TY HAFAN, a childrens hospice.

AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD, CIA, £32.50 The Australian Pink Floyd were the first Pink Floyd tribute act to ever tour in the UK and have been described as 'probably the best tribute band in the world' - and, with David Gilmour himself numbering among their fans, who's to argue?!

Printmakers Group Show Group exhibition by members of Cardiff Print Workshop, showcasing the work of Georgina Brownlow, Claire Louise Carter, Jane Taylor and Anne Williams April 23rd – May 21st PREVIEW: Friday 23rd April, 6pm-8pm

CYNT, Clwb, £4 CYNT is back! With the supersonic Bank Holiday Weekender just around the corner, plus their debut participation with the Summer Ball, CYNT is definately the place to be in 2010. Get yourself down to the regular clubnight to get a taste of what is to come!

KENYA FEEL IT, Glam, £4 EDTAF presents Kenya Feel It featuring MISTA JAM. Playing all the music that you want to hear and for a worthy cause. EDTAF sponsors an Kenyan student to study in Cardiff in order for them to take their degree back to support fellow Kenyans.

THE MILKWOOD GALLERY VINTAGE FLEA MARKET, Milkwood Gallery (41 Lochaber Street) Arts, craft, vintagewear, accessories, homewares, and more! Milkwood's market takes place once a month. Come down for a browse of our beautiful vintage collectables, quirky handmade gifts, and join us for a spot of home made cake and tea.

Thursday 22nd April

'MUSE' by Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Third Floor Gallery, FREE. “Muse” is an honest and striking personal insight into femininity. Having photographed friends and close relations, Jocelyn Bain Hogg seeks to look at beauty and female emotion in an unvarnished way that challenges the 21st Century culture of cosmetic enhancement and air-brushed magazine perfection.

Sunday

25th April JOY COLLECTIVE, CAI, FREE Licensed to issue the kitemark of quality when it comes to live news and reviews, The Joy Collective will be delving deep into their record bag on this Sunday.Expect to get under the skin of what gets The Joy Collective truly joyous..Doors 3pm/Free DIRTBOX, CAI, £3 Happy slapping your frontal lobes and squirting originality into your medulla oblongata from a hose pipe of absurdity Dirtbox pulls inspiration sketches, music, gameshows, film, stand up, heated debate and corny adverts. Quickly becoming Cardiff's cherished comedy secret. COFFEE & TV, Vulcan Lounge, FREE Go for a sociable drink at the newly opened Vulcan Lounge in Cathays. With a great menu and student deals, fly over to the Vulcan. GO TO THE PARK Take advantage of this recent fine weather and talk a stroll in Bute, a stride in the Bay, or just sit in your garden. Why are tyou indoors in such wonderful (and rare) sun. You should be ashamed. Buy me a lolly.

I AM HOPE, CIA, LIMITED I Am Hope are four passionate young musicians from South Wales dedicated to bringing their lyrically esoteric yet optimistic songs to the world. Influenced by and taking musical reference from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Kings Of Leon and Alexisonfire, I Am Hope build their sound emphatically and methodically, as only they know how.

(The Welsh Club), 11 Womanby Street 02920 232199 www.clwb.net ◆ Barfly, Kingsway, Tickets: 08709070999 www.barflyclub.com/cardiff ◆ MetIncognito, Park Place 02920 412190 ◆ Liquid, St. Mary Street 02920645464 ◆ The Philharmonic, 76-77 St. Mary Street 02920 230678 ◆ Café The Hayes 02920 878444 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk ◆ Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton 02920 304400 www.chapter.org ◆ Wales Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road 02920 646900 www.shermantheatre.co.uk ◆ The Glee Club, Mermaid Quay 0870 2415093 www.glee.co.uk ◆ Greyfriar's Road 02920 391944 www.tigertiger.co.uk ◆ Tommy’s Bar, Howard Gardens (off Newport Road) 02920 416192 ◆


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About to graduate? Think carefully about your future Everyone wants to earn lots of money, but high-flying jobs are not necessarily for everyone. Jobs & Money offer some advice... Katie Greenway Jobs & Money Editor I really don't want regrets. I am 22 years old, yet I find myself questioning my entire life; my prospects and expectations. I suppose coming from a state school background in a little town in South Wales, getting to University seemed to be all I could think of in those bleak few weeks surrounding A Level finals. In the months running up to my degree finals last summer, all I could allow myself to think about, other

than the law of Trusts of course, was securing my 2:1 and making sure I got myself into the best possible position for my future. I have a place, which I deferred, on a postgraduate course at Cardiff University which is due to commence in September 2010. I deferred because it would costs me tens of thousands of pounds and to be quite honest I couldn't be sure that it was what I wanted to do. I therefore convinced myself that a year in industry would allow the fog to clear on my blinkered perspective, and then I would know. It is April, and I am just over half way through my year out, and more confused and frustrated than ever. I

find myself trying to make decisions about my future and analysing my value system. I am considering whether my youth - a life with all my friends and family in it - is more important to me than money, social status, and mine and my family's expectations. I have many friends who are either trying to make the same decisions as me or have already had to make them. I know that there are hundreds of you weighing up the exact same things right now and, believe me, you are not alone; you are not alone in your confusion or frustration. Perhaps like me you are sick to death of even talking or thinking about it - yet you are unable to escape the

constant absent daze that we all adopt when we are without reason or answer because, without choice or option, we cannot stop thinking. However, I am slowly coming to terms with the notion that I may never know what is the right choice for me. How dull would life be if we never made mistakes? There would be no adventure, no stories to share, no widsom to pass on. Although we feel the pressure of third parties weighing down on us, pushing us to jump on the requisite bandwagon of our chosen educational paths, I emplore you to take a step back and to make your own decision. There is no wrong job, unless it is

not right for you as an individual of course. Do not feel pressured to do what is expected of you as opposed to something that you actually want to do. It may not hold the same level of respect as certain other jobs, but your happiness hangs in the balance. Approval fades, but self-respect, happiness and integrity will keep you going forever. I truly believe that as long as you are motivated and interested you will be successful in anything that you do. The money, the status and the respect will come from the success; the difficulty is finding it.

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MEDIUM

sudoku.

HARD

Mystic Smeg Aries, March 21 – April 20 Move bitch, get out the way, get out the way bitch, get out the way. You’re going to be hit by a car. Taurus, April 21 – May 21 It’s probably your birthday, isn’t it? Yeah? You don’t look a day over thirty. Gemini, May 22 – June 21 It’s not your fault. No, seriously, it could have happened to anyone. Maybe start wearing underwear though.

quick crossword. Across

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8. Arch type (4) 9. Nonsectarian (10) 10. Acquaint (6) 11. Volunteered (8) 12. Concludes (4) 13. A type of cooking utensil (10) 17. Intellect (4) 18. Bullwinkle for example (5) 19. Stiff and sore (4) 20. Parts in one-hundredths (10) 22. Q-Tip (4) 23. Marvellous events (8) 27. Drub (6) 28. Lyricist (10) 29. Peddle (4)

1. Embellish (10) 2. Dead (8) 3. Meteorologist (10) 4. Remedy (4) 5. Blue-green (4) 6. A picture puzzle (6) 7. Windmill blade (4) 14. Ancient Greek marketplace (5) 15. Rudimentary (10) 16. Practices (10) 19. Incomprehensible (8) 21. Alter (6) 24. Computer symbol (4) 25. Entice (4) 26. Fill to excess (4)

Cancer, June 22 – July 22 The planets are having a bit of a shindig, but they didn’t invite Pluto to the Facebook event! Aaawkward... Leo, July 23 - August 23 Nothing to worry about this week. Virgo, August 24 – September 22 I honestly don’t think you’ve put on weight, no. How many Easter eggs did you have again? Libra, September 23 – October 23 The sun is out. We all know what that means! Women in skimpy outfits. Perverts, assemble! Scorpio, October 24 – November 22 I was gonna go to class, but then I got high... What’s Afroman doing nowadays, anyway? Sagittarius, November 23 – December 21 I’m not too sure what’s going on with you. My crystal ball’s a bit messy, I chundered everywhere. Capricorn, December 22 – January 20 Capricorn. Almost rhymes with ‘whore’ doesn’t it? You’re a whore. Aquarius, January 21 – February 18 The sex noises from next door are really putting you off. I wouldn’t put holes in their condoms though. Definitely wouldn’t tell you to do that. Nope. Pisces, February 19 – March 20 Curtains not matching the carpet anymore? Sell your house then. (That was a prostitute reference).


28 SPORT- WARM UP Previews in Lucy Morgan looks ahead to Varsity - the most brief anticipated sporting event of the University year Tottenham v Man United

The Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur match looks to be one of the most significant games remaining. Spurs are desperately trying to claw their way back to fourth place after being over taken by the on form Manchester City. As for the Red Devils, they have to win to keep in the title race. History tells us Manchester United should win this game as in recent years they have a great record against the London team, beating them on tin the last four matches.

However, Harry has built the best squad Tottenham have possessed in recent history. They showed against Arsenal that they can beat the 'big' teams. Also, after their FA Cup disappointment Spurs are putting all their efforts into making that vital fourth position. A key factor for Spurs is the availability of club Captain Ledley King,

back four. Spurs have great offensive players but will they be able to control the aggressive Manchester United nated PFA player of the year Wayne Rooney? Manchester United have had a disappointing few weeks, loosing to Chelsea, drawing to Blackburn Rovers and being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich. However, they are at home and desperate to win. Arguably, the the worst time to face the Red Devils is when they are down and out because this is a team that has proven that when wounded they only come out faster and stronger. This looks to be a great match, and sons.

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As the end of another sporting year approaches it can mean only one thing – yes, Varsity is upon us once more. In just over a weeks time, the sporting talents of the universities of Cardiff and Swansea will take part in a series of matches and events- competing for the coveted Varsity shield. Varsity is the culmination of a year of sport in which the teams are rewarded for their dedication to their respective sports and are selected to play in the most competitive match of the year. A huge rivalry has developed over the last 14 years and Varsity really is a fantastic occasion with players and for victory for their respective universities.

A huge rivalry has developed over the last 14 years This year Cardiff will be making the trip to Swansea with a convoy of buses bedecked in the University colours carrying 2,500 students down the M4. nale of a day of sporting activity with over 1000 students competing for the Varsity Shield. Cardiff have won the Varsity Shield every year since its introduction in 2002 and will be looking to keep this record intact this year.

WE WON: Cardiff claim their first back-to-back Varsity victory in the club's history in 2009 The Varsity rugby match has been going for a number of years now with the inaugural match taking place in 1997 at the Cardiff Arms Park. Initially the match was played at alternating venues – the Arms Park and St Helens. However, this year, it is being played capacity Liberty Stadium.

Cardiff certainly won't give up the Varsity trophy without a fight The most competitive match of the year, Welsh Varsity continues to grow and is increasingly becoming an exour sporting talents. Swansea have dominated the rugencounters. However in recent years Cardiff have fought back and we have won the last two years in a row. Cardiff go into the match as underdogs with Swansea once again

Cardiff's own: Jamie Roberts

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players and Semi-professional players. Their fully professional players available for selection include 90 cap second row Andy Lloyd from the Ospreys and Centre Nick Reynolds from the Llanelli Scarlets. Previous players for Swansea have also included Welsh Internationals Alun Wyn Jones, Richie Pugh and Dwayne Peel. ever been going well to date – with a recent very narrow 25-24 defeat to a very physical Merthyr RFC team. And with captain Mark Shropfer at dent side. Head coach Martyn Fowler commented: “Mark is the most vocal captain I have ever worked with. He keeps the team motivated and he looks for the positive in everything – something all good captains do. He currently has the squad jogging from prospect that most were not looking forward to has actually helped to bond the squad.” derdog tag hold them back and rest-

assured they absolutely will not give Speaking last week, Cardiff Student and Welsh International Jamie Roberts showed his support for the Cardiff boys: "Being underdogs will favour Cardiff - the pressure is all on the Swans." He went on to add: "I remember going to Varsity last year and I can honestly say it's one of the best atmosphere's I've ever experienced." So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets and get involved in the biggest university sporting event of the year! To date Swansea have sold 6000 tickets – we have two weeks to make sure that we sell as many and not only win Varsity but also come out on top in the battle of the crowds! Varsity takes place on April 28 2010 at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Tickets are available from Cardiff Union Box Office. For the full interview with Jamie Roberts and Varsity build-up look out for a CUTV Varsity Special in the coming weeks.

Welsh Varsity 2010: Editors' Predictions Robbie Wells: We've won this competition two years in a row, and even though we're losing home advantage, there's no reason why we can't pull out another impressive win against favourites Swansea. If the Cardiff players can cope with the hostility from the home fans and not get beaten by the occasion, then they will have every chance. For us travelling Cardiff supporters it promises to be another great day where passion and hatred against Swansea is compulsory, even if we have no reason behind it. Expect jubilant celebrations when we emerge victorious!

James Hinks: Varsity is always a great occassion for the players and the students, who this year will travel to Swansea. This year the atmosphere will be very hostile for the Cardiff team that have recently enjoyed the home crowd. However, this will not phase the team. If the weather and pitch condition is good it should be a high scoring match. I predict Cradiff To win, 20 - 14. Come on Cardiff.

Adam Horne: I am going to be very unpopular with this decision. I think the support of the Swansea fans will mean that their team will fight to a resounding win. Cardiff have won the last two matches in varsity, so Swansea will be desperate to win at home and stop the Cardiff domination. Saying that it will be a close match. Cardiff will be hard to beat. However, I predict Swansea to prevail. They do have some top Rugby players in their team, players that are contracted to Scarlets. This may prove too much for Cardiff. I predict Swansea to win 27 - 22.

Jon Evans: I would never be able to forgive myself if I went for Swansea, therefore I've got to go for the underdogs Cardiff. It's going to be a tough test for the Cardiff lads, particularly with the quality players that Swansea will have on display. Swansea will also have the be desperate to get one over on their local rivals, particularly as Cardiff have won the last two encounters. But with all that said I think Cardiff's team spirit and the momentum from the past two years will be enough for them to just edge this one. Expect a tight match!


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Top Five WAYS TO RUIN WEMBLEY Wembley Stadium, the Home of English Football. Oh, and a temporary one for some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment, rugby, car racing and American football, it seems. Those of you who have been dipping your heads into the sports pages for the last three years will have noticed an ongoing argument over the state of the pitch at the still warm Wembley Stadium. It has been criticised left, right and centre for a problem that “may never go away”, a leading pitch expert (some title eh?) said back in October 2007. For me, the criticism that confronts the FA is fair; after all, football is practically a religion just across the border – much like rugby is here. However, what gets me is the lack of awareness people have for the reasons as to why the hallowed Wembley turf is more suitable for a flock of sheep. It’s all well and good saying “its because they play that bloody American Football there ain’t it?” – yes, I have heard this before – which is certainly a contributing factor. But, such a claim is then failed since the reason behind the decision to play innocuous NFL matches etc. is overlooked. Building stadiums isn’t cheap. Just ask the FA who fronted a consortium that amazingly spent a staggering £798million on the renovation. Such a large spending spree blew an almighty hole in many a wallet, so it is not a surprise that the stadium now caters for a wide range of events to help chip away at the remaining £300million debt. We’ve seen Jenson Button race his way around the same place where Eli Manning scored a touchdown for the New York Giants and where part owner of the New York Jets, Jay-Z, has rocked a full house. Such is the vast array of events that goes on in the

1. TAKE THAT: Concerts at the stadium are a big part of the summer schedule, with thousands of people standing above the hallowed turf taking their toll.

2. BAD TRACK RECORD: Is it any wonder everybody's complaining? Some joker's cemented the pitch north west of England’s capital, it is no wonder the pitch is suffering. “Impossible to play on” slammed Harry Redknapp when asked to describe the pitch after his side's 2-0 defeat to Pompey. His North London counterpart, Arsene Wenger, expressed his disgruntlement about the surface when he warned the FA that “no one wants to play at Wembley because the pitch is so bad” – possibly a little over the top, as I for one would jump at the chance to play at Wembley, even if the pitch was more suitable for mud wrestling. He’s got a point though, as James Milner’s disheartening comments probably aren’t too dissimilar to what a lot of sportsmen and women think. “At a final you want to play in a great stadium and on a great pitch. “You work as hard as you can to get to Wembley and it [is]

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one of the worst pitches you will play on” he expressed. Now I’m not damning the decision to host all these events, entirely, as I myself have attended the stadium for non-sporting reasons. However to eat my own words a little, I do find it frivolous that the FA are tarnishing the traditions of the sport that is Wembley’s primary use. A promise was made by the FA back in 2007 to use the stadium as host for the semi-finals of the country's most prestigious cup competition. Call me old fashioned, call me a traditionalist but part of the appeal to get to a cup final is the opportunity to attend England’s footballing hub. It should be an honour that only the two worthy finalists get to do, not those who are nearly the best. Of course, I speak from the position of a fan if nothing more. But such a view is held by Martin O’Neill, too. “I think Wembley should be for finals” he said. I agree. I also agree with Sir Alex Ferguson who shares similar opinions; “playing the semi-final [at Wembley] takes a bit of the lustre [away]. “But, given the financial commitment to a new Wembley, they [The FA] couldn’t do anything else”. The reality is that such a great construction has its consequences, which in this case is money. Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) were formed back in 1997 to finance the new stadium, along with Sport England who also contributed to the cost. Such was the size of the project, inevi-

table costs mounted which left a few sore heads over at the FA. By spending astronomical amounts on the new stadium, of course the FA are to open its doors to things like the Guinness Premiership or Live Aid, because they provide great opportunities to claw back some of the cash that has been spent. Although it may affect the quality of what we as sport spectators see, it’s not the end of the world by any means. We just need to accept the fact that money is taking precedent to what both the fans and footballers think. For a sports fan, it is arguably a double-edged-sword as between now and the FA Cup final, 9 games (1 rugby, 8 football) will be played at the stadium. I know I’ll be rolling deep in the football feast that the next couple of months offer. But as I said, with every good comes a bad. Which in this case is the fact that we shouldn’t expect the pitch issues to go away anytime soon, even if Wembley officials are meeting with pitch experts at the Institution of Groundsmanship (yes, that is their real name) this week. It seems that the criticism is coming largely from football camps, which got me thinking. Playing at the new Wembley must be like getting a birthday present in front of all your friends and family, concealed in a very large sparkly box draped in ribbons and bows, only to find that what’s in the middle is a potato peeler. Disappointing. But we should still be grateful.

RACE OF CHAMPIONS: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton both represented their country at Wembley, not with the three lions, but with four tyres. They still let the Germans win every year thougth.

3. WEMBLEY BOWL: Football is the traditional game of Wembley, but someone should have probably made the distinction clear to these American jokers.

4. RUGBY LEAGUE: Ironically the setting for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final sees the most northern sport in the country brought down to the soft south.

5. WORLD CUP 2018: To top off The FA's inability to maintain a showpiece venue, they now expect it to host the biggest sporting competition in the world.


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Ellie Jackson investigates the hectic schedule of balancing university education with a burgeoning ice hockey career So, it’s the last term of yet another stressful/fun/rain-filled (delete as appropriate) year and the end of the Easter break means that another exam period hurtles ever nearer. However, for final year students, something even more sinister lurks on the horizon: the Real World. And, as it advances, the next couple of months promise hours of manic job hunting, or even deciding upon a career. But whilst the holidays saw the rest of us distract ourselves with chocolate, MBA students Mike Hartwick, Wes Jarvis, and Scott Romfo were battling to the Elite Ice Hockey League’s (EIHL) Play-off Final as defencemen for the Cardiff Devils. This was not, however, the first time that the academic year’s more hectic periods have clashed with a trophy’s latter rounds. January to March saw the Devils skate their way to the Challenge Cup final where, as was also the case in the play-offs, they heartbreakingly fell at the last hurdle – losing in an agonising penalty shootout and by a single goal on aggregate, respectively.

The supporters make represnting the Devils and the city so special The university workload during these months is more than enough for most students, let alone adding the effort behind elite sporting success. But Jarvis believes that combining the two actually ‘helps you stay disciplined and focused’. In addition, managing this ‘balance’ is nothing new: their careers, at various points, have all encompassed college hockey. Hartwick and Romfo, for instance, represented their previous universities in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an experience

FOOTWEAR OPTIONAL: From left to right Scott Romfo, Wes Jarvis, Mike Hartwick Hartwick compares to ‘basically free minor league training’. Indeed, he views the NCAA as important step for most players, acknowledging that ‘at eighteen, unless you’re [Olympic gold medallist] Sid Crosby, it’s hard to step seamlessly into a professional career’. Now a pro, Hartwick echoes Romfo’s sentiment that ‘hopefully

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this education will open some more doors for a future career’ and he’s also ‘really enjoy[ing] having that second thing to do in the day’. This aversion to wasted time seems rooted within the three Devils’ players. In fact, Romfo, who, last season won the East Coast Hockey League’s prestigious Kelly Cup with the South Carolina Stingrays, seemingly thrives on a packed schedule, finding that combing ‘hockey and schooling… is almost easier during the [hockey] season…because out of season there’s more time to goof around and procrastinate’. There is, however, no question that they know how to take things seriously. At the age that most undergraduates enter their second and third years, Jarvis was playing for Canada. This ‘real eye-opening experience’ allowed him to ‘see the world’, and also gain experience of ‘lots of different styles of hockey’: from France’s focus upon ‘puck possession’, to Britain’s ‘more North American style’ – ‘a bit more dump and chase’ and ‘physical’. But it seems that he excels no matter where he is. The 2009/10 season, for example, saw him shortlisted for the Elite League’s Defence of the Year and selected for the EIHL’s All-Stars ‘Away’ Team. In addition, despite playing defence, he ends the hockey

year having accumulated the fifth highest number of points – goals and assists – for the Devils. He has, therefore, certainly ‘put up some points’, a pre-season aim shared by the others: Hartwick, despite six goals and ten assists, ‘wishes he’d put up a few more’. Nonetheless, he happily accepts that, ‘defensively, [he] played a strong year’. It’s equally obvious that Romfo, who, on top of nineteen points, shone defensively in the season’s second half, has fulfilled his objective of ‘help[ing] the team do well’.

In one of the world's fastest sports, they are highly aware of how quickly things can change The Devils, having finished within the EIHL’s top four, have definitely ‘done well’, and Jarvis argues that studying in Cardiff enables them to ‘get as much out of the experience’ as possible. They have all become rather attached to this city; after all, Hartwick points out, very few places

contain both its history and ‘life’. It is, however, the ‘great’ fans – ‘they’re always getting behind us’ – that top his list of favourite things about Cardiff. Indeed, all three agree that it’s the supporters and, as Jarvis puts it, the ‘great bunch of guys on the team’, that makes representing the Devils and their city so special. But now the joys of thesis-writing beckon. They are, Romfo claims, conscious of the importance of ‘saving [them]selves for after hockey’, and this off-season sees them turn their full attention to their degrees in the knowledge that, according to Hartwick, they’re ‘coming to that crossroad’. It appears that, having spent their lives in the cut-throat reality of one of the world’s fastest sports, they are highly aware of just how quickly things can change. Like exams, the change accompanying ‘that crossroad’ is drawing closer. The end of their MBAs sees both Hartwick and Romfo also end their time with the Devils, while Jarvis’ direction is as yet unknown. Nevertheless, some things are certain: the Cardiff Devils will always ‘play for the jersey, the city and the fans’, and it’s undeniable that Hartwick, Jarvis and Romfo have done them and Cardiff Uni very proud.


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Tony proves he's the real McCoy Alex Bywater Sports Writer Tony McCoy, perhaps the name most associated with the world of Horse Racing completed a clean sweep of all the major honours last Saturday when winning the Grand National aboard Don’t Push It. Having failed to win the world’s most famous horse race in his last 14 attempts, it was 15th time lucky for McCoy as he took the race by a comfortable margin. McCoy, known as “the champ” in the racing world has been the dominant force in the sport for the last ten years. However, up until last Saturday, the Grand National was the one race that had eluded the great man. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, McCoy has ridden the most winners in racing, be it either on the flat or over fences and reached the 3,000 winer milestone last year at Plumpton. In a sport that is not very well known to the general public, most people still recognise the McCoy name. This highlights the work of McCoy as he is still well known to the majority of the public. However, it is not just McCoy’s continued success that makes him a

legend within the racing fraternity. His famous level of hard work, determination and willingness to succeed has taken him to the highest level. This was characterised by his quick recovery from a heavy fall using arctic temperature treatment for a swift recovery. For a man who can sometimes seem withdrawn and sullen, McCoy was strangely emotional following his National win telling reporters, "I'm being a big wuss. It means everything to me to win the Grand National. "I've won lots of big races and I'm supposed to be a good jockey, but to not win the Grand National would be a bit of a negative on the CV." In a job where your weight has to be continually monitored and daily race meetings all around the country can take you from Exeter to Liverpool, it’s not surprising that Jockeys sometimes get a bit down. As the champ said, "I got a bit down this year so I decided to enjoy myself." "I'm the biggest dreamer in the world. I dream every day, and for the past five or six years I've dreamt that I would win the National," So then, having completed the clean sweep of racing honours, including both The Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle, surely it’s time for McCoy to receive acclaim outside of the sport. Surely he must be a contender

to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2010. Every December the racing fraternity kicks up a fuss because no jockey ever makes it on to the BBC shortlist - a list jockeys are perfect for. As McCoy himself noticed, the National win confirms him as the greatest ever National Hunt jockey and may well have widened his appeal to the masses in a race that captivates the attention of the nation.

As he said, "this is the people’s race, the biggest race in the world and one of the biggest sporting events in the world." "To win the Grand National is everything." The odds are the award will go to a sportsman or woman from a more mainstream sport. Maybe the fact that McCoy is not English is a blow against his hopes for the award. However, Chris Hoy, now Sir Chris Hoy won the award for

achieving great things in a so called, ‘minor sport.’ Even if this is not the case and McCoy is not recognised in terms of an award, there can be no doubt that by adding the Grand National to his already glittering CV, McCoy has made himself the star of National Hunt Racing and will probably go down as the best ever.

Sailing to success Cardiff’s pioneering venture into Ladies Team Racing was proven to be highly successful at the 2010 BUCS sailing finals, hosted by the University of Bristol at Chew Valley last week. The team comprised of three boats: Lucy Loretto (team captain) & Els Assinder, Emma Redshaw & Milly Beighton, and Maia Walsh & Sophie Mear. The team arrived at the event to find perfect sailing conditions, and were all set for the racing to commence. The first day of sailing was very successful, with the ladies winning six out of eight races, and an especially tense race against the Southampton first team. The Southampton Ladies started the race in a winning combination of positions, however the Cardiff team successfully pulled off several advanced manoeuvres to eventually beat their opponents to the finish line. After a successful first day with the 35 teams completing over 130 races, the Cardiff team finished the day in the top three teams. The second day got off to a slow start, with the racing not commencing until 1pm due to extremely light wind conditions. The sailing in the afternoon was challenging, but the Cardiff team managed to complete the day retaining their third place position overall. The wind on the third day started

off just as light as the previous day. Unfortunately, however, it did not pick up, so the team spent the day sunbathing and eating ice cream by the lakeside. The day finished with a prizegiving ceremony and a speech from Steve Tylecote, an esteemed team racer, keen for university teams to keep sailing and to progress to an international standard. The university team racing finals ended with a masked ball and formal prizegiving, with medals being awarded to the winning teams. Cardiff ladies were very proud and delighted to be awarded bronze medals, with Durham taking silver, and Southampton taking gold. Team captain Lucy Loretto said: “I am so proud of the team to have finished third after a highly competitive but very enjoyable few days of sailing.” The team celebrated their achievement at the masked ball and are looking forward to continuing their success next year.

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INSIDE: The Word On... Wembley's Pitch Palaver, Preview of Cardiff v Swansea Varsity and an Interview with the Devils

Cardiff Volleyball Men’s 1st team have capped off an outstanding season, finishing fourth at this year’s BUCS volleyball finals. After finishing first in the Western Region, and breezing through the final 16 against Bournemouth, Cardiff came to the final stage of the BUCS volleyball competition with high hopes of beating some of the best university teams in the country. Drawn in the group stages against Leeds Met – last year’s finalists – Loughborough and Dundee, Cardiff knew that there would be no easy games and that they would have to play some top class volleyball if they were to make any mark on the competition. With a positive attitude

and some good form going into the tournament, Cardiff were keen to get underway with a solid performance against Leeds Met. Against a well drilled and talented Leeds side, Cardiff fought valiantly in a tight first set. Putting in a solid performance, Cardiff lost by only six points, 25-19. In the second set, Leeds Met sought to assert their supremacy, conclusively beating Cardiff 25-11. This game brought doubt among the team, but against such strong opponents they couldn’t afford to be too disheartened, particularly with a crucial second game against Loughborough who finished fourth in last year’s competition. Going from strength to strength over the season, Cardiff has continued to improve as a team with a number of top class performances demonstrating their ability and high standard. Against Loughborough, Cardiff

once again demonstrated their tenacity, skill level and fighting spirit in one of the strongest performances the team has put in all year. Beating Loughborough 25-20 and 25-14, Cardiff’s fighting spirit returned with some outstanding performances from Robert Kurmis, who continued to provide a strong defence alongside consistent attacks, and Dimitris Challoumas, who once again demonstrated his experience, power and skill. Consistently good serving and passing from the whole team ensured a solid and crucial win for Cardiff against a very strong Loughborough side. Against Dundee, Cardiff continued in a similar vein. Thoughtful setting from Christos Kastanos, and controlled passing from Libero Ross Molero, ensured a 25-15, 25-20 win. Finishing second in the group, Cardiff would come against the formidable Sheffield Hallam team in the semi-

finals. Performing well in the first set, Cardiff lost by only three points, 25-22. In the second set, as reigning champions, Sheffield Hallam asserted their authority, winning 25-16. Cardiff came up against regional rivals Bath in the third/fourth place play off, unfortunately losing out on a third place finish. Despite this, the team were delighted with fourth place, beating Loughborough, Manchester, Oxford and Dundee. This fourth place remains the highest the team has reached for many years, and is testament to the quality of the team, and the level of passion and commitment. This achievement was particularly deserved as Cardiff was the only team in the competition who had had minimal training and without the valuable aid of a coach.

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