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student security. With this password, a hacker would be able to access anything a student uses that password for. The Student Data System containing addresses and phone numbers, the email accounts with personal information, and any files accessed from a computer with university network access are at risk. To carry out this kind of attack, all that is needed is a high-end laptop, time to run the programs and $20 to use a service called Cloudcracker that reveals the final encrypted password. We have been deliberately vague with our description of how this happens so as not to exacerbate the potential security risk to students on and off campus. More secure protocols are used by some other universities. Secure W2 EAP-TTLS, for example, is used by the Universities of Cardiff and Newcastle. The risks of this weakness being successfully exploited are reduced by Kent’s additional security measures. If staff and students’ devices are correctly configured using the University’s configuration tool then they will only be able to connect to the correct Kent server with the correct security certificate.
No such configuration tool exists for students with Macs. Mac users are provided with manual instructions on internet configuration that tell them to check that the server’s security certificate is correct before connecting. It does not warn of the risks of accepting the wrong certificate or provide instructions on how to automatically reject incorrect certificates, leaving them more vulnerable. Dr Alan Buxey, a key figure in the eduroam University IT community, has said that MS-CHAPv2 is “hidden from prying eyes”, but also that it is only secure “as long as users configure their devices correctly”. Jim Higham, IT Services Desk Manager, said that creating a tool for Mac users is “an area we will be looking at this year”. The University also has the ability to scan for rogue access points that might attempt an attack and disable their internet access. This is something they do on a regular basis. David Hayling, The University’s Head of IT Infrastructure, accepted that MSCHAPv2 is “absolutely” broken, but said: “[we have] a secure mechanism
which is only going to fail if, one, there are proactive steps taken by somebody to attack it, and they come across the minority of people who have misconfigured their devices.” If the password encryption system were to be changed, users would have the minor irritation of having to reconfigure their devices but would not necessarily have to reset their passwords and more secure protocols than MS-CHAPv2 do not rely on the strength of the password for the strength of the encryption. Our source said that there is “no good reason in this day and age to be using cryptography this weak”. Hayling said: “There are other areas that we would prefer to concentrate on in terms of improving our service, expanding our service, helping people make better use of our services.” He added that he would be “more than happy” to change to a more secure system when time and resources become available, but that the “low risk” means that this is a low priority. When we contacted the IT department about this issue, they were cooperative and thanked InQuire for assisting.
inquire exposes wi-fi security risk
INQUIRE has alerted the University’s IT department to a weakness in their wi-fi security that could leave students open to attack. An IT security consultant living in Kent, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted us with concerns about the protocol the University uses to accept students’ and staff’s passwords; MSCHAPv2. In July 2012 a study was published online showing that MS-CHAPv2 can be cracked with a 100% success rate. This means your password can be exposed by a rogue hacker. Our source demonstrated a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack whereby the attacker turns their laptop into a fake wi-fi access point, analyses information sent by users who connect to it and then runs that information through cracking programs that give the attacker users’ encrypted passwords. This can be used to impersonate them or to spy on their internet traffic. The encryption can then be decoded to retrieve the user’s password. This is a potential threat to
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ALAN Milburn, the government’s social mobility advisor, has called on the coalition to break down social barriers by offering extra money to universities to recruit poorer students. Milburn argues that students from socio-economically deprived areas should be given substantive flexibility on their A-level grades. 10% of first year undergraduates in the UK are from socially-economically deprived areas and at the UK’s leading universities, the proportion is far lower. Milburn, the former Labour health secretary has argued that there is a ‘social engineering’ of admissions which typically favours wealthier, private school candidates. The most recent report shows that teenagers from the richest 20% of households are seven times more likely to attend a top university than those in the poorest 40%. The recommendations, which are published in a governmentcommissioned report this week, have come under fire from critics including Tory MPs and private schools, who argue that this policy would lead to middle-class students unfairly losing out to students with lower grades. Furthermore, Alex Bols, executive director of the 1994 Group of universities has said that some of the recommendations gave ‘real cause
for concern’. Milburn has defended his reform proposals, saying that evidence showed that universities ought to make more effort to recruit students from deprived socio-economic groups. He stated that “for all the efforts the universities have made, they aren't properly recognising potential in who they admit to university”. To encourage the coalition to consider these reforms, Milburn has used the “pupil premium” policy in schools, a reform implemented by the Liberal Democrats where the government offers extra money for each pupil having free school meals who is given a place, to show that his proposal could be a success. Although a large increase in the number of students attending university over the last ten years has encouraged more socially disadvantaged people to attend, there is still a divide between these groups with Milburn finding that four private schools have secured more places at Oxbridge universities than England’s 2,000 state secondary schools collectively. Milburn argues that government policy has a huge part to play, but universities need to make a difference too. He said that money should be spent on social impact to widen participation as opposed to focusing on fee waivers and bursaries
and that universities ought to build relationships with schools and pupils from the poorest parts of the country to encourage them to see university as a natural progression. Tom Ritchie, Kent Union President, welcomed Milburn’s reform, saying: “contextualised admissions are a really good idea and are something that should be taken into account by universities nationally to allow students from low income backgrounds to take part in Higher Education.”
coalition energy prices ‘chaos’ london library launches prize Adam Robinson
Sam Hughes-Narborough WITH energy prices approaching £1,300 a year for even the poorest families, David Cameron has announced a new energy policy during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 17th October. In a bid to make people see that Cameron is on the side of what he calls "hard-pressed, hard-working families", he announced a promise to make new legislation that would make energy companies "have to give the lowest tariff to their customers". In the immediate aftermath of this, Energy Secretary Ed Davey made no mention of this policy, saying that the department knew what Cameron was considering, but he did not confirm the pledge. Labour have attacked the policy. Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint has compared it to television show The Thick of It, saying that Cameron has caused "chaos" and that this is "no way
to run the country". Energy Minister John Hayes tried to give some clarity, saying that there would be an evaluation of voluntary agreements made by energy companies in April to see if they should be made legally binding. There are other options for Britain in the energy sector, on 23rd October the Energy and Climate Change Committee met to discuss various aspects of nuclear power, including financing new nuclear power stations. EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz made a statement to the committee in which he said: "We are on the brink of delivering an infrastructure project similar in scale to the London Olympics." Downing Street has since said firms will not be legally-bound to give the lowest tariff. On 5th November the government will unveil its vision for the energy bill and the details of reform within the electricity market.
IN conjunction with student graduate recruitment site Milkround and The Times newspaper, The London Library has opened their Student Prize for 2013. This year’s essay topic is ‘Gap years: a new form of colonialism?’. The prize, which is for final year undergraduates, looks to find the next generation of ‘writers, thinkers and opinion formers’. The winner will receive £5,000, one year’s membership with The London Library, one year’s subscription to The Times, their entry published in The Times and The London Library magazine and the opportunity of a mini-internship at The Times. Three runners-up will also receive £1,000. Judges for this year will include Erica Wagner, Literary Editor at The Times, and award-winning author Patrick Ness. Wagner said: “We’re keen at The Times to foster talent in the brightest and the best [and] this is a wonderful way to do that.” The prize is open for submissions now at http://www.londonlibrarystudentprize. com. Entries must be no longer than 800 words and must be submitted by midnight on Friday 11 January 2013.
university of kent on the road to the demo Margot Vonthron
ON Thursday 25th October, Kent Union held a ‘Road to the Demo’ meeting, looking forward to the national demonstration on 21st November in London, covering the aims and ideals of the march and how students can get involved. Alongside the sabbatical officers were first year Politics and International Relations student Emma Booth and Dannie Grufferty NUS Vice-President for Society and Citizenship. Alex Murray, Kent Union Vice President for Education, started off the talk explaining how Kent Union has been passionate about these issues, and still is. He mentioned international students being turned away from London Metropolitan University and replacing seminars with lectures as examples of events students should protest about. He criticized the emphasis on money in the education system, one that he described as “marketised, over-priced and not necessarily designed towards what the country needs”. He talked about what he experienced protesting in 2010 and said that while many thought that the battle was lost, the influence of the demo was felt in the whole country. While the rise in tuition fees was the reason for anger at that time, this demonstration will have a broader focus.
Booth talked about education as a fundamental right and how the tripling of tuition fees has led students to wonder if they can afford to go university, even with a good academic record. Many in the room supported the idea that nobody should have to give up education because of the cost. The banner students will march underneath reads: “Educate, Employ, Empower”. Colum McGuire, Vice President for Welfare, said: “To engage is to not only to outlet that anger within us but also to do something about it.” The speakers also explained that these issues don’t only affect future students, but also those still at university. Grufferty started by explaining her belief that she has a role to play as NUS officer in championing students as active citizens in their communities and feels she has to march to fight against students being scapegoats, “in paying more and getting less”. “Speak to your friends about it and try and bring as many people down. It is essential to get your voices heard”, she said, calling for students to join the demo. Murray also spoke on the power of students to make a difference: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” He concluded: “Altogether we can make a pretty loud noise, and I think we
showed it two years ago.” In an interview after the conference, Gufferty particularly insisted on the importance to demonstrate and the mobilization of the maximum number of students: “We need to make it clear that we want the government to take a different direction.” When touching on the issue of the violence that happened in the 2010 demos, Grufferty explained that different means (risk assessments, setting out the tone by informing where the red lines are) were being developed
Serious Crime Directorate said: “He is an evil man who has traded on human misery. Juju is a well established belief, but Osolase corrupted it in a bid to gain control and bend the wills of his victims.” The charges do not stop at the claims of trafficking. He is also accused of assaulting three of the girls that he was brainwashing and the prosecutors claim that it is possible he had many more victims. One of the girls claimed that Osolase even proposed to her. Osolase says that he was forced into this after he lost his job. He said: "I knew it was wrong, but I was out of a job and I wanted money to pay for my mother's cancer operation." Osolase has been remanded in custody until Monday, when he will be sentenced.
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to make sure the demo stays peaceful and that it should be safe for everybody to demonstrate. She said: “We should also remember that the right to protest is a part of our democracy, and we shouldn’t be afraid to use it.” Go to http://www.demo2012.org.uk/ for more information. Sign up at http://www.kentunion. co.uk/studentvoice/demo2012/. There are about 150 places and one bus is already full. Photograph taken by Margot Vonthron
witchcraft trafficker found guilty ‘lost generation’ costs €153bn a year Chris Peel
OSEZUA Elvis Osolase, 42, has been found guilty of brainwashing smuggled children into prostitution using supposed “witchcraft”. The trial has been going on for eight weeks. DI Eddie Fox, of the Kent and Essex
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A study conducted by the EU agency has revealed that Europe’s ‘lost generation’ of young people not in education, employment or training, costs €153bn a year. Colloquially known as ‘neets’, young people aged between 15 and 29 in this situation have reached a record number of 14 million, and are costing the EU €3bn a week in state welfare and lost production. The report was conducted by the EU’s own research agency, Eurofound. The report also warns of the impact such a figure can have on society. It says: "The consequences of a lost generation are not merely economic, but are societal, with the risk of young people opting out of democratic participation in society." There are fears that the situation could easily escalate. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said Europe was "failing in its social contract” with the young. Rising political disenchantment could reach dangerous levels similar to situations already seen off seas. There doesn’t appear, however, to be a quick fix. Young people in Europe who are in work are feeling equally disenfranchised; those who have
jobs do not have job security, and are working fewer hours. A study conducted in 2011 showed that a total of 30%, approximately 5.8 million, young people were in part-time employment. The figure had increased from 2001 by 9%. The report is quick to warn that it is unrealistic to expect all ‘neets’, who account for 15% of the young adult population in the EU, to be able to find a job. It must account for those who are looking after young children, working as minders for their relatives or are physically incapable of work. "€153bn is a hypothetical situation if all young people could be integrated into the labour market," said Massimiliano Mascherini, the lead researcher of the report. "But another way to see it is that if just 10% of neets could be reintegrated, 1.4 million people, it will represent a saving of €15bn [every year]." The UK education department has vowed to try and tackle the problem of ‘neets’ in Britain. They are spending an unprecedented £7.5bn on education and training for youths between 16 and 19 in 2012. The department added that the coalition education reform would "create a world-class education system that will equip young people properly for both higher education and skilled, sustainable employment".
salmond and cameron agree referendum plan Jak Allen
PRIME Minister David Cameron, agreed a monumental deal with the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, that a referendum on Scottish independence will take place before the end of 2014. The agreement incorporates a straightforward voting process, which will require a simple “yes” or “no” vote for Scottish independence. The historic vote will also allow 16 and 17-year-olds to take part. The signing of the deal is seen as a success for the Scottish National Party (SNP). Cameron claims to have answered the Scottish population with this agreement: "I always wanted to show respect to the people of Scotland - they voted for a party that wanted to have a referendum, I've made that referendum possible and made sure that it is decisive, it is legal and it is fair." Salmond believes that the signing symbolises a “historic day” for Scotland. He praised the potential economic benefits he believes will come out of a vote for independence: "Do I believe that
independence will win this campaign? Yes, I do. I believe we'll win it by setting out a positive vision for a better future for our country economically and also, crucially, socially.” There is also evidence that a vote for independence could help support Scotland in reduced costs, particularly with defence. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) study claims that annual costs could be cut from £3.3bn to about £1.8bn. The potential economic implications have been at the heart of debate since the deal was struck. If Scotland left the Union then the UK, a country in the top 10 economic powers of the world, would be on their doorstep and their immediate competition. Scotland would also face new costs of £150mn to fund students from the rest of the UK, who would be eligible for free tuition if independence were to go through. The Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties have all previously expressed their wish for Scotland to stay within the United Kingdom and a recent Ispos poll suggests that Scots would
agree in voting against independence, with 30% saying they would vote “Yes”, 58% voting “No”, and 12% still unsure. These statistics only epitomise a small amount of issues that would need to
be resolved if independence were to be voted for in Scotland. Until that time, the SNP will begin to spread their message of confidence for an independent Scotland to those undecided voters.
a-level reforms proposed pcc candidate withdraws George Hopkin Website Sport Editor THE educational reforms of Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, are set to gain momentum with more signs of planned changes to the current A-level system. Following on from his department’s decision to look at replacing GCSE qualifications with an English Baccalaureate (or Ebacc), there are now plans to revolutionise A-levels by introducing the idea of an Advanced Baccalaureate - inspired by the rising credibility and popularity of the International Baccalaureate. A spokesman from the Department of Education has said that “no decisions have been made” as of yet, regarding the replacement of the A-level system that so many modern undergraduates have been familiar with. Students will be encouraged to study a wide range of subjects supposed to broaden their skillsets and academic experience. It has also been reported that A-level modules would slowly be rejected in a similar way to how the GCSE modules were, and that students would be asked to write dissertations of up to 5,000 words in order to achieve qualification success and better prepare them for the
university system of essay-writing. This university influence on new reforms should be high, Gove suggests, as a big focus of the A-level system is to prepare students for Higher Education. An article by exam board OCR on its website earlier in October also commented on university involvement, saying that: “HE [or, Higher Education] should not only have a major interest in influencing A Level design and content but be committed to involvement after qualifications go ‘live’.” It supports the idea that the “primary, though not exclusive, purpose of A Levels is to prepare people for undergraduate study”, and encourages more Higher Education control on a system that will eventually send students to university with the hopes of supporting undergraduate success. In a sign of bi-partisan support for a reformed educational system, the shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has said that Labour will “support the concept of an Abacc”, and that his party would “ensure” that “it includes a broad range of subjects” – including engineering and computing – and that it becomes “a gold standard route for vocational education and every pupil studying English and maths until the age of 18”.
Jay Crush Christopher Hudson-Wallis FERGUS Wilson, a local property developer, has withdrawn from this November’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election. He blames ongoing cuts in police funding for his decision, saying that he does not want to make promises during the election he will be unable to keep. He said that the Police “are being decimated by cuts ... [Cuts] make the position totally impossible. There have been cuts resulting in the reduction of police officers and police civilians and further cuts would mean a force that could not operate effectively and I fear that is what will happen”. He no longer plans to vote in the election. The role of the PCC is a new one, so this is the first election of its kind in the UK. The position replaces the old Police Authorities which were mostly made up of county councillors and magistrates. The role has been created in order for the police to be held to account democratically by the people they serve, and to be more responsive to local priorities. The Home Office has called it “the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime” The PCC’s roles include: appointing the chief constable; setting the annual force budget and deciding how it will be spent; and creating a five-year “Police and Crime Plan” which identifies local policing priorities. The Chief Constable will retain control over direct police operational matters, but will be accountable to the PCC.
On Monday 22nd October, the six candidates vying to be Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner participated in a UKC open Q&A session, well attended by students, staff and residents despite rumours of disinterest in the election. Craig MacKinlay (Conservative), Harriet Yeo (Labour), Piers Wauchope (UKIP), Steve Uncles (English Democrats), Ann Barnes (Independent) and Dai Liyanage (Independent) answered questions on topics ranging from Special Constables to privatisation of the Police Force. Mrs Barnes was the subject of some controversy at the Q&A. In her previous role, as the Chair of the Kent Police Authority, she campaigned actively against the role. Due to her belief that any party candidate in the election can be only controlled by the “masters at Westminster.” But Labour candidate, Harriet Yeo claimed: “You won’t get the voice of the Labour Party, you’ll get my voice.” She herself is a local Ashford Councillor having lived locally. Craig MacKinlay stated that he was a well-rounded candidate with “the vision” to carry out a Policing Plan that belongs to the voters. The elections for the 41 Police and Crime Commissioners will be held nationwide on November 15th, and the deadline for registering to vote was on the 31st October. To register to vote, go to aboutmyvote. co.uk where you will need to print off and send a short form. Students are able to register and vote in either your home county, or here in Kent.
the american presidential elections: just a prostitution of democracy? David Stibbards THIS month will finally see the end of the media carnival and prostitution of democracy that is the US Presidential elections. This nauseating, ceaseless parade of rhetoric, connivance and outright fiction descends upon America every four years, and seeps heavily into the news and blogs on this side of the Atlantic. For those of us who maintain a wary observation of the super power, the trouble is that this carnival of hype and exaggerated propaganda happens every two years, as the mid-term elections for the House of Representatives and the Senate reach almost the same feverpitch as we have seen so far in the Obama-Romney race. Behind the current facade of the party slogans - ‘Forward’ and ‘Believe in America’ for Obama and Romney respectively - lies a sullen, unmoving truth. It won’t make a damn bit of difference. Obama’s campaign last election cycle was pushed by a desire for change and reform of the US systems that were seen as serving a status quo preserved by the plutocratic elite. Instead we have seen a healthcare bill which throws ordinary citizens directly into the jaws of private healthcare, forcing them to pay a private company for the privilege of living. The power of the federal government to monitor, detain and destroy its citizens without due process has increased. Many companies have been subsidised by the government to prevent the much worshipped market forces of the US economy tearing them apart. All these developments and more
snevo have come in a presidential term which was dominated in its latter half by a hostile House, and we can expect the corporate Romney, who cooked up the term Obamacare, to continue with more of the same. The most significant problem in the US right now is the prostitution of a democracy in chains. The two existing parties maintain an overwhelming grasp on State law which allows them to work together to deny the rise of any third party. Corporate sponsors have poured
billions into the US electoral system, where lobbying is legally permitted to gain influence to the tune of $3.5 billion nationally. Any third party is made to jump through hoops in every state that require the resources and legal capacity provided by corporate sponsors, and the keys are held, as always, by the two controlling parties. To claim that the US President is the Leader of the Free World has become the mocking clarion call for a suffocating system, where your vote is determined by where you live.
If you still hold a torch for the USA, and the constitution which I too admire, then for us the real vote on the 6th November will be held in the American colony of Puerto Rico, which has been ruled undemocratically since 1898. While other Americans are allowed to select a president to maintain the status quo, more than 3.5 million American citizens facing taxation without representation, will finally make a real choice in a referendum for independence, statehood or of course, the status quo.
is it justified to reduce the abortion time limit? Rose Hill ABORTION, as we all know, is often a taboo subject for friendly conversation. Once again, that same subject has been dragged out for debate – not whether it’s morally right or wrong, but whether the current policy of a 24 week time limit should be lowered to 20. Spearheading the campaign is Maria Miller, the minister for women’s issues and equalities, who claims that she is “driven by that very practical impact that late term abortion has on women”. She believes that, due to medical advances within the last decade, foetuses born prematurely at 20 weeks and above can be saved. The idea of altering the Act is not a new one. In 2008 Nadine Dorries, a Tory MP, also brought the act to parliament in an attempt to lower the abortion cut-off, and
was heavily defeated. Unsurprisingly, Dorries is showing her support now, tweeting: “Maria Miller understands importance of recognising some women are traumatised by abortion process, that’s real feminism.” Yet, as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states, there is no true evidence that premature babies are more likely to survive now than they were a decade ago. The results from the EPICure study in 2000 revealed that survival rates for babies born at 24 weeks and below dropped significantly – the hospital discharge rate at 22 weeks was as low as 9.1%. However the EPICure 2 study, which is still due to be published, has been revealed to suggest no significant improvements on that previous result. What Maria Miller also hasn’t considered is the fact that some
particularly severe conditions cannot be recognised within the foetus until later on in the pregnancy. An example of this is Edwards syndrome, which is incredibly difficult to identify until 2021 weeks into pregnancy. Moreover it is doubtful a decrease in abortions will actually occur – 90% are carried out in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and 98% before 20 weeks. In some circumstances, women need the extra time to get over the initial shock of pregnancy – if the Act was changed some may even rush into an abortion, whereas, if given more time, they would decide to go ahead. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, it seems that Miller’s claims have been plucked out of the sky. The fact that there are no plans to alter the current law on abortion, according to a spokesperson at the Department of Health, says a lot.
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missing more than just the cute kids Sam Baldwin
IT has been just over a month since the tragic disappearance of five-yearold April Jones from Machynlleth, Wales. The media coverage of this heart-rending story has been extensive, generating over 2,500 phone calls to the police within the first three days of reporting. The plea to find April has been effectively projected into the nation’s consciousness through copious amounts of newsprint and airtime, but it is notable that April is just one of the 250,000 people that go missing in Britain each year. Around 64% are children and young persons under the age of 18. Why is it that only a select few of these cases attract any publicity?
Since April’s abduction on 1st October, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre has reported five other young people missing, none of which have significantly aroused the attention of national or even local media outlets. When considering other prominent missing persons that have provoked press interest over the last 10 years, such as Sarah Payne, Milly Dowler, Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman and Madeleine McCann, it is apparent that all the victims share three common characteristics. They are all young, female and white. Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester, Yvonne Jewkes, compares the coverage attributed to these cases with the murder of 10-yearold Nigerian schoolboy Damilola Taylor,
which occurred in the same year as Sarah Payne. After heading home from Peckham Library on the 27th November 2000, Damilola was stabbed by two young boys and bled to death in a concrete stairwell. Although Damilola’s father flew into the UK to make various appeals and television appearances, Jewkes stresses that the level of public outcry did not nearly match ‘the near hysterical outpourings of anger and sadness’ that followed the Payne case. This is only one of the numerous incidents in media history that seem to favour race, age, gender, class and even appearance in the bid to find missing people. Given the recent investigation into media ethics, it is perhaps worth questioning whether this kind of biased reporting needs to be more closely
April Jones, as photographed by family
scrutinised. US-based advocate Monica Caison, founder of the Centre for Missing Persons in North Carolina, has been particularly vocal over this issue: ‘Media has always leaned towards the cute little kids. And unfortunately, a lot of the time they think cute little kids are white.’
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Amanda Todd on YouTube
LIVING in the 21st century, we exist in an age of constant connection, where we are continually uploading our lives onto the internet. Through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, we have the ability to find out personal information about almost anyone. While there are numerous benefits to the internet, the sinister side was encapsulated by the suicide of fifteen year old Amanda Todd, who was found hanged in her home in Port Coquitlam, Canada, on 10th October. Having already had a record of attempted suicides, the police were quick to start an investigation. The poignancy of her death was amplified by her rise to international renown in September this year, when she uploaded a harrowing video onto YouTube entitled My Story: Struggling, Bullying, Suicide, Self Harm. Using flash cards, Todd told the story of how a picture of her breasts had been taken and fallen into the hands of an anonymous man who blackmailed her, before releasing the picture online. Todd entered a downward spiral of depression, which was worsened when
she was beaten up by a group of 15 people, including the girlfriend of a boy she had had sex with. After trying to commit suicide by drinking bleach, she was followed relentlessly by people from her past via the internet. Old classmates tagged her in pictures of bleach on Facebook, and left comments saying: “She should try a different bleach, I hope she dies.” Within days of its upload, Todd’s video went viral, with the number of views continuing to rise to over five million after her death. Although in Canada they are discussing the criminalisation of cyber-bullying, my question is, are they missing the wider issue? The terrifying reality of the dangers of the internet is clearly evident in Todd’s death. What the internet gives the individual is a dangerous ability to create and become anyone they want. Anonymous bullying has become even easier to do because you are detached from the reaction of the other person, and can hide behind the façade of the internet. Even now, abusive comments are still being left on Todd’s YouTube video and Facebook memorial page. Comments such as “Lol, good riddance” and “the guy emailing her was the KING of Trolls… lulz” are still flooding the internet. It must be asked; would these people be willing to say such horrible things to Todd’s grieving family? Do these people genuinely mean their comments, or are they just trying to be controversial? The internet seeps into all aspects of modern life, and blurs the boundaries between the real and the artificial. If Todd, a 15 year old girl, could be pushed to such an extreme by the internet, how many others could be suffering a similar fate at the hands of anonymous cyber bullying?
AT the Conservative Conference in early October, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, announced plans to alter the current law on the amount of force that can be legally used on intruders by homeowners. The motive behind this possible law change is to protect people who act out of instinct and in the heat of the moment in order to defend themselves, their property and their family. Currently the law allows for householders and homeowners to use what is referred to as “reasonable” force, when acting “honestly and instinctively”. To a non-lawyer or legal expert, this seems rather confusing and vague. Prominent cases that have recently spurred Mr Grayling on include the imprisonment of Tony Martin in 1999 for having shot and killed an intruder in his home, as well as Munir Hussain in 2008 who attacked and chased burglars with a cricket bat. Interestingly, just like in the Grand Ol’ US of A, even our current law offers some protection for people who kill an intruder if it is deemed that, under the circumstances, they acted “reasonably” and not excessively. The new law, however, may take this
further. Prime Minister David Cameron, in a live interview with the BBC, said: “We are raising the bar pretty high. Anything you do as long as it is not disproportionate is OK.” How far is this taking the concept of “self-defence and protection” and is it crossing a line? Should defending one’s territory justify extreme violence? American ‘doctrine’ dictates that an individual who acts forcefully against an intruder is legally protected to use up to deadly force – whilst this isn’t law, it is commonly practiced by the legal system and judiciary and is referred to as “Castle Doctrine” or, hilariously, the “Make My Day Law”. Naturally in the UK not every Tom, Dick and Dirty Harry have guns under their pillows, so it isn’t likely, should the law change, that we’ll see a rise in the number of homeowners shooting down intruders. With only 11 prosecutions of homeowners forcefully defending themselves against burglars in the last two decades, perhaps this change in law won’t be all that different to what we have now. I, for one, don’t want to see the day where the law protects murder in any case, and the possibility of such sends shivers down my non-gun toting spine.
what does freedom of speech mean? Pamela Head Newspaper Editor
FREEDOM of speech is a tricky thing. We all think we have it, we all think it’s a right and we all think it’s protected by law. If you live in America, then it is. First Amendment. Sort of. See, the problem surrounding free speech is that people get slightly confused about it. The First Amendment protects you from the government suppressing your right to speech. You’re allowed to say whatever you like and are protected from prosecution. It does not, however, protect you from other people. If you say something offensive, then brace yourself for some backlash. This is something a lot of people get wrong. Take the recent Chick-fil-A drama in the US. Dan Cathy, CEO of the company announced his opposition to marriage equality. As a result, a council member turned around and said that he’d block any opening of the restaurant in his area. In effect, this breaches the First Amendment as the government is suppressing his right to believe what he likes. Unconstitutional, I’m afraid. Americans like Cathy can fight and win the right to say whatever offensive thing they like without being threatened by
the government. Boycotts, however, are another story. Of course, this all makes little to no difference for us. Britain doesn’t have a constitution. We instead follow an unwritten set of rules, making free speech a difficult one for us to judge here, unlike our friends across the pond. If you’ve ever heard of injunctions or have been following the efforts to try and get Prince Charles’s letters to government, then you’ll be well aware of the government’s efforts to curtail freedom of information. But we’re not left completely alone.
Under the European Convention and Article 10, we’re guaranteed freedom of speech with some exceptions: threatening, abusive, insulting speech, behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace and incitement to religious hatred, among other things. Generally, the idea is that as long as your views aren’t harmful, you’re cool. But this isn’t always the understanding people have. Matthew Woods, 19, was jailed for 12 weeks recently after he posted ‘grossly offensive’ jokes about the missing five-year-old girl April Jones on his Facebook page. Now, I’m not arguing
Firstly, education may keep people alive longer. Studies show that around the world, as education levels increase, so does life expectancy. As such, people’s chances of living long enough to get a job would be improved, which would be important for countries like Swaziland or Afghanistan, where life expectancy is about 49 years.
Secondly, educated women are less likely to have children at a young age, and when they do they tend to have fewer children. This could allow families to invest more in each of the children they have, and therefore make going to school more realistic, affordable and beneficial. Education is also an effective way of
that what he said is acceptable. Not in the slightest. What I am arguing, though, is that making sick jokes isn’t criminal. Frankie Boyle has made a career out of it after all. The court said that his jokes were a crime under the Communications Act 2003, which protects against ‘grossly offensive’ messages. The chairman at the Magistrates Court that punished Woods said: “The reason for the sentence is the seriousness of the offence, the public outrage that has been caused.” So, he’s been sent to jail because the public deemed his comments offensive… The key thing to note at this stage is that the Communications Act also says that the people offended “need not be recipients”. What does this basically mean? Anyone can say they’re offended by anything and if enough people echo the sentiment, the person who first uttered the comment will be jailed. How terrifying. What we can gather is that free speech is by no means simple. There will always be someone who is offended by your opinion, so trying to come up with a hard and fast law is almost impossible. But generally, I think Voltaire said it best: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
can you teach the way out of poverty? Manon Verchot
THE news is often full of stories about child labour and child slavery. The focus is usually on children in sweat shops and factories, but what also needs mentioning are the children who are forced to work independently by their parents. These children make up the majority of the child labour force. Last Christmas I went to Goa, in India. When I visited the beach, children would come by and perform acrobatic tricks or little dances, and then request money from the tourists. The youngest child I saw was three years old, pushed forward to dance by his mother while she played the drums. When I saw older children performing, I realised that there was little chance that this three year old would ever go to school. On a global average, children are likely to spend about 11 years in school. In developing countries, children are more likely to spend less than this, especially girls, who are often kept at home to help with housework. In India, less than half the population goes to school between the ages of 6 and 14. Education is often regarded as important because it prepares people for more job opportunities. While this is true, there are other equally important and less known benefits to receiving an education.
Children work in Delhi, India. Image taken from foreignpolicy.com
empowering women, who make up half of the population of most countries. In South and West Asia, two thirds of the children who drop out of school are girls. By encouraging them to stay in school, they are being encouraged to find better ways of financially supporting their family. Many countries suffer economically because women are confined to their homes. Unfortunately, giving children an education isn’t as easy as placing them in a classroom. Malnourishment and illness affect concentration and ability to absorb the information presented to them. Providing food isn’t the only solution for improving children’s concentration. For example, deworming children in Kenya has been shown to increase school attendance by 25%. Deworming tablets cost about 30p in these countries, and could be funded by non-governmental organisations. Since more than 1.29 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, according to a study by the World Bank, it is extremely difficult to expect families to not put their children to work. This means that, to promote education, countries and charities need to improve access to healthcare and food. Hopefully then, the children I saw in Goa won’t be performing for tourists for the rest of their lives.
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to beard or not to beard: that is the question George Hopkin Website Sport Editor
‘He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man’. Thus wrote William Shakespeare in his comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Is it true? I doubt it. Is it worth discussing? I think so. Because what is in a beard? A reader might find this topic trivial (Who cares about beards?) but I think that it is one of the most relevant topics throughout the whole of recorded human civilisation. It just ties into so many different debates: On Manhood and Manliness; gender politics; the civilised vs. the barbaric; the pre-requisites of being a philosopher; the control and freedom of a person to do what he or she likes with his or her own body. The list could continue. Speaking about visible evidence, the beard is part of facial hair; but is it ornamental, or an irritation? Is it fashionable, or slovenly? Is it professional, or the sign of a lazy worker? Maybe it’s just a biological example of gender separation, stemming from
the advanced development of a postconception child. I like the old story of a hypothetical conversation between the ancient Roman philosopher (and ex-slave) Epictetus, and a figure of authority. The libertarian in me can hear it over and over again. ‘Come then, Epictetus, shave off your beard’ says authority. Epictetus refuses. In defiance, he replies: ‘If I am philosopher, I will not shave it off’. The ruling figure in the conversation then threatens to take off Epictetus’ head – but he isn’t having any of it. ‘If that will do you any good, then
take it off’, Epictetus says. And thus ends the narrative, with the Stoic philosopher expressing his case for individual liberty. Another story is of Alexander the Great ordering his Hellenic soldiers to be clean-shaven, to show their civilised characteristics against the barbaric Persians, their sworn enemies. Beard bans didn’t stop with that: In the summer, news aggregate company Reuters reported that Iraqi soldiers and police officers were given commands to lose the beards while on duty – a direction which has met with hostility as it seemed to go against religious freedom
of person. Speaking about the ban, a police mechanic called Abu Haider told Reuters: ‘It is interference in the personal freedoms we started to taste after the toppling of the regime’. An Islamic Shiite leader, named Moqtada al-Sadr, also spoke out, calling the ban a ‘sin’ and a religious offence. The conversation around the beard lasts. It is perpetuated through masculine history’s defiance of both barbarism and feminine influence, and is answered by the subjectivity of the controller: The commander-in-chief; the business boss; the individual man. Maybe even the State, in some political systems. And now, ahead of Movember (the famous men’s prostate and testicular cancer awareness campaign that spreads out across the month of November), perhaps it is time to question exactly what a beard is, and what it represents. I, for one, wear my short beard as part of myself – as part of being a man with the freedom to make my own decisions. I look after it; I sometimes get banter or criticism for it; but most of the time I don’t even think about it. It just is. But if anything is to be gathered from this article, I hope that it is in relation to a point made a couple of paragraphs up: that thousands of men will happily grow out facial hair to raise awareness of and tackle illnesses that affect more than thousands – regardless of what William Shakespeare may once have written.
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* Ever wondered how to make a Pumpkin latte? Find out how from Features page 14. * The 365 exhibition is being held at the Beaney in town. Interested? Check out Culture page 20. * Stephen K Amos recently performed at the Gulbenkian and has a book and DVD out. Read Entertainment page 18 for a review of his show!
To celebrate Guy Fawkes this year, why not go and see the best fireworks in Kent taking place at the Tyler Hill Bonfire Night. With its toffee apple stalls and folk style bands, itâ€™s reasonably priced and just around the corner from the University. Log onto the website to find out more: www.tylerhillbonfire.co.uk If you want the chance to go for free, InQuire are giving away two free tickets! All you need to do is answer this question... How did Guy Fawkes die? a) Hung, drawn and quartered b) Burned at stake c) Beheaded Email the correct answer to: email@example.com IQ Editor: Chandni Makhecha
raise and give presents: london raid
On the night of the 18th of October, 15 members of Kent’s Raise and Give team headed out to London with the hope of raising a significant amount of money for the fantastic Breast Cancer Campaign. In the UK, 130 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. In order to improve these statistics, the aim of the Breast Cancer Campaign is funding essential research to find a cure for cancer. With support from the British public, the campaign can fund more vital research projects which will help to beat cancer for good. After a sleepy 6am start on Friday morning the RaG team got suited and booted in a various array of bright pink accessories, t-shirts and charity buckets and were ready to hit central London. The Generator Hostel was a buzzing
sea of pink, with RaG teams from all over the country preparing in similar ways for a long day ahead. With high hopes and plenty of confidence we left the hostel and the other teams behind in order to claim the spare change from the pockets of London and donate it to charity! The Kent team was split up between Tottenham Court Road, Fleet Street and Canon Street tube station. Each team arrived at around 8am, perfectly timed for catching the morning rush of commuters. The day started hectically with spare change (and occasionally the odd note) being flung in to the buckets by working Londoners, along with many a compliment on our fabulous pink outfits. After around 10am the rush dramatically died down and the flow of money significantly lessened. This gave the teams some time to rest their voices, regroup and recuperate. Unfortunately, the weather turned and a constant downpour of rain for the rest of the day meant we had to rely on our bright pink rain macs and hope the general public would take pity on us. Fortunately they did! Through the lunchtime hours the pennies kept on coming in to our buckets with a number of people donating out of sympathy as we braved the worst of the weather. As the last of the commuters returning home either jumped in taxis to avoid
the rain or drifted by and dropped their last coppers in to our buckets, the teams finally began to make their way back to the hostel near St. Pancras International. Exhausted and soaked through, we reunited at the hostel to return our heavy buckets to be counted. The teams discussed stories of the day, which locations had been the most successful, who had raised the most, who had met the craziest person, with everyone certain that they’d had a better day than their friends. Though it was a long hard day’s work it was indisputably worth every minute.
which affects the lives of millions of men worldwide. The goals for the Australian born charity are the following: To fund survivorship initiatives that will provide information and support
has already been incredibly successful over the past couple of years raising millions of pounds worldwide, so the next question is: how do you get involved? Becoming a Mo Bro is simple, all you need to do is follow these three
for men and their families affected by prostate cancer; Improve awareness and education of men’s health and fund programs which will increase understanding of the health risks that men face; fund vital research and clinical trials which lead to improved diagnostic and prognostic tests and treatments; and finally to fund health research which can change health policy, with the potential to change men’s health. Movember has fantastic initiatives and
simple steps: 1. Sign yourself up and make a profile at www.uk.movember.com/ team/433313. This is the Movember page especially for Kent University students. 2. On November 1st you must begin the month completely clean shaven and from there let your moustache go untouched for the duration of 30 days. In regards to your ‘tache remember the weirder the better, so make it different
The total for the London Wear It Pink Mega Raid was a huge £50,044.84. Kent RaG alone raised £3,151.06 with an average collection of £210 per bucket. A special congratulations has to go out to Laura Jane Ryves who collected an amazing total of £807.75! An amazing amount of money raised for a great cause and a fantastic experience all round. Don’t want to miss out next time? Kent RaG will be a part of many more raids throughout the year – make sure you get involved!
raise and give presents: movember
I moustache you a question: did you ever wonder where the once well respected and sexy moustache went? Its reign was long and hairy but somewhere in the nineties the ‘mo’ fell off the men’s ‘fashionable facial hair’ bandwagon and never made it back on…until now. If you haven’t heard of Movember already, then you need to get acquainted with it pretty quick! Within the next couple of weeks, men all over the world will be letting their upper lip go ‘au naturel’ and you need to be prepared so you don’t feel like you’ve been thrown back to the eighties overnight. “Why would anyone in their right mind want to put their face through such an ordeal?” I hear you say. Never fear, it’s all for a fantastic cause! Men’s health throughout the years is an issue that has often been neglected in terms of investment in research and awareness. Movember specifically focuses on the issue of prostate cancer,
and turn some heads! 3. Get everyone to sponsor your spectacular ‘tache! Whether it’s a couple of pennies or a couple of pounds every bit of money raised makes an enormous difference to the future of men’s health. Who knew your facial hair could have so much power?! Never fear ladies, you can be just as equally involved with Movember by being a Mo Sista. This is essentially a lady who loves a Mo and is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in their moustache growing journey. So all you sisters, girlfriends, aunties and mothers out there – get hiding those shavers and get sponsoring. After such a successful year last year, Kent RaG will be a driving force behind Movember again this year, with collections occurring across campus and also a Movember Party happening at Venue on the 3rd November. Whether you’re going to be grower or an admirer this Movember, be sure to donate plenty of money! Moustache - got to get donating!
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SPOTTED! CAMPUS FASHION Johannes (left) wears: Jeans, T-shirt and Jacket - shops in Stockholm Wellington Boots - Hunter
Rebecca (right) wears: Bowler Hat, Skirt and Brooch - Topshop Top - Vintage Vans - Office Fashion Inspiration - Look book
& events The Venue Addicted to Bass - 2nd November
Holly (right) wears: Top - New Look Jeans - Top Shop Boots - River Island Necklace - Accessorize Hand Chain - New Look Fashion Inspiration - Other students on campus
UV Sensation - 2nd November SOAP! Movember Showers 3rd November The Attic Society Takeover - 7th November Society Takeover - 14th November Prisca (right) wears: Beanie - Topman Sweater - Bershka Jumpsuit - Tesco Bag and Jewellery - Vintage Brogues - Art & Co (South African boutique) Fashion Inspiration - Mother
Mungo’s Magic @ Mungo’s - 2nd, 9th and 16th November Woody’s Live Music Night - 2nd November
Charlie (left) wears:
Woody’s Quiz - 3rd November
Jacket and Bag - TK Maxx Top and Shoes - Vintage Leggings - Primark Fashion Inspiration - Chloe Sevigny
Pool Competition - 5th November
Photography by Yvonne, Alice and Lucy. If you’ve had your picture taken by one of our photographers but haven’t been featured in the paper, check out more Campus Fashion photos on www.inquirelive.co.uk/features!
Gourmet Burger Night - 6th November Karaoke - 8th November
kent uni jitsu hilary mantel wins second booker prize Sam Cochrane
Jujitsu is a Japanese martial art developed by the samurai for use on the battlefield. Rather than relying on the use of punches and kicks, which are advantageous to a physically stronger person, Jujitsu relies on the manipulation of the attacker and focuses on weak points and positions of the body. Joint locks, throws, weapons defence and chokeholds are used with precision and skill to subdue attackers. There is an emphasis on skilfulness over forcefulness and on technique over aggression. This is a fighting style suited to women as well as men. Alongside learning an effective martial art, consistent training in Jujitsu will improve your strength, fitness, flexibility, and co-ordination. Kent Uni Jitsu is part of the Jitsu Foundation, an organisation that teaches the unique Shorinji Kan system of Jujitsu and has many clubs spread across the UK. The Foundation hosts Jujitsu Nationals, which involve members from every club, from complete novice to advanced practitioners, coming together to train. Members of Kent Uni Jitsu are representing the club at the Nationals on the 28th October. The first session is free, so come and try Jujitsu out. We train in the Small Hall in the Sports Centre, every Wednesday from 7pm till 10pm, and then we head down to Woody’s to relax. Contact Details: President - Josh Pollard email: firstname.lastname@example.org Media Officer - Sam Cochrane email: email@example.com
Natalie Tipping Newspaper Features Editor
After first winning the Man Booker Prize in 2009 for her novel Wolf Hall, author Hilary Mantel was declared as the winner of this illustrious prize again this year, for her latest book, Bring up the Bodies. The second book in a trilogy of novels by Mantel, Bring up the Bodies follows on from Wolf Hall, charting the journey of central character Thomas Cromwell. Known for being one of the most ruthless men in English history, Cromwell was a great supporter of the Reformation, working with Henry VIII to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Mantel’s trilogy explores this relationship, but Cromwell’s place within Tudor society, and his humanity.
Following her win, Mantel joked that Booker prizes were like buses, saying: “you wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, then two come along at once!” Not only will this win do a great deal to her literary career by making her a more recognisable author, as well as boosting sales of her novels, it has also done a great deal for female authors as a group. Mantel also spoke to the Guardian about her win, noting that she feels pressure for the final book of the trilogy to live up to the precedent set by the first two, and potentially win her a third Man Booker. That would definitely be some feat, let’s see if she manages it. One thing is for certain, Mantel has written her name in the history books as one of the most successful female writers of our generation, and one of the greatest historical novelists.
things to do with leftover pumpkin So Halloween has been and gone, your jack-o-lanterns have been made and look wonderful. The only problem is all that scooped out pumpkin. Don’t panic! Sonia Boora saves the day with her tips of things to do with leftover pumpkin....
Halloween is over for another year, and many of us have put our costumes back into the cupboards, whilst others may still be unsure of what to do with the stashes of pumpkin fillings in the back of their fridges. Although it is quite fun to carve a pumpkin, there’s always the issue of being unaware of what to do with the left over bits once Halloween is over. Here are a few ideas for how you can get the most out of your Jack-olanterns. Believe it or not, Starbuck’s famous pumpkin spiced latte can easily be made at home! It’s easy to do and tastes just as great. Firstly you’ll need to make some pumpkin puree: simply blend the pumpkin bits together in a food processor. Once you have a nice smooth paste, here’s what you do: You will need: 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish Whipped cream, to garnish 1. Mix together milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, spice and vanilla in a cup. 2. Heat in a microwave to get the milk hot and frothy. This gives it a latte texture. 3. After pouring the mixture into a tall glass, add in some cream and sugar if desired. 4. Top with some whipped cream to give it the fancy Starbucks style. If you’re not a fan of lattes, why not try mixing in the puree to any other
beverage of your choice? There’s plenty more you can do with leftover pumpkin if hot drinks don’t interest you. You could always add pumpkin to your daily meals. Why not try serving the purée up with some breakfast? For example, you can try mixing it into your porridge, or maybe with some cream cheese on a bagel? It tastes great and does not require much effort to do in the first place. You could even make some pancakes with it! Or if you’re someone who prefers sweets, you could mix up the pumpkin in some muffins or cake. There are a lot of options and you can choose what you’d like to do. If you’re not a fan of eating pumpkin, there are still ways you can avoid
wasting your carvings. Pumpkin puree makes a great face mask and can keep your skin looking healthy and moisturised. To do this, simply take the purée and add some milk and honey to create a thick paste. Cover your face with it and leave for 15-20 minutes. After you’ve washed it off, your skin should feel much softer! If you’d like a new exfoliator just add in some brown sugar to make a grainy face scrub. There are no excuses to waste those carvings. It’s your choice how you use your pumpkin. They can be pricey, especially for students so why not get the most out of everything you spend your money on? It’s fun to experiment with ideas and you don’t need to spend any extra cash!
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MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER: ALEX MONROE THE FASHION Rebecca Jackson
Are Swarovski, Pandora or Tiffany
your favourites when it comes to jewellery? If so, we have something in common. I’m easily persuaded to purchase such shiny pieces of silver and gold, but there’s someone else’s jewellery that has drawn my attention away from the big mainstream designers, and they’ve got that extra sparkle no girl can resist. Let me introduce you to the work of British designer Alex Monroe. Key collections of Monroe’s work are based on nature, which is at the heart of current trends, with items like delicately glistening charms of foxes, birds and feathers to detailed bumble bees. The bumble bee has been a particular hit with the British public after former model Sophie Dahl was photographed wearing it. Monroe’s recent quirky mix
of ‘Best of British’ collection has not been a disappointment in the slightest quite the opposite - it sports a complete celebration of all things wonderful and British, with necklaces showing a variety of items from spiky conkers to the cutest teapot. As Monroe’s work is featured in publications such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan, his jewellery has been snapped up by Harrods, Liberty of London, as well as small boutiques across the country, eager to show off his delicate and utterly gorgeous pieces that they know are a sure sell. Winner of ‘Designer of the Year’ award at the UK Jewellery Awards in 2008, and shortlisted once again in 2009 and 2010, his four collections a year are eagerly awaited. I love Monroe’s jewellery, not only for its pure beauty but because his stunning collections are all handmade.
The fact it’s handmade makes it a cut above the rest, each piece has been passionately put together and to be honest, you can’t help but be terribly impressed. Rose gold has such an interesting edge that catches your eyes’ instant attention, yet it’s rarely used. This is where Monroe becomes an even bigger hit as he has created some stunning pieces in rose gold. Made to the finest quality, Alex Monroe’s jewellery is delicate and a real luxurious treat, while being the centre of current trends. It will easily stand the test of time.
ROUND UP Amelia Bundred
Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs’ business partner, admits to men’s magazine Port that despite their good relationship, a recent quarrel arose over Jacobs’ prospective move to Dior. Duffy claimed he was also offered the job leading to a disagreement between the pair. Palladium, a silvery white metal that resembles platinum has been announced as the ‘new thing’ in jewellery. Georgia Jagger is set to be the face of Vivienne Westwood’s new Palladium jewellery collection. Naomi Campbell has a new modelling show set to rival the Next Top Model series. Campbell will judge on the show, alongside models Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha. The show will air in the States in February.
THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE MOMENT Foundation: It’s a girl’s best friend, a secret weapon against those niggling imperfections and forever loyal to keeping our skin looking its best every day. Here are four of the best, tried and tested especially for you....
May Berryhill Benefit Play Sticks Cream to Powder (£25.50)
Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder (£15.00)
Without doubt this foundation
I’m a Body Shop addict! Why are Body Shop products so addictive? Firstly, none of their products are tested on animals, yay! Another bonus is the Body Shop card, which is an absolute steal if you regularly shop there and are in need of some big discounts or love a good freebie. Even if you don’t have the card, there are always amazing discounts and offers going on in store and online. So why do I love this product? It gives you impeccable natural coverage, I doubt even a microscope would pick up the tiny speckles of powder on the skin! Furthermore, it’s amazing on oily skin, leaving you with absolutely no fear of shine all day long. Finally, as it contains minerals and SPF 25, it looks after your skin as you wear it, which is a huge bonus. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (£7.99)
provides the best coverage you could ask for, giving you the absolute confidence boost that no imperfections are visible. Its creamy texture settles on the skin wonderfully and hours later is still looking as fresh as when you first applied it. Having pale skin myself, it can be difficult to find a shade which doesn’t give the tell-tale signs that you’re wearing makeup. I found the shade ‘spin the bottle’ blended in immaculately and with peachy undertones it created a healthy glow. Due to it being in a stick form, application is very clean and simple; draw three spread out lines across the cheeks, a thin line down the nose and chin, finally add a line across the forehead. Then simply spread out using a foundation brush or foundation sponge. This product is perfect for dry to normal skin. For those with oily skin, a matte primer and matte setting powder would be advised.
I’ll start this review with a confession;
BB creams have been hailed as the new must have wonder product on the beauty market. It’s the beauty product between a foundation and a tinted
moisturiser that claims to have all sorts of benefits, from hydration to creating a natural glow! This product is perfect for dry to normal skin types as it causes that promised radiant glow without looking greasy. It creates a fresh-faced smooth appearance and is impressively light on the skin. At such a reasonable price this product is worth every penny, so snap it up! A quick note though: this unfortunately does not work for oily skin. Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (£15.50)
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It is rumoured that new creative director of YSL, Hedi Slimane, will dress the Rolling Stones in their upcoming 50th anniversary tour. Jagger is a big fan of Slimane’s skinny jeans and tailored jackets and although rumours have been neither confirmed nor denied, the collaboration would come as no surprise. Alberta Ferretti has chosen to hand over the creative control of her Philosophy line to British designer Natalie Ratabesi, in order to concentrate on her main line collection. Ratabesi has previously held lines at Christian Dior, Oscar De La Renta, Gucci and has been senior creative director at Ralph Lauren. Maison Martin Margiela’s collaboration with H&M is to arrive in stores on 15th November. It has been announced that items of the collection are already appearing on US eBay. All items available have been listed on the site, with it being suggested that the items could be freebee’s that were picked up at a Manhattan prelaunch.
city sound project: review
albums in brief
Taylor Swift Red
Photograph by Raphael Klatzko
Sunday 21st October welcomed the City Sound Project into Canterbury for the first time. It was the fringe of Canterbury Arts Festival, solely dedicated to celebrate and showcase modern British sound. The idea was for an inner-city music festival to host live gigs and DJ sets in local venues across Canterbury. The event was categorised into different ‘sounds’, hosted from day till night, and covered a wide range of genres and sub-genres. In each sound a local artist as well as an international act featured, showing off the potential and success of each genre. Exclusive entry for wristband holders allowed them to flow from gig to gig without feeling obliged to stay in one place. This also gave people the ability
to sample the different genres and taste the freshness of the local talent. The Jolly Sailor housed indie and retro sounds with great potential such as L’Enfant Terrible, whose music was a layering of Katie Mellua and Pulp. There was little room for pretence as a marquee produced a bar flowing with snakebites – something Billy Idol would be proud of. There was a little confusion at the beginning, as the unique Tommy and the Guns failed to turn up. It is a shame, as the band have an enormity of talent and look sure to go far. The rain caused people to dash from one place to another which may have added to the excitement of getting a seat that was equidistant between the stage and the bar – a very crucial aspect of the seating arrangement and an
important part of the festival itself. The atmosphere in Picture House was a little awkward, as Electrosexual drew the short straw for their slot timing. A heavy baseline just isn’t suited to 3pm on a Sunday afternoon. However, this soon changed as the evening closed in, people seemed to accept the music and allowed their bodies to course with the rhythm. The Penny Theatre proved a bit of a hiccup, as the increasingly popular Bastille set was delayed by an hour. The details are unknown as to why they went on late, however, when they took to the stage they stole the show after the sustained anticipation of fans. The first attempt at an inner-city music festival proved to be a success, particularly in celebrating what Canterbury has to offer musically.
my friend’s band: when buildings collapse
Around two years ago, amidst the empty lager cans and rice encrusted saucepans of one Darwin kitchen, two like-minded individuals first became acquainted. The following year whilst living together they began to play a little guitar and formed… When Buildings Collapse. These founding fathers, Chris Thorpe and Joe Pearson, are now two members of a musical four piece that plays wholesome punk-pop, with vocal
Photograph by Laurence Harrison
harmonies one anonymous bystander described as “face meltingly pleasant”. Unlike your common or gardenvariety student band, Chris and Joe have compiled a bulky setlist of their written material drawing on influences from bands such as A Day to Remember and Brand New. They make good use of any opportunity to hone their skills and if you’ve attended any live music event on campus this past year you’re more than likely to have stumbled upon a WBC gig. From Woody’s to K-bar, they’ve played
them all. Just as Dylan did in 65’, the band has recently gone electric adding musical wizard Kane Taylor on bass and, after emerging victorious at a Kent Uni battle of the bands in June, managed to procure themselves a drummer in the form of a Mr Josh Hinds. The success of the evening also secured them a recording session to where their first acoustic EP Against All Odds was born, including the song You’ll Stay Here With Me, We’ll Go Bowling and another tasty morsel they plan to release at a later date. If you haven’t been convinced by my heavily biased opinion, log on to your favourite life consuming social network and find out for yourself at www. facebook.com/whenbuildingscollapse.
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Taylor Swift continues her exploration of love and relationships in her fourth album, Red. The album marks a change in sound for Swift, featuring collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody, as well as dance style track I Knew You Were Trouble. It differs drastically from her customary country genre, yet Swift still brilliantly captures the highs and lows of young love, transforming her experiences into anthems for every girl with a similar story to tell. Emily Mitchinson
Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man The third album by Bat for Lashes released just this October features her previously released singles Laura and All Your Gold. Presenting a strippedback version of her music and yet ironically creating a more contrived vibe. This album is worth a good listen, but doesn’t appear to have the same quirky nature as her previous works. Julie Peppiatt
Tame Impala Lonerism
Released on 8th October, Tame Impala’s sophomore effort Lonerism can be summed up in two words “aggressive calm”. The guitars provide a California/Gold Coast Lo- Fi aggression. Superb layering of sounds (that are not simply synths, but are mixed with instruments) help to create the atmosphere of chilling by a swimming pool in the sun with nothing to do. Ultimately, the essence of their album is. A slice of chilled summer in wet and windy October. Sam Waddicor
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City Kendrick Lamar’s studio debut is a soulful, easy tempo, brutally honest hip-hop record. Jokey songs such as Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe are placed next to heartfelt tracks about alcoholism and peer pressure, featuring candid recordings of dialogue and voice-mails. Thematically and stylistically brilliant. Chad Greggor
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film & games what’s hot with
skyfall saves the franchise
Sean Mackey, Head of Music
A distinctive two-tone brass stab of *duh duh*, a sharp dressed man walking out of a shadow and a single light illuminating his eyes can mean only one thing: Bond’s back. Good news everybody; this might just be the best Bond movie ever. After the catastrophic mis-fire that was the convolutedly titled Quantum of Solace, anything was going to be a step-up. This, however, is head and shoulders above any Bond film of recent memory.
CSR have handpicked some of the best music from this month’s playlist. The Other Tribe – Skirts: If you haven’t heard of this band you must get on the bandwagon ASAP. They’re an incredibly lively band and have stormed the charts with ‘Skirts’. Canterbury was lucky enough to have them play live last week and they put on an incredible show. You can really tell they enjoy what they do. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers: This young troubadour is really making his mark on the world of music. His unique voice and charming lyrics mean he has bright future ahead of him. Nero – Won’t You (Be There): One of the biggest names in dubstep and electronic music is back with one of their finest hits to date. I can honestly say this song gave me chills the first time I heard it. Luke Sital Singh – Fail For You: If you’re a fan of Bon Iver or Birdy, keep reading. Luke Sital Singh has been supported by radio stations up and down the country including Radio 1’s own Fearne Cotton. His gentle voice is the perfect cure for those long, lecture filled days with a side order of stress. Dog Is Dead – Through The Night: This band is also hotly tipped for great things in the coming future. The happy and uplifting guitar riffs make for a great indie track. Look out for them at The Attic in a few weeks. DeadMau5 & Gerard Way – Professional Griefers: Who would have thought one of the best dance DJ’s in the world teaming up with the lead singer of My Chemical Romance would actually create a genuine dance anthem?! Well, the proof is in the pudding, and it will only take one listen to prove my last statement correct. Also, go check out the video. Deadmau5 claimed that this was the most expensive electronic music video ever made. Cara Mitchell – Passing Sun: Cara is the slightly lesser known addition to our playlist this month, though she stands as tall as some of the greats. At only 16, her voice and lyrical ability seem several years ahead. I expect big things from this Scottish Superstar in the years to come.
When it was announced that Sam Mendes (dir. American Beauty) was set to direct the untitled Bond 23 project, many
heads, mine included, were turned. What had in its most recent outing become an emotionally vacuous advertising campaign, now looked like an interesting proposition with an established film-maker on board. The film has thematic weight in its composition, with the blurring of the distinction between good and evil and constant reference to shadows in both the dialogue and in the framing. The fact that I am even able to make these points about a ‘stupid action film’ shows that Mendes has worked wonders. Succeeding, like Christopher Nolan with Inception, in making an intelligent action movie. While it might lack the head-scratching plot, it does provide a subtlety that is sorely lacking in a majority of action films. The most striking aspect of Skyfall is the seldom seen character development of James Bond. They gave him real characteristics as opposed to being the always secure and suave womaniser. Much attention is drawn to Bond’s psychological frailty in regards to alcoholism and the death of his parents at an early age. It gives an extra level of depth
that makes us feel every punch, both emotional and physical, that 007 takes along the way. That’s not why you’re here though, is it? Chances are you don’t have time for any of this deep analysis that I’m going on about, and you just want to spend an extortionate amount of money on loud food, munching it in a cinema on a Saturday night. The good news doesn’t end here, as this is the perfect film for you too. The action set-pieces are perfectly executed, the quips from Bond, M, et al, are refreshing and the DB5 is just plain cool. Skyfall provides something for everyone. From the Bond aficionado who will appreciate references to ‘exploding pens’ and the protagonist complimenting a bar-tender on a perfect Martini, to the cineaste who gets their kicks from studying frame composition, to the person who just wants a good thrill ride – this will suit all palates. Hopefully Skyfall will be remembered as not just a great James Bond movie, but as one of the best action films of recent years. Sam Mendes has saved a franchise that was on its way to ruin. Bravo to that man.
dishonored: review, the rare replayable Lisa Gheysen
Dishonored dishonours nothing, and certainly not the heritage it openly invokes in its setting and gameplay. Published by Bethesda and developed by Arkane studios for PlayStation 3 (my chosen console), Xbox 360 and PC, this game boasts a team of masters in the stealth and first-person shooter genres, including members who worked on Deus Ex, Bioshock 2, plus the art director of Half Life 2. This shows in the sleek gameplay and the striking contrasts between the decaying plagueinfested city of Dunwall, reminiscent of Half Life 2’s dystopia City 17, and the opulence of its houses of wealth and power. It is a game that begs to be explored. Allowing the player to choose to do, and discover, as little or as much as they want, Dishonored is the incarnation of the term ‘sandbox game’. It’s a playground. Creating their own gameplay, players choose what powers and weapons they upgrade, be it improving the accuracy of their pistol or an increase in their swarm of devouring plague rats. It’s a giant game of cops and robbers, catering to every style of gamer from
the kamikaze, diving in all guns blazing, to the ghost, never heard or seen. Nevertheless, choices have consequences. Murder and mayhem may appeal over stealth, but be prepared for less friendly companions and a darker ending. In an era of franchise games like Call of Duty, Battlefield and the Lego series, Dishonored is not only refreshing, with its emphasis on choice and complexity of world, but has also learned valuable lessons from its predecessors. While upholding a tradition of predictable revenge plots (you seek vengeance against those who framed you for the murder of your empress), it also introduces a world of innumerable,
subtle pathways to goals, creating a sense of strategic choice over random discovery and giving players a satisfying feeling of cunning. I sacrificed plot progress repeatedly in order to test a different route. Yet, unlike games such as Assassin’s Creed, it evades the trap of creating too great a quantity of space with too little quality of action and too little pacing. If not for the farfetched ease with which one can ambush an enemy and an ending that falls slightly flat after the intensity of its gameplay, I would call this game flawless. Dishonored is well worth the money, not least because it is of the rare breed known as the replayable game.
stephen k amos doesn’t suffer fools
When he arrived on stage at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Stephen K. Amos had at least one sceptic in his audience. A self-professed lover of stand-up comedy, I have my favourites (those I repeatedly watch on YouTube and DVD) and, unfortunately, Amos has just never been one of them. Wearing an outfit to “connect with both the students and the older people in the audience”, Amos donned a suit jacket and shirt, and then jeans and bright Adidas trainers – because he was “down with the kids”. With him he had a clipboard and soon explained to his audience that tonight, instead of a support act, the first half of the show would be a chance for him to try out his new material. I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing I had the opportunity to form a new opinion. Now, some may point to the bar and its powerful attraction to me during the interval, but I will argue that my headache came from laughing so much. He surprised me, shocked me and left
everyone with the kind of jaw-ache you aren’t ashamed to tell your friends about. If it wasn’t his warmth, his energy and his playfulness with his audience that sold me, it was perhaps how he dealt with two hecklers that made the evening
“Quickly, the encounter, and the availability of everything on YouTube, became a huge string of jokes that lasted for the rest of the night.” such a huge success. As two students walked out half-way through the first half, one responded to Stephen’s chastisement with, “I’ve seen this before on YouTube”. The groan from the audience said it all, but Amos summarised it perfectly, comparing the comment to seeing your
favourite band live and then leaving because you know all the songs. Quickly, the encounter and the availability of everything on YouTube became a huge string of jokes that lasted for the rest of the night. His tour is called “Laughter Is My Agenda” and, until he explained it, it felt a little cliché to me, like an (pseudo) ironic ‘I tell jokes’ kind of title. “Everyone has an agenda,” he said, “and everyone has a story to tell. I tell mine with jokes” – and there it was. It wasn’t deep and meaningful, and won’t be appearing in any Philosophy lectures any time soon, but he had said something that made him human, instead of just an act.
It was refreshing, especially from someone so accomplished in comedy, to hear a sentiment that so many can relate to. Waving to the audience at the end of his show (and giving the one-fingered salute to the hecklers who had returned), Amos left the stage amid rapturous applause, whistles and shouts. If you want an evening with a hilarious, likable and engaging character, look no further than Stephen K Amos. If he’s not yet one of your favourites, he will be.
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cooking ghosts at the gulbenkian events spot highlights E Ashley Peart
ntering the Gulbenkian Theatre and seeing three hoola hooping actors gyrating to folk music, I smiled and thought “what have I let myself in for?” The answer was Cooking Ghosts, devised by Beady Eye Theatre’s creator Kristin Fredricksson, who gained popularity in 2009 with Beady Eye’s first show, Everything Must Go, winning a Total Theatre Award. Cooking Ghosts is a production which pushes the boundaries of the imagination and its place in theatre. The post-modern production, set in 1974, presented a non-linear narrative of a mother’s suicide through multimedia, using puppetry, physical theatre, archive film footage and visual storytelling.
From the very onset an intimate and inclusive audience experience was created. We all heckled and cheered when the three sisters played games where they had to be the best pig and eat a doughnut as quickly as possible. Comedic moments were brilliant, especially when contrasted poignantly with the serious subject matter of the play. We were treated by Georgina Roberts to a performance of ‘bullesque’ burlesque dancing with a bull twist. Never had I envisioned seeing the mask of Cleopatra being placed on a body seductively undressing a bull onesie. This comedic brilliance was powerfully representative of the care-free nature of childhood. When this freedom was taken away by
a simple handclap, it was startling. In the blackout, all we could hear was the ghost of a harrowing mother declaring she “wanted to die”. The plot, despite having moments of technical drops in pace, ultimately held together. The production’s most effective aesthetic quality was displaying the archive footage as holograms shone on the actor’s bodies and the stage. Images of families and wildlife were projected, mimicking the pattern of the mind. It seemed as if the children were trying to recall the ghosts of their childhood through film, as they couldn’t express directly how they felt and in this way their innocence, freedom and love were both concealed and projected. It is pleasing to know that theatre has progressed to so successfully intertwine multimedia and performance, especially here, where it is used to greatly enhance the production. Ultimately, Cooking Ghosts effectively and passionately depicts a family’s journey through heartache.
To read Kelyn Luther’s interview with the director and two main actresses of the new T:24 production of Lettice and Lovage, visit: www.inquirelive.co.uk/ entertainment
Gulbenkian Dr. Faustus (Recorded at the Globe) – 7th Nov The Winter’s Tale – 7th - 9th Nov Killing Them Softly – 9th - 11th Nov Hardeep Singh Kholi – 11th Nov Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar, Transmission from Glyndebourne) – 18th Nov T:24’s The Tempest – 21st Nov - 23rd Nov Marlowe Theatre Underground Theatre Company: Vanya – 8th - 10th Nov Beauty and the Beast – 6th - 10th Nov Chicago –12th - 17th Nov Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) –20th - 25th Nov The Studio @ The Marlowe Theatre Cold Pumas + Sauna Youth + Cosmic Thoughts – 2nd Nov The Parrot Chatback Comedy – 15th Nov
filthy business: george white at new vision Mike Shannon In Filthy Business, George White has created dozens of pen and ink drawings, as intricate in their make up as they are base and crude in their subject matter. These pieces, like the artist, are honest, candid and funny. Very modern anxieties combine with religious themes to form a humorous account of a difficult period in the artist’s life. Half of the work having been banned from the gallery on grounds of obscenity, Mr White muses on modern paradoxical thinking. Your work has been described as satire. Is this fair? All together it’s satire of art. I’ve removed any artistic merit from the subject matter. A lot of artists draw quite crude things, and make out that it has some kind of deep philosophical meaning. There’s no point trying to pretend. The whole show is roughly trying to highlight this in art. The drawings of the Queen (with a penis) seem more political – was this the intention? I submitted the two Queen ones to a Rupert and Buckley t-shirt competition. He’s sort of really patriotic. He likes things with union jacks on and stuff. The theme was British Heritage. I thought that would be a funny thing to do.
What do you think of comparisons made to Hieronymus Bosch? I’m quite happy with that comparison. [Bosch] really plays on the anxieties of the day: people worried about the apocalypse. When I am feeling I’m being clever, I would say that my work plays on modern day anxieties in a comparable way. What are we worried about? There’s a lot of sexual anxiety, going both ways. On the one hand you’ve got best-selling novels about sadomasochism and on the other the whole arguments about gay marriage. There is conflict about what is decent, there is no kind of consensus. No-one’s really sure. Society isn’t really sure of itself, sexually. Is there a religious side to your work? I grew up in the church, but I’m agnostic. There are about three pieces that are really Boschian, and they sort of focus on eating. I drew those when I first started going vegetarian, and one when I went vegan. A lot of religions have a ‘food-law’ – they’ve all got this, even in the New Testament there are bits written about food. People don’t focus on these parts, and kind of ignore it. There was a period of time where you were experiencing depression and
alcoholism. Yeah, I was doing an art foundation course four or so years ago. I hated it. I didn’t go in very much. Either stayed in bed or went quite early to the pub. I was drinking quite a lot. That was a declining point. I wasn’t really unhappy, but that was the start. This year has been kind of coming out the other side. All the work I showed was done in that period. When you are doing the same subject matter, you exhaust it. I’ve done it, there’s not much more I can add. I‘ve worked up to something and now it’s in the gallery. So now it’s in a gallery, that’s kind of closure for you. I wanted to do something to mark the end of that period. As its worked out I don’t feel like it’s enough of a mark, because half of the work was judged too obscene for the gallery. When you show it separately, it has a different feel. When I set it out altogether, before the landlord took it down, it felt quite light, it was humorous, it wasn’t over heavy. Splitting them up, suddenly my bedroom (where the rest of it is) really seemed like this really kind of angry place, which wasn’t what I had in mind. Half of the worked was judged ‘too
little caulifower at the gulbenkian Bethaney Rimmer
The Little Cauliflower Theatre Company delivered a truly enchanting performance at the Gulbenkian on 21st October. Night of the Big Wind is a family oriented show that combines physical theatre, captivating puppetry, live folk music, and innovative sound effects. It’s an immersive style of production we don’t often get to see, making it all the more delightful, especially when done with such finesse. Those who have experienced and enjoyed the critically acclaimed stage version of War Horse would have appreciated the artfulness of this show. The cast themselves are not long out of their degrees or training, but they demonstrated the professionalism and dexterity that one would usually expect from performers beyond their years. The company is Canterbury-based and began in 2010, originating with the two artistic directors Carly McConnell and William Aubrey-Jones. In both 2011 and 2012, Little Cauliflower secured spots at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their own creations Sweet Dreams and The Machine. The story of Night of the Big Wind is a simple one: in a small, eighteenth century Irish fishing village, a young
boy and the other inhabitants fight to survive a terrifying night-time storm that damages the village and practically turns it upside down. Before this, however, we are offered a glimpse into the life of the young boy - the puppet and central component of the show - who spends his time emulating his father as he goes about his daily chores, feeling downhearted when his efforts are not acknowledged. He finds some solace in a bird that responds to a few haunting notes played from his wooden flute. A show designed for children would not be complete without comical slapstick elements, and this is provided by a few playful and clumsy shipmates who find entertainment in everyday objects, such as lamps, chairs and kettles. The cast was only made up of five
performers, two of whom were the main musicians, who combined their skills in guitar and all manner of percussion instruments. Inevitably, they all had to take on multiple roles, and what was most impressive was the transformation from simple minded and funny characters, who had minimal comprehension of the tools at their disposal, to masters of manipulation and extraordinarily precise puppeteers. The movements of their wooden creation were uncannily lifelike; there was a great attention to detail in regards to both obvious and subtle human motions and reactions. I was truly moved by this unusually adorable character who just wanted a greater sense of purpose and adventure. There was no script involved in the telling of the story, only song and some realistic and inventive sound effects that really encouraged the audience to use their imaginations, hence why this was a wonderful piece for children. I would recommend you keep an eye out for future Little Cauliflower shows, especially if you are looking for something slightly different with a hint of visual magic. Not to mention, at just over an hour in length, it will not take up a lot of your time and you’ll probably be left hoping for more. Night of the Big Wind was a pure pleasure to watch.
obscene’ for the gallery by the landlord. I didn’t really want to offend the landlord. Wasn’t going out of my way to annoy anyone. I don’t think of myself as a boundary pusher, doing outrageous things. I was just trying to work inside these existing boundaries that have been pushed really. Why do you use a pseudonym? You can do more. Less chance of repercussions. You can be more honest. To buy George’s Filthy Business, including those pieces rated too obscene for the Canterbury Tales, go to www. thenewvision.co.uk. Finley and the Whale, a supplementary comic with a concept album that you listen to as you read can also be purchased from the gallery.
cultural events calendar Weds 7 Nov: Lunchtime Concert at UKC, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1pm Sat 10 Nov: Rupert Bear Day at Canterbury Museum Sat 10 Nov: Whitstable Farmers Market, Umbrella Community Centre Tues 13 Nov: The Importance of Being Ernest at Gulbenkian Theatre Weds 14 – Sun 18 Nov: Treasures Revealed at Beaney Museum Thurs 15 Nov: Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-On, 5.30pm Fri 16 Nov – 19 Dec: Canterbury 1600 to Present Day, Sidney Cooper Gallery Sun 18 Nov: Glyndebourne Tour 2012, Gulbenkian Cinema Tues 20 Nov: Le Nozze di Figaro, Marlowe Theatre
the art roundup Julia Smith gives us her insight into this fortnight’s art happenings.
What with the coverage of the prestigious (or pretentious) Turner Prize exhibition in London in my last column, I thought it would be nice to focus on something a little closer to home – and a little closer to the world of the humble student… So behold, the Platform Graduate Showcase 2012. Until the 18th November, the Turner Contemporary just down the road in Margate is displaying the work of six emerging artists in a unique showcase. And what’s more, they’re all Kent graduates! Representing UKC, CCCU and UCA respectively, the work of recent graduates Jack Coulson, Karen Crosby, Naomi Eaton-Baudains, Alexandra Hanschell, Dominic Maffia and Sabina Tupan is being shown as part of the new Platform programme.
a short history of halloween
Halloween is over and done with, and apart from the leftover sweets scattered around your bedroom floor and all those discounted costumes in the shops, it doesn’t have to cross your mind again until next October. But haven’t you ever wondered where it all came from? How dressing up as Dracula, Frankenstein, or questionably promiscuous woodland creatures came to be considered normal? The earliest origins of Halloween date back to a Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts, who occupied what we now know as the UK, Ireland, and Northern France around 2,000 years ago, celebrated New Year on 1st November. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of the cold, hard winter – a frightening time for those dependent on the natural world. The night before New Year was believed to be neither the year past, nor the year beginning, where the borders between the
worlds of the living and the dead were blurred. This sense of the “in-between” made way for a time of chaos and inspired prank-pulling and tricksters. To ward off evil spirits, druids and Celtic priests would build huge bonfires on which to burn crops and animals as sacrifice; the Celts would also wear costumes made from animal heads and skins – although not quite as glamorous as the fancy-dress parties we know and love, it is not hard to find parallels in the traditions of Samhain, and those of modern Halloween. By 43 AD, however, the Roman Empire had conquered most Celtic territory and it was then that the Celtic festival of Samhain was merged with two Roman Festivals around the same time. These were known as Feralia, a festival that honoured the dead and their passing, and another to worship the Roman Goddess of fruit and trees, Pomona. Interestingly, this is thought to be where the game of bobbing for apples originated. Fast-forward to about 1,000 AD, and Christian efforts were made to eliminate the festivals of Pagan belief and
replace them with holy festivals. All Saints Day was assigned to the date of November 1st and all known Saints would be commemorated. In Middle English, All Saints Day was known as Alholowmesse, or All Hallows – hardly differing at all from the modern English Hallowe’en or, as some still refer to it, All Hallows Eve. There are many traditions of Halloween practiced all over the world today, but one of the most iconic images is the Jack-O-Lantern. This doesn’t derive from the Roman, Celtic or Christian ideas, but from an Irish folklore about a man named Jack who fooled the devil for his own gain. The Devil could not claim his soul, but neither was he allowed into Heaven. So, Jack was cursed to roam the world forever in the darkness, with only a burning coal to light the way, which he carried in a carved out turnip. People began making their own versions of the lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes; it was only when Irish immigrants travelled to America that the pumpkin, a fruit native to the United States, was finally used instead. As for the slutty woodland creature thing? I have absolutely no idea.
365: a year in the life of canterbury
Jessamy Kellard Aiming to support the development of artists in their postgraduate careers with its current programme, Platform is a ‘coalition of visual arts organisations in the South East’ devoted to nurturing new talent and providing, well, a professional platform! Handy, that. With film, photography, sculpture, installation and traditional painting on display as part of the show, the Turner Contemporary is a fantastic space for these young artists to exhibit their work. Internationally renowned artists are abundant here – the gallery is currently home to a major exhibition of American precursory pop artist Alex Katz’s work. Partaking in your first professional show in such a leading contemporary gallery is a wonderful opportunity. I’m jealous, and I can’t even draw a circle. UCA graduate Jack Coulson has said: “This exhibition has been a remarkable opportunity for me as a young artist...The building and galleries are fantastic.” So if you’re looking for a little artistic engagement, why not head over to Margate? It’s cheap, cheerful and surprisingly cultured! Support our Kent graduates in this new programme.
As you step from the blusterous streets of Canterbury into the newly refurbished Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, you find on your left the 365 exhibition – a show documenting 2011 in Canterbury with photographs submitted from a variety of people in the community. The Front Room is light and airy, providing a blank canvas for the many photographs that cover the walls. Viewers are directed to the front of the room where January starts and curves around the space to December. As the seasons change, so do the photographs, with everything being pictured, from Morris dancers in Canterbury High Street to the Winnie the Pooh shop closing down. The atmosphere in the exhibition is a very sociable one, with the participants keen to discuss the pieces, only increasing the charm of the photographs. Speaking to Ray Woods, one of the contributors and supporters of the project, he explained that the scheme had started in Faversham three years ago, branched into Canterbury and will continue to feed into Whitstable next
year. When asked what year he started taking photographs, he answered with a very specific date: 10th August, 1952 in Lagos, Nigeria when his father gave him a Box Brownie. In total, 1,502 photographs were submitted to a board of chosen judges who whittled this number down to just 365. The idea of creating an exhibition
revolving around 365 days seems to originate from a popular trend of showing what you’re eating, wearing, seeing, visiting, and ultimately doing in your everyday life. The mundanity of what used to be considered ordinary objects and actions are now put centre stage on the world’s arts scene, with artists such as one of
the YBAs, Tracey Emin, whose My Bed (1998) is an excellent example of where this subject matter has entered the higher circles of the art world. The exhibition taps into the huge influence of modern technology, showing many of the photographs on the iPads attached to the wall, which visitors are able to flick through. There is also a large projection on the wall, which includes all of the photographs submitted, as well as those that weren’t chosen for the main exhibits. The main aim of the exhibition was to get the residents and visitors of Canterbury exploring new parts of the area; getting to know exactly what is on offer and to demonstrate a sense of community. Anybody was allowed to get involved with this, encouraging others to look into getting creative, wherever you came from within the community. 365: A Year in the Life of Canterbury is brilliant if you are looking to be inspired, wanting to meet new people and chat to other budding photographers. Admission to is open from the 13th Oct - 11th Nov at the Beaney, Canterbury.
the canterbury festival parade Kat Mawford
The Canterbury Festival, which opened on Saturday 13th October, is this year celebrating the 350 year anniversary of Punch and Judy’s creation. The festival, lasting two weeks from the 13th - 27th October, will feature many different arts and cultural events such as theatre, exhibitions, comedy and talks on topics such as science and literature. First among these was the Festival Parade: led by an oversized Punch and Judy, to match the theme of the day’s street theatre theme, and made up of many different groups, most of which consisted largely of school children, numbering over 300. These groups’ themes ranged from children carrying a large Chinese Dragon, to different bands of both children and adults playing music and bringing up the rear of the parade with a marching beat. Masked and costumed dancers on the fringes of the parade’s action meant that there was always something new to look at, and in interacting with the crowd, these performers ensured that the audience was connected to the parade and made the Festival Parade more
entertaining and exciting. Additionally, several groups carried with them large figures, one of which was named ‘Cap’n Sam Whitstable’. Starting just outside Canterbury Cathedral, and continuing down Orange Street, passing the Marlowe Theatre, before heading up the High Street and finally ending up at Whitefriars, the parade attracted huge crowds with many people following the parade through its entire journey. After the parade various acts performed throughout the day in the city centre. From dancers putting on shows and encouraging the audience to get involved to a puppet-driven
Photo by Kat Mawford
rickshaw making its way around the centre, most performances were very interactive and each attracted large crowds ranging from families with small children, to groups of students, to visitors to the city. Further performances at Punch and Judy stands around the Whitefriars area were also very entertaining, and, as were all the other opening events, were free of charge. Featuring over 200 events in its two week schedule, both ticketed and free, this year’s Canterbury Festival had acts lined up which were sure to interest a wide variety of audiences. For those interested in the visual or performance arts this year’s festival line-up had plenty to offer: adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Canterbury Tales, comedy performances from the likes of Jo Caulfield and Marcus Brigstocke, and gigs from genres such as blues, jazz and folk. Talks on literary topics such as the life of Charles Dickens, and workshops based on scientific subjects have meant that the Festival presented an almost universal appeal, and with so many events going on, it was possible for anyone to find an interesting event.
rothko vandal: death to art!
Vladimir Umanets’ defacement of Rothko’s Black on Maroon (1958) in the name of his co-founded movement Yellowism appeared to leave much to be desired in the creative sphere. Caught on camera in the Tate Modern, Umanets remained calm once captured and appeared not to understand that his act could be deemed problematic (the work’s estimated value sits comfortably around $80 million). The vandal tried to pass off his act as societal normality, claiming: “I didn’t destroy the picture. I did not steal anything. There was a lot of stuff like this before. Marcel Duchamp signed things that were not made by him, or even Damien Hirst.” Daring though the act may seem, it is not the first of its kind, as numerous works in highly regarded galleries have been subject to physical torment by accident and means of protest for years. Certain works were never going to be a hit with the masses. When Andres Serrano submerged a plastic figure of the crucified Christ into his own urine for Piss Christ (1987), it was no surprise that there would be repercussions (the work was vandalised in Australia and neo-Nazis paid a visit to one of his shows in Sweden). In much the same way, staff resigned, gallery windows
were smashed and eggs and ink were launched onto Marcus Harvey’s Myra (1995), which depicted the face of serial killer Myra Hindley, made up of coloured copies of a child’s handprint. In a bizarre twist, Saeed Ahmed successfully managed to innocently vandalise a previous act of vandalism. Confusing, right? In 2011, he found himself accused of vandalism for unwittingly
Tracey’s bed: not for jumping? whitewashing over an early Banksy, showing a gorilla donning a pink eye-mask. He admitted he had never heard of Banksy and was merely showing good intent. Interestingly, the Banksy graffiti has been ‘restored’. Though hilarity comes part and parcel with some defacement (for example,
two scantily clad artists jumping onto Tracey Emin’s replica of her unmade bed) the issue for many lies in the spoiling of the gallery experience for art lovers worldwide. Michelangelo’s La Pietà (c. 1498-1499) was attacked in 1972 by Laszlo Toth. Toth aggressively smashed away at the sculpture with a hammer, screaming ‘I am Jesus!’ Jesus or not, the piece now sits behind bulletproof glass, evidently a truly enriched way of viewing the Master’s work. The same goes for one of the world’s most famous paintings, Leornardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ (c. 1503–06) sits behind bulletproof glass, with no possibility of closer inspection. This was the Louvre’s response to an attempted defacement of the work, involving dousing half of the portrait in acid. As expected, the Internet Community has responded lovingly towards Umanets, one comment saying: “Normally I am not for the death penalty but in this case....perhaps.” In response to Umanets’ aforementioned defence of his defacement, I reply with a statement ‘Unfortunately for you, Sir, you are neither Duchamp nor Hirst, so stop ruining it for the rest of us!’ Umanets is currently released on bail but looks to face a heavy fine or imprisonment.
pause for thought This week’s poem is chosen by Martin Porritt. Read his full thoughts about it at www.inquirelive.co.uk The Unknown Citizen W.H. Auden (To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State) He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the modern sense of an oldfashioned word, he was a saint, For in everything he did he served the Greater Community. Except for the War till the day he retired He worked in a factory and never got fired, But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc. Yet he wasn’t a scab or odd in his views, For his Union reports that he paid his dues, (Our report on his Union shows it was sound) And our Social Psychology workers found That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink. The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way. Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured, And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured. Both Producers Research and HighGrade Living declare He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan And had everything necessary to the Modern Man, A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire. Our researchers into Public Opinion are content That he held the proper opinions for the time of year; When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went. He was married and added five children to the population, Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his generation. And our teachers report that he never interfered with their education. Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd: Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.
LANCE ARMSTRONG’S SPECTACULAR FALL FROM GRACE
Jonathan Wheatcroft THERE was a time not so long ago when many sports fanatics would have listed Lance Armstrong as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Now he is more likely to be included on a list of the biggest cheats of all time. Cycling
is experiencing a boom in popularity in Britain following this summer’s glorious and golden success of Bradley Wiggins (who became the first Briton to win the Tour De France ever and who also claimed another gold at the Olympics to add to his impressive tally) while Team GB completely dominated track
cycling at the Olympic Velodrome. It should be a highly positive time for cycling in Britain but a dark shadow has been cast over the sport. Cycling’s biggest name is undoubtedly Lance Armstrong. The American had won an astonishing seven consecutive Tour De France’s from 1999 – 2005 with the US Postal team. For those unfamiliar with the Tour it has a strong claim to being the most gruelling sporting event in the world. In the 2012 edition the Tour was a 20-stage, 2,173-mile race with just two rest days in the middle. The Tour also includes numerous mountain stages that would bring most other athletes to their knees in exhaustion. Adding further to Armstrong’s legacy was the fact that he had achieved these wins after coming back from having testicular cancer at the age of 25. However where we should have been analysing the career of a sporting legend we can now only wonder what might have been. Cycling’s governing bodies have been making great strides in its attempts to cut doping out of the sport however over the last few months cycling has faced the climax of its biggest scandal. On the 11th October the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) released their report into allegations that Lance Armstrong had been taking performance enhancing drugs across the years of his Tour wins. USADA’s findings have left Armstrong’s legacy in tatters. They
label him a ‘serial cheat’ and state that this was ‘the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen.’ Many people both within and outside the team helped to enable the programme presided over by Armstrong. It has been asserted that he even forced his own teammates to take part in doping otherwise they would have to leave the team. Since the findings Armstrong has been dropped by sponsors such as Nike, Trek and Anheuser-Busch. He has been stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from Cycling for life. He has even stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong Cancer Charity which has raised £315 million since it was formed in 1997. One of the saddest factors of this whole affair is that Armstrong’s competitors who rode clean have been cheated out of their chance of winning. It has been announced that the victories will not be reallocated but left blank. There is also the effect these findings have had on cycling’s legacy. After his seventh tour win Armstrong addressed all the people who did not believe he was riding clean ‘I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles.’ Surely now Lance Armstrong’s real legacy is that he has made it even harder to believe in miracles and future generations of cyclists will be under more scrutiny than ever before.
KEVIN PIETERSEN: WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT? Navdeep Sandhu
KEVIN Pietersen can be described as somewhat of an enigma in terms of the cricketing world. On his day he tears apart the greatest bowling attacks in the game and transforms a match singlehandedly, yet too often it seems his ego will get the better of him. Rash shot selection, arrogance and impatience all fight him on a regular basis, yet you cannot take your eyes off him for a second. Whilst he is just the latest sporting example of the social media accompanying his downfall, I write here to assess just how valuable he is to a successful England team, and just why cricket cannot afford to give up on him just yet. KP is a superstar player who draws in crowds alone, purely based on his fan base, excitement and talent displayed with bat in hand. He is inventive (as his “switch-hit” proved), masterful (05-06 Ashes anyone?) but most of all, he is controversial. The sport would simply be poorer without him at the forefront, inspiring a generation of young kids into the game. As many others around the world have done, he joined the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, and
is currently playing in the Champions League equivalent in South Africa. The IPL is now just one of many “20-20” leagues worldwide, often enhancing marketing and advertising prospects ahead of the game itself. However, they provide the players with financial security and the crowd with entertainment, so therefore cannot be heavily scrutinised. As much as people may argue, it is the future of the game. KP himself asked the England Cricket Board to withdraw from selection from a test series in New Zealand next year, which clashes with the IPL season, in favour of more “20-20”, and a larger payslip. His latest scandal came in the wake of England’s recent test series loss at home to South Africa (ironically his country of birth, if ever there was fuel to ignite this debate). He broke team policy by texting friends in the SA camp “provocative messages” about his teammates, which then went public. Tension rose to boiling point. A parody twitter account poking fun at the situation began, of which he blamed his England colleagues. Eventually an apology to the then captain Andrew Strauss followed, but this was not the end. Strauss resigned, the management
suffered intense scrutiny and he shortly announced his retirement from the 50 over game for England. This was quickly reversed, but he was not chosen for the “20-20” World Cup or the initial touring party of India. Does KP have the passion to thrive in test cricket again? Is there 100% trust in him? His form certainly hasn’t been what it was in recent times, and there were some calls to drop him based on that alone, let alone off the field issues. His failures against left arm spin will
surely come under question in the turning sub-continent too, with spin friendly pitches a certainty in India. At the age of 32 he is not getting any younger, and with exciting talents waiting in the wings such as James Taylor, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow, it is surely only a matter of time before changes are made. But for now , KP is once again in the frame, and for England fans they must hope he regains the runs that made him one of the most feared players on the planet.
KENT FALCONS AMERICAN FOOTBALL SET TO REBOUND Tom McLaughlin
THE Kent Falcons head into the 2012-13 season having undergone a period of upheaval this offseason. There is an element of change heading into each new season as players come and go on a regular basis, but this year more than most. Last season was a mixed bag for the Falcons. Similarly, at the start of the season they were missing many of the players that had been instrumental in getting the team to the playoffs the year before. Despite this they raced to a 5-0 start, and looked set to improve upon their prior historic season. The weather had other plans. Heavy snowfall and poor facilities forced a number of games to be cancelled, and when the time came to resume the season, the massively depleted Falcons came back with a whimper rather than a bang. They stumbled into the playoffs, albeit at the expense of Christchurch,
and fell to UEA in the first round. So despite all the upheaval, maybe change is good? Certainly, the main
Photography courtesy of Matt Harris.
obstacle for this team is to fill the voids left by departing players, but a successful recruiting campaign
looks to have achieved that. In other areas, the Falcons have undergone changes that have undeniably improved the team. An at-times threadbare coaching staff last season has been bolstered by the return of some former coaches as well as a host of new ones. The importance of this cannot be understated, and with a full coaching staff the Falcons can only improve their on-field production this season. A more obvious change comes in the form of new team colours and a new kit in order to tie in with the standardization of University Sports teams under the banner of Team Kent. Sure, the Black and Gold may have been replaced by University Blue and Red, but make no mistake about it: there is no loss of identity here. These Falcons will look to continue their success on the field with a formula for success that has always included playing tough defence and a high-octane offense.
AFRO-CARIBBEAN SOCIETY MEET KENT FC IN CHARITY MATCH Dan English
ON a foggy 22nd October at the Sports Pavilion, Kent FC beat the African Caribbean Society 4-0 in a charity football match to ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, in support of both that campaign and Black History Month. Black History Month takes place every October in the UK, commemorating and remembering the crucial figures and events within African history. This focus on race is poignant in football at the moment, with separate race rows involving Liverpool player Luis Suarez, referee Mark Clattenburg and Chelsea captain John Terry dominating the headlines. The match itself saw the strong unit of Kent FC face the recently assembled African Caribbean Society team (ACS), with a cagey performance from both sides dominating the first twenty minutes of the contest. Kent soon became comfortable in possession, although it was ACS who had the first notable chance of the match, forcing a save from Kent goalkeeper Tom Perkins after twenty one minutes. A minute later, however, and it was Kent’s first chance, leading to a spectacular opening goal from Eustace Ojie, whose shot from the right of the field, just outside the area, breezed past the ACS defence and goalkeeper before nestling into the back of the net. ACS fought back after conceding, and almost found an equaliser moments later, when an attempted lob was held by Tom Perkins. This was last notable chance of the half, as both sides continued a cagey approach until the half-time break. The sides returned for the second half with largely rotated squads,
Photography courtesy of Dan Branby.
especially Kent. The changes appeared to work for Kent, whose possession play became much more fluid, moving the ball swiftly around the ACS, who despite a solid effort, began to dwindle. Kent’s second came from a slick move on the left of the field, with Oreva Amata tucking the ball away off the far post to double Kent’s advantage. Oreva Amata went on to double his tally for the evening, heading in Kent’s third of the contest to finish off a quick move on the wing, after connecting with a well placed cross. Despite trailing, the resilience of the ACS side should be applauded, whose valiant efforts, especially from goalkeeper Perkins, who switched sides at half time, prevented themselves from going further behind.
However, when pushing to pull a goal back for themselves, the ACS found themselves stretched at the back, which Kent exploited for their fourth goal. Kent moved the ball swiftly from defence to attack, tearing the ACS defence apart with clinical passing and sharp finishing Connor Holmes. This capped off a successful evening for Kent, who, having struggled to begin with, soon became comfortable on the ball with their experience being the crucial factor in winning the game. Whilst winning is important, the issue of unity among races was the true winner through this competition with Kent captain Sam Clutterbuck saying: “It’s important at this level of football to show unity and support each other.”
The event’s organiser Natasha Brown, the University’s Ethnic Minorities Officer, worked tirelessly to ensure the match was the success it was, and hoped that it would continue to “promote a healthy and fun society” for all ethnicities across campus. Both sides should take away both pride and satisfaction from the match despite perhaps this not being suggested through the score-line. ACS looked swift and impressive at times, and as a side appeared to come together well despite being newly formed. As for Kent, their impressive performance bodes well for the coming months as the season unfolds, where hopefully success will befall the University team.
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InQuire sport BRAND NEW ‘TEAM KENT’ UNVEILED AT VENUE
Giles Martins ON Wednesday 17th October, Venue played host to the unveiling of the brand new ‘Team Kent’. Team Kent is an effort spearheaded by Sports VP Matt Harris to unify all of the sports clubs under one banner. The slogan ‘One Spirit, One Team, One Win’ is a literary example of the ethos that the new venture aims to promote. Also new to the University is the kit tender deal that was reached with Kukri, allowing for the first time, all of the University clubs to be sponsored by the same kit manufacturer, as well as the main sponsor, Kentconferences.com. The night was pre-empted by a lengthy photography shoot, where members of each sports club were photographed highlighting their particular sports and the brand new kit for the 2012/13
season. Inside the venue, there were free T-shirts being given out, as well as Team Kent posters spread throughout the club. Wednesday has always been the unofficial sporting night out on campus, following the games played during the day. This night however, was officially dedicated to sports clubs in their entireity at the University, in honour of the fact that they are now a part of Team Kent. The photo, pictured above, was also emblazoned upon the side of Venue, announcing to all attending that Team Kent has finally arrived. Matt Harris had this to say on the success of the night: “It has been a long time in the making but finally we were able to launch Team Kent. It was an idea devised by Issy Lloyd, the VP Sports back in 201011 and carried through by Hannah Davis last year and then finally to
myself. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to work on the final product and I have to say the response from the clubs has been phenomenal.” “All of the responses have been positive and realise what we are trying to do. The idea is to embody all of the sports clubs under one name, one brand, making all of us equal in our successes and recognition; no one is more important.” “With regard to the final image, I had a vision of what I wanted to do, it was a scribble on an A5 piece of paper that is still on my notice board today and to see that go from a quick sketch to a 16-foot billboard has been so good to work on; the Team Kent Exec have had good input on it and Dan Sakal of D&A worked wonders for us.” “I hope that his has set the foundation from which to build our successes upon
Photography courtesy of Dan Sakal.
in the future years at Kent. The whole day was just brilliant, meeting the Exec at 5.45am to plaster the University with posters, the billboard going up just after 7am, getting out to watch the first day of BUCS fixtures, and then having a celebration of Sport in the Venue that night with the use of the projector was just superb. Hopefully our season can reflect this promotional start!” Certainly with such a positive start to the year and the new BUCS campaign, the successful launch night is a great sign for the continued success of Sport and the University of Kent. Visit www,inquirelive.co.uk for more Sport news and opinions from across the University. If you have something to say we’d love to hear from you!
Published on Nov 2, 2012