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Ruairidh Pritchard Editor

Amanda Matheson Deputy Editor/Features Editor

Christina Little Arts & Culture Editor

Ashling Staunton Fashion Editor

Mike Norburn Music Editor

Simon Ward Sports Editor

Hannah Gamble Marketing

Over the past twelve years Re:Union has severed as Glasgow Caledonian University’s student magazine. For the past year I greatly enjoyed being it’s deputy, and eventual, editor. However, like all good things, the team behind Re:Union felt it was time for a change. In the past four months we have worked hard with you to ensure this new student magazine not only informs and entertains you, but also reflects the student population at GCU. With a new name, design, ethos and team, this year’s student magazine hopes to really represent GCU students in the best possible way, and as this is the first, in what will hopefully be many, issues of The Edit, we have begun with The Reinvention Issue. In this issue of The Edit we discuss how some students reinvent themselves at university by making greener and more ethical lifestyle choices, whether the constant reinvention of how we obtain music takes away from the artistry behind it, how to be fashionable on a student budget by shopping vintage and we find out about some of this year’s new sports clubs. In addition to this, we have all the regular news, features, arts and culture, fashion, music and sports you would expect. Throughout this year we will also be campaigning along with the Students’ Association and NUS Scotland against government funding cuts to education in Scotland, for more on that see page five. We all really hope that you enjoy your new student magazine, and if you want to get involved you can sign up to our mailing list at Cheers, Ruairidh

Contributors Writers

Rory Heron, Callum Veitch, Jim Griffin, Rob Douse, Emma Milligan, Janika Fuchs, Emma McLeod, Nutty, Iain Walters, Dion Swarm, James Maquire, Gavin Knight.


Kate Samuels (Pages 6 & 9), Sarah Caithness (Page 10), Rosie Urquart Stewart (fashion Pages 13-15), Jaki Speirs (Page 16), Dion Swarm (page19), Simon Ward (page 20), Josie McKay (Page 12 and Top photo Page 21).

Design Josie McKay.


Fund our Future: Stop Education Cuts The High Road to the Demo A crucial time is upon us and we are asking for your support. Jobs, student places, funding for teaching and access to education itself are at risk from the Coalition Government and together we must fight back to protect ourselves, our values, our communities and education for future generations. In the future you or someone you know will look to enter further or higher education. We need to unite now to push for a new, more sustainable way of funding education. The National Union of Students (NUS) and the University and College Union (UCU) are jointly organising a national demo, ‘Fund Our Future: Stop Education Cuts’ on Wednesday 10 November 2010, in central London. The demonstration is aimed to shake the unity

of the Coalition Government by highlighting to MPs that education funding is an issue that resonates strongly with the society, as well as students and their families. We at GCUSA have been working with students to make our presence felt at this demo. Having secured some funding to pay for buses to take students down and take part the march it is now up to you, the students, to get involved. Every university in the UK is rallying support in the same way so this is a great opportunity to be a part of something very important. A Scottish presence must be felt in London on the day as any cuts will directly affect the Scottish education budget. Therefore, this is a vital yet exciting opportunity to get involved with a national demonstration which will surely attract huge amounts of media attention.

Parliament rejects student booze ban Earlier this month MSPs rejected a discriminatory proposal to allow bans on young people and students purchasing offsale alcohol. The proposed powers, which were voted down by all but the SNP MSPs sitting on the Health and Sport Committee, would have allowed local licensing boards to introduce a ‘back-door ban’ on young people and students buying alcohol at the local level. Hopefully the rejection of this proposal will be a clear signal to the Government that it should work alongside students, rather than in opposition, when addressing issues that impact all segments of Scottish society.

Although funding for 16-19 provision is protected for this year (2010-11), funding for adult education provision in FE has been cut by an average of 12% and in some institutions we’re seeing cuts of between 16% and 20%. This could lead to staff redundancies, course closures, merged classes and fewer resources. If you’d like to join us in London please visit w w w. c a l e d o n i a n s t u d e n t . c o m / fundourfuture and submit your details. Rory Herron Student President Liam Burns, NUS Scotland President, said: “Hopefully this discriminatory proposal is now dead and buried. When it comes to alcohol, Scotland has a national problem to deal with, not a young person or student problem.

Graduate unemployment continues to rise Concerning new figures released show a rise in unemployment for higher education graduates and a drop in qualifiers employed in graduate-level occupations.

President of NUS Scotland, said:

“For the past two years NUS Scotland has campaigned hard against what is nothing more than a populist attempt to pander to misconception and stereotypes. I hope the Government moves ahead with proposals that we can all support rather than ones that are wholly discredited. It would be nothing but hypocritical for a Government that rightly backs votes at 16 to continue pushing a failed policy that discriminates against young people.

New government figures show that graduate unemployment in Scotland increased from 4.9% in 2007-08 to 6.1% in the following year.

“We know that recessions disproportionately affect the young. ‘Last in, first out’ policies and a surge in overqualified applicants due to job loss in older generations mean that even if you’re lucky enough to get a foot in the door, making it into the workplace is still a challenge.

The statistics also show a fall in postgraduate and first degree qualifiers from Scottish HEIs employed in graduate-level occupations within Scotland (or engaged in further study or training) six months after completing their course, a drop from 68.4% to 66.5 percent.

“It is an incredibly tough time for graduates, but they are graduates nonetheless. We need to increase the opportunities of young people by responding to the unprecedented increase in demand in both further and higher education.”

“Young people and students are more than up for dealing with our nation’s relationship with alcohol, but not when it demonises us as the problem when we should be part of finding the solution.”

Responding to the figures, Liam Burns,

Amanda Matheson

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One million tenants “scammed” New research by charity Shelter reveals that almost one million Britons have fallen victim to scam involving a private tenancy or landlord in the last three years. Shelter commissioned YouGov to conduct an online survey of 2,234 GB Adults – 2% of whom said they have fallen victim to a scam involving a private tenancy or landlord. This equates to around one million people in Great Britain. As thousands of students across the country prepare to become private tenants with many more already renting, the charity is particularly worried that they could be vulnerable to the underhand practises of these people out to rob students of their limited funds.

said: “It is absolutely shocking to think that so many people have fallen victim to these kind of scams but even more astonishing is the fact that these rogue landlords are seemingly able to get away with it scot free.” Mr Robb continued: “With more and more students set to become private tenants at the start of the new term we believe this is a widespread problem that will create thousands more victims unless we urgently do something about it.” Visit for more information. Popular scams include: 1. Let and Run Where con artists break into empty properties and then rent them out as their own and unsuspecting tenants

Worryingly, 4% of those surveyed know someone else who this has happened to, which equates to over two million people.

hand over large sums of money as a deposit and rent, at which point the con artists disappear. 2. Duped into Debt Where extortionate amounts of money are taken for hidden costs without the tenant knowing e.g. fees for a tenancy inspection which they then ‘conveniently’ forget to inform tenants of, immediately putting people in arrears. 3. Receipt Rip Off A con artist will ask for money to be wired as a sign of good faith that a tenant is committed to letting a property. The landlord will ask that funds are wired to the tenant’s friend or relative to demonstrate that they can afford the property. They ask for proof of receipt and then withdraw the funds using the transfer details. 4. No need for a Deposit Rather than asking for a deposit, the landlord will request tenants to provide guarantors. At the end of their tenancy these guarantors can become liable for unnecessary and extremely costly ‘repairs’.

Other results from the survey show that a fifth (20%) of tenants still have not heard about the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme introduced by Government in April 2007. Yet as the charity’s investigation shows withheld deposits are a major issue for tenants, with one in four of landlords admitting they weren’t aware of the schemes either.

5. Unprotected Deposits Although a legal requirement, some rogue landlords still avoid putting tenant’s deposits in a tenancy deposit scheme, withholding it at the end for unfair reasons.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter,

Ruairidh Pritchard

New report exposes student hardship NUS Scotland has completed its largest ever research into the student support system in Scotland. The Still in the Red report surveyed over 7400 students from across all backgrounds and types of study The report comes 10 years after the last major reform of student funding following the Cubie Report. The research found levels of student hardship in Scotland to be reaching extreme proportions: 61% of students worry frequently or all of the time about finances 62% said that not receiving enough money was having a negative impact on their studies 50% had been forced to access commercial credit (credit cards and the like) to get by 68% were working more than the Cubierecommended 10 hours per week with 47% of these said that combining work with study was having a negative impact on their studies

36% considered dropping out due to financial worries, with 89% of these saying “not having enough financial support” was a key reason for considering this With over 600,000 students studying at colleges and universities in Scotland there are fears that hundreds of thousands of students are simply not getting the financial help they need to get by. Liam Burns, NUS Scotland President, said: “Education in Scotland is not free and it’s certainly not fair. Yes, some of our students rightly study without tuition fees hanging above their heads. But let’s not forgot that Scottish students live with some of the lowest levels of financial help in the UK. They are being pushed into poverty simply because they want an education. “Our report has exposed how our broken financial system for students hits the poorest hardest. “In a post-recession Scotland students increasingly can’t find part-time work to

make ends meet, and where they do the vast majority are working far longer than any lecturer would condone. He added: “When you consider the invisible students, the ones who never even made it to filling in an application form, then these findings are all the more worrying. It’s no wonder that Scotland has the lowest level of students from disadvantaged communities and state schools entering higher education in the UK. This is a huge waste of talent which Scotland can simply no longer afford.” Ruairidh Pritchard


support improves the livelihoods of those taking part and is a worthwhile investment for local councils. For more information please visit or call 0141 575 3001. Glasgow Furniture Initiative (GFI) is an organisation that provides quality, restored furniture to people in disadvantaged positions. Their service provides essential household furniture, often to people recovering from homelessness or escaping domestic violence. GFI collect unwanted furniture free of charge, this ranges from beds to suites to white goods, which is then professionally cleaned, restored, safety tested and sold at low cost. Customers using community care grants can furnish their home with essential items; bedroom, living

Take a Seat With the new Westminster coalition government spending cuts coming into place the most marginalised members of society will again be hit the hardest. The latest study into health and inequalities released by the British Medical Journal in 2010, shows that the divide between the rich and poor in the UK is now at the worst levels since records began. There is a correlation between life expectancy and where people live, with people in the most deprived areas twice as likely to die before the age of 65 as people from affluent areas. Unsurprisingly, figures from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2009 show that housing, health, education, employment opportunities and access to services are all serious problems in the most deprived areas. Glasgow has the shameful accolade of being labelled ‘the sick man of Europe’. National figures support this, as 30% of the most deprived areas in Scotland are in Glasgow, which also has the highest homeless and unemployment rates in Scotland. For many people Glasgow is a vibrant, attractive well serviced city, with the best retail facilities of any city in the UK outside of London. However for those living in deprived neighbourhoods life is a different story. In Glasgow, the class divide is literally wider than the Clyde. Homelessness and poor housing are persisting social problems that are the living

realities for too many people, from lone parents, young people, disabled people, the elderly to people seeking refuge and asylum. Repeat homelessness is also a problem as many tenancies fail when a person is simply handed the keys to an unfurnished property without support in place. During 2008 in Scotland £30 million was spent on re-housing people who were homeless more than once in the year (Shelter). This is a serious social and economic problem that needs to be put to bed. Across Scotland there is a sector of social enterprises and charities striving to provide support and improve the livelihoods of others. In Glasgow organisations such as Impact Arts and Glasgow Furniture Initiative work to improve the lives of disadvantaged people moving into new accommodations. This third sector is likely to become more significant as public sector funding is cut. Impact Arts run an interior design programme Fab Pad, where people attend creative workshops to personalise their home and make it their own. Participants are provided with help to improve their employability and encouraged to take positive steps to secure training, education or employment and to become more active citizens. Over 90% of participants sustain their tenancy for 12 months or more after taking part in the Fab Pad programme. This proves that access to

room and kitchen furniture. GFI’s service also alleviates environmental problems by diverting unnecessary material being sent to landfill. In the period from June 2009 to July 2010 GFI assisted over 5,000 households and diverted over 1,200 tonnes of waste from being sent to landfill. If you are in the Glasgow area and can donate furniture please call the donation line on 0141 314 1450 or visit for more information. So take a seat and reflect - do the most vulnerable members of our society deserve to have more of a chance in life than contributing towards figures of deprivation? Government spending and service cuts will only increase the class divide in Glasgow. However, there is good work being carried out by third sector organisations such as GFI that makes real differences in people’s lives. Participating in these schemes helps us all, as the environmental impact of landfill affects everyone. Let’s lend a hand, and not allow the most vulnerable members of our society to drown in a toxic river of Tory blue and LibDem yellow, which most definitely does not turn out green. Callum Veitch


Steps to green-thinking student living Long gone are the days when we were petrol guzzling, global warming, animal maiming, human rights abusing, developing world crippling… um… high school students. Now we can be ethical-living do-gooders. So let’s. Let’s be meddlers. Let’s be nobodies reinventing the world through our own small changes. Let’s be zeroes out to make a difference. Let’s reorder the universe, fix its people and topple Bono from his position of World’s Biggest Well-Meaning but Self-Aggrandising Idiot.

Set up a world saving house Freed from the tyranny of the “while you’re under my roof” parental decree, we’re free now to set up our own houses. We can make them people-friendly, future-thinking eco houses or world-destroying, human-harming, backwards-looking hellholes. It’s up to you, really. No pressure. If we dig the former we can choose green energy tariffs that use Gore-friendly hydropower rather than doom-producing coal. We can use plant-based detergents like Ecover and Bio-D, cutting down on the oil drilled for petrochemical cleaners and the pollution they produce. We can recycle everything we lay our hands on and we

can save energy and water in every way imaginable. Mostly by using less of it.

have any money.

Having created our ethical safe havens we may be tempted to venture out in search of food and clothing. Fortunately, even an enjoyable shopping trip can be turned into a hand-wringing morality-crusading drudgefest. We can keep an eye out for second hand books, saving a few million trees being cut down for new ones and we can buy second hand clothes, reducing waste and meeting poor student cliché criteria.

You’ve no doubt been bombarded with offers from every bank in a three hundred mile radius desperate to sign you up to a student account, but there are issues beyond free railcards or discounted lemon zesters to consider: what your bank will do with your money. They could be investing it in flowers and lollipops. Equally, it could be the arms trade, industries knackering the environment or loans to foreign governments crushing their people.

We can buy Fairtrade, supporting farmers and producers in developing countries instead of paying them pennies to work in horrific conditions. There are Fairtrade bananas for breakfast, Fairtrade cereal bars for lectures and Fairtrade wines for getting hammered in the most ethical, do-gooding and expensive way possible. And then we can carry it all home in our reusable cloth bag, having ditched plastic carriers for being stupidly polluting. That’ll be us sorted and the future saved.

We should check our banks’ ethical policies to make sure we’re making the world better rather than worse. The Co-op, for example, “will not invest in any government or business which fails to uphold basic human rights” or “any business involved in the manufacture or transfer of armaments to oppressive regimes”. Triodos Bank only lends its cash “to organisations which create real social, environmental and cultural value – charities, social businesses, community projects and environmental initiatives.”

Bank ethically Outside your house there’s a whole world to fix. Let’s start with reinventing world banking, an ironic choice given none of us

That’s the difference our money can make to the world. After graduation, when we have some. Jim Griffin


Go to University or Sign On? An Objective Analysis

I’m probably one of the few people in higher education who shares both the virtue of having been on the dole at one point and not being a mature student. Being in this enviable position, I feel I am well equipped to help you, the reader, decide if it’s worth slogging through years of a challenging university course; emerging out the other side fresh-faced and eager, diploma clutched in hand and with a lifetime of mediocre desk jobs ahead of you. Or if you’d rather just be given money. For free. Without doing anything for it. To help you out, I’ve come up with an innovative point-scoring system that will be used to determine a clear winner by the end of our little journey.

1. Student Libido.

It’s a well-regarded fact within the scientific community that students are third only to rabbits and Russell Brand on the list of things that are perpetually having sex. If you are a student and you are reading this then, statistically, you are having sex right now. Ninety percent of all steel made in Scotland is used to re-enforce the foundations of student halls, lest they collapse ‘neath the mighty torrent of boozefuelled sex with strangers. On the other hand, it is very unlikely you will have the same success while signing on, unless grizzled forty-something tradesmen and smack heads get your motor running. Although, if you are frequenting the labour exchange then there is a good chance you didn’t finish high school and, as such, are the accidental parent of at least three children, probably all to different fathers/mothers so I guess you get a lot of sex, too. Granted, the kind of sex that usually occurs behind the bins of a kebab shop at five in the morning, but still; way to go, stud. Students win.

four years, only now you are considerably poorer! That last sentence kind of sums up the dole side of things too, chances are no matter which way you play it, you are going to end up working with or, even better, under someone that spent the best part of the last four years drinking White Lightening in a park with fifteen year olds. A point each, I think.

3. It’s Not Free Money. Trust Me, You Pay For the Service.

Given that I am intimately familiar with both methods of scoring free cash, I can tell you now that signing on at the brew beats trying to get a loan off of SAAS. Hands down. Every year that I’ve applied to SAAS they have managed to mess it up in the most spectacular ways imaginable. I could phone them to complain but anyone who has ever had the misfortune of battling the SAAS ‘please hold’ system will know that it is a struggle akin to that of James Corden and Matt Horne trying to come up with a funny sketch and then you being forced to watch that sketch. What I’m saying is that it is both impossible and completely unbearable. So how does cashing a giro fare? Well, the council aren’t much better when it comes to this sort of thing, to be honest; but in their defense at least they’re having to begrudgingly give away money they will never see a return on. From the unemployed point of view, however… Well… I mean… It is free money. What more do you need me to tell you? And get this: if you are poor enough then the council will pay your rent for you AND give you money for food and booze every other week. Undisputed victory for the dole.

2. I Have a PhD in ‘Would You Like Fries With That?’ Conclusion No one who has a degree will ever be unemployed. Ever. I mean, what would be the point in spending four years of your life racking up massive amounts of debt only to find out the job market is absolutely fu…ndamentally in a state of disrepair? That would be madness, and we shall speak of it no further. No, rest assured that when you step out of university feeling like Rockefeller you can march straight down the street and right into your local branch of McDonald’s and have a trainee manager’s position within the hour. Congratulations, you are at the same level you would have been if you’d just worked there for

Well the scores are in and, surprisingly, it‘s a tie. I mean, I really am surprised. I was trying my best to steer the results in favour of signing on. I realise that since this is a student magazine primarily read by students then I am basically slapping their collective futures in the face but, hell, if you can’t figure out that YOU GET FREE MONEY FOR FREE IF YOU SIGN ON then maybe you are too stupid to be unemployed, anyway. Enjoy your academia, losers. Rob Douse



CHILE 2010 Summer’s over and classes are back. Time to leave the flip-flops behind us but there’s always the memories. One memory that won’t be forgotten is a trip to Chile made by myself and nine other students. We met at the university on 20th August and began and got to know each other before heading off to Glasgow Airport. As we landed in Santiago airport the reality hit us. It had been a day of travelling but we made it. The aim of the trip was to set up links between GCU and two Chilean universities, UTFSM in Valparaiso and Universidad de Chile (UDD) in Santiago and Conception. UTFSM was the first of the universities we visited. Words could not describe the view; from the outside the university was standing

high, built like a castle and the inside was just as amazing, with three gyms, an outdoor pool, a tennis court and football pitches. Then we reached the surrounding beach views from the top. It was incredible. While in Valparaiso we enjoyed a tour of the area, walking through narrow streets in the hills with eye-opening views and picturesque graffiti along walls and buildings. During the tour we visited one of poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s homes and later had lunch at a place only a local would know. After four days in Valparaiso we moved on to Santiago staying in a four star hotel along with a top Chilean football team and basket ball teams. With a rooftop pool and a gym, what more could we want? Looking out our windows we saw the Andes and never-ending landscape of the city. Santiago gave us the chance to see the first UDD campus, were we learned about the Spanish language and Chilean culture. Each day we learned more about the culture including the traditions, music and the economy. During our time at UDD we took part in many activities such as football and hockey games with the university teams, white water rafting along with tours of the city, a local vine yard, community work with kids and a classical concert to see Roberto Bravo. Time came to leave the Atton Hotel, Santiago and embark on a six hour bus journey to Conception further south of Chile. Our time

in Conception saw us staying with host families, while attending more classes at the second UDD campus, were we learned more about Chile. These classes included the economy, mining, forestry and fishing and after each one we visited a local business. This included a visit to a local mine, which saw us being filmed for the local news. In the last few days we travelled back to Santiago and visited the British Embassy and British Council before it was time to head home. Reflecting back the trip saw ten students who had never met become good friends, and proved to be a once in a life time opportunity. A more detailed account of the trip can be found in the written blogs at Emma Milligan


CHINA 2010 This summer thirty students got a once in a life time opportunity to go to Chile or China. I myself was selected to join twenty others to go visit City of Jinan in China. A partnership was formed with the University of Jinan in 2008, and the China trip is now its second year running. The delegation consisted of a variety of student’s from different courses who had all contributed to GCU in one way or another - from PASS and mentoring students, student leaders and CSP members, to volunteers from sports, societies and media. We spent just over two weeks and experienced many aspects of Chinese culture, making loads of new friends and bonded with each other. The food, the language, the heritage, the music, the history, the art, the ping-pang; it was absolutely amazing. Here are some of the best bits from our China Diary: Day 2 - by Brian, We are in China!! “...A well earned sleep was enjoyed by all as was the first culinary experience of the trip, the brunch. An abundance of local delicacies served on what appears to be the world’s best invention – a Lazy Susan – resulted in a meal which was described perfectly by the one infamous musician of the group as “a delight” set us all up for a day of sightseeing, shopping and Sampson Akwafou...” Day 4 - by Isra, Alive and Kicking “It’s strange yet amazing how all twenty of us have become good friends within such a short space of time, with the feeling like we’ve all known each other for years and have bonded during our 28 hour long journey to China...” “In just a few days I’ve noticed so many cultural differences between the U.K and China. As well as trying to master the use of chopsticks it is also refreshing to see how Chinese people propose toasts during meals and in many ways show more respect for those in their company...”

Day 5 - Nat & Jess, More Travelling “During a long bus journey we finally got a chance to speak to Zhen (the person looking after us) about her personal experiences growing up in China and then moving away to study in the UK and other parts of Europe. She was able to tell us how she personally felt about how Chinese people are often brought up to conform and lead a life where decisions are frequently made for them: she explained that it took moving away from China to allow her to ‘find herself’...” Day 7 - Tom, the visit to Confucius Temple “One of the most interesting parts for me was the destruction and reconstruction of the tablet stones of Confucius and others. During the cultural revolution, Chairman Mao ordered the destruction of this heritage site to create a new image of China away from emperors and dynasties to shape a new way of thinking, it was fascinating to hear the accounts of the tour guide explaining how they were in part destroyed and then restored after by the same regime once they realised their mistake, a touchy subject it seemed that although the glorious leader chairman Mao who was inspirational in changing China to the superpower it is today,

he was not entirely faultless.” Day 8 - Sampson, Climbing Mount Tai “We set out, after breakfast to the mountainous region of Jinan. After passing through a series of rolling mountains, we arrived at the destination, which is seated at 1524m above sea level. It was indeed a site to behold, with lush green vegetation and spectacular waterfalls... After climbing for what seems like ages, that left most of us panting and sweating, we arrived at the top!! The local residents and other visitors were excited having us around and never missed any opportunity of taking pictures with us. It was indeed great seeing men and women of all ages, including the children climbing the mountain with us.” Day 10 - Yvonne, Meeting the Students “After lunch it was back to the uni to interact with Chinese students who are studying English. Their English is very good and we got to know a bit about them and what it’s like to study at the University of Jinan. A few mentioned how there can be as many as 8 students sharing a dorm, with 32,000 students staying on campus. Some only go home once a year to see their family.” Day 14 - Emily, Zài jiàn Jinan! “Dinner was quite emotional as it was our last meal in Jinan. Each individual at the circular table made a personal toast of thanks. Rory presented a signed GCU shirt to Zhen for being an absolute star and looking after us so well. Some of the Chinese students joined us after dinner to say their last goodbyes. “ To read the full diary entry and to find out what happened when the delegation went to Beijing visit: jinanvisit Janika Fuchs and the rest of the GCU China delegates




in the words of Bon Jovi

“It’s My Life!”

The music scene reinvents itself every time an outrageous act comes out in the spotlight, last year witnessed the worldwide fame of Lady GaGa, and I wonder what 2011 will bring. I grew up surrounded by music, my father gave me my first records at about the age of 4; Ramones Road To Ruin, 1978, Beatles Let it Be, 1970 and one of my favorites; ‘The Boss’ Born To Run, 1975. From there my passion for music was born. Gone are the days of waiting for the latest track to be bought on 7 inch or 10 inch vinyl. It’s so much easier to day to log on to iTunes and download the latest album straight to your iPod. I guess I am one of the few people who still buy vinyl. And why is this? I don’t know why to be honest. I guess I like having something to show for the money I spent, plus vinyl records make great wall decorations especially if you get hold of the limited edition picture discs. On the other hand, I don’t leave my flat without my iPod, I feel rather lost when I don’t have music to listen to when studying, walking or at the gym. From working in a music shop I have seen how the iPod generation has changed the music industry into what it is today and to be blunt it’s shocking. Artists and bands receive little to nothing from fans downloading and then there’s the loss from illegal downloads. The

best way artists make money just now is through live performances and tours. I have never bought an iTunes card; I wouldn’t know what to do with it if I did, but as with many of the people reading this I can admit to the odd illegal download here and there… So 2010 saw a great eruption of talent on to the music scene, we got Lady GaGa, the XX and the most annoying teen pop singer in music history... a big hand out to Justin Bieber. Fair play to them, they’re out there living the dream while many of us are still sitting on the back line waiting for an opportunity to come our way. From an early age I realized I want my career in music, not as an artist but working behind the scenes. This summer I had great experience in London working at one of the world’s biggest music labels and I launched my own music management and promotions company. Music has inspired me, it’s more to me than just background sound and without it I wouldn’t be here today doing what I am doing. On that note I will leave you with a quote that inspires me. “If you work hard enough, and you want it bad enough... dreams do come true. So follow your dreams...” Emma McLeod


FASHION ON A STUDENT BUDGET... is possible! Back at uni and already broke. I’m sure I’m not the only one in this position. The loan is already running dry, fresher’s week took a major toll on the liver and bank balance, now the real work begins (kind of). Fashion unfortunately becomes a luxury. Strolling through the high street shops is now a painful activity, the longing for all the latest in style becomes too much.

However these days the high street shops are filled with all things retro - Woodstock fur waistcoats, cable knit jumpers and playsuits that ooze that 70’s hippie vibe. So nowadays all that’s old school is cool! The lavish sequins of the 1920’s, the bold denims of the 1980’s all can most defiantly be seen in the major retailers in Glasgow and indeed, everywhere. There

is no denying however that they can be costly so why not try an alternative? With Vintage stores dotted all around Glasgow they are your cheapest link to the past and are laden with second hand buys and individual pieces that will keep you right up to trend but are a lot kinder to the bank balance. My mission was to head to a vintage store and root out the best of second hand and vintage evening and day wear that would satisfy an eager fashion lover’s taste. Stylist, Photographer and model in tow we headed to Retro Vintage Store, Otago Street, Kelvinbridge - a store that promises not to disappoint and is very student friendly. With free rein of the shop it was safe to

say I had finally found my heaven. Delving through the colourful rails the resemblance to all that we see in the high street was recognisable, yet the one off pieces added an individual twist and let’s face it there is nothing more annoying than buying a dress or outfit you find amazing only to see your best friend, cousin, mum or auntie sporting the very same look! For me this autumn’s day time look is faux fur coats, snug jumpers, all things tartan and classic leather. Knitted jumpers are everywhere this season. Try a cable knit with jeans and brogues for a classic look or go oversized with tights and boots. The classic faux fur jacket adds instant glamour to anything, perfect for throwing over your day time outfits and can give your LBD that something extra special for night time! Keeping these looks in mind we picked our favourites from Retro and in comparison to high street they were a fraction of the price and twice as glamorous! For night time we wanted something a little different, and with such a huge range of clothes to choose from, mixing and matching made it easy to create gorgeous looks. Invest in a pair of peep toe wedges and they can instantly glamorise something that you may have overlooked. Don’t be afraid to branch away from your modest leather jacket. Be bold! Embrace the leather trend to its full. A short or long leather skirt can make even your simplest white tank tops look fierce. So, student budget in mind, next time you simply can’t resist a shopping spree head to your nearest vintage or second hand clothes store, there’s most defiantly something for everyone! Aishling Staunton



Photographer: Rosie Urquhart Stewart Model: Mairead McCrossan Stylist: Victoria Paterson Beauty Artist: Amy Wallace, Benefit Cosmetics, House of Frasers, Glasgow With special thanks to Lesley at Retro Vintage Store, Kelvinbridge.




Summer Festivals Over the summer, as everyone who has a brain knows, is when the “Gig God” expels greatness on humanity. A haven for students and music lovers alike, we saw some terrific bands playing all over the world, many in the UK. For those who haven’t been to a festival yet, book it now!

Download Festival

Download Festival, held at Donington Park, is considered a heavier festival than most, although in recent years it has brought in a mix of genres and artists. Taking place around June, we saw that the bands these days were classic rock bands famous for being brilliant. With AC/DC headlining, proving that they are one of the rock kings of the world, it already holds great fame with festivals. Bagging Rage Against the Machine, Aerosmith, Them Crooked Vultures, Bullet for my Valentine, Atreyu and Motorhead, amongst the most famous for being brilliant, it is a festival that is worth going to see. Go see if you like Rock/Metal.

T in the Park

T in the Park, a tradition to Scotland like

Haggis, Kilts and Tennants, is a mixed world famous festival which plays music from metal to rock to rap to funk to…well every genre there is. The previous artists that have played range from Kylie Minogue to Foo Fighters to A Day To Remember. I would say the dates but why bother – we all know when it is. Go see if you like music.


RockNess, a relatively new festival in the Highlands near Loch Ness, is becoming more of a haven for ravers and Indie lovers. This year saw Fatboy Slim and the Strokes headlining as well as Blondie proving she still has more talent than those three useless boys “The Jonas Brothers.” As always Pendulum were there to provide a riot of sounds and got the crowd going. Go see if you like Dance/Trance/Drum n Bass/Indie.


Glastonbury is the festival that always grabs the celebs (if you care). This year a mind-blowing line up was established. U2 were originally signed to play but thank

goodness, Bono was too arrogant/ill and had to cancel. *Thumbs up* This year saw amazing sets from Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder, as well as Pet Shop Boys. The last band and song of the festival was a personal favourite - Orbital with Matt Smith (11th Doctor, come on guys) playing along to the Doctor Who theme. Go see if you like music and/or celebrity spotting.


The Reading Leeds line up was my favourite lineup this year and the bands explain why. Nothing beats the nostalgic feeling of being 16 again. With Blink 182’s recent reformation they played a set that proved they deserve the recognition of inspiring many bands today. As well as Lost Prophets playing a lot of their old material, Guns N Roses and Queens of the Stone Age also performed. A regular practice at Leeds is the act of bottling. I recommend trying it if you don’t like a band. Several bands have been bottled off stage, two which I am happy to say are Panic at the Disco and Rasmus. Mike Norburn


Bring Me the Upcoming Artists Hairspray? From the Tracks A band formed in 2008 with members from Sweden/Dundee, they are already getting their name out there. A 4-piece band formed from Ends Like This, New Hope For Breakfast and Sicktrick, they have already toured the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. With 2 albums out (and their debut being free) you can check them out here:

Hate them or love them, there is no denying that Bring Me The Horizon are good at what they do. A Metalcore band from Sheffield, and hated by many metal bands due to their emo image and their young age, they are proving they do have what it takes. Recently playing in Glasgow, and with more gigs in Glasgow coming up, they are a band worth seeing just to see them! The band is fronted by Ollie Sykes, a music mental madman running around in shorts that show a bit too much bulge who has got to be one of the funniest, energetic front men out there. Admitting he can’t sing and just makes noises, he certainly has upped his game with actual singing in the Second Album “Suicide Seasons” Apart from Sykes, they have two talented guitarists as well as a shredding bass player and a light speed drummer whose legs can only be metronomes. They are worth a listen if you are into “heavy music.” Nutty

Da Flava Boyz

A 5-piece Reggae/Ska outfit based in Glasgow, Da Flava Boyz is not a new name. Building up a fan base since 2005, they went on a break for reasons such as studying and leaving the UK for a year. Now back with two new members, they are starting to get the machine going again. Recently headlining in Pivo Pivo, with gigs in Box, Nice n Sleazys and other local bars they are worth seeing to show that Ska/ Reggae isn’t dead, and with their upbeat humour and songs, prove that it is cooler not to be a goth.

Jazz on a Sunday (I hear you scream in delight) The 78, located on Kelvinhaugh Street, is a small, nice and easy going bar. With a not bad price range, it is the sort of place you would find yourself relaxing in and reading a book. On a Sunday, I challenge you to try. Every Sunday, a 3-piece jazz band kicks up and proves that jazz is not dead and can even be as upbeat as these Trance Session CDs. As well as the three stunning musicians, members of the audience can perform if they know any of the songs. So if you are a brass player or a woodwind player, come along, see some songs and get in with the band, it is brilliant fun from both a player and a watcher. It starts around 9 and is free to get in, and even has sofas that you MIGHT fall asleep on. Iain Walters



Future Gigs October

Japanese Voyeurs with Against Me 27-Oct-10 Glasgow QMU Ellie Goulding 29-Oct-10 Glasgow O2 Academy


Love Amongst Ruin 2-Nov-10 Glasgow Cathouse UB40 04-Nov-2010 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow Deftones 12-Nov-10 O2 Academy Glasgow Kele 16-Nov-10 Glasgow Arches Lcd Soundsystem 18-Nov-10 Glasgow Barrowlands Jimmy Eat World with Minus The Bear 19-Nov-10 Glasgow Barrowlands Klaxons 21-Nov-10 Glasgow Barrowlands


Pendulum 1–Dec–10 Braehead Arena Glasgow Frightened Rabbit 6-Dec-10 Glasgow Barrowlands Bullet For My Valentine with Bring Me The Horizon 9-Dec-10 Glasgow SECC Deadmau5 17-Dec-2010 Glasgow Braehead Arena


We are Caley, Super Caley! Always a memorable day in University calendars, the Intervarsity Fresher’s Cup created the usual buzz of excitement on the last Wednesday of September. Down at Garscube, the Men’s football kicked things off with Caley taking to the field against Strathclyde. Caley had most of the early chances but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. They were made to pay just after half time when Strathclyde caught the defence napping and fired home to snatch the win. A brief break in play allowed the boys to change the line up for the next game against Glasgow and it paid dividend. A brace allowed the boys to cruise home to a comfortable 3-1 win and put a smile on many of the watching crowd. Garscube also played host to the men’s and women’s Hockey. With a healthy turn out of fresher’s the women took on a Strathclyde team with some familiar faces in their line up and their experience showed as they swept to victory winning 3-0. Glasgow was up next as again they fielded a few veterans in their side, and despite some impressive displays from Jen Milne and Natalie Finnigan the old enemy snatched a 1-0 victory. This left Caley without a win but there were still plenty of positives to take in

to what promises to be an exciting season ahead. Taking turns on the hockey pitch were the men. Traditionally difficult fielding a full freshers line up, they got the better of Strathclyde in their first game running out 2-1 winners thanks to a delightful brace from Nicholas Lowden. A tightly fought affair next between Caley and Glasgow provided some free flowing hockey from Matt McIntyre and Gordon Munro but they were unable to unlock a resilient Glasgow defence with the game ending goalless. This left the two team’s level on points but Glasgow’s superior goal difference meant they finished overall winners. The men’s rugby had an eventful day at Cartha getting off to a great start with an emphatic 14-0 victory over Strathclyde. Morale was through the roof after such a convincing performance and undeterred by the rain, the watching support were more than happy to welcome Glasgow to the field. Unfortunately fatigue got the better of the Caley and the close encounter went the way of Glasgow and they ran out 12-5 winners to end hopes of claiming the Rugby Fresher’s Cup. Elsewhere, the men’s basketball enjoyed some very close fought encounters winning their opening game against Strathclyde

27-26 thanks to an inspirational team talk from captain Stephen Muldoon. However they lost by the same margin in their next game against Glasgow leaving them rueing numerous missed baskets. The women’s basketball freshers were also playing despite struggling to field a full line up. Playing with only 4 players at some points their valiant efforts weren’t enough as they went down 8-6 against Strathclyde and 22-14 against Glasgow. Not a true reflection of their quality, they will be sure to improve on this throughout the season. RESULTS Men’s Football, GCU 0 – 1 Strathclyde Men’s Football, GCU 3 – 1 Glasgow Women’s Football, GCU 2 – 1 Strathclyde Women’s Football, GCU 1 – 0 Glasgow Men’s Hockey, GCU 2 – 1 Strathclyde Men’s Hockey, GCU 0 – 0 Glasgow Women’s Hockey, GCU 0 – 3 Strathclyde Women’s Hockey, GCU 0 – 1 Glasgow Men’s Rugby, GCU 14 – 0 Strathclyde Men’s Rugby, GCU 5 – 12 Glasgow Men’s Basketball, GCU 27 – 26 Strathclyde Men’s Basketball, GCU 28 – 29 Glasgow Women’s Basketball, GCU 6 – 8 Strathclyde Women’s Basketball, GCU 14 – 22 Glasgow Netball, GCU 5 – 1 Strathclyde Netball, GCU 1 – 3 Glasgow Dion Swarm



New Slang With the students association becoming more and more popular - to the extent that some students are near enough living there there is an increasing need to have an excuse to be up there, and what better excuse than to start a sports club. Just at the end of last year three new clubs were created and now that all the paperwork’s cut and dry, they’re starting to make some noise amongst the Students Association. Step forward GCU Tennis club, GCU Fencing and GCU Surf Club. Caley’s fastest rising club, the China of sports teams, GCU Surf Club. Up and running at the end of last year thanks to Surf supreme and captain Rory Walker, it has now snowballed in to the hippest of clubs attracting a whopping 120 students to their entourage and they’ve plans to go bigger. Regular trips to the Macrahanish peninsula, fetching around 25 people for a weekend of surf, the club has now got all official with a committee showcasing such names as Cian McMahon as Secretary and Francesca Burton as Vice Captain. Fresh out of a summer of surf in Central America, Francesca is the playing the Sandy Cohen role of recruiting bodies for these mad cap excursions and she’s got every excuse to shout about it. “Newquay is the main event this term for the BUCS competition and we’re hoping to do more of the same even further afield. It might sound a bit farfetched but I’d really like the club to get to Morocco as I hear Surfing out there’s incredible – Easyjet can do it for under £30 so the opportunities are endless.” Other than PR’ing for Easyjet, Francesca et al are hoping to help Captain, Rory Walker, achieve what he first had in mind when he started GCU Surf Club and make it a haven for all interested in Surfing - whether a veteran or a rookie. Rory said; “We’re really excited about this year as we’re doing more and more trips away and the numbers are always

growing. We go on day trips away to the east coast of Scotland, Pease Bay and Dunbar and We’ve had a few weekends away to Macrahanish which have been great fun and an excuse for a good party. We really want beginners to get involved as when we started last year that’s what the club consisted of mostly.”

do you just keep it simple? Haha no, the kit is kept simple, though if a blazer is what someone would like to wear, then by all means.

So if you’re twiddling your thumbs of a weekend fire an e-mail to and get yourself along to one of the many exciting trips on offer throughout the year. Prices are normally around £30 - £40 and include, board and wetsuit hire, travel, accommodation and lesson – an absolute steal!!

Traditionally a sport steeped in etiquette and at the more civilised end of the spectrum, does GCU Tennis club still adhere to University tradition of having a wild social side as well? we’re still a small and new club we don’t have social nights every week yet but we do get involved on standard Wednesday nights out, Glasgow Cup, Sports Ball and try to get to GCU sport fundraisers etc – we pull our weight.

Rory added; “As well as all the usual jaunts, next spring where hoping to get a trip away to Tiree or Lewis, which has some of the best surf in the U.K – where hoping to get a good 5 day stint up there so there’s hunner’s to look forward to!” Also new to the GCU is the Tennis club with Wimbledon been and gone, along with Alex Bogdanovic’s wild card, the Tennis club have grown from strength to strength over the summer and are now mixing it with the big hitters in the SUCS league. We spoke to founder and captain of GCU Tennis, Jenny Cockburn, to find out about one of GCU’s most exciting new clubs. Jenny, quick head count; how many members do you have at the club? I’d say we roughly have about 15 members at the moment, but the more the merrier! How does the calendar read for GCU tennis this year? We train every Sunday afternoon 2-4pm at Newlands Tennis Club, in the south side of Glasgow during term time. SUCS matches are on a Wednesday afternoon in each trimester varying between home and away matches. Uniform - is a Federer blazer encouraged or

Agassi bandana or headband? Headband all the way!




Robinson’s Fruit and Barley being your obvious choice of tipple, what would you dilute it with? For matches’ just the standard H20 but for nights out I’d say cider or vodka, haha! Any optimistic plans of a trip away anywhere - Flushing Meadows just a pipe dream? Think it would be good to aim for a club trip to one of the tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon and hopefully some of the club will go on the Sports Tour this year, which I hear is a hoot! You were affiliated just at the end of last year, prime time for post Wimbledon tennis boom, have you got time for the fair weather player who just likes to dress up on a Sunday or is it single handed back hands only? Yeah this is us in our 2nd year running but our first as a proper functioning sports club at Caley. The club is open to everyone of any ability level, whether they’re completely new, a keen player to get involved in SUCS or just like the odd rally around on a Sunday everyone is welcome. Simon Ward


Gym Farse Heroes It’s well covered ground amongst gym enthusiasts in University, but the matter of prices will not go away as the demands for cheaper gym facilities are through the roof again as we start the 2010/11 campaign. With a fresh batch of students wanting to sweat out the alcohol from the week, there are still complaints that our gymnasium providers, The Arc, aren’t providing the facilities to merit students forking out £110 for a season. It gets worse for students who play in sports teams across the Uni – who inevitably want to use the gym – as they have to pay an additional £30 for insurance and transport costs which take the tally up to a whopping £140! A quick look around all other Scottish University Gym facility prices confirms this and GCU students are rightly kicking up a fuss. Andrew Smith, Vice President of Sports and Societies, has taken these opinions on board and has been working closely with The Arc to resolve this but it’s far from a done deal. “I’ve been meeting with The Arc throughout the summer to try and come to a compromise for what’s best for both them and the students. You can see from prices of other Gym facilities across Scottish Universities that we’re paying too much for what we get and something needs to change.” “Many of the students are content with what we get in terms of classes as their very well run and extensive like ‘Boxicircuit’ and ‘Zumba’ but that only accommodates for a certain portion of students. There are still plenty of students left wanting more gym room and more equipment so there’s some way to go before everyone’s happy.”

The two Universities topping the tables for most expensive Gym memberships are University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University. However, having recently renovated their respective campuses and facilities they are able to justify such a high price with top of the range equipment on offer leaving others looking mediocre in comparison. Negotiations between the Students Association and The Arc are still ongoing but it will only be next year, at the earliest, that the possibility of better value gym access could be available to students. Yet, with this information coming to light, The Arc now must react to the damming news that what they offer is just won’t cut it. Gym Prices at University all over Scotland (all inclusive gym access) University/college Price University of Aberdeen Robert Gordon University (RGU) Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) St Andrews University Edinburgh University Napier University Herriot Watt University Strathclyde University Stirling University UWS Hamilton Campus Agricultural College – Ayr Campus Glasgow University Abertay University Agricultural College – Aberdeen Campus Agricultural College – Edinburgh Campus UWS – Paisley Campus

Simon Ward

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Corinne Menzies, recreation manager at GCU, says: “The prices that Arc charges are comparable with other universities with a similar profile, and in some cases better value. It’s wrong to compare GCU to Stirling or Edinburgh in this regard as they have made a conscious decision to use sports facilities actively to recruit students. GCU has chosen to invest in modern facilities that benefit all students, such as the £23 million Saltire Centre and current upgrade to the Students Association Building, while also maintaining a good standard of provision for those wishing to keep fit. Students from Strathclyde pay £75 per year to access a gym half our size, with many choosing to use the Arc instead. And the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley may not charge an annual membership fee, but they do ask £2 per visit for a smaller facility. “We do appreciate that students would like to see the costs reduced, but they are pitched at a level to make the operation sustainable. The cost of equipment and facilities as well as heat, light, and staff must be met from fees and while we would like to make concessions it’s simply not possible for the foreseeable future.”




My names James Maguire I’m a second year student studying media and communication. Ive been involved in radio for the past four years in which time I have gained a HNC Radio and creative industries certificate. I also worked promotions with real radio and now work as corporate events team leader at Galaxy FM. As Convenor of Radio Caley I hope to push the station to the forefront of student radio in Glasgow with high quality programming and ambitious creative individuals. To get involved in Radio Caley send me an email! That ok mate? James Maguire Convenor Radio Caley

I am a first year mature student. Fifteen years ago I co-founded a student radio station and this led to a job in the music industry. My enthusiasm for radio knows no bounds and I love to hear fresh ideas and material. My aim is to encourage people who’ve possibly never even considered radio to think again. Your involvement could really make all the difference and you don’t need to be a presenter. Gavin Knight Depute Convenor Radio Caley






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