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Welcome Week GCU Cares About The Environment



Go Explore! A New Wave Of Student Activism Stay Safe In Glasgow The Peoples Zero

ARTS & CULTURE Zombies Take Over Glasgow Cultural Hotspot Of Scotland Four Contenders

FASHION Bold Souls Being Dawntroversial Dance HQ







Neighbourhoods Frozen In Motion A Creature I Don’t Know MOBO Awards Ones To Watch

Jumpers For Goalposts Sports Clubs

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SIOBHAN MCDADE NADINE smcdad12@ WALKER nadinewalker fashion@live.


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Tawfik H Ibrahim, Sandhya Anantharanan, John Bennet, Christopher MacKay, Hannah Scott, Jim Griffin, Kate Samuels, El Floz, Mike Grant,, Zara McAspurren, Rebecca Jolly, Dawn Smith, Nikki MacMillan, Julie Hannigan, Megan Wheatley, Emily Charles, Emily Fisher-Morrison, Nicole McCubbin, Christin Haussman, Laura McKinnon, Emma Laurenson, Sam Tennent, Deirdre O’Callaghan, Drew John Barnes, Brian MacKenzie, Jawn McClenaghan, Stuart Martin

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o another year, another fresh start for The Edit. With a brand new team we’re looking forward with enthusiasm and hoping to make this year count. What am I saying? We will make this year count! We thought the ‘You Are Here’ Issue would be very appropriate given it’s that time of year again when all the freshers pile onto campus, most with worried and confused faces, and start to navigate their way round campus. As a first year myself, only a couple of years ago, I remember all too well just how daunting it was. Many of you will be sitting nodding your heads and smiling, reminiscing about ‘that time in first year when...’ In this issue, we’ll be taking on Uni Campus life and Glasgow itself to give you the very best of the best. We’ll be checking out what’s happening on and around campus; hot new and upcoming artists, the latest fashions and all the latest sporting news to name a few. No matter where your interests lie, we’re positive we will have something for you. The idea behind the ‘You Are Here’ Issue is not only to engage freshers, but to broaden everyone else’s horizons too. Maybe you don’t know where to find the hottest new bands, or don’t know that there are lots of amazing groups on campus called “societies” - which by the way I’m pretty sure there are a few hundred of, at least! Maybe you don’t know that there are clubs, pubs and bars outside of University, although I’m guessing you probably have a fair idea already! Just remember guys, drinking each and every bar dry within the first few weeks of term is not a requirement. Stay safe and enjoy! Christina Little, EDITOR

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‘It’s safe to say the new students at GCU had a warm welcome on and off campus to start off their university careers.’ WORDS Lauren Simpson PHOTOGRAPHY Tawfik H Ibrahim


nother semester here at GCU means only one thing, Freshers. Here at GCU, Freshers Week is now called Welcome Week and is a way for all students to be welcomed to the GCU campus. For starters, a new semester means a new Executive Committee for the Students Association. The New committee for 2011/12 consists of Student President Matte Andrews, Vice President of Education Simon Ward, Vice President of Activities Peter Hollier and Vice President of Wellbeing Keri McDonald. There were plenty of opportunities throughout the week to meet the new sabbaticals officers, with trips to the bowling alley, a ‘meet the President’ night with Matte or you may even have caught them running around campus welcoming students. Monday in the Students Association was Media day with Radio Caley and The Edit rallying students to sign up and get involved in student media. Not to mention Clyde 1’s Jim Gellatly broadcasting all morning live from the Radio Caley studio. They had two successful acoustic gigs with some of Scotland’s best unsigned bands including Miniature Dinosaurs, The Winter

Tradition and Bear Arms. Well-being day was another highlight of GCU Welcome Week, with stalls to make your own smoothie with a bit of cycling on the side, free hand massages and yoga. Not to mention the countless stalls around the campus offering advice on everything from mental health, to Nightline. The always popular Sports Fayre was full of enthusiastic freshers signing up for sports teams. As well as their ‘give it a go’ sports session in the Arc gym displaying the wide variety of sports teams at GCU from tennis to Taekwon-Do. There was something on offer for every sport lover during the Freshers Fayre. Off campus there were plenty of nights to get students excited, with Campus and O’Couture being the new official venues for GCU students they were clearly the clubs to be at. There was a mixture of events on offer all week including a night out with Wagner from the X Factor, headphone discos, UV parties and the classic Caleyoke. It’s safe to say the new students at GCU had a warm welcome on and off campus to start off their university careers.

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‘Two successful acoustic gigs with some of Scotland’s best unsigned bands including Miniature Dinosaurs, The Winter Tradition and Bear Arms.’

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ur University and the Students Association are working towards demonstrating excellence in Sustainability.


lasgow Caledonian University was the first university in Scotland to achieve the Silver Award in the EcoCampus Environmental Management and Awards scheme in 2010.


e are working towards Gold Award this year. The Students Association has achieved the Silver Level Green Impact Students’ Union Award

for the year 2010/2011, and is aiming to achieve Gold Level this year.




ou can recycle everything, from bottles and cans to books and clothes at the Students Association Building.


ll cafes inside the campus sell fair-trade tea, coffee and fruit.


here is at least one water cooler/fountain in each building inside the campus so students can get free water.

rinting double sided gives us 25% extra prints with the print credit you get every year. co-Man is the super hero of the university and he makes sure everyone on the campus is eco friendly and doing their bit to save the environment.


oin the Ethical & Environmental Campaign at the Students’ Association to know more about us and for many volunteering opportunities.

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H Ibrahim

‘So here you are, you have arrived, you are here.’


or some of you, getting here may not have been an easy task, full of ups and downs. For others this may be what you have wanted for a long time, university, the pivotal moment. All this does not mean to say that you are not - dare I say it - scared. So here you are, you have arrived, you are here. So where is here? The answer is simple. Here is where you find out who you really are. Where you explore, that big scary place that you’re not sure if you fit into. Where everyone is different, everyone has an opinion and no one else seems to be apprehensive. Where it is acceptable to dress the way you have always wanted and to be the person you have always wanted to be. A place in which no one has any idea who you are and you are free to paint a whole new canvas. The past no longer matters. When I first arrived in Glasgow, it was like a whole new world. Coming from a small

countryside cottage to an extensive walled residence filled with boisterous students all wanting to have a “good time”. Now I’m not dismissing the fact I had a good time, I assure you I did and we all have the photographs to prove those moments we may wish never to see again but those moments are the ones we now laugh at, those raw moments when we were discovering where we wanted to go. But the truth is it was mostly awkward hellos, bad food, sleepless nights and slight stress. University is a whole world away from school, a challenge if you been out of education and a gamble as to whether or not you have chosen the right career path. The commitment you are making for the rest of your life (slightly dramatic, but I’m just trying to paint a picture). So while you are here, explore, leave your room and go out in the cold. Find that place you feel at home, may it be a bookshop, a night club, a café or even that wonderful little vintage shop you

The Edit / FEATURES / 13 find in the west end (I do recommend these). For me, that place, the home away from home was that little cake shop in the west end, the vintage shops along Byers road and the GFT. The GFT or Glasgow Film Theatre if you want to give it it’s proper name, is a beautiful little treasure that throws you back in time. Showing the sort of films that you wouldn’t get at your commercial Odeon or Cineworld. You experience the films in a small, intimate environment. Where everyone has come to feel

the atmosphere, where everyone looks arty and as though they have stories to tell. The stunning silence before the films begin will have you sitting in suspense. I shall let you into a little secret, the first time I went here this silence drove us into an uncontrollable laughter much to the disapproval of those sitting around us. One of those laughter’s that warms your belly. This is when I started to feel like I had found somewhere a little piece of me belonged. For some of you this may not be your idea of a place of escape, you may prefer to knock back a pint, where I prefer a good old gin and tonic. That is what is great and gripping about this wonderful city, it being as vast as it is, caters to all of our likes, needs and can if you wish give you what you want. We are all different and that is what makes us unique. So however you found your way here, make sure to spare a thought for the feelings and new experiences we are all going through. Interests differ but the wonderful thing I have found is that those “life long friends” will be those people you least expect, it may be that person you sit next to in your first lecture or that person who lives next door to you in the walled fort you now call home. So to give you a little advice…a simple smile, reduces the awkwardness of that hello in the lecture. A good cookbook can cancel out that bad appetite and the sleeping, I’d suggest ear plugs because that is what this year requires. As for the stress, it’s not worth it. Find out who you are, worry about the rest later after all, this is the “time of your life”. Go explore…

‘Go explore…’

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‘...the biggest wave of student protests in a generation...’


any of our new students coming to Glasgow Caledonian do so in the wake of the biggest wave of student protests in a generation and many will want to get involved in events like these themselves. It is often natural that students be involved in activism as students are not tied down with families, mortgages and the rest and as a result are freer to lead way in fighting for social justice. There is also just a simple fact that when these talented young people begin engaging with their education a better understanding of how the world works reveals a need to change it for the better. Often written-off as the naive optimism of youth by cynics, it is worth-while remembering that it was students who highlighted the links with garments industry and sweatshop shaming the big brands into observing human rights laws. The student protests over the government cuts to higher education and the raising of tuition fees to £9000 saw mass demonstrations but also 100’s

of student occupations of university buildings up and down the country. The longest and arguably the most creative of these was actually here in Glasgow and one which many students from Glasgow Caledonian took part. On February 1st around 50 student activists, including many from Glasgow Caledonian gained entry and occupied the former Hetherington Research Club, a social club for post-grads and mature students which had closed and been ear-marked for renovation into offices. Quickly re-named “The Free Hetherington”, the occupied space set out to transcend the traditional disruption until demands were met. Freedom of access was quickly, if reluctantly, agreed by university management and the activists organised themselves into kitchen, first-aid, security, media and events teams. The aim was to for as long as possible use the space as a venue for lectures, work-shops, creative events and as a hub of anti-cuts activity across Glasgow. The ethos was

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non-commercial, tea & coffee, snacks, evening meal (strictly vegan by democratic decision!) and all events were free and the space ran on a gift-economy. The politics were that of direct democracy, collective decision-making and no leaders were appointed. The space was open to all who respected a ‘safer spaces policy’ created to ensure the place would be amongst other things, non-racist, non-homophobic and non-sexist. From the very first days as the empty building was transformed, its bare walls filled with art, left-wing flags, posters and homemade placards as well as messages of support poured in from around the UK and eventually the world. From the very first days talks by academics and public figures, lectures, poetry nights, meetings, skill-share workshops, film-screenings and the revived Monday night Pub Quiz brought hundreds through the doors and with them broad support ensuring some level of longevity to the occupation. Well-known figures that came to events and/or show their support included: Ken Loach, Liz Lockhead, Billy Bragg, Mark Thomas, Owen Jones and John Holloway. During all this the Free Hetherington was the focal point in the campaign against the proposed cuts to courses at GU and even its detractors admit it played a key role in saving many courses and jobs from the axe. It also became a hub of organising for industrial action. Students also swung behind and used the space to support the campaign for a new disability centre in the East End to replace the Accord Centre which is being closed to make way for the Commonwealth games.

Life at the Free Hetherington was hugely disrupted on March 22nd when campus security backed-up by 80 police, helicopters and canine units came to forcefully evict the students. After several hours when the last student was removed a protest march of hundreds up to historic senate tower building turned into an 12-hour occupation of the senate rooms. National news coverage and hundreds of lecturers including the senate condemning the university and police together with an immediate re-occupation led to a dramatic U-turn and the students were offered the Hetherington in exchange for leaving the senate building. After the media storm, the student activists got back to their routine of sorts by planning for strikes, the TUC demo in London on March 26th and organising events for the space and somehow meeting essay deadlines and preparing for exams! In June it became the longest student occupation in UK history, in July it was time to negotiate with management. Come August they felt concessions including no more cuts to course or student services, a new post-grad club, no repercussions were enough of a victory on top of the courses already saved to agree to leave. They choose August 31st, seven months, almost to the day since it began and brought to an end what may prove to be the most eventful, dramatic and inspiring months of their lives.

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‘Go out and enjoy yourselves but be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.’ WORDS Victoria Paterson PHOTOGRAPHY Tawfik H Ibrahim


eptember in Glasgow signals the end of summer breaks and the start of ‘Fresher’s Weeks’ across Glasgow, when students from all over the world pile back into the city for a week of mind blowing mayhem, from making new bonds to their first cooked meal. Fresher’s Week is about setting up relationships for University and beyond, fun, friends and hangovers. With 3 universities, one of the most famous art schools in the U.K and the iconic R.S.M.A.D, Glasgow has a student population of roughly 100,000, making it one of the biggest and

best cities for student living in Britain. With socialising being a major part of our student life and having this amount of students in one place is an amazing thing to be part of and can always guarantee you a great night out with plenty of student friendly drinks deals available almost anywhere. It is important however for any new, as well as continuing students to remember that Glasgow can still - at times - be a very dangerous place to live. Even more so for those who are moving to the city and living independently for the first time, making them on occasion more susceptible to crime. Strathclyde Police are currently running a ‘Student Safety Campaign’ across Glasgow and the Strathclyde area. With the primary aim of the campaign to interact with students, new and old and provide them with the advice and knowledge that will keep them safe during their time studying and socialising in the city. Many students may feel as though this is the police’s attempt at keeping control of their one week of freedom before classes start and ‘ruin’ their fun throughout the year but that is really not the case. I met up with Community Inspector John Aitken who explained the main aims of the campaign, and wanted to emphasise that the police are there to help you if required and want you to enjoy your time at University. Go out and enjoy yourselves but be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.

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That’s the main crux of what they are trying to get across, be aware. Alcohol is a huge part of most students’ time at university; there have been many occasions when I have -barely- made it in to a 9am lecture having stayed out a little too late and drunk a little too much. As John Aitken pointed out “know your own limits with alcohol”, not avoid getting drunk all together, it happens, but know how you yourself should react to certain drinks. There were a few incidents a couple of years ago where drinks were spiked and as a result students ended up the victims of crime, so keep an eye on what your drinking and if you need to, leave your drink with a friend or a member of bar staff and pace yourself. Another important issue according to the Community Inspector is planning your journey home, and sticking to main areas. I came to Glasgow from a small town in the North-East of Scotland where stumbling through streets and fields to get home on a Saturday night is the norm. However in Glasgow walking home through the streets alone after a night out is never something to consider, unless you are with a large group of friends and look after one another or a few large -preferably rugby player- friends there to get you back safely. Try to get a taxi if you can

and aim for black cabs, they may be slightly more expensive but they are reliable, know Glasgow like the back of their hands and the drivers can, on occasion, provide some really great chat. The Community Inspector also talked about a final but very vital thing for students, especially Fresher’s to be aware of - safety around and in halls of residences or independent flats. Living in a shared flat in halls or independently will feel like you have finally escaped home and have your ‘own place’ but remember that not everyone in halls is a friend, or necessarily a student. When my buzzer went off in halls last year I often didn’t even bother asking who it was and just let them in. Looking back on it this was a very stupid thing to do, the amount of drunken students running into our flat thinking it was theirs was a little crazy. The police are there to help so if you do need any assistance on a night out don’t be afraid to go up and ask them, they are really friendly and there for your benefit. If you do want anymore non-emergency advice call 0141 532 2000 and the student safety section of their website has some great advice on it, so do check it out. Be aware, be safe and enjoy your year at University!

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he People’s Zero is a mysterious dogooding website run by a shadowy figure claiming to be an anonymous student at Caley. He makes no claims to be a great man. He is a man like any other, a simple man. Some would say a stupid, unattractive man. But a man who will turn tears to laughter, hate to love, war to peace and everyone to everyone’s neighbour, and a man who quotes Jonny Mathis lyrics to look hip to the youth.


hrough the course of last year’s The Edit we discussed many an ethical dilemma and made many a joke against many helpless stereotypes. We spoke of ethical banking, of buying Fairtrade, of the ethics of pornography, of the highs and lows of vegetarianism and of choosing eco-friendly cleaning products to protect Mother Earth and make minimal impact on your standard hall of residence student squalor. What a time we had. Now here we find ourselves in a regular slot of Zero endorsed ethical do-gooding,

‘ a mysterious do-gooding website run by a shadowy figure...’ welcoming another group of Freshers out to invent themselves, out to leave their marks on the world and their vomit stains on their hall carpets. If student cliché’s your bag, by now you should be drinking like Keith Richards after a trek across the Gobi desert and jumping into a regime of mindless promiscuity like you’re part of an urgent earth repopulation programme. However, as this issue points out there are other things to do with your time. You could join one of the many sports groups on campus; you could be a star in the drama club. Or if you don’t intend to have any intercourse over the next four years, you could join the Lord of the Rings discussion group, if however you’re looking for something nobler, more do-goody and self-righteous, you could volunteer for something. Amble over to, you’re likely to find a whole stack of ways you can help the world to a better future. You could do the classic charity shop thing, join a Womblestyle clean up to recycle the cans and bottles the everyday less ethically minded leave behind, or see what you can do for the tons of people sleeping on the streets just feet away from campus. You could teach kids about humanitarian issues with

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‘a wee Scottish charity that runs two children’s homes in Nepal’ the Red Cross or volunteer your car to transport people with brain injuries. By far the best thing you can do – and I say this as a neutral observer objectively passing fact – is volunteer for my friend’s charity. In 2004 she and three friends set up Yaknak Projects, a wee Scottish charity that runs two children’s homes in Nepal. Struck by the sight of children living on the streets of Kathmandu, they figured they could do something about it. They started fundraising, she did three months’ research while teaching in a village school, and by 2005 they’d set up the first house. They now have two, each home to eight boys who were former street children or were displaced by the civil war and unable to return to their villages. The houses are small, family style homes that offer an alternative not just to life on the streets but also to overcrowded orphanages where neglect seems inevitable. Right now we’re looking for fundraising volunteers. It takes £16,000 a year to keep the houses running. That pays for food, clothes, education and healthcare for the boys, rent for the houses and salaries for their live-in carers, all locally recruited Nepalis. That’s a grand a boy a year, and that’s where you come in. If you’re a swimmer, a walker, a runner or a wheelchair roller you could do a sponsored event; we had a team of 15 friends in The Great Scottish Run in September and brought in £5,000. If you’re in a band you could put on a gig. If you’re a fashion student you could put on a show. If you’re a hoarder you could do a car boot sale, if you’re foul mouthed you could start a swear jar. And if you’re the persuasive type you could talk your friends and family into signing up for regular donations. It would take just 200 of us giving a fiver a month to keep Yaknak going until the end of time. Every penny you bring in will go directly to Nepal; the four trustees cover all the admin costs themselves. Your chest will be puffed with pride, your karma will be calmer knowing you’re done a good thing, and you’ll feel dead proud of your moral upstanding self. Plus it’ll look good on your CV. To find out more about Yaknak visit www. or email to see what you can do to help, and for more of this do-gooding type of thing visit www.

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o this is where Brad Pitt is shooting his first scene tomorrow’ exclaims Chris, the locations manager of World War Z, ‘notice the amnesty international posters at the bus stops, the director is very passionate about this case’. This August I was lucky enough to be invited as a photographer on the set of the new film. The area around George Square was meant to represent Philadelphia, and it was completed with signs such as ‘16th St.’ and ‘JF Kennedy Bl’. I was surrounded by cars with American number plates, ‘these were brought directly from America’ I was told. The movie is based on a book with the same name by Max Brooks and was published in 2006. The author was able to witness the filming first hand when he arrived on the 26th of August to sign copies of the book in Forbidden Planet and Waterstones. The impact of having such a star studded film shot in Glasgow has been enormous, with Glasgow City Council predicting a profit of over £2,000,000. It has also boosted tourism to the city, with thousands of fans travelling to Glasgow’s centre in the hope to meet Brad Pitt.

“The impact of having such a star studded film shot in Glasgow has been enormous.” I feel this project has given great opportunities to students across Glasgow as over 1,200 extras were required for crowd and zombie scenes. The casting took place on Glasgow Caledonian’s campus on the 9th of July, with extras earning up to £130 a day. When 21 year old student, Calum Nicolson, was asked about his experience as an extra, he stated ‘It was a really great experience. Despite the very long days and patience/stamina required as a result of this, everyone involved had such a positive attitude for the most part. It was also very surreal being on set with Brad Pitt, in Glasgow of all places! I met some really lovely people, and just generally had a blast.’ I hope the success of this project will prove Glasgow as a perfect location for future filming and will create more opportunities for our students.

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elcome to Glasgow…the cultural hotspot of Scotland! With the MOBO awards being held in the city this month, the commonwealth games in 2014 and the sudden influx of films being made in the city (following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt and his latest flick) it is safe to say you are in the right place if you are a fan of all things art and culture! This prosperous city is home to some of the best galleries, museums and quirky cinemas that there is and with festivals such as the Glasgow Film Festival and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, you never have an excuse to be bored again! However, if you are anything like I was in the first semester; wrapped up in a bubble of new friends, baked beans on toast and endless socialising, all whilst trying to turn up to your classes on time, you will most likely have not gone much further than the university campus. So this year I propose you all get a little more adventurous and explore explore explore! But fear not, I am willing to do some of the hard work for you and enlighten you all on the glistening treasure trove of arts and culture that lies right underneath your nose…

Glasgow Caledonian University has much more to offer than just a great further education (and a fantastic university magazine!) it does in fact have many unique and exciting societies available to join as well. So recently I headed down to the society fayre to find out even more about what there is on offer and it seems there may just be a society for everything! However, three in particular caught my eye as I feel they encompass perfectly the cultural opportunities that this University has to offer. They are the Drama, Film and Photography societies. The Drama society is ideal for all budding actors out there, whether a novice to the stage or close to winning your first Oscar, the societies leader Danielle says it aims to ‘create works of Art’. With the objective of putting on a play in December, the society is not just for actors but aims to bring students with all forms of talents together whether that is in costume, lighting or any other skill vital in putting on a performance. It is a real opportunity to ‘showcase student’s talent’. The Film Society aspires to introduce students to all different types of films in a relaxed and fun environment. It meets once a week on

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‘This prosperous city is home to some of the best galleries, museums and quirky cinemas’

a Monday afternoon to showcase a film that all students are welcome to go along and watch, with the chance to meet new people and discuss films, all whilst munching on some free popcorn! The Photographic Society is for all students wanting to enhance their photography skills or just develop a new skill altogether! The society has various excursions and assignments that are set each week, for example, last year the budding photographers went to Loch Lomond and did a photo-shoot in a studio with real models! The society also provides all equipment needed, including cameras so there is no excuse not to join! However if that is not enough to convince you, I asked each of the societies wise members to describe it in three words and the responses were quite different… ‘Diverse, Creative and Confidence Boosting’ Danielle Garrets, Drama Society. ‘Fun, Free and Fantastic’ – Francis Polding, Film Society. ‘Flashy, Challenging and Rewarding’ – Kim Curry, Photographic Society. Although each response was quite varied, all members had the same trail of thought when

it came to how their club would benefit new students and this was that it would help student’s meet new people, learn new skills and grow in confidence. These are all vital elements of being at university and for me I know I never would have realised my love for fine art, if it had not been for taking up this position as Arts and Culture Editor! So when I said earlier make a change and explore this year that does not just count for Glasgow or even the University but learn and discover new things about yourself by getting out there and becoming involved. And with such excellent opportunities at your fingertips, no student has an excuse! If you would like to join any of the societies mentioned above or just want a look at what other societies there are then log on to

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Eoin Colfer

WORDS Zara McAspurren


’m one of those people who considers a great night to be one spent with a hot drink, and a good book to read. My taste has always been firmly stuck in the fantasy genre because, well, who doesn’t love a story of good triumphing over evil, and wizards and dragons and so much magic just hidden beyond our view? Yeah, okay, so there are a lot of people who don’t like stories like that, and frankly the overdosing of fantasy-romances on the market has made even my love of the genre run a tad dryer than usual. We are in the Post-Potter market, and publishers are desperately trying to bring out the ‘new’ Harry Potter, the next book series to become the big franchise. So, I thought I’d have a look at a few of them, and see what stands out and what doesn’t. I’ve looked at many different lists, and below are a few of the names that always seem to pop up.


rtemis Fowl follows a young Irish criminal mastermind in his dealings with fairies who want their gold back. This one has been around for a while – since 2001 believe it or not, and Colfer is another one of those writers who has an instantly recognisable style. Filled with action, and great humour, the Artemis Fowl series has been described as ‘Die Hard with fairies’. It’s a fair description, and so very much worth a read. While you’re at it, make sure to check out Colfer’s other books, you’ll find it’ll be worth it.

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nother from an Irish author, this series follows a skeleton detective and … actually, you know what? I’m not going to describe this one to you, because I know you won’t believe me. The concept is equal parts surreal and fantastic, and really, needs to be read to be believed. Honestly.


Suzanne Collins




et firmly in a dystopian future, the Hunger Games follows Katniss Evergreen in her entrance in the titled ‘Hunger Games’ – a sadistic annual event which pits 24 children against each other. It’s win or die, and only one child ever comes out of the arena. If you’re thinking Battle Royale, firstly congrats on knowing that story, but really don’t. While there’s no doubt there are similarities, Hunger Games is very firmly a young adult trilogy that hits hard. This one has approval from Stephanie Meyer, and it’s clear to see why – the “love triangle” sub-plot has as obvious an answer as Twilight’s did. This is a good series, but your liking may vary hugely. A movie starring Jennifer Lawerence is due to come out in March 2012.


un fact – Cassandra Clare was once a Harry Potter fan-fiction author by the name of Cassandra Claire. Note the use of the ‘i’. Go Google it. This is the only series on this list that I haven’t personally read, and I really can’t explain why. The series follows a teenage girl who realises she has magic powers and joins a teen gang in a New York that is infested with werewolves, witches, and warlocks. Boy, you can tell Clare’s influences, can’t you? Alright, to be fair, I have heard this series is a lot better than I make it sound, but like the Hunger Games, your liking may vary.

nd there we go; the top four contenders, at least from what I’ve been able to see. Oh, I could have mentioned Discworld, but that’s for another article, perhaps. There are books beyond Potter, and while I’m not sure if anything could really knock King Harry P from his throne, these contenders can at least make him waver in his seat.

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“What makes Bold Souls so unique is the opportunity to acquire original pieces of Glasgow grown couture.” SILVIA: WORDS Rebecca Jolly


he fashion pack reunites on THIS WINTER as local independent labels, bold souls and beyond rejoice Glasgow’s vibrant city. With almost 2000 fans on Facebook and a regular following every month, Bold Souls has fast become a popular fixture in Glasgow’s cultural calendar. The pop-up fashion event is celebrating its successful year with EXCITING events until the end of the year. Bold Souls co-founder and ChouChou Couture director, Silvia Pellegrino said: “What makes Bold Souls so unique is the opportunity to acquire original pieces of Glasgow grown couture at affordable prices, to meet and talk with the designers and the chance to complete the look with make up and hair styling.” Bold Souls is a dynamic and enterprising platform, designed to elevate and showcase Glasgow’s emerging creative design talent. As such, Bold Souls attracts and promotes photographers, bloggers, journalists, stylists

and make-up artists. It allows them to all come together at one event. This isn’t just another fair, Bold Souls is going the extra mile by providing expertise and style tips direct from the designers themselves. To add to all the excitement, Bold Souls organise photo shoots throughout the day at their pop-ups. This allows anyone who comes along to be pictured. Emerging from the photographs taken throughout the day will be the chosen picture which is then transformed into the next flyer. This creates opportunity for a ‘new face’ to be discovered. Agencies, producers and other figures of the local industry often ask who the person on the flyer is. Tickets are £5 and available on the door. For venue and DATE announcement search for BOLD SOULS on facebook.

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DESIGNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR Dawn Smith STYLIST/PROPS Dawn Smith MAKE-UP Nikki MacMillan, Julie Hannigan HAIR Megan Wheatley MODEL Emily Charles, Emily Fisher-Morrison, Nicole McCubbin, Christin Haussman PHOTOGRAPHY Laura McKinnon WORDS Nadine Walker


uccess comes naturally to a girl wearing a fabulous pair of shoes. The proof of this is in ‘Dawntroversial’. Glasgow based, customised, out of this world shoes orbiting around the fashion sphere at mega speed. Dawn Smith is ‘Dawntroversial’. She hand paints new and old shoes in a mesmerising cosmic design. Think Christopher Kane with a killer pair of pins. The 25-year-old’s successful mix of vintage with brand-spanking new offers a unique customising service. Hand over your old Nike Air Max high tops for a transformation or Dawn will deliver you a brand new pair of customised platforms straight to your front door. Dawn turned her creative hand to design when she launched her first aptly-named shoe collection, ‘Dawntroversial’, during the summer. The only ‘September issue’ this girl has is creating enough shoes to cater for Asos Marketplace and the many Glasgow boutiques interested in stocking the designs. Dawn has never been one to fade into the background. “I have always been the most creative and artistic person in and outside of school. Fashion has always been important to me. I love standing out and I have never really cared

what people think of me. I am happy being me and doing my own thing.” The girl-about-town taught herself photography as she fell into the Glasgow fashion scene last year. She has since been snapped up by Gillian from Parma Vintage as the brand’s in-house photographer: “It’s so much fun and lets me be creative with fashion. Gillian is a great inspiration to me. She is the same age as me and has a great business to be proud of.” What makes ‘Dawntroversial’ work so well is the brand’s versatility - it doesn’t matter what your height or budget is. “Being really tall has never stopped me from wearing the latest high heels. I always splash out on great expensive shoes as I feel your feet should be looked after as much as anything else. My aim with ‘Dawntroversial’ is to make shoe trends available to everyone. no matter how much they can afford to spend.” Knowing fashion and the fashion market are two things Dawn has down. She surrounds herself with the city’s proudest fashionistas for inspiration and dresses herself head to toe in ‘wow’. And with ‘Dawntroversial’ making a debut on tootsies at fashion week, there’s very little doubt that her success will be lasting.

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“My aim with ‘Dawntroversial’ is to make shoe trends available to everyone. no matter how much they can afford to spend.” DAWN:

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“I love standing out and I have never really cared what people think of me. I am happy being me and doing my own thing.� DAWN:

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“After a decade of wearing t-shirts every day to work, I’ve become a dab hand at customising.” HELEN: WORDS Nadine Walker


mother and daughter dance duo are marrying the relationship between dance and fashion in exciting new ways. The brains behind Dance HQ, Helen McGarvey and Susan Elena, are inventing an alternative to the familiar dance company; helping you express yourself through dance, fashion and more creative avenues. The company opened in September last year and offers dance classes in Glasgow that range from regular ballet to Saturday night’s popular ‘Northern Soul’. As well as providing dance classes, workshops, private parties and rehearsal space, Dance HQ offers a place where people can feel comfortable hanging out, meeting others and creating new and exciting relationships. Dance HQ were hurled onto the fashion pages earlier this year when Susan choreographed Ten30’s ‘Ukrainian Girl’ fashion show. She said: “Ten30 asked us to provide ballet dancers to model the clothes as well as choreographing the show. We knew it would be something very different from the regular catwalk show.” Ten30’s muse, ‘The Ukrainian Girl’, quickly became her inspiration too.  After selecting the dancers, Susan began looking at Eastern European ballets and dolls for movement ideas. She came up with some simple, yet effective, motifs for the dancers to perform. The mirror in the venue added to the ‘Russian doll’ idea that Susan was working on, as well as providing a

great tool for showing off the clothes to their full potential. Helen and Susan’s relationship is enviable. They share interests in everything from dancing and late nights out; live music and eating out; to holidays and fashion. Whilst Helen spends her days balancing the books, she also dabbles with a sewing machine and has spent many a Saturday afternoon recreating clothes Susan had spotted in magazines. “After a decade of wearing t-shirts every day to work, I’ve become a dab hand at customising,” adds Helen.  “We regularly host customising workshops at Dance HQ teaching people how to completely transform their Dance HQ t-shirt with no more than a pair of scissors and occasionally some ribbon.” So what about Susan’s predicted trends in the dance/fashion world? “Right now Ballet is enjoying a huge increase in popularity thanks to the release of Black Swan earlier this year and the rise of ballet-inspired clothing on the pages of fashion magazines. Music, film, art, fashion and dance all move in cycles and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.” Dance HQ is located at Templeton on the Green, Templeton Street, 411 White Studios, Glasgow G40 1DA. Open Mon-Thu 9am-9pm; Fri-Sun 9am-5pm. Contact number 0141 556 0039. For 10% off a block of classes quote ‘CaliEdit’ when booking.

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his new Blink 182 album was never going to be an easy task. Having started work shortly after their reunion back in 2009, the album has been delayed several times; fuelling whispers that the cracks in the band that caused their six year hiatus weren’t quite healed. Earlier this year - just as the album was apparently ready - the band decided to head back to the studio. Cancelling a headline appearance at T in The Park in the process, the trio claimed they wanted to write more songs, causing confusion and anger aplenty. So was it all worth it? Well, the answer really depends on what you expect from a Blink 182 record in 2011. Anyone expecting a return to the toilet humour of their early albums will be left disappointed. But let’s face it: three men pushing 40 doing those jokes would just seem a bit odd. Instead, the record takes elements of the band’s previous work and comes together to make a pretty great rock record. For the most part. Typical to their past efforts, Blink don’t stick to the one genre. Travis Barker’s drums introducing ‘Ghost on the Dancefloor’ sounds more dance-influenced before an unmistakable DeLonge guitar riff kicks in. ‘Natives’ continues in the same vain and by the time we get to popular first single, ‘Up All Night’, we have almost been pounded into submission. While haunting riffs more akin to DeLonge’s side project, Angels & Airwaves, seem a constant on the album;

‘ Typical to their past efforts, Blink don’t stick to the one genre.’

whenever the music sails a bit too close to the over wrought “emotion” of AvA, a trademark Blink melody will kick in to bring listeners back on track. Bassist, Mark Hoppus, proves the perfect counter-balance to any AvA traces, littering tracks with his trademark clunking riffs. Their melodic ear was always what made Blink 182 stand out from the rest of the punkpoppers around at the turn of the millennium. With songs such as ‘Wishing Well’ and ‘After Midnight’ showcase this perfectly with the later almost built to sound track the final scene of a teen rom-com. ‘Neighbourhoods’ manages to splice together the pop elements of previous albums, ‘Enema of the State’ and ‘Take off Your Pants and Jacket’ with the maturity of the ‘new’ Blink in 2011. This is a commendable change considering it would have been much easier for the boys to rehash their old sound, throw in some swear words for a laugh and make a fortune. Only once do we really get the sound of early Blink in the fun (but rather out of place), ‘Hearts All Gone’. The band also don’t feel the need to prove their maturity by throwing in the token serious song and part of the record’s success is down to the fact that is rarely lets up the pace whilst never feeling too heavy or one dimentional. ‘Neighbourhoods’ isn’t the record anyone expected the band to make and that’s what makes it great.


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IMAGE Kodomo WORDS Emma Laurenson

‘Child has taken the conventional rules of electric and trip hop music, sprinkled his own artistic flurry’


n a business where electro has been and gone, it’s refreshing to come across an artist with all the synth beats required to fill the genre’s boots. Chris Child recently released his eagerlyanticipated debut album, ‘Frozen In Motion’, with much critical acclaim. The debut single, ‘Decoder’, was first to grace my ears. An almost Oriental synth opens, slowly being whipped into a more coated and melodious beat. The avant-garde song sees Child provide counterpoints and accents at the right parts building to what is like a heated conversation between each mid-tempo part. The cross rhythms really make this track stand out. Not unlike a missed gem from early Groove Armada cutting room floor, Child has taken the conventional rules of electric and trip hop music, sprinkled his own artistic flurry and tagged it as his own. ‘Disappearing Light’ is only 1:50 but definitely one to have on loop when you’re looking to drift off. The breezy and relaxing track makes me think of crashing waves on a moon-lit beach. It’s less busy than others previewed from

the album but I find this further proves the wide scope of musical concepts Child has managed to explore for the record. Title track ‘Frozen in Motion’ is definitely my favourite thus far. A much more upbeat track, the distorted beat sets the tone for the entire song. With Child’s trademark layers at times sounding more like a haunting choir singing alongside, it managed to use sound versus imagination to create a more relaxing atmosphere and mood. The June release of ‘Frozen in Motion’ will come with a 12-page PDF booklet featuring artwork by Bran Graf. Kodomo’s debut video for ‘Drift’ is also available to view on youtube (or below) while single ‘Decoder’ is available to buy on iTunes. Chris Child is definitely a talented guy on both the music front and his ability to singlehandedly chase, create and promote this album. In an industry where mainstream tends to stray from unconventional music, he has brazen disregard for this, instead fore-fronting his own project and clearly spending a lot of spare time spreading word about something he is so passionate about. It’s this belief that can be heard through his tracks and I, for one, can’t wait for the album release.

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‘Musically the album is much more robust than her previous records.’



aura Marling is perhaps best known to the wider public as “Laura who?” after beating off the likes of Cheryl Cole and Elle Goulding to scoop ‘Best British Female’ at this year’s Brit awards. But since her 2008 debut she has steadily built up an adoring fan base and a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest writing talents with last year’s album ‘I Speak Because I Can’ even being nominated for a Mercury Prize. Her third album, ‘A Creature I Don’t See’, has Marling tearing up the rules set out in the first two albums within seconds. Bluesy piano-led opener, ‘The Muse’, is unlike anything from her previous records and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Lyrically, Marling presents her renewed self extremely well. No longer is she the titular muse in awe of her supposedly more talented partners – her ex’s include Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink and Marcus Mumford – but instead she is now a women in control and who is aware of her effect. With teasing lyrics such as, ‘I am nothing but the beast/And I’ll call on you when I need to feast’, Marling will certainly send indie boys who saw her as the innocent poster girl they could take home

to mum running for the hills. Album centrepiece, ‘The Beast’, cements the image of a much darker side to Laura as she tells us that ‘tonight he lays with me’. It is not just lyrically that Laura has grown up either; musically the album is much more robust than her previous records which, at times, felt rather lightweight and too much like a pastiche of English folk from the past. The soaring guitars and banjos as well as tight drum riffs during songs such as the beautiful ‘Salinas’ are more Americana than folk. The transformation on this album is perhaps best summed up by its lead single ‘Sophia’ which starts out as a folksy strum but the end turns itself into a full-on swaggering country romp, with Marling’s voice also finding a snarl and confidence to match her new sound. ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’, is an intense and brooding listen but is ultimately exhilarating. No longer should people ask “Laura who?” She has found herself in more ways than one with this record and with edgier songs like these, more and more people will be able to answer this question with “Laura Marling, of course.”


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‘MOBO is shaking up the voting system by hosting one category exclusively on Facebook’

fter over-whelming success in 2009, the prestigious MOBO awards are returning to Glasgow once again. Set to attract the hottest chart-topping artists from across the globe to Scottish soil The Edit is now your go-to guide for all the inside gossip. Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon are to host the ceremony at Glasgow’s SECC on 5th October, with N-Dubz bad-boy, Dappy, and cheeky Tinchy Stryder presenting all the backstage antics. The MOBO Awards, held annually to recognise artists across the urban music scene, will also pay respect to the late Amy Winehouse, with a special tribute led by Amy’s goddaughter, singer-songwriter, Dionne Bromfield. The 15-year-old, who is also nominated for the Best UK R&B/Soul Act, will perform a specially selected song while her godmother’s soulful contribution to music is honoured. British rapper Professor Green and Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé will also be giving an exclusive performance of their new track ‘Read All About It’, set for release next month. The pair will be joined on stage by a string quartet, proving yet again that the MOBO Awards will continue to move from strength to strength with every year. Professor Green, who picked up a MOBO Award for Best UK Grime/Rap act and performed on the MOBO stage last year, said: “Last year at the MOBO Awards with Ed Drewett was incredible. This year I have the pleasure of performing with friend and collaborator Emeli Sande and I cannot wait!” As well as packing the crème de la crème of the music business into one venue, MOBO is also shaking up the voting system. By hosting one category exclusively on Facebook, fans can cast their vote as often as once a day for the Best Newcomer in association with Lebara Mobile on www.facebook. com/moboofficial to ensure their favourite artist takes the title (other categories are voted for via www.mobo. com). With further performances from Jessie J, Katy B, Boyz II Men among many others, the MOBO’s much anticipated return to Glasgow is set to be the biggest yet. So stay up-to-date with all the latest announcements with The Edit on twitter at @ TheEdit.

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ONES TO WATCH PHOTOGRAPHY Drew John Barnes, Brian MacKenzie, Jawn McClenaghan, WORDS Vicky Irvine




elatively new to the music scene is Glasgow’s home-brewed, The Recovery: a five-piece force to be reckoned with who are already causing ripples throughout the country’s eager ears. Their debut EP, ‘This Ones For The Lovers’, has already earned them huge recognition and their first gig in June saw them practically sell out Nice n Sleazys bar. Since then, the boys have gone on to headline venues in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. The three-track EP is a no-holds-barred blend of hardcore punk with hints of metalcore. For those who are not huge fans of genre labels, think early Cancer Bats meeting Every Time I Die and inviting Refused round for a party. All in all, it’s something fresh, new and entirely worth the wait.


ilsyth darlings, The Twilight Sad, are back in 2011 with a gravelly and nostalgic 80’s-themed LP. The third full-length LP, ‘No One Can Ever Know’, sees the trio moving in a direction more akin to Killing Joke-meetsGlasvegas than before. Debut single, ‘Kill It In The Morning’, is a very industrial themed track, combining new romantic with gritty Scottish vocals ensuring listeners are hypnotised into a toe-tapping trance. For an all-round understated band with the potential for global success like their predecessors, the sky is only the limit.

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n paper, something coming from Glasgow that sounds like a blend of Biffy Clyro, Glassjaw and Finch might be a head scratcher. But somehow Bear Arms make this work while shaking off the clichés and stereotypes most other bands acquire when trying to revive the prog-rock scene. Despite their drummer’s recent departure for university in Surrey, the quintet have been busy busting beats in the studio and playing acoustic gigs at our very own Caley Uni tent at any opportunity. The band’s unique style of trickling guitar licks and melodic vocals make for easy listening and ambience, a rarity amongst the local music scene.


ising from the ashes of previous band efforts, Dundee’s finest, Yeah Detroit, are certainly making their mark on the underground scene. The pop-punk quintet formed in 2009 and quickly gained a cult status across the country. Following on from 09’s successful EP, ‘Colapse’, the boys are back and catchier than ever with 2011’s ‘We Are All Our Friends’ - a four tracker set to further establish the rehash of melodic punk-rock. Think New Found Glory without the nasal vocals, The Swellers with chunkier guitars and Taking Back Sunday packing more punch. As the boys write on their own site: “The rest of 2011 will see the band head out on tour, release another record, make a lot of bad jokes and bring their own brand of dysfunctional, socially awkward music to the masses.” Can’t wait!

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‘the podcast aims to cater for all’


talk about football a lot. Most deem my obsession unhealthy. Others merely dismiss my self-indulgent ramblings. However, there are a finite few who actually value what I have to say on the subject. There are others like me - a small band of us who lurk in the journalism department here at Glasgow Caledonian. Those in question are the guys (myself included) who run Jumpers for Goalposts a weekly independent football podcast recorded in the radio studio at the university. Let the shameful self-promotion commence! The show first aired in February this year and has since gone from strength to strength, boasting over 6000 subscribers on the Jumpers for Goalposts SoundCloud account. Although crammed with analytical football discussion, the show’s selling point is the fact it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Self-branded as a “distinctly underwhelming” football podcast, the shows offer

a sideways glance at the world of football and are interspersed with humour throughout. Hosted by Dutch post grad student Stefan Meens, the podcast aims to cater for all and features in-depth reviews of the English Premiership and SPL, as well as looking at events across the big leagues in Europe. Each panelist differs in personality and has his own area of expertise. Regular pundit Colin Stone is renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of German football and is mockingly referred to as the show’s “Bundesliga Brainbox”, whilst the straight talking Ewan McQueen is famed for his bias towards his beloved Glasgow Rangers. As well as myself, other contributors include Elliot Busby, Sahil Jaidka, Peter McVitie and Andrew Ferguson. If you’re a fan of football and have a spare 45 minutes or so, give our podcast a listen. You might actually be impressed.

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here are over 20 different sports clubs for students and staff to join at GCU and are a great way for learning something new, improving your game and meeting different people. Here is a list of what is on offer at GCU: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball (Men and Women), Cricket, Fencing, Football (Men and Women), Gaelic Sports, G-Cal Muay Thai, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey (Men and Women), Horse Riding, Kayak, Karate Tei, Mountaineering, Netball, Rugby, Snowsports, Surf, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwon-Do, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball (Men and Women). For more information on any of the above, visit the Students Association or visit the website above.


GCU Men’s Basketball are looking to make a fresh start and take Division Three by Storm this season and are calling for players of all abilities to join and make it a season to remember. After one training session with new Coach Scotty Russel, ex professional basketball player, it was clear there was a massive difference in the team spirit, moral and work rate. With a massive uptake from Freshers, a few pre-season games organised and training twice a week, the season is looking promising. If YOU are interested in basketball, contact Calum at the above address.

The Fencing Club is looking for some new enthusiastic fencers! It is a small and sociable club and is welcoming anyone from complete beginner to advanced fencer. All equipment is provided all you need to bring is comfortable sportswear, trainers and a bottle of water. The club provides professional coaching by an external fencing coach who attends the training sessions every week. For those who fancy putting practice into action, can train to compete in one of many competitions - from small student beginners competitions to bigger, more advanced competitions. If you’re not sure, but like the sound of it why not go along and give it a go? The Club meet every Friday from 6pm-8pm in the ARC. Your first time is free and after that all you need is your student sports club membership. For more information contact us at the above address.

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A squash club is coming to GCU this year and YOU could be a part of it. The club is looking for players of all standards, from those who have never played to the very best! This semester is promised to be packed with good banter and lots of fun and a few nights out with the first one This Wednesday at Walkabout. The Club will train every Wednesday from 2:15pm-4:15pm at Strathclyde University and rackets can be provided. For any more information contact us at the above address.


At the club we are always trying to make sure that we cater for every type of swimmer, from beginners all the way up to top level athletes. Through the year there are many annual events that we take part in such as: Scottish University Short Course Championships, Scottish University Team Event, Stirling Sprints, British University Short Course Championships, British University Long Course Championships. We don’t just swim, each and every Wednesday night there is some form of social to get involved with. Usually there are a huge variety of games and other fun things to do in the night! So you won’t be left bored and without anything to do any time of the week! If you’re interested in joining, please get in contact and don’t forget it is NEVER too late to join. The swim team is a great place to make new friends, over the years you spend with the swim team you will find that you end up leaving with some great memories of amazing places, fun socials, great events and most importantly some great people! Training on Monday and Thursday nights, 8-9pm. Meet by the mini buses at 7.30pm at Caley Court. Cost: £1 per person. Galas most Wednesdays and followed by food and the pub. For more information contact us at the above address.

GCU’s Athletics Club is appealing for new athletes to join the Club this year, be involved in Athletics, get fit and meet new people. If you are interested you should email us at the above address or come down to the arc sports centre for a training session on a Wednesday 3pm4pm. This year is shaping up to be good and plans include BUCS in the London Olympic stadium 2012.


GCU’s Rugby team is calling for new players of all abilities interested in joining to get in-touch ahead of the new season. Having reached two Scottish Cup Finals in the past three seasons and being crowned Glasgow Cup Champions for the past two years the team are heading in the right direction and YOU can be a part of it all. Training is on a Monday night at Cartha Queens Park RFC (Meet at the Students’ Association at 5pm for transport) and games are played on a Wednesday. There is also a great social scene as well with nights out every week. For more information contact us at the above address.


GCU Women’s Football team are calling for any players of all abilities to join the side for the new season. The team train on a Monday night from 5-7pm at Firhill Complex with matches on a Wednesday at Petershill. For more information contact us at the address above or visit the team page on Facebook at GCU Womens Football.



The Edit Issue 1 >> October 2011  

The Edit Issue 1 >> October 2011 Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association Student Magazine. Written/Designed/Photographed by Cal...

The Edit Issue 1 >> October 2011  

The Edit Issue 1 >> October 2011 Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association Student Magazine. Written/Designed/Photographed by Cal...