contents 04 – 07 The Edit team / Contributors What Are You Saying? 08 – 11 NEWS GCU Student Election Results 12 – 15 FEATURES Times Are Getting Serious... Greetings From Around The World International Women’s Day 16 – 18 ARTS & CULTURE
19 – 22 MUSIC
Louise Mcvey Interview: Visions of Utopia Exhibition
Haim Live Review
‘Jannica Honey Interview: People’s Palace Exhibition’
The Punk Singer Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna
Luke Sital-Singh @ King Tuts
23 – 27 FASHION Bye, Bye Wooly Jumpers, Hello Pastels and Metalics Hello Spring, Goodbye Winter CALEY CAMPUS STYLE 29 – 32 SPORTS No Money Down Cause For Optimism 33 GALLERY
VISIONS OF UTOPIA EXHIBITION
Team & Contributors
Kieran Thomas Hayley Parr
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Amy McDonald, Lauren Crilly, Gemma Clarke, Ann Margaret Campbell, Robert Wilson, Eden Thomson, Jeff Schutzer, Amie Grimason, Jannica Honey, Lorne Gillies, Lidia Gulyas, Patricia-Ann Young, Sophie Howarth, Laura Gilmour, Alistair Bennett, Phil Dunsmore, Tamlyn Tan 04
Editor’s Letter This final issue of the semester marks the welcoming of the new Edit team and says goodbye to some of the current team. Around this time of the semester we are thinking about the summer, our plans and reflecting back on what we have achieved this year at university. Our news editor Kieran will be editing the magazine next year and is excited to get started over the summer with our blog, so don’t forget to check that out for updates. For some of us at The Edit this is our last ever issue and we are feeling nostalgic about what we will always remember about our award winning student magazine: Lorne Gillies, Music Editor:
Michael Long, Graphic Designer:
“I’ve loved working with the magazine, you can’t really complain after a year of free gigs and amazing interviews.”
“It will be strange finishing work on The Edit after two years, its been great fun being part of the team!”
Daniyall Qazi, Sports Editor: “It has been a lot of fun writing about the things I love for The Edit. The magazine is something we can all be really proud of.” Katie O’Hara, Fashion Editor: “Being on The Edit has been great fun. My highlight was definitely going down to Manchester to represent the magazine in the NUS Awards!” Hayley Parr, Features Editor: “I’m sad to leave The Edit, it has been a huge part of uni life. I would encourage anyone to write for their student magazine.”
Christopher MacKay, Photography Manager: “I have loved meeting so many new people and seeing my work published over the past three years. Siobhan McDade, PR Manager: “I will remember The Edit for all the great lessons it has taught me, the doors it has opened for me and the friends that I have made through it.” Caroline Armour, Deputy Editor: “Hard to leave.” And me, I have loved reading and editing all the creative work of the GCU students for the past year, planning media events and making new friends. To The Edit, Thank you.
Mandy Thomson The Edit
WHAT WILL YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR TIME AT UNI?
What are you saying?
Alexander Sirotin, International Business Management
A lot of classes and a lot of studying
Joe Olylami, International Business Management
Meeting new people
Kyle Young, BA Business
All the new friends you meet and the socialising.
IF YOU COULD SAY GOODBYE TO ONE THING IN YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ross McKinley, BA Business
Claire McBrien, Optometry
Ross Morrison, Finance Investment and Risk
Photography: Christopher MacKay
GCU STUDENT ELECTION RESULTS
Photography Students Association
They’ve been all around Caley, popping up in lectures and keeping us all well endowed in flyers. Everyone who ran for a position put in a huge amount of work promoting their manifestos and getting their faces well known around campus. In the end only four people could walk away with a position and the lucky few have told The Edit a little about themselves and what they plan to be getting up to next year. Student President Michael Stephenson
Vice President Education - Neill Clark
“I am a 4th year Podiatry student who is passionate about improving your student experience. I believe the Students’ Association should play a key role in enhancing and enriching every student’s time here at GCU. Whether it be representing your academic needs or keeping you fit, healthy and happy, as Student President I will campaign tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you have a fantastic experience that you will remember for a lifetime.”
“Student Engagement is up, representation is up, satisfaction is up – but it’s not enough. The Students’ Association can do so much more to make sure every single student at GCU has the time of their life and I promise to continue to work as hard as I can do make that happen as your Vice President Education and NUS UK Conference Delegate.”
Vice President Wellbeing: Jack Johnston
Vice President Activities: Lee Goodfellow
“During the past 4 years my course has equipped me with the knowledge that would allow me to excel in campus sustainability and the general wellbeing of our student body. My continuous involvement with the Students Association has enabled me to understand the needs and issues that students face.”
“Throughout my 4 years at GCU I have been involved in many parts of the Students’ Association through volunteering which have made my University experience really enjoyable. I am currently Chairperson of the Sports Council, which makes me a member of the Student Voice committee, allowing me to represent all 37 sports clubs in our University and help our students’ voices and opinions be heard, as well as proposing and implementing any new policies our students desire.”
Photography Students Association
TIMES ARE GETTING
SERIOUS... Amy McDonald I feel we never take enough time to stop and reflect on where we are in life. We are all so busy stressing and rushing around that we rarely take a minute to pause and think of what we have achieved so far and look at what is still to come. What better a time is there to reflect than as we come to the end of another year at GCU? For me the halfway point of getting my degree is in reach, and it’s scary. Second year is coming to a close and the prospect of third year is looming this coming September. It’s hard for me to believe, and I am sure you feel the same whatever year you are in, that I am already at this point as it only seems like yesterday I began my first day at university shaking with excitement and far too ambitious for some to handle.
Photography Christopher MacKay
University life hit me like a bus as it does for many. It was finally time for me to take responsibility for my own learning and I slowly but surely stumbled through first year constantly using the excuse that I was ‘just settling in’ for not having a clue about what I was doing. Uncertainty aside, I was so pleased to finally be doing something that I actually enjoyed. You hear so many stories of students starting a course and loathing it - but not me. I was genuinely happy to get up in the morning and go to classes and I must say that I still feel like this. Nevertheless it’s about to get all too real, as third year actually counts towards my degree -which scares me to death. Up until now I have been trying to enjoy myself and
get by, but recently the realisation that I am actually working towards a degree has hit me like a tonne of bricks. I guess we can say goodbye to the enjoyment of journalism and hello to doing assignments on a Saturday night, endless amounts of pressure and maybe pre-mature baldness (please no). Lucky for me I tend to thrive on stress, so maybe third year is perfect for me? As I sit down to reflect on what faces me I can only conclude that one way or another I will have to deal with it. I am sure I am not the only one who finds the prospect of the next year daunting. In my opinion you have to look at everything as a challenge - so bring it on, you can handle it.
GREETINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Gemma Clark
Different countries have always had their own unique ways of greeting each other, each with their own sentiments, meanings and histories with significance that can be traced all the way back to ancient times. At uni we are exposed to people from all over the world and it’s important we are able to recognise and appreciate differences in the way we greet each other and the meaning it has to that person. We’ve all heard of the traditional ones; in Japan, they bow as a sign of respect; in France, they often kiss on each cheek; Italian’s often clasp each other, either around the shoulders or arms and kiss on the cheeks; in the UK… well we’re pretty dull, we
just shake hands when meeting for the first time, but the rest of the time we usually just… say hello… That’s all pretty standard. Then again, some of them are really different, well, to us anyway… For example, Scottish people are known to be less than fond of the “touchy feely” thing – yet in Polynesia, it is customary to use your friends hand to stroke your own face. The Canadian Inuit tend to rub noses - maybe to keep warm? Tibetans do something we in the UK would find rude; they stick their tongues out at each other. This is
meant to signify that there is no ill will or bad feeling towards that person, even though here, it would mean you were being cheeky or “getting wide”. No matter how you do it, it’s important to show your respect to other people and an appreciation of other cultures. When at University you are embroiled in a hub of multi-cultural activity and chances are, not all your friends will be from the UK. Diversity makes the world a more interesting place and all relationships start with a first meeting. Make sure you know how to start off right no matter where you are in the world; you could make a friend for life. Photography Robert Wilson
WOMEN’S DAY Lauren Crilly Steinem quote on facebook. To gain more of an insight into the day I chatted to some of the ladies of TYCI, a Glasgow based all-female collective. We had a good auld chinwag about all things femme. The key organisers of TYCI say that International Women’s Day is a great way to celebrate how far we have come in terms of women’s rights, but also a great way to spread awareness and highlight the inequalities that still occur.
International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8th and this year as I watched the internet explode with both compliments and criticisms of the day, the curious nature within me felt the need to research everything there is to know about the celebration and it’s movement throughout the rest of the year. I found out, it’s not just about posting your favourite Gloria
Photography Ann-Margaret Campbell
Naturally, this led us to talk about the relevance of the F word in the modern world. Lauren Mayberry explains her definition of a feminist: “I subscribe to the basic dictionary definition that a feminist is someone who seeks equality between the sexes. She added: “Everything from statistics on rape and sexual abuse, to the glass ceiling and the issue of the pay gap indicate that feminism
is and may always be relevant.” I posed the question what do they believe feminism needs in 2014, Catriona Reilly said: “There needs to be more of an understanding of what feminism actually is, as opposed to it’s negative stereotypes,” although she does add that it is going in the right direction and the more people that join the movement, the more powerful it becomes. The aim of TYCI is to promote pro-equality ideals through the medium of art and creativity. They run monthly live events at Bloc in Glasgow that in the past have featured notable artists such as CHVRCHES, Honeyblood and Pins. They also do one-off bespoke events, showcasing female musicians, MCs and DJS and produce monthly podcasts, zines and articles on their website. They are a big part of Glasgow’s bustling hive of feminist activity and hope to raise as much awareness as possible and make a real difference.
A Arts & culture
LOUISE MCVEY INTERVIEW: VISIONS OF UTOPIA EXHIBITION Eden Thomson
When it comes to artwork, I am always looking for a style that does more than just look pretty. So I was pleased when I came across the work of ceramic artist, Louise Mcvey, which does what good art should do; takes me on an emotional journey. I had the pleasure of speaking to Louise to find out more. When you observe Louise’s work, you cannot help but be transformed into a magical world. In fact, Louise herself describes her work as a “combination of storytelling and imaginative explorations” and one can definitely see why. The sculptures created by this talented artist who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1999, are of a very unique and ‘dreamlike’ style, heavily inspired by the natural world. Originally from Glasgow, Louise has exhibited her extravagant pieces all over the world. When producing her work Louise seems to let her own
Photography Jeff Schutzer
imagination flow; she describes how on some occasions she moves away from practicing and allows the clay to “act as a guide and a teacher”. This approach to the medium can be seen in the final products which convey inspiration and freedom and also have a fantasy, free-moving feel about them. Louise, who is also a talented singer and songwriter, will combine her musical and artistic skills for the first time at her upcoming show: ‘Visions of Utopia’. Louise describes how the show will involve a ‘sonic element’ and is inspired by her ‘deep interest in late Victorian constructions of Utopia.’ She also admits that her favourite piece to date will feature in this exhibition, elaborating that for her it ‘evokes a sort of botanical explosion out of the darkness.’ This is a clue as to how well Louise’s darker style of music happily marries the more ‘childlike’ style of her sculptures, almost like some sort of fairytale,
featuring good and evil. Overall, I feel the idea of freedom to be yourself is a strong theme which flows through Louise’s work and when asked who inspires her, she answers: “I am enamored and in awe of those who disregard the image of self and allow the effusion of spirit to lead to uninhibited creation. That’s a very real challenge in this age of social media and celebrity obsession.” Louise also aims to pass this message onto others claiming: “I hope that through my work I am giving out some sort of inspiration towards embracing life in all its forms.” The exhibition: ‘Visions of Utopia’ in Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens runs from Sunday the 18th of May until Sunday the 25th of May 2014. For more information including reviews and musical releases please. visit: www.louisemcvey.com
JANNICA HONEY INTERVIEW: PEOPLE’S PALACE EXHIBITION’ Amie Grimason
It’s not often a budding young photographer crawls out of the woodwork with an exciting new exhibition that is currently on display at one of Glasgow’s well known landmarks. Jannica Honey, originally from Sweden, is currently displaying ‘The Exploited as a reference in a Mohawk rez called Kahnawake’ at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. I had the pleasure of speaking to the award winning photographer about her life and what her inspirations behind the exhibit were. Hi Jannica, what led you to become interested in photography? It happened over a long period of time. At the age of thirteen I remember being totally spellbound in a darkroom at the youth club in Stockholm as I watched the photos come alive. After moving to Edinburgh I ended up with a HNC in photography and digital imaging which is really when it all kicked off. A year later I was shooting front covers for List magazine! Why did you become interested in Kahnawake and the Mowhawks community? 18
I have always been interested in identity and our need for expressing ourselves. I studied anthropology at Stockholm University and the trip to Canada (where Kahnawake is) really cemented my knowledge of photography and studies together. I am intrigued with the human need for groups and communities. I have come to realise that we all are the same. Underneath the make-up of nationality, gender, religion and culture, humans have the same basic need; to feel loved. I was going to Canadian Music Week in Toronto so staying in Montreal was an option that I had and I am happy I did. I am still in touch with some of the people from the community. Steve Bonspiel the editor from Eastern Door Newspaper and Lauren Karonhiaronkwas McComber who is a a Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) woman of the bear clan. She is also the founder of the Kanien’keha:ka women’s group called, Carrying Our Roots to Empowerment (CORE). What has the response been like to the exhibition? Have people liked it? Most Scottish press has covered the exhibition which is really supportive. The exhibition focuses
on ordinary people in their day to day life, something that all of us can relate too. Have you any other projects in the pipline once this exhibition is finished? I have been invited to take my Mohawk exhibition to Oslo in the end of May. I am also very excited to be exhibiting in the Edinburgh record shop Voxbox next month where my music photography will be a part of the ‘Born To Be Wides’ 10th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition will be titled, ‘Born to Be Honey’. It focuses on musicians who have played Born To Be Wide’s annual Edinburgh Night which features ten acts performing ten minute sets and several bands who have showcased at the Wide Days convention. ‘The Exploited as a reference in a Mohawk rez called Kahnawake’ exhibition will be on display at The People’s Palace until the 14th of April. The ‘Born to Be Honey’ exhibition in Voxbox in Edinburgh will be on display from the 2nd of April until the 18th of May.
Photography Jannica Honey
HAIM LIVE REVIEW Lorne Gillies Cursing, comedy and a night dedicated to ear melting rock riffs and girl power, HAIM definitely made their mark in Glasgow with sheer musical elegance. The LA sisters descended on the world famous Barrowlands to a sold out crowd of eager fans waiting to be blown away by the popular trio. Touring the UK on the back of their number one debut album, Days Are Gone the stylish ladies went above and beyond to bring their album tracks to glorious life. Sweat, swearing and sexuality are all part of the HAIM experience with bassist Este Haim welcoming chants of “Este F**king Haim” from the eager crowd, sisters Alana and Danielle bringing life into the Barrowlands with their fierce hair and choice language. The self confessed Beyoncé super fans performed the singer’s track XO with Este Haim taking full
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advantage of the control she had on the crowd shouting that the gig was “just us jamming in our living room, it’s fun to jump” making the Glasgow cheers louder and atmosphere even more electrifying. Lead sister and singer Danielle lead Beyoncé’s cover by pounding every bit of energy she had into the drums whilst keyboard and guitarist, Alana joined Este in enjoying every moment they were on stage.
through their outstanding cover of Oh Well.
Instrumentally perfect covers were welcomed by deafening cheers from the crowd for favourites The Wire, Falling and Honey & I showcasing the talent that flows through each sister individually with songs of empowerment, relationships and life.
HAIM certainly brought the LA sunshine to Glasgow with their flawless performances of album tracks and covers cementing the trio as a band that will clearly go far thanks to their enthusiasm and dedication to live performances. Achieving a charismatic feeling of conversation with the crowd is a skill that bands work hard to achieve but thanks to honest humour and powerful songs these ladies know how to rock a live show.
Mesmerising guitar and drum solos from the sisters accompanied by drummer Dash Hutton, cements the image that HAIM are definitely a live band with the Fleetwood Mac similarities coming to life, especially
Hilarity was also a theme of the night thanks to bassist Este with her outrageous comments to the crowd, on the spot rapping that would make the coldest person in the room warm up and laugh and her popular ‘bass face’, the faces this girl makes when rocking her bass make for a show in itself.
@ KING TUTS
If someone asked me the ingredients for an ideal night-out, I would say great friends, some nice drinks, brilliant music and lots of laughing. Well, Sital-Singh definitely provided the last two. He is not just another English guy with a guitar and hipster glasses – he can actually bring tears to your eyes with his emotional songs (not with the one about a gay whale called Luna) but still make you laugh right after with his comments. As I recall how his flawlessly controlled, beautiful voice made us hold our breath and stand in perfect, awed silence, how no one wanted to break the magic when a song ended, those chats seemed to be essential, functioning as icebreakers, making a personal connection with the crowd. It totally worked. That effortlessly charming Englishman was the biggest surprise of the night thanks to his voice, energy and absolutely loveable personality. The 24-year-old Londoner was
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on stage from 11pm as a part of Communion music’s New Faces Tour, illuminating us with his songs like How To Lose Your Life, Honest Man and Fail For You. Just before we would have started thinking about our exboy/girlfriends and drinking our emotions away, suddenly he brought us back with the energetic tunes of Nothing Stays the Same. He has almost everything it needs to get his name out there: brilliant tunes, charm, and the look. What else could the music industry ask for? Although Luna The Whale became his trademark, maybe some more
meaningful lyrics, more songs about love, struggles, life and stories would take him even further. Not that he is likely to stop, though. When the clock passes midnight after a long Wednesday, usually sleeping is the only thing on our minds. Not this time. The magical atmosphere is not something you’re keen to leave, especially with Luke Sital-Singh blowing your mind away. A guitar, magical tunes, amazing voice and catchy songs I am sure that if you ever get the chance to hear him live, buying his EP, Old Flint will be your next step.
THE PUNK SINGER:
Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna Patricia-Ann Young
Feminism and rock n’ roll don’t really go hand in hand now; but there used to be a time in the 90s when they were a battleground for a revolution. The movement was called Riot Grrrl, and was closely associated with the evolvement of third wave feminism, a feminist strand whose boundaries have since evoked debate, at the time. One of its central and most infamous figures was musician and political activist, Kathleen Hanna. The Punk Singer covers Hanna’s life from an early age through to her time with the incredibly influential Bikini Kill then with dance-punk
trio Le Tigre and Julie Ruin, after which it follows her up until her recent illness with late stage Lyme disease and brand new musical material. The documentary directed and produced by Sini Anderson (Whip Smart, Bare Knuckle) is an insightful and inspirational look at one of feminisms most recent figureheads, showing a woman who is as shrewdly intelligent and witty as she is angry, then and now, about serious issues affecting women. The film could be accused of being overly flattering to Hanna,
rarely touching on negative aspects of the musician’s character; a character regularly remembered as the inspiration to Nirvana’s breakthrough Smells Like Teen Spirit, after spray painting the slogan on late singer Kurt Cobain’s bedroom wall. Still, a movie commemorating such an instrumental figure in feminist history should be celebrated – not condemned. The Punk Singer recently screened at the Glasgow Film Festival, and will have a wide UK release in May.
Photography Sophie Howarth
BYE, BYE WOOLY JUMPERS, HELLO PASTELS AND METALLICS Laura Gilmour
As we wave goodbye to gloomy winter nights and welcome with open arms the brighter, warmer days, we also make way for new fashion trends. As the seasons change so do the contents of our wardrobes. We ditch the wooly jumpers and deep plum colours, opting instead for beautiful soft pastel shades this year. Pastels have been branded the ‘it’ colours of the season; therefore it is no wonder that the shops are filled with gorgeous ice cream coloured clothes. Think baby blue, lemon, mint and pink shades worn together to create a layered look of subtle colour. These shades strutted down the summer runways in the form of oversized blazers; figure-hugging pencil skirts, tailored blouses and chic cropped jackets. The trend is proving to be popular as it is very wearable. Ladies can wear pastel shades to work to brighten up their office wardrobe and then pair their outfit with heels and an oversized clutch to create a look more appropriate for the evening. Everyone can wear this trend and add a personal touch to the look.
Pastels weren’t the only trend to dominate Spring/ Summer 2014 fashion shows; metallic golds and silvers were all over the runway too. Almost every designer incorporated some form of metallic into their collection, with Givenchy, Altuzarra and Saint Laurent being the most fond. Pieces varied from head to toe metallic dresses to shiny accessories, which help to add a hint of glimmer to any outfit. Want to get the runway look but without the high-end price? Then look no further. Most high street shops have jumped on the pastel and metallic bandwagon and I must say there are some eye-catching pieces.
Zara has a beautiful baby blue faux leather jacket, which is perfect for the warmer weather. It can be worn during the day or at night to add a pop of colour to a LBD. River Island has a gorgeous limited edition rose gold metallic pencil skirt, which is very chic and on trend. For those who want to try out the metallic trend, but don’t want to be completely decked out in what can sometimes look like tinfoil if done wrong, then a holographic clutch bag will be right up your street. You can find one on the ASOS website for only £9.00 – chic and cheap.
Photography Christopher MacKay
GOODBYE WINTER Kieran Thomas As we finally move away from winter’s cold embrace, it’s the time of year that looking stylish requires a little extra skill. No longer can you wrap yourself up in your favourite vintage jacket with a matching woollen scarf/hat combination. Colours get harder to match, accessories are more elaborate and slim fit is here to punish that winter weight. Obviously this is Glasgow not Miami so unless a miracle occurs and we get a repeat of last year you’d be foolish to go out and buy slim shorts and summer shirts. In fact this summer a jumper might be the top style option in the UK. Paul Smith is leading the way with baggy bright jumpers paired with shorts. Go out and pick up a cotton orange jumper with a pair of sky blue shorts for a fun ‘relaxing in the park’ look. Wearing a jumper in summer?! An odd choice at first I’ll agree; in summer jumpers belong on the
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shoulders of upper class people attracting nothing but loathing, but paired with bold sunglasses and casual loafers you’ll actually look quite cool. Of course you can never go wrong with a shirt in my opinion, with pastel blue and purple, mixed with yellow and green, being the colours to go for this spring. Avoid the classic temptation of white with colour unless you want nothing more than to be an extra in The Wolf on Wall Street (which admittedly I do). Print patterns are still proudly standing tall in fashion shows but if you want to set yourself apart I suggest avoiding a lot of print. Quirky patterns for the sake of it will come back to haunt you in future decades, like your dads mullet. Basically keep it simple this summer, use pastel colours overall and outspoken accessories to add personality to your wardrobe.
CALEY CAM A selection of Caledonian's most stylish students welcome to Campus Style!
Communications & Multimedia
Media and Communication
International Fashion Branding
Trousers Soul Land Jumper Cheap Monday Jacket Fred Perry Shoes Selected
Shoes TopShop Jeans River Island Top Primark Shirt vintage Gold chain Primark
Skirt Zara Top Urban Outfitters Coat Urban Outfitters Boots Office Bag Vivienne Westwood
MPUS STYLE Be sure to look out for The Edit team as they snap pictures of the most fashion forward outfits and you too can be featured in the next issue!
Property Management and Valuation
International Fashion Branding
Top Motel Jacket Zara Shoes Nike Jeans American Apparel
Dress New Look Boots Office Necklace Accessorize
Trousers TopMan Top H&M Shoes Office
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NO MONEY DOWN Daniyall Qazi In just a little under three weeks the biggest and best boxing star in the world will return to the ring. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will fight WBA champion Marcos Maidana on May 3rd in a world title unification bout in the Welterweight division. He was chosen as the opponent in an internet poll. It’s yet another fight that many critics believe the undefeated ‘Money’ will win easily, earning no less than $30 million in the process. But is the outcome such a foregone conclusion or does Maidana have a chance of doing to Mayweather what was done to Manny Pacquiao last year? The Argentinean Maidana has 35 wins from 38 fights, with 31 coming via knockout. He might not have the technical boxing skill that Floyd does but he’s coming forward from the first bell to the
last with every intention of taking your head off. It might not be pretty but you only have to look at his record to see how effective it is. Look no further than his last fight, no doubt the result that catapulted him into what will undoubtedly be his biggest fight to date. In December he picked up a unanimous decision over Mayweather-clone Adrien Broner. Broner himself describes ‘Money’ as a big brother and anyone who has seen the man called ‘The Problem’ fight will immediately be able to see that he emulates his idol’s style. Going into the fight Broner was, like Mayweather, undefeated and seen as a quickly rising star in the sport. But Broner’s critics rightly brought attention to the fact that he hadn’t yet been tested by toplevel competition.
Maidana turned out to be a test ‘The Problem’ couldn’t pass. He dropped Broner to the canvas once in the second round and again in the eighth on route to a clear unanimous decision victory. In fact, Broner was so confident in himself that when the notorious show boater and the Argentinean were clinched up in the corner of the ring, the first thing he did when he slipped out was to move behind Maidana and start humping him from the back. Instead of punching him - humping. Toward the end of the fight, after getting beat up and dropped multiple times, Broner truly hit rock bottom as Maidana turned the tables on him, moving behind a hurt Adrien and unleashing a combo of his own pelvic thrusts.
Many were surprised by the outcome of the fight, far more were shocked at the homoerotic fashion in which it unfolded. And so the fact that Maidana handed Broner his first loss, a bad one at that, means that the fight basically promotes itself as Mayweather coming back to avenge his ‘little brother’s’ loss, a storyline even Vince McMahon and the WWE would be proud of. All of that said though, Adrien Broner is no Floyd Mayweather, no matter how much he believed he was. Mayweather does just about everything better than his supposed protégé, after all there’s a reason he is widely believed to be the best fighter of his generation. His defence remains amazing, his ability to counter punch second to none and he still commands seemingly impossible reflexes. Maidana is a good fighter,
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Mayweather is a great one.
That leaves the fans to carry on playing the ‘who’s next’ game.
Seeing as how we live in a world where there will never be a Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout, that makes Amir Khan look like the obvious next in line for the shot at Floyd’s pound for pound throne; with his own built in storyline of being the fighter that was unfairly overlooked when his chance came around.
Right now the obvious candidate is Great Britain’s own Amir Khan, who was the other fighter on the poll Mayweather’s fans used to choose his next opponent.
Khan will still no doubt need to win his next fight to qualify for the shot though, something that is definitely not a sure thing given recent performances.
The interesting thing here is that Amir Khan actually won the poll on Mayweather’s own website, supposedly taking 57% of the votes against Maidana, yet it’s the latter that gets the fight. Mayweather says he came to that conclusion by looking at polls on other websites that he says indicated more fans wanted to see the Maidana fight.
But make no mistake, no matter how convincing a win he might have should things go his way, he won’t stand a chance against ‘Money’ either.
As much as we’d like to think this fight could actually be competitive, it’s extremely likely that Marcos René Maidana will just be the next fighter to receive a boxing lesson from ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd.
But this is boxing in the end, and one punch can change history. You probably shouldn’t put any money on it.
CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM Alistair Bennett The Tartan Army hasn’t had many reasons to feel optimistic recently. It has been 16 years since Scotland have qualified for a major tournament and the abject reigns of George Burley and Craig Levein as Scotland managers stripped away much of the momentum gained after Walter Smith and Alex McLeish’s morale-boosting spells. There appeared to be no clear game-plan, there was little creativity and Scotland won only six qualifiers during Burley and Levein’s time as managers. However, the appointment of former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan appears to have solved their problems. Things didn’t start perfectly for Strachan as Scotland manager – a 1-0 win against Estonia in his first match was expected, but losses to Wales and Serbia suggested that Scotland had more problems than just the manager.
improvements were clearly noticeable. Playing Croatia in Zagreb is always a difficult task - they were ranked fourth in the world at the time - but Strachan’s side managed to win 1-0, showing much more discipline, organisation and belief than they had in years. And it’s not as if Strachan had to make major personnel changes. He settled on a centre-back pairing – Grant Hanley and Russell Martin – and introduced players like Liam Bridcutt, now playing for Sunderland in the Premiership, and Ikechi Anya whose pace and directness has been vital to Scotland’s success. For the most part though, Strachan’s Scotland lines up similarly to his predecessor’s teams. He utilises a 4-2-3-1 formation like Burley and Levein usually did, but the difference appears to be in the attitude of the players. Scott Brown, for example, has become a talisman for his national side and is now the captain.
This change in mentality has led to much better results. Qualifying wins over Macedonia and Croatia were not enough to put Scotland in contention for a World Cup place but they showed real signs of progress. Scotland have now taken that form in to their friendlies with wins over Norway and Poland and a creditable 0-0 draw against the United States. With four clean sheets in a row against good opposition, Strachan has an excellent platform to build from. Their next match is against Nigeria in London next month and it will be a great test against a side that has qualified for the World Cup. And while their Euro 2016 qualifying group is tough, it is not insurmountable. Germany will surely qualify easily but Scotland can compete with Poland and Republic of Ireland for second place knowing they can be optimistic of qualifying for their first major tournament since 1998.
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Photography Phil Dunsmore
gallery Michael Long
DISSERT-ME-NOT Stuck knee deep in this mess of words Oh what sense is there to be? I gasp, trying to stay afloat Similarities, differences, comparisons A third eye is what I need To see light amidst this darkness Critique critique critique Why canâ€™t the world be simpler Where everything is bright and clear Words from mind to paper Scribbles across pages I need coherence, not dissonance Stuck knee deep in this mess of words I trudge on further To not sink deeper. 34
What is this feeling It buzzes It stings It trudges in heavy Itâ€™s like a thousand steam engine trains chugginâ€™ round me Hoots and whistles Bleeps and tussles It crowds and clutters in I am cornered Motionless Trapped under heavy clouds Of inexplicable dread and drear I seek for a faint flicker It appears For a fraction Yet I see it, no longer.
Poetry and photography: Tamlyn Tan
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Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association student magazine, The Edit - Hello Goodbye Issue. www.caledonianstudent.com/theedit
Published on Apr 15, 2014
Glasgow Caledonian University Students' Association student magazine, The Edit - Hello Goodbye Issue. www.caledonianstudent.com/theedit