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Dechlan Jarrett “I WILL WORK VERY HARD TO PROVIDE UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER STUDENTS WITH THE BEST EXPERIENCES POSSIBLE” Newly elected and raring to go. Ross MushetÀQGVRXW what Dechlan Jarrett has planned for the CSU and whyhe advocates “freedom” and peoples right to choose.

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his year’s election for the new Student’s Union president was shrouded in controversy after it was found that the online voting system could be rigged. Voters who knew the student numbers and passwords of others could log in and vote more than once. The uproar meant that the hundreds of votes cast were scrapped and voters had to turn out in person to cast their decision once again. Thanks to hard work from the current CSU team and a massive 1,091 votes later Dechlan Jarrett was crowned

the new president and boy he has plans. From the Shropshire town of Telford, Dechlan is FRPLQJWRWKHHQGRIKLVÀQDO year studying sports and excercise science. ARE YOU A BIG SPORTS FAN THEN? “I am a massive sports person, I like allsorts of sports. It is DERXWNHHSLQJÀWDQGKHDOWK\ My main sport though has got to be football.” WHAT FOOTBALL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT THEN? “Well I kind of follow three teams. I support Manchester


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United but I also follow Tottenham because of my Dad then there is Wolverhampton Wanders because of the locality to where I live. SO NOT MANY THEN? [Laughs] “I used to play football semi-professionally but then I came to Uni. I still play for the Uni 1st team and have done for the past three years.�

HOW DO YOU THINK THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN WENT? “Apart from the chaos surrounding the voting system the campaign went extremely well. The support I received was mind blowing. People obviously agreed with what I had to say.

ONTO SERIOUS MATTERS, WHO ENCOURAGED YOU TO STAND FOR PRESIDENT? ´7KHYHU\ÀUVWSHUVRQWR PHQWLRQLWÀUVWZDVP\EHVW friend from home, Dominik Wakelin. Although, I am sure he just wants to me to stay in Chester so he has somewhere to stay after a night out. The ÀUVWSHUVRQZKRWKRXJKWLW EHQHÀFLDOWRWKH8QLZDV3HWH Last. He has been wicked throughout. He was backed up by another good friend, Diva.� Dech’s campaign poster was probably the best one!

Dechlan, Diva and Pete before a night out. WAS SHE NOT ON THAT CHANNEL 4 PROGRAM SHIPWRECKED? [Laughs] Yes, she was!

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE UNIVERSITY IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF? “In total honesty, aside from the Warrington bar staying open, there is not a need for anything as such. Those who are here, to study for their degree, can enjoy a vast amount of sports and societies during the day and good nights out. But, we all have to remember students are here to get a degree.� BUT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY NEEDS ADDRESSING?

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“If anything, stability would be the issue. We had problems this year such has who was UXQQLQJWKHRIĂ€FLDOVWXGHQW night. I will always advocate freedom and that everyone KDVDFKRLFHEXWZHĂ€UVW need to know what those choices are. Personally, I feel that the University is terrically balanced. The place is not too big and not too small and it is close to the town centre. Though I am a realist and nothing is perfect. We need to address security around student houses, Kingsway problems and campus parking. Finally, I would like to see some more cohesion between the Chester campus and Warrington.â€? SO STUDENTS CAN EXPECT LOTS FROM YOU? [Smiles] “Yes! There will be alot of interaction from myself whether it be through social networking or through the Uni channels. I know the team will work very hard to provided Univeristy of Chester students with the best experiences possible whether it be on the social or academic circuit. I am an easily-approachable guy so hopefully the students will feel they have an readily available output for any issues the may have.â€? BACK TO THE TRIVIAL STUFF, WHATS YOUR FAOURITE COLOUR? “Ooo tough one! I haven’t got one really. Most of my clothes are either black or grey. None of which is a colour.â€? May 2010 fusion

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WHAT’S YOU FAVOURITE TIPPLE ON A NIGHT OUT? “Erm, well my favourite drink is Southern Comfort with a hint of lemonade. But I need a pint of lager to start me off!”

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? “Go out enjoy yourself but remember the work. Get on your studies, get on the library, get on the gym! Get ONNIT!”

CSU SUMMER BALL, ARE YOU GOING TO IT? “I am going yes, have my ticket. I have never been before so I am really excited for it.”

THANKS ALOT DECHLAN! “My pleasure!”

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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE UNSURE ABOUT WHETHER TO GO? “To those who are unsure, if you are leaving this year especially, what better way is there of saying goodbye to your university experiences and friends. Plus a DJ set from Pendulum what more could you want?”

Your New Chester Students Union sabbatical officers. President: Dechlan Jarrett Vice-President: Jason Mason [Chester] Vice-President: Sam Wright [Warrington] General Manager: Laura Pearsons

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academic year in September. I DPFRQÀGHQWWKDWWKHULJKW candidate was picked. Honest, straight talking and as he admits, very approachable. The CSU could have been worse off but fortunately the students know what they want and clearly think Deccy J (as he is known) can deliver. Roll on September! Words: Ross Mushet Photos: Dechlan Jarrett and Ross Mushet.


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HERE is a preconception that all students do is drink and party while the academic work is given second priority. Now while this maybe true for a small minority the majority of us have our priorities sorted and as a result work hard in order to play hard. Exam time can be stressful so therefore we at fusion have come up with a quick social guide of all the best places to party the night away and where you can go for a foaming afternoon pint. Be sure to check out September’s edition of fusion for a full guide for all the freshers.

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WKHWKLUGDQGÀQDO destination is Rbs where you ne of the oldest can dance into the early hours clubs in Chester, of the morning Rbs or Rosie’s as it providing you do not have an is lovingly known exam the next day. Be sure to head out early because Thursby the locals SURYLGHVWKUHHà RRUVRI&KHHVH day nights are probably the Dance and RnB. There are three busiest as the local students key nights aimed at students. head out too. Be sure to check 7KHÀUVWEHLQJRQD:HGQHVGD\ out the latest acts performing IRU \RXU RIÀFLDO &68 QLJKW RXW at Rbs with big names such as with Team Story. Tickets cost Tinie Tempah on the way. £3 from the Students Union with £2 going back into the Su. Drinks are also cheap at just £1 on selected beverages. The other big nights include Thursdays for Three in a Bed. he newest club in +HDGWR\RXUÀUVWYHQXHRIWKH Chester , Cruise, Red Lion purchase a drink and plays host to do not forget to ask for your Chester’s biggest pass! Then head over to student night, Lakota ZKHUH \RX ZLOO ÀQG D second pass waiting. Finally Beans. Celebrating its tenth

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anniversary Beans, which used to be held at RBs, takes place every Monday. Tickets are on sale on the day from mid-afternoon in the SU bar. Mike Hannigan, director of Beans, said: “This night is always jam packed regardless of the occasion. With an indie, GDQFHDQGFKHHV\SRSĂ RRU there is something for everyone.â€? Cruise offers WKUHHĂ RRUVDOOWDVWHIXOO\GHForated and with good drinks prices it is always a hit. Other nights at Cruise include Pure on a Thursday and the weekend is always booked with entertainment with past acts ranging from Ollie Murs to Miniviva. Be aware however at the weekend prices are quite steep for a student budget and it is over 21s only.

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or those who are looking for an alternative to clubbing Telford’s may just be what your looking for. Set beside the Shropshire canal, close to the University, this picturesque pub, music venue, and restaurant offers great entertainment all year round. Plus with the summer beaming down upon us it is a great place to sit outside and

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watch canal boats go by while VDPSOLQJÀQHDOHV Live music from unsigned acts is what Telford’s specilises in with past performers including Nizlopi who sang the JCB song. Telford’s also offers a variety of activities whether it be art classes to salsa classes you can be sure there is something to cater for everyone. The restaurant section also impresses. Although not cheap the food is top quality and the portions are very very generous. Upcoming acts performing at Telford’s include Trevor Roots and the Collaborators and Rose Elinor Dougall. Other events include Doodleplanet and Mancuban Latin Night. Be sure to check them out at; www.telfordswarhousechester.com. www.drinkaware.co.uk May 2010 fusion

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weekends to locals but has been known to recieve bad press. The student night however is one you should not miss. Remember to take your student ID!


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