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A KUSU PUBLICATION FOR STUDENTS BY STUDENTS

................................................................................................................... KINGSTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION ISSUE No.2 OCTOBER 2012 ................................................................................................................... ELECTION RESULTS PAGE 2

WE TALK TO KINGSTON’S AMERICAN FOOTBALLERS ABOUT UNI LIFE, FOOTBALL, AND THEIR RECENT INTERNATIONAL ENDEAVOURS FULL STORY PAGE 3

................................................................................................................... PLUS > ELECTION RESULTS DEMO 2012 LOSERVILLE REVIEW NOVEMBER LISTINGS ......................................................................................................................


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politics

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DEMO 2012: EDUCATE, EMPLOY, EMPOWER President of Kingston University Students’ Union, Sean Kelly, faces a grilling about the upcoming national demonstration and why he wants Kingston students to take part. You’re our new KUSU president and you’re very involved in the demo against cuts and unemployment. Were you a part of the previous demos in 2010 and 2011? Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to the London march; but I did what I could locally and joined the rally outside of Kingston University.

For those who think that it’s just another demo and that last time didn’t work, what would you say to make them believe that they can make a difference this time? Firstly I would like to point out that DEMO11 was not a waste of time, it did have an impact and caused much uneasiness in government. This year it’s all about unity across the country. Students’ Unions from across England are gathering together to mass march on London this year for DEMO12. Last year it was about fees, but this year there are far too many issues to identify and label just one. Every Students’ Union has its own individual issues as well as issues that are the same across the national platform. This year we are uniting to form a force the Government cannot ignore. The Government needs to realise that, every year, things are going to get worse for them if they do not start taking students seriously. Last year around 250,000 - 500,000 students gathered in unity to demonstrate. This year I predict this figure to be in excess of over one million. We are the next generation, so it’s about time; and it is in the government’s best interests to listen to what we want.

Speaking of the last demos, unfortunately things backfired and suddenly students and youths were responsible for trashing the place. Do you hope that this won’t happen again? Is there a way to prevent it? Most of those involved with violence and troublemaking last year weren’t even students, and those who were students were merely caught up in the moment. At all big-scale protests in this country (perhaps the world) you will always get people tagging on with the aim solely to cause disruption. I strongly believe that that this is not an accurate generalisation of students. I don’t think there is any way to prevent disorder at these types of events as tempers are high, but I do know that it is down to the Government and its failings, so who is really to blame? My opinion is that the only way to stop these protests is for the Government to finally realise they cannot attack our education system and our future job prospects without students exercising their democratic right to fight back.

BY LAURANNE HERES The national demo is called ‘demo2012: Educate, Employ, Empower’. It will take place on November 21, and will involve a march through central London. For more info, visit http://www.nus.org.uk/en/campaigns/funding-our-future/demo2012-educate-employ-empower1/

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ELE CTION RESULTS

HIGHEST BY-ELECTION VOTING TURNOUT FOR A DECADE This years by-election had the highest number of voters at the polls for over a decade. The terrific turn out was no surprise to Vice President Student Life, Lucy Williams, who believes it was testament to the way the KUSU team has been working this first term. She said: “It’s great to see such a buzz around these by-elections. Plus it’s a real boost after a

disappointing voting turnout last year. We’ve been working hard and it’s great to see students engaged. We’re now very ambitious about the upcoming Spring elections.” The places the election sought to fill were: Environmental and Ethical Officer, Mature Students Officer, Disabled Students Officer, Students in Professional Practice Officer and

International Students Officer. Whilst the turnout was unprecedentedly high, the KUSU team are hoping to get an even greater response for the Spring elections in March next year, where both full-time student officers and part-time officers will be elected. Congratulations to all the new officers!

Disabled Students Officer:

Michael Toy

Blaise Persaud

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Environmental and Ethical Officer:

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Herbert Mutanha

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Mature Students Officer:

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KUSU students have spoken and the results are in! After the highest turnout for a by-election in the last decade, KUSU can now announce the winners.

Students in Professional Practice Officer:

International Students Officer:

Helena Charles

Clement Tataru


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sport

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IT’S ONLY BEEN RUNNING A YEAR, BUT THE KINGSTON COUGARS AMERICAN FOOTBALL TEAM IS ALREADY BY CHRIS JUTTING TURNING OUT NATIONAL STARS. THE VOICE MEETS THREE OF THEM It’s a Sunday afternoon, and I’m at Kingston University sports ground in Tolworth, where I’ve arranged to meet Cougars team members, Mikey Davies and Stuart Milloy, who have recently been selected to play for Team GB under 21s, along with their captain and cofounder of the team, James Cherry. On entering the team cafeteria, I’m pleasantly surprised. Having heard the horror stories of the process of ‘hazing’ (Google it) in the States, I’ve spent my morning expecting to be instantly assailed upon entry by a flurry of footballs, tackled back out of the door by a man with disproportionately sized arms and forced to sing the American national anthem while being force-fed hamburgers and Natty Light. I’m more than slightly relieved that instead, I’m met by three bright-looking guys who promptly inform me that they’re respectively studying law, human biology and aerospace engineering. With my ingrained stereotypes slipping away one by one, I start the interview. How long have you all been playing American football? James: I’ve been playing for about five years now, so when I started I was 18. It grew from there. Mikey: Me and Stuart were freshers last year when the team started, so we’ve been playing for just over a year now.

I turn my attention to Mikey and Stuart, who have recently been talent-spotted along with two of their Cougars teammates for inclusion in Team GB’s under 21 team, the National School of American Football (NSAF). They have since played a game in Ireland against Kent School from Connecticut, USA, as part of the national team. So in a year, you’ve started producing international players, am I right? How did you get approached? M: James plays for the London Warriors, and his head coach also runs the NSAF programme, or the under 21 GB team. He had a look at us on tape after recommendations, and told us he’d like us to play. James also plays; he got selected through his time in the Warriors after they got into a national final. So how did the game against Kent School go? M: Unfortunately, not too great. Yeah, we did lose, but I think we were always pinned as underdogs. Stuart: They were very intense, very well drilled. M: Yeah. But we got there, we did it, and it wasn’t a complete whitewash. J: Which is pretty good considering the fact that they [Kent] are a feeder team into the State University. They’re literally footballminded from day one, so athletic and well drilled. I was so jealous I didn’t get to play! [Laughter] No, but it was awesome watching both teams play, and they streamed it live on TV. It was great.

Certainly sounds like you held your own. How about a couple of personal questions? What do you guys do for fun, outside of American football, what are your interests? There’s sheepish laughter around the table. M: I spend a lot of time in the library. Culture, opera, you know…

The trio are in stitches. Having just spent the morning in the library, I decide not to comment. J: Football is just such a big part of our uni lives that if we’re not playing it, we’re either hanging out with guys who play, or talking about it. Or we all go out as a team for socials. S: We don’t always go out. We have some nights where we stay in to watch football, or we’ll go see a movie. J: I was actually wondering, what do I do other than football? [Laughter] I was looking at it and it was like, football is such a big part of us now that everything in some way relates back to us playing it. M: Plus I’ve got people on my course who I play football with that can help me out if I don’t understand. I was actually joking about the library earlier – we do go to the library and help each other out. What would you say to anyone looking to join? M: Definitely, definitely get involved. It’s become the driving force behind me through uni, because I know if don’t do well in uni, I can’t play for the team. J: We’ve got a great team ethos, it’s like a family. Everyone treats each other with respect, we don’t do any of the hazing stuff, and we’re not a bad team either. There are so many people on the team that we’ve said to come along, and they’ve been uncertain about the whole thing. Then they’ve come along for one session and never looked back. What I say is: you’re at uni, you’re here to try new things. This, it’s a whole new experience. American football… to me, it’s the best game in the world, so come down, give it a go. You’ll love it. Any prospects for the future? J: I reckon we have the potential to make the playoffs this year- if we play to our best. And that’ll be such a big thing for our first proper year in the league. So let’s hope that goes ahead.

After meeting and talking to these guys, I really hope they do. For a team that’s only been around for a year, it’s great to see so much potential. If you’re interested in joining the Cougars, contact the team by email at american.football@kingston.ac.uk, send a message through the Cougars’ facebook page, or visit the sports office in the Student Union.

MEET A FEW OF THE TEAM Name: James Cherry Age: 23 Studying: Law MA Captain of the team

Name: Mike Davies Age: 20 Studying: Engineering Describes his hobbies as ‘just football’ Name: Stuart Milloy Age: 20 Studying: Human biology Self-proclaimed expert in useless facts Name: Marco Mukendi Age: 20 Studying: Information systems Described by teammates as a ‘multilingual man of mystery’ Name: Nino Stylianou Age: 20 Studying: Economics Social secretary for American football team Ex-rugby player

If you have any stories about your club or society, why not get in touch with The Voice by emailing: Lauren Stopps-

L.Stopps@kingston.ac.uk


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entertainment

Did you know you can hire any of our 3 KUSU bars for free. For more details contact: Space Bar and Hannafords- tom.bennett@kingston.ac.uk Space Bar- l.marsh@kingston.ac.uk Knights Park Bar- p.daniels@kingston.ac.uk

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER LISTINGS SUNDAY

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MONDAY

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TUESDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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THURSDAY

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Digibridge clean-up

Refresh an outdoor space at Islington Arts Factory

What: Stewarding a halfmarathon

What: Helping clean-up and paint the new premises

What: Help tidying up, cleaning and gardening

Where: All over Greenwich, South London

Where: Islington

Where: Islington

When: 9:30 - 15:30

When: 10:15 - 14:30

Run to the Beat

When: 6:00 - 16:00

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Live Football

Hat Knitting for babies

Labyrinth Building

QPR v Reading (13:30)

Where: SU offices Penrhyn Road Campus

Where: The Quiet Room (Next to Prayer Room), Townhouse Building, PR

Liverpool v Newcastle (16:00)

When: 12:00 - 14:00

Where: Hannafords

11 Live Football

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Cougar Choas - Neon Ninjas Where: Space Bar When: 20:00

When: any time 10:00 - 18:00

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8 Loco Lounge: Live Comedy Where: Space Bar When: 19:00

15 Big Fat Quiz of the Week

Man City v Spurs (13.30)

Where: Lawley Lecture Theatre, KH

Where: Hannafords

Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00)

Where: Knights Park Bar When: All day

When: 16:00

When: 20:00 every Thursday

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Live Football Fulham v Sunderland (16:00) Where: Hannafords

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Live Football

Karaoke

West Ham v Stoke (20:00)

Where: Hannafords

Where: Hannafords

When: 20:00 every Tuesday

DEMO 2012: Educate, Employ, Empower What: National demonstration against education cuts Where: A march through central London

22 Where: Space Bar When: 19:00

Where: Hannafords

Where: Knights Park Bar

Man Utd v Arsenal (12.45)

When: 20:30

West Ham v Man City (17.30)

Reduced entry to Amagi with KUSU wristbands from behind the bar!

Live Football

Where: Hannafords

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Where: Knights Park Bar

Where: The woodland, Kingston Hill

Friday Night Pre-Club When: 20:30

Friday Night Pre-Club Where: Knights Park Bar When: 20:30 Reduced entry to Amagi with KUSU wristbands from behind the bar!

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Loco Lounge: Live Comedy

Man City v Swansea (17.30)

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KUSU Big Student Meeting

Aston Villa v Norwich (12.45)

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Friday Night Pre-Club

Reduced entry to Amagi with KUSU wristbands from behind the bar!

WIN! Every Monday Night With Half Price Cocktails

Where: Hannafords

FRIDAY

27 Live Football

Friday Night Pre-Club

Rhododendron Clearance

When: 10:00 - 16:00

17 Live Football Tottenham v Arsenal (12:45) Norwich v Man Utd (16:00) Where: Hannafords

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Where: Knights Park Bar When: 20:30 Reduced entry to Amagi with KUSU wristbands from behind the bar!

Pool Competition

Flava night

Karaoke

Live Acoustic Acts

Where: Hannafords When: 19:30 every Sunday

Where: Hannafords & Space When: 19:00 every Monday

Where: Hannafords When: 20:00 every Tuesday

Where: Knights Park Bar When: 20:00

All volunteering events may be subject to booking. To get involved or find out more go to: www.kusu.co.uk/volunteering/lsvf

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SPECTATOR: LOSERVILLE REVIEW BY HENRY GRAY This new musical from Elliot Davis and James Bourne (of Busted and Son of Dork) is a frothy, fizzy and fun production that never lets up the pace from the moment it begins to the final curtain. Though while featuring a dazzling set design and a very game cast, it lacks the feeling of a classic musical. Set in an American high-school in the 1970’s, the story concerns Michael Dork (Aaron Sidwell), a typical ‘nerd’ on the verge of a breakthrough in computing. It is this theme of digital infancy that affectionately permeates the musical, giving us all a pang of nostalgia for a time when reaching the stars was the dream, and there was a sense of technology booming, leading to a brilliant and bright future. Dork’s adventure involves the typical

high-school cliques, but used to good comic effect, with a great performance from Stewart Clarke as head Jock, Eddie. The message is sound; that the marginalised and ignored are the most valuable, and that to live one’s life by Elliot Davis and James Bourne the standards of others is ultimately inhibiting. Pics: Rex Features It’s surely not a new message but one that is timeless, and works well in the highly-stylised recounts the woes of having ‘Brains and Looks’ in one of the stand-out numbers, I also fail to world of Loserville. understand how anyone could remain stonyfaced during the rocking ‘Slacker’. However, Musically, it all sounds very akin to what a for all the zest and energy of the songs, most musical set in a world created by an exmember of Busted might sound; early 2000’s fail to stick, leaving the audience without even one truly memorable song – despite the pop-rock that lyrically sounds like it came amount of reprises in the show. They work at bursting forth from the diary of a schoolgirl propelling the story along at a brisk pace, but lamenting over her unattainable crush. To there is little room for the songs to breathe some this might be a turn-off, but it is very or develop beyond the kitsch aesthetic of the hard to resist its charms in this hyper-real musical. context. While Holly (Eliza Hope Bennet)

............................ The songs remind me of the music James Bourne made almost a decade ago in the bands that made his name. Songs that have their sights set squarely on appealing to wistful teenagers whose dreams extend innocently to the far reaches and possibilities of romance and the cosmos, but never quite stopping at the real issues and problems life holds. And that of course fits perfectly into the world Loserville creates.

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