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................................................................................................................... KINGSTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION ISSUE No.5 FEBRUARY 2013 ...................................................................................................................

YOUR LITTLE VOTE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE ELECTION COVERAGE PAGE 3


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clubs & campaigns

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Ain’t no mountain high enough for KU students

By Zia Weise Kingston University’s Mountaineering Club (KUMC) climbed 11,220 metres in less than seven hours during a challenging Everestthemed fundraiser to keep ambulance helicopters in the air. On 13 February, KUMC collectively climbed a ten-metre wall 1122 times, exceeding the height of the world’s tallest mountain. Club member, Lauren McCormack, who was climbing with her team on the day said: “The climbing itself was quite tough on our hands, and because we were climbing continuously for a long time, we were advised to do pressups in between to counter the effect this had on our arm muscles.

“The aim was to do an average of 50 climbs each to reach the summit of Everest. A few people achieved that quite early in the day so there was added competition to see how many climbs we could do. Everyone played their part and motivated each other to keep going.”

The KSS Air Ambulance, which provides emergency support to sick and injured people, operates two emergency helicopters. “As climbers we are often in inaccessible locations and if anything was to happen it’s good to know that there are organisations other than the emergency services that can come to help,” said KUMC president Rob Dupré. The charity’s press officer, Jamie Chesire, stated that the annual cost of £5m is covered largely by public donations and fundraising events. “It costs about five million a year to keep both helicopters flying, but this will rise to six million with the launch of a 24-hour service later this year,” said Mr Cheshire. “We currently fly during daylight hours only.”

KUMC initially aimed to climb the height of Everest (8,848 metres) and raise £500 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Air Ambulance but championed their goal, climbing an extra 2,372 metres and raising over £600 for the charity!

“In the grand scheme of things, this is a small contribution,” said Rob. “However, any contribution is a good one and some members of the club do other fundraising activities for this charity, so it all helps.” Rob, a games technology student, started climbing three years ago when he joined KUMC. Although he is looking forward to the climbathon, he is not planning to scale the real Everest. “It’s an expensive expedition and has little rock climbing in its traditional sense,” he said. “It’s more an endurance test, and there are plenty of other places in the world I need to climb up.”

Thinking about joining a sports club? Visit your Students’ Union website at:

www.kusu.co.uk/sport

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Campaign Update: Your Campus Your Say! Thank you to everyone who filled in the online survey or attended a focus group on the Campus Development Plan– we received just over 1000 responses which is amazing!

All the feedback you gave was written up and submitted in a report to the Property Assurance Group (PAG) Committee of the University (they deal with the University Estate) in February. This feedback will be considered in the future campus development decisions including the potential new Town House building. KUSU attended a meeting to give feedback for the business case of the Town House building, where we also presented your feedback.

WHAT’S NEXT? Your KUSU Full Time Officers regularly attend the University meetings where the Campus Development Plan is discussed. We will continue to make sure all developments are in the best interests of students; specifically referring back to the feedback from the Your Campus Your Say campaign.

The next phase of this campaign will be launched in the coming weeks. Words don’t often mean a lot when it comes to deciding what sort of space you should have. For example, what does ‘social space‘ or ‘flexible use space’ actually mean to students? What do you want it to look like?

KUSU want you to take pictures of the types of space you like and send them to us on activities@kingston.ac.uk letting us know what it is you like about it. This will be used to create a picture board of photo feedback to give to the University to make sure the space and facilities suit students.

Lauren McCormack Your Vice President Activities

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As

we start another round of voting, a new wave of faces emerge as potential student leaders. But we can hear you ask ‘Why Vote?’ After all aren’t Students’ Union elections just another empty popularity contest, and what difference does the result make to you? So to make sure you can see why voting matters, here is a quick guide to what the winners will do on your behalf.

WHO WOULD YOU TRUST TO: BE THE VOICE OF

24000 STUDENTS?

“Demo 2012 is a priority campaign I have been leading at KU on behalf of our students, as well as students nationally. I felt it was important for us to take part in the march in November, and support students standing up for their future.” (Sean Kelly, President, 2012-13)

MAKE DECISIONS THAT CHANGE

YOUR VOICE DAILY LIFE? BE YOUR

AT THE

“I’m currently planning a campaign to keep Syrian students here,

and very recently I helped social work students from dropping out of their course due to higher fees than had been advertised. We saved 15 students £7,000 per year, keeping them on their course.”

SAY £80 MILLION HAVE A

ON NEW FACILITIES?

“We wanted to represent students’ views when it came to investing in new facilities and building developments. Your feedback will now be considered in the future campus development decisions. ” (Lauren McCormack, Vice President Activities, 2012-13)

3000

HELP

(Rita Serghis, Vice President Learning and Teaching, 2012-13)

UNIVERSITY BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Sitting on the University’s highest decision making body, the Students’ Union President has the highest and most pressing responsibility to carry the voice of all students at KU.

STUDENTS ENGAGE IN

UNION ACTIVITIES

£2.5 BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A

MILLION

BUDGET?

“Part of my legacy is leaving students

with Global Festival, a week-long event that encourages students to engage with their Students’ Union through an expression of culture, diversity and internationalisation.”

(Lauren McCormack, Vice President Activities, 2012-13)

The four full-time officers are trustees of the Students’ Union in addition to three elected student trustees. This means they have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of KUSU. Last year’s officers helped create three new staff posts to help run the Students’ Union.

EPRESENTING YOU? R T N A W U O Y O D THINK. WHO

Vote online via www.kusu.co.uk/elections

VOTING WEEK: 11th-15th March RS. VOTE FOR YOUR OFFICE

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VOTE? WHY SHOULD I

IN SPENDING

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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 & Hannafords Bar: tom.bennett@kingston.ac.uk Knights Park Bar: p.daniels@kingston.ac.uk

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KUSU ELECTIONS BOOT CAMP (MAXIMISE YOUR ENERGY LEVELS) Room 102, Town House 4-6pm

KUSU ELECTIONS BOOT CAMP (MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MANIFESTO) Room 103, Town House 4-6pm

KUSU ELECTIONS BOOT CAMP (ONLINE CAMPAIGNING) Room 103, Town House GOOGLE PROOF QUIZ Space Bar 8pm

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COUGAR CHAOS BEACH PARTY Space bar 8pm

LIVE COMEDY Space bar 7pm

COUGAR CALM QUIZ NIGHT Space bar - 8pm

LIVE SIX NATIONS RUGBY Hannafords Bar Italy v Wales 2:30pm England v France 5pm

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LIVE FOOTBALL Hannafords Bar Man City v Chelsea 1:30pm Bradford v Swansea 4pm

3 LIVE FOOTBALL Hannafords Bar Tottenham v Arsenal 4pm

ELECTION CANDIDATES BRIEFING Room 103, Town House 4-6pm

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.................................................................................................................. DISCLAIMER: THE OPINIONS, BELIEFS AND VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF THE STUDENTS’ UNION.

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