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A KUSU PUBLICATION FOR STUDENTS BY STUDENTS

................................................................................................................... KINGSTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION ISSUE No.4 DECEMBER 2012 ...................................................................................................................

STUDENTS STAGE PROTEST

THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TOOK TO THE STREETS OF LONDON FOR DEMO 2012 FULL STORY PAGE 2

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DEMO 2012 BY ABBY WARD

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housands of students took to the streets of central London on Wednesday November 21 for a high-spirited protest against rising university tuition fees and cuts to education. The demonstration, dubbed #demo2012, was organised by the National Union of Students (NUS) with support from other groups. Students turned out in high spirits to protest against education cuts and the dire job prospects young people face. Around 30 students from Kingston University took part, meeting at Kingston Station to travel together. President of Kingston University Students’ Union, Sean Kelly, who spearheaded the campaign at KU said: “Kingston is not excluded from the rest of the Higher Education world, so needs to be as proactive as possible when making the future better for all students.” In the run-up, KU students helped the cause by handing out leaflets and getting involved in placard-making sessions. The Socialist Worker Student Society were also particularly active - helping panel debate sessions to act as a springboard for the demonstration. On the day itself, the march which started at Temple tube station came to an end at Kennington Park with virtually no conflict except for a brief altercation outside Parliament. Lucy Williams, 23, Vice President Student Life at Kingston University Students’ Union, said: “It was a lot of fun, despite the rain! There was lots of music, lots of dancing, lots of laughter and lots of spirit.” The protests were much less peaceful in 2010 following the rise in tuition fees made by Lib Dem MP’s. At #demo2012 students got their message across with a respectable turn-out (estimated at 10,000 people), lighthearted chants and good-humoured placards. The NUS leader, Liam Burns, said: “Education should open doors, but the government is slamming them shut.” Lucy said: “I think it’s important to keep students on the agenda. A march won’t change the world, but as with everything, every little counts, and we need to keep fighting. “Education should be inclusive, and raising fees has the potential to out price certain people from attending.” Others support the new measures. Iain Roberts, 21, tweeted: “Poorer graduates pay back less under new system than older one, richer grads pay back more. #demo2012 campaigning against progressive system.”

PHOTOGRAPHY: ABBY WARD

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YOUR CAMPUS CONCERNS COMMENT: BY LAURANNE ISABEL HERES

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’ve been a student support worker for the past three years. That means I’ve spent a lot of time with people who happen to be wheelchair users. One thing I’ve noticed is that the university is not doing enough to make the lives of its mobility-reduced students any easier. Take the doors to the JG courtyard, or any classroom door in JG (or the other buildings for that matter). None of them have a button to open them. So if you were a wheelchair user, you’d either have to ram straight into it in the hope it that

opens, wait for a good Samaritan to hold it for you, or rely on a friend or support worker to open it. Of all the campuses I’ve worked at (Penrhyn Road, Knights Park and Kingston Hill), only a few doors (usually those at the entrance to somewhere, and double doors in corridors) have a button. Which means a lot of doors are literally closed on you. How nice and cheerful on a rainy Monday morning! And last but not least... The Roberts Lecture Theatre. Wonderful place. It’s big, it’s warm and it’s remote. To get there on foot, you have to enter the Sopwith Building (either from

the outside or through the back). If you happened to be a wheelchair user (or someone in crutches let’s say), you’d have to find the lift near the student office in Sopwith Reception area and go up to the first floor. Then you have to get through two very heavy and mean set of double doors (guess what - without buttons) to access the tiniest lift ever made (I feel claustrophobic in it, and only one person fits in at one time). If you’re with someone, you have to separate to ride up to the second floor. All this sounds ridiculously long-winded and unfair for people whose lives we should be working to make easier. Though while the University desperately needs to make changes, in the meantime I hope this piece has made you think, and that more of us will look out for those who are mobility-impaired.


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FAN-TACHE-TIC FUNDRAISING BY CATARINA DEMONY

Lucy Williams with her grandad “Pops” who is battling prostrate cancer

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ucy Williams, Vice President Student Life at KUSU, has had a moustache tattooed onto her wrist in support of the world famous month of Movember and to honour her granddad who is currently battling prostate cancer. Lucy, together with the Kingston University Video Game Society (KUVeGaS), is raising awareness of men’s health, in particular prostate and testicular cancer. Movember had its humble beginnings in Australia in 2003 when two friends were having a casual conversation about the “old school” moustache trend. They decided that in November they would ask all their friends to grow one and together bring the moustache back into fashion. From 30 mates growing their facial hair in Melbourne, Movember became a one of the biggest charities of all time with 14 participant countries, including the UK, and £79.30 million raised in donations in 2011. Since Lucy has not been able to grow a moustache of her own, she has had to find another way to support the cause. After hearing that KUVeGaS was taking part in Movember and attending the NUS Welfare Zone Conference, she decided to get involved by getting a moustache tattoo. “Having a moustache tattooed on me was definitely not on my bucket list! Let’s face it, the whole idea is absolutely ridiculous, and I can tell you that it took a while for my mum to come round to the idea. It’s all for a good cause, though - and at least I’ll have a good story to tell down the pub,” she said. Lucy’s granddad, or “Pops” as she calls him, is the main reason behind her getting the tattoo. “My granddad is currently battling prostate cancer. When I was a little girl I lived half the time with my grandparents and, coming from a single parent family, he is really the only person I consider to be my dad.” After hearing Lucy’s story, Old London Road Tattoos in Kingston offered to tattoo the moustache on her wrist for free on November 30, the last day of Movember.

Post-tattooing session, Lucy was visibly pleased with the result. “I was pretty terrified getting the tattoo, but the people at Old London Road Tattoos were lovely and very laid back. They even gave me a lolly pop! I was in and out in half an hour (half an hour of screaming) and I love the finished result, it’s so cute! It’s been well worth it,” she said. Lucy attended the official Movember Gala Parté in London the evening of getting her tattoo. While at the party, she was also nominated for the prestigious title of Miss Movember. Speaking about the event, Lucy said: “The party was amazing, and being nominated was super cool! There were some incredible outfits, and some amazingly moustachioed men. Everyone was pretty impressed with my tattoo!” Henry Eaton, President of KUVeGaS, is also supporting the charity together with 13 other members of the society. He believes that raising awareness is the main motivation to be part of the movement. “People know about Movember, but they rarely know what it is. Sometimes it is just referred to as ‘No Shave November’, but that is not just what it is about. It is about men’s health, and trying to lift the taboo we all have about it. Nobody really likes talking about prostate cancer, or testicular cancer, but it affects men as breast cancer affects women,” he said. Overall, the team raised in excess of £600. “I couldn’t be more pleased. I hope that next year more students will be able to get on board – then we can aim for £1000!” said Lucy. The money raised for Movember goes towards organisations such as Prostate Cancer UK and The Institute of Cancer Research. Anyone can get involved with Movember, and Kingston University is just one example of how students can make a difference. Donations are still open for Movember – the donation pages are listed below.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS JUTTING

Lucy Williams: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/4598309

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Donate to...

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“It’s all for a good cause - at least I’ll have a good story to tell down the pub!”

Henry Eaton: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/3237361

To support other members of the team: http://uk.movember.com/team/679809


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CONTACT: Hannafords: tom.bennett@kingston.ac.uk Space: l.marsh@kingston.ac.uk Knights Park: p.daniels@kingston.ac.uk

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COMEDY NIGHT with Dan Thomas 20.00 Space Bar

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY 19.00 Hannafords SPORT AND REC CHRISTMAS SOCIAL 19.00 Space Bar

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HALF PRICE COCKTAILS & COMEDY NIGHT 19.00 Knights Park ALCOHOL AWARENESS DAY 11-14.00 Penrhyn Road Reception & Nightingale Centre LRC

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TUESDAY TAKEOVER, MAGIC SHOW 20.00 Hannafords JEWISH SOCIETY 20.00 Hannafords

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2nd YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDRAISER 19.00 Knights Park COUGAR CHAOS XMAS NIGHT 19.30 Space Bar

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BIG FAT QUIZ OF THE WEEK, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL & END OF TERM XMAS PARTY 19.00 Hannafords

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DUBSTEP END OF TERM PARTY 19.00 Knights Park

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POOL COMPETITION 20.00 Hannafords LIVE FOOTBALL Man City v Man Utd 13.30 West Ham v Liverpool 16.00

15 LIVE FOOTBALL Newcastle v Man City 12.45 Hannafords

16 LIVE FOOTBALL Tottenham v Swansea 13.30 West Brom v West Ham 16.00 Hannafords

CARLITO JAM SESSIONS 19.00 Knights Park

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STUDENT’S YOUTUBE VIDEO GOES VIRAL BY SIRI TELSTAD

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“My work as a lookalike has been extremely bizarre and fter just three weeks on YouTube, the video Prince Harry a never ending source of amusement for me, my family and vs. Fresh Prince of Bel Air has more than 12,000 hits. The spoof video depicting the life of Prince Harry, from friends.” Being flown around the world and getting paid just for partying in Vegas to fighting in Afghanistan, was made by four friends, one of them being Kingston student Joe looking like someone, doesn’t sound like the worst job and Roddy is aware that he is lucky: “It’s novel! Harry is a great Alexander. Joe, 24, said: “We were amused by his antics this year character to play. I’m expected to misbehave, to drink, to be and thought the world must be missing him now the hero is cheesy. My job is to have a good time, achieve what needs to be done and to entertain clients.” But, he assures, “the away fighting”. He added: “We like Harry and his sense of humour, so we clothes stay firmly on.” Even though the video has experienced great success so just came up with this for a bit of fun.” far, the group is not satisfied just Joe, a second-year music yet. student, is enjoying his time at “The video hasn’t even scratched “In my mind, the video hasn’t Kingston. Coming here was an easy decision: “I got a great vibe off the surface of how far it can go” even scratched the surface of how far it can go,” Roddy says, listing the location of the Coomberhurst tweets, Facebook posts, blood and sweat as some of the music department.” he said. “All music is appreciated as an steps towards becoming a YouTube hit. “We planned for it to art form, students are not forced to focus on one particular be big, we set our bar high, and for a first time collaboration genre.” with Guy, Adam and Joe, I’m happy. And exhausted!” Responsible for recording and producing the music in the video, Joe covered areas he had never worked with before with the rap, hiphop and comedy sequences in the movie. Group member Roddy, 25, is full of praise for the Kingston student: “Joe’s attention to detail, ability to adapt to new ideas and understanding of the sampling and mixing process was invaluable.” Roddy himself plays Prince Harry in the video. With his red hair and surprisingly similar features, the trained actor and self taught video editor could be mistaken for the prince any day.

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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the Students’ Union.


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