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VOTE FROM WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER It’s easy to vote online, be sure to register at

How you can represent over 30,000 people in an oraganisation with a multimillion pound turnover!


9 It’s Easy uk/thegist.

How to get involved in a club or society at Leeds University Union.

10 Love your time at Leeds

Background on the new Union plan to ensure that every member loves their time at Leeds.

Don’t forget to check the gist online blog for latest updates! Visit www.


Get extended news stories and the latest news online. Visit www.leeds

What’s On Listings:

14 Community Week LUU hosts five days of Rubbish, Housing, Safety, Volunteering and Representation.

Every Month:

4-5 News

Headlines include ‘Wicked Cafe’, ‘Old Bar FestivALE’, ‘The Referendum’ and more...

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Madeleine, our Welfare 2 The Gist

Officer, answers your questions and queries about life at university.

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The ultimate guide to what’s on in your union; from student-ran events to club nights and Give it a Go activities, this is the full rundown!

Hi and welcome to this month’s Gist. Hopefully you’ve settled into some sort of routine now the madness of Freshers’ is well out the way. LUU is still full of stuff to get involved with: 16th to 20th November is Community Week, the perfect time to find out more about your community, meet your representatives and get involved in local groups and campaigns. Also on Monday 2nd November is the big re-launch of LUU’s very own social centre The Peanut Gallery. Come along at 5.00pm to get involved in the running of the space.

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The Wicked Café Team

Mmm... why not come down for afternoon tea?


Get extended news stories and the latest news online. Visit www.leeds

Get up to date: News in Brief:

Give books this Christmas! Union Books have started to release their Christmas catalogue which is jampacked with offers on a variety of best sellers. Visit them in the Union building (opposite Wicked Café).

Bonfire Night Don’t forget the Union building is still open for post bonfire fun! The Terrace will be putting on a BBQ and the building is welly friendly!

Looking for a part-time job? Get yourself along to the recruitment fair on Thursday 5th November from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Riley Smith Hall, Union building. Be sure to register on www. uk so you can access all Joblink vacancies.

LUU Christmas Market! Friday 11th December is Christmas day at the Union! Look out for the Christmas market outside the Union Building.

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Old Bar FestivALE Thursday 5th to Sunday 9th November

The Old Bar always tries to offer its customers as much variety as it can. On November 5th the range will be taken to another level as FestivALE ‘09 kicks off – an event where customers can try 18 different varieties of ale and five scrumptious ciders, all at one bar! The FestivALE will run from Thursday 5th through to Sunday 9th November, offering great drinks and traditional entertainment for all. As part of the extravaganza they’ll be hosting a flock of beers from over a dozen carefully selected breweries, so there’s something for everyone no matter how

diverse your taste. These breweries were chosen for their good quality, award-winning beers brewed in time-honored traditional manners, using traditional recipes that have died out in other parts of England. Cider fans won’t be disappointed either as this year sees the return of the ever popular range of Weston’s ciders, including such favorites as Old Rosie and Vintage Organic. If you’ve never tried ale before, or if you enjoy supping a pint every now and then, then head to the Old Bar and see what’s on tap. See you there!

Get home safely. Never walk home on your own from a night out. Amber cars support our Knowledge campaign and can get you home safe. Simply call Amber on 0113 231 1366 or visit

Relax in our secret hideaway with a coffee or smoothie! The Wicked Café is one of our newest additions this year, but it’s already proving a great hit. Directly opposite Union Books on the shops level, of the Union building, it’s tucked away from the busier parts of the building and offers a quiet retreat any time of day. If you’re after a quick break between lectures then why not pop in for a fresh juice or smoothie? Faced with a long day at uni you’ll want to keep your energy levels up, and fresh smoothies and juices are a great way to stay on the ball while avoiding a sugar overload!

The healthy options don’t stop there though; the ‘Healthy Meal Deal’ puts together any small smoothie, a portion of soup with a roll and a piece of fruit for just £3.50 – light on your wallet too!

“Fresh smoothies and juices are a great way to stay on the ball while avoiding a sugar overload!” There’s also a full range of sandwiches, panini and toasties available at great prices, with cakes, pastries and home-made cupcakes to boot. Had a long day? Any herbal/ flavoured tea and a scone or croissant is only £2!

DIY Smoothie! Make your own! Choose from: Orange, Apple or Pear Juice AND Up to 3 fruits AND Either Mango, Raspberry, Lemon Sorbet or Strawberry and Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt. £2.50 for a small & £3.00 for a large! Opening Hours:

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If you do it, you’ll take part in an election campaign that culminates in a week-long ballot across campus to determine the winners.

ations Nomin : 9th OPEN ber Novem

stand. STUDENT EXECUTIVE “I never thought I’d be leading a £10 million pound organisation before I’d even graduated!” Representing over 30,000 people in an organisation with a multi-million pound turnover probably doesn’t sound like a first job.

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For a successful candidate in the Student Executive Elections, however, that’s exactly what it is. It’s a chance to positively impact the experiences of students, while at the same time gaining experience for life – and next year it could be you. Maybe you want to improve relations between students and the community, maybe

you think there are flaws in the University’s education system, or maybe you want to help combat discrimination: if you think you’ve got what it takes to improve the lives of students, consider standing. Nominations open on Monday 9th November, and any current student can stand.

For most candidates that means speaking to thousands of students, and talking passionately about the issues that matter to you: there are no pre-requisites, you just need to be a University of Leeds student willing to put in a lot of hard work. If you’re successful, it’s a rewarding position unlike any other. You’ll join the Board of Trustees alongside directors from other organisations, it’s an incredible experience. It opens doors too - just take a look at what two former Student Executive members had to say about their time in

office (‘Executive decisions’, right). If you’re thinking about standing in the Student Executive elections and want to know more, pop into the Campaigns & Democracy Support office: they can tell you more about the role itself and the election process that comes before it. They also provide support to all candidates when campaigning, giving you guidance and advice on how to be effective - you aren’t left to fend for yourself.

READ MORE ONLINE To find out more about the roles of the Student Executive go to uk/stand.

Who are the Exec?

Blast from the past:

Executive Decisions! Two former officers tell us about their time in the role: “I wouldn’t be doing the job I have now if it wasn’t for my time on the Exec at Leeds; it was like having the first five years of your career fast-tracked. Influencing the leaders of the University and the City, building relationships with your team, Union staff and NUS, making hard choices about how to spend limited resources – all skills which I use every day in my job now. It was also two of the most enjoyable and rewarding years I have ever had and my achievements at LUU are still amongst my proudest.”

Seb Elsworth

The Exec explained: LUU members have six Student Executive officers - each with their own role: Activities, Community, Communications and Internal Affairs, Equality and Diversity, Education, and Welfare.

Employed full-time, they work for one year (maximum of two years if re-elected).

They are elected by fellow students in an annual vote which takes place during February.

Previous members of the Exec have gone on to achieve great success in their field, whether it be education, business or politics – Jack Straw is a former member of the LUU Exec!

Representing the views of students and making sure their voice is heard is the main responsibility of an officer.

Any student can stand in the election in any year of their degree.

LUU Officer 2003 to 2005. Currently Head of Policy at ACEVO.

“From helping individual students with problems on their course to challenging the government on fees, my year as a sabbatical officer was the best decision I ever made. During the year I fought the University for better bursaries, improved feedback and I radically reformed the personal tutoring system.”

Susan Nash

LUU Officer 2007 to 2008. Currently Vice-President of NUS.

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News in brief:


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The Referendum is coming. Time to VOTE ‘YES’ or ‘NO’! The closing date for motions has now passed and the issues you’ll be voting on this month can be revealed. The Referendum takes place twice each year, and the forthcoming vote gives you your first chance to voice your opinion on the issues your fellow students feel should be up for debate.

• Should LUU offer more Fairtrade & Ethical Products in its bars and shops?

The online ballot boxes will be open for one week starting November 25th, so make sure you’re registered with www. uk in advance. Please note all motions are subject to amendments and approval by both Steering Committee and Union Council. They may be altered or withdrawn before voting opens. Vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following motions:

• Action, financing and accountability on climate action in LUU.

• Should students with bad handwriting be allowed to word process exams? • Boycott selling The Sun in all union shops. 8 The Gist

• Should Leeds University Union (LUU) lobby the University for better provisions in the Worsley Building? • Adoption of a neutral stance on abortion.

1,467,890 Page views on the new LUU website.

96,090 People through the doors of LUU each week.

11,863 Total number of Fruity

tickets you’ve bought.

CHEESE Is still the most popular

• Should LUU mobilise students to vote in governmental elections? Visit the forum www. uk/forums to discuss these motions!

The start of term is the time that most people decide to get involved with clubs and societies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join later on. Members are the most important part of any group, they’re the reason why clubs and societies exist! You can rest assured that whenever you decide to join up you’ll be warmly welcomed. In fact, you can join clubs and societies at any time during the year, and at any time during your degree. It’s really easy to join a club or society, just take a look at the three steps on the right, but don’t forget: the sooner you get involved, the more you’ll get out! Check out the clubs and societies here at Leeds on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th November for the Freshers’ Fair Part 2! Be sure to register online before you join www.


Find a Club or Society

Head to the clubs & societies pages on leedsuniversityunion. where you can find societies sorted by category or in a full A-Z list. Have a look around and see what interests you – you might want to try gliding for the first time, meet new people of the same faith or culture, or maybe you used be a dancer and want to take it up again.


ask, you can contact the society via email.



Joining online is the quickest and easiest way to join a group. Payment is taken online, and you’ll be automatically added to the group mailing list so the president will know you’ve signed up. Meeting times are available on the website, so head down to the first meeting and start making the most of university life!

Find out more

There’s information about each group on the website, and many have their own website or Facebook group with more info about upcoming events. If you’ve still got questions you want to

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Our SBM’s (Student Brand Managers) asked you:

• Should LUU be recognised as a safe space for all its members? • Should LUU adopt the proposed strategic plan?

It’s EASY to join a Club or Society

Have your Say... the Old Bar.

11,600 Sandwiches are sold

each week in Essentials & Extra.

8,137 Club and Society

memberships that have

Q. What was your favourite thing about Freshers’ Week? A. The Freshers’ Ball Emma, Chemistry

Q. Have you joined any clubs or socities yet? A. Running Soc Saskia, Chemistry

Q. Describe (if you can) the Union in one word... A. Variety Dan, History

Q. What are you looking forward to the most this year at the Union? A. The Headphone Discos David, Astro- Physics

Look out for your SBMs around the building and ‘Have your say...’ The Gist 9


Space will be provided for this as part of a building master plan, which will see exciting new development, both inside and out. Changes to the building will see seating and social spaces become the focal point, while excellent new amenities, design and lighting will result in a building that both encourages and inspires.


One thing that won’t change is the Union’s commitment to providing value to its members. In fact, the new plan will see an emphasis placed on finding ways the Union can help your money go further - a new loyalty card will reward those who are most involved, while encouraging less engaged members to get more out of their union.

Tell me more:

Love your time at Leeds. A new vision and plan for Leeds University Union (LUU) aims to make sure every member loves their time at Leeds - and it looks set to make 2010 a very exciting year. The last four year plan (2006 to 2010) set out to make Leeds University Union the most effective students’ union in the country. With the plan now coming to an end, it looks like that goal’s been achieved, with recognition coming in the form of a Gold award from SUEI and being recognised as Student Union of the Year in the NUS awards. A new vision for 2010 to 2014 shifts the focus onto you, the member, and aims to make 10 The Gist

Leeds University Union not only the best building on campus but also right at the heart of your university life. The new plan covers a wide range of ideas, you can read it in full at www. uk/vision2014, or read on for a glimpse of the changes it outlines, and what they mean to you.


With over 290 clubs and societies, and services like Joblink and the SAC, there’s

already a range of services on offer to support and develop members. The new plan will see this taken further with the creation of an opportunities centre that consolidates the options available to those wanting to grow their skills and experiences.

“A new social space will form the focal point of the building”

We asked...

What’s the main thing your union can help you with?

You said...

26% 17%

Having Fun

Getting into work

13% Academic Success

“What aspect of the Student Union would you miss the most if it closed?” The new plan was drawn up based on your responses. Feedback for the plan was collected at the start of term, with the plan amended based on your feedback.

What happens next? The plan will be taken to the November Referendum for you to vote on. At least 1,500 students are required to vote with a majority ‘Yes’ vote for the plan to be adopted. If the plan is voted in, Union trustees, officers and staff

Traditionally, campaigning has been one of the most important parts of a students’ union, and that isn’t set to change – but in future student feedback will take the lead when deciding on the big issues of the day.


Leeds University Union is built on its members, so trust is important. That’s why increased transparency is something promised throughout the plan, with members treated like stakeholders; recognising the importance of the Union’s future in the lives of students.


Where did the plan come from? Work on the new plan started towards the end of the last academic year. To build up a complete picture of how the Union is used by its members, over 4,000 of you were asked questions ranging from “What aspect of University life can the Student Union help you with most?” to


will prepare the action plan and develop ways in which to deliver the initiatives within it. The new plan will begin in July 2010 and will be reviewed continuously until July 2013, when the process will begin all over again!

Finally, one of the most important parts of the plan looks to protect the future of the Union while ensuring its impact on the wider world is a positive one. Sustainability, in its broadest sense, covering not only environmental responsibility but a financial one too, is something that must form a part of the Union’s future.


Developing a financial strategy tied to our long term developments, diversifying income sources, registering with the Charities Commission and developing active partnerships with the University to improve ethical and environmental practises will together ensure that Leeds University Union has the energy to remain at the forefront of students’ unions for a long time to come.

READ MORE ONLINE For more detail on the Union’s new plan please visit: www.leeds

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y t i n u m Com 09 0 2 K E E W Monday 16th to Friday 20th November

All of this week the Union is focusing on students living in the local community. Throughout the week we’ll be dealing with rubbish, recycling, safety, finding a house, as well as showing you how to get involved in volunteering projects in your community.

Monday Talking Rubbish

The bin strike has been painful for everyone living in Leeds, but especially for students living in multiple occupancy houses. We’ll be lining wheelie bins up by the dozen outside the Union to see what you think about the council’s waste collection services and how you do your recycling.

Tuesday House Proud

Moving into a new house is one of the most daunting things that you can do at uni. Leeds University Union offers free and confidential housing advice throughout the year. We can help with everything from checking your landlord contracts, giving you insurance advice or even supporting 14 The Gist

you with landlord disputes. Our housing experts will be on hand all day to help you with housing related enquiries. We’ll also introduce you to landlords who work under the UNIPOL code of conduct, who can tell you all about grabbing the best pads in Leeds.

and skills is an added bonus – it looks fantastic on your CV. Leeds University Union runs a professional Volunteering and Community Office, supporting students in hundreds of local and international volunteering projects. Find out how you can get involved.

Wednesday Safe in the Knowledge

Friday Representation

Recent media reports might suggest that living in LS6 is terrifying: that’s simply not the case! We’ll tell you all about how you can take very simple precautions that will reassure you as well as keeping your things safe. The experts from the Union’s Knowledge campaign (www. join forces with your local Neighourhood Watch Student Coordinator and West Yorkshire Police with practical advice on living blissfully in LS6!

Is something bothering you in your community? Is the street lighting bad? Are you surrounded by rubbish? Do the buses run on time? This is a great opportunity to find out how to get involved in local campaigns, meet your representatives, and find out how to make sure you are registered to vote in local and national elections, especially in a General Election year. Events taking place in the Union Foyer from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Thursday Volunteering

Your monthly rundown to what’s on in your union. Listings split by categories below! OUR PICK:

Friday 13th November La Roux

For those of you lucky enough to have bought your tickets early, La Roux will be gracing the Refectory for her sold out gig. 7.00pm to 11.00pm, The Refectory £14.50 adv. (SOLD OUT)

Saturday 7th November School

FRESHERS’ FAIR Part 2 Monday 9th November & Tuesday 10th November

Volunteering is a great way of giving a little something back to local kids and communities. The fact that it helps build your experiences

If you missed out on the Freshers’ Fair, never fear, you have a second chance to meet over 290 clubs and societies all over again! Remember, you can join a club or society ANYTIME


throughout the year. Joining a club or society is one of the best things you can do while you’re at uni. Be sure to register on www. leedsuniversityunion. to sign up for clubs and societies. 10.00pm to 4.00pm, across the Union. is back with the mother of all parties! Relive the best days of your life with chart/ party anthems in Stylus, indie in Mine and a decade of dance in Pulse. Wear your school uniform or face detention! 10.00pm to 3.00am, Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building, £3.50 adv. buy tickets from

CATEGORIES: Bars & Nightlife Music, Film & Performance General Interest Society & Club Listings Give it a Go Listings Information & Support Democracy & Campaigns

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Bars & Nightlife.

Fruity presents: special guests Max and OB (Hollyoaks) Fruity is one of Leeds’ best and longest running student nights. Are you getting enough? 10.30pm to 3.30am Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building £4 adv/ £5 on the door

Lipstick Every Tuesday

Lipstick is brought to you by Jonny Strangeways, who you may know from Bad Sneakers and as co-promoter/ DJ of underground night Strangeways at Wire. Musically you can expect to hear: MGMT, Beyonce, Lily Allen, The Big Pink, Hot Chip, Michael Jackson, Dizzee Rascal, The Thermals, Interpol, The Smiths, Late of the Pier, MIA, The Cribs, Prince, The Notorious BIG, Passion Pit, Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Delphic, Nelly, Public Enemy, Virgins, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, La Roux, Justice, Tiga, Hockey, SMD, Queen, Chromeo, Friendly Fires & many more. 10.00pm to 3.00am, Mine, Union Building FREE ENTRY!

Saturday 7th November

Max & OB Playing at Fruity

Sunday 1st November Brainwash Festival with Efterklang, Oceansize, Grammatics, Vessels & more 1.00pm to 11.00pm Stylus and Mine, Union Building, £14.50 - all prices include booking fee of £1.50 per ticket

Tuesday 3rd November Shoop! Thursday 5th November

Shoop! is a funky soul and motown night bursting its way into Mine. Spinning classics you can’t help but enjoy! It’s free entry so come on down! To help you get your feet moving we’re offering bottles of Salitos and Havana club rum and coke for £1.50 all night! Expect to hear classics from Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, and James Brown to name but a few… 10.30pm to 3.00am, Mine, Union Building, FREE ENTRY Other FREE Nights in Mine include: Central Beatz Saturday 14th November Top Gun Thursday 26th November

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the biggest student night in the country. Freshly Squeezed is the only way to start your night at Fruity. 9.00pm to 1.30am Terrace Bar, Union building

Dance Like Your Dad DJ Sam promises you a night you will not forget, with an eclectic mix of 50’s-60’s pop/Garage/ Beat/Surf/Motown/Soul. Come along and learn how to Dance Like Your Dad. 9.00pm to 1.00am Terrace Bar, Union Building Lipstick Indie electro party tunes with DJ Jonny Strangeways. 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building FREE ENTRY!

Thursday 5th to Sunday 9th November Old Bar FestivALE At the Old Bar we try to offer our customers as much variety as we can and on the 5th of

November we will be beginning our FestivALE 09 where our valued customers can try 18 different varieties of ale and 5 scrumptious ciders. Old Bar, Union Building

Thursday 5th November

School Disco is back with the mother of all parties! Relive the best days of your life with chart/ party anthems. 10.00pm to 3.00am Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building £3.50 adv.

Bonfire Night at Leeds University Union. Don’t forget the Union building is open before and after the bonfire at Hyde Park. The Union building is ‘welly friendly’ so come back to enjoy a tasty BBQ in the Terrace or a warming coffee or just come for a pint of real ale in the Old Bar! Union Building

Tuesday 10th November

Taste My Enthusiasm: Adam Freeland & more Bonfire Night Rave Up Leeds’ freshest Electro, Breaks and Drum & Bass night. 10.00pm to 5.00am Stylus, Pulse and Mine, Union Building, £14.25 adv.

Curious? Launch Party with Binary Kids Curious? is a new gayfriendly night for anyone who wants a fun night out in a safe space. For our launch party we have the fabulous Binary Kids taking the helm! Imagine Lady Gaga, Little Boots and Missy Elliott jamming at a house party and the sound would come close to the ear swashing loveliness of the Binary Kids 10.30pm to 3.30am £4.00 adv.

Shoop! Motown and funky Soul 10.30pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building FREE ENTRY

Friday 6th November Freshly Squeezed The biggest warm-up to

Lipstick Indie electro party tunes with DJ Jonny Strangeway. 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building, FREE ENTRY

Wednesday 11th November

Friday 13th November

Tuesday 17th November

Friday 27th November

Freshly Squeezed The biggest warm-up to the biggest student night in the country. Freshly Squeezed is the only way to start your night at Fruity. 9.00pm to 1.30am Terrace Bar, Union Building

Lipstick Indie electro party tunes with DJ Jonny Strangeways. 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building FREE ENTRY

Freshly Squeezed The biggest warm-up to the biggest student night in the country. Freshly Squeezed is the only way to start your night at Fruity. 9.00pm to 1.30am Terrace Bar, Union Building

Fruity presents: Pirate Party! Ahoy there shipmates, there be rum punch for the first 100 swashbucklers down to the good ship fruity in full pirate costume. 10.30pm to 3.30am Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building £4 adv/ £5 on the door

Freshly Squeezed The biggest warm-up to the biggest student night in the country. Freshly Squeezed is the only way to start your night at Fruity. 9.00pm to 1.30am Terrace Bar, Union Building

Saturday 14th November Central Beatz Drum n Bass and Dubstep in the depths of Mine on a 30k crystal clear soundsystem. Central Beatz resident DJs + MCs with some special guests too. 10.00pm to 4.00am Mine, Union building FREE ENTRY! Brighton Beach Indie from ‘60s onwards and Northern Soul 11.00pm to 3.00am Stylus & Pulse, Union Building £5 adv. from CATS, Crash, Jumbo and www.

Friday 20th November

Fruity presents: ‘Fruity in Need’ 10.30pm to 3.30am Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building £4 adv/ £5 on the door

Saturday 21st November The Wendy House Leeds’ friendliest party. Check it out! 9.00pm to 2.30am Stylus & Pulse, Union Building, Advance tickets £4.50 from CATS and Lipstick Indie electro party tunes with DJ Jonny Strangeway. 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building, FREE ENTRY

Monday 16th November

Thursday 26th November

Analog with Loefah & more This is ANALOG. Electro/ Bass/Dubstep/Techno. Our resident djs are regulars at London’s Fabric, Ministry of Sound and Pacha... So expect them to spread some of that superclub love! 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building £5.75 adv.

Top Gun A night of pure power pop ballads! Think power ballads, soft rock, 80s & 90s pop. Drinks offers include bottles of VK: £1.50, Snakebite (Carlsberg and Strongbow) £1.50 10.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building Free Entry

Remember B*Witched?

Fruity presents: B Witched! 10.30pm to 3.30am Stylus, Pulse & Mine, Union Building £4 adv/ £5 on the door

Saturday 28th November Wax:On 5th Birthday with Brodinksi, The Count & Sinden & More After five years of tearing up dancefloors across the UK and beyond, Wax:On has brought you the absolute best in electronic dance music since we started grinding our organ back in 2004. From Erol Alkan to Luciano, the quality and spectrum of the parties has progressed year upon year to bring us to the juggernaut that Wax:On is today. Thanks to a lot of dedication, incredible artist talent, a fantastic legion of fans and a little bit of magic, we are proud to invite you to celebrate our 5th Birthday Spectacular. 10.30pm to 5.30am Stylus, Pulse and Mine, Union Building, £16.25 adv. Buy tickets for all club nights and gigs from

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Music, Performance & Film. ONE TO WATCH:

Alice Russell Sunday 22nd November

Royksopps latest album

Wednesday 4th November Royksopp LIVE Norwegian electronica outfit whose enormously successful Melody A.M. album introduced us to their brand of luscious chilled upbeat ambience. 7.30pm to 11.30pm Stylus, Union Building £17.50 adv.

Thursday 12th November Keep It Unreal wih Mr. Scruff Mr. Scruff is back in town for another journey through his record collection. From reggae, soul, latin beats, nu jazz, old jazz, house, breaks, hip hop and dubstep . 10.00pm to 3.00am Stylus, Union Building £11.25 adv.

Friday 13th November La Roux (SOLD OUT) We’re going in for the kill... Tickets for this event are now sold out. 7.00pm to 11.00pm The Refectory £14.50 adv.

Formed 20 years ago, The Beautiful South sold over 15 million albums worldwide and packed out stadiums and arenas throughout that period. They had a string of hit singles such as ‘Old Red Eyes Is Back’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’, ‘Perfect 10’ and number one single ‘A Little Time’. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history. The Beautiful South return as New Beautiful South. 7.00pm to 11.00pm Stylus, Union Building £21.50 adv.

Sunday 22nd November Alice Russell Live See ‘One to Watch’. 7.00pm to 11.00pm Mine, Union Building £12.50 adv. from CATS in the Union Building and

Tuesday 24th November

Monday 16th November

Wavves LIVE BoysWavves are a Lo-fi/ punk band based in San Diego, California. 7.00pm to 3.00am Mine, Union Building £7.25 adv.

New Beautiful South plus special guest Sandi Thom

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Alice Russell’s lavishly soulful voice is both timeless and up to the minute modern. Her style is a predominantly bluesy, soul lament but encompasses everything from funk to gospel to jazz and beyond. She always performs with self assurance and sass. Alice Russell is known for her performances with Bah Samba, TM Juke, Kushti and she is the front woman of The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Others have quoted: “Amy Winehouse will wish she

General Interest. Monday 2nd November Film Showing: Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli showcase. A beautifully realised tale of civilisation versus nature. A true epic by Japan’s master animator Hayao Miyazaki. 7.00pm to 9.30pm Clothworkers South Lecture Theatre 2 (3.04), Manmade Fibres Building

Tuesday 3rd November The Training and Development Agency Turn your talent to teaching. Children are fun, energetic and inquisitive – but that isn’t the only reward of teaching. Come along to our presentation. 6.00pm to 8.00pm Conference Room, The ARC, Union Building

Wednesday 4th November

Alice Russell

could produce an album half as good as this... Alice is a wonderful soulful, bluesy vocalist backed by a band that’s tighter than an Aberdonian during the credit crunch”- Daily Express

Study Abroad Fair For first and second year students. Open to language and nonlanguage degree students. Thinking about studying abroad in 2010/11? 11.00am to 3.00pm Parkinson Court, University of Leeds

Thursday 5th November Bonfire Night on Woodhouse Moor

The annual Hyde Park Bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm! Be sure to wrap up warm and get a good spot by the fire! Fireworks display will start at 7.30pm. Don’t forget the Union building is open for a BBQ in the Terrace and the Old Bar FestivALE. From 6.00pm, Woodhouse Moor Bonfire Night at Roundhay Park Why not wander up to Roundhay Park for the bonfire festivities. The fire will be lit at 7.30pm and fireworks will start at 8.00pm. We advise you get there by public transport! Visit www. for more information. From 6.00pm Roundhay Park, Roundhay, Leeds

Friday 27th November Eid-Ul-Adha An Islamic Celebration. Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat. The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual. 9.00am to 5.00pm LUU and beyond...

Saturday 28th November Reclaim the Night Leeds Bringing back the campaign to make women feel safer in the streets of Leeds at night.   6.00pm to 11.00pm

“...her vocal style has a gritty power and authentically raw soulfulness...” - Venue Magazine Come down to Mine on Sunday and see for yourself, you won’t regret it. 7.00pm to 11.00pm, Mine, Union Building Advance tickets £12.50 adv. from CATS in the Union Building and www.


Community Week

Volunteers working at Bardon Grange Allotment

Monday 16th to Friday 20th November

All of this week the Union is focusing on students living in the local community. We’ll be looking at the core issue of what it means to live in Leeds, and how you can make life better for yourself and everyone living around you. Monday 16th November Community Fair We have seven themed interactive areas covering everything from local shopping to saving money on your winter fuel bills. There will be information, freebies, activities and an opportunity to feedback ideas. 10.00am to 4.00pm Location: Riley Smith Hall, Union Building

Tuesday 17th November House Proud Come and find out about housing in Leeds Whether you’re in a house already or thinking about next year, there will be loads of info at hand to help. 10.00am to 4.00pm Union Foyer, Union Building

Wednesday 18th November

Get yourself to the fireworks display at Hyde Park

Safety Come and find out how to stay safe in your community. Meet your local Neighourhood Watch

Student Co-ordinator and bag some goodies! 10.00am to 4.00pm Union Foyer, Union Building

Thursday 19th November Volunteering Volunteering is a great way of giving a little something back to local kids and communities. The fact that it helps build your experiences and skills is an added bonus – it looks fantastic on your CV. Come and find out about Volunteering at LUU! 10.00am to 4.00pm Union Foyer, Union Building

Friday 20th November Represent Come and find out who represents you and how to get involved in your community. You’ll also be able to register to vote in the national elections - to show Leeds that students do matter! 10.00am to 4.00pm Union Foyer, Union Building

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Clubs & Societies Listings Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th November

Remembrance Day. We will be holding a minute silence at 11.00am union wide and a bugle playing outside the Union. To get involved or to find out more please contact the British Armed Forces Supporters Club at luu. From 11.00am, across the Union Building

Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November The TG Festival A two day festival of theatrical events, featuring productions ranging from 1 minute to 1 hour, from Shakespeare to improvisation. Riley Smith Hall, Union Building

Thursday 26th November Film Soc Screening: Burn After Reading 6.00pm, Man Made Fibres Building, Lecture Theatre 3, FREE

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Wednesday 11th November

Saturday 14th November

Give KORFBALL a go! Sports Hall 1, 5.00pm to 7.00pm, FREE

Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th November

Wednesday 11th November

Lishi Arts Tai Chi ARC Conference Hall, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, FREE

Copenhagen, the Climate and You. ARC Meeting Room 2, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, FREE

TG Presents: Women Laughing Riley Smith Hall Doors 7.30pm, £5

Freshers’ Fair 2 Joining a club or society is one of the best things that you can do while you’re at Uni. It’s never too late to get involved in a club or society! Across the Union Building 10.00pm to 4.00pm

Assertiveness Workshop ARC Meeting Room 3, 5.00pm to 6.00pm, FREE

Introduction to Sign Language The Lounge, Union Building, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, 50p

Visit Edinburgh with GIAG!

Give it a Go Listings Sunday 1st November Mens and Ladies Tennis All standards welcome! Weetwood Tennis Courts (past the 3G pitches), 10.00am to 1.00pm, FREE

Monday 2nd November Mug Painting All materials supplied. Meeting Room 3, the ARC 6.00pm to 8.00pm, £2 per mug Meeting Skills ARC Conference Hall, Union Building, 5.00pm to 6.00pm, FREE

Tuesday 3rd November Fencing Sports Hall 1B, Sports Centre 7.00pm, £1 Must Book! UNA Security Council Workshop Leeds University Parkinson SR 1.08, 5.00pm to 7.00pm, 50p

Wednesday 4th November

Buddhist Meditation ARC Meeting Room 3, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, FREE Must Book! Self Defence Mixed Gender Class ARC Conference Hall, 5.00pm to 7.00pm, £1

Thursday 5th November Give Debating A Go Meet in Parkinson Court, 7.00pm, FREE Men’s Lacrosse Meet Parkinson Steps 4.30pm to go to Weetwood 5.00pm to 7.00pm, £1 (please bring bus fare)

Women’s Football Sports Hall 1A, 1.00pm to 2.30pm, FREE

Saturday 7th November Trip to Lincoln See ‘Don’t Miss’ Meet Parkinson Steps 8.30am, £14, Must book!

Sunday 8th November Windsurfing Meet 1.00pm at Parkinson Steps, Pugneys Country Park, £10 (inc transport, kit and wetsuit hire)

The Ultimate Tea Party ARC Conference Hall 4.00pm to 5.30pm, FREE Thai Boxing Meet outside Sainsburys in Headingley at 3.30pm or Tigers Gym, Meanwood, 4.00pm to 5.00pm, £1

Friday 13th November

Sci-Fi and Fantasy ARC Meeting Room 2, 3.00pm to 10.00pm, £1

Sunday 15th November Gouranga Festival Riley Smith Hall, 3.30pm to 7.30 pm, FREE

Monday 16th November Chinese Games ARC Meeting Room 8, 5.00pm to 7.00pm, £2.50

Women’s Lacrosse Sports hall 1b, 4.00pm to 5.00pm, FREE

Friday 6th November

Tuesday 10th November

Gothsoc The Subcuture, Leeds City Centre, 7.00pm, £4

Medsin’s THINK Club Peanut Gallery, Union Building, 6.00pm to 7.00pm, FREE Men’s Cricket Sports Hall 1a, 10.00am to 12.00pm, FREE

Wednesday 18th November Big Kids Quiz Old Bar, Union Building, 6.30pm to 8.00pm, £1.50

Thursday 19th November Introduction to Camera Basics of photography ARC Meeting Room 5, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, £2

Friday 20th November Weekend Trip to Edinburgh Meet Parkinson Steps 8.30am, Returning Sunday Evening, £60, MUST BOOK!

Archery Sports Hall 3, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, £2

Indian Head Massage ARC Meeting Room 5, 5.00pm to 7.00pm, £3 Must Book!

Tuesday 17th November

Saturday 21st November

Disco Bowling with EnviroSoc!

Cheerleading Give It A Go Sports Hall, 2.00pm to 3.00pm, £1


Trip to Lincoln

Sunday 22nd November Children’s Mask Making ARC Meeting Room 5, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, £2.50

Tuesday 24th November

Monday 9th November

Kick Boxing Sports Hall 1B, 8.00pm to 10.00pm, FREE

Saturday 7th November

Thursday 12th November

LUUHC give it a go Hike! Leave Parkinson steps at 9.00am heading to the Peak District, 9.00am to 6.00pm, £5. MUST BOOK by 21st October.

Meet at Old Bar to walk down to the AMF in the Merrion Centre, 8.00pm to late, £5

Visit Lincoln

Saturday 7th November

Enjoy a day out to Lincoln. Visit the famous Cathedral where scenes from the film ‘Da Vinci Code’ were filmed and spot the imp hidden in the rafters. Visit the castle in the heart of the city and take a stroll down Steep hill to the shops below.  Meet Parkinson Steps 8:30am, £14, MUST BOOK!

Interfaith Panel ARC Meeting Room 3, Union Building, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, FREE Golf: Driving range session Cookridge Hall Driving Range, 7.00pm (Outside Parkinson Steps), £5. Must Book! Revelation Rock Gospel Meet at Parkinson steps at 6.30pm or Wrangthorn Church 7.00pm, 50p

Wednesday 25th November American Football Meet outside the Union 12.45pm or at Hyde Park 1.00pm start, FREE Feminist T-shirt Making! Come and tell us why you’re a feminist and make your own t-shirt... Peanut Gallery, Union Building, 7.00pm, £5, MUST BOOK! Traditional Israeli food tasting ARC Meeting Room 4, Union Building 1.00pm to 2.00pm, £3

Thursday 26th November Film Soc Screening: Burn After Reading Man Made Fibres Building, Lecture Theatre 3, 6.00pm, FREE Mixed Rugby League Session Weetwood 3G pitch, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, FREE Irish dancing Game On, Union Building 5.00pm to 6.00pm, FREE

Friday 27th November The Mind Matters The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, FREE MUST BOOK!

Saturday 28th November Trip to Meanwood Urban Farm Meet at Parkinson Steps, 12.00 noon, £6. MUST BOOK!

Sunday 29th November Gymnastics for beginners Leeds Met Gymnastics Centre, Becketts Park, Headingley, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, £1

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Ask Maddie...

Information & Support. Wednesday 4th November

Thursday 12th November

Study Abroad Fair For first and second year students. Open to language and nonlanguage degree students. Thinking about studying abroad in 2010/11? 11.00am to 3.00pm Parkinson Court

Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 12.30pm to 1.30pm Meeting Room 8, Union Building, FREE

Thursday 5th November Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting If you’re thinking you’re drinking too much, you probably are. There’s no harm in taking a look. It’s free to come along and listen. 12.30pm to 1.30pm Meeting Room 8, Union Building, FREE

Maddie Harris-Smith Officer Your Welfare

Thursday 19th November Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 12.30pm to 1.30pm Meeting Room 8, Union Building, FREE

Thursday 26th November Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting 12.30pm to 1.30pm Meeting Room 8, Union Building, FREE

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INSIDE: Christmas Special! LUU’s Christmas Market, House Hunting info, SKINT Sales, The List and more...

Democracy & Campaigns. Tuesday 3rd November

6.00pm to 9.00pm ARC Conference Hall, Union Building

Referendum Open Union Council Meeting 6.00pm, Stylus, Union Building

Monday 16th November

Monday 9th November to Friday 29th January Student Exec Elections: Nominations Open Your chance to stand to be on the LUU Student Executive. From 10.00am

Monday 9th November Union Council Meeting Any member of the Union can attend a council meeting and ask questions or make proposals.

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Meet the Officers Week Your chance to find out what it takes to be a student exec officer and what each role involves. 10.00am to 5.00pm Union Building

Saturday 21st November The Leeds Summat A gathering for inspiration, disruption and action for the big issues of our time. Including workshops and debates, music, youth and kids zones, market place, food, conversations, interactive art,

international speakers, skills training and Film. 10.00am to 6.00pm (plus meal & cabaret evening, Union Building

Wednesday 25th November Referendum Debate Meeting This is your chance to come along and find out more about each issue going to referendum. You can either take part in the debate or sit back and listen to what is being said. 2.00pm, Information Point, Union Building

Wednesday 25th November Rock The Referendum With ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ and ‘Faith

No More’ tribute acts From 8.00pm Mine, Union Building

Wednesday 25th to Tuesday 1st December Referendum voting starts. From 4.00pm today you can vote in the referendum. This is your chance to have your say in how the Union works. You can find out more about the motions going to referendum at www. leedsuniversityunion. referendum. Please note, you must be registered with the new LUU website in order to vote. 4.00pm, Union Building and online until 4.00pm on Tuesday 1st December

Please send your problems to All our questions are kept anonymous unless you state otherwise. Not all questions can be printed I’m afraid but we will try to answer as many as we can and put as many as we can online.

, Dear Maddie

rilliant house r ed into a b I’ve just mov s. The only problem is ou all ic d with my frien ey play really loud mus ost Th lm . a rs es ou rti a hb ve p neig seem to ha s the time and e’re a house of medic W on ! every night re really long, and I’m arts. sa so our hour on, meaning 6.00am st to so t es en tim m of place uple d the first co but it hasn’t I went roun n ow keep it d do? ask them to e anything else I can er th Is . d ke or w ail Sent by em Answer: You can call the Neighbourhood Helpline on 0113 343 1064, or email them on neighbourhood. The Universities in Leeds can help resolve community issues involving their students, such as noise and rubbish. Leave a message on the answerphone, with details of the problem and address, and the Universities will investigate if it is their students causing the problems, and mediate if they can. If this doesn’t help you can also contact the Council’s noise nuisance squad on 0113 240 7361 – they have the legal power to confiscate equipment and even fine people up to £5,000 for noise offences.

Dear Maddie,

Our cooker is broken. We reported it to the landlord when we moved in at the beginning of Septembe r but he hasn’t fixed it yet. We haven’ t been able to eat hot food as we don’t hav e a microwave – so we’ve been living on takeaways, which is taking its toll on our our waistlines! Is there any wallets and thing else we can do other than a sit-i n at his office? Send by email Answer: The first thing you need to do is put the problem in writing to the landlord. This goes for any repairs or housing problems – it gives you proof you have told him. It might also be useful to keep your takeaway receipts, and tell him how much you have spent extra on food as a result of the disrepair. In the letter, explain the situation and give him a reasonable deadline to complete the work or get back to you. If you are not satisfied with his response, or you do not receive one, head to the Student Advice Centre in the Union, and one of their advisers might be able to help.

Dear Maddie,

, and I’m t burgled last week One of my friends go ppen to me, as I’ve heard ha a bit worried it could isn’t safe. Can I move? I live people say where Send by email

Answer: Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to get out of a housing contrac you can find replacement t unless ten few simple tips you can red ants. There’s no need to be scared. By remember ing a uce your chances of bec oming a victim of crime. like keeping windows and Things doors locked, even if you only leave for 30 second valuables from view and s, hiding leaving a light on at night if everyone’s out can all keep your things safe. Wh help en you’re out and about, keep your phone and iPod sight and if you have to wa out of lk, stick with friends and to well-lit, busy routes. Visit ww for more info on crime in w. your area. If you do bec of crime, there is a section ome a victim on “Reporting Crime” on the site too.

Advice given is verified by our Student Advice Cen tre. You can visit them in them on advice@ luu.leed the Union building or con or visit www.leed tact suniversityunion.o /helpandadvice

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The Gist Issue 3, Nov-Dec 2009  

Leeds University Union's monthly publication. Featuring: Stand, It's Easy, Love Your Time at Leeds, Community Week, and the full list of eve...