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Ben Moxey From left to right: Nick Leavey, Usain Bolt and Perri Shakes-Drayton. Ben Moxey Team GB head home from an eventful IAAF World Championships with seven medals, supported by a backbone of top Brunel athletes. Whether they train at our facilities or have donned the Brunel robes for graduation, they are all athletes to be proud of. Neil Young, Head of Programmes for the Brunel 2012 campaign, says: “It was good to see that the success of the athletics programme at Brunel meant that more than 20 athletes who train at the University competed at Daegu.” Among those 20 were four Brunel alumni: Laura Turner, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Montell Douglas, and Phillips Idowu. Laura was incredibly unlucky not to get past the heats for the 100m, coming in at fourth; neither she nor Montell qualified for the final of their respective 4x100m relays. Perri had more success though, just

missing out on the 400m hurdles finals and leading GB to fourth place in the 4x400m relay. The real star of the Brunel show, however, has to be Phillips. He wowed everyone with a season’s best of 17.70m in the triple jump to lead the event right until the final jump. Only when American Christian Taylor posted a third jump of 17.96m was Phillips bested. He was able improve with a 17.77m in the fourth attempt, but in the end had to settle for silver. “It wasn’t my day,” said the 2009 world champion. “I felt I had that distance in my legs but it never came. I jumped two season’s best. It wasn’t enough but hopefully I can do it next year [at the London 2012 Olympics] and get gold.” Meanwhile, many athletes who train at Brunel were plying their wares on the track; Richard Strachan, Nicola Sanders and Yamile Aldama all fought to make

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it into the finals and only just missed out on glory. Richard and Yamile both placed fifth in their events of the 4x400m relay and the triple jump respectively, but Nicole was closer to the podium as she joined Perri in the Women’s 4x400m relay team, finishing in fourth. But that isn’t all for Brunel trained athletes. Another clutch of runners were busy, outside of the GB camp, grabbing medals and headlines. The Racers Track Club from Kingston, Jamaica, used Brunel as their summer base in both in 2009 and 2010. The name ‘Bolt’ will be familiar, but the 200m gold medal winner isn’t the only champ to be training on the banks of the River Pinn. Yohan Blake, the new fastest man in the world, has also called Brunel home. He went on to claim gold in the 100m after Bolt’s false start and teamed up with Usain in the 4x100m to

get the gold, setting a new world record in the process. In addition, both Jermaine Gonzalez and Allodin Fothergill (silver, 4x400m relay) and Rosemary White and Davita Prendergast (silver, 4x400m relay) call Brunel home from time to time. So it seems that Brunel has a knack for turning out athletic superstars. With this, we look forward to the Olympics next year (when we will be home to the South Korean Olympic and Canadian Paralympics teams) and the future beyond. If you reckon you are a track and field legend-inthe-making, then email athletics@ brunelstudents.org.uk or check out the Athletics stand at Freshers’ Fayre on Tuesday 20th September. For more information, check out our interview with Neil Young, Head of Brunel 2012 Programmes, on page 31.

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Amy Blackford - Editor A big welcome to all you new Brunelians who are joining us this year. I remember what it was like when I first moved into halls; it certainly was a mix of emotions. The excitement and apprehension that greeted me at St Margaret’s Hall, I still remember to this day. I must say that choosing Brunel was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Sure, it was hard to leave home, but once you throw yourself into Freshers’ Week, you soon forget about all the worries that you had before you arrived. In this issue, we have interviewed the new student officers to find out what they are most looking forward to this Freshers’ Week and what their best memories have been. For me, it was definitely the welcome party at Academy on the Sunday night. This was where I met one of my housemates and closest friends. My best piece of advice would be to jump in head-first, get involved with everything, and just enjoy it. A lot of hard work has gone into making your Freshers’ Week amazing on campus, so grab a mini guide from one of your Contacts and get stuck in. Aside from Freshers’ Week, this summer has passed quite slowly for me. Since I moved out of my house in June, I have been going back and forth trying to sort out things for this upcoming year. Le Nurb has undergone a bit of a facelift recently, and the team are all very excited about this year. The amount of new ideas buzzing around the office is incredible. I would just like to thank all of those individuals who voted for me at the end of last year; you genuinely have no idea how much it means to me. Finally, a big thank you goes to everyone who has helped to create my first issue as editor, especially a certain Mr Robert Hunt. I don’t know what I would do without him as the chief designer. The changes this year are already truly extraordinary, and I am honoured to be working with such a great team. Each individual brings something different, which as an editor, is really exciting to watch and be a part of. Let’s go Le Nurb team 2011/12 and win those awards that we know we deserve.

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Submissions Simply put, if you’re a current Brunel student, you can write for Le Nurb. There’s a few things to bear in mind: YOUR ARTICLE

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Arts & Reviews Editor Nick ‘Nintendo 64’ Birss Sub Editor Jon ‘Space Jam’ Partridge Designer Joanne ‘Jelly Sandals’ Barnard Staff Writers Emma ‘Sega’ l’Anson Subat ‘Pixar’ Bashir Christel ‘40p Bus Fares’ Gomez Ricky ‘Game Boy Color’ Compton Lewis ‘10p Freddo’s’ Sluman Matt ‘Get Your Own Back’ Smith Daisy ‘BN, BNs’ Adamson

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The Student Switch Off Adam Martley Students are being encouraged to save energy in halls in an energy campaign that gives them rewards. The Student Switch Off campaign, run with the NUS, is currently running at 40 universities and rewards students for saving energy by giving them prizes throughout the year. The prizes include Loco’s vouchers, club tickets, ice cream, and NUS Extra cards. The not-for-profit campaign is asking students to do small things to make a difference. These include: switching off lights and appliances, not overfilling kettles, reducing central heating usage by wearing more clothes, and when cooking, making sure that lids are on pans. According to the campaign, putting a lid on your pan can save up to 90% of the energy needed to cook your food. When the campaign finishes at the end of the year, the hall that manages to save the most energy will have a party. Last year, Faraday Hall secured this honour. Student Switch Off has won the Best Energy Saving Idea award this year at the People and Environment Achievement Awards, which was presented by businesswoman and Dragons’ Den judge Deborah Meaden. The campaign was set up in 2006 at the East Anglia University as a pilot project and has been steadily growing each year. Over 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide was saved across the UK in 2009-10, which in turn, saved around £300,000. To find out more information about the campaign and the prizes on offer, visit the ‘Brunel University Student Switch Off’ Facebook page.

News In Brief Sausage Fest A brothel in Switzerland which offers free sausages to all of its paying customers has burnt to the ground after the barbecue used to cook the sausages set the brothel on fire. Naked prostitutes and clients fled the scene, apparently with sausages in hand. Have I Got Asylum For You A gameshow in the Netherlands has received severe criticism after it pitted asylum seekers against each other before they were deported to their home country. The show, entitled ‘Leaving the Netherlands,’ awards the winner with £3,500 and the runnerup with a bunch of tulips and a bulletproof vest. iPlank An American woman who thought she was buying an iPad for just $180 ended up with just a piece of wood with the Apple logo on. She stumbled on two men in a McDonald’s car park who then offered her a huge discount on an iPad, only for them to con her with the piece of timber.

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UBS Goes Skydiving Twelve members of the Union of Brunel Students will be skydiving for charity in November. Staff, officers and chairs will be attempting to raise over £3,000 for the Community Cancer Centre in Yiewsley. More information on how to donate to help the Union will be announced soon. For more details, please see the official website: communitycancercentre.org.uk.

UBS Becomes Official Charity As of 12th July, the Union of Brunel Students became an officially registered charity. Previously, the UBS existed as an exempt charity under the University. The change means that the UBS is “now recognised as existing for the advancement of education as well as representing students, organising sport, social and cultural activities and offering personal development opportunities.” The Ultimate Halls Some students attending Edge Hill University are going to have to live in the local Pontins resort after overcrowding in the on-campus halls of residence caused the university to find some emergency accommodation. Students will have free access to the swimming pool and crazy golf course, as well as getting a free TV and license. The Fugitive Cow A German cow, which ran away as it was led to the slaughterhouse, has finally been found after being missing for over 3 months. The cow, called Yvonne, avoided the meat tenderiser by hiding with deer near the Austrian border. Yvonne is now set for a happy retirement with her sister and son in an animal sanctuary. Pupilage for Ex-UBS President A big congratulations goes to the previous President Nat Foster who has been called to the Bar and has managed to get a pupilage. This therefore means that Nat will soon be a practising barrister. Well done Nat!

Brunel to host Canadian 2012 Paralympics team

Adam Martley Brunel is set to play host to the Canadian athletics team next year as they prepare for the 2012 Paralympic Games. The Canadian coaching team will be at Brunel next month for a final planning visit and will return in May 2012 with athletes for a Simulation Camp and Paralympic Test Event. Their preparations for the games themselves begin in August 2012. The athletes will have Brunel’s top sports facilities available to them such as the track and field indoor centre, the outdoor 400m track with six lanes, weight training, and facilities to improve fitness. Record-breaking athlete Usain Bolt has previously trained at Brunel’s sports facilities. Bolt and the rest of the Jamaican team recently broke the world record for the 4x100m relay, beating their own 2008 Beijing Olympics world record by six hundredths of a second. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Campbell said: “We are delighted that Athletics Canada has chosen Brunel, not only because

of its world-class sports facilities, conveniently located close to Heathrow, but also because of our cutting edge research into factors that may influence the performance of Paralympic athletes.” Canadian Paralympic athlete Josh Cassidy has previously won the men’s wheelchair event at the London Marathon in 2010. Neil Young, Head of Brunel Programmes for the London 2012 Games, said: “We are honoured that Brunel University has been chosen as the Paralympic Games preparation camp by Athletics Canada and look forward to developing long-lasting relationships with the Canadian athletes, coaches and officials. The sporting facilities at Brunel University are among the best in London and there has been considerable interest in London 2012 preparation camps from teams around the world.” Athletics Canada will train at Brunel’s pre-Games preparation camp from 20 August to 26 August next year.

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Zephaniah joins Brunel creative writing staff Ben Moxey Benjamin Zephaniah, best known as a leading British performance poet, is set to take up his first ever academic position, as the Chair of Creative Writing at Brunel University. A self-described “Rasta-Folkie,” Zephaniah grew up in the working class district of Handsworth, Birmingham. He rose from there to publish his first book of poetry at 22, was voted the nation’s third favourite poet of all time (after Elliot and Donne) in 2009, and is now about to develop a new method of teaching creative writing to students—with an emphasis on the sound of the spoken word. His formal education ended at 13, when he left his approved school without the ability to

read or write. Despite being “very dyslexic,” his abilities and talent grew when he began attending the local Afro-Caribbean church. They taught him to memorise and recite Bible verses which spurred him to write his own and by 15 he was a well-known, established poet in the local area. After a stint in jail for petty crimes as a teen, Zephaniah turned his life around. He moved to London, intent on touching the lives of black and white people through his poetry, “and to fight the dead image of poetry in academia.” He has released several albums of original music, as well as 14 collections of poems, four novels, and five children’s books. His most notable public moment in recent times occurred when he

turned down his OBE in 2003, stating it reminded him of “how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised.” All through life he has said that he doesn’t like life to be too easy. This includes his new academic appointment. “It’s all new territory,” he says. “It’s going to be interesting. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Dr William Leahy, Head of the School of Arts, notes: “Benjamin Zephaniah is an inspirational poet, and person. He is sure to enthuse, energise and educate our Creative Writing students.” We at Le Nurb look forward to seeing him around campus and send out a sincere welcome to a true literary legend. Welcome Benjamin Zephaniah!

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An obituary: Professor Ken Darby-Dowman Professor Ken Darby-Dowman was nothing other than a perfect gentleman. Brunel University staff and students were deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden loss of our Pro-Vice-Chancellor in July 2011. Brunel University

Professor Darby-Dowman

Ken was a very close friend of the UBS. Over the years, he always gave up his time to attend a number of events organised by our student body, from speaking at student rep forums and assisting student led campaigns, to supporting the Dance Show and learning how to street dance at our annual graduation ball. No matter how busy he was, Ken always put students first. He would meet with the student officers every week and meet with individual students to help them with any problems they would have. The student experience was at the heart of what Ken stood for. Because of the hard work and dedication of our Pro-ViceChancellor, Brunel jumped a whopping 78 places in the National Student Survey. Ken took the time to find out exactly what students wanted and what a good institution meant to them. This ethos meant that he succeeded in any task or project he put his name to.

Ken was a great sport and had many friends at Brunel. He always brought a smile to people’s faces with his humorous stories and cheeky smile. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Jenks remembers him as a “kind, generous and extremely good humoured” colleague, adding: “His authority as a leader within the University stemmed from the fact that he was wholly sincere, evenhanded and open with colleagues and students alike. He worked extremely hard and never delivered less than he had promised. Indeed, he truly espoused the core values that he had contributed so much towards placing at the heart of the University’s plan. It’s an overused and trivialised term but Ken was a really ‘nice’ person and he always brightened my day.” Ken has now left us, but his legacy will always remain at Brunel just as our memories of him will stay with us.

Priya Pallan Professor Darby-Dowman with former student officers.

‘Worrying’ graduate employment figures Bess Browning Brand new statistics have revealed that graduates are failing to find employment after leaving university. The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has found that 28% of students who left university in 2006/7 were not in paid full-time work three and a half years later. Based on a survey carried out on over 49,000 students who left university in 2007, the figure includes about 21% who were working part-time or studying and 3.5% who gave their response as ‘other,’ which is assumed to be unemployed. Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, described the situation as “worrying.” The survey also suggested that men had more chance of earning higher salaries than women. 14%

of male graduates from 2007 were earning between £30,000 and £34,999 three and half years later. 29.4% of female graduates were earning between £20,000 and £24,999, against 15.6% of men. Alexandria Walters, a 20-yearold second year Biomedical Sciences student at Brunel, says: “The idea men having better chance of earning higher salaries than women is absolutely ludicrous…I believe that in a modern society such as ours equal opportunity or chance is crucial, and men having better chance of earning higher salaries does not allow this.” Brunel boasts a high employability rate after graduation and claims that its students are enjoying the 13th highest starting salaries in the U.K. Jane Standley, the Director of Careers and Student Employability

at Brunel, notes: “Work experience is the new must have for a graduate level career and Brunel students have the huge advantage of opportunities being available through sandwich placements, the Job Shop and Brunel Volunteers. I would encourage everyone from the first year onwards to take advantage of those opportunities.”

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FIND OUT MORE Brunel’s Placement and Careers Centre offers job listings, job hunting information, and other resources. Find them in the Bannerman centre, call them on 01895 269718, or take a look at brunel.ac.uk/services/pcc for all the latest job vacancies.

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Brunel graduate wins award for fan design Adam Martley A Brunel graduate and a winner of the Made in Brunel award has received a new award for his ceiling fan design. Buster Palmano, who received first class honours in his Product Design Engineering degree, won the New Designers InterContinental Hotels Group Award for his Wing Fan. New Designers is an event for graduates, which showcases the talent of innovators and future leaders in the design field and involves 3,500 students. The Wing

Fan is “an efficient and affordable ceiling fan designed to increase airflow and reduce noise.” Martley said: “Research shows that ceiling fans are unpopular due to their unattractive aesthetic and the fact that they are very noisy to use. The wing fan uses biomimetics (the study and application of natural mechanisms to the design of products) and airflow simulation to maximise airflow while minimising noise, creating a fan that moves silently and slowly while moving more air then traditional flat blades.”

As his prize, he received a work placement with Intercontinental Hotels Group, and a weekend break at Hotel InterContinental, in Park Lane. The judges for the New Designers award said: “Buster resolved many common issues with existing fans to create a really innovative solution that has many environmental benefits whilst delivering a vastly improved consumer experience.” He also won the Electric Vehicle Design Challenge at the Made in Brunel awards for ‘a new battery and application concept.’

On winning the New Designers award, he said: “Winning the New Designers award was a great feeling. The final year project at Brunel is unlike any other design project as it represents the culmination of four years of study, so being rewarded for my efforts is amazing.” FIND OUT MORE EditPhoto.net Buster Palmano

Scottish students drop out in droves Ben Moxey New figures published this month reveal that 28% of college students in Scotland are dropping out of their full-time further education courses. The research, conducted by the Scottish Funding Council, said the figures from the academic year 2009-2010 display the challenges of working with students from poorer backgrounds. It also notes that this drop-out rate represented a lost opportunity for the individuals, warning of a lost generation for Scottish industry. The council analysed what a student studies, their background, and their age. Published in “College Performance Indicators 2009-10,” it showed that 10% of full-time further education students left their courses before they reached a quarter of completion. Another 18% left after that stage; 12% finished their studies but did not

make the grade to be fully qualified in their chosen subject. The Scottish Funding Council’s chief executive, Mark Batho, said: “To an extent, the statistics reflect the challenges faced by colleges reaching out into communities and trying hard to get people involved in learning. However, any level of drop out at all carries a cost to the public purse as well as the human cost of disappointments and lost opportunity.” North of the border, figures like this come in the wake of a leading human rights lawyer branding Scottish universities as “discriminatory,” due to charging non-Scottish students for attending. Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers, stated that under the EU rules, students coming to Scotland from other European countries cannot be charged tuition fees because they have to be treated in the same way as

Scottish students; that they do is just unfair. All this may prove that Scottish education has gaps that must be addressed to ensure that students do not fall behind their southern cousins. In comparison, the English college drop-out rate has been

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falling for years, and the English universities have a drop-out rate of 14%, opposed to 17.5% in Scotland. In figures published in 2009, Brunel had cut its drop-out rate to only 10.2% (a reduction from the 15.4% in 2006). ShuttrKing/KT

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Brunel shines in NSS ‘Spying’ a new anti-terror tactic Tom Scott Brunel University shined in the results of the 2011 National Student Survey. The university has become the most improved university in the UK in terms of student satisfaction, as well as improving massively in all other areas of the survey. The results showed that Brunel had climbed 78 places in terms of student satisfaction, becoming the 45th out of 141 higher educational institutes in the UK and the most improved university in the UK. The results also place Brunel as the fifth best university in London, joint with Imperial College and SOAS. The results of the National Student Survey also showed significant improvement in all other key areas of the survey since 2010. Brunel is now 11th in the country for satisfaction of learning resources (up 30 places) and 34th in the country for academic support (up 78 places). Brunel skyrocketed up the table by 110 places for assessment and feedback, making it 19th in the country. Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Jenks says: “The improvements

in the National Student Survey are the result of years of hard work by University staff and the Students’ Union in listening carefully to students’ needs and investing appropriately in our campus, its facilities and additional learning resources.” Specific subjects for the university also had outstanding results in the NSS. 100% of students studying History were satisfied with their course, as well as 97% of Physiotherapy students, 95% of Mathematics and Statistics students and 94% of Design students. The most significant improvement was for the Business School, which rose by 53 places. The National Student Survey is an annual survey conducted by final year students who provide their feedback on their university experience. The survey includes all institutes and subject areas across the UK and all final year students are eligible to take part. FIND OUT MORE For university comparisons, more statistics and student reviews, take a look at unistats.com.

Bess Browning A new anti-terror programme introduced into universities by the government has caused outrage amongst student unions. The ‘Prevent Strategy’ will ask university lecturers, chaplains and porters to report any seemingly depressed or isolated Muslim students to the police in an aim to counter Islamic extremism. The programme indicates that students who seem distanced from their families, have extreme political views, and use extremist websites or have little access to appropriate religious instruction could be at risk of radicalism. The move has angered union bosses and lecturers, who claim it is a violation of students’ human rights and risks damaging the student-staff relationship. James Haywood, the president of Goldsmiths College’s students’ union, was “appalled” by the new system and said: “To pass on details of a student who the police consider ‘vulnerable’ is not only morally repugnant but is against the confidential Show me the recycling.

nature of pastoral support.” He added that “Prevent officers (are) asking us to effectively spy on our Muslim students.” The ‘Prevent Strategy’ was launched in 2007 and reintroduced with the discovery that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, also known as the ‘underpants bomber,’ had attended University College London. Abdul Mutallab, from Nigerian descent, wore plastic explosives in his underwear and unsuccessfully tried to detonate the bombs on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit in Michigan in 2009. He began studying Engineering and Business Finance at UCL in 2005. Recent government research suggests that an approximate 40 universities across the country are thought to be at ‘particular risk’ from radicalisation. The Guardian has reported that some universities from Lancashire and London have already been approached. Home Secretary Theresa May said that Labour had not been “sufficiently willing to recognize what can be

happening on campuses.” At the time of print, Brunel’s head of student union had yet to comment on the situation.

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Introducing your student officers... Union of Brunel Students

Vice-President Student Activities Gary O’Brien Gary’s position covers the student activity within clubs, societies and RAG charity events. What’s your nickname? Keeno. What halls were you in when you were a fresher? Fleming.

Left to right: Gary, Craig, Avina and Promise.

What is your best memory of University life? Being announced as the new Vice President of Student Activities.

Your elected student union President for this year

What is your best memory of University life? Becoming the President of the student union.

What event are you most looking forward to during Freshers’ Week? The Unfair Fairtrade Olympic Decathlon.

Promise Phillips As UBS President, Promise is the nominal head of UBS, overseeing its democracy and getting involved in everything the Union offers to you, the students. The President also plays an active role in making sure that the quality of student representation is high.

What event are you most looking forward to during Freshers’ Week? Freshers’ Fayre.

What is the most unusual thing to have happened to you at Brunel? The shower time experience after a rugby tournament. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in a shower with 6 guys. “…Father Abraham…”

What’s your nickname? Yoel.

Any tips for the freshers? Make as many friends as you possibly can.

What halls were you in when you were a fresher? Clifton.

What is the most unusual thing to have happened to you at Brunel? I got a fine for £38 for playing music too loudly in halls during my first year. What a stupid amount!

CONTACT PROMISE su.president@brunel.ac.uk

Any tips for the freshers? To quote Bear Grylls: “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone so get out there, be open, and have fun.” This is an amazing university full of amazing people. CONTACT GARY vp.activities@brunel.ac.uk

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Vice-President Community Welfare

Craig Best In his position as VP Academic Rep, Craig ensures that all of your academic needs are represented to the University, and promotes and encouraging quality support in your academic year.

Avina Patel Avina is responsible for community relations, and is here to help you with any Welfare issues. For advice on housing, health or finance then talk to her or anyone from the Advice and Representation Centre.

What’s your nickname? Teddy.

What’s your nickname? V.

What halls were you in when you were a fresher? Chepstow.

What halls were you in when you were a fresher? Mill.

What is your best memory of University life? Going to Army Night during my very first Freshers’ Week, because that is where I meet some amazing people; especially Rosanne Sacks.

What is your best memory of University life? The last week of term is always just as good as the first, so FACE (Festival of Awareness and Creative Expression) is my highlight.

What event are you most looking forward to during Freshers’ Week? Officer Head to Head.

What event are you most looking forward to during Freshers’ Week? The Union Marquee.

What is the most unusual thing to have happened to you at Brunel? Last year, I ran in the student elections with a broken foot, which meant campaigning on crutches.

What is the most unusual thing to have happened to you at Brunel? Being elected as the VP [of] Community Welfare, because I honestly thought I wouldn’t win.

Any tips for the freshers? Make sure your nightclub of choice is a safe environment.

Any tips for the freshers? Be safe if you are ever travelling home alone.

CONTACT CRAIG vp.academicrep@brunel.ac.uk

CONTACT AVINA vp.communitywelfare@brunel.ac.uk


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Finally fixed our Facebook The guy to the right of me is kind of weird Tom Scott As part of the Union’s social media changes, the Union of Brunel Students underwent a dramatic coalition of all its Facebook pages. The Media Department spent days finding a mass amount of

unnecessary, unused and unofficial pages and groups. In fact, Le Nurb itself even had half a dozen unofficial groups that had to be deleted. The new setup means there are now just five official groups, covering all aspects of the Union and Union life. Other than our page for Freshers 2011, no other profiles claiming to be the UBS or any of its departments are genuine.

The main page for the Union covering news and events. facebook.com/brunelstudents (or Twitter: @brunelstudents)

For information about joining a club and/or society. facebook.com/ubsstudentactivities (or Twitter: @ubssa)

For all updates regarding Loco’s and Academy. facebook.com/ubsnightlife (or Twitter: @ubsnightlife)

For information on our Union charity and how to get involved. facebook.com/ubsrag (or Twitter: @ubsrag)

BrunelStudents.com and apps get facelifts Nick Clegg is my homeboy Tom Scott To add to the amazing work done on the Union’s Facebook pages this summer, the Union has completely redone brunelstudents.com – just in time for the arrival of all the new Freshers. The new website is set to make student life a little easier by providing more information on the Union’s activities, and making it simple to order tickets to Academy online. It also gives students easier access to the Advice and Representation Centre, volunteering opportunities, and allows students to join clubs and societies. It even has a new Who’s Who feature with mug shots of all the Union’s staff! The Union is also launching version 2 of its app for both iPhones and smartphones, so be sure to download that as soon as you can. It’s completely free and provides an online calendar of Union’s events, access to Radio Brunel, and an online version of Le Nurb. As the website and app continue to grow, and we are always looking for useful feedback. Tell us what you think! COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK?

For all updates about Le Nurb and Radio Brunel. facebook.com/ubsstudentmedia (or Twitter: @ubsstudentmedia)

Let the Media Department know via laura.stevenson@brunel.ac.uk.

I see recycled people.

Our redesigned homepage at BrunelStudents.com.

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Surviving first year: the know-how Passionate English student changing the world with words Daniella Nzekwe Welcome to Brunel and the beginning of your new life. I know for many, this is the first time living away from home. The moment your parents left was pretty emotional right? Maybe you even shed a few tears – I know I did. That’s the hardest part of the week, over, and now the real fun begins. This is going to be an extraordinary week with lots of ups and downs. You will meet lots of people, some will become friends, and some you will awkwardly pass on the way to lectures. You will be out every night, and you will be joining activities and exploring the campus during the day. You will also have a few course-related talks and events to attend. I know that doesn’t sound particularly exciting but go along anyway. It will give you a chance to ask questions and most importantly talk to some of the students on your course. The first day of lectures won’t feel as daunting when you see a few familiar faces. Now I’m sure you have heard so much about “student life,” but what is it? There are different aspects that make up student life, such as study, socialising and personal development. Now there is so much fun to be had, but it’s key to find a balance

between study and social activites – this will stop you from getting stressed. Unfortunately there is no easy straightforward answer way to find this balance. As a second year student, I still find it difficult; managing your life is something that has to be taken one week at a time. Even with the best planning, obstacles can appear from nowhere and you must deal with them. So I want to give you some tips and hints that will help you to deal with student life, way beyond Freshers’ Week. To many of you, university is a chance to get a valuable degree that will help you in your chosen career. Or you may be doing a subject that has always interested you. I fell into both these categories, and couldn’t wait for my course to start. However, the first lecture was a complete disaster. When I came out I realised that I didn’t understand anything about the new topic that had been introduced. The lecturer was talking at lightning speed, referencing various books that I had never read, although it was assumed I had. I dealt with this by returning to my halls and cry into my pillow. Don’t do the same. Just because you don’t understand a lecture doesn’t mean that you are stupid or don’t belong on the course. Before your lectures, take the time to do some background reading on the topic. During lectures, don’t waste time copying down the PowerPoint

slides – they are all on U-Link for your reference. Instead, focus on what is being said and take readable notes that you can refer to later. Always consolidate your learning after the lecture to make sure that you understand. You can always email your seminar leaders if you have questions, or make an appointment with your personal tutor (PT) if you feel like you’re not coping. Most of all, remember that you’re a fresher for a reason: this year is when you learn how to study at university. Now on to the more exciting part of student life: socialising. In my first year, I went to all the student nights at Liquid, events in the Academy, and coach trips. I really met my closet friends on these sorts of nights out. If hardcore raving isn’t your thing, then there are also two bars on campus that have a good vibe and cheap drinks. Take time to have a drink with your course mates and get to know them. I found course mates to be invaluable for emotional support and that burning coursework questions at 2am. I hope that you find these tips useful and remember that many other Freshers feel the same way you do; there is always someone to talk to if things get tough. But if you try your best to enjoy university, you probably will. Study when you should, but also have fun. Your new life awaits.

The real ale revolution vintageadbrowser.com

Ale is cheaper, stronger, and will make you fart less. What’s not to like? Recycle, my dear Watson.

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Make sure you experience your new university life to the full.

A straight talking, beer swilling, steak eating gentleman Alec Beeson Over the past five years, the number of people drinking real ale has risen dramatically. Over two hundred new breweries have opened to match customer demand, with some even starting to publicly sell shares. 65,000 people surged into Earls Court last month for the Great British Beer Festival, the annual pilgrimage for those who actually like good tasting beer. The numbers don’t lie; real ale is king. So where the hell is it? For some reason, students typically do not like real ale. Surely something is awry here. Ale fits into the student modus operandi perfectly; it’s often cheaper than a lager; it’s often stronger than a lager, and due to the lack of gas in it you can drink a lot more of it. Win-win wouldn’t you say? For some reason, though, this just isn’t happening, and I think the answer lies somewhere about forty years ago... Around the time when your parents were starting to discover the wonderful world of drinking, tweed became incredibly fashionable. So did moustaches, and pipes and a haughty chuckle. Tweed is like a cockroach, it would keep going even through a nuclear war. In fact it pretty much has.

Unfortunately, it has stuck around with the image of real ale drinkers. Since tweed should have been condemned to the seventies, we young’uns think that real ale should be, too. There is also a practicality issue as well. Real ale has to be stored in certain conditions. There is a certain method to pulling a pint; since it

Students, for some reason, on the whole do not like real ale is un-carbonated, the pint has to literally be pulled from its barrel. It is quite difficult to get right, some pints might be wasted and there is cost involved keeping the pipes clean to ensure a great drink. That all said, when it goes right, by Jove does it go right. The crisp amber liquid, the sloshing sound as a pint is filled, the first taste of hops on your lips: Heaven in a pint. So let this be my open plea to the Union of Brunel Students. Please, when you redevelop the student activities offices, could you add a beer cellar? It will be worth your while. Hell, I will make it worth your while.


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The harsh reality of modern rape culture No relation to Batman Charlie Bale On the 10th of June this year, thousands of women and men marched from Trafalgar Square in the controversial “Slut Walk.” While the march didn’t make front page news, it sparked debates and heated conversation across the country. If the name sounds familiar, you might recognise it from other major cities of in both the UK and all over the United States. And while the name “Slut Walk” may not exactly sound appealing, the message behind the march could not be more relevant. The original Slut Walk was held on April 3rd in Toronto, Canada, in response to the comments of Constable Michael Sanguinetti during his talk on crime prevention at a safety forum at York University in Ontario (not to be confused with York in the UK!) Sanguinetti’s advice – for women to avoid “dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” – sparked outrage and highlight a culture of victim blaming. “Victim blaming” is exactly what it sounds like: some people believe that rape victims are somewhat responsible for their attack; they believe that rape can be avoided if women dress and act according to certain standards set by society. A recent survey by the BBC revealed that a worrying 75% of women and 57% of men believe that some rape victims “should take responsibility for what happened.” These views have been present in the courtrooms, and have resulted in rapists being set free on the grounds that the victim was somehow asking for it. Sadly, this is not a new phenomenon. A model example of victim blaming is a video entitled “What Guys Think about Modesty –

(Modesty Part II).” This details part of a recording of a church sermon regarding women’s dress. The main speaker, CJ Mahaney, read out true life stories of young men who had faced “hardship” during their time at university, struggling to suppress their lust as they found themselves surrounded by provocatively dressed young women. Mahaney’s sermon reeks of 19th-century bigotry, demonises women for how they dress, and describes campus as a “loaded minefield.” He goes so far as to ask girls to have their fathers “screen their wardrobes” because “he’s a guy [and] knows better than you do on the issue.” Not only does the sermon place responsibility on young women to “protect” men from sexual desire, but it perpetuates a message that they should feel guilty and ashamed of their bodies and for having sexual desires. We also cannot deny that this is a gender issue. Men are never told not to wear shorts or to keep their shirts on in hot weather. They are never made to feel ashamed for being overtly sexual in any way, and are never told that their actions put them at risk of being victimised. As well as keeping an eye on their clothing, women are told to always be careful when they are out; to watch what they drink; to make sure that they do not travel alone late at night; and if they are raped, they are criticised for making themselves vulnerable. In May this year, two New York City police officers were acquitted of rape because the victim was drunk at the time of the attack. In Winnipeg Canada, a rapist was spared jail because the judge claimed that the victim’s “suggestive attire” and “flirtatious conduct” on the night of the attack sent the rapist signals that “sex was in the air.” We also cannot forget that the majority of rapes happen in the home of the victim. Often the rapist is somebody who

is known to the person. By using the logic of the judges in the cases mentioned above, should we then blame people who dare to allow somebody that they trust into their home? Of course, we should not ignore the fact that victim blaming is harmful to men too. To suggest that men are so weak that they are unable to control their sexual urges dehumanises them. It implies that men lack morals, and that it is up to women to help them suppress their “evil” thoughts. It is natural to think about sex, but men know right from wrong, they do not need anybody else to think on their behalf. If somebody is raped, it is because the rapist made the decision to rape them, not because the victim invited them to in some way. If they were “asking for it,” it would not be rape. I know that I have to be realistic. I can’t expect rape to end overnight, or ever for that matter. It’s a harsh reality that there will always be people who think that they are entitled to do as they please to others in order to feel powerful and controlling; these people who will use any excuse to justify their actions. But we can change our approach on the subject: teach people not to rape, instead of not to get raped. Alcohol, short skirts, and being openly sexual are not illegal, but forcing somebody to have sex against their will is. Once everybody understands this, less rapists will walk free on the streets. Perhaps more victims will be brave enough to come forward if they feel they will actually be believed. It is time that we changed our attitudes to coincide with the 21st century. We can’t allow our culture to silence rape victims because of ignorance and shame. While I encourage you to enjoy your Freshers Week, remember that nothing is more sexy than consent – it is possible to have fun without taking advantage of others.

100thingsbefore2012 The image literally speaks for itself.

I’m having my say. Why shouldn’t you? Pompous pointy Disney villain Rhys Jones Considering the news of the last few weeks, I have a sneaking suspicion that my fellow columnists will have much to say on the topic of the recent London riots. Whilst other places were hit, nowhere did we see such shocking scenes as in Lewisham, Tottenham, and the rest. Thus, I’ll broadly try and leave the subject alone. It did, though, get me thinking about the government’s new petitions website, epetitions.direct.gov.uk. The site launched to much fanfare, but received very little coverage- up until now. The first notable petition we saw was

blogger Guido Fawkes’ ‘Restore Justice’ campaign, in favour of restoring the death penalty. So far, it has reached 17,428 signaturesextremely shy of the 100,000 target needed to make it eligible for being debated in Parliament. Though, two petitions have made it past the 100,000 figure. One asks for convicted London rioters to lose any benefits, the other asks for the government’s files on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool FC fans died, to be fully disclosed. The government has promised further disclosure, and both Conservative and Labourcontrolled councils, including Greenwich, Southwark, Croydon, and Wandsworth councils, have promised to evict convicted rioters. I’m trying to work out whether the whole thing is a good idea. Forgoing my cynicism, I’ve already

signed a couple (legalising cannabis and a referendum on the EU, if you feel like being nosy). While the whole thing has been done with a presentation reminiscent of a parent pretending to let you choose your new home (yes, I’m bitter), it seems that there is in fact the chance that this could indeed inject some much-needed democracy into the few years between visiting the ballot box. I trust the British public enough to have them voice their thoughts. And interesting thoughts they are. There is no united lobby for reducing fuel tax, and yet it is one of the most popular petitions. How many things are there bubbling away in our collective subconscious? It appears the government will soon find out, and this has led to one of the most pernicious counterarguments: that the public do Houston, we have some recycling.

not know what is good for them. I have seen many people who would describe themselves as well-meaning liberals decide that the petition on the death penalty should be ignored- because they know what is right, and so do all right-thinking people. That way madness lies. In rigidly defending a status quo and attempting to shut down debate, one abandons the term ‘liberal.’ As such, I reservedly applaud the government’s idea. I say reservedly as we have not yet experienced any of the forthcoming parliamentary debates. Even a small win is a win, though. Who knows – perhaps one day, when 500,000 people sign a petition it may result in an honestto-god referendum not forced on an apathetic, bemused public. Yes, Clegg. I mean you.

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Hangover help Loves to shop ‘til sunset and party ‘til sunrise Hayley Baldwin Another year brings another Freshers’ Week. In true student style, this means parties, drinking games, cocktails, shots – and consequently, hangovers. Arising from a coma-like sleep with a mouth like carpet, a churning stomach and a skull-splitting headache are all punishments we endure for having a boozy night, but why do we get them? The major cause of hangover symptoms – like headaches, nausea and dizziness – is dehydration. It may seem ironic that we are drinking a lot and becoming less hydrated, but this is because alcohol is a diuretic (a drug that increases urination), meaning it speeds the loss of water from the body. The best time to rehydrate your body is before you go to sleep, so it can recover overnight. A less-known cause of hangovers is congeners. Congeners are toxic chemicals that give flavour, smell and appearance to alcohol. They can pass easily into the brain and disrupt cell activity, and also aggravate the irritation alcohol causes to the stomach lining. The amounts of congeners vary in drinks; those with particularly high amounts include whisky and red wine, those with low include vodka and gin. So next time you go out, ditch Jack Daniels and take Gordon instead. Once the damage has been done, the battle against the toxins must commence. Here are a few suggestions which could cure your hangover: As your body will be dehydrated, water will be your saviour, especially for curing headaches. If you feel sick, take frequent sips

rather than downing it (you did enough of that the night before.) Vitamin C is an antioxidant and also improves your immune system. Orange juice, strawberries, broccoli, peppers, and kiwis are rich in vitamin C and will help you feel better. Alcohol attacks the liver’s store of glycogen, an important energy source which your body will call upon in the morning, so if you’re staggering around and feeling weak, eat a sugary breakfast like jam on toast to increase your glycogen levels. Bananas restore your potassium levels (which alcohol drains.) They correct the acid-to-alkaline levels in your body, contain vitamin C, and their magnesium can help relax blood vessels, which will in turn help headaches. Sleep! It’s what we students do best, and the perfect excuse for a nap is so your body can recover. There are also ideas we think will cure our hangovers, but in fact they will only make us worse. When it comes to hangovers, painkillers can be anything but. The NHS advises you not to take aspirin as it may further irritate the stomach, causing nausea and sickness. You should also avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen whilst drinking, as they are metabolized by the liver and these combined with alcohol can cause your liver to release a toxic metabolite. Alcohol mixed with acetaminophen is very dangerous and can do serious damage to your liver. Instead, try Resolve Extra (available at Boots, £5.10 for 10 sachets) which quickly relieves hangover symptoms such as headache, tiredness and upset stomach – perfect if you’ve got a day of lectures ahead. The old wives tale of “a hair of the dog that bit you” is not recommended. This does not cure your hangover; it merely delays

Hungover Owls Hungover Owl feels your pain. the side effects until the alcohol wears off. There are simple ways to avoid future hangovers, the obvious being not to drink... but let’s be realistic. Never drink on an empty stomach. It is recommended to eat a fatty meal before you drink as the fat is digested slowly and protects the stomach lining. If you don’t want a fatty meal, eat again during your night out to soak up some of the alcohol. The worst scenario is being hung-over when you weren’t even drunk the night before. The cause is usually mixing alcohol, and the biggest culprits are cocktails. Even if you drink the same one all night,

Your Union Contacts Oli Eve likes this Oli Eve At the end of 2010, I volunteered to become a Contact for Brunel after finishing my first year and wanting to share my experiences with others. I had to attend an assessment day to become a Contact, where we had to complete individual and team challenges to show we could showcase different aspects of the Union. I tried to demonstrate that I am an outgoing, polite, and welcoming person. I was chosen to become a Contact and I embraced the challenge! During Freshers’ Week, I quickly realised that most of the first years were experiencing many of the same anxieties I had in my

first few weeks of Uni. The most common worries I came across were about meeting people, making friends, and feeling at home in a new environment. I could really relate to this, so I tried to use my experience to give them constructive and friendly advice. I encouraged them to look into the clubs and societies the University offers, and to mingle not only with the Contacts, but with other Freshers. The Contacts could give their advice based on how they found their first year, and the other freshers could relate – they were all feeling the same! This year, I have been given the role of Head Contact, a challenge I am really looking forward to. I am excited to organise everyone in the best way to offer the most constructive help, and to give them my best support and advice

these tasty concoctions always contain several spirits. Stick to the same spirit and you won’t be unjustly punished. Drink a glass of milk before you hit the hard stuff. Like fatty foods, milk lines the stomach and also slow alcohol absorption. Drink plenty of water before you go to bed and you won’t think someone has been feeding you crackers during your sleep. Fresh air will help you sober up. This doesn’t mean you have to walk home, as this will not always be safe or possible. Sitting outside the club or in your garden for a few minutes will do you a lot of good. Finally, it is important to listen to

your body. Did you hear the faint cry of your liver when you raised that bottle to your lips? Of course not – it was drowned out by your mates chanting D.I.O! If you become tired, it’s your body telling you it needs to recover. If you feel sick, stop drinking. The headaches that follow mean you need hydration. A few precautions to your night out will vastly improve the following morning, but above all, drink safely and responsibly, know your limit and have fun. Cheers! FIND OUT MORE For more information on the effects of alcohol, visit nhs.uk or drinkaware.co.uk. Adil Khan Deshmukh

based on my 2 years experience of Brunel. As Contacts, we make sure we are positioned somewhere in the Uni where you can find us, and we

I was chosen to become a Contact and I embraced the challenge! all wear brightly-coloured t-shirts so we can be easily spotted in a crowd. We are all approachable people and we are here to help you, so please, don’t be afraid to come over and say hi! You had me at recycling.

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The fairy tale is ‘cool’ again Creative writing student with a vintage feel Sarah Betts A new trend has hit Hollywood: fairy tales are back, and they’re not just child’s play anymore. When we were young, there were stories that were told to us to put us to sleep, but now they have reappeared and they’re all grown up! A current trend in cinema has been to remake films that have gone before. But now, cinema is experiencing a new trend that travels further back than classic films, is now taking inspiration from stories that date back hundreds of years. The fairy tale is getting a revamp! With the release of two fairy tale-based films – ‘Beastly’ and ‘Red Riding Hood’ – on DVD this month, the new trend is becoming apparent. Both are released only weeks after Disney’s animated reboot of Rapunzel, called ‘Tangled.’ It is clearly not a coincidence. Hollywood has recently been buzzing over casting decisions being made for the upcoming retellings of ‘Snow White’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel.’ The fairy tale coming back to the big screen is not all that is trending here; a new element appears to have entered the fairy tales storyline: in each adaptation, we meet a very familiar character, the teenager. In ‘Beastly,’ the proposed Beauty and Beast are a shy high school

girl and a popular arrogant high school boy. In this modernised version, the transformation that is given most credence is the experience of being changed by first love – a very relatable topic for today’s teenager. Love seems to come long before your twenties for today’s accelerated youth. ‘Red Riding Hood’ has lost the moniker ‘Little’ from her title. That may be because this version of the classic tale has one thing on it’s mind: sex. Our new Red Riding Hood is a beautiful young girl who is experiencing the first pangs of sexual desire and is afraid of ‘the beast.’ Teens are given a medieval glimpse of their sexual tensions played out. Disney’s ‘Tangled’ deals with an adolescent Rapunzel longing to leave her tower and experience the real world. So what does this mean? Are the decisions of script writers and studio executives now controlled by the whim of teenagers? The answer, it seems, is yes. Teenagers are the new adults, some earning more from a monthly allowance than some adults earn. They are proficient in the peer-to-peer technology that has built their generation. The key lies there, they have more than enough ‘pocket money’ to spend on a trip to the cinema but they also have the tools to watch any new release online without spending a penny. This appears to be a fact that sends terror throughout the movie making business. The relationship between teenagers and film studios has morphed into that of a loving

The Walt Disney Corporation Disney added their world class magic to the classic tale of Repunzel with Tangled in late 2010. and intimated parent giving their precocious child everything they want. If ‘Twilight’s’ multimillion worldwide phenomena is anything to go by, they want fantasy. Fantasy in some respects was prior to ‘Twilight’s’ 2008 world take over, a dormant genre. Each year, there would be one or two high concept offerings, such as 2003’s ‘Bruce Almighty’ and 2004’s ‘Thirteen going on Thirty.’ Both films attracted an audience but that audience was mixed in it’s demographic and tastes. It was not presumed that they

had come just for the fantasy. It was historically the ‘Twilight Saga’ that presented itself as a force that came with an adoring fan base. They know their genre; a love story is not a true love story for these fans unless some part of the union is fantastical. So, Twilight’s genre entered the mainstream, and fantasy films were released while the Twilight’s Saga’s devotees waited for their next instalment of Edward and Bella. Films such as ‘Avatar’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ adequately filled the cinemas with patrons between instalments. The power

of the teenager’s cultural opinion on today’s new releases was clear to see. So what does this mean for the future of film? Will we have to endure years of Robert Pattinson giving a moody turn as ‘Jack’ in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and find ourselves having to relate to heroines such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White? Given the fickle nature of film’s current target audience, there is no way of knowing how long the trend could last, or even if movie bosses will get the fairy tale ending - of high box earnings that they dream of.

Oh so very smart phone Aspiring Biochemist Tries to put the ‘stud’ in ‘study’ Jack Parnell Alas, September is upon us again, and Brunel is swarming with Freshers drenched in anticipation – and probably Jäger – ready to embark on their journey through Isambard’s Kingdom. This month also has another big arrival, the elusive iPhone 5. For that reason, I’m going to wring out my rag of scientific and technological knowledge and try to explain why this piece of kit has and will be changing our lives once again. Picture this, you’re sat in Loco’s, with 500 people you have never met or seen before (I still feel like that now, two years into my degree…) The prospect of making new friends is an exiting, yet daunting, but your trusty smartphone is there to save the day. Be it to save your new house mate’ s number (this will be crucial for those nights you forget your keys – face it, it’s inevitable), to add the busty brunette or rugged rugby lad on Facebook.

Or maybe, to take photos of you and your awesome new friends to show Mum and Dad.. Or to tweet about the lad chundering off of the Hubs balcony... you will later know him as the legendary Ben Moxey.... All of this gives thanks to around 200 components clumped together somewhere in China. The new iPhone 5, for example, will be powered by a 3.7V 1420 mAh Li-Polymer battery and controlled by an A4 processor housing 512 MB RAM – that’s about 250 times more than your first Playstation. All off this in what is essentially a plastic box the size of a Coke can. What has the world come to? Moreover, what would the world come to if we didn’t have these commodities! With exponential growth in computer technology occurring as we move through the 21st century, we have a lot more to look forward to. In the iPhone 5, there will be over twenty thousand ‘apps’ available, some of which are slightly more beneficial than others. Especially of interest are those in medicine – such as the new STI2 app, whereby you

quite literally pee on a small chip, connect it to your iPhone, and scan for a sexually transmitted disease; there is no more peeing in a cup and handing it to the sweaty GUM clinic receptionist, who will (despite the contractual obligation) judge you. New diagnostic apps are present that measure blood sugar and immediately email the results to your physician: an invaluable tool for those with diabetes. Doctors within the NHS are now replacing the established stethoscope for an app that measures heart sounds, not quite Angry Birds is it? If any of you want to produce an app that will produce accurate Harvard references, I will buy you a drink. Needless to say we take our smart phones for granted, but they are the future. Being a scientist and potential bitch for the NHS, this prospect is very exiting for me. Who knows, you may be reading issues of Le Nurb from your iPad 50 during your final years at Brunel and think back to your first week frantically updating your status as a Fresher!

tombst0ne The iPhone 5 will be a pioneer of new technology in the coming year.

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“He hoped that somehow, Kaylee’s world was already a little better.”

I always have something to say - I am a creative writer Katrina Muhly Adam’s speakers blared as he sat on his bed, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon. Out of the corner of his eye, he could see an old Top Gear episode on his TV – but he couldn’t hear the cars over the floor-shaking bass of his music. He’d seen it before, so it wasn’t really important. Next year’s going to be rough, he thought grimly, paying for electricity in a house. He was definitely making the most of it while he could. A knock sounded at his door, barely audible over the new song on shuffle. He jumped off his bed to answer it, confused. All his friends and flatmates had gone home for the weekend, meaning he should have had the hall to himself. He hoped it wasn’t Security, telling him off for being too loud. As soon as he opened the door, he realized he was alright. Instead of a big, burly man, he was facing a slim, blonde girl with a great tan. She was

wearing jeans and a white t-shirt, but something about her looked out-of-place. Maybe it was the haunted look in her green eyes, or the way she was covered in dirt that set her apart from anyone he’d ever seen. “Hello,” he said hesitantly. He felt like a pizza delivery had just shown up at when he actually hadn’t ordered anything: awkward, but a nice surprise if you got free pizza. The way the girl was standing there, though – it was like she was certain she had come to the right door. “Hello, I’m Kaylee,” she said. Her accent sounded strange, too – not from anywhere he recognized. “Do you have an hour to spare, right now?” Adam nodded slowly, having no idea what she was getting at. “Why?” “I need to show you something.” He glanced at her from head to toe, slowly getting an idea. He couldn’t help but notice how dirty her clothes were, like she’d been walking in dust all day. “My face is here,” she snapped, and he jerked his head back up to her green eyes. Her expression was not amused. “This is actually

November 17th, now that’s a date for our diaries Fashion correspondent, living life in the moment Devina Sanghani Following in the steps of Lavin’s Alber Elbaz, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Jimmy Choo, Donatella Versace becomes the latest designer to create a collection for the high street fashion brand H&M. November 17th is the expected date set for this new line to fill 300 stores of this popular Swedish retail chain. The house of Versace was founded in 1978. The position of creative director and the ability to produce luxuriously innovative designs has all been passed down to Donatella after the death of her brother and iconic designer, Gianni Versace, who is “essentially the architect of modern fashion’s place in popular culture.” Almost immediately, Donatella Versace has been credited with bringing a further sense of modernity and vibrancy fused with the already elegant style to this designer label. The New York Times continues: “Ms Versace’s collection was a real testament to her brother’s genius.” Interestingly, this announcement symbolises a change of heart for the ‘Versace way.’ “I respect everyone who does it. But the reason I didn’t do it is because I work very hard to put the Versace line in the luxury section. I think to put the Versace line in H&M would confuse the brand,” Donatella told New York Magazine, referring to Lanvin’s collaboration with this high street retail giant, whose collection sold out within minutes of being put out onto shop floors.

However, this previous claim made in 2008 that such a diffusion line seems an unthinkable idea, soon greatly altered. Perhaps, Donatella too aims for the same affect on shoppers, now publicly proclaiming her enthusiastic excitement for this forthcoming line: “The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.” So, we can only question what brought on this extreme change of thought for the couture house, and what this means for H&M customers worldwide. In many interviews Donatella speaks of her desire to reach out to H&M’s wider audience, perhaps being a result of today’s economic climate. Or, is this merely an opportunity to further build Versace’s brand name (if that is even possible), ensuring more diversity within its consumers? It is not entirely clear whether this diffusion line seems in accordance with the Versace group, but it is most certainly yet another fantastic achievement for Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M. Margareta has personally masterminded collaborations with top designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garcons and Jimmy Choo. Importantly, H&M customers have been promised that while the prices for this “iconic collection” with Versace will be ranging from £50 to £70 for dresses and from £10 for accessories, this partnership for the luxuriously high street range won’t affect the overall prices of H&M, keeping in line with their guaranteed affordability.

The anticipation for this line is soaring as the shop floors of Westfield, Brent Cross, Oxford Circus, and all our favourite shopping hot spots are being filled with this season’s autumn/winter collections. However, from the 40 pieces for womenswear and 20 pieces for menswear, as well as accessories, it has been revealed that this range will bring back a selection of iconic designs from the Italian luxury label dating back to the 80’s. Vibrant fabrics, sequins and studs, high heels and colourful costume jewellery will dominate the womenswear line, whilst the men’s collection will

focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo and belts and jewelry to accessorise. A sneak preview of this collection has already hit the road by Donatella herself. She paraded one of her designs, a black leather mini embroidered with gold studs, at the close of her menswear fashion show in Milan early this summer. If this is a sign of what to expect, then we have a lot to look forward to! Margareta van den Bosch praises the house of Versace, revealing her extreme excitement for this forthcoming collaboration, saying: “Versace is one of the most important brands

of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant - everything Versace stands for.” Just when we thought this couldn’t get any more exciting, Donatella has also designed a prespring collection to further this collaboration which will be made available at H&M on-line starting January 19th. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will feature homeware pieces including pillows and bedspreads. So make space in your wardrobes and fill your wallets… this is going to be a good one!

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sort of important. Get your keys, lock up, and let’s go.” “One minute.” In a split second, Adam decided that he would see what this girl had to show. It wasn’t like he had anything better to do. He got his keys from his room and locked up. Kaylee watched him critically. Even through the locked door, he could hear his music pounding. She rolled her eyes and started to walk down the hallway, following her. A few steps away, she stopped by a circle in the middle of the floor. “What’s this?”he asked. It looked like a metal hula hoop, with a lot of flashing lights running through it. “Time machine,” she said, like it was the most obvious thing in the world. “Step in.” He obeyed. They both fit into the circle, and a second later, the disc started to hover in the air, spinning. It rose higher and higher, until it was above Adam’s head – and then it flashed a brilliant white light that filled his whole vision. Adam blinked to regain his bearing. Kaylee had already slung the metal hoop over her shoulder, and instead of being in

FEATURES 13 his hall, they were standing in the middle of a vast desert. The soil was cracked from dryness, and he couldn’t see a single sign of life – anywhere. He spun around and found exactly the same view behind him, with the exception of one dead branch sticking out of the ground. “Where the fuck are we?” She smiled grimly. “Where do you think we are?” “I dunno, Mars?” “How about Earth?” The word hit him like a bullet. “No way,” he said. “No way could you have gotten me to the Sahara Desert. That’s impossible.” She she shook her head. “You’re right, this isn’t the Sahara. This is London.” “Riiight. Where are the buildings, then? The cars? The people?” “Gone.” “I was there yesterday!” Adam said indignantly. “I know there’s buildings in London, lots of them.” “Yes,” Kaylee hesitated. “But that was 100 years ago, though. Welcome to 2111.” “No bloody way. You know what, just take me back to my room right now. I don’t have time for this nonsense.”

She sighed. “How can I prove it to you? Look, the metal hoop at our feet really is a time machine. You can trust me or not. I’m from the future, and I’m just doing what I have to.” “This is why you’re so dusty,” he blurted out. He still wasn’t quite sure if he believed her, but that was as close to admitting it as he would get. “No water. No showers.” She nodded. “Let’s walk.” Adam realized Kaylee wouldn’t send him back until he had done what she wanted. “Fine,” he muttered, and they began to walk west. The air was scorching hot, and after a few minutes, he could feel his shirt start to dampen with sweat. He hadn’t felt this bad since he had a high fever years ago. The longer they walked, the more he worried that he might actually die out here – Kaylee honestly didn’t seem prepared to handle the Wasteland. After another few minutes, he looked down and saw small patch of bubbling mud hiding in the parched soil. “Look, water!” he said, pointing. Maybe Kaylee did know what she was doing after all. “Toxic sludge.” Adam quickly sidestepped it,

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repulsed. “You’re joking.” “I wish I was. It can’t hurt you if you keep moving,” she said gently. “Just watch out, they’re everywhere. This is what’s left of London after the explosions of 2038.” It was pretty bad. Adam walked faster to keep up with Kaylee. Eventually, the sludge puddles ended, and Kyle could tell they had entered a new zone of the Wasteland. In front of him, thousands of piles of white sticks were scattered over the ground, some smaller than others; they all seemed to be centered around larger rocks. Leaning closer, Adam saw holes and cracks in them, and suddenly felt sick to his stomach. They were all skeletons – adults, children, thousands of them dead for years. She glanced at him, and Adam could see tiny tears welling in the corners of her eyes. “Very few of us survived, Adam. You need to stop this from happening. You always leave your lights on – and your TV, and stereo, and laptop... anything electric, you always leave on, and you waste water like it will last forever. But you’re killing us, Adam. Think about the future. ”

“But I use those things!” Adam protested childishly. She gave him a tearful, knowing look. “Not all at the same time, surely.” He thought back to his room, where his TV and stereo and lights were probably all still on. He wasn’t even there to use them. That realization made him feel surprisingly guilty after seeing its effect in the Wasteland. “Look, Kaylee, I’m just one person – I couldn’t change the entire world if I wanted to.” “Maybe not,” she said, touching his arm pleadingly. “But you can try. Start with yourself, and others will follow. But most of all, start now before it’s too late.” Kaylee was reaching for the hoop over her shoulder. Before he realized what was happening, she held it over his head and dropped it so it tunneled around his body. It fell to the ground with a metallic clang, and he saw a bright flash of light. “I’ll try my best,” he promised his room full of electronics, which he then shut off. He hoped that somehow, Kaylee’s world was already a little better.


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Seems that Pimping is on the National Curriculum now I have been here too damn long Ben Moxey While some of you were at Brunel last year and some of you have arrived fresh from a “Gap Yah,” most of you reading this will have recently gotten your A-Level results. Some of you are be pretty. You may also be blonde. You may also have felt the urge to ‘jump for joy,’ especially in the presence of a local rag’s photographer who is toeing the line between ‘low-enough-to-make-the-jumplook-awesome’ and ‘low-enoughI-can-make-out-the-label-onyour-knickers.’ The rest of you will, like me, have been dismayed at all of this. As was the Financial Times’ Chris Cook in early August. He reported on getting an unsolicited voicemail from a press liaison officer at the Badminton School in Bristol in which he was asked if he would be able to come down and see them on A-Level results day. They had “some absolutely ‘beyootiful’ girls…getting their A-Level results tomorrow. Some lovely stories…. They’re ‘amazing’ girls.” He further goes on to mention a senior teacher from an unnamed school who invited him down for an Endof-Year school sports day. Here, he was told that he could use the

chance to watch the girls playing sports as an opportunity to pick the most ‘promising’ candidates for the A-level photos. Seems that Pimping is on the National Curriculum now. Every year, we are treated to photo after photo of sexy (usually blonde) young girls who get their results, did well and decide the best way to express it is to leap into the air! Sometimes as a group! Sometimes off a chesthigh wall! Kooky! I doubt that the photographer would be as keen to snap the “beyootiful” girls if one of them had received a bad result and their perfect face snapped into frown complemented by tears of angst because, as we all know: no matter how beautiful you are, when you cry you look like a shitting baboon.

Every year, we are treated to photo after photo of sexy (usually blonde) young girls... Some people have (rather brilliantly) gone to lengths to collate these daft showpieces for our amusement, like ‘It’s Sexy A-Levels’ on the blog site, Tumblr. Here, they even list the

itwasagainstherbetterjudgment.blogspot.com Photographers seem to have their eye on the pretty blondes on A level results day. ideal situation for a photographer on these shoots. They must be “blonde, twins, going to Oxbridge, leaping for joy, holding aloft their results, but not so high as to obscure a glimpse of décolletage.” It should also be noted that in our modern and free-thinking society, our papers buck the PC trend by telling disabled and ethnic people to kindly ‘Foxtrot-Oscar.’ Nothing here but Whitey and her 4 perfect limbs. When the Badminton School was asked about it, they ‘defended’ themselves by saying that “We

always do this, and, to be honest, most girls are attractive at 18.” There would be a school sticking two fingers up to the CRB check and doing their best Peter Stringfellow impression. I would imagine they were holding a cigar in one hand, drinking brandy with the other, and resting their feet up on one of these ‘attractive 18-year-olds’ dressed in a gold bikini whilst saying that. Or just rubbing themselves gently from inside their pocket. So how could we redress this imbalance? Post more photos of ugly teens getting their results?

Or more photos of failing kids with no futures having manila-enclosed confirmation of that fact? Or for every picture a blonde leaping so high into the air with glee that a section of midriff is exposed (and maybe a tell-tale thong string), a photo of the layup editor’s face when he first saw that photo must be attached like a postage stamp to the top corner. If you are going to produce material of a questionable content, at least prevent any perverts from enjoying it by having your sweaty, gurning face at the top. It is your moral duty as a hack.

Girls, what is the media doing to us? Student who loves coffee, cats and Sundays Nadia Henderson While many of us tuned in to follow the bizarrely fascinating antics of this year’s contestants in the return of the X Factor last weekend, an 18 year old girl in Peterborough was much more concerned with the judges – particularly, the absence of Cheryl Cole from the 2011 panel. She watched, relieved, safe in the knowledge that Cheryl is not on the show this year. Just three years before, Charlotte O’Neil had developed an obsession with Cheryl Cole’s slim frame, resulting in a devastating eating disorder which saw her weight plummet to a life threatening 5 and a half stone. Charlotte’s story is one of many similar situations where healthy young women have dabbled in dangerous dietary lifestyles in an attempt to achieve what they perceive to be the perfect stomach, legs, or bum. While anorexia nervosa, and all eating disorders, is a recognised mental illness, we cannot shy away from the effect of the media on insecure women and girls. It is a situation that is

perpetuated by the consistently unrealistic, idealised image of women in the media, not least seen in the double standards operating in today’s women’s magazines. Reading July’s issue of Cosmopolitan, I was moved by the shocking story of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer whose entire arm was ripped off in a brutal shark attack two years ago. The editor praised Bethany’s inspirational attitude and examined her own “bikini fears,” pale in comparison to the body hang-ups Bethany might have dealt with following her accident. While Bethany’s full story was relegated to the magazine’s website, an 18-page spread was dedicated to a “Bikini Boot Camp” where I learnt how to attain Kim Kardashian’s backside in two easy steps. I was also able to browse through 47 photographs of celebrities in bikinis – some were categorised as “Booty Babes,” others as “Lean Queens...” None had a body I thought similar to mine. The feature concluded with three insightful interviews of women who had overcome stretch marks and obesity to feel confident in their swimsuits. This might have been alright, had it not been immediately followed by a double-

page advert for Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue perfume, starring an airbrushed to perfection Anna Jagodzinska, reminding vulnerable girls like Charlotte just what they should be aiming for. And therein lies the inescapable double standards present in the majority of publications aimed at women today. The leading glossies open with up to 10 pages of adverts before a single line of print is seen. Images of models and celebrities are bombarded at the reader – all are representative of a devised standard of beauty and normality; none are characteristics of real women. Articles advise us on what exercise to do to get Gwyneth Paltrow’s legs and how to best spend our pay check on products to have skin as flawless as Diane Kruger’s. The link between advertisement and the imposed female ideal is a long established one. Media activist Jean Kilbourne describes advertising as “the foundation and economic lifeblood of the mass media.” Research has examined the constant pressure for women to attain the unattainable – body weights that are not their natural shapes, skin that is immune to ageing – securing an equally Nobody puts recycling in a corner.

constant profit for the cosmetic and diet industries. Kilbourne adds, “women are sold to the diet industry by the magazines we read.” So what have the likes of Cosmo and Glamour done to remedy this? In Cosmopolitan’s August issue, the ‘problem’ of normally sized women was addressed in the shape of a plus-size fashion shoot, where a size 14 model demonstrated how to work the current season’s trends and, presumably, still look good. “Yes you can!” told the 10page spread, which saw model Lily exhibit an array of fabrics and styles. “Yes you can…rock bright colour,” despite not being a photoshopped hourglass, was the underlying message. The result was an effort that felt unashamedly token; a celebration of something that is totally normal. A similar sentiment has been left in the wake of recent news that fashion label American Apparel, spurred by their near-miss with bankruptcy last April, have finally decided to stock a selection of their pieces in an XL size. To mark the occasion they have launched an online search for “curvaceous ladies” to model the range. Visitors to the site can vote on the women,

awarding them a mark from 1 to 5. Once again, in an attempt – albeit a self-serving one – to include women of a larger size. The outcome glorifies what it seeks to abolish: the objectivity of women and the pressure to conform to an imposed ideal. As I settle down with September’s issue of my chosen glossy magazine, it is with a heightened understanding of the hidden forces behind that article urging me to get a fake tan, or that advert suggesting I emulate Jennifer Lopez’ goddesslike legs. I will flick through the endless images of thin, blemishfree women and know that there is nothing abnormal about how I look. But others, like Charlotte, may not have this insight. The everpresent danger of media’s double standards prevails. Could you fill this space?

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What is Freshers’ Week? Freshers’ Week 2011 will take place from Sunday 18th September – Friday 24th September and is designed to welcome you into student life. During the week the Union and their volunteer ‘Contacts’ will organise a range of activities and entertainment on campus to help enjoy your first week and meet other students.

Freshers’ Week Aims Engagement

Ensure that newly arrived students are introduced to, and are aware of, current and future opportunities for engaging with UBS.

Environment To facilitate a safe, relevant social (and living) environment to aid newly arrived students with the transition into University life. Experience Provide opportunities to: - Enjoy the first week and make it memorable - Enjoy University life and make friends - Understand and make the most of University

Meet Your Student Officers SU President

Who is the UBS? The Union of Brunel Students (UBS) is a student led organisation with the purpose of making your life at Brunel as enjoyable as possible. We run everything from the Advice and Representation Centre, to sports and societies and the Academy Nightclub. We also organise Student Reps and provide opportunities to gain valuable experience within Student Media.

su.president@brunel.ac.uk

“My name is Promise and I am the President. I am the nominal head of the Union, I oversee its democracy and am involved in all the aspects that the Union brings you. We are here to help you enjoy your time at University, as well as making sure you are well represented in your needs during your studies at Brunel.�

VP Academic Rep

For more information about the Union please visit:

http://www.brunelstudents.com/representing

vp.academicrep@brunel.ac.uk

“I am Craig Best your Vice President Academic Representation. In my position, I ensure that all of your academic needs are represented to the University throughout your time here. I am heavily involved in promoting and encouraging quality support in your academic year. I can offer advice and guidance, but if I can’t I will point you in the right direction.�

VP Community Welfare

Contacts vp.communitywelfare@brunel.ac.uk

“ I am Avina and I am your Vice President Community Welfare for this year. I am here to help you with any Welfare issues so if you need some advice on housing, health or finance then I or anyone from the ARC (Advice and Representation Centre) are here to help!�

VP Student Activities

vp.studentactivities@brunel.ac.uk

“My name is Gary O’Brien, your Vice President Student Activities for the coming year. My position covers the student activity within clubs, societies and RAG events. I would like to see each and every one of you thrive at this great institution and not just in your academic studies. Joining a club and/or society is a great way to meet new people, try new things and learn new skills.�

A contact is a volunteer representative of Brunelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Union, trained and recruited for the whole week during Freshersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to help you settle into University life. Contacts will be there to help you: ~<^eTh^dX]c^7P[[b^]cWTBd]SPh^UPaaXeP[b ~?a^eXSTh^dfXcWP[[cWTX]U^a\PcX^]h^dfX[[]TTSc^VTch^d through the week ~1TT`dX__TSc^P]bfTaP]h`dTbcX^]bh^d\PhWPeTPQ^dc University life ~4]R^daPVTh^dc^VTcX]e^[eTS\PZTUaXT]SbWPeT5D=P]S most importantly stay SAFE!!

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Stay in touch throughout Freshersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Week at: brunelstudents.com/freshers facebook.com/OfficialBrunelFreshersWeek2011 twitter: @Brunel_Freshers

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SUNDAY 10:00-17:00 // Registration Sports Centre

13:00-17:00 // Welcome BBQ Isambard Six Degrees Tent // Donations

freshers TUESDAY week timetable

09:00-18:00 // Registration Sports Centre

11:00-12:30 // Fair-Trade Breakfast Bar Mill and Fleming Halls // FREE

16.30-19:00 // Raise and Give (RAG) BBQ

11:00-14:00 // Mini Tennis

Quad // Donations

Quad // FREE

17:00- Late // Locos Bar Welcome Party

11:00-15:00 // Information Point

FREE

19:00-21:00 // Ticket Sales The Academy Box Office - Atrium

19:30-22:00 // Christian Union Games Evening Meeting House // FREE

19:30-Late // Meet and Greet The Hub // FREE

21:00-Late // Welcome Party The Academy // FREE

Concourse // FREE

MONDAY 09:00-17:00 // Registration

12:00-16:00 // African-Carribean Society (ACS)

Atrium // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Christian Union Cake Stall

Concourse

12:00-17:00 // Mens Football Target Shooting

Indoor Athletics Centre // FREE

13:00-14:30 // History Society Induction

(TROGS) Campus Exploration and Quiz // Quad // FREE

13:00-15:00 // Raise and Give Scavenger Hunt

Meet at the Pond // FREE

13:00-16:00 // Freshers BBQ

Bishops Complex // FREE

13:00-15:00 // Womens Hockey Beat the Goalie

Concourse // FREE .

15:00-17:00 // Uxbridge Tour

Quad // FREE

15:00-16:00 // Pimp My Contact

Quad // Donations

16:00-20:00 // Radio Brunel @ the Quad

Bishops Green // FREE

17:30-19.00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet

Bishops Green // FREE

17:30-20.00 // Nandos Trip

Picture Yourself at Brunel Graduate School // Quad // FREE

18:00-20:00 // Speed Meeting

Quad // FREE

19:00-Late // Meet and Greet

Quad // Donations

20:00-Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party

Bishops Green // FREE

21:00-Late // Flirt! Freshbook

Meet at the Pond // FREE

00:00-02:30 // Dance Club Midnight Munchies

10:00-17:00 // The Real Outdoor Group Society 11:00-13:00 // Uxbridge Tour

11:00-12:30 // Fair-Trade Breakfast Bar 11:00-15:00 // Information Point 11:00-15:00 // Union Marquee 11:00-15:00 // Psychology Society BBQ 11:00-15:00 // TamBrunel Taster Session 11:00-16:00 // Snow Club Snowboard Simulator 11:00-16:00 // Photobooth 11:30-13:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet 12:00-16:00 // Raise and Give (RAG) Hook a Duck 12:00-18:00 // Inflatable Laser Quest 15:00-17:00 // Uxbridge Tour 15:00-17:00 // Mario Wii Games Sponsored by Endsleigh Insurance // Atrium // FREE

16:00-20:00 // Radio Brunel @ the Quad FREE

16:30-18:30 // Make Your Own Freshers Mascot Quad // FREE

17:30-19:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet Locos Bar // FREE

19:00-22:00 // Wine, Cheese and Shisha Event Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

19:00-20:00 Masterclass Tasting Conducted by Richard Ballantyne from Matthew Clark

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Meet Outside Hamilton Centre // FREE

Quad // FREE

09:00-17:00 // The Relentless Student Tour

10:00-16:00 // Freshers Fayre

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Quad // FREE

12:00-13:00 // Campus Tour 12:00-16:00 // American Football BBQ

09:00-17:00 // Uni Fruit Market Stall

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Quad // FREE

11:30-13:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet

Sports Centre

09:00-17:00 // Anime Gaming Stall

Keep updated throughout Freshers

11:00-15:00 // Union Marquee

20:00-22:00 Fair-trade and Wine Tasting Social Event with Ian Woods

19:30-21:00 // Christian Union First Meeting Meeting House // FREE

20:00-22:30 // Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show Howell Building 001 // Tickets £10 // Doors open 19.45

20:00- Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party plus Karaoke hosted by Anime // FREE

21:00- Late // 90’s Vs 00’s Silent Headphone Disco The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £4

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Bishops Green // Donations

Meet and Greet Lecture Centre 067 // FREE

Quad // FREE

Bishops Green // Donations

Gaskell Building 239 // FREE

Meet at UBS Reception- Atrium // FREE Quad // Donations Quad // 50p a go

Meet at the Pond // FREE Quad // FREE FREE

Locos Bar // FREE

Meet at Isambard Six Degrees Tent Quad // FREE

The Hub // FREE FREE

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WEDNESDAY

FRIDAY

09:00-16:00 // Registration Sports Centre

09:30-11:30 // Disabled and Dyslexic Students Induction Event // Darwin Room // FREE

10:00-15:00 // Hagam Xbox Kinect Event Atrium // FREE

10:00-17:00 // The Real Outdoor Group Society

THURSDAY

(TROGS) Campus Exploration and Quiz // Quad // FREE

09:00-17:00 // Trip to Central London

Lancaster Complex // FREE

10:00-17:00 // The Real Outdoor Group Society

Meet at the Pond // FREE

11:00-12:30 // Fair-Trade Breakfast Bar

Outside Hamilton Centre // FREE

11:00-14:00 // Womens Cricket Funfair

Concourse // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Unfair Fair-Trade Olympic Decathlon

Quad // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Information Point

Picture Yourself at Brunel Graduate School // Quad // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Union Marquee

Quad // Donations

11:00-16:00 // Photobooth

Quad // FREE

11:30-13:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet

Meet Outside Hamilton Centre // FREE

12:00-14:00 // American Football 40 Yard Dash

(BUMS) // Quad // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Mountaineering Society Slacklining

Quad // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Christian Union Free Ice Cream

Quad // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Entrepreneurs Fun Fair Experience

Behind the Lecture Centre // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Kwik Cricket

Bishops Green // FREE

12:00-16:00 // Hertz Car Club Competition

Picnic Area // FREE

12:00-18:00 // LAN Gaming Event

Arts Centre // FREE

13:00-16:00 // Islamic Meet and Greet

Quad // Donations

13:00-16:00 // Hands on Our Pottery

Quad // FREE

14:00-16:00 // Fancy Dress Sponsored Fun Run

Bishops Green // FREE

14:00-16:00 // Ultimate Frisbee Slip and Slide

Arts Centre // FREE

14:00-16:00 // Open Singing Workshop

Lecture Centre 064 // FREE

14:00-16:30 // Rugby League Sports Tournament

Lecture Centre 008 // FREE

14:00-17:00 Netball Picnic and Rounders

Meet at the Pond // FREE

14:00-17:00 // Psychology Meet and Greet

Cemetery Pitches // FREE

14:00-17:00 // Drama Society Meet and Greet

11:00-12:30 // Fair-Trade Breakfast Bar 11:00-13:00 // Uxbridge Tour

11:00-14:00 // Islamic Information Table 11:00-15:00 // Information Point 11:00-15:00 // Union Marquee 11:00-16:00 // Photobooth 11:00-17:00 // Anime Cake Stall

11:30-13:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet 12:00-13:00 // Campus Tour 12:00-15:00 // Mountaineering Society Slacklining 12:00-14:00 // Can’t Cook Won’t Cook // Residences 12:00-16:00 // Hertz Car Club Competition 12:00-16:00 // African-Carribean Society (ACS) BBQ 12:00-17:00 // Christian Union Space Hopper Race 13:00-15:00 // LGBT Picnic 13:00-16:00 // Hands on Our Pottery 13:00-16:00 // Freshers BBQ 13:00-18:00 // Gladiator Inflatable Day 13:00-18:00 // Bouncy Castle 13:30-15:30 // Open Singing Workshop 14:00-15:00 // Fencing Meet and Greet 14:00-16:00 // Meet the Rock Foundation (TRF) 15:00-17:00 // Uxbridge Tour 15:00-17:00 // Ultimate Frisbee Taster Session 16:00-20:00 // Radio Brunel @ the Quad

Meet at Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

(TROGS) Campus Exploration and Quiz // FREE Faraday, Saltash & Chepstow Halls // FREE Quad // FREE

Quad // Donations

Concourse // FREE Quad // FREE

Picture Yourself at Brunel Graduate School // Quad // FREE

Quad // FREE

Quad // FREE

Quad // FREE Quad // FREE

Picnic Area // Donations Bishops Green // FREE

Quad // FREE

Howell Building 005 // FREE

Isambard Amenity Building // FREE Arts Centre // FREE

Meet at the Pond // Donation Bishops Green // FREE Arts Centre // FREE

Cemetery Pitches // FREE Bishops Green // FREE

Lecture Centre E // FREE

Antonin Artaud 001,003,101,103,109,115 // FREE

FREE

14:00-17:00 // Poker Society Casino

Lecture Centre 015 // FREE

15:00-17:00 // Playground Games

Locos Bar // FREE

15:00-17:00 // Mario Wii Games

Locos Bar // FREE

17:00-17:30 // Freshers Top of the Pops

17:00-21:00 // Chess Taster Session 17:30-19:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet 18:00-21:00 // Pool Competition 18:00-20:00 // Mens Football BBQ Quad // Donations

19:00-22:00 // Circus Workshop

The Academy Nightclub // FREE

Bishops Green // FREE

Sponsored by Endsleigh Insurance // Atrium // FREE Quad // FREE

17:30-19:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet Locos Bar // FREE

Quad // FREE

18:00-22:00 // Live Music Even

sponsored by Endsleigh Insurance Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

19:00-Late // Meet and Greet

19:00-22:00 // Dress up Bingo 20:00-Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party

Quad // FREE

The Hub // FREE

FREE

19:00-22:00 // Circus Workshop

Ministry of Sound // The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £5

19:00-23:00 // Party Photo Booth

21:00-Late // Uni Trash Launch Night

Quad // FREE

Atrium // FREE

19:00-23:00 // African-Carribean Howell Building 001 // Tickets £5.50

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20:00-Late // Locos Bar Pre Party FREE

21:00-Late // Propaganda The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £4

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11:00-12:30 // Fair-Trade Breakfast Bar Isambard // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Information Point Concourse // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Union Marquee Quad // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Pool Scuba Try Out Quad // FREE

11:00-15:00 // Athletics Bouncy Castle Bungee Run Quad // Donations

11:00-16:00 // Photobooth Picture Yourself at Brunel Graduate School // Quad // FREE

11:00-18:00 // Zorb Basher Balls Bishops Green // FREE

11:30-13:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet Quad // FREE

12:00-13:00 // Brunel Party Picnic Quad // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Mountaineering Society Slacklining Quad // FREE

12:00-15:00 // Christian Union Free Dessert Quad // FREE

13:00-14:30 // Economics and Finance Meet and Greet Lecture Centre 115 // FREE

13:00-15:00 // Judo Demonstration Quad // FREE

13:00-16:00 // Hands on Our Pottery Arts Centre // FREE

13:30-15:00 // Whacky Races with Athletics Quad // FREE

14:00-16:00 // Cheerleading Tumble Performance Quad // FREE

14:00-17:00 // Fashion Workshop Isambard Amenity Building // FREE

15:00-15:30 // Raise and Give (RAG) Duck RACE River Pinn // £1 to sponsor a duck

15:00-17:00 // Creative Writing Workshop Lecture Centre 008 // FREE

16:00-16:15 // Raise and Give (RAG) World Record Attempt - Yoyos // Quad

17:00-20:00 // Radio Brunel @ the Quad FREE

17:00-19:30 // Raise and Give (RAG) BBQ Quad // Donations

17:30-19:00 // Off Campus Meet and Greet Locos Bar // FREE

19:00-21:00 // Freshers Quiz- Sponsored by Endsleigh Locos Bar // FREE

19:00-22:00 // Christian Union Acoustic Night With Mocktails // Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

20:00-22:00 // Fire Show by Circus Magic Quad // FREE

21:00-Late // Mega Venue The Academy Nightclub, Locos Bar and the Hub // Tickets: Gold £7, Silver £5 Featuring Sarah Crawford (T4 presenter, MTV host and BBC 1xtra DJ) Skandalouz and D.Tee (BBC 1xtra) plus a special guest.

22:30-22:45 // Freshers Group of the Year Award Locos Bar

SATURDAY 14:00-17:00 // Kids Family Club Disney Party The Academy Nightclub // FREE

22:00-Late // The French International Party The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £2 Sponsored by Endsleigh Insurance and Brunel International. Free buffet for all.

SUNDAY 18:00-Late // Quiz Locos Bar // £1 entry per person

20:00-Late // Chill Out Night The Academy Nightclub // FREE


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Do you live Off Campus? Just because you won’t be living on campus does not mean you can’t get involved! During this week there will be plenty for you to do from day time activities, evening events and gatherings with contacts designed to help you get to know people and have fun.

Tips for freshers living Off Campus... 1. Do not avoid Freshers’ Week this week is not just for people who live on campus it’s about getting to know Brunel and other people. Contacts are here to help, so if you want to go to an event, text your Off Campus contact (07806 389 630) and arrange a time to meet on campus. 2. Come to Freshers’ Fayre this is an opportunity to see what the students union has to offer you, here you can join clubs and societies of your interest and find out about trials.

Freshers’ Week and Off Campus Contacts On your arrival to Brunel there will be a dedicated team of Off-campus Contacts (you will see this labelled clearly on the front of their T-shirts) who will be around to help you settle in at Brunel. They can be contacted via the Off Campus mobile number (07806 389 630) and will have their own spot on the quad, just look out for the ‘Do you live Off Campus?’ banner!

Parking Permits During Freshers’ Week... If you’re driving onto campus in Freshers’ Week any student spaces (not spaces marked with a red dot) are free to park in. HOWEVER be aware that there are not many spaces and you will not be able to park on most local roads as you will be fined. To note there is pay and display spaces in the main car park

After Freshers’ Week...

3. Get to know the local area join one of our Uxbridge tours and get to know the area and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask a contact!

After Freshers’ Week if you’re using a car you will need to buy a yearly permit; HOWEVER you only qualify for this if you live more than 2 miles away form Brunel. The permit costs approximately £93 a year HOWEVER having a permit does not guarantee you a parking space. We seriously recommend car sharing.

New International Students

Students with Dependants

Welcome!

Brunel Family Club

From the Union of Brunel Students and Brunel International A few top tips from us: 1. Visit Brunel International. It is a dedicated office, housed within the Russell building at the Kingston Lane end of campus, which provides a variety of services to international/world students, more information is available on their page at brunel.ac.uk/international. 2. Always take (and bring with you) photocopies of your travel documents and passport. 3. Join a society or club, there are plenty of societies (Like the ACS (Afro Caribbean society), Afghan society, Cypriot Society, Hindu or Islamic and many more) that support world students, or if your more into a sport how about joining a club (Football, Rugby, Netball or Dance). For more information on joining Clubs and Societies follow this link 4. Join the Six Degrees Six Degrees is the society for internationally minded students at Brunel University. We hold regular events on campus and in the local area. Our fortnightly newsletter is full of information about upcoming events on campus and in London. We are also active on facebook and twitter. We are always looking for more people to get involved and suggest new activities, so why not get in touch today. For more information visit brunel.ac.uk/international or brunelstudents.com/freshers.

If you are coming to Brunel University with your partner or family then be sure to join the Brunel Family Club, which offers support and social events throughout the year, with information sessions on finding local nurseries and schools and events for children. It is also a good opportunity for parents to network, share experiences and to show your family the campus. What do past students say about Family Club? A Canadian PhD student: “It is great to be able to bring your children to the campus and show them around my workplace so that they can see it is fun and not just books and computers”. A British UG student said: “I didn’t know that there are so many students with children studying at Brunel, it is great to share experiences with parents and to know that I am not on my own”

Nightlife for Freshers’ Week Sunday 19:30-Late // Meet and Greet The Hub // FREE

21:00-Late // Welcome Party The Academy Nightclub // FREE

Monday 20:00-Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party

Tuesday

Wednesday

19:00-22:00 // Wine,Cheese & Shisha Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

19:00-22:00 // Dress up Bingo Isambard Six Degrees Tent // FREE

20:00-22:30 // Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show Howell Building 001 // Tickets £10

20:00-Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party FREE

20:00- Late // Loco’s Bar Pre Party

21:00-Late //Uni Trash Launch Night

plus Karaoke hosted by Anime // FREE

The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £5

The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £4

Thursday

21:00- Late // 90’s Vs 00’s Silent Headphone Disco

FREE

21:00-Late // Flirt! Freshbook

20:00-Late // Locos Bar Pre Party

The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £4

FREE

21:00-Late // Propaganda

Friday 21:00-Late // Mega Venue The Academy Nightclub, Locos Bar and the Hub // Tickets: Gold £7, Silver £5

22:30-22:45 // Freshers Group of the Year Award Locos Bar

Saturday 22:00-Late // The French International Party The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £2

Sunday

The Academy Nightclub // Tickets £4

18:00-Late // Quiz

Buying Tickets

If you haven’t got your student ID yet and want to get into the Locos Bar or Academy Nightclub you must: bring a form of I.D. (Passport or Driving licence) and your enrolment/UCAS letter. Harry Potter. Come to recycle.

Locos Bar // £1 entry per person

20:00-Late // Chill Out Night The Academy Nightclub // FREE


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Remember me?

Here’s a thought

Lewis Sluman Yes, yes. The bushy man’s music history. It is Charlie Simpson, and he is back with an acoustic vengeance. If you can not quite put your finger on where you remember him from, I shall refresh your memory. It all started funnily enough not in the year 3000, but back in 2000. Busted burst onto the pop scene two years later and began their relatively short career as Britain’s biggest pop-barelyrock band. They had a decent amount of success with their unforgettable first single ‘What I Go To School For’ that charted at number 3. They ended up having several number ones, three albums and selling millions of copies in the process. You may remember them as a bad part of your musical taste back when you were yay high, but for me it was a different story. I liked them. Seriously. I even went to see them with my sister at Wembley Arena two days before the split was announced. I stood on my seat and chanted every word to every song like Busted was a religion for the new world and represented my quest for freedom. Sadly they were not and as mentioned they officially split in early 2005. All because of the better things to come from frontman, Charlie Simpson. The reason for the split was because Simpson had ‘another band,’ the post-hardcore outfit Fightstar which he longed to pursue (and whom I also like a lot, for the record.) I actually got to see them at Reading 2010, where Simpson rampaged

Lewis Sluman Why do radio stations not allow their DJs to portray some actual personality? Instead of playing a loop of Rihanna’s latest five hits as if she’s some sort of immortal being, perhaps they could accept that other music actually exists. I understand that some stations have a strict playlist, with machines that randomize the same 10 songs all day. Radio holds no identity when you can’t feel the human input. If they did have more influence, perhaps radio could take a break from its hypnotic electro-pop drone. Radio 1 is the closest thing we have to this. The ever popular ‘live lounge’ allows the chance for usually smaller musicians to come in and showcase their talents. It provides a variety of guests from different genres, including something I wholeheartedly support: proper rock music on the radio. Listeners need to open their ears to a greater variety of music, because the airwaves still carry major influence. More individual stations such as XFM, Absolute and Radio 1 leading the way can project this and is only beneficial to music as an industry. Of course different varieties of music get played late at night, such as Daniel P Carter’s rock show – but it begins at midnight. So it feels a little like radio is saying, “Well we are playing it just not at a practical time where a large amount of people

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He’s been to the year 3000. around the stage during a threatening rendition of ‘Death Car,’ as we the audience moshed around in response. Bit different to the rainbow filled days of Busted. Honestly not the most popular band due to Simpson’s pop history, but I would class as severely underrated. Grand Unification, the first album after the initial success of their EP, is a fantastic album. I remember listening to ‘Paint Your Target’ on single on my friend’s portable CD player on a school trip. I had it on repeat the whole journey. One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours followed in 2007 before Mercury Summer (their last album to date) would find mainstream success in late 2008. Presently, Fightstar have taken a break, or in a more sophisticated word, ‘hiatus.’ This is where Charlie Simpson’s

latest project comes into play: his solo project. His album, Young Pilgrim, has received high praise – and I would add myself to that growing list of fans. His solo release is unlike anything you’ve heard by him in the past, which is the sign of a true musician, someone who can reinvent themselves three times and find success consistently. Even though Busted aren’t cool anymore, believe me they were. Amongst all that angst, there are some good pop songs. Fightstar really brought out what I thought was the best, and for that you would be a fool not to check out Paint Your Target, Lost Like Tears In The Rain, Floods, Deathcar, and Mercury Summer from their back catalogue. If you like those, buy the albums because they will not disappoint you. Just like how his mellow chill-out solo project has not disappointed anyone, including me.

might actually listen to it.” No offence to any of these shows, but I don’t know a single person who would commit themselves to listening to a radio show they like from midnight with it ending at 2am. For anyone to really break out of the genre they were squashed into, they need to be heard by a larger audience. Every single musician will tell you that they just want their music to be heard by as many people as possible. Prime time radio is the way to do this. Music listeners can be split into categories, and the more ‘passive’ music fans won’t go out of their way to find new stuff, only what is given to them on an airwave based platter. These people are waiting to hear new music, something that might catch their ear and radio has the power to make anything popular. I’m not anti radio, I love Rihanna and Lady Gaga… actually scrap that. I love Rihanna just like everyone else, just not on repeat all day! Be daring and play an old song, even a song with a guitar in it! – I want to get to know the DJs, know who my favourites are and listen to them every day because I can relate to their personal style. Who wouldn’t want that? To be feeling fly like a G6, on the edge of glory as we try to break free from the whips and chains of normal radio, and discover something new.

Beyond the obvious...

Lewis Sluman Our music correspondent picks five of his favourite underappreciated songs from the last ten years.

CHAMILLIONAIRE – The Rain

LADY GAGA – Speechless

HYRO DA HERO – Sleeping Giants

CITY AND COLOUR – Hello, I’m In Delaware

MUSE – Butterflies & Hurricanes

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2005

The Sound of Revenge

Everyone and anyone into rap or hip-hop would remember the “They see me rollin’, they hating” chorus from ‘Ridin’ Dirty’ but I actually bought the album. ‘The Rain’ is unlike anything you would typically expect from this type of artist; it is an emotionally painful song that is totally believable and straight to the heart.

2011

Birth, School, Work, Death

Recently appearing as a featuring artist on The Blackout single called ‘Higher And Higher’ performing the token third verse rap ending with ‘I need to find a cure, where’s Robert Smith?’ Hyro Da Hero highlights his ability here to create a powerful catchy tune. Think Rage Against The Machine vocals with an intricate rock band behind it.

2005

Sometimes

Dallas Green is now concentrating on solo project City And Colour, following the departure and break-up of Alexisonfire, and new album Little Hell has recently been released. This track really shows off Green’s fantastic vocals in an almost haunting but romantic way. This all provides the perfect song to listen to on a lazy summer evening. I’ll be back... to recycle later.

2009

The Fame Monster

We all know that what Lady Gaga does and has included in the past. Known for multiple songs, huge record sales and basically being one of the most famous people in the industry at the moment, the song ‘Speechless’ portrays a much softer side to the usual eccentric Gaga we are used to. It is a slow and meaningful song which creates a much more relatable vision of the peculiar Gaga, if that is actually possible.

2003

Absolution

It is hard to find a song amongst the Muse catalogue that the majority of rock music fans haven’t heard but I believe that ‘Butterflies & Hurricanes’ is one of those. Although it was released as a single it didn’t match the success of most Muse singles. This song is one of great meaning: to simply change the world. “Best, you’ve got to be the best,” pianist/ vocalist/guitarist Matt Bellamy croons. “You’ve got to change the world, and use this chance to be heard.”


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The rise of the blogger Emma I’Anson With the rise of Facebook and Twitter, social networking has slowly taken over, and anyone who’s anyone can pry into a friend or celebrity’s life. For the everyday fashion and beauty lover, websites like Tumblr.com and lookbook. nu are a good place to express lifestyle, interests, and fashion through photos. Then there’s blogging, which has always been floating around in the background, but has become highly successful over the past two years. And one of the main reasons for this is due to the fashion magazines Look and Cosmopolitan holding blogging competitions. With the opportunity to win the chance to report at Look Fashion Show and London Fashion Week, aspiring journalists, PR’s and photographers have all taken to the blogosphere to try and make their mark. Before the fashion magazines started holding competitions, bloggers went to sites such as The Independent Fashion Bloggers, British Style Bloggers and Blog Lovin’ to promote themselves. These sites are a library of blogs from fashion and makeup to lifestyle and budgeting. For students this is a great opportunity if you’re thinking about entering journalism, or the world of fashion or beauty; it’s a stepping-stone that can open several doors for you. As they say, any experience is good experience! If blogging isn’t your thing, it’s still a fantastic insight into other people’s lives. Blogs can really help you keep updated with the high street trends, discounts on products, and what beauty buys you should spend your money on and what you should put back on the shelf.

Make me up in under 15 minutes Emma I’Anson Hi beautiful Freshers, I hope you’re all settling in well to Brunel University, and congratulations again for getting a place. To all the returners welcome back! The number one rule during Freshers’ Week is just to be yourself. Everyone is in the same boat and will be feeling pretty similar to how you are. You don’t need to impress anyone this week, as Freshers’ Week isn’t about showing people your fashion sense or make up techniques, but more about going out, getting to know people, and having a laugh. From my own experiences during my past two years at Brunel, I have compiled some tips and tricks for the girlies, so you can enjoy Freshers’ Week to the max while looking your best. I understand that most girls like to look their best, especially when starting a new adventure, but ensure you don’t spend too much time putting on your face otherwise you’ll miss Freshers’ Week! I recommend rocking the basic, natural look for the week. This can be achieved with just a few basic items of makeup and products. I’m sure you’ve all brought your makeup with you, so you will likely have what you need in your collection to achieve this quick and simple look. Apply any moisturiser you need before the look and then put your foundation on; using hands is best if you want this look to be quick. Then put any concealer on that you need – again just apply

this with your fingers, as we only have 5-10 minutes here. Apply a light dusting of a powder if you have one all across the face with a brush, and you’ve hit the halfway point of this process. When it comes to the cheeks, I would recommend going for a product that will contour them, so if you have the Sleek Contour Kit, use it. If not, a similar product will do (I recommend going and getting your hands on one, they work wonders!) Lightly dust this on your face and create yourself some amazing, killer cheekbones. The last step to completing this natural, quick and easy look is the lashes. Coat your eyes in your mascara and then you’re pretty much ready to walk out the door. If you feel your hair isn’t really working for you try a top knot, dry shampoo or just rock the messy, out of bed look. This look can also be used for the evening festivities. However, if you want to glam it up for the evening, I’d recommend using the MUA Professional Eye Palette in Heaven and Earth from Superdrug. If you can’t get your hands on this, any colours that are light browns or golds would be perfect. Dust the colours over your eyes, and you can either use one or blend some together to get the perfect colour for you. Add some lashes, grab some hairspray to sort your hair out (it’s probably got quite messy during the Freshers’ events) and finally spritz some perfume and you should be ready to enjoy the evening events.

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I’m hoping you have an outfit on before you walk out the door, as you don’t want a fashion faux pas happening during the first week at Brunel! Just remember not to spend too much time planning

what to wear; you’ll have plenty of time after Freshers’ Week to compile looks for the rest of the year at Brunel.

Mini outfit guide for Freshers’ Week Emma I’Anson There’s so much going on during Freshers’ Week that I am positive most of you have sat there looking

at the guide, wondering if you can attend it all, and then thinking, “what do I wear?” For the day events such as Laser Quest, Zorb Ball, and

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even Gladiator Day, I suggest putting on anything baggy or easy to move in. Think leggings, loose fitted tees, oversized knitwear for when it gets cold, and easy footwear like flip flips or boots (no heels!) By dressing casually during the week, you can be certain that you won’t miss out on anything due to being afraid of ripping a favourite dress or pair of jeans. For the evening, look through your wardrobe and find the items that aren’t your best pieces. It will be a messy week and now you’re a student you don’t really have your mum to deal with any spillages on that gorgeous cream lace dress that you thought would be amazing for the Welcome Party. On Monday night, there’s Freshbook at the Academy, where you’ll be handed a t-shirt when you arrive so wear something you don’t mind putting into the cloakroom or a bag for the night. For the bottom half I’d go for high waisted shorts, a skirt or leggings. There’s not any themed events going on during Freshers’ Week, but the Academy at Brunel always has various theme nights such as Caveman Night, School Kids Night, and much more during the year. Don’t waste any money by ordering

an outfit online or going to a fancy dress shop, your costume can be made easily from old clothes from your wardrobe and even sheets! Basic wear from shops such as Primark, H&M and New Look will also do the job. Keep an eye out for deals on clothes you think may come in use for you in the future, as in the past we have had Ibiza themed evenings and Wedding themed nights. AUTUMN/WINTER TRENDS Heritage, oversized knitwear, faux fur and real fur, gothic/grunge, burgundy colours, leopard print, oriental, burnt colours, 70’s fashion, pleats, plunging necklines, tuxedos, wide leg trousers plus much more. Keep up to date by checking out websites such as vogue.com and style.com. FIND OUT MORE If any of you are interested in looking at more of my ramblings and information on a daily/ weekly basis, I started a blog over the summer where I review products and fashion, discuss my time at Brunel and look at “How To” ideas for students. Follow me at emmyloubs.blogspot.com.


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Review: The Beaver DIRECTOR

Jodie Foster STARRING

Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence RUNNING TIME

91 mins

Gurpreet K Sihat Skepticism surrounded The Beaver from the very start of its production. Not only was it Jodie Foster’s first directing role since her 1995 film Home for the Holidays, but it was also Mel Gibson’s return to the cinema after his July 2010 breakdown. Gibson’s then girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, received a phone call from the actor, which was leaked onto the Internet. Empire described Gibson as “a man who had clearly lost control, [with] a litany of violent threats; vile, abusive language; and [an] ugly strain of racism.” This film seemed doomed even before its release. Unlike his January 2010 acting comeback, Edge of Darkness, which needed the dominant, masculine, vengeful performance that we see in the majority of Gibson’s films, The

Beaver required acting much more like his character in The Man Without A Face; a broken human being who needed a way to become whole. Those able to put aside their knowledge of his personal life can bear witness to Gibson’s truly phenomenal performance. The film revolves around Walter Black, the severely depressed CEO of Jerryco Toy Company. His youngest son has become unsociable, and his eldest son despises him. When his wife, played by Jodie Foster, kicks him out, Walter tries to commit suicide in his hotel room. His first attempt is unsuccessful and his second is interrupted by a beaver hand puppet that Walter found the night before in a box. The puppet (which Gibson gives a Cockney accent, reminiscent of his Edge of Darkness costar, Ray Winstone) allows Walter to express himself and communicate with others. Eventually, Walter is able to bond with his youngest son, reignite his romance with his wife, and successfully re-enter the business world. The only

problem is that the Beaver begins to take over his life. As a whole, the black comedy penned by Kyle Killen seems to be a brave attempt at directing by Foster. While the film allows the audience to laugh, and is heartwarming and emotional, it can also be painful to watch at times. The Beaver allows Walter to be the man he wishes he was – a loving husband, a good father to his children, and a successful businessman. In the same way that the Beaver becomes the dominant force in Walter’s life, its position in the frame also becomes more dominant, adding to the depth of the story. My only complaint with the film is that Black’s eldest son’s romance with Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence seems to detract from the unique oddity of the main plot. VERDICT Despite the initial problems faced by the film, I think the film was brilliantly acted, scripted and directed, and would highly recommend it. 88888

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Review: Fright Night DIRECTOR

Craig Gillespie STARRING

Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse RUNNING TIME

106 mins

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Subat Bashir The obvious comparisons going to be drawn with Tom Holland’s 1985 original, juxtaposed with the current distaste towards remakes, put Fright Night at an immediate disadvantage. However a polished script coupled with a killer soundtrack and eccentric cast makes this a remake worth watching. Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a dweeb riding his luck, having scored the high school babe after ditching his geeky childhood friend “Evil” Ed (Christopher MintzPlasse) – of course, his face clearing up helped. His stereotypical Idaho life is threatened, however, when Ed insists his roguish new neighbour (Colin Farrell) is in fact a night-working, blood-sucking vampire. This teen paradise is set asunder only after Ed goes missing and Charley goes snooping. Discovering sinister footage on his friend’s computer of a wheelbarrow pushing itself along in the twilight, Charley surrenders to the absurd truth. His neighbour is a vampire. Here the action kicks off with a majestic start as Charley hopelessly seeks the help of famed Vegas illusionist and “vampire slaying expert” Peter Vincent (David Tennant). This of course, is

before Jerry blows up his house, with the help of a natural gas leak (he doesn’t need an invitation if there’s no house.) Fright Night soars and this is largely owed to director Craig Gillespie and script-writer Marti Noxon’s loyalty to the franchise’s 80’s origins. Noxon’s script expertly balances the dark humour, bloody plot, and teen angst trademark of such 80’s classics as Heathers, and The Lost Boys. David Tennant and Colin Farrell give much needed gravitation to an otherwise weak young cast. Tennant’s elaborate costumes and appropriately camp

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performance further retains the nostalgic atmosphere around which the film is built. It is Farrell’s subtle performance as the charming, vicious vampire Jerry, which shines through the duration of the film. VERDICT Fright Night is a cleverly-crafted teen movie and, ironically, a breath of fresh air after the exerting outpour of formulaic and underwhelming additions to the genre so far this year. 88888 Dreamworks

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The secret life of an inanimate object Chrissie Gomez Hello! I am an egg. I’m going to tell you about my adventurous life as an inanimate object. A human named Terry Border created me on December 15th 2010. The objects used usually take the form of our body while our arms and legs are simply made from wire. Here is a picture of me on my way to the toast office to deliver my mail: Terry has made many friends for me, each one portraying different and outrageous personalities. He has a knack of making villains, probably because he saw the actions of villains as dynamic, and so it appears amusing to the eye. Yesterday, I saw a marshmallow pirate forcing his mushy victim to walk the plank! I managed to get a picture of them before he met his sticky end in a cup of hot cocoa, poor guy! And it was only last night as I tucked myself into my egg cosy I witnessed zombie potatoes eating the cauliflower brains of a tomato. I must say the day had been a bit of a scramble for little old me. I’ll tell you a little more about my creator. Terry Border was born in South Carolina, 1965. Initially

he started working with wire sculptures as a hobby alongside his commercial photography. But then it developed into his major work as a fine art photographer and went on to building bigger projects. The suicidal muffin tells me some of Terry’s work is showcased in Dear Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis. I’ve yet to see any of his bigger projects as I don’t usually survive past breakfast time. It is clear from Terry’s work (and the care he takes when creating me and my friends) that he knows where to go with a piece. His gift of visualizing the life hidden within inanimate objects and drawing them out using wire and oddsand-ends is completely effortless. He leaves room in his work to simply play and explore the raw materials he has, and what he can make of it. So the next time you’re bored to death in lectures, and catch yourself staring at your chewed up pen have a think about the life it might have. Plus the thought of it should help pass the time too. Your surroundings are very much alive even if they don’t have wire arms and legs!

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Clockwise from top left: ‘Easter Egg prepared for Mother’s Day’, ‘Mail-Order Bride’, ‘Aaaaarshmellows’, ‘You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto. You Say Potatoes, I Say Zombies’ .

Theatre: what’s hot in 2011? Daisy Adamson Last year, the world of the theatre exploded with great shows. Here is an idea of what went on then and what’s hot at the moment. Following Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search to find his leading lady for the part of Dorothy in talent show ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ proved to be a huge success with winner, with Danielle Hope from Manchester, playing the lead role. With what critics are calling “a ten star production if ever there was one,” it’s well worth checking out.

Let us not forget where the London theatre scene all began: with William Shakespeare of course. The Globe Theatre in the London borough of Southwark is much the same as it was when it first opened in 1599. With ticket prices starting from just £5, it’s well worth a visit to see production classics such as Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and As You Like It. We all loved the films, so who can resist a glimpse at the musical of ‘Shrek’ that’s new to London. With stars including Amanda Holden and Nigel Lindsay, and

the Sunday Telegraph describing it as ‘Shrektacular!’ we need to see what all the fuss is about. Another one new to the theatre is the award winning ‘GHOST the Musical.’ The show, which opened June this year, based on the Oscarwinning film of the same name, is guaranteed to be a hit. And right here at Brunel, there are plenty of things for you to both enjoy and get involved in. The Brunel Drama Society, who last year put on a production of ‘The Jungle Book,’ is encouraging anyone with an interest in the

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arts to get involved. They will be at the Freshers Fayre on Tuesday 20th, so get down and have a chat to them to find out more. Also a special event for School of Arts Freshers will be held in the Antonin Artaud building on Thursday 22nd September. “Ceci n’est pas une soireè de bienvenue,” a collaboration between final year arts students and artist Katie Etheridge, is a series of mini performances which will be a perfect introduction to what arts at Brunel is like.

WHAT’S HOT GHOST the Musical Piccadilly Theatre The Wizard of Oz The London Palladium Shrek the Musical Theatre Royal Drury Lane War Horse New London Theatre Mamma Mia! Prince of Wales Theatre


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The future of gaming: embrace or avoid? Ricky Compton It’s clear to anyone who’s picked up a videogame over the past year or two that things in the gaming world are changing dramatically. But is this something we should be avoiding like the plague, or embracing like a young puppy in need of nurturing? The mechanics of motion controls are now reaching maturity, and Nintendo are starting on the next videogame gimmick of 3D with their DS successor, the 3DS; which leaves room to debate

whether or not this medium is actually improving. This subjective term is one that’s beginning to be thrown around by more than just gamers. Nintendo Game Designer Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that motion controls are not the way forward for Nintendo, and if the big hats of the industry are in doubt, it doesn’t look good for gamers. Many gamers believed that the hunt for better graphics would be the cap on gaming, where developers could turn their attention to producing well Ubisoft

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executed, and gripping games. However, now that developers are putting less investment into new engines and more into running off existing engines with modifications, they’ve put all that investment into making gimmicks – not better storylines or better scriptwriters, or even better voice actors. Gimmicks like motion controls, 3D, and video capture. Yes, it gives more variety to the medium, but it’s like spreading a topping too thin. The game industry is putting fingers into many pies and is failing to taste any of them. There’s no denying that the Wii was a commercial success, and it’s done an amazing job of broadening the gaming medium. However, it shows a tragic look into the future of gaming which no longer caters solely to the “hardcore” demographic. New core games announced at the 2011 E3 this summer such as Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon integrate with Kinect; new Facebook games such as Dragon Age Legends and The Sims Social look to dispute the stigma attached to Zynga’s previous monopoly with FarmVille, FrontierVille and similarly generic,

The Internet makes it easy to be angry Matt Smith Take a quick look at any online chat room, forum, or comment thread, and it’s likely that you’ll see a number of threatening or abusive posts, aimed at either another member, or a celebrity or public figure. The level of these insults and descriptions of imaginary violence go far beyond what would be acceptable in person, and yet on the Internet everything seems to be fair game. An article in The Observer suggested that this problem was caused in part by the anonymity that the Internet provides. People are less likely to consider the consequences of their actions when there are no consequences, because nothing can be traced back to their person to damage their reputation. But even then, you’d expect human decency to take charge most of the time. Surely there’s something else at work here? Firstly, I think that there’s a difference when you can’t see somebody’s reaction to your statement. Even if it’s not about them directly, most people would respond negatively in person to something grotesquely violent, and this is why nothing like that ever gets said by the sane of mind. The Internet liberates us from this reaction, and the feelings of guilt and shame that accompany it. Even though the internet is essentially the same as speaking in front of a crowd of millions, the lack of body language and expressions makes it

easy to make a point – no matter how socially unacceptable that point might be. In a way, this seems to be an extension of the vision of the Internet as some sort of perfect Wild West, where everybody can do what he or she wants. Music is free, invasive marketing is fine, and social boundaries don’t exist. It’s just another case where people need to learn that the online world is not just a huge free-forall. People still need to respect each other, and - whether your comments can be traced back to your person or not - the kind of comments that are frequently seen on the web in comment fields and

forums are unacceptable. Free speech must always be respected, and much in the same way that the press must learn to regulate itself in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal, it’s up to the digital contributors themselves to consider what they’re saying, and whether it would be considered acceptable to say in an everyday situation. This doesn’t seem likely to change in the near future, and various proposed codes have been rejected on the grounds that they limit free speech. So for the time being, it’s up to site moderators to keep the web clean – well, kind of. Takuya Asada

repetitive games; and now tablets such as the iPad and even smart phones are becoming increasingly geared for potential gaming uses. The future of gaming will never be the same as the past, and every gamer sticking to their adamant wishes that they just “want games to be like they used to” are shouting in vain. The medium is changing, and the gamers can’t stop that. However, what we can do is tailor it with the developers. Game studios are increasingly opening public beta tests and events at conventions, where they actively seek player feedback. The future of gaming may be a scary thought, but gaming is no longer elitist, no longer for the 14-26 male demographic as it once was. Gaming is becoming more universal and accessible. Children younger than ever before are being taught to play games and now our grandparents and parents are taking up gaming through Facebook and other similar “casual” mediums. Yes, for the hardcore gaming demographic, the future of our medium looks disastrous, but that’s the point. This is no longer our medium. Gaming has to change, and if we don’t

embrace this change, it could have a disastrous effect on the medium we love. We can’t hinder progress just because we like the past. And who knows, maybe developers will drop gimmicks in a few years, but if not, and we don’t accept them, we’re the ones who are going to lose out. THE TOP GAMES THIS AUTUMN/WINTER Gears of War 3 – 20th September FIFA 12 – 30th September Rage – 7th October Forza Motorsport 4 – 14th October Battlefield 3 – 28th October Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – 2nd November Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – 8th November The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 11th November Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 15th November

Government drops riot plans for social network shutdowns Matt Smith The UK government has abandoned plans to close down social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry Messenger during civil unrest. The idea was raised in the aftermath of the recent riots in London and other cities, but according to The Independent it has been dropped. A meeting between ministers, police, and social network representatives was held on September 1st, and the subject was not raised. A spokesman said that the meeting, which Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Theresa May attended, was “constructive.” One social media representative said that the government was not looking to shut down any social networks during any future unrest. The group spoke about how to prevent social networks like Twitter and Facebook from being used to organise future civil unrest and riots. Previously, David Cameron said that he would look into “whether it would be right” to stop use of these sites when violence was being plotted. Conservative MP Louise Mensch

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Andy Melton was a supporter of the plans, and expressed her support for them via her own Twitter account. The 40-year-old politician tweeted: “I don’t have a problem with a brief temporary shutdown of social media.” Civil rights groups were against the measures, and the Metropolitan Police said that Twitter gave them useful information about future attacks. Rather than looking to suspend the networks, the government will now look at how the sites and the police can work together to prevent violence.


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Are U Super? As we arrive on campus, sample a few societies, and take our first lectures the world of work seems very far away – and a bit scary! With three years or more to go before we leave it’s hard to look beyond university. However, our time here can teach us a lot, not just about our course but about careers in general, and the more we take advantage of this the more we can start to imagine life after uni! Now, don’t turn the page just yet! We all know student life can get on top of us sometimes (especially at first), and you might feel like you’re already trying to juggle a lot, but now is the perfect time to take advantage of the careers opportunities that come with being at university – ones that might not come again. As students, we have more freedom to do work experience or take a placement year, do some volunteering, or part-time work. If we want to be successful and get a good job after all our hard work at university, the key is to start thinking about our careers at the beginning of our degrees. Making this kind of start now can help us get the experience we need to discover our ideal job and begin to work towards it. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your cape!

This sounds like a job for… Super U!

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Meet the team

Brunel Volunteers helps students find volunteering opportunities for crucial career experience.

www.brunelvolunteers.com

Academic Skills (ASK) provides a diverse range of workshops to improve skills essential to both academic and career success.

Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) offers career planning advice and workshops, facilitates placement searches, helps find part-time work on and off campus.

Brunel Entrepreneurs Society hosts business events and workshops, provides platform for student networking.

www.brunelentrepreneurs.com

www.brunel.ac.uk/ services/library/ask

www.brunel.ac.uk/ services/pcc

Upcoming Events How to Come up with a ‘Winning’ Idea

Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Guest Speaker: Jacqui Hogan. Thursday, 3rd Nov, 6-8pm, location TBC.

Women Into Business: Launch Event - Evening Reception Guest Speakers: Jane Atkinson, Ria Barnabas, Sue Coles, Lisa Porter. Tuesday 15th Nov, Beldam Gallery.

Market Research: Defining your Target Market Tuesday, 29th Nov, 6-8pm, LC262.

Women Into Business: Networking Skills

Wednesday 28th Sept, 4-6pm, ASK Workshop Room.

Critical Thinking and Writing Arguments

Tuesday 18th Oct, 10-12pm, ASK Workshop Room.

Report Writing

Wednesday 16th Nov, 2-4pm, Library Seminar Room.

Presentations to Impress

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Harris. Thursday 1st Dec, 5.30-7pm, location TBC.

Tuesday 22nd Nov, 5-7pm, ASK Workshop Room.

Entrepreneur In Residence: David Riley

Guest Speaker David Riley, 29th Sept, 6-8pm, location LC066.

Meet and Greet+ Ice Breaker Activities Thursday 22nd Sep, LC214, 6-8pm.

Drop into their office on the main walkway outside the Hamilton Centre.

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COFFEE BREAK

All the puzzles are tried and tested by the Le Nurb team, and you can see the fastest time next to each one. Your prize for beating us? A sense of smug satisfaction, and a warm, glowy feeling in your midriff.

Wordfinder

Sudoku Easy

ROB’S TIME: 11m 53s

Difficulty: 55555

9 2

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Stewart

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Manning

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ROB’S TIME: 13m 58s

Difficulty: 55555

Chris Clyde David Derek Ed 20 minutes

“WHAT?!”

25 minutes

Not sure where to start? Read clue 1 carefully - we’ve filled in everything it tells you at first.

30 minutes 35 minutes

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4 Ratings: 11-15 average

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Crosslogic “Destination Race”

ROB’S SCORE: 10 in 10 mins (oops)

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Difficulty: 55555 Find as many words as possible using letters from the grid. The words must be four letters or more, and contain the central letter, but each letter may not be used more than once. There is at least one word that uses all nine letters in the grid.

On their way home, five people decided to use a different mode of transportation, from the same start location to the same finish. Determine the full name of each, the transportation method they chose, and how long it took them to get home. Clues 1. Ed didn’t use the bus. Mr Sullivan’s first name was Chris. 2. Mr Manning took ten minutes longer to arrive home than it took Clyde, but he was back five minutes faster than the person who took the bus. 3. The person who walked spent 20 minutes getting home. Derek came home in a car. 4. David didn’t use the train to get home but he arrived five minutes before Mr Park, whose first name wasn’t Ed. 5. Mr Stewart arrived home in 30 minutes. 6. The person who used a bicycle returned ten minutes earlier than Derek but his last name wasn’t Pennant.

16-21 good

22-26 excellent

27 godlike

Teasers 1. I like the number 225, but not 224. I prefer 900 to 800, and love 144, but loathe 145. Would I prefer the number 1600 or 1700? 55555 2. Put each number from 1-25 inclusive into the grid, so that each row, column and corner-to-corner line adds up to 65. 55555

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4. Which letter is missing from the wheel? 55555

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Walking Recycle, Forrest, recycle!

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Horoscopes ARIES (March 21-April 20)

You may feel reserved on the issues of love and romance. This is a good idea as no one is interested in you.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21)

The Moon is in the fourth house, Jupiter is in the seventh house and The Bear is in the Big Blue House. What this means, I haven’t the foggiest. Look both ways before you cross the road I guess.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)

Twins, Basil, twins! You and your mischievous half become one for a spot of hijinks involving the Pond, a traffic cone and a severe reduction in the length of your life.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

Don’t worry it’s only a name. Your desire to be loved will come true as the half-blind Polish woman who cleans your flat comes to work today a little drunk. Just go with it. Then get tested.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

The celestial bodies soar around the sky for you. Planets and Suns swirl together celebrating your greatness. A burst of beautiful light eradicates darkness. This can only mean that the stars are in alignment and you can, once again, speak to Mufasa.

VIRGO (August 23-September 21)

If you are unsure what the cute person in your 3 o’clock seminar thinks of you, then take the first step: Tattoo their name across your forehead and hire two chaps in fairy wings to trail you scattering petals.

LIBRA (September 22-October 22)

If you work hard, then the rewards will be yours. It’s not so much of a horoscope as a good idea isn’t it?

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Don’t assume that money grows on trees. It doesn’t. You must steal it from the bank. (Le Nurb does not condone any sort of criminal behaviour….but if you get some, give us a cut, yeah?)

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

If you think you have been harshly treated then tough. These are the stars that I see for you so hush. If you have a problem with that then write a Letter to the Editor or issue some kind of fatwah.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You have always looked good in a hat. Yes, today is a hat day! Go hat!

Smaller Maze of Awesome Difficulty: 55555

Start

Finish

lol/fail

Overheard in the office this month...

I’m up for anything... I brought full fat lemonade!

My star map is correct! Do all images need caption?

You’re like a big, plain

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 19)

Feel free to laugh at the small child that slips over in the street later today. It’s ok, you are going to hell anyway.

PISCES (February 20-March 20)

Life can be as romantic as you wish to make it. Like the old saying goes, a man with three fish has enough in his heart to help him build a picnic chair.

McPlainplain. Getting laid and getting paid, peace.

I’m off to fart. More unmissable quotes next month.

Solutions

Obituary Wordfinder

11-15 16-21 22-26 27-00

amour, amours, armour, armours, aura, auras, opus, ours, paramour, paramours, pour, pours, puma, pumas, purr, purrs, rump, rumps, rums, soup, sour, spur, sumo, sump, umps, uproar, uproars. Chris

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Adam Hamster. One of last year’s Coffee Break regulars after he walked on Rob’s laptop trackpad and made the Wordfinder solutions wonky, Adam was dropped by James involved in a tragic accident just days after last year’s final issue.

Easy Sudoku

8 3 2 4 5 9 7 6 1

Sullivan Manning

Derek

Stewart

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Park

Clyde

Pennant

David

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1 5 4 7 8 6 9 3 2

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7 2 6 9 3 5 1 8 4

5 1 3 8 7 4 6 2 9

9 6 5 3 4 8 2 1 7

3 7 1 6 9 2 4 5 8

2 4 8 5 1 7 3 9 6

average good excellent godlike

Ratings: 40 minutes

Bus

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Car

30 minutes

Train

25 minutes

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20 minutes

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Time Taken

Transportation

Evil Sudoku

2 3 5 6 7 4 9 1 8

6 7 1 8 9 5 3 4 2

4 8 9 1 3 2 7 6 5

8 9 4 7 2 1 6 5 3

3 2 7 5 4 6 1 8 9

5 1 6 9 8 3 4 2 7

9 5 3 4 6 8 2 7 1

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7 6 8 2 1 9 5 3 4

Teasers

Crosslogic

Giant Maze of Awesome

Definitely. This image definitely does not belong to Ashley Brooks, and Rob definitely did not get two-thirds of the way through in four hours, then forget to finish it. This is the solution to the Giant Maze of Awesome - as seen in last year’s eighth and final issue - and solved by Rob, in just two hours and 15 minutes. 4. Q - moving clockwise from the top, the letters advance in steps of 9, 7, 5, 3 and 1.

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3. 14 - Opposite numbers average out to make the central value.

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2. See right:

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1. 1600 - I like square numbers.

Recycling ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of. They speak English in Recycling?

Adam Hamster June 2010 - 17 May 2011

We miss Adam dearly, and simply hope he would approve of his successor, Tufty, who eats too much and has an arse moustache.

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SPORTS TRIALS

Interested in trying out for a club? Find out how below.

American Football (trial) Wednesday 21st 5-7pm Thursday 22nd 5-7pm Badminton (trial) Friday 23rd

12:30-2:30pm

Basketball (Men’s) (trial) Thursday 22nd 6:30-10:30pm Friday 23rd 12:00-2pm Friday 23rd 6-10pm Basketball (Women’s) (open session) Friday 23rd 2-4pm Monday 26th 5-7pm Cheerleading (trial) Thursday 22nd 2:30-4:30pm Cricket (Women’s) (open session) Friday 23rd 4-6pm Fencing (trial) Thursday 22nd

4:30-6:30pm

Cemetery Pitch, Sports Park Cemetery Pitch, Sports Park

Football (Men’s) (trial) Wednesday 21st 10-4pm Friday 23rd 12-3pm

Netball Hall, Sports Centre

Futsal (Men's and Women's) (trial) Friday 23rd 4:30-6:30pm

Netball Hall, Sports Centre Sports Hall, Sports Centre Sports Hall, Sports Centre Sports Hall, Sports Centre Sports Hall, Sports Centre

Football (Women's) (trial) Wednesday 21st 1-3pm Friday 23rd 12-2pm

Site 5, Sports Park Site 5, Sports Park

Rugby League (open session) Wednesday 21st 2-5pm

Site 5, Sports Park

Rugby Union (Men's) (open session) Wednesday 21st 2:30-4:30pm

Site 5, Sports Park

Netball Hall, Sports Centre Rugby Union (Women's) (open session) Friday 23rd 10-4pm Site 5, Sports Park 3rd Generation Pitch, Sports Park 3rd Generation Pitch, Sports Park

Squash (open session) Thursday 22nd 1-4pm

Squash Courts, Sports Centre

Hockey (Men's) (trial) Wednesday 21st 2-4pm Friday 23rd 2-4pm

Multiuse Pitch, Sports Park Multiuse Pitch, Sports Park

Tchoukball (open session) Friday 23rd 10:30-12:30pm

Netball Hall, Sports Centre

Hockey (Women's) (trial) Wednesday 21st 12-2pm

Multiuse Pitch, Sports Park

Tennis (trial) Friday 23rd

Tennis Courts, Sports Park

Lacrosse (open session) Thursday 22nd 1-3pm

Cemetery Pitch, Sports Park

Trampolining (open session) Friday 23rd 9am-12pm

Sports Hall, Sports Centre

Netball (trial) Wednesday 21st 10-4pm

Netball Courts, Sports Park

Volleyball (trial) Friday 23rd

Netball Hall, Sports Centre

12-4pm

Netball Hall, Sports Centre Sports Hall, Sports Centre 2:30-4:30pm

Netball Hall, Sports Centre

KEY TO MAP

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Bannerman Centre

Lecture Centre

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Indoor Athletics Centre

Sports Park

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Brunel Barbarians Rugby League Robb Moss For the Brunel Barbarians Rugby League, 2010/11 has seen the end of an era, with the last of the club’s founding members having graduated. It is now up to newer members to ensure the club’s success in this new era that will no doubt have plenty in store for years to come. Despite an inconsistent season with some brilliant wins and disappointing losses, the standard of Rugby League has risen to its highest in the club’s history. An eight-point loss to St Mary’s 1st XIII showed just how far the club has come since its earlier days when the Barbarians lost by nearly 90 points. The club also successfully raised over £300 for Brunel RAG by hosting a 24-hour touch rugby match; this year, they are hoping to host an even bigger event. They have many plans in the pipeline in the hopes of beating the record total raised last year.

The 2011/12 season holds big things for the Barbarians. The solid groundwork the club’s old boys put in over the last 2 years will be complemented nicely by the arrival of new coach Aaron Quinn, a former Harlequins Rugby League player, as well as sponsorship from a leading nutritional supplement company. The Barbarians have every intention of success for the upcoming year, and preparations have already begun to ensure that they power ahead and win the BUCS Southern league.

Adil Khan Deshmukh

FIND OUT MORE If you fancy getting involved in playing Rugby League, social touch rugby, or would just like to become a social member, an open session will be held at site 5 on Wednesday 21st September. Training will be Mondays and Tuesdays from 5-7 thereafter.

Spot the egg competition.

The squash family Update from the rowing club Jo Barnard Over the past 3 years, the Squash Club has proven itself to be a fantastic sports club with growing popularity, not only through sporting achievement but also social accreditation. The club has become one of the top sports clubs within Brunel, awarded Most Improved Club of the Year in 2010 and a nominated for Club of the Year 2011. Alongside the three men’s teams, this year will see the first women’s team. With the help of three qualified coaches, we hope to further our successes in the BUCS league and South East Cup. But the club is not just about success. We pride ourselves on being a club that welcomes everyone, from the novice to the expert. Regular training sessions are open to players of all standards, with many opportunities to get involved in fitness training, match practice and master classes. Off-court, the Squash Club has a notorious passion for partying. Social events are arranged weekly that include trips to Fabric, paintballing, meals out, and – of

course – regular Academy nights. We love our joint social events too, giving us a great chance to meet fellow students and expand our sporting relationships at University. From myself and the rest of the committee: I invite you to come down to the squash courts on Thursday 22nd September at 1pm and meet the rest of the family. With inexpensie membership, the Squash Club is the perfect way to improve your game, keep fit, and above all make friends that will stay with you throughout your time at Brunel. Any queries? Speak to Dominic Trewin, Stewart Bailey, Simon Basil, Gary O’Brien or Jo Barnard. FIND OUT MORE Phone: 07817 747234 Facebook: Brunel Squash Club 2011-12 Email: Squash@brunelstudents.org.uk

Kamil Kurnikoff We hit our balls with this?

Oliver Cooper Throughout 2010/11, BURC has increased its membership and been more active than ever, becoming one of the most popular clubs of the University. The rowing club has also entered more members in races than ever before, and been very successful, bringing home lots of silverware. The BURC Women did very well in placing higher than any other Brunel rower in the Women’s Head of the River Race. The Men also reached new heights, winning regattas and sending Brunel rowers to Henley Royal Regatta.

It hopes to increase its members further and send many more to race and win for Brunel. With two social secretaries, BURC is also looking forward to some awesome nights out and a brilliant year for all our members and friends at Brunel.

BURC train on the River Thames at Staines three times a week and have a wonderful resource in the Staines Boat Club. With a membership ranging from social members to aspiring prorowers, there is always a crew to suit everyone and a range of boats for the solitary rower or the team player. On the water, training is usually coached either by senior rowers or Staines and community coaches. This coming year, the club is looking to further its sporting and competitive achievements as much as 2010/11, if not more.

FIND OUT MORE If you’re interested in BURC, want to know more, or just want to see what rowers are like, come and see us at the Freshers’ Fayre on Tuesday 20th September.

Shuttlecocks at the ready Oscar Lappay This year, Brunel Badminton has been revitalized. We have a new committee and plenty of bright new ideas from bi-monthly tournaments, and regular social nights to organised trips to events such as the All England Open in Birmingham. Any issues with overcrowding and lack of court time will also be solved with the introduction of a PEG system* during social nights every Friday 9-11pm. The Badminton Club is based in the Sports Hall and will have two sessions per week. Mondays at 9-11pm is club training, where the resident coach will be on-hand, whilst Fridays at 9-11pm will be available to anyone who simply wants to enjoy the sport with no experience required. Racquets and shuttles are provided during each session at no extra cost. Annual membership for the club is only £15 for social members and £20 for team members. Brunel Badminton is open to absolutely anyone, whether you Alright, Mr DeMille. I’m ready to recycle.

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Team Trials (freshers) Team Trials (returners) Taster Session (everyone)

Badminton Schedule Date Venue Friday 23rd Monday 26th Friday 30th

are a serious player or have never picked up a racquet before. Come see us at our stand during Freshers’ Fayre and sign up! The taster session is a great opportunity to put forward all questions and to experience the club atmosphere. No membership is required during this time, so everyone is welcome! *Each person will have their own named peg attached to a line placed on a board. The person whose name is in the front gets to choose from the next six pegs the three players they want to challenge. Games in progress are placed on the top line of the board. After each match the pegs will be removed from the top and will be returned to the back of the line. They must then wait until their peg is selected for another game.

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FIND OUT MORE Visit us at brunelstudents.com/badminton E-mail us: badminton@brunelstudents.org.uk Follow us on Twitter: @brunelbadders Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/BrunelBadminton

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Burners build on first season success Adil Khan Deshmukh

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Wondering which club is the best? Kelly Taylor So, you’ve decided to join the best club at Brunel University huh? The one and only BUWHC! If you haven’t, then you should definitely be considering it! Well done for getting into Brunel. Now that you’re here, the real fun begins. We hope you’re are up for any challenges that come your way, both on and off the pitch! All teams will be training every week, and there will be a match most Wednesdays, followed by a legendary outing to Liquid. No matter where our games are, be it Portsmouth, Bath, or home; no matter what the final score and no matter how far into your overdraft you are, BUWHC socials are definitely a must! Most weeks we will have a theme, and the crazier your costume is, the better. To kick things off during Freshers’ Week, you will find us launching pies at poor suspects and firing hockey balls at a goalie in the quad from 1-3pm. Look for the “I love Brunel Hockey” t-shirts. Tuesday you will find us at the Freshers’ Fayre in the IAC (Indoor Athletics Centre) all day. This is where you can join BUWHC or simply come

Orion Modebe In September 2010, the Brunel Burners American Football Team embarked on their debut season in the British Universities American Football League (BUAFL), having only been founded the year before. Ranked as underdogs, no one expected the team to gain a single victory in a league that is notoriously unforgiving to rookie teams. This was not the case, and against all odds the Burners won their first ever game in style against veteran team King’s College Regents. Amazingly, the team blocked three last-minute field goals, holding on to an 8-6 victory that sparked mad celebrations on the sideline from the 200-strong crowd. For all involved, it was history in the making and a great introduction to the league. The rest of the season was just as competitive, with the team striding to a record 4 victories and 4 losses in their first season. This included wins against Imperial Immortals, Surrey Stingers and OBU Panthers. The team had developed from a group of raw athletes into a well-organised, highly competitive outfit in a matter of months. Had it not been for a disappointing early-season loss against the Royal Holloway Bears, the Burners would have made it into the playoffs in their first ever season with a 5-3 record. However, it was not meant to be; in the last game, the team lost to a vastly more-experienced Solent University Redhawks side that has previously won National Championships. Sky Modebe, the

defensive captain, suffered a broken ankle in the Surrey game that proved a massive loss; the defence struggled for leadership against some of the toughest opponents faced all season. On the offensive side, the explosive running game failed to dominate as it had in previous matches. With the pitch in dire condition, the ground game just couldn’t get going. Looking back on the team’s inaugural season, it can be considered a remarkable achievement for rookies to finish with four victories. Now the Burners have tasted success, the aim for this year is to win the National Championship in only their second season; an unprecedented achievement. The team is focused and hungry to succeed and eagerly awaits the chance to defeat defending champions Portsmouth Destroyers in the season’s opening game. FIND OUT MORE For the chance to become a part of the Burners programme, come and visit the stall at the Freshers’ Fayre on September 20th. They will be recruiting players as well as management positions for those who may not want to play but would still like to be a part of the team. Trials will be held on the Cemetery Pitches from 5-7pm on September 21st and 22nd, open to anyone and everyone. No experience is necessary. Big guys are especially welcome!

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Evie Eyles find us for more information. On Wednesday we have our hockey taster session from 12-2pm so come on down to the pitch and show us what you’re made of. This will give you the chance to meet everyone else, have a hit around and a good laugh. Even if you don’t own a stick or have never picked one up before, please come on down – we don’t bite! Brunel Hockey is a great club to join, and we hope you will love every minute you spend with us. This year promises to be awesome so don’t miss us during Freshers’ Week.

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As part of its’ partnership with London 2012, Brunel has secured a number of places on the torch relay before the Olympic games. People from all over the country will be taking part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Brunelians can soon nominate their fellow students to be part of the relay - find out more at brunelstudents.com, or contact Gary O’Brien via vp.activities@brunel.ac.uk.

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More success for Brunel Cricket Adil Khan Deshmukh The Brunel Cricket Club had a tough act to follow after coming off the back of consecutive promotions and conference cup wins. Fundraising throughout the 2009-10 season meant that the club acquired a bowling machine last year, vital equipment to develop the club further. Before the indoor season had even started, the club had amassed a record 76 members. The performance of the club was duly recognised in April’s Sports Federation Ball, where the 1st XI was runner-up in the Team of the Year and the club came so close to winning Club of the Year, again as the runner up. Brunel Cricket’s first foray into competitive action was the SESSA Indoor Cup, pitting us against other universities in the south-east. The team travelled to Romford in Essex as reigning champions and once again swept away the competition, beating Newvic in the semi-final and Middlesex in the final. The SESSA success was a mere warm-up for the far more prestigious BUCS National Indoor competition. Brunel got through the regional round of the competition at the Hertfordshire indoor cricket centre, thus qualifying for the Semi-Final at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff. Brunel was drawn against Cardiff and Exeter, two extremely tough teams. The team did their

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...cricketers are blissfully unaware. utmost to try and improve upon reaching the semi-finals in the previous season but their best efforts were left unrewarded. The team lost to Cardiff by 32 runs, with 39 not out from Simon Bell; the second match ended in another defeat, this time by 17 runs. Brunel may not have progressed further in the competition, but the nature of the performance was improved upon last time around.

The long-awaited summer season began in April with the 1st XI playing in 1A South-East and the 2nd XI in 3A. The aim was plain and simple: for both teams to get promoted. Both teams started the season with a bang. The 1st XI amassed 339-5 against Brighton, with a mammoth 173 from Tom Grant and 75 from Simon Bell. Brighton was knocked over for a measly 153, giving Brunel their first win of the day. The 2nd XI

somehow managed to better the result by scoring 300-5 and rolling over Portsmouth for just 25; a Brunel record. The first team kept piling on the runs in subsequent matches, beating Essex by 170 runs; aided by a century from the run-machine Bell. The second team were brought back down to earth with a 2-wicket defeat but powered on to thrash a dismal Imperial side before succumbing to

Brighton. The final game of the 2nd XI season was washed out, leaving a 2-2 record for the year. However, this would not deter the 1st XI; they went into the final match against Hertfordshire knowing that a win would bring a third promotion on the bounce. The team would then be pitting themselves against the best teams in the South of England. A comfortable victory over Hertfordshire secured a third league title in a row and a berth in the Premier League Trophy. This was new territory for the team, as they had previously only competed in the Conference Cup. The difference in quality of oppositions was shown as Brunel had to deal with a rare occurrence: defeat. Nevertheless, the season had been a significant success for the 1st XI, while the 2nd XI would stay in 3A. Brunel Cricket is a club which is heading in the right direction, as it has done for the past few years. We hope to see you at our winter net sessions that start in October! FIND OUT MORE Anybody who is interested in joining the club for this year can visit the club’s Facebook page ‘Brunel Cricket Club 2011/2012’, visit the club’s stall at Freshers’ Fayre, or take a look at the website - brunelcricket.co.uk.

Brunel gears up for London 2012 Alex Mitchell London 2012 may be 10 months away, but preparations at Brunel are already underway to ensure everything is in place for the activities on campus in 2012. I recently spoke to the Director of the 2012 programme, Neil Young, to find out more about what exactly will be going on over the coming months. The London 2012 games are fast approaching. After 7 years of planning since London was awarded the games back in 2005, the city will host the Games of the XXX Olympiad next summer from the 27th July to the 12th August. I asked Neil what his role actually entails as the Director of Brunel 2012. He replied: “In general, it is to make the most of the London 2012 for staff and students at Brunel,” along with “increasing participation in sport and widening our links in other nations and with sponsors.” Brunel has been fortunate to secure a place as one of the training camp hosts and next summer. Brunel will be taken over by teams of athletes, coaches, chefs, press and police in the weeks building up to the games. So who exactly will be at Brunel next year for the games? “The team who will be coming to train here are South Korea. They will be bringing a team of people for around 10 sports including: Tae Kwon Do, Table Tennis,

Weightlifting and Handball. They will be here from 20th July until the end of the games and then there will be a one week gap, until the Canadian Athletics Paralympic Team arrive,” says Young. “As well as those, we will have a team of Jamaican sprinters including Usain Bolt and his training partners and finally, we have rented over 1000 rooms out to London 2012 for stewards and staff and broadcasters.” Brunel boasts proud Olympic success and several Olympic medal winners as part of its alumni, including Audley Harrison, James Cracknell and Heather Fell. With so many athletes on campus, I wanted to find out what benefits the students could expect to gain from their University playing host to such high profile athletes. Neil informs me that they hope to involve at least 50 student volunteers on campus during the summer period. We then discuss the benefits Brunel has already received, with a small number of students being able to secure work placements with companies such as Samsung through links established by hosting the South Korean team. Talk then turned to Brunel athletes of the present and future. Neil tells me he thinks the signs are promising for Brunel medal hopefuls in 2012, including the likes of Double British Champion Perri Shakes-Drayton and World

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Neil Young meets Usain Bolt. Rower of the Year and Paralympic gold medal winner, Tom Aggar. We both agree that Brunel has a huge part to play at the games in terms of British medal hopefuls. On the subject of the medals table, Neil believes Britain will retain the 4th spot achieved in Beijing in 2008. “I think Britain will finish 4th. With Clive Woodward (Coach of the winning 2003 English Rugby World Cup team) driving things

and with athletes sharing his attitude, I think we will have a very successful games.” The future looks bright for Brunel athletes. With dozens of activities taking place over the coming months, London 2012 is closer than you may think. Be sure to check out the Olympics day on Thursday 22nd September for your chance to win some great prizes.

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FIND OUT MORE Interested in getting involved with Brunel 2012 volunteering? Contact myself: volunteer.chair@brunel.ac.uk Contact Neil: neil.young@brunel.ac.uk


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Meet Mr Student Activities Name: Gary O’Brien

Union of Brunel Students

Job title: Vice President Student Activities Course Studied: Exercise and Fitness Sports Science (2:1) Favourite athlete: Lance Armstrong – HERO! Ben Moxey Alex Mitchell Tuesday 20th September sees the Union of Brunel Students hosting its’ annual Freshers’ Fayre. Last year, the fayre was a huge success, boasting over 7000 attendees. Looking to build upon last years success, over 100 clubs & societies, university departments and businesses will be setting out their stalls in a bid to grab your attention. The fayre is one of the highlights of the week and is a fantastic opportunity for new students to find out more information about

what’s on offer at Brunel and grab plenty of great freebies. Freshers’ Fayre takes place in the Indoor Athletics Centre (IAC), from 10am-4pm, giving you plenty of time to browse around, grab some goodies and find the clubs & societies that you want to join. There will be dozens of students and staff on hand to answer your queries so even if you are tired after a hard night of partying, make sure you get yourself down to the IAC. You would be mad to miss it!

Events to look out for in Freshers: Unfair Fairtrade Olympic Decathlon; Ministry of Sound Unitrash; MEGA GLOBAL!! Also look out for a special something on 10/10/11! Favourite current tune: To name a few of many current favourites: Avicii ft David Guetta – Sunshine, Emeli Sandé – Heaven (Nu:Tone remix) and Dimension & Skankandbass – Arcade. Favourite sport films: Remember The Titans, Any Given Sunday, Coach Carter – EPIC!

Your new Vice-President, with 100% added KEEN. Favourite food: (Not that I have it anymore, home specials are the best!) Pea Risotto with Fried Egg. Best Olympic moment: Sydney 2000, the Coxless 4 gold medal win. I still get goosebumps!

One to watch for 2012: Former Brunel student, Perri Shakes-Drayton – Queen of the 400m! CONTACT GARY vp.activities@brunel.ac.uk

Vice President sets out plans for the year Gary O’Brien Hello Brunelians! My name is Gary O’Brien, Vice President Student Activities for the year 2011/2012 at the greatest institution in the world: Brunel University! Firstly, let me congratulate undergraduates and postgraduates alike for getting into University and give a warm welcome to you and all our returning students! My role in the Union is an exciting and engaging one; I lead the way in Sports, Societies, and RAG.

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That means I am the voice of well over 100 clubs and societies, as well as the whole of the students’ fundraising efforts. This year, my plans and campaigns try to cover every aspect of student and community activity; I plan big! We all know the Olympic year is fast approaching us, and this features in my plans. Brunel Union wants to find a student ambassador for the Olympics to be a key member in implementing all Olympic plans; if you think this could be you, get in touch! We also support the future Flames bid where you can nominate people who you think deserve to carry the torch in its tour around the UK to the Olympic park! Look out for the Coca Cola Olympic tour bus with the torch on 10th October. We are the first of only 20 Unions in the country to successfully bid to host this bus! At Brunel we are well known for our sporting success. Many great athletes have graduated here, and I want to increase the status of competitive sport; from free sports massages for all teams, to greater advertisement/union support, to getting more teams on performance pathways. We will continue to improve competitively. And what about participation? Saturday afternoons for intramurals in as many sports as possible, the new Active Brunel scheme advertising participation and heavily discounted/free taster sessions in a wide variety of sports are sure to be a winner! Also

look out for the sport inclusion programme, where anyone and everyone can try disabled sports! At Brunel, we are so diverse, and this should be celebrated! I am looking to really put societies on the map and get them involved with all celebration days and events and giving them as many chances as possible to showcase what they do and what they can offer. Be sure to see them involved in many events where you would stereotypically just see sports clubs. And what about RAG? This Freshers’ Week, we are celebrating the 90s, so be sure to get yoyoing with our RAG team – we are going to be the coolest, most retro Union! There will be many events over the year that raise money, especially in sports and societies (such as netball Pink Night/dance show) so get involved and have a laugh! But, do you want to do something AMAZING? How about climbing Kilimanjaro or trekking the Great Wall of China? We are offering more than ever and all in the name of good causes. From personal experience, Kilimanjaro is just unbelievable and I’m sure China (new this year!) promises to be also! If you have any queries, problems or suggestions, please get in touch. Our clubs and societies are student-run, so you guys can shape this Union. I would love to hear about anything you’re doing or planning! Please get in touch; my email address is above. Please recycle.

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