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September 2012 - Le Nurb


What’s the issue? confessions of a le nurb Writer “Le Nurb accepts writers and publishes articles regardless of previous experience.”


819 days. At the time of writing, I have now been a part of Le Nurb for 819 days. As Brunel’s only student run newspaper, it has naturally undergone some changes. Editors have come and gone. Logos have been improved and then ruined. It even used to have ‘Frame and Shame’ - a regular article where they took hilarious drunken photos from Academy nights out and published them for students to enjoy. One thing that has remained though are those keen student writers. Students who take their time to contribute are the lifeblood of Le Nurb and have been for almost sixty years now. Back in the 1950’s, the student newspaper was a simple newsletter called Brunel Blazon where the most common article was about which Halls of Residence had had a fire alarm during the past week. Yet even then, it was a volunteer who wrote that article. Why is it then, that Le Nurb has become so long-standing? Student involvement in all aspects of life at university is key. Quite frankly,

One of the main reasons students from all types of degrees write for Le Nurb is because of the freedom they get when doing it. Generally, our dedicated team will dish out article ideas to writers but the resulting article can often be something better than originally expected.

CREDIT: J. PAXON REYES if students came to university, studied and then graduated, then Brunel would be a pretty boring place. Getting involved in other aspects of university life, whether it’s joining a sports club, helping to run a niche society or helping to sell cupcakes to raise money for RAG, adds to your university experience. It probably makes your tuition fees seem more worthwhile, rather than sitting in your room playing Xbox every night ‘till 3am.

At the same time though, getting involved in extra activities usually requires some prior interest in the subject. If you want to join the Cricket Club, then you probably need to know the rules and own some sort of bat. If you wanted to be part of the Labour Society, then hating everything the Conservatives say and do is a must. Yet, Le Nurb is one of the very few things that require almost no prior experience to get involved with.

something that students shouldn’t pass up.

The main reason for student involvement in this newspaper is probably the professional aspect it brings. Whether you want to get into media or not, being able to promote your professionally published work in a portfolio to Then there is the vast amount your potential employer clearly of topics that students can write has its benefits. about. When it comes to writing for Le Nurb’s news or features section, Students arriving for their students who have previous first year will be encouraged to experience with writing these get involved with as much as types of articles get more involved possible and as Le Nurb is open but the amount of requests the Le for involvement all year round, Nurb team gets from students to there’s no reason not to at least be a part of the newly developed look at how to get involved. For Culture section (formerly Arts & those doing a degree in English or Reviews) outshines everything Journalism, it is almost a must. else. Everyone has an opinion on the latest movie they’ve seen or on For me, by the time I leave how good or bad 50 Shades of Grey Brunel I’ll have been involved with is. Having the opportunity to be Le Nurb for over 1,100 days. At no able to voice your opinion, in what point have I regretted it. is technically a national press, is

london 2012: Did we get gold? AARON BROWN As the chunky silver clock in Trafalgar Square counted down towards “the most costly games ever” (The Telegraph, 26th June 2012), the press were less than f avourable about Sebast ian Coe’s lavish, sporty shindig. I was much more positive. admittedly, my enthusiasm was born of ignorance having done little research on the initial budget granted to London 2012, the continuing maintenance and construction costs or the financial plans of previous host nations. Nevertheless, I was excited by the prospect of hosting the most famous sporting competition in the wor ld. af ter all, Usain Bolt was going to be running! Then came the stomach-churning apprehension as I turned on the TV to watch the Opening Ceremony. The world was watching Britain. Judging Britain. And the spectacle being broadcast to the deprecating audience was some fields, farmers and real cattle grazing in the middle of the £486 million Olympic Stadium.

When compared to the innovative weather-modifying technology used in Beijing to ensure that it would stay dry during the performance, Emmerdale Live did not appear to be the show-stopper I had been hoping for. But I should have trusted Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle — he created a stirring opening ceremony that reflected all aspects of Britain. From the Industrial Revolution, the creation of the Internet and the ever-growing use of Facebook and Twitter to Mr. Bean and a parachuting Queen Elizabeth II -it was hard not to enjoy the show. And that was only the beginning. I do not consider myself an avid sports fan, however, in the two weeks following the Opening Ceremony I became consumed by the feverous interest in the 30th Olympiad. As Great Britain slowly rose on the leaderboard, I felt immensely patriotic for the first time since Ricky Gervais abused every member of Hollywood royalty at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. I felt a huge swell of pride and relief as Jessica Ennis crossed the line and got the gold medal, proving that her numerous sponsorship deals had clearly not interfered

with her training. The gold medals continued to grow as Bradley Wiggins washed away the sour taste of Mark Cavendish’s (and his impressive side-burns’) failure as he collected a gold in the Men’s Cycling Time Trial. Skeletorimpersonator Mo Farah collected the equivalent of his body weight in gold as he conquered the Men’s 5,000m and the Men’s 10,000m. Knight of the Realm, Sir Chris Hoy became the most successful British Olympian of all time (in terms of gold medals) and numerous other athletes were awarded medals, achieved their own personal goals or were never mentioned again. And to top it all off -- Britain finished third on the Medal Table, beating France, Russia and Germany! Admittedly, the Closing Ceremony was a bit of a disappointment. George Michael insisted on playing his newest single, Emeli Sandé sung for the third time, Muse persisted with their Olympic single ‘Survival’ and Jessie J performed with … everyone. It was down to the reunion of the Spice Girls, Russell Brand and Fatboy Slim (performing in an enormous inflatable octopus) to keep the show from collapsing. But despite feeling a little disjointed and confused, it did little to dampen the patriotic delight

recycling and the Stig are best friends

the nation was still enjoying - and is stillenjoyingnow,eventhoughthesun has completely set on London 2012. Yes, we did it. We put on a thoroughly entertaining (and expensive) Opening Ceremony, avoided any embarrassing mistakes, did not experience any apocalyptic public transport failures and circumvented the Great British weather!

All in all, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that London put on the best Olympic Games in the last four years.


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