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Molly Lempriere It was announced last September that Brunel would be investing £150 million over the next five years on various plans throughout the University, with Vice Chancellor Professor Julia Buckingham explaining the plans: “Brunel University London has begun a process of transformation which has already brought successes in student satisfaction and international reputation. This new investment will help us to
ensure that, as London’s only single campus University, our facilities continue to keep pace with our achievements”. However, the changes around the University do not seem to be being viewed as entirely positive, with a current campaign under way by Arts Centre students to save the Roberts Room, which is under threat of being ‘reclaimed’ by the University for private corporate use. The room, situated at the very top of the Lecture Centre is a fully soundproofed rehearsal space used by a variety of ensembles, such as its
chamber orchestra, which is too big to use the smaller spaces within the Arts Centre building itself. Currently, discussions are under way between the Arts Centre and the University as to what should be the future of the Roberts Room. The space is at risk of being removed from the remit of the Arts Centre and becoming inaccessible to students. Not only does the chamber orchestra require the size the room provides, but the Roberts Room is also home to the University’s Steinway piano, the highest quality piano they own which is a great honour for many of the students at Brunel to play, as well
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as a harpsichord and timpani drums. Jay Wilkinson, who worked at the Arts Centre for over thirty years before his recent retirement, says: “During all the time that I was at Brunel, the Roberts Room played a vital part in housing a full programme of teaching (both individual and ensembles), rehearsals and performances (both public and informal) throughout the working week.”
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Dear Reader, Welcome to the second issue of the 2014/2015 academic year! Lots has been going already this term: we’ve had the October elections where positions were elected to represent students on a number of levels, including on Student Assembly and at NUS conferences. Congratulations to all who got elected and I’m sure we’ll be reporting on your accomplishments in your new roles soon! We also saw some fantastic Brunel Fireworks on 5 November, which welcomed over 6000 students and locals for one big community event. We had an extremely eventful Student Assembly with a number of controversial issues being voted on, including the passing of a BDS motion and a motion to get the security company G4S off campus. The next Student Assembly is on Thursday 20 November, and is open to any students. I’m sure it will be just as nailbitingly tense as the previous one!
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PHOTO CREDIT: BEN LUNATO-DOYEN of those in the other rooms, as well as to being taken away from student with the Roberts Room, but we wish providing a venue for the Friday lunch usage. This room is used as a practice to make it clear that the use of the time and Art Award concerts. The Arts and rehearsal area for music classes room will not be taken away from Centre sees this space as invaluable, as it contains a Steinway piano for the students. There are plans for the room and for the last few months there have best quality teaching […] Acoustics to become part of the university’s been in discussions to keep it for their in the room make it one of the few general teaching room provision, and use, including monitoring the sound suitable places at the university for on that basis will still be available to levels the groups within the room this kind of practice. Please help the students to book in the same way that they can book other produce to highlight “I won’t stand for the room being taken away from rooms. the importance of a room detached students in favour of private use from University The reason for this from the lecture and executives.” change is that there are seminar rooms as the plans for the Steinway Roberts Room is. students keep this highly resourceful piano located in the Roberts Room to be moved to the Beldam Gallery A petition circulating through social room by signing this ePetition.” at Christmas, and plans for the Friday media has already reached over 100 signatures, showing a clear support You can sign the petition to save the lunchtime concerts that used to take from students for keeping the room Roberts Room by searching “Roberts place in the Roberts Room to take place in the Beldam. We will be hiring as an Arts Centre space. As it trends Room iPetition” on Google. a replacement good quality piano for more and more on social media, #savethesteinway, one student Le Nurb contacted Brunel for one of the rooms in the Arts Centre to dramatically puts it as “I won’t stand comment on the Roberts Room and replace the Steinway in terms of music for the room being taken away from a spokesperson responded with the and singing lessons for students.” students in favour of private use for following: University executives”. “There are some changes taking place The petition states: “The Roberts Room at Brunel University is subject
HOROSCOPES Aries As the moon is both waxing on and waning off, Miyagy is a tad confused. In other news, our psychic feels someone is bullsh*tting you with pseudo-science. Taurus As playful Mars jauntily skips through the awesomeness, you are encouraged to frolic and adventure wherever you wish, EXCEPT WEST DRAYTON! NOBODY ADVENTURES IN WEST DRAYTON!! Gemini You’re the Gem in my eye, lol jk, seriously call Gok Wan. Cancer Due to unforeseen lightning storms our resident psychic’s GPS could not
find a satellite. Also possible rain today. Leo As Pluto aligns with Jupiter’s third moon, I’m sorry. I’m so, sorry. You’re really in for a bad one. Hmm. Good luck though. Virgo As the Earth enters its 9th position and passes through the luck matrix, with Neptune’s alpha rotation gently brushing the success vector, your wife is cheating on you. Bit of a bugger. Libra Due to Orion’s belt underperforming expect a prominent moon this month. Scorpio As Venus passes through the Aureola
Nebula, they tell us, you may have not claimed on your PPI and could be entitled to £8000. Sagittarius Mercury is doing sweet F.A. this week, so that thing you were thinking of doing, just do it, it’ll be fine. Probably. Capricorn There will be a lot of unexpected solar flare action. Sadly, this is the only action you can expect this month. Aquarius Don’t go near any large bodies of water this month… On second thought, it may be best to even avoid taps. Pisces There’s something fishy about these horoscopes.
Molly Lempriere The University is always working to improve the campus and the facilities it can provide for its students; this is currently taking the form of £150 million of investment into providing new spaces both on and off campus. The start of these developments is now beginning to be seen around campus, with new rooms and buildings being purchased, renovated and created within the existing confines of Brunel, including the massive refurbishment of the Wilfred Brown Building, arguably currently the biggest change. The new spaces Brunel is hoping to create will benefit all sorts of people, both staff and students as well as possibly external groups who use the facilities bringing in important income for the University. The changes of space around Brunel are not solely positive however, which a campaign currently underway as the Arts Centre fights to defend its use of the Roberts Room. A large problem mentioned often by off campus students is the lack of social spaces in which they can relax, see friends and spend time when they need to stay on campus but do not have lectures. Although
the library is now open 24 hours throughout the week, this provides little space for people to socialise with most areas being quiet zones deliberately designed for working in. There have been improvements with the spaces available within the library; most notably the group study rooms, which until recently closed at 10pm meaning any group would have to leave at that time. However after a successful test period during exam time last term these hours have been extended so that it doesn’t shut until 2am. This improves the options for those working in groups, giving them more time to work on projects in a quiet environment, but later times seemingly does little for off campus students, most of whom would be unable to travel home at that time. The demand therefore for social spaces within the University is not a new one, nor is it restricted to Brunel. Other universities have already sought to counter this problem, most notably Coventry, whose impressive social spaces are rumoured to be the basis for Brunel’s own plans. The space they’ve provided known as the Hub includes pods, chill out areas such as bean bag sections, as well as places to get food. One student currently attending the University has
said “It is a very modern place to catch This is not the only proposed social up with mates, grab some food or use space the University currently has planned, a computer. A “The start of these developments with some of great meeting place”, and is now beginning to be seen around the biggest being the seemingly campus.” suggestion that is what of covering the Marie Jahoda and Brunel is after, more relaxed spaces. Gaskell building courtyards with glass Using this as a jumping off point, to create indoor spaces. This is still Brunel is intending to create a similar very much in the initial stages but it space within the Wilfred Brown has begun to be discussed within the building. The mass refurbishment of University Infrastructure Meetings this building, which has previously from the 9th of October. This is not been used for central administration a new idea but instead one that has started this term. Named after the come out of Union President Martin’s first pro-Chancellor of the University manifesto, but it has the support of in 1967 it has had little done to it the Vice Chair as well adding weight since its construction, but changes to the proposal. If this was to go are already underway. The building ahead it adds a further two spaces on has been entirely cleared, a process top of that of the confirmed Wilfred which included a three day free-for- Brown space. all on the furniture within it allowing students and staff to help themselves It is not solely social spaces that the to bookshelves and desks. In order to University in currently investing bring this refurbishment into action in, it has also recently purchased there has already been over ten a facility called the Barn just off separate meetings to set this plan campus for £1.2 million. The property in motion, although questions have is located on Kingston Lane near the been raised over the lack of student University’s Eastern Gateway and St representation within these by the John’s buildings. According to The Union. In order to put these plans Barn’s website, the property features into action the University is spending “a meeting room with kitchen” and within the region of £10million, “secluded garden”, with a maximum making it all the more important for seated capacity of 75. the investment to work out.
BRUNEL RANKED TOP 250 WORLDWIDE Arthe Kandeepan A round of applause for Brunel as it climbs the ranks and begins a successful new academic year.
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BRUNEL’S £150M FUTURE Elizabeth Mahase On September 10th the University announced their plans for more development on the Brunel website and through emails to staff, with the title: Our £150 million vision of the future. The news of this next step in the improvement has come after the council asked
the management team to formalise plans for the next phase of campus development, estimated to cost £150 million, which will include a state of the art teaching and learning centre, a new engineering complex and a new Sports, Health and Wellbeing Centre. This brings the total spend on the campus transformation to over £550 million.
The University have remained vague about what exactly they are planning; simply stating that it’s a ‘vision that improves facilities across teaching, learning, research and the student experience.’ In the last 15 years Brunel’s Uxbridge campus has changed dramatically, with the Eastern Gateway building
and the new Kingston Lane entrance being two of the most notable. There seems to be many changes happening this year, with the rebranding taking place throughout the summer and the formation of the three colleges. However this is not all the University has planned, with upcoming projects still in the review
and planning stages. These include: ‘a state of the art teaching and learning centre, a new engineering complex and a new Sports, Health and Wellbeing Centre.’ With the campus changing rapidly and new plans underfoot, it will be interesting to see what the future of Brunel looks like.
being recognised internationally as an ideal institution for study. The excellent student satisfaction, educational ethos and the exceptional academic support the university provides for its students to achieve their goals makes Brunel an outstanding university. Many felicitations to all staff and students!”
Brunel University has been placed within the top 250 universities in the world coming in at 226th-250th amongst the best “I’m please that the university is being B r u n e l recognised on a global scale.” University e d u c at i o n a l has had a institutions . The Times Higher Education: successful year with its student rating jumping 30 World University Rankings show satisfaction how Brunel has risen significantly, spaces to 25th position and being placed 251st-275th last year scoring 89% satisfaction in the and continually progressing with its National Student Survey. Amongst standard of teaching and student all the structural changes that the University has gone through in 2014, experience. it has maintained and excelled both Lara Waterfield, 3rd year student in academic delivery and student stated, “I’m pleased that the experience. university is being recognised on a global scale. Its commitment to The news is a positive indicator to improving the student academia staff and students for their hard work, and experience has not gone energy, and commitment to uphold everything that Brunel has to offer. unnoticed.” Ridha Hussein, another Arts student expressed how she was “delighted to hear that Brunel University is
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“Chill out areas such as bean bag sections, as well as places to get food.” It is not yet clear how exactly the property will be used, although Le Nurb understands that discussions are in place about the possibility of using the space as a créche for student parents, or a year-round conference space. The building is thought to date from the 1800’s, but has been totally updated to include central heating and a sprung floor. Although the market asking price seems a substantial amount of money, it’s situated within an area that is currently seeing a 10% property increase making it a key gain in the Universities property portfolio. However the changes around the University do not seem to be being viewed as entirely positive, with a current campaign under way by Arts Centre students to save the Roberts Room. It is clear that the University is continuing to expand and evolve, changing in ways that may seem costly but ultimately improve the facilities around Brunel in particular socially for both those on and off campus. Although some of these changes are meeting resistance, largely that of the changes to the Roberts Room usage, overall the increase in facilities is something bringing about a great amount of excitement throughout the University.
BRUNEL’S GREEN SUCCESS STORIES: SOLVEIGA PAKSTAITE Adam Feneley Brunel students have won the prestigious UK James Dyson award for the last two years running now, and this year it was the turn of Solveiga Pakštaitė to accept the prestigious award. Her brainchild is a food labelling system which could replace best before dates on perishable foods across the UK. Although she refused to divulge who, she revealed to Le Nurb that she will be undertaking a retail trial with a large UK supermarket in the coming
weeks. If all goes well, laboratory testing can commence to fully develop the idea, which is currently the subject of a pending patent application. Best before dates on food products are often misleading and are part of the problem which leads to 7 million tonnes of avoidable food waste in UK households alone (around the weight of 17,500 fully loaded Boeing 747s!). All of this waste comes in at cost of approximately £700 per year on average for every household in the UK although studies suggest more than half of that food is still perfectly edible.
So how is Solveiga’s solution going to solve the problem? Her answer is a bio-reactive label, which starts off feeling smooth, but decays along with the food it contains and begins to feel bumpy. Given that the UN recently warned that the earth will need to produce 60% more food by 2050 to support the swelling population, there is plenty of motivation to cut down on the mountains of unused food we currently buy and throw away. The label uses gelatine; a cheap and readily available substance which can be adapted to match the expiry of the food decay period. If the label is
smooth the food is still edible, if the label has softened so you feel a bump, then the food should not be eaten. In a statement she explained: “Why gelatine? Because it is a protein, so it decays at the same rate as proteinbased foods like pork, milk and cheese. And the gelatine can be adapted to match the expiry period of the food by altering the concentration. So, the higher the concentration, the longer the gel will stay solid. The label simply copies what the food in the package is doing, so the expiry information is going to be far more accurate than a printed date”. Solveiga started her project with a different aim, she explained to me: “I initially wanted to create a solution which would enable visually impaired individuals able to access expiry information about their food. However, this also led me to realise that the system that we use currently
isn’t working for sighted people either. This is why I became obsessed with the idea of having a texture change when the food actually goes off. Having a solution such as this one is important because expiry informationhas stayed the same since the 1970’s, which is when they were first introduced. It seems a little crazy to me that as the rest of the information around us gets smarter and smarter, information about the quality of the food that we are putting into our bodies is static and does not respond to environmental conditions”. Her idea has been the feature of articles in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC News, The Telegraph and WIRED. Since the invention is still only under development, more attention is likely to follow; particularly if the supermarket trial is successful. But we could all be seeing Solveiga’s invention in our fridges and kitchen cupboards at home soon.
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BRUNEL’S GREEN SUCCESS STORIES: SAMUEL ETHERINGTON
STUDENTS SHAPE BRUNEL’S GREENER FUTURE
energy sources among his passions.
“Brunel is already one of the few universities in the UK to meet international standards”
Adam Feneley Within the lifetime of today’s students, the energy landscape of the world will be completely transformed. Last month, concern surrounding global energy was evident as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in 2,646 locations, spanning 162 countries. With numbers increasing, celebrities and world leaders have joined the street protests to increase publicity for the People’s Climate Marches. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, took to the streets to join the protesters along with actor and climate change ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio. Merely days before the UN climate change summit, which was attended by 125 heads of state. The summit aimed to galvanize leaders to commit to comprehensive new environmental deals in the next year. A panel of leading economists,
bankers and Nobel laureates presented an economic plan for a cleaner economy with sustainable cities, where economic growth and clean energy go hand in hand. The real success story however was the promise from China, to join the US in leading climate action. This first firm pledge from the highest polluting nation on earth is significant – a 45% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. Additionally, India’s new Energy Minister has declared that they will spend $100bn, and become a “renewables superpower” supplying electricity to 300m people. Oil, coal and gas are finite and rapidly depleting resources with prices destined to explode. Even the stock markets are beginning to flow away from oil; the divestment movement, which began on university campuses, is now responsible for $50bn withdrawn from fossil fuel assets and invested in renewable energy. Even those who doubt climate scare stories must admit that creating an industry
for limitless clean energy with millions of new jobs is a great achievement. Brunel is already one of the few universities in the UK to meet international standards for environmental management across the entire campus. Under the recent restructuring process, the Institute for Energy Futures was created to encompass research on low carbon vehicles and fuels, resource efficient cities, smart power networks and other sustainability topics. Universities will play a key role in developing and implementing new technologies and initiatives. At Brunel, students are also able to make a difference locally. Brunel BEST is a student group which allows members to follow through with their own ideas to improve the environment, sustainability and travel around campus. Derek Healy, who coordinates the group, wants students to send in suggestions for how to improve the campus. Those so inclined can develop their own ideas
and manage the subsequent projects with support from the university. He explained, “different to other societies we don’t have weekly meetings. We want motivated students to get involved”, the aim is that students should eventually lead the group. Current projects include the Grow Your Own garden for students to cultivate fruit, vegetables or flowers to brighten up their rooms. If you are interested in joining any of these projects or have any suggestions, you can email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @BEST_Brunel. Mehvish Maghribi is the Brunel Student Environmental Chair and she too hopes to get fellow students involved in improving Brunel. Students can gain valuable experience by joining research projects that aim to address sustainability in education, and improving the environmental performance of residences. She told me, “It’s not only about making Brunel
Adam Feneley As a 2013 graduate of Brunel University, Samuel Etherington could not have anticipated the success of his final year project. Since then he has featured in The Times, Telegraph, on the BBC and appeared in GQ magazine as one of the ‘Men of the Next 25 Years’. Why? Sam’s project on renewable power has proved so promising that is has won him numerous national awards, and an induction into the UK Engineering Hall of fame. He is the youngest ever entry and finds himself sitting amongst esteemed company, such as jet engine inventor Frank Whittle and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the eponym of our university.
a better place for current students, but showing that sustainability can be creative and fun. It’s an area where you can leave your mark on the quality of human life, the environment and the economy.” If you want to get involved with the EWG you can email: email@example.com. Brunel design and engineering students are also beginning to take on more renewable energy and sustainability projects. In the last few years there have been some big success stories from our students. You can read about two of them, who both won the prestigious James Dyson Award and one of whom is the youngest ever entry in the UK’s Engineering Hall of Fame (joining the ranks of Brunel himself), in this issue of Le Nurb.
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Having grown up in the Lake District village of Cartmel, Etherington spent considerable portions of time kitesurfing off the coast. When speaking in one of his high profile interviews, he listed a love for the environment and the wish to protect natural landscapes from degradation from fossil fuel
The award winning design is now being developed by his company, Aqua Power Technologies Limited. It harvests energy from waves in the ocean regardless of which direction the waves are travelling. This innovation is essentially a semisubmersible that uses hydraulics to harness energy from the cresting and falling of waves; freedom of direction gives it a distinct advantage over existing technologies. In a statement for Made in Brunel, Sam said “Oceans create the harshest environments for designs to work in. It is best to work with the forces in the oceans than to repel them. The design therefore utilises a multi-axis structure capable of replicating any three-dimensional shape a wave may make”. Wave power has huge potential to create clean energy around for the UK and this invention could well be a key part of the nation’s energy supply in the future. There are 11,800km of available UK coastline and only 1% is currently exploited for energy generation. This zero emission technology can provide on
average 55kWh of power per meter of coastline; the potential is huge. In 2014, the project was awarded a grant by Innovus (supported by Manchester University, Britain’s Energy Coast and the National Nuclear Laboratory) to continue development. The ultimate aim is to commercialise the invention so that it can begin to harvest energy around Britain’s coastline. Interestingly, the dimensions of the elements which make up the generator will change depending upon where the power generator is deployed. By studying wave statistics, regular wave patterns can be established and the design modified for maximum energy generation. As the Director of Aqua Power Technologies, Sam has taken the role of Project Manager and continues working to move the project towards commercialisation. Success could mean the improvement of renewable energy production in the UK, which is currently far behind the performance of neighbouring counties.
VENTURE PROGRAMME Julia Way After successfully helping 35 student businesses launch last year, Brunel Innovation Hub is now introducing a comprehensive programme of 28 workshops to support and develop entrepreneurial-minded students with a prize fund of £10,000 and a potential Tier 1 Visa endorsement.
The new VENTURE program starts on October 22nd and is open to students at all levels, from first year to PhD. Delegates will benefit from a wide range of workshops including intellectual property, market research and networking. 22 of these will be given by industry experts from outside the university, giving students the opportunity to hear from specialists in their field. By attending 4 core
workshops and a choice of two from the remaining optional workshops students will be eligible to apply for funding and, for international students a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa. The Innovation Hub helped Venture winner Ufeli Ani launch her business idea last year, “The Brunel Venture Scheme is excellent. The whole experience was really easy both
to engage in and to complete the necessary stages. I was able to fit the sessions around my studies and my part time job which was really useful. I would “The whole experience was really easy both to engage in and to complete the necessary stages.” I was able to fit the sessions around my studies and my part time job which was really useful.
I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to the scheme; the mentoring and contacts are invaluable.” For more information: Walk into the Innovation Hub LC003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 01895 267423
Having a large Arts department, we know that Brunel has a lot of poetry talent yet to be seen. We are asking for people to contribute to the pamphlet by sending in their poems. This is a great opportunity for everyone and we are enthusiastic for our voices to be heard. This opportunity is open to anyone (who is a Brunel university student), and the topic is entirely your choice! There are a few rules that have to be put in place due to lack of space, but we will try very hard to accommodate what we have. With that said being said, we are choosing 50 poets to be part of this project and aim to publish a total of 100 poems.
Kat Clementine Harry Mount, author of The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson, visited Brunel University’s journalism department on Tuesday, 7th October.
Shakoofeh Shah The world’s largest coupon market vouchercodes. co.uk revealed in their latest research that students have already spent a staggering £2,115 before their course begins.
We would also like to advertise that we will need someone to help with the design aspect of the pamphlet and would preferably like someone with a bit of experience in this. So, if you know you are good at design and IT, please also send us an email.
The poll consisted of 1,500 students and the combined cost of graduate and post-graduates spending habits tallied up to £1,096 on kit before moving to uni. The shocking figure comes from the money spent during fresher’s week alone where students splurge £1,019.
If you are interested in getting involved please email us at: email@example.com for more information. We are eager to hear from all of you!
Of course, these figures do not apply to all students, but 67% of new and returning students admitted to relying on their maintenance loans or the bank of mum and dad. It seems that the average cost of alcohol on a night out averaged out at £200 over the
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Julia Way Brunel - Women For the Future Network launches on 3rd December with Roisin Issacs, successful entrepreneur and “Secret Millionaire” as key notes speaker. Open to all female staff, students and researchers as well as external business women and entrepreneurs. The network aims to provide a forum to forge significant relationships,
From humble roots as the oldest child in a large Irish family to philanthropist and entrepreneur, the heart-warming star of TV’s “Secret Millionaire” Brunel Alumna Roisin Issacs will be sharing her story of her extraordinary life journey. Moving to England to pursue a career in nursing a fascinating future lay ahead for the little girl from Ireland’s war torn streets.
Boris famously declared he wouldn’t stand as MP whilst still being London’s Mayor, and Mount commented, “He
Roisin will share the highs and lows on the road to her success with tips on what works, what doesn’t and sometimes how it’s simply just a matter of plain hard graft! Roisin will also share from the heart her insightful passion to help those less fortunate than herself and spill the beans on how a council house kid became a “Secret Millionaire!” Roisin Issacs commented on the significance of bringing such a network to Brunel’s female cohort,
“The Brunel Women of the Future network provides the perfect platform for career women to communicate with other enlightened women. The value of this network is immeasurable in the long and the short term of a woman’s career.” The network will provide Brunel students a great chance to build their network, meet like-minded people and build relationships beyond the university to shape a successful career after graduation. It will also give external business women a chance to connect
course of a week and other expenses such as new clothes, came in second place at an average of £109. A generous £100 is spent on bar and club entries around London and an average £108.65 is spent on stocking up on food. Anita Naik, Consumer Editor, vouchercodes.co.uk said: “While it’s reported that university tuition fees are higher than ever, it’s surprising to see that students seem un-phased – spending over £1,200 kitting themselves out before fresher’s week even began. With a bit of forward planning, students can make the most of everything student life has to offer without breaking the bank.” The research was carried out between 6th-20th August 2014 and figures are based on students living in London.
couldn’t hope to do both jobs as well as he could on their own.” Delving further into Boris’ character, Mount explained Johnson is ‘desperate to be PM’ and is ‘a smooth machine under the buffoonery.’ Mr Mount described his personal and professional relationship with the Mayor, whilst being Deputy Editor of the Comment pages at the Telegraph. Boris earned £250,000 a year writing a weekly column, which was often delivered late. “He drove me nuts!” exclaimed Mr
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Mount, remembering their working relationship. However, he went on to say that “people will forgive him, because they like him.”
Describing Boris on the political stage, Mr Mount compared him to the Prime Minister. “David Cameron desperately plays down his privileged background whereas Boris plays it up.” His behaviour was depicted by Mount as being ‘un-English and more like a French politician’ with conservative
WHICH CITY HAS THE CHEAPEST BARGAIN BOOZE? Shakoofeh Shah Leeds University has topped the list of cheapest alcohol prices for students in the UK. The figures came from this year’s Price of a Pint Index with the Northern city selling its punters alcohol ranging from a pint, vodka and a mixer to a glass of wine for £6 each. Vouchercodes.co.uk conducted the research and found out that students in Britain spend on average £121 on alcohol during fresher’s week alone.
With their annual Price of a Pint Index also revealing that Leeds students get the most for their money, especially in comparison to their counterparts in London, where the average drink comes in at £7.65. The Index compared prices of a pint in over 20 of the UK’s top universities, Leeds came out at the top with their drinks falling by 27p since last year’s figures. Manchester and Bristol followed closely behind with student union bar drinks adding up to £6.35 and £6.50. Ulster fell in bottom place with an extortionate £8.70 price tag
small ‘c’ principles. Although portraying the good and bad of Boris’ character, Mr Mount did not mention Johnson’s three affairs, most notably with Petronella Wyatt, until questioned by a member of the audience. The Mayor is believed to have had three affairs and has fathered a child during one of them. Turning the topic back to a positive, one of Mr Mount’s parting comments was that Boris “wouldn’t topple David Cameron in a million years.”
it is considered the most expensive place for a student night out. The average price of a pint in student union bars was £2.37, up by 7p since 2013, but Manchester Metropolitan University wins this battle with their cheapest price of a pint coming in at an impressive £1.70. Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor for vouchercodes.co.uk said: “There are loads of ways to have fun without parting with too much cash. Head over to vouchercodes.co.uk/studentvouchers.html to see what discounts you can grab with your student card.” The Price of a Pint Index research was carried out with 750 student participants consisting of both graduates and post-graduates.
NICK DAVIES REVEALS CLOONEY FILM ADAPTATION AT BRUNEL GUEST TALK Olga Chiruk Guardian journalist Nick Davies, famous for his investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s media empire uncovering the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, visited Brunel University and spoke to young journalists. He came with the latest news that George Clooney is to adapt of his book “Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch” and is planning to put the plot to film. “Clooney is a serious guy and makes films that say something important about the world”, commented Davies. The legend of investigative journalism said his book isn’t just a story about hacking voice mail messages or journalists’ behavior, it’s the story about power and the abuse of it.
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Ruislip in the 2015 general election. Mr Mount made no delay in announcing, “there’s only one place Boris wants to go and that’s 10 Downing Street.” He described the main facades of Johnson’s character as being: ‘false stupidity,’ ‘false ignorance’ and ‘flattery’ as well as possessing an ‘overwhelming desire to be funny.’
HOW MUCH DO WE ACTUALLY SPEND DURING FRESHERS WEEK?
Lena Mistry There is exciting news for those who like to read and write poetry and enjoy creative writing. Two third year creative writing students, Kate Mckim and Lena Mistry, are putting together a poetry pamphlet that is to be published within the university campus.
BORIS’ ‘EX-BOSS’ SHEDS LIGHT ON MAYOR’S COMPLEX CHARACTER
The guest lecture came after the news that the Mayor of London was selected to stand as the Tory candidate MP for Uxbridge and South
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For those studying journalism, he talked about uncovering stories. techniques and most significant works of his life that have travelled around the world and had a huge impact. Investigations based on thousands of secret military documents released by the website WikiLeaks and uncovering the phone hacking affair. The phone hacking scandal began from the small thing - an appointment
that Prince William had made with a knee surgeon that suddenly leaked out to the News of the World. That had become the trigger for the Metropolitan Police investigation. “It was horribly clear that The Scotland Yard with thousands of officers was extremely reluctant to get into a fight with Rupert Murdoch and his four newspapers”, said Davies. However there was the British Royal Family who have more prestige and more power even than Rupert; they conducted inquiry, brought a case to court. The News of the World’s royal editor, Clive Goodman was charged with listening to the voice mail of three people who worked in Clarence House. The private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was charged with helping him to do that, and then he was also charged with listening to the voicemails of five other people, who had no connection to the Royal Family. The “no sense” aspect is what triggered Davies’ journalistic investigation. The story had enormous consequences that led to setting up of the Leveson Inquiry and more than 210 arrests. “Phone hacking is not just a story of a journalists behaving badly, that’s the failure of the police and the press regulation, the combination of a human interest and power”, said the journalist. According to Davies, human sources are the most important, the most
interesting and skillful area for the reporter to find those who possibly know the truth. “But the most interesting information is always scary and people who possess it usually are afraid of talking, they are under pressure. And here you have to know what would motivate them to speak”. Nick Davies told the young journalists how he established the partnership of The Guardian and WikiLeaks. He contacted Australian publisher Julian Assange in Brussels and suggested that professional reporters should share the WikiLeaks data with the world. Davies was asked the question - How do journalists find stories? “We don’t get stories from secret contacts, we get them off the wire from the press associations, like Reuters, we get them from the PR industry, recycling “second-hand” information from this sources”, said Davies. “A journalist has to think unlike normal people, we are abnormal, freaks. It’s a question of training yourself to spot the little things that are out of place, that make you say: “Hang on, that doesn’t make sense”. That’s how finding stories begins. And then you use your imagination which is the most powerful tool that a reporter has”, he revealed.
10 UNION NEWS
RAISE AND GIVE CHOOSES ANNUAL CHARITIES
Hannah Jones Every year students at Brunel vote on the four charities that Raise and Give (RAG) will raise money for this academic year. This year the two local charities voted in by students were: Hillingdon MIND, a local mental health charity that works with people who suffer from mental health issues to help them directly to enrich their lives and regain control and independence; and Dog’s Trust West London, which is a registered charity and dog’s home located in Uxbridge that provides care for abandoned and unwanted dogs and helps to rehome them. The two national charities voted in for were: Breakthrough Breast Cancer whereby their donations fund research, support and raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer, with which 50,000 women get diagnosed every year. The money
they receive goes towards the world’s largest and most comprehensive study into the causes of breast cancerthe Breakthrough Generations Study. This is following more than 100,000 women over 40 years to understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle causes of breast cancer. The second charity voted for by students is Action Aid, an international Aid Charity that provides both humanitarian support and financial aid to areas of the world suffering with crisis both from Natural Disasters and Human Conflict. This charity provide support not only for those touched by international emergencies, like war and disease, it also provides education for humanitarian and human rights issues all over the world, such as the education of women and women’s rights.
RAG is our charity fundraising movement at Brunel that is run by students for students to get involved in. RAG provides many opportunities for students to gain skills and have an experience like no other in the many
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL Erica Wilson
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BISEXUAL AWARENESS DAY Adrian Williams The LGBT+ society promoted Bisexual Awareness Day on the 23rd September in the Atrium, selling cake in exchange for donations – a common draw tactic of the society. The donations went to Diversity Role Models, a charity that helps and educates young people on LGBT issues. Lucy Hawkes, a fifth year MSc Aerospace Engineering student, helped organise the event. She said: “People see the cake on the table, then notice the catch... But it isn’t a catch, really. We’re only raising awareness!” She said people often seem afraid of LGBT awareness stalls. “Every year at the Freshers’ Fayre, people walk past, look at us, then look away.” Bisexual Awareness (or Visibility) Day is internationally recognised, intended to tackle biphobia or the fear of bisexuality. It is a prejudice of increasing importance, as noted by official bodies including the Open University, who recently released The Bisexuality Report.
The reports concluded that always putting bisexual people under the general banner of LGBT prevents acknowledgement that bisexual people face marginalisation within the LGBT community itself.
wonder: ‘Is this a thing, or am I just weird?’”
Variations in definition make it difficult to know how many bisexual people there are overall. The report indicates that the amount of “bisexual “You get fire from both sides,” said experience” far outstrips the number Lucy. “Some people think you’re of people identifying as bisexual, saying that you’re bi instead of gay which may be due to fear of biphobia. Biphobia starts early, often in schools. because being bi is ‘easier’.” Teenagers tend to assume that She adds that media representations bisexuality is a phase or indicates have not helped – celebrities come out promiscuity. Studies indicate that it is in public and then change their image, long lasting and does not determine h e l p i n g “Celebrities come out in public and the number of sexual perpetuate then change their image helping partners one the idea that have, b i s e x u a l i t y perpetuate the idea that bisexuality is will however, is a phase. a phase.” Bisexuality involves attraction to both sexes, but this misconceptions in youth permeate attraction does not have to be evenly into adulthood. These develop into split. Some bisexuals additionally fears about a bisexual prospective feel that gender is not simply a two- partner’s inability to commit to way divide of men and women. Lucy a monogamous or long term admitted that this can make sexuality relationship. The report advocates difficult to understand, but explained bisexual specific equality education that labels, while complicated, help and teacher training in schools to people understand their identities tackle misinformation early. better. Lucy added that, other than the usual “Knowing there are other people confusion of puberty, one of the like you is important. Otherwise you reasons bisexual people appear to be
going through a phase is that some gay people identify as bi in school in order to test the water. “Kids can be really harsh, so it’s hard to say you’re gay,” she said. “People might think it’s easier to say they’re bisexual, because that’s only ‘half gay’.”
The report advises that biphobia be considered separate from homophobia, as it presents distinct problems ignored by society. Applications for asylum on the grounds of sexuality are granted mainly to gay people, even though, bisexuals who have been in samesex relationships are also at risk. Lucy explained how in families, young bisexual people are disbelieved and kicked out of their homes by parents. “Parents can say things like: ‘You’re just confused,’ ‘You’re just saying that for attention,’ or ‘You only think that because your sister is gay.’” Internationally, bisexual people have the highest rates of mental health problems of all the sexualities, attributed largely to “bisexual invisibility” in everyday life and the media; Brokeback Mountain is considered a “gay Western” even though both main characters show attraction towards women as well as men. The popular interpretation is
that the two characters are “in denial”. “If people say they’re bisexual, they’re bisexual,” said Lucy. “When it’s a twelve year old talking, they might not know for sure, but when you meet a grown adult who says so, they’re probably right.” For the most part, the awareness campaign at Brunel involved posters criticising general assumptions about bisexuality. Lucy said that a lot of biphobic comments do not seem prejudiced to the people who make them.
This year, Brunel is continuing its tradition with another Christmas Shoebox Appeal, hosted on behalf of the Mustard Seed Relief Mission charity by the Brunel Chaplaincy and UBS. The Mustard Seed Relief Mission charity aims to help disadvantaged children all across Europe by distributing shoeboxes donated and filled by members of the public, and hopefully many Brunel Students too. The campaign is called ‘Love in a Box’ and has been operating since 1992. This year, the charity is delivering the shoeboxes to orphanages in Moldova where the children wouldn’t normally get a Christmas present. If you wish to get involved, it’s easy to do so: • Wrap an empty shoe box in Christmas wrapping paper (wrap the lid and the box separately). • Print a leaflet (which can be found
“It can just be a dismissal, like: ‘Oh, you’ve got a boyfriend, does that mean you’re straight now?’” The report highlighted this assumption as a common stress factor for bisexual people. One of the more surprising assumptions listed was: “All women are bisexual.” , “Apparently, because women are seen to be a lot more touchy-feely – they kiss each other on the cheek, things like that – that makes us bisexual,” said Lucy. “It’s become a stereotype.”
different ways we fundraise – from cake sales to bungee jumps!
Throughout the year RAG will be raising money for these four charities in variety of exciting ways and if you want to get involved, all you have to do is email our lovely RAG chair, Kate Taylor on email@example.com This year Brunel is offering an exciting opportunity for students to Climb Kilimanjaro in aid of Childreach International. The trip will be in August 2015 and students will have to raise a sum of money to go on the trip. Fundraising support and help to achieve targets will be given to students from their team leaders this year – Zara Canfield and Hannah Jones, our Vice President Student Activities. If you would like to get involved in this amazing opportunity then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Signups to the trip are happening now and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! PHOTO CREDIT: BRUNEL RAG
TIME TO CHANGE
at http://www.msrm.org.uk/liab. pdf), fill it in and put it into the shoebox. Please also include £3.00 in an envelope attached to the leaflet, which helps with transport costs to get the boxes to their destination. • Fill the box with small gifts for a boy or girl of a certain age, between 3 and 15. • Bring your box to the Meeting House on Tuesday 18 November (free coffee and cakes will be served from 122pm). If you’d like to deliver your box in sooner this can be arranged. If you have any further questions, contact Yohanna Sallberg (if you are a student) by emailing campaigns@ brunel.ac.uk. Or, if you are a staff member, email Sue Hepworth on sue. email@example.com. In addition, if you need a shoebox, Yohanna and her team will be in the Hamilton Centre Atrium with spare shoeboxes on the following dates: Thursday 13 November: 12pm-4pm Friday 14 November: 12pm-4pm
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Robyn Fitzharris Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The campaign is run by the charities: Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. On 19th February 2014, the Union of Brunel students and Brunel University London signed the time to change pledge and committed to combat stigma surrounding mental health on campus.
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1 in 4 people experience some form of mental illness at some point in life and this campaign seeks to better support and improve recovery for
people whether they are suffering from stress, depression or more severe mental health conditions. For many, the experience of stigma and discrimination can be worse than the mental health problem itself. The campaign includes: TV advertising, social media, community engagement activity and work with employers. For more information on the campaign please visit www.timeto-change.org.uk. Get Involved Understanding that the fear of stigma and discrimination inhibits many students from disclosing their concerns and seeking help, which can delay recovery, is growing. Over the next few months Time to Change and Brunel University London will be working in partnership to deliver the Time to Change Organisational Healthcheck. The healthcheck will provide an
independent assessment of the organisational culture towards mental health in your University and provide suggestions on actions, tools and resources that will enable Brunel to improve their work with students in this area. During November we are asking all students to complete a short online survey to help with this assessment. The more responses we get, the more accurate the assessment will be. Be in with a chance to win £50 Amazon vouchers by completing the survey! It is vital that we get as many people to contribute as possible, to ensure we get a full picture of life as a student at Brunel University London. This project ensures complete confidentiality for all students. All aspects of the project will be delivered solely by the Time to Change team and all data and information collated will be completely anonymous.
MONEY DOCTORS TO HELP STUDENTS BUDGET FOR CHRISTMAS Ingrid Samuels Yes you guessed it, X Factor/Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity are on our TV screens which can only mean one thing, we are on countdown to Christmas. You have already seen the shop aisles aching with loads of Christmas goodies. The messages are everywhere – INSTANT CREDIT; DISCOUNTS; MUST HAVE DEAL; SAVE 10% TODAY BY APPLYING FOR A STORE CARD. All sounds really tempting especially if you were going to buy that jumper anyway so why not get 10% off? So you apply for the store card and are accepted. Hmmm…… you need to buy Christmas presents so why not use the card and buy now?Then the store
card bill arrives and you realise you have gone way over budget and don’t have the money to pay it. Also, what about those tickets for the Christmas Global event which you still have to buy? And what about the train ticket to travel home? Then you see that ad for a Pay-Day loan and think that will be the answer. It’s easy you can get a small amount of money for a short amount of time. You are short of money this month, so borrow just a little and pay it back next month when your Student Loan comes in. But will you? Just think, you are borrowing money to pay back borrowed money and the interest is eye watering. OUCH! But this is all a nightmare right?That’s what could have happened if you didn’t stick to your budget.
If you have exhausted all your available funds don’t be tempted to borrow more just to buy presents that could end up at the back of someone’s wardrobe. How many Lynx aftershave/ Impulse fragrance gift sets, novelty gifts, or that Xmas jumper (that were funny for about five minutes but never used or worn again), have you received? Come along to the next Money Doctors event – ARE YOU A CHRISTMAS CRACKER THURSDAY 13th NOVEMBER, 11am-2.30pm, GROUND FLOOR, BANNERMAN CENTRE. You could win a £25 Amazon Gift card for the best Christmas/New Year money saving tip.
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STUDENTS TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO Zara Canfield Your chance to Climb Kilimanjaro with Childreach International is back at Brunel and you can sign-up now! Zara Canfield and Hannah Jones are challenge leaders this year and they are looking for other Brunelians to join them. Over the past 10 years, we at Childreach International have worked with over 700,000 children helping them to unlock their potential in life. Additionally, we have worked with over 6000 students sending them on challenge and volunteer events ranging from climbing to the roof of Africa to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Our aim is to help build an early development centre in Nepal with our Big Build and many more adventures. This is an amazing opportunity to do a once in a life time challenge with other students from Brunel and all for an amazing cause! Next summer it could be you! We want you! If this sounds like something you would be interested in, and would like some more information on how to get involved then contact firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or like our Facebook Page “Brunel Kilimanjaro Climb 2014/2015” and check out the photos and video of Team Brunel this summer.
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LIBRARY INSTALLS WATER FOUNTAINS
They may not stand out but they it has been a few years since we are a major step in improving the started campaigning as a Union for quality of student life on campus. the water fountains and we finally On the 29th of September, Brunel have achieved our end goal. It could University installed two water not have been achieved without the fountain units, one on the ground brilliant efforts of the Officers and floor and another on the second the Environmental Working Group floor near who worked “Hats off to the University for the main closely with staircase the University’ s listening to the concerns of the inside the Environmental students. Now it is time for the Library. S t r a t e g y students to step up and show we want C o m m i t t e e The water and Estates to be environmentally friendly.” b o t t l e management refilling to push this station is not your typical water project forward. Now that we have fountain but it will help us decrease the water fountains, we encourage the amount of plastic bottles we you to stay hydrated as it is much buy on campus. Most of those a health issue as an environment plastic bottles end up in the landfills issue. Staying hydrated will keep and oceans where it emits toxins you in top form when working late into the water and air, harming the on those coursework assignments or environment. exam revision, plus keep you healthy and happy in general as you move This step is a long time coming, through your academic career here at Brunel.
Hats off to the University for listening to the concerns of the students, now it is time for the students to step up and show we want to be environmentally friendly, we want to be healthy, and make good use of the water refilling stations in the library! Before you throw away your bottle and spend money on another, refill instead and use that change for a snack from the vending machine or saving towards that next Academy night ticket! Now, the Union will be running a fun social media campaign to promote the use of the fountains and look for budget friendly options to help students afford reusable water bottles from trusted sources. So go out there and save the change in your wallets by filling those bottles up now!
LET THE MUSIC PLAY INTERVIEW WITH DAVID ANGEL OF THE MAGGINI QUARTET
Annalisa Galeone Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away by music… an elegant and soft melody which seems to come from a past century. Julian Leaper and David Angel play the violin, Martin Outram plays the viola and Michal Kaznowski on the cello. Together they form the perfect union: The Maggini Quartet. They held a concert at Brunel University on Friday 3rd October, where they were greeted with great enthusiasm by the audience and I was lucky enough to be able to interview David Angel. Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is regarded by many as one of the finest British string quartets. They became Brunel Artists-in-Association in 1995 and were awarded an Honorary Brunel Fellowship in 2004. Their recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Cannes Classical Award and have twice been nominated for the Grammy Awards. The Quartet is currently recording the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle for Meridian Records. They also coach an annual string quartet course at Brunel University. Why have you chosen to commit your life to music? “That’s a very good question and a difficult one as well. For some crazy reason from a very early age I seemed to get what you can call a music bug. I wanted to do music.
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OXJAM UXBRIDGE ROCKS THE LOAD OF HAY Becky Collins At 7PM on Wednesday 22nd October 2014, The Load of Hay Pub on Villier’s Street was taken over by students, fairy lights, live music and one fabulous man in a maid’s outfit – all in the name of charity! Since August this year, a group of roughly twenty students have been organising the music event as part of Oxfam’s Oxjam Music Festival campaign. Beginning in 2006, Oxjam has become one of the UK’s biggest ongoing festivals. The one thing which sets it apart from all other music events? All profit goes straight to Oxfam! With hard working volunteers at the forefront, Oxjam has so far – since its first year – raised over £2.3 million for Oxfam. So it was amazing to see it making a comeback in Uxbridge!
In the weeks prior to the recent gig, fundraising alone raised over £220, purely through the support (and the loving of cake) of students and locals. Organising the logistics of the event, however, did not go so smoothly.
pub was packed (believe me, I was serving food – or trying to!), over 450 raffle tickets were sold, student paintings were auctioned off (in some cases with a single bidder insistent on out-bidding himself), the music performances and poetry readings were very well received, and a wellloved pub personality dressed as
is owed to everyone involved – no matter what your role. Whether you performed, donated, helped out, or just came along, every one of you is appreciated.
SO WHAT’S THE TOTAL? Head Organisers Luke Vogel and Including fundraising, the final total of Oliver Ronaldson were nearly forced the night of £835.47 to cancel the event after being told that they were no “The music performances and poetry readings were was announced, the longer able to hold the event very well recieved, and a well-loved pub personality day after the event. Since then, on Brunel’s campus, due to was dressed as a maid, hiring himself out to serve YAY! numerous donations the gig raising money for an tables.” have been added via external cause. the online donation As understandable as this is, this a maid, hiring himself out to serve page, making the current total £930.47 – an astounding amount dismissive rule is something that tables. of money! But of course, since we’re needs to be looked at: students are actively being encouraged to Of course, none of this could have so close, we can’t give up yet. We’ve volunteer and get involved with extra- been achieved without the volunteer got to reach £1000! It’s only £69.53 curricular activities, and this should committee managing the event, as away – let’s smash this target! So not be restricted to University-based well as all of the support received in please, please, continue your support being able to light, sound and record and donate online here: https:// activities. the whole evening. And so, on behalf gigmaker.everydayhero.com/uk/ Despite this set-back, the evening of the committee, a huge thank you oxjamuxbridge2014 itself was incredibly successful. The
I think it was my mother who probably persuaded me. My two elder brothers had violin lessons. At the end of their lessons the violin teacher would stick me on his knees and put the violin under my chin and play. This meant nothing until one time: I must have had about four, I put my finger down and I realized it made a note. It was like a bell going off into my head. For some more reason I knew it was the violin that I wanted to do even if I started on the piano before it. Since then I assigned my life to it.” How was the Maggini Quartet born? Did you already know each other before forming the group? “Three of us, me, the viola and the cello have been playing for five years in another quartet. The Maggini Quartet was born out of that. We’ve spent 13 months trying out various different violinists to play with. Finally, it was in June 1988 we became the Maggini Quartet.” Your quartet’s name comes from Giovanni Maggini, the 15th century string maker from Botticino, Italy. Why have you chosen to dedicate your quartet’s name to him?
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“There is no really profound reason. Very loosely speaking, the front of my violin is made by Maggini and the back is made by his teacher Gasparo da Salò, CREDIT: but Da Salò Quartet didn’t PHOTO
sound quite right. Really, it was Martin [Martin Outram], our viola player who liked the sound of the name. It is much better than having a group named after the first violin. What happens when the first violin leaves? So this is what happened very casually”. You play on a Maggini / da Salò composite violin circa 1600. How did you get that violin?
it going is our friendship with Jay. Through that we had a very happy friendship with Brunel University”. You coach chamber music to young musicians, and also at Brunel University you coach annually a string quartet course. What advice would you give to young musicians who want to commit their lives to music?
“I would always tell to anybody who’s PHOTO CREDIT: ANNALISA GALEONE playing an instrument whether they wanted to do it professionally, whether they want to do it as an amateur, whether they’re kids, students, young Baljit Padda professionals or middle aged or elderly that if you play an instrument Hello 2014 Freshers! is worth playing chamber music. Hopefully, you’re all enjoying your time here at Brunel University so For social reasons, the interaction is far! Even though Fresher’s Week vital important in every considerable is long over, you’re probably still way. The greatest music is written busy socialising and exploring the for string quartets. The composers university’s clubs and societies all wrote their best music for it. – and of course, the bars! – So the last thing on anyone’s mind Please, tell us what is the It is one of the best things that is how well you’re going to favorite piece you like to play western art has to offer and needs perform academically this year. during a concert and why. cooperation. It needs the closest cooperation between groups”. “But first year doesn’t count for “Well, it is quite impossible to say. anything!” you all shout happily Probably, a quartet would say the How would you spread your for chamber music back at me, but that doesn’t mean piece they were playing at that time passion you shouldn’t try. Why not utilise was their favorite piece. There might to people who do not really this year by brushing up on your be an exception: lots of quartet know or like this type of music? essay-writing technique? If you players will tell you that Haydn [Franz master writing academic essays now, you won’t struggle with them “The Maggini Quartet is regarded as one of the in your second and third years. “I got it from the great violin dealer in London John & Arthur Beare. I had to get a violin. I’ve been borrowing a violin from the Royal Academy of Music and then I had to give it back. So I just went to J & A Beare and within my price range there were three or four violins. I decided I liked this one the best. Each violin has a completely different sound and totally distinct personality which must chain to your own personality”.
ACADEMIC ESSAY WRITING TIPS
finest British string quartets.”
Joseph Haydn] has a very soft place in their hearts. He was the first quartet writer; he invented it more or less. He is still the most innovative quartet writer there’s ever been. Having said that, when I’m playing Mendelssohn, I like Mendelssohn the best. When I’m playing Moeran [Ernest John Moeran], I like Moeran the best and so on”.
“First of all I would sit them down and play it to them. That’s the first thing: get them listening to it. There’s an image to chamber music which isn’t helpful. There’s an image to classical music which isn’t helpful. Classical music is considered as an elitist music and chamber music is considered the elite of the elite. This is wrong.
The Maggini Quartet became Brunel Artists-in-Association in 1995, and were created Brunel Honorary Fellows in 2004. Please, tell us about your relationship with Brunel University.
If you see an audience years olds listening to Scherzo you’ll see them involved in what you are
“In fact, our relationship with Brunel University goes back well before 1995. It’s all been to do with Jay Wilkinson [Arts Centre Director at Brunel University]. Two of us were at the Royal Academy of Music with her and the Arts at Brunel University have been Jay’s baby. Nearly always happens that is the passion of one person who does realize things that were impossible and makes them happen. Jay did that. She was determined to get our quartet in some kind of relation. Brunel University became a place where we would give a lunch time concert or two. Then we did a bit more for a while. We would act as subjects for the artists to draw. We’ve also had a 10 weekly course every year and taught music to some of the people. In the 90s we’ve got a quartet writing competition and had a commission from Roxanna Panufnik, the composer. What’s really kept
of five Haydn deeply playing.
The second most important thing is to let them see it live. I remember that one of the most enthusiastic audiences we’ve ever played to, was at a college in Kingston. The musicians were aspiring rock and pop musicians. We’ve played to them and they were absolutely enthusiastic”. What are your projects for the future? “We have on-going project which is learning repertoire. It is the main thing. The repertoire for string quartet is pretty well endless. By the way, the most immediate project is recording our third disc of Mendelssohn quartet that comes up in November. We’ll record the quartet that we played last night [concert held on 3 October 2014 at Brunel University]. Moreover, we’re always working on repertoires for concerts and each of the pieces that we do is like a project”.
So, what is the difference between a regular essay and an academic one? Well, let’s put it this way, you’re going to have to ditch Sparknotes and start taking some actual notes. That’s if you want to pass, of course. Sure Wikipedia can still be used for the off date-check but make sure that is all it’s used for. You’ll very soon discover that the sites that got you through A-levels aren’t going to be recognised as legitimate sources when your bibliographies are assessed by members of university staff. So my first bit of advice to you is to actually attend library tours and learn how to navigate around and locate sources and journals. If not now, you’ll be spending many-an-hour by these books in the near future so make sure that you get acquainted with the section and floor that the books from your subject area are in. When told that you need to include sources in your essays, this simply means that you need some evidence to support your points. This can be from books or from academic journals which can be accessed online via JSTOR, for instance. To access academic journals, simply go to Brunel’s Library homepage and click on databases. Next, click on the letter J, scroll down to JSTOR and follow the link provided. You may be required to enter your Brunel University network username and password that you have been provided with, and you should really know by now. Now simply punch in what you’re after in the search box and browse the online journal database to your heart’s content. Remember though, that journals are there for you to explore
existing academic work related to your field, and to increase your understanding and knowledge. You may use quotes from journals here and there in an essay to support your argument, but it is very important that your argument takes priority. After all, sources are secondary material. Another thing many first-year students find themselves doing is reading and selecting excellent quotes for their essays but frequently they forget to make a note of the source’s details, and then comes the rushed scramble to find that one book that was returned to the library weeks ago. Word of advice: whenever you find a quote that you’re going to use in your essay, make a note of the book’s title, author and/or editor(s), the publishing company, year of publication and page number so that you don’t find yourself in trouble for plagiarism, albeit unwittingly. As for some general essaywriting tips, I suggest reading the question carefully, and ‘chunking’, which simply means identifying the various components in a question, breaking them down and tackling each accordingly. Also, be sure to define key terms and outline your argument in your introduction to signpost precisely the angle that your essay will take. For the bulk of your essay remember the point, evidence, explanation, criticism (PEEC) structure which will come in very handy and assist you in producing a concise and coherent essay. If you should need further advice on issues related to formatting, presentation or if you have any general enquiries regarding essay writing, consult your module booklets which usually contain very useful information. You can also speak to personal tutors and lecturers who will no doubt advise you on these matters. Finally, there is the brilliant Academic Skills Service (ASK) in the library who offer to assist you with things such as grammar, formatting and presentation, so fear not, there are plenty of lovely people and services in place to help you. And… that’s it! You have made it this far and I’m sure you have your own unique method for tackling essay questions. I hope these tips are beneficial to you and wish you the best of luck in your time here at Brunel University!
FIVE REASONS NOT TO PLAN YOUR INTERRAILING TRIP
REVISION & EXAM TIPS
Laura Dunnett I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it a bit early in the year for all this? It’s only the first term, you just got here and you don’t even know how to work the washing machines yet. Second years, you’ve only just recovered from last year and don’t even want to think about the fact that this year actually counts towards your degree. And as for you third years, you’re in so much denial about your decreasing time here at Brunel that you’ve convinced yourself that you’re a fresher again.
PHOTO CREDIT: EDDIE LEGGATT
Eddie Leggatt Ellis Davies It’s a Sunday at the start of June, and Eddie and myself are sat in his front room, rapidly realising that we should have begun planning our Interrail trips months ago. After an entirely fruitless afternoon spent calling French train companies, we give up and resign ourselves to a trip of inevitable disappointment and additional expense. Next time we see each other is Paris, and we decide to meet at Austerlitz station with no tickets reserved. Immediately we’re told that it’s impossible to get to Nice that day, as every train is fully booked. Solution? Go to the desk and ask for any train south. It begins. We did not plan our trip at all, and it is for that exact reason that it was so brilliant! What follows is our logic behind why you should not plan ahead or holiday to an itinerary, and just wing it. 1. You’ll discover amazing places you’ve never heard of. It turned out that our appearance at the ticket desk in Paris would take us to a small alpine town that neither of us had come across before. Getting there at 5 AM, we spent 2 hours waiting for bakeries to open to load up on food, and then found a grassy hillside where we ate and snoozed as the morning broke over the French Alps. It could have been worse. The idea of grabbing any train can seem scary and odd, but that morning,
as we sat on that hillside we decided that this is how it would stay for the next 2 weeks. Surely that’s the point of going Inter-Railing? Discovering new and different places is all part of the experience, and so much fun. Over the next couple of weeks we found beautiful tiny beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and glassy mountain lakes that would make your jaw drop, all stumbled upon by just wandering about the continent. 2. No itinerary, no limits! Following our fortunate detour to the Alps, we did finally get to the south of France. We arrived in Nice just under
foot away from your table as you sip an ice cold €2 pint - that’ll do. Seeing Cap d’ail is just one of the results of having no limitations. On Eddie’s departure 2 weeks in, Ellis found out that there was a free music festival titled Fete de la Musique in Dudelange, and decided that’s where he was off next. Not having set plans to get in the way meant seeing Frank Turner for free in a small town in Luxembourg. No way would that have happened had we stuck to a set route! 3. Things WILL f*ck up! So, as you might imagine this approach to traveling does have its
“University is one of the few periods in your life when you have the freedom to do things like a three week backpacking holiday.” 24 hours after setting off from Paris, covering a distance of 932 km in our first day! On a side note, don’t bother with Nice. It’s just your typical builtup coastal city, devoid of any charm or character. However, the lack of itinerary led us to one of the top finds of our trip. In a small hostel room in Nice, we met an American guy who drew us a map to a small beach just along the coast. We later named him Daffy; it seemed appropriate. One quick train journey and a mountain pass later, Cap d’ail: A tiny strip of shale sand and turquoise Mediterranean at the foot of sheer cliffs. Bordered by small bars, Cap d’ail is one of the most stunning beaches we have ever seen, and one of the most satisfying pints of the trip. Idyllic beach, the sea twenty
flaws. Stuff can definitely go wrong. Leaving Cap d’ail, with a cursory look for our next destination, we began an eight hour trip across the south of France and down the Italian coast to La Spezia, a place Google assured us was picturesque. Arriving there at eleven p.m., we quickly made two discoveries: La Spezia was a military port town with nowhere to stay, and Ellis sinks rapidly into a negative spiral at the idea of spending a night on a park bench. An open bar, four beers and some WiFi granted us hope and a booking on a 1 A.M. train out of La Spezia to Rome. Paris to Rome in three nights, only one of which was spent in a bed. However, this screw up did wind up with us standing outside the Colosseum at 6 AM, and wandering around an essentially
deserted Rome whilst the city came to life. We decided to stay in Rome for a few days and catch up on some sleep and explore the ancient city. 4. Just pick a spot on the map! So where to from Rome? We decided that spending a few days in a city had left us missing the sea, so the coast it was. Not knowing anything about the Italian coast, Eddie had a cheeky google while Ellis had an important mid-afternoon snooze. The next stop turned out to be Tropea, a small coastal town on the Tyrrhenian sea perched precariously on top of huge cliffs. Absolutely glorious, we spent a fantastic afternoon leaping from a twenty foot cliff into the sea and raiding the beach bar. Two excellent days spent lazing about on a beach, staying in an apartment overlooking the town at just €12 for the night! This spot-on-the-map policy continued to work for us, from France all the way to Croatia and back, allowing us to find places that we otherwise would have completely missed had we stuck to the major sites of Europe. 5. Make snap decisions. Our final point on this list of wise words is to always go with snap decisions! Sometimes there really is no need to spend hours, days, years mulling over possible options. Just do it! You won’t regret it. Perhaps our most snap decision came in the hostel in Rome one afternoon, as we were trying to work out if we would be able to travel down the length of Croatia or not. On discovering the sparseness of the train network, the outlook appeared
grim. Hang on, why don’t we rent a car and drive it? Yes! Of course! Wait, I think I left my driving license at home… bugger. So, somehow, Ellis managed to find a car rental company who were willing to give us a car on the back of a photocopy license from the DVLA, and got us a car! Still a bit proud of that. Getting a car allowed us to thoroughly explore Croatia, from the lush mountainous inland to the beautiful dry coastline. Throughout Croatia our housing policy was this: Walk into a bar, order a beer, and ask the bar-man if he knew anybody who had apartments to rent for the night. It worked flawlessly, the only arguable downside being that we had to spend a lot of time in very pretty villages sipping cold drinks, waiting for apartment owners to turn up. It’s a hard life, right? University is one of the few periods in your life when you have the freedom to do things like a three week backpacking holiday. Take a chance and just go for it! Forget about the planning, just leave home and see where you end up. What’s the point in doing something if you can just predict what will happen? While we can’t all pull an OxBridge and take a gap-year (don’t-you-want-to-hearabout-my-gap-yah?), an InterRail type of trip is much more manageable and incredibly rewarding. Even if you do have to tolerate a large bearded Welsh bloke playing a tiny guitar and singing Abba at you the whole time.
CAN INDIFFERENCE REALLY BE REVOLUTION? Ellis Davies So, what is the solution to our current political situation? With a lack of faith growing within supporters of all parties, how do we combat this? The answer, according to Russell Brand, is to do nothing… Yeah. That makes total sense.
PHOTO CREDIT: BEN LUNATO-DOYEN
However, if you want to do well with your degree, it’s never too early to start thinking about two of the most feared words a student knows... No, not Student Finance. I’m talking about revision and exams. Here are eight handy tips on how to cope with them: 1. When you are trying to study, make sure you’re in a suitable place for revising. I’m sure your flat kitchen, your living room, the U3 bus and the back table at Locos on Karaoke Night while someone is murdering a Beyoncé song are places you love to be, but they are not places to revise. Crazy idea: perhaps try the library. Even your bedroom is fine as long as you lock the door and minimise all distractions. Clear the space around you, have everything you need out, crack open a window and get started. 2. S t o p avoiding revision. Stop making food to avoid revision. Stop cleaning your bathroom to avoid revision. Stop trying on clothes to avoid revision. Stop calling your grandparents to avoid revision. Stop tweeting about avoiding revision. Just stop. The longer you avoid it, the more you’ll have to do later, so get on with it. 3. Reward yourself with treats of your choice. You finish reading a chapter of your textbook? Have a few gummy bears. You finally solved that equation? Take a ten minute power nap. You finally memorised that case study? Watch half an episode of Game of Thrones. Same goes for when you’re writing coursework. Just don’t reward yourself too much otherwise you’ll never get
4. Two words: Sticky Notes. They’re bright and colourful and bound to catch your attention. Just write quotes, dates, statistics, facts and whatever else you need to know on them and stick them around. Do a lap of your room a couple of times a day and you’ll have them memorised in no time. 5. Some people prefer to revise with other people; if that works for you form a study group. The emphasis is on the word ‘study’ though – no talking about what happened on Keeping Up With The Kardashians or complaining about Rooney’s shocking tackle last night. You have to study. However, if you prefer to study independently then that’s fine too; you can always call on a friend or your lecturers if you do get stuck. 6. Depending on your course, you may or may not encounter a seen examination. You get the exam paper you will sit a week before the exam date, and you have that week to prepare your answers. Some people see this as an ‘easy’ exam, which it can be, if you revise appropriately for it. However, if you don’t bother revising for it just as you would an unseen exam then you may be looking at the business end of a big fat fail. 7. Allocate time to study. Each module you take needs attention. Divide up your time depending on the weightings of your modules and the weightings of the different assessments in each module. Obviously a module worth 40 credits needs more time than a module worth 20, and an exam worth 50% of a module needs more attention than a piece of coursework or presentation worth 10%. 8. The final piece of advice is about the day of the exam itself. Give yourself plenty of time to wake up, get ready, have a good breakfast and get to where your exam is. And lastly, make sure you have everything you need for the exam. Pens, pencils, rulers, protractors, rubbers, calculators... Try not to go overboard though; for instance, you can probably leave the industrial sized factory pack of black ballpoints at home.
The scraggly haired comedian released his book Revolution on October 23rd, in which he attempts to convince the public that the only way to combat the system is to remove themselves from it entirely by not voting, and in doing so, promoting political apathy and passivity. Brand seems to be playing to the politically apathetic youth, who coincidently make up a majority of his audience. So is Brand using his fans for his own ends now? Or is this political activism for the twitter generation? A revolution you can take part in by sitting on your backside scrolling through social media. How radical. I suppose these opening words have outlined my personal opinion pretty clearly. Brand is, in my opinion, either trying to be cool and different, or he has somehow come to this odd conclusion out of frustration. Either situation is bad. Others who disagree with Brand include John Lydon, who recently proclaimed Brand a “bumhole”, and commented in a Guardian interview that Brand’s proposal was “the most idiotic thing [he’d] ever heard”. Lydon, best known as Johnny Rotten, clearly opposes Brand’s proposal of inaction. Even the crazy-eyed former vocalist of the Sex Pistols seems utterly baffled by the lack of perception in Brand.
The danger of Brand’s suggestion can be seen in the statistics. In 2010 a far larger percentage of 55 - 64 year olds registered to vote than 18 - 24 year olds, with figures showing a 90% registration of the former, but just 50% of the latter. Young people are already falling behind with respect to involvement, and Brand is looking to make things worse. The divide between the young and old of Britain is continually widening, with rents increasing, entitlements dwindling, and the idea of a decent pension at retirement becoming a farfetched hope for the current younger generation of workers. At the same time, those who grew up from out of the ‘baby boom’ period enjoyed free education and the opportunities to own property, having the chance to retire as the young struggle on. This may seem like an attack on the older generation, but far from it; not all who are of this generation have had it easy, and by no means is this what is being said here. Yes, they have also experienced hardship. However, it is this generation that is politically active, and therefore have more benefit from the political system. Considering they are the ones actually voting, perhaps they deserve it? Lydon pointed out brilliantly in the same Guardian article: “Vote, bloody well vote! You’ll get nothing otherwise, and you’ll get slightly more than nothing if you do – but that’s better than nothing.” He hits the nail on the head. Ok, so our current choice of representatives and parties is not exactly compelling. Faith in Labour is rapidly dwindling with the ever drab Ed Miliband at the helm, no student would trust Clegg’s Lib Dems, and the Conservatives get ever more right
PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA wing in a vain attempt to appease the more extreme. Even UKIP are achieving these days, which is frankly terrifying. However, a vote for the lesser evil is nevertheless a vote for the better. Political apathy is not what will save us from a far right wing government. Surely nobody wants to end up with a Tory-UKIP coalition? Two big personalities, two different takes on the current political climate in the UK. John Lydon is by no stretch of the imagination a reliable source of wisdom, but in this case he’s on to something. Russell Brand, whilst having done admirable things in the past concerning the awareness of addiction, is spouting dangerous words to the younger generation. Ignoring the system will not change a thing, because it will simply ignore you and carry on quite happily. Don’t subscribe to this trend of apathy. At least try and make a difference! Nothing is ever fixed by doing nothing; that is not how the world works. Be active, take part, and see Russell Brand for the attention seeking jester he has clearly become.
SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: BRUNEL LGBT+ Lucy Hawkes Brunel LGBT+ is a society that represents and offers support for all those who identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or other sexual minorities. We are first and foremost a support network incorporating the LGBT Peer Support Group. We run and host a wide range of events, which include our fortnightly LGBTea and Coffee Mornings, pub nights, and trips into Central London for touristy days out and Soho Clubbing. We also run campus campaigns such as World AIDS Day, LGBT History Month, Brunel Equal Marriage Campaign, and awareness days. We aim to be there for you and to help support you and your needs as an LGBT+ student at Brunel University. For more information, you can contact Brunel LGBT+ at: Email: email@example.com Twitter: @BrunelLGBT Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/groups/brunellgbt/
FIVE THINGS YOU WON’T MISS NOW YOU’VE MOVED OUT
PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS RATHORE
D. Bozhinova There are bound to be people (and one or two home comforts) you’ll miss now that you’ve moved away to university. But being away from home and trying to be independent isn’t all bad! And here are the 5 points I have to prove it:
with her I know she won’t change her opinion about my “messy room”. Maybe it’s not perfect, but I know where everything is!
Number 1 - You can eat whatever you want without your parents nagging! Think about it. How many times have you tried eating chocolate spread right from the jar and seen your mum with a judgemental look on her face? Or how often you decided to eat only your favourite part of the certain dish and someone would say: “Why not eat your broccoli too?!” As if you’re not in fact 20 years old, and are therefore incapable of figuring out for yourself what and how much you want to eat. I can truly say I hate it when people pay special attention to what I eat.
Unfortunately, living with someone always leads to this. I know my parents love me and they’re telling me how to do things for my own good, but still I cannot stand the constant criticism of the way I dress, or the places I go, the way I decide to arrange my wardrobe or how much sugar I put in my coffee… I love them too, but sometimes parents just don’t know when they cross the line. After all, I’m not a toddler anymore.
Number 2 - You can stay up late and go out whenever you want, without somebody staying up just to know when you are back and get mad because they had o wait up I don’t know if it’s just me, but I hate the questions my father asks in the morning: “Oh what time did you go to bed last night? … Seriously? Why? It is not healthy. Tonight you should go to bed early.” It is ridiculous! I do not plan to retire anytime soon, I am barely twenty, and I feel like a twelve year old most of the time. Of course I know it’s not healthy, but I want to have fun as well. When you move out, and your parents can no longer use their sensitive sensors that can somehow always tell when you’re late home, you’ll greatly appreciate it.
Number 4 - Not having to put up with all the criticism
Number 5 - The best thing of course! When you return home you feel much more loved and everybody is so happy to see you that you just melt inside. I assure you that once you’re back, having been away from home for three months or so, your home will feel cosier than ever. Your mother will cook some of your favourite meals, will not remind you to wash the dishes and sometimes she will even make your bed without complaining. Your dad will not make big deal of you going out and coming back at 4am You will be trusted and looked upon as a more dependable and interesting person. You’ll have things to brag about, you’ll be able to explain the places you visited and impress your family with knowledge and stories from your new life. And I can tell you if your parents are anything like mine, you will be hugged and kissed more than you have ever used to be.
INTERVIEW WITH WILL SELF David Bennett Hello Professor Will Self, and thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. Most people will know you for your numerous published novels and short stories, your Man Booker Prize shortlisting, and your frequent appearances in the columns and on the screens of many respected, quality media outlets. So the first question on everyone’s lips will no doubt be, ‘is our social reality constructed by evil trillionaires, or is a pyramidical, hierarchical social structure the natural, logical order of human society?’ Well, Dave – you don’t mind if I call you ‘Dave’ do you? – well, Dave, I think neither of the above: conspiracy theories of all kinds – including your hypothesis about evil trillionaires – are what the credulous resort to in the face of the inexplicable; mostly, in my view, it is cock-ups rather than conspiracies that explain such phenomena as the egregiously unequal distribution of the world’s wealth, cock-ups in the form of sheer chance, or cock-ups like George Osborne being born. As to the current structure of society being any kind of natural order, if we had a time machine we could go back to an earlier, happier, far more egalitarian era… It was called ‘the 1970s’. You are a highly regarded author and well-established figure of British literature: what are your views on the sales-based success of works such as ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? And is England a majoritively unwell country, in literary terms? No, we’re not especially unwell in literary terms: books that depend for their success on sex, violence, or the easy action of page turning will probably always be the bestsellers, the problem for our literary culture is that what we might call middlebrow readers no longer feel that they ‘ought’ to read more serious books – the inception of the web and the internet also provides people with so many distractions that they can’t allow themselves to subsist in that
In the recent past, we have all been reminded of the inherent imperialism of much of the history of the western world, with the annual celebration of perhaps the most historiographically distorted figure of all time Christopher Columbus. In light of this, can parents trust in state education to give their children balanced teaching? And can bias historical perspective ever be beneficial for its receiver? Well, the celebration of Christopher Columbus as the ‘discoverer’ of America is indeed perfectly ridiculous – but no more ridiculous that scores of things that are propagated through our education system and its wider cultural apparatus: the sacred character of British democracy, the wisdom of Elizabeth Windsor, the excellence of the British bobby; the Solomonic character of our legal system… I could go on. Actually, in fairness to us, the British are rather better at confronting their imperial past that some other nations I could mention: France. We are in an unprecedented epoch of readily available and easily attainable information regarding the innerworkings of the highest stratas of humankind - governments, media, big business, etc - with all of them seemingly intertwined and ultimately self-serving. With this in mind, would you be for or against the idea of a proletariat uprising with an aim to overhaul the elitist monopoly of society? And what would be the foreseeable outcome of such an extreme overhaul? I’m against violent revolution – once the gloves come off there’s no telling when they’ll go back on again, and revolutions – like wars in general – are mostly fought by over-adrenalised young men who’d be just as happy racing cars or firing guns into the sky. We do, undoubtedly, need a
major realignment in society, and a decoupling of our economy for the corrosive impact of global capital flows – and to achieve this we do indeed need a mass movement: ‘History,’ as Marx rightly observed, ‘is made by the great mass of individuals.’ We must find ways of rousing people to action that don’t depend on rousing them to a state of frenzy… I’m working on it – and so, actually, are a lot of other people: there’s no excuse for apathy. If you were to bump into the twentyyear-old Will Self, presumably because the premise of ‘Back to the Future’ had become possible, what advice would you give to yourself? And why? Give up smoking tobacco. I’ve smoked just about everything that can be smoked in my life; during one of the World Cups when the slogan was: Eat Football, Drink Football, Live Football, I tried smoking football – it was incredibly harsh and leathery… But on balance, the habit that’s been most damaging, and hardest to quit, has been cigarette smoking. My counsel to any young person is: give it up now – it just gets harder as the years go by, and if you do jack it in you’ll have gained at least ten years of life in which to get properly loaded in other more interesting ways. And finally, given your success as an author of fiction and an academic, what advice would you offer to any budding creative or scholarly writer? Read. Read a lot. Read and read and read and read – read until writing is coming out of your ears: the only way to understand how prose works (and I mean prose of any kind) is to be thoroughly conversant with all the forms it can take. I’ve spoken to and tried to advise many tyro writers over the years, and what I usually discover after talking to them for a few minutes is that they haven’t read enough to become writers: you need a solid grounding in the canon – and much, much more.
TO: MARTIN ZARANYIKA, UBS PRESIDENT I have been a student at Brunel University for over three years. Throughout the time that I have spent at Brunel, I have made a number of observations relating to the problems the Union faces that I feel should be raised. I believe there are some deep-seated issues that face the organisation which must be properly addressed and tackled. If they are not, the Union risks losing an integral, thriving part of university life for its students. Firstly, the degree to which the Students’ Union is self-contained must be recognised. It has, I feel, become an organisation that looks inwardly and acts in a way that prioritises and protects its own interests and not the interests of students. Obviously I understand that it is a business, and therefore must remain a financially viable commercial enterprise. However, the reason this charity has been set up - to support and represent students - must not be forgotten. It should not place more importance on profits over student wellbeing. Profits should be made whilst ensuring students are receiving the best possible service and support and not at a detriment to the people it is designed to represent. To begin solving these problems, the Union should reduce the divide between itself and the main University body. I understand they are separate entities but they need to coexist. The way the Union acts can either reinforce decisions undertaken by the University or, conversely, it can contest them. This has the effect of forcing students into choosing where their allegiance lies when they want to host an event or put on an activity for students - with the University or with the Union? If they choose the University they face the Union’s refusal to help - including the denial their advertising power. Brunel students frequently suffer the effects of this divide and it has to stop. The University and the Union should be universally supportive, not constantly conflicted. Furthermore, many students find that it is difficult to get the Union to support an idea if you are not part of a club or society. Even if you are, there are vast amounts red tape that must be crossed in order to realise the proposal. The Union does not sufficiently empower or support individuals who are not part of a club or society – which is detrimental. However, I find the problem is deeper and even more worrying. The Union consciously will not support or promote any student-led events that occur outside of it or its affiliated parties because of ‘conflicting interests’. This seems to lead to two possible conclusions. Either the Union’s financial stability rests on a knife’s edge with any possible loss of business proving potentially catastrophic. Or, the Union has evolved to a level of jealousy and paranoia that it begrudges any success had by any person or group that is not affiliated with it. This has the effect of stifling any ‘opposing’ student-led events or initiatives that have no links to the Union. Due to the nature of events that are organised, a large proportion of these are linked to the arts. An example of this reluctance was the Union’s disinclination to advertise the student-led event Vinyl Live. Luckily it was a very successful event, but this was in spite of the Student Union, not because of it. The Union’s refusal to promote events like this could be perceived as directly oppressing arts and culture within the University. Whilst I am sure this is not the case, I believe it is a very concerning position for the Student Union to place itself in. Brunel University often likes to tell its prospective students about how multi-cultural the University is - with over one-hundred-and-ten different nationalities. How can such statistics be promoted when the Union does so little to reinforce it by embracing student-led, multi-cultural events and initiatives? Instead of creating a corner of the University where student schemes can be tried, tested and nurtured, the Students’ Union has privatised as many outlets as possible, resulting in the loss of functional space for Union activities; and any glimmer of hope for competitive pricing has been shattered. Another issue that must be addressed is the level of censorship the Union applies to Le Nurb and other Union-controlled media outlets. I understand that, ideally, a balanced opinion of issues should be presented. However, there must be a line where heinous acts are discussed - regardless of unbalanced views. Last year, many students found themselves disenchanted by the way one elected member of the UBS Student Leadership Team behaved towards a student on social networks and also on a particular occasion in student assembly. When Le Nurb published an article detailing the incidents, they were asked to remove the article from their website - despite being within their right to hold the elected representative to account for their behaviour. It feels like Brunel University tries to cocoon itself within an idealistic environment by reducing the prominence of media that may unearth strong opinions amongst different groups of people. Instead of contesting this, the Union perpetuates it. This is illustrated by it refusing to publish articles which could be controversial. It attempts to shield its students from important current affairs which is evident from the initial rejection and reluctance to publish an article about the conflict in Palestine this year. The Union requested that an article was written to counter the views. I believe this was a very poor decision because, in this case, it would have involved an individual from Brunel openly supporting Israel’s violation of international law. The Students’Union should focus on invoking strong feelings and creating a forum where they can be discussed in a positive, healthy manner and not ignored.
Number 3 - No one will be reminding you constantly to clean your room The nagging alone was enough to make me want to move out. Even if everything is so clean I could lick the floors, it’s never perfect. I have the desire to clean it from time to time, but to my mum it is never good enough, and after 19 years of living
state of unknowing ignorance that is essential if you’re going to grapple with understanding a text. My personal feeling is that serious reading will become more of a minority occupation – but of course, historically this was always the case.
OPEN LETTER TO THE UNION OF BRUNEL STUDENTS
I find the Union’s apathetic approach towards national politics very worrying indeed. Especially when you consider the important upcoming general and local elections - affecting the whole country and our local constituency. I am aware there are initiatives related to political engagement but, the visibility of these is poor. They are not advertised properly and they are often seen by students as ‘exclusive’.
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It is problematic that these initiatives have to be actively sought out which means, unless people are passionate, they will not choose to get involved. Unfortunately, this allows people with a casual interest to be discouraged because the Union does not go to sufficient and consistent efforts to attract these individuals. The students studying on this campus are supposedly the future of the
country. I agree that academic success is very important, but how can you expect them to have a meaningful influence on the country’s politics when national political engagement is not endorsed. Brunel University, and more importantly the Students’ Union, needs to distance itself from the capitalist attitude it has adopted. It is quite obviously unsustainable and it is negatively affecting students with rising costs. The problems the Union is facing are reversible, but it requires a serious rethink of attitudes and the direction it chooses to pursue. The Students’ Union will only become stable if it is sustained by organic growth. Student ideas should be embraced with defined long-term aims and not dropped as soon as they fall at the first hurdle. The live music scene at Brunel is an example of this. In May 2014, when UBS Nightlife asked what events students would like to see this year, numerous people said they wanted more live music. The Union obliged and hosted ‘Locked In Live’. The turnout was poor for this event and as a result, the Union is now reluctant to host another, despite there being a demand for it. If the Union took this idea, repeated it and nurtured it - using student feedback - it would end up with event that students had vested interest in. This comes as a result of the students’ involvement in shaping the event. To make this a Union Brunel students can be proud of it needs to place students back into the heart of the organisation. It must focus on recapturing the campus for student-led activities and reducing the corporate monopoly Sodexo has on it. It must also focus on tackling the political apathy that is seeping through the young generation by encouraging the Union to actively and consistently support student initiatives. Especially those regarding the political identity Brunel students choose. Some of these solutions may take many years until the effects become visible but, many of them can be implemented now. However, it must be understood that these positive changes will only happen with the Union offering positive encouragement to students and by acting in the altruistic way for which any genuine charity is originally intended.
UNION PRESIDENT MARTIN ZARANYIKA RESPONDS The Union is there for all our members and we will work with them to help support activity and deliver against a very broad remit of student experience including the areas of representation, political engagement and social activity that has been raised in this open letter. The way we are currently organised and the way we have found so far to be the most effective method of achieving this is for that activity to be supported through our active clubs and societies. It does not mean we cannot or will not support individual projects, but the way we are set up is to maximise our activity for the benefit of as many students as possible, and we do this through organising like-minded students into groups so they can work together and benefit from a collective approach. We do run commercial activity but we operate the activities with value for money, student experience, and safety at the heart. We run events (as best we can) that appeal to as broad an audience as we can, and we also run events that are tailored at much smaller niche groups. This year we invested significantly in the top section of the Academy, developing our Bar 2 venue which is designed to allow much smaller events specifically aimed at special interest groups or ideas that needed development and nurturing, to happen without members feeling that they are sprawled across the whole of the nightclub and for the event to be devoid of atmosphere. Whether driven by our clubs, societies, staff team or individual students, we are always wanting to deliver a varied entertainments programme that is relevant to our membership and encourage all our members to feedback to us through our Ents Forum meetings or directly to our Entertainment coordinator, so we can build a programme that is current, exciting and value for money. I also wanted to comment on the issue of Student apathy in politics. We do encourage debate through our various societies, which are open and accessible to all, and political engagement is I think at a stage which we have not seen for many years. At the last round of Local Authority elections we saw 15 students all very recent graduates, standing for election in the borough and representing a range of political parties which we see as a positive demonstration of political confidence and empowerment being developed on campus. This year we are currently actively lobbying the Local Authority to bring a ballot station to campus for the next general election, and a petition is online to show student support for this initiative. Later this month we will also be launching our Election pages within our website. This is a really exciting initiative that has been developed by NUS and allows students, who are in a very unique position of being able to register either at home or at their place of study, the opportunity to scrutinise national data in every constituency and be able to make a choice on where to register for their vote for it to be most effective. Lastly I wanted to touch on the issue of censorship raised in this letter. The Union does have a final veto of any article within the newspaper (LeNurb) for one reason and one reason only. The Union is the funder and the publisher and is therefore responsible for the content and the impact that content has and will be the body that is pursued if any of those articles break the law, or brings the Union into disrepute, not the journalist. When we have used the veto, we have done so with great care and consideration. One thing I can certainly agree with the author of the letter is that any organisation, including the Union, is always at risk of becoming stale or irrelevant if it doesn’t continually evolve and improve, and I have no doubt that there is significant improvement that we can make in many areas of our organisation. This month will see us put out a new governance structure to Referenda, which is aimed at enabling us to be better representatives, harness the collective voice of each college, provide a stronger voice for Post Graduate students and develop opportunities for debate and feedback on specific areas of our operation without the need for a student to feel they need to get involved in a long term elected position or wade through acres of red tape. I hope that you will all read our proposals which will be published next week and will vote for this change when the referenda opens later this term. Feedback is crucial to us delivering a better and more responsive Union, but from the authors need to publish an open letter in our newspaper it is evident that our feedback processes need some improvement. With that in mind, we have launched our new feedback form on our website which enables feedback to be in one place, that can easily be tracked and does not have the cumbersome approach of our formal complaints process that has put people off in the past. If any of our members want to give us feedback whether that be good or bad, or just an idea I urge you to visit our new feedback section of the website at www.brunelstudents.com/feedback
FILM: LUCY I decided to google the trailer of Lucy which mainly showed images of Scarlet Johansson being thrown around a room, killing people and if I’m honest, looking pretty kick-ass. So after that, I decided it was a must see.
Johansson hooks the reader into caring about Lucy; you want her to succeed after having viewed her transition into relatable human just trying to get by, into cold, superhuman killer.
Of course the plot is entirely ridiculous Lucy is the latest film by director Luc but I assure you, if you just ‘roll’ with it Bennson, which involves Lucy (Scarlet eventually you start to enjoy watching Johansson) unlocking all of her brains Lucy kick-a** against the evil Korean potential (of course with added drugs). gang. Mike McCahil from The Guardian The film “Scarlet Johannson takes the entire labeled this echo’s 2011’s film ‘silly but spotlight.” Limitless eccentric’ which sees and I quite a man take a drug which essentially agree, the abstract, bizarreness of the turns him into a superhuman. situation becomes enjoyable (and in some cases hilarious) which drives the The film begins with Lucy, an film throughout. Bennson creates a American student becoming a world, which is very easy to get lost in drug mule for a brutal Korean gang, once you begin to root for Lucy. however the drugs (after being sewn inside her body) begin to leek into her If you’re one of those people that bloodstream. Now might be a good find it difficult to get past eccentric, opportunity to tell you that this is no nonsensical plots that incorporate ordinary drug, this drug is capable of ‘bad science’ I would give Lucy a miss. unlocking all of your brains potential On the other hand, if you like sci-fi, (breaking the myth that we currently action (including a number of cliché use only 10%). Bennson wants his car chase scenes centered around audience to ask themselves, if we Paris) and a hot female lead then you could use more of our brain, how will definitely enjoy this film. would we use it and would it give us enhanced abilities? PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA
BFI FILM FESTIVAL 2014 From the NFT Southbank to the Hackney Picturehouse; London cinema venues were buzzing with a diverse programme of films from around the globe. Between 8-19 October 2014 the 58th BFI London Film Festival proudly presented a staggering 248 feature films and 148 shorts, as well as special events, masterclasses and educational initiatives, designed to promote and nurture the future industry talent. I was fortunate enough to see the first Gala screening of Jon Stewart’s directorial debut of Rosewater as part of the ‘Debate Strand’. Gael García Bernal stars as Iranian born, Londonbased journalist Maziar Bahari who was imprisoned for 118 days in 2009 and subjected to torture as a suspected spy against Iran’s President Ahmadinejad and his campaign. Shocking, and laced with unexpected laughs from its intended sardonic wit, both Bernal and his interrogator “Mr. Rosewater” (The Bridge’s Kim Bodnia) give scintillatingly emotional performances from opposing perspectives.
The festival commenced with the British thriller The Imitation Game as the dramatic ‘Opening Night Gala’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance. The shocking biographical account of Alan Turing’s life depicts his humble beginnings at boarding school through to his pivotal role as the ingenious mathematician and cryptanalyst who deciphered the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII, only to be subsequently prosecuted for his homosexuality. Other ‘Headline Gala’ films included Foxcatcher; the tempestuous relationship between Olympic wrestling champion brothers Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Shultz (Channing Tatum) with their megalomaniacal benefactor Mr du Pont (Steve Carell) as prosthetically unrecognisable real-life characters. Whiplash terrorised Miles Teller as he is taught to perfect his drumming skills to the brink of insanity by a sadistic J.K. Simmons and Reese Witherspoon embarking on a Wild and lifeaffirming trek from Cheryl Strayed’s memoirs. To go out with a bang and not a mere fizzle, the ‘Closing Night Gala’ delivered a ferocious Second
World War action drama with Brad Pitt commandeering a Sherman tank together with his band of brothers: Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pēna and Jon Bernthal. A myriad of themed ‘Strands’ (in addition to ‘Debate’) span across the eleven day celebration of film: ‘Love’, ‘Dare’, ‘Laugh’, ‘Thrill’, ‘Cult’, ‘Journey’, ‘Sonic’, ‘Family’ and ‘Experimental’. Each category offers a collection of films with a related motif, eg. ‘Dare’: “in-your-face, up-front and arresting films that take you out of your comfort zone” and ‘Cult’: “from the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, Sci-Fi and horror.” Established directors such as JeanLuc Godard, John Boorman and Michael Winterbottom’s also featured their latest work here. The ‘Strand Galas’ were complimented by Alan Rickman’s period drama A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet as one of Louis XIV’s landscape gardeners and Björk: Biophilia Live; the vibrant concert composition of the unique artist’s eighth studio album. The ‘Official Competition’ crowned Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan as the winner for the Best Film at
FILM: GONE GIRL
this year’s BFI festival, which was also won for Best Screenplay and selected for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It beat the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and The Falling; the bittersweet life of a hormonal English schoolgirl in 1969 starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Maxine Peake (Shameless). The innovative style of portraying a deaf teenager’s struggle at a boarding school shot entirely in sign-language, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe challenged visual and aural conventions and won in the ‘First Feature Competition’ over Jack O’ Connell’s fight to stay alive as a squaddie in the volatile Belfast streets in ‘71. The award for Best Documentary went to Silver Water, Syria Self-Portrait for its relevant projection of a war-torn Syria and its devastating impact on those who are living through the harrowing experience. The special events included a focus on Dreamworks Animation Studios which also celebrated an anniversary in October: a respectable twenty years of capturing our imaginations. Dreamworks Animation: Taking Flight and Beyond honours producer
Scarlet Johansson takes the entire spotlight, outshining her other actors by far (though Morgan Freeman does make a great neuroscientist).
FILM: BOXTROLLS Rowan Frewin
Bonnie Arnold and director Dean DeBlois who brought us the mythical fantasy How to Train Your Dragon (2010). The BAFTA Masterclass: Technical Animation with Lincoln Wallen the studios’ Chief Technology Officer provides an insight into his illustrious career. ‘Screen Talks’ from distinctive industry figures Bennett Miller, director of Foxcatcher, Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), and Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu) discuss their craft. In terms of education; free film screenings with Q&A discussions, professional guidance on projects, talks, and workshops, as well as the ‘Film School Programme’ dedicated to students in Higher Education are all available either free-of-charge or at a cheap rate. All in all: the BFI LFF is the place to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring exhibition of the best of British filmmakers and witness the wonders of World Cinema.
Laika’s third feature film, ‘The Boxtrolls’ hit cinemas at the end of this summer, and despite sitting in a cinema filled with children on a Saturday morning to watch it I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The film follows Eggs (voiced by ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Isaac Hempstead), a boy raised by the endearingly shy Boxtrolls in their subterranean home, as he tries to convince the people of Cheesebridge that the Boxtrolls aren’t the monsters that they’ve been led to believe they are. Ultimately, it explores courage and the notion of family. Laika, particularly known for the fantastic ‘Coraline’ specialise in stop-motion animation, making the film a vibrant visual feast. As well as being aesthetically amazing the film comes equipped with an incredible cast. Hempstead is joined by Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade- even minor characters are played by household names, with Toni Collette’s talent seeming somewhat wasted on a character with only a few lines. The film also contains
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some fantastic characterisation with Kingsley as the villainous Snatcher and his drag alter-ego Madame FrouFrou is particularly brilliant - FrouFrou sings a fantastic song written by Monty Pyton’s Eric Idle. Ayoade shines an overenthusiastic henchman convinced he’s a hero. Unfortunately the film’s plot doesn’t live up to the casting or visuals, and the film certainly isn’t Laika’s best work, but as a film it has a lot of charm and wit, and is definitely worth a watch.
PHOTO CREDIT: FOX (2010). However, the director to vilify Nick and naturally boost their proclaimed in an interview with The show’s ratings. Antony Smith Independent: “When I got involved with this, it had maybe sold a million The laugh-out-loud, incredulous books, something like that. It hadn’t moments are summed up by Fincher’s An updated Fatal Attraction for the sold six million books. I don’t go words anchoring Gone Girl’s genre: “It’s modern man. Traditionally, on a fifth phenomenon-hunting.” The author of a relay. It starts as a mystery and you wedding anniversary one expects a the novel, Gillian Flynn, also acted as hand off the baton and it becomes gift made of wood. Instead, a media screenwriter for the movie adaptation an absurdist thriller, and then you frenzy following the mind-boggling and made changes to the story for its hand off the baton and eventually disappearance of Amy Dunne big screen translation but the overall it becomes a satire.” The media (Rosamund Pike) propels Gone story has stayed similar to the book. satirisation, the elaborate game of Girl into a heightened cinematic That graphic scene with Amy and Desi revenge Amy concocts in her absence, experience when her husband Nick (Neil Patrick Harris) in bed when she and her unprecedented return to (Ben Affleck) is cast under suspicion plots her escape is not coital or as trap Nick in a marital nightmare she of murder. But, as the truth unravels bloody. She is pregnant with Nick’s controls does teeter on the edge of under the microscopic, penetrating child, not the late Desi’s. The book and spoof territory. And having not read book glare of the pubic eye, the skeletons the film have “Her cold standoffish demeanour the beforehand, in the couple’s suburban closet are also received works well with her character’s feminist the plot revealed. sociopathic nature.” backlash for twists were David Fincher’s tenth film Gone Girl its portrayal reinforcing the is another mystery that proves the of women and how Pike’s character unpredictable; director is always thinking outside uses her sexuality to get what she absurdity. The darkly laced humour of Gone Girl is also similar to that which of the box. Beginning his career wants. can be found in the charming villainy producing music videos for artists such as Aerosmith and Madonna, his Rosamund Pike was chosen over of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) first feature saw Sigourney Weaver actresses such as Olivia Wilde and in Fincher’s US version of the Netflix with a shaved head, surrounded Reese Witherspoon (co-producer of political satire House of Cards. Gone by foul-mouthed convicts in the the film) due to her relative anonymity Girl is definitely an unbelievable 149 claustrophobic Alien 3 (1992). Fincher in Hollywood. Her cold, standoffish minutes you’ll be talking about with a has continued to beguile audiences demeanour works well with her morbid fascination. sociopathic nature. with thrilling hits such as Se7en (1995), character’s Fight Club (1999), Zodiac (2007) Writer Flynn spoke with Variety to and the first “David Fincher’s tenth film Gone Girl praise Pike’s suitability for remake from the Swedish is another mystery that proves the the wife from “Amy ‘Nordic Noir’ director is always thinking outside of hell: has many trilogy The the box.”” sides to her, Girl with the and Rosamund was able to really Dragon Tattoo (2011). show one emotion to the next... It’s a Gone Girl has been tipped as David pretty thrilling and frightening talent.” Fincher’s Oscar-worthy film for 2015, Neil Patrick Harris may seem miscast after missing out on Best Picture and as Amy’s unhinged past lover but he Best Director at the 83rd Academy manages to play an off-beat, weak Awards for The Social Network and easily manipulated character
MUSIC: GORGON CITY
MUSIC: THE MAINE
Sara Da Silva The Maine, a rock band from Tempe, Arizona, extended their 8123 tour to Europe in support of the release of their newest album Forever Halloween. On 9 October, The Maine, for their ninth time visiting the UK, filled up Camden’s Electric Ballroom.
House / electronic duo Gorgon City’s album is aptly named: it hearkens to legend of the siren: beautiful creatures singing beautiful melodies, but dangerous. Not aggressive, but dangerous. That and the artwork sum up this album perfectly.
changed. They really got the audience pumped for what was to come.
Having already seen The Maine on numerous occasions I knew what to expect and, as always, I was not disappointed. The band played an extremely long setlist full of songs from each of their albums, including The Electric Ballroom, when it’s not my personal favourites: Right Girl occupied by Saturday night club and Some Days. They even gave us a goers, plays host to bands from all small cover of Sir Mixalot’s I Like Big over the globe. Despite the drinks Butts, and there is no chance on this being slightly watered down and the Earth that you can truthfully tell me b a t h r o o m “I knew what to expect and as always, that you don’t know all the b e i n g I was not disappointed.” words to that occupied by song. During a woman singing and selling deodorant, the show John O’Callaghan, the band’s and no I am not lying, the lead singer, urged everyone to put Electric Ballroom remains to their phones away and to live in the be one of my favourite venues. present. Something I feel everyone should take note on. Yes, even you. Before I dive in and tell you about how truly awesome The Maine were, Despite being on a strict schedule, what kind of show would it be without and being urged by their manager its warm-up acts. First off, Nick to get back on the bus, the band Santino, ex-frontman for A Rocket members and their warm-up acts to the Moon, took to the stage. His took to the freezing cold to meet alternative rock/country style of all their fans. Now that’s dedication. music was a big hit with the fans; so much so that I immediately bought Their UK leg of the tour has sadly his newest album Big Skies from the come to an end, but don’t fret, The merch table. Next on stage was Lydia, Maine will be back to the UK next a fellow Arizona based band. Before year following the release of their this show I hadn’t really listened to fifth album. I, for one, can’t wait. their music, but after that night all has
‘Coming Home’ starts off the overall uplifting vibe of the album with a gorgeous piano line and Maverick Sabre’s highly underrated, lovely, soulful voice atop a four-to-the-floor beat and atmospheric production. Then comes a recurring motif; a drop that is functional, simple and effective, making for a song you can play at a rave, house party or even just on your way to work.
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MUSIC: GEORGE THE POET Adrian Williams
Jasmin Nahar To talk about Chicken and Egg without speaking about the album’s emotion would be like trying to review it without talking about the music.
Formed in 2007, Marmozets have certainly been grafting these past few years. With two EP’s under their belt the Yorkshire five-piece have finally released their debut album. And it’s an impressive effort, even more so when you consider that some of their members are still teenagers. First track ‘Born Young and Free’ is urgent, frenetic and impossibly catchy, and they start as they mean to go on. It’s evident throughout that they’re brimming with ideas, which makes for some eclectic listening. What’s really impressive is that they manage to veer from one idea to the next whilst creating something distinctive and cohesive, rather than sounding like the musical equivalent of a jumble sale. And whatever sound they’re exploring, they do it well. ‘Vibetech’, one of the heaviest tracks, is raucous and frenzied, whilst ‘Cover Up’ is incredibly melodic without heading into sickly-sweet territory. It would be lazy to compare them to other female-fronted bands purely on the basis of having a female singer, but there are a few touches of Paramore on the song, though that’s where the comparisons end. On the topic of frontwomen, they’ve got one hell of a vocalist in the form
PHOTO CREDIT: SONIC BOON of Becca Macintyre. She’s got a set of pipes on her for sure, whether she’s screaming like a demon, or belting out a soaring chorus as she is on the anthemic ‘Hit The Wave’. The album’s dissonant, a little offbeat, and full of slightly weird time signatures, but considering that it’s still accessible. They anchor all the abstract stuff with solid melodies, the odd danceable rhythm as on ‘Move Shake Hide’ and absolutely huge hooks, giving it mass appeal without sounding compromised and diluted. Cementing Marmozets as one of the most exciting prospects in British rock, this is a record full of songs that are well-crafted and chaotic all at once, making it a late contender for best album of the year.
Next comes ‘Ready for Your Love’, and it still sounds as awesome as when it first came out. MNEK’s unaffected, heartfelt vocals continue the uplifting vibe. Gorgon City’s approach to sound here and throughout is a tried-andtested method; simple beats with lyrics about intimacy, only there’s more substance in their tracks than is to be expected from the standard house music canon of miscellaneous one-hit-wonders. This track is a textbook example; MNEK talking about apprehension and emotional preparation using celestial imagery, all in a single. Who says electronic music has no soul?
Chicken and Egg is a visceral portrayal of the struggles of young fatherless men raised in the impoverished areas of London. It is starkly different to George the Poet’s previous single Snatch, a humorous comment on small-to-moderate scale London crime, reminiscent of The Streets.
though he has compromised meaning for the sake of an easier rhyme. There is an increasing tendency in underground rap for artists to write frankly about their personal problems and innermost thoughts. George the Poet is of this school, on top of which he keenly observes our life and times in the city. There is vulnerability and brutality in his honesty – some of his lyrics deal with difficult subjects most artists wouldn’t touch, like the truth and trauma of a miscarriage.
Thoughts expressed seem to be a mixture of attitudes, particularly in first track If the Shoe Fits, where he This album writes in part “However politically presented does contain the the lyrics stay firmly grounded in from the odd wry perspective conversations.” comment of the on life, but is woman in a tonally completely different. Its central bad relationship. This ability to themes are despair, loss and a fruitless access the thoughts of people in search for guidance. At its core, Chicken different situations is lacking from and Egg is about the struggle against rap as a genre, which tends to be expectation, versus the inevitability narrow in its approach. Chicken of following the path laid out for you. and Egg shows refreshing selfawareness about the contradictions George’s music is driven by his of humans in relationships. lyrics, which form a ballad; he tells linear stories of individual everyday It is a melancholy, dreamlike mix, a struggles. There is less reliance on stream of consciousness laid over refrains and samples to provide the minimalistic, mellow tones, cut with message compared to other rap experimental sounds representing tracks. He has a talent for rhyme a range of things from war drums to beyond what we’re used to in the an irregular heartbeat, as if walking mainstream; at no point does it feel as towards death and judgement. This
album is the sound of intimate nights and lazy mornings, with slow, soft beats and background track. This is sometimes jarringly interrupted with voice distortions, as if the stark realities of freedom versus commitments, maturity, impotent rage, suspicion, regret, betrayal and distrust have pushed their way through dreams. Yet, however poetically presented, the lyrics stay firmly grounded in conversations between couples. The confusion about who is speaking gives the sense that the character is arguing with himself, fretting alone in loneliness, trying to decide his future without guidance from a proper role model. It is as though he is outside of his own head, watching his own decisions. All of the tracks relate to relationships and the all-consuming rage caused by love that makes monsters of everyone. Sex is of course an important part of this, though not in the usual rapper way; Chicken and Egg is riddled with crippling anxiety over potential fatherhood and the complications of contraceptives. Fear of responsibility and entrapment overshadow everyday events and desperation dominates all else. Chicken and Egg is a tale about the conflict of traditional masculinity set against the concerns and sensibilities of the 21st century.
The album remains great as it goes on, but a problem does emerge; each song is great to the point of formulaic. Listening to this album in bits is recommended, because it can get a tad tiresome otherwise. Gorgon City’s showing off how well their style fits with different kinds of vocalists, and that’s OK, but it can feel directionless. It’s when ‘FTPA’ starts that Gorgon City utilizes some adventurousness. R&B fans will love this track: a clipped but fat-sounding tribal beat pervades the song, with Erik Hassle’s uniquely moody vocal style. As for the lyrics, they’re brooding and expressive; ‘Kissing your scars softly, watching you heal slowly, fuck the pain away’ – painful, but beautiful. Halfway through, an organ comes in, switching up the atmosphere. Not much happens besides the switch-up itself, but points for adventure, guys. Having said that, when the previous section comes back, so do some muted but colorful horns. The song ends simply, with the bassline and the horns and Hassle’s adlibs. Fantastic. ‘Real’, featuring Yasmin, is a perfect fusion of house and R&B. It’s still fourto-the-floor but some syncopated, punchy, drum sounds cut through it, and Yasmin’s voice has the most wellrounded and self-assured voice on this album. Not only this, but the song has the simplest, most functional drop on the album. No BS, just the drum sounds, simple synths, some fleeting effects, Yasmin’s voice and bass, with tiny but effective variations later. It’s one of the best tracks on the album in light of electronic music as a genre;
PHOTO CREDIT: BILLBOARD familiar enough for house Luddites to enjoy, but pushing it a small step forward. More of this adventurousness would have given this album a higher rating. As for Katy Menditta’s performance on ‘Imagination’, it just cannot be pinned downed. That’s a good thing: although there’s an R&B ting to her voice, the tradition of her calm, but visceral style is hard to trace. Thrown in some subtle funky guitars later in the song, and this is more of the adventure that improves the album as a whole. For more stand-out vocals and lyrics, see pretty much any other song on the album – except for the unfortunately one-dimensional and plain ‘Go All Night’, but especially the sonic breath of fresh air ‘6AM’ and the gorgeous ‘Elevating’. What cannot go unmentioned is ‘Hard on Me’, the most adventurous track on the album: a melancholic, slightly industrial sounding, slightly off-kilter, jazzy atmosphere, and who better to return on vocals on a track like this than Maverick Sabre? There’s a reason they feature Sabre on the closing track as well as the opening, he’s the perfect bookend. As for the track, it recalls dubstep legend Skream: there is a wub-wub-wub, but it’s light, unobtrusive and simple. It sounds like said legend covering trip-hop artist Massive Attack. Again, this kind of adventurous texture might have improved the album.
MUSIC: JESSIE WARE Victoria Sanusi Jessie Ware came to my attention whilst I was working at my retail job this summer and if you’ve had the pleasure of doing an 9 hour shift with the same looping playlist then you’ll near enough hate every song played. Oddly enough this English singersongwriter really glued me to her. Best known for her 2012 hit ‘Wildest Moments’ and reblogged on Beyoncé’s Tumblr, Jessie has some pressure with her sophomore album. The first single released on Tough Love is a song with the same title. This single was almost a tease as the song is so soft and gentle, making you want the complete album just after one listen. The lyrics are very insightful and seem to carry more meaning than the outset. “Tough Love” was compared to “Prince at his minimalist ‘80s best” by Pitchfork. This album is evidently a product of Prince, Sade and Kate Bush’s soul style, dubbed ‘neo-soul music’ by Ware. My
Gorgon City has made an album of simple pleasures, which is not at all a bad thing: they do it well. It is a shame they stick to a safe sound though, and it can be argued that Gorgon City could extend their crossover appeal if they really tried. Then again, it’s clear that Gorgon City isn’t trying to impress anyone. Overall this is a great album, highly recommended for its simplicity, its focus and overall feel good vibe. Here’s to Gorgon City continuing to do their thing with the sound they’ve established, and to the hope of some forward-thinking electronic music on later releases, because Lord knows if anyone can do it, Gorgon City can.
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Sometimes... Maybe, suggest confusion and uncertainty from the title. I love her references to drinks, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Johnny Walker, and Jack Daniel’s: “Do I get lonely at all? No, cause Jamie and Johnny and Jack keep me warm”. It seems that the Brit nominated singer is looking for her answers down in a bottle. After the album release, American rapper J. Cole was quick to remix this single from a male point of view which offers an interesting listening. The newly married Londoner shows off her incredible vocals on Cruel. You wouldn’t even notice Jessie is singing about what seems like a real a**hole of a man, with her beautiful angelic voice she almost sugarcoats the issue. The medley lends such a soft and smoothing atmosphere. Keep On lying sounds a little bit like an arcade game, Super Mario style. Maybe this is how Jessie feels the guy is treating her, like a game: “You give me directions every time you speak”. Much like in Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe for example: “I won’t show you my cards but you came and you lost” both songs showing themes that love is a losing game.
She collaborated with Miguel, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith on this record, it’s a shame they didn’t lend vocal features to the album although I don’t think it’s required. Sweetest song provides that Sade- esque ambiance that I admire about Ms Ware. This song is very inspired by Sade’s - The Sweetest Taboo, very dreamy. Prior to releasing Say You Love Me, the artist posted a remix by Shura on her Soundcloud. The remix is amazing, which made me question how the original would sound and also a bit mad at Jessie Ware for teasing us like that. The original will no doubt be the new love anthem of 2014 with Jessie mesmerising with her emphasis on “won’t you stayyy?”. It almost makes me want to cry. And the lovely surprise of the choir singing the chorus at the end gives it that innocent feel to it. The music video stars Jessica, looking evidently beautiful as ever yet so vulnerable, conveying her emotions of the lyrics whilst looking directly into the camera, very captivating. Even with all the comparison to Adele and Sade, Jessie Ware in her own right deserves more awareness and praise. Tough Love is a fine piece of art. Definitely worth your ears’ attention.
THEATRE: KING CHARLES III Eddie Leggatt Jordan Friend From the opening it felt that the writer, Mike Bartlett, was trying to cram every Shakespearean trope into one play: Patriarchy, Hollow crown, Ghosts, conflicting ideas of marriage, class differences, regal madness, soliloquys in iambic pentameter, the fool – It could have worked, but ended up feeling like Sparknotes bingo.
capped with the appearance –twice of Diana’s ghost. One of the best parts of the play, the least static and most developed, is the demonstration of the relationship between William (Oliver Chris) and Kate (Lydia Wilson). The tension between their drives plays off of their mutual goals and power struggles, and is by far the most believable, impressive and well executed act of characterisation in the play.
Based in a slightly alternate universe, Charles III explores the tension between the m o n a r c h y “All in all, Charles III promises yet fails All in all, a n d Charles III to deliver.” p a r l i a m e nt . promises yet The queen has died, and after years fails to deliver. While there are truly of waiting Charles takes the throne. engaging moments, the progression There is a moment, in the middle of of the play feels that it slows to a the first half of the play, where the crawl, leaving the audience with a audience is engulfed in the potential distinct sense of unfulfilled potential. of the storyline and everything feels It could have been amazing, but as that it could work. In a post-leveson the second half fails to develop the world, media independence is being plot points set up in in the first, the threatened by Parliament; a bill which initial sense of optimistic satisfaction essentially removes Freedom of the drains away. Ultimately, the good press has been passed and awaits points of the play – Will and Kate, regal approval which – TENSION political tension, the impotence of – Charles withholds. However, power – are out-weighed by the bad; this moment of political tension, the unconvincing love story, cheap promising to deliver a follow up of feeling Shakespearean themes and current affairs drama and intrigue, Diana’s ghost. simply peters out. In the space of half an hour, the play deteriorates into a relatively two-dimensional and entirely predictable love story,
THEATRE: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Sophie Bredbere While some film-to-theatre transitions make people wonder “why?”, the adaptation of Marc Norman’s and Tom Stoppard’s award winning Shakespeare in Love into a play actually makes a lot of logical sense. Described as a ‘love letter to theatre’, the adaptation of the popular film shines in the 2014 theatre season, so much so that it has been given an extended run until January 2015. ‘Shakespeare in Love’ depicts a young Will Shakespeare (Tom Bateman) with writer’s block, trying to find his muse. Enter Viola DeLessops (Lucy Briggs-Owen), who disguised herself as a boy in order to be a player at Henslowe’s theatre. The story is, in short, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ combined, flawlessly mashed together into a play of wit and romance. With a small cast of 28, everyone is thrust into the spotlight at some point in the show. Bateman proves to be a strong leading man, perfectly conveying Shakespeare’s character as a writer, a player and a lover, sometimes all at the same time. Briggs-Owen, who was sounding a little roughvoiced at that particular performance, plays the spirited heroine. She is, quite frankly, a joy to behold. Paul Chahidi
is to be commended on the use of his physicality and superb comic timing as Henslowe. I found myself comparing Chahidi to Geoffrey Rush’s performance in the film, and I never thought I would say this, but Chahidi’s Henslowe was the superior. The role of Christopher Marlowe was expanded for the stage adaptation, and David Oakes played the role with glee and charisma. The other supporting actors in Alistair Petrie, Doug Rao and Ian Bartholomew – Wessex, Ned Alleyn and Tilney respectively – also approached each of their roles with an enthusiastic energy that was visible in the entire cast. The overall aesthetic of the show was incredibly eye-pleasing, from the luxurious costumes of the court to Nick Ormerod’s design of the set. The set itself is reminiscent of the Globe, complete with a classic trapdoor in the centre of the stage. The choreography of the fight scenes were entertaining, the dancing and music accurate to the period. By having Lee Hall on hand to write the script to adapt it for the stage, you know it was going to be in safe hands. He did it once with ‘Billy Elliot’, and the much-loved film has been turned into a play that maintains its reputation. This truly is a stellar romantic comedy, and yes – there is, in fact, “a bit with a dog”.
GAMES: OCTOBER RELEASES Antony Smith
As fun and fast as Velocity 2X is, it’s not without its flaws, however they are negligible and shouldn’t detract from gameplay experience too much. The transition from spaceship to on-foot is slightly jarring for a few seconds as you have to accustom yourself to a new control scheme, whilst the plot is so dull you’ll wonder why it was even written at all (thankfully cut scenes are skippable). Minor niggles aside though, Velocity 2X is probably the best gaming experience on the PlayStation 4 right now…
catch you otherwise they’ll think you’re a defective compatriot and try and ‘repair’ you.
Throughout the game you are rooted to the restaurant’s security office having only control over light switches, door-locking mechanisms and the security camera system. However, every action requires power - and that’s in short supply - so the game becomes a balancing act between switching between camera feeds and locking yourself away safely from the marauding robots. (For as long as you Much like the first two games, the goal is to blast your spaceship Now one of the most memorable can anyway, this game is hard and it’s vertically upwards through levels as enemies from Doctor Who in recent not a matter of if, more of when you’ll fast as possible racking up your score years is the “The environments you see through lose) by hitting collectables and avoiding W e e p i n g the cameras are dimly lit and Aesthetically, crashing into oncoming walls. What A n g e l s . menacing.” the game is makes Velocity 2X different though The central of wonderful. is that your ship, the Quarp Jet, is conceit fitted with a short-range teleporter these creatures is that they can only The environments you see through enabling you to flit around the screen move when not being observed, the cameras are dimly-lit and avoiding obstacles and enemies and leading to terrifying situations where menacing, despite the notion that encouraging you to go ever faster people must keep watch on them at it’s a family-friendly restaurant. And through the mazes as you skilfully try all times in order to avoid a terrible the lack of music lets you focus on fate at their hands. in-game sounds such as the hum of and warp through a wall. the lighting or footsteps in a distant corridor. There’s no violence or gore However, that is only half the game. As you progress, levels will Taking this idea of constant vigilance, in this game, and none is required, switch between the spaceship runs Five Nights at Freddy’s (available on the game is terrifying enough - as and platform sections where you PC, iOS and Android) casts you in the evidenced by the huge scream I role of a new emitted the first time I got caught. play as the “Much like the first two games security guard If you like survival horror which isn’t protagonist, Kai Tana, on the goal is to blast your spaceship at a Chuck E. focused on action, Five Night’s at foot. These upwards through levels as fast as Cheese-style Freddy’s is a must-buy. are just as possible.” speedy and Kai also has access to the short range teleport as establishment. The restaurant has well as a long range teleport which several grotesque anthropomorphic must be angled with dexterity to get animal animatronics which roam around according to their programs. to hard-to-reach places. You are warned by the owner to not Former F1 World Champion Mario Andretti once claimed, “if everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough” and the same holds true of Futurlab’s Velocity 2X, making its PS4 debut with its third iteration on the previously handheld-focused series.
GAME: SUPER SMASH BROS Kieran Persaud If in your childhood you owned a Nintendo 64, GameCube or Wii and didn’t own the Super Smash Bros. game for that console you have made a terrible mistake. The Super Smash Bros series has been one of the most fanatically loved and financially successful in Nintendo’s history. The first 3 titles in the series sold 20 million copies the world over and October saw the release of the 4th title in the series “Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS” – not the catchiest title in the world… The concept is simple, up to 4 characters from across the range of
as the original N64 game released in 1999 with the only changes being the new characters, items and game modes. Not that new characters, items and game modes is a bad thing, SSB43DS has the biggest cast of characters yet! With everyone from Pac-man and Mega-man to the Wii Fit lady and Jigglypuff are included this game is a nostalgia trip into Nintendo’s history like no other, where else in the world could Pikachu and Sonic the hedgehog team up to battle a giant metal bowser in the living room from Nintendogs?
Those who are familiar to the series will find that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is everything you’d expect from a Super Smash Bros game, the basic formula is the same
So let’s get to the meat of it, the game is good, and not only is it good but it’s really polished too. The combat flows and characters feel much heavier than they were in the game’s predecessor
“Super Smash Bros. Brawl” and serious care has been taken to ensure that the gameplay is easy to learn but hard to master. Even a complete newbie to the series can win some matches against hardened veterans thanks to the random nature of the items, stages and generally wild and unpredictable gameplay. Although the single player experience is a compelling enough reason to buy the game, the multiplayer is really what makes it shine. Each match accommodates up to 4 players either locally or online. For those without SSB43DS playing friends the online matchmaking system is perfect for scratching that player vs player itch.
I’ve been struggling to overcome with this SSB443DS, playing such a frantic game on such a tiny screen is a difficult adjustment to make. The portability is worth it for someone who finds themselves on the bus or train often but anyone with a WiiU and a little patience will find that buying the game for the WiiU when it comes out on November 21 instead will be much happier with their purchase…Or you can buy both since Nintendo have announced some interoperability between the versions on both systems.
There is however a major flaw that
THEATRE: MEDEA “Terrible things breed in broken hearts.”
Nintendo (and a few non-Nintendo) games beat the stuffing out of each other in a 2D battle royal. Rather than trying to reduce your foes’ HP to 0 like classic fighting games the aim is to hit your opponents so hard that they fly off of (and sometimes into) the screen, the more damage a character takes the further they fly when hit. Add into this novel fighting system a vast collection of items that can be used or thrown at enemies’ faces (everything from a baseball bat to a Pokéball) and you have yourself a game in which no two matches are alike.
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version directed by Carrie Cracknell, with haunting music from the Goldfrapp ‘art-pop’ duo to transport the show into its contemporary context. Helen McCrory starred as Medea; the ‘barbarian protagonist’ who goes to horrific extremes to seek vengeance and retribution. As the English poet and playwright William Congreve is paraphrased to have said: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Queuing up for returned tickets may seem like blind optimism and a 50/50 waste of time, not to mention looking glaringly cheap in the eyes of high-brow theatre folk. But if you take a book, “The King visits Medea to force Life is not as a magazine her into exile before Jason and his glorious for or a friend the hailed the time daughter wed.” hero Jason flies by and you could get half price tickets for after completing his quest to attain acceptable seats, even if they are in the golden fleece; he has abandoned the ‘nosebleeds’. This is exactly how his wife Medea with their two children a poor student like myself got talked to marry Glauce; the Corinthian into seeing the final performance Princes of King Creon. The King visits of Medea in its run at the National Medea to force her into exile before Jason and his daughter wed. However, Theatre. Medea throws herself at his mercy Originally one of the great Greek to grant her an extra day before she tragedies from Euripides, Ben Power has to leave. It is during this time (the associate director of the National that her sanity, borne from hatred Theatre) staged a re-envisioned and betrayal, prompts her to hatch a
plot to kill Glauce and Creon, putting her sons in the perilous position of collateral damage.
feel ambivalent towards Medea as a sympathetic anti-hero. The chorus of the Corinthian women amplifying Medea’s anxieties and personifying her rationality through avant-garde dance was another highlight.
While we took our seats high above in heavens, we could gaze upon the dimly lit 1960’s style apartment while Medea’s sons nonchalantly played Helen McCrory, known for her roles in with toys in character on stage. The television such as Peaky Blinders and set was split into two levels: Medea’s Penny Dreadful, films including Hugo, Skyfall and as h o m e ( o p e n i n g “Helen McCrory starred as Medea: the sinister onto the the barbarian protagonist who goes to N a r c i s s a Malfoy in the wilderness of a forest horrific extremes to seek vengeance Harry Potter m o v i e s , scene) below and retribution.” spoke about and the Corinthian world above. Sadly, the playing Medea in conversation: play began on a dull note with the Nurse delivering a very wooden “I’d never read it and I’d never seen and bland soliloquy summarising it... When I was phoned up I was very the events leading up to Medea’s thrilled because it sounded wonderful. present mental state and her own It always sounds wonderful if they say foreshadowed fears for the children. you’re playing, you know, the title of It was Helen McCrory’s powerful the play. Always wakes you up and pay performance that masterfully special attention at that first reading projected the paranoia and emotional of the play. And I thought ‘Fantastic. breakdown throughout the course of Absolutely no way. It’s going to kill me.’ the 90 minutes that draws you in to I decided that I was going to have to
learn to act in a very different way for this job because it is a very harrowing role.” At the end of the production, with Medea and Jason’s searingly emotional confrontation over the tragic murder of their children at the hands of a desperate mother, the audience was left speechless at this overwhelmingly dramatic adaptation. Check out what’s currently showing at the National Theatre: http://www. nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows
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SPORT CAPTION COMPETITION Recently, Brunel was treated to a visit from the Mayor of London and conservative candidate for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat. Sadly, Boris hasn’t yet responded to our request for an interview but we’re hoping that if we come up with a witty caption for this photo opp he’ll be dazzled by the brilliance of Brunel students and come bounding over for an chat in no time. So, Brunelians, what’s the caption? Tweet your answers to @le_nurbonline
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LE NURB RECOMMENDS Ed. James Alder Kirsty Capes – Editor-in-chief: ‘I saw Modern Baseball live in Kingston this month and they are a fantastic live band. I’ve been a longtime fan and their new album, You’re Gonna Miss It All possibly trumps the debut. Standard self-loathing emo music… I’ve been watching Lost, I’m accidentally ten years late to this party. I’ve only watched two episodes so far and I’m enjoying the dated Americanity of the whole thing. J. M. Coatzee’s Summertime is a crazy meta biography of himself told through the eyes of the people closest to him. Can’t quite tell if it’s fiction or truth. Lots of weird sex.’
is surrounded by the Maze, which is guarded by the Grievers. Based off the first book in the young adult series of the same name by James Dashner, it follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, best known for “Teen Wolf”) and the other boys, including Newt (Thomas BrodieSangster) and Gally (Will Poulter) as they try to escape the Maze. It seems a bit strange when a girl called Teresa appears and the Grievers start attacking. Sit down and enjoy, you’re in for an exciting ride.’
Katherine Rose – Deputy Editor:
1 Get One, Wear One, Fly.
1 The paper provides a release of built up emotional tension for our editors. It is _______.
3 It’s blue and a type of bird, honest. 4 It’s a bit nippy now, isn’t it? 5 WOW, these guys are good healers. Mine is Level 90. 8 To be stuck or tied to one place, nautical term, yo ho m’hearties 11. Remember to do this to your internet history. Ctrl+Alt+____? 12 Always remember to give one to your Locos bar staff. 13 The student attitude towards their coursework 17 NomNomNom past tense 18 To make new. An act of gentrification, better make sure your curtains match the carpet. 19. A formal group or assembly of witches.
2. The Sound of rain on a rooftop, or the tiny pixie feet of a 4ft editor-inchief. 5 A uni professor, but only if you’re a poshboy. Coincidentally, name for a mafia boss. 6 The Butteriest of beans 7 Q. How long can you wait before starting your coursework? A: ________. 9 To have the most intense, compulsive interest in something. Similar to geek. 10 Exemption from control by others, be it Student Unions or Countries. Freeeeeeeedom! 14 Term for two breeds of large Evergreens in the West Indies. Podcarpus Coriaceus. 15 To compete eagerly for superiority 17 Two letter preposition
‘Can’t get enough of bad-a** Olivia Pope and her team of fixers on Scandal, gripping stuff… I’ve been listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album; he’s met his raised expectations from his debut by sticking with his roots and producing catchy new songs… I keep watching the film Jarhead, I know it came out nearly 10 years ago, but Jake Gyllenhaal is just plain sexy.’ Jasmin Nahar – Culture’s Online Editor: ‘Gotham has finally hit our screens and I’m glued to it already, and absolutely enamoured by Robin Lord Taylor’s amazing turn as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin. It’s a must-watch for Batman fans, especially those keen on the graphic novels... Avenged Sevenfold recently released their app Hail to the King: Deathbat, a game that’s both fun to play and filled with enough references to the band to satisfy the most diehard of fans… I’ve been listening to The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, the debut album by Marmozets, they’re everything British rock needs right now.’
Sophie Bredbere – Online Assistant: ‘Since it is Halloween and the new series (series 5, would you believe) has started, I feel like it’s totally acceptable to recommend AMC’s The Walking Dead. Follow Sherriff Rick Grimes and his ragtag group of survivors across zombie-torn Georgia, where no one actually calls them ‘zombies’. It’s one of those shows where you don’t watch it because it’s critically successful – you watch it for the sheer entertainment of the numerous ways you can kill zombies, sorry, walkers. The first in a new franchise for the “Hunger Games” crowd, “The Maze Runner” is a dystopian film where a group of boys are trapped in the Glade, which
Eleanor Woolcott – Sport SubEditor: ‘The Book Thief is a pretty intense book, as you’d expect by something narrated by Death – but somehow Zusack manages to make it somewhat uplifting so you’ll definitely not regret spending a couple of hours working through it… And if you like the idea of badly animated pigs firing bazookas (and mildly creepy comments) at each other, then Hogs of War is the PS1 game for you (because everyone knows that PS1 is the coolest console). Plus you’ll have Liberty Bell March stuck in your head for weeks, and who wouldn’t want that?!’
James Alder - Culture Chief SubEditor: ‘I’ve just finished Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth. It follows two stories in two different timelines. One is in 1983 following the events to a gruesome murder, and the other 20 years after with a private investigator reinvestigating the case. It’s full of twists and surprises, keeping you guessing to the final page. A gripping read… For some reason I’ve found myself using Buffy: The Vampire Slayer on Netflix as a procrastination tool. The 90’s humour mixed with the surprisingly gory horror is a great way to put off doing anything productive… I’ve started collecting these little Pop! Game of Thrones bobble heads from the Forbidden Planet store. It’s the little details on them that have got me, it’s just a shame that it’s taking all my money.’
Arthe Kandeepan – News Chief Sub-Editor: ‘Want to bring back that feeling of summer? Be sure to check out some music by Steve Appleton, a British born singer and song-writer. His amazing vocals, lyrics and musical abilities encapsulate the warmth and happiness of summer times. I recommend Dirty Funk, Diamonds and Inner City Lover (to name a few)… Interested in trying out a new dance style? Be sure to check out the Carolina Shag or Shag Dancing. To be brief, it looks like a jazzed up version of line dancing and is pretty impressive when done well… I’ve been watching Nowhere Boys, a teenage Australian drama on CBBC. Before you make any assumptions about its teenage target audience, I can confidently say that it is attractive to all! Get ready to experience a parallel universe, magic, mystery, bromance and humour, its action packed and fast paced. The acting is credible too, so sit back, relax and allow it to work its magic!’
Victoria Sanusi – Culture Editor: ‘I was anticipating Jessie Ware’s new record Tough Love since summer. Even though I know my retail job will rinse it out to the max. Every record flows immaculately, with my favourite Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe. Her ‘Sade’ inspired -esque still remains present which makes me love this album even more. As third year downs on me, watching TV is no longer a time pass but when I get time the first show I immediately switch on is Made in Chelsea. Yes! I am aware that this show is awful and the long awkward pauses make me cringe repeatedly. But I can’t help the obsession I have with cool kids of South West London, although I know if I were in their Prada shoes I’d spend my money better… Proudlocks glasses? Really? Other music finds are Luke Sital Singh and Mali Music.’
Jasmine Brathwaite – Culture Sub-Editor: ‘I think Scandal is amazing! It’s about a woman called Olivia Pope who saves the reputations of the rich and famous, along with having an affair with the President. Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn give very believable performances. People who like 24 or Grey’s Anatomy would appreciate the twists and turns of Scandal. For anyone who’s into shows a bit closer to home, you can’t go wrong with Downtown Abbey on ITV. Even though it is set so long ago the characters are so relatable. Love it!’
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BORN TO BE A GREAT ATHLETE: SIR STEVE REDGRAVE Annalisa Galeone
The National Sports Roadshow (NSR) was held at Brunel University London on the 7th October 2014. This event provides a platform for employers, trainers, students and professionals to meet and interact with each other. It involved presentations and practical demos which the audience could either watch or participate in. The event was supported by numerous well-known sporting organisations in a variety of sports; meaning participants ages 16-24, who had a passion for sport, were offered career advice and opportunities by leading professionals in the sport and exercise industry. The NSR was divided in three zones: Careers, which highlighted the diversity of careers available within the sport and the fitness industry; sports, offering delegates an opportunity to observe and participate in taster sessions in a diverse range of sport and leisure activities; and Fitness, which provided guidance on how you can achieve your career and personal fitness goal. The event hosted a special guest, Sir Steve Redgrave. Redgrave is a British Rower who won five consecutive Olympic gold medals from 1984 – 2000; the first British athlete to achieve such a feat. Recently, Sir Redgrave helped London to win the bid to host the Olympics in 2012 and he is committed to ensuring the event provides a lasting legacy for UK sport in the future. We had the great honour to interview Sir Steve Redgrave at this event, who
gave the following advice to aspiring athletes looking to commit their lives to sport; “Enjoy what you’re doing. If you enjoy what you’re doing you will get lots more out of it.” Le Nurb: How was your passion for rowing born? Sir Steve Redgrave: “I always enjoyed sports. Academia was not my strength, but I was quite good at sports. When I went to secondary school the head of the English Department had two passions: one was rugby and the other one was rowing. At the rowing school he started a School Boat Club. He happened to be the Captain of Marlow Rowing Club as well, so that helped. I was one of the people he asked to give it a go. And I thought: “’Going out of school during school time?’ that sounded great. It was a no brainer. Within the first two or three weeks I really enjoyed it and carried on. So that’s how I started”. LN: You scored an amazing collection of top level victories: •5 gold medals in five consecutive Olympic Games between 1984 and 2000, •9 gold medals at the World Championships, •3 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, further many others. Which one was the most thrilling victory you ever had in your life? SR: “Winning the Commonwealth Games in a single gave me a lot of pleasure. The Commonwealth Games are something special. This year was the Commonwealth year back in Scotland [Glasgow 2014] which is where I won my three gold medals [Edinburgh 1986] I was up there and I really enjoyed the event. Moreover, I really enjoyed Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: there was the top of the British team. That was
fourteen years ago. I’m still being honoured and respected for what I did during my rowing career”. LN: You have never given up with your dreams. You succeeded in becoming a great athlete despite of diabetes. What is your secret? What suggestions could you give to young athletes who wish to commit their lives to sport? SR: “I don’t think there are any secrets in some way. I had a passion and I think that the human race likes doing things they’re good at and they avoid things they’re not good at. That’s just instinct. I suppose the advice would be to enjoy what you’re doing. If you enjoy what you’re doing you will get lots more out of it. That’s true for any walk of life, not just sports. “When I was 16-17 years old, people were telling me that I could be a world champion. That greatly motivated me, but then race after race, year after year I wasn’t quite making it. When I went to the Royal Championships in ‘83 I did very badly; I was eliminated after failing to make the top twelve when the two years before that I was eighth and sixth respectively. Although it was tough, that was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it led me to change my whole attitude. I looked to different sports; how they trained and prepared, how they got tested and realized that I was only doing half of it. I then put a lot more elements in. I think the more you put in, the more you get out of it. So if there is a secret, it would be do as much of whatever you’re doing as you can, have as much fun doing it as you can and that will improve your performance.” LN: At the London 2012 Olympics you carried the Olympic torch along the River Thames as it travelled from
Oxford to Reading. Please, tell us about this experience. SR: “Actually, I carried the torch twice. Once in Henley, where I did the majority of my training, which was a great honour. Henley is where the 1908 and 1948 Olympics were hosted, so for London 2012 Olympics a team of young rowers was put up together to carry the torch. We started at the River & Rowing Museum and rowed past the finishing line of the 1908 and 1948 Olympics’. The gas in the torch lasts about 15-20 minutes and it took much longer than that so we had to have three torches. At one stage I was holding two torches at the same time! I’d really love to see a picture of that. “I was also the last Olympian to bring the torch into the stadium. I passed the torch to a group of young athletes who each had the opportunity to carry the torch, representing the future of the games. That was a great occasion: not many people get the chance to hold the torch”. LN: You established the Steve Redgrave Fund in 2001. Could you please tell us about this charity initiative? SR: “I was involved in charity when I was still competing. Then when I retired I felt I wanted to make an impact financially for children’s causes. I thought: ‘I’ve got all this recognition for what I’ve done in sports why not trying of making the most of that?’ I set myself to raise 5 million GBP for children’s causes within five years. Most of this money went to working closely with small communities and larger charities. We gave money to things like building a hoist to get disabled people in and out from a swimming pool, and buying a boat for a blind school in the Liverpool area which used to do rowing as an
activity. We have supported hundreds of different projects all around the country in many different areas”. LN: In January 2014 you took part in the TV reality show “The Jump” on Channel 4. Why did you decide to join this TV show, and how would you judge this experience? SR: “I’ve been asked to do many reality TV programs and I refused every time. I thought; ‘I don’t do reality TV’ but I love winter sports and when the invitation came across my desk I decided I did actually want to do this one. January is a very quiet month for me anyway, so I did some training in December-January and the competition was at the end of January. I got a chance to do things I never done before and I didn’t see it as a TV program. I saw it as an excuse to be out in Innsbruck, Austria for six weeks improving my own ski skills. I thought: ‘They’re going to pay me as well. So, pay me to go skiing? What’s wrong with that?’ That’s the reason I decided to join to “The Jump”. During the program I was one of a number of people who got injured, though I carried on as long as I could. I really enjoyed it and if I was given a chance to do it again I would.” LN: Tell us something about your future projects. SR: “In December I’ll become chairman of Henley Royal Regatta. It is a volunteer role. It takes up a lot of time, but I’m really looking forward to taking on an event that has 175 years of history. Henley Royal Regatta is very successful even without sponsorships and big media coverage. Each chairman is originally voted in for eight years, but the last one’s reign was 22 years; so if I don’t mess it up I could be in the role for quite a few years.”
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CLUB SHOWCASE: BRUNEL BRUNEL FENCING BOXING CLUB HITTING THEIR TARGETS Hristian Hristov
BRUNEL SNOW CLUB PREPARING FOR WINTER TOUR Adam White
It seems that some people don’t understand or realize exactly what Brunel Snow Club is about in terms of what we do. Therefore, what I want to do is try my best to fill you all in on what you could be getting yourselves involved in this coming year. Brunel Snow Club is the club of choice for all people who love everything snow related. Now this is mainly skiing and snowboarding but of course snow is pretty awesome in general! Literally anyone from the university is welcome in Brunel’s Snow Club; no matter what their level of skill. Our aim is to grow both the club and the sport itself so even complete beginners are actively encouraged. Throughout the academic year, our biggest activity is probably running lessons and sessions at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. This is an indoor snow center, which has real snow rather than the rubber or carpet mats you’d find at outdoor slopes. These sessions usually begin with a taster at the beginning of the year, which was really successful with many beginners taking up lessons, and it also became a good recreational session for the experienced members. Later in the term we will be offering a package of lessons which will not only save you money but also be enough to prepare you for our annual winter tour.
Alongside these lessons, we run recreational sessions for those who might just need to brush up a bit, or who just want to have a bit of fun throughout the term. Some weeks there will also be the opportunity to participate in freestyle sessions, also at Hemel Hempstead, where obstacles and jumps are placed on the slope and it generally leads to a great evening. On the topic of freestyle; there are also events in which you can compete for the club and Brunel across the country. Again with these; as with all things the club does; it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before; or you’re already brilliant at it; you’re more than welcome to give it a go! For more information on freestyle/ racing please contact our club captain; Matt Townley via matt_townley@ hotmail.com. In the past, you may not have seen much of the club other than these sessions and the Winter Trip. However this year, our Social Secretary Jack Cole is working hard to combat this, putting together a great social calendar which was kicked off with a band at the Fresher’s Pub Ski. This was a fun night; we were impressed with the turn out and hope to carry on with such social events in the future. Some key dates to note are Fire Works Night and a Pre-Trip Social (where you can meet get to know everyone before the trip), our Christmas meal, the Winter Trip itself, and a number of others later in the year. At the end of
the year there is also the Brunel Snow Club End of Year Boat Party to look forward to! This is an awesome party, on a boat on the Thames, followed by discounts on entry and drinks to one of Central’s major party hotspots. It’s been mentioned numerous times, but this is some more information on the Brunel Snow Club Winter Tour. This year we’re going to one of the biggest resorts in the French Alps, Tignes. The trip will be running from 12-20 December 2014 and we’ll leave campus on the Friday evening on a coach and travel overnight. From there we’ll travel across France, via Dover, to the resort. We’ll be staying at one of the best hotels the resort has to offer, situated right beside the main ski lifts. The cost of the trip is £369, which includes travel, accommodation and a six-day lift pass, as well as some deals on the resort. If you don’t have your own equipment, the hiring of such can be added to your package for an extra £60-80, depending on what equipment you are after. The company also provides the option to use its own winter sports insurance rather than you needing to get your own. There are also options to have a go at freestyle, off-Piste and racing skiing/boarding, and if you’re a beginner and feel you’d like more lessons you can do more on the trip itself. It certainly looks to be an exciting year here at Brunel Snow Club, especially with how well the year has started
and the amount of interest we’ve had already from both new and returning snow lovers! We’d love to see as many of you get involved in any way you’d like in the coming year. In the mean time; if you’d like to join Brunel Snow Club you can sign up like all the other clubs via brunelstudents. com; where membership is only £20. Don’t forget you’ll also have to grab a sports federation card too.
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Training times for 2014-2015 are as follows:
If you’re looking to try out a new sport at Brunel this year, or maybe dust of your old gloves and get back into it, look no further than Brunel University Boxing Club.
Tuesday 8 – 11pm in the Exercise Studio
Brunel Boxing is an active, competitive sports club at the university. Training sessions are held three times a week where the experienced come to hone their abilities and the fitness seekers come to train. The club mainly consists of Brunel students but there has also been an increase in external members recently, making Brunel boxing increasingly diverse. We are open to all kinds of people and the atmosphere is friendly and active. The training sessions are intense, but they will improve stamina, durability, endurance, fitness levels and power. In my opinion, boxing is the oldest, most beautiful and most attractive sport to watch and participate in.
Saturday 11am – 2pm in the Exercise Studio
Thursday 8 – 11pm in the Exercise Studio
We’re not only a sports club though; we also have a regular schedule with a number of fun and entertaining socials events spread across the year that a lot of our current members get involved with.
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With Regards Hristian Hristov Final year BSc Economics student, Chairman of Brunel University Boxing Club 2014/2015
BRUNEL SAILING ON THE UP
So if you love snow as much as we do we look forward to seeing you in the coming year;
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Adam White Brunel Snow Club Secretary Aerospace Engineering Student
It may be early in the year, with the competitive season barely begun, but Brunel Fencing, already a major player in the BUCS league, is aiming ever higher. After the success of the 2013-14 season; with our men’s team knocking down all obstacles on their way to cup victory, and our UK number 2, Soji Aiyenuro, smashing aside the competition at BUCS to take the trophy, the club committee sat down and asked themselves: how do we provide a club that focuses on beginners but with the drive to succeed? The answer was simple, and has come in the form of the establishment of a second men’s team. While the club continues to provide an environment for all abilities, with a focus primarily on beginners, we have been able to set up a competitive team of likeminded, ambitious fencers hoping to develop their abilities and become an established force in the league, along with causing a few upsets along the way. While our Men’s 2nd team look to consolidate their league position and avoid relegation; always the aim for a newly created team, the Men’s 1st are looking further afield. With Brunel Fencing currently home to a team and individual trophy, the retention of both is a natural goal. However, our ambitions drive us onwards and upwards; again in search of the league win and promotion that has eluded us for the past few seasons.
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With the 1st team arguably stronger than ever, there is no better time for it to finally achieve its goal, and they’ve started out in style. With an entertaining and exciting matchup against Brunel 2nd in their first fixture, the 1st team prevailed 135-60. Though a league fixture, the match was fought in good spirits, with Brunel PHOTO CREDIT: Yuri Levchenko
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After four greatly successful taster sessions, Brunel Sailing is definitely now up and running with its new members of the sailing family. The sessions saw both freshers and older members getting out on the boats and taking part in brief races and team building activities, as well as getting
familiar with all the sailing basics like knots, wind and boats. So far, the wind has been consistently good, sometimes daringly so, and everyone has been getting nicely wet at least once a week! It has been a load of fun already and it only promises to get better. This last weekend, two of our beloved Brunel Sailing instructors, Dom and Ozzy, got 13 of the club’s new
members qualified with a Level 1 in the RYA Sailing Scheme, which is a worldwide recognised qualification. It is possibly the most freshers we have had qualified this soon in the year, and at least half of them will be going onto Level 2 this coming weekend. With the racing season dawning, this is very exciting news, so expect to hear more from all these competent sailors inthe-making this year at Brunel!
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2nd setting down a marker for the rest of the year that there will be no easy fights. Brunel 1st’s next league fixture brought them up against Sussex 2nd. Though a predominantly beginner team, there was all to play for and, without stretching themselves, the 1sts threw down a challenge to the rest of the league by winning convincingly 13548. Unfortunately, despite the Men’s teams’ bright starts, our Women’s team have struggled during their initial fixtures. Having been forced to forfeit their first match to Sussex 1st due to circumstances beyond their control, they were then beaten comfortably by a strong Kings College London team who will be potential challengers for this year’s league title. However, despite the disappointing results, silver linings have shone through as a team fielding relative beginners performed admirably against tough opposition, notably Danielle ClaharRaymond. Finally, to end on a positive note, despite her team struggles, our women’s captain, Constance Goulletquer, managed to put it behind her recently with an impressive gold medal-winning performance in sabre at the Leon Paul Novice Open. Accompanied by Ben Woolley, proud recipient of a bronze medal for his part in the Open’s foil competition, the two have set an example for the rest of the club to follow, and have proved once again that with a little bit of hard work and commitment, and a genuine enjoyment of their sport, most goals are possible. Brunel Fencing is committed to providing a friendly, welcoming environment for students of all abilities, with fun training sessions, competitive opportunities and regular socials all part of the winning formula. Interested? Find us on Facebook, visit our website - http://brunelfencing. weebly.com/ - or come along to a training session and try the sport for free.
BRUNEL ULTIMATE TAKES ON SOUTHAMPTON
INTERVIEW: JOSH HADDOW (MEN’S
by the lack of sleep. We went into our first game of the day, again against Sussex Mohawks, to play for our place in the semi-final. It was a much harder match than the Saturday’s game, but we still came away with a victory, meaning we were guaranteed a top four victory.
HOCKEY) Panayiotis Antoniou
Josh Haddow is the captain of the Brunel Men’s Hockey Second Team, where he’s been a member for three years. He will lead the tean in their opening game against Surrey on 29 October 2014, where they hope to win in the first round of the cup. On this day all Brunel Hockey Teams will play, and it will be the second match of the competitive season for the Men’s Seconds. Le Nurb met with Josh to talk about his aims for the team this year and the progress he hopes to make. LN: First things first, how was your summer? JH: Summer was good. I spent it in the Caribbean visiting family.
LN: Did you play any hockey during summer? JH: I didn’t get the chance to play hockey over summer but the hockey World Cup was on TV so I watched that when I got the chance. LN: How was preseason? JH: Pre-season was useful for us as it gives the teams a chance get to know each other and gives new players the chance to play without any pressure on the result. LN: How did the first game of the season go? JH: The first game of the season for the 2nd team was good. Considering we had ten players, quite a few of whom are new to the sport, we managed to get to half time with the score 0-0. 20 seconds into the second half we scored. Later in the half one of our players received a yellow card, putting him on the bench for 5 minutes. The
opposition took advantage of this and scored 2. This is how the game finished and the final result was 2-1 to Chichester. LN: What are your aims for the season? JH: Our aim for this season is to get promoted and to develop our new players LN: Are there any players we should look out for? JH: One player to watch out for is Stan Le Guezec, a French national league player that joined us this year. So that’s the plans for the Men’s Hockey Second Team at Brunel for this coming year. We wish them the best of luck in all their future games and hope that the rest of the season takes a turn for the better, following their unfortunate first game.
INTERVIEW: SAM PACKHAM (MEN’S FOOTBALL) Mehdi Punjwani
The Brunel University Men’s First Football team played Portsmouth in the opening fixture of the season, and though the result was disappointing, Vice-Captain Sam Packham is optimistic about the upcoming season. Le Nurb: So first thing’s first, how was your summer? Sam Packham: “Yeah, it was good; I was working for a lot of it so mostly quiet. I play for a team back home, but I only played a few games before the season started, since I was injured.” LN: How bad was the injury? SP: “Well it was an ankle injury, and I was out for 8 weeks, so I missed a few pre-season games.” LN: Was it a struggle to get back to form? SP: “For the first few weeks, yeah; my ankle swelled up and it was difficult to move for a while, but it’s okay now.” LN: Are you looking forward to the new season at Brunel? SP: “Yeah! Well, I was this morning, until the match! But we played quite well, I thought, just Portsmouth were a well-structured team, they kept their shape well.” LN: How are you preparing for the new season? SP: “Well we have training twice a week, and we’re focusing on quick
play, passing and moving. It didn’t quite happen today, for whatever reason, but a lot of third years from last year have left, and there are only three people who started last year in the squad this season, so we’re still gelling, and hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.” LN: Any big plans for Brunel Football as a whole this year? SP: “Well, our top three teams are going for promotion this year, so hopefully that’ll go well for them, plus we have the intramural league for people who didn’t make the team, they could still play football. I think there was also a rumour that men and women’s football would be joining to make a mixed team too, but I’m not totally sure.” LN: Aside from today, are you confident that we’ll do well? SP: “I thought that, today, there were glimpses of us doing quite well, but we didn’t do it for the whole game, but Portsmouth are a very good team, I think they’ll be near the top this season.” LN: Any particular players to look out for? SP: “We have Chris McConnell, the captain, who was left back last year but he’s also playing left wing or as a central midfielder. We have a few new players, our new left back is a Fresher, Jack, who looked good today. I played alongside him, and he was confident on the ball, which was good because it was his first game, which can be daunting, but he handled it well. And
of course keep an eye out for Tré, he’ll be scoring our goals this season. Any other day he’d have gotten four goals.” LN: What about other teams in the league? SP: “Well Portsmouth have always been well drilled, and Brighton had a few third years in their team last year so it depends on who’s still around but they are normally quite good too.” LN: Were there any rivalries from last season you’re looking forward to revisiting? SP: “Not really, we had a feisty match against Brighton but nothing malicious, just a good match with both teams playing well. But no, not really any animosity.” LN: So as Vice Captain, what responsibilities do you hold within the team? SP: “I do the team selection, the squad for the Wednesdays, and to make sure people are on time for training; last season people turned up late a few times so Chris and I are trying to knuckle down with that, as well as tending to the Facebook page.” Brunel Football Club have five men’s teams and two women’s teams, information on both of which can be found on the Student Union homepage.
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BRUNEL HOCKEY UPDATE Shelley Spooner
Brunel Hockey has had a great intake of freshers this year, with some great experienced players coming into the teams, but also some total beginners who are developing well. With three women’s teams and two men’s teams, we have over 60 members who are currently signed up. Most of our teams have been participating in some pre-season friendly matches, which have allowed the teams to bond and get comfortable with playing together. With some promising results, Brunel Hockey looks set to have a good season if we can carry this form into the BUCS league.
Even though we are now into the BUCS season, it is not too late to join us! With training on Monday’s at 5pm for the men and 6.30pm for the women, on the all-weather pitches, and matches most Wednesdays, there is so much you can get out of Hockey. We have already had a number of successful socials in which our new recruits are merging into the club, and with Christmas Dinner just around the corner, there is so much more still to come! If you are interested and want to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Facebook page: h t t p s : // w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / groups/319132594917682/ Come and join us if you want to play a great sport and be involved in one of the most social clubs on campus!
BRUNEL STUDENT SELECTED IN ENGLAND BLIND CRICKET WORLD CUP SQUAD Panayiotis Antoniou Matt Page, 24, a student at Brunel University has been selected to play for England in the 17 man Visually Impaired Cricket Squad, who will travel to South Africa to play against some of the best teams from around the world. Speaking to the press, he insists that the Visually Impaired (VI) Cricket team “don’t fear anyone” and are prepared for any challenges they might face. Page suffers from Stargardt Disease an illness which causes macular degeneration – which is a loss of vision in the centre of the visual field due to retina damage – and causes progressive vision loss. He has been playing blind cricket for eight years and hopes to make a major impact in the tournament. He also has faith that the team, captained by Matt Dean, can lead England to victory in the tournament. The international governing body for blind cricket since 1996 is the
World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC), which has supported three previous world cups so far, held in New Delhi, Chennai and Islamabad. In addition to this, the first world cup T20 was held in Bangalore in 2006. In this country, blind cricket has been governed domestically by Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) who aim to deliver an excellent standard of cricket for blind and partially sighted people for everyone, from youth to international standard. They run a number of national and international tournaments aimed at increasing the sport’s profile and the extent of its following fan base. On behalf of everyone at Brunel University, we wish Matt Page and the rest of the VI Cricket Team the best of luck in South Africa and hope that they are able to showcase their talents on such a massive stage. England will play their first game is on 27 November 2014 when they face Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
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With any university sport, a new season is bound to bring in a whole assortment of people new to the game, and Ultimate Frisbee is no different. After just a few weeks of training, Brunel’s Ultimate Frisbee team headed off to Southampton on the 11 – 12 October 2014 for the Skunks beginners and experienced tournaments. With one fresher’s team, one experienced team and most importantly, one social team, we were set for a very promising weekend, which started early on the Saturday morning. In the Beginner’s tournament, we were up against Winchester for our first game. It was minorly chaotic and unfortunately, despite some frankly
quite incredible cheering from the social team on the sidelines, we lost the 20 minute match by 1 point. However, after a short while (and lots of practice) we were all set and ready for our second game, which was against Bath II. Again the social team went above and beyond by far, this time to some avail and Brunel came out of that game with a victory. Meanwhile the experienced team played their first two games, firstly against home team Southampton – whom they beat with a tidy 9-2 victory - and secondly against Rawhyde Revolver, where they again emerged with a 7-2 victory. Their third game put them against Bru-Steel (a team made up of Brunel Alumni), which caused some enormously overdramatic cheering from the supporting freshers and social teams, and they again won 7-2.
The third game of the beginners’ day was up against the home team, Southampton Skunks, and was possibly one of the friendliest games played all weekend, with a lot of good spirit and teamwork from both sides (including some fantastic plays from Brunel’s own). Again we came away with a hard fought win, putting us in great stead for our final game of the day against Sussex Mohawks.
Knowing this made our next game against Bath slightly more tense, and despite a lot of strong play; we sadly came away losing by one point, meaning we wouldn’t be playing in the final. We did however get a poetically circular end to our weekend, by playing Winchester once again in a fight for third. With our definitely victorious social team on the sidelines, this match was fun, well played and thoroughly entertaining. As the buzzer went at the end of 20 minutes, the score was tied on 4-4, bringing us to a sudden death. Nearly five minutes later, Winchester just managed to catch the disc in their end zone, meaning they claimed the bronze medal position and we finished comfortably in fourth. Kicking off the day for the experienced team was a tough match against Southampton Skunks, which unfortunately resulted in a 4:3 defeat. From there they went to play national runners up, Sussex Mohawks, and in a game full of tough calls and
impressive catches, they again were defeated 5:4. They finished up once again in a fight for seventh position against the one and only Bru-Steel. In possibly the most entertaining (and best supported thanks to the Social Team) match of the tournament, Brunel took seventh, winning 8-4, and pushing Bru-Steel back into eighth position overall. So with the tournament done and dusted for us, the beginner’s team awarded their MVP (Most Valuable Player) award to Mark Gillespie (with him nominating Vince Zabaldica as MVP of the MVP) and the MIP (Most Improved Player) award went to Ellie Woolcott for the freshers. For the experienced team, captain Samuel Persaud was nominated MVP, and Andrew Lenton became the MIP for the tournament. The entire social team were nominated as MVP – as none were any less valuable than any others. If you have any interest in joining Ultimate Frisbee at Brunel, they’re always happy to welcome new members. Search Brunel Ultimate on Facebook for training times and just pop along to a session. We’d especially welcome any female players, as we’d really love to get a women’s team up and running this year.
This game was somewhat intimidating, as the Mohawks have a fantastic reputation as a team, but we went into it fighting, with the entirety of our social team cheering us on, and again came out with a win – putting us in second place overall in the tournament. The second day was far more subdued as far as the social team was concerned, but the enthusiasm everyone had wasn’t dampened at all
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DEFEAT FOR BRUNEL MEN’S FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM IN THE SEASON’S OPENING FIXTURE AGAINST PORTSMOUTH Mehdi Punjwani
The much awaited inaugural match of the 2014/15 season ended disappointingly for Brunel as the men’s football first team lost 3-1 to Portsmouth in a well contested game. Brunel started promisingly, seeing most of the ball in Portsmouth’s half and creating a few chances, one of which we capitalized on as Tré Mitford latched onto a defence-splitting
through ball to slot it away, making it 1-0. Portsmouth equalized quickly, however, with an excellent strike out of the blue buried in the corner of Brunel’s goal. Scores were level. Brunel went forward on the counter after a Portsmouth corner went poorly, but were unable to capitalize, before Portsmouth countered themselves, speeding down the pitch and making it 2-1. Brunel then started to look shaky at the
back, and Portsmouth began to see a lot more of the ball, working it well and keeping their shape. They came close frequently, and it could have been 3-1 if not for some last ditch defending by Brunel. Portsmouth eventually found their third goal with a good break and a better finish, making a mountain for Brunel to overcome. The match seemed to settle into a pattern for a while, with the battle very much being fought in midfield, as Portsmouth kept up a ravaging intensity until the half time whistle blew.
At the start of the second half, tensions were high; the referee had to stop play a couple of times to talk to the player and calm them down. Brunel were beginning to switch gears but Portsmouth were not backing down, frustrating the home team. This continued for a while, as Brunel made increasingly more chances but were unable to finish. Portsmouth settled into a rhythm with good passing but again were unable to find the goal. As the half progressed, they found themselves in Brunel’s half often, putting pressure on the
Brunel defence. As the match wore on, Brunel began to create chances again, finally driving Portsmouth back into their own half. There was a golden chance to make it 3-2, as Tré found himself through one on one against the goal keeper, but the keeper saved the first shot. The rebound landed at Tré’s feet, but he sent it wide of the open goal, summing up Brunel’s afternoon. The final whistle blew, and Brunel were resigned to defeat in their first game of the season.
THIS MONTH... HOCKEY
REFORMED BRUNEL DUCKS CELEBRATE DOUBLE HOME VICTORY
LE NURB INTERVIEWS SPORTING LEGEND STEVE REDGRAVE
HITTING THEIR TARGETS
PHOTO CREDIT:VIDEO BRUNEL
Kirsty Capes Last month the newly-reformed community basketball team, the Brunel Ducks, celebrated two home victories in a national league, playing both winning games here at Brunel. The Ducks, a local, community driven Basketball Association team, plays in the national division 4, and utilises both Brunel players and sportsmen from the local community. The team was shut down in the 1980s but has this year been resurrected, with the help of University funding to compete on a national scale. The first two home games of the year for Brunel Ducks took place on Saturday 4th October versus the Folkestone Saints, and a cup match on Sunday 11th October versus Crawley Utd. On 4th October fans from the local community and from Brunel filled the Netball Hall to capacity with 228 spectators, including an appearance
from the Brunel Blizzards Pom Squad, to watch the Ducks’ first game in over 20 years. After a largely disappointing first half against the Folkestone Saints, Ducks were down 9-20 at the end of the first quarter. A massive 17 points scored in the second quarter helped keep hope alive for the Ducks, with fantastic baskets from Prince Lartey and an incredible performance from Benji Lawmann. After a nail-bitingly tense second half, the game went down to a wire with Ducks and Saints neck-and-neck for much of the final quarter, until in the final few minutes Ducks pulled ahead to win the match 79-74, to the absolute delight of the packed-out bleachers. Top scorers for the Ducks were Prince Lartey (22), Leon Bennett Harris (20) and Benji Lawmann (20). The atmosphere in the hall remained electric for the entirety of the game, with a true American feel to the evening helped along by a hotdog/ popcorn stand, music and a half-time basket competition for the younger spectators. After the match a number of the Ducks were seen signing
autographs for their young fans. Ducks Coach Pete Deppisch said of the match: “We had a sloppy start due to not having much time to train as a team. Despite starting very slow we managed to bring it back in the
sportsmanship in the final quarter saw basket after basket, with multiple three-pointers which meant Crawley United couldn’t catch a break, getting repeatedly shut down and intercepted by a strong Ducks defence. An amazing slam dunk from Joel Henry
“After a nail-bitingly tense second half, the game went down to the wire with Ducks and Saints neckand neck.” second half as the defence picked up to hold off a late run by Folkestone. Overall a fantastic first game for the Ducks!”
(pictured) clinched the game for the home side, and to the delight of the crowd Ducks finished the game victorious with a 96-82 lead.
The Ducks’ second match, a cup match, took place against Crawley Utd on Sunday 11th October. After a tense first victory the previous week spectators weren’t left disappointed with another nail-biting match that saw the Ducks down by at least a couple of points in most of the first and second quarters. By half time Ducks were down 46-45, but managed to drag back a 6 point lead going into the fourth.
Noel Kinrade, one of the Ducks’ team coaches commented: “It is still early days. The team has been assembled over the past two weeks and we have had more games than trainings which doesn’t help. Once the team chemistry is developed we will be a very competitive team. Outside of the team, it was great to see so much support from the community. The atmosphere was amazing and we hope it continues throughout our first season.”
A show of teamwork and amazing
PREPARING FOR WINTER TOUR