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SUMMER EDITION - A Paper for you to enjoy until the Autumn!

Sainsbury’s To Open New Metro Store In New Cross

CONTENTS: NEWS

NEW CROSS LIBRARY. DESIGN SHOW OPINION

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DEVIL’S ADVOCATE. COMMENTS. LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

LEOPARD’S EYE. REVIEWS. COLUMNS. LISTINGS

LISTINGS EVENTS PAGE 11 New Cross: Try something new today? Comment Page 5 James Howell, Sub Editor

protests from the Student Union and local green councillor Darren Johnson who argue that it will kill Lewisham council has voted this RII ORFDO EXVLQHVVHV *ROGVPLWKV 68 month to give Sainsbury’s super- described the move as ‘just greedy’ market planning permission to open and are worried that not only local at 33-35 Lewisham Way, opposite business will be affected but also *ROGVPLWKV 7KH SURSRVDO IRU WKH the Student Union shop. However a supermarket has been met with look at the SU shop accounts shows

us that they needn’t be worried and raises questions about the operating of the shop (See comment section). Local businesses have complained about the threat that the new Sainsbury’s will pose to their custom. The plot is situated in a long line of cafes opposite the library which DUH RIWHQ ÀOOHG ZLWK *ROGVPLWKV

Goldsmiths announce ÂŁ9,000 fees for 2012/13 By Jessica Blake

Following the Browne review in January, Goldsmiths college has decided to up its fees to ÂŁ9,000 a year for its Home, UG and PGCE students. To begin with, the raising of the fee cap did not necessarily mean universities would be charging top dollar. However, once the ball started to roll beyond

Oxbridge and Imperial, it seems that any university that wants to hold onto a good reputation needs to follow. Like the current fees, courses that cost less suggest inadequacy. As a consumer society we have been fed the myth of cost equalling quality for our whole lives. A lower rate would lead to suspicion and the potential for

Goldsmiths to lose good students to other universities. So that‘s their argument, but what about Goldsmiths college being different? ‘Radical’ and ‘Creative’ are the cringey buzzwords slapped onto posters, t-shirts and badges and any other available surface at every college open day.

VWXGHQWV PRVW QRWDEO\ *ROGVPLWKV Cafe providing a top-notch Full English to hungover Sandwichers on a Thursday morning or the *ROGVPLWKV *DUGHQ &DIH ZKLFK LV an ideal place to meet for lunch and enjoy a bargain-priced pint and sizable portions. Continues on Page 5 It would be easy for Goldsmiths to keep its fees low and still attract good students by staging it as another rebellion. Failure to be lured by the increasing privatisation of education would grant the institution a great deal of respect and attract those lefty student activists that make the college so notorious. Continues on Page 7

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WELCOME News in Brief Stories for the breakfast table. Below: Finally closed New Cross Photo: James Holland Library closes

The shutters VWD\HG ÀUPO\ FORVHG outside the New Cross Library after it closed recently. To inform the public, a small piece of A4 paper proclaimed that the vital resource for the area was QRPRUHWHOOLQJ\RXWRÀQGVRPHZKHUH else to get your knowledge. This comes after a lengthy battle with Lewisham council over attempts to save it. Over the past few months we have seen protests, petitions and even national

coverage after a sit-in took place. But it was all to no avail sadly. The library shutting is one of the more visual signs of governemt cuts as funding for services like this disappear for the greater good. The only problem being is that if and when times change and the funding can return, the building would have long been sold and the space forever unavailable for library purposes again.

Students Head To The Fringe

Goldsmiths Helps Save Historical Musical Instrument

*ROGVPLWKV looks set to be represented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by more performance groups than ever at the annual arts event in August. Charissa Shearer has adapted Great Expectations for the stage for a production that is being directed by Aliya Gulamani. Starring in Great Expectations but also performing his own one-man-show is Gareth Ellis. His blend of stand-up comedy and bizarre characters is focused around the people you are likely to meet on the underground. You Filthy Animal- their company name, not an insult- are also taking a darkly comic murder mystery to the festival entitled ‘A Monochrome Murder’. All shows mentioned are being produced within the Free Fringe initiative- making venues free for performers to use and then in turn making the shows free for audiences.

A musical instrument, which led to the development of synthesizers that gave The Beatles and Pink Floyd their distinctive sound, has been rescued with the help of Dr Mick Grierson, from Goldsmiths. Goldsmiths has teamed up with the Science Museum to rescue this oneof-a-kind historic musical artefact named The Oramics Machine. The Oramics Machine, designed and built by Daphne Oram in the 1950s and 60s, will go on display at the museum this summer. 7KH PDFKLQH ZDV WKH Ă€UVW V\QWKHsizer of its time and without it many of today’s electronic music pioneers would not exist. Dr Grierson commented that, “Daphne Oram was a woman pioneer in an area which at the time didn’t have much status. She was forgotten about and so was the machine.â€?

Letter From The Editors The Leopard

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Editors-In-Chief: Johnny Blonde Hannah Wright

Sub Editor: James Howell

Layout: Pug Rock Design Leopard Logo: Emily Harthern Executive Editor: James Haywood Interested in becoming a contributor in any area of The Leopard? E-mail: leopard@su.gold.ac.uk

Sports Desk: Steve Howe Illustration Desk: Abbie Cohen Contributors: Nindya Atmodipoero Simon Betts Jessica Blake Proof readers: Hayley Chandler Emily Harthern

Welcome to the last Leopard of term! It’s been quite a year - for us and for all of you. For The Leopard, this marks the end of a very successful ÀUVW \HDU DQG IRU HYHU\RQH UHDGLQJ this, you will either be moving up D \HDU FORVHU WR WKH ÀQLVKLQJ SRVW RU ZLOO KDYH ÀQLVKHG \RXU ODVW HYHU essays and exams as a student at *ROGVPLWKV&ROOHJH Usually Johnny and I - co-editors of this paper - would write an Editor’s Letter together but I have taken it over for this last issue as it is my last as Editor and the last words I will probably ever type as a student at this university. *HWWLQJ WKLV SDSHU XS DQG UXQQLQJ has been a challenge but the standard of the content we have received and published this year, I believe, we VKRXOG DOO EH SURXG RI *ROGVPLWKV students have a huge diversity of opinions and viewpoints and The Leopard gives you somewhere to articulate these. In this issue we have our usual round-up of news, our freshers

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diarist - who is now bidding farewell to life as a fresher- and a special look at the mental health of students at this stressful time in university life. With elements of our design being constantly tweaked, we hope you will agree that this is our best-looking issue yet. Without Johnny, this paper wouldn’t look as good as it does now and probably would never ever have made it to the printers on time, so it is in good hands next year when Johnny - joined by James Howell continues on as Editor. I wish them the best of luck and hope that The Leopard continues to go from strength to strength. I also hope that everyone reading has a great summer and - without sounding cheesy or insincere - very happy and successful futures. All the best, Hannah Wright, now former editor DQGH[SHUWZDIà HU

Changes to Student Assembly

A Student Assembly meeting in session.

Since Easter there has been talk from the Students’ Union over policy which will enable students to propose and vote directly on motions raised at the monthly Students Assembly meetings. For years the democratically elected Students Assembly has been the sole body able to vote at meetings, which determine the direction on the Unions policies on issues like allowing the Army on campus, guiding campaigns on discrimination and banning the sale of controversial goods in the SU shop. Proposed by outgoing President Bindz Patel and Assembly member Matt West, in a massive shift of legislation, requiring changes to the by-laws of the XQLRQ DQG UHTXLULQJ UDWLÀFDWLRQ IURP the Trustee board the change looks to go ahead for next year. After having at least one open meeting on the subject, where several gaps in the idea were raised, discussed, but not resolved, a motion on the direct participation passed in the Students Assembly in May. The change means that any student or assembly member can put forward a motion to the Students Assembly, just like the current system but under the new system after a discussion any student present can then vote on it and pass it to become policy in the Students Union. It is not clear at going to press how powerful and regulated this vote is. It could allow a situation where a small group or even one person can hold all the power in voting in legislation. While a large change, its progress has largely been undocumented and publicised by the Students Union and time will tell if this decision is the right one. More on this to come in September as the story develops over the summer.

8LI0ISTEVHMWETYFPMGEXMSRTVMRXIHSRRI[WTVMRXWSEJXIV]SYLEZI½RMWLIH[MXL it please pass it on so others can read it or take care to recycle or re-use it. Save those trees, reduce those rubbish dumps and be kinder to the environment!

Also check the students’ union website for announcements http://www.goldsmithssu.org


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NEWS

Onwards to next year, The Leopard plans ahead. By F.X. Leach Media commentator This copy of The Leopard that you’re holding is the last issue for the academic year 2010/11 which ends the ÀUVWHYHU\HDURILWVH[LVWHQFH Last June, the idea for the paper hadn’t taken form, the only other paper this college has ever had was ‘The Free Press’ released twice during that year. Indeed it wasn’t until September 2010 that the paper as we know it today started to take shape, which seeing DV WKH GHDGOLQH IRU SULQWLQJ WKH ÀUVW edition was on the 26th of that month it happened quickly. A mad rush by the new Editors-inChief, Hannah Wright and Johnny Blonde fresh from a year’s work at SMITHS were tasked with getting VRPHWKLQJÀQLVKHGDQGSUHVHQWDEOHIRU everyone at Goldsmiths. It is with this in mind then, that The Leopard moves forward into its preparations for next year. The summer it once didn’t have presents some exciting opportunities; Looking for dedicated and enthusiastic section editors, a ‘well good’ website and getting a headquarters on campus to name but a few. Under the editorship of the newlyelected duo of Johnny Blonde and James Howell, the paper intends to continue to broaden its horizons and become a vital part of the Goldsmiths media.

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Creating a monthly newspaper is no easy task, but with a good team of editors, journalists, photographers and illustrator/designers it doesn’t have to be a overly hard task either, instead an enjoyable one. For The Leopard to really become established within the college it has to become established in the student body and the students’ hearts. The paper has received positive comments from readers throughout the year, and it urges these responses to be more frequent and more vocal next year. It will have a headquarters as mentioned above and readers and potential contributors will be able to pop in and say ‘hello’. It is over the summer that the groundwork will be laid, with a strengthened Leopard welcoming everyone back during Fresher’s week and tempting them to get involved. Last Fresher’s week, the paper had a meeting to which 80 people attended and signed up to get involved over the year, which was an overwhelming response for something which hadn’t even started yet. But this was also before everyone knew their course demands, so the editors are aware for next year that they will have to tackle the problem of course commitments affecting the number of

submissions, making it faster and less taxing to submit and work with the leopard, allowing people to contribute what they can when they can all year round.

If you’re still holding this in your hands, then think about what you could do for it next year if you’re still going to be here. With you telling the paper what you

want, in any way you want, then you’ll make it more successful and a better paper during the year ahead.


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UNION NEWS - ELECTION RESULTS Media + Part time positions

Leopard Editor

The round-up of the elections that missed out in March. Art Departmental Rep:

Media & Communications Rep

Shabana ZAMAN - Elected

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Computing Departmental Rep Politics Departmental Rep Design Departmental Rep

Harry HUGHES & SAMANTSOVA - Elected

Shumaiya KHAN - Re-elected

Psychology Departmental Rep

Drama Departmental Rep

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Wired Station Manager Eleanor REES NUS Delegate Matt WEST - Re-elected That’s the results, the turnout was way below that of the main elections a few weeks prior. The by-elections remain the weaker round of voting.

Students’ mental health By Hannah Wright

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On the week beginning the 23rd May, the UK Mental Health Awareness week took place. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK. According to the NUS, on average, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem within the course of a year (that’s 25 per cent of all students). There still exists a huge stigma surrounding mental health issues but

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WKLVFDQEHJLQWREHUHFWLĂ€HGE\PDNLQJ mental health a topic of discussion in university life. The term ‘mental health’ encompasses a great deal of issues which include depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia, self-harm, sleep-disorders and addictions. For students at university, this can be a particularly stressful time of year with Ă€QDO HVVD\V DQG H[DPV GHPDQGLQJ

long hours in the library and a change in sleeping patterns The focus of this year-long Mental Health Awareness campaign was ‘sleep’, an important part of every individuals physical and mental well-being. Lack of sleep can make people physically unwell, stressed or anxious and scientists also believe that it can contribute to heart disease and premature aging. For most students, the prospect of allnighters (whether through study or just

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through play) combined with increased stress is extremely likely and the mental health of the student population can often be forgotten about. University is a time in which most students go through extreme changesmoving away from home, making new groups of friends and adjusting to a new routine of late-night drinking and early-morning lectures. Because of all these changes, it makes for an even scarier time if you feel that there may be something not-quite-right. Opening up to new friends about what could potentially be very heavy topics of conversation can be a daunting feeling but one which can be rewarding in the end. 6RPHWLPHV \RX ZLOO ÀQG WKDW IULHQGV have gone through similar issues and shared experiences will help you to know that you are not alone. If speaking to friends seems like it would be too close to home then Goldsmiths has a dedicated Student Support service that you can approach for help, guidance or counselling sessions. As well as these services, the Student 6XSSRUW RIÀFH DOVR UXQ D YDULHW\ RI workshops that have been aimed towards self-esteem, stress and anxiety and teach students ways to challenge negative thoughts and develop coping mechanisms. The Students’ Union also has an open door policy and encourages students to approach them with any problems that they wish to discuss. The above advice is assuming that those with any mental health problems would recognise them themselves and be actively willing to want to receive help for them. Unfortunately, however, it is common that those suffering from certain illnesses will either not believe their problem to be serious enough to warrant help or do not see at all that they have a problem. In these cases it is often friends and family who begin to notice changes in the individual and it can be daunting to approach them with concerns. A prevalent mental health problem which can come to light in this way are eating disorders. Eating disorders, although stereotypically linked to vanity and looks, is more often thought of as a control method. It provides the individual with something to control

exactly in their lives, whether this is how many calories their consume, how often they make themselves sick or how often they exercise. Most sufferers of eating disorders will not recognise that there is anything wrong and more often than not, when they do, will be unwilling to give up this sense of control over their lives. This is just one example of a mental health issue that could affect the people around you but if you suspect that they have an eating disorder or any other IRUPRIPHQWDOLOOQHVVWKHĂ€UVWSHUVRQ you should speak to is that person. If you feel you want advice on how to go about doing this, speak to the Student 6XSSRUW RIĂ€FH DQG DVN IRU KHOS RQ approaching the subject. 7KHUHDVRQWKDWWKH\VKRXOGEHWKHĂ€UVW person you speak to is that they have to be the one to want to get help. You can’t force help on to someone, no matter how much you would like to. You also have to try and understand their problem as much as you can - there is no point in telling someone who feels depressed to ‘snap out of it’- it isn’t that simple. They may also try and tell you that it isn’t that bad and that other people suffer from conditions much worse than them. In these cases, you should still urge them to speak to someone, if only to put their mind at ease that they are experiencing something that many others do. Because the term ‘mental health’ is so encompassing of every condition or ailment that the mental capacities of individuals can suffer from, it is an extremely broad topic to discuss. From this short article, it is hoped that a greater dialogue on mental health issues can begin to be developed in university life and the stigma surrounding mental illness can begin to be challenged. Feeling depressed or anxious is a lot PRUHGLIĂ€FXOWWRDUWLFXODWHWKDQVLPSO\ explaining that you have a pain in your arm but in this modern age the two should both be able to be approached without fear of laughter or belittling. Goldsmiths Counselling’s Email: counselling-service@gold.ac.uk Mental Health Foundation Website: www.mentalhealth.co.uk


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LOCAL NEWS

New supermarket proposed

Sainburys set to force debate in the area over the plans Continued from Front Page However the threat posed by a convenient and closer chain supermarket like Sainsbury’s is worrying many of these businesses. It should be noted that New Cross is not new territory for J Sainsbury, for a number of years one of their superstores has been residing next to New Cross Gate station. It does not look like it will be going anywhere soon as it is the most local supermarket to the town and nearby Deptford. But in this post recession climate it is businesses like Sainsburys that are looking to capitalise on other businesses selling up or disappearing and Ă€OOLQJWKHVSDFH,QRUGHUWRNHHSFKDOlenging Tesco and Asda, it wants to accquire new sites wherever it can and the site opposite Goldsmiths happens to be one of many. Cambridge News has reported recently that a similar proposed store there has rasied plenty of opposition. You get challenges on big supermarkets like this all the time and then someone comes along and says “I wasn’t keen on Tesco. They are swallowing up the world – but I like Sainsbury’s.â€? It

is things like this that emphasise the changes every town centre or high street is facing. New Cross is not out of the cookie cutter mould however unlike many of its surrounding counterparts, a large independent culture exists and has resisted actions like this for a long time. Part of it lies on the fact that there is a large student population in the area and WKDWWKHDUHDLVQRWWRRDIà XHQWVRWKH cheap and cheerful stores can thrive. The impact of a new Sainsburys on this area will be hard to measure if it ever gets through planning stages. It is safe to say that it wouldn’t shut down due to lack of business, but it brings into question who would it harm most? The worst off would probably be Iceland, another supermarket located a few mintutes walk away, opposite Deptford Town Hall. No-one has been seen to have protested it’s existence in New Cross for the last 3 or 4 years, but would people moan if it had to shut down? We will be assuming here at The LeopardWKDWWKHÀJKWFRQWLQXHV Additional reporting by Johnny Blonde.

Fitting into the environment? The eco-friendly Sainsburys store down the road in Greenwich. 4LSXS½IPHCXVMT^

visiting the shop I noticed that a Mars Bar was an overpriced 75p and a bottle of Coca-Cola was ÂŁ1.10, while Cafe Natura had the audacity to try and charge ÂŁ3.40 for a sandwich!!! The extremely large prices can be put down to the extreme restrictions placed on what the shop can stock such as nothing from the baby-murdering Swiss company Nestle or anything made in the barbarous state of Israel. The argument which apparHQWO\MXVWLĂ€HVWKLVODUJHSURĂ€WLVWRKHOS subsidise the Student Union Bar which recorded massive losses including a Â…QHWGHĂ€FLW7KHSUREOHPVZLWK

the Union Bar come from failures such as last years Summer Ball, which many have argued was down to the value for money with what was on offer. James Haywood said, in an interview with East London Lines ‘the Students’ 8QLRQ¡V VKRS DOO SURĂ€WV RI ZKLFK JR back into the services and campaigning we do.’ However despite the losses the Union funds closed at ÂŁ205,225 in 2009. The issue arises on whether the Student 8QLRQVKRSLVHLWKHUUXQIRUQRQSURĂ€WRU believes itself to be a competitive force in Lewisham Way’s market. If indeed

Comment: What does having a supermarket open next door mean for our Union shop?

The Student Union shop is also reported to be feeling threatened, but should it be? Having gained access to the accounts for the year 2009-2010, it can be seen that the SU shop’s turnover was just short of £400,000 for the 2010, with cost of sales for that year totalling only £263,415, which after operation expenses left the Student Union Shop making over £22,400. This may seem VXUSULVLQJDWÀUVWWKDWDVWXGHQWVKRSLV making over £20,000 a year however all you need to do is go into the shop and you will understand why. After

LWLVUXQIRUPLQLPDOSURÀWZK\GRHVLW fund the Student Union’s campaigns, which I have previously argued are contradictory to the Universities virtue of diversity. A further point should be noted that if it is putting its funds back into the Union, and particularly The 6WUHWFK ZK\ VKRXOG LQà DWHG SULFHV be paid to cover mismanagement of events there? While on the other hand, if it does believe it has a place in customer choice on Lewisham Way then it should charge more competitive prices for stock. When lunch time arrives students will be far more likely

to pay lower prices over the road at the evil, New Cross destroying Sainsbury’s WKDQSD\LQà DWHGSULFHVWRIXQGHLWKHU mismanagement or Haywood’s crusades against the world. The issue of a Sainsbury’s built on Lewisham Way would be detrimental to local businesses, but as far as Goldsmiths’ Student Union is concerned it needs to look at its own business, before wading in to the local’s.


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NEWS Design degree show opens in Shoreditch

Johnny Blonde covers the private view evening of the ‘Future Folk’ show by BA Design third years In Shoreditch every year, just as Easter has well and truly died down the degree shows roll into town. Goldsmiths is just RQHRIWKHPEXWLWWULHVWREHWKHĂ€UVW amongst its equals when the industry comes along to view it. The industry can expect to take notice of the Goldsmiths degree show this year as it has occupied prime shopfront location on Shoreditch High Street with tons of Design projects lining the windows tempting you all along the front of the Nicholls and Clarke building. Monday night was the opening night, a private view for family and friends ZLWKRUDQJHLQIXVHGEHHUĂ RZLQJDQG plenty of eager viewers feasting on what seems like the Tate Modern with a tardis. Each year the degree show operates under a theme and has a manifesto behind it, this year the theme is ‘Future Folk’; “We can ask ourselves lots of questions about what this years graduating students have decided to call their show. Two mismatching words: Future Folk.â€? Essentially shouting out a belief that the future is for the people you can also see this in lots of the work produced in the show. Notable objects include Anisha Chandarana’s knitted nose warmer and bald patch coverer, Martin Turner’s make yourself an athlete contraptions and Bella Simpson’s project to cure the Eastern perception that the number 4 isn’t as unlucky as they might think.

It could be the perfect response as a group of designers to the situation of our world, where a lot of people are being blamed for what has happened recently by others and no one holding their hands up and taking the blame themselves. 7KLVVKRZLVWKHĂ€UVWRIDIHZWKLV\HDU but the only one being held outside Goldsmiths. However next year the funding from the college has been cut so it may have to recede from Shoreditch and the centre of design in London and the UK to the less centric New Cross area. Would this be a good thing? It leads to a mounting challenge for next year’s graduating students to raise more money by other means, like the annual Christmas Ball. The next big degree show coming up is the Art degree show on the 23rd June. Held in the Ben Pimlott Building (The squiggle one) it looks to be a highlight on the calendar. We’re known for producing the Young British Artists in the 90’s and it’s your chance to go and see what the current crop are doing. It’s the perfect end to the year and to the start of the summer. All the upcoming degree shows are in the listings section on page 11. Quote of the show “I’d quite happily punch someone in the faceâ€? Henry )OLWWRQ DIWHU Ă€QGLQJ RXW SHRSOH KDG been stealing bits of his design project.

Reclaiming Culture: A display inside the Design degree show. Photo: Leopardmedia


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Where Will That 9k Go?

Jessica Blake takes a look at what Goldsmiths plan to do with Image: sistahswholovegod the ÂŁ9,000 a year fees.

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COMMENT & OPINION

DEVIL’S ADVOCATE By James Howell

Continued from Front Page In press releases, Goldsmiths has tried to maintain its lefty reputation by bigging up the ‘raft’ of bursaries that will be made available. The raft is a very nice metaphor - well done to the creative writing department - but the content fails to impress. Their support tries to reach out to those who tick all the wrong boxes on the equal opportunities forms. If you’re disabled, in care, without traditional grades or live nearby, you might be one of the

the next few years. 7KHLUMXVWLĂ€FDWLRQIRUWKHKLNHKDVEHHQ Ă XII\ WR VD\ WKH OHDVW :KDW ZLOO WKH students enrolling in 2012 be getting that I haven’t? Stephen Victor Patrick ‘please, call me Pat’ Loughrey, the Goldsmiths warden, claims that ‘we will spend 30% of the fee income from all fees above ÂŁ6,000 on additional measures to improve the student experience and encourage wider access’. Going green. Illustration: leopardmedia If we’re to break that terribly convoluted sentence down, he’s basically saying that an extra ÂŁ2,700 of the ÂŁ6k

A third-class degree in being Green? Bravo Goldsmiths.

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per institution, Goldsmiths included. 7KH JURXS Ă€JKWV IRU FDPSDLJQV VXFK as Go Greener: Transition Universities. This campaign ‘drives the UK’s higher education sector to reduce “7KHLUMXVWLĂ€FDWLRQIRUWKHKLNHKDVEHHQĂ XII\WRVD\WKH carbon emissions by 50% by 2020 by leastâ€? transforming behaviour policies and practices’ with Transition Universities lucky 29 who are selected for a waiver tuition fee increase will be spent on Dear Reader, which are low carbon, low energy and of some sort. improving the ‘student experience‘ This is the last Devil’s Advocate column community-led. If you’re just poor (which, let’s face it, and ‘wider access‘. That just leaves the of the year, which I’m sure you’re After speaking with Hayley Chandler, is the main problem with an increase in other ÂŁ3000, which is apparently to be saddened to hear. James Haywood and Manoj Kerai at fees) then you may qualify for ÂŁ500 - spent on things other than the ‘student the Student Union I was told that the roughly a month‘s rent. Not meaning experience’. Biscuits to fuel tedious Its been a good year for The Leopard, Union did a range of initiatives which to be ungrateful here, but that’s hardly paperwork sessions shouldn’t cost going from strength to strength and have been rewarded by receiving a going to make much of an impact. that much. I am perplexed as to why I’d like to thank Hannah Wright and Gold Sound Environmental Impact Strangely, this newly proposed ‘raft’ VXFKDVLJQLĂ€FDQWSRUWLRQRIWKHWXLWLRQ Johnny Blonde for allowing me this award. of help has halved the previous annual fee should be covering anything other space to rant and rave at the weird and Other changes include selling pans bursary of ÂŁ1,000 awarded to low- than our tuition. Come 2012, I suggest wonderful world that is Goldsmiths left in halls to new students, switching income students. that new students take advantage of University. lights off around college, changing As a college that already struggles with as many complimentary biscuits as I have covered topics on Union policy from soft to hard plastic cups and even its student diversity, I think we can look possible to get their ÂŁ3,000 worth. from the English Defence League to water free urinals. Other events include forward to more of the same faces in Palestine and shall continue to do so encouraging students to get involved next year. On the 7th June the Guardian with bee-keeping and gardening on is going to publish the new 2011 Green WKH Ă€UVW 0RQGD\ RI HYHU\ PRQWK League, so in this month’s issue of The 11am-4pm, after claims that if bees die Leopard I am going to applaud them out the end is nigh. on last year being awarded a third class However, the fear-mongering greens degree for Environment and Ethical predict the end of the world, in much SHUIRUPDQFH Ă€QLVKLQJ WK DQG ZLVK a Harold Camping manner (only for WKHPOXFNLQĂ€QLVKLQJORZHULQWKHWDEOH some reason taken quite seriously,) this year. seem to be accepted and entirely contraNow this might seem sarcastic and dictory to what it should mean to study satirical of Goldsmiths’efforts, however and what we are taught at university. I promise you it is not. The league is run At university we are taught to think by Ethical and Environmental pressure independently, aim for the sky and group People and Planet. They describe challenge ideas and orthodoxies themselves as ‘the largest student however the cemented idea that the network in Britain campaigning for world is going to end and its our fault human rights, end world poverty and if nothing happens is ludicrous. Our protect the environment.’ The group incoming president, James Haywood, claims to have 1,500 active members went so far to say ‘there is a consensus spread across 79 schools and 71 univer- amongst normal people that something sities, equating to 10 active members needs to be done.’ The idea that people

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who do not believe either the current methods of combating climate change will work or counts themselves climate skeptics is in someway deranged. Haywood further admitted the union had not received a ‘passionate’ response to the initiatives yet, but expects more attractive ideas next year to bring in the crowd of Eco-warriors. The consensus amongst students, especially in halls, that recycling is a necessity made even worse by no one acting on it. This mindless conformity shows a curious separation between the lecture hall and the daily lazy life of students. I’ve used this example before, me rinsing out my Marmalade pot out and recycling the jar is not going to change much. However, if we look over history and can see that, as an example Brendan O’Neill once gave at the Royal College of Art, coal was once used as jewellery and then went onto power the Industrial Revolution. The misanthropic and malthusian greens may damn you to Hades or perhaps brand you for thinking there are alternatives and the ingenuity of humans can progress past potential changing climate. The belligerence they press their claim is a shame because after all, when else is it going to be acceptable to spend half your time wallowing in tea, booze and lie ins and half your time challenging and intellectually growing? The greens on campus are like Big Mother, telling you how to live, to sort your rubbish out and switch off the lights and they know best - unlike a mum they presume you want to do it and nobody argues back. Devil’s Advocate will return next year....with vengeance.


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LIFESTYLE & CULTURE Column: Fresher’s Diary And The Journey Goes On... By Nindya Atmodipoero

Photo: Kyle Murray

Yeah yeah, quite often love gives us nausea. For that sickness, quickly rush out to The Leopard’s own love doctor who can cure your emergency and hopefully ease the misery.

old school and sending written love letters once in a while? Or perhaps, instead of emails and Skype, you can communicate through vlogs. Youtube this: vlogbrothers, and you’ll see what I mean. Good luck.

Problem  1:

Problem  2:

I like learning, but from my experience, after most exams everything I studied for it has been dumped in the “no longer needed� section of my brain and forgotten. Moreover, I don’t think my future boss and me would engage in a discussion about Foucault and Gramsci. Let alone discussing, let’s just hope that s/he would not mistake Foucault for automobiles and Gramsci for a standard of measurement. So, why am I here again?

Hey Dr. Romansick,

Dear Doctor,

My boyfriend is graduating this year and continuing his studies in the US afterwards. I totally support his decision, but the thing is I’m not really sure about being in a longdistance relationship. He really wants us to give it a try and so do I, it’s just‌I’m not as optimistic as he is with this. What should I do? *Oh and please, no technologymakes-it-easy- clichÊ.

A few months back, I set up a friend with another friend. Everything goes well. That is, until I realized that I have a feeling for this friend. I want to ‘steal’ him, but I don’t want to be the bad guy. Please advice!

But anyway, for now let me indulge in this phantasmagoria of freedom and carelessness. To live in this moment where I can stay awake at 4am on weekdays for no reason (1am is the new 9pm), to not worry so much about being broke because I can still turn to my parents, to just avoid the real –and so they say, cruel– world with its duties and responsibilities.

Fashion Dilemma: Can We Be Style Individuals On Graduation Day?

procrastination. I pay tuition fees for receiving a sheet of diploma WKDW ZLOO FHUWLI\ PH DV D TXDOLÀHG procrastinator. That, or I’m simply a bad student who’s still lucky enough to get away with my habit.

Wow, holy guacamole! Zut alors! I can’t believe I’m halfway (okay, third-way is actually more precise) to getting my bachelor’s degree. One academic year has passed, Ă€OOHGZLWKSUHFLRXVPHPRULHVDQG Maybe I get this all-wrong. And of course, many lessons learned. as strange as it sounds, I hope I %HLQJDQDĂ€FLRQDGRRIHW\PRORJ\ am wrong. I hope I’ll graduate , Ă€QDOO\ JHW ZK\ XQLYHUVLW\ LV from here with an actual academic called ‘university’. I used to provision and not just lifetime disapprove of the term; I thought friendships and memories of my it’s an overstatement. Why don’t younger years (although they’re people just call it ‘premier school’ equally important). or, if the term isn’t fancy enough, ‘akroscholeio’? After all, it’s an education institution, like high school –with more books to read and independent researches (come to think of it, we can actually replace the term ‘university’ with ‘plus-plus library’. Hahaha). However, now I realized that that university is indeed, a universe. It is a sphere inhabited by every kind of people: from the brightest to the less intelligent, the typical Tom, Dick and Harry, the eccentric personas, oldsters, youngsters, the apathetic slackers, the political activists, the hedonists, the puritans, you name it! It’s a world with its own politics and drama. It’s a universe, the school of life. Now, regarding the educational purpose of university, I am still having some confusion about it. As I mentioned earlier, it’s an education institution so ideally it is a place of advanced learning and intellectual progression. Yet, in reality I feel like I’m not learning that much. In fact, I learned more GXULQJ WKH Ă€QDO ZHHN WKDQ , GLG throughout the semester and I know a lot of my fellow freshmen did share this experience. Then it appears to me that the purpose of university would be the ultimate mastery of cramming the most amount of knowledge in the shortest time possible: the art of

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just be patient and wait for them to break up? Although, it would be much simpler if you start to look for someone new.

Well, in that case, maybe I should really go to grad school and take my master’s degree right after I graduate, just so that I can postpone ‘the real life’ a year longer. Oh dear, I am a genuine procrastinator! Anyway, it has been one pleasant year of being a Londoner, making new friendships and learning new things. And the journey goes on‌I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings. Have yourself a joyful summertime, when life is easy!

Nindy is a soon-to-be second year Media and Communications student, currently the High Priestess of Procrastination, part time scribbler, full time life enthusiast.

* Failed Matchmaker Dr. Romansick says,

Oh dear, you’ll never know what you’ve got till it’s gone, eh? Well, since you’re friends with both of them, I think you’re most likely to Dr. Romansick recommends‌ be the bad guy IF you do try to ‘ruin’ A slowly-but-surely move will the relationship. Moreover, even if You’ll never know until you’ve you’re being honest and confess tried so just give it a go! Try it for your feelings for your friend, there D PRQWK Ă€UVW DQG LI DOO JRHV ZHOO is a slim chance that he will turn to then‌just keep doing it so long you too, you know, for friendships’ you both happy and can keep up sake. Sorry, I’m just being realistic with it. As for the communication here. So, I suggest, if you really want part, be creative. Why not going to give it a try with your friend, then * Hopeless Pessimist

Problem  3: Dr. Romansick, I’ve met this girl at Sandwich once and somehow we exchanged numbers. Since then, we’ve been texting each other quite often. But lately, she keeps sending me texts and I’m pretty sure she has a crush on me. I might have given her a wrong signal a while back. What to do now? * I’m just not that into her Dr. Romansick suggests‌ It’s always better to be honest, just say that you’re not looking for a relationship right now. Do it gently \RX FDQ VD\ WKDW \RX¡UH à DWWHUHG with all the attention that she’s been giving, etc.) and I think it would be a good idea to apologize for sending her the wrong signal. DO NOT, once again, DO NOT embarrass her by telling all your friends about this whole crush-texting thing. Gossip travels and you don’t want to be an a-hole for spreading it.

By Hannah Wright

It seems as though the question, “What should I wear to my graduation?�, would have an obvious answer with the long black gown and stylish mortar board as the main focus of any replies.But what should you wear under your gown? It seems like a silly question but is one that will keep some of us awake at night, whether silly or not.

likely to avoid any embarrassing trips. Most of these message boards come to the conclusion that smart and sensible is the order of the daywhite shirts, black skirts, sensible heels and smart suits for the men. So this is beginning to sound as though it may be a uniform; smart and sensible attire for your presentation as a mature and educated young person.

After many dreamy/terrifying conversations with friends on topics such as how-did-it-all-go-so-fast and what-are-we-going-do-now, the prospect of the graduation ceremony has more than once surfaced. One friend is adamant that she would like to wear a gold dress to the event (GOLDsmiths, of course, and also because she believes it adds a bit of fun and glamour beneath the long black) and I am torn between a traditional image of myself in a chic black dress and something more adventurous.

Except that there really isn’t any ‘uniform’. On further investigation, it does seem as though some universities enforce some guidelines as to what their students can and can’t wear. The University of Leicester recommends sober colours and Lancaster University explains that women should wear hats (by this we are assuming mortar boards) throughout the ceremony but that men should only wear them to process in and out of the ceremony. It would all be a bit confusing on the day- struggling to remember to stand up when your name is called and not trip or do anything embarrassing but also trying to remember where your hat should be at different moments. It all seems very traditional, but is Goldsmiths in keeping with this kind of tradition?

Having scoured google for advice, it seems that answers are not very mixed. Many message boards come up with anxious graduand’s wondering what is acceptable to wear and what kind of heels are more

After seeing the graduation guides for these other universities, I tried looking for one that set out Goldsmiths approach to the presentation ceremony and it seems as though there isn’t one. In our presentation ceremony letter, there is also no mention of a dress code. So what can this tell us about the ‘uniform’ we should be adopting for under our graduation gowns on presentation day? And how much room is there for individuality? I think it should be a matter of taste and personal choice. With no regulations in place, we are free to wear whatever we like (I’m sure to a certain extent at least) whether that be a smart shift dress or a glittering ball gown. Goldsmiths is anything but traditional and welcomes the creativity of its students and so this may be our last chance to express ourselves style-wise at university. Even if it will be hidden beneath the black gown, at least you’ll know that you chose your own style for your graduation...And you can always choose some bling accessories to go with that gold dress. Good luck to everyone graduating this September!


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The New Cross House

The New Bar Experiencing Teething-Problems

By Hannah Wright

could come back. This turned out to be an error, as because the place was so busy, it took another ten minutes before she could return. This, I must add, was at no fault of the waitress who was extremely helpful and friendly all night. Rather, it is a managerial failing as they need to either employ more serving staff or let you order for yourself at the bar - something which at present is not possible, causing for much confusion when you just want to order everything when you buy your drink and are told you have to do it in two stages.

Hampstead Heath Swimming I had chosen the hot dog that came with immediately.

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By Hannah Wright

If you are staying around London for the summer and fancy a dip on a hot day, look no further than Hampstead Heath for a variety of swimming options. With the East LonThe question of if I go back is really don line now up and running, it is dependent on whether or not the bar sorts out their teething problems. possible to take it all the way to the When faced with the wrong bill, and Hampstead Heath overground stop. letting the manager know about this, Hampstead Heath has natural swimAnyway, back to the food. Our worry he came back with the correct bill ming ponds- both male only, female over our small table was solved when and stroppily tossed it on our table. only and mixed- and also a lido. The another group left one of the booths Although the night had been busy SRQGVDUHGLIĂ€FXOWWRĂ€QGHVSHFLDOand we immediately pounced on to it DQGWKH\ZHUHLQWKHLUĂ€UVWZHHNWKHUH ly if you idiotically don’t take one QRWLI\LQJ WKH EDU VWDII Ă€UVW  %\ QRZ isn’t really an excuse for bad service, very, very hungry, we were pleased especially from the managerial staff. of the helpful maps- but are worth it when our starters came from the The overall experience of The New ZKHQ\RXĂ€QGWKHP kitchen very quickly...followed by Cross House was mixed but largely The City of London website updates our mains. Looking perplexedly at the positive - once they sort out the opening information on water temperatures mass of food in front of us, we debated week hitches, they will have a bar that in all of the ponds regularly but you on what to do - either keep it all and will undoubtedly attract the student can also check them on the boards move swiftly from starters to main and population with their outdoor ‘tree- next to the ponds when you go there. hope that they stayed hot, or politely house’ seating and ping-pong tables. The water is fairly brisk but on a hot ask if they could keep our mains warm day there is nothing better. Also, in the oven. We sheepishly went with don’t let the word ‘pond’ fool youthe second option, for some reason The New Cross House, in the site that and it was their opening week, it was although they are natural swimming accepting the responsibility for this temporarily housed Meateasy and that understandable that there may be some mistake on ourselves. The waitress, areas, they aren’t covered in algae was the Goldsmiths Tavern prior to teething problems. When we were polite as ever, apologised and removed DQG WKH ZDWHU LV DEVROXWHO\ Ă€QH WR this, opened its doors for business last shown to our table, it was on the smaller our plates. swim in- you may just be joined by month. With the prospect of 50% off side and we immediately wondered the food bill if you booked a table for ZKHUHZHZRXOGEHDEOHWRĂ€WDOORIWKH a few ducks. For our starters, my friend and I shared 4 people in the opening week, it was feast we were hoping to order. With that For those who are timid swimmers, WKH EUHDGHG KDORXPL ZLWK FDXOLĂ RZHU an offer that myself and three friends small worry pushed aside, we looked they are all life-guarded and have dip and the lentil daal. Both were could not pass up. over the menu and drooled over the life rafts that can be clung on to well sized starters and the haloumi possibilities. in particular was delicious with the when you’re just feeling tired! Arriving at the newly decorated and FRPSOHPHQWLQJ FDXOLĂ RZHU GLS$IWHU shiny bar at the time we had booked, Being a very indecisive group of the starters it would have been nice The New Cross House, 316 New Cross Location: Somewhere in Hampit took a further ten minutes for the bar IULHQGVLWWRRNXVDZKLOHWRĂ€QDOLVHRXU to have a small break before the main Road, SE14 6AF staff and serving staff to collaborate choices and in this time we had already stead Heath- pick up one of their courses but because they were already DQG Ă€QG ZKHUH RXU WDEOH KDG VQXFN been asked by a server if we were ready helpful maps or print one off before. sitting waiting for us, they came Tel: 02086918875 off to. Because the place was heaving, - we had told her no and asked if she Cost: ÂŁ2. Photo: New Cross House

The Leopard’s Eye on London WIMBLEDON By Abbie Cohen

As exams KDYH ÀQDOO\ FRPH WR DQ end for some, or the strain of revisions is still taking its toll on the rest of us, there is no better time in the year than this very instant to indulge in a refreshing day-long escapade. In search of a quiet yet attractive destination, I strayed from the heart of London and found myself in the amazing and colourful suburb of Wimbledon. Located in the borough of Merton, Wimbledon is just tube stops away from the usual city noise and commotion, and is ideal for a morning or an entire day of mind-liberating strolling. Although it may seem too expensive and faraway a place to visit, it really is worth checking out on a sunny day; the penniless stuGHQW ZLOO PRVW GHÀQLWHO\ QRW QHHG money to enjoy its beauty. The wide number of shops, and the decent and fairly multicultural array of cafÊs and restaurants to choose from are not Wimbledon’s only features: tennis junkies can take a tour of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum for less than twenty

pounds, whilst horse lovers can splurge for a trot through the town or Richmond Park with one of the village’s Stables. The option I went for, however, was free and appeared to be the most relaxing of all: hike XS &DORQQH URDG DQG \RX¡OO ÀQG Buddhapadipa Temple, London’s ÀUVW7KDL%XGGKLVWWHPSOH A place of this kind is better than just any park: taking a walk through its pleasantly quiet grounds not only allows the stressed fellow to cool his or her nerves, but also incites RQH WR ÀQG D SHDFH RI PLQG DQG meditate whilst surrounded with unique vegetation. As a generally restless student, I had my mind off work in moments and was able to recharge my batteries for my exams. The temple itself is a lovely sight, especially for all those interested in South East Asian culture and, more precisely, Thai architecture. Setting foot into the temple’s grounds is almost like stepping into a whole different country for a little while, and is most certainly a mind-opener. I fell in love with Wimbledon and

drooled over its rich scenery, as any photography enthusiast would. For WKH UXPEO\ WXPPLHV , ZRXOG GHÀnitely recommend Thai Tho, a Thai restaurant offering a deliciously satiating 10-pound lunch menu (mind the spice!), or the Butcher & Grill and its awfully tempting pies and 10-pound burgers. My tip to you: savour the nearing end of the university year, and just relax! How do you get there? The tube is the speediest and most hassle-free option: take the Jubilee line at Canada Water, and change to the District line at Westminster. What’s the budget? The bare minimum spent would be on transport fares; additionally, the average price for an individual snack or lunch is approximately £10

For further information, visit http:// www.wimbledon-village.com/


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LISTINGS: JUNE - SUMMER Welcome to June and Summer’s listings.

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The end of term is approaching so quickly and we’ll all soon be off to all corners of the earth (and South East London) so we’ve listed what there’s left to do here and other things. To get yours in here, email: leopard@su.gold.ac.uk

9 June Emerging Publics: A Geo-Critical Forum Free 10:00-18:30 Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building e-mail: cup01fc@gold.ac.uk for tickets

Degree Shows & Events (free!) 7 June PGCE Secondary Art & Design 5pm 288 New Cross Road 23 - 27 June Art Undergraduate Degree Show Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths -

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24 - 27 June Media & Communications Undergraduate Exhibition Concourse, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths 29 June - 2 July MA in Performance Making George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths

9 June Laura Marks Thinking like a carpet Free 17:00-19:00 Cinema, RHB

Film Screening 10 June 24 City (2008) by Jia Zhangke Free 17:00-20:00 Small Hall, RHB

PureGold 2011 A celebration of the music created and performed at Goldsmiths Until end of June gold.ac.uk/puregold

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14 June CAST Workshop Free 15:00-17:00 Room 314, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths

9 - 10 July MA Interactive Media Expo Laurie Grove Baths, Laurie Grove

23-26 June NULL/VOID presents: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! Free 11:00-23:00 New Gallery London, 92 Peckha Road, Camberwell, SE15 5PY

Our Pick - See This

14 - 18 July Art Postgraduate Exhibition Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths/ Laurie Grove Baths, Laurie Grove 15 - 18 July Media & Communications MA Exhibitions Concourse, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths 5 - 14 September MA Artist Teacher 3rd Floor, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths ‘Whose University?’ a two-day conference co-hosted by Birkbeck, GLITS and InC. 9 June Resistance Free 09:30-18:00 Room 309, Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) 10 June IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY Free 09:30-20:00 Rooms 306&309 RHB

24-25 June 6th International Conference of Caribbean Women’s Writing £35-70 08:15-18:00 Room 314, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths gold.ac.uk/caribbean/comparative criticalconversations/ 24-27 June Different Ways of Seeing Exhibition Free 10:00-18:00 Richard Hoggart Building 30 June Negotiating Gender Identity and Incorporation in the Brazilian Diaspora Free 18:00-19:00 Royal Holloway College, Montague House, Montague Place, 11 Bedford Square, WC1E 6DP email: geb.anasouza@yahoo.co.uk for tickets 11-23 July Urban Photography Summer School Variable costs 09:00 onwards LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths gold.ac.uk/cucr/summer school/

SPORT Easter and wedding hinder team

Late easter break forces exams too much into cricket season Continued from Back Page Fewer players in the batting order, however, soon meant that Goldsmiths were bowled out for just 70 runs- a total our opponents London Metropolitan reached with relative ease. “There are some very good cricketers at Goldsmiths,â€? Matt West told me afterwards. “I feel sorry for them that we cannot as a team give them a platform on which to perform.â€? This year, as a result of the lack of player availability, the team were forced to forfeit their last two games, meaning automatic defeats to add to three other losses and an overall winless season. “I am disappointed,â€? Matt admitted. “I don’t mind losing when we go out and represent ourselves to the best of our ability, but at no point were we able to do this.â€? A spectator of the team in action could be under no illusions that it contains real talent. Last year, Goldsmiths came second in the league after securing promotion the year before, winning every game under different circumstances and the captaincy of Ben Gautrey. This year, individuals shone in a team marred by absences, an example of which Matt West picked out as Ben Salisbury, who scored a cracking 46 on the way to what could have been victory against Greenwich. Plans for next year include attempting WRHQVXUHDGHĂ€QLWHVWDUWLQJIRUÂś7KH Bumblebees’ under the leadership of Jamie Stinson and Phil Perry. Phil told me: “We need to make sure there are more than 11 players on the list before the game. But that also depends on the amount of people who want to play cricket, it’s more of a case of getting people aware of the team - the picking of the squad comes secondary to that.â€? Phil agreed that Easter came at a GLIĂ€FXOW WLPH WKLV \HDU KH KLPVHOI

PLVVLQJRXWRQWKHĂ€UVWJDPHGXHWRDQ essay deadline. Awareness of the team around the college is key for Phil, who would like to see more students getting involved in the sport: “It is a very insular world. It seems a bit of shame because everyone who plays is a good lad; it’s a really good environment. It’s a shame more people aren’t aware of it.â€? I could not help thinking along similar lines as I buttered bread ready for the lunch break in the game against London Metropolitan. The jovial pavilion atmosphere and sharing of food felt uniquely different from other sports I had participated in.

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Goldsmiths lost by 8 wickets

Goldsmiths lost by 8 wickets

Goldsmiths lost by 66 runs

Goldsmiths innings: 66 all out (Rostami 27) Kingston innings: 67-2

Goldsmiths innings: 70 all out (Salsbury 15, Denesh 4-23) Metropolitan innings: 71-2 (Imran 23, Stinson 1-11)

Greenwich innings: 285 all out (Slater 91, Atkins 4-52) Goldsmiths innings: 219 all out (Arabi 58 Salsbury 46, Slater 4-43)

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Sport Goldsmiths Cricket stumped by unusual scheduling A report-turned-feature...

As I jumped into a white minivan destined for Loring Hall Sports Ground, I was greeted by Goldsmiths’ cricket team - a friendly variety of lads, united by their love of the gentlemanly game. I held the belief that I would be reporting on the day’s action whilst lying back in the freshly mown turf, sipping orange juice and politely clapping a few wellplaced shots. That belief was shattered as soon as the sliding door of the minivan was slammed shut and I was told -“you’re playingâ€?. The necessity of recruiting to the team such a miserable cricket virgin, such as I, was the result of a lack of available players this year. In fact, the team did not play a single game this season with the required 11 players. “One of the real problems this year was the royal wedding and the fall of Easter,â€? Matt West, this year’s captain, WHOOVPH´&RPSDUHGWRRXUĂ€[WXUHVLQ previous years, which are normally just before the Easter period, they fell right in the middle of it [...] it was even more GLIĂ€FXOW IRU SHRSOH WR VFKHGXOH WKHLU lives.â€? I was soon to experience the difference that lower player numbers made. Looking as makeshift as I felt, wearing an assortment of borrowed pads, gloves, shoes and cup, I strolled uncomfortably over to the wicket- the fat gloves hiding my trembling hands. After positioning myself nervously, I looked up to face the bowler running towards me and quickly picking up speed. He released the ball with an unfamiliar velocity and I swiped, barely managing to connect wood with the red blur in front of me. I had defended WKHVWXPSVDQGVXUYLYHGP\Ă€UVWHYHU bowl in cricket. Continued on Page 11

Worn-out Back Field takes an Easter break The Men’s Basketball team may have had something to cheer about during varsity and England may have won the Ashes in Australia over the Winter but during the Summer our cricket team has had no such luck. The Varsity Cup, which was so prominently featured on our back page last issue has gone missing JVSQXLI79SJ½GIW -J]SY´ZIWIIR it, or any arts students looking suspicious then get in touch.

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Cricket: A Few Short of An XI?

“They didn’t tell us beforehand about the Freshers’ Fayre, so they put the marquee in the same spot as last time,â€? he said. “It should have been switched to next to the hedgerow to give the grass a chance to growâ€?. Steve Howe In January the Students’ Union held an Sports Editor annual ‘Freshers’ Fayre’ on the green to allow societies the opportunity to Sports were banned from the College further advertise their activities. JUHHQWKURXJKRXW$SULODQGWKHĂ€UVWKDOI However, Mr. Cambridge also of May due to overuse. Students keen to conceded that there were a number of enjoy the warm weather were shocked other contributing factors that lead to in the last week of the Spring term to the decision. Ă€QG Âś12 632576 21 &2//(*( The football goals often remained GROUNDS’ signs patrolling the positioned in the same spots, leaving perimeter of the popular enclave. no opportunity for grass to recover. 7KHDUHDNQRZQDVWKHÂśEDFNĂ€HOG¡WR The New Academic Building also many, took excess wear throughout came under scrutiny. Motioning to the the months of February and March- imposing structure, he said: “even this damage that has been attributed partly blocks the sun and wind. Everything to the Freshers’ Fayre’s marquee, factors into it.â€? according to the Head Groundsperson The Student Union denied that the Tony Cambridge. damage caused was solely the fault of

the Refreshers’ Fayre marquee. Manoj Kerai, Activities and Services 2IĂ€FHU VDLG ´7HDPV ZKR WUDLQ RQ WKHĂ€HOGZHUHLQIRUPHGWRQRWSOD\RQ WKH Ă€HOG ZKLOVW LW ZDV ZDWHUORJJHG however continued to do so.â€? Mr Kerai understood student disappointment in not being able to play on WKH EDFN Ă€HOG VSRUWV WHDPV DQG QRQ competitive players alike. He conceded that the decision was sudden, and further confused by the uninformative nature of the signs: “I think it would have been better off sign posted to say ‘No Sports Until Further Notice’, rather than just a ultimatum-ish sign.â€? Nick Jones, of the Estates Department DW*ROGVPLWKVFRQĂ€UPHGWKHGHFLVLRQ but stressed that the ban on sports was not permanent. “The grass has been damaged and needs reseeding,â€? he said. “It can only be done twice a year, and we thought let’s get it done now with the Easter

break coming up.â€? When queried on the confusing lack of information on the signs, Mr.Jones admitted: “The info should have gone out on the GC webmail.â€? After thirty years in the job as groundsperson, Mr. Cambridge says he values WKH EDFN Ă€HOG IRU LWV VLJQLĂ€FDQFH WR student life. “It’s such a great space, especially in New Cross, most people don’t realise it’s here until they see it,â€? he said. “I used to have my school sports day here, so it’s funny how things come full circle.â€? The green’s appearance is in the best interests of the University as a whole, he added: ´$W WKH HQG RI WKH GD\ LW UHĂ HFWV badly on us.â€? He quelled fears over a permanent sports ban- the decree was “just to give it a bit of a rest.â€?

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