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University investigates Union’s VP Sports elections Joe Wilkes & Dan Whiteway

A complaint about the conduct of a student who campaigned to re-open the nominations for the VP Sports position is currently being investigated by the University. Current VP Sports Lauren Ryan lodged a complaint with the University after losing her position to Dan Black following the second round of vote counting, having been ahead by four votes after the first round, in what was the closest contest in years. It is thought that her grievance springs from the controversial R.O.N (re-open nominations) campaign which was run by Niosha Kayhani in the wake of his disqualification for failing to complete the required paperwork. No details have yet been released about the exact nature of the complaint, however it is clear that due to the nature of the AV system used by the Union in elections, the votes for R.O.N - which took third place in the contest – would have had an effect on the result after the redistribution process.

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University seeks NCTJ re-accreditation Anthony Strzalek Deputy Head of News

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The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is reconsidering its decision to remove accreditation for the University's single honours Journalism degree. The NCTJ had revoked accreditation earlier this year, due to the fact that not enough students were sitting the external exams. The University of Portsmouth and the NCTJ are still in ongoing talks about this and the decision could ultimately be reversed. Fergus Carr, the head of school for Social, Literary and Historical studies, said: “The University

has maintained an amicable relationship with the NCTJ with which there have been on-going discussions. “A recent meeting has resulted in the potential for further re-accreditation of the single honours course later this year. This is in no small part to the commitment of the journalism students themselves.” Despite the loss of accreditation, the University stayed as an NCTJ exam centre, meaning all single honours journalism students can still sit their NCTJ exams in Law, Public Affairs, Shorthand, Newswriting, Portfolio, Video Journalism and Sport, as before. The University

also kept up their commitment of paying for each student's first examination in each of the different NCTJ exam subjects. Fergus Carr added: “We had a very positive meeting with the Chief Executive of the NCTJ about the course re-accreditation. Thanks to the journalism students' entry into the professional examinations the NCTJ will consider a re-accreditation event early next academic year. “We will need to have confirmed pass rates demonstrating that in each NCTJ paper a clear majority of students have been successful. If we can achieve that goal there is a real possibility of journalism students graduating

from a fully accredited course.” Owen Thompson, a second year journalism student, said: “At first I was angry that our course no longer had professional accreditation from the NCTJ, but we were soon reassured that nothing would change to our degrees in terms of content, teaching or what exams we could take and the University assured us they would do all they could to get the accreditation back.” The joint honours journalism courses however are unlikely to be re-accredited at the present time because their syllabus outline is less compatible with NCTJ requirements.


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Vice-Chancellor debates fees with students Vanessa Azzopardi Senior Reporter

The University of Portsmouth’s Politics and Debating society held a debate on the 11th May, which discussed the issues surrounding the new tuition fees and what students should expect to receive from the University in the future. People from the audience were given the chance to question an impressive panel which included Vice-Chancellor Professor John Craven, UPSU President Aakash Naik, Associate Dean of SSHLS department Dr. Peter Starie, as well as John Peart from NUS, LibDem and anti-cuts activist Will Purvis, and Graham Goodlad who is Head of Politics at St. John’s College. The society’s current president and presenter for the night, Stephanie Hydon, kicked off the debate by asking “should we [students] expect more if we are paying more?” Vice-Chancellor Craven explained that tuition fees at the University have risen from £3,290 to £8,500 per year to counteract the government spending cuts implemented on universities, therefore, students cannot expect to receive two and a half times the service they are receiving now. The main concern for the people in the audience was that the new system could in fact have a detrimental effect on the quality of service that students will receive, such as the lack of contact hours students will be entitled to. Peart explained how all Higher Education institutes need to determine what they want to spend their money on, however the quality of teaching should be

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their main priority. He also said that many students are currently unaware of where the money they pay for tuition fees actually goes, and so universities in the future should produce a statement giving a detailed explanation of this. With the current rise in tuition fees, Purvis also explained that there has been “a shift in the balance of power” and that students should start demanding to have a greater say in their University’s decisions, while a member of the audience even suggested that students should have the right to vote to choose their university’s head. Vice-Chancellor Craven seemed particularly concerned about the social divide that

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might develop due to the scrapping of certain schemes such as Aim Higher and Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Without Aim Higher children from families with lower incomes will not be given sufficient information about university, including: fees, funding, and courses available. Furthermore, without EMA they would not be getting the extra financial help that they may need. This, Peart agreed, will “decimate people from poorer backgrounds” and it is a “misguided decision for the government to have scrapped the scheme”. Dr Starie reassured the audience by stating that the University is not necessarily in a position that it wants to be in, and said that

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168 hours: the longest library session yet Nandini Indiran

Two students have taken the opportunity to surround themselves with knowledge, after not leaving the University Library for 168 hours. James Davey and Dan Black have decided to make the best of this trial period by spending an entire week in the library, raising money for charity from Monday 9th May to Monday 16th May. The pair only left to attend the Athletic Union (AU) AGM. Dan Black said: “Me and James are good friends but spending 24/7 with someone is a different matter and I’m sure he will agree there were times when we wanted to throttle each other, but anything for charity and I wouldn't have done it with anyone else!” The pair have raised £155 through online donations alone, the rest of the money received is still being counted by the Union. All the money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust hand they aim to raise awareness about the charity, through their tsleepless nights in the library. They also encouraged students to pop in to the library to -donate what they can. n Their message read: “since gyou have all just got your loans in, a quid or two would not go -amiss.” y The Teenage Cancer Trust aims to help and ensure that teenagers and young adults are diagnosed efficiently, treated ef-

fectively, and have the support they need to make it through their treatment and rebuild their lives after cancer. It is claimed that every day in the UK up to six teenagers or young adults (between the ages of 13 and 24) will find out they have cancer, which makes approximately 2,100 new cases a year. If you are interested in being part of the organisation or would like to help out, please take some time to visit their website teenagecancertrust.org For those of you who have missed your chance, you can still do it online, please visit justgiving.com/James-Davey0

24 hour library usage The 24 hour opening trial may be made a permanent feature if all goes well during the month. Over 9,000 students a day have been flocking to the library to finish up their assignments, dissertations and also revise for their exams. Of course there are two sides to the argument, some students claim that 24 hour opening hours is not a good idea. Some argue it isn’t good for health but the supporters regard the new opening hours as an excellent opportunity to stay awake and focus on their studies rather than having a night out getting drunk. That, or be charitable.

Dan Black and James Davey raising money in their lock-in at the library Chi Lau

University Roundup: The best of student media from the UK The Masculinity Exploration Networking Support (MENS) Society at the University of Manchester has had to answer to claims of sexism after they requested to have a stall placed furthest away from feminist societies during a student fair. This request was made because of fear of “distraction”. The MENS society also raised concern about other communist and socialist societies attending the fair – Communist students were referred to as ‘commies’ when the MENS society initially made their placement request. This latest scandal has reinforced suspicion that some have about the nature of the group and calls into question its purpose. Source: student-direct.co.uk

Police investigating the disappearance of Bath Spa University student James Bubear recovered a body from the River Avon. The Avon and Somerset police have formally identified the body as that of Bubear who went missing after a night out on 13th March. His death is not being treated as suspicious. The hunt for Bubear triggered a huge voluntary operation which saw hundreds of people marching through Bath city centre in an attempt to raise awareness about his disappearance. The North East Somerset Council has indicated that they are going to be investigating whether safety measures are needed on the River Avon after three deaths in less than two years. Source: bathimpact.com

Students at the University of Bournemouth have once again been disappointed by the supposed construction of Boscombe’s artificial surf reef. It has been revealed that the builders from New Zealand due to work on the reef are yet to arrive in the country – even though the local tax payer is already funding accommodation for them to stay in. This latest delay is another in a long line of delays which began in 2008 when the project was meant to commence. The reef was to be one of four artificial reefs in the whole world, and the first of its kind in Europe. Source: bwire.co.uk

Helen Alexander is set to become the new University Chancellor at the University of Southampton in July; however, she also holds a role on the board of one of Britain’s largest arms companies. Alexander is a non-executive director within Rolls Royce, a company who produce military jet engines and nuclear reactors. It is locally believed that another link to the arms industry is likely to further incense Southampton based campaigners already angered by the regular presence of arms companies at career fairs on campus, and a long term partnership the University share with BAE Systems. Source: wessex.co.uk

It has been revealed that the University of St Andrews receives more than £100,000 in funding arranged with assistance from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Centre for Syrian Studies, which opened in 2006, has a board of advisers which includes Fawaz Akhras, father-inlaw of al-Assad. The relationship between the University and the Syrian government is under scrutiny because of the current political turmoil in Syria. The University has launched a review into the work of the centre and assures that all staff members are not paid by external forces. Source: thesaint-online.com


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History student to walk 615 miles in a month

Vanessa Azzopardi Senior Reporter

First year History student Alex James Jones will be walking 615 miles for charity in August. Jones plans to walk from Dover all the way to Aberdeen to raise money and awareness for the Spinal Research Charity who are looking into stem cell research that can ultimately help people to walking again after serious spinal injuries. His journey will begin on the

1st August and he expects to reach his final destination just less than 3 weeks later. It is the first time he is attempting to do such a long charity walk, and he explains how he became aware of the need for spinal research when his elder brother suffered from a spinal injury a few years back. He said: “I became more involved in spinal research because of him”, however he is happy to be helping all others

suffering from spinal injuries. Jones aims to cover approximately 30 to 35 miles a day, which should be about 10 to 12 hours a day of walking, during which he will be carrying with him a tent for the night, as well as enough food and water supplies to last him from one town to the next. Jones also said that he has been training everyday to try to build his strength up and be able to walk for longer periods

of time, as well as doing weight training to be able to carry round his supplies. During the majority of the journey he shall be travelling alone, however some friends and family would be joining him in certain parts of his journey. He will keep record by taking several photos which would be uploaded on his website after his journey. Jones explains how he has only recently started fundraising

in Portsmouth as well as back home, and has already received almost £500 in donations from friends and family, and is looking forward to hopefully raising much more money in the coming months. To sponsor Jones and donate money towards Spinal Research charity, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ AlexJones3

Sports Sabbatical officer election marred with complaint Continued from page 1 It is understood that Kayhani has been requested to meet with the University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors, Sally Hartley, to discuss the allegations made against him and to aid her in the investigation. Kayhani said: “I wasn’t running with the intention of sabotaging the elections; my mind frame was to win the elections [as R.O.N] so I could have a second stab at it [as a candidate]. “But after all this controversy and tough work I’d never do it again. Why would I spend that much money and time? If I wanted to affect the outcome I would have got all of my supporters to vote for either Dan Black or Lauren.”

It is unclear exactly what, if any, kind of censure Mr Kayhani could face if he were to be punished for his role in the election campaign which took place before the Easter break. When asked about the complaint, UPSU President Aakash Naik said: “Once the elections are closed, it has to be investigated by the University. Whatever the complaint is, it has to be investigated. “As far as I know, they are reviewing it, and we’re not sure when the decision will come, we just have to wait and see what happens. “Lauren has made her complaint to the University, as she is supposed to do. I can’t speculate on the matter of what exactly she has complained about.”

The complaint leaves the Union in an interesting predicament. Should the University – who have the overall say once the elections process is over and are in the process of investigating the complaint – decide the complaint is valid, there is the possibility of a re-election for the position having to occur. With so little time left in the University year, it could mean the position is left unfilled until an election can take place at the start of the next semester. Naik continued: “I’m not sure how likely it is that they will decide the election was unfair, if it turns out that we do have to have a re-election, but the review by the University is wrapped up after term has finished, we will be forced to have

the re-election next year.” What is clear is that the next meeting of the complete Board of Governors occurs on June 22nd (with the final Student Affairs committee meeting of the year already having taken place earlier this month), meaning that should the investigation be resolved by then and the University determines that a re-election should occur, it will have to take place at the start of next semester in September. This is the first time a R.O.N campaign has had so much effect on the outcome of a vote in the Union. It is this, along with the hardline tactics used by Kayhani – which included bringing laptops into nightclubs to encourage social acquaintances to vote and

a presence by the voting stalls to raise awareness of the R.O.N campaign – that has led to the complaint. It is understood that Black has now suspended his studies. The possibility of a re-election leaves the victorious candidate in a precarious position, with no degree and no job. Kayhani ran a R.O.N campaign with the aim of causing the elections to be reopened, giving him the chance to run in the reelection. It is not clear when the review by the University will be complete. The University, Ryan and Black all declined to comment.

Dan Black and Lauren Ryan in the Question Time style debate, held prior to the elections in March this year Chris Yeoh

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Union wins Green Impact award Eliomar Delgado

The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union has won the golden award for Green Impacts’ scheme to help the environment. The past 2 years that the UPSU has been involved in the scheme, we have only achieved a silver award for our efforts but this year we take gold. Another 27 unions across the country achieved gold, 33 achieved silver and 15 achieved bronze all in an attempt to improve the environment. Susan Nash, NUS’s Vice President Society and Citizenship, said: “A record total of 88 unions were involved this year”. She continued: “They captured an array of novel ideas, including energy audits of student homes, a rooftop vegetable garden with bee hives and a part-time carnivore scheme to reduce the consumption of meat”. The winning idea was the

Loughborough Student’s union with them installing fridges fitted energy-saving automatic blinds in their shop and for their Experience the world, a scheme that helps students carry out conservation projects overseas. The Award assessed a large range of practices such as the use of electricity, recycling and procurement - and this year the Students Centre increased its score in all categories. To achieve this award, the UPSU worked together with various volunteer groups, the Waterhole, University catering and the University Energy and environment manager Ian McCormack. UPSU project leader Declan Coyle said:“Over the last three years UPSU has made some fundamental changes to our working practices and campaigns to promote energy efficiency whilst working closely

with the University, Waterhole Bar and University Catering to ensure everyone at the Students centre building is building upon this great success.” This year the Waterhole managed to send over 80% of its waste to be recycled. Other successes include the catering winning the 2010 Good Egg award and Good Chicken award for their use of free range chickens; also because of the University’s carbon management plan. A big thanks has to go to the UPSU staff who have changed their work habits to reduce energy consumption. The achievements of this year have come about because of great determination collectively from the whole University. Nash said: “with all 88 unions together it has demonstrated that we have made a really positive impact on the environment.”

Protesters are set to cycle naked through Portsmouth’s streets to highlight oil dependency and to celebrate cycling. The World Naked Bike Ride as it’s called, will occur on the 10th of June and will be a 3 mile nude ride along Southsea seafront. It is the first time the event has been held in Portsmouth and it will be followed by a night-time cycle in Southampton, where it had been held for the past five years. A Memorial to one of Portsmouth’s most renowned First World War heroes has been restored. The bench, dedicated to Sgt James Ockendon, who was awarded the Military Medal, the Belgian Croiz de Guerre and the Victoria Cross after action in Belgium in October 1917, has been given a new lease of life. Portsmouth Craft and Manufacturing Industries workers gave the bench, situated in Burgoyne Gardens, Southsea, a much needed facelift. HMS St Albans, which is based in Portsmouth, is due to set sail this Tuesday for a 6 month operation in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. The Type-23 frigate will take over duties from HMS Iron Duke in patrolling busy

shipping lanes and providing security for coalition forces in the area. HMS St Albans weighs 4,900 tonnes and her work will include counter-terrorism, antipiracy operations and both exercises and operations with regional naval forces. Portsmouth residents have been invited to come forward and donate wood to a boat-building art project. Art group, Lone Twin, will accept anything which represents part of the donator’s life, from pencils to pianos in order to create a 30 foot sailing boat. The boat will be sailed along the south coast up to London in June next year, to mark the opening of the London Olympics. A Southsea dog has joined the league of famous dogs in the music industry after he was picked for the cover of a music star’s new album. Seasick Steve, a blues musician, picked the Labrador-collie cross, called Twm, the Welsh name for Tom, to be on the front cover of his new record You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks. Twm’s owner, Claire Sambrook got a phone call from the star after she posted a picture of Twm paddling at Eastney beach on the internet.

Tom Worman, Declan Coyle and Aakash Naik at the awards ceremony NUS

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Union volunteers to host summer fete Anthony Strzalek Deputy Head of News

University of Portsmouth student volunteers are holding a summer fete in order to raise money for the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund. The event, organised by Volunteering in Portsmouth (VIP), will be held on the 28 May at Ravelin Park and will run from 11am to 4pm. As well as students, the whole community is invited to the charity event. VIP President, Emily Ohlsson, said “Choosing the charity was a hard decision; VIP wanted a charity that could relate to the local community and reflect the

nature of the city we live in. “After a lot of thinking, we decided that the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust was ideal as many families in Portsmouth have a direct or indirect link to an individual in the Navy and this charity endeavors to help naval personnel throughout their lives.” There is hoped to be around 20 student volunteers who will help run some of the activities. The activities on the day will include a BBQ, bouncy castle, rodeo bull, bungee run, free craft activities, stage performances, a balloon release and there is even the possibility to wax the RAG’s

very own Environmental Coordinator, James Coultrip. Emily Ohlsson said “The Summer Fete, is the biggest event VIP has ever done in terms of location, activities and attendees. I am hoping, if this is a success, that the event will become an annual event!” VIP hopes to raise £1000 and although the event is free to attend, there will be a small charge for some activities, like the rodeo bull and bouncy castle. Ohlsson added “I am happy with anything we raise as the event is to bring the local community and students together,

which is the most important thing.” Amy Baker, VP for Welfare and Volunteering said “I definitely think holding charity events are good for the community. From the great work of all our students this year we have managed to raise the most amount ever to go to charity currently standing at £23,928. “This money goes to both local and national charities and helps a lot of individuals within Portsmouth. “It also allows residents to see students in a different light, one of being a part of the community and helping individuals and or-

ganisations who are struggling in the current climate to continue the fantastic work they are doing. “Hopefully through our community, forums and reps we can build a partnership with residents in order to fundraise and volunteer together, working towards a better Portsmouth.” VIP recently won the Union activity of the year 2010/11 at the annual Students’ Union Awards Ball. VIP need face painters for the event, if you would like to volunteer and get involved in this or any other way, email vip@upsu.net


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Whopper way into education! Burger King’s investment in to education is the start of a truly market based education Sam “Goose” Jones `VP Academic Affairs

I found out today that Burger King and MTV are in cohorts to pay for a student’s tuition fees for a year. In the week following the government announcement that businesses and charities should be able to pay for additional places at University. Burger King have clearly seen the ‘government-recommended’ business opportunity. They have launched a competition to help promote MTV’s new show, Hellcats, with the winner receiving a year’s tuition (old fee regime) free. To help shed some light on this, students in futher education are currently competing with each other and other applicants to ‘win’ their place at university. To enter this ‘competition’ it takes 47 lines and 4000 characters for the UCAS personal state-

ment. This statement supports you selling yourself as an investment to a university if they make you an offer. The offer and acceptance onto a course thus allowing students to access the publicly-funded tuition fee loan. Of course this makes a stark comparison with winning this commercial competition which is of no cost to the taxpayer or to the student in the future. However, the effort for the latter consists of stating in 50 words why Burger King should pay your fees for a year. As much as I dislike the idea of business funding extra places at university, there is a large part of me that probably agrees with the principle. Talented pupils should be able to become students and if businesses should wish to sponsor students it should be based on the students potential investment for that business or charity.

Just like the public investment in university education gets gains for the public, so should be the same for businesses and charities for individual investment. The danger is often said, by myself too, that this will mean business will have a higher stake in the way universities are managed and more so in the courses that are offered and the skills that are gained. There is some stead in the argument that university and education needs to prepare you for employment and that universities already respond to trends in employers demands. However, what we do need is the public investing in education and individuals for its own benefit, thus shaping higher education for the public good. A cheap competition, that merely commercialises and undermines a fight that many millions have taken this

year against cuts to public services and education. It is exactly what we do not need. I am sure many current students across the UK will enter the competition and even more after reading this, and that is a sign of a great marketing idea. It is still not money in the pocket of students that struggle to complete their studies each year. It merely will result in a reduced debt (approx £3k less) after graduating. It is still not a recognition of the actual experience of our students of the current and future fees regime. After fighting all year on defending public investment in higher education, I feel I was barking up the wrong tree. Perhaps our campaign should have targeted more faceless conglomerates. Perhaps each student should have written personal statements to all businesses to in-

vest in their education. Perhaps this Burger King competition is a trial of a new super-fast university application process. Perhaps McDonalds, Burger King and Mickey Mouse degrees are an actual reality after years of joking about it. The one thing I can say about this competition is that is has inspired me to explain, in less than 50 words, why the public should pay tuition fees and perhaps Burger King can let the government know on our behalf. “Dear Burger King, Education is about developing your knowledge and skills as an individual for the benefit of those around you. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding is what has driven society throughout time, and this should be endless. Academic disciplines will come and go but that fact will remain. From The Public”

Sexism is still a major barrier on the road to an Equal World Women still have a wall to climb, but it can be achieved in small steps Becky Gardner Women’s Officer Elect

When asked during the question time debates what was the biggest issue facing female students, I struggled. Not because I couldn’t think of any, but because there are just so many issues that face female students it sometimes seems hard to know where to start. Yet many people still feel that having a women’s officer is unnecessary and question why we don’t have a men’s officer. It is this attitude that is so damaging for the women’s movement as well as insulting for female students. Despite the politically correct gloss on everything we still don’t have an equal society and sexism and sexist attitudes are just as pervasive as they were in the past. Think about the 1 in 7 female students who experience a serious physical or sexual assault during their studies and then tell me there aren’t issues which affect women. Think about the pregnant student who feels forced to choose between abortion and dropping out of university as if those are the only options available and

then say female students don’t need specific support services. Think about the women who feel inferior and devalued, every day, because they are the only women studying their course and only have male lecturers and then tell me female students don’t need representation. Think about the women who feel unable to attend the Waterhole because of fear of sexual harassment and sexist insults. Think about the student mother attempting to find accommodation but the University’s Student Housing department can’t help because she isn’t looking for a ‘student house’. Think about the female student stripping in her spare time to subsidise the cost of her studies. And then think about the 19.8% pay gap compared with the consistently higher grades of women and the fact more women have a degree than men. And now we are all thinking, how about we start changing things? Some of the issues might not affect you. You might not think they affect your girlfriend or your best friend or not even anyone on your course. But the sta-

tistics speak for themselves and I haven’t yet met a woman who isn’t affected by at least one of the issues raised. As women’s officer next year I want to make a real and lasting different to the lives of female students but I can’t do it on my own. For as many hours as I intend to spend campaigning for zero tolerance on sexual harassment, pressurising university management to consider the disproportionate affect of higher education cuts and fighting for better services for students with dependants there needs to be people willing defy the status quo. Whether it be through challenging sexist comments made amongst friends or objecting to posters that misrepresent women. Make it okay for the women around you to be who they want to be and not who they, or society, thinks they should be. And on issues as serious as sexual assault let take a stand, regardless of gender, and say it is never okay, in any circumstances, to impose yourself on someone else. Just remember you don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.

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Police should protect the people not the pylons Policing of major protests shows where the interests of the state lies Sam Bogg

At the time of writing, 138 UKuncutters were due in court under charges of aggravated trespass for their occupation of Fortnum and Mason on March 26th.

These arrests and other actions by the police are for one thing: to put people off protesting

In its short existence, UKuncut has had a bigger effect than some groups make in their entire lifespan. Along with the Student Protests of late 2010, the group helped break the consensus around the ConDem austerity plans. However, not only were these occupations damaging for their targets but they were embarrassing for the police and the arrests at Fortnum were the police’s response. After failing to curtail direct action and civil disobedience on anti-cuts marches and every other weekend UKuncut call an action, the police are now making it impossible for groups to organise and make joining a protest less appealing. In the run up to the Royal Wedding, several squats and

Fortnum and Mason occupied by protesters during the March 26th protests Grim23/Dominic Alves At the same time, activists thing: to put people off protest- street theatre or to arrest somecommunity centres were raided despite no plans to disrupt the were rounded up and charged ing. The government is slowly one speaking through a megawedding unless parent-toddler with suspicion of conspiracy realising that it is losing support phone against war than they do yoga classes and independent to cause a public nuisance and for its austerity plans and is de- to deal with violent assault or film viewings threaten a repub- forbid from entering London termined to crush any dissent. muggings, it raises the question lican uprising. The justification without evidence. Even Alfie With looming cuts and job loss- what are the police really for? for these raids could not even be Meadows, the student who had es to the police, they are more And more and more people are decided by the police. Report- to undergo emergency brain than willing to prove that they coming to the conclusion that ing from one of the raids, one surgery as a result of police bru- are of use to the government. they are there to protect the stajournalist was given three differ- tality has been charged with vio- When police arrive faster and tus quo, business and property in greater numbers to stop stu- of the wealthy, rather than to ent reasons ranging from stolen lent disorder. These arrests and other ac- dents occupying their university, keep ordinary people safe. goods to “about the Royal Wedtions by the police are for one or a group planning intelligent ding”.

The end of a chapter, the start of another Alex Vince

The death of Osama Bin Laden brings an end to a decade of fear. One of the strangest memories I have is of a school field. Kids laughing, running to and fro, a ball being kicked around at the first break of the day. A tranquil image of an ideal youth. It was on this field, between kids who had no real concept of the country at large, never mind the world, that the news spread. Something had happened in America, and it was terrible. Names and places that held no significance to a ten year old were thrown about, but the actions and moods of the staff were enough to get the gravity across. That was the September the eleventh when the news broke, and it set a tone for the

decade to come. Ever since then, there have been monsters under the bed. A generation who had never experienced the threat of war had a bogey man, who was so fearsome that the adults around them couldn’t help showing signs of uncertainty. An enemy existed in the shadows, people who threatened everything we held dear. The inability to know where they were, what or who they would strike at created such a culture of fear that it seemed to spread into every part of our lives. This fear saw the rise of cameras to watch us, the strengthening of the police that surrounded us. This fear informed us of the threat to ourselves every day, and this fear helped drive us to war. Osama Bin Laden was the face of it, the

hidden threat. He was the enemy personified, the representation of everything that had happened since that terrible day ten years ago. And now, he is gone. Certainly, this is not the end. The course the west has taken over the last decade, the interactions with the Middle East will not simply reverse themselves, we won’t suddenly see our troops all return home or a generation of peace fall across the world. But that link, the face of the threat, is gone. With him goes the fear, the justifications for many of the terrible things we have done. His death is the end of a chapter, and the chance to start writing a new one. Osama Bin Laden was a useful idea to certain members of our society, who did not have

New hope: the Twin Towers memorial Dov Harrington our best interests at heart. That idea was independent of any actions the man actual took, it was the idea that helped remind people that there were things to fear in the dark, to invest our trust in security and control. Bin Laden could have been killed and the idea would have lived on, and we might never have known. But by proclaiming to the world “Bin Laden is dead!”, that idea is put to rest. An end to the war on terror is suddenly in sight, as is the chance to escape the fear that saw the war in Iraq break out, that saw it drag on and saw

misery and destruction radiate from it. The monster we were always told was under our beds has suffered a crippling blow, the idea that saw the destruction of so much trust. Though so much damage may have been done by that idea, now there is a chance to heal. To reflect on what we let happen, and to make amends with those wrongly blamed. The mass hysteria that told us that monsters hid in the dark is finally dying down, and we must take this opportunity to try and make sure it never rises again.


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“Given the way women dress these days, rape is a normal reaction.” This shocking statement was said, not by some ineffectual moron making a throwaway comment, but by a highranking judge presiding over a rape case of a fifteen year old girl. More recently a Canadian policeman told a group of girls at a health and safety talk that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimised,” remarks which

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sparked off a campaign around the world called “slutwalks.” This empowering protest serves to tell the world that we, as women, are fed up of this culture of blame surrounding sexual abuse victims.

sulting all those who have been victim of rape. We should live in a society that protects the victims, not blames them, and hopefully this will be something that these “slutwalks” will achieve.

For some reason there is the idea that pervades our culture that if a woman is raped,

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then she is to blame. If she was scantilyclad; if she was drunk; if she was flirting, then somehow, she deserves the horrific, violent act that was carried out against her. This is a ridiculous and offensive idea, in-

24 hour library needs to be a permanent fixture

Dear Sir/Madam, At the moment the University library is open round the clock to cater for impending deadlines that hang over students.

The flurry of activity at 3’oclock in the morning as people madly scrambles to print bibliographies while drinking their weight in ASDA brand stimulants is not only hilarious but also instils a sense of community that is severely lacking most of the time in the library. The sense that even as your mind and body are shutting down, as the birds start singing, there are hundreds of people sat around you in exactly the same position furiously typing away. I know it’s been said before but I think it the library should be open every day all day. This isn’t just a cry out of some mis-

guided want for everyone to make friends. Access to the library for 24 hours needs to be mandatory. There have been many times when the ominous call of the library tanoy echoed around, declaring it’s closure at 12 o’clock at night thinking, ‘Just one more hour. One more hour to get this done to avoid the impending mad scramble at 9 in the morning before the hand in deadline’. But this extends beyond a general annoyance. Every other University student I know had 24 hour access to their library and has said they couldn’t do without it. I’m not sure whether this is a budgetary thing within the Uni, that they don’t have the funds, or whether they just can’t find anyone to man the desks and patrol the library all night. But to be honest I would be up for the task. Give me a taser and a can of Red Bull and the library would be the safest place in

the world at 4 o’clock in the morning. Or we could work out a rotary system where every student has to do it at once a semester. That way it would be a shared responsibility whilst saving the university money. Seriously though I’m not in the minority here with this issue. I know countless people in and around the university who would support and have even campaigned for the library to be open longer and yet it hasn’t or is yet happen. 24 hour opening the week before deadlines is a step in the direction and shows how easy and productive it can be; now it just needs to be made a permanent thing. David Hudson

Amnesty’s 50th anniversary

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It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness, Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation, is celebrating 50 years of work on 28th May 2011. When Peter Benson wrote the article in the Observer, entitled “Forgotten Prisoners”, calling for a worldwide amnesty for prisoners of conscience, he could never have envisioned that his small group of volunteers would become the organisation it is today. With three million members, in 150 countries and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, Amnesty International is at the forefront of the advancement of both

the universality and indivisibility of all human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Events over the last six months have offered an unprecedented opportunity for human rights change, starting with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in November and continuing today with the Arab Spring revolutions. However this change stands on a knife-edge, events in the Middle East and North Africa have highlighted the crucial role of local communities and the need for global solidarity with them. At the university there are many ways to get involved and help Amnesty continue their work, the Amnesty International society

(AIUP) has many exciting events coming up over the next twelve months to celebrate their 50th year. Firstly we start our celebrations this Saturday with a fun stall at the VIP Summer Fete, where we will have our very own Amnesty candle and birthday cake. Then on Monday 30th we will be partying in style with our award winning Jamnesty gig at the Fat Fox (Albert Road), there will be musical entertainment from four awesome bands including Code 11 and Chumbak Chumbak. Tickets can be purchased on the door (£3/5 members/ non-members). As Kate Allen, director of AIUK said “If the bad news is the world still needs Amnesty, the good news is Amnesty is still going strong.”

Adam Bright

A message to all media volunteers Dear Pugwash News,

As this is the last ever Monday I’ll spend checking through Pugwash News to make sure it’s not going to get us sued, I thought I’d take the chance to properly congratulate the team that made it all happen. These are the people who are constantly in the Activities Centre, working non-stop to put out a newspaper every two weeks. They often go totally unnoticed, but I can promise you

they are the hardest working volunteers in the Union. We’ve had our ups and downs, but it’s been a great year. The team have done fantastically well under the leadership of Ben, the most dedicated and committed editor Pugwash could have ever hoped for. Saying that, all the media volunteers have gone above and beyond this year, and I can’t thank them enough. From Pure FM putting up with a leaky studio for half the year, to UPSU TV in their first year with a fully

elected committee, not forgetting Pugwash News and Mag, putting out high quality publications and getting countless students involved. Without sounding too emotional, I want to wish all the volunteers the best of luck in their studies and whatever they move onto next. If you all go on in life with even half the enthusiasm you’ve put into media, I know you’ll go far. Laura Stevenson, current VP Democracy & Communications


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Features Living

What would Kim and Aggie say?

Trafalgar Halls UoP Battling through the mess alone, she pulled the kitchen bin back and found a dead mouse, the size of a 15cm ruler. She recalls that it took her about

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So the end of the year has finally rolled round and alarm bells are ringing in the ears of every student, it is house inspection time. The idea of losing our deposits or having to pay reams of money to cover costs is enough to give the best of us a few grey hairs. So we cover our trails of destruction with a deep spring clean and hope the authorities buy it. Be careful, because through this you are likely to uncover things that are better left secret. A dead mouse. That was the specimen that revealed itself to student tenants in a house in Southsea. Whilst fluttering around the house like Snow White, Jenna Maloney chose to tackle the mountain of bin bags in the kitchen.

5 minutes to calm down, ‘I really couldn’t deal with it and I literally ran out of the house screaming.’ After bickering over who would dispose of the rodent and briefly dismissing the idea of eating it, the mouse was scooped up and thrown outside. A similar story unfolded around the same last year, but on a much larger scale. The end of term is always when student filth reaches its peak and with Spring’s climbing temperatures, this is not a shining combination. Student accommodation, Trafalgar Halls was struck by a cockroach infestation after a student allegedly brought his pet insect from home to show flatmates. After the female cockroach laid her eggs, the infants spread throughout several of the upper floors. The situation was resolved by temporarily moving the affected students to vacant rooms and employing pest control to sweep the influenced area. Pinky Hon, a second year on housing executive committee offers her explanation as to why these situations occur saying that ‘Students are used to their mess and so are not conscious of how smells, so germs and bacteria can build up.’ Local residents can relate to these repulsive inconveniences, with over 1664 rat related calls being placed to Portsmouth City Council last year. Now Portsmouth rat catchers on average receive 5 calls a day from the area’s residents. Portsmouth’s Victorian sewage system is thought to have contributed to their vast numbers. Constructed out of pitch fibre, the pipe’s material is easily nibbled through by any critter.

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Tweeting police: “read a crime” as it happens

Police Sergeant Rob Sutton Tweets an update whilst on duty Dan Chesterton Ben Fishwick

When I met Sergeant Rob ‘SARGE’ Sutton, he was busy typing on his phone. But the leader of Portsmouth’s city centre police unit wasn’t being rude, he was just telling his followers that he had arrived at the Students’ Union for an interview. The City Centre Unit (CCU), led by Sgt Sutton, tweet regularly about their day-to-day experiences policing Portsmouth’s shopping areas. Many police forces have taken to Twitter in recent years, including the Greater Manchester force who tweeted every 999 call for a 24 hour period back in October 2010. Yet the chief success of Portsmouth’s CCU police’s use of Twitter has been the shedding of the corporate image. The team of ten, including seven PCs and two PCSOs, is led by chief-tweeter SARGE. The Twitter account, @ pompeyccupolice, has attracted just under a thousand followers since January 2010, with their mission aim

to “inform, educate and entertain.” This wasn’t always the case, when the team first started tweeting they weren’t allowed to mention the cakes they had brought in for one of their member’s birthdays. Sgt Sutton explained that the police need to communicate in new innovative ways: “We actually did it as another way of communicating to our neighbourhood, the community we look after. “Quite often we do newsletters, which is the traditional way. But with a newsletter, as soon as that’s published it’s out of date, so we wanted to keep things more current and to explain to people not only what we do but the things that are happening where you live, where you shop, where you visit. “We don’t want to paint a dark picture of crime but we put some interesting things on there.” He added that: “We’re trying to break down the barriers a bit, we’re not hidden in vehicles or in buildings. My team are certainly out and about on foot because we look after the retail areas. “Please do come up to us

and ask us your questions, if we can engage with people on social media we’ll do it that way as well.” The police are evidently searching for new methods of communicating with the public but interestingly this two-way communication has led to a few arrests: “We’ve had a couple of arrests because of information we’ve had that has come via Twitter, but we wouldn’t recommend that people do that because it’s in a public environment. and they open themselves up to the possibility of exposing who they are. “We’ve only got nearly 1,000 followers so compared to the 140,000 people in Portsmouth it’s a very small following, so the likelihood of that information getting out is very slim anyway but we recommend that if you want to report crime you phone up and do it through the normal channels.” The remit of the CCU is only in the daytime in the city centre shopping areas but they regularly update their followers about other police units in the city. Sgt Sutton said: “We had

one where someone threw a bike on a railway line in Cosham, now that’s nothing to do with city centre but we put it on Twitter and our response units were driving towards it as well as a nearby firearms unit, then the train arrived and hit the bike. “The Pompey News cut and pasted in the story the next day. That made us suddenly realise that we have to be very mindful of what we’re putting on Twitter.” Even when back in the office the team tweet, updating their followers on events out in the city, so that they are able to “read a crime happening.” The team are careful about who they follow too, avoiding celebrities, with one exception: “We only follow about 20 [police forces], we can’t follow celebrities because that wouldn’t be appropriate for us as police. However, we do follow Jake Humphrey because I’m Formula One mad!” With more and more police teams joining Twitter we could see a very new ‘ello The @pompeyccupolice Twitter feed ‘ello ‘ello.


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The end of Pompey’s cultural scene?

Becka Hogg Deputy Features Editor

St. Peter’s Theatre in Southsea faces an uncertain future. The centre, which campaigners say is “absolutely at the heart of the city’s thriving theatre scene” may be forced to close should St Peter’s Church on Fraser Road relocate and sell the church and it’s adjoining theatre, which it also owns and runs. The theatre, built in 1923 to host amateur theatre groups from the Portsmouth area, has been at the heart of the community’s art scene for nearly 90 years. Campaigners believe it is of great importance to the local community, and its size and facilities are unmatched to similar venues in the area. One Portsmouth student, who saw a student-led performance there only this week, said that “to lose such a local and intimate venue would be very sad for Portsmouth.” Last year we brought you the news that on March 10th, Portsmouth’s only independent cinema, No. 6 Cinema, was to close while it worked on a new business model to make the trust

more financially sound, and to enable it to re-open in September of this year. The cinema, which is housed at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and owned by Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, has a policy to ‘“programme world cinema’s new and recent releases, together with cult and classic movies.” However, the cinema struggled to cover expenses, and with often as little as 10 people attending a showing, when 35 people are required to cover costs, the cinema was forced to close for a second time. Milly Youngman, who performed in a student-led production at St Peter’s theatre this month, said “St Peter’s is the only theatre in the country specially built by the church for the community to use. It’s a beautiful venue that allows the local community to be involved in the arts, and venues like this need to be preserved” As Portsmouth’s only independent cinema closes, and now the theatre at the heart of the cultural community faces closure also, does this spell out the death of Portsmouth’s cultural scene?

St Peter’s Theatre in Southsea faces closure Sarah Jackson With a wide range of attractions, including history, music, festivals, museums and galleries, Portsmouth certainly has a lot still to offer, and perhaps things are not as negative as these closures would suggest. With venues such as The Wedgewood Rooms, Kings Theatre

and New Theatre Royal, as well as Portsmouth’s museums and monuments dedicated to the region’s local history, there still remains a strong cultural and creative scene in our area. However, these places only exist because of the interest they receive from the community.

Make the most of all that Portsmouth has to offer; otherwise we may be seeing closures, such as that of No. 6 Cinema, becoming widespread, which would truly spell out disaster for a city full of cultural possibilities.

Radiologists launch new society at Union and friendly, and encourage all students to get involved.

Radsoc has been strongly involved within the local and University community

Radsoc Society with members of the Swim team on a social Tiffany Chalcraft

This time last year the Radiographers of the University of Portsmouth were not represented and were not involved within the Students’ Union. However, this all changed and in May 2010 Radsoc was formed.

With over 70 members, some who are not even Radiographers, it is clear that the society has been a hit with students and has been strongly involved within the local and University community. Radsoc welcomed their fresher’s with an educational

pub crawl down Guildhall and gave productive advice about the places to socialise and how to survive the course. Further socials followed that involved Pharmacists, History students and the University of Portsmouth Swim team. The society have proven to be welcoming

The Christmas Season saw the reunion of Radsoc after the Radiographers had been working hard in hospitals in the Hampshire community. The Christmas dinner was a success with 40 guests, including different years of Radiographers and Pharmacy friends. The highlight of the year was the Radsoc Tour, which took place in London. The University of Portsmouth Radiographers took to the streets of London proudly wearing their tour shirts, visiting the sites and enjoyed the upbeat night life in Covent Garden.

The Radsoc is soon to be passed onto the new committee and I am sure will continue to be a hit and success within the local community and amongst students. With a graduation ball coming up and supporting candidates in the University election, the Radiographers are continuing to get involve in University life and offering support to fellow students. Whether a Radiographer or not, you are always welcome to join Radsoc. It is a brilliant way to meet other students, socialise, help the local community, be involved within the University Student Union, and of course learn more about the wonderful world of X-rays! While November saw the 115th anniversary of the discovery of the x-ray, Radsoc has begun to find its place, and the future is looking bright!


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Arts & Entertainment What’s Hot At Home: A Short History of Private Life- Bill Bryson Dan Whiteway Arts & Ents Editor Say what you like about the fat-arsed, ginger-bearded, American but he is a masterful writer. This book looks at an untold history; the one of how we live and the history of home. Riveting... but with Bryson, it should be entertaining and informative. The Hangover Part II (In cinemas 26th May) Sophie Worrell Deputy Arts & Ents Editor Our favourite mismatched foursome are back. This time they’re in Thailand for Stu’s wedding, and his pre-wedding brunch doesn’t exactly go to plan. I’m guessing they get drunk, which can only mean 102 minutes of comedic brilliance! Brink (out now on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) Lewis Dowling Internet and Gaming Editor Objective based multiplayer. Maps based in science fiction lore. Guns. Shooting. Customisable characters. More guns. More shooting. Parkour. More guns. More Objectives. Go buy! Battles - Gloss Drop (Out 6th June) Paul Miller Music Editor It may have already leaked a few weeks ago but for those with any moral issues over getting a sneaky copy, this is worth the wait. Twelve tracks of beautiful, incomprehensible noise. Diary of a whimpy kid: Rodrick Rules (out in cinemas 27th May) Hannah Whitnall Screen Editor This hyperactive comedy will have you in stitches; its simple, funny and knows a lot about how a teenager functions in high school. Rockin’ On Heavens Door (King’s Theatre, 3rd June) Sam Rohde Culture Editor The clue is in the title really; take a journey back to an era when a genre of music took the charts by storm. The show contains excellent portrayals of musical icons such as Elvis Pressley, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.

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The Simpsons vs. South Park vs. Family Guy

The year is 1989 and revolutions are taking place in East Germany, Poland, Hungary and in the world of television; Matt Groening is about to change animation forever and this revolution will be broadcast etc. Up until this point, all successful TV animations were aimed at children. Think The Jetsons, The Flintstones, The Looney Tunes and various Hanna-Barbara classics. The Simpsons would be the trail blazer for the animation aimed more at adults with its own brand of political and social messages. In the twenty-two years since, the genre has exploded. We’ve had Dilbert, The PJs, Futurama, American Dad!, Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill to name but six. But, in terms of longevity, The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy are the real success stories. So, which one is best? If we are going on pure quality of output for the longest amount of time, The Simpsons wins hands down. It has been one of the smartest shows on TV, consistently, for over 20

years now and is, arguably, the greatest cultural product television has produced. Its characters are recognisable from LA to London, Bangkok to Basra. The quality of gueststar voice acting talent it has attracted (itself an innovation in animation) is without equal. However, unquestionably, it has peaked and said peak was well over a decade ago now, probably between seasons 8 and 12, although it has been experiencing something of a renaissance in the last couple of years. In this time, Family Guy and South Park have certainly been funnier and, in the latter case anyway, far cleverer and

satirical. South Park, for my money, started out as a very immature show that was over-reliant on swearing and fart jokes, the stigma from which, it suffered from unfairly for a number of years. From around Season 7, the show seemed to grow up immeasurably; tackling key sociopolitical topics (from Scientology to sex-ed at schools), successfully satirising them whilst keeping the guiltypleasure toilet humour. At the other end of the spectrum (as tackled in a Season 10 episode of South Park) Family

Guy does not tend to take on the social commentator role that it’s two rivals do, preferring to go for straight comedy. When it works, it is absolutely glorious, as in evidence from Season 3 to 5 when the show was, by far and away, the funniest of the three shows. However, when it doesn’t work (and, in this observers opinion, it hasn’t worked for three years or so now) it becomes something of a chore to watch. It is arguable that American Dad! has overtaken it in quality in recent years. Clearly, 500 words is nowhere near enough space to do justice to the relative merits of each of these three very good TV shows (5000 words probably isn’t enough) but a decision must be made else this exercise has been a waste of yours and mine time. Verdict: For longevity, originality and as it is the only one of the three which I would happily watch any episode of, The Simpsons wins with South Park running a close second and Family Guy lagging behind. As a final thought however, three years ago, I probably would have ranked The Simpsons in last with South Park topping the list; amazing how quickly perspectives can change.

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Wed 25th Fred Goater’s Tea Dance at Southampton Guildhall Thurs 26th The Harlem Gospel Choir at the Kings Theatre, Mona at the Wedgewood Rooms Fri 27th Al Murray at Portsmouth Guildhall, Young Knives at the Wedgewood Rooms Sat 28th Buble Fever at New Theatre Royal Sun 29th Ponyo and American Beauty screenings as part of the Daisy Chain Film Festival at the Kings Theatre, Frank Turner at the Wedgewood Rooms, Mark Flanagan at the Cellars

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Weds 1st Mark Thomas at New Theatre Royal Thurs 2nd Piaf the Songs at New Theatre Royal, The Duke Spirit at the Wedgewood Rooms, D:Ream at the Cellars Fri 3rd Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door at the Kings Theatre. Sat 4th Motown’s Greatest Hits- How Sweet It Is at Kings Theatre, King Hammond at the Cellars

The Hangover Part II (in cinemas May 26th) Dan Whiteway Arts & Ents Editor Comedy sequels are great and funny and original and not just a method of making more money because the name will sell regardless of the quality on offer. What? They’re not you say. But The Hangover Part II will be different, right? No. Prom (In cinemas 3rd June) Sophie Worrell Deputy Arts & Ents Editor When I saw that Disney have made another film, the child inside me filled with glee. Prom is about a group of teenagers preparing for their high school prom. I’m not kidding. D:ream (The Cellars, Eastney, June 2nd) Paul Miller Music Editor If I was Brian Cox, and the success of Wonders of the Universe was dying down, I would most definitely go back on tour with my old band D:ream. Unfortunately, I am not Brian Cox, and he will not be joining his former band to play. Brink (out now on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360) Lewis Dowling Internet and Gaming Editor Bugs. Lag. No sound. Can’t connect. Come on! Work! Why’s that happening? This is stupid. Rage. More bugs. More lag. Why won’t you die? I spent £30 on this? Bugs! Help! X-Men: First Class (in cinemas June 3rd) Hannah Whitnall Screen Editor I think it’s fair to say that at the moment there are an abundance of action films that step up to the mark. So why do they keep bringing out new X Men? The previous trilogy lacked characterisation. Let’s hope this one gives audiences refreshing new action. Roy Chubby Brown (King’s Theatre, 2nd June) Sam Rohde Culture Editor Standing on stage and being sexist, racist and god knows what else does not constitute stand-up comedy. Rightly so, his disgusting personality places him miles away from TV comedy- but the fact that he still plays shows is ridiculous. Let’s hope he dies on stage.


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Bestival have still got a Sunday night headliner, literally hundreds of top drawer turns and plenty of crazy fun and games to announce so be sure to keep checking www.bestival.net for all the latest action.

Festival Preview Paul Miller Music Editor

There are not many festivals where you’ll find Robert Smith and Flavor Flav in neighbouring dressing rooms, but then again, there are not many festivals that offer a Wall of Death, Crazy Golf and a Roller Disco as extra attractions. Perhaps that’s why Bestival is now in its eighth year, and was named as the UK’s Best Major Festival in 2010. Radio One’s Rob Da Bank created Bestival back in 2004 and since then it’s grown in size from 10,000 to 55,000 attendees and has showcased everyone from the Sugarhill Gang to the Stranglers over the years. 2011 is no exception when it comes to great line-ups, and the third headliner hasn’t even been announced yet. The main stage action will culminate on Friday with a set from Pendulum to kick off the weekend, while Saturday night plays host to The Cure – who will have no trouble with the fancy dress theme- for their only British date of the year. Speaking of fancy dress, this year’s theme is ‘Popstars, Rockstars and Divas’, which leaves things pretty open when you consider the diversity of the line-up. Elsewhere over the weekend hip-hop fans can be satisfied by a set from the legendary Public Enemy as well as Grandmaster Flash and the pioneering DJ Yoda. Primal Scream will be playing their classic 1991 album, ‘Screamadelica’ in its brilliant entirety. Beach Boy Brian Wilson will be provoking Good Vibrations (as well as bad puns), while Toots and the Maytals will be leading the reggae contingent that Rob Da Bank is always sure to include. Following their August show at the Wedgewood Rooms, the Maccabees will also be making an appearance and PJ Harvey will be playing songs from her diverse back catalogue as well as her critical acclaimed ‘Let England Shake’ from earlier this year. If that wasn’t enough musical giants, there will also be sets

Ticket Info: www.ticketline.co.uk/bestivaltickets 0844 888 4410 from Graham Coxon and Fatboy Slim, and Slim is by no means the only DJ on the list. As you’d expect, some of Da Bank’s Radio One colleagues will be making appearance too, namely Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Mistajam. The inescapable dubstep machine will also be ploughing through the festival in the form of Joker, Skream, Benga and Zinc and plenty more. For those who want something a bit more chilled out there’s post-dubstep crooning of James Blake. At Bestival, there is plenty more to do than just standing in a field watching bands. Away from the main stages is an entire self-contained fantasy world. The Wishing Tree now boasts the world’s smallest pub and MsMarmitelover will be running The Underground Restaurant for any foodies. For the more energetic, there will be the mother of all Roller Disco’s, curated by some of the biggest DJs around. There’s even a Free Sports Park, with Mountain Boarding, BMX, Inline, Skate and Parkour displays. With such a broad selection of musical acts and an equally expansive array of other weird and wonderful events taking place over the three days, it’s clear why the festival has grown so much and why it is able to compete with the likes of Glastonbury and Reading for punters. For us in Portsmouth, it is just a ten minute hover over the Solent to get to the festival and in the middle of September it makes the perfect end to summer before going back to university.

WIN TICKETS TO BESTIVAL WIN TWO TICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S BESTIVAL Officially recognised as the Best Major Festival in the UK, Rob da Bank and Sunday Best embark on the Isle of Wight for the ninth time to put on one hell of a party. Taking place between September 8-11, The Cure playing their only European date and Pendulum have already been announced as two of the three headliners, with the likes of Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, The Maccabees, Brian Wilson, Robyn, Fatboy Slim and Public Enemy just some of the quality acts in support. For your chance to join in with the music, the fancy dress and the general magical pandemonium that is Bestival, simply tell us which one of these acts

played at last year’s festival; A. Jedward B. Rolf Harris C. Rebecca Black Send your entries to music@ pugwashnews.com by Wednesday 1st June to be in with a chance of winning! The rules: * Entrants must be current students studying at the University of Portsmouth. * The winner and their plus one must be able to travel of their accord to Bestival. * Tickets are non-transferable. * Deadline for all entries is 12 midday on Wednesday 1st June. For more information on Bestival, visit www.bestival.net

Ticket only or ticket and ferry packages: www.redfunnel.co.uk/bestival 0844 844 9988 www.wightlink.co.uk/bestival 0871 376 1000 Bestival 2011 Prices Adult Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £170 Student Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £160 Age 13 to 15 Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - £85 Age 12 and Under Weekend Ticket (inc. camping) - FREE (but you must obtain a ticket)** Campervan Tickets: £65 (per vehicle) All Tickets: - include camping. - will incur a booking fee. - there are no day tickets.

Rob Da Bank’s Festival Tips 2011 1) Just before you set off for the festival unpack all your stuff and throw half of it back into the wardrobe. No you don’t need stilettos, an iPod, three pairs of jeans and a gas stove. Travel light and it’ll make getting to the festival so much less hassle. 2) Do pack a load of heavy duty bin bags. As well as the old fashioned use of putting your campsite rubbish in, they’re invaluable waterproof trousers, jackets and hats with a bit of simple plastic origami! 3) Take one of those little wind up mobile phone chargers so you don’t miss all the bands you want to see by standing in a queue to recharge your phone. 4) There are more and more apps that enable you to cross reference the timetables of different festivals making sure you don’t miss all the bands you want to see. 5) When you arrive at a festival choose a meeting point that you can all meet back at if/when lost.


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Oh Brother, what art thou? Flynn Massey

Brother at the Wedgewood Rooms, 12th May 2011 Honestly, I saw Brother and all I got was a lousy beermat. A beermat. Arriving a little later than usual, I stumbled across some alright to good performances from the two warm up bands who play in front of a half packed audience tonight at the Wedge. It wasn’t a sold out event, but as Brother grace the stage, I do find myself wanting to like them, wanting to ignore the Gallagher quips, the presumptions of this group made by most people, and try to give them a chance. But unfortunately, they do disappoint. Heavily. In fact, as they play through each song with some crowd interaction, it all seems a bit stunted. The lead singer, Lee Newell, mentions that we should buy him a beer, even though beer was thrown in his direction ore

Leonard Newell of Brother Dan Chesterton than three times during songs that night. All their tunes do seem to have a theme running through, that theme being the most pre-

tentious, un-inventive and cheap tunes they could write. With lyrics being somewhat shrouded by a ton of “woahoh-ohs” and “yeah-yeah-yeahs”,

it feels as if my suspicions of a final good gig out in Portsmouth were well outlived earlier on. Two songs somewhat worthy of minor mention were ‘Darling

Panic! At The Pyramids

Buds of May’, played at the end of the show, and ‘Still Here’, at the beginning. The two most 90’s tunes I have heard in quite some time bring up a certain nostalgia, but sadly more of a Britpop B-side at best, if anything. Although the backup singing is nice, and Brother themselves seem to have this look of confidence going, apart from that they are just another run of the mill band and they’re still only the second best thing to come out of Slough. As the gig ended, a few people shouted ‘Encore’, and I said to myself ‘Really?’, as you could really tell the show was over. As people left the Wedge, most wondered what they really had just seen. Was it something big? Something small? A waste of time? Who knows. All I know is that on the way out of the Wedge, all I got was a lousy beermat with their name on it and a few hours of heavy drinking to catch up with to forget this gig ever happened.

Uncles shun the cowbells

Sam Rohde

Flynn Massey

Panic! At The Disco at Portsmouth Pyramids, 15th May 2011

Dutch Uncles - Cadenza, Out Now

So Panic! Are back with a new album and they are as happy and sprightly as ever. Vices and Virtues is still fresh on the shelves and Panic!’s latest tour road tests the new material and treats us all to an array of awesome hits. Panic! are here and Ready to go; and suitably this is the title of the first song they play. From the sound of the first note, the party in the Pyramid starts. I Write Sins Not Tragedies and The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage are just a couple of songs that take us back to the early days. Although they have maintained some elements of their burlesque infused circus style since the beginning of the band, tonight’s show falls well short in terms of flamboyancy and lacks the theatrical qualities that accompanied their first major tour.

Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco Kevin Wilkins You can’t exactly blame the guys though, with only two of the original members still a part of the band, continuing the style that they adopted on their debut album is a difficult task. This being said, Panic!’s later work most certainly doesn’t lack

in quality, and their releases have continued to maintain a high standard; one of their popular recent hits The Ballad of Mona Lisa especially is greeted with pure delight a rapturous applause. These are the sort of songs

you just want to scream at the top of your voice and dance around like a maniac, which is always a good thing. Panic! love being entertainers, and the songs played tonight match perfectly with their energetic live presence.

An album full of intricacy, intimacy and intensity. In the midst of a mechanized and manufactured. indie-explosion, we get an unknown band that survives clichéd attempts with the exclusion of cowbells, chants and woops, and replaces them for well layered guitar-work that is reminiscent of early 80s and late 00s, and combining it with sonic elements of Talking Heads, Foals and Everything Everything. The Mancunian quartet that is Dutch Uncles unleash a second album that speaks volumes of hushed brilliance. A definite wake up call for British music, a step in the right direction, it’s only a matter of time before the mainstream embraces this band.


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A Warm and Fuzzy Story Give me five: Coming of Age Films Hannah Whitnall Screen Editor

Its Kind of a Funny Story (out on DVD & Blu Ray 6th June) Being a teenager in the 21st century can feel make you feel like you have the whole world on your shoulders. Exams, school crushes, and nagging parents pressures can leave you feeling like there is no escape. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, takes a light hearted look at the day to day problems of a modern teenager. 16 year old Craig (Kier Gilchrist) suffers from depression so decides to visit to the doctors and accidentally checks himself into Brooklyn’s adult psychiatric ward. He finds himself trapped there for the next five days but he takes an interest in Noell (Emma Roberts), who is also a teenager suffering from depres-

sion. We watch their friendship blossom; however Craig is still hung up on his best friend’s girlfriend from home, which adds some more confusion. Craig also befriends Bobby (Zach Galifianakis-The Hangover) who ensures his stay is filled with laughter and mischief. The film touches on serious issues but looks at them in a comical way, making you feel like being a little crazy is not abnormal. With the use of quirky flash backs and uplifting music, the film is not dissimilar to 500 Days of Summer. It cleverly rolls depression anxiety, romance and comedy all into one, presenting us with an array of emotions. The story is unique and bizarre; however it is completely relevant to the problems a teenager faces in the 21st century. It’s a Kind of Funny Story is extremely uplifting and will give you a warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach as you watch Craig embrace new friendships and face up to his problems. It puts things into perspective and makes you realise that it is fine to feel like you are losing the plot every once in a while.

Sophie Worrell Arts & Ents Deputy Editor

Whether you are about to graduate or mid-way through university, the time has now come to grow up. But hey we’re just graduating, take a look at what some of these poor kids have to go through. Let us look back on some of the funniest, saddest and most exciting comingof-age films as we desperately cling to the innocence of our younger care-free days.

1. Harry Potter

Dropping out of your wizard school at the age of 17 to go on the run from the most evil wizard in the world whose only aim is to kill you, and who can only be killed by you is enough

to make anyone grow up - unless you’re Ron Weasley - who is just about emotionally capable of getting it on with Hermione, bless him.

2. Juno

Difficult times lie ahead when your sixteen and pregnant. Do you keep it? Do you not? A decision not made easy by the perfect couple hoping you’ll hand over the tot when it’s born or the Chinese classmate who parades around outside the abortion clinic telling you that six-week old babies have fingernails – fingernails!

virginity, keep girlfriends, get married and ahem experiment in the realms of pie masturbation. I commend it for being a ridiculously funny visual handbook of what boys shouldn’t do. No doubt we never looked at a pie in the same way again.

My my I love American Pie. There’s nothing like watching a bunch of four misfit friends (and Stiffler) trying to lose their

Now time to get serious, because 4 and 5 are a double whammy! For the boys we have Stand By Me and for the girls we have My Girl. Both of which portray the moments then a group of boy best friends (Stand By Me) and a young (Girl) come face to face with death for the first time. If anything these two epic films make you appreciate some of the most important people in your life, your friends!

to the cast of Made in Chelsea. Some things do however remain the same. It is satisfying, that even those who have greater wealth and privileges in British society and no doubt possess the finest education money could buy, they are not always the brightest sparks, a prime example being when one of the Chelsea girls said: “Charles Dickens wrote Winnie the Pooh. No, Pride and Prejudice. Dickens wrote Victorian books like Pride and Prejudice.” The characters are by far the highlight of the show. They range from diamond heirs, rowers and polo players to party girls. The main character appears to be ‘English rose’ heart-breaker Caggie Dunlop – who seems irresistible to most of the male characters. A personal favourite is the hilarious, flamboyant and fabulous Ollie who has been termed Chelsea’s version of Harry – however, camper and even more vain! All of the characters are immaculately dressed, fiercely ambitious and party hard, however

beyond the posh accents, flash cars, glamorous holidays and polo parties life isn’t all champagne and canapés. Beneath the diamond exterior – their ‘real lives’ unravel. That is what is enjoyable; the fantasy life we associate with such people combined with the real realities they face in their personal lives. The real-life rivalries, relationships, fall outs and, bitch fests of Kings Road are all captured on camera. You’ve got it all, love rat, love triangles, jealous girlfriends, the guys who are fighting for the girl they can’t get. You can’t help but warm to the characters and become ever more intrigued with their lives, but most of all you can’t help but laugh. And there is plenty to laugh at, mostly being the stereotypical trappings of class. Lines such as “Food? Chelsea girls don’t eat” and “Top Shop is definitely a turn-off. High Street fashion shouldn’t be allowed under any circumstances”, offer a fantastic caricature of wealthy West London society. What’s not to love?

3. American Pie

“Totes” wonderful darling! Jennifer Hill

Made in Chelsea on E4, Mondays at 10pm Finally, a programme that offers the opportunity to gain insight into London’s young socially elite, Made in Chelsea. The new

E4 reality show follows the loves and decadent lives of well-off socialites, and offers a window to ‘the world of Chelsea’. Made in Chelsea attempts to highlight how the young British upper-class live. Its Channel 4’s riposte to ITV’s popular The Only Way is Essex, both of which

can be described as being a soap opera-style reality series. Even though this new series mimics the format, Made in Chelsea couldn’t be more different in terms of the characters and lifestyles. Let’s just say the words ‘vajazzling’ and ‘jel’ would be less than recognisable


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RetroRespect: Sonic Vs. Mario How To Kill A Game Matt Phil Carver

Of all the Retro games in existence, which series is worthy of the ultimate respect? An argument could be made for the Zelda franchise, or possibly some of the seriously retro games like Pong or Pacman, but ultimately, this debate always boils down to Sonic Vs. Mario. The obvious question is ‘who is the cooler character?’, and that initially seems like a clear choice. One is an athletic anthropomorphic hedgehog who gets all sarcastic when you go off to make a coffee, the other is a mustachioed overweight Italian plumber who (let’s be honest) looks like a seventies porn star and has highly questionable fashion sense. Round one to Sonic, surely. For longevity though, Mario has Sonic nailed to the wall. His roots go all the way back to 1981, albeit under the formative name of Jumpman in Donkey Kong. Considering he

already had a moustache before any of us were born (mature students excepted), Mario must be seriously knocking on a bit. Super Mario Searching for his False Teeth hasn’t been released yet, so that’s some pretty impressive durability. Sonic by contrast, only arrived in 1991, and hasn’t exactly impressed since his Mega Drive years. They say you can always judge a person by the company they keep, so who has the coolest sidekick? At first glance, this seems like a slam dunk for Sonic. Where he has Dualtailed Flying Fox for company, Mario has a slightly taller Mustachioed Italian Plumber. When it comes to the full crew though, Mario has a pretty cool set of mates. He’s got Massive Gorilla, Attractive Blonde, Talking Mushroom, and Lime Green Dinosaur, all of which have decent driving ability and a mean backhand volley. Few could deny that Mario also has the coolest nemesis. Sonic has spent all these years squaring off with Very Fat Man

in Very Small Spaceship, while Mario has been sparring with Fire-Breathing Turtle Dinosaur Guy and Multicoloured Evil Doppelganger Man. So, if Mario hasn’t sewn up the title already, it’s worth considering the fates of the respective game developers that both were created as mascots for. Nintendo has been a mainstay of the gaming industry for decades and has sold over 3 billion games. For SEGA however, the nineties must seem like a long time ago, let’s hope Sonic Generations can redeem the speedy blue Erinacenae. Here then, is a totally unofficial verdict that all are free to dispute, so long as it doesn’t turn violent: Mario is the all-time RetroRespect icon. And wins a metaphorical cookie.

New York’s in a Crysis Peter Czechowski

Crysis 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) The first Crysis may be quite unknown to the majority of the population as it was only released, in 2007, on the PC and to play it you had to have a very high-end computer. Those who played it were at the time treated to near real-life graphics as it boasted the best computer game graphics the world has ever seen, and they were right: it was amazing. People will remember Far

Cry 2 on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and how beautiful the graphics were, which used none other than the Crytek engine. Crysis 2 is Crytek’s first attempt at bringing its beautiful newly updated engine to the consoles and they have done a great job. The game is a first person shooter based in a destroyed New York under alien invasion where the player is a “super” soldier with unique features, such as the ability to turn invisible, cover the body in armour like a tank, super running speed and super strength. It’s exciting to play around with different

techniques and each one gives the player a whole different perspective of the game play. The game is far from easy though as the player has an energy bar so although they have abilities, which aid them in battle, they don’t last forever and you have to take cover and recover regularly. The location is in key parts of New York such as Times Square and Central Park. The player is taken through the now-harsh streets of New York, with skyscrapers all around them literally collapsing in front of their eyes. Multiplayer is exciting because every player has special abilities and it is down to the players skills and tactics which determines their success in the battlefield, a new unique way to compete. The game is a fantastic new entry to consoles, which will hopefully be a huge success. The developers are already discussing a third instalment depending on the sales and success of Crysis 2. Overall it is a game worth playing even if it’s just to enjoy the outstanding graphics.

Lewis Dowling Internet and Gaming Editor

Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead, they’re all games that have strong online communities. They’re also all made by Valve, which suggests that the company knows how to keep a game alive. Constant updates, community maps, and free downloadable content are some of the various ways that Valve has managed to keep large numbers playing.

Games need a decent storyline to make sure they’re not resigned to the ever-growing pile of makeshift Frisbees

Not all games can achieve this glorious state, where a player is guaranteed an online presence. Old games, obviously, tend to deteriorate into pointlessness, gamers more attracted to the newest addition to the series, or the next generation of console. Hardly anyone plays Call of Duty 3 anymore, let alone Call of Duty, the original. Try and play someone on Medal of Honour, that would be an exceptionally frustrating task. No one plays it anymore, and the one person on the entire planet that might isn’t likely to be sitting in a lobby, patiently waiting for you. Games cannot live forever, it’s a sad fact of life. This is why online exclusive games are completely pointless, especially

if the developer decided to exclude bots. Shadowrun is the worst example of this stupidity. The game had fantastic mechanics, great levels, and was overall a brilliant game. Unfortunately it only had online multiplayer, no bots, and was a first person shooter. Even when it first started it was difficult to find a full match, everyone was playing Halo. Now, it’d be easier to swim to the moon and build a giant space fortress. There’s no one. Not a soul. Absolutely empty. This wouldn’t be bad if it had a single player, but with only online play it’s completely worthless. The CD can be of more use scaring away crows from your vegetable patch, or as an impromptu shuriken. Games need a decent storyline to make sure they’re not resigned to the ever-growing pile of makeshift Frisbees. A single player mode that can keep the gamer entertained if there is no one online. If a developer insists on a solely multiplayer experience, constant updates and revisions are essential to keep the game fresh. Team Fortress 2 is a prime example. Online games sweep past, and are barely here for longer than a heartbeat. Only a few survive the harsh apocalyptic world of the Internet, but even their lives are short. Games cannot assume that they will forever be in popular culture. So, developers, please stop. Tell a story. Make a game that will stand the test of time. Like Mario. Mario would never have been as popular if you needed to find a random Scandinavian gamer to play as Luigi in cooperative mode. It just wouldn’t have been the same.


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Ambiance in abundance Let’s feel the real Latin atmosphere Maxine Mason Restaurant Editor

The Belle Isle Osborne Road I am loving ‘The Belle Isle’ café/ bar on Osborne Road which is pretty close to the well-known Palmerston Road shopping high street. Decked with laid back (or even lazy!) couches and an open, light ambiance, it’s a must on a warm Pompey day for a bit of a laid back chat, drinks and food.

There are brilliant deals for the student wallet, like that of a burrito and beer for a fiver! The food is of a high standard and you can genuinely find whatever you may be craving on the menu. I enjoyed a large plate of nachos and an equally scrumptiously, seasoned stack of wedges upon my last visit to ‘the Isle’, as it is affectionately dubbed. The food is very well-priced for what it is, and the general atmosphere is welcoming and addictively laid back which works as a great escape from essays and exams and exams.

Kreete Pruul

Las Iguanas Gunwharf Quays Las Iguanas in Gunwhaf Quays is the perfect place to enjoy delicious food and incredible cocktails. Eating in this LatinAmerican themed restaurant was definitely one of the best experiences that I have ever had in a big chain restaurant. The menu offers an exiting and comprehensive choice of Latin American food, with strong influences from other parts of the world including Spain, Portugal and India.

Most people associate nachos with Latin food culture and Las Iguanas’ nachos definitely do not disappoint on this count.

It is not your average chain where most of it is frozen and microwaved, in Las Iguanas all

Culture

As I like it: Shakespeare on tour Ashton Spacey

As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour at Portsmouth City Museum, 14th May Shakespeare. No doubt you just experienced one of three reactions: total apathy, violent anger or orgasmic joy. Under normal circumstances, it’s often the first. Tragically, due to a national curriculum of joylessness, Shakespeare has become synonymous with lacklustre droning, nancing around in tights and trying to distinguish which of the overbearing daaahlings on stage is least obnoxious. So, to be greeted with an absolute delight of a show was certainly unexpected. Following the tale of the usurped Duke Senior, his exiled, gender-bending daughter Rosalind and Rosalind’s charm-

ingly clueless lover, Orlando, the Globe Theatre’s As You Like It was an absolute triumph. Staged open air, the surprisingly diverse audience (equipped with picnics, blankets and copious amounts of wine) was treated to a performance brimming with vivacity and charm. Director James Dacre is to be commended, as are the cast of eight, who easily adapted to playing multiple and varied roles with style and panache. However, it was Jo Herbert’s Rosalind who must be acknowledged; her performance was sincere, hilarious and above all else, thoroughly enjoyable. Her natural blend of verbal and physical comedy shone through the already excellent standard of acting provided by her costars. Turns out that even 400-year old sex jokes are still funny. Extra mention must be given to designer Hannah Clark’s stun-

ning costumes and innovative set. With just a few switches of wooden panels and the addition of a rope, the stage was transformed from the royal court, to a boxing ring, to the lush Forest of Arden with fluidity and grace. If there is to be any criticism of the performance, it is that two and a half hours of cramped sitting on semi-damp grass grew considerably less pleasant once the sun set. However, the relatively cheap hot drinks and delicious cake provided by the open bar during the interval went some way towards rectifying this issue. Overall, As You Like It was a joy from start to finish and an example of Shakespeare at its best; the casting was perfect, the plot coherent and accessible and the final resolution scene gave me shivers. Or it might have been the hypothermia setting in.

the dishes are made to order and you can be sure that your food is freshly made. They have incredibly wide tapas menu and it will be a good idea to have tapas as a starter, with 3 dishes for £12 and 5 for £20. For mains, I highly recommend their “Puerto Rican Paella” which was just divine or from their ‘Mexican Classics’, my absolute favourite is the Chicken Fajitas or the Enchiladas.

If you are looking for a chic and stylish place to have a lovely dinner and real cocktails, then Las Iguanas is the right place to go.

Most people associate nachos with Latin food culture and Las Iguanas’ nachos definitely don’t disappoint on this count. Las Iguanas provides a large variety of cocktails. For sure, they have the best cocktails in Portsmouth and their nice and

professional bartenders have a good knowledge of how to make superb cocktails which always have the taste of quality to them. Although Las Iguanas always has interesting and good deals, their best deal is their cocktail Happy Hour. From 12-7.30pm & all day Sunday and Monday you can get two of their famous Caipirinhas or Long Island Ice Teas (amongst others) for the price of one. If you are looking for a chic and stylish place to have a lovely dinner and real cocktails, then Las Iguanas is definitely the right place to go. The quality of food and service is superb value for money and the lovely staff are like a cherry on the top. It is suitable for a romantic dinner or for just a couple of cocktails before hitting TigerTiger or Highlight. I have been there more than five times and I have never been disappointed and I am always looking forward to my next visit. The atmosphere and excellent service makes it an outstanding restaurant compared with other establishments in Gunwharf Quays.

If Jack Bauer was a thespian DMS to put whole musical together in 24 hours for charity Dan Whiteway Arts & Ents Editor

Now, I’m no expert when it comes to putting together a musical production but I’m fairly sure that I would give myself the most amount of time possible to do it. Then again, that probably wouldn’t be a great marketing scheme for a fundraising; “Man takes time over musical production”. Which leads me on to the Dramatic and Musical Society who are putting together a whole production in 24 hours; choreography, learning the words, making the costumes. Everything. All the society knows so far is that the musical chosen will be a successful Broadway and West End show. All of the money raised will go towards putting on the DMS show at the Kings Theatre next Spring.

It is believed that only a handful of theatre companies across the UK have taken on this kind of task before. Director Nathalie Gunn said: “I am really looking forward to embarking on this huge challenge with DMS, I enjoy directing very much, but I have never experienced a directing a show is such a short time. It will be a great experience that everyone can learn a lot from.” The finished show will be performed at 7.30pm on June 3 2011 at St Peter’s Theatre Southsea with tickets priced at £8 (£7 concessions). Tickets are available from Colin Jagger of the University Music Department on portsmouth24hrmusical@gmail.com. You can also keep up to date on the developments in the 24 hours by following DMS on Twitter at twitter.com/ pompey24musical


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Business student climbs Kili for Curie Joe Wilkes Sports Editor

A fourth year business studies student from the University of Portsmouth is going the extra mile for charity. Tom Gorringe, 21, ran his fourth marathon on April 17 and is due to follow this with a summer climb of Kilimanjaro; all of this is in aid of the Marie Curie cancer charity. This year he has had to juggle a full time job with studies and his charitable endeavours. Tom currently works at Portsmouth Football Club as a marketing executive, having been offered the job after spending a year working there for his work placement year of his degree course. He has been in close contact with the charity due to their being the official charity of the football league. Tom was asked by the club to get fans involved in the climb, and when interest was low he decided to do it himself. He will be doing the climb whilst wearing a Portsmouth FC replica shirt. Tom said: “It’s a lot of pressure, I’ve got the backing of the club and people from the local community but you have to raise the money yourself before you go on the climb, otherwise you can’t do the climb.” Tom expects to raise roughly £8,000 before going on the climb, which will be undertook by sportspersons and celebrities including Sky News’ Chris Kamara. Tom ran a Red Nose Day event in the Students’ Union building which raised over £1,000, which the University doubled after the

Vice Chancellor, John Craven, was impressed with the endeavour after purchasing a red nose from the student. Tom added: “I have to admit though I didn’t realise I had just sold one to the head of the University! But it was really good of them to help me out like that.” Tom has also created a website called ‘Page for Pompey’ which has already raised over £1,000 for the Pompey Study Centre, an associate section of the club that runs a number of charitable schemes in the local area. Tom said: “I don’t really know why I like doing these things for charity, I’m relatively fit, I play a lot of sports, but it’s not a hobby of mine. I only train when the events come around, I’m not a passionate athlete, it’s raising money for charity which I’m passionate about. “It’s an unbelievable sense of achievement when you run a marathon. When you cross the line and you see people running in fancy dress, and all the crowd are cheering it gives you a great feeling.” Portsmouth FC are currently auctioning off signed limited edition football shirts, worn by the players in a recent match against Sheffield United. The shirts were specially designed for the match and incorporate the Maire Curie logo. To bid for them email marie.curie@pompeyfc.co.uk. For more information about the Kilimanjaro trip or other ways to get involved with charitable endeavours in the local community contact tomgorringe@ pompeyfc.co.uk Tom Gorringe shows off his medals after running the London Marathon

Students and Union staff get recognition at AU awards Continued from back page Gardiner, given Special Recognition for all the time and effort put into working with the clubs over the year, making sure everything has run smoothly for each Club. This was followed by Netball’s well deserved win for fundraiser of the year, for all their efforts put into raising money for RAG, including a Question of Sport night and a Sponsored work out. This was followed by Performance of the Year, won

by Gymnastics and Trampolining for the medal winning performance from the Gymnastics squad at the BUCS finals earlier in the year. Netball celebrated once again after Judy Yoxall was awarded coach of the year for her time and effort coaching over the year. The Team of the Year went to Women’s Hockey 1sts after their league and Cup win, an amazing first time achievement for the Women’s Hockey Club, this was followed by Most Improved Club of the Year, handed to The Ten-pin

Bowling Club. The most wanted award of the evening however, is of course the Club of the Year, and this year the trophy went to The Portsmouth Phoenix Cheerleading Club. The Club have seen an extremely successful year, with the competition squad winning three trophies at competition this year. They started with a third place win at Western Classics Competition in February, claimed second place at The Midlands Competition and are

the University Champions for the first place routine at the University Competition. The Club have also been successful in their stunt groups, with third place for the girls stunts at Level 3 and first place for the coed stunt group, which involves two girls and three boys, also at the Western Competition. The events squad have also shown that they are a top team, coming first at the Not so Royal Variety Show earlier in the year. The Portsmouth Phoenix Cheerleading Squad are well deserved

winners of the Award for their commitment, success and for how great they are working together as a team. The club have demonstrated on Tour and during their socials this year that they are not just team mates; but a group of best friends too. The night finished off with an after party in the old Union Club LUX, a much appreciated send off to the third years who remember LUX as their Purple Wednesday in first year and an amazing way to end a brilliant evening of celebrations.


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Your new VP: An interview with Dan Black Joe Wilkes interviews next year’s Sports sabbatical officer, Dan Black, to find out what’s next for the Union Third year Water Sports Science and Development student and tour secretary Dan Black recently won the election to the new sabbatical officer in charge of sports at the Union. Dan Black is due to start as VP Sports in July, pending an investigation into the elections process. Purple Wednesdays decided it was about time we met up for a chat. You were very emotional when your victory was announced; can you tell us why and describe the feeling? When they said that the vote was so close, and that the winner had won 51% to 49%, I thought you might as well flip a coin to decide it! Apparently the announcer said “and the winner, and new VP Sports, is…” which obviously meant it was me, but I didn’t even realise, I was so in the zone, thinking what the hell is going on! It was only when my name was said that I felt it, and I’m not afraid to shed a tear! I could barely speak, but I just thought about who I had to thank, obviously everyone who helped me out deserves praise, but two people who deserve special thanks are Jubair [Bosco Miah] and Bobble, [he’ll know who he is!], who helped organize the campaign and were there by my side the whole week. How was your idea of the role and its requirements changed since realising the achievement? Obviously we’re not one hundred percent sure what is happening at the moment, but there is an official two week shadowing period which will occur at some point. Currently I’m just learning as much as I can from speaking with Lauren [Ryan, current VP Sports] and I’m learning a lot from

Wayne [Gardiner] as well. But I know that it is a massive role and it takes a lot of dedication, and you are the face of the AU, your actions affect everyone else’s actions. I see now that you have to ensure that you are respected and that the teams know they have your respect. It’s been good for me this year, doing tour, because I know the teams already, which will help me a lot. What do you think are the major challenges facing the AU in the upcoming year? Obviously the budget cuts are going to be massive; it will affect clubs by way of membership fees, travel expenses and so on. We’re going to need teams to raise as much as possible through sponsorship, which is something I’m going to look into. Teams are going to have to put their membership fees up, and with university fees going up to £8,500 teams are going to find it harder to attract members and keep freshers. I don’t want teams having to forfeit membership of the AU due to not having enough money. That’s what I want to focus on; I just want to give everyone the best chance to stay strong. What, for you, are the AU’s main strengths? I think the fact that they are a really close knit community, for me personally I’ve been around the AU and the exec. a lot this year, and I feel like I’m a part of the AU family. Also I will say that the union’s sabb. team look very strong, I think Amy Baker [new President] will be there to help me out, and I think the staff all seem really helpful. You mentioned that you intended to continue being an active sports club member, how do you propose fitting it all in? The way I see it is that it is

the same as being at university; you have to juggle three things, sport, uni work and social life. And I don’t think having this job will be any different, it’s not going to be easy, you just have to know how to juggle things. Continuing to play sports will keep me out there and in contact with the members of the AU community, I intend to be an active sabb. rather than being stuck behind a desk all the time! Was this a political move, do you intend to step up to the UPSU presidency after this? Or do you intend to run for the VP Sports position for a second year? I have said that I’m not going to run again, I think it’s a job you should only have for one year and then pass it on to someone else. The job in my eyes is a steppingstone to the big wide world, the best work experience you can get. But if I get to the end of the year and decide I can’t leave and that I love the place too much, then maybe I will change my mind. If I was to run again it would be for VP Sports, I don’t see it as a political position and I don’t intend to go for president. Is there anything you would like to say to the outgoing VP Sports, Lauren Ryan? I think she’s done a great job this year, and I’m sure I’ll be on the phone every day asking her for advice, and hopefully she won’t mind giving it!

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Student success to go on display in Union Joe Wilkes Sports Editor

Sportspersons at the University now have the chance to share their glory with others in the Students’ Union building, after the decision was made to position a trophy cabinet in the foyer, between the main entrance and the pool tables.

This is a step towards making the SU building more about students

Taking pride of place on the top shelf of the cabinet will be the Club of the Year, Fundraiser of the Year, Most Improved Club of The year, Team of the Year

Trophy Cabinet in Union Dan Chesterton

and Performance of the Year trophies. The top shelf is reserved mainly for internal trophies such as these as it is felt that as the cabinet is in the union building it should reflect the union’s inhouse awards system. Space will also be found to accommodate local and national achievements, such as the Netball Women’s 4th team’s South Eastern Conference 5A plaque and the Boxing Club’s University Championship Winner’s shield, amongst others. Unfortunately the TenPin Bowling Club’s winner’s shield for the National BUCS University ChampionPaul Tilley with the Hockey Women’s 1st’s Team of the Year Award takethatphoto.co.uk ships will not be displayed in the cabinet, however there’s no demic Affairs Sam ‘Goose’ Jones place, such as painting the after it had been left in pieces in inter-AU rivalry here, it’s just too said: “This is the first step in an names of the Union awards on an outside container at the back big to fit! attempt to make the SU build- the walls as well as the total fig- of the Waterhole bar. Mr. Craig gave it a new lick of The decision to put the cabi- ing more about the students. ure of cash that RAG [Raising paint, or rather, varnish, and has net on display in the union was “We want to make the place and Giving] raised in the year.” made by VP Sports Lauren Ryan feel like it is owned by the stuThe cabinet has been put to- fastened LED lights to the inside and other members of the Un- dents and we have other ideas gether by the building’s caretak- of the cabinet to bathe the troion’s sabbatical team. VP Aca- that we would like to put in er, Dave Craig, who assembled it phies in light.

Equestrian club offer a taste of Polo for all Natalie Draper

Wednesday May 11th saw the University Equestrian Club host a polo taster day at Polo4 in Hindhead. Open to anyone, the club welcomed complete beginners, friends and housemates to join the in a day of lessons, socialising and a BBQ. Arriving early afternoon, the rest of the club and its guests had their first experiences of polo as the teams began their first lesson. The A Team: Dan Dommett (Captain) Hazal GuySmith and Sarah Briggs, the B Team: Naomi Spicer (Captain), Natasha Bellamy and Naomi Cork and the C Team; Dan Ross (Captain), Maddy Gibbs and Rose Brassett played two exhilarating chukkas (periods of play)

over the day in training for their upcoming summer nationals.

‘Newbies’ experienced the adrenaline rush the sport gives you

Having witnessed the exciting sport for real, everyone was anxious to begin their own taster lesson with Coach Tom Benson. For some of the group this was their very first experience of riding, whilst for others it was the chance to try something new. The total beginners and new players were divided into small

Polo team in action Natalie Draper groups, mixing ability and confidence, before being taught the basics of polo. Each twenty minute taster began at a beginner-friendly pace, with riders learning how to use the polo mallets and play games of stick

and ball. The ‘newbies’ were constantly guided by members of the current polo teams, many of whom had begun their love of polo at a similar taster day less than one year ago. To end each session,

Tom suggested a slow chukka to give all the experience of playing against each other. The day appears to have been a success and saw many beginners take to the saddle for the first time and appreciating the experience and adrenaline rush the sport gives you. The great taster sessions may well have gained the Equestrian Club a few more members, and Tom a few more pupils. To end the day the BBQ was fired up and everyone gathered round to tuck into a feast and chat about the experience. Having consumed enough burgers and cheesecake to feed an army, the day was rounded off by giving awards to the best “newbies” of the day.


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No Navy Varsity Joe Wilkes Sports Editor

The annual Royal Navy vs University of Portsmouth Varsity event will not take place this year. Complications over suitable dates for both the Students’ Union and the local navy has resulted in the popular and successful end of year event being struck from the calendar. A source has said that the process of arranging the event, which had been held successfully at HMS Temeraire sports ground for the past two years, hasn’t been taken urgently enough. Whilst Wayne Gardiner, the sports co-ordinator for the Union, claims that the event isn’t a priority for the Navy and that the only dates that the Navy would agree to fell in the University’s exam period. Last year the event was hugely successful, with University of Portsmouth sportspersons trouncing the Navy, claiming victory in every sport. Pure FM, Pugwash News and UPSU TV were on hand to

cover the event and a video of the day’s highlights was shown the same evening in Highlight nightclub. This year however, there will be no repeat of the morale boosting success and cappingoff-the-year fun. The sports staff at the Students’ Union, headed by VP Sports Lauren Ryan, are charged with organising the event. Ryan said: “We spoke to them in January, and organised a meeting which [the event] never really materialised properly, they always rang before and said ‘oh, we can’t do it anymore’. “We arranged a provisional date, and then when we checked up on it they said they couldn’t play that date, and basically there were no dates that suited them or us so it didn’t happen in the end.” On the question of whether she is disappointed about this, Ryan said: “Oh yeah. I mean it’s quite a prestigious cup and we’ve got the shield upstairs ready to engrave. “But you know sometimes such dates aren’t going to suit everyone, and it is quite an awk-

Last year’s Navy Varsity was a resounding success for all AU teams Dan Chesterton ward time, and next year we would perhaps look at doing a September Varsity and maybe a March time Varsity rather than doing one in the summer term when it’s too late for anyone to play anymore.” Ryan refused to direct blame at either party. She said: “I wouldn’t say it was anyone’s

The Cheerleaders won Club of the Year 2011 takethatphoto.co.uk

fault, it’s more about who is available when and unfortunately, leaving it so late this year it became really difficult.” Although Ryan did allude to one possible further reason for the breakdown in communications: “The problem is that Temeraire they turn over all their staff [Directorate of Naval Physi-

cal Training and Sport], so you never deal with the same person two years in a row. But, you know, we tried. “I really wanted it, we really wanted it, and it was no fault of ours that it didn’t happen, it’s just one of those things.” The Navy were unavailable at the time of going to press.

An awarding night Natasha Llewellyn

The AU dinner is a night for all the sports committee’s to come together and celebrate another successful year of sport for the University and to reward the Clubs and the people who have made the AU proud over the year. Starting with a meal at Boat House 7pm at the Dockyards, students, Saabs and staff were all dressed to impress at the social event, with over 300 people in attendance, the night was set out to be big. After the food and a bit of drinking, VP sport Lauren Ryan, responsible for organ-

ising the sell-out event, started the speeches and began to announce the awards for Colours and Half Colours, for the people involved in the AU who have made a difference to their sport or committee. After this the most prestigious individual award of Purples was given out to six individual members for the time they put into sport through coaching, playing at a high level and involvement in the club. The main awards started off with an award to Wayne...

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