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A proposal for financial cuts in the School of Art, Design, and Media could leave 16 staff members, as well as the BA (Hons) Fine Art and BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design courses, under threat. There are also plans to close of the Small Metals and Ceramics workshops at Eldon Building. University spokeswoman Anne Stanford explained that the course closures are “due to resource constraints and falling recruitment”. The restructuring is part of the School’s proposal to save £526,000 a year in staff costs, to avoid the department, which is £200,000 short, being £750,000 in deficit next year. It coincides with the University’s decision in February of this year to cut access and foundation courses from 2012 due to the withdrawal of government funding. Ten academic staff and six technicians are facing possible redundancy; however, these members of staff will be attending individual meetings in the coming weeks to discuss their situation and to possibly apply for other jobs across the department. Although this move is proposed with regards to saving

The cuts are centered around Eldon Building Vicki Parker

money in the department, the fashion department have recently spent around £30,000 on a new digital printer for fabric along with other equipment. The proposal also includes moving the School of Architecture from its current location at Portland Building to Eldon Building in 2013. The University is currently in consultation with staff and students regarding this change and the possible closure of the Small Metals and Ceramics workshops. Stanford explained that “the consolidation of the two workshops into one workshop will facilitate a substantial upgrading of equipment and allow

the needs of a broader range of courses in the Faculty to be met”. UPSU’s VP Education and Democracy Godfrey Atuahené Junior says: “I met with a number of Fine Art students who had concerns over the closure of workshops in the Eldon Building. The students made it clear that the closure of the Small Metals and Ceramics workshops makes them feel that they have been mis-sold their degree.” As part of the proposal, an undergraduate course in Contemporary Fine Art will be offered in place of the courses being closed in 2012. Godfrey says “I personally be-

lieve the University should not be reshaping or removing any workshop that students use, no matter the number of students that use the workshops”. “With next year’s students paying £8,500 to come to the University, it is important that facilities are upgraded but should not mean that current students lose out”. The consultation period for these proposals ends on the 31st of October, when the final decision will be made. With regards to this proposal, Stanford says: “the needs of our students are very important to the University and it is emphasised that every student will complete the programme of study for which they are currently registered.” A number of events discussing the proposal will take place in the coming weeks, and students are invited to attend. Godfrey explains: “In the future I foresee that the Union will be keeping a close eye on the development of facilities across the University, including at Eldon building. The Students’ Union is in full support of the Fine Art and Contemporary Fine Art students.” “If any students have concerns or issues, they should feel free to come see me in the Union or send me an email”.


News ‘Penguin’ sighted on Southsea beach

Higher Education Cuts

NUS backs national demonstration

The National Union of Students backs planned national demonstration on 9th November after change of stance Grant Clarke

Nandini Indiran

Humans were not the only ones to enjoy the sun last week. Day trippers on Southsea seafront were amazed to see what appeared to be a lost penguin frolicking in the shallows. The Sun newspaper published grainy footage of a black and white seabird diving in and out of the waves, as the south coast enjoyed record October temperatures. Joanne Gordon, 35, of Aldershot, who shot the footage, stated she couldn’t believe it when she saw it swimming around six feet away from her. Surprised onlookers claimed that the bird had been waddling around the harbour earlier. The Sun said that, “It could be a lost jackass penguin, whose natural habitat is 6,000 miles away in South Africa”. Others are more sceptical, with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds claiming the creature was most likely a Guillemot - a member of the auk family, commonly found along the UK coastline. The incident is the latest in a series of unlikely sightings of unusual visitors off the south coast, including a ‘crocodile’ sighting last year which turned out to be a piece of driftwood.

The NUS President Liam Burns, alongside the NUS National Executive Committee, have officially supported a national demonstration planned by anti-cuts groups on 9th November. The demo has been backed as a response to a Government White Paper putting forward the motion of cuts to public services in education, including many cuts to student support.

It seems to be a move in Burns’ direction of student oriented policy

The demonstration aims to have tens of thousands of concerned students and citizens marching in Central London against the Government policy concerning Higher Education. This has been a stark change to recent comments made by the NUS, and the move has been welcomed by many activists in the anti-cuts campaign. Speaking to Liam Burns in the last issue of Pugwash News, the NUS President said that as he had “lost the argument concerning a national demo” he wouldn’t be able to call a national demonstration. “Our members have said

Students protest in Central London on 10th November demo last year Dan Chesterton when would there be the best time to have action, whilst there is no vote, no bill on the table? Or do you save to a time when there is? I spent a lot of time arguing around the demo, and I lost the argument for it.” Burns said that he would like to see another national demo, and whilst this demo hasn’t been organised by NUS, merely supported, it seems to be a move in his direction of student oriented policy. UPSU’s VP Education and Democracy, Godfrey Atuahené Jun-

ior commented UPSU’s plans for the demonstration. Godfrey said “At present there is nothing in the pipe line for the Union to attend the NCAFC march which is being supported by the NUS, however we are a student led organisation, and if students strongly want the Union to attend the march I urge them all to submit a motion to Student Council and attend Student Council on the 27th October and mandate the sabbatical team and PTO’s to discuss and possibly call an EGM about the

march.” The demonstration has been supported by some Labour MP’s, Unite the Union, PCS, NUJ, RMT and the Fire Brigade Union. The demonstration will take place almost a year to the day that a wave a student protests against the Government’s plans to increase tuition fees took place. The protest ended at Millbank tower where many angered protesters took to occupying the offices of the Conservative party headquarters.

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Students voice dissatisfaction with Campbell Property Anthony Strzalek Head of News


Unhappy students have joined together to voice their problems and concerns with student housing provider Campbell Property. Students voiced their dissatisfaction on the Facebook group, ‘Campbell Property: Dissatisfaction with the service’, which currently has 137 members. Joely Dicks, a 21-year-old University of Portsmouth student and former tenant of Campbel Property, wrote to BBC’s Watchdog after she experienced an array of problems. Miss Dicks’ told Pugwash News how her first week of tenancy at Fawcett Road did not go as planned and led to a week long stay at a hotel due to her roof collapsing whilst she was asleep.

Problems were discovered including water dripping from a lightbulb, mice living in the kitchen and a saniflo toilet system that kept overflowing

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Students shared concerns with student housing Campbell Property Vicki Parker modation including numerous leaks, water dripping from a lightbulb, scaffolding left in the garden for weeks, mice living in the kitchen, shards of glass in the shower drain and a saniflo toilet system that kept overflowing, leaving the house smelling of sewage and staining the ceiling beneath. Miss Dicks and her flatmates continued to use Campbell Property the following year as they were one of few companies with nine bedroom student properties for rent.

At her new property Miss Dicks said she had to spend a week on the floor because her bed collapsed. She contacted Campbell Property and asked for compensation but was told that she would not receive any. Campbell Property asked her to pay £150 for the bed. She said she had more problems at the new property including a gaping hole in the wall behind the fridge allowing mice to roam freely. She said, “The houses which are meant to be thoroughly

cleaned after each tenancy, of which we are now being charged for, were in a disgusting state when we moved in, so much that they had to get a cleaner in when we were doing our inventory.” According to posts on Facebook, other students have experienced similar problems including broken beds, gas leaks and mould. One student claimed they were charged £411 for things that had been cleaned and items that had already been broken when they moved in.

Along with the quality of the accommodation, students have claimed problems with the maintenance department and excessive end of tenancy bill costs. Campbell Property, whose slogan is ‘superior student accommodation’ are based in four areas of the UK: Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter and Portsmouth. Guy Smith, a spokesperson for Campbell Property said, “We are an organisation that takes customer satisfaction very seriously indeed. We understand that a company cannot always meet the expectation of 100% of its customer base but we firmly believe that the vast majority of CampbellProperty tenants enjoy their tenancies with us and are satisfied with the service that they receive.” According to Campbell Property, 39% of their tenants have had either no costs or costs of less than £50 and 63% of tenants had either no costs or costs of less than £100. Mr Smith added, “Our maintenance department aims to resolve all maintenance within published service levels, depending on the priority level of the job itself,” adding, “costs are only applied where items are missing or damage to an item, or part of the property itself, exceeds fair wear and tear.”

University Roundup: The best of student media from around the UK Oxford University A mailing list mistake by the Admissions Office has led to over a million spam messages and a circulation of racist and abusive mail from prospective students. The glitch resulted in everybody who signed up online for a copy of this year’s prospectus being added to a mailing list which all other members could, and did, reply to. “An email list was created but misconfigured in such a way that recipients hitting ‘reply all’ responded to all users on the list, which normally is not permitted on this kind of list,” said a University spokesperson. Source:

University of Lincoln Students have been forced to live in temporary portacabins as the University of Lincoln runs out of accommodation room. The group of portacabins, named Festival Gardens, will hold 200 students and will cost students £30 a week to live in. A University student said, “I heard through email that I was going to be staying in a temporary accommodation and that it was going to be a twin room with an en-suite and I was like oh that sounds lovely, I can’t wait to go, and I got here and I was like ‘oh, right’.” Source:

University of Leeds University of Leeds students are to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to European Union policy when two EU Vice Presidents host a debate on October 10th with politics, law and business students The visit will be made by the first vice president of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee Anna Maria Darmanin. Dr Charlie Dannreuther, a University of Leeds lecturer , said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage at the highest level of policy influence.” Source:

Plymouth University Plymouth University have been named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world for the very first time. The prestigious Times Higher World Universities Rankings are an annual ‘who’s who’ of the most elite institutions in the world. Only 45 UK universities made the top 350 and Plymouth came in at 318. Plymouth University’s ViceChancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell said: “I am very proud of our university and our people - this is a massive achievement and puts Plymouth well and truly on the map as a serious global player in Higher Education.

University of York The University of York has received a top national award from the Institute of Physics (IOP) for its work to reduce gender inequality among staff and students in university physics. The University’s Department of Physics has met the five principles set out in the Juno Code of Practice, a set of actions recommended by the IOP to address the under-representation of women in physics higher education. James McNish, Diversity Programme Leader at IOP, said: “To effectively tackle the barriers to the progression of female physicists in academia, a department must undergo fundamental cultural changes.


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University: Antisocial behaviour “unacceptable” Anthony Strzalek Head of News

An email sent to students last Tuesday regarding anti-social behaviour was sent as a result of a higher level of such behaviour than usual - and not as a result of a single incident. The email highlighted certain types of anti-social behaviour being committed by students, but stressed that the email has not been sent out over a single particular incident. Amy Baker, UPSU President, said, “Each year there is always some anti-social behaviour from our students - particularly around noise levels. However this year it appears that there has been more than normal, with a high rate of complaints being received from members of the community. The email has not been sent out over a particular incident but the amount of complaints being received.”

This year there has been more anti-social behaviour from our students than normal, with a high rate of complaints being received

Ms Baker further added, “As stated, these are a variety of acts - from damaging cars to urinating on the streets, many of these acts being classed as criminal damage. This is not the type of behaviour that is condoned by either the University or the Union and I think it is rather upsetting to hear that University students are acting in this manner and think it is acceptable to do so.” Both the police and the University will enforce disciplinary action on any student involved in anti-social behaviour. Some students have been expelled for such acts in the past and the University understands that only a small minority of students are involved.

Naked Calendar

Naked Calendar to continue after decisive win for ‘Yes’ campaign 151 of 184 votes back the calendar to continue after the ‘Naked Debate’ Anthony Strzalek Head of News

The Athletic Union Naked Calendar will continue, was the decision made by voters at the end of last Tuesday’s naked debate ballot. 184 ballots were issued with 151 voting for the continuation of the calendar, 23 voting against and 7 abstaining. The AU calendar raises money to support both royal navy men and women during times of need and children suffering with cystic fibrosis. The calendar had previously been thrown into disrepute after it was found that unedited pictures of the girls and boys involved ended up on a pornographic website. The pictures were also discovered on Union computers, with a lack of security meaning that any student could access the images easily. Becky Gardner, UPSU’s Women’s Officer and part of the NO campaign said, “I feel the campaign has gone well. At the end of the day I did what I was elected to do and challenged one of the ways the Union misrepresents women.” “I think it is quite telling that when this same incident occurred several years ago, there wasn’t someone there who was willing to take a stand and so the images continued to be posted online.” Miss Gardner, who has been a long running campaigner for the naked calendar to be banned,

A member of the ‘Yes’ campaign talks at the ‘Naked Debate’ Ree Dawes added, “If nothing else, I hope that people have recognised that we have posed an alternative to the mainstream ideas and have stood up for those who the Athletics Union and the Student Union have failed to do so far. The calendar isn’t popular, 98% of students aren’t in it and they don’t buy it - and here’s hoping even less do so this year.” AU chair, Stephen Dancey, said, “We as the ‘Yes’ campaign believed that the debate was a success in more ways that one. Not only because of the result, but because of the content of

the debate itself. We feel the debate accurately highlighted the issues both for and against surrounding the naked calendar. In particular, the issues raised regarding the safety of the students both male and female that participate.” Stephen Dancey added, “This was integral to our ‘Yes’ campaign, as first and foremost is student safety. We felt that once we could assure students that their safety was of our up most priority, then there would always be one winner. So I was not surprised with the victory.”

“Furthermore the calendar has been going for years and it is very popular, it’s become tradition now. This could be seen with the sheer numbers of supporters we had turn up to the debate to voice their feelings. We would like to extend our thanks to the ‘No’ campaign, as they raised some relevant and contemporary arguments, but I am very proud to say the right decision has been made, and now the students can continue to express themselves in a naked manner, all for the right reasons!”

Student Finance

Government drops bursary spending by £55 million Anthony Strzalek Head of News

New figures indicate a drop of over £55 million in bursary and scholarship spending by the government by the year 2015. The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) provided the figures, showing that over £350 million was spent on scholarships and

bursaries in 2009, but that figure will drop to £297 million for the 2015/2016 academic year. The drop comes despite government promises to ensure an increase in student support as well as tuition fees. An additional £150 million from the National Scholarship Programme will not reach students, but will instead be used to fund fee

waivers. Waivers have been heavily criticised as a result of the fact that the benefit they provide does not actually reach the students whilst they are studying at university, but benefits higher earning graduates when paying off their student loans. Liam Burns, NUS President, said “The haphazard formation

of student support in universities means that those universities with the best record of recruiting those from non-traditional backgrounds have the least money available to spend per student. Universities with poorer access records misleadingly claim success because they have more funds available to a very small pool of students.”

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Charity runner takes on latest challenge Vanessa Azzopardi Deputy Head of News

First year Development Studies student James Anderson plans to complete an extraordinary challenge in aid of charity early next month. This event - called the 40/40/40 challenge - involves a 40km run submerged in 40cm of seawater while carrying 40lbs of extra weight. The challenge, which is scheduled to take place on 5th November on Southsea beach, is in aid of the international non-governmental organisation Water Aid.

The 40/40/40 challenge involves a 40km run submerged in 40cm of seawater while carrying 40lbs of extra weight

Water Aid’s mission is to help transform the lives of those in some of the poorest parts of the world by improving their access to safe, clean water. James Anderson said, “When I was travelling in Indonesia I saw a lot of people drinking bad water - water from very unclean

James Anderson in training on Southsea beach for his latest challenge - the 40/40/40 challenge sources - so I thought to myself that isn’t really acceptable and decided I can use the skills that I have to try and make a difference in that way.” This fundraising event is one of the many that James has taken part in over the past year,

including last year’s run up and down the stairs of Trafalgar Halls 50 times, and then again 100 times; a 70 mile run to Brighton and later a marathon from Canterbury to Rome. The marathon, which James undertook with a friend in June

this year, took 58 days to complete and was in aid of the British Lung Foundation and Water Aid. James explains that the concept behind the 40/40/40 challenge originates from the Israeli military, where recruits must complete this test during their training: “When I was running in Switzerland I met an Israeli commander and he told me about this idea and I liked it so I thought I’m going do it.” With just over three weeks to go, James has been training hard for the event: “I’ve been running 10 miles a day with the weight… I’m also eating much more because I need to put on another 10kg.” James plans to complete the challenge in under 8 hours and will most-likely be running the 40km alone, “I tried to get some people to do it with me but no one really wanted to. When people realise how hard it is they don’t really want to do these types of things so it’s just me this time. However, I’m still trying to recruit some other guys or girls who might be up for it.” £1,500 has been raised so far, but James aims to continue taking part in several fundraising events and challenges until he reaches his goal of £10,000. To donate towards James’ cause, visit



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Low income students given “excellent support” Anthony Strzalek Head of News

The University provides excellent support to students from lower-income families, an Office for Fair Access (OFFA) report has concluded. Over recent years the University has increased both its investment and its commitment to bursaries, as well as activities aimed at widening participation, which has accounted for nearly a quarter of its additional fees income.

The University of Portsmouth was above average in terms of spending to support lower income students

OFFA’s report shows that English universities and colleges spent £395 million on access measures in 2009-10, which includes £356 million of their higher fee income on bursaries and scholarships for students that have come from lower income households. Above Average The University of Portsmouth was above average in terms of spending to support lower income and other under-represented students. The University also has no limit on the number of eligible students who can receive a bursary. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rebecca Bunting, said that the report highlights the University’s track record in widening participation, adding “We have always invested substantially in this area to enable us to offer the same level of financial support to all eligible students from lower income families.” The University runs a range of activities and programmes in order to attract and inspire young people from lower income and underprivileged regions, including its popular membership club for 11-16 year olds, UP for IT.


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Careers website wins national award Sam Balls

The University Careers and Recruitment website has beaten off competition from eight other universities to claim first prize at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Excellence Awards. The website was shortlisted for the ‘Best Website category’, amongst other universities such as Manchester and Nottingham; however, it was Portsmouth who

impressed the awards panel the most. The website was launched in March 2011, and statistics have highlighted that an increasing number of students are using the site and taking advantage of having access to many career resources. The site was created as a reaction to popular demand for the University to provide somewhere for students to have easy access to employability resourc-

es, faculty placement offices, research and knowledge services and Student Finance.

The website scooped first prize for demonstrating good design, high quality content, interactivity and sustainability. It contains a wealth of useful information to students and graduates alike, supplying employability guidance and advice on a ‘twenty-four-hour’ basis. Head of Employability, Julia Hughes, said that the accolade was a reflection of the hard work put in by Employability, Marketing and the Department

of Curriculum and Quality Enhancement (DCQE) who worked collaboratively on the project. She said “Feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. The website’s design is based around a flexible homepage, designed to keep it up-todate and topical, which includes nine quick link tiles which take visitors directly to popular areas of the site, which can be easily changed to reflect key sections of the site throughout the year.”

Student Finance

Cost of living for students outside London rises Anthony Strzalek Head of News

The NUS has revealed that for the average student living outside of London, the gap between student support provided by the government, and the cost of being a student, has drastically increased. The shortfall has risen by 10% from last academic year’s gap of £7,310, indicating a need for the government to increase the sup-

port available to students during their years of study. The average cost for a student living outside of London this year is £16,279 and the average income provided by the government through loans and grants is just £8,242. Third year Mechanical Engineering student, Alex Tuson said, “The reason that I am so far into my overdraft is that the money I receive from my loan barely covers the cost of my

rent. Luckily I have some money saved from previous jobs, but others might not have this and could be dealing with an even worse financial situation.” The NUS are set to launch a new Student Financial Support Commission to analyse the costs faced by students and what can be done to support the right people. The commission will convene for the first time on 17th October. Liam Burns, NUS

President, said “Not enough of the student support in the higher education system is getting into the pockets of students and there is a real danger that the situation is getting worse.” He continues,“There has been a shocking leap in the gap between Government funding and the cost of being a student. The kinds of wages available to young people at the moment mean that many students with-

out family support would have to work virtually full-time jobs or take on huge commercial debt whilst they study.” He adds, “It is important that we get a full picture of where the failings are. Of course tuition fees are a major disincentive for many students, but it is the support funds available at university that define its affordability and whether or not many can last the course.”

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dBusiness School receives prestigious accreditation UPSU

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yDeputy Head of News Three undergraduate courses in the University’s Business School have been accredited by the international organisation EFMD - the European Foundation for Management Development - the largest network association in the field of management development. The EFMD Programme Accreditation System - also known as EPAS - evaluates the quality of any business and/or management programme, including its curriculum content, delivery systems and assessment process, and both the quality of alumni and their career progression. The Business School has received a three year accreditation for the Faculty’s Business Studies Suite. This consists of three undergraduate courses: BA (Hons) Business Studies, BA (Hons) Business Administration and BA (Hons) International Business Studies. All three courses had been under review and evaluation during the previous academic year, and received final confirmation of accreditation last month. Dean of the Business School, Professor Gioia Pescetto, said,

“what the organisation requires is not to maintain, but to improve the programmes and that is a very important process”. Thankfully, positive feedback and suggestions for further improvements were given during the course of the evaluations to allow future development. Professor Pescetto also explains that the Business School’s accredited programmes were praised particularly for the quality and quantity of work placements offered to its students. She said, “EFMD does not just concentrate on the academic side of the degree, but they also insist that students leave academia with real skills that they can employ in the work place”. Future graduates in these degrees will benefit from this, as Professor Pescetto explains: “It is invigorating for students, because they can obviously add this to their CV. This gives employers a signal that an external, objective, international body has looked at the degree - and agreed that it is a very good degree - and it also tells potential employers that these students have skills that go beyond the academic subject matter.” The accreditation will also af-

fect potential new applicants to the course. Professor Pescetto added, “We are now comparable to some of the best programmes

around the world. It also adds to the portfolio of information that we have, especially with regards to potential international ap-

plicants, who tend to have very poor information about universities abroad.”


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Education Cuts

NUS Demo; Why UPSU should back it

Grant Clarke argues for UPSU to support the NUS backed national demonstration on 9th November Grant Clarke

After interviewing Liam Burns at the NUS Student Media summit, I found it fascinating that here was man, elected in to office to be the unilateral voice of students across the UK, unable to do the one thing he wanted to enact as President; to organise a National Demo, in which students across the country could get their voices heard in the capital before another damaging bill to Higher Education students. He was voted down at the NUS national conference. The bill he attempted to put through would have moved the NUS to begin organising Unions across the country to mobilise students to London, for another large protest to shout to the government; this isn’t what we as concerned students want, nor is it a situation that we got ourselves in to. As mentioned previously, the motion was voted against. The argument for this was that it would’ve been too expensive, too “time consuming” for us to be concerned about. At what price does the right to education come at? According to the representatives who voted against this bill, it was OK for those of us nearing completion of our degrees and courses to have, in comparison, a small fee to pay off, a mere nuisance to our bank accounts for 15 years. I find this

Portsmouth students at the UPSU backed demo last November Sarah Jackson argument, if anything, lazy and damning of those who haven’t even considered the world of Further Education, the dream of attending University that was unthinkable for the vast majority of students 30 years ago. We are the lucky few. Education, free for the masses at the point of access, was a revolutionary idea in this country. Many in power thought that

it was a waste of time, and that the government should spend any money on it. However, it was eventually persuaded to give all children the right to a free education. This movement had continued for well over a century, until the beginning of this century at least, when a price was put on the cost of furthering your abilities, be it academic or

non-academic; whether you are interested in learning to film documentaries or research the possibility of string theory. Again, another argument arose; how can we possibly afford to pay for the further education of our young en masse? There is no immediate return in terms of profitablity from our citizens so why are we paying for it? I believe the crux of the

argument lies there; a constant want of constant profitability. I also believe that at this we should say no; we are not here to be commoditized citizens, at such a high buy in price. Don’t let the “pay it back style” form of edu-credit fool you. This credit style education is a form of what got us in to the situation the country, nay, the international economy in to what it is at the moment. As Mr Cameron said in his speech this week; “the only way to deal with a debt crisis is to deal with your debt”. Not allowing future generations of intelligent, underprivileged and at the core the mass of society, to be able to access further education is why we need to stand up and continue to say no, not in my name. Our Students Union needs to join the campaign against cuts that will directly affect next years students. Our elected President, who in her Question Time debate during elections said that we should not focus on the campaign against fees and cuts and concentrate on the welfare of our students. To not focus on this ongoing campaign would be a damaging legacy of our Students Union, and would condemn our future students. We voted in an EGM last year to back the campaign against fees and cuts, and we should stick to our word.

Eldon proposals: The fight against cuts is not over Sam Bogg Opinion Editor

After December 9th, when the House of Commons voted through the trebling of Tuition fees, many believed the student movement was over. After the result was announced, you could feel the demoralisation sweep through the streets of Westminster. It is understandable why people felt that there was no nothing we could do, but that thought needs to be eradicated. There is too much at stake. Last week it became known that University management were planning to attack the El-

don Building with cuts.

Cutting the arts will cut the heart out of this instititution and to a large part the local community

Management are “consulting”, by which they mean dictating, with staff and students that the Fine Art course. Small Metals and Ceramics classes could also be scrapped as well as 16

staff redundancies. Thankfully students are organising to try and prevent this. But action needs to happen now. Some have argued that there is no need for action because this is a consulting period and some gentle lobbying and petitioning will get rid of the worst of the cuts. I’m sorry but this is naive. At Glasgow University, Student occupied the Hetherington Building, a closed building, in opposition to forced staff redundancies, scrapping courses such as Slavonic studies, even though they are the only University in the UK offering it, and cuts to

support services. Despite attacks by private security and management, they stayed in occupation for seven months and won. During the anti-fees campaign, NUS tried to lobby Lib Dems and Labour candidates and look what happened. The movement needs a variety of tactics but lobbying simply doesn’t work (unless you donate a lot of money to the ruling party...) What these cuts show us is what management really cares about. Before the University of Portsmouth existed there were two places of higher education in the City; The Polytechnic and

the Arts College. After they merged, the University was born. However you look at it, cutting arts is a cut at the history and the foundation of this University. I am proud to be a Portsmouth student. I have a lot of opinions on how the University runs and its future (as anyone who knows me will tell you) but I want the University to continue and grow. Cutting the arts will not secure that. It will cut the heart out of this institution and to a large part the local community. If you care about this University and Portsmouth fight to save art.

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Education is the answer to financial worries Hannah Gourley

Bombarded by a financial frenzy of ISA’s, interest free bonds and internal rates, its a wonder that the majority of Britain hasn’t found themselves reaching for the nearest rope. Banking has become more complicated than ever and with thousands of teenagers preparing to embark upon the next chapter of their lives at University, one wonders what financial knowledge they will take with them. The freedom from both parents and financial restraints is enough to overwhelm even the most savvy of students. With an array of student accounts offering free laptops, insurance and interest free overdrafts, it’s hard not to close the deal based on the shiniest gift. It’s no unknown fact that people are leaving University with not only a degree but a substantial amount of debt, but students aren’t alone with the struggle of managing money. The majority of people in the UK leave school with little or no knowledge about dealing with their finances, leaving them confused and in a financially vulnerable state.

The Government: playing games with the nation’s finances Flickr/Images_of_Money With money commanding such a large part of our lives, surely financial education should be incorporated into the school curriculum. It has been 20 years since the introduction of the first student loan, making us a nation educated into debt but not about it. Money is not just involved in the practical areas of our lives but covers a number of emotionally fuelled aspects, from relationships, habits, hobbies, lifestyle and stress levels, meaning that the lack of financial educa-

tion across Britain is having a negative impact on our overall wellbeing. The lack of financial awareness amongst teens is nothing new, with programmes such as ‘Young, dumb and living off mum’ which follows a group of young adults who have been financially cared for by their parents all their lives. The result is a generation unable to function with or without money, leaving them feeling trapped by the very thing which everyone wants and needs...

money. Moneysavingexpert who describe Britain as “a financially illiterate nation” have launched a campaign to make sure every child has a basic grasp on personal finance and consumer rights before they leave school. Over 97% of 8,000 polled by the site last year supported teaching financial education in schools, while over 30,000 people signed a petition backing it. The development of the Personal Finance and education group, has gone some way in

trying to solve this problem as schools look set to introduce measures which will educate students about their financial capability. An independent charity, the PFEG provides free support, resources and expert consultancy to teachers, to ensure that all young people leaving school have the necessary skills and knowledge when it comes to financial matters. Both initiatives led to the formation of the All Party parliamentary group in financial education, which saw over 120 MP’s from all parties join, making it one of the largest APPG’S ever. The group, which was formed in response to the rise in tuition fees and overall financial crisis, is chaired by Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson and backed by both money saving expert and the PFEG. With 68% of students unable to identify the cheapest loan and only 23% expecting to owe more than £20,000 when sums are often much higher, it’s crucial that schools begin to provide the information needed to survive in what can only be described as a financial minefield.


The Women of Saudi Arabia: A baby step down the winding road to equality Nancy Sutchcliffe

Women of Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive, leave the country without a male member of the family or make their own life changing decisions, but they will soon be allowed to vote. It was announced on the 25th September by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia that women will have the right to vote in municipal elections as of 2015. Feminists and activists have been campaigning for women’s liberation against the constraints that men have put upon them for the past 20 years. Is this really such a big step towards equality? It is believed that because women now have the freedom to have their say politically, that other

rights will follow shortly. Isn’t it possible that this privilege has only being granted to keep the activists off their backs? How can they argue against them now when they have provided Saudi Arabian women with such an amazing opportunity? King Abdullah also stated that women would be able to stand as candidates in elections, another bound towards equality, right? Not for those who will be restrained by their male guardians. It doesn’t seem likely in such a male dominated society that men will be happy to allow their women to nominate themselves for election. Laws may be changing, but it will take much longer to change the controlling attitude of men. A women’s

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male guardian takes control of all her major decisions. They decide whether they are al-

lowed to pursue a career, who they should marry, if they can study and what health care they should receive. However, you could argue that because men were only granted the right to vote in 2005, that women are not too far behind them. 10 years isn’t long when you consider how strong the divide in equality has been between men and women since the beginning of time. In a country with such strict religious and traditional morals, 10 years seems like nothing. It was only in 1918 that the women living in the United Kingdom won the right to vote, but that was only if they were aged over 30, whereas males could vote over the age of 21. It wasn’t until 1928 that

this law became equalised. It takes time to make a change as dramatic as this and this is reflected in every country’s journey towards equality. Even so, this is no excuse for King Abdullah to only now be acting on the reduction of women’s marginalisation in society. Let’s hope that more is done, and soon, to liberate these women who are stuck in this intimidating lifestyle due to the attitudes of the men that run the country and those who dominate them as individuals. I for one am extremely thankful that our government isn’t as corrupt as Saudi Arabia’s and one day wish for the women there to be as equal in their society as we are in ours.



No Eldon cuts

Dear Pugwash News,

I am a level 2 student of BA Photography in my third year at Portsmouth university having completed Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media in year 2009-10. Whilst studying on that foundation course, I learnt something distressing: the course was due to be closed in as little as a year. At the time, I simply could not understand why; it was a great course (especially seeing as no one headed it that year) taught by knowledgable, friendly lecturers, and upheld by a great range of creative facilities covering just about every artistic discipline. I eventually learnt that lecturers’ jobs were at risk as well as facilities, apparently brought about by the then Labour government’s plans to cut education, and naturally this frustrated me. I wanted to do something about it, and I began to wonder about the wider implications of cutbacks at the university — sure enough, there were plenty more cuts to be made. Over a year on, the Conservative / Lib Dem coalition is introducing austerity measures the likes of which have not been seen since the second world war, and as a result, Higher Education is but one area to suffer. At the school of art, design and media, based at the Eldon building, we are experiencing the cuts perhaps greater collectively than anyone else at the University of Portsmouth. For instance, Fine Art and 3D Art BAs were suspended for ‘restructuring’ which prevented friends of mine from studying what they truly wanted to and choosing other courses. In Fine Art’s case, it is now “Contemporary Fine Art,” which appears to focus on digital methods whilst more traditional methods are being weeded out, much

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should all be more concerned about what will allow the management to keep their wallets fat than preserving the fantastic facilities and quality of teaching we enjoy currently. The Dean’s disregard for ours and future students’ plight was plainly evident that day. He was completely ignorant of the reality of the situation: students feeling robbed because they are not receiving the experience they signed up for, prospective future students changing their minds because they will receive far less but pay far more than the present, and a worrying mentality apparent in management of education as a market based on financially valued commodities, not a vocational institution with the good of society at the forefront of its agenda. We have had enough of our dreams being price-tagged and eroded for the gain of an already wealthy minority. We want to mobilise with other students from other departments also facing cuts, but that can only happen when we organise and collectively make our voices heard. Given this, we demand that the UPSU organise free transport to a national, trade union-backed student demonstration in central London on 9 November, about a year on from the 50,000-strong demonstration that resulted in the destruction of Tory party HQ. It is not enough for us to argue that only Eldon be protected from austerity, nor is it enough to hound Portsmouth University management: we must recognise that the student struggle is far more widespread than that, and that affirmative action must be taken. NO IFS, NO BUTS, NO EDUCATION CUTS! Dominic Smith

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to students’ disappointment. Furthermore, Foundation Studies and Access in Art, Design and Media (the latter aimed at mature students), regarded as the best courses of their kind in the south, will cease next year as a result of the government slashing Portsmouth University’s FE funding, and entire workshops — ceramics, metal, glass and wood — will close because University management views them as unprofitable. These measures will result in ten lecturers and six technicians being made redundant, some of which taught me well in the past. We in art, design and media are expected to believe that our department is fully worth cutting because it is not important enough to fund and that these austerity measures brought about by both government and University management are entirely necessary. I might be inclined to agree if I was unaware of the facts: firstly, the university is currently not in debt, secondly, other departments such as sciences are seeing much better efforts by management to preserve the students’ experience, and thirdly, the top brass in management have seen it necessary to award themselves increases to their already obscene salaries. In a recent meeting with the University Dean, Simon Claridge, called by a growing group of us in art, design and media concerned with the cuts, he made clear that his agenda is one of simply cutting out anything that is not bringing enough money in. He had the nerve to tell us to not think of the cuts as cuts, but as “investments.” So apparently, opportunities don’t even factor into what defines a cut in his mind. Apparently, one invests by giving people less. Apparently, a city must be rich in financial income at the expense of cultural income. Apparently, we

As a Portsmouth Alumni graduated in 2007, I was appalled to see the UPSU endorsing a naked calendar regardless of whether or not it was in the name of charity. When I was at University I could not imagine the Union or University endorsing such a thing as the most important issue was that, regardless of extra-curricular activities, a students employability was not affected. I am now a co-director and partner in an accountancy practice and outsourcing firm which employs 10 people per office and is currently expanding, if a UoP student applied to my firm in general I would be biased towards this student do to

my background. However should it become apparent said applicant was involved in this and the photos were in the public domain (which was always going to happen with a calendar) I would have to think twice about whether this person would be suitable for my company, as it would not be appropriate for such a potential situation to appear within a professional firm. I suggest the Union seriously consider its stance on this, because if a former student would have issues when recruiting a student of the University a normal employee would most definitely have problems. Millan Rajasooriar

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Break free from your wardrobe

Tired of wearing the same old clothes? Try our three ways to rejuvinate a tired wardrobe Kelsey Diggins Fashion Correspondent

Every morning I stare into the same abyss with that one question that has plagued womankind throughout history... What on earth shall I wear?! Okay, so that might be just a little on the melodramatic side, but studies show that British women spend more than £1,000 a year on their wardrobe a n d wear just a measly 30% of it. And after a recent clothing cull, I realise the statistics aren’t wrong. Sitting amongst the mountains of unworn clothes

that have clogged my wardrobe since God knows when, I had an epiphany: I spend around 80% of my day fawning over beautiful clothes in magazines, imagining a day in the wardrobe of Fearne Cotton, Alexa Chung and other such fashionistas, and the other 20% hating my own wardrobe - from the scabby Primark plimsolls on my feet, to the tired-looking leather jacket on my back. And according to these studies, most of you ladies out there feel the exact same way. But why do we stay stuck in a fashion rut? Here are a few tips to dig yourself out of the wardrobe blues and revitalise your look just in time for the New Year:

eBay Make the auction site your new best friend - you can grab some great designer bargains from the Fashion Outlet, as well as searching out some real gems that fellow eBayers are selling. *WARNING* This may call for hours of trawling the web for fabulous fashion finds... I understand what a hardship this must be. But wait! eBay is not only good for adding to your wardrobe, it’s perfect for a purge - not only will you make some much needed space for your new purchases, you can top up your bank account by selling off some of your old treasures, meaning that you’ll feel far less guilty about your online shopping sprees.

Renew, reuse, recycle! We bought our clothes because we fell for them at some point, so why not rekindle your love affair with your wardrobe and jazz up what you’ve already got! Hitching up a hem-line here and adding a little lace trim there can bring an outfit up-to-date with minimal cost. And never fear if you’re not a whiz with a sewing machine, you can change the whole look of an outfit just by mixing and matching accessories!

Now, get sifting through that wardrobe and start the year with a strut! Photographs by left: Henry Jose middle: Flickr/ Castawayvintage right: Vanessa Ammann

Swap Shop We’ve all got that friend with a wardrobe to die for, so why not take the chance to steal some of those killer items and set up a Swap Shop. So organise a girly night in and get everyone to bring any clothes that you want to get rid of, then get swapping! No more fashion envy and you know that your clothes are going to a good home - it’s a win-win situation for everyone really...


A day in the life of Lance Corporal McCloskey Chanice Henry Features Editor

Not many jobs consist of delivering the news to a mother that her son died in your arms. For Daniel McCloskey that was a duty he had to face only too recently and may have to face again.

Daniel has distaste for the way the Marines are sometimes treated

Daniel McCloskey, Lance Corporal of the Royal Marines, aged 21, said his character has strengthened since he sub-

scribed. He admitted, “I have seen and done stuff normal people cannot dream of.” His camp is based in Devon where his days are riddled with hierarchy and routine. The Lance Corporal role is just below Corporal, the highest rank in the non-commissioned officer section. The Marines are split up into squads led by Corporals. These squads are then divided into teams which are led by Lance Corporals. Daniel’s responsibility is to oversee his assigned team in the Marines. His role is to lead the six Marines below him, keep them fit on daily runs and write their monthly admin reports for his superiors. He must know the team’s mission and discipline the privates until they achieve it.

When asked about memorable experiences, he had two. One was the smile on his mum’s face when he became a Royal Marine Commando. The other was seeing his friend Woody receive a medal for his service in Afghanistan. “knowing that if I did not go back to get him he would not be here today.” All Marines are trained as basic riflemen, even the cooks. Every marine must study the Marine Corps manual rigorously. Their bible contains the history of the Royal Marines and the requirements for a private’s promotion. Daniel must ensure that each and every officer below him has a vast knowledge of the manual. To gain a promotion, a Lance Corporal must pass a physical fitness test containing sit ups,

pull ups and timed 3 mile runs.

When asked about memorable experiences, he had two. One was the smile on his mum’s face when he became a Royal Marine Commando

The experiences in the force have sprayed Daniel’s life with colour. He has journeyed to some of the world’s abominable locations, from the Cocan fields of South America to the deserts of Afghanistan. On the other side of the coin he has seen the

stunning beaches of Belize and the Australian outback. “In this world”, Daniel explained, “you take the good with the bad and most of the time the good is better than the bad.” Daniel has distaste for the way the Marines are sometimes treated in reward for “watching good friends get blown up in front of you”, and putting their own lives on the line, or for visiting the family of a dead colleague, delivering his last letter to them and explaining how their loved one died. Daniel concluded with a question: for what reason did he die “money and power? It’s stupid.” If you would like more information about the Marines you will find it on their website


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Recipe: Delicious Eton Mess Cupcakes Whitney Chicago

Emma Batty

Eton Mess Cupcakes

If you’re a little more daring, make the topping for the luscious Eton Mess Cupcake…

Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 1/3 cups sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 large eggs

Cupcakes have taken baking by storm. One of the reasons that they are so popular is the fact they are so cheap to make. You can be as creative as you want with your toppings - they can be as simple or as decorative as you want. The icing is what makes one cupcake stand out from others. For the icing, there is food colouring in most colours available in your local supermarket. For the toppings, you can add sprinkles or even buy cupcake toppings online which will make your cakes stand out. No longer just a childhood treat, adults now enjoy them too. Cupcakes are perfect for anytime of the day and suit any occasion.

Step 1 Whisk butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence to make fluffy butter icing.

Step 2 For strawberry sauce cut up 15 strawberries, place them in a saucepan with 2 tbsp of sugar.

Step 3 Simmer for ten minutes, mash the strawberries and simmer for a further 2 minutes. For those of you who have got a sweet tooth it doesn’t get much better than this, combining a gorgeous dessert and the cupcake is the Eton Mess Cupcake.

Beat the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.

Step 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C and place paper cases into a muffin tin.

Step 4 Carefully fold in the flour and baking powder.

Step 2

Step 3 Add the vanilla essence and the eggs beating each one in well.

Step 5 Bake in the oven for 10 - 20 min-

utes. Step 6 Lift the cupcakes out of the muffin tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Step 7 For a simple icing topping, add a little water to some icing sugar until you have a smooth paste. When the cakes are cool, drizzle some icing mixture over the top.

Step 4 Run the sauce through a sieve to remove any lumps and bumps. Step 5 Paste the butter cream onto the bases with spiraling strokes, Drizzle with the sauce.

Step 6 Decorate with a strawberry and enjoy!


Emotional shopping: it’s here to stay Hannah Gourley

In times of economic gloom one would assume that people begin to tighten their belts and save the pennies but we women are curious creatures and as the rest of mankind looks bleakly into the future we prefer instead to glance to the bottom of our handbags in search of cold hard plastic. Faced with the harsh realities of life, breaking up with a boyfriend, gaining weight, losing a job, our immediate response is to spend, spend spend, regardless of the financial outcome. After all nothing is quite as satisfying as breaking open a bottle of cheap pinot grigio, tucking into a bag of peanut M&M’s whilst watching a DVD with some equally as forlon friends. All these things cost money and they all add up, besides this

is just the beginning of what is known as emotional shopping, the high we get from any purchase may only be enough to alleviate the pain of a recent break up for all of a few seconds but in our minds it is worth it.

Faced with the harsh realities of life, our immediate response is to spend, spend, spend regardless of the financial outcome

Although M&M’s may not break the bank, larger purchases are sure to create a substantial dent in your bank account, think

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of all the clothes you have ever purchased as a result of an emotion. The relief felt after passing an exam or even the completion of one definitely deserves a ‘well done’ present to yourself, stress-

ful day at work equals new top, heartbroken, no fear? Here’s a new dress certain to cure any feeling of hopelessness. This is so much more than a shopping addiction, this is shopping which is directly tied to your emotional state. In the face of angst, depression and jubilation we purchase Abercrombie, Dolce and Gabbanna and Juicy Couture and for a while all seems perfect in our world of emotional well being. That is until your greeted with an unwelcome slap in ther face in the form of a bank statement which surely can’t be yours, most women make a point of casually scanning the figures without fully realising the damage which has been done, a skill so perfected that a minus sign no longer registers to the naked eye. The reason for emotional

shopping is simple, advertising promises us the feelings that we so desperately crave, something as little as a new lipstick, apparently holds the power to captivate any man that comes your way or a Galaxy bar which promises to melt away all your troubles. Of course you could always put into practice some antiemotional shopping strategies by holding yourself accountable to a friend, only making a purchase after a deliberation period of 24 hours or avoiding television completely, so as not to be sucked in by adverts concocted by emotionless business moguls. Fact is, emotional shopping is nothing new and looks certain to remain a major contributor to the consumer industry in the future with people more willing to face a lifetime of debt, that is, for as long as the wine and M&M’s hold out.

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Laura Marling Winchester Cathedral, 15th October

Howling with Wolf Gang

Real Steel d (Out 14th October)

Amy West Screen Editor Transformers gave us talking machinery, Tron gave us CGI battles but Real Steel combines the two to create an actionpacked movie that keeps you on your toes from beginning to end. Robots, boxing and Hugh Jackman. What more would you want? Go see it; it’s a knock-out!! Enter Shikari Portsmouth Pyramids Centre, 22nd October Matt Borucki Music Editor In true Enter Shikari fashion, this show is bound to be explosive. With a new single recently released and a third album on the horizon, this will be the first chance for many to hear new material. And being at The Pyramids Centre, you could even go for a swim before you queue up.


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, - Paul Miller Arts and Entertainment Editor As a change from the usual line up of lunchtime organ - concerts and lantern making workshops, Winchester Cathedral will be hosting Laura Marling as part of her ‘When the Bell Tolls’ tour. Making the leap from pubs to cathedrals in a three albums, not bad at all.

Batman: Arkham City (Out 21st October) h Graeme Stevenson Gaming and Technology Editor The sequel to what is generally percieved as the best superhero/ comic book video game adaptation EVER is set to outshine its predecessor in terms of scale, spectacle and gadgetry. Think Grand Theft Auto with a more refined narrative, only better. Because you’re Batman.


Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Out 14th October) Graeme Stevenson Gaming and Technology Editor Here’s the thing. While there isn’t that much wrong with PES per se, it’s a mystery why anyone would force themselves to wait for this version when Fifa has clearly been the better football game for 3 years now. Unless, of course, you just can’t wait to play as ‘Swearcle City’. Bowling For Soup Southampton Guildhall, 18th October

Flynn Massey Deputy Arts & Entertainment Editor

Sitting inside the Edge of the Wedge, hearing S.C.U.M’s soundcheck blare away in the background, Wolf Gang’s lead singer Max McEligott sits quietly happy. It’s day three of the Emerge NME Radar Tour, and Wolf Gang have just finished their soundcheck feeling pleased, poised, eager. From the basic beginnings of bedroom demos to leaving university to start on his dream, Wolf Gang has evolved within such a short amount of time. Originally a solo project, McEligott decided to try and find a live set up. In 2009, he eventually settled on Lasse Petersen (drums) and Gavin Slater (guitar), former members of The Rakes and Ghosts. Fast forward to getting signed by both alternative and mainstream companies, to touring with the likes of Florence and the Machine, Metric, Editors, and The Naked and Famous, and to headlining one of the most prestigious UK tours, it seems now is the time for British rock to return to the

radios, with Wolf Gang being a definite part of the movement. “The album, titled Suego Faults, originated from a dream I had. I woke up in the middle of the night, and couldn’t stop thinking about the name Suego Faults. I had this idea in my mind of a utopia by that name, and when I Googled it, there wasn’t anything about it at all. So I decided to call my album something that came out of a dream.” Having recently released ‘Suego Faults’, an album that has a resounding combination of classic pop with an orchestral vibe, there’s no doubt you’ll be hearing a lot more from the Londoner. “I wanted it to be an album where every song stood out, and had new, different directions. You’ve got a lot of albums these days where there’s a few hits, and a lot of filler. I wanted every song to really represent a different part of what I love. For my album I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any filler. I was very conscious of that.” Having the opportunity to work with Dave Fridmann-

famed producer of MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular- their impulsive first album ‘Suego Faults’ seems without a doubt a well needed injection of rock and pop with a twist of symphonic, near hypnotic hooks. “Still sometimes I have to remind myself how great it was. I mean, Dave’s worked with great bands before such as Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, and MGMT, and getting him on board really helped the album out.” McEligott is already contemplating writing songs for the second album. Speaking about the creative process and his influences, you can easily see where his heart lies, with the past. “I feel like ‘Midnight Dancer’s really got a retro feel to it, and I love all sorts of music, like Elton John’s early stuff. I’ve always appreciated the greats, like Bowie, Byrne, Bolan. With ‘Lions In Cages’, it was like the first song we played as a band, and now two years down the road it feels great to finally get it out there. Again with the songs, it’s like they’re completely different yet musically connected.”

Paul Miller Arts and Entertainment Editor Apparently their most recent album ‘Fishing For Woos’ was critically acclaimed. I’m pretty certain it was just as bad as all of their other albums. Maybe a bit worse. Anyway they’re playing in Southampton soon, if you’re really keen you can buy a VIP ticket and get a goodie bag. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Out 17th October) Matt Borucki Music Editor To be honest, Oasis were average at best. Those disappointed by their break-up were probably satisfied by Beady Eye and the need for Noel’s solo-career is clearly a feeble attempt to surpass his brother’s post-Oasis success. However, the only thing “High Flying” for Noel at the moment are Manchester City FC, so please just enjoy their success. Dolphin Tale (Out 14th October)

Gigs and Shows coming up Thursday 13th October You Me at Six, Southampton Guildhall. Paris Suit Yourself, The Registry. Fall of Missiah, Edge of the Wedge

Sunday 16th Bombay Bicycle Club, Southampton Guildhall. James Vincent McMorrow, Wedgewood Rooms

Wednesday 19th Dean Friedman, The Cellars

Friday 14th Stiff Little Fingers, The Brook, Southampton

Monday 17th Revival Tour, Portsmouth Pyramids Centre

Friday 21th Japanese Voyeurs, The Joiners, Southampton. Rubylux, The Cellars

Saturday 15th Chapel Club, Wedgewood Rooms. Laura Marling, Winchester Cathedral

Tuesday 18th Mojo Fury, Edge of the Wedge. Bowling for Soup, Southampton Guildhall

Saturday 22th Enter Shikari, Portsmouth Pyramids. Bemis, The Kings Theatre

Thursday 20th Jazz Morley, The Cellars

Paul Miller Arts and Entertainment Editor The plotline isn’t far from Free Willy and title is just a mammal equivalent of A Shark’s Tale. Plus with Morgan Freeman’s voice running over the trailer it’s hard not to mistake it for a car insurance advert.


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Not under the radar for much longer Flynn Massey reviews the Southsea stop on the Emerge NME Radar Tour Flynn Massey Deputy Arts & Entertainment Editor

Following the recent Club NME takeover at Southsea Festival 2011, the Radar Tour returns this year to the Wedge with more than a bang. With 14 dates in 14 different cities, Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms seemed the perfect place for the Tour. NME’s Radar Tour has always been regarded as the go to gig if you want to see what’s just coming up in the music business, with former newcomers Hurts, Everything Everything, La Roux and even Crystal Castles all having been on the bill. And no doubt, tonight’s line up is a sure fire hit. Featuring Swedish electro-popstars Niki and the Dove, South East London post-punk/ art rockers S.C.U.M, and last but by no means least, alternative and symphonic Wolf Gang, NME once again manage to rustle up a great line up.

Without a doubt, Wolf Gang proved why they’re the headliner of the Radar Tour.

Albeit tonight strangely being a half empty Wedge, the general atmosphere makes up for the lack of numbers as Niki and the Dove grace the stage. Being recognized as potentially the next Kate Bush, Bjork or Florence

Niki and the Dove on stage during the Emerge NME Radar Tour Flickr/Man Alive is no mean feat, and a dose of electro pop definitely grabs the attention of the punters. Not overwhelming, yet sonically and lyrically powerful enough to make you want some more. S.C.U.M however, seem to revel in the loudest and powerful display of post punk art rock. Reminiscent of The Psychedelic Furs and The Horrors, songs such as ‘Whitechapel’ and ‘Am-

ber Hands’ get the crowd going with swirling synths and heavy guitars. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for. Without a doubt, Wolf Gang proved why they’re the headliner of the Radar Tour. The orchestral feel overall was a great relief from the pounding yet immense rock S.C.U.M delivered. A dose of homage to the greats (David Bowie, Elvis Costello,

Elton John, David Byrne) with symphonic pop meeting electro beats, Wolf Gang makes you appreciate rock in the midst of an over polluted and overhyped dubstep and drum and bass infected scene. Talking Heads comparisons aside, punters at the Wedge finally start moving, and it seems that multi-talented Max McElligott’s focus of no filler and a

more is more approach on his eccentric first album Suego Faults seems very well placed tonight. Back to Back is pure classic synth pop, and ‘The King and All His Men’ can only be described as anthemic. Ending the night off with the MGMT-esque ‘Lions In Cages’, it’s easy to see how Wolf Gang are destined for something big.

skill is beyond question; they are tight, innovative and masters of the catchy guitar line. Their vocals, much criticised live and on past albums, have much improved here, with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor standing out at the forefront. As a band who make music for the love of it, their conviction can’t be doubted, and their refusal to compromise or lean to fan or critical pressure is inspirational. However, this is without doubt their weakest effort yet.

The focus seems to be on slightly more accessible material, with stadium fodder licks and choruses, embarrassingly kitsch lyrics and song titles and a loss of ‘the heavy’. This isn’t a bad album, but it’s a bad Mastodon album. It’s not a sin to cross genres and earn wider appeal, but when you run the risk of losing fans it leads to the inevitable accusations of ‘selling out’. Seems to me like someone’s snuck under the beast and removed the Masto-balls.

Album: Mastodon, The Hunter Jay Hampshire

After setting the bar cosmically high with 2009’s critic and fan acclaimed ‘Crack The Skye’, this new effort from wooly metallers Mastodon was always going to divide opinion. Marking a departure from their original sludge style with their first two studio albums, and from the progressive leanings of their third and fourth, The Hunter presents a very different beast. Gone are the lengthy musi-

cal movements, most songs are around the 3-4 minute mark. Gone too is the overall theme of a concept album, stripped away during the writing process. Here lie the bare bones of the prehistoric 4-piece, and whether this is an improvement or not is up for debate. As always there are some mighty riffs on display here, personal highlights including the drifting spaciness of Stargasm, the galloping stoner vibe of Dry Bone Valley, the midpaced musing of the title track

and the buzzsaw heaviness of Curl of the Burl and Spectrelight. Indeed, Mastodon’s musical

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Album: The Devil Wears Prada, Dead Throne Matt Borucki Music Editor

If you’ve never come across this uniquely-named band before, then you can hardly be blamed. The ‘Christian Metal’ tag is certainly thriving across the pond but does not bode well amongst the UK metal community. The Devil Wears Prada, however, have always been a relative exception. With their last three studio albums failing to make the UK charts, Dead Throne debuting at 166th shows some kind of growing recognition. The title Dead Throne unfortunately conforms to the typical, dark and savage connotations usually associated with Metal and the album artwork is also disappointing, resembling something you’d see tattooed on the arm of any Harley Davidson club member. The music is far

from typical though. Although the producer Joey Sturgis is one of the best in the business, the metal scene today is sounding frighteningly similar with him behind the mixing desk of most recent albums. It was therefore a great relief to see the production duties being handed to Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, and this decision has played a large part in the unique sound of this album. Beginning the album with a

tribal drum pattern has the same effect as the New Zealand All Black’s Haka, letting the listener know that they certainly aren’t in for a soft ride. Both the power and technicality is to be admired and, although not to everyone’s taste, the screaming vocals are faultless. Tracks liked ‘Mammoth’ and ‘Vengeance’ continue to impress, whilst the instrumental ‘Kansas’ slows things down at half-time so the listener can get their breath back. ‘Born to Lose’ was released earlier in June to give fans a taste of what was to come, but after listening to the whole album, it appears to be an odd decision. The track alone is a decent song, but it’s easily the weakest on the album. It is not as fast, as heavy, or even as melodic as the other 12 tracks. Considering the amount of

contacts the producer has in the industry, it was always a case of when, and not if, there is going to be a guest vocal appearance. ‘Constance’ provided the platform for Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying/Austrian Death Machine) to add another definition to the album. Hranica’s typically high screaming vocals work incredibly well with Lambesis’ low growls and it is a shame it is only a 15-second guest appearance. With the album now finished, it’s time to discuss the album concept. The title Dead Throne is a product of the band’s anti-idola t r y ideas;

they do not believe in worshipping any physical object other than God. It’s an odd situation to be confronted with: certainly those who do not care for religious lyrics will be put off by this message, but those just interested in the music will undoubtedly be contradicting this theory. Sorry guys, but by delivering an album so heavy and so technically inspiring, how can we not worship your talent?

The Devil Wears Prada on stage Victoria Morse

Art Brut, Wedgewood Rooms Paul Miller Arts & Entertainment Editor

Despite now having four albums under their belt, at a glance oyou’d be forgiven for thinking that Art Brut haven’t changed ethat much since the release gof their debut, but a lot has changed since 2005. Almost six months after the erelease of Brilliant! Tragic!, Art Brut’s live show now not only recounts the mediocre weekends of Eddie Argos, but also tells the story of a band that has developed over the last six years.

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The whole display can only be brought back down to earth by the endearingly mundane lyrics, shouted in a way that only Eddie Argos can.

Since that first record, the subject matter that the band -(and fans) clung to, has taken a completely different shape. Top of the Pops doesn’t exist any-

Guitarist Jasper Future doing his best Aurélien Guichard more, Emily Kane is married to another man, and Eddie’s ‘little brother’ is a twenty-nine year old school teacher, who is by no means out of control. It would be easy to assume that there were no more teenage anecdotes left to tell, but Eddie Argos has such a nonchalant ease with lyricism that even after four albums, it’s still good to hear which bits of school he

liked the most. Although the content may not be much different, the way it is delivered does cause some apprehension. Since the dawn of Brut it’s been contested as to whether the vocals are sung or not. Argos was sure they were until the press told him he was talking, and now with Frank Black of the Pixies in charge of production, the odd tune has been squeezed

out of the hesitant vocalist. However, if anything, it’s the more melodious elements of the most recent album that bring it down. Although an admirable attempt, it comes out on record as a whisper that certainly wouldn’t fit into an Art Brut gig. Luckily for the Wedgewood Rooms, this is something that the band and Argos have recognised, and the performance

is still delivered with the explicit enthusiasm that makes Art Brut such an exciting band to watch. The whole thing is over the top. Guitarist, Jasper Future darts around like a puppet with bungee ropes for strings, while Mikey Breyer inexplicably still plays drums standing up and Ian Catskillin plays guitar solos so ridiculous that the whole display can only be brought down to earth by the endearingly mundane lyrics, shouted in a way that only a man with a name like Eddie Argos ever could. Though there still seems to be a part of Art Brut that wishes they had become more successful, the self-confessed plateauing of their career makes every gig as captivating as one from their first tour, with the added bonus of four albums worth of good material. Despite having one of the coolest producers possible and a few highly charting singles throughout Europe, the highlight of the night is the moment when Eddie Argos improvises himself into a hole and realises that he’s spent ten minutes squatting amongst the crowd, telling lies about the Van Gogh museum, with no sensible conclusion. That could only ever happen at an Art Brut gig.


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More slow and curious than fast and furious

Sexy, thrilling and nostalgic, Drive is one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of the year Howard Crates

A gritty hybrid of the heist thriller, film noir, exploitation and art-house movie, Nicholas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’ sounds like a concoction that should result in an unruly mess. However, the end result defies the odds and delivers a visually striking, poignant and exhilarating ride. The basic premise, adapted from a novel of the same name, is that of a stunt-driving mechanic who moonlights as a getaway driver with a single rule; that he waits at the scene five minutes, no more, no less. The movie’s success hinges on this central performance, which Ryan Gosling plays to perfection, evoking a blend of James Dean and Humphrey Bogart that is so endlessly watchable that every lingering shot feels natural and necessary. As well as subtle Bogartian mannerisms, the film utilizes the striking aesthetics and existentialist individualism of classic film noir, thoughtfully tweaking it with a modern self-reflexivity. For instance, the knowing smirk that plays across the face of the nameless protagonist as he declines a cigarette seems to evoke the director’s chuckle as he lets you know his film is going to be much more than a soulless stylistic imitation of its smoky 1940’s influences. For one thing, noir was teeming with private dicks that could talk their way out of a locked room. Winding Refn asks of his actors the opposite: entire con-


Ryan Gosling puts in a near perfect performance as the driver versations are almost completely conducted with understated facial expressions, body language, and careful choice of mise-enscène. As much as this description makes the movie sound like a pretentious foreign-language art film, these devices used in an atmospheric American actionthriller work incredibly well. As the title suggests, cars are also intrinsic to the film - but

like the best driving movies, it is the existential freedom and power over one’s own destiny that cars symbolise (rather than just how cool they can make you look) that the film triumphs in conveying. Yes, be warned Fast and Furious fans, this is not an unofficial sequel, and while Drive equals and surpasses any of the excitement in Vin Diesel’s fun but forgettable movie, the

thrills are delivered in a completely different manner. Winding Refn himself explained his technique on a BBC interview when he compared action and violence to the act of making love (worded in a less delicate manner that warranted an apology from the BBC), in that all the excitement is in the build-up, and Drive features some fantastic, mesmerizing

Film: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Ashton Spacey

Monsters in your miscellaneous vents! Aaah, scary! I don’t think so. Alright, so I may have spent half of it watching from between my fingers, but that’s because I am a tactical spectator (see: abject coward) - not because it was too frightening to watch. For those equipped with the capacity to grow a pair, prepare to be underwhelmed. A remake of a 1973 madefor-television horror movie, the premise is fairly standard. Vul-

nerable child, creepy old house, cripplingly inattentive parental figure, monsters in your ash pits – and that’s not a euphemism. However, the film does have a refreshing eeriness, courtesy of co-director Guillermo del Toro, which is magnificently established in the first few scenes. The unknown is, after all, always more frightening. Tragically, the film soon decides to do away with the perfect, choking tension by prematurely releasing the monsters. Yes, they’re exquisitely designed and beautifully textbook del

Toro, but once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all – and you do see them with alarming regularity. Moreover, one tends to

empathise with the monsters’ demands; children’s teeth grow back – it’s hardly an unreasonable request!

foreplay. To top it all off, Drive features a stellar supporting cast and a throbbing, 80’s style electric soundtrack by Cliff Martinez that enthrals, drawing you into Gosling’s Chevrolet Malibu as it glides over the blacktop. Drive is that rare film which overflows with both style and substance: don’t miss it.

Despite a pleasantly unusual ending, and a commendable effort from Katie Holmes to breathe genuine emotionale distress into the piece, the gen-m eral effect is mildly disquieting,i rather than insomnia-inducing. T Whilst certainly no Pan’sO Labyrinth, del Toro fans and them meek of heart will get a suitablei amount of enjoyment from Don’to be Afraid of the Dark – and over-w all, the film is a fairly pleasantb way to while away a couple ofi hours. e As long as you’re not payings for the privilege, that is. p

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sFilm: Tyrannosaur Gabriela Jones


Paddy Considine, well-known in the British film industry for his range of acting performances, from Shane Meadows’ hard-hitting revenge tale Dead Man’s Shoes, to Edgar Wright’s enormously popular Hot Fuzz, makes his feature screenwriting and directorial debut this month with the misleadingly-titled Tyrannosaur.

This is not another outing into the well-trodden path of British social realism

Hardly a Jurassic Park spinoff, Tyrannosaur tells the story

of Joseph (Peter Mullan), a violent, just-over-middle-aged drunk and Hannah (Olivia Colman), a charity shop worker and abused wife, and the unexpected friendship that the two strike up when Mullan’s Joseph finds himself hiding behind the bargain rail in Hannah’s shop to escape arrest for random, frustrated vandalism. At the base of the film, Paddy Considine’s screenplay is wellrounded and complete. There are no plot-holes or missing detail that one might expect from a first-time director. Despite this being Considine’s first foray into features, he’d already taken the bare bones of Tyrannosaur for a spin in his BAFTA-winning short, Dog Altogether. One gets the distinct impression that this film is in safe and experienced hands with Considine; experience perhaps not gained through previous direction, but undoubtedly

from his great wealth of powerful acting roles. Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Hannah, the domestically abused charity shop worker whose chance meeting with Mullan’s Joseph becomes a fateful turning point in both their lives, will shock many. Best known for her turn as Sophie in Channel 4’s cult comedy Peep Show, Colman has described her role in Tyrannosaur as the one she’d been ‘waiting for since the age of twelve’, a powerful and complex character that would challenge the best of actresses.

And it certainly is as far-flung from her performance in Peep Show as can be, transforming Colman from British comedy supporting cast regular to dramatic goddess. Mullan’s performance as Joseph is simply astounding, albeit the quality of his performance is clearly a direct result of the character development work in Considine’s outstanding screenplay. Within the first 5 minutes of the film, we are shown the full extent of Joseph’s inneranimal; violent, uncontrollable and destructive not only to oth-

ers but, perhaps most crucially, to himself. To persuade an audience to empathise with a man such as Joseph is no mean feat, yet through his relationship with Colman’s Hannah, we are shown a regretful, self-aware and selfbettering side to Joseph that after the film’s opening scenes one would expect to be non-existant. This point in itself is highly descriptive of what makes Tyrannosaur work so well; it teaches us all not to form opinions based on first impressions, or social standing. This is not another outing into the welltrodden path of British social realism; this is a story about two people, and the unlikely journey they set out on together to find purpose and understanding in their lives. And with an unexpected twist, the film, like the characters that make it, proves our expectations and preconceptions are often not to be trusted.

Film: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Nathaniel Dalby

Director Thomas Alfredson’s latest work combines a ‘greatest hits’ collection of British actors s(Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth damongst others) with a haze of murky brown atmosphere for an adaption of John Le Carre’s o1974 spy thriller. t s


This is an extremely tense watch but in a way that it builds up scheming and plotting behind your back.

s George Smiley, a retired oplerative, is tasked with finding a -mole at the heights of the British Secret Service: The Circus. This is subtley played by Gary Oldman, who pulls off a performance that draws you in with its melancholy and air of silent observation. Smiley is a man -who we see go through heartbreak, inner conflict and feelings of worthlessness, without ever wearing his heart on his sleeve. When compared to a previous role, such as Dracula or

Gary Oldman secures his place in the British acting elite with this lead role The Sex Pistols’ bassist Johnny Rotten, the portrayal really cements Oldman as one Britain’s finest living actors. There aren’t many who can go from psychotics and murderous demons to George Smiley; a man who sits and watches and waits. This is a tale about the suspicions and cigarette smoke infections of men, in a world that is slowly leaving them be-

hind. George Smiley is shown as one of a generation of artefact agents, thrust into a new world where Britain is almost literally standing between two superpowers on the cusp of nuclear war. In the end, this is a film about people. The people behind it all. You could almost have no knowledge of the political context of which the plot is cen-

tred around and still appreciate how this is a story about people trapped in their own profession, with no way of expressing themselves apart from deceit and betrayal. Everything that happens is a manifestation of that. Indeed, this is a thriller where car chases and explosions are substituted for slights of the eyes and the inhaling of smoke, but with absolutely the same

amount of excitement and tension. The paranoia, constant suspicion and air of resentment flowing through the characters and set pieces serve to rack up the tension, making this an extremely tense watch - but in a way that builds up, scheming and plotting behind your back until it erupts into its powerful and surprisingly triumphant conclusion.


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Dates for the Diary

How many ways can you find out of the maze?


Dissertations and projects without fear 19th October, 2pm - 4pm Library, Room 0.29

If the idea of writing a final year dissertation or project is making you nervous, this workshop is for you. You will be working in small groups to work out how to deal with planning, time management and research, also how to break down tasks into small chunks and how such tasks will help your personal development.

Feedback Worshop

21th October, 10am - 11am Library, Room 0.29 Do you find it hard to make sense of your feedback or grade? Engaging with feedback could improve your grades, but it can be difficult. This workshop aims to show you how to use your feedback improve your work.

Student Council

27th October, 5pm The Students’ Union, Third Space

Photo of the Fortnight - Jack Foster

RNLI Southsea charity run

Word Search

Student council meets once a month smf consists of part time officers, chairs from each standing committee, faculty reps and the sabbatical officers. Anyone can submit a motion to student council, if you wish to submit a motion or policy, you can complete an online form, or speak to Godfrey in the Union.

Number Blocks Try to fill in the missing numbers. The missing numbers are integers between 0 and 9. The numbers in each row add up to totals to the right. The numbers in each column add up to the totals along the bottom. The diagonal lines also add up the totals to the right.





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Crossword Across 2. Largest city in the

world (5) Capital of Hungary (8) Similar to bredrin (4) Anagram: a rag man (7) 10. A pure, extremely hard form of carbon (7) 12. ...... Mcdonald - newsreader (6) 15. What does ftw stand for? (3, 3, 3) 17. Native (10) 18. Sunglasses make (6) 19. To connect (7) 22. Latest James Patterson book (7, 6) 25. To put in a trance (9) 27. Device that emits light (5) 28. X Factor judge (4, 6) 30. Classy (9) 33. Spinster from great expectations (4, 8) 34. Worthless material that is rejected (7) 36. Best known video game (4,2,4) 37. Succession of lines that form a poem (6) 38. How to Train Your Dragon book author (8, 6) 39. Hangover cure? (3, 2) 40. Big event in 2012 (8) 5. 8. 9.

Down 1. Debated calander (5) 3. Popular search engine

(6) Spooky holiday (9) Lives in a pineapple under the sea (8) 7. Silly word for fooling around (8) 11. British slang for rubbish (10) 13. High profile tweeter (7, 3) 14. Music show from the past (3,2,3,4) 16. Loose fitting shirt (6) 20. London tourist attraction (6, 8) 21. Stingray from nemo (2, 3) 23. Largest species of penguins (7) 24. Band: “I bet you look good on the dancefloor” (5,7) 26. Heavenly place (8) 29. Brazillian currency (4) 31. Film quote “Nobody puts .... in the corner” (4) 32. One of the seven dwarves (6) 35. Type of referencing (7) 4. 6.

Cryptogram 30 Second Number Cruncher instructions to your running total. No calculators allowed!

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Round Up

Boxers shine in backyard battle

Josh Baldwin lands a punch. Below, Josh Balwin takes a blow, and Craig McColl grapples with an opponent Sarah Jackson Sam Petherick Sports Editor

One of the many events served up during ‘Freshtival’ fortnight was a boxing exhibition held in Ravelin Park. The University Boxing Club held Backyard Boxing; an open air spectacle, where challengers from all around the country took on Portsmouth’s finest. The Union promised an ‘incredible event in the sunshine’ and the weather delivered, the occasion happening right at the start of the week-long stretch of wonderful weather. There was sun, drinks, barbecue, performances from Cheer and Dance, and live sporting entertainment. And best of all it was all free. Before the bouts began, the crowds were treated to a sparring demonstration and commentary on the rules of boxing by team captain Yannick Foh

and British University under 20s champion Callum Lewis. Fifteen year old England international Charlie Southam then wowed spectators with an electric display on the pads. There were eight bouts scheduled for the afternoon and Brooklyn Wearn, refreshed and raring to go after a two year break from the sport, went up against Fran Raven of Moulescombe Amateur Boxing Club in the first fight. Brooklyn showed no signs of rust once the fight had begun, and after two very competitive rounds the third turned things into an all-out slog, with Brooklyn taking the decision. The second fight featured Dan Yardley of the University against a fine boxer from Gosport ABC - and Yardley secured a first round win by technical knockout, after his opponent was unable to respond to an eight count having been left

dazed by a combo. One of the club’s newest competitors, Craig McColl, stepped up next, in what was only his third ever fight. Despite chants from his corner, Craig lost a narrow points decision to a boxer from Waterlooville. The next fight featured Guy Lawrence, a University debutant with only four months training with the club under his belt. However, Lawrence’s progress has been enormous and he displayed superb speed of hand and foot, keeping tireless pressure on his strong opponent to come out with a unanimous win. Portsmouth had been training up to three times a day in preseason, and it paid dividends with the home side winning four of their six fights against very skilled opponents. All fights were cut-throat, with every competitor left with nothing in the tank after the three rounds.

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Portsmouth edge Barbarians in charity match

Left: Oliver Hives is on the receiving end of a hard-hitting Barbarians tackle. right: Portsmouth celebrate a first half try Dan Chesterton

Brian Hinojosa lines up a conversion

Sam Petherick Sports Editor

Billed by University of Portsmouth Rugby President Rich Evans as “the biggest event held by any club [during my four years here]”, the UoP Rugby Football Club took on and overcame the Solent Barbarians by a nail-biting 20-19 - whilst entertaining spectators and raising considerable funds for two charities. The Cheerleading mixed events and competition squad gave the delighted crowd a taste of their talent by performing dance, tumbles and stunts. On the other end of the field, Frisbee played energetically on the last remaining sunlit patch of field the day had to offer. The occasion was a success in bringing together a wide range of University sports clubs. Many previous University RFC players were returning to play – this time against their former teammates. They now made up the Barbarians, which included the United Services, Havant, Portsmouth RFC and Southsea Nomads. UoP RFC were there in force, clean shaven and immaculately dressed in chi-

nos and blue shirts. The Women’s Rugby team were there too, having come straight from Freshers Fayre earlier that day. It was simply an event too big to miss. At 7pm, the floodlights came on and the day that had provided so much entertainment was about to enter its main event. Portsmouth, a lean, tight-knit unit with much experience playing together, were facing the Barbarians - an older and meaner playing force comprising of players from over five different local teams. After a close opening, a Will Reed dump tackle sparked an angry reaction from the Babarians but a delighted roar from the stands. Portsmouth found themselves overcrowded trying to take down hefty Babarian forwards, leaving Portsmouth exposed on their left flank. This allowed the Babarians winger to motor through for the game’s first try. The conversion was duly made for a 7-0 lead. A penalty goal opened Portsmouth’s account, and a courageous run by Dan Davis broke up the play and set up Will Reed for a try on the brink of half time. The University Dance club filled the break with an

excellent hip hop routine. Trailing 8-7 at the start of the second half, the Solent Barbarians added two tries and a conversion to take the game away from Portsmouth hands. Their extra physicality was seemingly proving to be the difference. However, UoP rallied and hit back with a try and conversion, getting themselves back in the contest. It soon became clear that the Barbarians could not match Portsmouth for stamina and another try followed to take the University to a one point lead. Portsmouth were roused to preserve their advantage in the last stages. A heroic charge by Luke Haslam sparked encouraging woos from the cheerleaders who stayed to watch the game. Portsmouth kept the pressure on their rapidly tiring opponents with a well-crafted move that was thwarted only by a colossal hit. The University were victorious at the final whistle. The day raised a staggering £2,500 for Naomi’s House Children’s Hospice and Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.



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Coach recognised for 1,000 hours of volunteering Inside the mind of Bruce Suraci, the University’s star football coach Sam Petherick Sports Editor

This morning he had been at Portsmouth College, training young 16-19 year olds from the local community. Last night the Hampshire Centre for Excellence, where he coaches a very talented under 17s girls side. Just before he would leave to train the University 1st and 2nd teams, Pugwash News were delighted to catch a minute with Bruce Suraci, an aspiring football coach and student from the University of Portsmouth. In June, Suraci collected an award from the center of Wembley stadium. He was one of only ten students selected by British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and the Football Association (FA) to receive a national award celebrating commitment to the game and exceptional personal achievement. “It was nice to be at the stadium”, Suraci said modestly, “however, it wasn’t about the award, what was special for me was being recognised.” He has accumulated over 1,000 hours of coaching in his

Suraci has put in over 1,000 hours teaching students University of Portsmouth free-time over the last three years. Put differently, it’s the equivalent of 25 weeks – or almost half a year – of full-time work. Of all the teams Suraci coaches, he puts the University team as his favourite. “The University players are more mature and because they’re students with the mindset of going to lectures and learning, they seem to be a lot more receptive to coaching

and bettering themselves. The University has a good learning culture.” He speaks highly of his other projects too. The girls at the Hampshire Centre for Excellence are “excellent players, the best in the country”. The actual aim of the centre is to “push players on to England”. Suraci fulfils his demanding coaching duties at the same time as studying for a degree in Sport

and Exercise Science. There’s no magic to how he manages his busy lifestyle. “I make sure I don’t waste time. If I go out, I get up early the next day. I work as hard as I can and I learn relatively quickly.” “The great sense of personal achievement that you have helped a player fulfil their potential”, is one of the reasons Suraci gives for his enjoyment of coaching. “I like to see people

improve themselves, and to play an active part in their development as a coach and as a person. Coaching is sociable and outdoors, involves talking to people and trying to read people”. He has a vision for how he will get the most out of his players, and what he hopes to achieve. “I like working to a plan. The University team have a year plan and I am able to see how the team progress throughout the season. We use a match analysis sheet and take details every month”. Currently, Suraci is looking to get his UEFA A License, known in footballing terms as a coach’s ‘degree’. It takes two years to complete and is only obtainable by working with a national football association. Unsatisfied with stopping there, however, Suraci hopes to quickly move on to bigger and better standing. “Once I’ve got that”, he says casually of the A License, “I’m going to look to go out to America and work in universities out there, or get a fulltime job in a football academy here.”

Taster Day Report

Polo, the sport of kings - and students Natalie Draper

Polo has an image as an elitist pastime for playboy princes, but the Equestrian Club Taster Day proved you don’t have to be rich or privileged to enjoy this exhilarating sport. On Wednesday 5th October the Equestrian Club hosted a Polo Taster Day to mark the start of a new semester and hint at the exciting things to come for the club this year. The event was organised by the club at Polo4 in Hindhead to give students a chance to learn more about the exhilarating sport and have a go at something a little less mainstream. With no horsey experience necessary, the club welcomed total beginners, riders keen to try something new and some curious freshers to join them, with over thirty people keen to have a go. Arriving at Polo4 in the af-

ternoon, the group was divided into taster groups of four or five and paired with their perfect polo pony.

The day was a total success with many total beginners thrilled with their taster of polo and keen to return

For some of the group this was their first time on a horseback and for others it was time to learn to ride one handed, as lessons in swinging your polo mallet soon followed. With the riders excited and eager to have a go, beginner friendly games of stick and ball ensued with riders hitting the

New recruits get a taste of Polo Natalie Draper ball back and forth to practice and learn some basic rules about the sport. To culminate each taster session the riders were split into small teams for some lighthearted fun and a chance to experience their own mini-game of

polo, at whatever pace they felt happiest. As the riders changed over after each session, many wished they could stay on their pony and carry on and we’re eager to learn how soon they could start lessons.

As the day progressed the customary polo BBQ was fired up and everyone ignored the unfortunately British weather to tuck in and await what most of the club and its guests had been looking forward to seeing. As a final demonstration to those unaccustomed to the sport, several members of the current polo teams mounted up to play a fast paced and entertaining chukka. The day was a total success with many total beginners thrilled with their taster of polo and keen to return to Polo4 and the coaching of Tom Benson. The Equestrian Club holds this taster day twice a year and always welcomes new members for both riding and polo at any confidence or ability. Find out more on the Equestrian Club’s Facebook page or website

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Boxers punch a million times for charity Sam Petherick Sports Editor

Thirteen boxers from the University of Portsmouth Boxing club stepped up to the unthinkable challenge of hitting a million punches on punch bags in a 12 hours period. The task was at first projected to be completed in 24 hours, but the ambitious team felt they could manage it in half the time. The unique event was in aid of raising money for the club’s annual match against American universities Washington and Georgetown, due to happen in January. The feat was seen by the elite members of the squad as a warm-up for a world record the Boxing club hope to break later in the season. There, they will hope to see five boxers hit over 100,000 punches in three hours. The million punch challenge involved 13 participating boxers tasked to achieve 77,000 punches each. The squad arrived at their location, a specialist boxing gym in Fratton, for 6pm on Friday 7th October, and were pounding the bags by 6.15pm. All boxers started at a very fast rate, with the club President Richard Tyler hitting 20,000 punches within

Portsmouth’s boxing team with their coach Wayne Gardner Sarah Jackson the first hour. The counters were being made to work at speed by the boxing squad, notching on a white board every thousand achieved by each boxer. The count system worked by the boxers counting one of their hands’ punches and shouting out when they reached 500, so registering 1,000 punch-

es. It was a test of concentration as well as supreme physical and mental toughness. Each boxer worked at their own rate, taking water breaks and food breaks way into the night, as the looming presence of cramp and fatigue became greater. The first finisher was Helen

Tamlyn, who hit her 77,000 punches in a five hours and 45 minutes, at an average of 3.7 punches per second. In maintaining a steady rate of punching and taking very few breaks, Helen showed she is one of the University’s major future prospects in the sport. The next to finish their thir-

teenth of a million punches was club President Tyler and coach Wayne Gardiner. There were some severely bruised hands and aching shoulders when the squad finally hit their landmark target at 3am on Saturday morning. The team managed to raise £1,200 from the event

Wakeboarders recruit fresh talent Gareth Ireson

Tommi Voutilainen

The Wakeboard club started off its year with a great turnout to it’s first outing on St. Ann’s lake in Chertsey. Showing up to the lake just before the crack of noon in shiny Pompey minibuses and cars, the new additions to the Wakeboard were treated to fantastic sunny weather and hot temperatures. After taking a moment to don helmets, impact vests and boardies, the freshers were eager

to take on the cable and to get onto the water. Starting off with kneeboards to get a feel for how

the cable pulls and behaves, the first riders were pulled onto the water and around the cable.

Most of the new riders were soon confident enough to bring out the wakeboards, and try out the sport for real. At first onlookers were treated to some spectacular wipeouts as the new boarders wrestled to get the hang of their boards, but it again wasn’t long until there were riders getting up on their boards and away and around the lake. For a first time wakeboarder, getting up onto the board and making it to the first corner is already an impressive feat, but

on the fresher trip a few managed to get almost all the way around the four corner cable system! Regardless of how well everyone progressed, all the new and old members had an amazing day at the lake. With such a great squad of new and returning wakeboarders, Pompey Wake has an exciting year ahead of themselves. Find out more about the Wakeboarding Club by emailing

Pugwash News Issue 58  

Pugwash News Issue 58 - 12/10/2011

Pugwash News Issue 58  

Pugwash News Issue 58 - 12/10/2011