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09.10.2012

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Students queue all night to register with police Shu Hang

Following a news report that international students in London have been queuing up throughout the night to register with the police, the Metropolitan Police have introduced a new system in the hopes of resolving the situation. Starting from Monday, October 8th, students will be able to register by downloading a form from the Metropolitan Police website and submitting

it to the London School of Economics instead of visiting the Overseas Visitors Records Office in Borough, - the only facility in London where more than 30,000 students are to collect their Police RegisWUDWLRQ &HUWLனFDWH 35&  from. The deadline has also been relaxed until December 31st. Previously, international students from “high riskâ€? countries were required to register with the police within seven days of arrival, where failure to do

so is considered a criminal RŕŽ‰HQVH However, the London police have been struggling to cope with the large number of overseas students waiting to register at the start of the academic year. “Our queues are currently starting at 12:00 am,â€? reads a statement on the Metropolitan Police website, “in the interest of health and safety we would kindly request that you do not start queuing at this time as it forces us to

close our queues as early as 6:30 am.â€? The statement adds, ‍ڔ‏:H RSHUDWH RQ D னUVW FRPH னUVW VHUYHG EDVLV so it’s advisable to attend early in the morning.â€? Less than a month ago, David Willetts, the Minister of State for Universities and Science launched a global drive to salvage Britain’s reputation as a higher education destination after numerous scandals regarding the stringent student visa policy. International students are

estimated to bring arond ÂŁ5bn a year to the economy. The scandal had sparked outrage among international students, many of whom are worried that they would face punishment for not registering in time. Aigul Turetayeva, a MSc Law and Accounting student felt “humiliatedâ€? by the experience. “I arrived to the Borough branch on Wednesday at 10 am and found a huge queue there which Continued on page 6, col 1

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Director, Craig Calhoun, has made this an issue of utmost importance for the School. As you may have read, he is taking extraordinarily proactive steps to ensure this University is able to function as usual. We here at the Beaver applaud his actions, and the decisive action he has taken. Looking at the second issue, that of freedom of speech, these waters are far murkier than those over international students. As a newspaper, we are clearly in favour of free and open debate, but we must accept, relish, even, the responsibility that inevitably accompanies this position. As such we will attempt to convey information in an open fashion, without hysteria, voices have a right to be heard. Even if the view is not a popular one, the LSE must have an atmosphere of exposing stupidity, then crushing it with reasoned argument. If that is unable to happen than the entire point of attending university will have disappeared .

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Festival a roaring success forts by both the Students’ Union and the Development Society in organising last This year’s Community Fes- ZHHN‍ڑ‏VHYHQWZHUHUHŕŽ‹HFWHG tival, hosted by the London by the high volume of enSchool of Economics Stu- trants. The race around Lincoln’s dents’ Union, proved to be Inn Field culminated early highly successful despite the in the day and much of the poor weather conditions. activity moved to Houghton A variety of representaStreet where the LSE societives from the Student’s Unties were based. ion were present, including The LSE Forum, a new the Raising And Giving Sociventure hoping to spark ety (RAG), the Christian Union and the Afro-Caribbean political debate between the diverse members of the and Surf societies. The highlight of the event School’s community were was a road race aimed at SUHVHQW IRU WKH னUVW WLPH DW runners of all abilities, who the Community Festival. Jon had the freedom to choose Allsop, Chair of the Great how many laps of Lincoln’s Britain Working Group, Inn Fields they would pledge commented that business to run. There was also a Tug had been busy at the stall, of War for those not par- with many people stopping ticipating in the run and T- to chat about the new opShirts and free giveaways to portunity. The second year BSc Government student all those who took part. The money raised will be went on to state, “the forum XVHG WR EHQHனW WKH ZLGHU hopes to bring together stuLSE community, helping to dents across campus to disfund both, societies and the cuss issues in Great Britain, provision of scholarships. the European Sphere and The African Initiative also America and the emerging EHQHனWHGIURPWKHHYHQWDQG world.â€? The RAG society were some of the money raised well received with one of will be used to further enthe largest marquees in the hance the LSE’s academic street promoting Fresher’s links throughout the contiBall and Battle of the Halls, nent. with a look forward to HitchThose participating in the road race raised money for hike and Skydive amongst their chosen causes and ef- the other events already being planned for later in the Connor Russell and Amelia Thomson

what packed at peak time, the event was clearly better organised than previous $Q XQWLPHO\ னUH DODUP DQG years. Vikrant Shah, a third heavy rain couldn’t dampen year student noticed this spirits as hundreds of stu- contrast. dents from right across the “I was pleasantly surglobe gathered inside The prised to see a more positive Tuns and the Quad to party vibe,â€? he said, “I just hope hard before the start of the academic year at the inaugural LSE Crush of the year. Whether Crush lived up to its self-description as being ‘the best student night on a Friday’ is debatable, but reasonable drink prices comELQHGZLWKDGLŕŽ‰HUHQWPXVLF VW\OHRQHDFKŕŽ‹RRUPHDQWWKH most obvious student needs were catered for. Crush, although an LSE event, was not exclusive to LSE students, as members of other London universities and LSE alumni were also welcomed. A number of passers-by seemed to have been that it stays that way.â€? lured in by the blaring beats. Crush tend to be most One of such was Marcus, a popular during the earlier recent Harvard and Imperial and latter weeks of term. In graduate. “It has a decent anticipation of the increased atmosphere, and it’s always attendance, many opportunnice to catch up with pals,â€? istic students spent the early he said. evening in the Tuns, taking Whilst this meant that advantage of the guaranteed the venue became some- free entrance for arrivals be-

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PROFESSOR IAIN BEGG ON SPAIN’S ECONOMY Professor Iain Begg, from the LSE’s European Institute, argues that Spain’s government has valid reasons to avoid taking a bailout from The European Central Bank. Spain currently risks defaulting on its debt. While speaking in London, Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister, admitted that he is concerned for the country’s economy, but denied that it needs a bailout. Begg says, “Spain doesn’t want to be put in a position of being told‌how to run its economy.â€? STUDENT CENTRE NAMED AFTER LSE ALUMNUS The new student centre currently under construction on LSE’s campus will be named after Professor Saw Swee Hock, an LSE alumnus living in Singapore and one of Asia’s leading philanthropists, after he made a landmark gift towards the building. In 1963 Professor Saw received his PhD from LSE in Statistics and has been an active donor to LSE for many years since.

year. They had no difficulty in selling tickets for events the following week, which were already shaping up to be successes – with Fresher’s Ball having already broken even. The stand had also

been supplied with free drinks from the Tuns which contributed to their success. The Community Festival continued well into the evening in preparation for WKH னUVW &UXVK QLJKW RI WKH academic year.

Fire alarm marks end of Freshers’ Crush Hakki Mustafa and Richard Serunjogi

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fore 8pm. The atmosphere at Crush took a while to build. By eleven, queues were stretched along Houghton Street and a steady trickle of students swelled inside. Attempts to UHJXODWHWKHVWXGHQWŕŽ‹RZEH tween rooms were met with

street in harmony with the rain. 7KH னUH DODUP ZDV DOOHJ HGO\ VHW RŕŽ‰ E\ DQ LQGLYLGXDO on the mezzanine of the Quad as a joke. Students scattered for shelter under umbrellas and the tents on Houghton Street, handily left out by the community festival, waiting against the rain as location checks were conducted E\VWDŕŽ‰IRUWKHVRXUFHRIWKH னUHEHIRUHWKH\FRXOGFROOHFW their belongings from the cloakroom. Despite this, students left having had the opportunity to acquaint and themselves with fellow LSE students. Club-goers are encouraged to interact and share their pictures at Crush in the officers Facebook group, which will be shown on the screens of the Tuns at various points in the week as irritation as friends found well as during Crush nights themselves separated when throughout the coming year. they were unable to re-enter Alex Peters-Day, General certain rooms. Secretary of the Student UnThe night was not free ion felt that the night went RI GUDPD KRZHYHU DV D னUH “very wellâ€?, and it managed alarm at around 1am cut the to attract more people to party short, much to many the community festival preattendees’ annoyance as ceding the night. WKH\ŕŽ‹RRGHGGRZQ+RXJKWRQ

The new centre, due to open in 2013, will be home to the new LSESU and will LQFOXGHDFDI«னWQHVVFHQWUH and multi-faith prayer room.

MISDIRECTED FOREIGN AID PROGRAMMES MAY LEAD TO VIOLENCE An LSE report entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of Crisis Statesâ€?, argues that Western aid and external intervention in the “fragile statesâ€? of the developing world ought to be “better directed.â€? Summing up six years of research by James Putzel and Jonathan Di John, the report, which comprises of case studies in Africa, Asia, and South America, has striking implications for current donors in QHZFRQŕŽ‹LFWVDQGRQJRLQJ SHDFHHŕŽ‰RUWV The report asserts that Western aid programmes in states in the midst of postwar reconstruction and those facing violent challenges are characterised by confusion. By Rachel Browne

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([KLELWLRQDUULYHVZLWKૹHUFHRSSRVLWLRQ that strong historical collections are maintained and I am proud that LSE has been able to step in to keep the Women’s Library open.” “There are numerous synergies between the Women’s Library col-

London Metropolitan University announced that its collection on women’s history, the oldest and largest in Europe, will be moved to the London School of Economics in 2013. The move is the conclusion of a long bidding process which results from London Met’s inability to continue funding the collection’s £500,000-a-year running costs. The collection will be renamed the “Women’s Library @ LSE” and is going to be housed in its own dedicated reading room in the LSE library where it will remain open to the public. Included in Unesco’s Memory of the World Register, the collection contains more than 60,000 books and pamphlets, over 3,500 periodicals as well as press cuttings. It features more than 500 personal and organisational archives as well as over 5,000 objects such as posters, banners and photographs. The collection LQFOXGHV ஊUVW HGLWLRQV RI the Brontës’ works and of Virginia Woolf, signed biographies of Margaret Thatcher and copies of Bridget Jones. LSE’s new Director, Craig Calhoun, said: “It is of vital importance

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lection and LSE’s existing holdings,” he added, “combined, they will undoubtedly make one of the best international collections for the support of research on women’s lives and gender issues.” These pieces will join LSE Library’s extremely diverse collection on women’s history which includes items like a

ஊUVW HGLWLRQ RI 6\OYLD Pankhurst’s The Home Front (1932), which features a handwritten inscription by Sylvia to Bertrand Russell, and a petition by London midwives, published in 1643, SURWHVWLQJ DW WKH HஉHFW

The campaign considers the move an abduction of the collection from its purpose-built building in Petticoat Lane which was opened just 10 years ago with a £4.2m grant from the National Lottery. They also

gin Marbles dispute. “Of course the British Museum looks after the Elgin Marbles very nicely, but that is not the point; they belong in Greece,” she said, “similarly the Women’s Library collections belong in the purpose-designed Women’s Library building.” Rushanara Ali, Bethnal Green and Bow MP, said that The Women’s Library “provides a crucial hub for local women, researchers and students contributing to the East End’s vibrant intellectual and cultural life”, and thus London Met University and the government “need to make every effort to keep The Women’s Library open.” Nevertheless, efforts are being made to make this transition as smooth as possible. Professor Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor of London Met, said: “We’ll be working with them to achieve the best contithe civil wars were hav- have reservations on the nuity to ensure library ing on their trade. LSE’s ability to maintain users are not inconvenHowever, not every- WKH HஉRUWV PDGH LQ WKH ienced.” one was happy about last decade to widen pubLSE director Craig the move. The Save the lic access to the collection Calhoun agrees, adding Women’s Library Cam- through projects and ex- that “The LSE library SDLJQ LV SRVLQJ ஊHUFH hibitions. and colleagues across opposition and has gathA comparison which the school will now be ered more than 12,000 has been used by Wendy able to continue the exsignatures in its petition Davis, founder of Rooms cellent work that generato “save” the collection, of Our Own, a feminist tions have put into buildcalling the move “a step pressure group, to ex- ing a fascinating record back for women’s equal- press her feelings about of a truly transformative ity.” the move is with the El- women’s movement.”

/6(DOXPQXVORVHVKLVEDWWOHZLWKFDQFHU tantly a dear friend and the Labour Party has lost British politics is mourn- one of its sharpest thinking the loss of one of its ers. Our thoughts go to greatest modern think- Malcolm’s wife, Margaers after LSE alumni ret, and his family.’ Malcolm Wicks MP lost The respect that Malhis battle with cancer. colm commanded went A leading authority on beyond the usual politisocial policy and welfare, cal lines, with the Prime his interests were top- Minister poignantly notLFV WKDW GLUHFWO\ DஉHFWHG ing: people’s lives from child “Politics can be a brucare to single parent- tal business at times, but hood to caring for the DOWKRXJK IURP GLஉHUHQW elderly. However, it was sides of the political dihis human touch that will vide, I will remember be most sorely missed as Malcolm as one of the he was not only a strong most kind, compassionvoice, but a friend of the ate, thoughtful and depeople of Croydon North cent politicians I have that he represented for known.” over 20 years. Outside of the politiLabour leader Ed Mili- cal sphere the work and band led the heartfelt HஉRUWV RI PDQ\ YLVLRQDU tributes: ies within it rarely get ‘I have lost a wise con- the credit they deserve. ஊGDQW DQG PRVW LPSRU And this could not any 5LFKDUG6HUXQMRJL

more accurately be attributed to Malcolm, as his endeavours have improved the lives of Millions across the country. Possibly his greatest political victory came in 1996 as he steered through a private members bill (all the more in-

credible as an opposition back bench MP ) which obliged local authorities to recognise the rights of carers to receive support. He went on to become a minister serving in both Tony Blair and Gordon Browns’ governments in a variety of roles

from Education to Work and Pensions to Energy. And upon leaving government was appointed special representative on International Energy issues. An LSE graduate of Sociology, Malcolm is remembered by many VWDஉ KHUH  RQH SDUWLFX lar memory of his academic advisor Professor Emeritus of Social Administration at LSE, David Downes, was of a young Malcolm boldly, yet worried about the repercussions, coming in the day after taking part in a student demo and being arrested, to tell his tutor about it. To young Malcolm’s clearly visible surprise, all he was told was ‘Well done’.


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Early in the lecture, Annan was questioned about Ghanaian-born diplomat his recent role as the UN.Rன $QQDQ VSRNH DW WKH Arab League envoy to SyrLSE last week about his ia. Consensus among the continuing endeavours to னYH SHUPDQHQW PHPEHUV promote peace through- of the UN Security Counout the world. The former cil was not reached due Secretary General of the to Russia and China feelUnited Nations addressed ing “duped over Libya.â€? a sold-out Peacock Thea- According to Annan, libtre and spoke candidly eral intervention in Libya about his career, which brought about direct respanned four decades gime change and Russia in times of both war and and China did not want to repeat this in Syria. peace. However, the former The 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner talked UN Secretary General about the role of the UN stated that Assad remains and argued that in order “delusionalâ€? and was adato remain relevant, the mant that leaders “canorganisation must real- not hide behind their sovise that the international ereignty.â€? When pressed system in which it was about his resignation, founded no longer exists. Annan stated, “I hope Annan, who was both that my resignation will eloquent and humorous, be seen as an act for the stated that the “role of Syrian people and they the UN is not limited to should be our one and FRQŕŽ‹LFW UHVROXWLRQ‍ ڕ‏DQG only concern.â€? In relation to the UN that the title of his recentCouncil, the ly published memoirs, Security “Intervention: A lifetime Ghanaian diplomat also in war and peace,â€? uses argued that there needs the term “intervention in to be reform. Annan stated that “smaller countries a broad sense.â€? William Shawcross, get bulliedâ€? and in the fuwho was Chair of the ture the Security Council event, pressed Annan on needs to be “more demohis early life and asked cratic and more reprehim about his time study- sentative.â€? During the lecture ing at Macalester College in Minnesota. Annan, Shawcross often made who moved to the United references to Annan’s States in 1961 from Gha- memoir. In his book, he na after receiving a Ford states that, “this is a perFoundation grant, stated, sonal account of my ser“I refused to wear ear- vice to the United Nations PXŕŽ‰V,WKRXJKWWKH\ZHUH DQGP\HŕŽ‰RUWVWRDGGUHVV inelegant.â€? However, his the major diplomatic, detime living in Minnesota velopment and humanitaught the diplomat a val- tarian challenges facing uable lesson - “to listen to the international community.â€? He admitted that the natives.â€?

the international community failed in the way it dealt with the Rwandan genocide in 1993 and the 1995 Screbrenica massacre stating that he was both “touched and shaken by the two experiences.� However, Annan hoped these two events affirmed the need to “promote the norm of the responsibility to protect.� Throughout the lecture, Annan often talked about his personal commitment to promote both peace and development in Africa. He hopes that there is continued com-

mitment by international organisations to work with small scale farmers throughout the continent as this is seen as key to unlocking Africa’s potential. The diplomat also argued that the recent Chinese investment in Africa is generally seen as positive as there have been great improvements in infrastructure. In his book, Annan states that “above all I wish for a world in which men and women of every nation achieve a measure of dignity and opportunity in their individual

lives that allows each of them to serve others, and to stand up to the forces of injustice and inequality wherever they exist.� Alice Dawson, a second year LLB Law student who attended the lecture, found Annan to be both “insightful and inspirational.� “Listening to a man who has been at the centre of major geopolitical events over the past four decades was a real privilege and I am looking forward to reading his memoirs,� she stated.

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The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students attending this year’s LGBT student Orientation event, LGBTea and Scones, has seen a dramatic increase compared with previous events, according to John Peart, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) officer of the London School of Economics Students’ Union. The event, hosted by the LSESU LGBT Alliance

and the LGBT Students’ Officer, was attended by more than sixty students and was intended as a meet-and-greet event for LGBT students at the LSE. Peart said he was “extremely pleasedâ€? with the increase in turnout for the event. He also noted the diversity of this year’s DWWHQGHHV ZLWK D VLJQLனcant increase in the number of LGBT women and postgraduates in attendance. “It’s encouraging to

see so many LGBT students from all backgrounds coming to these events and getting to know each other,� commented Peart, “we are already seeing higher levels of engagement this year.� “Using the feedback we received from this event, we will be able to improve future events for LGBT students and ensure we continue to engage the breadth of our community at LSE,� he added.

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Stiglitz on a “learning societyâ€? take into account the benHனWVWRWKHPVHOYHVDQGVR Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel there is under-investment Prize winning economist in research and developand former chief econo- ment. mist at the World Bank Stiglitz believes that lectured at the London the “central question of School of Economics. growth and development Speaking in honour of fel- should be ‘what should low economist Amartya governments do to proSen, he argued for creat- mote growth through ing a “learning society,â€? learning and technologiclaiming it to be neces- cal progress?’â€? In consary for “successful and trast, the standard goal is sustained growth.â€? for static efficiency, with Stiglitz began by com- the intention being “movmenting on the historical ing countries to the fronchanges towards a learn- tier, or moving the frontier ing society, and the result- out by the accumulation of ant increases in standards more resources.â€? He emof living. For more than SKDVLVHGWKHWUDGHRŕŽ‰EHtwo millennia, stand- tween static and dynamic ards of living stagnated. efficiency, and warned However, in the last two that policies designed to hundred years, we have promote allocative effimoved from a time when ciency and short-run propeople “spent most of ductivity can hinder learntheir time struggling to ing, worsening long-term make the basic necessi- economic growth. ties of life,â€? to one where Challenging the comonly a few hours each mon view on trade, Stiglitz needs to devote to such a supports a variant of the task. He argued that the infant industries argumain factor determining ment, and promoted the growth was not allocative use of industrial policies. efficiency or capital accu- He began by describmulation, but rather tech- ing the traditional theonological advancements; ry, where the focus is on learning, an argument “comparative advantage, backed by the work of So- a one time gain from liberlow. This lead to his conclu- alisation, opening up marsion that we should be fo- kets, trying to get static cusing on “improvements allocative efficiency.â€? He, in our knowledge base.â€? on the other hand, supStiglitz argued that the ports “dynamic comparaunassisted market fails in tive advantage,â€? rather the production and dis- than static. He elaboratsemination of knowledge HG WKDW \RXQJ னUPV ODFN as innovation has exter- the economies of scale or nalities, or spillover ef- accumulated knowledge fects. Even though ben- to compete. This in turn HனWV IURP LQQRYDWLRQ FDQ “serves as an entry bar‍ڔ‏DŕŽ‰HFWDOORIRXUVRFLHW\‍ ڕ‏rier, putting... developing individual businesses only Harry Burdon

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was already closed since 5.30am.� “Just imagine a queue of hundreds of international students outside in the cold for hours with newspapers dropped all over the ground� said Turetayeva, “it looked like a queue of illegal migrants or criminals, not international students.� Dmytro Shelukhin shared a similar experience. “I visited Overseas Visitors Records Office at 9 am and there already were around 200 people. Even after telling an officer that it was the end of a 7-day period within which I am required to register, I was merely told to ‘come back next week’.� He went on to complain

that many students felt intimidated by the potential consequences of failing to register before the time limit passes, reiterating IURP D /6( OHDŕŽ‹HW WKDW they “could be arrested, SURVHFXWHG DQG னQHG XS to ÂŁ5000 or even imprisoned.â€? Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE condemned the police registration system as “an inexplicable act of gratuitous embarrassmentâ€?. Calhoun, who has been lobbying the government to reform the system, said: “if you were to require registration, and tell students they have seven days to register with the police, then you have an obligation to make it possible.â€?

countries at a disadvantage.â€? He believes the solution to be industrial policies. The critics of industrial policies were also discussed. Some believe that “governments can’t pick winners, infants never grow up, and there are better ways of providing assistance than protection.â€? He rebutted that “almost every successful country has had industrial policies.â€? Furthermore, he cited the example of the internet, which was SDUWLDOO\ னQDQFHG E\ LQdustrial policies, and has impacted greatly upon our lives. He also said that it was not the job of the government to pick winners, but rather to “ identify externalities and other market failures.â€? Moving beyond an infant industry model, he argued for “an infant economy argument.â€? He SHUFHLYHVVSLOORYHUHŕŽ‰HFWV to occur over economies as a whole. Examples given of spillovers of knowledge were “inventory control processes, labour management, computeriVDWLRQனQDQFLDOVHUYLFHV‍ڕ‏ He put forward that the industrial sector not only has the most only “learning potentialâ€?, but also has “more learning spillovers to other sectors, including to the rural agricultural sector.â€? He therefore concludes that we should “encourage the industrial sector.â€? Relating the topic to the real world, the nobel prize winner spoke posi-

tively of the “broad-based export subsidiesâ€? used in East Asia as a way of implementing the theory. Stiglitz went on to criticise the World Trade Organisation’s decision to “restrict the use of those subsidiesâ€? , saying there was “no learningâ€? in this decision, and it was “all focused on static efficiency.â€? He also asserted that they had incorrectly assumed perfect markets and perfect risk markets. Stiglitz believes learning is vital for development, and should be a greater focus for development economics. Developing countries do not just experience “a gap in resources, but a gap in knowledgeâ€?, and thus more should be done “on WKHGLŕŽ‰XVLRQRINQRZOHGJH from developed to developing countries.â€?

Daniel Stevens, International Officer of the NUS also has harsh words for the government. “It is absolutely unacceptable that students be asked to be queue for hours, often in terrible weather, and be expected to arrive before 6.30am to have any chance of being seen.â€? Diana Yu, International Student Officer of the Student Union felt that the “bureaucratic nightmareâ€? many students are caught in is “unnecessary, pointless, and avoidable.â€? According to Yu, the government could have DYRLGHG WKH னDVFR E\ ‍ڔ‏H[tending the 7-day period, allowing more branches in London to perform registration, or getting rid of

this redundant measure altogether� considering that the UK Borders Agency already has the biometric and contact information of all international students. Yu also criticised the policy of only requiring students of certain nationalities to register as “unfair, discriminatory, and xenophobic.� “For students who have travelled from across the globe and have just settled in an unfamiliar place, this is a very scary situation,� she said, “these are all students who have chosen to come to the UK, who have invested in a UK education and in the country itself. Despite all of this, they are not being treated with the respect they deserve.�

Claiming that the “rate of increase in productivity in a society as a whole is related to the relative size of the industrial sector,� he argued that countries seeking to facilitate development should focus on industrialising. He gave the example of Korea in the 1960s. After the Korean war, the World Bank advised Korea “to focus on their comparative advantage - rice�. Realising that “becoming the best rice grower wasn’t going to help the rest of their economy, and wasn’t going to lead their economy to grow,� they chose to industrialise instead, despite strong criticism from the west. Nevertheless, the move has enabled Korea to emerge as an “enormously successful economy�.


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Students GLVVDWLVૹHG with LSESU Tim Poole

The London School of Economics Students’ Union has come ninetieth out of 124 universities in a national league table based on National Student Survey data on student satisfaction. Receiving just 59 per cent in opinion polls, student satisfaction with the Union paled in comparison with student happiness with the university overall (ranked at over 80 per cent) and was surpassed by the majority of the UK’s other universities. 7KH ஊQGLQJV DUH WKH ஊUVW RI WKHLU NLQG WR EH released, showing Oxford University and its geographical neighbour, Oxford Brookes, ranked joint-bottom with a mere 39 per cent. But although the LSESU’s results do not sink as low in comparison, WKH XQLRQ VWLOO ஊQGV LWVHOI just 30 places ahead of bottom spot and leagues behind table-toppers Sheffield University, whose student satisfaction with their SU ranks at a remarkable 95 per cent. However, as this is the ஊUVW \HDU VXFK UHVXOWV have been published, there are bound to be sevHUDO XQLGHQWLஊHG GLVFUHSDQFLHV VNHZLQJ ஊQGLQJV out of proportion. A possible explanaWLRQ RஉHUHG IRU 2[IRUG‫ڑ‬V low performance is that more of their students are high-achievers needing less help, thereby dealing less with their union and RஉHULQJ D QHJDWLYH RU LQGLஉHUHQW RXWORRN RQ WKHLU operations. Such reasoning could well be applied to the LSE and fellow low performers in the polls, Cambridge, though no substantial data can as of yet be offered to support the argument. ,QUHVSRQVHWRWKHஊQGings, LSESU General Secretary Alex Peters-Day put forward an unsurprised and acceptant reaction. “Student satisfaction is very closely linked to the

levels of investment into Students’ Unions,” Peters-Day said, “As the LSE Students’ Union is currently incredibly underfunded compared to our contemporaries, it was not a great surprise to see that we were not very highly rated.” “That said, we know as a Students’ Union we can do better. We know we don’t always communicate everything that we do enough to students, which is why we’re trying to make sure this year people are aware of what we’re working on, beyond the headlines,” she added. Peters-Day was also keen to point out that, while general satisfaction was only 59 per cent, there were certain areas that the LSESU was in fact performing impressively in. “Interestingly, when you break the results down by various demographics, it is clear that we are serving certain sub-sections of our student body incredibly well, with levels of satisfaction for many groups well above the national average,” said Peters-Day. “Indeed, it seems that WKH OHDVW VDWLVஊHG JURXS is, by far, the white male, able-bodied middle/upperclass British contingent.” The General Secretary went on to praise other areas of the union’s work but stated that the areas of concern raised by these ODWHVW ஊQGLQJV ZRXOG QRW fall on deaf ears. “Across the board I am incredibly proud of the work LSESU does,” said Peters-Day, “we have the highest level of engagement with our clubs and societies in the country, our campaigns and political activities are consistently rated in the top of the country, and we have one of the highest voting turnouts in the country.” “But I know we can do better and I am looking forward to working with students through the year in order to increase levels of satisfaction with our Students’ Union.”

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LSE: Where’s your head at? The School must listen to our discontent about organisational errors

Frances Bennett

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f LSE were my friend, I would be pulling it out of bed, forcefeeding it a Berocca and giving it a good shake – get it together. LSE, it’s WKH னUVW ZHHN RI WKH DFD demic year and you’re already making mistakes; you’ve failed to get anyRQH‍ڑ‏V VWXGHQW னQDQFH WR them on time, Michaelmas term has begun withRXWWKHIDLQWHVWŕŽ‹LFNHURID timetable and you’re still not considering the difனFXOW SRVLWLRQV \RX SODFH students in when you perform such blunders. The School’s preparation for the new academic year has been a distinctly third FODVV HŕŽ‰RUW DQG LI /6( wishes to improve student satisfaction rather than simply riding upon its reputation then its administrative cogs need a thorough re-oil. Additionally, LI FOHDUO\ ŕŽ‹DZHG V\VWHPV are going to be continued, DVVHHQZLWKWKHFRQனUPD tion of student loans this year, students should be given fair warning and DGHTXDWH னQDQFLDO SURYL sions must be available for those left in the lurch. This year, LSE has fallen out of step with Student Finance England (SFE) and has failed to warn students of the impending problems. Despite numerous letters naming Thursday 4th as payday for student loans, LSE threw a spanner in the works by

EHLQJ XQDEOH WR FRQனUP dies. Although I am still a ing at LSE over the sumstudent’s attendance un- few steps from ending up mer if not preparing for WLO WKH னUVW GD\ RI WHUP on the streets, no amount the next academic year? Registration overran and of helpdesks and sympa- Surely this should have LSE students in receipt of thetically wrung hands been somewhere near VWXGHQWனQDQFHSD\PHQWV are going to change the the top of the “to doâ€? list. LSE has once again have been left penniless IDFW WKDW , FDQQRW DŕŽ‰RUG until, in best case sce- my outgoings this month failed to take students’ nario, the payments are through no fault of my needs into account with granted almost a week own. Secondly, students the late release of timetalate. Although it must KDYH QR ZD\ RI னQGLQJ bles. Its habit of leaving be acknowledged that out who is responsible for students in such a limbo a large scale operation their misfortune. It is not should not have to be tolsuch as registration can fair to subject members erated. The elusive class be reasonably expected to RI VWDŕŽ‰ RQ WKH IURQW OLQH timetables did not grace RYHUUXQ DQG VXŕŽ‰HU PLQRU to our angry rants, but our computer screens undelays, it is clearly unrea- there needs to be a way til after term began, leavsonable for LSE to fail to to express our discontent. ing arrangements for jobs, internships Furthermore, if such term-time inform students of a situation they had obviously a slow, inefficient and and travel in an uncertain world foreseen; if of “maybe,â€? LSE knew Every care must be taken to ensure fewer “possiblyâ€? payments mistakes are made and that adequate and “I’ll get would be significant- provisions are available to students when they back to you with dates.â€? ly delayed, do occur. This not only they should have written to students inconsiderate system is leaves LSE students at a explaining the situation to be used in the future, competitive disadvantage so that we could have ex- there must be adequate against those studying pected late payments and னQDQFLDO VXSSRUW LQ SODFH elsewhere, but is difficult planned ahead accordingly. for when students run to understand considering To make the lack of no- into the inevitable finan- LSE is one of the country’s tice as to late loan pay- cial difficulties outlined smallest universities and ments worse, LSE has above. As I ran around should count coordination shown a lack of considera- FDPSXVWU\LQJWRVQLŕŽ‰RXW of its students as one of tion as to how their slip- pound signs last week, I the easier tasks it faces. ups have impacted upon OHDUQW WKDW WKLV \HDU‍ڑ‏V ன Moreover, adherence to students. Firstly, many nancial support form and regulations and pressure students will encounter the 2012-13 hardship to meet immovable deadனQDQFLDO GLIILFXOWLHV DV fund had not yet been re- lines are a fact of life for a result of being kept in leased. I was kindly told LSE students so surely we WKHGDUNDVWRWKHLUனQDQ I could just change the can expect the same comFLDODŕŽ‰DLUVVXFKDVEHLQJ year at the top of the form PLWPHQWVIURP /6( VWDŕŽ‰" This summer, I have unable to pay their rent with biro if I liked, which this month. While Fresh- begged the question of had more than enough HUVZLOOEHQHனWIURPPRUH why anybody was bother- personal experience of understanding university ing to design a new one, poor administration at residences, other students and then found myself LSE. Re-taking my exwill have no such luck questioning harder what DPV LQ 6HSWHPEHU , ன with their London landla- everybody had been do- nally received my results

under a week before the start of term, leaving me in lengthy turmoil as to whether I would return to sit my second year. To make matters worse, results were delayed by an hour on LSE For You due to a “glitchâ€? in the system, and our course selections were simultaneously wiped. All these mistakes are unfair at a stressful time such as results day when getting it right னUVW WLPHLV HVVHQWLDO Bearing in mind the fees that are paid by students annually, the student body deserves an efficient and supporting administrative engine powering their university. Every care must be taken to ensure fewer mistakes are made and that adequate provisions are available to students when they do occur. Furthermore, student discontent should be taken seriously and there should be an opportunity for those DŕŽ‰HFWHGE\RUJDQLVDWLRQDO errors to talk to those in the driving seat so that students become more than our student numbers. I urge LSE to take note of student dissatisfaction and make appropriDWHPRGLனFDWLRQVIRUQH[W year’s procedures. After all, LSE, your students are of paramount importance, without whom you would not be a university. Without us, LSE, you would certainly not have any friends to feed you Berocca and tell you to pull it together.


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Why the EU cannot forget about Turkey Has the EU missed its opportunity to bind Turkey to Europe? Konstantin Sietzy

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The progressive case for ÂŁ9000 tuition

Cleggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apology may be ripe for ridicule but actually sings an important tune

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ick Cleggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to apologise for his partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broken promise on tuition fees has raised more than a few eyebrows. Whilst some have lauded the honesty of what they see as a genuine mea culpa it seems that many others regard Cleggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admission with a far heftier dose of cynicism, accusing the Liberal Democrat leader of a politically-motivated attempt to stitch together the tattered remains of his credibility. His supposed ZLOOLQJQHVV WR ODXJK RŕŽ&#x2030; such criticism, up to and including the decision to embrace an auto-tuned YouTube remix of his contrition, remains a painfully risky strategy, supporting the potentially enduring ridicule of a serious and important message. PolitiFLDQVâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹDWWHPSWVWRODXJKRŕŽ&#x2030; mockery are hardly grounded in successful precedent; when then Prime Minister Harold MacMillan tried to illustrate his capacity for self-deprecation by going to watch comedian Peter Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impression of him in the 1960s, he was treated merely to a stinging and embarrassing put-down. Strip away the politics of the apology, however, and the substance was in fact pitch perfect. Clegg was right to say sorry for breaching public trust and has got his reputational comeuppance for a piece of cynical electioneering pursued with no prospect of delivery. While the Lib Dems may have been blissfully unencumbered by the realities of power prior to 2010, polls revealing the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;plague on both

your housesâ&#x20AC;? attitude towards both Labour and the Conservatives had made a hung parliament a real possibility long before they signed their pledge to vote against any future rise in fees. Clegg should have known that a coalition government was on the cards before the last election and ought also to have realised that he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have credibly led his party away from the prospect of acquiescence at a moment of acute ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO FULVLV ,QVWHDG , am increasingly convinced, that Clegg was also right to use his apology to stand by his governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s higher education bill, a position that had previously seemed like anathema to any progressive student. ,FRQWLQXHWREHOLHYHWKDW in an ideal society, university tuition should be free for all. Rooted primarily in my staunch belief in equality of opportunity, this is a stance which also strikes me as a logical continuation of the argument that compulsory education is a public good. Economic competitiveness and productivity have been key motivations throughout the development of British compulsory education, with state intervention more often motivated by the rational merits of a skilled workforce than by the moral imperative to equalise OLIHFKDQFHV,QWRGD\â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹVJOR balised era of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowledge economy,â&#x20AC;? maximum HFRQRPLFEHQHŕŽ&#x160;WLQWKHIDFH of stringent international competition is to be derived from the production of a highly-skilled and highlyspecialised workforce, particularly in high or new technology industries. ,I ZH DFFHSW WKLV SUHP ise and acknowledge that university is the point of

individual educational specialisation, then we should also accept that higher education is as much, if not more, of a public good than its compulsory counWHUSDUW ,W LV WKLV UDWLRQDOH which makes it impossible for me to agree with the Browne reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conclusion that university education VKRXOG EH UHFODVVLŕŽ&#x160;HG DV D private good. Although the opportunities for personal material advancement that LW SURŕŽ&#x2030;HUV DUH XQGHQLDEO\ VLJQLŕŽ&#x160;FDQW%URZQHDQGKLV colleagues seem to have ignored its pivotal role in deFLGLQJ KRZ ZHOO RŕŽ&#x2030; ZH DUH as a nation and, by extension, the well-being of all citizens. Unfortunately we do not live in an ideal society, with current budgetary constraints far from XWRSLDQ 7KH FXUUHQW ŕŽ&#x160;QDQ cial climate requires us to think in terms of a politics of prioritisation, rendering the question on free tuition â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x201D;â&#x20AC;ŹFDQ ZH DŕŽ&#x2030;RUG LW"â&#x20AC;Ť Ú&#x2022;â&#x20AC;ŹUDWKHU than â&#x20AC;&#x153;should we provide LW"â&#x20AC;Ť Ú&#x2022;â&#x20AC;Ź6XEVLGLQJ WXLWLRQ IHHV would, unfortunately, tear D VLJQLŕŽ&#x160;FDQW FKXQN RXW RI a national budget better aimed at the most vulnerable in our society, such as allowances for impoverished disabled citizens or a ring-fence around free universal healthcare. Even those who continue to attach utmost economic and/or moral importance to equality of educational opportunity should recognise that spending is better targeted at early years provision, with educational disadvantage, shockingly, often already entrenched E\ WKH DJH RI ŕŽ&#x160;YH &ULWLFV may point out that Clegg and his government colleagues have raised fees without pursuing any of the

above in mitigation, mercilessly ripping away key ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO VXSSRUW IURP WKH poorest whilst part-privatising the NHS and continuing to do precious little about nursery provision. These claims have much merit but should be used as ballast in arguments against tax cuts for millionaires rather than being deployed in this debate. Concessions attached to the higher education bill, secured by the same Lib Dems reviled by a majority of the electorate, have actually turned it into a progressive piece of legislation JLYHQWKHFXUUHQWŕŽ&#x160;VFDOVHW tlement. Quite aside from the fact that tuition fees were already more hypothecated tax than debt and have never had to be paid up front, Clegg and co. have ensured that no one will pay anything back until they are in gainful employment, raising the repayment threshold from earnings of ÂŁ15,000 to those of ÂŁ21,000. Allied to an attractive new system of bursaries and grants available to the neediest students, it seems that the Lib Dems have done their best to seFXUHPRUHŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDOVXSSRUW for poor university entrants whilst limiting the future burden to those able to afford to bear it. A ÂŁ9000 cap on tuition fees is far from ideal but attendant provisions do seem to reserve the heaviest blow for richer students more likely to get well-paid jobs due to previous educational advantages. The concern that higher fees would provide a psychological barrier to poorer VWXGHQWV ZKLFK,P\VHOIHV poused at an SU debate last year), meanwhile, has been somewhat undermined by evidence taken from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applications data.

,W VHHPV WKHQ WKDW Cleggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apology should be given our attention even if many feel that he and his party donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve it. Rather than continuing to gripe about fees, in fact, progressives should turn WKHLUŕŽ&#x160;UHRQWKHPXFKPRUH damaging part of the bill that attempts to introduce marketising principles to higher education. The Conservative-led principle that top universities should monopolise the â&#x20AC;&#x153;special circumstancesâ&#x20AC;? needed to be allowed to charge the most may have been hidden from plain sight by a poor appreciation of inelastic demand (the idea that demand for tuition is so high that even less prestigious universities FDQ ŕŽ&#x160;OO WKHLU SODFHV HŕŽ&#x2030;HF tively with fees of ÂŁ9000) and the reluctance of all universities to accept cuts to their research budgets without an alternative source of revenue, but still IHHOVOLNHDŕŽ&#x160;UVWVWHSWRZDUG less thinly-veiled elitism. We should watch out for future Tory attempts to raise the cap on fees until there is no limit, turning the very top universities into inaccessible bastions of privilege by allowing them to charge as much as they need to outgun a chasing pack with far less capacity to remain endOHVVO\ ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDOO\ DWWUDFWLYH to prospective applicants. 0DUNHWLVDWLRQLVDŕŽ&#x160;JKWWKDW progressives need to win. Continuing to bait Clegg for securing a largely progressive fees settlement within unprecedented political and economic constraints is merely an indulgent and unnecessary distraction. Jon Allsop is Chair of the Great Britain Working Group at LSE SU Forum.


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sein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is t is not often that you that Mr Bush and Mr Blair ŕŽ&#x160;QG \RXUVHOI IHHOLQJ should not have allowed compelled to argue themselves to stoop to his against someone as immoral level.â&#x20AC;? ubiquitously praised as So where to begin? If Desmond Tutu. However, one is brave enough to take his recent scurrilous, and the plunge, the question frankly lazy, defamation about casualties is a good of Tony Blair deserves the place to start. It can only ŕŽ&#x160;UPHVWRIULSRVWHV,QHDUO\ be assumed from Mr Tutuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September, the Archbish- comments that he thinks a op criticised the former just war is one in which noPrime Minister for being a body is killed or injured, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;playground bullyâ&#x20AC;? owing KHQHLWKHURŕŽ&#x2030;HUVWRSURSRVH to to his support of the US what the correct amount of invasion of Iraq. He also casualties would have been claimed that the death toll to topple Saddam nor what from the war in Iraq consti- is so extra-legal about the tutes sufficient grounds for amount so far accrued. Mr him to be dragged in front Tutuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is one of pacof the Hague. He went on LŕŽ&#x160;VP ZKLFK KDV SURYHG WR to comment that Blair and be an unsuccessful stance his American allies â&#x20AC;&#x153;have throughout the twentieth driven us to the edge of a century. Has it never ocprecipice where we now curred to him that pacistand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the spectre of ŕŽ&#x160;VPLVQRWDVWDQFHVKDUHG Syria and Iran before usâ&#x20AC;? by his good friend Nelson and that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the question is Mandela who bravely took not whether Saddam Hus- up arms against Apartheid? Benjamin Rogers

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civil war which restored the country to a state of peace while toppling Liberiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warlord Charles Taylor. Saddam Husseinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foreign interventions include the annexation of Kuwait in 1991 and his earlier invasion of neighbouring Iran which have cost over half a million lives. Instead of creating a police state like that of Iraq, which Kanan Makiya has described as a torture chamber above ground and a mass grave below it, Mr Blair has managed to directly topple two such states in an attempt to replace them with at least the embryo of what can be called a free society, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. Mr Tutuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comparison has no basis in reality. 7KLUGO\ EULHŕŽ&#x2039;\ FRYHULQJWKHMXVWLŕŽ&#x160;FDWLRQIRUWKH invasion of Iraq itself, Mr Tutu seems to come across as being quite ignorant about both the function and the realities of international

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law. As far as rogue regimes go, Saddam Hussein presents himself as a strong candidate for the title â&#x20AC;&#x153;playground bully.â&#x20AC;? Having been in breach of seventeen separate UN resolutions and in violation of just about every vital convention while escaping any serious reprisal, so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;jaw jawâ&#x20AC;? clearly failed and sadly gave way to â&#x20AC;&#x153;war warâ&#x20AC;? with no less than the credibility of international law at stake. Mr Tutu, along with the likes of George Galloway and Tony Benn, fails to realise that Western armies can sometimes be used to confront evil, a policy that should also apply to the thugs in Syria and Iran. It would do us good to remember that it was one of the last acts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn to praise Vladimir Putin as a great leader of the Russian people, showing that even moral giants can occasionally stumble.

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Politically correct to be politically silent politics. It has come to the point where, in a pub with a group of friends, it is porm okay, each to litically correct to be politiâ&#x20AC;&#x153; their own, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cally silent. A natural social know what to etiquette drifts around the sayâ&#x20AC;Ś are you gon- URRP SOXJJLQJ WKH ŕŽ&#x2039;RZ RI na be the next Prime Min- conversation with sarcastic ister then?â&#x20AC;? said a twenty- quips concerning football something male in a Kent and women, where one is nightclub last week. Fun- castigated for showing any nily enough, this seems to form of political knowhow. be the uniform response A similar trend is apparfrom any young adult upon ent with reading amongst discovering that I am a stu- the young. This month, the dent of politics. My natural National Literacy Trust reaction is to then reply found only â&#x20AC;&#x153;three in ten with an all-too-common children between the ages regurgitation of drivel of eight and fourtneen that takes the form of â&#x20AC;&#x153;My read every day in their friend, someone has to do own timeâ&#x20AC;? through fear it.â&#x20AC;? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why I say of being called a geek by this, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably a val- their friends. How has this iant attempt to avoid com- country, where some of the pletely killing the exchange worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading schools and with this pseudo gregarious universities lie, created an Heineken consumer. Joking atmosphere so hostile to aside, this is wholly wrong. reading? This denigration A survey conducted this of the will to learn is utterly year by the Hansard So- shameful. ciety showed that only 42 Of course, we cannot per cent of British people disregard our educated were interested in politics. student cliques across the I believe the problem to be country taking part in erufar worse. If you remove dite debate and roaming DOO WKH IDFWV DQG ŕŽ&#x160;JXUHV over subjects from pyrrhonfrom the landscape, the ism to pragmatism. But as loitering malaise is sim- the recent BBC advertising ply our perception of poli- campaign put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;everytics, and more worryingly, thing is politics,â&#x20AC;? so why is our youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perception of serious political conversaChristopher Hulm

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WLRQ SXUHO\ FRQŕŽ&#x160;QHG WR WKH breeding grounds of party doorknockers, parliamentary researchers and Westminster â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spads?â&#x20AC;? It is also worth noting that even those who are more than suitable for a career in politics, with good degrees and a vast portfolio of political experience, are simply shunned by the chronic nepotism entrenched in the Westminster bubble. Current interns, junior secretaries and researchers for MPs all conveniently have a tie, in one way or another, to those who pull the strings. What a farcical message it sends out to those with budding antennae for politics when even these applicants are eschewed? One diagnosis to this dreary disengagement is said to be the lack of parliamentary representation of the myriad social and ethnic groups in the UK. Would people feel more comfortable discussing political DŕŽ&#x2030;DLUV LI WKH\ FRXOG UHODWH to those in the corridors of power? Paradoxically, there are huge question marks looming over the efficacy of creating such a microcosm of society. An example of this would be Baroness

Warsi, a Muslim, northern, working class mum who was recently ousted as Conservative Party Chairman in David Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6HSWHPEHUUHVKXŕŽ?H,WZDV widely believed that her rise to the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heights was never down to her political credentials, instead a mere product of Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determination to decontaminate the Tory brand. Clearly, one cannot sacriŕŽ&#x160;FH DELOLW\ IRU WKH LQHYLWDbly inauspicious pursuit of representation. In that case, where does this leave us? A huge swathe of our young people is completely ostracized by the political class. And the most worrying thing about it is that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to care. Many will simply ignore political activism or debate, seeing it as something a bunch of esoteric anoraks can get on with. What is more startling is the level of ignorance apparent with many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young, a substantial number of whom would not be able to tell you who the current Prime Minister is. Clearly, there is no easy answer to this. The state cannot simply spoon-feed SROLWLFDODŕŽ&#x2030;DLUVWRLWV\RXQJ adults and expect an upris-

ing of debating societies. But what it can do is provide an academic foundation on which people can cultivate an interest for the beguiling world of politics. They can do this by introducing the study of Government and Politics into the national curriculum and make the course widely available to study at GCSE. It is clear for all to see that those who have studied politics at any stage of education are far more likely to actively fuel the democratic machine with fresh ideas. This is a nation which prides itself on democracy. Our stable and established bicameralism is admired all over the world but this imDJH LV ŕŽ&#x2039;DZHG ,W LV ŕŽ&#x2039;DZHG by an inherent attitude of apathy towards the political elite and politics as a whole. This attitude must change to avoid the evergrowing chasm between the anoraks and the socalled â&#x20AC;&#x153;standard coat wearers.â&#x20AC;? Groucho Marx once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;politics is the art of ORRNLQJIRUWURXEOHŕŽ&#x160;QGLQJ it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.â&#x20AC;? It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be.


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and, with a straight face, demands ÂŁ650 a month plus a ÂŁ1,000 deposit to guard against damages. If you added up the cost of replacing everything in every single room I looked at, you would struggle to spend ÂŁ1,000. I eventually settled on a room in the Docklands for a modest ÂŁ700 a month. During my time in the great Jewel of the North, I paid ÂŁ600 a month for an entire house with two bedrooms, in a nice part of the city. Of course I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be DEOH WR DŕŽ&#x2030;RUG DQ\WKLQJ OLNH that in London â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but paying substantially more for just a bedroom? Admittedly, I could have saved a small amount each month by moving to a less desirable suburb, but I reckon the extra ÂŁ50 - ÂŁ100 is a worthwhile compromise on not getting shot. 2QHHVWDWHDJHQWFRQŕŽ&#x160;GHG in me that it is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;complete sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketâ&#x20AC;?, and that â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x201D;â&#x20AC;Ź, GRQâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹW HYHQ SUHWHQG QDŕŽ&#x2030; places arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, people are just desperate for somewhere to liveâ&#x20AC;?; apparently hapless ŕŽ&#x2039;DWKXQWHUV ZLOO VLPSO\ â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x201D;â&#x20AC;ŹSD\ whatever I ask themâ&#x20AC;?. It is, after all, simple economics of

supply and demand that the enormous number of people in London coupled with the limited space available means landlords can keep charging more and more. So whilst it is easy to direct oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anger at the landlords and estate agents who are the public face of this accommodation nonsense, it only PDNHV ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO VHQVH IRU them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; especially given the equally sky-high house prices, and corresponding need WRSD\WKHLUVWDŕŽ&#x2030;PRUHMXVWIRU being in London. The real issue is why house prices are so obscene as to justify such equally eyewatering rental prices in the ŕŽ&#x160;UVWSODFH$FHUWDLQDPRXQW RISULFHLQŕŽ&#x2039;DWLRQLVRQO\WREH expected from buying property in a city â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even Manchester properties cost rather more than those in the surrounding towns and villages. But London seems to be uniquely expensive, and it is not simply because more people want to live here. Many people are struggling to either buy their ŕŽ&#x160;UVWKRPHRUMXVWŕŽ&#x160;QGDSODFH to live. Why are there not PRUH DŕŽ&#x2030;RUGDEOH KRXVHV DQG ŕŽ&#x2039;DWVDYDLODEOH"

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developments, house prices would fall to a more sensible level and they would see a seULRXVGURSLQSURŕŽ&#x160;WPDUJLQV whilst at the same time having to dish out more upfront to build these places. Just as LW PDNHV ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO VHQVH IRU landlords and estate agents to charge gargantuan rents, LW PDNHV ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO VHQVH IRU developers to only build a limited number of new homes each year. What do we do about it? 3HUKDSV RŕŽ&#x2030;HULQJ WR JXDUG against the potential costs to property developers by unGHUZULWLQJSURŕŽ&#x160;WVLQWKHZD\ that rail franchises do for train operating companies might work, even if it would be an equally outrageous way to go about things. Alternatively, it could be possible to force developers to build a certain number of houses each year, or maybe the state ought to directly involve itself in the business of building homes. Whatever the solution is, it is clear that the current situation is not working when I have to pay what amounts to 44 percent of the national average after-tax salary for a pissing bedroom.


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A tale of two universities the transport police like to hide around the corn the Rue Saint-Guil- ner at random stations on laume in Paris stands random days and arbitrarFranceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of ily pull over unsuspecting the LSE. Sciences Po, navetteurs. One Wednesor the Institut dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Etudes day morning, I felt a keen Politiques as it is formal- grip on my left shoulder ly called, counts the last and a stern â&#x20AC;&#x153;monsieur!â&#x20AC;? in four Presidents of France my ear. I was caught. The among its alumni, as well embarrassment and the as Jean-Claude Trichet, shame descended blackly and Dominique Strauss- from the heavens into the Kahn. It was to Sciences seat of my conscience. I Po that the LSE, for the ZDVŕŽ&#x160;QHG۲IRUWKHSULYLŕŽ&#x160;UVW WLPH LQ LWV KLVWRU\ OHJHDQGWROGWREXJJHURŕŽ&#x2030; sent ten lucky undergrad- Still, given that I was only uates on an exchange caught once, I was still up programme last year. on the price of an annual Sitting, as I am, back in pass by the end of the year. the library of the LSE, the A more surreal experipast twelve months melt ence was the week followinto a blur. But one or ing the death of Richard two moments retain their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richieâ&#x20AC;? Descoings, the dioriginal form, including rector of Sciences Po and an encounter with the star of the French public French traffic police. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sphere. not one to endorse ruleMass candle vigils, carbreaking, but in France SHWV RI ŕŽ&#x2039;RZHUV DQG OHWthey consider such things ters addressed to a man the national sport. Not whom many at the instionly do commuters (in- tute had come to know cluding well-heeled city RYHU KLV ŕŽ&#x160;IWHHQ \HDUV RI slicks) routinely jump tenure, cut short by comthe metro barriers, the plications from hypertenWUDQVSRUW VWDŕŽ&#x2030; VWDQG sion. and watch and do absoSo how is Sciences Po lutely nothing about it. GLŕŽ&#x2030;HUHQW WR /6(" 0RVW So naturally, being of an people ask â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which one open mind and willing LV EHWWHU"â&#x20AC;Ť Ú&#x2022;â&#x20AC;ŹZKLOVW /6( to engage with the local students ask â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which one culture, I partook in the LV KDUGHU"â&#x20AC;Ť Ú&#x2022;â&#x20AC;Ź2QH WKLQJ LV collective steeplechase. certain: never again will Little did I know that I moan to the heavens Harvey Daniell

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practical applications. And you could hardly say that senior OECD economists lack academic rigour. London and Paris are two siblings united by a competitive and insecure envy of the other. If London is the brash younger brother, then Paris is the disheveled older sister. The essence of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;city of lightsâ&#x20AC;? can be glimpsed in the literary left-bank, the cobbled streets of the Marais, and the architecture that is at once proudly masculine and intensely feminine. All of this is ŕŽ&#x2039;DYRXUHG ZLWK D VWURQJ ,VODPLF LQŕŽ&#x2039;XHQFH WKDW gives the old city a new twist. And what about WKH URPDQFH" :HOO DPRrous encounters beside the Seine were not what I had in mind. I promise. But whether it was the wine or the tender charm of la vie Parisienne, I succumbed despite my British reserve. There was also the not LQVLJQLŕŽ&#x160;FDQW RSSRUWXQLW\ to learn a new language, though by the end of it all there was a gentle longing to return to the comfort of an isle where English is the official language. One month since being back, and I still havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard a word of English; at LSE

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mandant - and also the importance of getting people RQ WKH JURXQG ŕŽ&#x2039;RRU WR OLNH us. Why? So they would help us to get back into the dormitory after 12:30. The rule was simple; always drink with people who have DFFHVVWRWKHŕŽ&#x160;UVWŕŽ&#x2039;RRUEDOcony and who can hide a ladder. The second thing that I realised when I arrived was the omnipresence of corruption. I suppose that the existence of a webpage called the mgimoleaks illustrates the situation without any further explanation needed. There are plenty of things you can buy in Russia, although everything has its price. There is a price to pass exams, to get your degree, to get a parking place, to sneak your friends into the dorm, to come back later than at 12:30 etc. I partook in this, albeit unknowingly. A friend of mine told me that if I want somebody to stay over at the dormitory I have to pay a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeâ&#x20AC;?. So, I went to the reception asked to pay. The guards

exchanged a quick look and answered yes. Having been warned that oral agreements in Russia never pay RŕŽ&#x2030; , DVNHG IRU D UHFHLSW , am possibly the only person in the history of corruption to request such a thing. ,Q P\ ŕŽ&#x160;UVW LQGXFWLRQ DW LSE, I heard that plagiarism is not allowed. In MGIMO I witnessed a girl pretending to read her presentation from a piece of paper, but quoting from a Wikipedia page on her IPhone that was hidden behind it. This was not to be uncommon, especially with the large amount of work and classes they had, compared to the UK. During my exchange I witnessed a lot of unveiled plagiarisms. They were all unique and they made me love the Russian soul and inventiveness. Once a teacher accused a girl of plagiarism. She harshly refused such allegation and demanded a proof. The teacher started reading from her work, including the sentence â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I met Mr. George F. Kennanâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;?.

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The girl stayed strong and kept refusing the accusations. The teacher asked her simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss, did you really met Kennan?â&#x20AC;?. The response, after a moment of uncomfortable silence was â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might have hadâ&#x20AC;?. After spending one year in Russia I started to love and appreciate the country very much. The Russian soul cannot be explained in one article and understanding it needs the help of their humour. A friend I met asked me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you know why we Russians just cannot respect the American world leadership?â&#x20AC;? I answered no, and from a student of international journalism and a former intern at the Russian Ministry RI )RUHLJQ $ŕŽ&#x2030;DLUV , H[SHFWHG D VOLJKWO\ GLŕŽ&#x2030;HUHQW DQswer. She looked at me with a poker face and said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How could you trust a country where just months before the elections they still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who is going to be the next president! What kind of mess is that?â&#x20AC;?

Voluntourism in Senegal sations looking to tap in to young people. At times, I the huge sums surrounding felt like I was in Senegal to ike many current voluntourism, to be the real promote Projects Abroad Beaver readers I EHQHŕŽ&#x160;FLDU\RIP\WULS through a two-week phoam new to both the Before I left the UK, I to shoot, not to renovate LSE and London, was well aware the organi- a school for hundreds of and thoroughly enjoying my sation I was travelling with street children. second week here â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hope- ZHUH D IRUSURŕŽ&#x160;W FRUSRUDI understand there are fully you a Like thousands tion. They had appeared several costs involved with of other students this sum- to provide the ideal service providing a service that ofmer, I decided to have my for those looking to im- fers 24/7 support and mediown mini gap-yah adven- merse themselves in a dif- cal assistance yet even by ture and volunteer abroad. ferent culture whilst help- my maths, the sums just $V , MHWWHG RŕŽ&#x2030; WR 6HQHJDO ing others. Yet a few days did not add up. With my already a little weary of the in, whilst renovating a local host family and the renovamounting costs of various school, I began to see the tion project getting by on â&#x20AC;ŤÚ?â&#x20AC;ŹFRPSXOVRU\â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹŕŽ&#x160;UVWDLGLWHPV full extent organisations minimum costs, I could not injections and anti-mosqui- RŕŽ&#x2030;HULQJ WKLV NLQG RI SDFN- help but wonder, just quite to ointments, how large a doubts were The supervisor would turn up to take photos of cut was Prodawning in jects Abroad the back of us mixing cement with local children we had taking? Almy mind though there never met. about the wisis a vague dom of choosing to spend age would go to in order to breakdown of costs on ÂŁ800 on a plane ticket PD[LPLVHWKHLUSURŕŽ&#x160;W7KH their website, I felt my that could have provided supervisor would turn up money was not well spent a whole town with fresh, a couple of times a week for an organisation that clean drinking water for to take photos of us mixing prides itself on its commitlife. cement with local children ment â&#x20AC;&#x153;to long-term sustainYet I wanted to visit Sen- we had never met. These able positive impactâ&#x20AC;?. My egal as much as for myself photos were then posted on experience was made up as to help the local com- the organisationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website of lots of short-term token munity. I wanted to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Af- (the photos, not the chil- ventures, but any kind of rica, boost my CV and all dren. Thankfully, it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t positive impact was kept to the other reasons young quite reached that stage.) I a minimum at the expense people justify blowing half began to question whether RI PD[LPLVLQJ SURŕŽ&#x160;WV 7KH their student loan on vol- I had really made the most community was there to be unteering abroad. How- responsible choice in choos- sold and I was expected to ever, call me naĂŻve, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ing to give over a thousand help sell it. expect Projects Abroad, as SRXQGVWRDIRUSURŕŽ&#x160;WFRPDonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, is the case with an ever-in- pany that appeared to be without the organisation creasing number of organi- exploiting the good will of I could not have had what Felicity Parsons

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turned out to be one of the best two weeks of my life. I was inspired by the incredibly relaxed Senegalese lifestyle that places happiness and generosity above any consumerist values that the West seems to have become so obsessed with - even LSE could learn a thing or two. Whether it was eating dinner out of a bowl with my hands or frogs jumping out of the shower I loved every minute of my Senegalese experience. I think I may even have found myself. But all of this could have been achieved with a much smaller, less commercial-

LVHG QRWIRUSURŕŽ&#x160;W RUJDQLsation that emphasises the SHRSOHQRWWKHSURŕŽ&#x160;W I do not wish to dissuade anyone from volunteering abroad, in fact much the opposite. I had a fantastic time, met some incredible people and had a truly inspirational experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I simply want to share my experience so others can learn from my mistakes. Do your research before you go, spend your money wisely and most of all; check your work is goLQJ WR EHQHŕŽ&#x160;W WKH FRPPXnity, not just the brochure.


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Kirstie Kenney on the start of the new year at LSE

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his was meant to be an article about how fantastic my summer was. $ERXW KRZ , VSHQW ŕŽ&#x160;YH weeks in Cuba, and moved LQWR D NRRN\ ŕŽ&#x2039;DW LQ )DUringdon to take London for what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth. I never made it to Cuba. My newly single friend and travel companion caught mumps on a night out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;sharing drinksâ&#x20AC;?, two days before we were scheduled WR ŕŽ&#x2039;\ :KR NQHZ SHRSOH even caught mumps these days? Let that be a lesson, freshers! Anyway, there was not a chance that little miss hamster cheek glands and I were going to make it through passport control. The ever-accommodating people at Air France ofIHUHG QR FRPSURPLVHV ŕŽ&#x2039;\ with your ticket or buy a new one, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me started on dealing with the insurance people. In hindsight, I probably should have just gone without her, but at the time that seemed like the worst thing a best friend could do. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to sound too bitter. As is so often the case things just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out quite as expected. Sometimes, and perhaps most of the time, things

works out for the best. Just JURXQGŕŽ&#x2039;RRUEDVHPHQWŕŽ&#x2039;DW quite a fright when the as it did for my mumps in- in a Victorian Building on shower started giving me fected friend, who upon 6DŕŽ&#x2030;URQ+LOODVWUHHWPDGH electric shocks! But mostly recovering a week later famous by Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oliver everything ran smoothly. MHWWHG RŕŽ&#x2030; DQG VSHQW VHY- Twist, situated convenient- After some hard lessons eral weeks gallivanting ly and coincidentally next in how to look after myself around the Mediterranean. to a pub, The One Tun. At last year, there would be There she met a Dutch boy, some point it must have no more whites being disnearly three years young- been an office, because coloured by green jeans er, who upon realising he all the doors have those this year, but cooking was had scored a real winner, funny glass panels with the another thing- and stir fry doted on her every need. square grid, maths paper became the dish of the day Let that be another lesson, like patterns. But apart at least four times a week. girls, if you Finding can put up %HLQJKHUHIRUWKHVXPPHUKDVŕŽ&#x160;QDOO\JLYHQPH a supermarwith the lack ket bigger of maturity, a the time to appreciate what a wonderful city than the size younger boys of my bedLondon is. attention for room proved an older girl never wavers. from that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really funky challenging enough. Tesco Anyway, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go- place. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spiral Express, Sainsburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loing to Cuba, so what was I staircase, antique tables, cal, Baby Waitrose none of going to do instead? As it the widest windowsills Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve them have choice and valhappened the lease on our ever seen and mezzanine ue. It was time to venture ŕŽ&#x2039;DW KDG EHJXQ DV VRRQ DV levels hanging above beds. RXWWRŕŽ&#x160;QGVRPHWKLQJDOLWour time at halls had come Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure that the image in WOHELJJHU+HDGLQJRQWKH to an end. Two of my oth- your head is far better than number 341 to Angel Road er three housemates were the reality, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a stu- superstores, I guess we spending the summer in dent house, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy should have known when London, so I thought why to keep it that way. ZH JRW WR +DULQJH\ WKDW not join them. Losing out I had been sad to leave we had already gone 45 on Cuba aside, things did my little room at Carr minutes too far. Anyway, appear to work out for the Saunders, but as soon as I we eventually got what we best for me. Being here for had those keys in my hand were looking for. the summer, and having jingling was all ready to After a few more weeks P\ RZQ ŕŽ&#x2039;DW LQ WKH FHQWUH JR 7KH ŕŽ&#x160;UVW WKUHH ZHHNV of going out, visiting friends RI WRZQ KDV ŕŽ&#x160;QDOO\ JLYHQ were spent getting to grips on lunch breaks at work, me the time to appreciate with everything, the smoke hanging out with people what a wonderful city Lon- DODUP WKDW JRHV RŕŽ&#x2030; LI \RX DIWHU WKH\â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹG ŕŽ&#x160;QLVKHG ZRUN don is. like your toast anything and failing to get tickets Our new place is a beyond anaemic, and I had to the Olympics, I decided

it was about time to get a job. I applied for anything and everything but nothing seemed to come back to me. Interview after interview I stuttered and stammered and got my words mixed up. And then all at once, the jobs came. Three at once to be precise. I started tutoring English as a foreign language online to French children and adults; I started an after school nannying job for a very cute Japanese girl who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak much English but loved to recite the Owl and the Pussycat and I got a customer service job in a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail company in Shepherds Bush. Two of my jobs have come to an end, and after a much less messy fresherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s week this time round, LSE calls. Being here for the summer, and having our RZQŕŽ&#x2039;DWLQWKHWRZQFHQWUH KDV ŕŽ&#x160;QDOO\ JLYHQ PH WKH time to appreciate what a wonderful city London is. Cuba can wait, the summer has given me so much enthusiasm for the coming year and, for now at least, I cannot wait to get back to it all.

Location, Location, Location Sarah Carr on the culture shock of leaving the city are to live there until you are forced to leave, even if only for a short time. Moving out of London and you have to adjust to the fact that 24 hour Tesco Express stores do not exist on every street corner, that buses run once every two hours rather WKDQ HYHU\ ŕŽ&#x160;YH PLQXWHV and that you cannot get good Mexican food (or any Mexican food for that matter) for love nor money. All the problems of London pale and they seem a pretty good WUDGHRŕŽ&#x2030; N o w donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; village is beautiful. There are miles of picturesque countryside and thatched TOMYLEES

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n the Rue SaintGuillaume in Paris stands Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of the LSE. SciIt has been more than half a decade since I left the sleepy rural village in which I spent my teenage years. Since then I have been living in large busy towns and most recently of course London. It was therefore a considerable culture shock this summer when I found myself homeless and penniless and as such forced to move back in with my parents for a few months. People talk of the shock of moving to a big city like London, but for me this seems like nothing compared to the shock of leaving it and returning to rural Britain. For all the common complaints about Londonthe noise, the crowding, the cost- you do not realise quite how lucky you

houses as far as the eye can see. It is however a little lacking in activity. Sure it has its own WI group and there are a number of church based DFWLYLWLHV IRU WKH ŕŽ&#x160;YH RU so people that actually attend, but unless either of those tickle your fancy, or you drive, your activities DUH SUHWW\ PXFK FRQŕŽ&#x160;QHG to whatever is on the television. That is unless, heaven forbid, you get really desperate and resort to doing your class read-

ings for next year like I did. I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realised quite how much I took the social and cultural aspects of London for granted until I was an hours bus journey, followed by a twenty minute walk, away from the nearest cinema. Whilst living in London I was often too busy to enjoy everything it had to RŕŽ&#x2030;HU WKH PXVHXPV WKH theatre, the nightlife , I knew they were there if I wanted them and that was enough. Then suddenly they were sixty miles away and I was left spending my weekends at the local garden centre with my parents picking out the perIHFW ŕŽ&#x2039;RZHUV for their new borders.

It was not however only my longing for London that proved to be a bit of a shock; it was also living with my parents again. It seems that I am actually in a minority that is very reluctant to move back in with their parents. Where I saw a loss of independence and sleeping on a sofa bed for three months others saw free food and the re-emergence of the laundry fairy. Again there ZDVDWUDGHRŕŽ&#x2030;)UHHIRRG and laundry are no substitute for being able to do what I want, when I want to do it, in the incredible city that is London. It would seem that the old clichĂŠ is true, absence really does make the heart grow fonder, and this year I will not be taking London for granted, I will be throwing myself KHDGŕŽ&#x160;UVWLQWRHYHU\WKLQJ LWKDVWRRŕŽ&#x2030;HU


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&KLQDY-DSDQDQDZNZDUGVWDQGR૸ Martin Walsh investigates the ongoing dispute over a small island chain

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nimosity between Japan and China is nothing new; neither is the governmental stoking of tensions between the two sides. However, with vast economic expansion comes great power, so China is ready, now more than ever, to defend its position. The Japanese-controlled LVODQG FKDLQ LV DW ŕŽ&#x160;UVW sight, nothing more than a rocky outpost of a fara-

ternatively, Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;ancientâ&#x20AC;? claim, according to state news agency Xinhua, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;watertightâ&#x20AC;? with it being able to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;ample historical facts [upon which] â&#x20AC;Ś scholars worldwide agreeâ&#x20AC;?. It puts forward the case that Taiwan was ceded to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895, after the SinoJapanese war. When Taiwan was returned in the Treaty of San Francisco of 1951, China says that

mestic support in favour of a nationalist defensive security policy, plays terribly well into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party whose legitimacy is formed and maintained by those it officially represents. Despite all the claimed causes for Chinese actions vis-Ă -vis Japan, it would be misleading to look at this onedimensionally however. The US, which sees itself as one of, if not the biggest player in the $VLD3DFLŕŽ&#x160;F UHJLRQ KDV a far bigger role in this than would seem obvious. There is real concern amongst the Chinese elite that the US, which historically has had a far warmer relationship with

way province but its geography and attendant gas-rich surroundings have perilously punctured the stability of East Asiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security environment. With Japan scathingly accusing China of opportunism, China has restated its historical claim and made a step in the form of a thirWHHQERDWVWURQJŕŽ&#x2039;RWLOODLQ what is to be considered a very real show of political will. The Senkaku Islands, ( or Diaoyu in China), are by all accounts an uninhabitable terrain, and they have been this way

the islands, which were integral to the area ceded, should similarly have been returned. Anyone that has been watching the news recently would have seen the extraordinary levels of jingoism on display in both Japan and China, but particularly the latter. Possibly assured of their sound argument for ownership in relation to the non-returning of the islands, China has sought to maximise the political capital regarding the island chain. By providing little to no official resist-

Obama and Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future overtures to China will become increasingly awkward and perhaps even zero sum in the future. since at least 1940 when ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO UXLQ HQGHG WKH only workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plant on one of the islands. It is contested by Lee Seokwoo, a South Korean academic, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;neither China nor Taiwan took up the question of sovereignty... until the latter half of 1970 when evidence relating to the existence of oil resources deposited in the East China Sea surfaced.â&#x20AC;? Lee argues that it is for this reason Japan holds that â&#x20AC;&#x153;none of the alleged historical, geographical and geological arguments set forth by China/Taiwan are acceptable as validâ&#x20AC;?. Al-

ance to movements in cities across the mainland, the leadership has indirectly made it clear that it will not tolerate actions which seemingly humiliate Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prowess on the world stage. Indeed, by only protecting diplomatic missions under international obligations, there is exposed again the deep institutionalised level of hostility directed at Japan stemming from the period before and during the Second World War. The continuing narrative of bitter resentment and seeking of triumphalist spirit, of rallying do-

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Japan, seeks to work with its Nipponese ally in a move that is pursuant to an agenda which â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wants to containâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chinese politiFDOLQŕŽ&#x2039;XHQFHLQWKHUHJLRQ Economic and security alliances with neighbours such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam all suggest an outward-looking China that threatens US interests. By virtue of US Secretary of Defence Leon Panettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reiterating that a US defence treaty signed with Japan covers the islands concerned, Obama and Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future overtures to China will become increasingly awkward and perhaps even zero sum in the near future.

Whilst sheer economic bullishness may have otherwise straightened out concerns over far ŕŽ&#x2039;XQJLVODQGVLWZRXOGDSpear that this time, with waning economies and upcoming political shifts in Tokyo and Beijing, the situation will result in an all or nothing prospect. ,WPXVWEHŕŽ&#x160;UPO\EHOLHYHG that both China and Japan keenly abide by their unscripted moral responsibilities in the region, as their economic power status represents a key factor of stability in the area which must not unUDYHOIRUIHDURIŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO uncertainty and political unrest in areas already of concern like the Koreas.


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Mental Health A Sophie Newman | 'LVDEOHG6WXGHQWVâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;Ź2૿FHU

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ne in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. This statistic may come as a surprise to many because mental health problems are still not commonly discussed. Mental health problems are more common among students than the rest of the population because the stress of student life can trigger a range of mental health problems, and as far as the student experience goes, that of the LSE student can be exceptionally stressful. Whether that means DUULYLQJ DV D ŕŽ&#x160;UVW \HDU and panicking because you thought a consultant worked in a hospital, yet all your peers are eagerly attending the consultancy careers fair, or the fact that your journey into university involves you being crushed against a

tube door by 50 unsmil- obsession. But taking only when people have ing strangers, or leaving care of our minds is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a problemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it is essential home and being over- OHVV JODPRURXV DŕŽ&#x2030;DLU to change our attitudes whelmed by the responThis can become a vis- towards mental health. sibility of being solely cous circle, no one talks Rethinking mental responsible for yourself about mental health is- health as a term for how IRUWKHŕŽ&#x160;UVWWLPH,WFRXOG sues, people feel stigma- you are feeling on the ineven be feeling close to tised if they are experi- VLGH LV WKH ŕŽ&#x160;UVW VWHS WR tears because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t encing a mental health wards acknowledging ŕŽ&#x160;QG \RXU IDYRXULWH FH problem and because no that everyone has mental real in your local corner one talks about it they health, which it is as imshop. Being a student feel there is something portant to take care of as can be stressy o u r ful enough There are loads of ways of taking care of your p h y s i before you c a l mental health from getting enough sleep to w e l l start worrying taking part in exercise. about the esbeing. say deadlines T h e n and mountain of reading. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wrong with themâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exac- it becomes important to We are constantly erbating their mental health consider how to look afreminded of the impor- problem. Mental health ter your mental health. tance of our physical is still often viewed as (YHU\RQH KDV GLŕŽ&#x2030;HUHQW KHDOWK DQG ŕŽ&#x160;WQHVV IURP synonymous with illness things that make them the government spon- which causes this misun- happy but there are VRUHGŕŽ&#x160;YHDGD\IUXLWDQG derstanding. For me it is loads of simple ways of vegetable campaigns to the way in which Mental taking care of your menthe plethora of Fitness- Health Awareness Week tal health from getting Box type gyms that are tries to break this vicious enough sleep to taking sweeping across London circle that makes it so part in exercise. Reand patrolling Fresh- important. Rather than search suggests one of erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fair - taking care of seeing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;mental healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as the best ways is doing our bodies is a national something which exists good for others, whether

that be random acts of kindness or a more structured form of volunteering which can reduce stress, improve emotional wellbeing and even EHQHŕŽ&#x160;W SK\VLFDO KHDOWK There are loads of ways to get involved with volunteering, LSE even holds its own volunteering fair which is a great way to get in touch with organisations - opportunities UDQJHIURPRQHRŕŽ&#x2030;HYHQWV to weekly commitments. When it all just gets too much, and if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re honest this happens to most of us at one time or another, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to talk. Friends and family are the most obvious support networks, but counsellors can be a great help, including the LSE counselling service, or if you need someone to talk to afterhours try Nightline a listening service run for students by student volunteers.

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his year sees the twentieth anniversary of World Mental Health Day on October 10th. It is a timely reminder of the wide prevalence and sometimes profound impact of mental health problems on daily life. Timely because as many as one in four adults will experience mental health problems (Mental Health Foundation 2012), and also because common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety may be more marked during periods of change or stress. This could include anything from moving home, changing jobs or starting a course, as well as making new friends

and missing others, alongside having to deal with separation from family and loved ones. Of course it could include all of these things and more. Once we introduce other variables, such as family expectaWLRQV ŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDO XQFHU tainty or the challenges of studying abroad in a second or third language, we can see the numerous challenges of student life, as well as the opportunities! Of course the impact of mental health probOHPV LVQâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹW FRQŕŽ&#x160;QHG WR those who experience them. Social stigma and uncertainty can leave people feeling at a loss about how to talk about or support people with mental health problems

(www.time-to-change. org.uk/). LSE now has several Mental Health Advisors working within the Student Counselling Service as well as the Disability and Wellbeing Service. They are concerned with supportLQJ VWXGHQWV DQG VWDŕŽ&#x2030; to manage concerns about mental health in a number of ways. These include wellbeing oriented support groups and workshops aimed at developing strategies for coping with the challenges of University life (e.g. Stress Management, Good Writing Psychology and PerfecWLRQLVP 7KH\DOVRRŕŽ&#x2030;HU practical help to manage the impact of mental health problems on

studying, and are able to liaise with specialist mental health services where appropriate. There is also short-term counselling available to help students having any kind of study-related, emotional or relationship difficulties. Information about these services is available online:

www.lse.ac.uk/collections/studentCounsellingService www2.lse.ac.uk/intranet/ LSEServices/disabilityService/ Home.aspx Alternatively you can visit or call the Student Counselling service (KSW.507), at:

0207 852 3627 or email student.counselling@lse.ac.uk You can also contact the Disability and Wellbeing Service (G.23):

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someone you can talk to about the feelings you are having. Your GP may refer you to specialist services if he or she feels they will help you. If you are unhappy with your own doctor, you can ask to see another doctor at the same practice or make an appointment ZLWK D GLŕŽ&#x2030;HUHQW SUDFWLFH in your area. If you are unVXUH ZKHUH WR ŕŽ&#x160;QG RWKHU doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surgeries, look in your local Yellow Pages or try the NHS Choices website. Most people recover from mental health problems without needing to go to hospital. There are a number of specialist services that provide various treatments, including counselling and other talking treatments. Life can sometimes be troubling , and as a result you may also need help with other aspects of your life for example, student loans or dealing with housing problems. Often these different services are provided and coordinated by a community mental health team. The help and services that are a valiable are quite wide ranging. Teams that can help you in all these areas are usually based either at a hospital or a local community centre. Some teams provide 24-hour services so that you can contact them in a crisis.

WHERE TO GO IF YOU NEED HELP Mind: www.mind.org.uk provides information and advice, training programs, grants and services MoodGym: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au is a useful website to help prevent and cope with depression Sedgwick Jane: Mental health and well-being service manager. Room G.23, Old Building /6(6WXGHQW&RXQVHOOLQJRŕ­źHUVDIUHHDQGFRQŕ­˝GHQWLDO service to all students at LSE Sophie Newman: Disabled Studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Officer s.u.disability@lse.ac.uk

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Life in 140 characters or less Dennis Mooney analyses the Twitterverse

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witter. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably heard of it. Founded in California in March 2006 and launched in July the same year, it is frequently described as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;social mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;microblogging siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - it has also been called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the SMS of the internetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Users (tweeters) post â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tweetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of 140 characters or less, about anything and everything, or, more often, about nothing in particular. Yet, the service is an almost instantaneous method of getting QHZV  WKH ŕŽ&#x160;UVW VRXUFH RI pictures for the jet which crash-landed into the Hudson river - and a similarly immediate, barometer of public opinion. It has become a huge part of everyday life for many, including all levels of the media - indeed, criticisms have been levelled that Twitter is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;commentariatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. You would be hard pressed to call those accusations unjust; a lot of what ŕŽ&#x2039;RDWVDURXQGWKHVRFDOOHG

Obviously, individuals or institutions which were already in the public eye have developed huge twitter followings (damningly, the top three most followed accounts on Twitter are Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Barack Obama, in that order) but the medium, like YouTube before it, has created stars of the most unlikely people. For example, Rob Delaney (@ RobDelaney) was a struggling stand-up comedian in California. He now has over 500,000 followers, reFHLYHG WKH ŕŽ&#x160;UVW â&#x20AC;Ť)Ú?â&#x20AC;ŹXQQLHVW Person on Twitterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award and is considered by the US Republican party to be DQ LQŕŽ&#x2039;XHQWLDO RSSRQHQW after a series of satirical tweets aimed at Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Alongside these personal success stories are parody accounts ranging from the brutally hilarious - @TheBig_Sam (football manager Sam Allardyce)  WR WKH DŕŽ&#x2030;HFWLRQDWHO\ quirky - @Queen_UK,

committed tweeters, trying to stay ahead of the curve. Market forces, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure any economist will tell you, bring about results, and many of these WZHHWVRŕŽ&#x2030;HUOLQNVWRYDOXable insight or genuinely worthy writing. The ephemeral nature of tweets, which operate on a Facebook-style timeline but, depending on how many people one follows, are passed over quite rapidly, means that failure to entertain, inform or at least interest will likely lead to loss of followers, in turn forcing tweeters WR SXW VRPH HŕŽ&#x2030;RUW LQWR their tweets, especially if they really want them to be seen. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people retweet glib one-liners and political statements, and interested minorities can push an article viral in hours, even minutes. The PDVVDSSHDORIâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ?â&#x20AC;ŹMXVWRŕŽ&#x2030;WR wash my hairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is obviously limited. Unlike the dreaded â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unfriendingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Facebook, unfollowing an account on Twitter does not Is it, then, a fatuous, vacuous waste of time, brain carry the same implicacells and 3G allowance? Well, yes, often it is. tion of dislike; the tweeter is under no obligation to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twittersphereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is recycled portraying her majesty entertain, nor the followor rebranded interpreta- as a sardonic, G&T swill- er to continue following if tions of politics, culture, ing supreme ruler. Whilst they fail to do so. sport or, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;celebrityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily The relationship beIs it, then, vacuous call such characters in- tween tweeter and folwaste of time, brain cells tellectually worthwhile, lower is, much like the and 3G allowance? Well, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly enter- tweets, subject to being yes, often it is. In addition taining. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just cheap ignored, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost count to the rehashed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;journal- laughs (free, in fact, like of the amount of people ismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, shameless self-pro- Facebook, which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve followed and un-folmotion and advertising prevent it bringing in an lowed, sometimes more and downright dullness, estimated $140m in annu- than once. This is refreshthere are a huge number al revenue). Twitter was ing, but can hurt, dependof spambots, impersona- cited as a key contribut- ing on your attitude to tors and trolls. This is to be ing factor to several of WKH ZKROH DŕŽ&#x2030;DLU ,I \RXâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹUH expected, however - crea- the uprisings in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Arab a narcissist, like myself, tor Jack Dorsey was quot- Springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, with hashtags you tend to dismiss it as ed as saying that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twitterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; used to denote topics of someone not understandwas the perfect name for conversation so that users ing you or just an overthe service, describing who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow each oth- reaction. Egotists, on the as it did â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a short burst of er can talk about the same other hand, of which twitinconsequential informa- thing, enabling the assem- ter is inevitably full, thrive tionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Occasionally hilari- EO\RIŕŽ&#x2039;DVKPREVDQGSUR- on followers and will often ous though LOLCatz might tests without the tracking seek to turn their loss into EHDQGŕŽ&#x2039;DWWHULQJWKRXJKLW of government agencies. a spectacle. might be to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;followedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Similarly, domestic poliIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve witnessed a few by unusually enthusiastic tics is beginning to take such outbreaks, often and exotic women, these Twitter seriously; some- when one member betrays accounts do very little to times it takes it a little the rules of reciprocal foladvance the human condi- too seriously - there has lowing, characterised as tion. been at least one exam- #TeamFollowBack. PerHowever, in the same ple of MPs citing a parody sonally I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel any way that roughly 85 per DFFRXQW  WKDW RI ŕŽ&#x160;FWLRQDO obligation to follow peocent of emails across the MP Peter Mannion (@Pe- ple back, as several acglobe are spam, I would terMannionMP), a crea- quaintances of mine have HVWLPDWH WKDW DURXQG ŕŽ&#x160;I- tion of Armando Iannuci grumpily pointed out; if teen per cent of Twitter (@AIannuci) in the politi- you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take interest in is genuinely interesting, cal satire â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Thick Of Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. what a person has to say thought provoking, enJournalists are amongst in real life, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unlikely tertaining or worthwhile. the most frequent and to have any more interest


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Remember, they work for you. Chris Rogers LQWURGXFHVWKH/6(‫ڑ‬V6DEEDWLFDO2૿  FHUDQGWKH68

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s students at the London School of Economics you are automatically members of the LSE Students’ Union (LSESU), granting you the right to vote in SU elections and having your voices heard at the weekly Union General Meeting. The leadership structure of the union can seem confusing, and at times impersonal. This article aims to help you understand who runs your Union, and who to get in contact with if you have an issue whilst at this university. The SU is officially run by an 11 strong ‘Cabinet’ of elected members, the majority of which are part time officers, including: the Anti Racism Officer, Environment

can McKenna, the Community and Welfare Officer, Jack Tindale, and the Activities and Development Officer, Matthew De Jesus. The General Secretary is the public face of the Union. The position holds a very broad remit and Alex Peters-Day sits on the board of several committees, representing the views of LSE students to the School. She also sits on the LSE Council, the LSE’s chief governing body. Alex was re-elected General Secretary in last year’s Sabbatical elections after a closely fought contest. Hailing from Yorkshire, Alex has taken part in several protests over the last few years and is co-ordinating the LSESU’s engage-

The leadership structure of the union can seem confusing, and at times impersonal. and Ethics Officer, LGBT Students’ Officer, International Students’ Officer, Women’s Officer, Disability Officer, Mature and Part Time Students’ Officer and Athletics Union President. All of these positions are entirely voluntary, and the officers are not paid for their work. The Post Graduate Officer, who will be elected later this term, is also part time but paid. The day to day running of the Union is carried out by 4 full time officers who take a sabbatical year out from, or after, their studies to work within the Union. The Sabbatical positions are: the General Secretary, Alex Peters-Day, the Education Officer, Dun-

ment on the National Union of Students (NUS) demonstration against fees and cuts. She is also leading the LSE contingent on the Trade Union Congress (TUmarch later on this year. Before being elected as General Secretary for the first time, Peters-Day was a Social Anthropology student, President of the Raising and Giving Society (RAG), and President of Rosebery Hall. Over the last year as General Secretary Peters-Day, has been leading the LSESU response to the Gaddafi funding scandal, and has organised the Union’s response to the Government’s changes to higher education funding.

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This work will be continued this year, in addition to finalising the new Student’s Centre. Peters-Day also intends to focus on international issues, especially responding to the UK Border Agency’s actions towards London Metropolitan University and post-study work visas. Duncan McKenna, the Education Officer was elected on a platform focusing on more internal issues, mainly regarding teaching at the LSE instead of political action further afield. McKenna holds a disposition left of centre with outspoken views regarding the Education Secretary particularly. Duncan was a Philosophy student and Executive Editor of the Beaver before running for Education Officer. This year he will be focused on dealing with the calls for increased teaching quality and helping Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). He will also be focusing on continuing programmes from his predecessor, and representing LSE students on bodies like the Academic Board. Jack Tindale, also hailing from Yorkshire, was elected Community and Welfare Officer. This position’s remit is also wide ranging, aimed at making studying at the LSE a more enjoyable experience. Jack’s focus this year is on forming a new deal for residences and establishing a yearlong “De-Stress Festival”. Self described, as a NeoGatskillite or National Liberal, Jack was well known of campus for

his distinctive style and particularly his collection of hats, which he is rarely seen without and of which one has its own Facebook page. Tindale, a former Government and History student, was one of the most active members of the LSE. President of the History Society, chair of the UGM, a member of the Court of Governors, Labour Society Secretary and frequent contributor to the Beaver. Matthew De Jesus, an Economics student, was elected Activities and Development Officer, widely regarded as the ‘fun’ Sabbatical position. The Activities and Development Officer is in charge of clubs and societies in the LSESU and managing their budgets.

likely to be centred on Union life and its clubs and societies rather than the wider political events that are on going. The part-time, unpaid Executive Officer’s were also elected last summer term and will be organising events and services for LSE students to help them at their time through their studies at the university. Additional members of the Executive including the Post Grad Officer, the Mature and Part-time Students’ Officer, and the General Course President will be elected later this term, along with several other union positions. All these elected offiers are held to account on a weekly basis at the Union General Meeting, held every Thursday at

Officially, the UGM also has the power to rePRYHDQ\RIWKHVHHOHFWHGR୿FHUV De Jesus’ project for the year is to foster joint events between societies, so larger events can be hosted and restructure society budgets to reward those clubs and societies that achieve outstanding results. He’s also pressuring the school to commit to its promise of getting LSE to the same standard as the top urban universities in London. Before being elected De Jesus was on the LSE Badminton Team and Treasurer of the AU Exec. Politically Matthew De Jesus can be described as a centrist, but hailing from the AU, and holding the more administrative of the Sabbatical positions his focus is more

1pm. The weekly meeting is described as ‘the heart of the union’, officially being the highest authority in the Union. The LSE is the only union to have a weekly general meeting. Officially, the UGM also has the power to remove any of these elected officers, set policy for the union, make important financial decisions or occasionally put forward more light hearted motions. However, in recent years the UGM has dwindled with only a handful of Students attending, and the vast majority of motions fail, unable to reach the required quorum of 250 votes.

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From the Eyes of a Ginger end of the season. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really enjoying the Four weeks of com- new look NFC West. Obpetitive American football viously the 49rs look imhave come and gone, and mense; with a pair of lines with about a quarter of the that even Mr. #Winning UHJXODUVHDVRQŕŽ&#x160;QLVKHGDW would have trouble snortthe time of writing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LQJDQGDQ$OH[6PLWKWKDW time for some knee jerk ORRNV OLNH WKH ŕŽ&#x160;UVW URXQG SLFNZHH[SHFWKLPWREH reactions. Defense is back, but \RXâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹGEHPDGQRWWRH[SHFW Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m unconvinced it will them to cause a ruckus in last. Anyone with eyes the postseason, I think could see the replacement theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring the Lombardi referees were allowing anything and everything LQWKHEDFNŕŽ&#x160;HOG This made it easier for VHFRQG WLHU WHDPV WR ŕŽ&#x2039;DW ter themselves with what appeared to be dominant secondaries; now that Hochuli is back in the black DQG ZKLWH ,â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹP FRQŕŽ&#x160;GHQW WKDW SUROLŕŽ&#x160;F SDVVLQJ DW tacks will see a return to their 2011 incarnation. Corners are no longer able to re-route receivers 15 or 20 yards from the line, so it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise me to see the Packers and Saints really start to kick things up a notch. Special teams are happening - of that much Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m to Candlestick Field this certain. But other than year. I particularly enjoy that, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m unwilling to bare the way Kaepernick is demy balls and make a de- ployed to spice things up. The Seahawks have a ŕŽ&#x160;QLWLYH VWDWHPHQW RQ WKH matter, at least not four 12th man at home - and weeks into the season - that rather scary defense; tempted as I am to make theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re my NFC wild-card. that elusive knee-jerk re- Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleasantly surprised by the Rams, despite the action. 7KH LQŕŽ&#x2039;X[ RI \RXQJ large quantity of rookies. kickers and punters into Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding their own the league is an interest- at home, and Sam Brading occurrence, but some- ford is clearly enjoying thing that can only be de- not having to eat grass for ŕŽ&#x160;QLWLYHO\ GLVFXVVHG DW WKH the majority of the time

KHVSHQGVRQŕŽ&#x160;HOG,WKLQN that in three years theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be elite. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sold on the Cardinals. I know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking good, but the bounce of the ball is D ŕŽ&#x160;FNOH WKLQJ WKH\â&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹYH UH covered an awfully high amount of fumbles, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s let them win games. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so sure that that will continue over the course of the year, a de-

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cent quarterback would do wonders, however. The Jets are bending over for Barkley (to use the rather crass campaign slogan being bandied around by the internet). Losing your number one receiver is difficult whatever you may think of Holmes, he was a decent receiver, and it is a huge blow to the (correct at the time of writing) Sanchez OHGRŕŽ&#x2030;HQFH More worryingly for the

Jets is, of course, the loss of Revis. This is because of the way the Jets operate their defence; without a notable pass rush, they instead rely on corners and safeties to slow down the quarterback, long enough for their meagre defensive line to wander in the direction of the quarterback. It was rough against the 49rs, and I fear it will only get worse. This leads me onto my KHDG FRDFK ŕŽ&#x160;ULQJ SUHGLF tions (drum-roll). Despite the Jets looking anonymous against the 49rs last week, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Ryan is really in trouble quite yet. At least, he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to EHWKHŕŽ&#x160;UVWRQHWRJR For me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crenel (of the Chiefs) that is really in trouble. He has talent in all three areas of the game, but there is a severe disconnect between SDSHUDQGWKHŕŽ&#x160;HOG I know you can quip about â&#x20AC;&#x153;any given Sundayâ&#x20AC;? but frankly, unless that Sunday is the rapture, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the Chiefs beating any halfway decent team this year, especially now Cassel appeared to be severely injured in the Chiefs loss to the Ravens. I did want to talk about the burgeoning development of Peyton Manning, but that would clearly be churlish after this Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. In the thirteenth meeting of Brady and Manning, it is clear WRVHHZKRZLOOEHŕŽ&#x160;JKWLQJ for the Lombardi trophy later this year.

The statistics for the game indicate that Manning had the better day out, as a quarterback. But Brady had a much more successful day in the ofŕŽ&#x160;FH Manning is making a relatively decent Denver team a danger, whereas Brady is making his Patriots Super Bowl contenders. Steven Ridley had a 151 yard game, building on his 100 game last ZHHN 7KLV LV H[DFWO\ WKH kind of balance that will, I believe, enable the Brady bunch to emerge victorious in the AFC. Despite KRZJRRGWKH7H[DQVKDYH looked this year, I think Belichick has once again concocted a superbowl quality team. Finally, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to wish coach Pagano the very speediest of recoveries. Despite how easy it is to condemn players for the rather high number of drunk driving incidents, initiatives like Breast Cancer awareness month show what a force for good the League can be. The point could be made that, perhaps, the NFL should broaden the month to encompass all the various cancers, but I fear it would lose focus.  $IWHU DQ RŕŽ&#x2030;VHDVRQ RI drunken driving, pistol wielding tom-foolery and deplorable domestic violence, it is good to see the League promote good in communities.

Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cricket conundrum Pumas on the prowl The recent Kevin Pietersen saga has taken up a vast quantity of column inches in national newspapers, and frankly there is little I would like to add to that particular quagmire. A far greater concern of mine is the current fragility of the England squad with regards to spin. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a skill that seems to have evaporated from this once imperious England side, having been reduced to looking particularly moronic as sub-standard spinners have enjoyed relative ease against the batting line-up. The only mystery

about Tahir and the X-Man is how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been relatively successful against the England batting line-up. At a time where Swann has seemingly been blunted as an effective weapon, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concerned that this has been a nagging problem and Flower or Gooch are yet to really tackle the problem. I could understand not publicly acknowledging the problem were it in its infancy, but at this stage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting ridiculous. England did not deserve to retain their T20 crown, and were consistently trying to

catch up to South Africa in last summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test series, instead of dictating terms as the home side. Whilst I know it is probably churlish to bemoan a less than successful summer, given the years of lacklustre performances I believe this team can, and should, perform to a higher standard. We KDYH FRPH WR H[SHFW D higher level of performance from our athletes, and it is time the cricketing team lived up to their billing as one of the top teams in the world, at all forms of the game.

The landscape of international rugby has been changed irrevocably. Most importantly, the Tri-Nations is no more. The newly named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rugby Championshipâ&#x20AC;? spells VLJQLŕŽ&#x160;FDQW WURXEOH IRU the northern hemisphere teams. I was, and still am a proponent of Argentina MRLQLQJ WKH 6L[ 1DWLRQV with them being based in Spain. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware this position is now ultimately defunct, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to revel in playing the role of Cassandra for as long as possible. The problem with the Rugby Championship is thus: the three â&#x20AC;&#x153;establishedâ&#x20AC;? southern hemisphere teams now have DQ H[WUD WHDP WR KDUGHQ

themselves up against. Furthermore, Argentina now have a crucible ZLWKLQ ZKLFK WKH\ FDQ ŕŽ&#x160; nally be tempered over the course of several \HDUVDQGDWWDFNWKHQH[W world cup. So for the northern hemisphere, things just got far harder in terms of having a successful world cup. *LYHQ TXLWH KRZ H[ plosive Argentina have EHHQ LWâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹV H[FLWLQJ WR VHH just how good they could be when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowed to play high quality opponents on a regular basis. But for fans of the game, the essential has ŕŽ&#x160;QDOO\ KDSSHQHG ,Wâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹV MXVW a shame that it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to air on terrestrial TV in Europe.


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Japanese Grand Prix Vettel completed a dominant day in Suzuka as he eviscerated Alonso’s lead in the championship to a mere four points ZLWKஊYHUDFHVOHIW

NHL Lockout The breakdown of communication between NHL players and team owners has deepened further. At this moment in time it seems inevitable that the entire season will be lost.

Murray falters Murray was brought crashing back into reality when he was unceremoneously dumped out of the Japanese Open by Milos Raonic (14). Murray lost in three sets, 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4).

If the Italian manager is to have his way, the doFor all the criticism Rob- mestic blues that so reerto Di Matteo’s Chel- cently infected the Bridge sea side have faced this will be no more and the year, the Champions Premier League crown League winners could will become the latest have been forgiven for addition to an already stuttering so soon after a bursting trophy cabinet. grand summer transition. And so far, so good. But far from suc- New boys Eden Hazard, cumbing to allegations Oscar, Victor Moses and of being ‘lucky’ winners Cesar Azpilicueta have of two prestigious tro- settled well and the likes phies last time around, of Juan Mata, Ramires, the Stamford Bridge John Terry and Frank RXWஊW DUH GXO\ SURYLQJ Lampard have ensured their doubters wrong. the departures of DidiGraeme Souness was among those who naively refused to accept the heroic nature of Chelsea’s triumphant European campaign last season. And hardly alone in his cynicism, the former Blackburn, Liverpool and Newcastle boss has been joined by a raft of critics lamenting the style of the Blues’ early season endeavours. Yet such talk is cheap, and it is from the top of the table that Chelsea fans will be looking er Drogba and Salomon down on their detractors Kalou have not hurt the as an energetic start to London side where contheir Premier League sistency is concerned. season has seen them re(YHQWKHPLVஊULQJ)HU main unbeaten and drop nando Torres has contribjust two points thus far. uted, scoring important Having conquered Eu- goals against Reading, rope in May, Di Matteo Newcastle and Arsenal. and his new-look team – And although the Spanmore resembling of an ar- iard might never return tistic composition than the to his best, he is still the physical and determined best striker in Chelsea’s squad of yesteryear – have multi-million pound squad set their stall out on im- – something the legions of proving on the mediocre disapproving fans might VL[WKSODFHG ஊQLVK WKH\ do well to remember. achieved in 2011/2012. Timothy Poole

Criticism of Chelsea’s average performances in sneaking past sides such as Wigan and Stoke may have been warranted, but the sensationalism with which it was branded out was swiftly rebutted with a spirited performance at the Emirates Stadium. But Chelsea fans will know that such a wellcontested league – believed by many simply to be the best and most entertaining in world football – is never going WR EH D RQHVLGHG DஉDLU While the Blues have started with a bang, leapfrogging rivals who sat comfortably above them last term, others will soon be hot on their heels. Of the chasing pack, one needs not look any further than Roberto Mancini’s title-winning Manchester City side for competition. Though they have endured a slow resumption to their league season by comparison, the Citizens KDYH EHJXQ WR ஊQG WKHLU groove and the invaluable experience of ending their 44-year wait for a league trophy this summer will give them the boost they need to remain composed throughout. In August, Mancini used the abundant riches that come with the territory of his role as head coach to make a number of additions to a squad already burgeoning with world-class talent. Once the new faces start to settle, the talismanic quartet of Yaya Toure,

David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero will no longer be the only ones ஊULQJ IURP DOO F\OLQGHUV Of course, no one in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United career that now stands almost at 26 years could ever plausibly rule him out of contention for a league crown, whilst Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side look more like serious challengers this season. But it is Chelsea and City who possess the necessary depth, experience and available tools to really pursue the prize all English teams will value. So while Didier Drogba now plies his trade in China, the rest of Chelsea’s Old Guard are still vying for further success – and now with the help of a stylish and skilful supporting ensemble; Manchester City, however, Sonyds

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aren’t title winners for nothing – the Sky Blues will be waiting to strike, and they’ll be sure to make it a moment that Chelsea will least expect.

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Mercedes looking for the right formula most guarantee Hamilton a car that can win the The two biggest stories world championship, Merin Formula One this week cedes cannot even guaranare undoubtedly Lewis tee they will be competing Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to join in F1 in the near future. Mercedes and Michael But when one thinks Schumacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consequent again about the move - as announcement that he is re- risky as it is - it can just tiring from the sport. as easily be considered a Starting with the for- masterstroke. This is bemer, Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defection cause McLaren have been from McLaren to Mercedes rather lacklustre in the has completely shaken up last four years - lacking eithe grid for the 2013 sea- ther the pace, the reliabilson and beyond. Adding to ity or organisation to be the changes, Hamilton will able to truly challenge for be replaced at McLaren by the championship. Sergio Perez. Mercedes, on the other $W ŕŽ&#x160;UVW JODQFH WKH hand, have won the Con27-year-old has taken a structorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; huge risk in moving from Championships more reD WHDP WKDW KDV ZRQ ŕŽ&#x160;YH cently than McLaren in races this year to a team 2009, albeit under the that has won a solitary guise of Brawn GP. Grand Prix. Factor in the new enMcLaren has one of the gine regulations for 2014 best winning records in and the presence of both the history of F1 and Mer- Ross Brawn and Niki Laucedes are a team who have da, Mercedes have the opso far failed to reach their portunity to really domipotential. nate the 2014 season. While McLaren can alHowever, fellow enRayhan Chouglay

gine manufacturer Ferrari are almost certainly just as likely to have a competitive car and engine by then, too. Hamilton, meanwhile, would gain the freedom he desperately desires away from the sometimes VWLŕŽ&#x2039;LQJ DWPRVSKHUH RI McLaren. Only time will tell whether Hamilton has made a wise decision. Though, let me remind you of a certain Michael Schumacher, who moved from a rather successful Benetton to a lacklustre Ferrari team in 1997; eight years later, the German was crowned world champion a record seven times. And it is quaint that Schumacher should now become collateral damage because of Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest move. The 43-year-old held the seat that Hamilton will now take over, and instead of joining another team, decided to call it the end

of his tether for a second time. On the back of his ilOXVWULRXV ŕŽ&#x160;UVW VSHOO LQ F1, Schumacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second reign could hardly be called as glorious, yet the German still managed a podium in his three years and will leave with his legDF\ŕŽ&#x160;UPO\LQWDFW For now, though, both Schumacher and Hamilton will be resuming as normal in what is proving to be an intensely competittive drivers championship. Fernando Alonso, the championship leader, is no doubt the form driver on the grid and it is a joy to see him pull of a fantastic result in his bullet proof Ferrari every time. But Sebastian Vettel is the reigning double world champion and has been in this position previously in 2010; his super fast Red Bull has enabled him to become Alonsoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closest challenger in the champiRQVKLS  ZULWH KLP RŕŽ&#x2030; DW

your peril. Elsewhere, Kimi Raikkonen has not won a race yet but his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Icemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; demeanour and consistency has allowed him to stay in the hunt. And Hamilton, although some way adrift, has the fastest car on the grid in his McLaren and is well placed to challenge in the last six races of the season - if his car regains its reliability and his team are supportive of him after his decision to leave, that is. Meanwhile, Jenson Button and Mark Webber are long shots for the title but their role in the races no doubt increases the overall excitement. So as the season draws to a close, the championship is heating up and the driver market is opening up. Whatever happens in the last few races of 2012, I will be watching the intriguing action - I encourage you to do the same.

An LSE Olympian. No. Seriously. nitely was not in the Olympics, rowing down the river with GB oars wearing GB kit certainly had its advantages.

Instead of a summer spent beavering away in the internship wing at Goldman Sachs, I spent most of mine in tight sweaty Lycra. Slowly turning the callouses on my hands into hardened leather, I was fortunate enough to be invited to represent Great Britain at the World U23 Rowing Championships in Trackai, Lithuania, and then again at the senior European Championships on Lake Varese in Italy. I graduated this year with a BSc in International Relations & History and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hanging around at LSE to do an MSc in the History of IR, so it was fantastic to have a summer of rowing in between and training 2-3 times a day at the Olympic training facility in Reading. $OWKRXJK , PRVW GHŕŽ&#x160;-

Nikita Nikitin

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A few times people would clap us as we rowed past, kids would ask for a photo and I even signed the odd autograph! I was selected for the GB U23 squad after a year of training with the Uni-

versity of London Boat Club. There, I was lucky enough to be captain of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team last year. Our many achievements

the top university crew. Racing on the international stage is an incredible experience. After the European Championships - when we lost to the Polish Olympic crew - I was lying on the ground exhausted when a huge Pole with the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest mullet shook my hand and said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;great raceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is simply awesome to race and try to beat the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best. This week I start my training with the GB Olympic team as they start their preparations for the next Olympic cycle for Rio 2016. :KHQ,ŕŽ&#x160;UVWVWDUWHGXQLYHUVLW\,ZDVGHŕŽ&#x160;QLWHO\XQder the illusion that LSE is included beating Cam- THE place to study if you bridge in a head to head have no sporting aspirarace, winning the prestig- tion. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found out ious Henley Royal Regatta that thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the case. (beating Harvard, USA,) It can certainly be DQG ŕŽ&#x160;QLVKLQJ WK RXW RI tough juggling academic  FUHZV DW WKH ZRUOGâ&#x20AC;ŤÚ&#x2018;â&#x20AC;ŹV commitments with whatbiggest regatta, becoming ever your sport demands.

Yet, if you have the ambition and the drive, then, contrary to popular belief, LSE is as sporty a university as any. Over the next few weeks, the LSE is planning on introducing a fund that ZLOOSURYLGHŕŽ&#x160;QDQFLDOVXSport to students who have the aspiration to compete on an international level. If you think you would EHQHŕŽ&#x160;W IURP VXFK D IXQG in any way, look out for an article coming soon here in the Beaver about how to apply. In the mean time, if men and women in tight Lycra is your thing and you are new to rowing then contact Nikita Nikitin, captain of the LSE boat club on: N.Nikitin1@lse.ac.uk. And if you have the desire to row at the highest level with ULBC then email me on o.cook@lse. ac.uk and check out www. ulbc.co.uk

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