30 April, 2013
HONOURS NIGHT 2013 Richmond celebrates student achievement, p. 4
RICHMOND’S FOOTBALL TEAM Wait. We have a football team? p. 2
Tuesday 30 April, 2013 • WEEK 15 • ISSUE 12
The student paper of Richmond, the American International University in London
Sweat, toil, and colour ink: The Gazelle makes its print debut
by Vedica Podar and Christian Abueg Guest Columnists
by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
The university’s nascent newspaper, the one that has filled Tuesday mornings with anticipation and surprise, no longer blinks back at the blue blinking screens on your computers, phones, or tablets. The Gazelle, in all its glory, now rests in your hands as a beautiful, printed newspaper. This is the moment that we’ve all been waiting for – with the final week of school comes the semester’s twelfth and final edition of The Gazelle. This print paper is the capstone to an incredible first semester for our publication – in less than three months, we’ve grown from a tiny group of students to a fully-functioning, consistent team of writers, photographers, and editors who have sparked discussion throughout the campus, have been awarded Best New Club of the Year, and have now produced an attractive print newspaper. I have said it once and I will say it again – thank you to everyone who’s helped with the initiation, growth, and thriving of The Gazelle. It took the initiative of one person to start this newspaper, but it required the efforts of many to help it keep growing. There are volumes of people to whom the success of this newspaper can be attributed, but I would like to thank the following people in particular: Jaclyn Hadjipieris, Allison Cole-Stutz, Matthew Butterfield, Louise Byrne, and Magdalene Thomas. Thank you for helping make The Gazelle possible this semester – Richmond thanks you for your efforts. When I first started up The Gazelle, a friend of mine made a joking yet snarky comment. “Phil,” she said. “You can barely maintain a clean bedroom, how could you ever maintain a newspaper?” Well, ol’ friend, it now appears that I’ve been able to do both.
Ten Things NOT to do at End of Term
Smoke fills the air after last week’s explosions at the Boston Marathon. Photo courtesy of courierpress.com.
Boston Explosions Send Shockwaves Across the Atlantic by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
Last week’s tragic bombings at the end of the Boston Marathon have sparked anger, confusion, and fear. Three deaths have been confirmed and over 100 are known to have been injured. At the time of print, one of the suspects is in critical condition and has been charged in his hospital bed. The American people are, at the moment, still searching for the motive behind the deadly bombings. Meanwhile in London, the effects of the bombings could be felt four thousand miles away. Richmond is home to many students, both degree and studyabroad, who live or study in the Boston area. Last night, members of Kensington Residence Life were on-hand to provide support as an emotional crowd of stu-
dents gathered to watch the news in the Atlantic House Common Room. James Desmarais, a study-abroad student on the American Institute for Foreign Studies programme, says that he is currently experiencing a wide range of mixed emotions. “A lot of anger and confusion – I feel that the gravity of the events won’t be realized for a while.” Desmarais’s home school is Assumption College, which is located a mere one hour away from the scene of the tragedy. “Being here in London right now, at the time when we’re all getting kind of homesick, makes this tragedy seem even worse,” says Abby Colbert, who attends Stonehill College, which is less than thirty miles from Boston. “Everything that we’re seeing on the news right now... that’s the place that I call home.” “You’d expect these kinds of things to happen abroad and in far-
away places,” adds Desmarais. “You wouldn’t think this would happen in your own backyard.” The Associated Press reports that immediately after news of the bombings emerged, police forces in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington stepped up their security and closely monitored the day’s later events. Furthermore, the Metropolian Police has stated that security forces were reviewed for last week’s London Marathon, another widely-known international race. The terrorism alert was high in London throughout the past week, with police forces keeping a close eye on events such as Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last Wednesday. The Gazelle joins Richmond Student Affairs in offering support to any student who has been affected by the tragedy.
This year’s End of Term Party was held at the world-renowned Funky Buddha Club in Mayfair. For some, it was a night to remember, but for others... it was a night to forget. 1. Don’t pick fights - especially with security guards/bouncers of the club! 2. If you’re drunk, dancing on the couch is not a good idea. And if you have crutches, don’t try to dance. You should stay sitting at the table. 3. Drinking an entire bottle of vodka is not a good idea. Don’t drink your wits out - unless you want to be carried outside by security and never gain re-entrance to the club. 4. If you do drink your wits out, make sure you realize that the ambulance isn’t coming, because there are other people in London drinking their wits out – you drink, you suffer. The NHS don’t want to be overworked! Be considerate! 5. If you’re lucky to get the attention of the paramedics, don’t hit or spit on them – no matter how drunk you are. 6. Get your priorities straight when you’re drunk – are you helping your friend who’s collapsed, or do you plan on picking a fight with someone else in an alley who’s helping your friend? 7. Asking a girl for her name and number when she’s helping someone who has collapsed is not a good idea! Please don’t do that! It was just wrong timing; you’re not getting lucky tonight, buddy. 8. Even if you’re in a generous mood, don’t decide to have your card plugged into a credit/debit card payment machine - you may not have a pleasant surprise once the hangover wears off! 9. Never run on the road when you’re drunk - this isn’t “catch and cook.” And definitely don’t try to enter someone else’s taxi, or the club, again. 10. Most importantly: Remember that the End of Term Party is a party for all students, and we are representations of the University at large.
30 April, 2013
Spring Fest 2013
Sunshine, games, music, and fun: photos from Richmond’s annual tradition
Caroline “Cammie” Minnich (left) shows off her chops, playing drums while Burak Eben (below) shreds on the guitar. Photos by Philip Tacason.
As part of an event hosted by the Mixed Martial Arts club, students exchange laughs in a boxing match. Photo by Philip Tacason.
No Trash Talkin’
Green Project members participate in monthly river clean-up by Dr. Wayne Clark Guest Writer
Well, this was the last Green Project sponsored volunteer event of the Spring Semester. Lucky students – it was a beautiful day last Sunday!! At the previous two river clean-ups, the Wandle Trust Charity safety briefing included warnings about hypothermia, it was that cold! Last Sunday the warnings were about sunburn... bottles of sunscreen were placed with the equipment! Highlights of the day were a motorcycle, and Robert and Zach getting water in their waders. Squelch squelch!
Above: Richmond students on the front lawn during Spring Fest. Left: Charlotte Rimmer and Phillip Tacason sport their hip sunglasses. Below: The partly-sunny skies over Richmond on the day of the event. Photos by Philip Tacason. Above: Green Project members at the River Wandle; Below: Dr. Clark doing some work to clean the river. Photos courtesy of Dr. Wayne Clark
Above: Chris Weaver with his hands inside the waders... he can’t hurt you, he’s armless. Photo courtesy of Dr. Wayne Clark
30 April, 2013
One Direction concert: review by Christian Abueg Staff Writer
Britain has produced successful music bands that have widely contributed legendary music to the ears of many: ranging from the Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls. That was the music of the Twentieth Century; our generation is more progressive with upbeat music. On April 6th, I had the privilege of turning 19. But in those 19 years of my life I would’ve never imagined that I would go to a concert in London, let alone a concert of One Direction’s. But nonetheless, I had the advantage of taking up an opportunity of a lifetime to see a music band that was “in my age group.” The opportunity first arose when a friend of mine who is a manager at a nightclub in Central London invited me to go with him and the entire management team to watch the Lads at the London O2. Since he’s a close friend to Liam Payne, a member of One Direction, I was honored to receive an extra VIP Ticket to witness a grand event. On a personal note, I did not know there were five of them. Though watching them is great, keeping up with all five of them is another story... after all I only have two eyes. Though the only catchy tune I ever heard of from the pop-culture British boy band was ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ which is a song that some say ‘fundamentally changed the world,’ I decided to take up the chance to see what this band was all about. Upon arriving to the O2 Arena I was immediately surrounded, pushed, and shoved by pubescent teenage girls and their mothers simply trying to get into the arena. The fact that those mothers and daughters purchased life sized cardboard cutouts of individual members of band is beyond me. But before the show started, Camryn, a rising singer from Colorado, warmed up the crowd along with 5 Seconds of Summer, another pop-rock boy band from Australia that is trying to mimic the One Direction success. But besides all of the warming up, I was ready for the meat and potatoes of the show. The lights all over the place daz-
Left to right: Ruth Rivera, Sarah Monteiro, Adrien Maranville, Cierra Saylor, Oyinkansola Bamgbopa, Roxana Vaquero, Paul Luce, Dervla Ruth, Naomi Nasrallah, Karim Hassan, Matthew Sims. Guest speakers Ellie and Erin from Holy Trinity Church in Richmond.
What is the Christian Union? by Bahja Norwood Staff Writer
One Direction: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan.
zle and blind you while the screaming and screeching piercing cry of girls fills every seat in the arena surrounding you as One Direction took the stage. In spite of the white noise, the music drowned their voices out and let me tell you, the music was awesome. The lyrics of every single one of their songs are tailored to the young teenage heart, it was interactive and intuitive and uniquely pop-teenage boy band. Throughout the entire show the five-piece constantly thanked their fans for all their support. Personally, I loved it, the band had an essence of old school pop, it was hip and to the beat with roustabout rhymes and rhythms that made the band take over the hearts and souls of every person who listens to their music. Suddenly, I found myself shaking a hip or two like everyone else as they constantly blasted their hit singles such as: Up All Night, C’mon C’mon, One Thing, Rock Me, Live While We’re Young, Kiss You, One Way or
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Another, Little Things, before finally finishing with their number one hit single: What Makes You Beautiful. During the finale, Liam Payne pulled down Harry Styles’ trousers to top off the end of the Take Me Home Concert at the London O2. Though my expectations for this concert were not that high given the fact that I’m not too familiar with One Direction or their music, I highly recommend going to one of their concerts. Their catchy jingles will get stuck in your head for quite a while but I would say that’s the only downside to listening to their music. But the catchiness of their songs have contributed to most of their success as the new hit boy band poised to take over the hearts and minds of their listeners. One Direction has the potential to be the biggest boy band of our generation and living in London, you should never pass up the opportunity to witness them and all their raging glory. But for now, the only direction I’m going is one direction.
Many of us may have heard of the Christian Union (CU) at Richmond University, but how many of you actually know what goes on during the meetings? Last Tuesday I attended one of the meetings to find out! Upon arrival at 7 p.m. there were food and drinks, and time for casual conversation before the actual meeting began. This went on for about 15 minutes and at 7:15 the meeting began. CU President Dervla Ruth made her announcements regarding upcoming events and plans for the CU to be held in both Kensington and Richmond starting in the Fall semester of 2013. Then it was time for live music Christian songs sung by the students and guests with the lyrics on screen for the option of everyone to participate. A short optional prayer followed. Then “The Talk” took place. This is the main message of the CU meeting and it changes every week. Each week guests from different churches and organizations come to the CU to give a sermon based on the topic for the week. This week the guests were Ellie and Erin from Holy Trinity Church located in Richmond. Ellie played the piano for us during the live music portion of the meeting, followed by Erin who gave a beautiful sermon on why people turn to God and how it affects them where she used her personal life experiences as an example.
The last part of the CU meeting was the discussion. Here everyone sat in a circle (usually everyone is broken into smaller groups) and talked about “The Talk”. Students were able to praise or criticise the sermon, ask questions or simply have a friendly conversation about an issue they are dealing with and seek opinions. The majority of this week’s discussion was about the definition of good and bad choices and about tattoos in general. After the discussion CU Vice President Naomi Nasrallah gave her closing remarks and thanked our guests for coming to the meeting. I was a little nervous to attend at first because I felt that I did not want to hear preaching on how to be the ideal Christian or, what and what not to do as a Christian. However when I walked into the lecture hall in the library I was greeted with a warm atmosphere, friendly faces and pillows on the floor which put my mind at ease. It wasn’t “a typical day in church” which is what I thought it was going to be given the name Christian Union. Instead it was an open community of people from various religions coming together to talk about their love for their God. There was no pressure to be of a certain religion; you simply come as yourself and talk about various experiences we face as human beings and university students. It was a fun experience and in the end I was glad I went.
Richmond football academy: an introduction by Nompi Majola Staff Writer
We’ve all heard the name somewhere and some of us have even met or bumped in to students from there but... how many of us know what exactly RIASA is? Or how Richmond is related to it? I took the time to browse their website and interview Richmond/RIASA student George ‘Andy’ Caesar and concluded that RIASA is an extension of Richmond that exists for students who are passionate about playing soccer professionally. RIASA is the Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy based at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, UK. Richmond University partnered with David Baldwin, RIASA CEO, to start the academy just three years ago. The academy offers an American degree, BA in International Business, enabling students to pursue a professional career in soccer without having to drop out of school, which is usually what has to
happen if you want to become a professional footballer. Students play in a non-professional league (as a student visa restricts playing in a professional league) but the academy sets up showcase matches against premier league teams and semi-professional and professional clubs in order to provide exposure for its students. In order to apply to the academy students require soccer acceptance – soccer resume/background (RIASA organises a scout to assess your playing ability) and academic acceptance – one needs to meet the academic admission requirements of Richmond University. In other words, RIASA handles the soccer aspect of the program – coaches, training, games and leagues while RAIUL delivers the academic program and its professors. As it stands, three players from the academy have already gone pro. Two former RIASA students who joined a professional league – Joey Spivack (New Jersey) and Christian Eissele (Florida) are both signed to PS Kemi
Kings in Finland. The most notable of the three, Nahki Wells, now plays for Bradford City and played in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley. His success has led to a working relationship between RIASA and Bradford, as Bradford doesn’t want to miss out on any future talent. As a result of this relationship, students now have the opportunity to represent and play for Bradford on a regular basis as part of their development process. RIASA students will be able to play in a professional academy – Bradford’s Academy team – which is set up in a league format and represents the club. A few students have already had the opportunity to train with the club. RIASA students are giving it their all to make it pro and as their colleagues, we should cheer them on. If you’re interested in going to see one of their games, check out upcoming fixtures on their website: http://www. riasa.org/club/schedule/results and take a day trip to Leeds. I’m sure they would appreciate the support.
30 April, 2013
Down the rabbit hole in time for tea
by Magdalene Thomas Layout Editor
I am sucker for a proper English tea service. I find the entire ceremony so endearing- white linens, tiered plates and dainty hands gently cradling fragile porcelain cups. It is one of the many ceremonies England has held on to as the world around them changes. It’s also one of the most accessible, since tea is wellloved in every city by people from every demographic imaginable, and available for almost every budget. For students (who crave a great experience without costing an arm and a leg), traditional tea services lack in spontaneity and imagination. They can be formal to the point of stiffness and a truly exquisite tea service can be bank-breaking. An extra £10 for one glass of champagne? No thank you, Brown’s hotel. No thank you. So, imagine my delight when I discovered the funkiest traditional tea service around just off the beaten path. Meet Sketch, a unique lounge in Mayfair. Sketch is the lovechild of French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restauranter Mourad Mazouz. They wanted to create an elegant but eclectic destination for food, music and art, and have managed to bring that to life in awe-inspiring glory. With five stunning rooms, you can set the mood for your lunch, afternoon tea or night out. Want something cozy? Try The Parlour, full of rich woods and deep reds. Something funkier? Try the Gallery for dinner, or the Glade if you fancy a stumble down the rabbit hole.
Ask a young entrepreneur by Vedica Podar Guest Columnist
Do you find the material you study as part of your degree different from what you practice as part of your venture? As an entrepreneur, I learn a lot from what I do – each day is a learning process. Very often, I personally find what I learn in classes very different yet useful from what I actually do at work. However, I am lucky as my business allows me to learn practically and build upon the knowledge I am gaining as part of my degree.
The Gallery room at Sketch- a tribute to the magic of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Photo courtesy Sketch.uk.com.
Each room serves the same, unique menu throughout the day. I went in for the tea- and came out extremely satisfied. Each tier of our plates was more delightful than the last. Our tea sandwiches were full of rich ingredients like quail eggs, fresh, crisp cucumber, salmon roe and the creamiest, melted cheese. The scones were massive- the size of my fist- and served with an abundance
of tasty clotted cream and homemade jams. Two tiers of desserts, including a champagne panna cotta and mint chocolate éclair, finished off our afternoon tea. At £34 per person, it was a treat- not a regular affair, but worth the one-off cost. Hint: You absolutely must check out the toilets at Sketch. I have never before peed in such a strange, amazing place, and I probably never
will again. Except when I return to Sketch for cocktails next weekend. Sketch is an absolute must for your time in London. The food is hand-crafted perfection, the ambiance is truly unforgettable and the experience is phenomenal for the cost. For more information, including prices, menus and images of the unique parlours at Sketch, visit: http://www.sketch.uk.com/
There is more to Zimbabwe Southern African country isn’t only inflation and Robert Mugabe, reports Nompi Majola
by Nompi Majola Staff Writer
Phil Tacason with former Richmond student Julie Kane. Photo courtesy of Philip Tacason
Time for Zines! by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
A former Richmond student has started her own publishing company and was featured at an art and literary festival in London last week. Julie Kane, who graduated from Richmond in 2007, is the founder and editor of Indestructible Energy, which puts out documents called “zines,” which are composed of submissions from photographers, poets, artists, and novelists. “It was an amazing way to get to meet people through their work,” Kane tells The Gazelle. “My experiences at Richmond many years ago exposed me to meeting these different kinds of artistic people.” The collection that I purchased from Kane came wrapped in a small red fabric bag. The issue was comprised of a unique and quirky compilation of original artwork, photography, poems, and short stories. Julie Kane’s first issue is available to order from www.indestructibleenergy.com.
Bad news travels fast and good news, well, in Zimbabwe’s case – doesn’t seem to travel at all! Much of what people seem to know about Zim is limited to what they have read in the papers about Robert Mugabe and the Zim dollar (which stopped being circulated ages ago). If you would like to know less about the serious side of things and discover the beauty that is Zimbabwe I suggest you toss the newspapers aside and pick up a tourists’ guide instead! Curious about our neighbours, my family and I travelled to Zimbabwe one spring to a town called Victoria Falls located along the Zambezi river far west of the capital Harare. We stayed at a beautiful place called Victoria Falls Safari Lodge which overlooks Zambezi National Park. If you’re lucky enough, from your room or the restaurant overlooking a waterhole, you’ll get to see antelope, elephants, or even lions passing by. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any lions so we took it upon ourselves to go to them. We woke up early one morning to take part in the Lion Walk Safari nearby. With our guide and a few other tourists we took a morning walk with two lion cubs. They were actually quite big so you had to always remain behind them just in case their hunting instincts kicked in! After the walk we were allowed to interact with cuter, smaller, clumsier cubs before sitting down to a cosy breakfast in the wilderness.
What do the Flying fox, Zip line and Gorge swing all have in common? They involve straps, cables and hanging, ‘flying’ or falling over a gorge filled with rushing water. A few minutes downstream from the Victoria Falls is an adrenaline adventure that takes place over a gorge ranging from 75-120m high and 120-425m wide. If you have a strong heart, or at least think you do, you can either ‘fly’ across the gorge hanging from a horizontal cable, ‘zip’ across the gorge seated and hanging from a diagonal cable or really challenge yourself and free fall for 50m into the gorge before your cable tightens and you find yourself swinging like Tarzan over the river! I thought I had a strong heart until I did the Gorge swing. I never knew I had it in me to scream like a horror movie victim. All is forgotten once the swinging starts, the screaming stops and you are blown away by the view! Bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia are the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most exquisite waterfalls – about
1.7km wide with an approximate drop of 95m. To put it into perspective: “Victoria Falls is one and a half times wider than Niagara falls and twice as high” (Discovery Ed, 2012). Its local name is Mosi-oa Tunya, ‘Smoke that thunders’. That’s because you can see the mist created by the falls kilometres away and the closer you are to them the louder you have to talk to the person next to you. I could write about how magnificent the Victoria Falls are and how wonderful it is to experience them close up – getting soaked, the deafening sound, the rainbows and the view – but words just wouldn’t do it any justice. It’s not something you can read about and try to imagine, you just have to go and see it for yourself. There are also helicopter rides, elephant rides and Zambezi sunset cruises – where it’s very likely that you’ll be greeted by hippos. Once you’ve been to Victoria Falls, the next time someone mentions Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe won’t be the first thing you think of.
AIFS 2013 FOOTBALL MATCH Whether you’re a player, referee, or socializer, it’s an event you wont’ want to miss! Hyde Park football fields 27 April @ 12:00-15:00 Visit: facebook.com/events/43819958_6274647
It’s a competitive world out there - what are your views on this? Competition exists in every domain of life, not just business. My view is quite simple: Competition isn’t about pulling your competitors down and finding flaws in what they do, instead, it’s about improving and getting better at what you do in order to emerge successful. Strong people never pull others down. Nobody’s perfect... Unless you’re perfect at what you do, you cannot pick flaws in others. As an entrepreneur, who has influenced you most and been your greatest inspiration? If I had to pick one person, It would undoubtedly be my Dad. He has been a real pillar of support and a great source of inspiration. As a friend, mentor, and a guide he has been with me all along and has really guided me through my journey not just with Young Scholars Inc, but over these 19 years as well. I still remember training under my Dad from the age of 13 to learn more about business and it’s been an enriching experience. As a role model, he has taught me essential skills of communication, patience, leadership and that it’s performance and not position that counts. How does being an entrepreneur affect your relationships with your friends and family? Time management is something I’ve learnt through my journey, I know there are times when there is an overwhelming amount of work to get done in a short span of time and I often cannot give my family and friends the kind of time I want to; But I must add – they have always been very encouraging and supportive of me. However, I also feel that over this period, a lot of my ties with some of my friends and family have strengthened with the limited time we have for each other. Vedica Podar is the founder of Young Scholars, Inc. and chair of the Young Entrepreneurs Society at Richmond. If you have a question you’d like to have answered, email her at her student email: email@example.com. ac.uk Find out more about her organization at : http://youngscholarsinc.com
30 April, 2013
Features The F-Word by Raven Cooper Guest Columnist
by Heidi Maunder Staff Writer
“But, of course, you might be asking yourself, ‘Am I a feminist?’ I might not be. I don’t know! I still don’t know what it is! I’m too knackered and confused to work it out. That curtain pole really isn’t up! I don’t have time to work it out if I am a women’s libber! There seems to be a lot of it. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? So there is the quick way of working out if you’re a feminist. Put your hands in your pants. A) to
Do you have a vagina?
B) Do be in
The Book of Mormon: A West End Review
If you said ‘yes’ to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist” Caitlin Moran, “How to be a woman” Feminism means different things to everybody. I’m not embarrassed about what I stand for, far from it, but I’m reluctant to label myself a feminist because of the assumption people jump to. There is a belief out there that “young people don’t want to identify themselves as feminists because there is this man-hating, frumpy, lesbian image” theory portrayed by the media. Because of the negative connotations with saying the word “feminism” people have started saying “girl power”. The feminist movement has moved to a point where the aim isn’t equality, but rather, empowerment. There are so many different kinds of feminism out there. By saying you’re a feminist, you’re not saying you believe that men should be killed in a mass genocide. Feminism is a belief in human rights and a feeling that women’s experiences are just as valid as men’s. To me a feminist is one who empathises with others, honest, confident and independent. However women who are bitchy, cat-fighting and don’t stand up for themselves are “pulling back when we should be leaning forward.” Women should work together, not against each other. Women should be able to analyse sexist bullshit when they see it. What feminism means to me: it means that I think women should be allowed to do everything that men do.
Disclaimer: anyone who is easily offended/has no sense of humour/ is extremely religious should probably not see The Book of Mormon. However, for the rest of you easy-going atheists and open-minded religious folk out there, I say its worth picking up a ticket. Or at least try to, bearing in mind its now fully booked until June. This is because The Book of Mormon is definitely the greatest musical to grace the West End in years, and easily the best I’ve seen in my twenty years of living in England. The story centres itself around two Mormons, Elder Price (Gavin Creel) and Elder Cunningham (Jared Gertner), who are sent on their Mormon mission to spread the word of Mormonism in Uganda. When they reach Uganda they are faced with poverty and a disease-ridden land, the prospect of promoting Mormonism looking pretty bleak. Nevertheless, they are not alone and join six or seven other Mormons in spreading the word of the Heavenly Father. They learn several things within the first few days of their trip, one being that, surprisingly, the priorities of the Ugandan people is to not follow a very Americanised religion, but to struggle with their day-to-day lives as well as war, poverty and disease. The second is that Mormons should, and I quote, “picture your brain filled with tiny boxes. Find the box with gay feelings inside, AND CRUSH IT.”
A heavenly backdrop graces the Prince of Wales theatre Photo by Heidi Maunder
The Book of Mormon obviously touches upon some very serious issues like AIDs and female castration in Africa but rest assured, as it is created by the makers of South Park, you can expect each serious social issue to be wrapped up in a beguiling little number sung by possibly the campest Mormon ensemble possible. Just picture pink glittery waistcoats and tap shoes and you’ve got the basic idea.
Of course, the primary aim of this musical is to poke fun at Mormonism and, in the process, Americans in general, but it doesn’t just stop there. It doesn’t just mock Mormonism, but in fact religion in all its forms, hence the disclaimer at the beginning of this article. After recent attempts by both Mormons and Evangelical Christians to do so, it highlights the absolute ignorance of these people who are
trying to spread religion in a place where there is a lack of faith, and for good reason, such as in places like Uganda. Another wider message about religion portrayed in this musical is, that if there is enough of a following, any religion can be created, especially if you make it relatable to a specific audience. By the end of the story the South Park creators created their own religion just to prove this point. The soundtrack alone should be reason enough for you to see this musical. It features catchy numbers such as ‘Hello’ – how they greet the general public hidden behind the doorbells they ring – and ‘Turn It Off’ – for when devoted Mormons have conflicting feelings, either about the religion or their sexuality, and they need to turn those feelings off (see earlier quote). If you go see this musical n the right mind-set, as in if you don’t want to be offended by it then you probably won’t be, this musical is the right choice for you. I say ‘probably’ only because The Book of Mormon, much like its South Park creators intended, pushes the boundaries of what we expect to be said about certain issues and what really should be said about them, so there is always the chance something at some point will make you feel affronted. But you never know, after you’ve seen the show, you might want to read The Book.
Once Again, the West End Wows by Laura Rutkowski Staff Writer
The much beloved musical, Blood Brothers, has departed from the Phoenix Theatre at Charing Cross Road and in its place comes a more than worthy replacement called Once. As I sit here at my desk, I am surrounded by Once memorabilia. I now shamelessly own the soundtrack, the musical program, the script book, and the DVD that the musical was based on. You could say that I enjoyed the show. Set in Dublin, Ireland, Once follows the story of an Irish busker and a Czech mother who connect through a universal language: music. The Phoenix Theatre is quaint and homey, offering an intimate welcome to its patrons. This intimacy is only amplified further by the atmospheric setting of Once. Before the show starts, you are able to go up on stage and grab a drink at the same bar that the actors frequent during the musical! Unfortunately, the onstage bar is only offered to those seated in the stalls, so be mindful of this when booking tickets. Perhaps what is most impressive about Once is its utilization of the stage. The stage setup is stationary with the exception of swapping props and one major scene change. Rather than relying on gimmicks, the audience is afforded the opportunity to use their imagination to let the story speak and breathe for itself. Members of the crowd are ex-
Theatergoers on stage with the cast of Once indulge in music, mingling, and martinis. Photo courtesy of Alison and Laura Rutkowski
posed to the actors from the musical as soon as they enter the theatre. Whilst members of the audience linger on stage and watch from the sidelines, the actors sing and dance, giving us a taste of what’s to come. There is no clear indication of when the musical starts. Eventually, everyone realizes that the stage has cleared except for one lone man singing under dimmed lights. He coos, “Let go of my
hand; you said what you have to, now leave, leave…,” and we’re absorbed. Once employs a heavily-talented cast, consisting of men and women who meet the trifecta for singing, dancing, and playing a musical instrument. On top of all that, they manage to pull off convincing accents and performances as well! The music is provided by the actors themselves and where the orchestra
normally resides out of view, this orchestra commands our undivided attention and respect. Once is unique in its rawness and accompanying ability to tug on our heartstrings. What at first seems like a straightforward love story quickly mangles into a longing deeply rooted in thoughts instead of actions. Contemporary dancing complements the fragile nature of the plot and lends itself to the folksy vocals and instrumentals. As the tragically-beautiful relationship of the two main characters evolves and fluctuates, Once injects just the right amount of humor to keep matters light. The attention to detail is impeccable. Words stream across a board at the top of the stage to accurately depict when someone is speaking in Czech or to translate Czech into English when necessary. To represent overlooking the city of Dublin, the stage melts into shadowy black except for a speckling of small blue lights, or “houses.” Even this simply executed scene evokes a large impact. As Once arrives at its pivotal end, the obvious “happy ending” solution is not reached, but it makes the musical all the more genuine and true to life. Theatregoers well up and squeeze hands. It is difficult to not be moved, as it is clear that the cast is too. Emotionally battering, Once is an assault you’ll want to inflict upon yourself again and again. For more information, check out: h t t p : //w w w. o n c e m u s i c a l . c o . u k /
30 April, 2013
Honours Night 2013
Richmond honours student achievements
Left: Residence Life Coordinator Tracy Wills. Below: Harrison Chadwick with Dean of Students Allison Cole-Stutz. Photos by Matthew Butterfield.
Annual honours night recognized excellence in academics and extracurriculars by Ariel Dauk Staff Writer
On Friday, the 21st Annual Honours Night was held at the Richmond Hill Hotel. In attendance were eligible students, faculty, staff, academic deans, President John Annette, and Chancellor of Richmond University, Sir Cyril Taylor. Kensington students arrived by coach at 6:30 p.m. and a cash bar and mingling preceded dinner. Following the first and second courses, President Annette opened the ceremony as the guests enjoyed dessert. President Annette began by praising Honours Night as “one of the more enjoyable events at Richmond.” Appreciation was then expressed to Vice President for Student Affairs Allison Cole-Stutz, Student Affairs, Student Government, and the Chair of Academic Advisors for their very hard work. Special recognition was also given to Sir Cyril Taylor for his “commitment to Richmond University.” It was announced that next year, the
Sir Cyril Taylor Award for Outstanding Leadership will be introduced. President Annette also noted the absence of representatives from Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA), who were unable to attend due to conflicts with an upcoming match. Special recognition was extended to former RIASA student, Nahki Wells. Wells recently played for Bradford City Football Club in the Capital One Cup. Following President Annette, Professor Alex Seago, Dean of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences, awarded the Dean’s List Awards to students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Thirty-six first year students were recognized, and Charles Ebert was awarded the First Year Student Award. Fifty-eight students were recognized for qualifying for the Dean’s List during the Spring and Fall 2012 semesters. Best in Major awards for the School of Communications, Arts, and Social
Sciences were then presented by Dr. Seago. Best in Major awards for Business and Economics were presented by Professor Parviz Dabir-Alai, Dean of School of Business and Economics. Before awarding the Robert Brennan Prize for Outstanding Achievement, Sir Cyril Taylor offered congratulations “to all who have worked and studied to earn an award.” The Robert Brennan Prize was presented to Vedica Podar. The Student Affairs Awards were then presented by Allison Cole-Stutz, Assistant Dean of Student Activities Jaclyn Hadjipieris, and Residence Life Coordinator Tracy Wills. The Student Affairs Awards began with recognition to all Student Ambassadors, Orientation Leaders, International Night participants, and Resident Advisors and Directors. Awards for group contributions to university life were presented to: Richmond Psychology Association (Club of the Year), the Vagina Monologues (Event of the Year), the Art Exhibition Society (Most Improved Club of the Year) and The Gazelle (New Club of the Year). Individual awards were given to: Philip Tacason (Club Member of the Year), Professor Elizabeth Long (Advisor of the Year, Christian Union) and Rebecca Knows the Ground and Tyler Charwat (Residence Life Members of the Year). Further recognition was given to Patricia Schouker (Audra Longley Award), Harrison Chadwick (Dean of Students Award), and Ayman Abdel Jaber (Graduate Student Ambassador of the Year). Closing remarks were given by President Annette, who extended special thanks to Matthew Butterfield, academic deans, faculty, and staff. Students were especially recognized and invited to stand and applaud themselves on their achievements.
Below: Sir Cyril Taylor chats with Anderson Hillen, AIFS Director, before the dinner. Photo by Matthew Butterfield.
Left: Dr. Bryan McIntosh strikes a pose at the event. Above: Jaclyn Hadjipieris (left) poses with Polina Penkova. Below: The Gazelle staff. Photos by Matthew Butterfield.
Top Left: President John Annette (left) speaks as Dean of Students Allison ColeStutz looks on. Bottom Left: The table set-up at Honours Night. Below: Phil Tacason with his crutch in hand. Photos by Matthew Butterfield.
One small limp for mankind by Philip Tacason Editor-in-Chief
I fractured my foot last week, so I came to Honour’s Night draped in my best coat, tie, and crutch. I had forgotten to take my painkillers beforehand, so in pain and excruciating agony, I limped my way to the stage four times, collecting awards for Dean’s List, Best in Major, Best Club Member, and Best New Club for The Gazelle. I don’t know how to express how I felt at Honour’s Night. Did I feel like a champion, slowly limping through through the hotel ballroom to collect four incredible awards, or did I feel pathetic, wearing this crutch on my arm
as a badge of my clumsiness and lack of coordination? I’ll leave that up to you. I’d like to thank everyone involved in Honour’s Night, and everyone who helped me hop through the crowds. I’d like to thank everyone who helped The Gazelle win Best New Club: our advisor, Louise Byrne; our layout editor, Magdalene Thomas; our everything-guru, Matthew Butterfield; and all of my staff writers, photographers, and contributors. Finally, I’d like to thank the powers of destiny and fate and any other higher deities, for making sure I broke my foot and not my hand – otherwise, there’s no way I would’ve been able to write this article.
by Susan Bergreen Staff Writer
At Honours Night last Friday, the Richmond Gazelle was given the ‘Best New Club’ award. Philip Tacason hobbled his way up to the stage to receive the award for resurrecting the university newspaper. Philip and the newspaper staff have worked hard all semester to publish a weekly newsletter, informing students of what goes on, both on-campus and around London. In the last 14 weeks, the staff has grown from a small handful of students to a group of staff writers, editors and layout designers. Each week, the writers have made time in between classes, essay-writing and projects to provide the paper with articles of information or to raise awareness. The Gazelle has had faculty and anonymous guest writers, a section of
creative writing submitted by students and articles from the newspaper staff. Some of the features informed us about food in the Café, the best milkshakes in London and given an understanding of violence against women. A few features have made us laugh while others made us think differently about the divide between study abroad and degree students. There seems to be a growing anticipation of reading The Gazelle each Tuesday by staff and students. The Gazelle has been a vessel for student voices to be heard and it all started with one student willing to put forth the effort of reviving the university newspaper. From there it was the work of many that keep it up and running to what it is today: The Best New Club.
30 April, 2013
Features A chat with Nancy Pelosi by Christian Abueg Staff Writer
Christian Abueg with his childhood hero.
There are very few moments in life where you get to meet and converse with a woman who shattered the marble ceiling in American politics. On Friday, April 19th I had the pleasure of attending “A Conversation with Nancy Pelosi” at the London School of Economics and Political Science. On a personal note, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Incumbent Democratic Leader of the House: Nancy Pelosi is one of my childhood inspirations being the champion that she is for the American people. Pelosi stated, “Politics back then wasn’t personal destruction, but it was a debate about ideas.” She believes that a responsibility to the people is key in playing a role to recognize the patriotic democracy in the United States. However, politics can be personal for her since she is an ardent Roman Catholic. She preached that the Gospel of Matthew was some-
thing that greatly impacted her political decisions because it is “a recognition of what is done for people.” She recalled being asked earlier in her life, “Where is hope?” And she replied, “Hope I where it has always been, between faith and charity.” For Nancy, hope is a key message in politics and she will continue to use hope as a driving force for her leadership. Towards the end of the forum, I had the delight and pleasure in asking Nancy Pelosi a question. I asked her, “Since the House Republicans introduced a budget last month and so did the Senate Democrats, will the House Democrats introduce any budget at all?” She replied, “We have introduced a bill but House Republicans won’t allow it for debate or discussion on the floor. But we have introduced it in committees and in other parliamentary ways. It is a mere image of the Senate Bill but I’m glad you asked about the budget. President Obama’s budget is a beautiful budget and very much like our House and Senate Budgets, his budget says we are going to reduce the deficit, lower taxes on the middle class, create jobs and do so in a way that builds the infrastructure of America.” Mrs. Pelosi and I conversed privately after the forum and took a picture together, she told me, as we were getting ready to pose for a photo, “Young man, thank you for your budget question. I envision you in the House of Representatives in the near future. Remember, politics isn’t for the faint hearted.” I kindly replied, “I’m awfully flattered, but I prefer the United States Senate.”
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Following the success of FORTY VOICES in November 2012, Richmond University Press is pleased to announce preparations towards our second publication:
FROM THERE TO HERE Editors from Library Services, BA International Journalism and the Creative Writing Minor are looking for well written texts (of up to 2000 words in length) for inclusion in the book, representing the following genres: Reportage Interview Essay Short Story Creative Non-fiction Travel Writing in other prose forms
THEME: A SENSE OF PLACE Writers from across the Richmond University community, particularly alumni, are encouraged to submit their work. The best contributions will be included in the new publication. Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline: 20th September 2013, 5pm. This project is made possible by Library Services, Alumni Relations and Marketing Communications.
30 April, 2013
The Tail End CONTACT US Editor-In-Chief Philip Tacason Layout Editor Magdalene Thomas Copy Editor Jessica Vaughan Diary Editor Susan Bergreen Lead Photographer Haley Stevens
The Naked is Not the Message, Bodies Present in White Rooms is a series of five portraits now on display in the Cabinet Gallery in Atlantic House.
Spotlight on: student artwork by Anastasia Fjodorova
Being a female artist today and choosing to photograph the nude female body brings with it an entire history of tension, to have an ignorance of which would be highly irresponsible. The use of the plinth, or pedestal, in this series of images is in reference to the use of sculpture to create “ideal forms.” Here the body is the medium—malleable, to be moulded and constructed into an imaginary identity by the artist as maker of meaning, in
his vision. Only the artist here is not, as convention would dictate a “he.” And her process is not one of Pygmalion as active creator placing his “goddess-model”, the object of his desires, on a pedestal to be idealised, but the collaboration between two women. These bodies are present in a white room, possibly a studio, or the anti-septic province of the contemporary art-piece. The relationship that women have with representations of women is an
This week around town by Bahja Norwood Staff Writer
Below are some free, cultural events around London to keep you and your wallet happy. Grape hosts Wine & Cheese: France Grape is hosting Wine & Cheese: France at the Soho Kitchen Club on Sunday from 6 p.m. unitl 11 p.m. Grape is a new organisation that wants to bring together wine and cheese lovers in London. They are hosting three events, each on the third Sunday of each month for the next three months. This is the only one that takes place before summer break. The price per ticket is £16.55 (includes online fee) and covers the cost of a platter of cheese, olives, grapes, bread, and two glasses of French wine. To order tickets go to grapewinecheese.eventbrite.co.uk/. The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes This is the newest and most perplexing mystery for Sherlock Holmes to solve. It was written by Leslie Bricusse, the writer of ‘Charlie and Chocolate Factory’, ‘Pickwick’ and
‘Dr. Doolittle’. There are multiple dates and times for this event which is hosted by Morphic Graffiti and held at the Hoxton Hall. The price for the ticket is £21.85 (includes online fee). The last chance to see the play is May 10. From Wednesday to Saturday there is a 7:30 p.m. show; on Saturdays there is a 3 p.m. matinee; and on Sundays the show will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. To purchase tickets go to eventbrite.com. Government, Entrepreneurship and Digital Democracy This event takes place on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Google Campus. There will be a panel discussion exploring how Digital Democracy can change the role of the state. One guest at the panel will be Douglas Carswell MP who will explore the issues in hios new book ‘The End of Politics’. Other topics to be discussed include reulation and tax, infrastructure, ‘Wikidemocracy’, the Virtual State and transparency. Tickets cost £10.90 (includes online fee) and will cover the cost of curry and beer or wine. To book tickets go to digitalgovernment. eventbrite.co.uk/.
uneasy one, primarily because culture and society has associated such representations with passivity and exploitation. These are the frames within which we are accustomed to seeing women represented, but are we also implicated in perpetuating only the “accepted” frames and constructions? Here, both artist and model accept the responsibility of supplying new meanings. We invite the viewer to share in dialogue with these bodies, present in white rooms.
Philip’s fun corner That’s Punny: Did you hear about the guy whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now. Fun fact: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones once appeared on the same concert billing. On the 15th of September, 1963, the two legendary British bands played a once-in-a-lifetime gig for a charity called Printers’ Pensioners Corporation. The venue? Right around the corner: The Royal Albert Hall.
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