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Bhangra team dance in front of thousands to show their culture SATY SINGH
Kingston University Bhangra team dance their way to competition for fifth time in a row
By Kiran Dhiman Kingston University’s Bhangra team wowed judges for a fifth time and danced their way into the UK’s biggest Bhangra contest, held in 2013. The KU Bhangra team who competed the last four years at The Bhangra Showdown (TBS) are going to battle against eight universities at Hammersmith Apollo in front of thousands of people. “It is a great privilege for Kingston to be entered into TBS for the fifth consecutive year,” said Randeep Singh, captain of KU’s Bhangra team. Mr Singh has been at the forefront
of the Bhangra team since the society was set up four years ago and has seen the team grow and improve. The former student, who helps choreograph the highly energetic Punjabi dance, explained that the audition process is extremely rigorous. “Weeks before the contest, we practice nearly every day and the atmosphere becomes very family-like.” KU’s Bhangra team always look to fuse the western and eastern world in their performances. “TBS has become an entertaining platform. We always aim to make our shows as exciting as possible,” said Mr Singh. Money raised goes to charities.
SU kicking out the Nestlé KitKat snack
Pyramid formation by KU Bhangra team SATY SINGH
• SU ban Nestlé products because of their unethical practices
• Other motions include wi-fi in residences and anonymous marking By Charlotte Boisrond Many students were outraged after it was announced that KitKats are no longer going to be sold at campus shops, after a motion was passed to stop the sale of Nestlé products at KUSU’s yearly student meeting. KU student Michael Toy proposed to ban Nestlé products in KUSU stores because of their alleged unethical practices across the globe. The motion passed with a clear majority at the meeting held on November 14, but was met with disdain by many students. “I don’t see why we should all be forced not to buy something we like,” said KU student Jordan Aylward on Twitter. Mr Toy pointed out that even though KitKats are labelled as fair trade products, Nestlé company actually still support a range of unethi-
cal business and commercial practices that are unacceptable . These practices include the violation of human rights, destruction of the environment and child labour. “The KUSU should remove and ban all Nestlé products from all our shops and establishments, and ban any Nestlé affiliations,” said Mr Toy. “The system would inform students of the ethical impact of purchases. It would be in all students’ best interests”, explained Mr Toy. In addition to Mr Troy’s motions, three others were passed at the KUSU student meeting. The first one, proposed by Danny Hall, was to pressure the University to install wireless routers in all of the halls of residence. Mr Hall did not show up at the meeting, but the SU President took the lead and managed to pass the motion with little opposition. “Productivity can be improved as students can work in kitchen and use
KitKat no more in KU stores REX FEATURES
devices such as wireless printers,” the motion explained. Second motion proposed and passed by Mr Toy was to implement a traffic light system on KUSU products to indicate how ethical the sourcing of the product is. Another motion that was passed was to set up anonymous marking on exam scripts to avoid “racism and discrimination” issues or any kind of racial favouritism. In order to achieve this, KUSU are planning an anonymous marking campaign which will probably be directed by the SU President, Mr Kelly. Ibrahim Ali, who proposed the motion, said: “Twelve per cent of black students have received lower marks
for coursework or exams than that of their white counterparts.” Mr Ali also suggested creating prayer facilities for Muslim students on each of the five Kingston University campuses. The motion was later challenged by students from other societies, who worried that it could be detrimental to their own fundings. The Jewish Society tried to amend the motion to create facilities for all students rather than Muslim-specific praying facilities but this amendment failed. He said: “Muslim students obligate themselves to pray five times a day as part of their religious practice. One in three KU students are Muslims”.
Space Bar: avoided & expensive
By Alex Sunier and Ollie Gillman
The River has carried out two surveys and the results show that the main Students’ Union bar is avoided and has more expensive beer than other London SU bars. More than 76 per cent of students questioned found the main SU bar, Space Bar, at Penrhyn Road had “a bad atmosphere”. Mark Horne, general manager of Space Bar, hit back at claims that they should be improving the bar’s facilities, because Space Bar is scheduled to be demolished in a year’s time. A pint at the SU is up to 20 per cent more expensive in Kingston, compared to other London universities. A survey of 13 London universities showed that, while Kingston’s pints were not the cheapest, the Space Bar’s Jagerbombs were the second cheapest in the city, coming in at £2. “Penrhyn Road is hamstrung with the fact that many of the students here commute, there is no centre of student housing nearby and it is not on any route between our halls and the town centre,” said Mr Horne. KUSU business director Nicola Skevington said: “Our results for spirits are very good, showing us second cheapest in the sample.” The River surveyed 60 students online in October, asking them if they liked Space Bar.