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DP clashes with kung-fu club " K u n g - f u " school has been using the Union gym twice a week without booking or paying for it for nearly a year'. The situation came to notice when members of IC Soccer Club tried to make use of the gym three weeks ago. They were told somewhat rudely, to leave at once by a hot• tempered teacher leading the lesson. T h e matter w a s brought t o the a t t e n t i o n o f the D e p u t y President, R i z Shakir, who after e x t e n s i v e investigations d i s c o v e r e d t h a t the s c h o o l h a d not b o o k e d t h e g y m . H o w e v e r , Mr C h a n g , t h e t u t o r , i n s i s t s that they d i d h a v e a b o o k i n g w h i c h w a s g r a n t e d t h e m b y the A C C C h a i r m a n , J o h n Thorn b a c k . When a s k e d t o p r o d u c e h i s " b o o k i n g n o t e " o n the n i g h t o f W e d n e s d a y , 3 r d September M r C h a n g w a s e x t r e m e l y rude a n d said to R i z " G o away boy, I ' m t e a c h i n g " . H e was then a s k e d by R i z t o c o m e d o w n t o h i s office w i t h i n 3 0 minutes t o s e t t l e . the matter amicably o t h e r w i s e he w o u l d c a l l t h e police. A t this, one of the pupils threatened " Y o u ' l l do i t i f y o u want y o u r n e c k b r o k e n " . In the e v e n t , R i z d e c i d e d to f i r s t a s k B e i t s e c u r i t y t o g o and a s k M r C h a n g t o produce his "booking note". This

under t h e i r j u r i s d i c t i o n u n t i l 11 p m . A f t e r a l e n g t h y argument one of the guards r u n g the n i g h t security superintendent w h o told him and h i s colleague to accede to R i z ' s request. Mr. C h a n g w a s u n a b l e t o J

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p r o v e d more d i f f i c u l t t h a n o n e c o u l d p o s s i b l y imagine because B e U s e c u r i t y w e r e under t h e i m p r e s s i o n that i t w a s t h e I C K a r a t e C l u b . u s i n g the g y m . T h e y w e r e a l s o adamant that the U n i o n B u i l d i n g d i d not come

produce the note b u t c l a i m e d he h a d one at home. H e r e i t e r a t e d time a n d a g a i n t h a t R i z should ring John Thornback. p o l i c e . I n t h e i n t e r e s t s of discretion he telephoned the local police station. He was

H o w e v e r , the b o o k i n g c a n o n l y be g r a n t e d b y R i z o r J e n , t h e Union Clerk. R i z t h e n w e n t t o c a l l the kept o n the phone for n e a r l y a n hour before b e i n g t o l d that a squad c a r would be sent round and h e w a s t o w a i t out i n P r i n c e C o n s o r t R o a d for them. This h e d i d for n e a r l y twenty m i n u t e s before a p a t r o l c a r e came a l o n g . D e s p i t e m u c h arm w a v i n g however, the p a t r o l c a r c r a w l e d p a s t u s . It returned l a t e r a n d t h i s time R i z , M a r k C a l d w e l l and myself stood i n the m i d d l e o f t h e r o a d t o f l a g them d o w n . When a s k e d i f they were l o o k i n g f o r I C U n i o n they | replied i n the negative but came i n t o i n v e s t i g a t e . We went u p t o the gym a n d a t the s i g h t of 5 0 k u n g - f u trainees the o f f i c e r s paled c o n s i d e r a b l y . T h e y a s k e d Mr C h a n g o u t s i d e t o d i s c u s s the matter a n d a f u r i o u s argument ensued. Mr Chang did a complete v o l t f a c e a n d the officers simply could * not a c c e p t t h a t the U n i o n B u i l d i n g was in R i z ' s charge. In the e n d t h e p o l i c e , t o o k p a r t i c u l a r s , a l l o w e d the l e s s o n to continue ( w i t h only 20 m i n u t e s o f i t l e f t ) a n d left rather h u r r i e d l y . The Union Building was l o c k e d - u p b y the D P for the of l a s t w e e k - e n d i n whole order t o s t o p a n y u n a u t h o r i s e d p e r s o n s u s i n g the g y m . T h e y are b e i n g a l l o w e d t o c o n t i n u e to u s e the gym o n c e a w e e k a t £7 a s e s s i o n p l u s a 5 0 % d i s c o u n t o n l e s s o n f e e s for IC students. I C students w i l l however, have t o p a y the s u b s c r i p t i o n fee of £3.50 a y e a r . Riz has also received a p e r s o n a l a p o l o g y from Mr C h a n g a n d the matter i s n o w r e s o l v e d .

Seaford snubs N U P E agreement T H E C L E A N I N G ladies i n L i n s t e a d and Southside H a l l s of R e s i d e n c e began a work-to-rule l a s t Monday i n protest against the d e c i s i o n b y C a r l S e a f o r d , t h e C o l l e g e D o m e s t i c B u r s a r , t o ignore a n a g r e e m e n t made b y the C o l l e g e a n d N U P E (the p u b l i c employees* trade u n i o n ) o v e r b o n u s e s t o b e p a i d d u r i n g the summer. It i s during the l o n g v a c a t i o n that L i n s t e a d a n d Southside are used a s hotels a n d summer for c o n f e r e n c e s tourists. T h e extra workload for the c l e a n i n g l a d i e s i n t h i s p e r i o d i s k n o w n t o be s u b stantial . A b o u t a month before the h o t e l scheme c o m m e n c e d , M r Ted Fisher (the b r a n c h secretary) and Mrs A l i c e F e a s e y ( shop steward) acting

on behalf of N U P E entered into a n agreement w i t h the C o l l e g e , w h i c h w a s represented b y Mr A.O. R o l a n d , (the a s s t . P e r s o n n e l Secretary) and Mrs A u d r e y P o d h a j s k y (the a s s t . D o m e s t i c B u r s a r ) . The- a g r e e ment, w h i c h w a s made i n M r Seaford's absence due t o i l l n e s s , s t a t e d that o u t o f the m o n i e s a c c r u e d from the. h o t e l scheme, the c l e a n e r s in

Linstead and Southside w o u l d r e c e i v e a £4 p e r w e e k bonus o n a c c o u n t of the e x t r a The workload involved. figure of £4 w a s w o r k e d o u t from the d e f i n i t e conference bookings w h i c h were known a t the time the agreement w a s m a d e . A d d i t i o n a l l y , a percentage of the m o n i e s a c c r u e d f r o m the c a s u a l l e t t i n g s w a s t o b e forwarded t o the c l e a n e r s a t a later date a s a C h r i s t m a s b o n u s . N o p r o v i s i o n w a s made for the " N o r t h s i d e " (Weeks, Garden and B e i t H a l l s of R e s i d e n c e ) cleaners s i n c e they d i d not handle the h e c t i c summer visitor traffic a n d they al ready

were receiving a year round b o n u s o f £1 .50 p e r w e e k a n d w o r k i n g a n e x t r a hour e a c h d a y . T h e d i s p u t e a r o s e w h e n Mr S e a f o r d r e c e n t l y d e c i d e d t o pay the N o r t h s i d e c l e a n e r s a £2.50 per w e e k b o n u s , w h i c h w i t h t h e £ 1 5 0 p e r w e e k made a t o t a l o f £4 per w e e k . T h e n e w bonus i s t o be b a c k d a t e d t o the b e g i n n i n g o f the s u m m e r . The Southside and L i n s t e a d c l e a n e r s w e r e a n g r y a t the unfair f i n a n c i a l advantage being shown t o the N o r t h s i d e c l e a n e r s . There had been n o ' consultation w i t h N U P E over , Cont'd

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May w e be the last to bid our Domestic Bursar, Carl S e a f o r d , a b e l a t e d w e l c o m e on h i s return t o the C o l l e g e after a recent i l l n e s s . Mr Seaford h a s c l e a r l y l o s t a great d e a l of w e i g h t , but h a s a p p a r e n t l y r e t a i n e d h i s s e n s e of humour a s a recent incident demonstrates: J e n H a r d y - S m i t h , the U n i o n C l e r k , e n t e r s Mr S e a f o r d ' s off i c e t o r e t r i e v e a pewter t a n k ard from h i s s a f e . J e n : "Hello come about

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a very Happy Birthday on behalf of all its readers when the last American left r e p r e s e n t s a s b i g a t e s t of the B r i t i s h and ( c o l o n i a l ) s p i r i t a s at a n y t i m e in our h i s t o r y . F r o m now o n , s u r e l y t h i s 'was our

" O u r finest h o u r " from our correspondent in Southside. J O Y O U S S C E N E S of d a n c i n g a n n o u n c e m e n t that the outbreak h a s ravaged t h i s v i c i n i t y over The official announcement followed persistent rumours e m a n a t i n g from s e v e r a l s o u r c e s i n d i c a t i n g that the e p i d e m i c w a s in its f i n a l s t a g e s of d y i n g o u t . F o r the h e r o i c and g a l l a n t band of s u r v i v o r s , t h i s means that long w e e k s o f s u f f e r i n g are e n d e d a s S o u t h s i d e is a g a i n d e c l a r e d fit for human h a b i t a t i o n N o more s c e n e s o f a s i n i n e ' Y o u n g Pensylvania

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A f t e r more t h a n a c e n t u r y in the H u x l e y B u i l d i n g , the Maths Department i s now r e s i d e n t in i t s new b u i l d i n g , W 2 , a f t e r a removal operation w h i c h has not been w i t h o u t i n c i d e n t . Who, w e w o n d e r , is g o i n g to be brave e n o u g h to t e l l Prof Whitrow of the fate of h i s t r e a s ured a n t i q u e r o l l - t o p d e s k , w h i c h f e l l t o Its d e m i s e w h e n it w a s dropped from the r e m o v a l v a n by p e r s o n s u n k n o w n . It i s hoped that on the o c c a s i o n of the performance of t h i s duty Prof Whitrow i s in a good m o o d . The eminent P r o f H had no s o o n e r entered h i s new o f f i c e than he d e c i d e d that the n o t i c e board w a s on the w r o n g w a l l . In a f l a s h Prof H r e s o l v e d the problem — he p u l l e d the board from the w a l l , a l o n g w i t h a c o n s i d e r a b l e q u a n t i t y of p l a s t e r . We are u n a b l e to d e n y (or confirm) that Prof H ' s w i f e w a s later o v e r h e a r d s p e a k i n g to h i m in a h a r s h v o i c e : " Y o u got a

T h e M a s s X - r a y team w i l l v i s i t the summer m o n t h s , is now o v e r . IC next w e e k , to d e t e c t any traces of transatlantic bl ood s t i l l r e m a i n i n g . T i m e s are posted S o u t h s i d e refectory staff w i l l no Please attend in your own longer have to s a y no to 'Say do interest. pesetas?' you take very nice office here, Valter. A n o f f i c i a l s p o k e s m a n tonight Vot you vont to go an' spoil it d e c l a r e d that the c o n s u m p t i o n of for?" c i g a r s , i c e - c u b e s and c o c a - c o l a ' s INVITATION w e r e a l m o s t back to n o r m a l . Still in the M a t h s D e p t , T h i s w a s the night e v e r y o n e news has r e a c h e d us of the Lady Flowers, assisted had been l o o k i n g forward to a s (in)famous t e x t , "Mathematical by members of the I . C . it became o b v i o u s that t h i s e p i Methods for Science Students". Wives C l u b , welcomes T h e s a i d text h a s been r e c e n t l y d e m i c w a s no mere ' s c a r e ' . F r o m s t u d e n t s to a free B E E R translated i nto Portuguese. the f i r s t c a s e s of people s p e n d & B A G E R S n o s h - u p , at L o n g m a n s , the p u b l i s h e r s , are i n g o v e r £300 a night ( i n c l u d i n g 170 Q u e e n ' s G a t e , on h o w e v e r u n a b l e to s a y w h e t h e r b r e a k f a s t ) in S o u t h s i d e t i l l today T h u r s d a y , 16th October, the text Is w i d e l y read by a n t i 1 9 7 5 , from 5.30 - 7 jOOpm. Communists. Dr Stephenson N a m e s , p l e a s e , to J e n , w a s not a v a i l a b l e for c o m m e n t . U n i o n O f f i c e , by not of

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A s t u d e n t c o m m e n t i n g on Mr M u l l e y ' s o p e n i n g s p e e c h at the NUS teacher education confere n c e s a i d , "When I go back to my union, I shall say that a Minister of Education came to the conference, stood up, closed his eyes (I didn't think they had to close them — Ed.) and said 'I see no cuts' and went away again".

C h a r l e s C l a r k e , N U S pres ident, s p e a k i n g a t the s a m e c o n f e r e n c e s a i d , "NUS is finished if unite with the we do,not educational organisations campaign the TUC and broad (Lett - Ed.) basis. will be at odds with its bership and fragmentation result".

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lecture is to be given at the opening. W2 w i l l be occupied by the Maths, C C D and P h y s i c s departments . T h e new R C S office is a l s o in W2 off the walkway. T h e old Meteoro-

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logy department has been amalgamated with the P h y s i c s department and now the atmospheric Physics section. T h o s e using the lifts in the new Huxley building may have noticed the different l a b e l l i n g of l e v e l s on the outside and inside the l i f t s . ' On the outside the l e v e l numbers read 1, ...',5,6,6M,7 and on the inside they read 1, ..,6,7M,7 . T h e error is being r e c t i f i e d . ' T h e correct coding is the former.'This is a l l in order that l e v e l s in the P h y s i c s building may correspond to those i n W2 and vice v e r s a . W2 has taken two and a half years to build and by the time a l l c o s t s are totted-up, w i l l have cost in e x c e s s of ÂŁ 3 million .

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that p r e v i o u s U n i o n a d m i n i s t r a t i o n s h a v e done n o t h i n g a n d c a s t t h e b l a m e on the present administration i s wrong. H e d i d n o t , on h i s o w n a d m i s s i o n , s p e a k t o the present U n i o n officers regarding P G r e p r e s e n t a t i o n and n e e d s before h i s resignation. E v e r y move t o r e s o l v e the p r o b l e m must be w e l c i m e d a n d A L L p a r t i e s must be i n v o l v e d i n the n e g o t i a t i o n s . ' T h e b a l l i s now d e f i n i t e l y i n the court of the I C P G G .

T h e r e w i l l be many important i s s u e s , some more important t h a n o t h e r s , f a c i n g the P r e s i d e n t amd I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e U n i o n a s a w h o l e , i n the c o m i n g a c a d e m i c s e s s i o n . T h e f i r s t of t h e s e h a s a l r e a d y m a t e r i a l i s e d a l t h o u g h the i s s u e i s not a new o n e . K a r l I b r i k i a n ' s r e s i g n a t i o n a s P G A O h a s not h e l p e d i n the v e r y important q u e s t i o n of p o s t g r a d u a t e representation i n I C U n i o n . O n the c o n t r a r y , i t h a s d e s t r o y e d a n y b a s i s there m i g h t h a v e e x i s t e d for d i s c u s s i n g a n d h o p e f u l l y T h e c e n t r a l i s a t i o n of the p r o c e s s f o r f i n d i n g a s o l u t i o n , i f i n d e e d one e x i s t s , b o o k i n g U n i o n r o o m s s h o u l d mean that the w i t h i n the p r e s e n t c o n t e x t a n d s t r u c t u r e s o r t of s c e n e s w i t n e s s e d a f e w w e e k s a g o of the U n i o n . i n the U n i o n gym b e c o m e a t h i n g of the p a s t . The particular culprits involved have One h o p e s that the o v e r t u r e s that have a p o l o g i s e d a n d the matter h a s b e e n b e e n made b y the P r e s i d e n t w i l l r e c e i v e a a m i c a b l y s e t t l e d . H o w e v e r , they w i l l be r e s p o n s e / F o r K a r l to s i t back and say

r e c e i v i n g a b i l l for w e l l o v e r £400 for u s i n g the g y m f o r the p a s t y e a r . A n i n v e s t i g a t i o n i s b e i n g c a r r i e d out w i t h regards t o s e c u r i t y i n the w h o l e C o l l e g e a s a r e s u l t a t the i n s t i g a t i o n of the R e c t o r . I s h a l l be i n t e r e s t e d t o r e a d t h e i r report.

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Mutters Arising H a i l , a l l s e e k e r s of e t e r n a l truth a n d w i s d o m . D u r i n g the summer months the U n i o n h a s been g a t h e r i n g i t s e l f for the d e l u g e of F r e s h e r s w h i c h w i l l s h o r t l y f a l l out of the s k i e s o n t o - u s . F i r s t l y , for t h o s e of y o u w h o d o not know me, let me s a y h e l l o . H e l l o ! I am J o h n D o w n s , r e c e n t l y graduated i n M a t e r i a l S c i e n c e . I hope t o prove an e f f i c i e n t and f r i e n d l y H o n . S e c . in the c o m i n g y e a r . I hope y o u w i l l u s e the U n i o n , if o n l y to get h a l f - p r i c e r a i l f a r e s , w h i c h , by some c u r i o u s c o i n c i d e n c e b r i n g s me t o my f i r s t p i e c e of i n f o r m a t i o n . A f t e r much d i l l y d a l l y i n g B r i t i s h R a i l have a n n o u n c e d that the new R a i l c a r d s w i l l c o s t £5.40 and w i l l run for a y e a r from 1 s t O c t o b e r . Y o u c a n o b t a i n your R a i l c a r d e i t h e r by post (forms w i l l be a v a i l a b l e i n the U n i o n O f f i c e ) or at E u s t o n . H o w e v e r , a l l t h o s e r e q u i r i n g a R a i l c a r d w i l l h a v e to p o s s e s s a registration card. T h i s b r i n g s up a n o t h e r c o u p l e of b i t s of t i t t l e - t a t t l e s . F i r s t l y , a p a s s p o r t photo w i l l be required for t h i s y e a r ' s U n i o n c a r d ; s e c o n d l y , s t u d e n t s a r e needed for the f i r s t three d a y s of the A u t u m n term t o man the d e s k s where the r e g i s t r a t i o n c a r d s ( c o m p l e t e w i t h photos) w i l l be s t a m p e d . T h e U n i o n w i l l be p a y i n g £1.00 per hour to a n y o n e a b l e to man a d e s k , s o if y o u need s o m e e x t r a c a s h l e t me k n o w . A t t h e s e d e s k s there w i l l a l s o be three h a n d b o o k s a v a i l a b l e — the I C U , N U S , and U L U handbooks — and these w i l l contain information on w e l f a r e , t h e law e t c . and are a b s o l u t e l y f r e e . P l e a s e make sure y o u take one (or a l l ) of t h e s e h a n d b o o k s . A n o t h e r d e l i c a t e area a t the moment Is a c c o m o d a t i o n . In the a b s e n c e of a Student R e s i d e n c e O f f i c e r (he f a i l e d h i s e x a m s ) I a m t r y i n g t o o r g a n i s e s o m e s o r t of s c h e m e t o c a t e r f o r t h o s e h o m e l e s s ones c o m i n g up for the s t a r t of term . If you h a v e , e i t h e r problems In y o u r own s i t u a t i o n or a s p a r e p l a c e In y o u r f l a t , p l e a s e let me know s o that w e c a n o v e r c o m e t h i s c r o n l c p r o b l e m . In a d d i t i o n , ICWA i s r u n n i n g a s i m i l a r s c h e m e to c a t e r s p e c i f i c a l l y for f l a t s h a r l n g . L o o k i n g t o future H o n S e c "Mutters Arising", I hope t o run r e v i e w s on s u c h diverse topics a s NUS Travel, Endsleigh, the I m p l i c a t i o n s of the 1 9 7 4 R e n t A c t a n d a c c o m o d a t i o n g e n e r a l l y . If y o u have a n y

This issue T h i s i s s u e i s c o m i n g out on a S a t u r d a y for the f i r s t time i n i t s h i s t o r y . T h e r e a r e s e v e r a l r e a s o n s f o r t h i s but t i m e d o e s not permit me t o g o i n t o them a t t h i s s t a g e . I hope y o u a l l enjoy r e a d i n g t h i s very f i r s t i s s u e o f F E L I X under my e d i t o r s h i p . T h e next i s s u e of F E L I X w i l l b e p u b l i s h e d on Monday 2 9 t h S e p t e m b e r . C O P Y D A T E F O R T H I S I S S U E IS W E D N E S D A Y 17th S E P T E M B E R . I s h a l l f i n i s h by a s k i n g were a l l t h o s e 1500 odd p o s t g r a d u a t e s are? -

c o n t r i b u t i o n s , i e have y o u b e e n ripped-off by a n y of them or y o u f e e l p a r t i c u l a r l y w e l l s e r v e d b y N U S T S or a p a r t i c u l a r l a n d l o r d , drop me l i n e . T h a t s u m s it up for n o w ; n e e d l e s s t o s a y , there are a m u l t i t u d e of e l e c t i o n s c o m i n g u p . A c o m p r e h e n s i v e l i s t w i l l be p u b l i s h e d s o o n . If y o u are at a l l i n t e r e s t e d in s t a n d i n g , p l e a s e come t o the U n i o n t o see

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T h e F A I R "75 w i l l be h e l d In the U n l p n B u i l d i n g on T u e s d a y , September 30th . It w i l l o f f i c i a l l y c o m m e n c e a t 2 . 0 0 pm and last t i l l 5.30 pm. H o w e v e r , c l u b s and s o c i e t i e s w i l l be e x p e c t e d t o a r r i v e by noon In order that I may d i r e c t them t o the p l a c e r e s e r v e d for t h e m . T h e f i n a l arrangements a r e b e i n g d e l a y e d b y a large number "I c l u b s and s o c i e t i e s not y e t h a v i n g r e t u r n e d a completed form. I would l i k e t o a s k those members of C o l l e g e to c o n t a c t me a s s o o n as p o s s i b l e t o obtain a s t a l l . The last date f o r t h i s i s 2 0 t h S e p t e m b e r . M o s t c l u b s and s o c i e t i e s c a n e x p e c t to r e c e i v e the d e t a i l s of a r r a n g e m e n t s e a r l y in the w e e k c o m m e n c i n g Monday 22nd September. The Union Lower Lounge, B o t / Z o o common room and the U n i o n lower refectory have been r e d e c o r a t e d d u r i n g the summer at a c o n s i d e r a b l e c o s t . T h e r e f o r e , I w o u l d l i k e t o r e q u e s t that p e o p l e not put any p o s t e r s o n the w a l l s a s they d e s t r o y p a i n t w o r k . N o t i c e boards are at present being made to a c c o m o d a t e the needs of t h o s e p e o p l e w h o w i s h t o d i s p l a y posters. D o a p p r o a c h me if y o u need any h e l p d u r i n g the next year or for that matter, if y o u f e e l y o u want t o comment on a n y t h i n g the U n i o n Is d o i n g . I w i l l be o n l y t o o p l e a s e d t o l i s t e n t o your point of v i e w . H o p e y o u have a p l e a s a n t y e a r both a c a d e m i c a l l y and s o c i a l l y .

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Peter Patter H e l l o ! T h i s i s my f i r s t a r t i c l e in F E L I X a n d I a p p r o a c h it w i t h some t r e p i d a t i o n , p a r t i c u l a r l y a s it is for the P . G . i s s u e . H a v i n g s p e n t three y e a r s here a s a n undergraduat e I s e e m to have l i t t l e g r a s p of the many problems f a c i n g P . G . s . I am a n x i o u s to l e a r n , and y o u are the o n l y p e o p l e that c a n p r o v i d e me w i t h a k n o w l e d g e of P G a f f a i r s . B e l o w I intend to s e t out some probl e ms a s I s e e t h e m . If y o u d o n ' t a g r e e , then t e l l me s o the next time y o u s e e me.

C V C P report on P G ' s O n e of t h e most n o t i c e a b l e d e v e l o p m e n t s a f f e c t i n g P G s for sometime w a s the p u b l i c a t i o n of t h e C o m m i t t e e of V i c e - C h a n c e l l o r s a n d P r i n c i p a l ' s ( C V C P ) R e p o r t on P o s t - G r a d u a t e e d u c a t i o n . Many p e o p l e have looked-forward to i t s p u b l i c a t i o n and I am s u r e they w i l l a l l be q u i t e s a t i s f i e d w i t h the r e s u l t s . It h a s s t a t e d in s i m p l e terms many of the f e e l i n g s w h i c h P o s t g r a d u a t e s have h e l d for a c o n s i d e r a b l e t i m e . A t l a s t a body of r e a s o n a b l e power h a s s e t down on paper, that it f e e l s that the P G grant is i n a d e q u a t e . T h e y r i g h t l y , s a y that 'It takes little or no account of the fact that research students are older, better qualified, more experienced and more capable than the

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statement w i l l lead to some a c t i o n , a n d a r e v i s i o n of the P G grant s y s t e m . T h e c o l l e g e w i l l be s e t t i n g up a c o m m i t t e e to d i s c u s s the report and to a s c e r t a i n i t s r e l e vance to Postgraduate education w i t h i n the col lege.

Refectory prices A s t h o s e of y o u w h o have been e a t i n g in the r e f e c t o r i e s t h i s summer w i l l have n o t i c e d the refectory p r i c e s went up by 4 0 % on 1 s t September. T h i s i n c r e a s e i s m a s s i v e in p r o p o r t i o n , compared to the i n c r e a s e s in P G a n d U G grants and makes many l o c a l c a f e s a n d r e s t a u r a u n t s much more c o m p e t i t -

The President, Peter Teague writes on the present state of student affairs in Imperial College. i v e . I hope that y o u w i l l a l l look around to get the best v a l u e for your money, whether this means e a t i n g outof C o l l e g e or bringing affected s a n d w i c h e s . P o s t g r a d u a t e s are more s e r o u s l y than others by a n i n c r e a s e at t h i s time of y e a r a s the P G grant i s not i n c r e a s e d u n t i l O c t o b e r . We made t h i s point q u i t e c l e a r t o the C o l l e g e G o v e r n i n g B o d y . T h e y d e l a y e d the i n c r e a s e from 1 s t A u g u s t u n t i l 1 s t September but w e r e u n w i l l i n g t o d e l a y it a n y longer. S o the P o s t g r a d u a t e s bear the brunt of the i n c r e a s e s a g a i n ! A t the s e c o n d U n i o n M e e t i n g of next term it i s hoped that w e w i l l be a b l e to take some a c t i o n towards this Increase. Your ideas and comments w i l l be a p p r i c i a t e d at or before that m e e t i n g .

Accomodation for married P G ' s A p p r o x i m a t e l y 4 0 % of the s t u d e n t s at IC are p o s t g r a d u a t e s and l o o k i n g b a c k o v e r p r e v i o u s y e a r s the U n i o n d o e s not s e e m to have a c h i e v e d a great d e a l for p o s t g r a d u a t e s . T h i s y e a r perhaps more c a n be d o n e , a l t h o u g h I a p p r e c i a t e that good i n t e n t i o n s are not e n o u g h . One project that I p e r s o n a l l y , feel w e s h o u l d take up w i t h the C o l l ege, i s the l a c k of a c c o m o d a t i o n for m a r r i e d p o s t g r a d u a t e s , I w a s a l s o s u r p r i s e d at the l a c k of s o c i a l e v e n t s for t h o s e s t u d e n t s in C o l l e g e o v e r the summer. D o y o u feel that there i s a demand for s u c h e v e n t s ? What sort of e v e n t s , if o r g a n i s e d , w o u l d r e c e i v e your support?

Demonstrating cuts T h e G o v e r n m e n t , f o l l o w i n g i t s p o l i c y of c u t t i n g P u b l i c e x p e n d i t u r e i s e x p e c t e d to a n n o u n c e more P u b l i c e x p e n d i t u r e c u t s i n the near future. E d u c a t i o n is c e r t a i n to bear a large proportion of the c u t s a n d t h e

e f f e c t s w i l l be f a r reaching. F o r p o s t g r a d u a t e s the c u t s may f i r s t be f e l t a s t h e amount of d e m o n s t r a t i n g may h a v e t o be c u r t a i l e d d u e to the l a c k of f u n d s . W i t h a somewhat i n a d e q u a t e P G grant many P G ' s rely on demonstrating to supplement their grant a n d the l o s s of t h i s s o u r c e of income c o u l d be most d a m a g i n g i n s o m e c a s e s . T h e amount of f i n a n c e a v a i l a b l e for r e s e a r c h p r o j e c t s may a l s o have to be r e d u c e d . I a m s u r e that the C o l l e g e w o u l d l i k e t o k e e p up the h i g h l e v e l of r e s e a r c h for w h i c h . I C i s renowned,but this w i l l become increasingly d i f f i c u l t i n the future. T h e c a m p a i g n t o fight the E d u c a t i o n cuts i s e s s e n t i a l l y a c a m p a i g n to s e e the h i g h e r e d u c a t i o n a l s y s t e m w e have at present c o n t i n u e d .

PGAO Many of the i s s u e s w h i c h w i l l a f f e c t t h e s t u d e n t s of IC i n t h e c o m i n g y e a r w i l l a f f e c t the P o s t g r a d u a t e s a n d t o r e p r e s e n t y o u r views? on t h e s e matters a d e q u a t e l y it i s e s s e n t i a l that w e have a P o s t g r a d u a t e A f f a i r s O f f i c e r . T h i s post i s v a c a n t at t h e moment, if y o u are i n t e r e s t e d I w o u l d be o n l y t o o p l e a s e d to c h a t t o y o u about t h e j o b . It i s a very d i f f i c u l t j o b a n d o n e w h i c h n e e d s great m o t i v a t i o n .

I h a v e o u t l i n e d s o m e of the e v e n t s of p a s t and future w h i c h affect P o s t g r a d u a t e s . Y o u form about 4 0 % of the s t u d e n t body of I C and are 4 0 % of the m e m b e r s h i p of I C U n i o n If y o u d o n ' t f e e l that t h e U n i o n a c h i e v e s enough for p o s t g r a d u a t e s p l e a s e t e l l m e , but be prepared to j o i n i n y o u r s e l f . I C U n i o n i s y o u r U n i o n a s m u c h a s it i s t h e u n d e r g r a d u a t e s U n i o n . I am s u r e that w e c a n a c h i e v e a great d e a l for P G s i n t h e future but y o u must t e l l us the i s s u e s that y o u w a n t u s to t a k e u p , a n d be prepared t o work w i t h u s to s e e that some p r o g r e s s i s made.

P G A O resignationthe President replies reply, on behalf of / feel that I should the Union, to the article on the resignation of Karl Ibrikian who was to have next year's Postgraduate Affairs been that Karl thought it Officer. I am sorry necessary to resign as I feel that we could well together, and achhave worked quite ieved a great deal for the PG's at IC. Many references are made to the lack The post of power vested in the PGAO. carries as much power as any other on the Union Council, and the debate about the PGAO being a member of the Executive fully aired last session. One must was that the post of the PGAO has not forget only been in existence for three years. This is quite a short time when one considers changing the complete structure of the Union. Turning to the finances of the Postthat ICWA graduate Group, Karl says represents fewer people but receives more ICPGG money. Firstly may I point out that only submitted a claim tor £360 for this session. The Union Finance Committee can hardly be expected to hand out money that claimed. The claim submitted above was extremely sketchy and contained no detailed budgeting and therefore adequate

down the room was left for trimming Secondly I would argue that the number people participating in those events anised by a particular group was a better guide to the amount of money that a ed than the number of people represents.

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provision of a PG lounge within the Union Building would be a little difficult at the moment. I wonder it this is some form of elitism wishing to keep PG's separate from UG's, or a demand made while looking at the ICWA lounge. If it is the latter, then people must realise the historical reasons for ICWA having its own lounge. 'men-only' It goes back to the time of the

Union Bar. Two places in Hall are demanded by the PG's. Most of the other sectors of the Union only have one officer that can take a LHtkm place in Hall. Why feel that they need two? do the PG's Such a move would need a constitutional change and until that was possible I had promised Karl one of the President's nominee places . Since his resignation the place has had to go to an undergraduate officer as there is no PGAO to take that all we" up the place. Finally it seems receive from the ICPGG are d e m a n d s , a n d no requests or suggestions of ways in which we can work closer together. Does ICPGG want to be a part of the Union or an independent group ? To answer Tom Abraham'scoomments I that the Union Council would only say has five postgraduate members, excluding the PGAO, and it can only be more repwith him than without him. resentative Surely it you feel under-represented the last thing that you should do Is take away the representative that you have. I would like to see more done year for postgraduates, but I wonder ther Karl's methods are the best achieving the postgraduates aims.

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T h i s i s an a m a z i n g b o o k . T h e s e short s t o r i e s w e r e o r i g i n a l l y w r i t t e n for p u b l i c a t i o n in an A r g e n t i n i a n N e w s p a p e r in the 1 9 3 0 ' s and h a v e o n l y r e c e n t l y been t r a n s lated from the o r i g i n a l S p a n i s h v e r s i o n . This task was completed by Norman Thomas d i G i o v a n n i w h o stayed with Borges (who h a s been s l o w l y g o i n g b l i n d ) in B u e n o s A r i e s from 196 8 to 1 9 7 2 . B o r g e s himself d e s c r i b e s the style of the stories as Baroque, 'that style which exhausts (or tries to exhaust) all ibilities and which borders on parody'...

deliberately its possits own

T h e book c h r o n i c l e s the l i v e s of c e r t a i n famous v i l l a i n s ( B i l l y the K i d and the Tichbourne d a i m e n t are but two). B o r g e s throws in a hoax or two (something for w h i c h he i s a p p a r e n t l y now famous) by i n v e n t i n g s t o r i e s and a s c r i b i n g them to a p r e v i o u s author (and g i v i n g r e f e r e n c e s ) . I e s p e c i a l l y l i k e d the s e t of v e r y short t a l e s

White Sergeant". T h e y are s i m p l y d e p r e c i a t i n g the r e s t of the a l b u m . 1 0 0 l i n e s for the most i n f a n t i l e c o v e r of 1 9 7 5 . to d a t e . Todd Rundgren: (Reprise)

Wolfman

Jack

Todd I H A D read s o m e w h e r e that R u n d g r e n w a s p r o g r e s s i v e y e t he drags jj>ut t h i s P h i l S p e c t o r - i s e d pop s i n g l e n o t a b l e o n l y for its c o m p l e t e b l a n d n e s s and m e d i o c r i t y t h r o u g h o u t . N o e x p e n s e s p a r e d to make T O T P on t h i s o n e . J u m p y c h i l d i s h n e s s at its most l i m p . T h e B - s i d e is of far more i n t e r e s t , - a Zappra-espue running instrumental d e g e n e r a t i n g i nto a s t e e l - d r u m mardi gras romp, w h e n c e b a c k t o the former greener fields. A w i z a r d , a true s t a r ? B l a h !

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R i c h a r d Rodney Bennett plays George Gershwin and B i l l y Mayer I (Polydor) A f t e r ten m i n u t e s l i s t e n i n g to s o l o p i a n o play of t u n e s o b s c u r e and w e l l known I d e c i d e d t h i s w a s not my c u p of t e a . B e i n g e s c o n s e d at home for the v a c a t i o n I r e s o l v e d to c o n s u l t the t a l e n t at my d i s p o s a l . A t t h i s juncture my brothers entered the

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Frances Moore happe: Planet

Wilkinson

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(Ballantine).

I F Y O U h a v e e v e r had s y m p a t h i e s for the v e g e t a r i a n v i e w p o i n t , but h a v e been deterred from t a k i n g the plunge by fear of not b e i n g a b l e t o get a b a l a n c e d d i e t , or by y o u r image of the " f o o d f a d d i s t " , t h i s may be a book to c h a n g e your m i n d . M s L a p p e ' k i c k s off by g i v i n g s o m e a s t o n i s h i n g s t a t i s t i c s ; l i k e half ot the US g r a i n h a r v e s t , much of w h i c h c o u l d be the consumed by h u m a n , g o e s d o w n g u l l e t s of l i v e s t o c k , w h i c h c o n v e r t o n l y one tenth of t h i s b a c k to e d i b l e p r o t e i n . S h e t r i e s to d i s p e l the myth that e v e r y m e a l m u s t c o n t a i n meat, and i n t r o d u c e s nutritional concepts like amino-acid b a l a n c e , e x p l a i n i n g them in laymans terms. Comprehensive t a b l e s are then g i v e n w h i c h a l l o w y o u t o w o r k out w h i c h f o o d s are b e s t c o m b i n e d t o y i e l d the r e q u i r e d prote i n . The l a s t s e c t i o n of the book is a c o l l e c t i o n of r e c i p e s , more of w h i c h are t o be found in a f o l l o w - u p b o o k , "Recipes for a Small

Planet."

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R a n g i n g o v e r a v a r i e t y of s t y l e s , the m u s i c i s n e v e r a l l o w e d to get c a r e l e s s and t h e y r e m a i n w e l l in c o n t r o l of the sound rather than drifting along w i t h it. The band have their faults though. With t h e i r a b i l i t y , w h a t a r e t h e y d o i n g b a s h i n g out s o f t pop l i k e "Streamline or o l d drongos v i z

in w h i c h human v i l l a i n y g e t s i t s just r e w a r d , b e c o m i n g the v i c t i m of fate, e n c h a ntment or i t s own p e r v e r s i t y . T h e t i t l e of t h i s s e c t i o n of the book i s ' E t c e t e r a ' , w h i c h I thought q u i t e a n i c e t o u c h . I am converted and am off to f i n d more of Borges's books.

room.

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garbage', e c h o e d the s e c o n d . 'Two vote miss', I t h o u g h t . Mr B e n n e t t had by now r u s h e d h i s w a y through the 18 tunes (yes, 18 t r a c k s ) on s i d e o n e , o f w h i c h I r e c o g n i s e d the f i r s t and l a s t 'Swanee' and '/ got Rhythm'. A l l the o t h e r s i n b e t w e e n w e r e (apparently) vintage G e r s h w i n . S i d e two c o n s i s t s of B i l l y M a y e r l t u n e s , kicking off w i t h 'Marigold'. U n d a u n t e d by my brothers o p i n i o n s I c o n s u l t e d the o n l y p i a n o p l a y e r in the h o u s e h o l d (mothers are u s e f u i s o m e t i m e s ) . 'Doesn't tuning, dear?', w a s the

the piano need r e s p o n s e a s Mr

B e n n e t t h u r l e d round the v i n y l g r o o v e s i nto 'Ace of hearts', T h i s o n l y left the head of the h o u s e h o l d , w h o q u e s t i o n e d the q u a l i t y of the a c t u a l p l a y i n g . So as ' R a i l r o a d Rhythm' faded from the a i r I w a s left w i t h the r e s u l t : F o u r s a y M i s s . So do I.

l a m e s Wilkinson

WANTED FELIX STAFF!!


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Cricket T h i s i s a s t o r y of a l o c h o l a l g i p a n , of c r i c k e t i n g and c h u n d e r i n g a n d of a d e d i c a t e d band of b a t s m e n a n d b o o z e r s w h o , w h e n a s s e m b l e d at the end of l a s t t e r m , c o m p r i s e d the IC C r i c k e t C l u b T o u r Party (1975). T h e tour i n v o l v e d 1 0 m a t c h e s in a s many d a y s ; i n t e n s i v e yet enjoyable c r i c k e t played a g a i n s t the i n h a b i t a n t s of the f r i e n d l y h a m l e t s of the S o u t h w e s t (at l e a s t w e hope t h e y a r e still friendly). T h e tour s t a r t e d w e l l w h e n J o h n E n g l a n d in h i s V o l k s w a g e n c r o s s e d the r i v e r three t i m e s w h i Ist l o o k i n g for t h e M3 . H e c a u g h t up w i t h the m i n i v a n near Southampton a n d on a r r i v a l a t their ground we w e r e told that they had " o n l y 6 p l a y e r s a t the m o m e n t " a n d no match b a l l , s o w e lent them J o h n T h o r n b a c k (Hon S e c ) a n d then l o s t . A c r a c k i n g s t a r t ! (Southampton U n i v e r s i t y II 1 9 9 - 7 , J . Thornback46; I C 1 0 3 ) . F o r the n e x t s e v e n m a t c h e s we w e r e b a s e d in T o r g u a y in a rather grim h o t e l w i t h the s t a n d a r d number of " P o l i t e Notices". The second'match against

A report on the recently completed summer tour, by the Sports Editor, Andrew H a l l . from our own correspondent in Southside.

Y e l v e r t o n Bohemiams ended in an e x c i t i n g draw in w h i c h both s i d e s c o u l d h a v e w o n (IC 1 4 8 ; Yelverton Bohemians 147 — 8 ) . T h e y a r e in d a n g e r of l o s i n g their picturesque pitch to d e v e l o p e r s a n d w e w i s h them s u c c e s s in t h e i r f i g h t . T h e next d a y (after h a v i n g left the s c o r e b o o k a t Y e l v e r t o n ) w e w e r e hammered by a n Exeter team, containing s e v e r a l minor c o u n t y p l a y e r s , w h i c h i s t o p of the D e v o n L e a g u e ( E x e t e r 2 1 3 - 8 ; IC 7 8 ) . We s t r u g g l e d t o a d r a w against Plymouth C o l l e g e staff after a batting c o l l a p s e ( P l y m o u t h C o l l e g e 1 6 4 - 8 ; IC 74 — 9 ) . Our s i d e w a s then f o r t i f i e d by the a r r i v a l of R o b Y o u n g a n d C h r i s Y o r k for t h e weekend and we beat B r i x h a m handsomely on the Saturday (IC 1 4 9 , R . Y o u n g 52; B r i x h a m 46 ; N . T r e e n 5 for 1 8 ) . A very s l o w a n d boring batting performance only e n l i v e n e d by a b r i s k 42 not o u t from J o h n E n g l a n d s e t t h e t o n e for a draw a g a i n s t P l y m s t o c k h o w e v e r , s o m e more e x c e l l e n t b a t t i n g by N i c k " I r o n - m a n " Treen gave the match a c l o s e

AFFAIRS CORNER Contract PG's? by Tom Abraham T h e l o n g , hot summer is d r a w i n g to a c l o s e , a n d the C o l l e g e w i l l s o o n r e s o u n d to the n o i s e of u n d e r g r a d u a t e s . S o c i a l and sporting a c t i v i t i e s for the 1 6 0 0 p o s t g r a d u a t e s d u r ing t h i s time has b e e n n o n e x i s t e n t . The P G ' s contribute up to 4 0 per c e n t of the U n i o n ' s t o t a l budget, w h i c h , for the c o m i n g y e a r i s about £80,000. T h i s money h a s a l r e a d y b e e n a l l o c a t e d to v a r i o u s s e c t i o n s of the U n i o n . It i s u p t o e v e r y p o s t g r a d u a t e s t u d e n t t o try a n d get h i s m o n e y ' s w o r t h from the U n i o n . It is p o i n t l e s s s i t t i n g b a c k a n d c o m p l a i n i n g about the l a c k of s o c i a l a n d s p o r t i n g a c t i v i t i e s s u i t a b l e for p o s t g r a d u a t e s . If y o u f e e l s t r o n g l y about i t , come to a m e e t i n g of the I C P G G or s e e y o u r d e p a r t mental P G reps a n d e x p r e s s your f e e l i n g s . Postgraduates h a v e got to come forward and help organise and participate a c t i v e l y in t h e s e e v e n t s , otherw i s e the u n d e r g r a d u a t e s w i l l c o n t i n u e to e nj oy a d i s p r o p o r t i o n a t e amount of the t o t a l budget .

C e r t a i n s e c t i o n s of the P G g r ou p ha ve ex pres s e d t h e o p i n i o n that s i n c e We a s a w h o l e d o n o t t a k e a n a c t i v e part i n the U n i o n , there is n o need for the grant a w a r d i n g body t o c o n t r i b u t e a n y U n i o n d u e s . T h i s may s a v e the t a x p a y e r s o m e m o n e y , but not o n l y i s it u n f a i r on the 1 0 t o 2 0 per c e n t of the P G ' s w h o d o take a n a c t i v e part, it i s a defeatist attitude to w h i c h I w i l l not s u b s c r i b e . The C V C P study group has brought out i t s report o n P G e d u c a t i o n . O n e of the c o n s e q u e n c e s of t h i s i s l i k e l y t o be a r e v i e w of P G e d u c a t i o n a t I C . T h i s , I feel, i s not o n l y e s s e n t i a I but a l s o long o v e r d u e b e c a u s e the p r e s e n t s y s t e m i s h i g h l y w a s t e f u l of r e s o u r c e s . I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e h a s a v e r y good r e p u t ation internationally, but I w o n d e r how much of it i s d u e to the " s t e r l i n g " r e s e a r c h c a r r i e d out h e r e . It i s p o i n t l e s s t o b l a m e e i t h e r the a c a d e m i c s t a f f or the p o s t g r a d u a t e s t u d e n t s for the q u a l i t y of r e s e a r c h , b e c a u s e the s y s t e m p r e c l u d e s a n y serious work.

finish (IC 1 3 9 - 6 ; Plymstock 128 - 8). The highlight of the tour was as usual, the Bannacombe game. Only a 20 over evening match played on their amazing bowllike pitch; the square is at least 20 feet below the boundaries; the ball rolling back to the batsman from squareleg! They have a bar extension for this match until 1.00am (in fact it stayed open unti I 2 DO aim and many sliy games were played involving much a l c o h o l . Undeniably the highlight of this evening, for which the locals look forward to expectantly. Is the traditional 3 —man l i f t . T h e unsuspecting victim was Tom Ghosh, the operation was co-ordinated by Nick Treen and the Algipan applied by rubber-gloved Graham W e b b . H e didn't have a chance! The van was a horrible mess next morning and John England has leamt not to chunder downwind from a fellow regur gitator. Against South Devon a typical IC slow start then collapse, was halted by Graham Webb (46) and Andrew H a l l (48) who put on a 100 runs i n 12

The major proportion of the research is carried out by P G ' s . In some quarters it has been stated that P G ' s are basically trainee research workers . If that is the case it is pointless to expect high quality research from them. I would further add that two out of their three years are a waste of time and money, s i n c e one year is more than adequate for research training. I feel a much better system would be to have a one year training period, followed by a two year period under contract as a research worker. This would be renewable for further periods depending on the ability of the individual student. T h e main benefits which w i l l accrue are that the potentia I of capable students w i l l be fully utilised

overs of this 35 over match. South Devon made the runs with two overs to spare though the game was marred by an incident in which the square-leg umpire called " N o - b a l l " for throwing against the "Tottenham terror" Chandra Kulkami when, after a very quick delivery, he bowled the batsmen who was on his way to the pavillion by the time the c a l l came (!) and s o he was given not out. When moved to lllminster to play in a fixture organised by Nigel Broom (who succumbed to Ghosh's revenge and fell for the 3-man lift, poor lad) which we won (IC 116 - 7, G Webb 47; lllminster 67 — 8; 20 over match). The final game against Y e o v i l was cancelled when we arrived at the ground as they were unable to raise a t e a m . A great time was had by a l l . TOUR PARTY":- A H a l l f c a p t J D. Mil lard. A G h o s h , JL.f hornback, a C a l l e n d e r . N.Treen, B C a u s e y . G.Webb. J. England, J B a s h a r , C Y o r k . R.Young, ISheppard. D.Ransley. C.Kulkarni.

and secondly it w i l l encourage the staff to adopt a more responsible attitude. From the student point of view, the major advantage is that you become a fully fledged salaried research worker. A d mittedly this sort of system would only really work in a place like IC where most of the research work carried out is of a practical nature. Although in the short term this w i l l prove to be more expensive, in the long term it would be far more beneficial. I believe that even the ' c o s t effectiveness' maniacs at the Treasury w i l l adopt a mere .sympathetic view of this sort of "system than they do of the existing one.

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Dissatisfied K a r l resigns K a r l I b r i k i a n w h o w a s e l e c t e d C h a i r m a n of the I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e Postgraduate Group only l a s t term, has resigned h i s p o s t . Mr I b r i k i a n took h i s d e c i s i o n after a great d e a l of i n t r o s p e c t i o n a n d and s t r e n u o u s efforts t o a c h i e v e a b a s i s for d i a l o g u e w i t h the then U n i o n officers. In d e c i d i n g t o r e s i g n h e s a i d " / based my thoughts on the existing relations between the PG and UG sections of the Union; the present state of PG affairs and the facilities afforded to the PG Group within the Union structure and came to the •conclusion that the powers vested in me would not enable me to do my job well". T h e i m p o s s i b i l i t y o f the s i t u ation h a d forced h i m to r e s i g n . When he s p o k e t o F E L I X , Mr I b r i k i a n p o i n t e d out that ICWA w h i c h represents far fewer p e o p l e e n j o y s priviledges a n d h a s f a c i l i t i e s d e n i e d to the ICPGG. F o r instance, ICWA r e c e i v e s a grant o f £750 w h i l s t the I C P G G o n l y r e c e i v e s £300 . "People have got to realise that PG's have special interests which must be catered

for", he s a i d . H e a l s o a d d e d that he h a d no " r e a l p o w e r s " w i t h i n the U n i o n s t r u c t u r e a n d a n d had t o r e l y o n h i s " p o w e r s of p e r s u a s i o n " i f he w a n t e d anything done. T h e r e were three demands b e i n g made on b e h a l f of p o s t graduates a n d t h e s e w e r e : (i) I C P G G s h o u l d r e c e i v e a grant of a t l e a s t £1000; ( i i ) A P G l o u n g e / c o m m o n room s h o u l d be p r o v i d e d w i t h i n the U n i o n p r e m i s e s for the u s e of postgraduates; ( i i i ) T w o p l a c e s s h o u l d be r e s -

e r v e d i n h a l l s of r e s i d e n c e for o f f i c e r s of the I C P G G . T h e I C P G G h a d done w h a t little"they c o u l d and it w a s now up to the P r e s i d e n t " t o r e s t r u c ture the U n i o n to take i n t o a c c o u n t the demands of the P G G r o u p . H e h a s the power t o d o •this — the P G A O c a n , at t h i s stage, only a d v i s e " . Tom Abraham, last year's P G A O , is continuing i n an acting capacity until a new P G A O is elected. Commenting on Mr I b r i k i a n ' s r e s i g n a t i o n he s a i d , " u . I fully understand and sympathise with his reasons for d o i n g s o . I b a c k K a r l ' s demands f u l l y . T h e I C P G G i s more r e p r e s e n t a t i v e of P G ' s than a n y i n d i v i d u a l P G on C o u n c i l ... a n d for the U n i o n t o t r y and represent P G ' s while i g n o r i n g the I C P G G w o u l d be tantamount t o f r a u d " .

STOIC success R i c h a r d A f t o n , the w e l l k n o w n T V c r i t i c of the E v e n i n g News, visited the STOIC s t u d i o s a few w e e k s a g o a t their i n v i t a t i o n . H e w a s most i m p r e s s e d w i t h the s t a n d a r d and quality of programmes produced by S T O I C despite many t e c h n i c a l h a n d i c a p s . H e was so pleased that he mentioned Mark Caldwell (STOIC Chairman) and C o l i n Grimshaw ( T V Studio T e c h nician) i n h i s c o l u m n the f o l l o w i n g week:"Two young men, unheralded and unknown, are doing a remarkable job in television at the Imperial College. "Considering certain technical deficiencies which are not their fault, the output — which consists of educational programmes, news items, film talks and interviews with famous people — is well up to professiona I standards". S T O I C have a l s o r e c e n t l y ever completed their first programme to be recorded o u t s i d e the C o l l e g e . T h e I L E A a l l o w e d them t o make u s e of their t r a i n i ng s t u d i o a t B a t t e r s e a to r e c o r d the programme ( a n interview with T i m Curry — star of T h e R o c k y Horror P i c t u r e Show) w h i c h w i l l be g o i n g out o n C h a n n e l 7 n e x t term. T h e interview w i l l b e s h o w n i n C o l l e g e on the 8 t h O c t o b e r . It i s one of four programmes r e c o r d e d b y S T O I C that a r e t o be s h o w n o n C h a n n e l 7 which is received by 90 universities, and polytechnics. In ' a d d i t i o n , approximately 1000 I L E A s c h o o l s c o u l d a l s o r e c e i v e the programmes i f t h e y so desired. T h e i r n e x t venture i s a v i s i t to E l s t r e e Studios, later t h i s m o n t h , where a new Hammer To Devil A horror film, Daughter, i s being f i l m e d . The K i n g of H o r r o r , C h r i s t o p h e r L w a , w i l l be b e i n g interviewed on this o c c a s i o n .

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the d e c i s i o n , a n d w h a t i s more the money w h i c h i s b e i n g u s e d t o p a y the N o r t hs ide cleaners is being diverted from the S o u t h s i d e and L i n s t e a d c l e a n e r s ' C h r i s t m a s b o n u s . It therefore a p p e a r s t o be w i t h some degree of j u s t i f i c a t i o n that the NUPE Branch C o m m i t t e e c a l l e d for a w o r k - t o rule i n p r o t e s t .

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